Illegal Plumbing Products in Minnesota

- I have these connectors installed at my own water heater because that’s what was there when I bought my house. .  I could personally care less if they’re there or not, because I’ve never noticed any difference in water flow at homes that have these… but they’re still a plumbing code violation in Minnesota ..More

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A New Attic Problem with New Construction Homes

- I’ve been doing a lot of new-construction inspections or one-year warranty inspections on new construction houses, and I’ve started to notice a new attic bypass that seems to be completely ignored by some builders and insulation contractors. .  At a recent new construction inspection in Woodbury, I actually had a good suspicion that I would find this defect as soon as I pulled up to the house and looked at the frost covered roof ..More

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Burning Dryer Transition Ducts

- Plastic dryer transition ducts are a potential fire hazard.  Good. .  I still find plenty of them while inspecting houses though.  They’re never UL listed, they can get clogged with lint, and they’ll burn.  If you have one of these, replace it.  I looked for one of these at Home Depot and Menards, but I couldn’t find one ..More

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Short Nails in Shingles

-  When there are popped nails all over the roof, it might be the sign of a defective roof installation; specifically, short nails. . Have you ever noticed roofs with shingles popping up all over the place?  A common reason for this is the use of nails that are too short ..More

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Hot Water Faster

-  Thanks to an idea I read about in The Journal of Light Construction, I was able to significantly reduce the amount of time it takes to get hot water at my kitchen faucet, and the total cost of materials for this project was less than $40.   I decided against these options because the installation would take too much time, and the materials alone would cost more than I was willing to spend. . I’ve considered a few different options to get hot water at my kitchen sink faster, such as installing a re-circulating pump or a point-of-use water heater – you can read about the details of these options at Home Depot’s web site ..More

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