Cracks in Construction

Executive Summary Cracks in construction provide information to a superintendent. We identify what you’re seeing and what it could mean in specific scenarios. Where are Cracks Seen? Cracks are seen in naturally occurring materials and construction materials used in the building process. Cracks can occur in Timber Concrete Soil What […]

It’s Concrete, not Cement.

Executive Summary: Defining concrete and cement. The common misconception. Once a month or so it seems I’m watching the news or listening to the radio and I hear about the guy who fell on the “cement sidewalk” or crashed into the “cement wall” with his truck. It’s concrete people, not […]

Concrete Formwork – Pressure not a Function of Wall Thickness

Just a quickie on formwork pressures.  One of my foremen once asked me if we needed more form ties in a 24″ thick wall versus a 12″ thick wall.  That answer is “no”. Concrete, when being placed, is liquid.  Just like water.  And as all carpenters know, form ties are […]