Smart Consumer Series

Smart Consumer Series

Peter Schkeeper is a friend and colleague of mine.  We served together on the board for the National Academy of Building Inspection Engineers.  He has since retired from the board and has started a new project making informative videos, training, and providing some...
Water Entry Can Be Difficult to Diagnose

Water Entry Can Be Difficult to Diagnose

Some water entry problems may be evident, others can be much more difficult to diagnose.  Water entry can result in damage to finishes, structure, and may affect HVAC performance and indoor air quality.  Identifying potential water entry problems and diagnosing known...
Landings Aren’t Forever

Landings Aren’t Forever

Looking at landings today to specify repairs. They don’t last forever, only about 15-22 years in Houston.
DEALING WITH DIFFICULT CONTRACTORS

DEALING WITH DIFFICULT CONTRACTORS

By: Gary J. Caruso, P.E. R.S.   Criterium-Caruso Engineers. Dealing with a contractor requires some understanding of what they do and who they are as persons.  To understand your contractor, you have to understand that contracting is a very difficult, risky and...
Do You Need a Permit For That?

Do You Need a Permit For That?

Do You Need a Permit? If you have to ask whether you need a permit the answer is probably a resounding YES!  We get this question quite often in residential construction.  As part of my job I routinely find major and minor damage during course of a residential...