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Cracking... Defect or Normal?
Title: Cracking... Defect or Normal?
Author(s): Jeffrey W. Coleman
Publication: Concrete International
Volume: 35
Issue: 9
Date: September 1, 2013
Concrete cracks can occur because of shrinkage, external effects, or internal expansion. Contractors are frequently faced with the question of whether cracking of concrete is considered a defect or whether it falls within the realm of normal behavior of concrete. The end use of the concrete application and the terms of the contract between the parties will determine the extent to which cracking is acceptable or unacceptable.
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