Fence Repair - The Truth Be Told

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

My daughter likes to play soccer in the back yard.  I ask her not to take shots against our fence as it is 14 years old and she is strong enough to break it.

WELL, DOES SHE LISTEN?

You know the answer. 

One day last week the dog got out twice in the same day.  Different neighbors brought her home after she visited their house.

One of the neighbors decided that since I was not home (as I am always out in the market place, offering and multiplying my capitalist talents for pecuniary gain), he decided to help me by repairing my fence.

Like most households, we have duct tape in the house.  It is a very useful item, for many things!

Asking my wife for some duct tape, he took it upon himself to "FIX" my fence!

When I got home, I heard the story and the words,  "He did a good job!"

I am tempted to see how long it lasts!

But there you go!  As often as I make fun of duct tape repairs on other people's houses, I can add my own to that list!  I am busted!

FENCE REPAIR - THE TRUTH BE TOLD...

My recommendation:  I am grateful for good and helpful neighbors!  And mine are great people.  They must think I am because they all trust me with their house keys!  But, my recommendation is:  hide the duct tape.



 

 

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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

www.jaymarinspect.com


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Bob Miller
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Hi Jay, welcome to the parenting years of teens.  Trust me, the grandkids will be the rewards for not killing them now! lol

Apr 19, 2012 08:08 PM #1
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Jay Markanich
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Thanks Bob.  She is the youngest of four kids, with my youngest son just getting back from his fifth all-expense paid trip to Afghanistan.

Apr 19, 2012 08:10 PM #2
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Liz and Bill Spear
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Jay, Hmmm, add fence repair to the many uses of duct tape!  Wouldn't have thought about that one at all...wonder if it will work on chain link?? :)

Apr 19, 2012 08:23 PM #3
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Jay Markanich
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Yes, Bliz, yes, it will.  Or any of the many Billy Jays products.

Apr 19, 2012 09:05 PM #4
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James Dray
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Morning Jay if the duct tape had been hidden the dog would still be getting out.  You sir as you so aptly observed are busted. 

Apr 19, 2012 09:19 PM #5
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Jay Markanich
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So it seems James!

Apr 19, 2012 09:24 PM #6
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James Quarello
JRV Home Inspection Services, LLC - Wallingford, CT
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My daughter was throwing her softball against the house the other day. Kids, you gotta love 'em. 

Apr 19, 2012 09:53 PM #7
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Harry F. D'Elia
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Hey duct tape can do all when it comes to repairs. Nice shot on this one

Apr 19, 2012 10:14 PM #8
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Joe Petrowsky
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Thank GOD for the creator of duct tape. This product has saved me many times and I can see, you as well.

Thank you for sharing the post with all of us.

Apr 19, 2012 10:22 PM #9
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Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

Jim - I did that with a hard ball, against the brick!  The funniest thing about this is what my wife said!

Harry - I am definitely busted.  But I AM tempted to see how long it lasts!

Joe - I have a book called "Did Monkeys Invent The Monkey Wrench," a history of stuff like this.  It is a fabulous book which you would probably love!  It has the history of duck tape (the real name) and you would find it as interesting as I did.

http://www.amazon.com/Did-Monkeys-Invent-Monkey-Wrench/dp/B004JZX4BO/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1334924956&sr=1-1

Apr 19, 2012 10:30 PM #10
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Kathy Sheehan
Bay Equity, LLC 770-634-4021 - Atlanta, GA
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Jay, that is a wonderful story about your neighbors!  Perhaps your daughter should be on repair duty.

Apr 19, 2012 10:38 PM #11
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Duct tape seems to carry a lot of responsibility in the world, always being expected to solve so many problems Jay.

I bet we all can find duct tape being used in our own homes in some fashion that we may not want known.

Thanks for the photo.

Apr 19, 2012 10:56 PM #12
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Lisa Von Domek
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Good morning Jay,

The duct tape may last longer than the board around it!

Apr 20, 2012 12:07 AM #13
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Kelly McGovern
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If the duct tape came in better colors Id consider using it for repairs around the house but since it doesnt (or maybe it does I have no idea I've only seen the silver) I look for other bandaids until the next closing :)  Thanks for sharing your inspection stories - I learn so much from them!

Apr 20, 2012 01:54 AM #14
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Tom Bailey
Margaret Rudd & Associates Inc. - Oak Island, NC

Jay, After 35+years in the Mack Truck dealership business, I have seen duct tape in places you would not believe. I often wish I had saved some pics.

Apr 20, 2012 04:01 AM #15
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Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

Thanks Kathy.  But it would never get done!

Tom - one of the most used, or over-used, products in history!

Lisa - that board is 14 years old and you may be right!

Kelly - you are behind the times!  It comes in many colors now.  Go find out!  Glad you like the stories!

Tom - I bet that is surely true!  And yes, you should have some photos!

Apr 20, 2012 07:42 AM #16
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Chris Smith
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Jay the horse farm across the road from us has a few damaged sections of fence... I will show the grounds person your picture!  another use for this incredible product ;-)

Apr 20, 2012 09:00 AM #17
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Jay Markanich
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They will probably be speechless with gratitude Chris.  Speechless.

Apr 20, 2012 09:03 AM #18
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Donald Hester
NCW Home Inspections, LLC - Wenatchee, WA
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Jay, Duct tape the whole thing then you do not need to stain or maintain. It would look real sweet too. Kinda manly all silvery and stuff.

Apr 21, 2012 03:43 AM #19
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Jay Markanich
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Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

Thanks Don!  Hi ho silvery!  Away!

Apr 21, 2012 09:53 AM #20
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