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

- I have no aversion to using the word “code” during my inspections and in my reports, but it’s not what I base my reports and recommendations on. Have I ever measured / calculated the floor space of a shower to make sure that it met code? Heck no. Do changes like this matter to a home inspector? No. What would I say if a shower was short by 10 square inches? Tear it out and redo it? No way. I’m not a code inspector, and I’m not there to report code violations; I’m there to report stuff that matters. Not unless I could justify doing so without using the word code. . It’s just something I can use if I need an authoritative source to back up my recommendations ..More

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Window fall protection achieved by pesky window locks

- .   I feel the same way about this new requirement as I do about plastic outlet plugs: they’re super annoying, but nobody wants kids getting hurt or killed. For information about the reasoning behind this new requirement, click here: child window safety ..More

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Need a chimney inspection? Hire carefully.

- . This is a major problem, making the chimney unsafe for use. Just the chimney walls. After the first three clay tiles, there is nothing ..More

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Water hammer arresters are now required in Minnesota

- . Water hammer occurs when a bunch of flowing water is suddenly stopped, causing a shockwave as shown in the diagram below: ..More

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Repairing a window with fogged glass

- . Check it out. This particular unit had a very bad seal; the individual pieces of glass weren’t even attached to the spacer in some places ..More

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