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When All Else Fails, Glue It!

The fireplace was cracking here and there.  The work didn't look that old.  I think someone wanted a traditional stone fireplace.

There was gapping here and there.

And movement at the wall and ceiling.

Cracking was happening left, right and center.

What to do?

When all else fails, glue it!

That also might stop some of that pesky air that must have getting into the house.

Both sides of the chimney were so foamed.

All around the ceiling it was so caulked.

Do you think they solved the problem?

Do you think they know what the problem is?

I have no choice but to observe and report.  This isn't going away any time soon.

Would you want to buy this?

My recommendation:  when your work is having a problem, or you have inherited a problem due to someone else's work, get a professional to look at it and make some recommendations.  Glue likely isn't the best cure here.

 

 

 

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 27 commentsJay Markanich • February 18 2013 01:26AM

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The things that home inspectors find during their inspections.  Sometimes, even the agent will see something that are worth a laugh and then a why in the world!!!

Posted by Rosemary Brooks, The Mother & Daughter Realty Team (BMC Real Estate - 209-910-3706) over 6 years ago

Oh gosh, that looks terrible.  Maybe they should tear it down and replace it.  Oy vey, not a simple solve.

Posted by Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers (The Flooring Girl) over 6 years ago

Good morning Jay, oh my is right.  Where to begin with this issue?  I have to agree... call in an expert instead of a glue gun.  Have a great day!

Posted by Judith Parker, CRS, GRI, CMRS, Charlotte, NC (ProStead Realty) over 6 years ago

Rosemary - that one was truly worth a laugh.  And the seller wants someone to buy that!

Debbie - that may be the repair of a chimney previously torn down and replaced!

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

You might be onto something there Judith.  Maybe a hot glue gun?  That foam is cold you know.

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

Good Morning, Jay. They must be engaging in the same thinking that says, "The glue in engineered lumber will last hundreds of years!" Yeah! Right!

Posted by TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc., Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029 (Complete Home Inspections, Inc.) over 6 years ago

Maybe they didn't alternate the direction of the plys in this chimney, Michael.

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

Oh shucks.  I'm sure there is something that can be squirted in that crack that will bond and hold everything together until settlement.

 

Posted by Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland (Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate) over 6 years ago

Judith in #3 was thinking hot glue gun I think Lenn.  What do you think?  Settlement can't be too far off.

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

And that sir is one of the reasons I hire a professional is to make sure the job is done right.  That looks like something Uncle Bob would do and probably did.  Good luck on catching him.

Posted by James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results (Fathom Realty) over 6 years ago

Get out the foam, it's really sticky stuff James!

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

There are some pretty interesting solutions to these problems.  You seem to run into all of them, Jay.

Posted by Gabe Sanders, Stuart Florida Real Estate (Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales) over 6 years ago

Hi Jay,

And the seller is thinking... "would you rather see the large gap instead of the caulking".LOL

Have a great day in Bristow my friend.

Best, Clint McKie

Posted by Clint Mckie, Desert Sun Home, Comm. Inspection 1-575-706-5586 (Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections) over 6 years ago

Jay,

I've seen some pretty wonky repairs done by homeowners over the years, but I can't ever remember seeing anyone try to glue a stone fireplace.

Rich

Posted by Richard Iarossi, Crofton MD Real Estate, Annapolis MD Real Estate (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) over 6 years ago

Jay, that spray foam has become the new "duct-tape-in-a-can"

Posted by Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections Inc.) over 6 years ago

Jay -- is that foam filler rated for the temperature it will have to sustain when the fireplace is in use.  Usually, they have some kind of disclaimer about how warm the conditions can be where they can be used .

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

Gabe - that is, if you want to call them "solutions!"

Clint - it's not exactly like they are covering up the problem with all that foam!

Richard - c'mon, it's strong stuff!

Charlie - can you see that guy with the big mouth on TV - instead of handy man in a can we have this!

Steven - who knows what can be done here!  All I can do is recommend a specialist.

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

The British nobles irreverently refered to their country estates as 'the pile'. Viewed as heaps of rocks, that might be appropriate, but it also took 'piles' of money to maintain them.

Just like that chimney.

Posted by Robert Butler, Montreal Home Inspector | Aspect Inspection (Aspect Inspection) over 6 years ago

Yuck Robert!  I had never heard that one!  Probably an accurate moniker though.

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

They could have at least painted the foam ;)

Posted by Reuben Saltzman, Delivering the Unbiased Truth. (Structure Tech Home Inspections) over 6 years ago

Taupe like the walls or grey like the rocks Reubs?

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

Such a sloppy job. They could have trimmed off the excess. 

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

I think it holds better trimmed, right Jim?

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

Hello Jay,

Two of our favorite repair products in all their glory...caulk and spray foam.  If only they had used duct tape on that other crack, it would have been a trifecta!

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

I had a front porch on new construction today, Lisa, that was attached to the house with spray foam!

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

You can't fix Stupid - even with Duct Tape!

 

Posted by Erby Crofutt, The Central Kentucky Home Inspector, Lexington KY (B4 U Close Home Inspections&Radon Testing (www.b4uclose.com)) over 6 years ago

Erby - c'mon!  I wouldn't go that far!  Never discount the duct tape when it comes to stupid!

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

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