Egress Window Quiz

- . Why do some people label only a basement room with a tiny window a ‘non-conforming’ bedroom, while often none of the windows in the home meet egress?  It’s because they don’t know better.   Just for the record, there are several more requirements for a window to meet egress, and there are several ways for smaller windows to be ‘conforming’, but the details get… quite detailed.   As always, please feel free to email me with any specific questions.   Also, today’s building code no longer uses the term ‘egress window’ – they’re more broadly categorized as Emergency Escape and Rescue Openings ..More

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Problems With James Hardie Siding Installations

- . There may be other editions of installation instructions published in-between these dates, but I don’t have records of them ..More

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Boilers Vs. Furnaces

-   While newer homes with properly designed furnaces can have variable speed blower motors that cut down on noise, boilers are always silent.   If I inspect a home with a boiler and I hear gurgling or bubbling in the pipes, I know there’s a problem with the system and I tell my clients to have it fixed. It’s usually a matter of air in the lines. The other big advantage that boilers have over furnaces is that they’re silent. ..More

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A Common Problem With Roof Caps For Bath Fans

-  In this particular photo, the sealant strip was so badly stuck to the damper that when I pried that damper open, the sealant strip detached from the bottom and actually stayed attached to the damper. The photo below shows a close-up view of a roof cap – if you click on the photo, you can see a blow-up. ..More

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Christmas Lights – What Would It Take To Start A Fire?

-  Today, they have six warning labels.  I’m sure this is totally necessary…. Side side note:  On that string of lights from 2002 there was one warning label. ..More

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