Preventing Construction Failures

Looking at the recent history of construction, we find that it is littered with a spectrum of failures, from minor cosmetic types up to and including those that are truly catastrophic.  The former may include mere annoyances - cracked finishes and the..

RH Effects on Wood Flooring

Wood flooring, like all wood products is affected by moisture. It swells. It shrinks. And it is expected to always look as perfect as the day it is installed. But what happens when the wood is not installed in perfect conditions? What range of conditions..

Construction Warranties

Do construction warranties provide value for the owner? Manufacturers write warranties to limit their own risk. The warranty value will depend greatly on how the warranty is specified and the owner's knowledge of the warranty conditions.

Check the Limitations

Product selection for construction projects is all about finding the right product at the right price to satisfy the owner's project requirements. Wading through all the choices and the product data can be daunting. Often designers (and specifiers)..

Fenestration Condensation

Do your windows perform like this frosty opening? Photo: Courtesy of EFCO

Studs and Piping

Metal stud cut for plumbing piping is structurally useless.

Yankee Ingenuity

No detectable leak, now!

Wood Door Veneer Faces

Avoid surprises! Is this what you expect doors to look like?

Let's Win the Concrete Floor Moisture Battle - Together

Impervious flooring. Water-based adhesives. Fly ash and slag pozzolans. Vapor retarders. Extreme surface pH. Fast-track scheduling. All are coming together and creating flooring failures.

Protecting Public Safety

Do we, as specifiers and architects, have an obligation to ensure public safety? I think we do.

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