Moldy shower caulk... fixed!

Everyone has seen moldy bathroom caulk before, and if you've tried cleaning this stuff, you know it's impossible. Until now.
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The top five places to find mold in your home

January 14
As a home inspector, I don't specifically look for mold, but when I find stuff that looks like mold, I report it as such. A mold issue is a moisture issue.
Double-Keyed Deadbolts

Double-Keyed Deadbolts

January 7
Are double-keyed deadbolts legal? Are they safer? More secure? Great questions. Let's dig into all of them.
Home & Garden
December 31, 2019
Wait what? The strangest home inspection photos of 2019

Wait what? The strangest home inspection photos of 2019

Here are 20 photos featuring the wackiest things home inspectors saw this year.
Home & Garden
December 24, 2019

Minneapolis Time of Sale Energy Disclosure takes effect on January 15th, 2020

It's official, Minneapolis is implementing a Time of Sale Energy Disclosure program, which takes effect on January 15, 2020.
Home & Garden
December 17, 2019

Video: burning dryer ducts

I bought a 200 CFM fan, filled a bunch of dryer transition ducts with shredded paper, then started them on fire. Check out the video below to see the results.
Home & Garden
December 10, 2019

Foil dryer ducts: code-approved?

Foil dryer transition ducts are allowed by code and by some clothes dryer manufacturers.
Home & Garden
December 6, 2019

Should I turn off the circuit breaker to my AC for the winter?

Shortly after posting our fall maintenance checklist this year, I had a reader contact me to let me know that I may have missed an important fall maintenance item.
Home & Garden
November 27, 2019

All females could be a problem

Blame it on the weather
Home & Garden
November 26, 2019

Heat Cable Installation

Welcome to the final entry in my three-part series on ice dam prevention and heat cables.
Home & Garden
November 22, 2019

Should you install heat cables to prevent ice dams?

Heat cable has a dubious reputation in the ice dam prevention world. It's a topic few understand in-depth, both in terms of functionality and installation.
Beautiful Garden contest winners Jim and Sally Strand tend an Asian-inspired garden complete with 23 distinct planting areas in their Plymouth yard. T
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There are some spectacular private gardens around the Twin Cities. We discover several each year in our Beautiful Gardens contest. From October to April, we'll bring you into one Beautiful Garden a month.
Home & Garden
November 20, 2019

Frost-free faucets are now required in Minnesota

Frost-proof faucets are now required by the Minnesota State Plumbing Code, which says "A listed self-draining frost-proof hose bibb shall be used."
Home & Garden
November 19, 2019

Not all heat cable is created equal

My advice to anyone considering heat cable for ice dam prevention is to either install a high-quality, self-regulating heat cable or skip it altogether.
Home & Garden
November 19, 2019

Animals, skeletons, and creepy home inspection stuff, 2019

Most of the stuff that we post is educational, but this one isn't. This is pure eye-candy for the season. If you follow our Facebook page, you've surely seen most of these photos, but not all of them. These are our favorites from 2019. Warning: Several of these photos are gross.
Home & Garden
November 18, 2019

Inspections to consider when building a new home

There are three types of inspections associated with new-construction homes: pre-drywall inspections, final inspections, and one-year warranty inspections.
Home & Garden
November 17, 2019

New construction inspection: trust, but verify.

The homeowner didn't get a home inspection when she purchased the home, because the builder's rep had convinced her of all the myths listed above.
Home & Garden
November 16, 2019

Nine ways for water to enter your basement or crawl space

Wondering how that water made it into your crawlspace? Guest post by Murphy Home Inspection explains the most common ways water enters a crawlspace.
Home & Garden
November 13, 2019

Wildlife rehab center corrected web address

It was wrong in my column in Wednesday's StarTribune
Home & Garden
November 6, 2019

A very, very good field guide for birds

Unfortunately, it's for British birds, but has wonderful design features
Home & Garden
October 26, 2019

First comes the fire, then the flood

Book title "A New Coast" says it all
Home & Garden
October 22, 2019

Boundary Waters forests will burn, climate will see to that

A new book shows how wildfire changes the world
Home & Garden
October 22, 2019
Gutters and downspouts clogged with leaves and other debris can cause the rainwater to overflow - and that can lead to costly repairs.

Ready for winter? A fall maintenance checklist for Minnesota homeowners

If you haven't finished your fall maintenance list, it's time to get on it. This is a comprehensive list of fall maintenance items for Minnesota homeowners.
Home & Garden
October 15, 2019

CO2 for Oct. 14, 2019

The usual two-point gain per year