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Not 'Equal,' Just Equivalent

by Letsfixconstruction.com

Specification marketing is second only to continuing education presentations as the m...


On Plane Crashes and Corrosion Mitigation Procurement

by Warren Brand

I’m fascinated by failures. Some would say obsessed. While Chicago Corrosion Group’s ...


Project Compaction: Not Just for Soil

by Letsfixconstruction.com

I sat through a pre-construction meeting via conference call today to go over the ins...


Caution: Flooring and High Fly Ash In Concrete

by Letsfixconstruction.com

Is there a problem with flooring glued to concrete with a high fly ash content? Fly a...


Misconception Series—Drawings, Specs Are Complementary

by Letsfixconstruction.com

Recently, I was preparing a masonry architectural specification section for a remodel...


Floored: Advance Actions Assure Acceptable Conditions

by Letsfixconstruction.com

The flooring industry is constantly challenged by the same repeating issues: installi...


Developing Specifications With a Partner Firm

by Bob Bailey, AIA, CCS

Many firms find themselves at some point partnered with another firm on a project tha...


Is All of Construction on a Fast Track?

by Letsfixconstruction.com

While hosting a Let’s Fix Construction workshop at the 2018 AIA Conference in New Yor...


Why We Shouldn’t Try to Change the Image of Construction

by Letsfixconstruction.com

For as long as I’ve been involved in and around the construction industry, there’s be...


Thermoplastics: The Genie is Peeking Out of the Bottle

by Warren Brand

You heard it here first, folks. Paint is dead. It just doesn’t know it yet.


Fire-Resistive Tests, Specs Challenge Industry

by Allen Zielnik

Certainly, the concept of integrated fire safety doesn’t rest only with the building ...


Everyone Needs Coaching, Mentoring

by Letsfixconstruction.com

It is a growing trend for busy professionals to spend some time each week with a coac...


Fighting Ice with Specialty Coatings

by Allen Zielnik

Whether you’re a climate change believer or denier, the predictions are that our weat...


Controlling Corrosion on Offshore Turbines with Coatings, Part 2

by Lee Wilson

There are a number of different turbine types and structural configurations and desig...


Architects Have a Duty of Professional Service

by Letsfixconstruction.com

There is some misunderstanding, both inside the profession and among the population a...


Controlling Corrosion on Offshore Turbines with Coatings

by Lee Wilson

Corrosion is a major risk for offshore wind foundations: Its effects could mean costl...


Things to Consider When Dealing with Submittals

by Bob Bailey, AIA, CCS

Submittals are the bridge between contract documents and construction. They are also ...


Different Forms of Corrosion Require Various Coatings Systems

by Allen Zielnik

Globally, the corrosion of metals accounts for trillions of dollars in annual costs. ...


Are We Learning from Our Mistakes?

by Lee Wilson

Health and safety in the corrosion-control industry has always been a major priority ...


In Favor of Mass Timber Construction Systems

by Letsfixconstruction.com

Unless you’ve been living under a rock lately, you’re probably aware of the growing i...


Tiny Houses: Emerging Trend or Passing Fancy?

by Robert J. Kobet, AIA

It’s important to note the interest in tiny houses as a viable housing alternative, a...


Financial Safety: Insurance, Bonds, Warranties

by Letsfixconstruction.com

Construction insurance, bonds and warranties are among the most confusing and inscrut...


The Misconception Series — Spray-Applied Fireproofing

by Letsfixconstruction.com

Fireproofing, as covered by this specification section, typically refers to an applic...


The Misconception Series: Gypsum Board

by Letsfixconstruction.com

Misconceptions can be found across the spectrum, in every product category and in eve...


Understanding MIC (and the H2S Connection)

by Warren Brand

Understanding run-of-the-mill corrosion on steel is complex enough. I remember my co...


What Does the Future Hold for Specifiers?

by Letsfixconstruction.com

In the last few years, it has been proposed that owners might benefit from hiring spe...


Specifying Joint Sealants to Maximize Performance

by Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates Inc.

The specification of joint sealants used as weather seals in building construction is...


Correlation and Intent in Contract Documents

by Letsfixconstruction.com

Although it didn't seem like it at the time, one of the best parts of my CSI chapter'...


Extending the Service Life of Elastomeric Joint Sealants

by Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates Inc.

Elastomeric joint sealants are most commonly used in building construction as a prima...


Writing Specifications in a Vacuum

by Bob Bailey, AIA, CCS

A 19th century Scotsman said, “Do not isolate yourself. Be among men and things, and ...


Containment: A Time to Think Ahead

by Robert Ikenberry

Typically, the two biggest costs for projects involving abatement of hazardous paint ...


The Questionable Promise of Superhydrophobic Coatings

by Warren Brand

Imagine for a moment painting a surface that never gets dirty. Or one that’s perfectl...


Are All Surface Prep Standards Created Equal? Part 3

by Lee Wilson

Why, when the joint standards supply so much more information, are specifiers still c...


Are All Surface Prep Standards Created Equal? Part 2

by Lee Wilson

How does a SSPC/NACE joint standard on surface preparation differ from the equivalent...


Are All Surface Prep Standards Created Equal? Part 1

by Lee Wilson

Some say the ISO standard for dry abrasive blasting is in need of a revamp. Is it? An...


The World’s Largest Movable Structure You’ve Probably Never Heard About

by Warren Brand

It’s called The New Safe Confinement (NSC). Picture a massive, movable hangar-like do...


Sandblast Nozzle Selection

by Patrick Harmon

When it comes to sandblasting, the blast nozzle you use is critical. Blast nozzle sel...


Color Benefits Schools

by Jill Pilaroscia

The school environment is a clear example of how color shapes human experience and be...


No Two Alike

by Amy Gibson

Have you ever been in a class or a training session with an individual who asked too ...


Getting Along

by Michael Halliwell

A lot has been going on recently that draws my attention back to the social side of o...


How About a New 95:50 Rule?

by Robert Ikenberry

I think we should have a new way of looking at quality. We don’t have to settle for “...


Outgassing: It’s Not Just Hot Air

by Warren Brand

I am intimately familiar with the fine art of “eye-rolling.” As the followers of my b...


Colorful Destinations

by Jill Pilaroscia

Wanderlust runs deep in summer, so this month we’ve rounded up some of the most color...


Blast It Fast: Factors that Contribute to Sandblasting Speed

by Patrick Harmon

As a contractor, the speed at which you can prep a surface or remove contaminants can...


A Matter of Degree: Nothing Is Black or White

by Robert Ikenberry

We, as a society, seem to have a hard time with “facts” and “truth.” As a self-descri...


The Development of Protective Pipeline Coatings, Part 2

by Lee Wilson

The 1980s really did see the birth of the three-layer systems comprised of a polyolef...


The Development of Protective Pipeline Coatings, Part 1

by Lee Wilson

This is the first in a two-part series chronicling the history of protective pipeline...


Be Ready for What May Come

by Michael Halliwell

Kay Redfield Jamison once said, “There is always a part of my mind that is preparing ...


Between a Rock and a Rusty Place

by Warren Brand

My eldest daughter, Jessica, 21, excitedly called me a few months ago to tell me abou...


The Importance of Your Learning Culture

by Amy Gibson

First things first: What is an “organizational learning culture”? Your organizational...


Infrared vs. Convection Curing

by Patrick Harmon

Many manufacturers face the challenge of product piling up around their painting depa...


Our Industry’s Aversion to Risk: Nothing Is Risk-Free

by Warren Brand

I was 18 and SCUBA diving off a pristine, white, sandy beach in the Red Sea. My dive-...


Coatings Safety On and Off the Job

by Michael Halliwell

As anyone who reads my blog knows, my job involves sampling paints for lead, conducti...


Are Your Clients Arguing from Ignorance or Authority?

by Warren Brand

For those of you who follow my blog, you’ll know I live with four women—three daughte...


A Tale of Two Contractors:
The Hidden, Staggering Costs of Inefficiency

by Warren Brand

It was early spring of 2007 when my old coating company got the call from Grainger Wo...


Electrostatic Painting: What You Need to Know

by Patrick Harmon

Electrostatic painting is often not well understood in the paint and coatings industr...


Kindness: The Missing Ingredient in Any Successful Coating Application

by Warren Brand

It was 2010 and I had just turned 50 when I walked away from a family business. In do...


Asset Integrity and Fabric Maintenance

by Lee Wilson

Asset integrity can be defined as the ability of an asset to perform its required fun...


A Perspective on Learning

by Amy Gibson

Former CEO of GE Jack Welch said, “An organization’s ability to learn, and translate ...


5 Tips to Reduce Solvent Use in Your Finishing Work

by Patrick Harmon

I was recently with a customer who wanted to reduce solvent use. His company currentl...


A Tale of Two Clients

by Warren Brand

There’s a concept in martial arts that the first time a student sees a


Deep Dive into Subsea Coatings

by Lee Wilson

I was approached recently by a fellow coating inspector who had applied for a positio...


No Room for Painters

by Lee Wilson

Way back in June 2011, I wrote an article that was published in a European coatings j...


Giving Back

by Michael Halliwell

Isn’t it amazing how many lives we touch in our day-to-day work? Or even when we are ...


A Pleasant Surprise in the Permian Basin

by Warren Brand

The three-hour drive through the scrub of the Northwestern Shelf of the Permian Basin...


All About Adhesion

by Lee Wilson

As I have stated time and time again, if a protective coating does not stick to the s...


Embracing Your Inner Geek

by Robert Ikenberry

PLEASONTON, CA--When you read the news, it seems there’s always a war on, over just a...


Specifications: Does Anyone Still Care?

by Warren Brand

When I was nine or 10, my summers were spent with gun-toting workmen, driving around ...


Standards: Guidelines or Gospel?

by Warren Brand

In coatings, as in every other profession, you can go by the book or you can go with ...


When Bad Specs Happen to Good Projects

by Lee Wilson

As we are well aware, many factors can and do cause premature coating failure. The us...


Game of Pros: Experience v. Credentials

by Lee Wilson

Inspectors and others in the protective-coatings field often ask me which is “better”...


Where It All Went So Wrong

by Lee Wilson

I recently returned from inspecting a high-profile gas plant being developed by a maj...


Failure? Analyze This (or Don't)

by Warren Brand

So, I get a call from the manager of a tony high-rise condo on Chicago’s Gold Coast.


Driving Data from Disco to Digital

by Warren Brand

For nearly 30 years, I’ve watched, fascinated, as technology in the coatings industry...


 
 
   

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