Plumbing Vents Covered with Frost

- In other words, the best height for a plumbing vent is 12″ above the surface of the roof, and the wider the pipe the better. .  If you look up at your roof from the ground and you can see frost accumulation at the plumbing vents, don’t get too worried about it.   The frost will go away as soon as it warms up a little – maybe later in the day, definitely by April ..More

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

- I heard Adam Carolla mention this quick tip, and it really works. .  I had to pass this along.  If you need to drill a hole in your wall and you don’t want to make a mess on the floor, just use a Post-it® note ..More

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Photos from New Construction Home Inspections, Part II

- Since 2007, the minimum tread depth on a stairway has been 10″ in Minnesota. .  So how did these steps leading up to the front door pass inspection? ..More

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LED Light Bulbs – Pros and Pros

- Besides all of the energy saving features, LED light bulbs are great for recessed lights when you have an attic space above, because they generate far less heat, which means less heat gets transferred to your attic space during the winter, which can help to prevent ice dams. .  You can read more about that here – Recessed Lights are Evil ..More

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Who Inspected Your Attic?

- .  This just would have gone on and on until it made a nasty enough mess that there was evidence of it inside the house, and the builder would probably need to deal with it then, many years down the road. If the garage attic hadn’t been open to the rest of the attic, how would I have found out about these issues?  I’m sure I wouldn’t have ..More

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