Q&A – Siding Stains: Why Do Houses Cry?

-  When these air leaks are sealed, less air leaves the home, so less air enters the home.  Attic air leaks are also known as attic bypasses.  This is actually something that is now required by law in Minnesota when having attic insulation added: Minnesota Department of Commerce: “Beware the Insulation Contractor Who Does Not Include Air Sealing”. .  That means a decrease in ventilation, which means new problems will probably show up… such as stains at the siding. Another common cause of decreased ventilation is having air sealing performed in the home – especially in the attic ..More

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Siding Replacement Wars: James Hardie vs. LP SmartSide in a Battle for Contractors, Builders, and You

- Prefinishing warranties have improved over time, and two of my favorite prefinishing options are from Prefinished Staining Products and Diamond Kote. Both Hardie and LP can also be prefinished through a number of different outlets that are arranged through the contractor. Any color under the sun can be put on your home. DiamondKote from Wausau Supply offers the only 30 yr no-fade warranty in the industry, and has a very impressive paint process. . Prefinished carries a Lifetime paint warranty for the lifetime of the existing homeowner that includes an excessive fade warranty. Hardie is the only one that comes prefinished from the manufacturer, with the Colors Plus process that has a 15-year warranty. It must be noted, however, that these products have a bit of a shine to them so make sure you look at the samples before signing off ..More

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Don’t Vent Your Clothes Dryer Through the Roof

-  These areas of the roof are especially susceptible to roof leaks because there is no ice and water shield installed in these locations.  After the snow melts below the vent, it’ll probably freeze again farther down on the roof.  If this happens enough, an ice dam will form that’s large enough to cause roof leaks. .  I blogged about this earlier this year: Advanced Ice Dam Prevention. When bath fans and clothes dryers vent through the roof, they melt a bunch of snow ..More

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Troubleshooting a Leaking Temperature and Pressure Relief Valve

-  The purpose of this blog post is to give some troubleshooting advice to people with leaking TPR valves. . The good news is that while answering reader questions, I ended up doing a fair amount of research to help myself understand problems that people were having, and to make sure that the advice I was giving was correct ..More

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Q&A: Heat Exchanger Cracks and Carbon Monoxide Myths

- Carbon monoxide alarms are required by law within 10′ of each room lawfully used for sleeping purposes in Minnesota and throughout many parts of the country. .  These alarms are sold everywhere, and they’re fairly inexpensive.   Most homes that I inspect in Minnesota have at least one carbon monoxide alarm somewhere.  Click this link for more info about the rules for carbon monoxide alarms in Minnesota: Minnesota Requirements for Carbon Monoxide Alarms  ..More

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