Good Intentions Gone Bad

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Home Inspector with JRV Home Inspection Services, LLC HOI 394

An evil weapon of mass destruction or a caulk gunHave 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.

More is better, right?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?Someone missed the big tear in the rubber

Oh, I forgot they sell caulk at Home Depot too.

 

 

James Quarello
Connecticut Home Inspector
2010 - 2011 SNEC-ASHI President
NRSB #8SS0022
JRV Home Inspection Services, LLC

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James Quarello
Connecticut Home Inspector
Former SNEC-ASHI President
JRV Home Inspection Services, LLC

 ASHI Certified Inspector

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Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
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Billy Jays would be proud!  This is something that the whole neighborhood will appreciate knowing that their friend and neighbor is up on the latest Uncle Bob techniques. 

Jul 08, 2011 12:49 AM #1
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Daniel H. Fisher
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Roofing repairs are sometimes considered a DIY type repair - to the detriment of the structure and pride of the handyman :)

Jul 08, 2011 12:52 AM #2
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Sheila Anderson
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Good morning James. Funny post. Not everyone thinks Home Depot when something goes wrong. MacGeiver or Mac Gruber as Saturday Night Live used to say, can do it differently. I call a contractor. Have a good day.

Jul 08, 2011 01:04 AM #3
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Dawn Crawley
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I've seen some creative uses for caulk over the years. It is right up there with duct tape as a favorite bandaid! 

Jul 08, 2011 01:31 AM #4
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Katie McBride
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Love the photos.  Great post.

Jul 08, 2011 01:38 AM #5
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Anna Banana Kruchten - Phoenix Homes Sales
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James it always amazes me to see stuff people do to 'fix' a problem. It comes back to bite them in the end. Fixing your own roof when you've got no idea about how to fix it?  Scary!

Jul 08, 2011 02:24 AM #6
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Robert Butler
Aspect Inspection - Montreal West Island, QC
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Yup. Caulk as primary water intrusion method is only temporary at best. Even if it works you have to come back and do it over, and over and..........

Jul 08, 2011 05:17 AM #7
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Jack Gilleland
Home Inspection and Investor Services, Clayton - Clayton, OH

That's a new one for me "White Roof Caulk".  Think the guy at HD or Lowes sold it that way?  How many times have I seen this repair ( I use the term loosely)?  Hmmmmmmm..  1, 2, 3, 800, 2000. Well a bunch anyway.  I just find it hard to believe that the home improvement store didn't tell them they need to buy flashings for the plumbing penetrations.  

Jul 08, 2011 06:23 AM #8
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James Quarello
JRV Home Inspection Services, LLC - Wallingford, CT
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Jay, I was thinking of Billy while writing this, I knew he'd be proud.

Daniel, The handy man here over estimated his skills.

Shelia, Glad you see the humor in this stuff like I do.

Dawn, I like to say, caulk, the other duct tape :)

Katie, Thanks

Anna, More like no clue, because as we can see this guy was clueless :)

Robert, Or you just puts lots and lots on...that'll work, right?

Jack, That's presuming the guy asked anyone at the home improvement store. My guess he didn't.

Jul 09, 2011 12:29 AM #9
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Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
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How's "Vamp Yer Vent" sound for a new product?

Jul 09, 2011 12:40 AM #10
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Peter Schattenfield
Turning Point Estate Services LLC - Wilton, CT
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James, Everyone knows that caulk fixed EVERYTHING. Liquid molding.

Jul 13, 2011 02:13 AM #11
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James Quarello
JRV Home Inspection Services, LLC - Wallingford, CT
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Jay, Sounds like a sure thing.

Peter, And don't forget the duct tape :)

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