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Jim Klinger, concrete construction specialist The Voice Newsletter April 2022 Full disclosure: A wise man once offered the following bit of advice on how best to navigate the uncertain waters of concrete construction. "It's easy," he said, "you just have to position yourself to get lucky". So consider if you will, the following Hotline call fielded by the ASCC Techn...
Jim Klinger, concrete construction specialist, The Voice Newsletter March 2022 Full disclosure: Over the past year, the intrepid ASCC Technical Division research staff has been assigned to cover a wide range of stories that directly affect the ASCC membership at large. In some cases, the background sources for these articles did not come from the concrete construction business per se. For examp...
Jim Klinger, concrete construction specialist The Voice Newsletter February 2022 Full disclosure: The human central nervous system is a totally natural product that looks like it could be peeled right out of one’s dearly departed corpse and laminated onto a great big sheet of plywood (just run an image search for “real nervous system” and see what appears). The system is desig...

Upside-down Stud Rails

Posted on January 15, 2022 in: Technical

Jim Klinger, concrete construction specialist The Voice Newsletter January 2022 Imagine, if you will, the following scenario.  You are scheduled to start installing rebar and PT for an elevated concrete slab tomorrow.  The plywood deck has been swept clean, and the MEP crew has moved out of your way.  You get a call from your stud rail (also known as PSR, or punching shear resist...
Jim Klinger, concrete construction specialist The Voice Newsletter January 2022 Full disclosure:  To oversimplify enormously, philosopher Blaise Pascal approached the issue of whether or not there was a deity by saying that, if we took a leap of faith and assumed there was, and we were wrong, then we would lose nothing but a few hours of wasted prayer and adoration.  If we were right,...
Jim Klinger, concrete construction specialist The Voice Newsletter December 2021 Full disclosure: It’s 17 July 1982, just about first light. I’m beachcombing barefoot along the pristine Ocean City shoreline. Up ahead, I spot a lone surfcaster working the incoming tide. Several species of highly prized sport fish are running along the Jersey coast now, and I can see straightaway this...
Jim Klinger, concrete construction specialist The Voice Newsletter November 2021 Full disclosure: A pat on the back and a tip of the hat to Vince Bailey, who writes the “Estimators Edge” column that appears in the monthly AWCI (Association of the Wall and Ceiling Industry) publication “Construction Dimensions”. In addition to offering estimating guidance, Bailey’s ...
Jim Klinger, concrete construction specialist, The Voice Newsletter October 2021 Note #1: The ASCC Technical Division welcomes member phone calls to our Hotline and email traffic submitted by members either through the Forum or directly to us. Already this year we have fielded several hundred requests from our members for assistance with technical issues ranging from apparent cold joints in the...

What Brings You to the ASCC Hotline?

Posted on September 01, 2021 in: Technical

Jim Klinger, The Voice Newsletter September 2021 The ASCC Hotline has been in existence for about 50 years, taking calls on business, contracts/specifications and technical issues. The success of the Hotline is not about the person answering the calls, but the contractors that call in. As contractors call, more information is obtained about an issue or project, which collectively leads to a pin...

Concrete By Any Other Name

Posted on August 01, 2021 in: Technical

Jim Klinger, Concrete Construction Specialist, The Voice Newsletter July/August 2021 Call it coincidence. I had a chance to commiserate with an old construction colleague over this past holiday weekend. Both of us had set foot on our first concrete construction jobsite during the second week of July, 1979 at the same small, mid-rise apartment project  just outside Bethesda...
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