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Building Codes – Myths and Reality

What is a building code? Is it a law? Or a guideline? Or a voluntary standard? What do building codes mean to my home? Perhaps you will find it useful to review how building codes affect your home, both the theory and the reality. First, what are they? Most municipalities have building codes and zoning ordinances….


Mold – Hype or Real Risk?

Increasingly, we are talking about specific kinds of mold, not just old mold. Is this a new problem or just one that our technology is now allowing us to detect more effectively? Are we overreacting or should we be concerned? If we should be concerned, what products or actions are most effective? Unfortunately, there is….


Stairways and Decks Aren’t Safe Unless their Railings Are Secure

Your Home | Volume 35, Number 1 You’re standing in the basement waiting for a friend, who is following you down the stairs. Missing a step, your friend reaches for the railing, which breaks away from the wall. This will not end well for your friend, who may be seriously injured or worse; and it….