DRIP…DRIP…DRIP… A Guide to Leaky Basements

Posted by on Mar 14, 2017 in Housing | No Comments
DRIP…DRIP…DRIP… A Guide to Leaky Basements

No, that’s not the sound of that old leaky faucet, it’s the water leaking into your basement. Basements are great; while they’re the perfect space for extra rooms or storage, basements are notorious for leaking during wet weather. There are all kinds of reasons why water might be coming into your basement, and we will […]

We Use Recycled Products Daily, Why Not Recycled Concrete?

We Use Recycled Products Daily, Why Not Recycled Concrete?

Every day we engineer building structures using various types of materials: concrete, steel, masonry, wood, etc. But what about recycled materials? Think about it…we use products made from recycled materials all the time. We drink water from recycled plastic bottles. We dry our hands using recycled paper towels. The concrete industry is one of the […]

Help! There are Gaps Between My Wood Trim & Floors!

Posted by on Mar 16, 2016 in Housing | 2 Comments
Help! There are Gaps Between My Wood Trim & Floors!

Wow, what a winter!!! I don’t know about you, but my furnace was running non-stop. With the cold weather, it had to work overtime just to keep up. That was a common refrain throughout our region last winter with cold weather that was around for weeks and weeks. During those chilly months, did you notice […]

Construction Spotlight: Insulating Concrete Forms

Posted by on Feb 12, 2016 in Housing | No Comments
Construction Spotlight: Insulating Concrete Forms

For the past six years, I’ve been honored with the opportunity to chair the American Concrete Institute‘s (ACI) 560 Committee. The goal of the committee is to write ACI’s first report specifically focused on design and construction with insulating concrete forms (ICF). Prior to chairing this committee, I served as a voting member starting in 2005 and then […]

The Future of Wood Construction
Starts NOW!

Posted by on Nov 12, 2015 in CLT, Housing, News | No Comments
The Future of Wood Construction </br>Starts NOW!

Multi-family housing and mixed-use projects have consistently covered Schaefer engineers’ desks for the past several years. The majority of these developments used wood materials because of its cost and constructibility. While mixed-use and mixed-materials become more common and includes a lot of innovative ideas with wood construction, it is limited to five stories tall. While there […]

Good Crack or Bad Crack? Residential Cracks and What They Mean.

Good Crack or Bad Crack? Residential Cracks and What They Mean.

What does that crack in my basement wall mean? Is my home still structurally sound? Or is this something to be expected in a house? Below, find explanations of common types of cracks and clues to look for that can help you to remedy issues. What basement wall cracks mean: Vertical cracks As concrete shrinks […]