Roof Replacement Part 2: Is Metal Roofing Worth the Extra Cost?

- If you have smooth metal and a steep pitch, you may as well spread several sheets of bubble wrap all around your house before you head up that ladder. . The stone-coated metal products are much more walkable than the smooth. Your trip down will be a lot quicker than your trip up. It is also a lot easier to walk on an asphalt roof than a metal roof ..More

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

-  To me, this seems like a major oversight by some manufacturers to allow this to happen. .  All it would take to prevent a problem like this would be to have a backdraft damper installed at the exhaust terminal, but I can’t recall ever seeing that specified by a manufacturer. In some cases, however, there are no safeguards in place to prevent this problem from occurring ..More

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

-  The battery lasts a long time, and the drill is small enough to slip into a tool pouch. .  The obvious downside to any electric screwdriver is that it’s just a screwdriver, and it’s slow. At some point, I started using a 4-volt Ryobi screwdriver, which is a great little tool ..More

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Buying a new model home? Find out when your warranty begins.

- The defect or error, however, must be discovered within 10 years of completion of the work. In Minnesota, a homeowner can make a claim for defective construction in new homes and remodeling projects. . This 10 year deadline is called the statute of repose ..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. Part of what inspired me to make this blog post was an email that a reader in sent in. .  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) ..More

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