Q&A: Are Minnesota home inspectors allowed to open electrical panels?

- . So there you have it. There is no rule or law in place that says that home inspectors can’t do this. Removing an electrical panel cover to see inside the panel does not constitute electrical work ..More

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Product review: Extech MO55 moisture meter

- I’m sure this makes them more durable, but I haven’t had an issue with destroying my pins. . I had to keep pressure against whatever I was pushing into to get an accurate reading. Not so with the cone-shaped pins of the MO55. With straight pins on the Surveymaster, I can stick the pins into wood and the meter supports itself ..More

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Tool list for home inspectors

- • Rain gear – including a spare umbrella for clients. • Cold weather gear – get Baffin boots. Your feet will thank you. . • Crawlspace gear – coveralls or grubby clothes to change into. • Indoor shoes• Work gloves• Clean gloves – for lifting white attic access panels. • Rubber overshoes or rain boots – a must for muddy new-construction job sites. Never leave fingerprints ..More

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Dishwasher air gaps

- . The nitty-gritty details of exactly how this is being enforced throughout Minnesota is up to the professional judgment of the plumbing inspectors for each municipality. From what I’ve heard, air gaps are typically being required at the time that sinks or dishwashers are installed or replaced ..More

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A home inspector’s review of the Corentium Pro radon monitor

- I’d be willing to pay about 20% more than what I currently pay to get the additional features that the Corentium Pro offers, but this device costs nearly twice as much as what I’m currently using, which is the bare-bones Sun Nuclear 1027. The Android functionality is also currently too limited, but I’m sure that a software update will fix that in the near future. . This is an easy-to-use, feature packed device that does everything you need and more. The only big downside is the price, which might be too high for radon professionals to justify. The fact that it’s powered only by batteries is also a huge selling feature ..More

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