Dryer Duct Safety

- I just did a quick search of manufacturer’s requirements from Maytag, LG, Kenmore, and Samsung. They allowed lengths of 64, 65, 64, and 80 feet, respectively. I’ve never seen a clothes dryer manufacturer give instructions that were nearly as restrictive as those given by the code, and the code allows the manufacturer’s requirements to be followed. . The code specifies a maximum of 35 feet and gives reductions for various elbow fittings, but the code is also extremely conservative. The maximum length of a dryer duct should be determined by the clothes dryer manufacturer’s installation instructions ..More

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

- The obvious next question is “what constitutes electrical work?” For that, let’s turn to the definitions section for electrical work. . For the purposes of this discussion, home inspectors are typically unlicensed individuals. There’s a lot more to it than just that, but that’s the important part that has been brought into question ..More

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Video post: 60 home inspection issues in under 3 minutes

- We did a similar video compilation back in 2014, which can be seen here: 47 Home Inspection Issues in Under 3 Minutes. ..More

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Fun home inspection photos from 2016

- Minnesota crawl space – that’s how we roll. Insulated walls, concrete floor, plenty of headroom, and a mechanic’s creeper for effortless navigation. ..More

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Photos from new construction inspections, part VI

- The #1 problem that we find in new construction attics is insufficient insulation. As stingy as some insulation contractors seem to be with their insulation, you’d think the stuff was worth its weight in gold. . Approximately half of the new construction homes that we inspect have insufficient insulation in the attic ..More

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