When HRVs suck on both sides, it’s a safety hazard

-  Since finding this last year, I’ve found the same condition at several more houses.  Any time the furnace is running without the HRV running, the HRV will be pulling hazardous exhaust gas from the furnace into the home. . This is a bad, unsafe thing.  Bad stuff.    I’ll explain how this happens.  You know, carbon monoxide and all that ..More

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Exposed light bulbs in closets

- . (3) Surface-mounted fluorescent or LED luminaires identified as suitable for installation within the closet storage space ..More

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My favorite tool: the Milwaukee M12 FUEL™ 1/4″ Hex Impact Driver

-  Even if I have small projects that I’m working on inside my house, I go out to my truck and grab the impact driver.  I used to just wear a tool belt with a tool pouch during my inspections, but now I also use a drill holster so I always have this drill by my side. This little cutie isn’t the first impact driver I’ve owned, but it’s without a doubt the best.  I can’t live without it.  I need the impact driver.  I’ve gotten so spoiled with this thing that I basically refuse to use my screwdriver for anything. ..More

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Two closet makeover tips

-  Motion sensors cost about $20.  This not only hides it from view, but prevents the closet light from turning on when you don’t want it to. The best way to switch a closet light is with a motion sensor.  I’ve done this at several closets, and it has worked out quite well.  The light turns on when you need light, it turns back off on it’s own, and the motion sensor can be hidden inside the closet.  I’m generally not a fan of motion sensor light switches, but a bedroom closet is a perfect location for this. ..More

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Attic inspections: opening sealed panels

- Post edit 3/6/18: I’ve changed my stance. for more details. We will open the attic provided the seller gives permission. ..More

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