Attic Fans Won’t Fix Ice Dams (or anything else)

- Unfortunately, lots of people claim that inadequate attic ventilation causes ice dams, which leads people to do all kinds of crazy stuff to get more air flowing in to their attic. ..More

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Poorly Insulated Eaves at Old Houses

-  The problem is that houses never used to be constructed in a way that allowed for enough room for proper insulation at this location. The edges of attics, referred to as the ‘eaves’, rarely have enough insulation on old houses.  The photo below could be any old rambler in Minnesota – almost all of them look like this. ..More

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Organize your garage with pegboard

-  No problem.  They sell for about $1/each, and using three per sheet of pegboard works fine. If your garage walls are covered with drywall, you can’t attach the pegboard directly to the walls because the pegs need a little room to protrude through the holes in the boards.  Just attach a bunch of furring strips to the walls, such as 1″x2″x8′ pieces of pine. ..More

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Plumbing Vents Covered with Frost

- . This next photo shows a 4″ cast iron vent pipe at a multi-family home in Saint Paul.  It wasn’t completely blocked with frost… yet ..More

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Holmes Inspections: Any Reality?

-  Maybe the original contractor gave the previous owners a bid to do exactly what Mike Holmes did, and the owners opted to save $10k by only doing the bare minimum.  The work was done for the previous owner, permits were pulled, and the work was inspected and approved. .  We have no idea of what was agreed upon between the original contractor and the previous owners. The original contractor who did the addition gets thrown under the bus; Mike says that this is how the job should have been done to start with.  While Mike’s work was far superior to that of the original contractor, I think it’s unfair to put down the original contractor ..More

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