July 2011

Welcome, Again

by Don Friedman on July 28, 2011

Welcome to our new website. Now that we’ve moved the blog here from its temporary home, we’ll be updating the projects list and other content. As I said in the introduction to the blog, we’d love to have your comments on what we say here and we hope you subscribe.

Special Inspection

July 25, 2011

We find ourselves explaining “Special Inspection” on a regular basis, and more specifically, why we are not currently performing that work. What is now called Special Inspection (and was formerly called Controlled Inspection in New York City) is not inspection of buildings, a service that we perform every day. It is the inspection of various […]

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“Stress Cracks”

July 21, 2011

Every profession has its own language – what lawyers call “terms of art,” in one of their terms of art – that can be confusing to outsiders. The reverse is also true: there are commonly-used words and phrases that grate on the nerves of people in one field or another because those words or phrases […]

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Confirmation Bias

July 18, 2011

Confirmation bias is a problem in everyday life and in most professions, so it’s no surprise that it can be a problem during building investigation. People looking at buildings can be biased to prefer modern structure to old (the “it’s old junk” syndrome) or to prefer old structure to new (the “they don’t build ’em […]

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Failure Portrait 2

July 11, 2011

Sometimes there are so many things going wrong that it’s hard to in down which is the most disturbing. Here, the cast-stone trim the pigeons are standing on is moving and there are some long vertical cracks that need a closer look, but the show-stopper is the rust-jacking at the lintels. The bulges over the […]

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Failure Portrait 1

July 7, 2011

We spend a lot of time with the issue of masonry veneer separation. During investigation, we look for signs that veneer has separated from the back-up masonry. In reports, we warn of the potential for veneer failure. In discussion with clients, we recommend pinning or otherwise stabilizing veneer. Sometimes we actually see the failure that […]

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West Park Presbyterian Church

July 5, 2011

We are proud to be part of the team starting on the long-term restoration of the West Park Presbyterian Church. The link leads to the New York Landmarks Conservancy web page describing their advocacy and role in promoting the restoration of this beautiful building. The fourth picture in the NYLC page slideshow is Don, in […]

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A Bug Fixed

July 1, 2011

Our apologies to anyone who has been receiving blog updates consisting of four-year-old news. Our new website is in the final testing stages and inadvertently was notifying people regarding the content of old news posts.

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