My Beef With Fiberglass Batts

- . The alternative to making all of these cuts and fits is to use something that fills in every little gap and void, such as loose fill fiberglass or cellulose in the attic, dense pack cellulose in walls, and spray foam at rim joists.  These methods take far less time ..More

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Problems With Flipped Houses

- . There is a thin layer of new wood chips surrounding the house, but nothing has been done to correct improperly pitched soils around the house that can lead to a wet basement.  You’ll want to re-grade right away ..More

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The Most Common Dishwasher Installation Defect

-  In Minneapolis, the lack of a properly installed high loop under the kitchen sink requires repair for their Truth-In-Sale of Housing evaluations. . To summarize, the reasons for the high loop are to prevent potential backflow of water in to the dishwasher and to prevent improper drainage of water.  Even though dishwashers come from the factory with the drain looped up high against the side of the dishwasher, this is not an acceptable substitute for the high loop underneath the kitchen sink ..More

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Inspecting Permanent Wood Foundations

- POST UPDATE 12/28/14: It’s been more than four years since I wrote this post, and I still receive a lot of questions about permanent wood foundations.  I’ve done invasive inspections on a lot of permanent wood foundations, and I’ve found failed water management systems on the majority of them.  Everything in this post is still accurate. ..More

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Inspecting Tandem Circuit Breakers – aka Cheaters

- Panelboards must follow UL  Standard 67, which requires all lighting and appliance panelboards to be Class CTL (Circuit Total Limiting). Take the amperage of the panelboard, multiply by the number of poles, and divide by 10. It sounds complicated, but it’s not — let’s use a 100-amp panelboard as an example:. Here’s an old formula for determining how many circuits are allowed in the Class CTL panelboard being inspected; this formula is helpful to use when inspecting older electric panels without clear labeling inside the panel. ..More

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