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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

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

Posted by in 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

Salute to President Ulysses Simpson Grant (1869-1877)

Posted by in Celebrate | February 16, 2015

 Happy Presidents’ Day     Hiram Ulysses Grant was born in small home overlooking the Ohio River just east of Cincinnati, Ohio on April 27, 1822. Though he was a hard working lad on his parents’ farm, he was generally… Read More

Evaluation of Fire Damage to Structural Steel (Primer)

Posted by in Fire Damage, Steel | February 09, 2015

We often get called to evaluate fire damage to structural steel framing.  It may be an evaluation even as simple as one steel beam in a residence.  Some of the evaluations are relatively easy, others more difficult.  But here is… Read More