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

- This question came up during a conversation that I was having with another home inspector during the last ASHI chapter meeting. . 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. 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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Window fall protection achieved by pesky window locks

- 1. . Windows with openings that will not allow a 4-inch diameter (102 mm) sphere to pass through the opening when the window is in its largest opened position ..More

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Asbestos in homes

- Those are the products that are commonly known to contain asbestos, but the list of product that might contain asbestos goes on forever. . Here’s a small part of that list, used primarily in buildings before 1980: ..More

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Air conditioner maintenance for homeowners

-  This post gets a little bit more detailed and involves some troubleshooting steps that homeowners can try. . If your air conditioner still isn’t working properly after checking these things, check out my blog post from last year, How to Inspect Your Own House, Part 9: The Air Conditioner ..More

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Did your house leak during the storm yesterday?

- . Building-science-genius Joseph Lstiburek wrote a great article some years ago that got into discussing wind speeds, rain, and water leakage into building assemblies ..More

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