Some Distress Examples

Following up on yesterday’s following up on Pat’s discussion of distress versus failure, I want to give set of examples of similar-type signs of distress. As is probably obvious from the picture above, they’re all variations on sagging. Let’s start with the picture above, in which the federal Farm Security Administration was warning that all …

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Chiming In On “Failure Versus Distress”

Pat Sparks – a ridiculously good engineer and a friend of OSE – wrote a short twitter thread on Saturday that is worth reading. Pat is generally a man of fewer words than I am, which is a fancy way of saying he gets to the point faster. In any case, I want to expand …

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A Tiny Dragon

There is only one item in the index to the Historic American Building Survey and the Historic American Engineering Record listed as “dragons.” It’s this cast-iron fence at 1000 North Dearborn Street in Chicago, described as “late nineteenth century.” It is, in my opinion, a beauty. It’s also tiny – the graphic ruler tied to …

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