What’s faster: vented or unvented drains?

- What drains faster, a vented or unvented drain? For every side-by-side test that I have ever conducted, the unvented drain is faster. . This is contrary to the water-bottle analogy that so many plumbers and home inspectors frequently talk about. As I said in my blog post Plumbing Vents, Why Houses Need Them (forget the water bottle analogy), plumbing vents don’t make things drain faster; they protect traps ..More

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Does the seller need to fix this?

- Lower the price of the house. . With this option, the buyer can hire their own contractors to do the work, and they can oversee the whole project after they own the house. This is a common approach, but it’s not always a practical approach because it doesn’t leave the new home buyers with any cash to pay for repairs ..More

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Flashlight review: Fenix TK72R

- . No more guessing how much battery time is left. The digital display shows the percentage of battery charge left, the brightness setting, and how much longer the flashlight will run at the current light setting. In the image below, you can see that the flashlight is at 96% battery life, 100 lumens, and will run for 48 hours straight at this setting. It’s perfect ..More

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Hot circuit breakers and dimmer switches

- . Put simply, I’m not too concerned with the exact temperatures that are displayed on my infrared camera. I don’t use my infrared camera as a quantitative tool; I use it as a qualitative tool. As a home inspector, what I’m concerned with and what I dig into are the meanings behind unexpected temperature differences, aka anomalies. Yeah, I know, more blowhard words ..More

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Plumbing Traps

- . The water that sits in a trap is what prevents sewer gases from entering a building. The photo below shows a “P-trap”, which is the type of trap you’ll find below most sinks, showers, and bathtubs ..More

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