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Old 04-23-2012, 10:32 AM   #1
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I am looking for some suggestions on what products to use for the following types of holes/cracks inside and outside of the house. We just did our second to final walkthrough and I noticed some things I want to take care of right away.

At the bottom of both the master and guest bathroom under sink cabinets there is space between the board on the bottom and the wall. Like 1/4 to 1/2 in in some spots. LIke they didn't install the cabinets very well. What can I use to fill that hole (to see creepy crawlies from making nests etc.). I think there are some gaps in the Kitchen cabinets as well.

Speaking of the kitchen. The Dishwasher isn't installed so much as its kind of just been "placed" in the hole where it goes. Its not actually secured to anything, Once I secure it there are going to be gaps in the mounting bracket and the floor and the cabinets and the counter top. Just wondering how to seal those up too.

I heard there is something I can put into the power and light switch outlets, like a spray foam or some kind, to help air seal the inside from the attic. Any ideas what product this is?

Outside there are probably dozens of spots where there are gaps in the trim with little holes leading to the attic. What can I use to seal these outside holes/cracks that will stand up to TX heat and cold.

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Old 04-23-2012, 10:52 AM   #2
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Going to have to post some pictures on this one if you what some real ansewers.

There's simple foam pads you can buy at any hardware store, Wal-Mart, HD or Lowes for the outlet and switch covers. It's best to also air seal all holes in the bottom and top plates, where any light fixtures or plumbing are run in the attic and crawl space with high expanding foam.

If the areas under and behind the sink where the plumbings run are sealed there is no real need for all the other sealing you think you need.

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Thanks. I'll have to take some photos on the final walk through wednesday.
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What Joe said. Pictures. We want pictures!


If you do get the house bought, we'll plan on seeing a lot of you here!
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Oh, DUH!! I have some pictures from the home inspection.
Attached are examples are the gaps outside and of one of the cabinets inside.
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Looks like you've got a lot of little detail work to do.

Some miter work on the ends of the eaves, and some minor mortar work. No biggie. Most people don't bother sealing around the drain pipe where it goes into the wall. Again, no biggie.

But I'm going to step out on a limb here, and guess that there is a LOT of little detail work needing to be done on this house.
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Simple fixes. Some caulking under the sink if it makes you feel better.
I would have that power line coming out of the side of the house fit. It needed to be run in PVC that runs down the side of the building and is under ground so a weed wacker does not rip it to pieces and with an LB where it runs into the wall.

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Looks like you've got a lot of little detail work to do.

Some miter work on the ends of the eaves, and some minor mortar work. No biggie. Most people don't bother sealing around the drain pipe where it goes into the wall. Again, no biggie.

But I'm going to step out on a limb here, and guess that there is a LOT of little detail work needing to be done on this house.
It was a forclosure that got bought up by a flipper who put the house on the market before finishing the flipping (I think he ran out of money).
I am not a DIY kind of guy but intend to try and change that. The location was perfect and the price was right (even with all the little things to be done) so we bought it.
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May have to get someone to come on site with a brake to bend you up the metal needed to fix the boxing on the roof, but it's a real simple job.
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As others said, that plumbing drain looks pretty common to me. Usually a silver slip covering is used (like for the feed line in your picture), but it doesn't really do a whole lot (it's not air tight either, like the many covering for the feed pipe for your toilet). It's more a matter of a cosmetic fix than anything. The roof and the feed line going into the house should be addressed though.
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Oh, DUH!! I have some pictures from the home inspection.
Attached are examples are the gaps outside and of one of the cabinets inside.
Your inspector supplied you with those pics?
Good job on the inspector you picked!
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Your inspector supplied you with those pics?
Good job on the inspector you picked!
He gave me a 24 page report that included pictures of anything that was important. He missed a section of the eves that I found to be rotting (painted over). It could have been hard to see but I found it fairly easily. He did find a lot of other important things too though. Nobody's perfect I guess, but he was definitely better than I expected.
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He gave me a 24 page report that included pictures of anything that was important. He missed a section of the eves that I found to be rotting (painted over). It could have been hard to see but I found it fairly easily. He did find a lot of other important things too though. Nobody's perfect I guess, but he was definitely better than I expected.
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