Don’t Vent Your Clothes Dryer Through the Roof

-  Clothes dryers should be vented through the side of the house, preferably within reach from the ground.  I think the roof is a stupid spot to terminate clothes dryer vents because it’s difficult to clean and it’s a major contributor to ice dams. As soon as I’m in charge, there will be no more venting of clothes dryers through the roof. ..More

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

- The image to the right shows aluminum flashing in the gap from the roof line to the Hardie shakes.   The 2″ gap requirement leaves installers with a challenge to put something in that gap that looks better than exposed shiny aluminum flashing.   LP can be installed 1″ up from where a roof line meets a wall; Hardie requires a 2″ gap to maintain warranty. The confidence in moisture resistance also shows in their install specifications. .   Some paint the aluminum only to have it peel later.   Others use a small trim board made of a PVC-heavy composite ..More

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Forgot to Winterize Your Outside Faucet(s)? Here’s what to do.

- Use a hair dryer or a heat gun to thaw your faucet.  That’s not a high-powered hair dryer, it’s a heat gun.  If you choose to use a heat gun, be very careful.  The two infrared images below show a heat gun on the left and a hair dryer on the right; note the temperatures shown at the top left corners of images. .  It’ll blister paint, melt vinyl siding, and start paper on fire.   This will take a long time with a hair dryer, but it’ll happen eventually ..More

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Upcoming Changes to the Minnesota State Building Code

- The old building code said that habitable rooms, hallways, corridors, bathrooms, toilet rooms, laundry rooms, and basements had to have a ceiling height of not less that 7 feet.  If you had a basement with a ceiling height of 6 feet 10 inches and you wanted to add a bedroom, your options were to either not add a bedroom or just add a bedroom and not pull permits for it. .  This made it impossible to add code-compliant bedrooms in old homes with low basement ceilings ..More

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Why Home Inspectors Should Know Building Codes

- @#$!%* beaurocracy, plain and simple.  I’m not done with it though.  I have no idea what the conflict could possibly be, and I’m not at all satisfied with that answer, but in the interest of getting this class put together and notifications sent out to MN home inspectors in a timely manner, I didn’t fight the issue. .  The folks that I’ve reached out to at the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry have told me they’re not allowed to do any teaching outside of the state curriculum because there’s a conflict of interest ..More

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