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

- A fire-resistance-rated wall having protected openings, which restricts the spread of fire and extends continuously from the foundation to or through the roof, with sufficient structural stability under fire conditions to allow collapse of construction on either side without collapse of the wall. FIRE WALL. ..More

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Carbon monoxide = CO (houses don’t need CO2 detectors)

-  Carbon monoxide alarms are required within 10′ of sleeping rooms, but this has nothing to do with a real estate transaction. False: Carbon monoxide alarms are needed to sell a home in Minnesota. See R315 for the exact rules on CO alarms. . You don’t install carbon monoxide alarms because it’s the law, you do it because it’s a $15 life safety device ..More

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Banging pipes are caused by water hammer

- When the flow of water is turned off very quickly, a small shockwave is created inside the pipe. Have you ever heard a banging noise coming from your water pipes when the water is turned off quickly? It usually sounds like the pipes are banging on something inside the walls… and that’s exactly what’s happening. . This can cause the pipe to shake and often bang on the wall studs or floor joists ..More

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Running toilet? Check the flapper.

- Those tablets deform the flappers and make them leak. If you use those drop-in chlorine tablets in your toilet, I can pretty much guarantee you have a leaky flapper. . Do you ever hear your toilet refilling for no apparent reason? You probably have a leaky flapper ..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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