Problems With Flipped Houses

- When looking at flipped houses, you might notice poorly designed kitchens (ie – cabinet doors / drawers that are blocked by other cabinets), nail holes that aren’t filled, appliances installed without an outlet to plug them in to, and loose / unsecured countertops or base cabinets.  Bathrooms will often have vanity cabinets that are way too small for the space because the flipper bought the ‘special buy’ vanity, top, and faucet combo on sale at whatever home improvement store was close. ..More

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My search for an out-of-state home inspector

- I found several themes on home inspector web  sites.  The ‘basic’ web sites were all extremely similar – it was “Hire me because:”. ..More

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

- 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.  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 live in Minneapolis or Bloomington, this is also a required repair for Truth-In-Housing Evaluations ..More

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Artificial Firelogs – Bad For Your Fireplace?

- When artificial firelogs are used according to their instructions (one at a time, don’t break ’em apart), they don’t produce a whole lot of heat at one time; surely nowhere near the amount of heat that most wood fires produce. .   I don’t have any statistics on the number of chimney fires started by properly used artificial firelogs… but I’m pretty sure the number would be close to zero ..More

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Why the relief valve at the water heater is leaking, and what to do about it

- When this happens, the T&P relief valve for the water heater can leak. .  This doesn’t happen every time a pressure reducing valve is installed, but there may be other problems that show up in the house, such as the toilet fill valves randomly re-filling toilets, or faucets chronically dripping ..More

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