Poorly Insulated Eaves at Old Houses

-  The problem is that houses never used to be constructed in a way that allowed for enough room for proper insulation at this location. .  The photo below could be any old rambler in Minnesota – almost all of them look like this. The edges of attics, referred to as the ‘eaves’, rarely have enough insulation on old houses ..More

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Chandeliers Above Bath Tubs

- 10(D) of the NEC.  The diagram below comes from Code Check Electrical 6th Edition. .  This book is based on the 2011 National Electric Code (NEC), which prohibits any part of a chandelier from being within the shaded region shown below.  The idea is that you’re not supposed to be able to stand in a wet tub and change a light bulb at the same time.  This comes from section 410. I think this is a great look, but as a home inspector I’m going to be a wet rag and say these are all improper installations ..More

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There’s No Perfect Temperature For Your Water Heater

- . It seems as though the solution to help prevent accidental scalding would be to turn down the temperature at the water heater to say, 115 degrees, but lower temperatures actually create other problems ..More

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Rubber Washing Machine Hoses

- . You can purchase an emergency shutoff kit, such as the type sold by Floodstop, which will almost surely prevent any type of catastrophic leak.  Not a bad idea.  These kits are battery powered, and according to the web site, can be installed in about 10 minutes.  These devices come with a water sensor, so if a leak is detected, an alarm goes off and the water supply valves automatically close ..More

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Hot Dimmer Switches

- . To figure out if a dimmer switch is overloaded, you can add up the wattage of the lights that are being controlled, and compare that to the rating on the dimmer switch.  The majority of dimmer switches are rated for 600 watts – this rating can be found right on the front of the dimmer switch, underneath the cover plate ..More

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