Missing Knockouts

- . First, determine the size of the missing knockout hole and subtract 3/8″ to figure out what size knockout plug you’ll need.  For example, if you have a 7/8″ hole, you’ll need a 1/2″ knockout plug ..More

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Dirty glass at gas fireplaces

- .  You’ll obviously want to turn the gas off to your fireplace first, and allow the glass to cool down before removing it, if necessary. The next step is to remove the glass on your gas fireplace.   You can try looking up instructions online by searching with your model number – just pop open the bottom access panel, clear away some of the dust, and you should be able to locate the model number. This is probably the most difficult part, and every gas fireplace is different, so I can’t offer much advice here ..More

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Ionization vs. Photoelectric Smoke Alarms

-  The sensitivity level of the ionization sensor in dual-sensor alarms is often reduced by manufacturers to give little to no benefit. Post update 7/16/13:  I recommend photoelectric smoke alarms. ..More

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Burning Dryer Transition Ducts

-  As I mentioned last week, a dryer transition duct is the flexible material that can be used to transition between the dryer and the duct.   If a dryer transition duct is listed, you’ll find the “UL” logo somewhere on the package or product. Last week I blogged about clothes dryer ducts, and this week I’m going to follow up with information on dryer transition ducts.  The key word is listed.  Transition ducts should be used sparingly, stretched tight, not smashed, and replaced periodically. .    They’re allowed by the Minnesota State Mechanical Code, but they can’t be any longer than 8′, and they need to be listed and labeled for the application ..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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