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Old 02-04-2013, 01:17 PM   #16
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Sounds like a "recipe for disaster", OSB w/o any WRB, brick on one side, vinyl siding on the other.......................

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The lack of a WRB is the most troubling part to me. I don't know how that OSB isn't completely swollen up if that is the case. Vinyl siding inherently design for some moisture behind it, so to suggest that any small amount that would get in past that caulked vertical j-channel would be a big deal is a bit overstated IMO. That is why proper window and door flashings (and WRB) are so critical on vinyl sided homes, because moisture is going to get back there one way or the other.
Are you sure that you have nothing but vinyl siding just installed over OSB? No house wrap or insulation board back there?
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The house has no weather wrap behind the siding. It was build in 2004 and all in my neighborhood were built this way. The newer ones have wrap. Here is an image of what is above the corner.

Last fall a wind storm blew off some shingles above and also the valley flashing on the roof. Had a lot of water come in the home. Fixed the roof, opened up the wall cavities, removed the insulation, let it try, put new insulation in. It's been sitting this way for a while through some windy storms and haven't had any water come in. Last weekend went to put drywall back on and noticed moisture/frozen water. Think this may be due to cold temps and wind blowing through that crack in the caulk.

What is surprising to me is that this is a very common scenario (brick front, siding side) but I cannot find any documentation describing how the corner should be flashed and transitioned from the brick to siding.
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Keep an eye on those window sills you have. Those are called rowlocks.

I had a mystery leak. My culprits were the window sills which were a rowlock course of brick on each of the windows on the front brick veneer of my home.

I ended up having all seven rowlock sills replaced with solid limestone sills on front of house.

Look under those sills and see if you have any voids in either the head or bed joints for weep holes. The weep holes will allow any water that gets behind to veneer to "weep" out.

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Yes, I have a leak under that front window, I believe since the house was built. When I opened up the side wall from the roof leak I also opened up the front wall underneath the window and the OSB is completely rotted out. Can practically push right through it. Not sure what to do there either in terms of finding where the leak is...
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Was really excited to see this underneath the bottom of the roof valley flashing...
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Looking at the second picture that looks like an outside corner cut to the brick, or the brick is on top of an outside corner. You might see the sheathing in the space between brick and wall. If you don't intend to do more than re caulk, then at least use a good elastomeric calking. Sticks to everything, stays elastic, re seals itself if cut, can be painted and re calked over itself, and most have a 50 year guarantee. Just make sure to get the one that has a flammable warning, not a latex.
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Looking at the second picture that looks like an outside corner cut to the brick, or the brick is on top of an outside corner. .
What 2nd picture are you referring to?
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Yes, I have a leak under that front window, I believe since the house was built....
Is this the outside vs inside view??
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Is this the outside vs inside view??
Yes. That is an outside/inside view of the front window.

I also have a different leak (or leaks) on the vinyl siding side of the house which is where to OP comes in (caulking up the side of the brick) and the horrible roofing job.
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which is where to OP comes in (caulking up the side of the brick) and the horrible roofing job.
No idea what that means.
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Yes. That is an outside/inside view of the front window.
Check the window sills on that leaking window.

Here is a video of rowlocks leaking. From the camera view it may look like the water is running off the front face of the brick but I assure you it is not. All the water is being drawn into that mortar joint, running down behind the brick veneer and ending up leaking out the top of the bay window.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WCapxd9AixQ
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What 2nd picture are you referring to?
Sorry, lost track of which picture. The closeup of the calked joint

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