Author Archives: Jerry Prugar

“Blessed is the Nation….”

Posted by in Celebrate | July 01, 2013

On this 237th commemoration of the signing of the Declaration of Independence let us remember this forgotten truth: ………… “Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD, the people he chose for his inheritance. From heaven the LORD looks… Read More

Damage from High Winds and Hail in Northern Ohio – June 25, 2013

Posted by in Weather Events | June 27, 2013

Local television news media and the Plain Dealer reported damage in Northern Ohio from a storm that passed through the area during the late afternoon and evening of June 25, 2013.  The storm was comprised of heavy rainfall, high winds,… Read More

Are You Feeling Lucky? (Construction by Dummies – Headers)

Posted by in Construction & Shortcuts | June 17, 2013

In our continuing series of Construction by Dummies, we discuss headers for timber framing, specifically the members that frame around an opening through a floor or roof. Openings are often necessary through a floor or roof for the penetration of… Read More

Woven Valleys – Construction for Dummies

Posted by in Construction & Shortcuts | June 10, 2013

In our continuing series of Construction by Dummies, we discuss woven valleys for asphalt shingles. A woven valley is one method of installation for asphalt shingles at a valley where two intersecting roof slopes meet (see featured photo above).  It… Read More

Silly Roofing Details – Flashing (Part 1)

Posted by in Construction & Shortcuts | June 03, 2013

Our continuing series of Construction & Shortcuts by Dummies goes on the roof this week to look at flashing. Proper flashing is a critical detail for all shingled roofs.  Proper flashing is usually comprised of metal or a rubberized membrane.… Read More

Who is This Person?

Posted by in Tips on Preparing for an Engineering Evaluation | May 27, 2013

So, you’ve filed a claim and the claims representative said that they are “sending an engineer out to evaluate the damage to the structure.”  You might be thinking, “Who is this guy (or gal)?  What are their qualifications?” That is… Read More

How Not to Find a Wall Stud for Fastening

Posted by in Construction & Shortcuts | May 20, 2013

The above is what I found when I recently removed a utility sink for painting.  I guess the guy that mounted my utility sink didn’t have a stud locator (See photo above). This has prompted me to start a new… Read More

Tips for Identifying Intentional (Advertent) Damage to Asphalt Shingles – The Pattern of Compatibility – Part 5

Posted by in Roof, Shingles | May 13, 2013

We have been discussing three fundamental patterns that may be used to distinguish intentional manual damage  from naturally occurring hail or wind damage.  These fundamental patterns are: Natural Order vs. Unnatural (Artificial) Order Sufficiency vs. Insufficiency Compatibility vs. Incompatibility  In… Read More