Melted vinyl siding caused by reflected sunlight

- If the windows have a low-e coating, this equates to a lot of reflected light in one place, as shown quite nicely in the image above. Double-pane windows can slightly deform during cold weather, pulling the middle of the glass inward. . When this happens just right (or wrong), and a neighboring house with vinyl siding is in exactly the right pathway of that reflected light, the reflected light can create enough heat to melt and deform vinyl siding. It’s not enough to be noticeable, at least when looking at the window, but sunlight reflected from these deformed windows can be concentrated enough to cause a magnifying glass effect ..More

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Window fall protection achieved by pesky window locks

- R312. 1 Window sills. In dwelling units, where the lowest part of the opening of an operable window is located more than 72 inches (1829 mm) above the finished grade or surface below, the lowest part of the window opening shall be a minimum of 36 inches (914 mm) above the finished floor of the room in which the window is located. 2. Operable sections of windows shall not permit openings that allow passage of a 4-inch diameter (102 mm) sphere where such openings are located within 36 inches (914 mm) of the finished floor. ..More

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A breakdown of energy ratings for Minnesota homes

- The Green Path is probably most well-known for being an important part of the annual Parade of Homes. In the spring 2016 Parade, 70% of all participating homes were Green Path tested. There are a total of 7,000 Green Path tested homes in Minnesota. ..More

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Need a chimney inspection? Hire carefully.

- The lesson to be learned is that not all chimney companies are the same. To find a chimney professional in your area who is a CSIA Certified Chimney Sweep, use the locator feature right on the home page. ..More

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

- We know that the covers for electrical boxes need to be accessible, but what if the box is located in an attic? Is it acceptable to bury the box in insulation? I said I’d research this info and get back to him, but I thought this might make for a good, short blog post topic. . This question came up during a conversation that I was having with another home inspector during the last ASHI chapter meeting. Also, I happened across a great photo of a junction box buried by vermiculite insulation while looking through old photos for last week’s blog post on vermiculite insulation ..More

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