Have you ever done something as a favor or out of the goodness of your heart and had it turn around and latch firmly onto your backside? You know the old saying, no good deed goes unpunished. In my little world of home inspection, I believe there are often well intentioned people who in a misguided attempt to help out the homeowner, screw things up worse that they were originally.
Anyone who has for any time read any of the home inspector blogs here on Active Rain knows, there are certain favorite fixes of both the well intentioned Uncle Bob and contractor alike. Of these fix alls, caulk has to be the all time, number one, fix that problem lickity split, repair. It also seems that the prevailing logic is the more the better.
Take for example this fine repair of a plumbing vent through the roof. Is there metal flashing under there? I just can't tell because of the fine slathering of caulk all around the pipe. Got some on the pipe too. Messy work, tisk, tisk.
I believe that first vent was the beginning of the learning curve for the "repairman". The second vent was far better caulked. The only problem is the rubber boot is torn. Yep, that's gotta leak.
My thought was, how much effort does it take to jump in your truck and drive five minutes to Home Depot for two new flashings?
Oh, I forgot they sell caulk at Home Depot too.
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