Q&A: What Does a Long Home Inspection Mean?

- Don’t put too much stock in the amount of time that a home inspection takes. .  The duration of a home inspection is affected by too many variables for a home seller to draw any conclusions.  A long home inspection isn’t necessarily bad news ..More

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An Over-sized Furnace Will Not Heat Your House Better

-  When a modern furnace short cycles too many times in a row, it will go into shut-down mode to help prevent further damage. Besides premature failure, an over-sized furnace will be prone to short cycling, which is a term that refers to a furnace shutting down before the thermostat has been satisfied. .   Throw in a dirty furnace filter, and it will probably be enough to push the furnace over the edge.  This is most likely to happen when it’s extremely cold outside, which is the time when you really don’t want your furnace to quit working.  Furnaces are equipped with a safety feature that prevents them from overheating.  When a furnace is over-sized, it will run hotter than it should, which puts it closer to the temperature at which it will shut itself off ..More

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Kickout Flashing

-  Kickout flashing is a simple little piece of metal that directs water out and away from a building when a roof surface ends at a wall.  The illustration below, used with permission from the fine folks at CodeCheck, shows how this works. Kickout flashing might be one of the most important details to get right when it comes to preventing major water damage to a building. ..More

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A DIY Test for Furnaces

-  If the temperature rise is above 60 degrees, there’s a problem. The temperature rise will give a range; for example, the label pictured below says the temperature rise should be between 30 and 60 degrees. ..More

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Frost Heave and Deck Footings

- Today I’ll explain how this works, why it matters, and what steps can be taken to help prevent damage from frost heave when building a deck. One of the most common problems with decks in Minnesota is frost heave. ..More

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