Stone Siding Installation Defects

- Masonry veneer needs to be kept 2″ above roof surfaces to help prevent water from wicking up in to the wall.  The photo below shows a common deviation, where the masonry veneer actually touches the shingles. .  This is just asking for trouble ..More

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Illegal Plumbing Products in Minnesota

- Rubber fittings used on drains or vents like the one shown below can sag or collapse.  They’re always a no-no. ..More

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Superior Kitchen Faucets at Plumbing Supply Stores?

-  Maybe it used to be that way. So why would a plumber claim that the faucets at plumbing supply stores are superior if the manufacturers don’t agree?  I’m not sure. ..More

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Kitchen Remodeling: Do It Right The First Time

-  These aren’t required, but again, they’re nice upgrades. It’s also good practice to add a dedicated circuit for the microwave, and another for the fridge. ..More

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Improper Shingle Nailing

-  When the pressure is set too high, the nails get driven in to the shingles too far, plain and simple. Most roofers use pneumatic nail guns to nail down shingles.  When the nails are overdriven, the heads of the nails punch right through the mat of the shingle. .  This voids the shingle manufacturers warranty and greatly increases the potential for shingles to come loose and blow off, possibly in sheets ..More

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