Stranger than fiction or so it's said. As a home inspector in Connecticut, I happen upon the strange and unusual, and dare I say innovative, at least several times a month. The mind it is also said works in strange and unusual ways or am I mixing up my adages. No matter, the creativity of people will never cease to amaze me.
Take for example this nice little ranch house. You may be able to tell that this part is an addition. Nothing strange or unusual about that, right? But if you're sharp eyed you might be able to spot something that perhaps looks a tad odd. Or maybe not.
Let me provide a better perspective.
This is a picture behind the chimney from the first photo. Yes that is duct tape. This is not the low quality cloth duct tape, no sir, not at all. This repair person is obviously someone who knows quality. This is the good metal stuff that the HVAC contractors use....
on duct work.
Looking at this section of roof, it's not surprising to me that that it leaks here. The chimney creates a dam for water, snow and ice. The roof should have been installed with a diverter above the chimney, a half cricket if you will.
Looking in the attic I found the roof sheathing was well stained from years and years of leaking. I also found a more conventional, tried and true, leak repair...
There is something to be said for the old ways...they don't work either.