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When Winterizing a Swimming Pool

Posted by in Swimming Pools | August 04, 2014

Here’s an important reason to lower the water level in a swimming pool when winterizing. If the water level is not properly lowered in a swimming pool when it is closed for the season, that is, the water level is… Read More

A Roofer’s Nightmare

Posted by in Roof, Unusual | July 28, 2014

Roof leakage through an asphalt  shingle roof covering can be the result of many causes.  Sometimes the shingles were damaged by some event, other times its severe wear from aging, we have seen improper installation, or as we discuss here… Read More

Some Comments Regarding Soffit (or Overhang) Vents

Posted by in Attic Ventilation | July 21, 2014

Soffit (or overhang) vents provide free vent area for cooler or drier air to enter into the attic and replace the hotter and/or damper air that vents out through the upper vents comprised commonly of a power vent, ridge vents,… Read More

Did You Know? (Lumber)

Posted by in Wood | July 14, 2014

Some Interesting Effects of Moisture on Lumber Sawn Lumber Raising the moisture content in sawn lumber from normal use conditions (moisture content < 15%) to fully saturated decreases the stiffness about 25%, thus increasing deflection immediately by 33%. Creep is… Read More

Threshold Damage to Garage Doors Exposed to Explosion or Excessive Winds

Posted by in Explosion Damage, Wind Damage | July 07, 2014

An evaluation of building damage resulting from excessive air pressures generated by a nearby explosion or generated by excessive winds may include examination and evaluation of the garage door, especially if the garage door faces toward the site of the… Read More

Happy 4th of July !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (2014)

Posted by in Celebrate | July 01, 2014

Happy 4th of July! the wonderful summer holiday when we celebrate our forefathers declaration of freedom from the tyranny of King George III.  Their statement was a bold one.  They knew that they could no longer live under the tyranny… Read More

Time to Check Those Roofs for Debris

Posted by in Buying/Maintaining a Home, Roof | June 23, 2014

Even though it is already well into June 2014 we are still finding roofs with accumulations of debris from last fall and winter.  Come on, my friends, it is time to get those valleys and gutters cleaned of debris!  Roofs… Read More

Unbalanced Backfill & A Garage Foundation Wall

Posted by in Construction & Shortcuts, Foundations, Masonry, Soil Issues | June 16, 2014

It is not uncommon for a garage floor slab to be raised above the original grade, especially where the grade around the garage slopes down from front to back or side to side.  This hillside or sloped grade setting will… Read More