Despicable Flashers

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Home Inspector with JRV Home Inspection Services, LLC HOI 394

dispicable flashingNo, no, not that kind of flashers gutter brain. Roof flashers or roofers who put flashings on stuff that pokes through the roof like this chimney. What a fine example of how not to flash a chimney. Man do I wish I owned stock in roofing tar and caulk. I'd be rich contractors use the stuff so much.

This fine and lovely example of counter flashing is going to leak, leak and leak some more. Which means more tar will be slopped on to stop the leak until it begins to leak all over again. The instruction on the roofing tar bucket should read;

Tar, wait, repeat.

What the flashing should look like is very nicely diagramed in the drawing. Notice the words tar or caulk are no where to be found.

Since I do not own stock in roofing tar, I will have to continue performing home inspections and keep my eyes peeled for despicable flashers.Diagram

 

 

 

James Quarello
2010 SNEC-ASHI President
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JRV Home Inspection Services, LLC

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Carl Winters
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James: Great job with the photo's. The Right Way and The Wrong Way.

Sep 09, 2010 12:54 PM #1
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What? You mean I can't just slop some tar on it and say it's fixed? Why that's what I see most of the time...

Sep 09, 2010 01:01 PM #2
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Jay,

Love the play on words..

Youare so right about the tar.

Easy way out for a short term cheap fix...

Sep 09, 2010 01:04 PM #3
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Kristen Wheatley
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Hey, how did you get a photo of my chimney?  Yup, the previous owners of my home did exactly that and leaky leak leak.  At first I tried the tar stock owner's method and added more, but no dice.  I've got the flashing, but I didn't have that clever cricket flashing thing.  Thanks for the diagram.  Up I go.

Sep 09, 2010 01:11 PM #4
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Lyn Sims
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I wonder how many people actually do it the right way?

Sep 09, 2010 01:16 PM #5
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Dana Voelzke
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It looks like my house too!! Nice post. Love the diagram.

Sep 09, 2010 01:25 PM #6
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Jim, I had a "classic" today----sure to be blog fodder soon----mine had moisture ants but no crickets :)

Sep 09, 2010 01:32 PM #7
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Suzanne McLaughlin
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Thanks to Judi for the reblog or I would have missed this.  I am bookmarking it for future clients.  I have had to deal with this myself.  YUCK!  And, expensive to do. 

Sep 09, 2010 02:07 PM #8
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Reuben Saltzman
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Around here it's standard to have counter flashing installed over the counter flashing; they cut a reglet in to the side of the chimney and cover the counter flashing up.  It's a very nice detail - do you see much of that in your area?

Sep 09, 2010 02:44 PM #9
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James - I just keep a 55 gal. drum of flashing cement so I don't have to worry about the flashing : )

Sep 09, 2010 02:48 PM #10
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Jim, oh, did I see some flashing recently you would have been proud of. For some strange reason the basement is like a built in pool... I don't understand...

And a whole roof, an old tin roof COVERED in tar.

I need to get you the photos, LOL. The roof is a real treasure.

Sep 09, 2010 03:37 PM #11
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Carl & Ceil, Thanks.

Michael, Like I said I'd like to own stock in roofing tar :)

Judi, Tar is just an ugly band-aid.

Kristen, The cricket is usually only needed for wider chimneys.

Lyn, Good question! Off the top of my head I'd say slightly better than half.

Dana, You and Kristen have some work to do :)

Charlie, We inspectors always seem to be running into bugs :)

Suzanne, Good work will cost you, but cheap work will cost you more.

Reuben, No, do show a photo.

John, You must have been a boy scout :)

Andrea, Basement swimming pool, sounds very swanky :)

Sep 09, 2010 11:41 PM #12
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Jay Markanich
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Nothing a little duct tape can't make better looking!

I am STILL a Boy Scout.  Once a Boy Scout, always a Boy Scout.

I actually had an Eagle Board of Review tonight.  We recommended him!

Sep 10, 2010 12:25 AM #13
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Robert L. Brown
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Good information to know as we are selling a product to our client(s).

Sep 10, 2010 02:39 AM #14
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James Quarello
JRV Home Inspection Services, LLC - Wallingford, CT
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Jay, Duct tape is the other caulk.

Robert, You make a great point! I think like you, all real estate agents should understand the product they are selling.

Sep 11, 2010 01:02 AM #15
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Reuben Saltzman
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Here's a photo of my chimney.

Sep 12, 2010 03:00 AM #16
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James Quarello
JRV Home Inspection Services, LLC - Wallingford, CT
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Reuben, I have never seen that around here. I bet chimneys flashed like that hardly ever leak.

Sep 13, 2010 12:54 AM #17
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