Author Archives: Jerry Prugar

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

Beware of the Flying Debris

Posted by in Wind Damage | April 24, 2017

We are often told about and shown the destructive power of a tornado, roofs dislodged, buildings partially dismantled, and even neighborhoods leveled.  These are real and life threatening, and we need to take cover when given a tornado warning. But… Read More

Intentional Damage? Or Something Else?

Posted by in Shingles | April 17, 2017

Not all shingle tabs that are creased or unsealed by hand lifting are done so with intention to damage.    During the replacement or repair of shingles, flashings, or other roof component, shingle tabs are often lifted and bent back to… Read More

Eternal Life Instead of Everlasting Death

Posted by in Commemoration/Celebration | April 10, 2017

Christian brothers and sisters, This is the week, and Sunday is the day, to commemorate what we have received: eternal life instead of everlasting death.  Let us remember, we have not received life by what we have done or said,… Read More

Play Ball!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by in Commemoration/Celebration | April 03, 2017

Wouldn’t this crown look good on our Tribe this year?     Go, Tribe!!!!!!!   For tickets to watch the run for the crown, go to the Cleveland Indians website.     Read More

The Importance of Crawlspace Ventilation

Posted by in Apparent Mold/Biological Growth, Foundations, Wood | March 27, 2017

The decay (and the foot step through the floor in the featured photo) seen here is characteristic of damage from prolonged exposure to excessive moisture. The severity of the decay indicates that the problem has been progressing over a period… Read More

Happy St. Patrick’s Day – March 17, 2017

Posted by in Commemoration/Celebration | March 13, 2017

Corned beef and cabbage, parades, green beer, and smiles everywhere, who wouldn’t love St. Patrick’s Day?  But who was St. Patrick? Traditional history records that Patrick was born to Roman parents circa 387 in the imperial province of Britannia of… Read More