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Old 12-18-2011, 09:19 AM   #16
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Since no one else has asked, what about that Chimney? I would be worried about it coming apart when that exterior wall gets worked on..

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Old 12-18-2011, 09:32 AM   #17
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OP will be back with more pictures,I hope,showing the exterior in that area.

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The source of the leak is obvious but seeing no flashing or weather barrier behind the siding is alarming to say the least.

I’d be taking a close look at the flashing details on the rest of the house.


You probably have more exterior damage than you think, that just hasn’t shown up inside yet.


It may be time to start thinking about new siding.
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Old 12-18-2011, 03:12 PM   #19
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My thoughts:

1) Your sill plate isn't a magical anti-water barrier - if there's significant damage to the top floor walls then there's damage to the 1st floor walls underneath seeing as how when you fight gravity with water - gravity wins every time.

So - solution to that?

2) Never be afraid to bring in the pros and get estimates and discuss - heavily discuss - what they're going to do.

3) Then read up - and determine if it was truly DIY within your reach to do what they were going to do - or better to let them handle it and fix the WHOLE problem - just not one part of it.

I - personally - would tackle the job by myself without hesitation. . . and the first thing I'd do is get to building a scaffold outside to get closer to the outside and safely monitor and determine the extent of the damage and inevitably do the work necessary.

4) While researching, reading and getting estimates I'd monitor the wall frequently when it rains/snows (etc) - to ensure I understood where the water was coming from.
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Good luck with all of that...I had somewhat of a similar problem I have been working on. My issue was termite damage on some parts and water damage where the chimney was improperly flashed. Removed the vinyl siding that was put up on top of the old wood siding which was on top of fiberboard with no wood sheathing or house wrap in sight. One of the 10ft headers was completely disintegrated so ended up replacing the whole area above the fireplace. Right now I just have house wrap up and need to get around to putting the siding back up but working all the times makes that difficult. The inside finally has some drywall up and starting to look normal again.

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