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

-  These vent caps sell for around $10.  Not only will this prevent rain from coming in, but it will also help to prevent downdrafts and prevent pests from getting into the vent.  You’ll need to measure your vent diameter to pick up the right size; the most common sizes are 4″, 5″, and 6″. .  The example at right is just one type; there are probably about a dozen different styles. Preventing water from coming into the metal liner is simple and straightforward; install a listed vent cap at the top of the vent ..More

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Attic inspections: opening sealed panels

- We will open the attic provided the seller gives permission. Post edit 3/6/18: I’ve changed my stance. for more details. ..More

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DIY urinal installation, my tale of woe

-  I figured that since the drains and vents had already been roughed in, all I’d have to do would be to run some water lines over, connect the fixtures, and I’d be all set. When I finish off my basement I’ll add a bathroom, but I thought it would be great to have a urinal and a sink down here in the meantime.  I’ve thought that ever since I moved into this house, but I finally took action a few weeks ago.  It shouldn’t take more than a few hours, and would be a temporary installation, but I’d make good use of the fixtures while they were installed. ..More

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

-  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.  Here’s what they said:. ..More

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Why no blog post this week

- . If you subscribe to this blog and you receive a post notification email with a whole slew of new blog posts, it’s because I had to re-create all of my blog posts from 2015 ..More

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