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Looking for a “Happy New Year?”

Posted by in Celebrate | December 28, 2015

. Blessed (Happy) is the man that walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful. But his delight is in the law of the LORD;… Read More

Merry Christmas (2015)

Posted by in Celebrate | December 21, 2015

What do I say about Jesus Christ whose Incarnation we celebrate every year at this time? Nothing that hasn’t already been said or written, (but I can paraphrase) In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God,… Read More

Quick & Easy Repair for a Soil Stack Boot

Posted by in Buying/Maintaining a Home, Roof, Shingles | December 14, 2015

Ever get up on a roof and find the soil stack boot has deteriorated or split (see the feature photo).  It is one of those “Argh” moments. Here is a quick repair that may come in handy this winter or… Read More

An Oversight Makes a Rafter More Susceptible to Fracture

Posted by in Construction & Shortcuts, Roof, Structural Analysis, Wood | December 07, 2015

In the featured photograph we see where the rafter fractured at its end.  This fracture was due to vertical tension in the rafter.  That is, the weight of the roof framing and the snow were pushing downward along the length… Read More

What Can We Tell from This Photo? (Case Study 12)

Posted by in Mold Growth, Simple Forensic Methods | November 30, 2015

What does this photograph show? This photograph was taken of active condensation of excessive airborne moisture on the underside of a roof deck.  This photograph provides a significant amount of information about the consequences of condensation and even about the… Read More

Happy Thanksgiving! (2015)

Posted by in Celebrate | November 23, 2015

Thank you for your friendship, your kindness, and your considerating of Prugar Consulting for your forensic structural engineering evaluations throughout 2015. …. And together let us: “Give thanks to the LORD, for He is good. His lovingkindness endures forever. “ ….… Read More

Spalling, Paint & Repointing

Posted by in Buying/Maintaining a Home, Cracking, Masonry | November 16, 2015

Spalling is a shallow delamination, bulging, and dislodging of thin slices of a material.  In the case of a masonry chimney spalling is the delamination and dislodging of thin slices of the clay brick material which often extends into the… Read More

Please be careful this winter!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by in Buying/Maintaining a Home, Roof, Shingles, Snow Loads, Weather Events | November 09, 2015

If you are chipping ice dams out of the gutters and valleys of your roof this winter, please be careful. I know it gets frustrating as we chip away at the ice in the cold, but a few slips of… Read More