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

- 6). . 6. A proper cap will help to prevent debris from falling into the vent, keep rain out,  prevent downdrafts caused by strong outdoor winds, and is required by the Minnesota Fuel Gas Code (section 503 ..More

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Home Inspectors Shouldn’t be Nail Biters

-  He actually sounded relieved and eager to do so. .  I went on a small tirade about all of the above during the seminar lunch, and I convinced my colleague to go get a good moisture meter. Back to the seminar.  That made my day ..More

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Top 10 Home Inspection Myths

- . An appraiser might want to see a closet… so what’s a closet?. There is nothing in the building code that requires a closet ..More

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Chewed Up Plumbing Vent Flashing

- . I suppose all that lead can’t be good for squirrels, but the main focus is how this affects one’s house.  The photos below show a few examples. Lead apparently has a sweet taste, and was used in Ancient Rome to sweeten wine. They keep coming back.   Once a plumbing vent cap is damaged, water can leak into the attic between the plumbing vent and the cap. Squirrels like to gnaw on those sweet lead caps, and once a squirrel develops a taste for lead, they just can’t seem to help themselves ..More

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Home Inspection Checklist – Exterior

- . Shingles without neat rows may have been installed that way, but it may also mean that shingles are beginning to slide down.  Closer inspection of this roof revealed that the shingles were improperly nailed, causing the shingles to slide down ..More

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