Combustion Air Duct Connected to the Return Plenum

-  Again, this is a waste of energy. . During the summer, the opposite happens.  This setup pulls warm, moist outdoor air in to the house just before the air conditioner’s evaporator coil, as shown below ..More

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Photos from New Construction Home Inspections, Part III

- . Here’s another photo from the same house.  There’s no way that beam is supposed to be hanging from that truss ..More

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Siding Choices: Cutting Through the Clutter

-   Hollow-backed vinyl typically comes in the narrower 4” or 4. . 5” exposure.    Those panels can come in the popular 6” exposure that composite boards come in.   Form-fit foam can be added to those panels for an extra cost. Foam-backed vinyl options are really catching on as they add strength to the panel (no cupping), and they add insulation value ..More

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Home Inspections and Infrared Cameras

- We leave that up to the folks that specialize in that service. . Infrared inspections are not an acceptable substitute for invasive moisture testing on stucco homes. The only way of confirming a leak at a stucco home is to perform invasive moisture testing, which is a service we don’t offer. Again, we don’t report leaks without verifying them with a moisture meter ..More

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Diamond Pier Foundation Systems

- Diamond Piers can still experience frost heave, but they perform as well as or better than properly installed traditional footings. . I’ll try to post follow-up photos of my neighbors’ deck each year on this blog post to show how the pier footings are holding up.  If I ever have an upcoming project where these would make sense, I wouldn’t hesitate to try them. After hearing the rave reviews of this product from contractors and building officials, I think I’m pretty much sold ..More

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