Photos from New Construction Home Inspections, Part II

- Other siding manufacturers have similar requirements for clearance to the shingles.  When these clearance requirements aren’t met, the siding can soak up moisture and flake apart.  For example, James Hardie requires a 2″ gap between the bottom of the siding and the roof covering. ..More

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A New Attic Problem with New Construction Homes

- For about the last twenty years or so in Minnesota, it’s been standard practice to seal up attic bypassses; little passageways for conditioned household air to leak in to the attic.  It’s important to seal all of the bypasses in an attic, because air leaking in to an attic has a far greater effect on attic warming and heat loss than just missing insulation.  Attic bypasses are also known as attic air leaks. ..More

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A Better Allen Wrench

-  I consider this a must-have for any basic tool set. To make sure you always have the size you need, it’s a good idea to get a folding wrench set with all of the sizes built in – both metric and standard. .  I have two wrenches, one for metric and one for standard ..More

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Are ‘Hot Roofs’ allowed in Minnesota?

-  It will probably be changed in some fashion, however. 5. 5 won’t be deleted in the next wave of Minnesota Building Code changes, which are expected to happen in 2013. As mentioned in the letter, the 2012 version of the International Residential Code has expanded the section on unvented attics significantly, and they’ve also renumbered it as section R806. .  Keep in mind, the 2012 IRC has not been adopted yet in Minnesota, but I expect section R806.   If you’re curious about the differences, I put together a pdf showing the two code versions, which can be viewed here 2006 vs 2012 IRC on hot roofs ..More

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Buried Fuel Oil Tanks

-  The cost of removing a buried fuel oil tank varies greatly from property to property, but costs will typically range from $2,000 to $3,000. Dean estimates his company has removed between ten and twenty thousand tanks. .  Having a tank filled in place typically costs just a little bit less ..More

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