Concealed damage: a home inspector’s homeownership woes, part 1

- . Once I had all of the rotted wood treated and filled, and the wood filler meticulously sanded to match the profile of the door and painted, you never would have known there was an issue. It remained that way for many years, but there were still other problems with this door that I wasn’t aware of. For the rotted areas on the door frame, I used Abatron’s LiquidWood & WoodEpox Wood Restoration Kit. I fixed the water management issue by having new aluminum gutters installed, and I replaced the rotted trim and brickmold around the front door. This is a two-part system that works very well for spot repairs ..More

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CSST bonding requirements (another update)

- The reason for this is that they’re not comfortable with the installation instructions for the other stuff, which says “Care should be taken when installing vertical runs to maintain as much separation as reasonably possible from other electrically conductive systems in the building. Side note: I heard a rumor that the city of Maple Grove does not allow the installation of CSST. . There is no requirement to maintain separation from other electrically conductive systems when routing FlashShield™”  . I called their building inspections department to ask about this, and was told that they only allow the installation of arc-resistant CSST products, such as FlashShield™ ..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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FLIR E6: the best infrared camera for home inspectors

- I use it to find thermal anomalies that might indicate a problem. You may notice that the temperatures aren’t the same between the two cameras in the images above, and that’s because the sensor is off on my older E6. . The good news is that this doesn’t have much effect because I don’t use my camera to take measurements ..More

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Average home inspection prices in Minnesota (2016)

- We did this survey because I like having this information, and I’m sure there are plenty of other people who like looking at it. One home inspector was concerned that this survey was price-fixing, which is illegal. . I blog to provide useful information. This is not that ..More

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