No one likes to fail a building inspection especially when you get dinged a penalty from the Building Department for it. Not only are you out the fee & time you spent there, but it can leave the homeowner or General Contractor wondering about your work.
So what is the biggest...Read More »
In some past articles we have talked about swapping out outlets in your house with newer Tamper Resistant ones especially if you wish to child/baby-proof your home or if you wish to give your house a facelift. Last week we also posted a question – just what...Read More »
Can you spot the issue? Quick Note – please ignore the light not showing on the plug – it does have power & the device itself works properly, the real issue is… If you got a guess, please leave a comment below & then check your answer… Electrical...Read More »
I’ve looked everywhere… read the code book three times… you’re full of it, they fail… The issue? Well that is where does it state that while duct testing is required, only those following the Prescriptive* path have to be at 4% or less while those following the Performance* or...Read More »
Updated: As we have been covering, the State of Illinois is under the...Read More »
As a certified HERS rater and ICC Residential Energy Inspector / Plans Examiner I find many builders and even inspectors that get confused when it comes to the Energy Codes (IECC). So with that in mind we have started a new series on the basics not written in code speak,...Read More »
Self stick tiles are some DIYer’s best friends but also the bane of many with tiles coming back up, not lining up, etc… Here are a few tricks that should help you succeed.
- Proper prep is key – you should never go over other tiles especially if there are issues with...Read More »
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Why is my water running so slow… Yeah not only was the pipe clogged up but it had corroded so bad one good turn of the wrench sheared the supply right off. Might be time to repipe with a better product….
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Really do I need to mention this is a really bad thing in a knee wall area – if so Preventing &/or Fixing Frozen Water Lines
It must be spring time… I got the following in the mail just the other day: 5 different ads all for duct cleaning. With allergy season starting along with my favorite ad asking just “How often are you dusting?” one has to wonder, is it worth it? Along those lines,...Read More »
As many know, I do plenty of Energy Code Compliance Inspections, Consulting, etc… plus we have a ton of information on how to do things right on this site. Imagine my surprise when I walked into this job where they were still installing insulation & I saw this…
Instead of...Read More »
Windows are great as they help let in natural light, fresh air when opened & hmmm, wow…
This window had the drywall removed from one side & amazingly you can see all the way outside… But wait there is more
That is the outside of the window – nope, no J Channel...Read More »
In multifamily units one has to have fire rated wall assemblies between units (which also includes the attic areas) to help prevent / slow fires down between units…
Doesn’t help if the cable repair guy cuts holes between the units… The lucky part, there was a fire but fortunately it was...Read More »
You know I have heard of using a shim behind a door hinge if one has a slightly deeper hinge mortise than needed, but this is stretching it….
Funny thing is if they had shimmed the door properly they wouldn’t need to kick the hinge out almost a 1/4...Read More »
Wow three things in just one simple picture… ok granted one was allowed before by codes but it isn’t to smart. Scroll down & see if you caught all the issues & let us know how you did.
So how did you do?
Measure twice & cut once – sage advice but why do people seemingly always end up with trim either too long or too short?
There are generally three main reasons: the tape itself has some slop in it (butted versus pulled), they cut on the wrong side of the line /...Read More »
- Weather-stripping: Good shape
- Door air-sealed properly: Yes it is
- Always like this i.e. bad install: mostly no
January 10th: While initial public commentary period should have started on the 1st, it has been pushed back to get approval on the form to be used (link below & approved.) An official notice should be coming out in the next week (Official Page & Form valid to...Read More »
It’s that time of year again when the air is drier which can lead frizzy hair, static shock &/or for those in older homes, the doors to finally shut properly. It is also cold & flu season with many doctors recommending humidifiers be run at night for kids who get...Read More »
UPDATED It is that time again, as the 2018 IRC & numerous other building codes have been published, the State of Illinois is now under the clock to adopt the latest IECC per the EEB Act. The timeline as it stands at the moment is:
September 2017 – Publication Date
December...Read More »