Reuben's Home Inspection Blog

Testing for radon? Close ALL of the windows, not just the basement windows

When performing a short-term radon test, ALL of the windows in a home need to be closed, per EPA protocol for short-term radon testing.[...]

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Minnesota Radon Licensing Act update, plus my two cents

I first shared news of the Minnesota Radon Licensing Act on my blog over a year ago, but a fair amount has changed since then.[...]

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Q&A: What happens when a permit isn’t pulled for electrical work?

The potential roadblocks to selling a home with missing permits might be either during the buyers inspection or during a required city inspection. [...]

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Should home inspectors recommend other professionals?

Most of the home inspectors that I know go out of their way to get acquainted with knowledgeable professionals, and we're happy to refer them.[...]

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How to correct improper joist hanger nails

Back in 2010, I wrote a blog post detailing one of the most common deck defects that I find, which is improper joist hanger nails. [...]

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Video post: a comparison of three gas sniffers

I've done a video comparison of three different gas sniffers. My favorite gas sniffer, aka "combustible gas detector", is currently the TIF 8900.[...]

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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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New information about asbestos and vermiculite attic insulation

Vermiculite insulation is way worse than I previously thought. [...]

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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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