An easy fix for split boots at plumbing vent flashings

-  Here’s water damage at a bathroom ceiling (not mine), which resulted from this defect.  They seem to last about 10 – 15 years here in Minnesota. I ought to inspect my own roof more often.  This is what happens to those cheap rubber boots over time. ..More

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47 Home Inspection Issues in Under 3 Minutes, Explained

-  This happens a lot with rotted decks. Self explanatory.  Watch out for recently painted decks on homes for sale. ..More

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Using an infrared camera to find an overloaded circuit

- For example, last week while inspecting a new-construction home in Hugo, I found a circuit breaker that was significantly warmer than all the rest of the breakers. ..More

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

- .  My company charges $200 for a TISH evaluation on a single family home, while the cheapest TISH evaluators in town charge about $170. There’s not a huge difference in price between TISH evaluators ..More

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Furnace disconnect requirements

- .  I turned to the “Appliances” section, and found this:.  To get answers to electrical code questions, I usually start by looking in my CodeCheck Electrical book, which I have in pdf format and can pull up on my phone. So the question here is whether or not it’s allowable to use a lock at the circuit breaker for a furnace, in lieu of a separate service switch by the furnace ..More

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