Frost in attics: why it’s there and how to fix it

- . With the last few weeks of very cold weather here in Minnesota, we’ve been seeing tons of frost-covered attics. If you have a problem with frost in your attic, you’re not alone ..More

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Q&A: “Should I test for radon if the home already has a radon mitigation system?”

- . If it’s an active system, there should be a monitoring tube installed. This tube gets filled with a liquid which gets offset by the suction created by a fan. The quick and dirty way to see if a radon mitigation fan is running is to take a peek at the radon pipe in the basement. If the levels are offset, that’s good news. If the liquid levels are even, there’s a problem ..More

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Top 4 holiday gifts for handy homeowners

- . Lots of great buying advice there. For backpack leaf blower recommendations, check out what The Family Handyman had to say about leaf blowers ..More

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Can you install a high-efficiency furnace with only one pipe?

- I touched on this in my blog post about makeup air and the 300 cfm myth. You know, like that greedy kitchen exhaust fan, or that wimpy natural draft water heater. . Also, you get the option to install direct vent appliances in places that you couldn’t otherwise; see section 303. 3 of the MN Fuel Gas Code for details. When the furnace gets its combustion air from the outdoors, you don’t have to worry about competition from the other indoor appliances. Another benefit to a two-pipe system is added flexibility in the installation ..More

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Q&A: Do you give repair estimates?

- Now you see why we don’t give estimates, right? That’s a huge difference! The plumbers that I regularly recommend quoted between $1,250 and $1,850. . ” I looked up pricing for replacing a water heater, and HomeAdvisor said the average was $1,026, while Porch said the average was $1,597. How accurate is pricing from these services? Picture me sucking air through my teeth as I grimace and say “Better than nothing ..More

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