Author Archives: Jerry Prugar

What is a Lintel and What is Lintel Lift (or Rust Jacking)? (Encore)

Posted by in Masonry | April 18, 2016

For thousands of years the openings in brick and stone (masonry) walls have been topped with an arch to provide support for the masonry above. In arch construction, the masonry that forms the arch, is generally wedged in place. The… Read More

Evidence of a Roof Leak

Posted by in Roof, Water Sources | April 11, 2016

What caused damage to the drywall on this ceiling (Figure 1)? The damage is not due to a one time leakage.  It is just too severe for a one time ice dam. Climbing into the attic above the kitchen we… Read More

How Important is Wall Flashing?

Posted by in Masonry, Water Sources | April 04, 2016

Take a look for yourself. I spotted these water and dirt stains on the face of a brick wall.  The water and dirt stains are directly under the joint of the metal wall cap. The lap on the metal cap… Read More

Not As Unusual as You Would Think

Posted by in Roof, Shingles | March 31, 2016

We get to see some unusual details on the roofs we examine.  Here are four that promote leakage and/or loose shingles. Who put the soil stack in a valley?  See the featured photo.  In heavy rains or during snow melt,… Read More

A Testimony Regarding the Events of Holy Week and Easter Sunday by St. Peter

Posted by in Celebrate | March 21, 2016

“Brothers, sons of the family of Abraham, and those among you who fear God, to us has been sent the message of this salvation. For those who live in Jerusalem and their rulers, because they did not recognize Him nor… Read More

The Case of the Sinking Wood Deck

Posted by in Foundations, Wood | March 14, 2016

It was cold and rainy afternoon.  And, while gazing at the rain sheeting down the window, I was ruminating on my plans for the coming weekend.  My quite ruminations were interrupted by the loud, sudden ringing of my desk phone.  It was a call… Read More

What happens when… someone discharges a firearm into the air?

Posted by in Shingles, Unusual | March 07, 2016

How often have we been warned by law enforcement officials and the media to not discharge firearms into the air to celebrate some “special event?”   In this time when common sense is a super power, I could not estimate the… Read More

What happens when…the boot on the soil stack is too small?

Posted by in Buying/Maintaining a Home, Roof, Shingles, What happens when ...? | February 29, 2016

Ever wonder if conventional wisdom, common sense, or old wives’ (in this day and age of political correctness I probably should include old husbands’) tales are accurate? This blog begins what I hope to be a new recurring series of case studies… Read More