Reuben's Home Inspection Blog
Can electrical boxes be covered by insulation? This question came up during a conversation that I was having with another home inspector recently.[...]read more
Vermiculite insulation is way worse than I previously thought. [...]read more
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[...]read more
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[...]read more
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.[...]read more
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[...]read more
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.[...]read more
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