Archives by Year: 2020

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

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 – 2020

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