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GENERAL


Blueprint for Safety – Info on how to make homes more disaster-resistant

This Old House – This Old House

Consumer Reports – Consumer Reports Site

How Stuff Works – How Stuff Works, tons of great info

Home Risk / Seismic Evaluation – Assess your homes seismic risk for Free

Product Recalls – Provides up-to-date consumer home safety information

National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) – The National Flood Insurance Program

State Home Inspector Regulatory Legislation – ASHI provided State Inspector Regulations

US Consumer Product Safety Commission – CPSC – Consumer Product Safety Commission

US Consumer Product Safety Commission – CSPC – Consumer Product Database

 

APPLIANCES


Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers – Association of Home Appliance Manufactures

 

ATTIC


Vermiculite Insulation – EPA Q & A on Vermiculite Insulation

 

BUILDING CODES


International Code Council – ICC – Information on Buillding and local codes

All NFPA Codes and Standards – National Fire Protection Council

Electric Code Information and Forum – National Electric Code Internet Connection

U.S. Energy Codes – U.S. Department of Energy’s Building Energy Codes Program

 

CHIMNEYS


Chimney Safety Institute of America – Great resource for Chimney facts and more

Wiki Chimney Article – Wikipedia Article on Chimneys

 

CONCRETE


American Concrete Institute – American Concrete Institute Concrete Resources

Wiki Concrete Article – Wikipedia Concrete Article

 

ELECTRICAL


Aluminum Wiring – CPSC – CPSC Safety Recommendations For Aluminum Wiring In Homes

Arc-Fault Protection – CPSC – Arc Fault Circuit Interrupter (AFCI) PDF Fact Sheet

How does a GFCI Outlet Work – How GFCI Outlets Work

How Circuit Breakers Work – How Circuit Breakers Work

Federal Pacific Components – Code Check – Building, Plumbing, Mechanical and Electrical Codes

Is My Electric Panel Safe – Is My Electric Panel Safe

InspectAPedia – Aluminum Wiring Info

eLocalElectricians – Aluminum Wiring Info from an expert source

 

EXTERIOR


Painting – Sherwin-Williams – Sherwin-Williams Site – Great info on Painting for Homeowners and Professionals

Decks – Deck Magazine – Deck Builder On-Line – source of information for building decks, docks, and the railing industry

 

FIRE SAFETY


Fire Science – Fire Science Education, Degrees & Career Information

Fire Safety – Information and Resources for the Elimination of Fire Deaths

Wildfire Safety – Resources for Reducing the Risk of Wildland Fires

U.S. Fire Administration – US Fire Adminstration FEMA Agency – Resources for Firefighters and Citizens

National Fire Protection Assn (NFPA) – Resource for Fire, Electrical and Building Safety

 

GARAGE DOORS


DASMA – Door and Accesss Systems Manufacturers Association Safety and Maintenance Tips

 

HEATING AND COOLING


ASHRAE – American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers

HVAC Talk – HVAC-Talk: Heating, Air & Refrigeration Discussion – Forum

HVAC Venting – HVAC webconnection.com

Heat Exchanger Experts – Heat Exchanger Experts

Air Conditioning Contractors of America – Industry Association with Info, Tips, Technical and Education

Plumbing Heating & Cooling Contractors Assn – Plumbing, Heating, Cooling Contractors Association

How Does a Heat Pump Work – How does a Heat Pump Work?

DOE Info on Heat Pumps – US Department of Energy Consumers Guide to Heat Pump Systems

Flexible Ductwork – Air Diffusion Council – North America’s Leading Manufacturers of Flexible Air Ducts and Air Connectors

Easy Heat Inc. – Radiant Heating – Electrical Solutions To Cold Weather Problems

 

INTERIOR CONCERNS


National Kitchen and Bath Association – Consumer and Contractor Information on Kitchens and Bathrooms

American Lighting Association – Lighting and Ceiling Fan Manufacturers, Showrooms, and Pro Residential Lighting Designers

American Indoor Air Quality Council – Information on Indoor Air Quality and Certification

 

LEAD POISONING


NSC – Lead Poisoning Information – National Safety Council Fact Sheet (PDF) on Lead Poisoning

 

LOG HOMES


Log Home Info – Log Homes Links to detailed Log Home Information

 

MANUFACTURED HOMES


Manufactured Housing Institute – Consumer and Developer Resources and Links

Manufactured Housing Global Network – How To Buy a Manufactured Home

 

MOLD


EPA Mold Guide – A Brief Guide to Mold, Moisture, in Your Home (PDF)

National Association of Home Builders Mold Tips – Household Mold Resource Center

National Center for Environmental Health – CDC Mold Resources and Infomation

 

PLUMBING


A-Ball.com – Excellent Plumping Supply Resource

The Plumber.com – The Plumbing Site for Plumbers and DIYS’rs

Polyethylene Pipe – The Polybutylene Pipe Settlement Fund

LOVE Plumbing – Expert Advice on Plumbing and Remodeling Projects

 

REMODELING


National Association of the Remodeling Industry – Fantastic Resource for any Remodeling Project

 

ROOFING


Asphalt Roofing Manufacturers Association – Information Resource Related to Asphalt Roofing

Metal Roofing Alliance – Provides a Wealth of Information to Assist in Making Educated Roofing Decisions

National Roofing Contractors Association – Information, Education, Technology and Advocacy on the Roofing Industry

American Cemwood Cement/Wood Fiber Shakes Lawsuit – Provides Information Regarding Class-Action Settlement

Masonite Claims – Masonite® Siding Class Action Settlements

RoofHelp.com – Library, Glossary, Hints & Tips and More

 

SEPTIC SYSTEMS


How Septic and Sewer Systems Work – Sewer Systems by How Stuff Works

 

SIDING


Brick Industry Association – The Starting Point for all things Brick

ABITIBI Lawsuits – Hardwood Siding Class Action Lawsuit Recovery

Weyerhouser Hardboard Siding Lawsuits – Weyerhaeuser Hardboard Siding Class Action Lawsuit Recovery 

Vinyl Siding Institute – Vynyl Siding Institute Resource and More

Vinyl Siding Installation Manual – Vinyl Siding Installation Manual

 

SYNTHETIC STUCCO (EIFS)


EIFS Stucco: About Home

Exterior Design Institute

EIFS Industry Members Association (EIMA)

Masonry Stone Veneer Information

Stucco Woes – The Perfect Storm

 

TERMITES & WOOD DESTROYING ORGANISMS


National Pest Management Association (NPMA)

Orkin Termite Identification Guide

Boric Acid Based Termidicides

Iowa State Entomology – ISU Entomology Dept. Resources.

Controlling Termites & Carpenter Ants – UMass

 

WATER HEATERS


General Information and Troubleshooting

Temperature and Pressure Relief Valves

Thermal Expansion Devices

 

WINDOWS


American Architectural Manufacturers Assn (AAMA)

National Fenestration Rating Council

The Glass Guru

 

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