Reuben's Home Inspection Blog

Protimeter Surveymaster: The Best Moisture Meter for Home Inspectors

I'm just going to come right out and say that if you're a home inspector, the Surveymaster is the moisture meter of choice. Ask a room full of home inspectors what moisture meter they use, and at least half[...]

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Attic inspections: opening sealed panels

Should home inspectors open up "sealed" attic access panels? Heck yes. Every time, unless the owner or buyer specifically says not to.[...]

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Options for repairing ungrounded three-prong outlets

Back in 2009, I wrote a blog post giving some basic information on how to fix ungrounded three-prong outlets. That info is still mostly applicable today, but I have a few updates.[...]

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Shoe storage solution: a wall of shoes

I recently came up with a Pin-worthy shoe storage solution that I had to share, which I call the "shoe-wall".[...]

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Fall Maintenance Checklist for Minnesota Homeowners

Fall is officially here, and that means it's time to get started on your fall maintenance list. It's much easier to get this stuff done while it's still pleasant outside, so don't put these projects off until we have[...]

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Problems with LP SmartSide® installations

LP SmartSide® is a great product, but I suspect I'll be seeing failures soon enough, because I find installation errors on nearly every home I inspect.[...]

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Furnace disconnect requirements

This was the first time I've ever seen a lockout at a furnace circuit, and that means one of two things: I'm going to learn something new, or whoever installed the lock is going to learn something old. [...]

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Q&A: “Why does water leak through the bottom of my chimney?”

After the rain tonight we noticed some water trickling out of a pipe in the wall behind the boiler and have no clue what it is for. What is the purpose of this pipe? [...]

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Q&A: What’s the difference between home inspection organizations?

There are three major organizations for home inspectors; ASHI, NAHI, and InterNACHI. They're not the only organizations for home inspectors, but they're the largest.[...]

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An easy fix for split boots at plumbing vent flashings

I recently came across a plumbing vent flashing repair device that looked like a cross between a two-piece plumbing vent cap and Darth Vader's helmet.[...]

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How to find a great home inspector

One of the most common questions that I get from out-of-town readers is "How can I find a great home inspector in my area?"[...]

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Life expectancy of cedar roofs in Minnesota

I’ve long since ignored the manufacturer's claims about cedar roof lifespans because I’ve been a first person witness to what actually occurs here in Minnesota over the arc of time.[...]

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