Reuben's Home Inspection Blog

How to find a great home inspector

One of the most common questions that I get from out-of-town readers is "How can I find a great home inspector in my area?"[...]

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Life expectancy of cedar roofs in Minnesota

I’ve long since ignored the manufacturer's claims about cedar roof lifespans because I’ve been a first person witness to what actually occurs here in Minnesota over the arc of time.[...]

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Air conditioners in attics: leaks make a big mess

With these systems, condensate leaks can lead to a big mess, but it’s nothing compared to a condensate leak that occurs at an air conditioner in an attic, or really any place that has finished space below.[...]

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How to Inspect Your Own House, Part 9: The Air Conditioner

Last week's post about cheap AC tune-ups reminded me that I ought to finish this series, so here it is.[...]

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Beware of Cheap AC Tune-Ups

I told them about the time back when I had one of the HVAC companies with billboards all over the Twin Cities come out to my house to do a $29 AC tune-up.[...]

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Roof Replacement Part 2: Is Metal Roofing Worth the Extra Cost?

Asphalt roofing shingles dominate our market, yet another kind of roof has been slowly gaining steam over the past several years - metal.[...]

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Exposed light bulbs in closets

Replacing a light has always required special training and electrical knowledge, but there's a new product available that installs with as much effort as replacing a light bulb, called an Easy Light.[...]

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When HRVs suck on both sides, it’s a safety hazard

I recently stumbled upon a fairly odd safety hazard with newer homes, and I want to make other folks aware of this issue.[...]

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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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