• Framing Problems September 25, 2015

    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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  • Defining Foundation or Structural Failure June 1, 2015

    When has a foundation or any other structural unit failed? There are three categories in which a structure could be placed with regard to structural performance: Obvious failure: Collapse Major distress and distortion Functionality Impairment Obvious non-failure: No distress No [...]

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  • Damp Rot May 1, 2015 | Republished, Kirby T. Meyer, P.E.

    Wood frame construction is used practically 100% in single family and many multi-family residences. In addition, many smaller commercial structures use wood frame. Poor construction is usually the cause that permits water entry and long term dampness in wood framing. This is especially prevalent at [...]

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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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  • 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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