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

-  The other exception is if a test is done that’s approved by the building official which verifies proper operation of vented combustion appliances.  I don’t know what those standards look like because I don’t own them and I’m not going to buy them.  One is if a test is performed in accordance with ASTM Standard E1998-02, Standard Guide for Assessing Depressurization-Induced Backdrafting and Spillage from Vented Combustion Appliances, and it’s proven that makeup air isn’t needed. . There are two exceptions to all of the above makeup air requirements ..More

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

-  The ’70s, ’80s, and most ’90s windows simply had two panes of clear glass which is really not much better than a single pane unit with a storm window on the outside.  However, the majority of your window is glass, and Low E/Argon filled windows have the most dramatic effect on your windows’ efficiency and your energy bills.  That, along with the aluminum spacer, is why the wood around the glass decayed so quickly.  Yes, better weatherstripping and improving on the window’s draftiness has helped as well. . The other technology that cuts down dramatically on heat transfer and condensation are Low E coatings and Argon gas ..More

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Ceiling Stains

- .  Stains on ceilings are definitely worth further investigation, but most of the time they’re only indicators of past leaks, many of which occured a long time ago.  Why?  Because active leaks will quickly destroy ceilings and they’re extremely difficult to hide. This list makes up the vast majority of ceiling stains that we encounter during home inspections ..More

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New Safety Requirements for Bath Tub Faucets in Minnesota

- . This means that the water coming out of a bath tub faucet needs to be tempered so that the hottest water that can come out of the faucet is 120 degrees F ..More

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Diamond Pier Foundation Systems

- . OK, I don’t really think standard footings are going to become a thing of the past just yet, but there’s a cool new product in town that’s making deck footings way faster and easier to install; it’s called a Diamond Pier® Foundation System ..More

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