A basic knowledge of interior building finishes and how they are attached can greatly aid you in performing overhaul. Greg Havel reviews these features and suggests approaches to removing or cutting them.
Wood trusses, a common component of modern construction, may have been modified without approval, posing a collapse hazard. Learn more about this element of building construction from Gregory Havel.
In this building construction column, Greg Havel discusses an early method of wiring buildings for electricity and which you may find still being used in older housing stock.
The most common water supply for an automatic fire sprinkler system is by a connection to a city water system. Gregory Havel takes a closer look at this element of building construction.
For National Fire Prevention Week, Gregory Havel takes a look at an incident in which the fire service had to deal with a massive situation far beyond its normal scope: The Texas City Disaster of 1947.
Pocket doors slide into pockets in walls, exposing just one edge. Gregory Havel explains some of their characteristics and the implications these doors may have for fireground operations.
This material could be significant for firefighters since it may not behave under fire conditions like the ordinary concrete it seems to be.
This finishing is a multi-layer plastic system that resembles stucco but is combustible. Gregory Havel has more on this construction feature.
Not all walls are well-suited for entry or exit through breached openings. Gregory Havel takes a look at types of walls that should make you think twice about using forcible entry.
As a result of severe storms, more durable methods of attaching roofs to the top plates of walls and wood studs to the bottom plates were developed. Greg Havel details how these may affect your operations.