Old vent caps need to go

- “Coolie” is a dated, offensive term for unskilled Asian workers that shouldn’t be used. .   A few PC terms for this cap would be an “unlisted cap”, an “unapproved cap”, or a “witches cap” ..More

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Q&A: “Will you be checking for moisture during the home inspection?”

- For wet basement issues, we think about where water might be an issue and we poke, prod, and pull back the carpet in areas where we’re suspicious. Check out the video clip below to see how this is done. . We also use pin-probe moisture meters at carpet tack strips to make sure they’re not wet. Specifically, we use the Protimeter Surveymaster moisture meter ..More

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Missing handrails are now a required repair in Minneapolis

- Missing handrails just got upgraded to a must-fix item for homes in Minneapolis. For everyone else, here’s the long version, from the beginning. You have the Twitter version of the story. . This used to be rated as a “B”, now it’s an “RRE”. If you know what all that means, you can stop reading now ..More

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

- I’ve read dozens, maybe hundreds of high-efficiency furnace installation manuals. . Every single one of them had instructions for a direct vent and non-direct vent installation. The diagram below from Goodman shows the different venting requirements for non-direct vent and direct vent. There’s no problem with a one-pipe system, but the rules for venting are different ..More

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Animals, skeletons, and creepy home inspection stuff, part 2

- The electrical conduit was disconnected, so mice were climbing up to the upper panel and frogs were falling down into the lower panel. . This next collage was especially awesome ..More

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