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Humps and Sags in a Roof Framed with Sawn Lumber

Posted by in Roof, Wood | December 01, 2014

We are sometimes contacted to evaluate humps and/or sags in roof slopes, as shown in the featured photo and Figures HS-1.  Most often we are asked to evaluate residential roofs which are commonly framed with 2×6 or 2×8 rafters.  … Read More

Happy Thanksgiving! (2014)

Posted by in Celebrate | November 24, 2014

My favorite time of year is Autumn.  One reason is the abundance of fresh fruits and vegetables at this time of year.  And with all this abundance, this is a good time of the year to slow down and consider… Read More

Please, Mr. or Ms. Architect, No More Roof Geometry Like This

Posted by in Roof, Unusual, Water Sources | November 17, 2014

I don’t know how many times we have been contacted to evaluate interior water damage (Figure NMRG-1) that was a result of poor roof geometry. Many times examination of the roof and/or the siding on the exterior reveals the obvious… Read More

Improper Repair Techniques

Posted by in Roof | November 10, 2014

When a roof leak is discovered, it is recommended that the repair be made on the roof side of the leak.  That is, the repair must be applied at the roof to prevent water from rain and snow melt from… Read More

Indestructible?

Posted by in Buying/Maintaining a Home, Unusual | November 03, 2014

I recently read that studies were being done to determine whether or not the fractured granite at Mt. Rushmore had been affected by the increased air pressures of nearby fireworks set off annually by the National Parks on the 4th… Read More

Happy Halloween! (2014)

Posted by in Celebrate | October 27, 2014

“Halloween”  comes from the phrase “hallows eve,” which literally means “holy evening.” Considering the general theme of Halloween over the past 50 plus years that I have been aware of it, the meaning is quite ironic. Apparently, it was at… Read More

What Can We Tell from This Photo? (Case Study 4)

Posted by in Basements, Cracking, Masonry, Simple Forensic Methods | October 20, 2014

  This is an exercise to develop the abilities of observation. What can one know from examining this photograph? The pattern of the joints under the coating indicate that this is a concrete block wall. The coating appears to be… Read More

Happy Columbus Day! (2014)

Posted by in Celebrate | October 13, 2014

  Columbus Day doesn’t get the press it used to because of various historical and political disputes that have arisen over the past few decades.  Ignoring those disputes for a moment I make the following observations: 1.  It amazes me… Read More