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Wacky Weds: Why do we always say grade 3 for fiberglass insulation?

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One item that always seems to floor builders & even homeowners is that if we can’t verify how well insulation was installed, we mark it down as  grade 3 (worse grading we can give). Why do we do that – well here is one example from my own house when I opened up an exterior wall… Hmmm, […]

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Wacky Weds: Always Check those Flue Pipes

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In case you think we are kidding that a professional should check your heating system each year… Inside view of the damage condensation does (from when it wasn’t blocked) For all my friends sold on CAZ testing – I got to ask, just how long does that “your house & naturally drafted appliances are all good” valid for? This house passed […]

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Wacky Weds: Clearance 11′ & Oh…

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Can you say oops? To top it off this isn’t on the entrance side but rather on the exit side of this motel… As a bonus, most people never get to see how they run electric under the streets – when visiting Kansas City they had a huge section of the roadway open showing us […]

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Wacky Wednesday: Exposed Conduit?

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Recently I was in a new home & I got to say I was surprised as I saw this… Yes that is exposed conduit that they tried to cover over with sheetrock mud… Granted it was in a semi finished basement but really???

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7+ Questions not to ask your Contractor

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A couple of weeks ago I was invited by Theresa & Mark Clement of My Fix It Up Life if I wanted to participate on one of their Google Hangouts. While I am not a big fan of getting my picture taken much less being on video I accepted immediately. There was only one catch, […]

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Removing Mold and Odours from your Cars

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We all know the issues and havoc mold can have in a house, or the lawsuits that can spawn from it, but your car? Well this week we have a guest piece from John Ward of Mold Busters aka “the Mold Removal Experts in Ottawa and Montreal” to talk about a special case they ran into. Not only will […]

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Guest Musing: Moving or Going into a New Service Area…

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One of the best things about doing guest posts is it allows one to write about something that they might not cover normally. No more so is this true when one is asked to write a musing on Christopher’s Hill site Construction Law Musings. This marks my fifth musing and revolves around what does it […]

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NIHBA Cavalcade of Homes

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Last week we covered the USGBC’s Illinois Greenbuilt Home Tour while this week we take a look at the second event I have been volunteering with – the  NIHBA’s Cavalcade of Home Event which is runs every day from 10 AM to 9 PM through August 17th. This is an event that used to run every year up till […]

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So you want / need to pass RESNET’s CAZ Tests?

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By the end of this year all HERS Raters & Field Inspectors (RFI’s) in good standing must complete CAZ training & testing. While one can debate should they or shouldn’t they the die has been cast and the mandate has been made. If you wish to listen to an entire hour long presentation on this – feel free. If not feel […]

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Illinois Greenbuilt Home Tour

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You can tell when summer is about over, because across the country many home tours get under way. I have been fortunate enough to volunteer and work with some great people on two of them this year and they both kick off this weekend. With that, and as one runs for only this weekend (July 26th & […]

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