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What Can We Tell from This Photo? (Case Study 7)

Posted by in Cracking, Masonry, Simple Forensic Methods | April 20, 2015

  This concrete block wall exhibits an unusual pattern of cracking.       What can we tell from these two photos? The line of the horizontal joints and the line at the top of the wall indicate that wall… Read More

Do Leaf Guards Have an Effect on Icicles?

Posted by in Roof, Water Sources, Winter Concerns | April 13, 2015

Many, many years ago my father-in-law asked me about any detrimental effects of leaf guards on gutters.  Being over eighty he had decided that it was time to stop climbing a ladder to clean his gutters. I told him that… Read More

What Can We Tell from This Photo? (Case Study 6)

Posted by in Simple Forensic Methods, Wood | April 06, 2015

  During our moisture source evaluations we sometimes observe other conditions that we bring to the attention of the owner.  Such is the case for this week’s topic. In the featured photo and Figure FT-1 we see a fractured web… Read More

Happy Easter! (The Christian’s Benefit from His Resurrection)

Posted by in Celebrate | March 30, 2015

Fellow Christians, we celebrate Easter again! In our commemorations during Holy Week we are reminded that when Jesus Christ was crucified He took our sins upon Himself and paid the penalty for them.  But, let us not forget that in… Read More

Blisters in a Resilient Floor Covering

Posted by in Floor Finishes | March 23, 2015

On occasion we have been called in to evaluate damage to floor finishes.  One of the more interesting evaluations involved blisters in a resilient floor covering at an office (See Figure BRF-1). These blisters reportedly appeared one day and continued… Read More

Fire Damage to Shingles

Posted by in Fire Damage, Shingles | March 16, 2015

On occasion we are called in to a situation where a building or home owner is concerned that the shingles on his/her roof were damaged by the heat from a nearby fire.  Damage from exposure to excessive heat to shingles… Read More

Deicing Salts and Concrete

Posted by in Buying/Maintaining a Home, Concrete, Winter Concerns | March 09, 2015

Although a concrete pavement is hard it is also like a sponge, that is, it absorbs water and the waterbourne chemicals.  We all have seen this while washing our vehicle when water spray soaks into the concrete before it begins… Read More

How Much Snow Can My Roof Support?

Posted by in Roof, Snow Loads, Winter Concerns, Wood | March 02, 2015

After a succession of heavy snowfalls, we are often asked the question, “How much snow can a roof support?” or more specifically, “How much snow can MY roof support?” and “Should I shovel the snow off my roof?” Most who… Read More