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Of Course There's a Deck on the Roof Above This


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A big, expensive deck. On a big expensive house about 10 years old. It'll take a couple weeks to get to the point where we're staring up at the sky, another week to frame in new structure, and several weeks to button it all up and rebuild a new deck.

Or something like that.

All because someone thought one didn't need flashing under stone coping. Stone is waterproof, right? No water migrates through limestone, right?

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That's full tilt white rot. The webs on the TJI's are literally compost mush. The whole thing is settling about 5" on a 20' span. This one could have collapsed into the FR; it's not just a balcony; it's about 500sf of nastiness. Solid load bearing masonry exterior walls. No capillary breaks/boots on the joist ends. No squash blocks. No flashing under the coping. No nothing. Mold food joists set in wet CMU's. Woof....

I have a few photos of the topside, but the owner is understandably traumatized and adamant that no identifiable photos be distributed. I'm only allowed to show the rotten areas and the subsequent repairs for "public education". No identifiable anything. Just the mess. I think he's being reasonable. Most folks wouldn't even let me do this.

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Cavity wall. Not bad flashing....no flashing, cavity full of slump mortar. Staging is a logistical ballet, this is in the heart of rich urban professional territory. Neighbors, literally about 3' away, have to also be mollified. Appearances must be maintained.

Interestingly, when the drywall came off, we found someone had painted the inside block face with waterproofing paint.

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That's what's interesting. It hadn't been raining in there. It had been soaking it up like a sponge for years. Nothing was visible except the sag. It's only in the last year they noticed the moldy smell.

It's frightening. This stuff can be hidden for years without us knowing it. You couldn't have convinced me of this until now.

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They build them now. I look at new load bearing masonry homes all the time. I'm not expert in much, but I'm pretty good with masonry stuff.

It's a city thing. I only see them in the city proper, but I see them a lot.

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The garbage snippet was pretty funny. I'll be the one holding the bag. We'll use trusses hanging off a ledger, vented flashing under the capstones, vent the perimeter of the roof behind the termination. All you building enthusiasts...this is a great example of the new REbuilding BOOM. . Its too bad no one wants to pay for it!!

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