Protimeter Surveymaster: The Best Moisture Meter for Home Inspectors

-  If the pins don’t make good contact with a wet surface or they’re used on especially rotted wood, they might give a false dry reading. . I don’t think there’s a huge difference in performance between a high-end pin-probe moisture meter and a cheap one.  In the hands of the right user, any pin-probe moisture meter can do a good job.  It’s a simple device that’s only as good as the person using it.  If the pins are pushed into a material with an unusually low resistance, a pin-probe moisture meter will give a false high reading ..More

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New building code rules for decks in Minnesota

- . There has never been much in the Minnesota State Building Code specific to decks, but now there is.  Just browse to section 507 of the 2015 Minnesota Residential Building Code to see it all.  It’s not much, but it’s a lot more than what we used to have ..More

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Who to trust: your home inspector or the seller

- . I told the buyer that this was a very concerning response.  Here are a few points of concern that I had: ..More

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Options for repairing ungrounded three-prong outlets

- 4(D)(1) says that if a grounding path exists, it needs to be used.  NEC Section 406.   This means that the only acceptable repair for an ungrounded outlet in a home built after 1962 is to ground the outlet. If a ground path exists, you need to use it.  If no ground path exists on a home this age, someone really screwed up.  In my old post on fixing ungrounded outlets, I show how to use a two-lead tester to see if the electrical box is grounded. .  Ground paths have been required throughout homes since 1962 ..More

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Are Diamond Pier footings approved for decks in Minnesota? Answers from the 20 largest cities.

-  Here’s what they said:.  So, getting back to the question at hand: are Diamond Pier footings allowed for decks in <insert city>?  I called the building inspections departments at the twenty largest cities in Minnesota to find out. As long as the building official determines that Diamond Piers meet the intent of the code, they shall approve their use. ..More

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