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The Constellation Catcho

The Constellation Catcho

From the Latin word constellatio the word "constellation" can be used to describe a collection of stars which appear, relative to our view, as being in a particular pattern, a so-called asterism, or a basic grouping of anything in a star-like pattern.

The Greek-Egyptian, yet Roman citizen, astronomer Ptolemy first described a collection of 48 such constellations in the second century.  He preserved his findings in his highly-regarded, personal treatise he called the Almagest.  Presently, the International Astronomical Union recognizes 88 constellations in total.

The Scotch-Hungarian, yet American citizen, Jay, AKA "The Home Inspector," has over the years recognized many collections or groupings of many things, which he has recorded in his personal treatise he calls A Northern Virginia Home Inspector's Perspective.  His thousands of blogs are legendary.

While on one of his many travels and traverses through the universe of homes in Northern Virginia, Jay, AKA "The Home Inspector," discovered staining in roof sheathing.

While such staining is not uncommon in his experience, it is often difficult to determine if the phenomenon is due to current and ongoing, um, astronomical conditions.

Observing what is above and below, colors and patterns, Jay, AKA "The Home Inspector," is in the habit of attempting to determine the present condition of his findings, and report them in treatises he writes following each journey and destination.  His personal writings are highly regarded, and very well received.

He has found it best, in his experience, to examine things from top to bottom, and from high to low.  Combined with his experience Jay, AKA "The Home Inspector," tries to arrive at conclusions based on what he sees.  Often photos can be descriptive as well, and lend further understanding.

Gravity works, after all.  It creates dependable conditions that can be followed.  Its effects can be seen in the photograph above where staining, apparently created at the highest area on the left, proceeds to the right, toward lower locations.

Directly underneath this stain pattern a second related discovery was made.

Revealed publicly for the first time in history is this grouping of bucket and bowls. 

Jay, AKA "The Home Inspector," has named this constellation of bucket and bowls

The Constellation Catcho.

He theorizes that this constellation actually catches the dripping results of water from the pattern of staining seen in the photo above.

Its clever placement seems to have happened purposefully after  observances of astronomical conditions in this attic were made by scientists nearby.  Fluid dynamics can be very predictable, and when observed over a period of time can often be controlled.

FORTUNATELY THIS AREA OVER A BATHROOM AND HALLWAY WAS DEVOID OF ANY OF THAT PESKY INSULATION WHICH COULD HAVE MADE THE CREATION OF THE CONSTELLATION CATCHO UNSTABLE, AND LESS EFFECTIVE. *

Sometimes nature, and natural phenomenon, looks almost humanly designed.  And this constellation seems to have had its own Creative Designer.  It is cleverly geometric, and symmetrical, to be sure.

Jay, AKA "The Home Inspector," shares this rare scientific discovery for all to see and to learn from.

My recommendation:  some things that happen in nature may not be accidents.  This constellation appears to be one of them.  While it might take a home inspector to observe and report some such things, it is important that everyone sees them for what they are, and represent.  Science is science, dontchaknow.  

* Yes, that was sarcastic.  There should have been insulation over that bathroom and hallway.

 

 

 

 

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 14 commentsJay Markanich • May 01 2015 12:15AM

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 Good morning Jay. Maybe they needed to put up a solar system instead of a constellation. Some people just aren't very smart!

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

What?  You mean repair the roof on the solar side of things Michael?

Dripping is so soothing.  They probably wanted a little of that water magic.

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

Morning Jay I enjoyed the way you started this post and was waiting on the reason you started out the way you did.   I was not disappointed... 

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

I had a little fun with this one James.

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

Good morning Jay. Your experience and vision take you to places most of us never see or want to. Enjoy your day.

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

Like Star Trek, Sheila?  Where nobody has gone before?

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

Jay, you have outdone yourself with this wonderful post! It's amazing how many "constellations" of this sort that you discover..a regular Ptolemy of home inspectors!

Posted by Tom White, Franklin Homes Realty LLC, Franklin TN (Franklin Homes Realty LLC (615) 495-0752 or www.FranklinHomesRealty.com) over 3 years ago

Thanks Tom, but sometimes you just need to have a little sarcastic fun.

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

Good morning Jay,

I will look at the sun, moon and stars with a different light from now on;probably not with any precipitation involved.

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

Admit it.

You have fun with everything.  A trait often needed for sanity when things go crazy.

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

Ahhhh so, reminds me of that famous Chinese water torture... the dripping on your forehead will drive you crazy!! Obviously it has worked because those people are crazy if theythought they could sneak this by some Scotch-Hungarian Home Inspector dude!

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

Think universe every time you go into the attic Raymond!

Probably true Lenn.  The insanity keeps me sane I think.

Fred - I have to wonder how long that area has been without insulation.  And the bucket grouping seemed perfect - they all had water residue!

We observe and report.  Those sellers observed and placed.

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

Great read Jay Markanich !!! Indeed, gravity wins!

Posted by Rene Fabre, Marketing in the Digital Age (First American Title) over 3 years ago

Thanks Rene.  Sorry, it's been a while since I have been able to comment in the Rain.  Gravity is predictable too!

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

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