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

- .  I marked up this photo to show where water will get in.  Can you see where water gets in?  There are actually two places. The photo above shows a typical chimney setup.  Here’s another chimney with a different shape, but it’s the exact same setup ..More

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New Water Heater Energy Standards

- .  Here’s a nice little video clip showing the amount of energy that these units have the potential to save:. Of course, this means it’ll act like an air conditioner in the home. A heat pump water heater works by extracting heat from the air and transferring it to the water in the tank. How much will this cool the space it’s in? I don’t know yet, but I’ve heard it’s fairly significant ..More

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Protimeter Surveymaster: The Best Moisture Meter for Home Inspectors

- As far as I’m concerned, the most important criterion for a scanning moisture meter is responsiveness.  When I use my moisture meter in scan mode, I want instant feedback.  Having instant feedback allows me to scan large areas fairly quickly, and with confidence.  A half-second delay is unacceptable. .  The Tramex MEP is an excellent non-invasive moisture meter, but it’s too big and boxy to take up residence in my tool pouch, so it resides in my tool bag and it rarely sees the light of day.  The only two scanning moisture meters I’ve used that offer instant feedback are the Surveymaster and the Tramex Moisture Encounter Plus (MEP) ..More

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CSST Bonding Update

- How can you know if you have CSST in your home?  Look for flexible tubing with a yellow or black jacket that covers the ridges.  About 99% of the CSST I’ve seen has a yellow jacket.  The photo below shows the two different materials.  This material is not to be confused with an appliance connector, which might have a yellow coating that follows the contours of the ridges. ..More

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An easy fix for split boots at plumbing vent flashings

- I’ve always recommended replacing the plumbing vent flashing when I find this defect, but I recently came across a plumbing vent flashing repair device that looked like a cross between a two-piece plumbing vent cap and Darth Vader’s helmet.  It’s called a Perma-Boot®. ..More

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