When I first looked at it, I was a afraid the duct tape Medusa might turn me to stone. But quickly reaching up and feeling sweat still pouring from my face I knew I was safe.
While in the upper chambers of a house, with the temperature 100 degrees outside, and enjoying my 145 degree sauna immensely (he says with a slight cough), I was first alerted to the Medusa by the TracPipe and interesting horizontal sediment trap.* This trap was obviously intentionally installed this way to point me in the right direction! Like the North Star!
Following the convenient pointer I saw her!
Quickly turning my head I was relieved to see she was not turning me to stone.
Looking back and examining her again, she was a beauty alright.
Apparently the flexible duct work had come loose and the "professional repairman," terms used loosely, carefully and decoratively re-installed it.
His thoughtful placement of duct tape strips in just the right places worked like a charm! I could only feel 6 or 8 leaks! The largest was underneath and I could nearly get my entire hand in it!
That must be for fresh air for the sauna.
And looking at the remainder of the roll left nearby, he had nearly used it up!
This was one special job!
Very glad I was not turned to stone, I saluted Medusa and left my sauna for cooler climes. My time was up!
My recommendation: sometimes it's really hot, but you simply have to venture into the attic space. That is an area used for many things and they all must be investigated - insulation, ventilation, HVAC (when up there), any appliances, fans, truss structural integrity, sheathing condition - well, you name it, the attic is one fun spot! Don't miss out!
* To work properly a sediment trap needs to be vertical! If there is debris (a big IF) it will FALL into it, but not get conveniently pushed into, a "trap" provided that happens to be there horizontally!
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC
Based in Bristow, serving all of Northern Virginia.
Office (703) 330-6388 Cell (703) 585-7560