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Dear fellow engineers:

I am looking for a book or guidelines regarding cracks in slabs-on-grade
(mainly in residental construction).
How else do you explain to a lay person, after she or he removed the carpet
and finds cracks (hairline to 1/16") in the slabs (no vertical off-sets, no
signs of of differential settlement or settlement) that these cracks are
shrinkage cracks (high water content ehen paced and/or little or no curing)
and that some may have gotten bigger due to the earthquake and aftershocks.
A (real estate) inspector friend of mine is being taken to court because he
should have seen these cracks without removing the carperting!!!!!!

Thanks for your upcoming answers and comments.

Antonio S. "Tony" Luisoni
Consulting SE
Granada Hills CA
phone/fax (818) 363-6531