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Woven Valleys – Construction for Dummies

Posted by in Construction & Shortcuts | June 10, 2013

In our continuing series of Construction by Dummies, we discuss woven valleys for asphalt shingles. A woven valley is one method of installation for asphalt shingles at a valley where two intersecting roof slopes meet (see featured photo above).  It… Read More

Silly Roofing Details – Flashing (Part 1)

Posted by in Construction & Shortcuts | June 03, 2013

Our continuing series of Construction & Shortcuts by Dummies goes on the roof this week to look at flashing. Proper flashing is a critical detail for all shingled roofs.  Proper flashing is usually comprised of metal or a rubberized membrane.… Read More

Who is This Person?

Posted by in Tips on Preparing for an Engineering Evaluation | May 27, 2013

So, you’ve filed a claim and the claims representative said that they are “sending an engineer out to evaluate the damage to the structure.”  You might be thinking, “Who is this guy (or gal)?  What are their qualifications?” That is… Read More

How Not to Find a Wall Stud for Fastening

Posted by in Construction & Shortcuts | May 20, 2013

The above is what I found when I recently removed a utility sink for painting.  I guess the guy that mounted my utility sink didn’t have a stud locator (See photo above). This has prompted me to start a new… Read More

Tips for Identifying Intentional (Advertent) Damage to Asphalt Shingles – The Pattern of Compatibility – Part 5

Posted by in Roof, Shingles | May 13, 2013

We have been discussing three fundamental patterns that may be used to distinguish intentional manual damage  from naturally occurring hail or wind damage.  These fundamental patterns are: Natural Order vs. Unnatural (Artificial) Order Sufficiency vs. Insufficiency Compatibility vs. Incompatibility  In… Read More

SEAoO – List of Structural Engineers that Work on Single-Family Dwellings

Posted by in Links | May 13, 2013

SEAoO List of Professional Engineers that Work on Single-family Dwellings. We provide this link as a convenience to the public.  We do not make any recommendations regarding this list. Disclaimer Read More

Tips for Identifying Intentional (Advertent) Damage to Asphalt Shingles – The Pattern of Sufficiency – Part 4

Posted by in Roof, Shingles | May 06, 2013

We have been discussing three fundamental patterns that may be used to distinguish intentional manual damage  from naturally occurring hail or wind damage.  These fundamental patterns are: Natural Order vs. Unnatural (Artificial) Order Sufficiency vs. Insufficiency Compatibility vs. Incompatibility In… Read More

Tips for Identifying Intentional (Advertent) Damage to Asphalt Shingles – The Pattern of Order – Part 3

Posted by in Roof, Shingles | April 29, 2013

In our last post we introduced three fundamental patterns that may be used to distinguish intentional (advertent) manual damage from naturally occurring hail or wind damage.  These fundamental patterns are: Natural Order vs. Unnatural (Artificial) Order Sufficiency vs. Insufficiency Compatibility… Read More