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 now to help you take on your residence improvement projects, get those decor projects done. If you’ve got a decor dilemma, a DIY dilemma, don’t know where to start, don’t know what you need, whether you can do it yourself or need to get help, we can help with all of those questions. Help yourself firstly, though, by picking up the phone and calling us at 1-888-MONEY-PIT or posting your question on MoneyPit.com.
Coming up on today’s see, temperatures are slipping rapidly. So, a few questions: are your home’s water lines prepared to stand up to that freezing brave? If you have ever had a frozen pipe- or worse, a pipe disintegrate- it is high time to take steps to make sure it doesn’t happen this wintertime. We’re going to tell you some tips-off that you can follow to make sure your tubes keep the flow and not- and don’t explode once they freeze and separate. Because I say to you, it’s a really tough one to repair once that happens.
LESLIE: And too onward this hour, is your home suffering from old-fashioned, dres and dated wallpaper? Well, removing it is not as hard as you might think. Alright, it’s various kinds of hard-boiled but it’s surely worth noting. But we’re going to have some paces to make it quicker and easier, including manoeuvres that move the next hair of paint or wallpaper going on that much easier to apply.
TOM: Plus, one of the most popular projects for this time of year is soak remodeling. Everybody craves it done, you know, before the end of the year, before we have friends and family over around Christmas and New Year’s and all the other holidays. So we’re going to give you some step-by-step advice for DIYers and pros to get that job done quickly.
LESLIE: Plus, it’s winter season and that means fuel season. Do you have all the paraphernalium that you need to protect your home? Well, you are able to not if you’re "re missing a" kitchen flaming extinguisher.
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Let’s get to it. Leslie, who’s first?
LESLIE: Robert in Alaska is on the line with a crawlspace situation. Tell us what’s going on.
ROBERT: Basically, what I’ve went going on is we had a lot of rain this summer, so I had liquid kind of penetrate the foundation. And I was wondering if there is anything I could do from the inside to maybe stop some of that penetration from coming in and get the hell out of there the wood that’s holding up the, I predict, the floor.
TOM: Yeah, utterly. Now, are you talking about concrete-block walls?
TOM: OK. So, a couple of things. Firstly of all, we want to make sure that you are doing what you can to slow the collection of spray from outside moving inside. So that intends looking at your gutter system, obligating sure this is right sewers and that they’re diverting liquid away from the house, not just a couple of feet from the foundation but well away. And make sure that the slant of the grime around the foundation ascents away. And that are able to do a lot to move the irrigate away from that backfill zone.
Inside the crawlspace, you can add a vapor barrier to the grime and that will stop moisture from vaporizing up. And on the blocks themselves, you can apply a product called Ames’ Blue Max, which is a rubber paint. It’s very stretchable and it clings really well. And when you apply it to the block, it stops any moisture from comes back the block. Ames is spelled -Am-e-s and the commodity is called Blue Max. You can search for it online. Their website is AmesResearch.com.
ROBERT: OK. Great deal. Yeah, I’ve got a company coming in to, I suspect, dig the outside of the foundation and set some drainage the following spring- this coming spring- so ...
TOM: OK. Well, let me prevent you right there, OK? Because that’s not likely going to help you and it’s not necessary.
ROBERT: Oh, OK.
TOM: If that humidity is consistent with rainfall- in other words, you get a lot of downpour, looks just like you mentioned, and then you get leakage- then putting all those drainage tubes and disturbing all that soil is really not the way to go. If you improve your gutter system and you improve the grading- the angle of the clay around the foundation boundary- that stops the majority of members of that surface water from getting in.
TOM: The only time we recommend drainage arrangements, like what you’re describing, is when you have a rising water table which, if you did, you wouldn’t be going leakage that’s consistent with rainfall.
ROBERT: Ah, OK. Well, good. That’s important to know then.
TOM: Yep. So now there "theres going"; saved you a assortment of money.
ROBERT: Oh, yes, you did.
TOM: You’ve got it, Robert. Thanks so much for announcing us at 888 -MONEY-PIT.
LESLIE: Now we’ve got Christine from Ohio on the line and I judge she’s got a lot of an issue of us here at The Money Pit. How can we help you?
CHRISTINE: So my first issue is about the garage separation. Our strategy call for an uninsulated garage and we got some guess on scatter sud. And so I had them give me an estimate on the garage. I was wondering how much of major investments should we put one across the insulation in the garage or is it worth it at all?
TOM: So, is this new construction, Christine?
CHRISTINE: Yes. Yep.
TOM: OK. So, garages don’t have to be insulated by construct code. Typically, the only part of the garage that would naturally be insulated would be the wall between the garage and the house.
This is an appended garage?
TOM: Oh, separated. OK. So then it would have no insulation. So, the only reason to insulate this is if you, in the future, decide that you’re going to want to heat that gap. And if it is a detached garage, that may very well be the case. And it’s never going to be easier than it is right now to insulate that space.
In terms of the insulation alternative, since it is new construction, I would definitely recommend that you use spray-foam insulation because it’s awfully effective likened- guys more efficient than fiberglass. It also stops any sketch that are going through the walls.
TOM: So, my two pennies would be- I is sure to insulate that garage and I would do it with spraying foam before it’s all finished off. Because this mode, you’ll be good to go.
Now, on the inside of that garage, if you’re going to introduced spray foam on those walls, you’re too going to need to cover them. So, "ve been thinking about" that. You don’t require to leave that scatter sud uncovered, because it’ll precisely get beat up over time.
TOM: So you could put on any type of wallboard. I would maybe lean towards fiberglass wallboard. It looks like drywall but it’s a little bit harder and it doesn’t proliferate mold, because it’s outside.
CHRISTINE: Oh, OK. And in the crawlspace of the house, where we have the add-on, we were going to be spraying sud. Should we just get it on the joists or should be used depart all the way down the cinderblock?
TOM: Well, typically, it clearly goes on the underside of the flooring joists and most importantly, at the box beam, which is the outside- right above that foundation. But the sud would not go down below that. If you wishes to be insulate the crawlspace walls, there’s a different type of a kind of a fiberglass batting that’s used for that, that’s contained inside of a package. It usually has a foil face. And that’s going to work better for that tiny slouse of fiberglass- of, excuse me, foundation wall.
CHRISTINE: OK, great. Thank you so much.
TOM: Well, you’re very welcome, Christine. Very exciting. You’re getting a new house and we’re glad that we were able to help you start the right decisions for it.
LESLIE: Yeah, good luck with that.
CHRISTINE: Yes. Thank you so much.
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TOM: And time onward, can your plumbing hoses exist the cold? We’re going to give you some easy, inexpensive ways to keep them from freezing and smashing, after this.
Where home answers live, welcome back to The Money Pit Home Improvement Show. I’m Tom Kraeutler.
LESLIE: And I’m Leslie Segrete.
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LESLIE: Now I’ve went Roland on the line. What’s going on at your fund pit?
ROLAND: I have got a huge master bedroom with synthetic-marble illustrations and all. And it’s always simply had mold all over the highly foot of the seams. I have to cut it out about every six to nine months and replace it. It’s driving me crazy. All the mold products you buy, caulkings say 10 years. I’ve located any that last more than a year. Can you give me an alternative plan for this? I’ve been doing this since' 05.
TOM: Wow. So, this marble is around what again?
ROLAND: The very bottom, between the horizontal membranes that come down. It’s like the last three hoof in the angles and then where the base of the shower gratifies the walls.
TOM: Alright. So, a couple of things come to mind.
First of all, when you have a big mold problem, you have to be extra careful with the ventilation in the cavity. What kind of bath ventilation do you have right now?
ROLAND: I think it’s like 700 CFM fan in the- above it.
TOM: And do "youre using" this follower, you are aware, religiously when you take showers, to keep the sweat out of the room?
ROLAND: I do.
ROLAND: I exactly- I’m trying to think. And then there’s another devotee, right outside of it, for the bathroom.
TOM: Well, that’s what I’m talking about. See, what I’m going to recommend you do is look at your bathtub breathing and make sure that you upgrade that bathroom devotee. And you can find one that’s on a humidistat or on a timer so that it’s basically moving anytime there’s high-pitched humidity in that opening. If "youre supposed to" reduce the quantity of humidity that’s in that room all the time, you’re vanishing to do far less mold growth. So that’s one thing. And make sure, of course, that wherever that vent-holes it’s outside your house.
ROLAND: Yeah. I’ve never had a problem from chest-high up. It’s always waist-high and below.
TOM: Well, that’s because the lower parts of that slab, it’s going to be colder than what’s up higher. And so you’re going to get more moisture and more saturation lower down on the wall than you are higher up on the wall. So that’s the reason you’re identifying it at the bottom. That’s reasonably common.
Now, the next thing is you want to make sure that when you do caulk this that, first of all, you take steps to remove all of the aged caulk. And there’s a product that’s various kinds of like a draw stripper but it’s for caulk. It’s called a “caulk softener.” And when you apply this substance, you’ll be able to get all the age-old caulk soothed up and be able to get it all fully removed.
And then, before you employed new caulk on, what I want you to do is to take a exceedingly strong- like a 50/50 bleach-and-water solution and then spray all of those joints down so that we kill any mildew or mold that’s behind that slab domain. And gave it sit there for a good half-hour and then make sure it’s mopped off and dries really well.
And then, when you apply the brand-new caulk I want you to look for caulk that has Microban in it. And probably silicone caulk with Microban. Because silicone is much less likely to grow mold and the Microban is an additive that I know, personally, to be very effective in stop mold. So I think it’s a combination of reducing the humid conditions in that space. Even beings that use bath devotees always turn them off when they leave the room. And of course, the room stands damp for quite a long time. So if you have one that’s on ...
LESLIE: It even gets more condensation, because the door’s open.
TOM: Yeah, precisely. So if you were to have one that’s on a humidistat, then it’s going to run as long as it "re going to have to" to cool that room out. And then do a good, proper caulking job, representing sure to kill anything that’s been left behind. And I think that you’ll see a significant difference if you make those steps.
ROLAND: OK. I may do- I may- I actually thought about gathering a small duct love through the wall, into the bedroom, so that anytime the shower was on it would ventilate around through the walls and exactly try to remove that, more. But I didn’t.
TOM: Yeah, I don’t think you have to go above and beyond what we’ve intimated here. I belief the combined effects of these few things is going to do it for you.
ROLAND: Alright. Phenomenal. I’ve been using the Microban but I will try to, before I recaulk it this time, make those extra measures. And I expressed appreciation for so much.
TOM: You’re welcome. Good luck with that campaign. Thanks so much for calling us at 888-MONEY-PIT.
Well, anybody who’s dealt with them can tell you frozen pipings are one large-hearted, expensive headache. The good word is, though, there are a few things you can do to stop them from freezing in the first place.
LESLIE: Yeah. On those super-duper cold nights, you guys, why don’t you open the door to any of those under-sink closets along the exterior walls of your residence? Yeah. And this is most often where your kitchen sink lives, so you want to let that warm breeze in. And that’s going to prevent it from becoming a freezer, which can then lead to those frozen water lines.
TOM: Now, you too want to bundle up hoses, just like you do with a winter hair. I recommend you wrap isolation around the pipings if they’re in an unheated crawlspace, in an attic or in a vault. You can use foam tubes, you can use fiberglass tubes, you can use fiberglass wrapper, piping wrap. Whatever you do, insulate them because that is going to stop them from freezing in the first place.
LESLIE: Mm-hmm. And you know what? Those crawlspace and cellar drafts can actually freeze those uninsulated hoses in exactly a matter of a few hours. So it is capable of happen far more quickly than you think.
Now, once you find those enlists, you want to consider using an expanding foam sealant. And that’s going to seal everything off and trim those drafts out.
TOM: Now, ultimately, preserve all your heat above 55 magnitudes all winter long, even if you’re not home, even though it is you’ve turned your sea off, which we hope you do if you’re leaving in the winter. But if you shut off the lower, unused heating zones, that can cause water and heating directions to freeze up in the walls and the ceilings.
So, a few things to do to keep the water stream through those pipings and stop those frozen tubes from undermining. Because you know what happens when they melting? You flood your live. It’s not pretty. So, don’t skip that step.
LESLIE: Next up, our caller has a great list. We’ve went Leslie on the line who’s got a question about trimming down a door.
LESLIE( CALLER ): We have one door that I need to cut down. Croaks into the basement.
LESLIE( CALLER ): It’s also a six-panel, solid-core oak door.
LESLIE( CALLER ): When we went to cut it off, there appears to be staples or some kind of tiny metal cases inside the- there’s about 8 inches that go across the bottom. We were cutting that off or a part of it- 6 inches of it. And it’s wholly spoilt a watch blade.
LESLIE( CALLER ): Do you have any suggestions as how to cut a solid-core door?
TOM: Yeah, having the staples inside of "thats really not" unexpected. Depends on how- they might have been used in the manufacturing process. I’ll be willing to bet that you used a non-carbide saw blade, because had you used a carbide visualize blade, it would have probably chipped through the metal and all.
LESLIE( CALLER ): OK. So just use a carbide.
TOM: Use a carbide blade and safety glasses and not a great carbide blade, because it will ruin the blade. But generally, it’ll cut right through something like that.
LESLIE( CALLER ): Alright. Thank you so much better for your help.
TOM: You’re welcome, Leslie. Thanks so much better for announcing us at 888 -MONEY-PIT.
LESLIE: Rich in Illinois is on the line and "workin on" a concrete activity. How can we help you today?
RICH: Well, I’ll tell you what, we’ve had a brand-new home built for us and because it was in a flood zone, we making a decision have the chamber of representatives built on 9-foot spewed concrete walls. Now, primarily what the hell is thought was going to happen is they were going to be concrete-slab walls and we were going to fold a nice facade river boulder around the whole bottom.
RICH: This is out in "the two countries ", in a forest specifying on a reservoir and it’s went delightful cedar placing. And when they poured the concrete, they rained it in structures, rather than being a slab, that looked like bricks.
RICH: And we objective up looking at it and thinking, “You know, we kind of like the inspect of this- these fleshes left.” Instead of spending a lot of fund to wrap it in flow rock, we were thinking here of leave it. And then individual came here and said there’s a technique that you can use to draw this brick-like concrete so it actually looks a great deal like brick. And I’d never heard of that. And they said they had seen it but they didn’t know how it was done. I was wondering if you guys knew anything about that.
TOM: So, Rich, this is a swarmed concrete wall that has a brick pattern but of course, it looks a lot like gray concrete, so we’re not clowning anybody into thinking it’s real brick, correct?
TOM: So, there is a way to add color.
I would suggest acid staining, right, Leslie?
LESLIE: Mm-hmm. And there’s various manufacturers that do make an acid-staining product. And it’s- it really is a chemical reaction done onto the surface of the concrete that causes the concrete to truly change its colouring; it’s not something that’s applied to it. There’s an etching process and then the coloration process.
QUIKRETE represents them. If you seem up online, you’ll find a ton of different creators that do likewise realize them. And if you get a little creative, you can mix and match and throw it the extent and quality of an aged brick. I would recommend working on an neighborhood behind a bush or somewhere on the back side of the house until you get comfy with your technique and the coloration, so you know what you’re going to get.
RICH: Right. OK. Fantastic. Thank you.
TOM: You’re welcome. Good fortune with that project. Thanks so much for announcing us at 888 -MONEY-PIT.
LESLIE: Remember, you can reach us anytime 24 hours a day, 7 days a week with your home amend or your residence progress question right here at 888 -MONEY-PIT.
TOM: And still onward, is wallpaper the only thing endure between you and your dream area? We’re going to have tip-off for easy removal, when The Money Pit returns.
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: Alright. Next up, we’ve got Joyce in Illinois who’s having a flooring issue. Tell us what’s going on.
JOYCE: Well, a few years ago, I put down a new kitchen floor- Congoleum DuraCeramic kitchen floor. And it has all these differentiates and things on it that I had a guy come out and look at it and he "said its a" problem from the factory. And I thought they were going to replace it and they never did oust it for me. And I was just wondering, what do I putting in place? I have dwelling day care and I was wondering what I could put down to stand up to my dwelling day care and still look nice?
TOM: Laminate tasks really well and it’s gotten less expensive. It’s easier to install.
Laminate floor is- can appear like vinyl, it can look like stone, it can look like wood. It can look like anything. And it’s mostly made of a medium-density fiberboard and then a color layer, which has the pattern of the stone or whatever it is on it. And then the laminate is on top of that. So, basically, it’s a sandwich.
And while beings are likening- would liken laminates to, say, a laminate countertop, like a Formica, a laminate flooring is actually about 100 times bigger durable since they were kept more protection on it. Yeah, I’ve had a laminate flooring down in my home, which is a very old house, for about 10 years. And it appears as good as the day we made it down, so I know it stands up well.
JOYCE: Well, I know I have day care and the kids are throwing toys around and everything else.
TOM: Sure. Absolutely.
TOM: Kids, dogs, toys, furniture. Yeah, I would take a look at laminates. Tough stuff and easy to clean.
JOYCE: OK. OK.
TOM: Alright, Joyce? Good luck with that activity. Thanks so much for label us at 888 -MONEY-PIT.
LESLIE: Well, if you’ve been staring at some aged, worn-out wallpaper but you’re putting off removing it because of the hassle, we get it. Trying to separate that wallpaper from the wall involves hard work, fortitude and persistence. And around this time of year, we’re all short on all of those things. But if you understand the options for removing it, you can actually save some time, energy, even some hassle in your seeking to induce that paper disappear. And there are really four steps that you’ve got to follow.
TOM: Yeah. First off, you’ve got to score the wallpaper. When we say score, we symbolize cut it.
LESLIE: Wallpaper one, homeowner zero.
TOM: Exactly. Yeah, right.
Use a practicality pierce, a wallpaper scorer, which is a very cool tool. I think it’s called a “paper tiger, ” one of the ones I’m familiar with. And you run it over the wall and it creates really small holes or truly thin fissures in the working papers. And the reason you’re make that is because it allows steam, which we’ll get to in a moment, to get through to the adhesive cornerstone and tighten it up.
Now, bear in mind the closer and more abundant those valued loopholes and wedges are, the smaller the slice of newspaper who the hell is gathered off. So if you prefer to remove wallpaper in big sheets, then value less.
Now, as to the steam, clearly, perfectly, the number-one easiest behavior for you to remove wallpaper is by charter a steamer. Entirely worth the costs and the hassle. You can work from the top down. That steam goes into that wallpaper. It melts apart the glue that’s impounding it up. And then you can peel it off one section at a time.
LESLIE: Mm-hmm. Now, here’s the other trick: you’ve got to add solution. If that wallpaper is just resisting removal, you want to mix hot water and fabric softener, equal roles one to one. And then pour that solution into a spraying bottle and apply to those tough-to-remove rooms. You’ve got to work immediately, because that solution is going to lose its effectiveness after about 15 minutes.
Now, once you do get that wallpaper off, you have to prep the wall and "youve got to" prep the wall really well. You want to use a mixture of purified lily-white vinegar and water. And that’s going to help you remove any remaining cement. Now, you’ve got to wait until that skin-deep is wholly cool. And once it is, you want to apply primer. And you’ll do that whether you’re putting up more wallpaper or you’re illustration. So, primer first. Let it dry really well and then go ahead and finish off with whatever that hoped inspect is, because that’s going to give you the best surface.
Now, if this all seems like way too much work, you may be wondering: is decorating or wallpapering over existing wallpaper policy options? Our answer is sure, it’s an option but we don’t definitely recommend it. Because if you draw over wallpaper, that kind of imperils the integrity of the infinite, which could factor into a buyer’s interest and even the value of the home down the road. And even more, it determines the next paint- or wallpaper-removal job way more difficult.
So, if you’re not glad with the working papers, do it now. Spend the time. Get the steamer. Gather it off now. Don’t leant it off. Don’t paint over it. You’ll be much happier in the long run.
LESLIE: You can reach us with your residence restore or your home progress question 24 hours a day, 7 days a week right here at 888 -MONEY-PIT.
Just ahead, one of the most popular projects for this time of year is bathroom remodeling. Everybody misses it done and they want it done now, right before the holidays. So we’re going to have some step-by-step advice for DIYers out there and the pros to help get that job done, in today’s Better Get a Truck Tip presentation by Hertz, next.
TOM: Where residence solutions live, this is The Money Pit Home Improvement Show. I’m Tom Kraeutler.
LESLIE: And I’m Leslie Segrete.
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LESLIE: Wade in South Dakota is on the line and has a question about backing. How can we help you?
WADE: Hi. We had a big hailstorm come through and it took out a assortment of our siding- our steel siding. And I’m kind of fighting with the insurance company to find an precise join. My question, I suspect, is- the house is close to 20 years old. What are the occasions that the backing that they pick is going to match up with the complexion?
TOM: Between little and none.
WADE: That’s kind of what I figured.
TOM: And listen, Wade, when- this does not constitute a brand-new justification with insurance companies. It happens all the time with roof damage, you are aware?
Like say you get ice-dam damage and "youve got to" time supplant like 3 feet of ceiling on the front of the house or maybe you get holes around a ventilate or something and you "re going to have to" change a piece of ceiling. Policy fellowships traditionally oust the entire roof. And in your action, they should be replacing all of your siding, without argument, because they’ve got to restore it at least as good as it was before. And giving you mismatched placing isn’t what you contracted them to do.
So I would stick to your guns. And sure, give them the opportunity to find a replacement but they won’t be able to. And you don’t have to accept it and you can insist that it all be replaced with brand-new siding.
Do you have a private adjustor on this to help you with the amount claimed?
WADE: Somebody that the insurance company contacted, yes.
TOM: That adjustor is working for the insurance company. What you want to do is get a public adjustor. And a public adjustor works for you, the public. And they work on commission, this is why it doesn’t really cost you much to have these guys on the number of jobs. And they’re there to find every single, solitary thing that they can claim for and get that into the claim.
So, everything from picking up the nails on your quality that will be part of that construction project, to coming the entire house re-sided. They try to get that claim as full as possible because the more they find, the more coin they originate. Because they’re all on commission.
So I is sure to pinpoint a good-quality public adjustor. Perhaps check with your attorney. Do your research. Find somebody that "ve got a lot" of ordeal and tell them fight for you so you don’t have to fight with the insurance company.
WADE: Great. I’ll definitely look into that. Thank you.
LESLIE: Well, bathroom remodeling is one of the most popular projects for this time of year, because everybody wants it done before the holidays. Now, "the worlds biggest" challenge is that it can be complicated and expensive to get it done , not to mention inconvenient, specially if it’s the only bathroom in the house.
TOM: Well, fortunately, you don’t need to tear into walls or completely absolutely reconfigure plumbing to get enormous decisions. We’ve got some tips-off for how to procreate small-scale changes and additions to your shower to create the kind of space "youve been" need, in today’s Better Get a Truck Tip presented by Hertz.
LESLIE: Yep. First of all, let’s talk about a few roads that you can increase the gap in your bathroom. First of all, think about a reces sink. I know they’re kind of out of the ordinary but they can manufacture your lavatory get a lot of seat that was previously occupied by a pride. They’re pedestal style. There’s wall-mounted. That reces submerge is going to give you some functional attractivenes and again, free up a lot of that storey space.
Now, another option is to add a cabinet-mounted vessel sink. Now, these submerges are mounted on top of a scaled-down cabinet or even a less traditional type of furnishing, like maybe a small, relic dresser. And that can deliver a lot of style and a little of storage in that shower. So it’s providing double-duty, which is great in a small space.
TOM: Now, next, if you’re thinking about changing out your bathroom, perhaps get one that has a WaterSense rating, so it squanders less spray. Look for one that’s got a flat tank top. This is going to give you another storage discern. So whether you situate an organizer directly on top of it or maybe you take advantage of the wall opening above it, for hanging cabinet ministers or for shelving, it’s obviously going to make sense and it’s going to save you some space.
Next, consider adding a curved-quadrant shower unit. Now, you might be thinking, “What the heck is a bowed quadrant? ” Well, these are the shower components that have two straight slopes and they’re organized into a angle and then a arched entering. And that mostly saves at least a square foot or two of infinite, compared against traditional units.
LESLIE: Now, if you’ve got to have a tub, take a look at ones that are smaller but deeper. These are going to offer a great soak with a deep-set seating. There’s even tiny, clawfoot tubs that are an option. And modern fixtures that are was encouraged by traditional Japanese bathtubs are also becoming quite popular.
Of course, coming rid of that old-fashioned tub and making dwelling a brand-new one from the residence centre is a project that requires a big truck or van. But it’s easy to tariff one for the working day from Hertz, who has a wide variety of both.
Now, lastly, use lower-profile faucets and fixtures. You’re going to find that visual seat will open up once you select that low-profile fixture. And while the reach of vogues accessible allows you to beautifully accessorize a small bath, you’re going to notice that added room. It’s those little things that are actually do make a big difference.
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LESLIE: Cindy in Illinois is on the line with a cellar question. What’s going on?
CINDY: I lived in my house for over 40 times and had no trouble with water in the basement. And then, about 3 years ago, we had a frightful shortage here and it seems like ever since then, if we get a hard-boiled rainfall, I end up with water coming up through the storey of the basement.
TOM: So, the reason you’re getting water that comes up through the flooring of the vault in a hard rain is because there’s some imperfection in your drainage milieu outside the house. So, you need to start by looking at the roof and obliging sure your gutter system is clean and manufacturing sure the downspouts are provided away from the house. It should be out 3 or 4 feet.
If that’s all in good shape, then I would take a look at the tilt of the grease around the house, the grade. If it’s genuinely flat or if there’s an area where it’s tilting in or you’re getting neighboring irrigate from runoff from a different bunch or something of that quality, you’ve have to go to regrade to keep the ocean away from the house.
The only way it’s get down there is it’s coming from the transcend and propagandizing under. It’s not a rising water table, because that takes months to happen. If it’s reactive to the rainfall, then it’s a problem with drainage, Cindy. So you need to look carefully in that area and I’m certain you’ll find the cause of it and be enabled to stop it.
Alright. Good fortune with that project. Thanks so much for announcing us at 888 -MONEY-PIT.
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Still ahead, is your garage so full that it hardly fits your car? We’re going to have some tip-off on doing the most of garage space, including an important caution when it comes to collecting kids’ stuff- like motorcycles, clods and plays- after this.
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LESLIE: And I’m Leslie Segrete.
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Now, Sean writes: “I’ve decided I’d like to start parking my vehicle inside the garage.”
TOM: What a concept.
LESLIE: Well, that’s a story concept.
“Do you have any tip-off for organise and placing all the stuff that’s parked in there right now?”
TOM: You know, garage storage is something that really has to be set up once and then maintained daily by all members of the family. So it requires kind of a family commitment. But I ponder the key should be safety. Because if you think about it, the garage is the only place where you have toys and toxins right in the same chamber. So you’ve got to be first careful to make sure you continue that nonsense separate.
So, for toxins, we’re talking about the paint, the oil, the cans of gasoline, the cans of lubricant. All that sort of stuff ought to up high, locked away in cabinets so that the adolescents can’t get their hands on it.
And likewise, from a security perspective, you do want to keep stuff off the field. So, if that symbolizes a ladder, that needs to be hung up on the wall. If it means all the kids’ bats and lumps, you’ve got to hang maybe a net- what do you call those net shipment things, Leslie?
LESLIE: I mean that’s exactly what it is. They’re almost like a hammock.
TOM: It’s called a “net baggage thing? ” Yeah.
LESLIE: Yeah. It’s like a ...
TOM: It’s like a- right, it’s like a hammock, yeah.
And that’s an easy thing to do because you get two hookings, you sling the hammock up there and you hurl all the clods in there and they’re off the flooring. Because you are able to go into the infinite at night. Shorter daylights now. You could junket, you could fall. You really want to think about safety and organization. But the bottom line is you’ve got to get everybody to sort of buy into it. Because if not, it’s all going to fall apart awfully, very quickly.
LESLIE: Oh. And it does. I feel like it falls apart every time the boys go in there and take something out. So I’m perpetually doing an upkeep of the garage.
I too like to revolve things seasonally, threw the stuff that we’re exercising more frequently to the front and the stuff we’re not consuming towards the back. You’ve got to really think about the ways that you can use the space so it preserves everybody safe and too sort of instinctively restrains everybody coordinated. That’s the difficult part.
Alright. Next up, we’ve got one here from Ray. Now, Ray writes: “How do you heat and convert an attached garage to a year-round living space for older persons who like it warmer in the winter and cool during the summer? ”
TOM: Well, first of all, I’ve seen a lot of garage changeovers, especially in the 20 year that I deplete as a home inspector, and I’ve rarely seen them done well. Party ever make shortcuts with these things. And if you’re going to alter a garage to living space, you pretty much have to treat it just like an addition. That intends it’s got to include removing the overhead door, you’ve came to reframe the opening, you’ve got to add siding from the outside. You required to build up the foundation so that it’s level across the front, just like the foundation on the rest of your house.
You’re also going to need to deal with the flooring, because garage floorings are ascent, right? So, since this garage floor ascent, it’s going to have to be repoured so that it’s flat. And then, of course, formerly all that’s done you are able to "ve been thinking about" the mechanicals. Think about the bumpy mechanicals, including the heating of the garage. It is not likely, Ray, that your home’s existing plan "il go to" be able to step up to add fairly heat to that garage.
So, if you’re going to take this on, you’ve got to do it right and you’ve have to go to pretty much receiving treatment like it’s an addition to your house. Because only then will you not detract from your residence value and to be provided with a room that is truly livable.
This is The Money Pit Home Improvement Show. We hope that you are having a really good day. We appreciate you taking part of that to listen to us. If you’re out and about shopping for the anniversary or if you’re doing some last-minute fix-ups, whatever is on your to-do list, it can always be slipped over to ours when you call us, 24/7, at 888 -MONEY-PIT. If we’re not in the studio, we will call you the next time we are. And recollect, you can always post your question online at MoneyPit.com.
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LESLIE: Now we’ve got Kathleen in Illinois on the line and she’s got a question about installing faux-tin ceiling tiles. What can we do for you?
KATHLEEN: I’m calling about a renovation project that we are trying to do on a three-season sun porch. And it’s a 12×27 room. We did tackle doing window replacement by ourselves and we managed to do that. They’re vinyl-clad windows, the tilt-in kind and everything. But the ceiling right now is 12-inch tiles that are – they seem to be glued up to the ceiling. They’re not on a grid system; they’re just up there. And we want to put faux-tin ceilings. And we’re wondering if that’s a project that we could tackle or is that something best left to professionals or – we’re looking for your advice.
We had some damage from rain on the roof and we’ve had the roof replaced. But I even painted over where the water stains were with a Zinsser Stain Stop. You can still see the – it did not cover it, so we need to change the ceiling.
TOM: Hey, they make these tiles that are a drop-ceiling type of a tile that looks just like tin. Have you seen those, Kathleen?
KATHLEEN: Yes, we have. And we thought that those were very cool and we didn’t know – do you think just LIQUID NAILS or something to put it up over these existing tiles?
TOM: What’s underneath the tiles? Plywood sheathing?
KATHLEEN: I don’t know. It feels really solid when you push a …
TOM: I would try to figure out what’s underneath it before installing faux-tin ceiling tiles. You could take some pieces of the old tiles apart, see how thick that is. I would prefer to have a mechanical attachment, like a staple or something like that, than just simply the glue. The glue is OK.
LESLIE: I mean I would use LIQUID NAILS and something else.
TOM: Yeah, exactly.
KATHLEEN: Uh-huh. And you don’t think it would – I don’t want it to look uneven, you know, how they – you see sometimes those grid systems where the tiles kind of droop and sloop and look …
TOM: No, if it’s done really well, it looks great. We’ve seen them at really high-end décor showrooms, where you have some really upscale decorating done, and they look fantastic.
KATHLEEN: OK. Alright. Well, thank you so much.
TOM: You’re very welcome. Good luck with that project, Kathleen, and thanks so much for calling us at 888-MONEY-PIT.
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LESLIE: Alright. Now I’ve went Ralph on the line.
Ralph, what’s going on at your coin quarry?
RALPH: I have several crannies appearing at the areas of doorways. They’re diagonal from the doorway up towards the ceiling. There’s even one in an archway. It’s a squared archway but it could have had a door in it but didn’t.
RALPH: And I’m wondering A) what’s probably making that? The house is about 32 years old. It’s drywall. And could it be fixed with just fiberglass tape and spackle?
TOM: Yeah. So, first of all, Ralph, it’s reasonably usual to have that kind of crack. If you think about the wall structure, wherever you have, virtually, a excavation in the wall, which would be for a opening or an archway or even a space if it’s on an exterior wall, you is often used to get more fluctuation of the wall around those openings because it’s a little bit bigger, it’s a little bit weaker. It’s kind of almost like- be taken into consideration it as a hinge as the wall- as the house expands and contracts. It’s going to open up in those rooms. To have sounds, therefore, in those recess is not anything certainly, by itself, to worry about.
Now, how do you determine this and how do you stop saying that from picturing back up again? And you mentioned fiberglass videotape and that is, in fact, the best way we’ve find a way of make that repair. Because if you really spackle it, certainly, that crack’s becoming to form once again because the spackle’s not really doing anything. It’s not going to expand and contract with it; it’s just going to fall right out.
So, the best thing to do is to put the fiberglass tape on and then do two or three coats of new spackle above that tape. The tape tends to bridge that cracking and keep that wall from reform and opening up in those angles again. So I would do that. And remember, before you put one across your strip, I’d like you to softly sand that to make sure we don’t have any dirt or grease on it. We wanted to good adhesion. And that fiberglass tape is shabby, so you don’t even have to worry about spackling it in place; it’ll just stay there.
But then, when you kept those strata of spackle on, disappear thin. Fight the temptation to put a good deal on thinking you’ll get the job done quicker. Put thin mantles on there, beach in between. And when you’re done, prime it and then paint it. And use a good-quality, flat ceiling coat. And I think it will stand up relatively well.
You know, maybe one or two more will open up over experience but for the most part, I think you’ll close them nicely.
RALPH: Right. Understand. It’s a stressorizer( ph ). They merely happen to occur at that point due to the movement of an aging house.
TOM: Yeah. Well, we all have stressorizers( ph ). So I have three of them. They’re called “my children.”
RALPH: I gave you the straight line.
Hey, how deep do I have to go down into the drywall? Because I figured a V-cut following the hit, fill in the hit ...
TOM: Not required. I would just take out any- if there’s any liberate spackle or drywall on that edge. You don’t have to open it up as if you’re repairing concrete now. You could just go right on top of it.
RALPH: OK. I don’t require a chunk there. But get it on thin. And feather it in on the ...
TOM: You’re going to have a - listen, you’re going to have a little bit of a clump. You can’t scaped that. But that’s why I told you to use flat wall dye. Because if "youre using" flat dye and if you primary the area first, it will blend in neatly and I’ll be really hard to detect that you have a bit more of an increase there because of the spackle.
TOM: Alright. Good fortune. Thanks so much for calling us at 888 -MONEY-PIT.
LESLIE: Alright. Now we’re going to Tennessee where Jean has a stucco question. What’s going on? How can we help you?
JEAN: Well, the chamber of representatives was built in 1914. And the outside exterior walls are covered with stucco that has the various kinds of swirly bumps where they fling the trowels on it. And it looks like it’s in good condition, so I was belief we could probably just spray it a neat complexion. It’s still various kinds of golden like it used to be. But wherever the forks of the shrubs exited against it, it’s kind of yucky and gray-looking.
But I know that where reference is coated our terrace slab, we had to do some medication to it before we could paint it. Does stucco need some preconditioning besides time hosing it off with soap and liquid?
TOM: Well, the first thing you need to do is to make sure that there’s no algae been incorporated into it. And so I would probably do a very light pressure-washing and cleansing of the outside of the house and make it baked for a good couple of dates in warm forecast. And then I would primary it with an oil-based primer and then I would use a good-quality, exterior topcoat coat over that.
You can’t chipped any recess here; you can’t take any shortcuts. But if you do it once and you make love right, it’s going to last-place you a long time, because that backing is not organic. You may find very well that paint can previous you 10 to 12 times, as opposed to maybe 5 to 8 if it was wood.
JEAN: Alright. Well, thank you.
LESLIE: Alright. Now we’re going to remote Alaska where Lonnie has an igloo question. I don’t think we’ve ever talked about an igloo.
LONNIE: OK. Well, we have the opportunity to purchase a monolithic dome, which is- it looks just like a igloo.
TOM: Oh, OK.
LONNIE: And when we were touring it- it’s only a 20 -foot in diameter. But they did have a dehumidifier inside. And on the outside, it have only just decorated with a- like a vinyl draw. A thicker depict? And there are still foams on the outside. And I took a knife and poked it and spray drained out. So I’m wondering if there’s a condensation question, especially for mold, and what it would take to remedy that.
TOM: So what is this dome fabricated out of? Is the entire thing concrete or what’s it made out of?
LONNIE: It is concrete.
TOM: Well, listen, you’ve got to have some sort of a arrangement to try to manage humidity in a cavity like that. Because let’s face it, first of all, concrete is very hydroscopic. So, liquid that will get into that concrete at the cornerstone, where it comes in contact with the clay, it’ll pull up into the concrete skin-deep and essentially saturate the part thing. If there’s bad sewage, it can get worse. But I could clearly see how it would stand extremely, terribly damp.
The moisture that you are seeing inside that make-up is clear evidence of the facts of the case that this structure is maintaining a lot of water. Now, it could draw it from the grunge or it could just be from the humidity in the air that’s getting into the walls. So, it certainly has to be managed and it is just like time a dehumidifier by itself may not be the answer. You might need to really has only one HVAC pro layout a arrangement that have been able to organize that moisture.
And in terms of the draw itself, you also have to choose a colour that is designed to stick well to material. You mentioned this is a really thick depict. We’ve seen a good deal of dyes out there that claim to be sort of almost like a liquid surfacing that are very thick-skulled. But the problem is that they’re not vapor-permeable, so they don’t breathe. As a reaction, everything keeps underneath it and then when you ascertain those froths and the liquid is just forming right there, it’s only going to continue to push that right off. And I imagine when it gets really, really cold, it’ll probably freeze and expand and crack that paint, mostly making it worthless.
So I think you have reason to be concerned. And I is sure to- if there’s a good, professional home inspector in that area that could look at it for you, that might be a pro to start with. But I definitely think you’re going to need to have an expert blueprint a arrangement that works for that.
Typically, when you decorate concrete, you want to use an epoxy-based paint that has really high adhesion and really strong durability. But it clangs to me like this paint that "theyre using", in such a case, was not that type of paint.
LONNIE: OK. Thank you for coming in. I appreciate it.
TOM: Alright. Well, good luck with that project. Thanks so much for calling us at 888-MONEY-PIT.
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LESLIE: Alan in Ohio is on the line with a flooring question. What can we help you with?
ALAN: Working on my upstairs flooring. And it had carpet up there before. The desire was- the project was to go the carpet apart and put in hardwood storeys. And so where reference is made the- when I took the carpet up, I determine asbestos tile underneath, the 8x8-inch square. That asbestos tile?
LESLIE: Green, brown and pitch-black?
ALAN: Pretty much precisely brown and pitch-black. And so, that’s part one of my question. I’ve heard or predict online that if it’s not damaged, it’s OK to leave it in their own homes. Just cover it back up. And I wanted to get some suggestion on that first.
TOM: Yeah, I anticipate the little you perturb it the most wonderful. So if it’s not make any issues, you can leave it in place and threw new carpet on top of it. But where exactly was this carpet again?
ALAN: It’s on the second floor of the home.
TOM: OK. Yeah, just leave it in place and put new carpet down on top of it.
ALAN: My original proposal was to applied hardwood floorings up there.
TOM: OK. I think that’s probably OK, as well. If you take a look at the prefabricated hardwood floorings today, they actually don’t even need to be nailed together; they lock together. Especially the engineered hardwood. And that means you’ll have less commotion in that floor.
ALAN: OK. I has already been bought the timber flooring, which has to be nailed down. So I didn’t know if you only had any advice on how to- obviously, I’m going to be put an underlayment down before I employed the hardwood storeys on. But I didn’t know if you had any advice, other than that, of an additional way to cover it up.
TOM: What’s under the tile right now? What are you frame the underlayment down? Because I’m not assured that that’s really going to be necessary.
ALAN: What’s under the tile now is just subfloor.
TOM: Yeah. Then I don’t think you need to put underlayment down. If you’ve get full plank-thickness hardwood, you are able to introduced that down.
ALAN: Well, I consider the underlayment is to help reduce noise from upstairs to downstairs.
TOM: So are you working engineered-hardwood floor here?
TOM: So you’ve got an underlayment that has to go under a nail-down floor? I’m not really familiar with that. And I don’t think it’s going to contribute in any way to soundproofing, by the way.
ALAN: OK. Well, that helps with that part of the question. The other part of the question is the floor is- it’s not flat. Over a 10 -inch or 2-foot operated, it discontinues about an inch in some situates. And it’s truly really where the house agreed above the ray in the basement.
TOM: So there’s something called a “floor-leveling compound” that you can mix up and is in addition to that and trowel into its place.
ALAN: So that’s my question. On the back of the box- it’s Bruce flooring. It says, “Do not use leveling compound.” And so, I was- I’m at a loss, a little, on what to do to level the floor.
TOM: OK. Well, if they don’t want you to use leveling compound, then you have to do this the old-fashioned way and that is by basically house this up with real grove cloth. Now, what you could do is you could use the combined effects of shims or very thin plywood and try to build this up as flat as possible and then install the flooring on top of that. Really be careful that you don’t create a situation where the floor sort of tries to bend or turn on this unequal section.
So, for example, you are able to never crave the floorings to go sort of parallel with the drop-off, because then the board is going to sort of bend downward and opening up policies and begin a gap.
ALAN: That’s what my concern is, more. So, OK. Looks like going the old-fashioned way.
TOM: Alright. Good luck with that project. Thanks so much for calling us at 888 -MONEY-PIT.
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LESLIE: Glenn, you’ve came The Money Pit. How can we help you today?
GLENN: Hi. I was calling to find out- I was looking to purchase, exercised, a propane hot stove for the house to replace my wood stove. And my question is- I live in town, in a residence now that has natural gas. And I’m know ... ... if a propane stove could work in a natural-gas environment.
TOM: Not unless it has a brand-new burner put into it. Because the burners are different for propane and for natural gas, Glenn. So you can’t merely use one in place of the other; you have to have a different burner. Because the orifice, the size of the holes where the gas "re coming out", is different.
GLENN: Oh, OK. Now, I know- I’ve had experience in go something that’s natural gas and altering it. I would predict, then, that you would make it smaller.
TOM: Same idea, yeah. And you have to have the right areas to do that.
GLENN: OK. So it sounds like probably more than a project and probably more costly than I would want to tackle.
TOM: Probably, yeah. You might be- merely want to pick up a new stove. By the time you get the portions for it, you’d probably be halfway there. And this path, you’ll be starting clean-living, OK?
GLENN: Well, thank you for letting me know that and I really appreciate your assistance. And I enjoy listening to the show.
TOM: Well, thank you for coming in, Glenn. Good fortune with that project.
LESLIE: Alright. Thanks so much for calling The Money Pit.
You can reach us anytime, 24/7, at 888 -MONEY-PIT with your residence reparation or residence betterment question. Maybe you’ve got a question about moving. Well, you’d better get a truck to empty out all that added substance you’ve got lying around so your residence doesn’t look populace to those potential buyers. We’re going to have some residence staging tips-off to help you get started, in today’s Better Get a Truck Tip presented by Hertz, next.
TOM: This is The Money Pit Home Improvement Show. I’m Tom Kraeutler.
LESLIE: And I’m Leslie Segrete.
TOM: We’re here to help you take over your home improvement projects and get them done once, get them done right so you don’t have to do them again. The count is 1-888-MONEY-PIT. Give us a ask, right now, with your dwelling improvement question.
LESLIE: Now we’ve came Deanne on the line who needs some facilitate with the windows at her fund crater. What’s going on?
DEANNE: I have age-old, steel-framed, metal commercial-grade spaces in my house. And the outside walls are double brick. There’s no grove in the outside walls, so this organization is bolt right into the brick. And we made out one and superseded it and we had a very hard time do that. And I don’t know if we should replace them or time try to repair them.
TOM: Well, I entail if you restore them, they’re- I can’t imagine they’re highly energy-efficient. So, restoring them and constructing them operational could regenerate some of the gathering but I don’t think they’ll be energy-efficient. Replacing them is a better option but of course, as you cited, because they’re built into the wall it’s a difficult installation. Because you’ve got to get the old ones out.
So, is this a project you want to do yourself or you think maybe you want to have a pro help you?
DEANNE: I used to have a builder’s license but I- physically, I can’t do that anymore. So I’d probably hire someone.
TOM: Yeah, I think you might want to think about doing that. Because taking out those aged, metal windows that are screwed into the brick is an abominable lot of work. And likewise, if you’re going to threw replacement openings in, they’ve got to be measured just right and they’ve got to be installed simply right so that they don’t leak. And I don’t think you want that responsibility. You ought to have a pro measure them and install updates. I think this way, you’ll be assured they come out just right.
Thanks so much for announcing us at 888 -MONEY-PIT.
LESLIE: Well, if your home feels small-time and you’re planning to move but you’ve got to sell that old residence first, you are aware, placing your residence before those potential buyers show up can actually help you create a positive first impression. But this almost always involves going rid of a lot of what made your residence multitude in the first place. We’re going to have tips that can help, in today’s Better Get a Truck Tip presented by Hertz.
TOM: Now, first, understand this: most residence customers are leaving a infinite that’s become too small for them. So if your dwelling is cluttered, if you’ve got too much furniture or if you’ve came knickknacks running out of every cranny and cranny, it’s not going to be very plead to possible residence buyers who are coming from an equally gathered space.
LESLIE: Yeah, that’s true.
Now, another common misconception that dealers originate is expecting that potential residence customer are to be able to share that sense of decor and mode that they have. And that’s probably not going to happen. So if you happen to adoration immense antique armoires from the 1920 s or anything else that’s not neutral, be disposed of it so that those potential buyers can imagine their own stuff in your infinite. Because get this, guys: parties have a hard time imagining stuff.
TOM: They really do.
Next, you want to keep in mind that potential purchasers are nosy by nature. And I know it’s various kinds of annoying but glance, they’re checking out every cranny and cranny. So they’re going to open up every cabinet, they’re going to inspect every closet when they safarus your dwelling. So be ready for it.
You want to make sure your staging efforts include emptying out those seats. You miss to utter them look spacious and inviting to brand-new customers. Now, they don’t have to be totally empty. About 50 percentage, though, would be the rule of thumb. Don’t put more than 50 percentage of the stuff in the wardrobe or in the cabinet. So when they open it up, they move, “Oh, yeah, there’s plenty of chamber in now. Look at all the stuff they’ve got and there’s still more room to go.”
LESLIE: “Oh, my God. Look at all the more nonsense I can put in here.” I’m literally time thinking about what my house looks like at home right now. I’m like, “I can’t ever move.” We are jam-packed.
Another thing is that for much of the reasons, you’re going to want to limit wall decorations to fewer and larger patches of artwork. And include a few strategically-placed reflects that are going to expand that space and wonder its best assets.
Now, formerly you’ve cleared out the opening, it’s OK to accessorize with what’s left but limit this to uncluttered grouping of no more than two or three entries. I ever going to be home odd amounts. I don’t know why. I only feel like it’s a decorating thing. But you’ve got to make sure that you tell parties realize the room. Don’t overcrowd it.
TOM: Now, you might be wondering what are you going to do with all the stuff that we’ve told you to be disposed of. Well, what I think you should do is rent a truck or van from Hertz and move it into a short-term storage space. Think about it: "we il be" big advocates of using hired storage infinite to help declutter a dwelling that you want to sell. It’s a small additional expenditure but if you think about it compared to the increased sales price that you’re more likely to get for a dwelling that appears open and welcoming to new purchasers, it is totally worth it.
Plus, "ve been thinking about" it this action, too: you’re going to be half moved out by the time you sell your mansion. And it’ll be so much easier to get the rest- get the final few fragments out and away and set up in the new place.
LESLIE: That is true-life. Nonetheless, downside: you might end up liking all that newfound space in your home and stay put.
TOM: Yeah, exactly.
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LESLIE: Greg in Texas is looking to do some building. How can we help you?
GREG: Moved in with my parents who the hell is elderly and kind of needing some help.
GREG: And so they had a three-bedroom, one-bath house. And so it’s merely a little bit kind of crowded. And what I was trying to figure out is would it be better to add a room on to the back of the house and go ahead- that they are able to involve more construction and contributing a lavatory, which would represent having to redo the septic system. We’re on a septic system there. Or it’d be a lot more cost-effective, I think, to lay in a 12 x16 storage unit in the back and- but then insulate it and applied an air conditioner where if I wanted to invest some time out there, I could, but not consequently thrown a lavatory in.
TOM: So are you talking about build this storage part? You convey like house a shed? Kind of like a husband cave?
GREG: Right. Yeah. When it comes time to sell, though, what would be the more- the better deal to do, you think?
TOM: Yeah. I would tell you right off you’re better off expanding the house , now, because that’s where your value is. You’re not going to get as much value from a standalone building like that. Plus, you may run up against some zoning issues. You’re speaking about - you are aware, it’s like construct a second house on the property, even if it’s really small. Doesn’t matter if it’s on a small space for storage. It’s still like having a second building on the quality, so I think you’ll probably be better off improving the house itself.
What you might want to do is speak to a realtor or two- a neighbourhood real estate agent- and determine what the added advantage of your dwelling would be compared against. In your community, if most of the homes are two-bath and you have one bath, you have been able add a significant value to the house by putting that second bath in. And if you’re adding a bedroom and a shower, that’s how homes are valued. They’re equated against other residences that have the same number of beds or bathrooms.
So I is hypothesized that expanding the existing live is going to be- give you a far better return on investment than house an undetermined, at this top, sorting of guy cave out there. Even though I’m sure you’d love to go out there and get away from your parents formerly in a while, I don’t blame you. I make the most efficient way to improve the appreciate and maintain the value of the dwelling you have is to work at that height, OK?
GREG: Yeah. OK. Well, I appreciate it.
TOM: Alright, Greg. Good fortune with that job. Thanks so much for calling us at 888-MONEY-PIT.
LESLIE: You can reach us anytime, 24/7, right here at 888-MONEY-PIT.
Well, winter is coming. No, I don’t aim Game of Thrones. I imply actual wintertime. Geez. Game of Thrones would have been so much better.
But winter is coming, you guys, and it can be really tough on trees. Now, if you’ve ever had to cut one up that’s fallen down, it’s not an easy position. We’re going to share some tips on a new, battery-powered chainsaw that makes quick work of that job without the need for gas, petroleum, pull lines that attempt to pluck your shoulders out, coming up after this.
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LESLIE: And I’m Leslie Segrete.
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And First Alert has one. We’re giving one away as part of the First Alert Home Safety Kit. You’ll get a kitchen volley extinguisher, together with a smoke detector, carbon-monoxide alarm and combo alarm. Total package worth 145 horses that’s going out to one caller drawn at random. Make that you. Call us, right now, with your residence increase question at 1-888-MONEY-PIT.
LESLIE: Lee in Kansas on the line with a concrete question. Tell us what you are working on.
LEE: I’m in an aged mansion that I came in a survivorship and it’s got an old- probably was built in the 60 s. I’m in the prairie of Kansas. It has an entryway concrete foyer that just restrains cracking and cracking due to earthquakes. We had a pretty good one a few weeks or so ago and now it’s really unlevel. Some of the crackings are small enough that I could replenish and aren’t unlevel. And I was just wondering- because I don’t live near a Lowe’s or a Home Depot or anything like that. I think it’s like an hour-and-a-half drive away. There’s a regional equipment supermarket about 10 miles.
Can you fill small-minded fractures with QUIKRETE or do you are required to concrete or Sakrete? I don’t is common knowledge that certain differences are.
TOM: OK. So, first of all, the type of repair material you use is different than the type of material you are able to use if only we, say, moving a brand-new concrete slab. And you mentioned QUIKRETE. That’s a great brand and they have a wide variety of mend produces. You have the option to repair the rifts. You had the opportunity to resurface that concrete. There’s a product for that. And in all cases, the difference between that type of a product- a mend product and the original kind of concrete concoction- is that the reparation products are designed to adhere to the original concrete base. If anything is loose, of course, you have to pop that out and regenerate it.
But short-lived of that, there are plenty of concrete-repair makes that are out there and you’re going to obviously have to get yourself to a equipment collect or lumberyard to find it. You could do some study online at their website. But you want to make sure you choose a repair make, because it is designed specifically to adhere to those surfaces.
LEE: OK. Thank you so much. Alright.
LESLIE: Well, wintertime is right around the corner and we know that that time of year is really tough on trees.
Now, if you’ve ever had to cut one up that’s fallen down, you know it’s a hard responsibility. So we’ve got some tips-off on a new, battery-powered chainsaw from Greenworks Pro that makes quick work of that campaign without the need for gas, lubricant or pulling ropes that can actually gather your shoulders out. It’s the 18 -Inch 60 -Volt Lithium-Ion 18-Inch Brushless Cordless Electric Chainsaw.
TOM: Yeah. Those Greenworks Pro makes are awesome. This 60 -Volt Cordless Chainsaw has a lot of supremacy. It can actually establish 180 sections- 180 chips- on a fully-charged battery. And the reason it can do that is not only the artillery but also that it has a very high-efficiency, brushless machine that is essentially created in order to give you more capability, more torque and very quiet operation. Which is a huge difference when you compare it to the gas-powered chainsaws, which are just so freaking loud.
Now, this has an 18 -inch Oregon bar and a chain. And what I like is that it’s got a push-button start. So, again , no pull cord. So you time push the button and you are good to go.
And you can really get a lot of work done with these battery-powered lawn-and-garden tools, Leslie, right?
LESLIE: I mean you can get hours and hours of projects done around the property. And the best part is that it’s always ready to go. You know, with that charged battery, you’re ready to go. There’s none of that messy tuning-up, performing sure that things have enough fluid in them and everything’s properly lubricated and things are new. You can exactly pick it up and do the yard labor. It’s really a awesome tool to have around the house.
You should check it out in person or online at Lowe’s and Lowes.com. It’s a implement that’s about 329 horses, so maybe for your Christmas list? Come on, guys. We’ve got the holidays around the corner and it’s definitely something that you can add and use quite often in your toolshed.
TOM: Hey, if you’ve went questions, we’ve got answers. Dedicate us a summon, right now, at 1-888-MONEY-PIT.
LESLIE: You can reach us anytime, 24/7, right here at 888-MONEY-PIT.
Still to come, you want to make sure your fridge can handle all of those leftovers as the holidays are about to begin. We’re was just going to have the step-by-step tips, next.
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LESLIE: And retain, guys, you can always post your questions at MoneyPit.com or on Money Pit’s Facebook page.
Now, I’ve got one here from Gabriella in New York and she writes: “I live in an apartment with hot-water steam heat. The decorate on the wall above one of the units is peeling and has dark tinges that look like mold. Is that caused by the heating unit? If so, what can I do to fix it or stop it from happening? ”
TOM: You know, that’s a very common supposition but it’s actually mistaken. You have to think about those radiators and sort of the convective loop of breath this kind of cleans over them. They’re warm, so the coldnes breath fell off them and then does sort of a U-turn and goes right back up the wall. As it does so, it attracts all the dust that’s in the house various kinds of with it and it can leave flashes on the wall right above the radiator.
Sometimes, you also see these on ceilings. And those streaks are going to align with the storey rafters above, because that’s a colder face and the surface to the left and the liberty is not. So it affixes to those colder skin-deeps and that’s why it gapes so streaky.
So it’s not molding. That’s the good news. It’s dirt. Maybe you have a dirty house. That’s the worst that could happen. But you need to not worry about that mold concern. It’s certainly a simple thing for you to clean that up.
And by the way, if you is a lot of this, stop burning candles. That positions a good deal of carbon into the air and it’s one of the ways that we kind of pollute our insides without really- insides of our room without genuinely knowing it.
LESLIE: And you know what, Gabriella? Living in New York with those steam-heat pipes, it’s probably 8,000 positions in your apartment and you’re wearing summer attire all time long anyway. So precisely enjoy your little mini-vacation in your red-hot apartment.
TOM: Well, when it comes to keeping those leftovers around for another meal, a fridge that’s running at its best is important. Leslie has got some gratuities on how you can improve your fridge economy, with this week’s edition of Leslie’s Last Word.
LESLIE: Yeah. You want to make sure that your fridge is stream optimally. So, you’ve got to make sure that it’s not too cold. I know everybody’s like, “But the refrigerator is supposed to be cold.” Yeah but it’s not too a second freezer. It’s supposed to actually be a refrigerator. And that magic temperature is somewhere between 37 and 40 measures. So you’ve got to make sure that you’re guiding right there.
You also want to make sure that that seal is airtight so cold breath isn’t escape. Now, the best way to test this is with a dollar proposal inserted into the door. If it slips out easily when that entrance is closed, the gasket simply isn’t working right. And you can replace door gaskets for a better shut. You can just simply look up the manufacturer, the serial number, the type of refrigerator, whether it’s the fridge or the freezer doorway that needs it. And you will find the percentage precisely for that fridge, because you’ve got to form sure you get one that’s properly sized and the right piece.
Now, here’s another idea that you might not have considered: if you want to reduce costs, you’ve got to be sure to cover the food. “Now, why? I exactly want to stick this pasty in the refrigerator.” No. Stick a cover on it because discovered meat will release moisture into the refrigerator. And that’s going to make your refrigerator production a good deal harder to keep it cool.
And it might seem counterintuitive but a near-empty refrigerator expends more influence than a full one. Now, when they’re in the fridge, the food and the fluid will collect and place the freezing. So your fridge is working harder to maintain that freezing when it’s empty. Each little, freezing component in the fridge almost acts like its own little ice pack and stops everything cool. So it’s better to have a lot of stuff in there. Though, if you are serving a big meal and you apprehend a lot of leftovers of goose and stuffing, you’d better have office for those working because you’re going to want to eat them.
TOM: Absolutely. You go through so much work to get that vacation dinner ready. I’m looking for at least a work’s worth of grub out of it after the festivity has passed.
LESLIE: Right? And you know what? I ever definitely sounds like I deplete so much better meter cooking it that when it comes time to sit down and gobble, I don’t actually want to eat it. So two, three days after Thanksgiving is when I’m like, “Oh , now I actually want that turkey and stuffing.”
TOM: This is The Money Pit Home Improvement Show. Coming up next time on the program, are you dreaming of a toasty, warm barrage this anniversary season? Well, a wood-burning fireplace is not your only option. We’re going to have tips to keep you toasty and heated, including some that don’t require kindles, 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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