Holmes Inspections: Any Reality?

- . I’ve had countless clients ask me about the show, and I’ve heard a lot of discussion about the show from other home inspectors, so I finally took the time to watch an episode to see what all the talk was about ..More

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Poorly Insulated Eaves at Old Houses

-   Usually. A minimal amount of insulation at the eaves results in energy loss, which is unfortunate, but not a major concern.  Insufficient insulation at the eaves is a common contributor to ice dams, and there’s no simple solution for this.  The time that this lack of insulation at the eaves starts to become a bigger concern is when the home has ice dams. ..More

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A Primer on “S” Traps

-  An “S” trap is named so because it looks like an “S” on its side – it basically consists of a normal trap, and then another trap installed right up against it in an upside-down fashion, as shown below. A common plumbing defect found in many older houses is an “S” trap.  These traps are prohibited by the Minnesota State Plumbing Code, but that doesn’t mean you can’t buy them at any home improvement store. ..More

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Photos from New Construction Home Inspections, Part II

-  As you can see, this one was skipped. Toekick register covers are sometimes forgotten about, because you can’t see ’em unless you bend down. ..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. 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.  The photo below shows a deck collapse that happened here in Minnesota, and this is exactly how most decks collapse. ..More

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