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L.A. Now Live: Watts Towers cracking, engineers study how to fix

April 01, 2013

A series of cracks are veining through the historic Watts Towers, a recurring problem that's forcing engineers to rethink how they repair the sculpture.

Join us at 9 a.m. as we discuss the towers and the problems facing it with Times reporter Angel Jennings.

The towers have been deteriorating for years, prompting quick patch jobs that did little long-term good. A worker with binoculars would spot a crack, panic and rush to seal it over with cement and other materials. But the cracks always came back.

Now, a team of engineers and conservationists have descended on Watts to try to discover the root problems for the decay and come up with a more lasting fix.

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