Category Archives: Engineering

Residential Foundation Repairs

By | Aged Home Upgrades, Concrete, Engineering, Understanding your home | 6 Comments

Although we are not engineers, we do get involved in repairing structural things quite often. I realized just how often when a potential client, who is an engineer herself, found it difficult to locate a contractor in town that deals with this sort of problem. Her background is in traffic and her office is full of civil engineers, so it was impossible to get a recommendation for a remodeler who knows what to do for a home with issues. Basements are popular here in Boise. Many of the North End homes had them included in the original structure, and others…

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Sway Back Structure

By | Engineering, Framing, Trust, Understanding your home | No Comments

I was looking at a home inspection book that it had a picture of a structure that had several distinct problems. The roof had peaks at each gable end and a sway back in the middle. It also had bulging walls. This turned out to be a symptom of missing ceiling joists, or collar ties which prevent this from happening. That was when it struck me that I had seen a structure just like it on a project I was in the middle of. I have seen multiple examples of bowing walls and collapsing gables, usually where work has been…

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