Author Archives: Jerry Prugar

Quickly Identifying Unsealed Shingle Tabs

Posted by in Roof, Shingles, Simple Forensic Methods | June 19, 2017

Here is a quick and easy method to identify unsealed, partially unsealed, or poorly bonded shingle tabs or shingle strips.  But I must warn you, “DO NOT TRY THIS AT HOME UNLESS YOU ARE WILLING TO ACCEPT THE RISK OF… Read More

Happy Flag Day (June 14 2017)

Posted by in Celebrate | June 12, 2017

What does the flag of the United States of America mean to you? Is it just a colorful piece of fabric, an outdated signaling device, a decoration for your hat or shirt, a symbol of repression or freedom, or something… Read More

What Can We Tell from This Photo? (Case Study 14)

Posted by in Case Studies, Masonry | June 05, 2017

The feature photograph was taken of a chimney that had been clad with manufactured stone veneer.  This photograph provides helpful information regarding the cause and history of the damage. From this photo we observe the following: There is no waterproof membrane… Read More

Assessing the History of a Water Source (Encore)

Posted by in Water Sources | May 30, 2017

For years NASA has been searching the heavens for traces of water proposing that its presence is evidence of life beyond this earth. Water is indeed necessary for the existence of life as we know it. From the Hebrew Scriptures… Read More

Memorial Day (2017)

Posted by in Celebrate | May 22, 2017

Please take time this Memorial Day weekend to honor the memory of those who gave their lives to preserve, protect and defend The Constitution for the United States of America. Disclaimer   Read More

Public Service Reminder: It’s Time to Get Those Backyard Pools Opened for the Kids

Posted by in Lightning, Snow Loads, Swimming Pools, Wind Damage | May 15, 2017

The damage to this swimming pool was not from lightning, as evidenced by the lack of charred or melted materials and a lack of damage to the electrical equipment. The damage to this swimming pool was not from wind, as… Read More

What is Undercutting of a Footing?

Posted by in Soil Issues, Structural terms | May 08, 2017

In the feature photograph we see where an excavation was performed near a wall.  The excavation is nearly alongside the wall and extends well below the bottom of the wall footing, which was about three feet below grade.  This type… Read More

A Primer on Basement Wall Distress (Encore May 1, 2017)

Posted by in Archive 2004 thru 2011, Basements, Buying/Maintaining a Home, Cracking, Foundations | May 01, 2017

So, you have found your dream home: perfect location, quiet street, great landscaping, room layout fits your life style, colors match your furniture. You can’t wait to relax on the screened patio or that swing on the large front porch.… Read More