Archives by Year: 2020

Damage from an Explosion Within a Dwelling

Posted by in Case Studies, Explosion Damage | September 21, 2020

An explosion generates sudden, excessive air pressures.  Excessive air pressures produce a wave of air that moves outward in all directions (radially) away from the origin of the explosion.  The pressure from the wave of air decreases in magnitude as… Read More

Happy Labor Day 2020!

Posted by in Commemoration/Celebration | September 06, 2020

Work is good for the body & the soul, ….. And whatsoever mine eyes desired I kept not from them, I withheld not my heart from any joy; for my heart rejoiced in all my labor: and this was my… Read More

Why is the Brick Veneer Laying on the Ground?

Posted by in Case Studies, Masonry | August 24, 2020

In the last technical post I discussed the structural basics of brick veneer:  what holds it up, what holds it on, and what help does it provide. In this post I look into why the brick veneer above fell off… Read More

What is Brick Veneer?

Posted by in Case Studies, Masonry | August 10, 2020

What is brick veneer? And why is it laying on the ground in the featured photograph? Brick veneer is in essence a masonry siding, which has been set separate, that is, with an air space (commonly called a cavity), from… Read More

Was the Fallen Plaster Ceiling Damaged by Water?

Posted by in Case Studies, Ceilings | July 27, 2020

We were informed that a portion of a plaster ceiling had fallen (featured photograph). The question was, “Was it related to a previous water incident?” The account of the water incident indicated that it occurred on the floor directly above… Read More

Hail Damaged Shingles (Updated)

Posted by in Hail Damage, Roof, Shingles, Weather Events | July 13, 2020

A few years ago we took a quick look at hand torn shingles and hail damaged shingles.  Here is an update to the hail damaged shingles post. Yes, Virginia, we have found hail damage to shingles where others did not… Read More

“Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death”

Posted by in Commemoration/Celebration | June 29, 2020

“Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death” Not just passionate words spoken by Patrick Henry over two hundred years ago, but a declaration that being enslaved was not an option for him. After the significant limitations on our freedoms during… Read More

A Baffling Issue (at 1st) with a Raised Patio Deck

Posted by in Case Studies, Soil Issues, Winter Concerns, Wood | June 15, 2020

When we get reports of a raised patio deck pitching down, sliding glass doors in the patio walls binding, and doors not latching anymore, we begin by measuring the pitch of the floor and walls to help determine what is… Read More