I know it is some sort of vent. There are about 30 of them on the house. The previous painters have painted over them, so it isn't venting anything right now.
More importantly if these are painted over will they prevent the house from breathing properly? Would it lead to moisture trouble in the walls and possibly premature failure of the paint?
The people who own this house have been dealing with premature paint failures for 25 years. They blamed the painters, and so did I until they told me about the companies, reputable companies with good references and insurance. In other words these people did their homework and still got burned.
So before I paint this house I want to make sure it was the painters and not the house, so in three years I'm not the deadbeat painter.
P.S. I told them I wouldn't paint the house until they got an OK from either the city building inspector or an engineer. I would love to hear some opinions from the pro's on here.
(I posted this at CT.com as well.)