Missing Knockouts

-  If you walk through the garage or basement of just about any old Minneapolis or Saint Paul home, you’ll probably find a few of these. . One of the most common Truth-in-Housing repair items is an unfilled opening in an electrical box or panelboard ..More

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

-  I report a problem with a gas appliance, saying there is exhaust gas leaking in to the house, and I say it needs to be fixed because it’s a safety hazard; exhaust gas contains carbon monoxide. . This has happened to me dozens of times, so I have to assume it happens to other home inspectors around the country every day ..More

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Top 20 Home Inspection Photos from 2012

- . This is also just one more reason why it’s important for the home inspector to get on the roof whenever possible ..More

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A Better Allen Wrench

- . Allen wrenches, aka ‘hex’ wrenches, are those “L” shaped wrenches that come included with just about anything you buy from IKEA.  I save these wrenches every time I get one, and I’ve accumulated a nice little hodge-podge collection of wrenches over the years ..More

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Deck Ledger Attachment Methods

- .  Lag bolts work in a similar manner. Through-bolts can be used to attach a ledger to the house when the interior of the rim joist is accessible.   When through-bolts are used, you’ll either see the head of the bolt or the end of the bolt at the ledger.  This is typically done using carriage bolts, pictured above ..More

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