Four Common Water Heater Installation Defects

- .  Thanks to these handymen, I find more installation defects on these two items than just about any other component in the home, and today I’m going to share my list of the most common gas water heater installation defects. Gas water heaters are a lot like decks, in the sense that most handymen feel qualified to install one ..More

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This year, I’m thankful for closed-cell foam insulation. Yeah, that’s right.

- .  This is why fiberglass insulation should never be used here.  On new homes, it never is.  The rim space is the area between the floors of a house; this is an area where it’s nearly impossible to install a proper vapor barrier.  The only type of insulation that gets used on new construction homes in Minnesota is closed cell spray foam insulation; we’ll come back to that in a minute.  Without a vapor barrier, condensation can occur at the rim space, creating mold growth or eventually rotting out the rim space. Fiberglass should never be used at rim spaces ..More

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The Most Common Dishwasher Installation Defect

- The dishwasher drain must be connected before the P-trap, not after it, which is what was done here. The diagram below right shows a proper installation. .  With this improper installation, sewer gases have the potential to come back into the dishwasher. Problem number one is that the drain is connected to the sewer side of the trap.  The water that always sits in the bottom of the P-trap is what prevents sewer gases from coming into the house ..More

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My Beef With Fiberglass Batts

-  Here’s what I found:. . Fiberglass batts are more expensive.  I stopped by the Maple Grove Home Depot and compared the prices of unfaced fiberglass batts, loose fill fiberglass, and cellulose ..More

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What good is a 100 amp electric service?

-  I considered recommending an electrician to do a load calculation on the house, but I first plugged in a few numbers at an online load calculator. . I got to thinking about this while inspecting a 3,600 sf house in Plymouth for an old friend from high school.  This home had a 100 amp electric service, which seemed too small for that size of a house ..More

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