Problems With Stapled Shingles

- . When I inspect a house with shingles that have been improperly installed, I tell the same thing to my buyers; the shingles don’t need to be replaced, but they might cause some headaches.  If shingles have already started coming loose and obvious repairs have been made, I typically recommend replacement of the roof covering ..More

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The Most Common Dishwasher Installation Defect

- . More on that topic here. There now needs to be an ugly air gap installed. Minnesota adopted a new state plumbing code, and a high loop is no longer sufficient ..More

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What good is a 100 amp electric service?

- .  I put in 1800 VA for each one of these, which is certainly way too high, but it makes me feel better about guessing – at least I’m not guessing on the low side. I didn’t have all of the exact numbers that I needed, so I guessed on a bunch of them, such as the VA ratings on the garage door openers, garbage disposer, dishwasher, and microwave ..More

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Artificial Firelogs – Bad For Your Fireplace?

- .  We’d stack logs, kindling, and paper until the fireplace was filled, then we’d light the paper and stand back.  I grew up in a home with a large wood burning fireplace, and we used to have some rip-roaring fires in that thing.  We often had to sit several feet away from the fireplace because it was so hot.  For anyone else who grew up in a home with a wood burning fireplace, I’m sure this sounds typical. Artificial Firelogs are safer ..More

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My search for an out-of-state home inspector

- At first, my search for a home inspector started out kind of fun, a little like searching for a house.  It was easy for me to weed out home inspectors, but I actually ended up weeding out way too many. .  I was left with no one, for one reason or another ..More

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