By Joe Lundequam / November 27, 2017 / General / No Comments

If only all of my problems were this easy to solve! As a home inspector in the Stillwater, MN area, I get on the roof. Always. (Okay, sometimes I can’t, like on a clay tile roof, or in the snow, but you take my point.) Even if for the rare occasion that the roof is […]

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Kickout Flashing

By Joe Lundequam / November 25, 2017 / General / No Comments

More than you’d ever want to know about kickout flashing Would you like to learn about something interesting? Me too. But today’s blog is about kickout flashing. Maybe another day. Kickout flashing, AKA diverter flashing, is a special type of flashing that diverts rainwater away from ...

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Heat Recovery Ventilation

By Joe Lundequam / November 20, 2017 / General / No Comments

What do I need to know about HRV’s? Not much. Clean the screens on the outside of the building, and clean the filters inside the ventilator. Keep it plugged in. Okay, that’s what you NEED to know. The following is stuff you might want to know, such as how they work and such. Is the [&...

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Winterize outside faucets

By Joe Lundequam / November 5, 2017 / General / No Comments

How do I winterize my outside faucet? As a home inspector in the Stillwater, MN area, I see a lot of “differed maintenance”, which is a polite way of saying neglect. I don’t judge; a lot of my recommendations fall along the lines of “do as I say, not as I do”.  But f...

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Clean your combustion air vent

By Joe Lundequam / October 30, 2017 / General / No Comments

What is a combustion air vent, and why should I care? If your house has a big, insulated tube that drops from the ceiling to close to the floor (or bends up at the floor), you have a combustion air vent. The name kind of says what it is. Pretty short blog today. More? Okay. […]

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IR Cameras: A ghost’s worst enemy

By Joe Lundequam / October 24, 2017 / General / No Comments

Can you really see ghosts with an IR camera? Not really. IR cameras don’t see ghosts So what do they see? Plenty! First, how does an IR camera work; You know how visible cameras work, right? Visible light comes into the camera through the lens and hits little cells in the back. Film cameras...

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Carbon Monoxide and Hormesis: Huh?

By Joe Lundequam / October 19, 2017 / General / No Comments

I was picking up a radon monitor at a house that I had inspected two days earlier, and met the seller. She knew, of course, that I couldn’t tell her about what I had found in the inspection; I work for the buyer, and the report is confidential. I know I’d be curious about what a [&hel...

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Kitchen exhaust fans, and the cooks who love them

By Joe Lundequam / October 17, 2017 / General / No Comments

Folks who spend a lot of time in kitchens appreciate a good kitchen exhaust fan. Heat, moisture and strong smells should be removed right away. But a fan that moves too much or too little air, or one that is too loud for normal conversation is hard to tolerate. Today I’m going to explore so...

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The high price of furnace filter neglect

By Joe Lundequam / October 5, 2017 / General / No Comments

How often should I change the furnace filter? The short answer is once a month during the heating and cooling seasons for one inch filters. The furnace manufacturers recommend a month an inch, so a thick one maybe 3 or 4 times a year. The pleated paper ones are a whole lot better than the […]

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Asbestos in the home

By Joe Lundequam / September 29, 2017 / General / No Comments

As a home inspector, I’m not qualified to positively identify asbestos. So when I see what looks like asbestos, I always say the same thing; “Portions of the metal ductwork for the furnace are insulated with a material that appears to contain asbestos. If you have this material remove...

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