Archive for the Code Topics Category

3 Fire Proof Bypasses

Fire barriers are often compromised and the homeowner never knows it. Home fire barriers have been a part of the building code since about 1960.  Ho

Aluminum Wiring = Trouble

Because of the high cost of copper, electricians began using aluminum wiring between 1968 and 1974. Determining that a house is wired with aluminum i

Is That Room Legal?

Homeowners, realtors and home inspectors can have different views as to what constitutes a habitable room. Why does this matter? Because a converted r

Let’s Look Closer At Deck Failure!

There are just two basic reasons for decks failing. The first is overloading and the second is improper construction. Overloading: deck failure usu

Too Much Roof Snow?

Can my roof collapse from too much snow load? It’s possible, but highly unlikely. Since about 1950, cold climate states must adhere to engineerin

Is Your Life Worth $25?

This very cold winter has been responsible for many accidents, including deaths from CO (carbon monoxide) poisoning.  These disasters might have b

What Is Ventilation?

Ventilation is not just air blowing in through an open window and it certainly isn’t the bathroom fan turned on to get rid of a bad smell.  In a

Can I Use An AFCI In The Place Of A GFCI?

Not if you want to stay healthy! Both units, although very different in function, look alike in the electrical panel. They look like conventional c

AFCI or GFCI That Is The Question

Is an AFCI the same as a GFCI and what is a GFI? AFCI or Arc Fault Circuit Interrupter and GFCI or Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter are names for s

Are Leaky Houses Healthier?

State of MN doesn’t think so and has adopted a new energy code. Most realtors and homeowners don’t realize since June 1, 2009 our housing has b