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Kitchen Cabinet To Accommodate A Microwave Oven

Amateur Microwave Installation By Pete BuschOne of the best parts of being a home inspector is finding things like this. This is an amateur installation of kitchen cabinets and a built in microwave oven that I found while performing a home inspection in Plymouth Minnesota.In this first picture you can see the microwave is installed close to the kitchen wall. At first glance you would not recognize this as a problem, neither did I. Microwave Oven     In this.
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Common Problems Found In Attic Spaces

When your out shopping for your new home your realtor takes you out to all these different homes. This is where you get the chance to go through all the rooms in the house except one, the attic. Now we all know an attic isn't actually a room but it is a space in the house that often gets overlooked.There are many problems that may exist in your attic but today I am going to focus on bath and kitchen vents as well as your.
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Is Your Deck Safe

This weeks find is definitely goes to deck construction. I rarely find a deck that is built correctly and most of the issues I run into are relatively minor, emphasis on relative.While performing a home inspection in Chaska Minnesota I found a deck in a very dangerous condition. The deck was about twelve feet above the ground going into the second level of the house. The problem with this deck is that it was actually pulling away from the house. I'm sure I could.
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Let Your House Breath

By, Pete BuschThis weeks home maintenance tip is something you should already know but based on the the frequency of plugged intake and exhaust vents I find I thought I would do a quick blog.  Here are some pictures of a plugged intake vent screen that I found while doing a home inspection in Minneapolis Minnesota. If you have something that looks like this on the side of your house you've probably looked air intake vent
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Roof Leaking, How Not To Repair

As part of my picture of the week blog this was found during a home inspection in Maple Poor method to fix a roof leakGrove Minnesota. Here we have some kind of wash tub secured to the bottom of the roof just under the ridge in an attic. There was another one just like this at the other end of the attic and a plastic tub sitting on the insulation. These are attempts to deal with.
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Not A Very Bright Idea

As a home inspector in Minnesota one of the most enjoyable parts of my job is finding interesting things people have done to their home. While all of us have good intentions sometimes are efforts are not well thought out or implemented properly.[caption id="attachment_328" align="alignright" width="384"]Improper Shower Light Fixture Improper Shower Light Fixture[/caption]In this picture we have an improper light fixture/bath fan installed right in a shower. Whoever installed this did not take the time.
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Reducing The High Costs Of Expensive Chimney Repair

If you follow my blog you will start to notice a trend, I like to talk about the extra expense from deferred maintenance.  It’s a common perception that random components in a home will last forever with no maintenance required.  In almost every case a small amount of money spent now save hundreds and even thousands later. That is the reality of home ownership.This week’s topic is about chimney maintenance, who knew I had to maintain my chimney and I’m not talking about cleaning it..
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Tiled Shower Surround Grout Maintenance Tip

I think it’s fair to say most people would prefer the aesthetics of ceramic tile on their shower surround verses fiberglass or plastic. Ceramic tile comes in many different colors, shapes, and textures that will provide you with the look and feel that you desire, but with that comes extra maintenance as compared to a standard fiberglass surround.I like to think of the standard white fiberglass shower surrounds as practical, easy to install, very durable, and require virtually no maintenance other than cleaning. Ceramic tile.
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Home Safety “Tip” Is Your Gas Or Electric Range Safe?

Just yesterday while I was performing a Maple Grove, Minnesota home inspection I found another free standing range without the required anti-tip brackets installed. Anti-tip brackets are included in the installation kit with every new gas or electric range and are designed to prevent the range from tipping forward. These are normally attached to a rear leg of the range or screwed into the wall behind the range. Image this scenario, you’ve got one or more pots of boiling food on cooking on the.
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Tip To Prevent A Scalding Burn While Taking A Shower

Hot Water Fluctuations In The Shower by Pete BuschIf you have an older home you may have noticed that when your taking a shower the water temperature will fluctuate, sometimes a lot. When a toilet is flushed the pressure is reduced on the cold water supply pipes. This will reduce the amount of cold water going to your shower resulting in very hot water spraying all over you. The same holds true if someone turns on the hot water somewhere else in the home. Your shower.
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