Exposed light bulbs in closets

- . Electrical inspectors, electrical snobs, electrical purists, and about 90% of the home inspectors that I know will argue that if this product is simply screwed into a porcelain lampholder that is rated for incandescent bulbs, it’s not meeting the electrical code and is not an acceptable repair.  After all, if it was that simple, wouldn’t an even easier repair be to replace an exposed incandescent bulb with a CFL or LED bulb?  I suppose so, but in both of those cases it seems like the exposed bulb would be damaged far too easily and possibly be replaced with an exposed incandescent bulb ..More

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Troubleshooting Furnaces: A Short Video Primer

-  The reader lives in a 2002 built home in Rosemount, and was charged over $2,800 (yes, Two Thousand Eight Hundred Dollars) for 1.  That’s gotta be some kind of a rip-off record, right?  I’ll probably write another blog post in the future, giving advice on how to hire an ethical heating contractor. 5 hours of an HVAC technician’s time on a Tuesday (1/6/15). Part of what inspired me to make this blog post was an email that a reader in sent in. ..More

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How to get the most out of your Truth-In-Sale of Housing evaluation

-  Again, make the most out of it. I normally don’t share self promotional stuff in my blog posts, and I was a little hesitant to share this at all, but I think this really helps to drive home the point that a TISH evaluation doesn’t need to be a negative experience. ..More

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47 Home Inspection Issues in Under 3 Minutes, Explained

- We do this by going back upstairs, filling the kitchen sink (or tub, or whatever), pulling the drain on the sink, then running back downstairs to get another look at the sink / floor drain / standpipe in question.  The water had nowhere else to go but to back up out of the sink, and it overflowed. .  If the drains don’t function properly, the lower plumbing fixture can back up with water.  This particular video clip shows a basement bathroom sink spewing water out of the overflow, which was the result of water draining from the kitchen sink into a clogged drain ..More

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Q&A: “Why does water leak through the bottom of my chimney?”

- When water enters the metal vent liner, it needs to drain out.  It goes right through the chimney. .  There’s where the little hole in the chimney comes in.  There is also a blocked off pipe sticking out of this chimney near the drain; the purpose of that pipe is to support the weight of the metal liner ..More

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