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Old 04-06-2010, 09:24 PM   #16
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Your metal flashing is sloping back towards the house allowing water to enter at the flashing joints. The main roof does not appear the have a down-spout to the ground, only your porch roof.... and a 2' turn at your corner..... Listen to Jomama...
Pull the double row of vinyl that is already un-zipped standing proud of the rest to check for water on the housewrap there. Your mortared joint to the j-channel will soon fail and look like your neighbor's (dissimilar materials with different expansion/contraction rates).

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Old 04-06-2010, 09:43 PM   #17
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Back to your original question, if I was your neighbor it would **** me off if you installed a wart on the wall.
haha.... ME TOO!!! Unless I can find a way to make it look acceptable (which is kind of what I was looking for). A friend suggested a vinyl siding that looks like ceder shingles.

Pull the double row of vinyl that is already un-zipped standing proud of the rest to check for water on the housewrap there.
I actually did that last week (that pic is before I closed the siding back up)

Anyhow, I really appreciate everyone's help. This weekend I'm going hose down the front of my house real good and then unzip a few rows of siding to look for moisture. Then, I'm going to remove the tyvek to inspect for moisture underneath (especially where the OSB seams meet).

I think hiring a mason to remove the bricks and then reinstall them might be inevitable, but I'm going to really inspect the above area for water infiltration points first.

This is my first house and I'm a VERY green DIY'er. So, I appeciate all you guys time and effort explaining this to me. I just HATE spending this much on a temporary home, especially now because we're expecting a child and have very little extra money. When it rains it pours.... or leaks in this case

Thanks Again (hopefully, someday I'll be able to give some advise to other on here)

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Old 04-07-2010, 12:45 AM   #18
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I had a leak that took me about three years to find the source. While my situation was different, perhaps it can shead some light on your situation.

I have a one story house with a full daylight basement (daylight at the rear of the house). The basement level has brick, the main level is vinyl siding. I had a leak coming into the basement where the fireplace chimny ends, the deck starts, and the brick dropped down one course to make room for the ledger board.

I had patched every possible hole I could find, and spraying the garden hose to act like rain wouldn't turn up the leak. But everytime we got a rain, I had water dripping into the basement with the OSB completely rotted in the area.

I finally started pulling off siding in this corner of the deck where the leak was. What I discovered was despite any obvious means of water getting behind the vinyl siding, it some how was (like others have said, the siding isn't water proof). In this case, once the water was behind the siding, there was nothing to keep it from getting behind the ledger board. The tyvick house rap seemed to end at that level. My solution was to lift the tyvick, install and seal flashing such that if water got behind the vinyl, it would be forced to come out onto the deck.

In your case, I'm wondering if the flashing shown in the most recent set of pictures is installed such that if water gets behind the siding, and possibly even tyvick at perhaps a seams higher up, or is the flashing attached to the underlying OSB behind the siding. To this day, I still do not understand how water (and I mean puddles during a good rain, not just moisture) is getting behind the siding. But ever since I installed some flashing to the OSB wall and the deck, and sealed all the seams of the flashing, water is no longer getting behind the ledger boards and the basement has stayed dry.
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