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How to Know when Tandem Circuit Breakers can be Used (aka – cheater breakers)

First, a quick definition. A tandem circuit breaker is a double circuit breaker that takes up the space of a single circuit breaker on a panelboard. You’ll also hear them called duplex, slimline, twin, half-height, half-inch, double and wafer breakers, depending on local customs. While a two-pole circuit breaker gets connected to two different poles […]

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Problems With Flipped Houses

Home flippers buy dilapidated houses, fix them up, then sell them again as quickly as possible with the intention of making a tidy profit. Flipped houses look shiny and new inside, but what’s going on underneath all the new drywall, carpet, and paint? Very few home buyers seem to trust flippers, and with the cheesy […]

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Problems with stapled shingles

While it used to be common practice to use staples to attach asphalt shingles to a roof, this has been a prohibited method of attachment in Minnesota since 2003. Today, staples are considered an inferior method of attaching shingles to a roof, but it’s easy to understand why roofers like staples.

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Training Advice For Future Minnesota Home Inspectors

I always call people back to chat about this business and give the long answers to all of these questions; there is no such thing as licensing for home inspectors in Minnesota, so there is no ‘right’ answer to these questions. I’m happy to share my time chatting about this stuff, but I end up […]

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POORLY INSULATED ATTIC ACCESS PANELS

For at least the last twenty years or so, the most common way of insulating attics in Minnesota is to use loose-fill insulation – either cellulose or fiberglass. This is a huge improvement over fiberglass batts, because batts are nearly impossible to install in attics and they cost more money. Despite the decline of fiberglass […]

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