Reuben's Home Inspection Blog

Q&A: Can electrical boxes be buried in insulation?

Can electrical boxes be covered by insulation? This question came up during a conversation that I was having with another home inspector recently.[...]

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Do condos need home inspections?

Buying a condo? Get a home inspection, also known as a condo inspection.[...]

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Sediment traps: what and why

Sediment traps help prevent sediment in the gas piping from getting into the gas valve or burner area and fouling things up.[...]

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Q&A: When do smoke alarms need to be hardwired?

If work is being performed in an existing dwelling that requires a permit, and such work triggers the requirement to bring the smoke alarms up to today's standards for a new dwelling, the new smoke alarms must meet the requirements[...]

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Attic access hatches must now be weatherstripped, not sealed

There is a great new change to the Minnesota Energy Code that took effect over a year ago, which now requires attic access hatches to now be weatherstripped[...]

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The term “grandfathered” should never come up during a home inspection

One term that home inspectors need never use is "grandfathered." It's a term that refers to a building component or installation that was acceptable at the time it was done, but is no longer acceptable on new installations.[...]

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Melted vinyl siding caused by reflected sunlight

When a neighboring house with vinyl siding is in exactly the right pathway of reflected light, it can lead to melted vinyl siding.[...]

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Flood testing tiled showers

Flood testing tiled showers is not required by home inspection standards of practice, but is the only way of truly testing for leaks at a tiled shower.[...]

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New Minnesota Plumbing Code

Minnesota adopted a new state plumbing code on January 23rd, 2016. We've always had a home-grown plumbing code, but for the first time, Minnesota has adopted a national plumbing code - the 2012 UPC - along with our standard[...]

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Nuisance tripping at AFCI circuit breakers

The main problem that homeowners experience with AFCI circuit breakers is nuisance tripping. It's what we call it when an AFCI device trips for no apparent reason.[...]

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Window fall protection achieved by pesky window locks

I blogged about the new Minnesota building code last January, but one important change that I never mentioned was the addition of window fall protection.[...]

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