Monthly Archives: July 2014

Five Common Findings in CSI – Graffiti and Site Drainage (Part 3 of 3)

In Part 1 and Part 2 of the ‘CSI’ serial blog, we discussed three of the five most common findings during Easements Atlanta’s Conservation Site Inspections: the deterioration of both steel windows and wood windows, lintels, and masonry mortar. The last two common findings of this blog installment is the prevalence of graffiti and proper removal techniques, and how effective site drainage will prevent building deterioration.
Graffiti

Graffiti happens.  While there’s an ongoing discussion on the value of graffiti within our society and culture, where does this leave the property owner whose building has become the canvas for unsolicited graphics?  For […]

Five Common Findings in CSI – Lintels and Masonry Mortar (Part 2 of 3)

In Part 1 of CSI we discussed the deterioration of both steel windows and wood windows, which is one of the five most common findings during Easements Atlanta’s Conservation Site Inspections.  There isn’t necessarily an order to the “Big 5,” but the topic of windows inspired the next installment of two more common findings: lintels and masonry mortar.
Lintels
Just above every window and door opening is a header, or in masonry buildings, a lintel.  For buildings constructed in the 1890s to present, the lintel is usually fabricated of steel, wrought iron or cast iron that stretches across the top of a […]

Five Common Findings in CSI – Windows (Part 1 of 3)

If you’re thinking of the addictive television series, think again.  Every year, for the last 30 years, Easements Atlanta has conducted CSI: Conservation Site Inspections, a fitting term for our annual monitoring of properties on which we hold preservation easements.  (I know, it seems like the show has aired for 30 years, but episodes are only in their 14th season.)  “CSI” is underway for 2014 and in order to appropriately identify conditions of a site, the “CSI” team performs a pre-assessment to help identify pre-existing conditions, conditions that have been slow to affect the site, and more recent changes […]