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Old Construction Versus New Construction

Posted by admin on May 13, 2012

Old Construction Versus New Construction

They Sure Don’t Build Them Like They Used To

You hear people say that and sometimes long for the good old days when things were made by hand and they were just better.  And often times they are right – a lot of things just aren’t made as well today as they used to be.  But with houses and every other building, it’s a darn good thing they don’t build them like they used to, because today’s construction practices and materials are simply better than they used to be.


Three Reasons To Consult A Structural Engineer

Posted by admin on May 13, 2012

Three Reasons to Consult a Structural Engineer

If you are planning to remodel or renovate your house or other building, you might want to consult a structural engineer to make sure your plans won't affect how the building performs.  Sometimes what seems like an innocent change can have a negative impact on how your stucture performs.  Paying for an hour or two of consulting time can sometimes same you a lot of money in the long run.

1. It is a structural engineer's job to know the load path.

Most of the time the load path for a building is pretty easy to determine, however some things are not obvious.  Most people can look at a system of floor joists, beams, columns and footings and know how the load gets from the floor system to the foundation, however roof systems are not always as intuitive as floor systems.