Unintended Consequences of Adding Insulation

- Depressurization can cause a handful of problems, but I will focus on back drafting.  The amount of air coming in equals the amount of air being pulled out.  Depressurization occurs when there is more air leaving the house than coming in. . When air is pulled out of a house, the house will draw outside air back into the house. This exchange of air happens when you run your bath fans, range hood, or clothes dryer. Simple ..More

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Low levels of carbon monoxide will not set off UL listed CO alarms

- For the best protection against low levels of carbon monoxide, buy a low-level carbon monoxide detector. .  This should be considered a supplement to the UL listed CO alarm that is required – see Minnesota requirements for CO Alarms ..More

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Superior Kitchen Faucets at Plumbing Supply Stores?

- At any rate, I have no problem with a plumber giving a warranty on the faucet they get from a supply store, but not a big box retailer.  If the kitchen faucet is leaking, who can wait around for replacement parts to be shipped?. .  If a faucet goes bad and it came from a plumbing supply store, the plumber can bring the bad faucet in and swap it out for another, or easily obtain replacement parts if something goes bad.  If the faucet came from a big box retailer, not so.  While many faucet manufacturers have liberal lifetime warranties on their faucets, a leaking faucet can mean waiting around for the manufacturer to ship a replacement piece ..More

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Kitchen Remodeling: Do It Right The First Time

- Add more circuits.  Go ahead and bring this stuff up to current standards – this will reduce the potential for nuisance tripping at the circuit breaker panel. .  The current requirement for kitchens is that there needs to be at least two 20-amp small appliance circuits for the kitchen countertop outlets.  If the home doesn’t have these already, this is a nice upgrade.  Current standards also require a dedicated circuit for the dishwasher and a dedicated circuit for the garbage disposer ..More

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Ionization vs. Photoelectric Smoke Alarms

- Post update 11/16/14: Here’s a local news story on photoelectric vs. . ionization smoke alarms, done by CBS: ..More

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