Artificial Firelogs – Bad For Your Fireplace?

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

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My Beef With Old Gas Log Fireplaces

-  These have a two-pipe system, which allows them to bring in air directly from the exterior for combustion, instead of using the air in the home. .  While they’re usually not intended as a heat source, they kick out a lot of heat, especially if there is a blower fan installed.  My wife loves our gas fireplace, and I don’t have any specific problems with it. My recommendation:  Invest in a newer direct vent gas insert ..More

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Carbon monoxide alarm requirements for Minnesota, including the little details

- Where to mount carbon monoxide alarms: follow the installation instructions from the manufacturer. .  In general, carbon monoxide alarms can be mounted high or low on the walls, as long as children can’t mess with them ..More

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Why the relief valve at the water heater is leaking, and what to do about it

- What would happen if a one-way valve, or check valve, was installed on the water supply piping for the house?  The water wouldn’t have anywhere to go.  When the pressure builds up enough, the T&P relief valve on the water heater just does it’s job and relieves the excess pressure by leaking a little water. .  As the water heater heats the water, it expands, which builds up pressure in what is now essentially a closed system ..More

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I’m not saying they cheated, but this doesn’t look good.

- The buyer’s agent, who is a great guy that I know and trust, warned the young buyers that this was highly unusual.  They said the test had to be done by me, and the results would be averaged with the first test.  Here’s the unbelievable part: the seller crossed off that part of the purchase agreement addendum and wrote “we’ll see when the results come back. ”. .  If the average was still high, the seller would need to install a mitigation system.  The buyers really wanted the house, so they agreed to have a second test performed ..More

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