Is your water heater large enough for your bathtub?

- .   A very small bathtub might hold 40 gallons, while a larger single person bathtub could easily hold 100 gallons or more.  For example, if you have a 40 gallon water heater, it would be just large enough for a 60 gallon bathtub. Determining if a water heater is large enough for a bathtub is actually pretty simple; the water heater tank should be about 2/3 the size of the bathtub ..More

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Four Common Water Heater Installation Defects

- While Adam and Jamie do these experiments in style, the Watts company was doing these same experiments back in 1939. ..More

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Insulating A Rim Space

- The old way of insulating rim joists was to use fiberglass batts. .  As I’ve mentioned many times in previous blogs, fiberglass batts are a poor choice of insulation for any project… but they should never be used at the rim space because it’s nearly  impossible to install a proper vapor barrier here, and fiberglass batts will allow for a lot of air leakage.  This can create mold or rotting.   Without a vapor barrier at the rim space, you’ll have relatively warm, moist air passing through the fiberglass insulation and then condensing at the rim joist ..More

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What good is a 100 amp electric service?

- At nearly every home inspection, I find one of two things:  either the electric service is outdated and obviously too small, such as the 30 amp service pictured at right, or the service has been upgraded or over-sized and is plenty large enough for the home. .  I don’t find much in-between those two ..More

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Chimney Repairs: Hire a CSIA Certified Chimney Sweep®, not a Hack with a Trowel

- The bricks at the chimney were literally falling apart. This will be a major expense. . They were disintegrating and allowing water in to the chimney,which will hasten their deterioration. Have the upper portion of the chimney re-built. I suspect the bricks used at the chimney weren’t the right type ..More

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