Aluminum Window Leaks

Mark Meshulam is an expert witness and consultant for aluminum window leaks. I spend a majority of time dealing with aluminum windows because they are the product of choice for most larger projects in the great town of Chicago. Aluminum has dominated the market for large, custom projects for many reasons: Aluminum can be extruded into almost any imaginable cross-section to achieve whatever structural and…

Keying for Window Leak Survey

Mark Meshulam is an expert witness and consultant for leaking windows. Surveying field conditions requires on-the-fly creativity. First, you must be experienced enough to recognize a new field condition, then you must quickly assign it a meaningful name. Sometimes, it can also be very helpful to assign the condition a unique graphical key, or symbol, which will make the viewing of your survey sheet more…

Documentary Photos for Curtainwall Survey

Mark Meshulam is an expert witness and consultant for leaking curtainwalls. A curtainwall is the ubiquitous “wall of glass” seen on many downtown buildings. Its framing system drapes across the face of the building’s structure. In contrast, a window sits within an opening in the structure. A window-wall generally runs floor to ceiling in long runs, but is basically a window system because it sits…

Performing Window Survey

Let’s reiterate all the preparation you have done to arrive at this point: 1. You collected anecdotal and general visual information.2. You notified residents to report window leaks and label them.3. You scheduled access to units with building management.4. You created a customized reporting form.5. You have your camera and know how to use it. Now it is time to enter units looking for window…

Documentary Photos for Window Survey

Mark Meshulam is an expert witness and consultant for leaking windows. Your window leak survey through a large building might be your only opportunity to view certain conditions. Occupants often require prior notice, or are difficult to schedule, so it is important to make the most of your visit. The best way to do this is to take LOTS of pictures. These unglamorous photos will…

Creating a Leak Survey Form

Mark Meshulam is an expert witness and consultant for leaking windows. In my last post, your trusty Chicago Window Expert explained that it is important to notify all building residents that a window consultant will come to view their window leak, and to seek as much information as possible about how the window leak presents itself. I also listed this deceptively simple task:“Create a customized…

Preparing for a Window Leak Survey

Mark Meshulam is an expert witness and consultant for window leakage. Welcome back to our continuing coverage of this scintillating topic, window leaks in buildings. You will recall from our last exciting post, when the Chicago Window Expert is invited to a soggy building to analyze window leaks, first I do a lot of listening and looking around. At this early stage I am gathering…

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