Caulk the toilet base? Yes.

- If it is caulked, the thinking is that if the toilet flange leaks, you’ll end up trapping water between the toilet base and the floor in an area that you can’t access. The thought process behind not caulking a toilet to the floor is that if the toilet leaks at the floor, you’ll quickly find out about the leak as long as the toilet isn’t caulked. ..More

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

- . I received the following email last week from another home inspector here in Minnesota regarding the inspection of electrical panels: ..More

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The most common garage door opener issues

- . If they’re installed higher than this, there’s an increased potential for a small animal or possibly a child to end up below the pathway of the photoelectric sensors. The photoelectric eyes for garage door openers need to be installed within 6″ of the ground ..More

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FLIR E6: the best infrared camera for home inspectors

- . I’m basing my decision on a combination of price and performance, which equates to value. Here goes. Today, it’s still my infrared camera of choice as a home inspector. I’ve mentioned this camera several times in past blog posts (Seek Thermal review, FLIR ONE review, Infrared cameras and home inspections) but I’ve never taken the time to explain why this one has become the camera of choice for me and so many other home inspectors. I’ve been using the same infrared camera, the FLIR E6, for the past three years ..More

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Photos from new construction inspections, part VI

- . It doesn’t matter if it’s the black ‘arc-resistant’ stuff or not. CSST gas piping needs to be bonded, period ..More

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