Reduce the risk of Legionnaires’ disease in your home

- . I should also mention that point-of-use thermostatic mixing valves should ideally be installed at the faucets for the highest level of safety… but I’m pretty sure I’ve never seen a home fully outfitted with those. If you want more hot water out of your water heater and you want to reduce the risk of Legionella bacteria growth, hire a plumber to install one of these mixing valves at your water heater and turn the temperature up on your water heater ..More

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Door repair: how to fix a door that doesn’t latch

- .  Three will fit in a hole. Next, fill the old screw holes by breaking the toothpicks in half, dabbing some wood glue on them, and tapping them into the holes. Once they’re jambed jammed in there, cut the ends off with a knife ..More

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Attic access hatches must now be weatherstripped, not sealed

- I’ve seen these installed in a few different homes, and I think they’re fantastic. One such product is the SkuttleTight All-In-One Attic Access System, which sells for about $150. Not only does it provide a great seal, but it’s also the best looking attic access panel I’ve ever seen. ..More

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Updated home inspector training advice

- Just be aware that a home inspection school is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the amount of knowledge that one should obtain before getting into this profession. Anyone doing home inspections on their own should do a lot of studying on their own and get as much hands-on training as possible. ..More

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Nuisance tripping at AFCI circuit breakers

- With AFCI circuit breakers, this improper wiring will cause the breaker to trip. This has never been correct, but it would often happen with no ill effects, so nobody knew it was wrong. Wiring Problems – when an AFCI circuit breaker is installed, the wiring for that circuit needs to be done a little bit differently. When AFCI devices first started being installed, it was common for electricians to have problems with nuisance tripping because the neutral conductors for different circuits were connected together at some point outside of the main panelboard. ..More

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