Egress requirements and the two-opening myth

- ”  I think this term is already pretty self-explanatory, but I included the definition to make it clear that the opening doesn’t need to be a window. The building code definition for an Emergency Escape and Rescue Opening is “an operable exterior window, door or similar device that provides for a means of escape and access for rescue in the event of an emergency. A door would be just fine. It just needs to be something big enough to get people in and out. ..More

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Running toilet? Check the flapper.

- Check it out:. Most of the time. Thankfully, replacing the flapper in your toilet is a very quick and easy DIY project. For the rest of the toilets out there, I made a short little video showing how to replace your flapper. Of course, there are always a few toilets with old or unusual guts, and those might not be so quick and easy. ..More

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New home inspection tool: glass suction cup

- After watching me struggle with the window, Joe told me to grab a glass suction cup out of his bag. I was doing a team inspection on this house with Joe, who happened to be in the backyard. Genius!. He brings it along to inspections just for this kind of situation. ..More

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

- 5. R302. Doors between a house and a garage can be one of three types, take your pick:. 1 Opening Protection: No doors allowed from a garage to a bedroom. ..More

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A short interview with Reuben about becoming a home inspector

- I recently typed out answers to several interview questions for a book that will be part of a series titled Careers in the Building Trades-A Growing Demand. Because I took the time to type all of this out, I thought it would make a good “bloggy” type of blog post. The interview was all about getting into this profession and was meant as advice for people interested in becoming home inspectors. ..More

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