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A Few Ways NOT Fasten Shingles

Posted by in Shingles | June 18, 2019

This is how NOT to fasten common asphalt shingles: With a nail driven at an angle, thus, reducing the pull through strength and causing a hump that lifts the overlying tab. With nails over driven so that they are cutting… Read More

You Can’t Do THAT

Posted by in Cracking, Masonry | June 04, 2019

We have been told by some masons that a new concrete block wall can’t be toothed into an existing concrete block wall. Well…… Yes and No. Apparently, it can be done, as shown in Figure 1. However, since the new… Read More

Memorial Day – 2019

Posted by in Commemoration/Celebration | May 23, 2019

On this Memorial Day, as we remember those who have given the full measure of devotion for freedom from tyranny on behalf of their fellow Americans, (May they rest in peace), . Let us not forget that the Creator Himself… Read More

What Can We Tell From These Photos? (Case Study 19)

Posted by in Case Studies, Roof, Simple Forensic Methods, Wood | May 13, 2019

The roof surface exhibits a deep trough near scupper through which the roof drains. The roof runoff can’t drain off the roof until it fills and overflows the trough. The trough has been present for months, as evidenced by the… Read More

What Can We Tell From This Photo? (Case Study 18)

Posted by in Case Studies, Wood | April 29, 2019

One of my favorite sayings is, “When something doesn’t look quite right, it probably isn’t.” This maxim has served me well, both professionally and personally.  Some would probably call it “instinct” or “the subconscious mind.”  Whatever it is called it… Read More

The Christian is Not a Good Person

Posted by in Uncategorized | April 15, 2019

Startled by this title?  Here is a simple and true explanation given by Martin Lloyd Jones with his references: “He is a vile wretch who has been saved by the grace of God! ‘You see, at just the right time,… Read More

What Can Hail Damage Look Like in Siding or Leaf Guards?

Posted by in Hail Damage, Siding | April 01, 2019

In two words, “visible indentations.” As they sang in Grease, “Tell me more. Tell me more.” “Tend to be near circular in shape” “Formed by a mostly downward impact” “Widespread in extent” “Random in pattern” “Not uniform in size or… Read More

A Message from St. Patrick

Posted by in Commemoration/Celebration | March 14, 2019

St. Patrick wrote: “I was like a stone lying in deep mud; and He that is mighty came and in his mercy lifted me up, and raised me aloft and put me on top of the wall. And therefore I… Read More