Category: Home Repairs

Termite Structural Damage

Structural damage from wood-destroying insects is a condition that Team Engineering can identify, evaluate its extent, and design repairs for, if needed. Here in New England, the most common culprits are termites, carpenter ants and carpenter bees. Depending on how long the insects have been active without extermination, the damage can be significant enough to… Read More »

Pros & Cons: Wood as a Building Material

Wood, or lumber, is considered as one of the oldest and most convenient materials used to construct any type of building or structure. Whether it’s 2×4’s or 2×12’s, the material literally grows on trees and is widely available. Because wood is also lightweight and can easily be cut, contractors typically consider lumber as their go-to… Read More »

Pressure Treated Wood is Not All the Same

  Wood has been an invaluable building material for thousands of years, but in certain situations, it is prone to infestation, decay, and rot; limiting its usefulness for many applications. To improve the wood’s properties, chemicals compounds can be infused into the wood grain under intense pressure under a process called “pressure treatment.” These chemical… Read More »

Just Say No to Unsupported Joints in Built Up Wood Floor Joists

A recent project really hammered this point home.  We began with a discussion of whether wooden floor joists – rotted at one end – really needed to be sistered the entire length. Sistering a joist means attaching a new joist to the original, essentially creating multiple plies, and simultaneously strengthening the existing joist. The question… Read More »