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Leaks and Mold in Walls: the dirty little secret

Leaks and Mold in Walls: the dirty little secret

Mark Meshulam is an expert witness and consultant for leaks and mold in walls.To many building owners, the thought of mold in their walls invokes images of coughing, mold-allergic occupants and plummeting property values. Indeed, these scary visions can become realities if the problem goes unmanaged. But fear will not solve the problem of mold […]
The Symbolic Value of Buildings

The Symbolic Value of Buildings

A visit to venerable European cities Paris, Venice, Florence and Rome imbues the traveler with a sense of history difficult to obtain in urban youngsters like Chicago, New York and Los Angeles. City Planning Here in Chicago we have only experienced our city’s destruction once – in the great fire. This destruction enabled city planners […]
Bad Window Replacement: Top 10 Installer Screw-ups: Bad Window Caulk (Part 2)

Bad Window Replacement: Top 10 Installer Screw-ups: Bad Window Caulk (Part 2)

Bad Window Replacement: Top 10 Installer Screw-ups: Bad Window Caulk When good windows happen to bad installers who don’t know how to caulk Part 2, continued from Part 1 #6. Bad window caulk: Joints too tight! Caulk is supposed to be a permanently flexible material that can stretch and contract when the substrates move, such […]
Split Face Block Leaks

Split Face Block Leaks

Mark Meshulam is an expert witness and consultant for split face block leaks.Being market driven, your Chicago Window Expert has been driven into the world of masonry by Chicagoans driven to distraction by leaks driven through split face block walls. Is this onomatopoeia? Sadly, no. What is split face block? Split face block is a […]
Testing Leaking Brick Walls

Testing Leaking Brick Walls

Mark Meshulam is an expert witness and consultant for brick leaks and masonry leaks. “I’ve hit a brick wall” “It’s as solid as a brick wall” “I’m hitting my head against a brick wall” “All in all it’s just another brick in the wall” All these commonly used (or sung) phrases refer to the brick […]
Envision the Wind in a Blizzard

Envision the Wind in a Blizzard

Chicago Ground Hog Day 2011 Blizzard – Envision the Wind     On February 1, 2011 at about 3pm, a somewhat rare occurrence took place in Chicago. A real-life blizzard! It continued for 20 hours. Contrary to the misconceptions of some, a blizzard is not distinguished by a large volume of snow, but rather by […]
Legal Claims and Disputes in Construction

Legal Claims and Disputes in Construction

Mark Meshulam is an expert witness and consultant for windows, glass and building exteriors. Chicago Window Expert has actively participated in the construction landscape in Chicago since 1978. This lengthy – and still continuing – career has been filled with a vast array of projects, and a lot of constructive, rewarding work has been performed. […]
Building Science 1: Rainscreens and Weather Barriers

Building Science 1: Rainscreens and Weather Barriers

We tend to think that in order to keep water out of buildings, we need to seal the outer boundary of the building as if we were slipping a condom over it. That might work if it were possible. Size issues aside, nobody yet has been able to figure out how to make the outer […]
Window Condensation: Top 10 Fixes

Window Condensation: Top 10 Fixes

Mark Meshulam is an expert witness and consultant for window condensation. Here’s what happened after one of Chicago’s typical cold snaps: This week Chicagoans experienced our first brutal blast of winter. Temperatures dropped from an average of 30°F to almost 0°F in a single day. Windy City winds dropped the wind chill to minus 20°F. Our bodies endured the new […]
Bad Window Replacement: Top 10 Installer Screw-ups: Bad Window Caulk

Bad Window Replacement: Top 10 Installer Screw-ups: Bad Window Caulk

Bad Window Replacement: Top 10 Installer Screw-ups When good windows happen to bad installers WARNING This article contains profanity, which is not gratuitous but rather fundamental to the art, as well as being a true and accurate expression of my frustration with aspects of the window industry. We can put a man on the moon, […]

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