New backflow preventer testing requirements for Minnesota

- These devices need to be tested annually by a certified tester. At the time that I initially blogged about some of the upcoming plumbing code changes, I wasn’t sure exactly what this particular change was going to be all about, so I only touched on it briefly. I didn’t completely believe that such a costly and labor-intensive change would be coming, but the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry has made it clear that this is really what’s required. ..More

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Attic access hatches must now be weatherstripped, not sealed

- I’ve never liked how attic access hatches are sealed on new construction homes, because it’s usually a piece of drywall set down on top of a framed-out drywall opening with a little mud or spray covering the seam, which is deemed a “seal”. I’ve complained blogged about these many times, mostly because the attic is an important part of a home inspection, and if the home inspector can’t get into the attic because someone is freaked out about breaking this “seal”, the attic doesn’t get inspected. There is a change to the Minnesota Energy Code that took effect over a year ago, which now requires attic access hatches to be weatherstripped. I think that’s just peachy. ..More

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Do condos need home inspections?

- An appliance connector is supposed to be used to connect the gas piping to the appliance. More here: gas appliance connectors. . Gas appliance connectors aren’t supposed to be connected end-to-end ..More

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Mold testing vs. Moisture Testing

- Swab testing is typically done to surfaces that already appear to have a problem; in those cases, what’s the point?. . Mold testing can be done by air sampling or swab testing ..More

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New Home Inspection Contingency form takes effect August 1st in Minnesota

- After the inspection is done, the buyers have “X” number of days to respond to the seller. The most common numbers that I see on purchase agreements is 5 days to get the inspection done, 2 days for the buyer to respond, and 2 days for the seller to respond to the response; those in the know call this a “5-2-2”, or something like that. The sellers also get “X” number of days to respond to that response. . I hear the lingo, but I’m not responsible for understanding it. I’m only kinda sorta in the know. I just need to get my inspection reports out right away. The old, or current Inspection Contingency form gives buyers “X” number of business days to get the inspection done, which excludes weekends and federal holidays ..More

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