Minneapolis Time of Sale Energy Disclosure

- . If we’re going to be drilling big holes in walls and performing blower door testing, the disclosure requirement will significantly increase the cost of TISH evaluations. I’m concerned, however, that the proposed methods would force home sellers through an undue hardship when selling their home ..More

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A short interview with Reuben about becoming a home inspector

- . I’ve been a home inspector ever since. In 2004, my dad convinced me that I could satisfy my desire to teach by becoming a home inspector, and he was right ..More

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What’s faster: vented or unvented drains?

- . I said I’d follow up with another test using a real drain and a clear trap. I demonstrated this in a recent blog post and video, but I had a number of people suggest that I wasn’t conducting a valid test because I was only using small, clear tubing. Here it is, enjoy!  ..More

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Fire separation between the garage and house; don’t say firewall

- . From what I’ve gathered on this topic, however, small openings are supposed to be sealed with special materials, such as 3M Fire-Block Sealant. Larger openings like radon vent pipes need intumescent firestop collars, such as the one shown below. I don’t own that standard and I don’t know what it says ..More

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Plumbing Traps

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

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