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Are Anti Tip Devices Really Required for Free Standing  Ranges and Ovens

Yes. It is a code requirement by reference. The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and Underwriters Laboratories (UL) established standards in 1991 that require all free standing and slide in type ranges manufactured thereafter to meet specific stability and anti-tip requirements. Most manufacturer's achieve this by including an anti-tip bracket to be used at the time of installation.

Manufacturer's installation standards require that these anti-tip safety devices be properly installed as part of the range installation. The manufactuer's installation instructions become important to the code question as you will see in the references below.

The Internation Residential Code includes several applicable references (emphasis added):

The exception to RI02.4 Referenced Codes and Standards - "Where enforcement of a code provision would violate the conditions of the listing of the equipment or appliance, the conditions of the listing and manufacturer's instructions shall apply." The IRC defers to the manufacturer's installation standards for listed appliances
M1901.2 Cooking appliances. Household cooking appliances shall be listed and labeled and shall be installed in accordance with the manufacturer's installation instructions. The installation shall not interfere with combustion airor access for operation and servicing.
G2447.1 (623.1) Cooking appliances. Cooking appliances that are designed for permanent installation, including ranges, ovens, stoves, broilers, grills, fryers, griddles, hot plates and barbecues, shall be tested in accordance with ANSI Z21.1 or ANSI Z21.58 and shall be installed in accordance with the manufacturer's installation instructions.

Carbon Monoxide Device

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CO alarms should be installed such that you get 75 decibels at the pillow in every sleeping area according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) standard 720, which is the installation standard for CO alarms.  This is true in every state.  It means one in every bedroom and sleeping area as well as one on every floor including the basement.  The manufacturer’s installation instruction should also be followed as some alarms cannot be used on the ceiling.  Consult their owner’s manual on the website before you buy.

Weeds and your pets

As the days become warmer and the sun spends more time in the sky, everything starts growing, including the weeds.  Products like "Round UP" are very good for removing those same weeds.  The problem at times is the reaction caused if you have pets.   A lot  of pets are very sensitive to weed killers.  A simple way is to create your own weed killer that is pet friendly.    One quart white vinegar and one teaspoon dish washing soap and shake well.  The dish washing soap keeps the vinegar on the plant and the vinegar sucks the moisture out of the plant.   Give it a try.  Your pets will approve.  ("home inspections") in Gilroy, Charles Allen Inspections "home inspections"

It will be spring before we know it.  My roses are already starting to bloom.  Plant life will once again start growing rapidly.   I'm looking forward to it.  It is so nice. 

When this happens there is one thing you should be aware of, and that is you house needs to breathe too..try to keep an air space between your exterior walls and your plants and bushes. 

All kinds of damage can be done by having vegetation right up against, or growing attached to your walls.