Where To Look For Gas Leaks

-  For the record, that nut pictured below isn’t the right type of nut for a gas line… but it’s what I had sitting in my parts drawer as I was writing this blog.  Here in Minnesota, soft copper gas tubing is allowed just about anywhere, but it takes a little more skill to properly install soft copper than other types of gas piping. Flare fittings are the last common offender.  If this connection gets bent or isn’t tight enough, it will leak. .  For a flare fitting, copper tubing gets flared out at the end and connected with a flare nut ..More

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New Baltimore Law Requires Rental Housing Inspections

- Maryland defines a home inspection as a written assessment of one or more of the following components of an existing residential building:. The State of Maryland defines a home inspector as someone who is paid to provide home inspection services that require a license issued by the State. ..More

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HRVs, Part 3 of 3: Installation Defects

- If they’re not screwed in place, a balancing sticker means nothing. To make sure an HRV is balanced, I look for a balancing sticker and I check to make sure that the balancing damper controls have been screwed in place. If there are balancing dampers present but no balancing screws, I recommend having the HRV professionally balanced. . If I don’t see a balancing sticker, I don’t make a big deal about it, but I’ll often make a note in my report that it’s missing ..More

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Toilet Repair – Fixing An Improper Air Gap On A Ballcock

- .   The diagrams below show what the two most common ball cocks should look like when properly installed, and the video below shows how to adjust a ballcock made by Fluidmaster, which is the most common one used today. This is a very common defect, and the repair usually only takes a few seconds.   Click the diagrams for larger images ..More

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A Common Problem With Roof Caps For Bath Fans

- .   While doing my brief initial walk-thru of the interior, I also turn on everything that removes air from the house, such as bathroom exhaust fans, kitchen exhaust fans, and clothes dryers. I start every home inspection by giving myself a quick tour of the inside of the house to get an idea of what I need to be looking for while inspecting the exterior.   I do this to create negative pressure in the house, so I can later make sure that all of the fuel burning appliances still draft properly, and to make sure that all of the fans exhaust the way they’re supposed to ..More

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