This ‘Safety Check’ isn’t worth the paper it’s written on

- . The vent connector was wrapped with duct tape and completely rusted out underneath the duct tape; I could feel it crumble as I pushed on it. Signs of deterioration don’t get much more obvious. 2. The form specifically says the installer checked the vent connector for signs of deterioration ..More

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Carbon monoxide alarm requirements for Minnesota, including the little details

- . Post Update 1/24/15: CO alarms are now required by the Minnesota state building code (R315) outside and not more than 10 feet from each separate sleeping area or bedroom ..More

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This year, I’m thankful for closed-cell foam insulation. Yeah, that’s right.

- .  Of course, I’m thankful for my family, health, and all that other jazz, but this is a blog about home inspections and home related topics, so I’m going to stay focused on that.  To fully explain why I’m so thankful for closed cell foam insulation, I first need to complain about my house a little bit. Yes, you read that right.  I’m thankful for closed cell foam insulation ..More

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Training Advice For Future Minnesota Home Inspectors

-  I have nothing against home inspection schools… but they should be considered a very small portion of the total education required to be a home inspector. .  I found it to be very… blah.  I wasn’t impressed.   The focus of the class seemed to be on teaching new home inspectors how to produce an inspection report that wouldn’t get them sued. I’m not a huge fan, and I don’t know any seasoned home inspector who is.  In 2004 I attended a home inspection school from a company that claims to have the industry’s “best home inspector training” ..More

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Trapping Your Condensate

- To fix the hole created by the condensate drain, a trap needs to be installed. This trap will work  the same way that any other plumbing trap works; the water sitting in the trap prevents sewer gas (or in this case, air) from coming through. ..More

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