Insulating A Rim Space

- While houses usually act like chimneys, sucking air in at the bottom and exhausting air through leaks at the top, the photo below is a perfect example showing how it doesn’t always work that way.  The frost that has accumulated against the siding is all coming from air that’s leaking out of the un-insulated, un-sealed rim space.   It was about -15 degrees outside when I took the photo below. ..More

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Water Softener Installation Defects

-  Also, note that the cover for the floor drain has been cut out a little bit; if this wasn’t done, the discharge from the water softener would probably splash water all over the place.  Even if the floor drain were to back up with sewer water, the water wouldn’t come in contact with the end of the discharge hose. . The photo below is an example of an air gap at the floor drain ..More

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Carbon monoxide alarm requirements for Minnesota, including the little details

- If a carbon monoxide alarm is sitting on someone’s desk, it’s not installed. . While the official definition doesn’t mention mounting the detector on the ceiling, that’s ok too ..More

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Two Ways To Correct An Improper Faucet On An Old Clawfoot Bathtub

-  If you live in Minneapolis or Bloomington, this is also a required repair for Truth-In-Housing Evaluations.  If the tub were to fill up with sewage or something even worse, the household water could come in contact with it, because the spill line of the bath tub is actually higher than the bath tub faucet. . If you have an old clawfoot bath tub with a standard faucet that’s located inside the bath tub, such as the one pictured at right, you have a potential cross connection ..More

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My Beef With Old Gas Log Fireplaces

- What happens if the damper is closed?  If the fireplace damper is closed when a gas log fireplace is operated, the combustion gases will come right in to the house. .  While you have the same potential for this to happen with a wood burning fireplace, it will be quite obvious if a wood burning fire exhausts in to the house; everything is going to get very smoky, very quickly ..More

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