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MI Pipeline Integrity Questioned Again

Enbridge Energy’s Line 5, a 64-year-old liquid pipeline that runs under Michigan’s Straits of Mackinac, is under scrutiny again after documents revealed that underwater stretches up to 286 f...


Questions Linger Around MI Pipeline’s Coating

A liquid pipeline that travels under Michigan’s Straits of Mackinac has been the subject of a great deal of debate in that state in recent weeks, after a local newspaper uncovered documents ...


QC Device Made for Concrete

The Paul N. Gardner Company Inc. is offering an ultrasonic pulse echo device designed for use where where access is restricted to just one side.


Ultrasonic Pulse Echo Checks Subsurface

A maker of quality control instruments has introduced an ultrasonic pulse echo device that the company says is useful on objects where access is restricted to just one side.


Best Practices:
The Pain in Painting Galvanizing

“Galvanized” describes steel or iron surfaces shop-coated with a layer of hot-dip zinc. Galvanizing alone can last for decades in mild conditions, but organic coatings may be applied as topc...


Epic Fail: $195K Paint Job Washes Out

A Toronto university official is apologizing profusely for rushing a $195,000 street painting job that was designed to “make an exciting splash”—but ended up failing fast.


Best Practices:
No, You Can’t Just Paint Over That

The inspector recently encountered this scenario from a specifier. “An existing wall has latex paint over an enamel (alkyd) finish. A new latex topcoat was applied that caused the bond betwe...


Painter Loses in Sherwin-Williams Case

A Missouri commercial painting contractor who accused the Sherwin-Williams Company of negligently misrepresenting one of its products has lost again in court.


Best Practices:
When the Substrate Rejects the Coating

A tidy few years ago, the inspector found himself on a project that should have been a breeze: a new arts center with four levels of poured-in-place concrete ceilings.


Best Practices:
The Perils of Pre-Finished Steel

Specifying that new steel be prepped and primed in the controlled and predictable environment of the fabricating shop can offer many advantages.


Best Practices: Repaint Specs 101

Repaint projects run the gamut, from freshening up an intact system to recoating a severely degraded surface—but regardless of the project complexity, there are steps that must be taken to a...


 
 
   

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