As many already know, building codes are updated on a three year cycle. The process for the next code cycle begins even before the ink is dry on the previous version. Due to the complexity of the codes, time required, and the shear amount of proposals to go through most individuals leave it to their […]
Tuesday Tip: Check your Insurance Coverages Now
It’s that time of year where many of us are pulling together all our tax documents, so why not take a few minutes to look over your home insurance policy while you’re digging through all those papers that were just thrown in a pile? Those few minutes spent can save you more time, money, & […]
Wacky Weds: Marketing fail, blooper, or???
Ummm…. Seriously, how long has this guy worked in the trades… How did this get past any sort of marketing review? Shoot how did someone in the trades publication that accepted this ad not said anything? You can’t say that they don’t have the budget or technical experience not to have caught this simple mistake […]
Monday Musings: Smoke Detectors, DST, and…
One of the things I miss about Arizona (besides not dealing with snow on Halloween) is no Daylight Savings Time (DST). As it was originally 6 months long, the “change your smoke detector batteries” movement became popular in the late 80’s / early 90’s depending on where you lived. As we “fall back” yesterday and […]
Wacky Weds: Worst Flashing Idea Ever?
One of the biggest tenants of building but especially roofing is getting the water away from the structure as soon as possible. So I have to wonder what this person was thinking… An adjuster showed me this flashing detail for a chimney… Not sure why the roofer didn’t install a cricket to shed water away […]
Wacky Weds: More outlets please…
You know there really is nothing wrong with these types of outlet adapters – they are UL listed after all… But when you do this, you just might be… Breaking a few codes, voiding the UL listing, looking to start a fire, & the list goes on. With that here is a bonus one for […]
Wacky Weds: It’s not just plumbers…
I couldn’t help but laugh, good luck blaming that on the plumbers… Ahh you were trained by one who also does drywall – got it. On the energy efficiency front, very cool seeing a California Corner in this 1928 house Yes folks that is the corner of a 2 story house they notched out, but […]
Tuesday Tip – 2 for Exterior Painting
Ahh summertime – time to knock out those pesky exterior painting projects. In my case, I have three & the trim around the garage door is first on my list. Yep I started scraping & then decided, just to be safe… Yep if’s it’s red it’s lead – drats. Granted it was built a few […]
Wacky Weds: Not a green roof?
I was driving the other day & it seemed like there was a contest on one street for who had the greenest roof… The winner was: We have covered everything from hot roofs to cool roofs and even shown a few pics of true green roofs but sorry folks – that isn’t a green roof. […]
2018 IECC – Officially Adopted in Illinois
Today Illinois starts it’s new fiscal year ushering in higher gas prices along with a ton of other fees & taxes. Also effective today, all newly permitted building work will have to follow the 2018 IECC as adopted. For those permitted before this date, you still fall under the 2015 version. Below are the final […]
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