Category: Home Repairs

Concrete Masonry Unit (CMU) Foundation Walls

Concrete masonry units (CMUs), still often and affectionately referred to as cinder blocks, are a common building construction material. They are economical and are often the best solution for structural elements like commercial building walls and elevator shafts. They can also double as fire protection, so they make a great choice for structural walls between… Read More »

Rebuilding a Retainer Wall

Before In 2020, we were hired as engineer of record for a retaining wall that a contractor was building in Dover, NH.  The previous wall was collapsing because of age and the effects of frost/ thaw.  We were able to subcontract completion of the wetlands/ environmental permits and preliminary wall design.  Then, we ensured that… Read More »

Foundation Repairs

Your building has cracked foundation walls.  Is the foundation settling?  Are the cracks structurally significant?  What’s the problem, what’s the repair, and how much will it cost?  Who can do the work? Initially, Team Engineering performs an assessment of the structural significance of foundation problems and contributing factors.  If your home is constructed on a… Read More »

Building Materials During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Over the last two years, the cost of building materials has skyrocketed from their normal trend due to the affects of COVID-19. You may be wondering what is behind all this and how it may affect your next building project. What it all comes down to is the simple economic principle of supply and demand.… Read More »

Building with Cold Formed (Light Gauge) Steel

Cold-formed steel (CFS) refers to products shaped by roll-forming of metallic coated sheet at ambient temperature. Since Cold-formed steel and wood are the two most commonly used materials for light framing, it is relevant to compare their performance in the building industry. Given that cold-formed steel (melting point 2700o F) has a far better resistance… Read More »