Trapping Your Condensate

-  That wasn’t my doing.  The photo at the top of this blog was the condensate drain at my own house… dontcha love how the plastic was wrapped with metal tape to keep it from melting where it touched the furnace vent?  Ha ha.  These can be easily assembled with a few cheap plumbing parts. . The other type of trap is a field fabricated trap, which takes a little more to assemble and isn’t so easy to clean, but is also far cheaper ..More

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Training Advice For Future Minnesota Home Inspectors

- About the time the kids were getting through school I introduced moisture testing services to the Twin Cities area and with that additional work I was finally fully employed. . I wasn’t able to get inspections to be much more than about ¾ time work for the first 10 years or so, but that was OK because I was also very active in the parenting of my three children at that time ..More

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Dimmer Switch On Ceiling Fan = Fire Hazard

- . If the wiring for a ceiling fan is already in place in your home (ie – you have separate wires for the fan control and the light control), it should be fairly easy for a qualified person to wire up separate controls for the fan and the light, which will include the ability to dim the light ..More

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Zinc Strips Prevent Moss Growth on Roofs

-  Today, the focus is on what you can do to prevent moss growth on your roof.  The results certainly won’t be as immediate, but it’s effective.  If you want to kill the moss, follow the link above that explains how to remove black roof stains; the process is the same for killing moss. . As with black algae stains, the most common place for moss to grow is on the north side of the roof, but if there are enough overhanging trees or other forms of shade, moss can really grow anywhere ..More

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I’m not saying they cheated, but this doesn’t look good.

- Did someone open the window on purpose, with the idea of coming back early the next day to close the window?  I don’t know. .  I’m a trusting person who gives people the benefit of the doubt, but I’m having a hard time even entertaining the idea that this was an accident ..More

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