It’s time to stop saying Bruce Bochy ‘retired’ from managing

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO — If retirement goes as planned for former Giants manager Bruce Bochy, it’s a period of his life that won’t last long.Bochy is already talking about going back to work.During an appearance with Chris “Mad Dog” Russo on SiriusXM Radio Thursday, Bochy explained that he does have a desire to manage again.“I’m just hitting the pause button,” Bochy told Russo. “That’s all, you know, I’m taking a sabbatical here for a year and then, you know, I’ll see where I’m at. I don’t know how …last_img

Is This SIP Roof In Trouble?

first_imgA site visit is a good first stepGBA senior editor Martin Holladay makes five observations: installers used an interior tape with adhesion problems; there is evidence of air leakage at the seams between SIPs; it appears that melting snow on the roof caused by air leaks led to ice dams; the roof pitch is very shallow; and the peel-and-stick membrane was installed in a way that isn’t waterproof.“It’s not a good sign that your roof has ice dams — especially if the house is only three years old,” Holladay writes. “It’s worrisome that you have seen water on the underside of your roof assembly. I’m not going to give advice on the moral or ethical issue of what you should tell the new owners of the building. I’ll leave that issue to your conscience or your lawyer.“Lots of problems,” Holladay continues. “It would take a site visit to determine whether there is any way to seal the air leakage at the SIP seams from the interior. That would be Step One.”Melton says his goal is to address the problems and pass along a well-functioning home to its new owners.“I’m definitely not looking for legal advice on GBA,” he says. “I’m simply trying to get an idea of the severity, timeline and (possible) solution to the problem. I AM assuming liability based on the fact that I built the house (as a homeowner, not GC) and that I want it to be fixed because its the right thing to do.” Why choose SIPs in the first placeMelton’s post prompts Malcolm Taylor to wonder why homeowners are building with SIPs at all.“It must be apparent to regular readers here that SIP assemblies represent more than their fair share of the problems needing remediation — and that they are generally serious problems,” he writes. “In the face of that I still see posters proposing to use them on their new builds. There seems to be a real disconnect. What are the features that draw people to use SIPs over equally efficient but much more resilient methods of building? I’m genuinely stumped.”Well, Melton replies, speed of construction and thermal performance are two reasons for using a SIP roof assembly.“As for my decision to use SIPs, I like the idea of a R-55 roof installed very quickly,” Melton says. “We set five 63-foot beams and a 32×64 roof in two days. Which may or may not be fast, but it seemed pretty good. Sure, in hindsight, SIPs may not have been the best choice, but it seemed good at the time and I didn’t see/do enough research to convince me otherwise.”Taylor likens the risk of using SIPs to sport.“There are a number of extreme sports, like rock climbing, that are very safe when performed by experienced, well-trained participants,” Taylor says. “That doesn’t negate the reality that they are inherently more risky that other activities. To me, SIPs are like that. Installed by experienced, diligent, conscientious workers they perform as expected (your house is a perfect example). But the chances of success are so much lower than assemblies that are inherently more robust.“The frequency of questions posted on GBA are no statistical indication of how often these problems occur in the wider building world, but it is clear that there are assemblies like, say, cathedral roofs that cause more concern than others,” he continues. “I can’t imagine a case being made that SIPs weren’t a risky way to build compared to most others.” An air channel is important in a cold climateHolladay admits that his advice to incorporate a ventilation channel in this type of insulated roof assembly is a conservative approach. He writes that he would sleep better at night knowing that the ventilation channel was there.He advises including an air space beneath any type of roofing over a SIPs structure in a cold climate (Climate Zones 5 through 8).Peter L says that he’s discussed the well-publicized failure of SIP roofs in Juneau, Alaska, with one manufacturer, who said the reports were overblown. Juneau, he said, represented a “worst case scenario type of climate,” and that there are thousands of SIP roofs without ventilation channels that have not had a problem.Further, the website for the Structural Insulated Panel Association suggests there’s nothing wrong with applying standing-seam or asphalt roofing directly on a SIP with no air channel.“The SIP manufacturers are correct about the climate in Juneau,” Holladay replies. “It’s damp, and there are few sunny days that allow for much drying. They are also correct that there are thousands of SIP roofs without any vent channels or rot. (Those are the SIP roofs that are perfectly airtight.)”And while SIPA may see nothing wrong with skipping an air channel beneath roofing, that doesn’t necessarily make it the right thing to do.“SIPA is an association with the mission of promoting SIPs,” Holladay says. “Historically, SIPA has downplayed the disadvantages of SIPs and highlighted the advantages of SIPs. SIPA is not the best source of information on potential SIP failures.”Andrew Bater adds than an afternoon of web browsing took him to a series of articles about problems with SIP roofs. (Those articles are available here and here.) Our expert’s opinionHere’s how GBA technical director Peter Yost sees it:It’s unfortunate if this problem is characterized as a SIP failure; the roof represents a failure in design and detailing. Sure, SIP roofs demand rigor, but so do many high-performance systems.Detailing for air leakage: Any high-performance assembly and building needs performance testing, particularly the first time around. The only way to know that you have superior airtightness — in this case, something that SIPs demand — is to test.All SIP panel joints should be backed up, topside and bottom-side, by high performance PSA tapes; in my opinion that would be an acrylic tape such as SIGA, Pro Clima, 3M, or Zip. (For more on tapes, see Two Wingnuts Describe Their Backyard Tape Tests, or my BuildingGreen blog series: Sticky Business.) This means that the airtightness of the panel joints is assured by (a) the original (and often custom) panel joint detail as well as (b) flexible membranes that can withstand panel contraction and expansion at all the panel joints.Roof pitch: I must admit that when I first read that a standing-seam metal roof system was used on a roof of this slight a pitch, I thought it was flat-out wrong. But I checked with local roofing expert, Brian Knowles of Jancewicz & Son, and here is what he had to say:“Most roofers will say that this can’t be done (standing-seam metal roof on 1/2-inch-in-12 roof), but we are one of a few companies that have the technique and craftsmanship to tackle this. The keys are:“1. Don’t attempt this on any roof with a ridge.“2. Be sure that panel layout places any roof penetrations in the middle of a panel and not at a standing seam.“3. Use a double-fold standing seam [as shown in Image #2, below] with a continuous bead of Geocel 2300 sealant in the top of the first fold.”So what do I recommend? Definitely take the roof apart and identify the leaks, investigating both air leaks and bulk water leaks, given the patterns of wetting and the apparent lack of adequate sealing for both air and bulk water.Here’s my take on the possible benefits of venting a roof with this low of a pitch: to get real air flow and the drying it brings, you need two holes and a driving force. It’s tough to get much driving force — in terms of force and frequency — at that low a pitch. Matt Melton lives in central Washington state in a 3-year-old house with a roof made of structural insulated panels (SIPs) that are 12 1/4 inches thick. The pitch of the roof is very low, only 1/2 inch-in-12, and the metal roofing has been applied directly over the SIPs with no air channel beneath the roofing for ventilation.When the house was built, Melton sealed the seams between roof panels with tape, applied on the bottom of the panels. The top of the roof was completely covered in a peel-and-stick membrane. In both cases, Melton now says, the seams of the tape and the roofing membrane didn’t seem to stick very well.This year, there’s trouble. For the first time, Melton has noticed an ice dam on the roof. Worse, he reports water leaking through a seam between SIPs, although the leak appeared on a roof overhang and not in the interior of the house.“Now, I’m wondering should I pull all the roofing off once it warms up and let the thing dry out and also to see if there is any mold,” he writes in a Q&A post at Green Building Advisor. “Then maybe replace with a better underlayment and a TPO roof?”There’s one more complication: Melton has sold the house and is now renting it back from its new owners. They apparently plan to take possession in May. Structural Insulated Panels Q&A: I’m Currently Struggling to Explain Why I Want SIPs for My RoofA SIP Roof Repair in WisconsinFrom Fine Homebuilding: Air-Sealing SIP SeamsHow to Protect Structural Insulated Panels from DecayMartin’s Ten Rules of Roof DesignBeing a Carpenter Isn’t Simple Anymorecenter_img Doing SIPs the right wayPeter L makes these suggestions for a trouble-free SIP roof:(1) Tape all exterior panel seams with a good-quality, vapor-permeable product that allows trapped moisture to escape (he recommends SIGA Wigluv tape).(2) Install a vapor-permeable roof membrance (he suggests SIGA Majcoat, which has a vapor permeance of 34 perms) to allow drying if the roof becomes wet.(3) Create an air space between the roof membrane and the finished roofing. As little as 1 inch of space will allow for drying.(4) Seal and tape all interior panel joints with spray foam and a good-quality tape.“If the above is done, a SIP roof can be as long-lasting as a truss roof design with an attic,” Peter says. “SIPS have their place, but just need the extra TLC and steps to keep them properly sealed and dry. If SIP roofs are done incorrectly, then yes, they can be a problem. Like anything in building science, there is usually a solution; just apply it properly.”John Stephany writes that the Madison College Construction Program has been using SIPs for years.“There are some key things: being hyper-vigilant when installing to make sure the gaskets are in the right place and in full contact,” Stephany says. “We threw out the hardware store gasket material the supplier sent out and went with a much more robust seam tape that expanded two times its original size over time.”On the interior, Stephany applies 3M tape with a J-roller. RELATED ARTICLES How should Melton deal with this developing problem? That’s the question for this Q&A Spotlight. The roof pitch is a concernMelton recognizes the roof pitch is low, a detail that several posts suggests is contributing to the problem.Holladay, for example, says that a roof with a slope of 1/2 inch in 12 inches “is always going to be at great risk of leaks than a roof with a steeper roof.”Installing metal roofing on slopes of less than 2-in-12 is inherently much riskier than using it on steeper roofs, Taylor says.“Apart from small penetrations for vents and roof stacks, all the other trim and detailing for conventional metal roofs rely on lapping material and more importantly gravity,” he says. “Chimneys, ridge caps, valleys, gable, sidewall and eve flashing all need slopes to work. Further, unlike other common materials like asphalt, metal wicks water through capillary action, so on metal roofs water often travels uphill.”Although there are ways to mitigate the risk, he continues, “these things are to mitigate risk that doesn’t exist in other, more robust assemblies.”Stephany adds that most standing-seam metal roofs should not be installed on roofs with a pitch of less than 2-in-12.“There are a few that are allowed on as low as 1/2-inch pitch, and they have robust gasket material inside the standing seam to stop leakage and are clear in their literature about the usage,” he writes. “At this point, you do need to remove the roof, and I would recommend a second layer of sheathing spaced off the first with 1x4s to create a vent space, on top of Grace Ice and Water shield, lapped 6 inches or more. And air-seal everything on the interior as best you can.”last_img read more

Dalit youth tortured over tractor loan

first_imgAfter Pilkhuwa, one more case of alleged custodial torture has come to light from western Uttar Pradesh. A 27-year-old Dalit man was allegedly tortured by policemen when his father failed to pay the instalments of a loan on a tractor in Pahasu area of Bulandshahr. The incident happened on September 27 but the FIR was registered on Friday after the State SC/ST Commission took note of the incident and directed the police to book the three accused policemen.In the FIR, Pramod said that his father bought a tractor by mortgaging a piece of land but started defaulting on payments. Fearing action, he ran away with the tractor three months ago. “On September 27, I was picked up by policemen from my field and was locked up in the police station where I was flogged brutally. I was sedated and tortured for three days.”Pramod said he met senior police officers but when nobody responded, he approached the SC/ST Commission. According to sources, a local politician could be involved in the case.Bulandshahar SSP said an FIR had been lodged against S-I Rajeev Kumar Gaur and Constables Sheel Kumar and Babloo.last_img read more

All so difficult for Djokovic, easy for Nadal at French Open

first_imgLATEST STORIES Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Elsewhere on Day 6 at Roland Garros, 10th-seeded David Goffin stopped playing after turning his ankle when he tripped on a tarp at the back of the court in the first set against Horacio Zeballos; No. 5 Milos Raonic advanced when his opponent, Guillermo Garcia-Lopez, quit because of a left thigh injury; No. 20 Pablo Carreno Busta eliminated No. 11 Grigor Dimitrov 7-5, 6-3, 6-4; and No. 6 Dominic Thiem was a 6-1, 7-6 (4), 6-3 winner against No. 25 Steve Johnson, an American who generated sympathy from fans and foes as he displayed raw emotion while competing just weeks after the death of his father.In women’s play, defending champion Garbine Muguruza beat No. 27 Yulia Putintseva 7-5, 6-2, and a couple of unseeded Americans lost to seeded opponents: No. 13 Kristina Mladenovic edged Shelby Rogers 7-5, 4-6, 8-6, while No. 23 Sam Stosur eliminated qualifier Bethanie Mattek-Sands 6-2, 6-2.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Schwartzman played well during that stretch, to be sure, but the No. 2-seeded Djokovic’s biggest problem was himself.He wound up with 55 unforced errors to 43 winners, and all sorts of issues on his backhand wing, which produced 33 of those miscues, all under the watchful eye of new coach Andre Agassi.Djokovic, who completed a career Grand Slam a year ago in Paris, eventually managed to figure out how to steady his game, if not his demeanor.As Schwartzman became less proficient and complained about issues in his right hip area — a trainer came out and gave him a massage during a changeover late in the final set — Djokovic became more assertive and more accurate.Still, there were distractions.ADVERTISEMENT Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast The stark numbers on the scoreboards at Court Philippe Chatrier revealed plenty about how differently things went in the back-to-back contests Friday for defending champion Djokovic and nine-time champion Nadal. First up in the main stadium at Roland Garros was Nadal, who won 82 points and conceded merely 36 in a 6-0, 6-1, 6-0 victory over 63rd-ranked Nikoloz Basilashvili.“The score is quite embarrassing, you know,” Basilashvili acknowledged, “but I have to accept it.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutDjokovic followed in the main stadium and found himself in quite a bit of trouble right away against 41st-ranked Diego Schwartzman before emerging to win 5-7, 6-3, 3-6, 6-1, 6-1.While it took Basilashvili 12 games and 49 minutes just to claim a single game — which spectators greeted with a roar as he stood motionless and straight-faced — Schwartzman not only took the second game of his match against Djokovic, he grabbed the opening set, too. And then the third, to go up by two sets to one. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Novak Djokovic APPARIS — From a tiff with the chair umpire to the big deficit he created and then needed to overcome in a steady rain, Novak Djokovic had an all-around difficult day at the French Open.Rafael Nadal’s journey to the fourth round, in contrast, could hardly have been easier. Indeed, his 100th best-of-five-set match on clay was also the most lopsided.ADVERTISEMENT BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games Gavina sees potential as Rene Pacquiao gets quality numbers in debut In the fourth set, with Djokovic leading 4-0 and serving at 30-all, he was given a fault by chair umpire Carlos Ramos for multiple time violations. After the ensuing point, Djokovic stared in Ramos’ direction.Moments later, just about to face a break point, Djokovic yelled at himself, mostly in Serbian. Then, facing Ramos, Djokovic briefly lifted his racket overhead, before using it to flip a ball backward toward a ball boy.That’s when Ramos interrupted, announcing a code violation warning for unsportsmanlike conduct. Djokovic walked over and barked: “What’s wrong with you? What did I say? What did I say? What did I say? Why did you give me warning? What, do you understand Serbian?”Ramos had trouble getting a word in edgewise, but he responded: “Because of what you did. The gesture you made with the racket. This is not acceptable.”Djokovic: “Did I hit the ball in your direction?”Ramos: “No, you did not.”Djokovic: “Did I hit it? Why did you give me a warning?”Ramos: “Because of your attitude.”Djokovic: “What attitude, man?”When play resumed, Djokovic missed a forehand to drop that game. He would win 8 of 9 games the rest of the way. MOST READ View commentslast_img read more