Author Archives: Jerry Prugar

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

SEAoO – List of Structural Engineers that Work on Single-Family Dwellings

Posted by in Links | May 13, 2013

SEAoO List of Professional Engineers that Work on Single-family Dwellings. We provide this link as a convenience to the public.  We do not make any recommendations regarding this list. Disclaimer Read More

Tips for Identifying Intentional (Advertent) Damage to Asphalt Shingles – The Pattern of Sufficiency – Part 4

Posted by in Roof, Shingles | May 06, 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

Tips for Identifying Intentional (Advertent) Damage to Asphalt Shingles – The Pattern of Order – Part 3

Posted by in Roof, Shingles | April 29, 2013

In our last post we introduced three fundamental patterns that may be used to distinguish intentional (advertent) manual damage from naturally occurring hail or wind damage.  These fundamental patterns are: Natural Order vs. Unnatural (Artificial) Order Sufficiency vs. Insufficiency Compatibility… Read More

Tips for Identifying Intentional (Advertent) Damage to Asphalt Shingles – General Principles – Part 2

Posted by in Roof, Shingles | April 22, 2013

In our last post we discussed the increased frequency in the number of intentionally (advertently) damaged shingle roofs that we have evaluated over the years.  In this post we discuss the method of evaluating shingle roof damage with regard to… Read More

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