Reuben's Home Inspection Blog

Who to trust: your home inspector or the seller

home inspection negotiations, trust home inspector, home inspection[...]

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How to organize spare cords

A big box of random phone, computer, and audio cords all tangled together is the worst. Here's how to fix it.[...]

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Q&A: Why is there a lock on my circuit breaker?

I recently had someone send me an email, asking why their circuit breaker had a lock on it, preventing the breaker from being turned off, or tripping.[...]

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Do you have photoelectric smoke alarms in your home?

Get photoelectric smoke alarms if you don't already have them. There are two types of smoke alarms available, ionization and photoelectric, and there is a huge difference between the two.[...]

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47 Home Inspection Issues in Under 3 Minutes, Explained

I put together a short little video compilation showing a bunch of video clips of various defects that we've captured during home inspections.[...]

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Minnesota Radon Licensing Act

I received an email this morning with an update on the Minnesota Radon Licensing Act. This is a real thing, and it sounds like the effective date will be October 1st, 2017. Here's the email:[...]

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New Radon Rules for Minnesota

More updates to the new Minnesota State Building Code that was updated in January of this year. These are the first major updates to our code since 2007, so there's a lot of stuff to discuss.[...]

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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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