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  • Home inspections, home maintenance, repairs, upgrades, safety, real estate, energy, performance, and durability.
    Reuben Saltzman
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  • Aug 8 2022

    People want to maximize space in the house, the bedroom included. What are the allowed appliances in the bedroom?

    The trio talks about having a gas fireplace, natural gas furnaces, room and water heaters, decorative appliances, and others. Reuben establishes that gas appliances are not allowed in sleeping rooms and bathrooms unless specific requirements are met. He highlights the need for a direct vent two-pipe system.

    Reuben talks about compliance with the Fuel Gas Code. They discuss the code exceptions as well as the qualifications of appliances for them to be allowed or disallowed in the sleeping rooms. For more on this topic, check out Reuben’s latest blog post on the topic, Are furnaces allowed in bedrooms?

    Send your comments, corrections, and questions to podcast@structuretech.com

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    32 mins
  • Aug 1 2022

    A quality bedroom makes a house more marketable. This episode talks about qualifications, the technical and practical aspects of a bedroom.

    Reuben defines what a bedroom is. Tessa talks about the qualified dimensions, floor area, ceiling height, and headroom. They also talk about the practical and technical requirements such as the heat source, safety requirements such as emergency exits, alarms, and detectors.

    Bill asks about the requirements for bedrooms in the basement, the main floor, and attics. They discuss if a closet is required to have a closet.

    Learn more about the required bedroom dimensions here: https://structuretech.com/floor-and-ceiling-requirements-1-5-story-homes/.

    Continue to send your questions to podcast@structuretech.com.

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    26 mins
  • Jul 25 2022

    Mike Twitty joins the show to talk about electrical questions that were accumulated from listener emails.

    Reuben asks about surge protection devices. He mentions that Structure Tech doesn't add information in reports about surge protectors. Mike explains the types of surge protection devices, what they do, where they are installed, and which appliance or equipment they're used with. He also shares when and how surges occur in houses.

    They also talk about GFCI and AFCI circuit breakers, as well as nuisance tripping.

    Reuben also revisits the issue with Challenger panels. They also talk about the Bulldog, ITE, and split bus panels. They discuss why and when panels should be replaced. Mike highlights that there is a big difference between repairing and replacing panels.

    Learn from Mike Twitty's blog: https://www.iaei.org/page/2020-07-surge-protection-for-smart-homes

    Continue to send questions to podcast@structuretech.com.

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    44 mins

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