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

- The International Residential Code (IRC) requires a self-closing device on this door, but we have no such requirement here in Minnesota. We used to, but we’ve since amended that requirement out of our code. ..More

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Top 20 home inspection photos from 2018

- Who needs kickout flashing? Just install another gutter on the wall to catch the water that doesn’t make it into the first gutter. ..More

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Guards that make a ladder

- I don’t own a copy of the 2003 IRC, but the 2006 IRC and subsequent editions contain no such language about guards. In short, there is nothing in the code that says you can’t do this. I don’t know what prompted the change, but I suspect it was people’s desire to install cable-rail guards like the type shown in the photo above. . It doesn’t matter whether it’s inside or outside the house ..More

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Sewer inspections: old homes or all homes?

- J, has shared a bunch of sewer inspection videos with me over the past year showing failed, relatively newer sewer lines. I put together a short video of these defects, along with some commentary from Sewer Joe. It’s not true. As a home ages, the potential for sewer problems increases. Each one of these drain lines requires an expensive repair that I would absolutely not want to get stuck with as a home buyer. My sewer inspection guy, Joseph Whitters, aka Sewer Joe, aka Dr. . I used to believe that problems with building sewers were almost non-existent for newer, plastic drain lines ..More

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Consumers’ Checkbook response

- Each one of these articles gives the impression that the story takes place in that particular city. The basis of each article is that Consumers’ Checkbook rented a three-bedroom house, hired 12 home inspectors to inspect the home, and the inspectors did a poor job of inspecting to a standard that doesn’t exist. . The inspections were labeled superficial and the inspectors were called lazy, sloppy, and ding-dongs ..More

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