Black Stains on Roofs

- . For this blog, I started by cleaning a small section of the roof and letting the shingles dry, just to get a good photo showing how effective this is ..More

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Artificial Firelogs – Bad For Your Fireplace?

-   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. . 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 ..More

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Problems With Flipped Houses

- .  You’ll find patched sections of shingles or shingles that are badly deteriorated and at the end of their life expectancy.  I can’t say I blame them.   Replacing the roof covering is an expensive project, but it won’t make the house sell for any more money, so flippers leave the roof alone if it’s not leaking. The shingles on the roof are in bad shape ..More

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My Beef With Fiberglass Batts

- .  I’m been complaining about fiberglass batts for a while now, and for good reason. Fiberglass batts are a poor choice of insulation for most applications, yet this still seems to be the insulation of choice for most handy homeowners ..More

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Four Common Water Heater Installation Defects

- .  Mythbusters did a great re-creation of this, which you can see below. If the water heater were to malfunction and the burner just kept heating the tank, the tank would eventually rupture, turning the water heater in to a missile ..More

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