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Included in my last long post about all the things was a mention of a distant neighbor/professional handyman/musician (because that's Nashville for you) coming to take a look at our problematic gutters. We had a bit of rotting around our master bedroom window as well as some around the gutter that ends at that same window. We assumed it was the gutter causing the problem. But as he began to pull off a couple of completely rotted 2x4s & the soffit, he found the culprit. Our master bath is right there as well and apparently, instead of being built properly, the exhaust fan just vents into the corner of that soffit. Yes, warm, moist air trapped in an entirely wooden soffit with no where to go seemed like a good idea to whomever constructed our house and the building inspector who passed it.

Surprisingly, it only took him 5 hours and cost less than $250 for him to replace the vent hose, all the rotten wood (with composite which will never rot again), properly vent the fan and put everything back together. But everytime he knocked on the door to show me what else he found, it just seemed like it got deeper and deeper. I totally felt like I was talking to Holmes. He even wore overalls! He also had more piercings than I do. ;)

The gutters, it turned out were just clogged downspouts. Or so we hope.

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on 2011-04-03 11:36 am (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] bonnie-halfelvn.livejournal.com
That's a "what were they thinking?" moment, for sure.

I'm glad you got off with only $250.

on 2011-04-05 07:37 pm (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] mellymell.livejournal.com
Was very perplexing. Me too!

on 2011-04-03 12:37 pm (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] amaz0n-princess.livejournal.com
Shame on the builders! But I'm glad you found the culprit!

on 2011-04-05 07:37 pm (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] mellymell.livejournal.com
Seriously! Me too!

on 2011-04-05 05:10 am (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] verdaera.livejournal.com
Wow. I have seen that show and it's scary that these inspectors can get a license and then not do their jobs. I'm glad you were able to get it fixed for relatively cheap! Ever see one of the ones where he's had to replace basically the entire house? Scary.

on 2011-04-05 07:40 pm (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] mellymell.livejournal.com
YES! Like the $300,000 one where they had to rewire the entire house, fix a ton of plumbing, fix a basement wall that was caving in, found asbestos, etc. etc. etc. Very scary! Rotting can be similar where you don't really know how bad it is until you really get in there and rip everything out. I was really worried he'd continue to find stuff. I'm seriously so glad we got off so easily!

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