Walking a wet asphalt shingle roof isn’t any more dangerous than walking a dry roof, provided

Walking a wet asphalt shingle roof isn’t any more dangerous than walking a dry roof, provided it’s clean. Yep, you read that right. I said it. Of course, there’s a bit of risk involved with walking any roof, but the added risk caused by walking a wet asphalt shingle roof is way overblown. I’ve been walking these roofs wet or dry for as long as I’ve been doing home inspections, and I’ve never found wet asphalt shingle roofs to be any less safe than a dry roof. Again, I’m talking about clean roofs. All bets are off when the roof is dirty. If the roof is covered with things like moss, algae, leaves, or pine needles, it’s definitely less safe to walk when dry, but especially when wet. To demonstrate this, I did some testing with wet and dry shingles. I took a new 3-tab asphalt shingle and tested the gription (not a real word) of several different shoes on both a wet surface and a dry surface. I used a digital crane scale to pull on the shoes with 40 pounds of weight applied downward. I wanted to use more weight, but it was too tough for me to gently pull on the scale with more weight applied. I tested several different shoes; Cougar Pa...

10 most expensive Twin Cities homes for sale right now

The $12 million view from inside 2825 Little Orchard Way. Notice how it’s nicer than the views inside our homes. Coldwell Banker Burnet Look, your house is nice. You’ve got that killer clawfoot tub, those show-stopping asphalt shingles, and let’s not forget about your Nest thermostat — that puppy learns temperature patterns!  But if we’re being honest, you could stand to upgrade. What’s that? You agree? OK, cool. In that case, treat yourself to one — just one — of the 10 most expensive homes currently for sale in the Twin Cities. You deserve it, as far as we know!  Specs: Built in 2003; 4 bedrooms; 5 full bathrooms, 4 partial bathrooms; 16,228 sq. ft.; 4-car garage  Coolest features: The expansive bar/rec area says, “I may be a 1-percenter, but I’ll still rack up some billiard balls, baby!” Also: “Hidden doors”?! The CP Take: If you’re looking for a super-sized craftsman home that’s only 13 minutes from the heart of downtown — and really, who isn’t? — look no further.  Specs: Built in 1998; 5 bedrooms; 2 full bathrooms, 7 partial bathrooms; 12,674 sq. ft.; 6-car garage Co...

“I never dreamed we’d own a home in the Bahamas—I still have to pinch myself,” says

“I never dreamed we’d own a home in the Bahamas—I still have to pinch myself,” says Chassity Evans, an Indiana-born, flash-a-grin-over-the-shoulder kind of gal (think a 21st-century Mary Tyler Moore, but blonde and with better shoes). She’s the mind behind popular lifestyle and design blog Look Linger Love, and this rosy nonchalance is what makes her so magnetic. It’s part of the reason, anyway: The other half is that she knows how to spot a gem. But her discovery on Harbour Island was different than the sartorial selections she delivers daily. In the first place, the mid-1800s limestone-block home wasn’t on anyone’s “New and Now” list when she found it three years ago. The original 1,500-square-foot island Loyalist cottage hadn’t been renovated since sometime in the 1970s. But more importantly, her connection to it was more visceral than visual. Chassity and her husband, Josh, had been vacationing in the Bahamas for a couple of years and were smitten with Harbour Island’s pink-sand beaches and Dunmore Town’s quaint, historic vibe. “It reminded me of Charleston, where we live,” she says. They beg...