Category Archives: The Unusual

A Lifted (Heaved) Basement Floor Slab

Posted by in Basements, Concrete, The Unusual, Water Sources, Weather Events | August 08, 2016

What would cause a concrete basement floor slab to lift in this fashion? The basement floor slab was lifted up about eight inches or so.  The area of floor slab over the sanitary sewer lines was lifted more than the… Read More

Just When You Thought You’ve Seen It ALL!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by in The Unusual | July 25, 2016

This article caught my eye in Dziennik Polski: A man claims that clay tiles were disturbed on his roof by a low flying plane.   The continuous line of disturbed tiles indicates that some type of moving phenomenon probably shifted the tile.… Read More

Siding Distorted by Heat

Posted by in Siding, The Unusual | May 16, 2016

On occasion we are called to look at siding that has been severely distorted over a small area (Figures 1 and 2).   What causes this?  Sometimes we have seen the distortion due to heat from a barbeque grill being… Read More

What happens when… someone discharges a firearm into the air?

Posted by in Shingles, The Unusual | March 07, 2016

How often have we been warned by law enforcement officials and the media to not discharge firearms into the air to celebrate some “special event?”   In this time when common sense is a super power, I could not estimate the… Read More

Here Are a Few Head Scratchers

Posted by in The Unusual | July 20, 2015

Sometimes I see things that just don’t look right.  Here are a few.   How did THIS happen?   No matter which way I turn, I violate a sign.    This valley flashing doesn’t look like it’ll work, does it?… Read More

Things That Shouldn’t Be

Posted by in The Unusual | June 15, 2015

There are things that just should not be!!!! Here are a few.       The last photo was taken at an expensive hotel in Orlando! Disclaimer   Read More

What is all this popping and banging in my home (during frigid temperatures)? – Encore

Posted by in The Unusual, Winter Concerns | February 23, 2015

During the recent frigid temperatures, many home owners heard what they described as loud popping and/or banging sounds in their homes, especially in the attic.  Some even thought that something was thrown up against the side of their home. What… Read More

Sawing Off the Limb You Are Standing On

Posted by in Roof, The Unusual, Wood | February 02, 2015

Many of us have heard the expression, “You are sawing off the limb you are standing on.”  Often someone will say this during a friendly debate when the other debater is undermining his own argument by discrediting his own evidence.… Read More