Dirty glass at gas fireplaces

- After you have removed the glass, place it on a flat surface, such as the floor or a table. .  You might want to lay down a towel underneath for good measure, but I chose to live life on the edge while cleaning mine ..More

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Deck Ledger Attachment Methods

-  Most decks are supported on one side by the building, and on the opposite side by the earth. .  The photo below shows a deck collapse that happened here in Minnesota, and this is exactly how most decks collapse. May is National Deck Safety Month, so I’m going to start off this month by writing about the most common cause of deck collapses – improper attachment to a building.  The cause of collapse is quite obvious – it wasn’t attached properly ..More

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Poorly Insulated Eaves at Old Houses

- . When we inspect houses, we frequently make recommendations for more insulation in the attic, but one challenging place to properly insulate on old houses is the eaves ..More

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Improper Shingle Nailing

-  Hopefully my diagram below will help to illustrate this; the blue dots are supposed to be nail heads.  There is a fairly narrow strip on every shingle where it’s acceptable to place the nail. .  When properly placed, the nail will actually catch the top edge of the shingle below it. The more common and problematic nailing problem is to have nails located too high on the shingle.  When nails are located too high on the shingle, they never catch the shingle below, which effectively cuts the amount of nails going in to each shingle in half ..More

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Kitchen Remodeling: Do It Right The First Time

- . While none of these upgrades are required, they’re nice things to get right the first time, and they’re a lot easier to do when things are torn apart ..More

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