Building a Home Office? It’s Important to Do It Right.

Our world is changing, and both business and home owners must change along with it. One significant change we’re seeing is the proliferation of home offices. People are working from home more than ever—some temporarily and some on a ...

What is the Building Code and Why is it Important?

Whenever construction is to be performed on a residential or commercial property, it is imperative that any and all work conforms to the minimum standards and provisions of the building code. But just what is the building code, and why ...

Why House Wrap Must Be Installed Properly

When homes are constructed, they include what is commonly called a “house wrap.” This is a thin layer of protection installed between the structure and its outside covering. In order to provide maximum benefit, the house wrap must be ...

Antibacterial Properties of Copper & Copper Alloys

In earlier days of construction, it was not unusual to see door hardware made of brass. But nowadays, much of our hardware, including railings, has been replaced by aluminum and stainless steel. But did you know that there are proven ...

How Dangerous is a Bathroom Exhaust Fan?

When you shower, moisture builds up in your bathroom. That’s why you have a bathroom exhaust fan that can vent moisture out and away from your home. Did you know that your bathroom fan could also be dangerous? There are a number of ...

These Algae-Resistant Roofing Shingles Come With a Warning About Gutter Damage

The company CertainTeed has issued a warning about one of its products: the CertainTeed Algae-Resistant Shingles. And it is up to the homeowner to know what is and is not covered if this product has caused damage to their home. ...

GFCI and AFCI Outlets: What’s the Difference?

If you in a new home, or one that has been recently remodeled, your home most likely contains either GFCI or AFCI outlets—or both. It is required under modern building codes. Not being an electrician, you might ask “What’s the ...

Why do CPVC Pipes Fail?

One of the services we offer here at Först Consulting Group is Forensic Investigation. That means we go into a construction site or building to figure out what the problem is and how and why it was caused. Sometimes we do it to help ...

Is Your Contractor Working Multiple Jobs?

When you interview, then hire a construction contractor, you are generally given a schedule that includes both costs and a time frame for completion. This schedule may also include milestones along the way. But things aren’t going ...

Can You Recognize Structural Damage in Your Home?

Some of the most expensive repairs come from structural damage. But are you savvy enough to recognize what might be costly structural damage in your home? What is Structural Damage? Structural damage is defined as any damage that ...

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