ANY WEB sites for foundation design,install/repair

Originally Posted By: escanlan
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Have been searching the WEB for material on foundation design, installation and repair to answer some questions I have had. I have been running across some odd things and would like to research them more. I have already spent the last two days on the WEB with not much luck.


Is anyone aware of some good reference sites for this. Preferably not at to high of an engineering level though. Since we don't design we don't need the full set of calculations, etc. A lot of the good sites that seem to come up are local engineering companies with either links to the best info or reprints on their sites. Don't have time to scour the 50 states though looking.

IF not WEB sites (I like them if they're free) then maybe a very good book with plenty of descriptions, explanations, illustrations based solely on foundations of all types. If the book is available also as a CD-ROM that would be nice for portability.

Have posted just before this with a link to a good engineering view of PT foundations for anyone interested.

Emmanuel Scanlan


Originally Posted By: dvalley
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Emmanuel,


Did you take a look at the NACHI diagrams yet?
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Originally Posted By: escanlan
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David,


Yes I have been through the whole WEB site. At least what I am aware exists. The picture gallery, diagrams, discussion threads are all very helpful and I have gained a lot of insight from them. As a matter of fact I have copped some diagrams, not from member threads though, to add to reports for explanations on reports if needed.

I get on these jags about subjects and wind up finding and reading everything I can on the topic. Have had a number of interesting conversations lately with others and seen/read a number of interesting things about foundations. This is one of those jags! Won't stop until I am busting with info.

Thanks!

Emmanuel Scanlan


Originally Posted By: roconnor
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Most of the references and links I have are pretty technical, and well beyond a home inspection … but I have a few links that may be helpfull;


http://www.homeinspectioncourse.com/soils.html
http://www.inspect-ny.com/structure/foundation.htm
http://www.tpub.com/content/construction/14045/css/14045_212.htm
http://www.cfawalls.org/
http://www.prmconcrete.com/why.htm
http://www.builderswebsource.com/book/foundations.htm
http://www.extension.umn.edu/distribution/housingandclothing/DK7051.html
http://www.houston-slab-foundations.info./
http://www.concretenetwork.com/concrete/crack_injection/epoxies_vs_polyurethanes.html

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I am absolutely amazed sometimes by how much thought goes into doing things wrong

Originally Posted By: escanlan
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Warning Will Robinson! Overload! Overload! icon_lol.gif


Don't know if you remember that one or not Robert? Now my wife hates me and the dogs think I don't exist!! ![icon_lol.gif](upload://zEgbBCXRskkCTwEux7Bi20ZySza.gif) ![icon_lol.gif](upload://zEgbBCXRskkCTwEux7Bi20ZySza.gif)

Just kidding of course!

I just spent the last 6 hours pouring through those references, and the links they took me to, and the links they took me to......

Those are some very good references!!!! I like everything from low level engineering to high level engineering and general level reading materials. Those links, and the links from them, certainly included a lot of each.

I have read quite a bit of what was there and have a lot more to read. This will keep me busy for some time!!

Thanks to both of you!!!

Emmanuel Scanlan


Originally Posted By: R. Michael Gray, P.E.
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I know this is a late reply but I am new to this board and believe, late or not, what I have to say may be valuable to you and others.


Robert OConner, PE gave you some websites to review and one of those was www.houston-slab-foundations.info I am the webmaster for this site. I am sure you have browsed it at this point but there are several aspects to this site that may not be obvious.

First: The site is an informational site only; there are no sales or promotional material on this site. The closest we come is to provide contact information for the webmasters, myself and my son.

Second: Although the information is intended to apply to the Greater Houston Area much of the material applies to any slab-on-ground in expansive soil areas.

Third: The site can be used by any home inspector in the following way: If appropriate in your business, use some boilerplate in your report to refer your clients to the site. Just say something like "for more information concerning the performance evaluation of slab-on-ground performance see www.houston-slab-foundations.info I am convinced that this will make you look more professional and knowledgeable.

Fourth: The philosophy of repair in the site is that foundation repair is rarely required. It frequently an option and frequently not a good option.

Fifth: The material in the website has been used in a 4-hour seminar sponsored by the Texas Association of Real Estate Inspectors. The most common feedback we got was that it was easily the most valuable and informative foundation seminar they have ever attended. The presentation used in that seminar can be found at www.foundationinspectionnewsletter.com, a sister site.

Sixth: If you go to the download page of the www.houston-slab-foundations.info site, there is a PDF file that you can open called Buyer's Guide to Slab-on-Ground Foundations. This is a 50-page booklet (this booklet has been severely edited and expanded in the last few days, so if you have one, it is old) that your clients may find very informative. The booklet on the website can be opened and viewed but not printed. There are some instructions on the download page that explain how to get a printable copy. (You just send an E-mail to buyersguide@houston-slab-foundations.info and a printable copy will be mailed to you.)

Seventh: One of the reasons for the website and the booklet is that I am convinced that virtually all foundation related lawsuits against engineers and inspectors are nothing more than garbage. If homeowners had a reliable source of information, maybe some of this would go away. Hopefully because your clients at least had an opportunity to become more fully informed, they will be less likely to act on emotion and file a suit just because they angry. Beyond that, if you still get caught up in one, I am convinced that if you referred your client to the site, then it opens numerous lines of defense for you. (Some of these issues are discussed in the Foundation Inspection Newsletter. You can and should access archived issues at www.foundationinspectionnewsletter.com; this website also includes other items of interest for home inspectors including an excellent public domain book of foundations on expansive soils published by the US Army Corps of Engineers) So the website can be used to help control your liability. You will have to decide if it is right for your inspection practice, but I think for most home inspectors in expansive soil ares, this is a no-brainer.

I hope this is helpful.

R. Michael Gray, PE
Professional Structural Engineer


Originally Posted By: kwilliams
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to NACHI, R. Michael



Member - MAB


http://www.nachi.org/convention2006.htm

Originally Posted By: R. Michael Gray, P.E.
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There were two resources I forgot to mention.


The first is a document titled Guidelines for the Evaluation and Repair of Residential Foundations published by the Texas Section American Society of Civil Engineers. It can be downloaded at www.texasce.org/docs/repairguidelines.pdf


The second is a document titled Limited Statutory Warranty and Building and Performance Standards. This can be accessed at www.trcc.state.tx.us This document is very new; it is not legally effective until June 1, 2005. It contains some very useful information concerning foundations as well as many other aspects of the house. It is good background information to have. With respect to foundation evaluations for resale buyers, it will have not any immediate direct effect (it is intended for new construction only), but it will some have some indirect effects related to when a home inspector will recommend a second opinion from an engineer.


R. Michael Gray, PE
Professional Engineer


Originally Posted By: escanlan
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Michael,


Welcome and thank you for the links. I have been going over these for the past few hours now. Plenty to read and absorb and many good documents.

I have already adjusted my report software and added the suggested phrases from the foundationinspectionnewsletter.com site. I think they, and the material there, are very helpful and appropriate. Thank you for the invitation to use the site and material as information items to our clients. Hopefully as you said they will be more informed and less likely to take out their frustrations if the situation ever arises.

Again welcome to the forum and NACHI!

Manny (Emmanuel) Scanlan

Knowledge is power, but sharing knowledge brings peace!


Originally Posted By: roconnor
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escanlan wrote:
Warning Will Robinson! Overload! Overload! ![icon_lol.gif](upload://zEgbBCXRskkCTwEux7Bi20ZySza.gif)

Yes, I remember that one ... dating myself now ...

Seems like you are getting the full effect of just a "few links". The Education Committee has long term plans for adding something like a "Technical Links" page, of which those links and others will be incorporated, where members can go and research topics online. Then the wife will really hate you, and the dog will probably kick you ... ![icon_lol.gif](upload://zEgbBCXRskkCTwEux7Bi20ZySza.gif)

Glad ya liked the links ... learning is enjoyable (at least to me ... I hope I never stop learning) and knowledge is powerful ...


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Robert O'Connor, PE
Eagle Engineering ?
Eagle Eye Inspections ?
NACHI Education Committee

I am absolutely amazed sometimes by how much thought goes into doing things wrong