What is the Building Code and Why is it Important?

Whenever construction is to be performed on a residential or commercial property, it is imperative that any and all work conforms to the minimum standards and provisions of the building code. But just what is the building code, and why ...

Antibacterial Properties of Copper & Copper Alloys

In earlier days of construction, it was not unusual to see door hardware made of brass. But nowadays, much of our hardware, including railings, has been replaced by aluminum and stainless steel. But did you know that there are proven ...

These Algae-Resistant Roofing Shingles Come With a Warning About Gutter Damage

The company CertainTeed has issued a warning about one of its products: the CertainTeed Algae-Resistant Shingles. And it is up to the homeowner to know what is and is not covered if this product has caused damage to their home. ...

Why do CPVC Pipes Fail?

One of the services we offer here at Först Consulting Group is Forensic Investigation. That means we go into a construction site or building to figure out what the problem is and how and why it was caused. Sometimes we do it to help ...

Is Your Contractor Working Multiple Jobs?

When you interview, then hire a construction contractor, you are generally given a schedule that includes both costs and a time frame for completion. This schedule may also include milestones along the way. But things aren’t going ...

Can You Recognize Structural Damage in Your Home?

Some of the most expensive repairs come from structural damage. But are you savvy enough to recognize what might be costly structural damage in your home? What is Structural Damage? Structural damage is defined as any damage that ...

What is a Construction Forensic Investigation…and Why Do You Need One?

Most people are aware of the term “forensic investigation” from watching TV crime shows like CSI or Law & Order SVU. But they may not exactly know what a forensic investigation entails. As a rough definition, a forensic ...

Spoilage of Evidence Can Destroy a Construction Defect Claim

When you are involved in a legal dispute, your case depends upon the evidence that can either back up or dispute your defense. Spoilage of evidence can destroy a construction defect claim. If you are a homeowner who claims that your ...

What Happens When the Contractor Walks Off the Job?

When you’ve signed a contract with a construction company, remodeler or handyman, you expect the job to be done both to your satisfaction and to the terms of the contract. But what happens when the contractor walks off the job? There ...

Working with Pressure-Treated Lumber

You may have heard of pressure-treated lumber but not known exactly what that means, or how to best work with it. Let’s take a moment to look at it. What is Pressure-Treated Lumber? “Pressure-treated lumber is wood that has been ...

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