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StevenT last won the day on November 13 2017

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  1. The photos provoke more questions than answers. I see quite a bit of cold patches indicating crack "Repairs". So my first is were the cracks cut and repaired or simply smeared with "cream cheese" to hide the cracks. Look closely, cracks will reappear before long if not properly repaired. If the installation is 100 years old, We are looking at plank sheathing as compared to plywood. Plank sheathing can take more water than plywood. The amount of cracks bothers me, especially considering we are looking at a limited area. It is important to determine if the stucco is adequately adhered to the structure, or is the only thing holding the stucco to the structure; the stucco itself. I would suggest moisture content testing to determine if/how much water is getting behind the system, at the same time testing the resistance of the wood sheathing. Core tests would also let you know what is there, especially below that window. Regarding other details, sealants, etc... more information needed as well as up close examination. Structurally speaking, if you determine that all is strong and stable, that is great. Cosmetically speaking, I think the only salvation would be a fresh coat (with mesh) of stucco, or another cladding, possibly EIFS or another alternative. Included should be WRB, flashing, etc., I lean towards liquid applied.
  2. Sorry, in my enthusiasm I missed 6, but I'm glad you figured it out, and I even learned something I didn't know before. Did you use the same method to figure out which relays were bad?
  3. Start all over again. 1. Get a test light. 2. Test the tester. 3. Check each pin at the hook up (visually) and then test each one with the tester, all the way to the light fixture. Make sure each wire is tight at the plug and each connection/splice is clean and tight. 4. Check all of your grounds. To be sure, remove, clean and reinstall each ground. 5. Check your bulbs. What else is there? I'd bet you $.50 it's a bad ground.
  4. I also thing it looks like cast cement, regardless, I would certainly plan on repair/replacement some time in the future, and would negotiate accordingly.
  5. I see the open void you are referring to (at the secondary kickout). Is it a flashing issue or roofing issue? I believe a flashing issue is a roofing issue. At this point it is a sealing issue. I think it is really a job-site superintendent issue. If the super would have been on the ball, he would have caught it from the get-go. I see this condition quite often, regardless of the type of system.
  6. There should be drainage at the bottom of the EIFS and a through wall flashing protecting the lintel.
  7. I agree they are all good questions, it bothers me though that the first thing(s) he is concerned about is the price and then he states all his qualifiers. I would rather someone ask me all the qualifiers and then asks me how much I will charge.
  8. Hats are okay. Panties are another story that gets a bit hairy.
  9. Would this be double wythe? Click to Enlarge 82.43 KB Click to Enlarge 78.99 KB
  10. steeping bathtub, used as Jim described.
  11. Are you recommending the home be condemned?
  12. Tomorrow's evaluation is even better. 3000 sf home on the beach (Long Island Sound). The new GC called me and explaind that the rear of the house (which overlooks the Sound has eroded and is taking in water. He added that 3 other... contractors ("experts") attempted to "fix" the problem and were unable to. Currently, someone installed vinyl siding over the EIFS to attempt (unsuccessfully) to keep the water out. I have been asked to evaluate the entire home and oversee the design and installation of the new watershed/system. Tomorrow the vinyl is being removed and if there is anything else I see. There will be people there to remove any portions I request. Today (3,000 sf, with a helper) took 9 hours.
  13. Photo 1 is a one family home built in circa 1993. It was originally 100% EIFS (Barrier). As per homeowner, approx 8 years ago (approx) 50% of the EIFS was replaced with MSV.
  14. Hi Erby, It's fine to disagree, and i don't doubt you since you looked at the entire site up close and I only see a few pics of what I assumed represented the troubled area. In the pics I see, I clearly notice a failed kickout being fed by quite a bit of roof and dead valley. It was wrong of me to assume that the photos were highlighting the troubled area. Sometimes it's quite tricky and almost impossible to confirm complete wrb(s). Sometimes it's easier to deny. Usually I find suggestions as to what is there, since my opinion is most often based upon a representative number of probes, and the declared assumption that what is found in one area is usually an indication of how the entire job was done. I usually take core samples (if helpful at various heights). This is today's evaluation. Click to Enlarge 75.4 KB This is one of today's core samples. What I confirmed at this location is a single layer of tarpaper. If I would have found two layers, I would have taken an additional sample at a different height to attempt to confirm or deny that I was (wasn't) on an overlap. Additionally, since I was near the bottom of the system, an overlap would have been less likely. Click to Enlarge 72.01 KB This is a second core sample that confirmed EPS adhesively attached directly on plywood (no wrb) Click to Enlarge 64.85 KB Here is another: Click to Enlarge 46.42 KB
  15. Beautiful. [:-thumbu] What's he doing with the boat?
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