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Roofing Questions

Flat to pitched roofs and typical ventilation issues. The life expectancy of tar & gravel roofs We are going to put our house up for sale. I’d like to evaluate the roofing before hand so I know what we are selling. The roof is tar & gravel and about seventeen...

Structural Questions

An encyclopedia of detailed information from anchoring and foundations to sagging support beams… Anchoring new concrete to old existing foundations I am about to start constructing an addition to increase the size of our kitchen. The new foundation will extend 15 feet...

Plumbing Questions

Critical issues from frozen pipes to sinks… Sewer gas smell in basement I can smell sewer gas in my basement near the hot water tank. Any suggestions fellows? There are a few possible solutions. Often in houses older that 15 years the “p” trap in your floor drain will...

Mechanical Questions

Issues with wood heater I have an opportunity to purchase a used wood stove that I intend to use to heat my garage / workshop. Are there any possible problems I should be aware of before I make the purchase? There are a few issues you may want to consider and be aware...

Electrical Questions

Bad wiring to upgrading; frequently asked questions about electrical issues… Upgrading old electrical service My insurance company recently sent me a letter asking us to upgrade our electric service size to a 100 amp service. They state in the letter that a previous...

Architectural Questions

Ice build up around our house’s wood framed chimney chase Every winter a large volume of ice builds up around our house’s wood framed chimney chase. Over the winter the ice volume keeps increasing, hanging in sheets from the eaves on both sides of the chase. What’s...