Which smoke alarm to buy

- Click on the image for a pdf version. Here’s a handy timeline produced by the Minnesota Department of Public Safety that explains what was required when. If your smoke alarms are original to the home, the date of construction should help to tell you what type you have. . If your existing smoke alarm is hardwired, it should be replaced with a hardwired unit ..More

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Q&A: “How much snow is safe for my roof?”

- Use a roof rake or hire someone to do it professionally. . If you have ice dams, however, removing the snow is the good thing to do ..More

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Decks attached through brick veneer

- Today I’ll explain why this is an issue and what can be done about it. Most of the time, we recommend repair when we find this. As home inspectors, this is definitely something that we at Structure Tech call attention to while inspecting decks. . Not necessarily, not 100% of the time, but probably ..More

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Bath fan duct: metal or plastic?

- Broan has an airflow calculator on their website, which can be found here:. . If you’re really worried about getting enough airflow, check with the manufacturer ..More

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Snow+rain=extremely heavy snow

- I measured another section of undisturbed snow in my back yard just yesterday to see how we’re doing. The weight of the snow was somewhere in the neighborhood of 35 – 40 psf. . Yikes! That’s quite a jump. With modern roofs having a design load of 35 psf, I’m no longer comfortable telling people not to worry about snow loads ..More

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