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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Observe and Report? That’s for Mall Cops, not Home Inspectors

-  Reading sample home inspection reports is one of the best ways to compare home inspectors. The bottom line is that before you hire a home inspector, take a look at his or her sample inspection report to make sure you’re hiring the right person for the job. ..More

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Unintended Consequences of Adding Insulation

- This is due to a change in the natural air change rate, which dilutes radon levels.  Once this source of ventilation is removed, radon levels increase. Houses that are leaky and have low levels of radon will often see an increase in radon levels after the building enclosure is tightened. . Any change to the natural ventilation rate in a house can cause a change in the radon levels ..More

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Ionization vs. Photoelectric Smoke Alarms

-  Ionization alarms all contain a trace amount of a radioactive material, Americium 241.  They’ll all have a warning about this on the back side. To know the difference between ionization and photoelectric alarms, you need to take the smoke alarm down and look at the back. .  Click on any of the thumbnails below to see a blowup of the text on the back side of a smoke alarm – I marked up the labeling that indicates these are ionization alarms in every photo ..More

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Deck Ledger Attachment Methods

-  I don’t have any statistics to quote, but this is probably the most common cause of deck collapses.  If you look at a deck ledger and all you can see are nails holding it in place, it should be addressed. Nails are not an acceptable way of attaching a ledger to the building, because they can pull out. .  This is one of the most common deck problems that home inspectors find, and the repair is usually an easy fix ..More

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