Archives by Year: 2020

Even a Slate Roof Can Be Damaged by Hail

Posted by in Hail Damage, Roof | June 01, 2020

Slate tile roof coverings are more expensive than common composite asphalt shingle roof coverings and for good reason: slate is more attractive (this is a personal preference), slate tiles last much longer (50-100 years or more depending on the quality… Read More

Memorial Day – 2014

Posted by in Commemoration/Celebration | May 18, 2020

How can we honor those who gave their lives in the service of their fellow countrymen and countrywomen? I think President Abraham Lincoln gave the best answer to THAT question in his Gettysburg Address Four score and seven years ago… Read More

Old Fracture or New Fracture?

Posted by in Simple Forensic Methods, Wood | May 04, 2020

Roof framing that has been exposed to a substantial weight of ice and snow exhibits fractures (see the featured photograph).  Were the fractures caused by the recent accumulation of ice and snow?  How can the history (age) of a wood… Read More

Clay Brick Expansion – It is Real

Posted by in Case Studies, Cracking, Masonry | April 20, 2020

I just attended a webinar about movement joints in masonry.  The topics included the different types of movement joints (isolation, expansion, and contraction); why the need for movement joints; and where to place movement joints.  I’ve been designing, detailing, and… Read More

Eternal Life Instead of Everlasting Death

Posted by in Commemoration/Celebration | April 06, 2020

My Dear Christian Brothers and Sisters, We were planning to meet together in our respective churches this week and commemorate what we have received: eternal life instead of everlasting death.  We are instead experiencing a hands-on workshop displaying to us… Read More

Time to Clean the Gutters (Again)

Posted by in Buying/Maintaining a Home | March 23, 2020

Not only is it good to clean your gutters BEFORE winter, but also AFTER winter. The trees debris that fell or blew onto the roof and then washed into the gutters has been collecting for four or five months.  A… Read More

Happy St. Patrick’s Day – March 17, 2020

Posted by in Commemoration/Celebration | March 09, 2020

Corned beef and cabbage, parades, green beer, and smiles everywhere, who wouldn’t love St. Patrick’s Day?  But who was St. Patrick? Traditional history records that Patrick was born to Roman parents circa 387 in the imperial province of Britannia of… Read More

What Can Happen to Unbraced Wood Truss Web Members? Part III

Posted by in Case Studies, Wood | February 25, 2020

So, to continue on from last weeks post. How did we know that the wood trusses had buckled sideways previously and were reset? Examination of the top chord in the featured photograph shows two nails saw off flush with the… Read More