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Is there anything new under the sun?

Posted by in Wood | January 27, 2014

  I got a real chuckle this week reading an article entitled Lateral Loads Generated by Occupants on Exterior Decks on page 36 in the January 2014 issue of Structure magazine.  As the title indicates it was about lateral design loads… Read More

What caused my brick porch pier to lean like that?

Posted by in Masonry, Soil Issues | January 20, 2014

I don’t know how many leaning porch piers we have evaluated, but I can say – “a lot!” Leaning porch piers are usually noticed by the tenant or owner of the property after a strong wind storm, a vehicle impact… Read More

The Making of a Ceiling Collapse

Posted by in Ceilings, Simple Forensic Methods, Wood | January 16, 2014

We have seen ceiling collapses that have been caused by pressurizing of the attic with high winds after a gable end wall failure, from someone stepping on the drywall rather than the ceiling when in an attic, or from excessive… Read More

Collar Ties Vs. Rafter Ties

Posted by in Roof, Structural terms, Wood | January 02, 2014

In common rafter framing the rafters support the weight of the roof construction and snow or live load by pushing against the opposing rafters (at the ridge plate at the peak), pushing horizontally outward at the top of the supporting… Read More

Happy New Year 2014!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by in Celebrate, Structural terms | December 30, 2013

Did you know that the term “engineer” is from the Anglo-French word “enginer” which means to devise or construct? Some etymological sources state that “engineer” proceeded from the Latin word “ingeniare” which also means to contrive or devise. From these roots we… Read More

How much snow was on the roof when it collapsed?

Posted by in Roof, Snow Loads, Winter Concerns | December 16, 2013

Well, the weight of ice and snow is affected by many factors, such as, depth of snow, density of the snow, consolidation, or rainfall on the snow.  This article will discuss information helpful in calculating the actual snow load. Of course… Read More

Merry Christmas 2013 from the Staff at Prugar Consulting

Posted by in Celebrate | December 09, 2013

May Jesus Christ Bless You and Your Families with His Eternal Gift of New Life in Him (To read our Christmas thoughts for 2013, click here.) Disclaimer Read More

Why Do We Celebrate Christmas at Prugar Consulting?

Posted by in Celebrate | December 09, 2013

Life can overwhelm us with so many difficult things or distract us with so many good things that we often forget the Giver of all good gifts.   for “In him we live and move and have our being”; as… Read More