State of the Union, 2017

- We added two new full-time home inspectors to our lineup this year, Jim Tobias and Tessa Murry, both of whom are fantastic home inspectors that we’re proud to call our own. They’re both sharp guys who will be a great addition to our team. . We’re also in the process of training two more home inspectors at the moment; one is a guy with a construction background, and the other is someone who has been working on his own as a home inspector here in the Twin Cities for the past eight years. They’ll probably be ready to start inspecting on their own for us by this spring ..More

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Formaldehyde affected TJI® Joists

- For more information about the exact code requirements for floor framing and fire protection, check out my blog post from 2015 at. ..More

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Water heater replacement: pros and cons of tankless water heaters

- That means a savings of nearly $40 / year at today’s gas prices. According to the Energy Star website, this water heater will use 150 therms/year for natural gas. Most traditional tank-style water heaters will have an energy factor of about . 67, and will use about 225 therms/year. How much less? The most efficient gas tankless water heater that I could find was a Bosch Greentherm 9900 series unit, with an energy factor of 1. Here in Minnesota, we currently pay about 52¢/therm for natural gas. Arguably the biggest benefit offered by tankless water heaters is less energy consumption. Because there is no tank of heated water continually having to be kept hot, tankless water heaters don’t experience the same standby energy losses that traditional tank water heaters do. ..More

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Dear Home Seller, please let me into your attic

- If you could kindly move any stored belonging that might prevent me from setting up a ladder and climbing up into the attic, I would greatly appreciate it. I’ll also wear gloves to help make sure I don’t leave fingerprints on the access panel. To get into your attic, I’ll probably need to set up a ladder below the attic panel to climb up there. I’ll bring a tarp or painters plastic along with me to make sure I don’t make a mess of your floor. ..More

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Video: water heater replacement, start to finish

- Any time a water heater is replaced, a plumbing permit should be obtained beforehand if possible, and the work should be inspected by the authority having jurisdiction. In the case of this video, that meant the City of Saint Louis Park. . Enjoy!. Neil pulled a permit before doing the work, and the city approved the new installation about a week after the work was complete ..More

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