Inspections

Inspecting Dryer Ducts

I constantly see the rules about dryer duct safety and dryer transition ducts being brought into question, mostly on home inspector forums. If it’s tough for home inspectors to keep...
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Saint Louis Park Home Inspections

Buying a home in Saint Louis Park? I have some helpful information for you about the home inspection. Our company is based in Saint Louis Park and we’ve inspected over...
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Repairing loose hardware at a casement window: Level 2 repair with wood dowels

Casement windows, aka crank-out windows, often fail where the hardware connects to the sash. The wood takes on water, the wood gets soft, and the screws holding the hardware in...
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Cold hard kitchen water

Here in the Twin Cities metro area, running a separate water line for unsoftened cold water to the kitchen is standard procedure. I don’t like it, and I think this...
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What’s the problem with a double trap? Seriously, I want to know.

There are a million ways to plumb a sink drain incorrectly, and it’s almost always the result of ignorance. It’s not stupidity or malice; it’s just a lack of knowledge....
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Options for repairing ungrounded three-prong outlets

Ungrounded three-prong outlets are a very common defect found on home inspections of old houses. Thankfully, repairing this issue is not a huge deal, and today, I’ll walk through the...
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Save Time and Energy: Stop Rinsing Your Dishes Before Dishwasher

I’ve used a dishwasher the wrong way for most of my life. I used to scrape and rinse my dishes before putting them into the dishwasher, which was a waste...
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How to Correct an Improper Air Gap on a Toilet Fill Valve

The guts of your toilet need to be properly installed to avoid a cross-connection between the water in your toilet tank and the water you drink. If you’re selling a...
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