Firefighters should be concerned with the heavy loads usually carried by flitch-plate girders. Greg Havel has more info on this component of building construction.
Hydrants deserve more attention than we give them. Gregory Havel takes a closer look at the components of dry-barrel hydrants.
Learn more about the properties of various anchors used to attach something to concrete, masonry, and plastered walls or ceilings and how they may affect fire operations.
Gregory Havel discusses water utility construction using plastic pipe, the most common material used today for new municipal and private water systems that supply both hydrants and automatic fire sprinkler systems.
Gregory Havel replies to some readers' questions about his recent article on plastic gas pipes.
When a building with the low cost of a wood-frame structure and the characteristics of a Type II (noncombustible) building is needed, today’s solution often is a building framed of steel studs.
Fighting fires near variable frequency drives presents several hazards. Gregory Havel has more details on this building construction feature.
Plastic natural gas pipes are being found more often inside structures. Gregory Havel takes a closer look at this facet of modern building construction.
Gregory Havel takes a look at some of the life safety requirements and fire code features as seen at a newly-renovated structure.
Renovations and remodeling of a structure can conceal the original roof, creating combustible void spaces that are impenetrable to firefighters.