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Siding On Two Sides Of The Same Chimney

Ever see two pictures where the title asks what's missing?

The picture on the left looks the same as the picture on the right, but there are differences to find.

Let's see if you can find the differences between these two photos.  You will have to look carefully.

They are of the siding on two sides of the same chimney.  One side is correct and the other is not.

                        Chimney left side.                                                           Chimney right side.

Roses are red
Violets are blue,
Two sides of a chimney,
I see you!

Hint:  somebody thinks there is a problem here, or there has been one inside.  You can see at least four different kinds of caulking done over the years.

So, can you see the differences?  I something missing?  Look closely!  Um, reflect on it.

My recommendation:  water does what water does.  We either let it do its thing, or provide a means of controlling what it does naturally and divert its' intentions.  Houses pay a price if that control is not in place!

 

 

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 25 commentsJay Markanich • February 16 2015 04:01AM

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Jay, have to wonder whatthe owner was thinking! Then again, thinking may have been to strenuous! Enjoy your day!

Posted by Wayne Martin, Real Estate Broker (Wayne M Martin) over 3 years ago

Good morning Jay. This is incredible but I'm sure you see it all. If you can see the problem you should address it.

Posted by Sheila Anderson, The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133 (Referral Group Incorporated) over 3 years ago

Can't slip anything by you Wayne! 

Shiela - that presumes somebody UNDERSTANDS what the problem is!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 3 years ago

Water protection, do it or suffer the consequences.

Posted by Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573, Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker (MOOERS REALTY) over 3 years ago

Morning Jay a no brainer but I'm sure someone will scratch their heads wondering what you are talking about.....  

Posted by James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results (Fathom Realty AR LLC) over 3 years ago

Seems to me that the correct one is on the right with the proper vinyl trim rather than gobbs of gook.

Posted by Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland (Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate) over 3 years ago

True Andrew.  Water is THE killer of houses, inside and out.

James - this has been repaired many times over the years.  It must not be a no brainer to this (these) homeowner(s).

Lenn - that seems true!  Gook is always temporary.  Done right siding will last for decades.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 3 years ago

Do you think duct tape would have worked better.  Looks lovely on the left side.

Posted by Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers (The Flooring Girl) over 3 years ago

Hey Jay!

Why would they do one side properly and leave the other side in the incapable hands of Uncle Bob?

Posted by Suzanne Otto, Your Montgomery County PA home stager (Six Twenty Designs) over 3 years ago

Jay Markanich Once again, you have reinforced my belief that home inspectors are worth their weight in gold.

Posted by Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI, Presence, Persistence & Perseverance (Realty National) over 3 years ago

Good morning Jay,

I hope next time whomever caulks the left side uses a rainbow colored caulk to give it a different look.

Make yourself a great day.

Posted by Raymond E. Camp, Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester (Howard Hanna Real Estate Services) over 3 years ago

Water will follow the path of least resistance... no flashing = no resistance! 

I learnt dat in skool :-)

Posted by Fred Hernden, CMI, Albuquerque area Master Inspector (Superior Home Inspections - Greater Albuquerque Area) over 3 years ago

Absolutely Debbie.  What in the world isn't duct tape good for?!

Suzanne - they were going to get back to it after lunch.

S&N - and don't I wish that!

Fred - it appears this was an easy problem to spot.  Not as hard as your basic Waldo picture, for sure.

; >)

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 3 years ago

 Good morning Jay. Problem? What problem? I don't see no stinking problem! You home inspectors are all alike. Always looking to find problems.

Posted by TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc., Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029 (Complete Home Inspections, Inc.) over 3 years ago

I thought most people would feel this way Michael.  Pay no attention to what is behind the curtain.  Our best policy...

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 3 years ago

Can we assume that the right side is seen from the road more easily than the left?

Posted by Edward Hamill, Market Leader / CBInTouch Expert (NRT Southeast / Coldwell Banker) over 3 years ago

It's on the side of the house Edward.  Not so easily visible from the street.  The right side is correct, the left side not!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 3 years ago

Jay, Those transitions seem to be trouble for many. You would think we would have this well figured out by now ;)

Posted by Donald Hester, NCW Home Inspections, LLC (NCW Home Inspections, LLC) over 3 years ago

Don - who in the world knows to put a J track on one side and not on the other?

The lack of duct tape and ABC gum (fruit flavor) is disappointing.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 3 years ago

 I think one side looks nicer. Not sure if either is better. 

Posted by James Quarello, Connecticut Home Inspector (JRV Home Inspection Services, LLC) over 3 years ago

Jim - would the leaky side be more, um, fluid?

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 3 years ago

Lenn Harley - haha! Gobbs of Gook is a technical term!

Nice pics!  I like them!  And, yes..I'm surprised someone didnt think of using duct tape!

Posted by John Helmick, Realtor Personal Growth/Success Coach (John Helmick Success & Ohio Property Inspection Services) over 3 years ago

Disappointment happens when expectations aren't met, John.  I was disappointed.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 3 years ago

The lack of fruit flavored chewed gum is clear Jay, however the trim piece is missing too. :)

I do not think that trim piece just comes off, it must have been missing since the instakllation of the siding. I am sure there is damage beyond what we see here.

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) over 3 years ago

I think so too Tom.  Two different installers, or the same guy who didn't purchase enough J track?

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 3 years ago

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