Skippy will've skipped, before the water starts to drip.

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Skippity Do Da …Skippity De Day…..

Skippy will've skipped, before the water starts to drip.  (This is #1 in a series on a single flipped house.)


Skippy label


Well…we don’t know that ‘Skippy” did it, but Skippy’s tag is on the equipment.

That equipment of this flipped property is on the roof (and a few other places), and that’s where we find ‘It’.


So on the roof we have this installed. The refrigerant lines pierce the roof membrane flashing and counter flashing right at the wall to roof joint. That's too low and this will leak, admitting water to the house.

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 'Skippy' appears to be a local HVAC contractor or equipment vendor. The number on the lable is for a cell phone (mobile).

The Air Conditioning system itself is fine, but how it's set up will create problems for the home owner. 

Caulking can NOT be used to make a waterproof seal aganst loose gravel stones. It just won't work. More caulking dosen't help. Water will just soak through the gravel and follow the piping into the home.

This will be leaking sooner rather than later. These lines should have been located so as to enter higher up the wall, at least above the metal counter flashing, but a practical recommendation would be 12 to 18" up from the roof surface. Think snow depth.

 And then there is this detail;


 Despite the fact that the wood is pressure treated, it will be long gone before the end of the service life of this equipment.  The supports (scraps of fence boards - you can't buy thinner) will have to be replaced before then.

 (The current best practice for these installations is to use the plastic pads that are available now for this purpose. The secondary bonus is they are made from recycled materials.)

 And there is Skippy’s tag, (circled) and if this is a sample of how ‘Skippy’ works, then Skippy will have skipped long before the water starts to drip.


This reno is a flip. Granite counter tops won't matter when the ceiling starts to drip. So, would you take the bet that Skippy will not skip. 


This is # 1 of a series on the same flipped house.

1.    Skippy will've skipped, before the water starts to drip.

2.    Double Header...Raining On You, Times Two!

3.    A Case Of New Not Being Better ... A Stair Story 

4.    Posting soon: A Case Of More Not Being Stronger.....A Stair Story. 

5.    Posting soon:  The LANDING Looked Good But Is There A CRASH In The Future?

6.    To come – landing/deck

7.    To come – electrical

8.     To come - exterior & landscaping

Please remember to have an inspection during the real estate process to help eliminate any of these concerns!

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Comments (7)

Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366
Dry Rot and Water Damage Mobile - 916-765-5366 - Placerville, CA
General Contractor, Dry Rot and Water Damage

I think it is important that things are done correctly from the start. Thank goodness for people like you who walk us through the observations that you make Robert.

Oct 07, 2012 06:04 PM
Robert Butler
Aspect Inspection - Montreal West Island, QC
Montreal Home Inspector | Aspect Inspection

Thanks for your appreciation and , I was going to say Happy Thanksgiving, but remembered you celebrate it later in the year. 

Oct 07, 2012 11:16 PM
Donald Hester
NCW Home Inspections, LLC - Wenatchee, WA
NCW Home Inspections, LLC

Robert, Caulk seem to be the universal flashing kit for many. But thinking an installation through would be nice. May Skippy was being chased by an Australian ; 0

Oct 08, 2012 11:30 PM
Robert Butler
Aspect Inspection - Montreal West Island, QC
Montreal Home Inspector | Aspect Inspection

Most people couldn't tell you what caulking is, or what it's made of, so I'll not supprised at the application errors I find.

Don, I think is 'Roo' is a TV cartoon figure and the business 'youthfull'.

Oct 10, 2012 02:10 AM
Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

This guy is good!  These guys think they can do all the trades, and, um, NO!  That card looks like an ad from the movie theater where Dillinger was shot in the 30s!  "Air Cooled Comfort!"

That is one small AC unit - looks like a bedroom fan!

Oct 15, 2012 07:09 PM
Robert Butler
Aspect Inspection - Montreal West Island, QC
Montreal Home Inspector | Aspect Inspection

Hi Jay. Wait till you see the rest of the series. If you think he's good at AC, you'll want to see his stairs.

AC unit is what we call a mural. It's a split system and they are very efficient at heat transfer. Properly placed units are able to cool the whole house.

Oct 16, 2012 11:49 AM
Robert Butler
Aspect Inspection - Montreal West Island, QC
Montreal Home Inspector | Aspect Inspection

Not 'taking pride in their work'. That's the old fashioned way of saying it. Also lack of oversight. Even when there's a developer doing it, there is too little supevision and progress inspection. Assuming all is right behind the walls is a toss of the dice.

You are right John, its the incomplete or missing detail that tells the story.

Nov 24, 2012 11:08 AM

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