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Use The Right Nails People!

Pulling up to the house I noticed a problem from far away in the road.  It was a "repair," and not professional.

It was something done over a window, ostensibly to fix another problem that used to be there.

Not well done!

When I looked more closely, the entire window and framing had been "repaired."

When the young and inexperienced Realtor arrived I started with this, before she even went in the house.

There had been many "repairs" done to the house, inside and out.  I noticed a common theme outside.  See if you can pick up on it.

Notice the shiny nails.

Yes, the caulking was interesting too, and all around the window.

Miraculously there was no evidence on the inside of any previous damage from water.

I am not sure what they were trying to accomplish with the "repairs" over and around this window.

But again, pay particular attention to the nails.

They are very new, too deep and you will see what will happen to them given a little time.

Looking to the right, and beside the front door, we have another repair, although much older.

The same kind of nail was used here too.  And it was driven too far into the wood as well.

Could it be the same guy doing both repairs?

The young and inexperienced Realtor noticed this right away too.

Moving around back to the new "repaired" staircase, the treads were too narrow, the stringers (onto which the treads are nailed) were cracked, not attached to the house, and were actually supported by a brick driven into the ground.  These are dangerous stairs.

Actually this impressed both the young and inexperienced Realtor AND myself!

Now "that there" is some hugely professional support!

But again, notice the nails.  Loose, somewhat older, but sharing the same characteristic as the other two "repairs."

AND WHAT IS THAT CHARACTERISTIC?

They are interior bright nails.  Interior bright nails are not to be used outdoors!  They rust!  And as they rust, they will damage the wood nearby, causing it to deteriorate, rot or otherwise get damaged by stains and mess.

Interior nails used outdoors are a sure sign of unprofessional work!  The young and inexperienced Realtor agreed.

They make different nails for different applications and for good reason!

USE THE RIGHT NAILS PEOPLE!

My recommendation:  when you see repairs, look to see that they are professionally done.  Oftentimes, when not done professionally, or at least using best practices, they will not last long.  These repairs are usually easy to spot!  Even for young and inexperienced Realtors!  Click to the left to see who that Realtor was...

I might say, the Realtor who showed up today is EXCEPTIONALLY EXPERIENCED and was fun to have on the inspection!  She got employed a couple of times by the home inspector and I think had some fun doing it!

 

 

 

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


Comment balloon 18 commentsJay Markanich • May 26 2012 05:07AM

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I guess the young and inexperienced Realtor® learned a lot from Mr. Jay.  Or was it the other way around.  Did she school you on a thing or two?

Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (Integrity Real Estate Group) about 6 years ago

You forgot to mention dry wall screws. We all know how effective they are on the exterior.

Posted by James Quarello, Connecticut Home Inspector (JRV Home Inspection Services, LLC) about 6 years ago

Is that a 1" bead of caulk around that window? Nice! Let's see, how many tubes of caulk will I need to seal up that window...

Posted by Fred Hernden, CMI, Albuquerque area Master Inspector (Superior Home Inspections - Greater Albuquerque Area) about 6 years ago

Mr. Jay had a lot of fun with her Cindy.  As you know, she is quite a pip.

Jim - funny you say that!  The storm door was out of alignment and when I looked at the installation it was, yep, all drywall screws!  I pointed that out to the young and inexperienced realtor and she laughed as heartily as i did because we were just talking about drywall screws!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 6 years ago

Yes, Fred.  Somewhat larger than recommended, but it is fine indoor bathroom caulk so I'm sure it's just fine there...

Total pro this guy.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 6 years ago

Does this mean that all the exterior products were used on the inside Jay?

:)

Posted by Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366, General Contractor, Dry Rot and Water Damage (Dry Rot and Water Damage www.tromlerconstruction.com Mobile - 916-765-5366) about 6 years ago

Tom - that definitely follows.  I did notice duct tape on the inside, which is perfect outdoors, as you know.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 6 years ago

Jay -- is it that these folks cannot read, or do they just think they know better than the manufacturer?

Posted by Steven Cook (No Longer Processing Mortgages.) about 6 years ago

Hello Jay,

So, were these "repairs" done by the Seller or a "professional"?!!  And in regards to your comment on using duct tape outdoors - I remember your photo from a previous blog showing how effective duct tape is when used to fix a split fence!

Hope you are having a wonderful Memorial day weekend!

 

Posted by Lisa Von Domek, ....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless! (Lisa Von Domek Team) about 6 years ago
Hi Jay, I loved this post and although I was aware of the different types of nails for in and out, I see this a lot around and sadly too many homeowners that need to or want to do repairs, don't have enough information to complete the project correctly. Sounds like a real business opportunity for the hardware stores, :-)
Posted by William Johnson, San Diego Real Estate Voice, GRI CRS e-Pro CDPE (RE/MAX Associates) about 6 years ago

Steven - I just think this is a homeowner "repair" guy who simply doesn't know that there are different nails for different places!

Thanks Lisa.  Funny but I was out back yesterday with the dog and went to look at that repair and it's still kicking butt!  If not, the dog will find it and ... prison break!

William - we don't know what we don't know.  I bet you could even go to the hardware store and ask somebody at the construction desk about what nails to use and they would give good advice.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 6 years ago

Jay, I always attend home inspections of my buyer clients and learn something every time.

Posted by Chris Smith, South Simcoe, Caledon, King, Orangeville Real Esta (Re/Max Chay Realty Inc., Brokerage) about 6 years ago

I think that is the best practice Chris.  The agent is exactly that, the agent.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 6 years ago

Jay, I have learned so much reading you posts. Any chance you might let me come and go with you on some inspections?

Posted by Tom Bailey (Margaret Rudd & Associates Inc.) about 6 years ago

You may come any time Tom!  We have a lot of fun!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 6 years ago

Jay, I am not kidding! I would love to come up sometime in the next few months.

Posted by Tom Bailey (Margaret Rudd & Associates Inc.) about 6 years ago

Hello Jay,

If your dog is as big an escape artist as one of mine, it won't be long...!

Posted by Lisa Von Domek, ....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless! (Lisa Von Domek Team) about 6 years ago

Well, Tom, you can!  This inspection was with Lenn Harley.  That would have been fun, with three AR people together on one inspection.  My clients were not at the inspection, having to return to Hawaii instead.

She does not need much Lisa.  That duct taped repair on the fence was discovered only AFTER she had gotten out twice.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 6 years ago

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