Burning Dryer Transition Ducts

- . Foil dryer transition ducts are typically UL Listed, and they’re readily available at any home improvement store.  While these products are allowed by code, I’ve heard that many municipal inspectors won’t allow them, and most manufacturers of clothes dryers don’t recommend them either ..More

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Floodsafe® Washing Machine Connectors

- .  These connectors are made for faucets, toilets, ice makers, dishwashers, and washing machines, and can be identified by an extra length of metal at the hose inlet. In last week’s blog post about washing machine connectors, I mentioned that I’m not a big fan of the FloodSafe® washing machine connectors.  These are special flexible water supply connectors, aka ‘hoses’, with a mechanism that will completely shut off the flow of water if the hose bursts ..More

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

- .  Underwriters Laboratory standard UL2034 requires carbon monoxide alarms to not sound off when exposed to carbon monoxide levels under 30 parts per million (ppm).  This means that if you have a furnace with a CO reading of 25 ppm in the flue gas, you could place the carbon monoxide alarm right inside the furnace’s vent and it would never go off. The simple answer is that UL listed carbon monoxide alarms will not alert you to low levels of carbon monoxide.  Carbon monoxide alarms keep people from dying; they don’t eliminate all health risks ..More

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Mold in the Attic

- .  Some moisture sources are obvious and have a huge impact – bathroom exhaust fans, kitchen exhaust fans, clothes dryers… they all pump moisture out of the house, and they should never be vented in to the attic.   Everyone knows that, right?. When mold grows in an attic, it’s caused by a moisture problem.  Period ..More

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Ionization vs. Photoelectric Smoke Alarms

- .   This is the major reason that there is such a push to replace ionization smoke alarms with photoelectric smoke alarms.  The diagram and text below comes from a handout published by the CPSC, showing how a photoelectric smoke alarm will give occupants much more time to escape in the event of a smoldering fire. The other problem with ionization smoke alarms is that they take a long time to respond to a smoldering fire – they’re tens of minutes slower than photoelectric alarms (page 17).   Estimates show that at least one third of home fatal fires involve a significant smoldering period (page 14) ..More

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