• The Geology of Central Texas or Why Foundations Do Funny Things March 25, 2015 | Republished, Kirby T. Meyer, P.E.

    Austin has one of the most geologically diverse small regions to be found anywhere in the world. The many geologic layers, folds and faults cause different types of soil to outcrop in great profusion in this region. Many people have heard of the Balcones Fault. This is a system of many faults that [...]

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  • What is the Deal About Fill? March 24, 2015 | Republished, Kirby T. Meyer, P.E.

    Fill is a broad subject that is frequently a factor in residential foundation construction. Most often, fill is a legacy the builder inherits when he buys lots which have been filled by the developer. Fill can generally be divided into three types: Engineered fill Forming fill Uncontrolled [...]

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  • Framing Problems March 20, 2015 | Republished, Kirby T. Meyer, P.E.

    Most single and multi-family residences and significant number of small to mid size commercial structures utilize wood framing for structural support. Terms: Timber Framing - refers to heavy timber 8" x 8” or larger. Lumber - surface finished (S4S) wood members equal to or smaller than 6" [...]

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  • Cracks! In Concrete March 12, 2015 | Republished, Kirby T. Meyer, P.E.

    One of the more disagreeable features of construction concrete is its ability to generate cracks. Cracks are of several varieties. Some are very fine, almost invisible to the naked eye, some are large and ominous looking. There are two basic types of cracks; the first type is shrinkage related while [...]

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