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What is Manufactured Stone Veneer?

Posted by in Masonry | October 19, 2015

Manufactured stone exterior cladding system has been around since 1962, the 1920’s, or the 12th Century depending on the criteria used to establish its historical beginning.  However, the use of manufactured stone cladding, especially over common wood framing, became much… Read More

What is causing the cracking in my ceiling?

Posted by in Wood | October 12, 2015

We have looked at numerous single-family ranch style dwellings constructed in the 1960s where the ceiling exhibits cracking between the dining room and the living room.  It’s a crack that emanates from the corner of two walls.  Those of you… Read More

Cleaning Lichens from Shingles (An Experiment)

Posted by in Buying/Maintaining a Home, Roof, Shingles | October 05, 2015

While performing my annual pre-winter roof maintenance this fall I again noticed the moderate growth of lichens on parts of my roof.  The lichen growth is in areas that are heavily shaded (Figures L-1). I thought that this might be… Read More

Shingles with Jen-U-Wine Hail Damage

Posted by in Roof, Shingles | September 28, 2015

We have evaluated a number of roofs this summer for hail damage.  We have evaluated more roofs than most years, but not as many as in some of the past years. And now, for your viewing pleasure, I now present a… Read More

What Can Happen to Unbraced Wood Truss Web Members?

Posted by in Construction & Shortcuts, Structural terms, Wood | September 21, 2015

So, what happens when the web members of a wood truss are not braced laterally as specified by the truss manufacturer? When a wood truss is designed and constructed by a truss manufacturer, the manufacturer commonly provides drawings that show… Read More

Buying a Home – Structural Considerations (Encore)

Posted by in Buying/Maintaining a Home | September 14, 2015

Buying a home is probably the most expensive purchase a person or a couple will make in their lifetime. If one buys wisely, the home will not only provide shelter, comfort, and sanctuary from the rest of the world for… Read More

Happy Labor Day 2015!

Posted by in Commemoration/Celebration | September 06, 2015

Work is good for the body & the soul, but ….   And whatsoever mine eyes desired I kept not from them, I withheld not my heart from any joy; for my heart rejoiced in all my labor: and this… Read More

Which wood framed structure would you expect to be stronger?

Posted by in Construction & Shortcuts, Structural terms | August 31, 2015

Which wood framed structure would you expect to be stronger? Number 1 or Number 2? Wood framed construction built in accordance with prescriptive framing methods. (Prescriptive framing methods are established upon rule of thumb guidelines that have developed from the… Read More