Sometimes I'm Really Impressed

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Home Inspector with JRV Home Inspection Services, LLC HOI 394

I have been on a bit of a rant lately about work being done shoddily or incompetently by professionals.  It is my job to look for problems and it can begin to seem that everything built is a piece of junk. This of course is not true.

The other day I came upon a piece of work, a repair that really impressed me. I was checking the roof of a condo and knowing it had a metal chimney I wanted to get a look at the crown.

Metal chimneys have metal crowns that are usually made from galvanized steel or aluminum. The galvanized coating is only a rust inhibitor and eventually the steel will rust. This process is usually helped along because quite often water will puddle on top of the crown.

The puddles, which can cause leaks, are often the result of the crown metal being thin. Creasing the metal adds strength and gives a slight pitch to the crown. Even with creases the metal can pop in the opposite direction (snow is often the cause) and form a divot.

The hole where the chimney comes through the crown is the most problematic area. As I said it's a hole and needs to be sealed. The seal is frequently silicone caulk or roofing tar. Neither of which lasts very long.

Looking at the first photo this crown has all those bad things just discussed happening. There is a puddle because this crown was never creased so there is no pitch to shed the water. It is however made from aluminum consequently rust won't be a concern. But the opening has been gobbed up with roofing tar (a band aid) meaning it has leaked.

Now look at the next crown. It is also made from aluminum, but has been creased (it may be hard to see). Also the metal was actually fairly thick which of course means strength from popping. Lastly the opening was welded! No goop any where to be seen.

All in all a pretty impressive job. It's nice to see good workmanship once in a while. It restores my faith in humanity, at least for a little time.

James Quarello
NRSB #8SS0022
JRV Home Inspection Services, LLC

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James Quarello
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Former SNEC-ASHI President
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Steven L. Smith
King of the House Home Inspection, Inc. - Bellingham, WA
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Mr James,

I am so flattered. I assume you wrote this because of my suggestion that people only hire certifiable chimney sweeps. I know where they can find one. Pleased as punch with himself and Mr James.

Nutsy

 

PS -- you must have expected me in here on this one.

Jul 31, 2009 02:29 AM #1
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Kate Kate
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Your most contemplative, remarkable, constructive, conscientious, noteworthy, public-service-announcement rant deserves a much more weighty First Comment than Mary Poppins a la Squirrel gave. I fact I think he is dissing you, Mr. James. Ms. Kate

Jul 31, 2009 04:39 AM #2
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Charles Buell
Charles Buell Inspections Inc. - Seattle, WA
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Kate, Nutsy know nothing else.  James, those metal crowns when they are all nice and shiny and well sloped are a sight to behold---but WELDED?  Holy moly:)

Jul 31, 2009 06:31 AM #3
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James Quarello
JRV Home Inspection Services, LLC - Wallingford, CT
Connecticut Home Inspector

Nutsy, I would be please to punch you.

Kate, Thanks, but getting into a battle of wits with Nutsy is like fighting a one armed man, no contest.

Charlie, I know! I had to stare at it and then check my glasses. I couldn't believe what I was seeing.

Jul 31, 2009 08:39 AM #4
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Steven L. Smith
King of the House Home Inspection, Inc. - Bellingham, WA
Bellingham WA Home Inspector

Mr James,

I appreciate that you are humble enough to realize that, in a battle of wits with Nutsy, the Nutsy one rules supreme. Knowing one's limitations is part of knowing one's limitations.....that is a famous quote from Nutsy.

Nutsy

Jul 31, 2009 09:50 AM #5
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James Quarello
JRV Home Inspection Services, LLC - Wallingford, CT
Connecticut Home Inspector

Nutsy, I rest my case.

Jul 31, 2009 11:57 AM #6
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Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

You sure that wasn't soldered, James - carrying a welder up to a roof top would be a trick in itself!  That picture sure looks like a weld though!

However, it is sooooo nice to see work left by a pro!  Great find!

Jul 31, 2009 01:36 PM #7
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James Quarello
JRV Home Inspection Services, LLC - Wallingford, CT
Connecticut Home Inspector

Jay, Looked welded, maybe brazed? Nice work anyhow.

Jul 31, 2009 11:06 PM #8
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Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

I braise a brisket in the Dutch oven before we roast it at scout camp.  It seals in the juices.  Is that the same thing?

Your braze is to seal out the juices...  same thing from a different side.

Aug 01, 2009 12:30 PM #9
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James Quarello
JRV Home Inspection Services, LLC - Wallingford, CT
Connecticut Home Inspector

Yea, but I bet yours tastes better.

Aug 01, 2009 12:55 PM #10
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Jack Gilleland
Home Inspection and Investor Services, Clayton - Clayton, OH

Might be the prettiest cap installation I've ever seen.  They keep up that kind of work there and they won't need you James.

Aug 01, 2009 03:45 PM #11
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James Quarello
JRV Home Inspection Services, LLC - Wallingford, CT
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Well Jack I think you and I know that cap is the exception not the rule. I'm fairly confident my job is secure for now.

Aug 01, 2009 10:47 PM #12
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Paul Peck
Peck Drywall and Painting serving Brevard County, Florida - Melbourne, FL
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That's some great looking work right there.

-Paul

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