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Crawl Space Inspections

D. Justin Reid, P.E.

D. Justin Reid, P.E.

Financial losses can be avoided with periodic inspections of the crawl spaces under residential structures. Oftentimes, a homeowner is unaware of issues in their crawl space until damages have progressed into the interior of their residence.

Do Those Stair Meet Code? Well... It Depends

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J. David Horne, P.E.

It happens, someone has fallen down the stairs. One of the first questions should be, “do those stairs meet code?” EDT engineers are often asked to inspect a set of stairs and determine if they comply with the applicable building codes. The actual onsite inspection is fairly straightforward...

Why Is My AC Leaking Water?

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As summer approaches, air conditioners around the country will start running over time. With that increased usage and warmer weather, instances of water damages related to the operation of “ACs” will increase. In this article, we will review two ways that water damages can occur from an AC.

Why Is My Building Cracking?

The design and analysis of the foundation system are equally important to provide support to the building. However, more often than not, an adequate investigation, design, and preparation of the ground where the structure and its supporting foundation system are to be built are not taken into...

When the Curtain Falls

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Rod Turk, P.E.

As the pandemic has resulted in the shuttering of public venues, many owners of properties have turned off the lights and left the spaces conditioned with an eye toward energy (cost) savings. This has left the spaces dark, and unobserved for long periods of time, such as a large movie theater...

Not So Good Vibrations (Part II)

In our previous blog post, Not So Good Vibrations (Part I), we discussed waves related to blasting type applications as well as why we perceive vibrations from blasting inside our home and not outside. In this blog post we will discuss the question, can vibration responses from nearby blasting...

Not So Good Vibrations (Part I)

Matt Shuler

Matthew O. Shuler, P.E.

If your home is located in the general vicinity of blasting type activities being conducted for mining, quarrying, or construction; chances are you or your neighbors have sensed vibrations within your home. It can be an uneasy feeling, the shaking and rattling of items on the walls can cause fear...

Does this Balcony Guard Meet Code?

I am often asked, “does this balcony guard meet the building code?” This question often arises in response to an injury or when a renovation is being contemplated. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), falls are the leading cause of nonfatal unintentional emergency...

Oxford Dining Hall Beam

When learning about scheduling in college, one of the best examples of construction management and scheduling involved the repair of timber beams in a very old building in England - the Oxford Dining Hall in New College, a constituent college to Oxford University.

Birds Did This?

Cody E. Tarbell, P.E.

Cody E. Tarbell, P.E.

Recently, EDT was asked to investigate the roof of a hotel property. Representatives of the hotel owner showed EDT the “large hail damage” they had found. However, hail damage is not what was discovered.

Residential Renovation: Design & Construction Defects

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Jeffrey W. Pitzer, P.E.

EDT was assigned to determine the cause of damages to a single-story residence. The residence, constructed in the 1950’s, was renovated in 2015. The work consisted of a complete teardown of the structure and cladding. The replacement structure was constructed on the existing timber floor beams and...