September 20, 2020
A Decade Of Solar

Hi, I'm Steven Hong, and I'm here today to talk about our... Solar System. We have 11 panels up on the roof there, and that was installed in 2010. Those panels are 210 watt panels, each with their own 190 watt microinverter. That system is a 2.5kw system, and yes, i know, i hear you, […]

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May 27, 2020
Flir One Pro issues

The Flir One Pro is a small, compact USB thermal imaging camera that I use to help spot insulation problems in houses, as well as leakage around doors, and potential moisture issues as well. As you can see in this photo, there is a problem with this ceiling. It looks like it is missing insulation […]

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April 15, 2020
Video Streaming Options for Churches

I have been streaming church services for about a year and a half now, but have background in church media, as well as video production (long time ago). I've been getting questions about what we are doing for streaming in the world of COVID-19, so here's a post to explain different options. Our setup will […]

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April 9, 2019
Common Inspection Issues

After going on hundreds of inspections, there are things that come up time and time again. There are tons of little things, along with larger items. But as I've mentioned elsewhere on this site, an inspection is to make sure that what you are paying for a home is in balance with what you are […]

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October 31, 2018
The "S" Word

IT'S HAPPENING! The "S" word is in the forecast for next week! That means it's time to get some "S" done to prepare! Here are a few things that it would behoove us to do before it flies. Start the snow blower and make sure there are no issues with it. Get the shovels ready. […]

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August 14, 2018
When The Sh*t Hits The Fan (i.e.Why Does My Home Smell Like Sewer Gas???)

Have you ever walked into your home to be hit in the face with an awful smell? At first you may think. "Wow, someone could have opened a window in the bathroom!", but you soon notice that the smell is everywhere you go? I hope your answer is no. I'm having this experience currently. After […]

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July 31, 2018
Ways To Save For A Downpayment

It's an often heard concern from first time buyers: "We don't have enough money for a down payment!" While there are down payment assistance programs available, saving money is not as hard as we think it is. Often, there are dollars that we are already spending on something else and all that is needed is […]

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June 20, 2018
A Home To Fall In Love With: Home Staging for Living

It has been proven over and over that having your home staged when selling it helps it sell faster and for more money. But we can use home staging even if we aren't moving! Afterall, don't we find it painful to get our homes in tip-top shape for someone else? Whether selling or staying, hiring […]

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June 12, 2018
Get Inspired! Easy ways to enjoy glorious MN weather

  It's here, ya'll! It's happening right now- the gloriously warm days of MN.  We cannot let them pass without enjoying the heck out of them, for road construction season will end soon and winter will be upon us again! It's only 196 days till Christmas, you know! In case you need a little inspiration […]

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June 5, 2018
3 Easy Ways To Get Rid Of Ants Naturally!

  This spring brought out the ants out in spades at my house! Have you noticed them in yours? We had- before taking care of them- the big black ants as well as the smaller sugar ants. Because we also have a dog and kids, we don't love using Terro or other typical poisons. Instead, […]

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May 31, 2017
Birchwood Cafe

Birchwood Cafe is found at 3311 25th Street in Minneapolis, in the Seward neighborhood. There is plenty of free parking along 25th Street and neighboring blocks. It's also close to the Mississippi, so if you are out for a walk, run or bike, come land at Birchwood! It's open seven days a week. Birchwood Cafe […]

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May 1, 2017
A Word (or few) on Safe Skin Care

While we are here together talking about safe products, I'd be remiss if I didn't make a quick plea to consider, if you haven't already, the products we use on our bodies. My intention is not to be on a soap box. But it is a true story that our largest organ is our skin, […]

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