Water heater replacement: pros and cons of natural draft water heaters

- I posted about this on the Structure Tech Facebook page last year: Reuben’s damaged vent cap. Side note: do you see the melted plastic at my water heater’s draft hood in the photo above? This happened because the flue cap at the top of my vent fell apart, causing my water heater to backdraft on a couple of extremely windy days. ..More

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Top 20 home inspection photos from 2016

- We’re missing a window – A basement window was covered over when the basement was finished, but the opening was never insulated. An infrared scan of the wall made this very easy to see. ..More

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Minnesota home inspector training advice: join the ASHI Heartland chapter (it rocks)

- For a full list of past and future speakers for our chapter, check out our chapter calendar. Also, check out the upcoming events page on our website. ..More

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Product review: Extech MO55 moisture meter

- There is no external jack on the MO55, which means that external probes aren’t an option. Without the ability to connect external probes, I would only use this moisture meter as a backup. . It does have a lid with a self-calibrating feature built in, however, which is handy ..More

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Concealed damage, part 2: stinky bees

- The total cost of materials for this project was approximately $45, which went to new paint and new insulation. The real cost for this project was the amount of time spent taking the wall apart and putting it back together, which totaled about 20 – 25  hours. . Sometimes that’s the only option. If we had been hired by a homeowner to get to the bottom of this odor, there’s not much that we would have been able to help them with, short of telling our client to open the wall up to see what was going on ..More

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