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The Case of the Sinking Wood Deck

Posted by in Foundations, Wood | March 14, 2016

It was cold and rainy afternoon.  And, while gazing at the rain sheeting down the window, I was ruminating on my plans for the coming weekend.  My quite ruminations were interrupted by the loud, sudden ringing of my desk phone.  It was a call… Read More

What happens when… someone discharges a firearm into the air?

Posted by in Shingles, Unusual | March 07, 2016

How often have we been warned by law enforcement officials and the media to not discharge firearms into the air to celebrate some “special event?”   In this time when common sense is a super power, I could not estimate the… Read More

What happens when…the boot on the soil stack is too small?

Posted by in Buying/Maintaining a Home, Roof, Shingles, What happens when ...? | February 29, 2016

Ever wonder if conventional wisdom, common sense, or old wives’ (in this day and age of political correctness I probably should include old husbands’) tales are accurate? This blog begins what I hope to be a new recurring series of case studies… Read More

What Can We Tell from This Photo? (Case Study 13)

Posted by in Case Studies, Mold Growth, Roof, Winter Concerns, Wood | February 22, 2016

The feature photograph was taken in an attic during a warmer month of the year.  It documents the condition on the underside of the roof deck.  This photograph provides valuable information regarding the scope and history of airborne moisture in the attic. From… Read More

Salute to President Rutherford Birchard Hayes (1877-1881)

Posted by in Celebrate | February 15, 2016

 Happy Presidents’ Day (2016)   Rutherford Birchard Hayes, the 19th President of the United States of America, was born on October 4, 1822 in Delaware, Ohio just north of Columbus.  His birthplace is marked with a relatively small granite monument,… Read More

When Is Condensation a Concern?

Posted by in Attic Ventilation, Chimneys, Mold Growth, Winter Concerns | February 08, 2016

Remember summertime?  It’s that warm or even hot time of year when we lay back on our chaise lounge in the shade with a cold glass of our favorite beverage.  It is so humid that the glass is sweating profusely… Read More

What Happens When…the Top of a Masonry Wall is Left Open? (Case Study 1)

Posted by in Case Studies, Masonry, What happens when ...? | February 01, 2016

Ever wonder if conventional wisdom, common sense, or old wives’ (in this day and age of political correctness I probably should include old husbands’) tales are accurate? This blog begins what I hope to be a new recurring series of case studies… Read More

An Easy Way to Clean the Surface of Your Concrete Driveway

Posted by in Buying/Maintaining a Home, Concrete | January 25, 2016

Is your driveway discolored from years of dirt buildup (see feature photo). My neighbor found a fun hose attachment that allowed him to easily clean the dirt off the concrete without damaging the surface.  It’s called, “Briggs & Stratton Surface… Read More