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.
When conducting a short-term radon test, should the air exchanger be running or not? Great question. I've heard it argued both ways.
How effective are intumescent firestop collars? Joe, Matt, and I used a friend's Not A Flamethrower to find out. The testing was fun and enlightening.
There are three types of inspections associated with new-construction homes: pre-drywall inspections, final inspections, and one-year warranty inspections.
The homeowner didn't get a home inspection when she purchased the home, because the builder's rep had convinced her of all the myths listed above.
Wondering how that water made it into your crawlspace? Guest post by Murphy Home Inspection explains the most common ways water enters a crawlspace.
I have a hard time remembering all of my favorites, so I put together a list of my most-recommended books. Then I decided to share it here as a blog post.
When a deck is attached to brick veneer, something probably went wrong. Today I'll explain why this is an issue and what can be done about it.
As a home inspector, I use my non-contact voltage detector for a variety of things, and I'm careful to avoid these pitfalls during home inspections.
The Sense home energy monitor is possibly the coolest tool ever invented to track home energy usage. I installed one in my own home about a month ago.
This is a 13-minute class on the basics of home inspections for first-time home buyers. What's a home inspection? What happens next? Etc.
Buying a home with aluminum wiring? The seller will probably tell you it's perfectly fine, has never been a problem, and there's nothing to worry about.
Replacing a hardwired smoke alarm is a piece of cake. If you purchase a smoke alarm from the same manufacturer, you might be able to use the same wiring.
Shopping for a new smoke alarm? Stop. Don't even go to the store until you know exactly which smoke alarm you want.
Carbon monoxide alarms are required for most dwellings in Minnesota, both by Statute and by Rule. Here are the details about most scenarios I can think of.
By applying electrical tape to the portion of my ladder that leans against the gutter, it no longer scratches the gutter. The tape lasts for a long time, and it's easy to replace when needed.
Water leaks and water backups can occur in many places throughout the home. Here's a way to reduce the potential for water damage.
According to the CPSC, an estimated 22,300 residential structure fires occur every year as a result of a Fireplace, Chimney, or Chimney Connector fire.
It's time for Minnesotans to consider removing snow from their roofs because of the weight.
Should bath fan ducts be made from metal or plastic? If you live in a cold climate like Minnesota, I recommend plastic.
The record-setting snowfall that we've received here in Minnesota raises concerns about how much snow a roof can hold. Should snow be removed?