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

- 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 it’s an active system, there should be a monitoring tube installed. If the liquid levels are even, there’s a problem. This tube gets filled with a liquid which gets offset by the suction created by a fan ..More

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Skylight shaft insulation

- The U. . S. The image below gives a nice example of what a properly insulated skylight shaft looks like:. Department of Energy has several more illustrations and photos on their website, all discussing the importance of proper insulation around skylight shafts ..More

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Top 4 holiday gifts for handy homeowners

- I happen to have the Stihl BR600. My dad fell in love with it and couldn’t be without it, so he went out and bought his own. . I’m pretty sure he keeps it in his bedroom. This is the only backpack blower that I’ve ever owned, so I can’t compare it to others. Actually, my dad and I split the cost of the leaf blower and thought we’d share it, but that didn’t work too well. I bought it from someone on Craigslist a couple of years ago, and it still runs like a top ..More

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Unintended consequences of attic improvements

- Note from Reuben: This post was originally written by Steve Shirber and posted here on February 5th, 2013. . This post has been revised and updated by our very own Tessa Murry for 2018, who was introduced to me by Steve Shirber when she worked for his company. That company is no longer around, and today I refer clients to the Minnesota Building Performance Association for home performance assessments. At the time that Steve wrote this blog post in 2013, I referred his company exclusively for this type of work ..More

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4 Wintertime Roof Issues that Inspectors Should Be Prepared to Spot

- For such simple devices, they’re surprisingly sophisticated. Part of the ice dam equation, bad gutters can also contribute to issues that include siding damage, roofing damage, water infiltration and even a wet basement. Or at least they should be. ..More

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