Window Replacement Part 1: The Dog and Pony Show Comes to Your House

- Ask for the NFRC sticker verifying the window’s U-factor from your contractor. .  For those of you who would like to learn a new word, “fenestration” is a term that means “the openings in the walls of a structure.  The NFRC is the National Fenestration Rating Council. ”  Those openings get filled with windows and doors, thus the NFRC rates windows and doors.  Got it? Good ..More

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New Safety Requirements for Bath Tub Faucets in Minnesota

- Subp.  Bathtubs and whirlpool tubs must be provided with water temperature limiting devices set at a maximum water temperature of 120 degrees Fahrenheit to reduce the risk of scalding, according to ASSE Standard 1070. 4.  Hot water temperature control device for tubs. ..More

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Sump Pumps shouldn’t discharge into the sanitary sewer

- One reason that cities don’t allow this is that during big storms their sewage treatment facilities can be overloaded.  They’re so serious about preventing this problem in Golden Valley that they require a sewer inspection before a property is even offered for sale.  When this happens, either sewage backs up into people’s homes, or the sewage water only gets partially treated before being dumped in to local streams and rivers (yuck).  The City of Golden Valley has a nice diagram of how this works at their web site. ..More

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Three Simple AC Maintenance Items

- Before turning on your air conditioner for the first time this year, there are three basic maintenance items to check on; the condensate line, the air filter, and the condensing coil.  According to Mark Jerde of RightMark, these three items make up a large portion of easily preventable equipment failures. ..More

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How to Determine if Makeup Air is Required and the 300 CFM Myth

-  The water heater is a powervent, and the fireplace has a sealed combustion gas insert (direct vent).  There is a total of 2,000 square feet of floor area in the house, which includes the unfinished basement. . The house has a high efficiency, sealed combustion furnace, which is a ‘direct vent’ appliance ..More

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