This Home Inspectors Update on Flashlights

- My main complaint with this flashlight is that it’s difficult to toggle brightness modes; you need to give the on/off button a half push to cycle through modes, and it takes a while to get the feel of what a half-click is.  Also, if the batteries don’t have a full charge this flashlight refuses to stay on the brightest setting. ..More

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Home Inspection Checklist – Exterior

- As with roofs, be sure to look at every side of every chimney.  The chimney shown below had been redone to look good from the street, but didn’t look so great from the back yard. ..More

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Sump Pumps shouldn’t discharge into the sanitary sewer

- . Discharging a sump pump into the city’s sanitary sewer system is a big ‘no-no’.  While this might seem like an easier and more attractive option than running a discharge tube from the sump pump to the exterior, it’s illegal in most cities here in Minnesota when the home is connected to the city sewer ..More

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Ceiling Stains

- . These are both pretty obvious, right? When a home inspector finds a stain below a plumbing fixture, the next step is to use a moisture meter to see if there is active leaking. If the stain is dry, the plumbing fixture above should be thoroughly tested, and then the stain should be checked again ..More

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Combustion Air Duct Connected to the Return Plenum

- . If the connection from the combustion air duct to the return plenum is visible inside the house, the fix for this situation is simple: have the combustion air duct disconnected from the furnace return plenum, and have the duct dropped down in to the room.  Also, have the old hole in the return plenum blocked off ..More

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