Photos from New Construction Home Inspections, Part V

- The fix is to make the poly 100% airtight, or to insulate the wood-framed portion of the wall with closed-cell spray foam insulation.  For the record, I’m no hypocrite; I had that done at my own house many years ago: Spray foam insulation at Reuben’s house. ..More

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Minnesota Home Builder Won’t Allow Attic Inspections, My Two Cents on the Matter

- .  A better position for the builder to take on this point might be “do you seriously care?” . In the real world, however, nobody shuts off the water to their washing machine when it’s not in use ..More

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What is a Home Inspection?

- . But technology advances make reporting easier and much more efficient, which means inspectors can use their time better. It also means the customer can have a comprehensive report in hand shortly after the inspection is complete. Until recent years, reporting was often done longhand using a clipboard, hard-copy form and pen ..More

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Furnace disconnect requirements

- .  The blower fan for any furnace will be rated over 1/8 horsepower.  Ok, now I turn to section 422.  Items 1 and 2 tell me the disconnect needs to be in sight of the appliance.  A lockout at the circuit breaker in a different room is not an acceptable method… unless the exception in italics contradicts that. 34 to see what all that’s about. First, does this section apply?  Yes ..More

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Failed window seals vs. fogged glass

- . For a nice description of exactly what causes a broken seal, head on over to the Family Handyman. Two of those four window panes have badly fogged glass. Interestingly enough though, identifying failed seals on insulated glass is something that is specifically excluded by home inspection standards of practice. Just in case you don’t know what I’m talking about, check out the photo above. One of the most common window and door issues that comes up during a home inspection is fogged glass, which is more commonly known as a broken seal ..More

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