A New Attic Problem with New Construction Homes

- .  The other end of this tube is located in the basement utility room, near the data cable box – they call this a data tube or a tech tube, and I think it’s a great idea. This localized warm spot on the roof is the result of a tube that was fed in to the attic as a chaseway for future wires, such as satellite cables or antenna cables.   What better way to get low voltage wires from the basement to the attic?  The only problem is that some installers seem to forget that this is another attic bypass that will leak warm air in to the attic ..More

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Kitchen Remodeling: Do It Right The First Time

-  GFCI outlets cost less than $15 each, making this a smart safety upgrade for any kitchen that doesn’t have them, but especially a remodeled kitchen. GFCI protection can be added to several outlets by wiring the first outlet in the series through a GFCI device, and then wiring all the rest of the outlets downstream from that one. ..More

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A Primer on “S” Traps

-  I added some food coloring to the water and held my flashlight up against the back of the trap to show this. As I let the water in the 5-gallon bucket drain out, most of the water in the trap ended up getting siphoned out. ..More

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Plumbing Vents Covered with Frost

-  Many old-school plumbers in Minneapolis and Saint Paul knew about this problem, and it was common for old houses to have vents that were significantly increased in size before penetrating the roof, just to help prevent the vents from getting blocked by frost.  As you can see from the photos above, this isn’t necessarily a formula for success.  That’s all the code is; a minimum requirement. Keep in mind, however, that this is the minimum requirement. ..More

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Photos from New Construction Home Inspections, Part II

- This deck beam should have been attached to the 6×6 post with a metal bracket; not bumped out over the side of the post and attached to the sliver that was left. ..More

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