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

- .  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.  The other exception is if a test is done that’s approved by the building official which verifies proper operation of vented combustion appliances ..More

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New Electrical Safety Requirement: AFCI Protection for Replacement Outlets

- .  The exact text from this section is shown below:. 4(D)(4) which just took effect January 1st, 2014. The 2011 National Electric Code has an important little note at the end of section 406 ..More

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Diamond Pier Foundation Systems

- .  I spoke with two building officials at the City of Maple Grove who said that in all the cases that have been closely followed for the last five years, there was only one documented failure of a single footing, and it was more due to ‘user error’ than anything else; the homeowner had a downspout discharging right next to the footing (no-no).  Of the nine deck installations listed in Diamond Pier’s frost performance reports, four of the nine examples took place in Maple Grove. Diamond Pier foundation systems were introduced in to the residential market approximately ten years ago, and have been used in various cities here in Minnesota since 2007 to help gain ICC approval ..More

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Q&A: What Does a Long Home Inspection Mean?

-  This same inspector might not have any problem moving the sellers items to gain access to the attic, and would surely walk the roof to inspect it.  Just these three items could easily add an hour onto the inspection time.  Before doing so, the inspector might have to set up a tarp outside the crawl space so as not to make a mess when coming out, go out to their vehicle and change into some coveralls before going into the crawl space, spend ten minutes inspecting the crawl space, then clean everything back up. On that same house, inspector A might inspect the crawl space by crawling through it. ..More

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Siding Choices: Cutting Through the Clutter

-   They are leaps and bounds above their predecessor, hardboard (aka – Masonite®).   Hardboard siding was basically pressed sawdust and glue, which swelled and fell apart over time as moisture penetrated the panel.  The new boards have supreme resistance to moisture and are absolutely included in long-term siding solutions for your home.   They have the “traditional” look that many homeowners love. Cement composite boards and wood composite boards are extremely popular right now. ..More

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