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If there is a door that connects the garage to the living area, consider the following: Do not install a pet door in the door! Flames can more easily spread into the living area through a pet door, especially if it's made of plastic. Does the door have a window? At Der Hous Inspector we can inspe...
05/17/2010
The following tips can help prevent garage fires and their spread: If the garage allows access to the attic, make sure a hatch covers this access. The walls and ceiling should be fire-rated. Unfortunately, it will be difficult for untrained homeowners to tell if their walls are Type X fire-rated ...
05/15/2010
The purpose of this article is two fold. First, at Der Hous Inspector, we'd like you to take measures to keep your garage free from fire. Fortunately, there are ways this can be done, some of which are described below.  Secondly, garage fires do happen, and we'd like you to make sure that a fire ...
05/14/2010
Just got back from a FantasticSaskatchewan Building Officials Association Conference. During this Conference We took part in learning/updating on: *HRAI - Residential Mechanical Ventilation Course   - Basic Principles    - Duct Sizing   - AirFlow measurement & Balancing   - CO Detectors   - Air P...
05/03/2010
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     One of the easiest ways to reduce solar heat gain and subsequent energy costs is as simple as planting a tree. The strategic placement of trees, known as landscape shading or tree shading, is a technique used to provide shade from the warm summer sun. Unobstructed solar heat can significantl...
04/18/2010
Adjustable Steel Columns     Adjustable steel columns, also known as screw jacks and beam jacks, are hollow steel posts designed to provide structural support. An attached threaded adjustment mechanism is used to adjust the height of the post.   A few facts about adjustable steel columns: They ar...
04/13/2010
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Replacing Your Roof      The age of your roof is usually the major factor in determining when to replace it. Most roofs last many years, if properly installed, and often can be repaired rather than replaced. An isolated leak usually can be repaired. The average life expectancy of a typical reside...
04/11/2010
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Maintaining Your Roof I hope you have as we have up to 100 km/h wind today, in our area.    Homeowner maintenance includes cleaning the leaves and debris from the roof's valleys and gutters. Debris in the valleys can cause water to wick under the shingles and cause damage to the interior of the r...
04/09/2010
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Roofing Roofs play a key role in protecting building occupants and interiors from outside weather conditions, primarily moisture. The roof, insulation and ventilation must all work together to keep the building free of moisture. Roofs also provide protection from the sun. In fact, if designed cor...
04/08/2010
Buying a home?  The process can be stressful.  A home inspection is supposed to give you peace of mind, but it often has the opposite effect.  You will be asked to absorb a lot of information over a short time.  This often includes a written report, checklist, photographs, environmental reports, ...
03/31/2010
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