Reuben's Home Inspection Blog

New building code rules for decks in Minnesota

As I mentioned in a blog post at the beginning of this year, Minnesota adopted a new building code on January 24th.  I covered a few of the most significant changes, but one of the bigger changes that I never[...]

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Are Diamond Pier footings approved for decks in Minnesota? Answers from the 20 largest cities.

Last week I posted an update on Diamond Pier footings, and since then I've had a number of people ask me whether or not Diamond Pier footings are approved for use in this city or that city. The best[...]

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Diamond Pier Footings Revisited

It has already been two years since I first blogged about Diamond Pier® Foundation Systems.  Where does the time go?  In my original post on Diamond Piers back in 2013, I talked about how my neighbors were having a deck constructed with[...]

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CSST Bonding Update

There have been a few changes to CSST bonding rules since then, and there is still a lot of bad information circulating about CSST bonding and safety requirements, so it's time for an update on that topic.[...]

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Should home inspectors recommend upgrading to new AFCIs? No.

Arc-Fault Circuit-Interrupters are relatively new electrical safety devices that first appeared in the 1999 National Electric Code. [...]

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My favorite tool: the Milwaukee M12 FUEL™ 1/4″ Hex Impact Driver

About eighteen months ago, I started using a Milwaukee 1/4" hex impact driver in place of both a drill and an electric screwdriver, and I've fallen head over heels in love.[...]

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New Water Heater Energy Standards

On April 16th, new energy efficiency standards from the National Appliance Energy Conservation Act (NAECA) go into effect for water heaters. [...]

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Buying a new model home? Find out when your warranty begins.

I asked Kurt to write this guest post as a warning for anyone buying a new construction model home, or as a heads-up for anyone who already owns a model home.[...]

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Two closet makeover tips

My two pieces of advice are to add automatic lighting to your closet if you don't already have it, and to consider hiring out the reorganization of your closet. Don't laugh, I'm serious.[...]

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Saddle valves: cheap, easy, and wrong

I blogged about how saddle valves are illegal products in Minnesota nearly five years ago, and it's time for an update on that topic with some more information.[...]

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Free Continuing Ed for Minnesota Real Estate Agents – 2.5 Hours

I’ve been teaching a 2.5 hour continuing ed class to real estate agents for the past two years, and I’m offering the same class again this year. The focus of this class is on some of the most mis-understood home[...]

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Using an infrared camera to find an overloaded circuit

With an infrared camera, all it takes is a quick scan of the panel to see if there are any hot spots.[...]

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