One Size Fits All

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Home Inspector with Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC 3380-000723

One size fits all.  This may be true in many contexts - Snuggies, athletic socks, certain Panama hats, maybe - but not carpentry!  And certainly not carpentry on new construction!

This window is so high up and so far from the driveway that even the telephoto lens doesn't do it justice.

With the camera:

Too close and you would not be able to see the whole thing!

Too far and you wouldn't have a proper context for the problem!

This appears to be just right.

Can you see the horizontal trim over the window.

It is 2" too short.

Well, in carpentry, size matters.

How best to hide the fact that this was measured once and cut twice, too short?

Set the little fellow in there right in the middle and fill the sides with caulking!

And don't bother to fill any nail holes!

It's far away so nobody will notice!

Well, except some snoopy home inspector who might just put it into a blog post.  But I doubt that will happen!

The caulking elsewhere wasn't so well done either!  Caulking is an art form, in addition to doing it right!

Oh, and a caulk "bead," that line you see when completed, should not be any wider than 1/4".  Read the label!  The print is small and it's usually in English, but try to read it anyway...

My recommendation:  on new construction, have a look around!  Look high, look low, and especially look around with a binocular.  And get a good one.  I recommend 20x.

 

 

 

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Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC  

Based in Bristow, serving all of Northern Virginia.

Office (703) 330-6388   Cell (703) 585-7560

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Lisa Von Domek
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Good morning Jay,

Maybe that carpenter thought he was adding an "artistic flair" to his architectural detail...rather than just cheating in a bad cut...LOL

Mar 30, 2012 08:57 PM #1
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Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
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Those arteeests!  Always wanting to leave a signature, huh Lisa?

Mar 30, 2012 08:59 PM #2
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James Dray
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Morning Jay so this was a new construction?  No disrespect meant but if it was how did it get by the building inspectors?  Interesting

Mar 30, 2012 09:00 PM #3
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Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

Like I said - far up and away James!  They don't look at things with binocks like I do.  I also have 20/5 vision for distance, so to me it is closer than someone with 20/20, or worse.

Mar 30, 2012 09:05 PM #4
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Anne M. Costello
Weidel Realtors - Yardley, PA

Jay: Husband and I bo=ought new construction 11 years ago. After closing (day of) we noted, that gas fireplace was installed noticeably offcenter. On closer inspection, pencil markings on either  side of insert indicated measurements of just how "off" the installation was. It took almost a year of negotation for builder to make right.

New insert, fireplace surround, new siding pieces at rear of hone, new marble, new berber carpet. Complete waste.

Initial comment by site supervisor was to suggest that I purchase a set of fireplace tools to hide their mistake. When I continue to call, and visit, he suggested he speak to Husband. When I explained all couples have systems and in our relationship, Husband makes spitballs, Wife throws them, they fixed the the fireplace.

Builders charge big money for homes, hire subs and nobody supervises the process. Home inspectors are invaluable.

 

Mar 30, 2012 09:05 PM #5
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Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
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Story well told Anne, and sorry to say not unusual.  (See my two previous posts...)

People often ask me if this or that is a good builder.  My answer is that construction depends on the supervisor on site every day, and the subs.  The architects are smart people who design good products, for the most part.  How that design gets translated into something solid is essential!

Mar 30, 2012 09:14 PM #6
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Jay Markanich
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W&J - Ha!  I think they had trim the size to fit, but couldn't cut it right!  "Carpentry" you know...

Mar 30, 2012 09:28 PM #7
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Wayne and Jean Marie Zuhl
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And how much money did they save by not buying the correct size trim? 

Mar 30, 2012 09:32 PM #8
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Joe Petrowsky
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I see issues like this more often than you can imagine, when I purchase homes to flip. My crews have mastered trimming out windows to solve all these problems.

Thank you for sharing the post with all of us.

Mar 30, 2012 09:44 PM #9
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Cindy Jones
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And of course the construction manager didn't notice and hoped the buyer's didn't have an indpendent home inspector named Jay Markanich.

Mar 30, 2012 10:04 PM #10
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Jay Markanich
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I do too Joe.  And a lot of the trim on this house was installed with interior bright nails, already rusting!

Cindy - if he didn't shame on him.  And shamER on him for not doing anything about it...  It's schmuck work.

Mar 30, 2012 10:23 PM #11
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James Quarello
JRV Home Inspection Services, LLC - Wallingford, CT
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The entire lower window trim looks poorly done. Should be a fun fix for the crew. 

Mar 30, 2012 10:45 PM #12
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Randy Ostrander
Lake and Lodge Realty LLC - Big Rapids, MI
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Good morning Jay. Always amazes me what some builders think will go un-noticed. Not like anyone will look up there. lol

 

Mar 30, 2012 11:15 PM #13
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Charles Buell
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Jay, nice---must have been a REALLY bad Monday :)

Mar 31, 2012 02:16 AM #14
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Jay  This is the type of fault 99.9% of real estate agents would never notice - it spells out clearly why home inspectors are a wise investment

Mar 31, 2012 10:12 AM #15
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Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
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Jim - THAT is typical for new construction around here!

Randy - maybe they thought it was too high, or that I would be.  I'm always high, but not like that!

Got it Charlie!  Or a Friday around 3pm.

It is hard to see everything Karen, even for us experienced seer guys!

Mar 31, 2012 10:54 AM #16
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Donald Hester
NCW Home Inspections, LLC - Wenatchee, WA
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Jay, When were you at my carpentry class? I can teach this technique all day long ; ) Measuring is highly over rated!

Apr 01, 2012 03:29 AM #17
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Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

Much can be said for the eyeball Don!  A guesstimate is just fine, me thinks.  So thought this guy too!

Apr 01, 2012 03:44 AM #18
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