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Darren Tracy, P.E., owns West Branch Engineering, a consulting firm, and West Branch Inc., a construction firm, in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.
Before the restoration of this historic upstate N.Y. building could begin, a temporary roof was needed to keep it from collapsing.
If improperly installed, a sleeve for a drain pipe or other mechanicals will weaken a concrete footing.
A simple framing error almost led to a total building failure.
An engineer explains how to create a vaulted ceiling in a low-pitched roof with no structural ridge.
If you replace crossmembers with higher ones to gain headroom, you may need to size up and double or triple your lumber.