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Electrical Outlet Orientation—Ground Pin Up or Down?

Installation of electrical components such as the electrical outlet and electrical box is strictly regulated in order to protect consumers and homeowners. Ground Pin Orientation When mounting an electrical outlet, should the hole for ...

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Improper Cabinet Installation Can Cause Injury

When cabinetry is not installed correctly it opens the doors for possible, and potentially, serious injury. Whether installed in a home or an office, proper cabinet installation procedures must be followed for cabinetry to be safe to ...

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Construction Dispute? Alternatives to Leaving a Negative Online Review.

You have a problem with your home’s construction company or contractor. A big problem. And you can’t seem to get it resolved. Do you leave a negative online review and move on? Or are there other alternatives? Leaving a bad online ...

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Poor HVAC Performance Tied to Air Flow and Improper Ductwork Installation

As the marketplace demands more energy-efficient homes, the performance of something as unimposing as the HVAC system can make a huge difference, leading to the requirement for contractors to not only offer higher-quality levels of ...

Protect Your Family Against Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Every winter we read about another instance of carbon monoxide poisoning in the news, and all too often, the deaths that occur from it. During these months when the house is closed up for winter, it is imperative to secure your home ...

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Electrical Deficiencies. Does Your Home Have Them?

Inspectors looking at home electrical systems are finding common electrical deficiencies that not only won’t pass code, they can be downright dangerous. Many of the errors stem from electrical work the homeowner performs him/herself. ...

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How to Find a Construction Expert Witness

So, you have a construction claim. Your contractor and you are at odds and cannot come to a resolution. And it looks like you might need to go to court. You should consider engaging a construction expert witness. One of the best ways ...

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A Dozen Red Flags for Construction Projects

When you have hired a contractor to remodel, rebuilt or repair your home, there are dead giveaways that trouble is soon to come. In the industry we call those “red flags.” Knowing what to look for, and how to circumvent problems before ...

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Protection From Electrocution/Fire Lies in Electrical Outlets

When electrical outlets are installed, it is not a random choice as to where they are placed or what type of outlet to use. Electricians and builders must adhere to strict building codes under the National Electrical Code as published ...

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Wood Balconies Can Fail Due to Water Intrusion

Humidity and rain can be devastating to wooden balconies, and can be frequent causes for balcony failures from water intrusion. Imagine enjoying your balcony, only to discover that parts of it are rotting away—even if it is relatively ...

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