Masonry Base Flashing Errors

Masonry Base Flashing Errors

Flashing issues are common in residential construction.  During our framing inspections, we try to identify flashing mistakes or areas where there is concern for performance so that they can be corrected early in the construction process.  This is often the best time...
Relief Trenches?  Who Needs Them?

Relief Trenches? Who Needs Them?

Relief Trenches “What is a relief trench?” you ask.  A relief trench is a ditch installed from the forming preparations to a drainage area as part of site preparation for construction of a slab on grade foundation to prevent accumulation of water in the forms in the...
Builders Providing 3rd Party Inspections?

Builders Providing 3rd Party Inspections?

Who Works For You? We have been getting feedback from our clients buying new construction in the last few months that their builder is telling them they don’t need a 3rd party inspection because the builder hires a 3rd party inspector for quality assurance.  The...
Quality of Workmanship Information Overload?

Quality of Workmanship Information Overload?

Quality of Workmanship Overload You have gotten an inspection report on your new construction, and for many the information can be overwhelming. Although we work hard to ensure your report is readable and understandable there is no avoiding the fact that the...
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...