Author Archives: Jerry Prugar

Visible Signs of Rafter Thrust

Posted by in Roof, Wood | November 30, 2020

In common rafter framing, the rafters support the weight of the roof and snow (or live load) by pushing against the ridge board (and opposing rafters) at the top and pushing outward and downward at the tops of the supporting… Read More

Happy Thanksgiving (2020)

Posted by in Commemoration/Celebration | November 02, 2020

This year I am expressing my thankfulness for the Word of God.  The Bible is a constant and clear source of truth and comfort in these days that seem to be filled with deceptions and distress.  If you would have… Read More

Eight Myths About Hell – Happy Halloween 2020

Posted by in Commemoration/Celebration | October 19, 2020

Hell is a popular topic and commonly discussed in a flippant manner, especially during this time of the year. Sam Storms of Bridgeway Church, Oklahoma City addresses eight popular myths about Hell. I think he is right on target, and… Read More

Poor Handling of Roof Runoff

Posted by in Basements, Case Studies, Roof, Water Sources, Winter Concerns | October 05, 2020

Basement walls not only support the floor framing above, but also retain earth and groundwater from the basement area.  A basement wall commonly retains earth backfill and groundwater by spanning vertically between the basement floor and the wood framing above… Read More

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