Are ‘Hot Roofs’ allowed in Minnesota?

- 0806, deletes section R806. Not so fast though. .  One of the Minnesota amendments to the IRC, section 1309. 4 in it’s entirety.  In other words, this says that hot roofs aren’t recognized as an acceptable alternative ..More

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Unintended Consequences of Adding Insulation

- Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer and is responsible for an estimated 21,000 deaths per year. Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas that is present in soil. . It is odorless, colorless, and tasteless.  Radon is literally drawn up into the house by a form of depressurization called stack effect ..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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Improper Shingle Nailing

- .  For this reason, you shouldn’t expect most municipal inspectors to identify these issues; it’s outside the scope of their inspection. These installation defects can’t be seen from the ground, even with a very expensive pair of binoculars.  I wrote about this topic here – Who Inspected Your Roof?  If you want a thorough roof inspection, you would do well to hire a home inspector who will access the roof ..More

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Rubber Washing Machine Hoses

- In the meantime, do yourself a favor and pick up some new washing machine supply hoses. .  Just use a wrench to loosen the old hoses, and give the new hoses an extra 1/4 turn with a wrench after you have them hand-tightened.  If you can connect a garden hose to a faucet, you can replace your washing machine hoses.  On a project difficulty scale of one to five, replacing your washing machine hoses falls somewhere between zero and one ..More

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