• I Think I Shall Never See a Slab As Lovely As a Tree April 24, 2015 | Republished, Kirby T. Meyer, P.E.

    Trees are common fixtures around the constructed environment and greatly enhance the livability and value of homes, offices, shopping centers, and other facilities used by man. If you have a shallow soil supported foundation or slab, or other near surface construction such as pavement in conjunction [...]

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  • Steel Framing for Residences April 10, 2015 | Republished, Kirby T. Meyer, P.E.

    Steel structural framing has been used for many years in commercial construction. It is only used rarely for residential construction. The main reason appears to be that “it has always been done that way”. Another reason is probably that homebuilders do not have access to subcontractors [...]

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  • Balconies, Stairs, and Landings April 4, 2015 | Republished, Kirby T. Meyer, P.E.

    Of the various types of balconies, the overhanging or cantilever types are potentially the most dangerous. Balconies can be found on single family dwellings, but most frequently are found in condominiums or apartments. A balcony can totally collapse if it becomes structurally unsound. Many deaths [...]

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