TOM: Coast to coast and floorboards to shingles, this is The Money Pit Home Improvement Show. I’m Tom Kraeutler.
LESLIE: And I’m Leslie Segrete.
TOM: And we’re here enabling you to with your dwelling improvement projects, which nowadays means you’re undertaking some springtime assignments to determine your residence most attractive, easier to live in, better organized, supplementing value. Hey, whatever is on your to-do schedule, switch it on over to ours by opening us a bellow, right now, and let’s talk about that project. The list is 1-888-MONEY-PIT, 888 -6 66 -3 974.
Now, we adore this time of year because there’s so countless amusing projects designed to you can take on both within and outside your home. But sometimes, a project shapes even when you don’t expect it, like when you get a very bad springtime rain and it slings bullets around your home. That can do some pretty serious damage. We’re going to have some DIY inspection tips-off that can help you place those very small reparations before they grow into big, leaky, tangled problems.
LESLIE: And laying a stepping-stone road is an easy weekend do-it-yourself project that adds to your outdoor living. And it can save your grass from a ton of foot transaction. We’re going to talk you through that project, in only a bit.
TOM: And likewise ahead, we’re going to highlight some of our favorite, Earth-friendly home improvement ideas this hour enabling you to save energy, water and money.
LESLIE: But first, we want to know what you are working on this spring weekend. What do you want to know? What can we cure with? Are you designing something? Are you decorating something? Are you thinking about a big outdoor makeover? I’m thinking about taking down a big pine tree. Wondering how much that’s going to cost. Well, we can help you with whatever it is you are working on.
TOM: Generate us a call right now. The number is 1-888-MONEY-PIT, 888 -6 66 -3 974.
Let’s get to those projects. Leslie, who’s first?
LESLIE: Brenda in Kansas, you’ve went The Money Pit. What’s going on at your residence?
BRENDA: Hi. So far, it’s going to fall in.
LESLIE: Oh , no. What’s happening?
BRENDA: Well, we have a- the members of this house was building in about 1908. And the basement walls were poured specific and they’re starting to crumble. I symbolize vastly, like 2 to 4 inches in some spots.
The problem is we can’t lift the house because it’s made of Haydite obstructs "thats been"- with decorative front on them. So, the whole thing’s obstruction and we can’t- it’s time route too heavy to promote. So, I’m trying to figure out how to repair the walls or replace them or contribute structural something to them. I don’t know.
TOM: OK. So "thats just not" something that you are able to figure out. You do not have the experience , nor do 90 percentage of the contractor that you call to ask those questions. If you’ve went walls that are in that bad a appearance, you need to go to a structural designer. That is certainly critical, for a bunch of reasons.
First of all, a structural operator is going to know exactly what kind of repair to prescribe and in his or her report will detail, with words and pumps, what that repair has to look like. Once you get that statement, then you can talk to contractors who will execute that design. But more importantly, when you’re dealing with a major structural edition like this, you likewise involve the structural engineer to come back after the repair is done and say, “Yes, it was done correctly and there’s no further cause for concern.” Because at some detail, you’re going to want to sell this parliament and that engineering report and regular inspections that follow are going to be sort of a pedigree that’s going to stay with the house.
So, I’ve accompanied these mends done gravely more than they’ve been done well and it’s usually because we are try to skip that step. It’s really important you have a scheme professional when you have walls that are slumping a marry inches, looks just like you describe it, because it’s beyond the remit of what any contractor should be trusted to design themselves.
BRENDA: OK. Well, that determines me feel better. Because one person said, well, they would come in and spray concrete on but they would need to drill through to settle some approvals. And I’m like ...
TOM: Yeah. No, your antennas should go up with that various kinds of advice.
TOM: Because a person hasn’t even experienced your house yet so, you know ...
BRENDA: No. Right.
TOM: So, yeah, "youre going to" get a layout professional. Get these- don’t make these contractors in the door, because they’ll try to take advantage of you and prescribe all sorts of crazy ideas.
TOM: And they just don’t have the training to do that, OK?
BRENDA: Alright. Well, thank you very much so much better. I actually appreciate it.
TOM: You’re welcome. Good fluke with that project. Thanks, again, for calling us at 888 -MONEY-PIT.
LESLIE: Van in Georgia, you’ve get The Money Pit. What is impossible to do for you today?
VAN: I want to tell you I love you all’s establish but we were thinking about changing ...
TOM: Well, thank you.
VAN: Yeah , no problem. But we are only bought this house in October and my spouse said, “Saw where you could change the colour of vinyl siding.” So I looked at a few things. There’s not really a whole lot on the internet that tells about it and there’s not a whole lot of products to choose from. So I was just demanding you all’s suggestion. Would you do it? If you would, what would you use and all that stuff?
TOM: Why do you detest the vinyl-siding emblazon freedom now? Is it faded or you just want to change it up?
VAN: Yeah, it doesn’t bother me, the colouring, but my partner time am willing to, I approximate- like coating the walls, she wants to dye the vinyl siding.
TOM: OK. I don’t believing that ...
LESLIE: Condemn it on your partner. I get it. It’s fine.
TOM: Yeah, yeah. Well, I don’t think that’s a good fairly conclude. Here’s why because- but depicting vinyl siding, while it’s possible, you’re basically opening yourself up to - you know what comes after paint, right? Repaint. You’re opening yourself up to that.
There are coats that are designed for vinyl. And if you work with a major manufacturer, like Sherwin-Williams, you’ll have options in pigments and such. But it’s just not going to last-place as long as vinyl because, let’s face it, vinyl is color all the path through. If you keep a seam on top of that, at some object it’s going to start to rind and it’s going to look nasty. And you’re going to have to get it on again and again.
If she doesn’t really like that vinyl, I would tell you to - why not be altered the colour of screens or trim and kind of creation around it? It’s kind of like when you get mortal that’s got a really old lavatory with 1970 s colors but it’s a beautifully done solid-tile responsibility but you can’t maybe get done today. Sometimes we say, “Well, live with the ugly, yellowed tile but change all else around it.” And sometimes that’s enough.
So I would tell you to change the shades of the shutter or the trim to start the accent truly pop. Maybe thinking about replacing your opening. A brand-new front door can start spectacular the progress of the perceived value of your dwelling. It appears so much better cool from wall street. But I would not paint vinyl backing unless there was a really good reason. And just changing the shade, to me, is not strong enough.
VAN: Yeah. Well, I’m glad to hear that, because I don’t genuinely want to do it.
TOM: Well, we can be the bad chap. We’ll make that hit for you. But there’s a good reason for it, because I exactly don’t want you to open up a whole series of having to repaint this as times go by every 5 to seven years. Vinyl expands like crazy and I time- coming that make-up to stand up to that? It’s a real challenge.
VAN: Yeah, that’s what I pondered, very, was 5 to 15 years was all they would guarantee on the colour or the stain.
TOM: I would think closer to five. I would be very surprised if you got more than five or six or seven years out of it.
VAN: Hey, I appreciate it.
TOM: You’re welcome. Well, good luck with your wife and talking her out of that project. But maybe she’ll find that if you do change up the colours of the adornment and the shutters that it’ll reach the impact that she craves, OK?
VAN: Mm-hmm. OK. Cool. Thanks.
TOM: You’re welcome.
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TOM: And merely onward, with all the beautiful signeds of outpouring, another one are all of those spring squalls which could send a chapter or some other projectile operating through the glass windows in your room. We’re going to have some easy window-repair gratuities to help you get that secure done right, after this.
Making good dwellings better, welcome back to The Money Pit Home Improvement Show. I’m Tom Kraeutler.
LESLIE: And I’m Leslie Segrete.
TOM: We’d love to hear what you’re working on around your coin excavation. The count is 1-888-MONEY-PIT. Grant us a call right now. We’re here to help you with your residence improvement, your home decor, your residence remodel assignments presented by HomeAdvisor, where you can find top-rated home assistance pros and work appointments online, all for free.
LESLIE: Barbara from Rhode Island is on the line.
Barbara, you’ve got some funny interferences going on with the bathroom. What’s going on?
BARBARA: I have a half-bathroom in my upstairs. It consists of the lavatory and a small sink. And for the last few months, where reference is evened the toilet it- we get a bubble bang. And it will even but it doesn’t take the paper with it. We looked in the cistern and it would be appropriate up to the level of the sea. The chain is right where the fluttering opens up and then it will close and it will fill. So, it’s kind of like we were supposed to flush it twice in order to actually get the paper to go down.
TOM: So the fact that you get this sound to me sounds like the venting is hampered. That’s where the breeze gets back into the system. There’s a vertical tube that starts from the back of the plumbing connection, up through the roof. And when it’s starve for aura, you get that type of a gulp that happens. So it could be that there’s a partial obstruction somewhere in that drain line itself.
Have you tried to clear that toilet to make sure that nothing was in there?
BARBARA: Yes. My spouse did take a plunger and he exercises it. And it didn’t seem to help.
TOM: Barbara, it’s good that he tried the piston but that may not actually work if it’s hampered. It can happen- it can work if it’s sort of a greater mass. But if it’s something that got in there, like something that was dropped in the toilet or something that’s made its highway in there from another exhaustion, what you might want to do is try using something called a “toilet auger.”
A toilet auger is kind of a like a 2-foot-long toilet snake. And what it does is it actually goes into that catch part of the toilet, which is usually where most of the obstructions are. And it’s a extremely inexpensive implement. And you are able buy one at a residence midst, I’m sure, for probably $10 or $20. And if you use the lavatory auger, you’re clearly running to clean out that entire container and the net that’s attached to it. Because the trap is only that: it’s a narrow-minded parcel where the waste has to flow up and over in order to drain out. And if you get waste that builds up there, then that’s not going to happen.
BARBARA: OK. Alright. So, we’ll try that. And if that doesn’t succeed, you mentioned about the hose coming out the roof?
TOM: Yeah, the volcano. If that doesn’t use, I would contact- I would reach out to a plumber at that point or a drain-cleaning service, because you’ve basically done as much as you perhaps can do.
BARBARA: OK. Well, thank you very much so much. Hopefully, the auger will solve the problem.
TOM: Alright. Good prosperity with that project. Thanks so much for calling us at 888 -MONEY-PIT.
LESLIE: Well, it’s the spring-storm season and which are in a position to necessitate a lot of things have the potential of flying through your space: maybe some branches, maybe a large part of a tree, maybe another part of a house. But it could be anything, based on these squall seasons. And hopefully, we’re not going to get such a bad one this year but "youve never" know.
Now, if you’ve lost a space due to a hurricane or maybe some kids in the neighborhood ought to have playing ball, it’s actually important to know how to clean up that mess safely, because it could be a lot of ruined glass and that could cause some hurts. And then we’re going to see share some options for going these cracked spaces fixed.
Now, first of all, don’t try to knock cold any of that remaining glass that’s left in the frame. You want to use safe mitts and then remove the tightened pieces and the fallen patches of glass. Now, to clean up small-scale specks of glass, you should try to use a lot of densities of newspaper towels. And then you’re going to throw them away but you want to dampen that paper towel and sort of pat down that really fine, shattered glass. Don’t scratch. Just be so careful with your hands. That’s why those safety gloves are really important. And that sodden newspaper towel- that thickness of them- will help you pick up all those minuscule cases of glass.
And if you use anything like a cloth towel or a rinse or a wash, don’t use those again for anything else. Because those minuscule, little articles of glass- those little corpuscles- can stay in there forever. And you can get hurt, you can get shattering a surface area. Merely be smart about it, because this glass actually wanders far and it can linger.
TOM: Yeah, that’s a really good point.
Now, when it is necessary to supplanting the broken glass, it actually depends on the type of opening. If it happens to be an age-old, single-pane window, those are pretty easy and that kind of glass permutation can be a do-it-yourself job. But today, it’s much more likely that the window is going to be made with insulated glass, which is multi-panes- two or three panes- and it’s also been vacuum-sealed and filled with insulating gas, as well. Argon is often slipped between the panes because it’s an insulator.
Now, for those working openings, while it’s possible to have a substitution window performed, it’s generally least expensive to exactly degree another sash from vehicle manufacturers. And the waistband is the window with the immediate formulate around it. Because that’s just going to be more cost-effective and easier and you know it’s going to fit suitably every single time.
LESLIE: Joanne in Illinois is on the line with The Money Pit and has a question about a skylight. What’s going on? You’ve got some leaking happening?
JOANNE: Well, yes. I would say about a month-and-a-half ago, I had a leak in the skylight. It’s an older skylight, fairly large. It’s approximately 3 paws by 21/2. And my neighbor got to get the roof and he said, “Oh, we located the place. It was a little break in the seal.” And he requested me for some alcohol. He cleansed it up and he must have situated some sort of a caulk or something. And it doesn’t leak anymore.
JOANNE: But it’s old-time and I don’t know what to do, whether- because we have jolly stern winters.
JOANNE: Is there a spraying or something I could introduce over the seal? I think it’s too old to get another seal to fit that.
TOM: So, this is kind of how skylights will wear. You know, seem, they’re exactly a- they’re a opening, just like the windows that you move up and down the sides of your house, except this one happens to cover the roof. And it’s often stationary, unless it’s operable. And with all that revelation to UV radiation over its first year and all that wear and tear from the weather, they’re going to break down. What he did was the right thing to do. And if he exploited a good-quality- like a silicone-seal- product, it can give you many years of performance.
If it objective up being a problem on an ongoing basis, I would just tell you to supplant the skylight, since they are do have a life expectancy. And the other good thing about supplanting those age-old skylights is the newer ones are much more energy-efficient, so they don’t let in as much heat in the summer. And which are in a position to make it much more pleasant for you.
JOANNE: I don’t truly have anybody that would situated it in that I know of.
TOM: Well, you’d have to hire a pro to do that and there’s plenty of companionships out there that do that sort of work.
JOANNE: OK. Is there any kind of a type of skylight that’s better than the other?
TOM: Yeah. Yes. I would look at the skylights by Andersen. And the above reasons I say that is because- either Andersen or VELUX- V-E-L-U-X. I’m actually not sure if Andersen is still clearing them- they were able have stopped- but I know VELUX is. And the reason I like those, both of those skylights have an integral blink motif where mostly the box comes organized on top of the roof, then the blinking get wound in between the shingles. And then there’s a counterflashing article that seals it from the top down. So the way it’s designed, you’re not going to be affected by swelling and reduction over the years. It basically- that twinkling organisation, that seal structure, kind of move with the roof as it moves.
JOANNE: Uh-huh. Do you have any doctrine what premiums they are- they might be?
TOM: Yeah. I symbolize the skylight itself is probably going to be a few hundred to a thousand. Plus, it depends on how complicated the station is.
TOM: If you’re fortuitou sufficient to get one that’s pretty close in size- and a great deal of time, you can find them; they’re highly similar. Then, to me, there’s not so much work to do to the ignite gibe, which is that one of the purposes of the ceiling from the flat ceiling in your apartment, up to where the skylight is. If it’s significantly different, then you’ve got some carpentry work on top of that.
JOANNE: You consider maybe I don’t have too many years left in this light- in this skylight?
TOM: No. I see as long as it doesn’t hole. The fact that it spilt once doesn’t want it’s going to be an ongoing difficulty. You know that it happened. I would just keep an eye on it. And if everything else is good with it, merely live with it.
LESLIE: Robert in Texas is on the line with The Money Pit. What’s going on at your live?
ROBERT: I’ve got a faucet- a wall faucet- that I replaced. It’s brand-new. And every time I turn the hot water heater- or hot water on, it sounds like a trumpet’s leading off.
TOM: Oh, boy. OK.
LESLIE: It’s musical.
TOM: Yeah. It is just like there might be a problem with that faucet. There’s a washer inside of it that sometimes where reference is expands like that because of the hot water, it starts to sort of bitch. And I might try this to start with: I might make the aerator off the tip-off of the faucet and recognize if it repeats itself.
TOM: And if that- if it was better is happening in that, then I would swap out that faucet.
TOM: Because I don’t think there’s anything that’s going to harm you from exercising it. It’s just going to annoy the heck out of you. But I would do the easy thing first, which would be to remove the aerator, just to make sure it’s not an blockage there. Because sometimes you get debris in the line that will obstruction that.
TOM: Even though it’s liquid, you think that it’d be debris-free but I’ve got to tell you, having pulled a lot of those off over the years, you’ll learn a lot of grease and gumption and sometimes insignificant sections of metal in it. So try that first. And if that doesn’t piece, then I think it’s the faucet issue.
ROBERT: OK. Like I said, I simply- brand new. But I guess that doesn’t matter, huh?
TOM: Yeah. Well, at the least if it’s brand new, you take it back and supersede it or get another one. Get a different brand.
ROBERT: Yeah. OK. Well, I’ll grant that a shot and see if it use then.
LESLIE: Alright. Thanks so much better for calling The Money Pit.
Just onward, laying a stepping-stone road is an easy weekend do-it-yourself project that’s going to add to your outdoor living. And it’s likewise going to save your grass from one tonne of foot traffic. We’re running to march you through that project when The Money Pit continues.
TOM: Welcome back to The Money Pit Home Improvement Show. I’m Tom Kraeutler.
LESLIE: And I’m Leslie Segrete.
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TOM: We’re standing by to help you with your next spring residence increase campaign at 1-888-MONEY-PIT.
LESLIE: Now we’ve went Roland in North Carolina on the line who are required some aid removing some mildew. What can we do for you today?
ROLAND: I have some uncovered I-beams in my basement that support a poured-floor garage above. And during creation, apparently they suffer some rot. And they’re 20 hoofs long, 12 inches high-pitched, so I’ve get about 400 square hoofs, if you will, of rusted sword. And I’m looking to decorate them or finish them off a little bit.
And I was looking at the Rust-Oleum concoctions and figuring I would go through 15 or 20 cans only to cover that quantity of opening. So I was wondering if you guys had a better idea and how much prep I should do. Should I merely- they haven’t rusted since the house has been finished but it does have a coating of rusty on there. Is there a better course? And how should I be concerned about prepping them before coating?
TOM: Well, a light-colored sanding would be important to remove any of that loose rust- that loose surface rust-brown. And it’s not penetrating; it’s simply on the surface.
ROLAND: That’s right.
TOM: And then utilizing a Rust-Oleum primer "wouldve been" the next step. Not the surface depict but the primer. Now, instead of using individual spray cans, why don’t you buy the gallons of Rust-Oleum and lease a sprayer if you have to- a cover sprayer from a rental ground? It would make it super easy.
ROLAND: Right. That’s the best lane to run?
LESLIE: Yeah. Plus, you’re inside. And utilizing a can of spraying paint is not going to fix you feel very well and it’s certainly going to see make the house stink up a squall. While certainly easy for application, it’s not really the most wonderful coming for the purposes of an interior programme. If you’re applying regular paint through a sprayer- as long as you protect everything and cover up your ceiling from overspray and the flooring, et cetera - you’re going to be in immense shape.
TOM: What I like to do is to try to depressurize a office when I’m spraying in it. So how would you do that? Particularly simply. You’d open up a window, stick a window fan in it, make sure it points out and then open up another window or opening on the other side of the area and get some cross-ventilation. This practice, you’re always moving the air outside the house, replacing it with fresh air.
ROLAND: Voices good. Is there any concern with the rust coming back through?
TOM: Not if you prime it. If you don’t prime it, it can definitely come right through. But if you prime it, especially with a rust-inhibiting primer like Rust-Oleum, it’s going to see kind of lock that in place. And as long as you don’t have any kind of serious leakage or something like that, I don’t expect it to come back through.
ROLAND: Super. Thanks so much.
TOM: You’re very welcome. Thanks so much better for calling us at 888 -MONEY-PIT.
LESLIE: Well, if you flip through any lawn or garden magazine, you’re sure to come across landscapes that include arbors and pergolas. These wooden garden organizes are so beautiful and well within most DIYers’ reach.
TOM: That’s right. And now with tips-off for constructing both, we welcome This Old House general contractor Tom Silva.
TOM SILVA: Nice to be here, guys.
TOM: Now, this is a project that I study a lot of kinfolks are very interested in because outdoor living is so important today. We want to get outside and truly experience that seat, kind of receiving treatment like an extension of our own front room or kitchens or the places that draw us cozy. These are the different types of additions that can do that. Let’s start by talking about what the divergence is between an arbor and a pergola. So what’s an arbor?
TOM SILVA: Well, think of an arbor as almost like an accent slouse that comes you into the front entryway of your residence or maybe into a plot. It’s like a doorway to the outside of your garden, to walk through this small entryway.
TOM: So it’s exactly a neat, architectural piece that kind of helps to establish the space.
TOM SILVA: Right.
TOM: So what’s a pergola?
TOM SILVA: A pergola is like a free-standing organization, usually with four legs, maybe six legs, depending on your blueprint. And it’s a locate that you can sit under and entertain.
TOM: Now, does it have a permanent ceiling?
TOM SILVA: It doesn’t have a permanent roof. Lots of periods, "youve had" the seeds that will grow up over the roof or the ceiling of it. It’s because the roof designing, in lots of cases, are airstrips of timber or lattice and that allows the embeds to grow on it.
TOM: Now, because it’s a fairly large organize, it’s moving to have some value to it, some heft to it. Does it have to be properly assured to the ground, just like you would any deck, for example?
TOM SILVA: Well, it has to be secured to the ground properly, so you’re possibly going to have to go into the ground, at the least to your frost direction, because you don’t want it to come up and down. But I suspect the biggest thing you want to think about with a pergola is whether or not you need a build permit to build it. Because you don’t want to have that thing constructed and then find out that you’re too close to the plenty front or you had to go down a certain depth for your footings. And you want to make sure that you’ve done all that right.
TOM: Now, what about an arbor? That sounds like it’s a good deal simpler project.
TOM SILVA: Arbor is a lot simpler. An arbor is that entryway into your garden or whatever. And you apply some lattice work on it and you’ve got a nice, little residence to stretch some flowers.
TOM: Now, let’s talk about information. There’s a lot of choices out there in weather-resistant materials. If you just wanted to tackle research projects yourself, you’re a DIYer, would you simply began with pressure-treated?
TOM SILVA: Pressure-treated is a great way to start; I signify it’s inexpensive wood. Or you can go the next street up: you can go to a cedar. A red cedar is not as good as a white cedar but it will hold up and give you some life. If you wanted to use an accent timber, like an oak, I would stay away from cherry-red oak because it won’t hold up to the weather. A white oak will hold up but you’re going to have to really considered that timber and make sure you really consider the percentage that goes into the ground.
TOM: Now, it exists to me that this may be the one and only time you can do a really, really good job finishing this grove formation because, peculiarly if you’re going to see kept vines on it, you’re never going to get them off.
TOM SILVA: Right.
TOM: You can’t mask around the ivy.
TOM SILVA: Right, right.
TOM: So, what would you actually do on finishing these before you actually start your seeding?
TOM SILVA: If you’re going to use pressure-treated, you’ve got to think about how you’re going to finish it if you don’t like the natural review of that timber. And it can be a real issue later on when the flowers start growing.
TOM: Huge target. Tom Silva from TV’s This Old House, thank you very much so much for stopping by The Money Pit. Can’t wait to get started. Perhaps you are able to attack it, as well, this weekend.
TOM SILVA: Thanks, guys. It’s always nice to be here.
LESLIE: Alright. Catch the current season of This Old House and Ask This Old House on PBS. For local schedules and step-by-step videos of countless common home improvement projects, inspect ThisOldHouse.com.
TOM: And This Old House is brought to you on PBS by Marvin Windows and Doors.
And merely onward, we’re going to highlight some of our favorite, Earth-friendly home improvement meanings with a point to help you save energy, water and fund, next.
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LESLIE: Dorothy in California is on the line and she needs some used to help a wall texture. Tell us what you’re working on.
DOROTHY: Well, what we had- we have a wall and it was a heater there. We took the heater out; it would sit in the hallway. And then we finished everything and now we’re trying to find a way to kind of accord the texture that was there originally.
TOM: And what kind of texture would you- how would you describe this texture, Dorothy?
DOROTHY: Well, it would have- like some of them will be a round figure and the other ones like an oval shape. And then they would have little, insignificant cliques. And then, in some cases, you would have- like they started over with a clean or something. So they’re kind of other types of influence and sizes of circles or oval-shaped shape.
TOM: OK. So, one of the things that you can do is you could- formerly that’s all patched and repaired- is you can apply some spackle to the skin-deep of the drywall, like we used to do once it is Plaster of Paris?
TOM: And then you can take a wallpaper clean- which is a big, heavy, bristled brush- and twist that brush with your hand. Change it and it moves haloes in that soggy spackle. And if it’s a big circle, expend a bigger brush. If it’s a smaller circle, use a smaller brush. And you can turn it and try to sort of pair the specific characteristics as closely as you can to what was there before. And then only depict the whole thing the same pigment and it’ll maybe blend in pretty nicely.
DOROTHY: Alright. Thank you so much for your help. Thank you.
TOM: Well, would you like to save sea, vigour and a bit of fund at the same duration? You can if you take on some Earth-friendly residence improvements. Now, here are a few of our favorites.
LESLIE: Alright. First of all, let’s start with some easy water-saving hypothesis for your lawn and garden-variety. Now, the amount of sea that a plot demand really depends on the selection of seeds that you have, as well as how you actually liquid them.
So, for example here, I’m talking about your garden-variety. Now, "youre going to" ocean deeply because you want to make sure you’re drenching the seed zone rather than that entire yard. So I’m actually is speaking to focused irrigating in the openings that you need it and merely not an overall soaking.
Now, when it comes to landscaping, the things that you choose to put in the yard actually count quite a bit. So you want to choose aborigine embeds. This action, you’re going to find that they’re more adapted to the province that "youre living in". So you might necessitate limited or no sea beyond what nature provides, because they’re been applied to that climate.
Now, mulch is a big aide because it actually can lock in the soil’s humidity. And that’s going to reduce the frequency of watering. And then drip irrigation is another huge room that you can save water. If "youre using" drip irrigation or even soaker hoses, you can reduce evaporation by guiding that water title at the plants’ springs. And that’s really where it needs it, so I’m talking about focused watering.
TOM: That makes a lot of sense.
Now, if you want to save energy, here’s a few things that you can do to accomplish that. First of all, let’s talk about your air-conditioning compressor. Now, the hotter it gets where that A/ C unit is actually pinpointed outside your room, the harder it has to work and the more it’s going to cost. So you want to make sure that it’s at least 12 inches away from the compressor.
Now, sometimes folks is making an effort to shadowed these compressors with landscaping and that’s OK. But again, that landscaping "re going to have to" also be kept a hoof or more away from the compressor. If it’s too close, it’s going to have the inverse influence and actually drive up those costs.
The other thing that you can do, in terms of shade, is to consider seeding some canopy trees. You know, the Department of Energy has reported on the effects of shade trees for many years. And generally, they say that you can save 15 percent to 50 percentage on cooling costs or anywhere from about 50 bucks and on up if you have a strategically arranged shade tree that’s retaining, especially those southern and western backs of your home, jug. Plus, you get a beautiful, brand-new tree in the process.
And ultimately, rain openings. Now, you are able to say, “Well, why are you talking about storm windows? It’s not winter.” Well, for a exceedingly good reason. Because if you’ve got them, the same practice they keep the cold sketches out in the winter, guess what? They keep the red-hot drawings out in the summer. Don’t think you have them? Take a look at those cooling statements; you utterly do. If cold air is getting in in the winter, you can rest assured that hot air is getting in the summer. And that’s not as easy to feel, because it doesn’t move you embarrassing, but it does drive up your air-conditioning expenditures. So put them down to prevent those sketches from coming in.
Altogether, these few feelings can really add up to some jolly substantial savings.
LESLIE: Now we’ve came Ron in Virginia on the line who’s got a flooring question.
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RON: I have a ceramic-tile floor that’s been down for roughly 20 years. Placed it down myself. The tiles are all intact. Nothing of them are loose but I have some tiles that are cracked. And I was wondering, rather than take the tiles up, if I could employ a laminate storey over transcend of it.
TOM: Utterly. The neat thing about laminate storeys is that they’re moving floors. And so you certainly could settle a brand-new laminate flooring together. Most of them are lock-together cards these days. And you can dispose that right on top of the tile storey below as long as it’s solid, which it sounds like it is.
Now, of course, it’s going to make that flooring that much thicker. I don’t know if that’s an issue.
RON: No, I don’t think that would be a problem. Do I still need to putting in place that thin bed of the sud? Gave that right over exceed of the ceramic?
TOM: I think it’s a good theme because it cushions the flooring and it also serene the flooring. It’s not quite as click-y, you know what I represent, when "youre walking" on it? Now, keep in spirit that some of the different laminate-floor manufacturers have the underlayment attached to the bottom of the actual floorboard. It’s sort of like a sponge on the bottom of it. But you definitely want to follow their instructions.
But to respond to your real issue- are you able set it on tile?- yes, you can.
RON: Oh, enormous. Well, that would certainly save a lot of term and headache was seeking to take that tile flooring up.
LESLIE: Alright. Thanks so much for calling The Money Pit.
Hey, are you thinking about to purchase a brand-new mansion soon? Well, get the right inspections can help make sure it doesn’t turn into a real-life fund excavation. We’re going to answer a question about what kind of inspection it is necessary to and whether you or the home dealer is the one that has to pay for them, after this.
TOM: Becoming good residences better, this is The Money Pit Home Improvement Show. I’m Tom Kraeutler.
LESLIE: And I’m Leslie Segrete.
TOM: Pick up the phone and open us a bellow, right now, with your home improvement question at 1-888-MONEY-PIT, 888 -6 66 -3 974.
LESLIE: Grant us a scold. Cause us know what you are working on. But don’t forget, you are able to post your questions online, right here at MoneyPit.com, in the Community section.
Alright. Now I’ve got a pole here from Sharon who writes: “Is it the owner’s responsibility to clean out the septic tank and have it scrutinized before sales of a home? ”
What do you think? Tom, gravely, the issue was probably a big thing. A septic tank is a big, very sensitive method that’s imperative to the operation of a residence. So, you need to know how it’s working.
LESLIE: So what do you do when you’re looking at a house with a septic system?
TOM: Well, obviously the homeowner is appropriate to provide for maintaining it. And if it was recently scavenged, that needs to be disclosed because that could ...
LESLIE: You have a report of that.
TOM: Yeah, you have to have a report of it. But also, if I was a septic superintendent, I would want to know that I’m dealing with an empty-bellied cistern and not a full cistern that may have- because if the tank is full, right, if it hasn’t filled up more, it might not actually overflow into the septic field. And it might look like the septic field is actually draining suitably when, in fact, it’s not. So that can actually work against you if it was recently run because, recollect, those are huge cisterns. And the acces they work is they fill up and then they overflow into the field. And so if the cistern is just an empty-bellied pit and say, it’s drained the day before your inspection, you may not check what you expect to see.
In periods of the inspection, I think it’s your responsibility to do that because you want to pick labour inspectors. You want to have the contractual relationship with your septic auditor. You don’t want to take the word of somebody that’s not working for you instantly. And you want to make sure you find a really good, thorough inspector. Because if you ...
LESLIE: Now, is that part of a regular home inspection or is that a separate inspector?
TOM: That’s a good point, because it’s not part of a regular home inspection; it’s in addition to that. The the pertinent terms and conditions of rehearse for the basic home inspection are dictated by the American Society of Home Inspectors. And it’s important because it automatically generates compatibility from all the regions of the industry. But these kinds of inspection is specialized because not all residences have septic systems. And doing a good, careful septic inspection, you know, can take in some cases almost as long as a home inspection. So, you want to determine sure that you do hire a pro to do that that works alone for you and thoroughly checks the system, because it could be a highly, very expensive fixing if it has to be replaced.
Now, the other inspections that might fall in that category, sort of outside the home inspection: radon inspection. That’s definitely something which is scheduled to be done if you’re in an area that’s dominant to having radon. Pest inspections. Now, with pest inspections, most banks are not going to lend on a mansion- they won’t give you the mortgage unless you have a clear inspection for wood-destroying bugs, like termites and carpenter ants. But if your inspector determines a number of problems, then the homeowner is the one that pays for it. Because frankly, they can’t sell the house to anybody until they get rid of the flaws and enter into negotiations with any of the damage that they may have caused.
But the most important point inspection of everything, because it window-dressings so much better, is that home inspection. So if you wanted to start in one place and then- so that you’re not spending all this money on inspections the same day, start with a home inspection and see how the members of this house seek in the eyes of the home inspector. You’re going to have a pretty good mind of what you’re addressed with after that.
You go to the home inspectors’ association website, the American Society of Home Inspectors. I think it’s ASHI.org. And find a home inspector through the working group, because they’re all verified and experienced and real professionals compared to a lot of other people that are out there. And you’ll is ensured to know, then, exactly what you’re going into when you buy that house.
LESLIE: Yeah. I mean that’s really super important. And don’t forget, that can also be a big negotiating implement. If something is really in disrepair or in need of a lot of effort, you can use that to say, “Hey, I’ve got to do X, Y and Z. So you should adjust your price by X.”
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TOM: This is The Money Pit Home Improvement Show. Hey, thank you very much so much for expend part of this beautiful spring date with us. We hope we’ve been informative and contributed you some tips and suggestions on ways to come projects done around your residence. Remember, you can always reach out to us at MoneyPit.com and upright your home improvement questions on the Community page.
Until then, I’m Tom Kraeutler.
LESLIE: And I’m Leslie Segrete.
TOM: Remember, you can do it yourself ...
LESLIE: But you don’t have to do it alone.
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Remember the days when everyone had a traditional home landline and you only needed to remember one phone number to contact anyone living under the same roof? With everyone sharing the same line, messages were often lost in the shuffle and family members were forced to wait their turn to make calls, making communication difficult. Times have certainly changed.
Today, most people have shifted from home phones to individual cell phones, each with their own number. Communication might be easier, but if you’re on a family plan, deciphering the household cell phone bill can be complicated and confusing. With so many plan options, potential overage charges, and promotions, how do you make sense of your bill? As you review your monthly charges, keep these tips in mind so you understand exactly what you’re paying for.
Understand your current plan
Do you know the requirements of your current plan? Keeping track of your calling, texting, and data limits, and how much is allocated to each person on your plan, helps you identify any extra charges you might be hit with.
Some plans include unlimited calls, texts, and data, while others allow you a certain amount each month that can be shared with everyone on your plan. Other plans bill based on each line’s usage — if one member uses more than what is allotted, you will incur extra charges. Some plans allow you to roll over any unused minutes or data to the next month. With all these options, understanding what’s included in your plan is the first step to breaking down your cell phone bill.
Know your provider’s key terms
Your cell phone bill might have different key terms depending on who your cell phone provider is. Most providers use these same basic terms:Minutes are the number of minutes spent talking on a cell phone. Messages are the number of text messages exchanged (includes incoming and outgoing). Usage charges typically cover overage charges or costs for domestic or international roaming outside of your plan. Data covers any on-network data consumed, including visits to websites, app usage, streaming movies, and music. On-network means cellular data served by your provider — any data used over WiFi is not included in this number.
Keeping an eye on each line’s data usage is important. Most households share data, so if one member is overusing their share, your bill will reflect that. If other household members use less than their allotment, you’re fine, but keep an eye on your data because it can get used up quickly, especially if your teen begins streaming a lot of videos.
Some cell phone companies provide a section called “What’s Changed” so you can easily identify additional changes or charges for the new billing period. For example, if you added a new line or changed your plan, it will show up here. If a new charge pops up, compare your current bill to a previous bill to help assess what changed and to identify any possible trends in your family’s usage. Some terms that might appear under “What’s Changed” include:Roaming charges — charges for calls, texts, and data used outside of your service area or network. Activation fee — a one-time fee that is included on your bill if you added a new line to your account. Directory Assistance — calling 411 or (area code) 555-1212 for directory assistance will cost you extra. Operator-Assisted calls — any calls to the operator asking for assistance are an additional charge. Features charges — extra features, such as call forwarding, call waiting, caller ID, and three-way calling, are not usually included in a plan and are an extra cost. Know what the extra fees and taxes are for
In addition to usage and extra feature charges on your cell phone bill, several other fees and taxes are often reflected on your bill that are not included in your base rate. They often show up on as a “monthly fee” or “minimum monthly usage fee” and can include:911 — this fee helps fund access to emergency services in your local area. Universal Service Fund — required by the federal government to provide services for rural and low-income communities. All wireless providers must pay this fee, which is often passed down to customers. State Telecommunications Excise Surcharge (also known as Gross Receipts Tax Surcharge) — helps cell phone providers recover state and local taxes owed to the government. Regulatory Charge — another fee some providers charge to reduce costs that occur from complying with various government regulations.
Taking the time to scrutinize your cell phone bill can be eye opening. Data overages, roaming charges, and extra fees can all add up, leaving you with a bill that might not necessarily be meeting all your needs. If it’s time to switch, call or visit your provider’s website to find a plan that’s right for your family.
Lori Cunningham is a family tech advocate and contributing writer for Xfinity Mobile. Known for her ravenous curiosity, she started WellConnectedMom.com to share her passion with others who love or may be intimidated by technology.
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TOM: Coast to coast and floorboards to shingles, this is The Money Pit Home Improvement Show. I’m Tom Kraeutler.
LESLIE: And I’m Leslie Segrete.
TOM: It’s fail, so it’s a breathtaking autumn fix-up time of the year when it’s nice to work inside, it’s nice to work outside. But if you don’t know what projects you required to do or if you’ve got a project in thought and need some advice to get wise done, well, that’s where we come in. Give us a call right now. We’d love to talk with you about just that. The amount is 1-888-MONEY-PIT, 888 -6 66 -3 974.
I love working outside this time of year. Well, we live near a shore community, so we still call this “local summer.”
TOM: Because all the tourists left open and we’re still out there enjoying the outside weather. We’re not doing much swimming but all else is pretty damned neat this time of year.
So we hope it’s delightful wherever you, as well. If you’ve got a question about a project you’d like to get done- decor, remodel, fix-up- give us a scold, right now, at 888 -MONEY-PIT.
But the fact is, though, it is getting to be cooler sooner now. So it’s time to start thinking about nonsense like coming your heating system serviced. You know, it doesn’t genuinely matter if you heat by gas, oil, propane or electric. That service is really important. It’s got to be done by a pro to make sure the system remains safe and efficient. So we’re going to have some tips on the key components that need to be included in that service, in simply a bit.
LESLIE: Plus, as our dwellings are getting smarter, they’re getting easier to operate. But there’s still a lot that we don’t know about their health and their efficiency. So we’re going to share a sensible, smart-home solution to keep you in the know, just ahead.
TOM: And likewise onward, are you ready to give your walls a new look just in time for fall? We’re going to have some tips-off on wall considers that can add interest and color to your decor.
LESLIE: But first, we want to hear from you. What are you working on this drop weekend? Whatever it is, we are to lend a hand because sooner than later, chaps, we’re going to be stuck inside with the cold weather. So the time is right to get substance done. Give us a announce, 24/7. You was aware that to reach us.
TOM: The count is 1-888-MONEY-PIT, 888 -6 66 -3 974.
LESLIE: Frank in Michigan is on the line and looking to take on a entire knot of projects. Tell us what you’re planning.
FRANK: Been living at a residence now for over 30 years. Got the kids promoted, through school. Got the grandkids now. Before I retire, I various kinds of want to get the house done up. I leant a roof on myself probably about 25 year ago or so. But this time, yeah, I need a roof, I need surfacing, I need openings. I have a one-car attached garage. And what I would like to do with that is do that into a living space so I could expand the kitchen and the living room but then also add a two-car garage. So, I’ve got a bunch of things happening.
TOM: You’ve got a lot of work in front of you.
FRANK: No. Oh , not in front of me, lover. It’s way beyond my scope.
TOM: Alright. Well, how can we help you get started on this?
FRANK: How do I get started on it? Is it is right to- I interpret these companies that do roofing and surfacing and windows. Some simply do spaces, some simply do roofing. Then I’ve got the garage going constructed that I want and proselytizing a room over. How do I start? Is it good to get one guy to wheel with or do- break this out in pieces?
TOM: Well, the first thing you’re going to want to do is do some investigate to figure out what kinds of materials you want to use. Because the hardest part about remodeling is if you talk to multiple contractors and they’re all sloping you all kinds of siding and different types of roofing and all kinds of windows, it’s genuinely, really hard for you to make an apples-to-apples comparison. So, doing some research and learning about your options when it is necessary to that can really help you be a better consumer of remodeling services.
If you two are doing roofing and siding and windows, I think it would make sense to use one contractor for the whole project. The authorities have companionships that specialize just in that sort of thing. You’re going to want to make sure that you have kind of developed the specification for what the project needs to include.
Now, that’s something that you have been able put together on your own or you could have an architect help you identify the exact cloths- the exact backing dye, the exact windows- that are going to go in. The advantage of that is that when the pro shows up to offer your job, "youre telling", “This is what I want.” You hand them the specification and they’re all apples to apples. There’s no embarrassment. There’s no alternative that people are bidding on different excellences of surfacing or excellences of opening. All that decision work is done ahead of time.
So spending a little bit of coin on the research and maybe even on a blueprint pro like that can make a big difference, in matters of allowing you to be a better consumer when you’re dealing with the pros. Does that make sense?
FRANK: Yeah. That’s a great start. Because my thought was check out online grumbles about different corporations or commendations- same thing, Better Business Bureau- go that route and then have the foray of everyone demonstrating up and doing estimates for something I- once again, I frankly don’t know the details that I demand more. I signify I had a plan to think about this.
TOM: But you find, here’s the difference, though. The divergence is you know what you don’t know. A mas of parties don’t know what they don’t know. And if you do the work ahead of time with the design and with a pro, you’re going to be able to have the information you need to be successful in that space.
Another services which are you might want to think about working, once you get the spec done, is HomeAdvisor. They’ve been a longtime sponsor of our picture and I’ve used them many times myself. Leslie has exploited them.
LESLIE: Oh, yeah.
TOM: And with HomeAdvisor, those pros will come out and they’ll bid on the job against that spec. But you have added advantage of being able to go to their website at HomeAdvisor.com and predict the reviews that were left by real customers, to see how well they’ve done.
So, lots of roots out there like that to be able to find good-quality pros. But the key is knowing whatever it is you want. If you can do that work on your own- don’t wait for the contractor to tell you what you require. You figure it out and then bring in the pro. And if you do things in that require, you’re going to be in good shape, OK?
FRANK: OK. Great. Like I said, I never "ve thought about it". But the inventor person or person, I predict, how do I go about this? Get online and "ve been looking for" developers and ...?
TOM: Find designers and scheme professionals in your neighbourhood. You’re not looking for builders; you’re looking forward to scheme pros.
LESLIE: Want is responsible for ensuring that you like their work.
LESLIE: And I would even go to do some online searches for inventors in my region, get a list of a got a couple of appoints, then start looking at what their work is. Because you want to make sure that they’re devise in a vogue that is along the lines of what you like. Because that’s going to be the big-hearted thing there. They "re going to have to" interpret what your layout likes and dislikes are and most importantly, how you use the seat, how you want to use the space, working within your budget. They’re not always going to specify all substances but they are going to create the designs, work with your village/ township, whatever, to make sure it’s all legal, following tolerating, all of that trash. And that’s where you want to get the good pro.
But the basis is you’ve got to make sure that you guys sort of speak the same language, that you can create a space that works how you want it to.
FRANK: Thanks, guys. That gave me a bigger step- or not a bigger step but a gradation that I didn’t even think about going into and like he says, yeah, going a pro that kind of could come out and say, “Yeah, what I crave and this is what I do want.” Get it laid out then, like you said, instead of yeah, well, some guy is going are in place to infringe me a spate on a opening but jack up the cost on placing, vice versa. And then I’m all confused instead of like, “Hey, this is( inaudible ). ”
TOM: Right, yeah. We’re going to try to make sure you’re not embarrassed, alright?
LESLIE: Mm-hmm. And if you go in there knowing a basis of- “I demand these types of siding, I want these sort of things in my window, ” then you’re all resulting into these directions instead of them exactly proposing something willy-nilly.
TOM: Good luck with that programme. Thanks so much for calling us at 1-888-MONEY-PIT.
FRANK: OK. Thanks, guys.
LESLIE: Margaret, you’ve got The Money Pit. How can we help you today?
MARGARET: Yes. I’d like to know what I can do about my popcorn ceilings. They’re getting dirty. They’re 20 years old.
LESLIE: Well, there’s a couple of mixtures. Do you like them and want to keep them? Or you simply are to be able to not appear so dingy?
MARGARET: I would not rather- I would not like to keep them no more.
LESLIE: Alright. Well, generally, with popcorn ceiling, if it’s genuinely a popcorn ceiling and not a texturized stucco, what you can do to remove it is you can get one of those garden-variety sprayers or those light-duty paint sprayers. Put water in it and you scatter the ceiling to sort of saturate the popcorn. And then you take a wide spackle blade- as wide as the one you are able to find- and you kind of gently start peeling away at the popcorn ceiling- at the popcorn composition, I "re saying", from the ceiling.
And that generally does a pretty good job. Because if you’ve ever tried to make-up it, if you don’t have the right roller, when it gets wet, it starts to peel away from the ceiling. So by going it wet, you’re being able to remove it. You merely want to make sure, with your blade or your scraper, that you’re not digging into the drywall below it. Because keep in mind whatever’s left underneath there is what you’re going to paint and then see.
MARGARET: OK. How do I go about cleaning if I decide to just go ahead and keep this?
LESLIE: Well, you wouldn’t clean it. You would coat over it.
MARGARET: Oh , no. No.
TOM: Yeah, there’s actually a special roller for that. It’s like a slitted roller. It’s a highly thick roller that’s got cracks in it and it’s be taken in order to pinch the cover into that popcorn country. And that’s exactly why I would make love. I would decorate it. It’s going to look a lot better than scavenging it. You really can’t clean-living that material. There’s nothing cleanable about a popcorn ceiling. You’ve need to go to decorate over it.
Good luck with that projection. Thanks so much for calling us at 888 -MONEY-PIT.
LESLIE: You are tuned to The Money Pit Home Improvement Radio Show on air and online at MoneyPit.com. You can reach us anytime at 888 -MONEY-PIT presentation by HomeAdvisor. You knows where to find top-rated dwelling busines pros and book appointments online, all for free.
And just ahead, as summertime turns to fall, it’s is necessary to get your heating system serviced. Doesn’t question if you heat by gas, lubricant, propane, even electric. An annual busines by a pro are essential in offsetting sure information systems remains safe and efficient. We’re going to have tips on what that busines should include, in today’s Pro Project presented by HomeAdvisor, next.
TOM: Making good homes better, this is The Money Pit Home Improvement Show. I’m Tom Kraeutler.
LESLIE: And I’m Leslie Segrete.
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LESLIE: Charlotte in Georgia is on the line with an electrical question. How can we help you today?
CHARLOTTE: I simply employed a breaker box in my house. The residence was constructed in the late 50 s. Two switches in one apartment do not work and the kitchen sometimes junkets a breaker. Do you think it’s- I don’t want to do the- rewire the entire house. I just demand to gather the cable through the wall and I don’t want to take off any of the sheetrock.
TOM: Well, generally, if there’s swaps and stores that are not working, it’s not the wiring itself in as much as it could be the button or the stores. Or it could be a problem where it’s actually connected to the switchings or the outlets. And it’s plainly impossible for us to diagnose this for you.
In answer to your general question, commonly, you do not have to remove drywall except in rare circumstances. Electricians can almost always find a way to run wire through a wall. And they have tools that are specially designed to do that. They’re long fiberglass rods that the wire kind of comes tied onto the end of. And they can use that to kind of snake it through the walls and pull it up where it needs to go.
But I think the bigger question for you is: why is this happening and is it dangerous? Because if you’ve got things that are not working, we are able to prepare assured that didn’t happen because something shorted out, which could lead to a fire. So, I has not been able to caution you to do this yourself, Charlotte. I would advise "youve got to" get a professional to help you with it because I’m concerned that you need to get to the bottom of what compelled the flaw, whether it’s precisely undermined switches. It would be remarkable for all of these things to break at the same time. I have assured an occasional substitution go bad but almost never an outlet go bad. So if you’ve got two switches and an shop not working and you checked the breakers and the fuses, I think it’s time to call a pro.
Charlotte, good luck with that project. Thanks so much for announcing us at 888 -MONEY-PIT.
LESLIE: Well, as summertime turns to fall, it’s meter we are currently get your heating system serviced. We’ve got tip-off on how to best get that project done, in today’s Pro Project presentation by HomeAdvisor.com.
TOM: Now, if you’re thinking, “Hey, it’s the heating system. It worked punishment last-place winter. It should work this wintertime, so perhaps I don’t need to service it, ” well, that logic does not undoubtedly maintained. Here’s why: it doesn’t matter if your heating is by gas or oil or propane or electric, an annual work by a pro is pretty important to make sure the system operates safely and efficiently.
LESLIE: Yeah. Not simply can heating systems become inefficient, costing you more to operate, risky problems can build up, like carbon monoxide, that have been able to only be spotted by that pro with years of experience.
TOM: Yeah. For residences that are heated with gas, petroleum or propane, those oils leave deposits on the burners, which can then cause them to become blocked. And a service pro is going to clean and adjust those burners to make sure they’re running properly.
They’re also going to need to check other key elements of the system, like the heat exchanger. Now, that’s what keeps the carbon monoxide separated from the house air. And it can develop fractures and stimulate a problem. They could tell that carbon monoxide opening right into that air and that could be really super unsafe.
LESLIE: Yeah. And blower motors, those also need to be checked and cleansed. And filters have to be replaced, too. And if your home is heated by electric, like a heat run or even an electric furnace, those organizations also need to be checked time to make sure that they’re not squandering intensity, especially since electric is pretty much the most expensive highway that you can hot your house.
And that’s today’s Pro Project presented by HomeAdvisor.com. With HomeAdvisor, you can get matched with top-rated home service pros in your arena and equate prices, read checked reviews and book appointments online, all for free.
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LESLIE: Mack in Missouri is on the line and has a question about a fund. What can we do for you?
MACK: Well, every year I seem to open my pool up in the spring and it’s always green. I would have to drain it and clean it out and all that stuff. So, I had this brilliant meaning to just leave it going all winter long: merely settled the clothe over it, framed it on timer and simply keep it open and have it come on every day for - you are aware, every 15 times, every pair hours or something, so it doesn’t freeze. What do you think about that crazy idea?
LESLIE: I’ve got to tell you, we have a pool, Mack, at my family- like my mothers own a summer house out on the North Fork of Long Island. Every spring, we take off that envelop. That puddle is the nastiest, green-looking thing you’ve ever seen. We "ve never" drained the water. You use a entire sort of substances, which is sad but you sicken that water, you get the system up and running and it goes right back to beautiful, crystal blue-blooded and we’re swimming in it in no time.
MACK: Yeah, I know. Takes a lot of compounds to do that.
LESLIE: I know. But the other option is- I wouldn’t leave things feeing all wintertime long. I feel like it’s going to put pressure on the system, it’s going to overload. You’re not probably get the proper sum of air and things into it that it needs because the pool is covered. But if you’re so stymie with it and the compounds, why not think about a salt-water pool?
MACK: Because I’m cheap.
TOM: At least you’re honest about it.
MACK: Well, I know you guys like faithfulnes, so I’ll probably go against all conventional advice and try it.
TOM: Alright. Well, good luck. Let us "know what youre talking about" you make out. Thanks so much for calling us at 888 -MONEY-PIT.
LESLIE: Sherry in Georgia is on the line and needs some facilitate rewriting a dresser. Tell us about your project.
SHERRY: Yes. I’ve got this dresser that my father found in a garage. It’s all wood and it’s beautiful but somebody has depicted it white. And I would like to get the white paint off.
LESLIE: For good or to settle stain on or to coat over it again?
SHERRY: Yeah, I’m thinking to apply stain on. I think it’s all lumber. It looks like a really nice piece of furniture. But it also has made drawers. I don’t know; I guess that’s what it’s called. It has the wood around the drawers. So I’m thinking that’s going to make it really hard.
LESLIE: So it’s like a glass breast opening with a timber make?
SHERRY: Well, it’s not glass. It’s all wood but the lumber has a good make around it.
LESLIE: Alright. It shouldn’t be a problem.
What you have to do is if there’s any doors or drawer breasts or things, wishes to either pull out the drawers or just take off the drawer fronts. You actually miss to make it easy to work on things, so you need a lot of flat surfaces.
So with the doors, with the agreed framework, try to make them off if you can. Leave the hinges either on the door back or in the dresser itself. And then get everything on a flat skin-deep. And you need to find a good colour remover, a stripper produce. I’ve exerted Rock Miracle before. I like it because it’s got a really dense coherence and you kind of slather it on there. And you can actually check where it is, rather than brushing something on and impelling- wondering if you’ve submerge all discerns. And then you really want to follow the directions.
So you got to let it sit on there as long as they said to. And then wishes to use a colour scraper to gently sort of scrape the make-up off the surface, because you don’t want to gouge anything into it. Because that will show up when you start working on it in the future. And you could have to do it a couple of times.
Now, depending on the type of wood that’s underneath that grey paint, you might not is the possibility of get all of the paint off. So you really have to kind of experiment with it and see how well it is removable.
And then previously you’ve done that a got a couple of era, you’re going to wipe it down. Then you might still have to sand it in a couple of places with a very fine sandpaper, to make sure that you get all the last bits of the colour off. Then wishes to wipe it down with a tacking cloth and then prep it for staining.
So, that’s when you really want to make sure that you’ve got it perfectly beautiful and clean-living and ready to go before you situated the stain on. Because once "were starting to" put the stain on, everything’s going to show.
SHERRY: OK. Now, what was the name of that make again?
LESLIE: I like one called Rock Miracle. It comes in what virtually looks like a turpentine can. But there are all different kinds. So, you might want to pop into your local home improvement center. Ask them which one they like to work with, because you might not be able to find Rock Miracle at your region. But definitely feel it out and ask person at your regional residence center what the fuck is recommend. But that’s the one I like; I’ve employed it a lot of times.
SHERRY: OK. I truly appreciate it. Thank you so much.
LESLIE: You’re so welcome. Good luck with it.
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Just ahead, as our dwellings are getting smarter, they’re getting easier to operate. But there’s still so much that we don’t know about your home’s health or even its efficiency. We’re going to share a sensible smart-home solution to keep you in the know, next.
TOM: Coast to coast and floorboards to shingles, this is The Money Pit Home Improvement Show. I’m Tom Kraeutler.
LESLIE: And I’m Leslie Segrete.
Well, as our homes are getting smarter, they’re getting easier to operate. But there’s still so much that we don’t know about our home’s health and our home’s efficiency. And one mode to get a handle on both is with Sense, a brand-new residence power monitor that’s going to read your electrical usage and help you save energy, look after your house and family and even help you shunned disaster.
TOM: With us to talk about that is Mike Phillips, the CEO of Sense.
MIKE: Thank you for having me on.
TOM: You know, as our homes get smarter, Mike, there’s still a lot that we don’t know about how they control. I represent clearly, everybody wants to save money. The need, though, is so strong, I imagine, that virtually every marketer of residence building makes, from igniting to kitchen appliances to heating and cooling, they ever talk about the attributes of how much coin you’re going to save. But I think, for the most part, it’s a rough guess for consumers.
What I love about Sense is it solves that riddle. It is plugged into your home. It tells you what’s on and what’s off and exactly how much vigor you can use. And it even tells you that in real period and for the exact- and it’s gauged to your neighbourhood vigour rate, as well. So there’s certainly no- there’s no guessing anymore. We genuinely can have that data and see those decisions intelligently.
How’d you guys get into this?
MIKE: Yeah. Well, that’s genuinely their own problems we set out to solve. If you think about it, if irrigate were disclosing in your basement and if you were home, you would know about it, right? You’d hear the spray, you’d assure spray on the floor. But this- when it is necessary to exertion, when it comes to power coming into your residence, you got no idea where it’s going.
And it doesn’t leak out on the flooring in the basement but it’s lost in all sorts of different ways. It might be like you have an old dehumidifier that’s running all the time. Or you forgot and left the roof heating loops on. So it’s basically the equivalent of ocean leaking out on your vault storey and you just had no idea that it was happening.
LESLIE: So, now, how does Sense work? I understand it connects to the main electrical body but what does it do once it’s there?
MIKE: Yeah. So, it’s a little bit of a slippery thing that it does. It’s a little box. It goes inside your electrical body , quantifies the strength coming into your house just like any other exertion meter. The thing that’s different, though, is we’re measuring dominance at a million times a second, which I know dins kind of crazy. But by appraise at such a high rate, we can use that to then figure out what things are on and off. We’re mostly compiling call of the fact that different things in your home have a little bit of a different signature in how they use power. So we use machine learning to figure out the signatures of your refrigerator or your toaster or your microwave.
TOM: Yeah, it’s fascinating.
Now, I invested the Sense Home Energy Monitor in my house and it’s always fun because it’ll pop up every once in a while and say, “Sense attained a brand-new appliance.” And now it knows the difference between my coffee maker and my microwave and certainly my refrigerator or my dishwasher. And I can see exactly when they’re on and when they’re off. And I can find out how much it’s costing me to operate them, which is just so cool. It’s so much information that’s helpful.
LESLIE: Is it cheaper to buy the coffee at a different home or to make it at home?
TOM: Nah. If I could get off the Keurigs, I’d probably save some money. But the machine itself doesn’t cost very much to operate, I have learned, because I pay attention to my Sense.
And Mike, I think that’s a detail because it takes a while for Sense to various kinds of learn these gadgets. It’s not looks just like you designated it up and instantly you know what everything is. Because as "youre telling", it’s basically measuring at a million times a second. It’s comparing it to everything it knows from you and likewise, I approximate, from the entire community to meet those resolves as to what’s labor and what the actual appliance is that’s working at the time, correct?
MIKE: Yeah, yeah. That’s right.
So, a couple things to point out. One is we can’t do this perfectly. It’s a unusually challenging task to figure out all the different things in your mansion time from the electrical signals. But we’re getting better and better at it the more data we see.
And for many things, Sense knows the name. So it figures out that- “Oh, I viewed your microwave, ” or “I saw your coffee maker.” Other things might come up in the app as Motor 2, because it views something it knows is a motor but it’s not sure what it is. And then it’s up to the consumer, the homeowner, to go, “Oh, the little Motor 2 bubble turns on whenever my blender is on. So, a-ha, it’s my blender.” And now I can type in “blender” in the application. And then the cool thing is that feeds back to us. And once we have thousands of blenders out there that beings have labeled- and if they’re distinct enough, which countless things are- then we can start to say, “Hey, I located your blender, ” instead of, “Hey, I procured Motor 2. ”
LESLIE: So interesting. It’s really interesting to think that every single thing has its own label like that.
So now that you have that message, how do you then start to understand what that quantitative upshot is? Alright. Every time I turn this on, it’s use X amount of energy? Is it for us to figure out as a homeowner that that’s too much or are you sort of guiding people to say, “Hey, that’s extraordinary in its usage”?
MIKE: Both. So the first thing we knew is it- only by yielding parties visibility into what’s going on in their home, you’re enabled to track down kind of all these strange things that might happen. And by strange things, I mean you might envision about- that the way to save energy is to turn- unplug the toaster or use the TV a little less often. And those are sometimes true.
But the most important thing is we’re finding, in most homes, there’s a marry things that if you knew about it, you would be able to go and track it down and fix it. We call them “energy hogs.” So, it requires a little bit of detective work from the homeowner to say, “Why is my power so high right now? ” and have discovered that it’s because I left the heater on or it’s because my dehumidifier is broken. We’re finding all sorts of very interesting things that beings have tracked down only by the application itself.
TOM: It seems like you’re likewise helping people bypassed troubles, Mike. I’ve expended a bit of term on your website at GetSense.com. You’ve got a great community there and they’re telling us lots of storeys about things that they discovered that help prevent damage in the homes. So you’re really curing kinfolks, as well. Can you sacrifice us some examples?
MIKE: Yeah. You know, we’ve been talking about this from an power attitude, which is how we started out in the company. But what we’re finding is this visibility is useful for all sorts of things. Things like: did I leave the oven on when I leave the house? Or what you’re talking about is a lot of durations, beings have found things like- we had one homeowner- this was in Florida. They had a nice, modern, efficient hot spout. And you probably know that heat pumps have a backup electric heat in case it’s too cold out but the heat run doesn’t work.
MIKE: They’re exploited when it’s below 10 degrees or something.
TOM: Yep. And it’s very costly to run.
MIKE: Yeah. Well, such person or persons in Florida, during the summer, found that it was running all the time because of a bad relay. So they had a $ 900 a month electrical bill they got hit with. And they would have had no way to move it down. In happening, they had an electrician come out to the house trying to figure it out. They couldn’t figure it out. With Sense, they were able to figure out that it was the backup hot of their hot pump being stuck on all the time.
So it’s crazy stuff like that that we watch a good deal of. And whether it’s the hot spout or the- things like a well. People that are on shafts, a lot of seasons if there’s a leakage, they’ll notice in Sense first. They’ll see that the shaft pump is cycling all the time and they find out that it’s because there’s a opening in the hose or they left the hose on or something.
TOM: I will say, personally, that I remember Sense is the single most effective means to save energy, because you really are going to understand where the vigor is being used. And therefore, you’ll have the power to stop wasting it or curtail it in sectors where, perhaps, you’re using too much of it. Which happens a lot when you’ve got a house full of adolescents, I’ll tell you that.
MIKE: And like we were talking about, we do think it starts with the visibility and then, over hour, yeah, we are putting in more automation, more natures for Sense to know exactly what the problem is and say to you about it. But don’t discount just the benefits of having that visibility as a starting point and then layering these other things on top.
TOM: It’s an amazing product. You’ve got to check it out. There’s a awesome video at GetSense.com. Take a look at it at GetSense.com. This is information that you utterly have to have if you would like to find ways to draw your home perform better and save money and was most comfy, all at the same time.
Mike Phillips, thank you so much for being a part of The Money Pit. And thanks for bringing such a really cool product to sell. I know that it’s a lot of work and a lot of resources to come up with something that the world hasn’t seen before. You guys have done an amazing profession and I can’t wait to see what the future holds for you.
MIKE: I be acknowledged that. Thanks so much for having me on.
LESLIE: Mike Phillips, thanks so much for stopping by The Money Pit.
Just ahead, are you ready to give your walls a new look right in time for come? We’ve got tip-off on wall coatings that can add interest and colouring to your decoration, when The Money Pit continues.
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LESLIE: And I’m Leslie Segrete.
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LESLIE: Kenneth in Tennessee, you’ve got The Money Pit. What’s going on?
KENNETH: Yeah, hi. I was calling about some hardwood flooring we had installed in our home. It’s cupping. And we acquired the dwelling. It had hickory flooring in it, so we worked with a local floor corporation and tried to match the existing flooring. And we set it in four areas and now, it seems like it started cupping roughly immediately.
And I went back to the distributor and the local installer and he was not very copasetic. Didn’t want to work with us. Kept putting us off. Long legend short, it’s been over a year. Floor still cups. I understand I might be able to set a humidifier in now- or rather a dehumidifier- and it were gonna help. But what’s the answer? Is there any mixture short of ripping it out and putting it back in? I think it was installed improperly.
TOM: Well, Ken, regrettably, when timber starts to warp like that, there’s not a good deal you can do to various kinds of get it to lay back down. It’s often brought about by high moisture. You was indicated that, perhaps, it was improperly installed. Not sure if that’s the event or not. But when it starts to twist and warp, it’s frequently because there’s too much humidity.
So, one thing I would suggest you do is if you have a forced-air heating system and cooling system in your room, look into picking up a whole-home dehumidifier. This will work automatically to reduce the amount of humidity and sweat in your home and keep it at a steady region where, hopefully, it won’t get much worse.
Now, if the wood seems to stabilize after that, you could think about sanding it. If you have it professionally sanded, it will take up the leading edge that are, perhaps, warped and poking up a bit help them sort of lay down. And if we get it to be stable, you are able, in the long run , not even notice it anymore.
But I hope that helps you out. Sorry it happened to you but good luck with that project. And if we can help you any further, get back to us.
LESLIE: Well, I’m so glad that everybody is finally jumping on board with my affection of wall caps. You know, people, they can have a big impact on your room’s decor scheme, both in pattern and if you’re not careful, your wallet.
So, fortunately, economical products are representing it easier than ever to achieve professional reactions on a DIY budget.
TOM: Yeah. Now, when you’re choosing wallpaper, you want to make sure you choose the best-quality paper you can afford and then use it sort of strategically.
So, for example, you might want to use wallpaper for a small room, like a pulverize room. Or if you’re going to do a bigger room, like the family room, only do one wall or squander it inside squares that are balanced out in a molding, like in a dining room. Paper the bottom half of the walls under a chair rail. You get the idea. You can be utilized it strategically and enjoy that paper for a great deal less expense.
LESLIE: Mm-hmm. Even wall murals are still very popular and they don’t "ve got to be" simply a painting or an idol. It can be something that’s more synopsi, that’s time focused on one wall. It can be an overblown close-up of an portrait. There’s plenties of ways that you can achieve something of huge visual interest but without spending a ton of money.
And here’s something that I like to do a great deal- extremely when I’m doing these kind of more focal managements on a wall, maybe even in a kid’s room- is that you can choose a article that’s temporary, that’s removable, that’ll come off particularly easily when it’s period for a change. And that doesn’t have to simply apply to a kid’s room. You can be utilized it in a powder room. You can use it in a family room, in a front room. You appointed it, there are great plazas for wall coverings.
And you are able to even think about it- once I did a kid’s room where the daughter affection The Nutcracker and her favorite place was the winter panorama. So I took an image of sort of a particularly bare birch grove. I had that reproduced on a- like a removable vinyl sticky-back and I employed that up as a wall covering.
So bring the outdoors in. Choose nature. Pick things that easily comes out without damaging the wall face and you can have something really fantastic, whether it’s for a guy cave, a kid’s room, your front room. Wherever you want it, you can have it.
TOM: Wallpaper for a follower cave. Trying to think what that might look like.
LESLIE: Sports? Hockey arena?
TOM: There you go.
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LESLIE: Say, are you looking for an easy weekend project to spruce up your gap? Well, we’re going to share some weekend projects that make the most of these early-fall mild temperatures, coming up next.
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And remember, you can always pole your question to The Money Pit’s Community page or right at Money Pit’s Facebook page. Wherever it is online, get us your question just like Richard from New Mexico did.
Now, Richard writes: “I have a Southwest-style home with a clay-tile roof. Can I supplant this with another cloth that still gapes genuine to this type of architecture?”
TOM: Well, you are able to but why would you want to? Is there something wrong with the aged tile? I mean that’s an absolutely showy roof. Very, exceedingly classic roof. And if you’ve came busted tiles or things of that nature, I’d much preferably "ve seen you" repair those, Richard, than replace them.
But if you do have to replace them, it’s going to be quite a bit of succeed. Because if you want to use an asphalt shingle or a dimensional shingle so that it kind of is like the old-fashioned clay tile, you have to pull off all the old-time clay tile, which means you’re going to have an awful mas of clay-tile roof to get rid of. And you’re going to have to positioned sheathing down, because clay tile gone on open-spaced sheathing; the government has divests of timber , not sheets of plywood. And then once you have that, you can use a dimensional shingle.
Now, here’s where most people that settled these dimensional shingles on the ceilings extend wrong. It’s supposed to look like a clay tile and it can, because there’s different shadow indications in it. But what they don’t do is they don’t do the same the different types of blink. So you have to have valley twinkle and you have to have ridge flashing made of copper it is therefore looks just like it would be if you actually did have the clay tile. So, those details are super important.
So, again, think about whether or not you really, truly, genuinely want to replace that clay-tile roof. And if you decide yes, you’ve got to pull it all off and you’ve need to go to introduced plywood on and the dimensional shingle and pay attention to those details.
So, the weather is cooling down and your schedule may be opening up. And you’re looking around at everything that needs to be done before that winter cold mount in. No upsets. Leslie has gone tips on weekend projects that can compile the most of the early-fall slight temperatures, in today’s edition of Leslie’s Last Word.
Leslie? Great time to take on some of those projects.
LESLIE: Yeah, it really is because temperature-wise, September and October are pretty much the excellent months for undertake projections indoors and out.
Now, here’s a few that are easy to knock out in a small part of your weekend. First of all, you want to make sure that your ocean heater is good to go for hot showers all winter long. So to keep it leading efficiently, you want to drain 2 gallons of liquid from that barrel heater twice a year. Don’t tackle this, though, without making sure that the heater is not just a matter powered off but you’ve applied it about a full hour to cool down.
Now, heating monies. We’re going to be paying those real soon, guys. And you want to made to ensure that you’ve got a fresh furnace filter, because that’s truly key to keeping those proposals low-toned and the temperatures high. And if you haven’t done so in a while, now is the time to get on a schedule. Those furnace filters need to be changed monthly.
And since we’re "il be going" come any closer those windows and openings for good soon, you want to make sure that the end of September/ early October really is the best way to start cleanup your house the natural action. I’m talking about vinegar and water. Great solution for windows and wood storeys. Salt and bicarbonate of soda. Make a paste of that and you can use it as a scouring clean. Olive oil and lemon juice. It’s a great way to create a chemical-free furniture polish. We’re trapping ourselves inside, so don’t trap yourself with those VOCs from those bad chemicals. Go all natural.
And get ready, guys, because the fall and winter, it’s the best time of year. Everybody’s throwing shoes at me, I feel like, at home. They’re like, “No, summer.” No, winter is the best.
TOM: Well, this is The Money Pit Home Improvement Show. And you’re right: it might be coming chilly but that doesn’t mean outdoor living has to end. Coming up next time on the programmes, we’re going to talk about how to choose the privilege porch heater so you can hang out in your ground or deck well into fall, on the very next edition of The Money Pit.
I’m Tom Kraeutler.
LESLIE: And I’m Leslie Segrete.
TOM: Remember, you can do it yourself ...
LESLIE: But you don’t have to do it alone.
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