Not Just Structure

The vast majority of these posts have focussed on structural details and failures, and most of the rest have been about architecture. There are other pieces of buildings, of course: That’s the front of an abandoned boiler Mona came across during a site visit. A cast-iron front and doors, and full of pipe…these things tend …

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Seeing What’s There

A while back, I was doing some research that included the big building in the picture below. For the research project, I needed to know if this building, constructed in the 1890s, had a skeleton frame, bearing walls, or one of the hybrids that existed during the early years of skeleton framing. I hadn’t been …

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I Don’t Quite Get It

I’ve been puzzling over this wall for a while. The building on the right was constructed about 1896. The McDonald’s is either a late-twentieth century replacement for a four-story building or the top three floors were chopped off the four-story at some point. (More like the chopping than new construction, but it’s not really germane …

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Two Thoughts On Accuracy

The first thought isn’t mine. It’s Isaac Asimov’s: The Relativity of Wrong. The second thought, like the first, concerns significant figures and approximation. Before desktop computers and handheld computers became ubiquitous, I got in the habit of approximating numbers to make using a calculator faster. (If I were of a previous generation, I would probably have …

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