Drum traps

-  The crude diagrams below show a few examples of different types of drum traps I’ve come across, as well as one type of setup that wouldn’t create a water seal trap, shown at the bottom right. Drum traps come in different shapes, sizes, and configurations. ..More

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How to replace a hardwired smoke alarm

- You just pop the old harness out of your smoke alarm and plug it into the adapter. With an adapter, there’s no wiring that needs to be done. . From there, you plug the adapter into your new smoke alarm. It’s just like I showed in the clip above. It’s about as easy as replacing a cover plate on a light switch. You’ll probably need to replace the mounting ring, which consists of two simple screws. Anyone can do this ..More

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Home inspections for first-time home buyers (video post)

- What’s a home inspection, when does it happen, what do you do with the results, how to hire a home inspector… y’know, the basics. I’ve helped teach dozens of first-time home buyer seminars over the years, and it’s typically the same stuff covered during every seminar. .   I recently had a real estate agent ask me to put together a video of that class, so I did. I thought this would make for a good blog post, so here it is. Enjoy! ..More

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New construction inspection: trust, but verify.

- It’s far more convenient to deal with problems before you move in. There is value in having new homes inspected, and the best time to have this done is before you purchase the home. . The average homeowner doesn’t have the knowledge to know when things aren’t installed properly, and many construction workers don’t either. Don’t skip the home inspection; it’s a very small investment. In next week’s blog post, I’ll discuss the three types of new construction inspections; pre-drywall, final inspection, and one-year warranty inspections ..More

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Ice Dams: how to prevent and how to remove

-  There were definite holes in the ice dam, and some channels had formed for water to drain through, but the majority of the ice was still there. . By the third day, not much change ..More

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