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11/30/16

 

Those holes in the brick are not just cute, nor are they for reinforcing bars.  They are to help the brick cool evenly after they are baked as a part of their fabrication.  I often hear people say that cracks through the brick units are more serious than cracks through the grout lines of the brick.  Not sure I buy that... especially since the bricks have 3 weak spots due to the cooling holes.


2/16/2015

  You don't need a mechanic to fix this car problem.

You don't need a mechanic to fix this car problem.


1/26/2015

  Yet another car-jack holding up a beam under an old house near Turner Field in Atlanta. Go ahead...just grab the nearest thing and shove it up under the house for additional support.

Yet another car-jack holding up a beam under an old house near Turner Field in Atlanta. Go ahead...just grab the nearest thing and shove it up under the house for additional support.


1/22/2015

  I admire creative engineering everywhere!

I admire creative engineering everywhere!


  1/12/2015

  You don't really need to be an engineer to know that this steel building connection is not acceptable...right?

You don't really need to be an engineer to know that this steel building connection is not acceptable...right?


12/29/2014

  No, no, no, no, no… people!  There are so many things wrong with the “footing” in this picture.  You cannot expect to pour concrete over a small, deficient footing and call it done.  There is no reinforcing steel, the footing does not extend below the frost line (12” deep here in the Atlanta area) and there is way more than too much compressible debris in the bottom of the hole.  Call us before to help you design the job right… or call us after to help you to design a repair for your failed footing!

No, no, no, no, no… people!  There are so many things wrong with the “footing” in this picture.  You cannot expect to pour concrete over a small, deficient footing and call it done.  There is no reinforcing steel, the footing does not extend below the frost line (12” deep here in the Atlanta area) and there is way more than too much compressible debris in the bottom of the hole.  Call us before to help you design the job right… or call us after to help you to design a repair for your failed footing!


12/18/2014

  Just a funny plaque I saw on the front corner of a house I inspected a few weeks ago.  I appreciate the sarcasm!

Just a funny plaque I saw on the front corner of a house I inspected a few weeks ago.  I appreciate the sarcasm!