• When Should You Stress a Cable Slab? October 26, 2015

    The question as to when the proper time to apply the stressing force to the post tensioned cable in this type of reinforced foundation is of considerable interest. If you apply the stressing load too soon you have the danger of pulling cable anchorages out of the green concrete. If you wait too long [...]

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  • 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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  • Shrinkage Crack Considerations for Post-Tensioned Foundations June 1, 2015

    Shrinkage cracks in concrete slab-on-ground foundations are a significant public relations problem to home builders. All concrete will shrink during the curing process which lasts up to a year after the time concrete is placed in the forms. Curing involves loss of water from within the concrete, [...]

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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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