CSST bonding requirements (another update)

- How can you know if you have CSST in your home?  Look for flexible tubing with a yellow or black jacket that covers the ridges. CSST either has a yellow jacket or a black jacket. . This material is not to be confused with an appliance connector, which might have a yellow coating that follows the contours of the ridges. The photo below shows the two different materials ..More

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Water heater replacement: pros and cons of powervent water heaters

- As far as I know, it’s impossible for these appliances to backdraft. If the fan doesn’t exhaust, the water heater won’t light. . Powervent water heaters have become the standard for new construction homes here in Minnesota, but are they really that great? As I mentioned in my last blog post about natural draft water heaters, a powervent water heater is equipped with a built-in fan that pushes the exhaust gas out of the vent with a powered fan ..More

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Magic wand? I’d change the home inspection contingency form.

- . Readily Accessible Available for visual inspection without requiring moving of personal property, dismantling, destructive measures, or actions that will likely involve risk to persons or property ..More

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Top 20 home inspection photos from 2016

- . Pantyhose dryer duct – We’ve seen plenty of pantyhose used as a lint filter at the washing machine discharge, but never as a substitute for a clothes dryer exhaust duct ..More

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Q&A: Are anti-tip brackets required on ranges?

- The CPSC has a nice little sheet explaining how to check for the presence and proper installation of an anti-tip bracket. I find a lot of missing brackets, even in new construction homes. . This is something that many home inspectors check for and recommend adding if not present. The anti-tip bracket pictured below was attached to the drywall only, which won’t do any good ..More

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