Foundation

Repair of Badly Damaged Joist and Sill Plate Due to Water Moisture

by Jim Houlette June 10, 2016

The repairs are complete at a residence in Greeley where water moisture was so severe along the entire north face of the house the joists and sill plate had crushed like cardboard.  EVstudio’s Structural Department worked with Complete Basement Systems to provide a high quality […]

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Fastening to Concrete – Wedge Style Expansion Anchors

by evstudio June 10, 2016

There are many situations were it may become necessary to attach a timber ledger to a concrete wall. It is desirable in many new homes to lower the elevation of the finished floor to make a home more wheel chair accessible. An example of the […]

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Hydronic Radiant Floor Heating in Post Tension Slab-on-grade Foundations

by Jim Houlette June 10, 2016

The structural department recently designed and observed the construction of a post tension slab-on-grade foundation that incorporated a hydronic radiant floor system.  Although there is nothing special about a hydronic radiant floor system in the basement floor, many builders and owners wonder if it can […]

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Wall on Grade Foundation

by Jim Houlette June 10, 2016

Simple and cost effective, but limited in design capabilities.  A wall on grade is just as simple as it sounds.  If the bearing capacity of the soil is moderate to high and the load from the structure is light then a typical spread footing can […]

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Quickly Construct Concrete Pad Footings with FASTBAG

by evstudio June 10, 2016

At a recent seminar I attended I was introduced to the Fab-Form product called FASTBAG. This product is brilliantly simple….a textile bag you can fill with concrete and reinforcing bars to take the place of the wood formwork traditionally utilized to construct pad footings. The […]

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Straight Shaft Drilled Concrete Pier Foundation

by Jim Houlette June 3, 2016

Straight Shaft Drilled Concrete Piers are constructed by drilling a hole into the ground and filling it with concrete and reinforcing. The diameter of the pier varies depending on the load the pier must support.

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Resistance Piers for Economical Foundation Repair

by evstudio April 28, 2016

EVstudio is asked quite frequently to perform structural evaluations of cracked foundation walls. These cracks are often due to settlement. Modern design philosophy (and most geotechnical reports) calls for the original structural engineer to design foundation walls to clear span ten to fifteen feet to […]

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Interrupted or Narrow Spread Footing Foundation

by Jim Houlette April 22, 2016

When the site has low to moderate swelling soil an interrupted or narrow spread footing may be used.  The Geotechnical engineer will specify a maximum and a minimum soil bearing pressure.  Most people understand a maximum soil bearing which is discussed more at our post […]

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Foundation Engineering for Home Plans Purchased Online

by Jim Houlette April 21, 2016
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Many people are searching the internet and purchasing home plans online.  While these plans won’t be custom tailored to fit your exact needs, many people find they are close enough. However, there is one very important thing to keep in mind when purchasing these plans, […]

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How to Repair Brick Walls that are Separating (Delamination)

by Jim Houlette February 5, 2016
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In the last year I’ve been finding an increase in the number of brick wall failures.  Most of the walls are in need of repointing due to the age of the dwelling and some are in need of more significant structural repairs.  One common repair […]

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St Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Castle Rock

by Jim Houlette December 24, 2015

EVstudio provided post tension foundation design for the recent St Francis of Assisi Church.  The Church is being built by Fransen Pittman and designed by Architectural Innovations, LLC. This was a great project to be a part of.  The project was an addition to an […]

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Foundation Construction – When Frost Depth Can Not Be Met

by evstudio November 17, 2015

The 2009 International Residential Code (IRC) specifies that foundation walls, foundation piers and other permanent support of buildings and structures shall be protected from frost heave. As we know, when water freezes it increases in volume. Bearing a structure’s foundation below the frost line helps […]

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