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The Home Inspector

Reuben Saltzman is a second-generation home inspector with a passion for his work. Naturally, this blog is all about home inspections and home-related topics in the Twin Cities metro area. In addition to working at Structure Tech, he is also a licensed Truth-In-Sale of Housing Evaluator in Minneapolis, Saint Paul and several other cities.


How to replace a shutoff valve the easy way: use a SharkBite®

Leaking shutoff valve at your sink or toilet? The repair can sometimes be a quick and easy process, thanks to SharkBite® fittings.


Fire separation between the garage and house; don't say firewall

The separation between a garage and a house is commonly referred to as a firewall, but it's not accurate. It should be called a fire separation wall.


The Structure Tech training process

I get a lot of training questions from aspiring home inspectors about how to get into this business and how to get trained. I have some advice to share.


A short interview with Reuben about becoming a home inspector

I recently typed out answers to several interview questions for a book that will be part of a series titledCareers in the Building Trades-A Growing Demand.


Egress requirements and the two-opening myth

There has to be a large group of home inspector trainers who tell home inspectors that every bedroom needs two methods of egress.


Water in sub-slab ductwork

In last week's blog post on transiteheat, I explained that most sub-slab ductwork isnot transite. If it really is transite, it contains asbestos.


Transite vs. sub-slab ducts

Most sub-slab ductwork installed in Minnesota is not transite ductwork, and shouldn't be labeled as such. Transite contains asbestos.


Consumers' Checkbook response

We've seen the exact same concerning article from Consumers' Checkbook pop up in seven different areas of the country.


Guards that make a ladder

Is it wrong to have a stairway or deck guardrail constructed with horizontal balusters or cables that could be climbed like a ladder?


Home inspection report summary: yes or no?

I'm blown away by the number of home inspectors who don't believe in a report summary... but maybe this is the right way to do it.


Flashlight review: Fenix TK72R

The Fenix TK72R is the most powerful flashlight I've ever tested, and it gives off way more light than any home inspector could ever need.


Mold or suspected organic microbial growth?

Mold? Mold-like substance? Suspected organic microbial growth? Black fuzzy stuff? Unknown biological matter? There's no perfect term for mold.


New home inspection tool: glass suction cup

If you're a home inspector, I recommend you add a glass suction cup to your tool list. This is a great little tool to keep in the tool bag.


Banging pipes are caused by water hammer

Have you ever heard a banging noise coming from your water pipes when the water is turned off quickly? This is the result of water hammer.


Cold hard kitchen water

Here in the Twin Cities metro area, it's standard procedure to run a separate water line for un-softened cold water to the kitchen. I don't like it.


Running toilet? Check the flapper.

Do you ever hear your toilet refilling for no apparent reason? You probably have a leaky flapper. Replacing a flapper is usually a quick and easy project.


Socks or shoes for the home inspector?

Should home inspectors wear socks or shoes while inspecting? I recently had a "discussion" about this with another home inspector on my team.


Minnesota training event with Allison A. Bailes III, PhD.

I'm extremely excited to announcean upcoming Minnesota home inspector training event with Allison A. Bailes III, PhD., author of the Energy Vanguard Blog.


Ten years of blogging

With this blog post, I have officially been blogging about home inspections for over ten years.


Home inspection report writing style guide

This is a home inspection report-writing style guide. This is used internally by the home inspectors at Structure Tech.