New Construction Tip: Have Your Builder Plan for Water Management

-  . Instead, builders do what you see below. Click on the photo below to see a large version of it, so you can really see all of the wood chips washed away. .  This happened after a very light rain ..More

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Water Heater Backdrafting, Part 2 of 2: Why It’s Happening and How To Fix It

- . One of the most common installation defects with a vent connector is improper pitch; the vent connector need to pitch upwards towards the vent with a minimum slope of 1/4″ per foot, and there should be no sags or dips ..More

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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. ”  Those openings get filled with windows and doors, thus the NFRC rates windows and doors.  The NFRC is the National Fenestration Rating Council.  Got it? Good ..More

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Three Simple AC Maintenance Items

- . For the condensing coil to work properly, it needs plenty of air flow. Clearance requirements will vary from manufacturer to manufacturer, but a good rule of thumb is 24″ of clear space.  Keep vegetation trimmed away.  This means no trellis attached to it, no ivy, no plants, no walls, no boxes, and so on ..More

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A DIY Test for Furnaces

-  With the thermostat set to ‘heat’, turn up the temperature at the thermostat about five degrees warmer than the current temperature. This should get the furnace to kick on. Now wait about fifteen minutes. If you’re curious about how your own system is operating, here’s an easy inspection procedure that homeowners can conduct to help determine if there’s a problem. ..More

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