Goldilocks and the Plumber- a firestop story.

You all know the story of Goldilocks and the Three bears, but have you heard the one about the plumber?

Regardless of your trade, this information will help anyone who deals with firestop and wants to build better! Check it out and let me know what you think!

Lessons in Firestop

Im so excited to share with you that not only are we starting the firestop blog back up, but have been invited to wrote for ASPE- So Plumbing Engineers, design teams, installers, general contractors, developers QAQC folks, inspectors and even other trades can find value in much of what we are sharing through this ASPE column called Lessons in Firestop.

You can check it out below- both the March and April segments.

If there is something you would like to have me touch on related to firestop for plumbing trades or any other trades, please let me know and I will gladly work it into the mix.

If you need help on a project and you want to build better please know I would love to help. I might get you moving in the right direction with a quick call, or maybe you want more in depth support. Either way, reach out and let me know how I can help. I hope to hear from you.


Hello there. We stopped blogging about firestop during the pandemic, and not that it is necessarily OVER, it is certainly time to start this back up. If you would like to receive this blog in your email please email me at and when a new blog post drops you will get it in your in-box. Im guessing it will be somewhere between once a month to once a week. If at any point it gets to be too much, just email me and I can take you off the distribution list.

Also if you have any topics you want me to cover, please let me know. It doesn’t matter where you are or what you do. If you have a question the chances are others do too. So let me know what you want to hear about. If you have problems, I want to hear that too. Photos are even better!

To the folks at Building Safety Week in Atlantic City, thanks for telling me you missed my blog. This resurrection is dedicated to YOU GUYS.

Firestop on rated joints is easy, right?

Then why is it wrong so often? Solution #1

Firestop for rated joints seem so very easy and basic, but yet they are often installed wrong. In addition, the structural movement of the building may or may not be accommodated by the size of your joint. Understanding how the movement and the joint size impact one another. We will be creating a few training programs that will go over this and proper fire rated joints. If you would like to join us- let me know. If you want an easy solution check out some of the firestop devices that are on the market. BUT be sure you know what to look for to ensure they are installed properly. We are thrilled to share a new series of videos that will help you do just that. Here is the first device we want to showcase! 


Why there is no promise that your one hour rated wall will last for one hour in a fire.

Before Covid I did a lot of training classes. One day in class I had a guy get mad at me when I told him there was no promise that a one hour rated wall would survive a fire for one hour. Talk about shoot the messenger! But understanding this is important for anyone who designs builds or inspects. That is the topic of this “Firestop Coffee Break Training”. Please join me.

Why the way Fire Rated Assemblies are Tested SHOULD Impact How you DESIGN, BUILD & INSPECT?

Most people in design or construction have never wondered, “gee, how do you test a fire rated assembly?” But if you don’t understand how the assemblies are tested you might not be designing or building the way you should. This series of videos will introduce you to how fire rated assemblies but we will take it a step further and who you how that could play out in a real wold scenario. It is our hope that this four part series will help you improve how you either design or build.

Shaft wall firestop made easy

If you have been watching this video series you may have a new insight on how complicated firestop head of wall firestop joints are. This video will be  welcome surprise, because we will introduce you to a product that will make your life a whole lot easier. Check it out and let me know what you think of it.