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Holey Moley!

Holey Moley!

It doesn't matter how you spell it.  I spelled the first word "holey" for a reason.

The expression "Holy Moley!" has some synonyms perhaps.  Holy smoke.  Holy mackerel.  Holy cow.

Whatever.

During home inspections I make it a point to see if exhaust vents are operating properly.

I look for things - clogs, like bird nests or dryer lint.  Sometimes large wasp nests have developed inside, blocking the flap's ability to open or close.

Or I will turn on the fan and see if the flap is operating correctly.

Looking up I spied one high on the wall in the rear of a house the other day, and it just looked odd.  But from that distance it was too small to determine what was going on.

Too high to get to I had to look at it with my 20X binoculars. 

To tell the truth, this one was a first for me!  It took a few tries to get the telescopic lens to focus properly on such a small area at that distance, but I snapped a photo that is clear enough to see what is going on.

Apparently this homeowner had had problems with things getting into his vents!  Birds, bees, whatever.  He climbed up a monster ladder with a drill in hand, along with some sheet metal screws, and made it so those pesky animals could not get in again!  Original problem solved!

The NEW problem was that after the grand "fix" the bathroom exhaust could not really vent.  The old toilet paper test to see if the fan had enough umph to hold a piece of toilet paper in place failed miserably.  How could it work!?

So, from down below, when I first saw this, I said, "Holey Moley!"  Get it now?

My recommendation:  seeing things for the first time does not mean understanding cannot be had!   My clients and I understood that this "fix" did not work entirely.  Sure, it solved the bird problem, but created another problem in its place.  Getting something like the vent cover to the right would have resolved everything in a much better way.   And I bet it's not expensive!

 

P.s.  Don't put a cover like the one on the right over your dryer vent opening!  It will clog in a New York minute!  Where I live it will clog in a Virginia minute.

 

 

 

 

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 18 commentsJay Markanich • April 16 2016 02:32AM

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Good morning Jay.  Looks like a fix I would do.  Interesting what people will come up with that makes things worse in the long run..

Posted by James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results (Fathom Realty AR LLC) over 2 years ago

Jay Markanich As said many times before, a hammer in the hands of a 'Do-It-Yourselfer' can be a very dangerous weapon, particularly if in this case you are the second one to use the bathroom!

Posted by Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI, Presence, Persistence & Perseverance (Realty National) over 2 years ago

I am glad you cleared up the difference between a NY and Virginia minute... wait, what is the difference?

Posted by Fred Hernden, CMI, Albuquerque area Master Inspector (Superior Home Inspections - Greater Albuquerque Area) over 2 years ago

Harry Homeowner can get quite inventive!

Posted by Susan Haughton, Susan & Mindy Team...Honesty. Integrity. Results. (Long and Foster REALTORS (703) 470-4545) over 2 years ago

Where in West Virginia was this property?

Posted by Stephen Weakley (Nationwide Mortgage Services) over 2 years ago

Well - you have to give him credit for trying, even if the solution was a fail. 

Posted by Marte Cliff, your real estate writer (Marte Cliff Copywriting) over 2 years ago

Now how is a bird supposed to get in THAT!  What were they thinking?

 

Posted by Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections Inc.) over 2 years ago

Jay- this reminds me of our first neighbor who wanted to keep the bugs out of his house, so he sealed up all of his weep holes along his brick veneer walls. 

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) over 2 years ago

It works, and it doesn't work, James!  The best of both worlds.

S&N - in this case a hammer and an ice pick!

A few hundred miles, Fred!

Susan - that side of humanity will never change.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 2 years ago

It was in West Fairfax, Stephen!  A fer piece from the satellite dish kingdom.

Marte - don't say that to the bridge builder!

Charlie - I am pretty sure this was a Red-faced Metal Pecker.  That is one fine pattern.  Down at the NRA range we would call that on target and a great pattern!  Nice grouping!  Excellent tap!

Excellent Kathy!  That works every time!  No more bugs!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 2 years ago

Thanks for sharing your experience. This is very good information to share with home owners.

Posted by Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs (Realty Group Referrals) over 2 years ago

That is the goal, Roy.  Thanks.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 2 years ago

Big yicks....one solution creating anothe problem !

Posted by Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce (EXP Realty 414-525-0563) over 2 years ago

S&D - that vent is ruined, of course.  And this solution very unusual!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 2 years ago

I tried to find the origin of "Holy Moley."  First cited occurrence was 1892 but brought into popular culture by Captain Marvel in the 1940's.  Best guess is that it was originally  a euphemism for "Holy Moses," along the lines of "gee whiz" for "Jesus."

I love words!

Posted by Dianne Goode, Realtor/Broker (Raleigh Cary Realty) over 2 years ago

I first heard it as a child watching the "Amos and Andy" TV show, Dianne.  But it is a take off of Holy Moses, I have also heard.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 2 years ago

Hello Jay and good morning . This is terrific. Great job and hope it is featured.

Posted by Sheila Anderson, The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133 (Referral Group Incorporated) over 2 years ago

Not many features in the past few months, Sheila.  I don't think the feature gods read home inspector blogs...  very few features.

But thanks!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 2 years ago

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