Two-second tip: how to drill a hole in your wall without making a mess

-  All of the drywall dust or whatever you’re drilling in to will fall on to the paper. You make a couple of quick folds, paste the paper on the wall, then drill your hole. .  Done and done ..More

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A Primer on “S” Traps

-  I forgot to take a close-up before photo, so I marked up this photo below with blue to show where there was standing water in the trap. To show how this works, I set up a little rig in my back yard to show how much water can get siphoned out of an “S” trap. .  The top of the water level is called the ‘weir’ of the trap ..More

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Who Inspected Your Attic?

- . builders why he uses this system for attics when he could save $150 by just doing what all of the big builders do. b.  He said he does this because it’s pretty much a given that someone is going to go in to the attic, and $150 is a drop in the bucket compared to the price of the house. I asked Tim Brandvold at w ..More

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A New Attic Problem with New Construction Homes

- .  It’s important to seal all of the bypasses in an attic, because air leaking in to an attic has a far greater effect on attic warming and heat loss than just missing insulation.  Attic bypasses are also known as attic air leaks. For about the last twenty years or so in Minnesota, it’s been standard practice to seal up attic bypassses; little passageways for conditioned household air to leak in to the attic ..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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