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By W.H. Ransom

Lately construction disasters and the ensuing court cases and awards for damages have usually been within the information. the largest headlines can have been reserved for structural mess ups and entire collapses. yet we must always no longer fail to remember the fewer newsworthy disasters akin to leaky roofs, damp partitions, dropped foundations and rotted trees. This publication provides sensible suggestions at the prevention of failure by means of describing the character and reason behind the most typical defects in constructions, after which indicates how they need to be shunned in layout and building.

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These include not only details of the design and the materials to be used but also knowledge of the occupations to be carried out in the building and their pattern. Slight changes in habits can tilt the balance towards or away from condensation. In particular, much depends upon the levels of heating and thermal insulation used, ventilation and the permeability of the building fabric to moisture. Heating a building helps to raise the internal surfaces above the dew-point of the air. The effect of increasing thermal insulation for any given heat input is to conserve the heat and thus make it more effective.

Drying shrinkage can be more of a problem and strong cement/sand mixes can craze and crack, particularly if applied in warm, dry weather. 8 PLASTICS A wide range of plastics is used in building. PVC has the widest application, in either a plasticized or unplasticized form. Plasticized PVC is extensively used as a floor covering, as a sarking under pitched roofs, as a membrane for covering flat roofs and in the manufacture of water stops in concrete structures. Rigid unplasticized PVC is used principally for domestic soil and vent systems, for rainwater disposal and drainage, for wall cladding, as translucent or opaque corrugated roof sheeting and for ducting, skirtings and architraves.

ASPHALT AND BITUMEN 21 characterized by a rapid rate of strength development and, if not ‘converted’ (see below), has a marked resistance to attack by sulphates. Cement is not used on its own in construction. It is the durability and properties of the concrete, mortar or rendering in which the cement is used which are of main concern and the effects of external agencies on the durability of concrete are now considered. 04% for normal dense concrete; it is attributed to the cement matrix. However, some aggregates in the UK and, particularly, in Scotland, can themselves expand and contract on wetting and drying.

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