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Breaking Like a KitKat Bar

Posted by in Case Studies, Soil Issues | November 05, 2019

Remember the 1990’s KitKat commercial where the chocolate bar was snapped in two? If you don’t, you can watch it here on YouTube. That’s what this barn in the featured photo appears to be doing in one of the sidewalls.… Read More

The Scariest Scenario: To Be Counted Among the MANY (Re-visited 2019)

Posted by in Commemoration/Celebration | October 21, 2019

While attending a funeral Mass this month, the topic of this previous post came to mind and I thought it appropriate to revisit it. What could be the scariest story that I could relate to you on this Halloween Week?… Read More

What the Heck? (Volume 3)

Posted by in The Unusual | October 07, 2019

“What the Heck?” is a series of articles that discuss things I have experienced that are troubling to me. For example, I drive by a building on Leavitt Road regularly (see featured photograph). In fact, I looked forward to checking… Read More

Happy Rosh Hashanah at Sundown September 29, 2019

Posted by in Commemoration/Celebration | September 23, 2019

After reading that the following advert (Figure 1) was rejected by Facebook as being “sexually provocative,” I was reminded that Rosh Hashanah is almost upon us. We wish all, especially those of the Jewish faith, a Happy Rosh Hashanah! It… Read More

Continuing With the Theme of Labor

Posted by in The Unusual | September 09, 2019

Now that I have your attention. A job well done will usually stand the test of time or whatever else is thrown at it. Here are a few that did not. And what did we learn from these? Redundancy is… Read More

Happy Labor Day 2019

Posted by in Commemoration/Celebration | August 26, 2019

Some food for thought this Labor Day Weekend How can one enjoy the fruit of their labor? A wise leader of Israel named Ezra wrote about 2500 years ago: Blessed are all who fear the Lord,     who walk in obedience to… Read More

I Have a Structural Problem – Where Do I Start?

Posted by in Buying/Maintaining a Home | August 12, 2019

Home owners sometimes email or call us about how to find help for a particular framing issue that we have discussed in one of our articles.  These questions have come in from Washington to Florida and California to Maine, and… Read More

Fire Related Damage

Posted by in Uncategorized | July 29, 2019

Most fire damage is obvious where the wood has charred or been consumed, the steel is deformed, the masonry exhibits a pink hue and spalling, the concrete exhibits a pink hue and punky sound when struck with a hammer.  But… Read More