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A Problem Solved! And Vinyl Siding "Repair."

This is surely a problem solved!  And vinyl siding "repair."

Over time the soil has settled.  That has pulled down the underground conduit housing the electrical service lines to this house.  In turn, this pulled down the electric meter where it attaches to the house.

Well, certainly, as it all settles, a gap forms.  Maybe gaps!

Gaps aren't good!  Even this homeowner knows that!

What to do?

Caulking!  Lots of caulking!  Fill, fill, fill!

But wait.

What if caulking isn't enough?  There is exposed wood there after all.  Maybe a little additional help?

Well, how about a little vinyl siding roof over it?

Yeah, that's it!

A problem solved!  And vinyl siding "repair."

How could anyone argue with that?

Besides, it's gorgeous!

The siding is almost the same color as the original.

And who wouldn't want a little roof over the box, just to be sure that things stay dry?

Wind?  No problem!  It flaps!  It's loose, so any high wind won't break it!

My recommendation:  you can't see enough to know that the ingenuity of people will never cease.  In the famous words of Julius Ceasar, "Veni, vidi, vici!"   I came, I saw, I conquered!  We'll go with that.

 

 

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 17 commentsJay Markanich • February 19 2015 03:38AM

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That is an interesting way of doing it.  Gaps are  never good.  Great place for a bee hive

Posted by Russ Ravary ~ Metro Detroit Realtor call (248) 310-6239, Michigan homes for sale ~ yesmyrealtor@gmail.com (Real Estate One) over 3 years ago

And water Russ!  Not the most, um, attractive repair!

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

That is really funny.  It looks bad either way.  Thanks for the good laugh.

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

Morning Jay it looks like something I would have done in years past.  Now I call a professional.

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

Debbie - remember, this guy doesn't understand the humor!

James - we don't know what we don't know.  Sometimes people learn that we can't do what we can't do!  And get a pro, like you say!

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

Oh my.  And the person who did that work probably seriously believes he/she "fixed" it.  

Posted by Kat Palmiotti, The House Kat (Grand Lux Realty, Monroe NY, 914-419-0270, kat@thehousekat.com) over 3 years ago

I am willing to bet you are right Kat!

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

Good morning Jay,

Thanks for the memory flash back of the Latin Class!

Yes I maen No gaps are not goo.

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

Why, a few more tubes of caulk and that bare wood would be covered! And I wish I could see that flap just a flappin in a strong wind... may lift that side of the house a little bit... waddya think?  

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

Excellent Raymond!  When I was in school Latin was required too.  In my opinion, if you understand prefixes and suffixes and Latin roots, you can define many, many words without looking them up!

Fred - that or, if hydraulic, could maybe steer the house to a soft landing.

Oh, silly me.  Steering is illegal in real estate.

 

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

The things people come up with can truly blow my mind.  You're always there with your camera to catch the bizarre fixes.

Posted by Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker, Bristow, VA (Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA) over 3 years ago

Caulking and Duct Tape - that's all you need...except caulking is more fun!

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

I could write a "Markanich's Believe It Or Not" book, Chris Ann.

John - I don't know.  Duct tape can flap in the wind!

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

 Good morning Jay. Caulking is the butchers next best friend. Need I say anymore?

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

And would that some siding guys would cut vinyl better, Michael!

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

Gosh, Jay, you never fail to amaze me with your humor along with your great lessons. And quoting Julius Caesar on top of it! Benito! (Did I spell that right?)

Posted by Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate, "Your Local Expert!" 503-755-2905 (John L Scott Market Center) over 3 years ago

Thank you Gayle, I try to have fun with things.

Oh, and by the way, Big Julie didn't speak Italian...   ; >)

But Benito Mussolini did though!

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

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