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Structure Talk

119 EpisodesProduced by Reuben SaltzmanWebsite

Home inspections, home maintenance, repairs, upgrades, safety, real estate, energy, performance, and durability.

119 Episodes | 2019 - 2021

Why is my house crying

November 29th, 2021

31:17

Today's show is about mysterious siding stains and air exchangers. Bill raises his concerns and clarifications about air quality as it is one thing that homeowners must start working with starting the fall season.

Electrical Horrors Stories (with Jason Brozen)

November 15th, 2021

46:03

Today, Jason Brozen from Electrical Power Safety Company (EPSCO) joins the show to talk about electrical safety. He shares his experience of surviving an arc flash accident. Check out live footage from his accident at

Three-months wait for furnace parts (with Kevin Strandberg)

November 8th, 2021

40:53

Kevin Strandberg, one of the owners of BWS Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning joins today's show to talk about the industry supply chain. He …

Vaccine mandate (with Leonard Segal)

November 1st, 2021

35:37

Today, Leonard Segal joins the show to talk about Covid-19 vaccine mandates. How will this affect the home inspection industry? Is vaccination …

Vinyl windows are better than wood

October 25th, 2021

44:58

Ryan Carey from My3quotes.com joins the show to talk about different window types and manufacturers. His company provides customers with an unbiased review of different products from different stores and contractors.

Fall maintenance

October 18th, 2021

49:40

Today's show is about household maintenance that needs to be done before a long winter. Bill, Tessa, and Reuben talk about what to check and clean. …

Big and unusual home inspection finds

October 11th, 2021

34:03

Today's show talks about how home inspectors go beyond the call of duty and help homeowners more than expected.

Reuben explains wood foundations and …

Photoelectric smoke alarms: you're not a conspiracy theorist if there's really a conspiracy (with Skip Walker)

October 4th, 2021

42:05

It's Fire Prevention Week!

Skip Walker, the owner of Walker Property Evaluation Services from San Bruno, California, joins today's show to talk about fire safety. He is one of the authors of the Code Check series and is …

James Hardie vs LP Smartside (with Ryan Carey)

September 27th, 2021

44:18

Today Ryan Carey, the owner of My 3 Quotes, joins the show to talk about getting the best provider for your building needs.


Ryan shares how he provides customers an unbiased review of different products with 3 quotes …

Major siding failures (with Mark Parlee)

September 20th, 2021

56:30

Cladding is an exterior siding of a building. It can be stone, brick, steel, vinyl, or an Exterior Insulating Finishing System (EIFS). And it’s …

The dark side of pest control (with Scott Dorn)

September 13th, 2021

1:01:42

The northern part of the USA has a different situation in terms of pests. Scott Dorn, the owner of BOGO (Buy One Give One), Pest Control , joins the …

Remembering Rick Norling

September 6th, 2021

40:29

Today we are joined by the friends and colleagues of Rick Norling to honor and remember him.

Rick Norling was one of the original founders of …

Why Tessa hates T&G

August 30th, 2021

37:28

Bill is thinking about installing a tongue & groove ceiling at his cabin, but Tessa and Reuben give his idea no love.

Tessa shares that air …

Should Home Inspectors Test for Carbon Monoxide?

August 23rd, 2021

30:18

Carbon monoxide (CO) leaking inside the house is a serious concern. How are they tested? What harm will it cause? How do you properly manage a furnace?

According to Reuben, experts in the field conflict with each other …

Gas log fireplaces

August 16th, 2021

38:19

Fireplaces are decorative and give beautiful ambiance, but what are the safety issues? How do we address and prevent them? How do we inspect …

Window problems and solutions

August 9th, 2021

41:24

Today's episode is about windows. How easy is it to identify window problems? What causes these problems? How are they inspected? Do you need new windows?

Reuben and Tessa discuss their observations about the kinds of …

Home Inspection Process Part 3

August 2nd, 2021

37:58

It's the final stretch for the talk about Structure Tech's home inspection process series.

Tessa, Reuben, and Bill start by talking about the top 5 things that they specifically look for when walking inside a house. …

Home Inspection Process Part 2

July 26th, 2021

41:32

Today's episode is a continuation of Structure Tech's home inspection process. Bill opens the show by asking about getting permission from the homeowners to open attics. He also touches on the topic of having minors in …

Home Inspection Process Part 1

July 19th, 2021

33:20

Today's episode is part one of Structure Tech's home inspection flow process and why we do things this way. The standard process has been developed and enhanced since the start of the company.  Tessa shares the process …

Radon, Radon, and Radon (with Josh Kerber)

July 12th, 2021

49:26

Today, Josh Kerber from the Minnesota Department of Health will talk about radon gas. He is a research scientist who does applied research in building construction, specifically with indoor air.

Tessa checks the …

Blogging and Social Media (Reuben is a guest)

July 5th, 2021

39:49

Reuben Saltzman joins Waypoint Real Talk as a guest. He talks about how Structure Tech started and how its online presence since 2008 has helped the company grow. He shares that blogging on the company website allowed …

Kickbacks, software, and home inspections as loss leaders (with Kevin Wagstaff)

June 28th, 2021

39:09

Welcome to Structure Talk episode 100!

Kevin Wagstaff, one of the founders of Spectora, joins today's show to talk about their company. Spectora is the fastest, easiest, and advanced home inspection software that is …

Variety Pack (Majordomo, testing GFCIs, Reuben's book summaries, new show focus)

June 21st, 2021

35:01

Today’s session revisits the purpose of the show and discusses the plan to realign its focus to more specific and technical topics. Reuben shares that the show was originally designed for diligent homeowners who want to …

New Construction Techniques

June 14th, 2021

36:59

Andy Schreder, Chief Building Officer of Rum River Construction Consultants joins today’s session to talk about ‘’Structural Insulated Panels’’ or …

Is this a problem?

June 7th, 2021

35:40

For today’s episode, the gang will talk about the checklist one should consider when moving into a new house; what is important and what should be …

Water Damage (with 24-Restore)

May 31st, 2021

37:07

Reuben shares a recent water disaster with his kitchen water heater. He tapped 24Restore, a service company that specializes in emergency damage caused by water, fire, biohazards, and storms. He then shares the process …

Deck Safety

May 24th, 2021

38:34

May is the National Deck Safety Month.

In Today's podcast, Reuben shares his experiences in building decks and home inspections. He explains the attachment methods, how to prevent deck failures, maintenance and …

Lumber Prices

May 17th, 2021

17:28

Building and renovating houses is getting expensive!

In today's podcast, Bill shares that the cost of materials has been rising. Capacity, logistics, and tariffs issues contribute to the increase in prices. Reuben …

Grounding, Bonding, Shocks, and Electrocution

May 10th, 2021

32:44

Today’s episode digs into the topic of electricity. Tessa leads the technical talk about the difference between grounding and bonding: “why we have it,” “what it means, ” and “what it does.”

At the same time, Reuben …

Are we in a housing bubble? (with Dan Sibinski)

May 3rd, 2021

50:14

Dan Sibinski with Keller Williams Classic Realty joins the show to discuss whether or not we’re in a housing bubble. Dan discusses the housing market trends in Minnesota, with a deep-dive into inventory, interest rates, …

Kura Home Maintenance (with Daniel Felt)

April 26th, 2021

36:13

Daniel Felt, the owner of Kura Home Maintenance, joins the show for the second time. He catches up with Bill, Tessa, and Reuben about the secrets to the thriving success of their business. He shares about providing the …

The National Home Inspector Exam (with Brendan Ryan)

April 19th, 2021

24:49

Brendan Ryan, the president of the Examination Board of Professional Home Inspectors (EBPHI) joins the show to talk about the National Home Inspection Exam (NHIE). Brendan explains the complexity and importance of …

Why you shouldn't buy a house today (with Michael Bartus)

April 12th, 2021

30:26

When we talk about real estate real agents, usually they would convince people to buy the property because of this and that. May it be in the …

How to be a good business competitor (with Dirk van Reenen)

April 5th, 2021

37:53

Dirk van Reenen, the co-founder and owner of Inspector Empire Builder (IEB) joins the show to talk about the business of home inspections. The show starts off with Dirk introducing himself and his company. He shares how …

An inside look at chimney inspections (with Steve Trumble)

March 28th, 2021

33:47

Steve Trumble, the owner of Chimney Doctors in the Twin Cities, joins the show to talk about all things related to chimneys. The show starts off with Steve introducing himself and his company. He also discusses a metal …

Mandated Energy Audit (with George Ury)

March 21st, 2021

16:35

Today’s episode features George Ury, a licensed Truth in Sale of Housing evaluator and one of the finest home inspectors at Structure Tech. Today’s …

The Future of Energy Efficiency (with Peter Troast)

March 14th, 2021

38:03

The show starts off with Peter Troast, the founder and CEO of Energy Circle, sharing a little bit about himself and his company. He joins the show to talk about the concept of healthy homes and indoor air quality and …

Spectora, Software, and Company Culture (with Kevin Wagstaff)

March 7th, 2021

41:12

Kevin Wagstaff, the co-CEO of Spectora, joins the show to talk about home inspection software, the home inspection industry, and company culture. The …

Buying homes without inspections (with Jim Starr)

February 28th, 2021

39:06

Today’s episode starts off by digging into the local real estate market with our guest, a Realtor® extraordinaire at RE/MAX Advantage Plus, Jim Starr. He shares what the real estate market’s like in the Twin cities in …

Sewer Inspection Horrors (with Joseph Whitters)

February 21st, 2021

44:02

Joseph Whitters, a second-generation sewer guy and the owner of  Drain Busters joins the show to talk about the importance of maintaining sewer systems for homes. Sometimes, trouble with a sewer system can turn into a …

Frozen Faucets

February 14th, 2021

29:50

Today’s episode is a very timely topic that is related to the very cold weather that we are experiencing right now. The gang will be talking about …

Beam Fill and Rotted Rim Joists

February 8th, 2021

32:10

Reuben has been meaning to blog about the subject of this episode since 2014. He was finally able to create and post it when it was brought up by an internal team question.

Today, the gang will be talking about the …

Things Home Inspectors Should Never Say

February 1st, 2021

32:33
For today’s episode, the gang talks from their own experiences about the things a professional home inspector should and shouldn’t say when dealing …

Building Science Fight Club (Christine Williamson)

January 25th, 2021

54:36

Christine Williamson, building scientist and the person behind Building Science Fight Club, joins the show to talk about the different ways to integrate new knowledge into building durable and efficient structures and …

Solar Tubes: Good or Evil?

January 18th, 2021

42:45

For this episode, we will be learning different ways to add value to our homes with home improvement tips from the gang through some of the projects that they’ve been working on.

The show starts off with Bill sharing …

The Future Of Home Inspections (Michael Conrad II)

January 11th, 2021

45:14

Michael Conrad II, the CEO of Diligent, a Home Inspection and Environmental Testing company in Nashville, joins the show to talk about how home …

Buying a house that's covered with snow (with Michael Bartus)

January 4th, 2021

21:20

This podcast was recorded in the studio in mid-February of 2020, pre-covid. We brought on a special guest for this episode, residential Realtor® Michael Bartus of Lakes Sotheby’s International Realty. The topic was …

2020 In Review

December 28th, 2020

35:55

Since we are nearing the end of the year, today’s episode is a little bit of a recap about what the year was like here at Structure Tech.

The show …

There's no such thing as a settlement crack (with Rob Vassallo)

December 20th, 2020

40:21

The owner and founder of Complete Building Solutions, Robert Vassallo, joins the show to talk about his expertise as a structural engineering …

Electrical Updates for 2020 with John Williamson, Part 2

December 6th, 2020

39:41

For today’s episode, we have John Williamson, Operations Supervisor with the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry, join Structure Talk for a second podcast on electrical updates.

The show starts off with John …

Pay to Play

November 29th, 2020

38:09

In this episode, the team talks about home inspection ethics. This was brought up because Bill got a call from somebody in the company who had a question about doing business with a real estate agent who was hoping that …

VOCs and EMFs (with Shaylee Oleson)

November 22nd, 2020

30:12

The owner of Eco Shaylee, Shaylee Oleson, joins the show to talk about how important environmental testing is. She talks about Volatile Organic …

Chimney and Fireplace Safety

November 15th, 2020

33:00

In this episode, the team talks about how important it is to maintain a wood-burning fireplace. This topic was brought up because Bill’s neighbor is dealing with a $20k chimney rebuild.

The show starts with Reuben …

Improper Stone Installation

November 8th, 2020

26:43

A special guest, Yvonne, joins the show to talk about her experience with failed stone veneer siding throughout a townhome development in the Twin Cities metro area. These are some real concerns that are going to cost …

Real Estate Negotiations (with Michael Bartus)

November 1st, 2020

39:52

A residential Realtor® at Lakes Sotheby’s International Realty, Michael Bartus joins the show to talk about negotiations after the inspection and how to negotiate other real estate transactions. The focus of this show …

The C-Word

October 25th, 2020

26:41

Structure Talk talks about the dreaded C-Word, Code. Should home inspectors even mention code? The gang also discusses some specific questions:

New home inspection software and new attendance policies (with Eric Houseman)

October 19th, 2020

22:46

One of Structure Tech’s very own inspectors, Eric Houseman, joins the show to talk about the major changes the company has made since Covid-19 took effect back in March.

The show starts off doing a deep dive into where …

Minneapolis vs Saint Paul water (with Brady Androff)

October 12th, 2020

27:57

Third-generation owner of Northland Water, Brady Androff, joins the show to talk Minneapolis vs. Saint Paul water and to discuss commonly asked …

Electrical Updates for 2020 (with John Williamson)

October 5th, 2020

46:45

John Williamson, Operations Supervisor with the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry, joins Structure Talk to do a deep dive in electricity. …

Building Science 101

September 28th, 2020

21:46

Tessa explains the basics of building science, touching on many components that overlap with home inspections. These topics include:

  • Airflow and …

Live Building Code Q&A (with Andy Schreder)

September 21st, 2020

34:51

Building official Andy Schreder with Rum River Construction Consultants joins the show for a live Q&A session via Facebook Live. There's some …

"Your insurance company isn't dumb" (with Steve Kuhl)

September 7th, 2020

40:46

Steve Kuhl with Kuhl's Contracting returns to the show to share some insider dirt on insurance restoration, insurance claims, which insurance companies "pay out" and which ones don't, and gives us a behind-the-scenes …

Is your roof over 15 years old? Here's why you should care.

August 31st, 2020

22:19

Special guest Tim Molgren with The Woodlands Financial Group joins the show to share some fresh insights into the world of homeowners insurance, hail …

The evolution of home inspection scheduling with Lisa Ferrario

August 24th, 2020

21:22

Our very own Lisa Ferrario joins the show to discuss the evolution of home inspections, scheduling, and all things related.

A case for private city inspections with Andy Schreder

August 17th, 2020

31:38

To follow up on our podcast from several weeks about building permits, we invited building official Andy Schreder with Rum River Construction …

How to sell your home with fewer problems

August 10th, 2020

24:36

Twenty-five-year real estate veteran Rhonda Wilson joins the show a second time to discuss pre-listing inspections. Rhonda has been encouraging her sellers to get pre-listing inspections for the past decade, and she has …

Goodbye master bedroom, hello primary bedroom

August 3rd, 2020

24:33

Experienced real estate agent Rhona Wilson joins the show to help the gang have a good conversation about allowable real estate terms. The idea for the show came up while having an internal company conversation about …

Building Permits: value add or necessary evil?

July 27th, 2020

23:35

Reuben begins the show talking about how Structure Tech has started a TikTok account, and nearly puts Bill to sleep. At the time, we hadn’t yet made a TikTok, but we’ve made one since. 

The conversation quickly turns to …

Running your home like a business

July 20th, 2020

25:54

Bill, Tessa, and a Reuben are back together in the studio to discuss what successful homeowner looks like. It’s all about running your household like …

PODCAST: James Thomas, executive director of the American Society of Home Inspectors

July 13th, 2020

38:16

James Thomas joins the show to talk about all things related to home inspections. The show starts off with James touching on the origins of the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI), and how he ended up in his …

PODCAST: Nasty Issues In Houses

July 6th, 2020

23:40

For this episode, the gang gets down and dirty discussing disgusting doozies discovered during home inspections. Most of the grossest stuff is related to people and animals, but that's not all. Don't listen to this …

Easter Eggs, Part II

June 29th, 2020

28:05

The gang discusses hard-to-find home inspection discoveries, which they call Easter Eggs. Reuben talks about a recent inspection that he did, and shares some of the finds from that inspection. One of those was a blocked …

House Timeline For Issues

June 22nd, 2020

27:23

The gang discusses a timeline of home inspection defects or issues that might come up, based on when the home was built. Reuben shared this timeline on the Structure Tech blog and on the Structure Tech YouTube channel,

Fires, home inspections, and insurance

June 15th, 2020

22:46

Bill opens the podcast talking about a terrifying fire that happened across the hallway in his mother-in-law's condo high-rise building, and about …

Air conditioning follow-up, COVID-19 protocols for home inspectors

June 8th, 2020

20:49

Bill, Tessa, and Reuben start the show discussing a few minor corrections to the podcast from two weeks ago on air conditioners. Next, they discuss the new standards for home inspection attendance and safety for home …

George Floyd, commentary from Dr. Stephen Crawford

May 29th, 2020

15:55

For this podcast episode, Reuben does a one-on-one interview with Structure Tech's business coach, Dr. Stephen Crawford. Dr. Crawford has been conducting weekly team huddles for his coaching clients every Friday …

Air conditioners and the end of R-22 refrigerant

May 25th, 2020

27:29

Bill, Tessa and Reuben discuss how air conditioners function, why it's extremely unusual to have an undersized air conditioner, and the end of R-22 refrigerant. Older air conditioners that contain R-22 refrigerant are …

Patrick Huelman, Tessa's professor

May 18th, 2020

42:57

The gang is super-excited to finally get Patrick Heulman, a leading building science expert, on the show! We've talked about having him as a guest …

PODCAST: Everyone loves Milind

May 11th, 2020

34:56

Milind Angolkar was the first home inspector to join the Structure Tech team after Reuben, and we love him. In fact, everyone loves Milind because …

Mean feedback, leaky hose spigots, and wet sub-slab ducts

May 4th, 2020

32:05

Bill starts off the conversation talking to Reuben and Tessa about life, spring maintenance, and business in general. Reuben and Tessa go on a tangent talking about mean feedback given during free continuing education …

Reuben's flooded house and other homeowner flubs

April 27th, 2020

29:04

The gang starts off the show by talking about their lives spent working from home, and they quickly move on to projects happening around the house. Bill discusses the time that he ended up with a frozen outdoor faucet …

PODCAST: Tessa and Reuben get serious about attic access panels

April 20th, 2020

26:33

Bill, Tessa, and Reuben start the show off by talking about the new standards for life at home, working with family, and trying to broadcast to large audiences while not having spouses carry on loud phone conversations …

COVID-19 and Home Inspections discussion

April 13th, 2020

20:15

Bill, Tessa, and Reuben do their first-ever remote podcast, where everyone on the team broadcasts from home. The gang discusses changes that COVID-19 has brought to the home inspection world, which includes things such …

Ceiling fans don't cool rooms

April 6th, 2020

23:51

Do ceiling fans actually cool down rooms? No! They only cool people. Reuben and Tessa explain how this works, while Bill grumbles about how he still …

Real estate talk with Dan Sibinski, part 2

March 30th, 2020

26:16

We have Dan on for a second podcast because there was just too much content to cover in one episode. We continue on with the discussion of pocket …

Pocket listings with Dan Sibinski

March 23rd, 2020

25:18

For this episode, we sit down with Minnesota Realtor® Dan Sibinski to talk about the ins and outs of pocket listings. Tessa also shares a frustrating personal story related to pocket listings.

Best advice ever with Neil Saltzman

March 16th, 2020

24:53

We interview Reuben's dad, Neil Saltzman, on this episode. Neil talks about doing home inspections in a suit and tie, and Reuben and Neil talk about the early history of home inspections. Reuben also shares the best …

Interview with Minneapolis TISH program supervisor Breanna Patsch

March 9th, 2020

25:45

We interview Minneapolis Truth-In-Sale of Housing  (TISH) program supervisor Breanna Patsch during this podcast. We discuss the purpose of the …

Facebook Live Q&A Session #2

March 2nd, 2020

31:45

For this episode, we answer your questions about houses and home inspections. These include the following:

  • Should home inspectors open Federal …

Old houses vs new houses, Part 2

February 23rd, 2020

25:09

For part 2, the gang starts out discussing the operation of gravity furnaces, and then discuss forced air heat vs gravity heat. They also discuss …

Old houses vs new houses, part 1

February 17th, 2020

24:13

Today the gang digs into the pros and cons of old houses vs new houses. We all know that we don't build them like we used to, but is that a bad …

Why some homes qualify for hail damage insurance restoration but others don't

February 10th, 2020

30:26

Today, we interview Charles Thayer from All Around. If you listen to the radio here in the Twin Cities, you've surely heard his company's rock-anthem slogan: "We get it done and we do it right! Chya!" Charles explains …

Don't call them smoke detectors!

February 3rd, 2020

25:48

For this episode, the gang digs into the details of smoke alarm safety, starting with a discussion between the differences between smoke alarms and smoke detectors. That turns into a discussion of exactly which smoke …

Podcast: Roof Vents with Ross Anderson, Part 2

January 27th, 2020

24:37

We complete our two-part interview with Ross Anderson, president of the Minnesota Building Performance Association. We discuss the myth that ventilation is a cure-all for roof and attic and ice dam issues, and discuss …

Air Quality with Ross Anderson, Part 1

January 20th, 2020

24:33

We interview Ross Anderson, president of the Minnesota Building Performance Association. We discuss energy score ratings for homes, managing indoor moisture levels and indoor air quality, and challenges faced by …

What should be negotiated after the home inspection?

January 13th, 2020

24:54

Bill, Tessa, and Reuben discuss negotiations after the home inspection. Some home buyers turn to the home inspector for advice on how to negotiate with sellers after the home inspection, but this is something that we …

Podcast: George's Pet Peeves

January 6th, 2020

28:08

We had our very own George Ury on the podcast a few weeks ago to discuss the new Minneapolis energy stuff, and he was such a peach that we decided to …

The most common place to find mold in homes: mold talk with Vickie Swenson, Part II

December 30th, 2019

29:15

One podcast just wasn't enough. For part II, we open the show with Reuben discussing whether or not it's possible to identify mold in attics just by …

Mold talk with Vickie Swenson

December 23rd, 2019

24:49

We sit down with Vickie Swenson of Minnesota Mold Inspection to discuss mold testing in Minnesota. We discuss Vickie's background, the lack of …

Our thoughts on the new Minneapolis Energy Disclosure program, taking effect 1/15/20

December 16th, 2019

23:50

It's official, Minneapolis is implementing a Time of Sale Energy Disclosure program, which takes effect on January 15, 2020. For today's episode, we …

When the seller attends the home inspection

December 9th, 2019

24:44

Tessa starts off the podcast by talking about a recent "memorable" home inspection. A less-than-helpful seller decided to stay home for the …

Smart Home Improvements

December 2nd, 2019

22:30

Bill, Tessa, and Reuben discuss several 'smart home' improvements they've either made or have considered making to their own houses.

Reuben also mentions how his Arlo camera caught some kids stealing his pumpkins and …

Facebook Live Q&A Session

November 25th, 2019

34:14

For this podcast episode, we did a live Q&A session through Facebook Live, while also recording the podcast. We covered a lot of listener questions and didn't have time to get through all of the questions that were …

Home Maintenance with Kura

November 18th, 2019

22:50

For this episode, we interview Daniel Felt, the owner of Kura Home Maintenance.  We talk about some of the most important home maintenance things that are neglected by homeowners and talk about some of our …

Projects we're working on

November 11th, 2019

23:12

Bill, Tessa, and Reuben discuss projects they're working on at their own houses.

Chimney and Fireplace Safety

November 4th, 2019

21:26

This episode is all about chimney inspections, chimney safety, and we discuss some of our craziest interactions with so-called chimney experts.

Roof de-icing cables with Steve Kuhl

October 28th, 2019

30:42

We have a special guest on this episode, Steve Kuhl. Steve owns a bunch of companies, but for this podcast, he's representing his heat tape company,

All about Radon

October 21st, 2019

26:07

Reuben, Tessa and Bill discuss all things radon. They cover radon conspiracy theories, health effects, test methods, mitigation systems, licensing in …

Fall maintenance for Minnesota Homeowners

October 14th, 2019

21:37

Reuben and Tessa talk about several of the required fall maintenance chores that Minnesota homeowners need to take care of. Bill laments about how …

Asbestos, Home Inspections, and Vermiculite

October 7th, 2019

24:02

Today the gang discusses asbestos. While home inspection standards of practice don't require home inspectors to report on environmental hazards such as asbestos, most home inspectors will still point this stuff out if …

Stucco Failures

September 30th, 2019

20:52

In this episode, the gang discusses stucco failure on newer Minnesota homes, as well as failures with stone veneer siding.  Related links:

Home Inspection Mistakes

September 23rd, 2019

22:29

Everyone makes mistakes. In this episode, we share some of our worst home inspection mistakes. We're also joined by Structure Tech home inspector Jim Tobias. Reuben has already blogged about several of these mistakes …

Home inspector training

September 16th, 2019

17:40

Reuben, Tessa, and Bill discuss home inspection schools, certifications, licensing, and training requirements, along with the training process at …

A home inspector's perfect house

September 9th, 2019

22:05

Reuben, Tessa, and Bill discuss what would make for a perfect house. They talk about roof lines, water management, siding, basements, heating, and …

Ice dams: how a professional fixes them the right way

September 2nd, 2019

20:16

Reuben, Tessa, and Bill discuss repair methods for ice dams. Before starting with Structure Tech, Tessa used to spec out insulation and air sealing …

Problems with Story-and-a-Half Houses

August 26th, 2019

20:59

Reuben and Tessa gang up on Bill, complaining about the shortcomings of story-and-a-half houses. The discussion is focused on insulation, …

Sewers and floor drains

August 19th, 2019

16:54

 Sewers and floor drains: In Episode 3 of our podcast, Reuben, Tessa, and Bill discuss all things related to wastewater leaving houses. They discuss …

Basement Water

August 12th, 2019

17:01

 In Episode 2 of our podcast, Reuben, Tessa, and Bill discuss ways of keeping water out of basements. It all starts with exterior water management; roof lines, gutters, downspouts, downspout extensions, and drainage and …

Pilot Episode: Home Inspection Easter Eggs

August 2nd, 2019

22:23

This is our very first podcast episode, hosted by Reuben Saltzman, Tessa Murry, and Bill Oelrich. The focus of this podcast is crazy stuff that we've found inspecting, and finds that we're especially proud of.

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