Category Archives: Buying/Maintaining a Home

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

The Work of Hansel & Gretel?

Posted by in Buying/Maintaining a Home, Shingles | February 06, 2017

Remember the story of Hansel and Gretel?  For those who aren’t, they are a brother and a sister who run away from home, get lost, and come upon a gingerbread house.  Having become famished in their travels they start eating… Read More

Snow Removal on a Roof

Posted by in Buying/Maintaining a Home, Roof, Snow Loads, Winter Concerns | January 09, 2017

We have had a few articles regarding removing snow from a roof. Here is our latest.  It’s a long overdue follow-up to Chalk Up Another Victory Over Ice Damming where I discussed buying a roof rake. Here is the application:… Read More

New N.E.O.R.S.D. Storm Water User Fees & Credits (Encore – They are HERE!!)

Posted by in Buying/Maintaining a Home | October 17, 2016

(Note:  This week we have a guest writer, Peter D. Zwick, P.E., P.S.  Mr. Zwick provides surveying and civil engineering consultation services for surface drainage, roadways, grading, etc.  His article discusses the new storm water user fees for those of… Read More

Shingle Tab Lifted by a Raised Nail (Case Study)

Posted by in Buying/Maintaining a Home, Case Studies, Roof, Shingles | July 11, 2016

From the ground, I saw that the shingle looked slightly lifted.  See the featured photograph.  Further examination disclosed that the shingle was lifted by a raised nail. One of the nail had been installed at an angle and had backed out. … Read More

Travel Tips for Your Home (Encore)

Posted by in Buying/Maintaining a Home | June 20, 2016

Many times we have investigated and evaluated damage that has occurred to a home while the owner was away.   We have seen that a few simple precautions may be taken to reduce the risk or the extent of damage… 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

An Easy Way to Clean the Surface of Your Concrete Driveway

Posted by in Buying/Maintaining a Home, Concrete | January 25, 2016

Is your driveway discolored from years of dirt buildup (see feature photo). My neighbor found a fun hose attachment that allowed him to easily clean the dirt off the concrete without damaging the surface.  It’s called, “Briggs & Stratton Surface… Read More