Author Archives: Jerry Prugar

Tips for Identifying Intentional (Advertent) Damage to Asphalt Shingles – Introduction – Part 1

Posted by in Roof, Shingles | April 15, 2013

We have often been engaged to evaluate damage to asphalt shingle roofs.  Some of our evaluations have concluded that the damage was intentionally applied in a fashion that appears to mimic hail or wind damage.  By intentional we mean advertent,… Read More

Storm with Hail Reported in Hancock, Lorain & Cuyahoga Counties – April 8, 2013

Posted by in Weather Events | April 10, 2013

Hail was reported in Hancock, Lorain, & the west end of Cuyahoga counties of Ohio late on the evening of April 8, 2013. A preliminary report from the National Weather Service listed the following: Mount Cory, Hancock County, Estimated at… Read More

Happy Easter – March 31, 2013

Posted by in Celebrate | March 25, 2013

One of my favorite musicals is Fiddler on the Roof.  It just seems to capture the spirit of the ongoing struggle in a family regarding tradition and change.  I enjoy every song, but one of the most enjoyable songs for… Read More

Collapsing Porch Slabs

Posted by in Buying/Maintaining a Home, Concrete | March 18, 2013

  One of the more dramatic types of failures that I have investigated have been the collapse of front porch slabs (see photo above).  These occur when the concrete porch slab drops anywhere from a few inches to quite a… Read More

Happy St. Patrick’s Day (A St. Patrick’s Day Quiz) – March 17, 2013

Posted by in Celebrate | March 15, 2013

What do historians believe was the birth nationality of St. Patrick? A.   British extraction B.   Scotsman C.   French extraction D.   Irish (Hibernian extraction)   Historians reference a genuine document written in Latin by St. Patrick for… Read More

They Don’t make ‘Em Like They Used To – Update #4 (February 20, 2013)

Posted by in Wood | February 25, 2013

Over the past year or so we have been posting on the changes in the design values for Southern Yellow Pine.  You might recall that 2011 test results for the strength values of 2×4 lumber showed that the strength values for… Read More

Concrete Masonry Units Are Being Made with Smaller Cross Webs – This is Better, but “On the Other Hand…”

Posted by in Masonry | February 20, 2013

It has been over a year since the American Society of Testing Materials approved ASTM C90-11 which allows thinner cross webs in concrete masonry units (CMU).  The new standard allows cross webs to be ¾ inches thick instead of 11/8 inches. … Read More

Congratulations to Peter Zwick – Cleveland Surveyor of 2013

Posted by in Celebrate | February 18, 2013

On January 24, 2013 Peter D. Zwick, P.E., P.S. of Zwick Engineering was honored as the “2013 Surveyor of the Year” at the annual meeting of the Professional Land Surveyors of Ohio’s Cleveland Chapter.   He is also a Professional Engineer who… Read More