• Traveling Engineer 26 Renting the basement

    It's a trend. My client at noon is renting his basement. So was the client at 10 am. It's that kind of world now. Here's how I helped him move forward on that goal.

    1m | Nov 24, 2023
  • Traveling Engineer 25 Workmanship and heat expansion

    Thank goodness for home Inspectors. They are generalists and have to know everything about everything. And thank goodness for the guys who acknowledge that they don't. That's excellent service .

    1m | Nov 24, 2023
  • Traveling Engineer 24 Stairstep cracks

    Stairstep Cracks in masonry are always unsettling. Here is what I told the client

    3m | Nov 17, 2023
  • Traveling Engineer 23 Office Warehouse

    I visited on office warehouse today. 3100 Sq ft and built in the 50s. Crazy Walls and mazey configurations. What's Structural? We got that answered

    2m | Nov 15, 2023
  • Traveling Engineer 22 Notched joists

    Note to contractors everywhere: stay away from the top and bottom 2 inches of the joist

    1m | Nov 13, 2023
  • Traveling Engineer 21 Steam room

    Sometimes it's about the structural stuff. And sometimes it's about providing greater value

    2m | Nov 10, 2023
  • Traveling Engineer 20 Structural Cracks & drainage

    Sometimes getting the drainage right can save a lot of grief.

    1m | Nov 10, 2023
  • Traveling Engineer 19 Sagging Roof and vermiculite

    She called me to talk to her about the saggy roof line and falling garage. She didn't like it when I told her there was Asbestos.

    2m | Nov 9, 2023
  • Traveling Engineer 18 The slab and the structure

    So I showed up to one of those inexpensive cabins near park City. You know - the 5 million dollar kind. Honestly I have no idea what it sold for. The parties were squabbling about the basement slab. It should have been 4 inches thick and was 2 in at least 1 area. Here's what I told them.

    3m | Nov 8, 2023
  • Traveling Engineer 17 Partition walls & golf simulator

    My client today wanted to open the space in his master suite and put a golf simulator in the basement. I told him go for it. Nice day for him!

    3m | Nov 7, 2023
  • Traveling Engineer 16 Shear wall to the rescue

    How to sometimes save a house that's leaning? I discuss that in this episode

    3m | Nov 7, 2023
  • Traveling Engineer 15 Cracked concrete

    Sometimes you just need confirmation that you're not crazy when you're buying a house.

    2m | Nov 6, 2023
  • Traveling Engineer 14 Beam me up

    Gotta love 80s homes. This one is very dated but it still cost nearly 1 mill. Structural questions with the stairstep cracks and drainage issues. Then he told me he wanted to open up the space between the kitchen. Here we go

    2m | Nov 3, 2023
  • Traveling Engineer 13 Saving the 1958 home - and making a bundle

    So I did an inspection on a 1958 mess of a home. Super dated, bad condition, but in a great location. This one was complicated, but if you want to make 7 figures on one project, it can't be easy, right?

    3m | Nov 3, 2023
  • Traveling Engineer 12 Attic ventilation

    Um, why is there a pod about attic ventilation? How does that apply to a podcast about structural things?

    Well, it's because I was hired to come out and explain to a client why the crack in their ceiling was or was not a structural problem. Turns out it wasn't, and the crack was simply a ventilation problem. At least this time.

    2m | Oct 31, 2023
  • Traveling Engineer 11 Horizontal crack in the foundation

    Even your best neighbor's cousin's uncle will tell you that horizontal cracks in the foundation are the bad ones. Everybody says it so it must be true, right?

    Well, that depends on what the cause of the crack is. I run into that today. It didn't turn out too bad.

    2m | Oct 31, 2023
  • Traveling Engineer 10 Redesign a header

    Sometimes the client is doing the uze. (How do you spell that anyway? You know, short for usually. Uzh? Uzzz? Youzh? I guess if you're not cool enough to know, you shouldn't uze it).

    Anyway, this time the uze is that they're finishing the basement. Fill in this wall with framing, take out that framed structural wall and do a header. That's what we're doing this time. 16 foot span, and it supports a 20 foot long set of joists. Here's that compelling documentary

    3m | Oct 30, 2023
  • Traveling Engineer 9 Contractors on dope

    Today I got called back to a newer home that was screwed up by the contractor. The framers actually put the walls eight inches away from where they should have been. This means that the footing doesn't support the walls above it in areas. Big oops. Here's my assessment.

    2m | Oct 27, 2023
  • Traveling Engineer 8 Cabins and settlement

    I was called out to a 7000 square foot "cabin" in the mountains near Fairview UT. This hummer had settlement on the front left corner, where the bedrooms are. The area was of course mountainous, and the question is what to do about settlement on that side. Here's my assessment

    2m | Oct 27, 2023
  • Traveling Engineer 7 Adding a basement

    You would think that it should be easy to convert a crawl space into basement. Not so. Here's one example of why

    2m | Oct 27, 2023
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