This ‘Safety Check’ isn’t worth the paper it’s written on

-  Maybe they inspected the wrong house?. . So what the heck was this contractor looking at?  You’ll notice the address on the form at the top was actually left blank ..More

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

- .  The TISH handout from the City of Minneapolis specifically says that a faucet replacement does not require a permit, but if you talk to any of their plumbing inspectors or you call 311, they’ll tell you otherwise.  If you’re looking for a better handout, click here Most Common Repairs For Minneapolis. Note:  If you live in Minneapolis and you choose to undertake either one of these projects, you’re supposed to pull a plumbing permit ..More

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Whirlpool Maintenance

- Kohler: Twice a month or more, fill the whirlpool with warm water,  add two teaspoons of powdered automatic dishwasher detergent and 20 ounces of bleach, and run the system for five to ten minutes. ..More

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Artificial Firelogs – Bad For Your Fireplace?

- Artificial Firelogs are cleaner. .  Go all the way to the end of the study, page 16, to see the comparisons between artificial firelogs and cordwood.  Click this link to see the results of the study on artificial firelogs.  In a study conducted by Environment Canada and the EPA, it was concluded that artificial firelogs actually produce far less carbon monoxide and total particulate matter than cordwood ..More

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This home inspector’s love affair with flashlights

- The batteries are the same 18650 lithium ion batteries that my TK11 took, except it takes two batteries, not one like the TK11. .  I use my flashlight all week long, then I put the batteries on the charger over the weekend.  I’ve had the same batteries for my TK11 ever since I got it over two years ago, and I haven’t noticed any drop in performance ..More

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