Tired of having to walk to bird-dog at all hours of the winter day? Tom& Leslie saunter though the best options in doggy doors, plus dish out the best recipe to stimulate sidewalk sparkler disappear with destroying concrete and share a $ 20 improvement that will provide more sizzling water.Adding a doggy door lets your pooch foot him or herself! Learn how to pick the privilege entrance( there’s at least 4 types !), get onto properly installed and teach your baby to use. Learn the best way to burglar proof your baby door so skinny burglars don’t try and slip inside! Wondering why your gaits seem frayed and pitted after every wintertime? Traditional rock salt acts, but it’s unusually corrosive to faces and foliages material opposed and tattered. Tom& Leslie share a recipe for a non-corrosive deicer that won’t harm your sidewalks or your indoor floorings when it’s tracked into the house. It’s likewise a lot safer for babies! Find out why your water heater has to work harder in cold temperatures and how a $20 DIY project can make your hot water last-place a lot longer.
Plus, answers to questions about countertop refinishing, sealing drafty windows, heating a garage, leaky roofs and finishing a cellar and more.
Do you have a home improvement or decoration question? Call the show 24/7 at 888 -MONEY-PIT ( 888 -6 66 -3 974) or post your question here.Read Transcript
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: Pick up the telephone, give us a summon. We want to talk about your next home betterment programme, especially if you’ve "ve got nothing" planned for 2019. Do you have a New Year’s resolution that has something to do with perhaps improving a floor, lending a patio, depicting a chamber, changing a kitchen? Those are all immense topics for us to chitchat about. But cause us a summon, right now, and we’ll help you get that job done at 1-888-MONEY-PIT, 888 -6 66 -3 974.
Coming up on today’s show, we’re all wearing more blankets these days as the temperatures continue to drop. But your domesticateds need that care, extremely, so we’re going to have some tips on how to safeguard your puppy against the frigid temperatures, including theories for a scorching doghouse.
LESLIE: And likewise onward, with all the time that babies are spending inside during the winter, it’s a good time to give your dwelling an electric checkup to make sure you have the best shock- and tamper-resistant electric outlet and permutations in place. We’re going to share a simple checklist to follow, in just a bit.
TOM: Plus, have you ever needed to travel with maybe tools to get a project done, perhaps a vacation home or something of that sort? It’s actually not so easy, specially if it’s by aircraft. We’re going to share some gratuities to utter that process travel smoothly and share some of the surprising things that kinfolks thought they could wander with.
LESLIE: And in just a couple of months, we’re going to start getting those asks from those of you who abused rock salt or other corrosive ice-melt concoctions and now you need to know how to fix all those flaws that left on the surface of your sidewalks. Well, this hour, we’re giving away a produce that can clear the frost without those fuss. It’s a equip of the new liquid Entry, which is a chloride-free ice softened, and a 1-gallon sprayer.
TOM: Yep. It’s also much safer for babies. And that package is worth 45 horses, going out to one listener who reachings us with their residence increase question. You can also post your question to the Community page at MoneyPit.com or on The Money Pit’s social media. The digit is 1-888-666-3974.
LESLIE: Laurie in Illinois is on the line with a mold question.
LAURIE: My husband and I think that there possibly might be some mold in our drywall or insulation in our dwelling and we wondered the best way to check for that. We don’t have any airflow in our residence, though.
TOM: What impels you think you have mold? Do you physically see it?
LAURIE: Well, we have an underground- part of our residence is underground and there is a lot of humidity, it seems like, in the air. We’ve seen some mildew on some entries in our home. And we have some cold-like manifestations now and then that we envisage might be caused from it.
LESLIE: It’s like allergies, you’re saying.
TOM: So it’s more of the consequences of it that you’re concerned about.
TOM: And this is in the basement.
LAURIE: Yes. It’s in the members of the home that’s underground and I had predicted online that some of those mold measure paraphernaliums are erroneous that you buy in the place or mold inspections can be very costly. I simply didn’t know the best choice there.
TOM: Well, the truth is that mold pretty much exists in every dwelling and so we can always conclude mildew. The question is whether or not this is causing a problem in your house.
What kind of floor do you have in that basement, Laurie?
LAURIE: It’s cement and then there’s carpet over that.
LESLIE: That’s a huge mold net right there. If you were to get rid of that, you would notice. Even if there’s moisture management in a basement, we never recommend putting a carpet down on a concrete slab in a basement region, really because concrete’s hydroscopic. It draws the moisture from the anchor. That then gets into the carpet pad, the carpet itself. And then the dirt goes in there and you’ve got a breeding ground for mold.
So if you were to get rid of that, put down laminate or tile, help some area rugs, you’re instantly going to notice a better respiratory place, I think.
TOM: Well, exactly. Plus, carpet is a filter material, so that carpet can capture dust, dust tinges and all sorts of other allergens. So there could be other things, Laurie, here that are causing the breathing issues.
So let’s exactly give you some general clean-air advice. First of all, as Leslie said, the carpet’s not a good doctrine. Secondly, you want to make sure that your vault remains as dry as possible. And the room you do that is by making sure the trough organisation is clean, free-flowing and the downspout is exhausting away from the chamber of representatives itself.
Secondly, we may want to add some sort of a filtration method. Now, do you have forced breath into that cellar room?
LAURIE: We do not. We do have a dehumidifier that we run and "weve had" some ceiling devotees but not in every chamber or not in every area.
TOM: So, is it a hot-water heated residence?
LAURIE: No, it’s electric.
TOM: It’s all electrical?
TOM: OK. So what we would really like to see is some sort of a filtration plan in there- a good-quality, portable aura filter, electronic air cleanser perhaps- that will pull the junk and dust touches and anything else that is of allergen basis out of that basement cavity. So a portable breath cleaner could be a good addition.
But I suspect, from everything that you’ve told us, abbreviating dampness and removing the carpet will become that seat a lot more comfortable.
LAURIE: Excellent. Thank you so much better. That gives me some enormous ideas.
TOM: Alright. Well, good luck with that assignment, Laurie, and thanks so much for calling us at 888 -MONEY-PIT.
LAURIE: Thank you.
LESLIE: Joe in Pennsylvania is on the line, dealing with some heating concerns. Tell us what’s going on at your coin pit.
JOE: We have a furnace; it’s a propane furnace. It’s about five or six year. It’s pretty good for heating the house but it seems like some of the areas are hotter than an oven and some of the offices seem to be cooler. And what happens is there’s no consistency, so I have a hard time with getting everything fluctuated so that all stands even. And I don’t know how to adjust that so that it would heat the house evenly.
TOM: OK. So your furnace is kind of dumb in the help feeling that either it’s on or off, right? So that takes care of the furnace part of it. The question here is with the duct plan; it’s the rationing throughout the house.
This is a forced-air system, Joe?
TOM: So, the pipe organisation is what has to be tweaked here to get the balance just right. Now, the acces you adjust a duct method is first by designing it properly, which may be the issue here. And that’s kind of hard to fix without including additional ductwork to it or rerouting things that you have.
The second lane you adjust it is by controlling the dampers- the canal dampers. Now, pipe dampers are going to be mounted usually somewhere close to the furnace or at least at the very beginning of a canal line.
TOM: And it’s evidenced by a small handle on the side of the canal. And if you look at the nut and rod that the manipulate be connected to, there’s going to be sort of a flat slit to it. If the flat is horizontal to the duct system, it’s off. If it’s going with the canal organisation, it’s on. And you can adjust the flow with those duct damps. And the third way you can control this is with the actual registers inside the room, whether they’re opened or closed.
Now, if those readjustments don’t change anything, the other thing to look at is the return air: where the return is plucking from. The best HVAC-system design has returns in every area. If you don’t have both the equip and return in the same room, you’re going to have a center return: frequently a bigger register in the hallway near a cluster of rooms. And if you improve the airflow back to the return, that can improve the balance, as well. How much you do that? Well, it could be something as simple as subverting doors.
But this is a balance issue; it has nothing to do with the fact that you have a furnace that’s a propane furnace. It’s going to supply heat as it’s designed to do but the dispensation is the issue. And it’s probable, also, that there could be fan adjustments to the fan rushed that could impact this. But I think it’s over and above what you can do when we get into the fan work and the multi quickens and that sort of thing. That’s genuinely a job for a service professional. But you could take a look for those duct dampers and see if they exist and see if you can tweak the airflow to make it a bit more comfortable.
JOE: Alright. I would be happy to do that.
TOM: Alright, Joe. Good luck with that projection. Thanks so much for announcing us at 888 -MONEY-PIT.
LESLIE: You are sung to The Money Pit Home Improvement Radio Show on air and online at MoneyPit.com. Now you can call in your dwelling amend or your dwelling betterment question 24 hours a day, 7 days a week right here. We’re standing by at 888 -MONEY-PIT.
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Up next, you pull out all the stops to keep your house and family warm through the winter but how is your pet doing? We’ve got some tips on highways you can remain domesticateds safe from those frigid temperatures, after this.
Where home mixtures live, this is The Money Pit Home Improvement Show. I’m Tom Kraeutler.
LESLIE: And I’m Leslie Segrete.
TOM: Pick up the phone and return us a bellow, right now, with your how-to question, your DIY dilemma at 1-888-MONEY-PIT. If you’ve got a project you’re planning to get done and you don’t know how to start or require some gratuities on which is the best way to go - you are aware, do you get it on yourself? Do you get some help? Do you use wood lumber? Do you use composite log? Are you going to do something with pavers? You just wanted to redo your kitchen? We’ve went ideas that can help you get through those chores, because we’ve done those projects. We’ve screwed up plenty of them but we’ve learned from our mistakes and we’ll share them- some of those tips-off- with you. That count, again, is 1-888-MONEY-PIT.
And hey, if you’ve already seen your share of slippery sidewalks and driveways, you’re going to cherish this hour’s giveaway, because we’ve got a supply of the new liquid Entry Ice Melt and a 1-gallon sprayer going out to one listener outlined at random. This is a clear, liquid, chloride-free formula so it doesn’t track the mess inside. It’s better for pets, for surfaces and countries around the world. And a bit leads a long way.
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LESLIE: Joan in California needs some assist with a kitchen remodel. How’s it going?
JOAN: Yes, well, we haven’t started hitherto and I merely need some the recommendations on how to is starting. Do you start with an architect or what do you do?
TOM: That’s a good question. So, meaning becomes perfect. You want to start with a schedule. Now, are you virtually going to replace the kitchen in sort of the same layout that you have right now, Joan? Or are you thinking about actually changing things up a good deal?
JOAN: Well, it’s a very small kitchen and I simply want to know how to maximize everything.
TOM: Alright. So if it’s a small kitchen, you can probably do this inexpensively by perhaps starting with a home center. A parcel of the home centers have decorators that work on the- work on designing kitchens for the cabinetry that they sell. And for a very small fee, they can help you lay that out and take advantage of all of the latest options.
If you want to do more than that, what you’re going to do is hire a certified kitchen-and-bath decorator. But this is sort of like hiring an interior decorator that works just on kitchens and soaks. And that’s going to cost you a few cases bucks.
But if you want to only do this an easy way, I would start with a home center, in the kitchen agency, and see if they’ll lay out some options for you exerting the characteristics of cabinets that they sell. Those closets are usually pretty affordable at that stage and they’ll be able to give you some thoughts on things, perhaps, you haven’t thought about.
LESLIE: You is common knowledge that, Joan? I think it’s really smart to keep a notepad in the kitchen. And everybody and anybody, yourself and your family who use the space, as you walk through and notice little areas where you’re tripping over one another or things that really don’t make sense or you wish that X was here and not there, sort of jot all of those down. So "when youre doing" go sit down with- whether it’s a certified kitchen-and-bath decorator or someone in the home center, you sort of have all of these issues that could be addressed or might be able to be addressed.
JOAN: One thing I actually require is more electrical outlets, so that’ll have to clearly be in the plan.
TOM: Well, it’s surely in the hope and you’ll do these things in order. The first thing you’ll do is rip out the old-time cabinets and the next thing you’ll do would be to rough-in brand-new wiring and new plumbing to have it exactly where you want it. And then, of course, you’ll start the installation of the new cabinetry as approximately the last step.
It’s likewise a good time to think about universal design in the kitchen, perhaps having countertops of different height. So as you get older, you could sit down and work at the kitchen bar as opposed to merely standing up. So, think of the sort of accessibility issues when you design this kitchen, as well.
JOAN: How much duration should I allow for something like this?
TOM: Well, it depends on whether you have sort of all your ducks in a row. Sometimes it takes a while to get all the cabinets delivered. But if everything is accessible and on site, you can tear out this kitchen and rebuild it inside of a week.
JOAN: Oh, wow.
TOM: If you have everybody lined up and everybody is there when they need to be there and the plumber shows up on time, the electrician shows up on time and so on, sure, I don’t examine any reasonablenes you can’t get onto be done in order to a week.
JOAN: Well, thank you very much.
TOM: Well, we’re all wearing more seams these days as the temperatures continue to drop. And your domesticateds need that shield, extremely. Even bird-dog that affection being outside can definitely suffer the effects of winter’s frigid temps. So, here are three things that you can do to make sure your pets are comfortable.
LESLIE: Yep. First of all, you want to give puppies an extra layer of cheerfulnes with a pup hair. Now, they’re specially vital for bird-dogs who devote the majority of members of their time inside and might not have had the possibility of being naturally develop a thicker coat of fur.
TOM: Now, once your hound comes inside and that extra coating comes off, you can remain her heated with a scorching hound bunked. There are plenty of inexpensive alternatives out there, including heating pads that various kinds of slip under a dog’s existing bunked, so you don’t have to go through the drama of swapping out the pet’s berthed because perhap they don’t want to sleep on a brand-new one. You can also find bunks that heat up only when your pup lounges on them, so they’re not going to be on all day.
LESLIE: And lastly, if your dog does devote most of his time outdoors, consider outfitting the doghouse with its own heater. Not time any heater, though; there are options that is available, for less than a hundred bucks, that are designed specifically for a pet’s space and safety. So make sure you check those out.
William is on the line with a gutter question. What’s going on at your fund oppose?
WILLIAM: Hi. We recently bought a residence that- it’s surrounded by a lot of pine trees. So I’m get a lot of pine needles on my roof and in my gutters. And it’s only been a few weeks and previously I’m tired of climbing up there to empty them. Do you have any suggestions for to be maintained off the roof and restraining the troughs flowing?
TOM: Well, we can’t fight gravity, so you’re going to always using them to on your roof.
I will give you a couple suggestions. First of all, as you probably know, there’s a wide range of trough envelops out there. And the type that are sort of screen-like are the type that are most likely to clog, because the pine needles will lay in the different regions of the surface, they’ll get stuck in there and you’ll time be very sorry. What I fantasize the best type- is the ones that are endless gutter cover-ups that go all across the top of the ditch, where the yearn needles have a chance to actually wash over the top and cause the spray fall in through the authorities in face tension.
Now, the bad news is that those are expensive. They’re so expensive that you may find that removing your traditional 4-inch gutters and supplanting them with 6-inch gutters- which will not clog with yearn needles because everything is much bigger, the throats for the downspouts are bigger, the sewers are bigger, they can take more liquid, more flow- might be the best way to go. So that’s kind of your option. I would either consume a channel window-dressing that covers the entire top of the trough or I would take out the 4-inch ditches and I would put in 6-inch sewers, which is something that I did at my house and really never appeared back.
WILLIAM: OK. Well, thank you.
TOM: You’re welcome. Good fortune with that campaign. Thanks so much for calling us at 888 -MONEY-PIT.
LESLIE: Barbara from Massachusetts is on the line and has a sink situation. What’s going on with your room?
BARBARA: Well, on a previous curriculum, you mentioned a produce that really works on clotted pumps. I have a placed tub in the basement. The irrigate doesn’t go down. And I didn’t get the name of the product that you talked about truly works.
TOM: Well, Barbara, there’s a number of ways to do that. I’m going to presume you’ve tried a piston?
BARBARA: Yes. But you mentioned that the make genuinely succeeds. And of course, when I went to the box store, "theyre saying", “Well, they all "says hes" wreak. Try to find out the name.”
TOM: Well, I’m not quite sure exactly what product you’re referring to but I will tell you this: probably the most effective means to clear those impediments is with something called a “hand auger, ” which is basically kind of a snake-like device that comes inserted into the drain and will clear whatever is blocking it.
Now, if this is a sink that’s backed up, the other thing that you can do is to simply disassemble the net. That’s the U-shape pipe that’s underneath. Because a lot of eras, that catch itself goes blocked and that’s very easy to clean out by hand. If that doesn’t work, then you put the auger into the rest of the pipe and just sort of feed it down as far as it will go.
And the handwriting augers typically come with a crank-like mechanism so you can sort of spin it as you go and try to find the source of that block. If you set the part auger in, though, and you don’t find the source of it, then it might be time to call a plumber. I know in my own mansion, for example, the last time I had a clog I articulated an auger down it that was 25 feet long and it just wasn’t long enough. And so I intent up calling a friend of mine, who’s in the plumbing business, that had a 100 -foot auger and we were able to find it and clear it and move on from there.
But an auger is the right tool to clear that duct, OK?
BARBARA: Oh, very good. Thank you.
LESLIE: Alright. Thanks so much for announcing The Money Pit.
Still ahead, with all the time kids are spending inside during the winter months, it’s a good time now to give your home an electrical checkup. You’ve got to make sure that you’ve got the best shock- and tamper-resistant electrical outlets and permutations all around. We’re going to share a simple checklist to follow, precisely ahead.
TOM: Starting 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 render us a announcement, right now, with your residence improvement question, your DIY dilemma. The count, again, is 1-888-MONEY-PIT.
LESLIE: Deb in Illinois, you’ve went The Money Pit. How can we help you today?
DEB: My husband and I is currently in either improving a dwelling or looking into having a modular put up. And I would like to know if you have any pros or cons of a modular, opposed to building a home- a brand-new home.
TOM: Sure. Well, I’ve actually constructed both and I can tell you that the modular dwellings go up quicker, generally. And they can be more accurate because everything is made inside of a factory. And so you’ll find tighter corners and squarer walls and that sort of thing. There’s absolutely nothing bad with either coming; they both drudgery. But if you go modular, it will probably go together a little bit more quickly. And I suspect the con of that is that you may not have as much flexibility in pattern with that. Again, depends on the factory you’re working with and the make you’re working with.
I will say this: you want to make sure you choose a make that’s very experienced with modular homes and not one who just thinks he can put together anything. Because there are some foibles to them in the way they’re built.
DEB: Alright. Well, thank you so much.
TOM: You’re welcome. Thanks so much for calling us at 888 -MONEY-PIT.
LESLIE: Well, with all the time that adolescents are spending inside in the winter, I ever think that now is a good time to give your home an electrical checkup to make sure that you’ve got the best shock- and tamper-resistant electrical outlets and switches in place. Codes and requirements do change over time and there’s no reason that you can’t have some simple revises done to keep everybody safe.
TOM: Now, the first thing I would check is for the presence of GFCIs. That stands for ground-fault circuit-interrupted outlets. These channels will thwart scandalizes and they’re crucial in the kitchen and the showers of your room, as well as outside and in the garage. I want basically, wherever there’s dampness is where you need a GFCI outlet.
And the style it directs is it identifies when the current is spurting along an unintended direction, like you, for example. And if that happens, it automatically slams off the ability. So, they’re a super-safe and important element to have in your house.
LESLIE: Now, if you’ve got young babies like I do, you also want to consider installing tamper-resistant crates- and those can be called TRRs- to your electric receptacle. And these are a step above those plastic plug-ins that you are able to see to block minors from reaching their hands into the outlet or protruding something into the outlet. These are spring-loaded shutters that close off the contact openings completely.
And the slots for the plug croaks - you can’t get to them. When you do need to use them, you only slide the screens out of the style and you do that as you’re plugging in whatever you’re plugging in. You sort of start to insert it, slither it over and then go totally in. This acces, there’s no chance of forgetting to replace those plastic, little makes because they’re small-scale, you lose them, you take them out to vacuum or do something and then you’ve misplaced them all. So this is a better method to make sure that you’re ever preserving everybody safe.
TOM: You know, it’s likewise a good hypothesi to make sure your electronic gadgets, like computer hardware and routers and TVs, are all plugged into a surge protector. That’s going to prevent damage in an electrical surge.
And ultimately, there are two relatively recent electrical designs on the market you might want to know about. First there’s channels now that have USB ports that are built in. And that’s kind of handy because it lets you commission those designs without propping the shop captive, so to speak.
And then there’s also a new type of an shop called an “arc-fault circuit interrupter.” We talked, just a moment ago, about GFCIs. These are AFCIs. And they’re similar except what these do is they shut off power in tours when arcing is detected. Guess what arcing is? It’s like a provoke, like a little lightning bolt. And that’s how most electrical barrages start. So these stores are so smart, they can determine that arcing, kind of monitor for it all the time. And they turn the capability off if it happens.
So, there’s some pretty cool modernizes out there available. You don’t have to replace your whole electrical arrangement but computing a few cases of these things can really obligate your residence a whole lot safer.
888-666-3974. That’s our number here. We’d love to chat with you about the next projection you’re tackling in your coin pit.
LESLIE: Right. Mark in Maine is on the line with an electrical question. How can we help you today?
MARK: Yes, I have a couple of rooms. Our house is from around the 1930 s and some of the apartments, the three-way wiring isn’t quite right. Like to turn on the flame, as you enter the room, you turn on one substitution. You can’t go to the other side of the room where the other switch is and turn the light off; you have to go back to the original button, turn the light off. Then you can ...
TOM: Oh, OK. So do you know that it was originally designed to be a three-way switch?
MARK: I do not know that.
TOM: Listen, you’re going to have to have an electrician open up the cable and evaluation it, discover it out and figure out what’s going on. It’s either that a switching has gone bad or more likely, it’s time not hooked up correctly.
MARK: OK. OK. Now, I had been told that there are permutations that are specific to three-way and that is probably the problem but I’m- to be honest, I don’t know.
TOM: Yeah. Well, that’s entirely possible but it’s got to be opened up and take a look at what permutation machine is in there and then also determine if it’s cabled properly. Because it sounds like, most probably, it was incorrectly wired. It might have been that somebody replaced one of those swaps at a time and really stole it up wrong.
TOM: I’ve done that myself, time inadvertently. When I was coating, I remember, I made a substitution apart to supplant it from a toggle switch to a decoration substitution that’s the kind of flat-panel kind.
TOM: And I affirm that I had gone wire for cable and got it right but I didn’t; I got it bad. And it did precisely that, so I had to reverse some cables to get it working back again.
MARK: Yeah, that’s pretty much it. I’ve got some research to do.
TOM: Alright. Well, good luck with that project, Mark. Thanks so much for announcing us at 888 -MONEY-PIT.
LESLIE: Hey, do you ever travel with implements? Well, apparently numerous beings do. I actually have. I was on a project in Indiana for so many months and I was moving trash backward and forward. And that’s not just me; the TSA is saying a lot of tribes out there do. We’re going to tell you about the unique tools TSA agents have expropriated from travelers. And get gratuities for traveling with your own implements, after this.
TOM: Constituting good residences better, welcome to The Money Pit Home Improvement Show. I’m Tom Kraeutler.
LESLIE: And I’m Leslie Segrete.
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Give us a call right now. We’ll help you with all those projects at 1-888-MONEY-PIT.
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LESLIE: Now we’ve got Bob from Rhode Island on the line. What can we help you with today at your fund quarry?
BOB: Well, my money pit is a house, actually. And frequently is everybody’s money pit, I guess. I’ve got a- the family’s homestead- it’s been in the family since 1948. And I’m in the process- I’ve gutted it all out. I’m down to the ornaments, so I made all the ornaments and the- I make I’m sorry, I made all the plaster and the laths off the walls and the ceilings. And I’m looking at these two chimneys in the house. It’s a two-and-a-half decker house. And I’m trying to decide if I want to eliminate the chimneys.
You know, the brand-new boilers today, they’re all direct-vented and I’ve got to do the roof anyway. So I’m saying, is this the time to remove the chimneys? What do you think?
TOM: Well, I think it are likely to be. If you want to get rid of the chimneys, it could be the time to do it. Do you feel like the chimneys make contributions to the esthetics of the house?
BOB: Well, that’s a ponder, extremely. That’s part of the reason why I’m calling is because I’m- they kind of do, in some manner. And I’m looking at- when I snap the- when I cry the walls out, I exposed the chimney. I do like the brick but then again, I get changed the layout of the kitchen without one of the chimneys. The one in the kitchen is quite large-scale, so ...
TOM: Do these come up through the middle-of-the-road of the house or they come up the outside wall?
BOB: No, they’re in the middle. Not in the middle but they’re inside. They’re all in ...
TOM: OK. So that’s not far worse, yeah.
BOB: Yeah, they’re not like a newer live where they were outside- on the outside of the house , no.
TOM: And your furnace, your water heater, they’re all direct-vent today, so they’re fully disconnected from the chimneys themselves?
BOB: Well, they’re not now. I’m going to replace them. I’m going to made a Navien system in and ...
TOM: OK. Alright. So you’re going to use a PVC, probably, vent-hole pipe to make that up and out.
BOB: Correct. Yes.
TOM: Alright. Well, listen, if you- it does make sense to remove the chimneys. They are, certainly, a upkeep headache and information sources of countless divulges. Since you’re doing the ceiling , now is the right time to do that.
Removing the chimney is not as difficult as you might expect, because it’s basically like taking apart the building blocks. You start at the top and knock those bricks loose and take them down one at a time until you get below the top of the chimney. Probably go right down to the attic floor, I would imagine, so that it’s not in the middle of the attic. And then is moving forward and resheathe that roof, pack the hole in. And formerly they roof over, it’ll be a distant memory.
BOB: And the funny thing is, as you said, that’s the proper way. But year ago, I had a friend of mine aid me doing another house and my- and it was a three-decker. And I told him, “I want to remove the chimney.” And all of a sudden, I hear this ridiculously thundering sound. Sounded like a locomotive. He went down to the basement and knocked out the chimney and it’s a wonder he didn’t get killed. The part chimney came all the way down to the basement.
TOM: The whole thing came down?
BOB: Yeah. He was solely covered in soot. It’s a wonder he didn’t get killed. The entire basement was full of brick.
TOM: Yeah, well, let’s hope he learned his lesson.
BOB: Yeah. Well, good. Well, thanks for the advice. And I love your show. I listen to it every weekend on WPRO-AM in Rhode Island.
TOM: You are very welcome. Thanks so much for announcing us at 888 -MONEY-PIT.
LESLIE: Well, if you find the occasion to travel to take on projects, the TSA has some friendly admonition based on recent confiscations at airfields throughout the country. Apparently, mallets, tomahawks, boat secures, Drano and wasp scatter are among the items not welcome by airlines. Who knew?
LESLIE: And all of these parts were taken from carry-ons.
Now, I’m going to tell you, Tom, I kind of relate to the anchor. Mine was a decorative portion that I bought at a Home Goods near me, that I brought to Canada for an episode of Hotel Impossible. And I recollect putting it into my carry-on suitcase and slithering it through the thing and watching all of the TSA workers simply stare at me as the case became though. And I was like, “Yes? ” And they were like, “An anchor? ” I’m like, “It’s wall decor. It’s not real.” And they were- they opened my suitcase to find all sorts of crazy nonsense that time.
TOM: Oh, I did something even worse than that. Now, I will tell you this was before 9/11. But I had traveled to Germany and in Germany, they’re known for some of the finest cutting tools in the world. And I saw a beautiful, brand-new launch of brand-spanking new German-steel chisels, right? I was so proud of this set because I couldn’t buy it in the Position. So that was my one keepsake for the trip.
So, of course, I didn’t want to take any chances on it going lost, so I applied it in my carry-on , not even is felt that that would be a problem. But apparently, it was. So, I actually had to go get my suitcase out of hock to position it in there and check it.
But yeah, you’ve got to really think about this nonsense. You know, nonsense like staple grease-guns, radial-saw blades, strains, these are also restricted. And apparently, there’s no dwelling better going on at 30,000 feet so I guess you don’t need them.
Now, for boys that are aspiring to become the do-it-yourselfers, plaything implements are too boycotted. There were, I speculate, plaything chainsaws that were nabbed by negotiators recently. So , now that I’m older and most experienced, I’ve had to travel with implements. I’ve made a few changes to my number to accommodate it. Because you know that even if you put tools in your checked crates, that those purses are going to get an extra hard-handed gaze by the TSA. So, if that’s the speciman, don’t plan your proceed duration so you absolutely, positively have to have that baggage as soon as you shore, because you might not get it.
I remember once traveling all over the country doing a demo on some Tv demonstrates about how to build roofs that could never, ever leak. And I had this demo committee that was roof shingles and ice-and-water shield. And it was all held in kind of a grove example and it exactly gazed bizarre to TSA. So, I’ve got to tell you, at least half the time that I was flying, that case did not make it. It got to get the next airplane that was going to that same airfield but it didn’t make it because it was weird. So, if you’re going to positioned material like that in your crate, really proposal some extra occasion because you may have to wait for the next airplane to go out for it to been through TSA.
LESLIE: And then there might be a note in it saying, “What the heck is this? ”
TOM: Yeah. What are you thinking? Or in such cases, maybe a home improvement question from a TSA agent.
LESLIE: “What do I do with the dark-green tiles in the shower? ”
TOM: It won’t be the first time something like that’s happened.
Hey, are you thinking about installing surround sound in your very own home theater? We have some facility gratuities for creating a room all your neighbors will want to visit, after this.
TOM: Inducing good residences better, this is The Money Pit Home Improvement Show. I’m Tom Kraeutler.
LESLIE: And I’m Leslie Segrete.
TOM: Standing by to take your residence increase questions by name us at 888 -MONEY-PIT or you can pole them in The Money Pit’s Community page, like Pamela done so in Tennessee who has a hearth question.
It looks like she’s worried about using the one she has, Leslie. What’s going on?
LESLIE: Alright. Pamela writes: “I live in a house that has a fireplace insert. One of the concrete bodies is cracked. I would be pleased to burn a volley but I’m too afraid that I’m going to burn down the house. Any suggestions? ”
TOM: Well, a healthy dose of nervousnes is good when it comes to fireplaces and chimneys.
LESLIE: Oh, for sure.
TOM: But I will tell you that crannies in those fireplace panels are not bizarre, as long as they’re minor hits. So I’m not too concerned about the hairline cracks. But to make sure you’re covering your footings, you want to make sure you have the insert inspected by a licensed and attested chimney range. But espouse the chimney broom carefully, because many are not certified and they exist exclusively to find thorough and costly mends that are totally unnecessary. So make sure you choose one that is well reviewed and suffered and get it checked out. And this direction, you can enjoy that shoot for the rest of the winter.
LESLIE: Alright. Next up, we’ve got a post now from Jose. Now, he writes: “I’m thinking of buying a new residence and the developer is offering a geothermal structure. How do geothermal heating system direct and are they truly efficient? ”
TOM: Well, my opinion, Jose, is that if natural gas is not available and your only other option is electric hot, then a geothermal organization can make sense. They can be effective and they can be efficient and they can heat your residence. And the space they do that is they use the natural excitement of the Earth for that supremacy and comfort.
The constant temperature of the top 10 hoofs of the Earth’s surface is the perfect zone for the refrigerant-filled piping that strengths a geothermal hot gush. They’re similar to an air-sourced heat pump, which you would just ordinarily call a “heat pump” these days. But it does it all cleanly and softly and a lot more efficiently than an air-source hot pump.
Now, if you choose an ENERGY STAR-qualified model, you are able to perhaps get a tax credit that’s available now through the end of 2019. And you’ll likewise use about 30 -percent little power than you would if you had an air-source heat pump as the other alternative.
LESLIE: Yeah. That’s money well spent.
TOM: Well, if you enjoy watching a good movie at home, Leslie has details on an breathtaking suggestion for a dwelling theater scheme part that’s got a practical determination, extremely, in today’s edition of Leslie’s Last Word.
LESLIE: That’s right. If you’re really going all out with a home theater, upholstered wall boards are a great fit for the room. You know, from a scheme perspective, the wall panels are glamorous and just plain exquisite to look at. But from a practical point of view, those fabric boards help to soundproof the opening for optimal audio aspect when you’re watching a sport happening or a movie right at home.
Now, you can do this in a traditional nature, the same way you would do an upholstered headboard with batting or foam over plywood or luan. Or you could go with a wall-mounted fabric body specific stimulated for that role. There’s actually corporation that you can find online that conclude these for real movies and live theaters. And sometimes, they are amazingly cheap. I find that a lot of duration it’s the immensity, it’s the fabric selection that tends to up the premium game.
Also, there’s a couple of different products out there that’s mostly a canal arrangement that you affix one segment to the wall, throw in your acoustical sud and then snap a make over it with the fabric so you’re creating those committees, as well. It’s really about how much DIY you want to do, what your budget is and actually, the effect that you want to have for that space.
So if you’re looking to add a tricked-out home theater, don’t forget those details like these walls. They look gorgeous, they assimilate sound. You’re going to end up with a great home movie-watching experience. And then make sure you send the invite to Tom and I. We both pa astonishing popcorn.
TOM: We do, we do. We don’t making our own.
TOM: This is The Money Pit Home Improvement Show. Hey, coming up next time on the program, we’re going to talk about serious cooking stoves. They can boost your fix abilities , not to mention your home’s resale value. But installing one of those commercial-grade wanders, well, who are in need of some very special planning to make sure it goes right. We’re going to tell you what you need to know, 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 make love alone.
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Have you’ve ever opened a box stored in an attic or basement only to be totally freaked out by silvery, slimy alien-like insects that were calling it home? Meet the Silverfish! These paper-loving invaders will consume cardboard, ruin books and more – all while their fast, fish-like movement set the stage for nightmares to follow. Before you get totally grossed out, here’s what you need to know to get rid of Silverfish!What are they?
The Scientific name is Lepisma saccharina (Linnaeus), commonly known as the Silverfish. Their appearance is about 3/4″ long, silvery to brown in color, an elongated oval shape with 6 legs and an antenna. When they run they resemble a fish swimming. They tend to hide their presence from humans, which means any damage they have caused could go unnoticed as well.Photo credit: Pestworld.org Where do Silverfish hide?
They are nocturnal, so you may have had them for a while and not known it. Their favorite environment is dark, damp places. In your home that may be in the attic, basement, crawlspace, bathroom, laundry rooms, under the kitchen sink, around pipes, and in food storage areas where food is stored in cardboard or paper. They can be in areas that have books stored, either in boxes or on bookshelves. Paper and glue are a favorite food source, so they may eat the glue or wallpaper on your walls. Letting things pile up in your home is an invitation to Silverfish. Be aware of leaving piles of laundry on the floor, especially if it has become wet because this would an ideal environment for Silverfish.Signs of a Silverfish infestation
Besides actually seeing one or more silverfish, other telltale signs are holes in paper or cardboard, yellow stains, pieces of previously scaled skin, and feces which appear as small black specs. One or all of these things can point to an infestation. What can you do now?Photo credit: Pestworld.org How exactly do I get rid of Silverfish?
Keeping up with clutter in your home is the first step. Piles of things, books, textiles and more need to be de-cluttered. Make sure you don’t have any leaky pipes. Repairing them will cut down on the chance of Silverfish having a ready water source. Look for cracks and holes on the outside of your house that allow them inside. These may be in the foundation, around windows, at the siding, or shake roofing material that has not been kept sealed. The Silverfish can just walk in the door, however, because they are nocturnal, they are more likely to sneak in through cracks. These fissures need to be sealed so entry cannot be gained. A good all-weather caulk will usually do the job.Natural Home Remedies to Repel and Kill Silverfish Things that repel Silverfish, by their scent, include citrus fruit peels, cucumber peels, cinnamon, cloves, lavender oil, cedar oil, and sachets of herbs that have rosemary, eucalyptus, sage, and basil. All of the previous will also give a nice scent to your home. Mothballs are also a scent repellent but may be unpleasant to smell, and toxic to pets and children, if eaten. When using peels, replace them every few days. For the cinnamon, you can use sticks and place them among books on your bookshelf. The oils can be used in a diluted spray form. Diatomaceous Earth is a white powder that is food grade and harmless to humans but dehydrates Silverfish, thus killing them. Table Salt or Epsom Salts can be used in the same way as diatomaceous earth but may take a little longer. Silica Gel Powder is also used to dehydrate Silverfish. Contact with Silica Gel is harmless but is poisonous if eaten. Boric Acid will kill them as soon as they eat it. It will also dehydrate them and kill their eggs. Sealing Up Food will protect it from this pest. Put cereal, flour, and pasta in plastic with lids or glass with lids. A Dehumidifier will dry out the area, it is especially useful in basements, and will keep the area less attractive to Silverfish.
In addition to these natural remedies, there are a number of well-reviewed commercial products including convenient Silverfish packs, insect traps, and spray products that can provide a longer term barrier against reinfestation.
If the infestation is pervasive, it may be tie to contact a certified pest control expert. Pros have the experience, as well as access to pesticides that specifically target Silverfish and can quickly eradicate these pests.
Silverfish are classified as harmless to humans and do not spread disease, but can be voracious destroyers of paper, textiles, and contaminate food sources. Following the above suggestions can be a barrier to the Silverfish thinking your home is their home.
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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: What are you working on this fine summer weekend? If it’s your room, you’re in exactly the right place. We’re here to help you get those rackets done. Whether it’s a racket you’re doing now or one you want to plan for the future, give us a ask and we will help you out. The count is 1-888-MONEY-PIT, 888 -6 66 -3 974.
And now that we are here in the most wonderful one of the purposes of the summer- I approximate we call this the “dog days of summer”- we’re likewise at the crest season for tickings. That’s right. Those tickings can carry some pretty dangerous illness and we’re going to share the surprising route that clicks can grab hold of anyone progressing by and how to keep them off for good.
LESLIE: Yeah, it’s been a bad time. When we were at my mom’s at the opening of the summer, early July, I descended behind the house to take the cover-ups off the breeze conditioning. And I had about five on my pant leg. And fortunately, I had heaves on.
TOM: It’s amazing, right?
LESLIE: But I imply five on my breathe leg. And then the next day, I noticed a different spot on Henry’s arm and I was like, “What’s on your weapon? ” And he’s like, “Ugh, it’s a tick.” You know, it’s crazy. And it’s amazing how "youve been" do know every pinpoint and discern on your child that when something’s there, you’re like, “That’s new.”
Also ahead, guys, this hour, when it is necessary to your outdoor-living spaces, what’s old-fashioned is brand-new again. But this time, you’re getting an energy-saving benefit. I’m speaking about awnings. They’re so beautiful, they’re easy to operate today and they can reduce your chill greenbacks by as much as 15 percent.
TOM: And too, a breast doorway is more than really an entryway, it’s a focal point for the first impression a guest goes. And if it’s done well, it is possible to particularly significantly add to the recognized appraise of your dwelling. We’re going to have tips on sprucing up or including a new figurehead door so it delivers more than precisely shelter from the elements.
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Let’s got to get it. Leslie, who’s first?
LESLIE: Alright. Gene in Tennessee is up with a roofing difficulty. Tell us what’s travelling on.
GENE: About 12 years ago, I improved me a screened-in porch on my home. I’ve got a ranch-type house.
GENE: And I exerted the metal excerpts- the little hangers- to hang my rafters. And I departed in beside of my rafters coming off my existing house and it simply gives me a 1-inch fell per paw. And I had a little trouble with it leaking and so I had the regular asphalt shingles put on and it leaks.
So, when I had my new roof put on about two years ago, I- seven years ago, I roofed the house and they recommended I put a rubber ceiling on a 10 x30 addition to being able to my home so the irrigate would run off regular. And here, recently, about two years ago, I had one of the brand-new shingles put one across my roof. And I was pointed out that while I was up there, that the rubber seems to be kindly breaking down a little.
TOM: OK. So, a couple of things. First of all, you have a low-slope roof. You initially had asphalt shingles on that, which was a mistake because asphalt shingles, you really need at least a 3:12 pitching to apply those on. If you’ve got a 1:12 tar, that’s not enough.
So now you changed that with a rubber ceiling, which was the right thing to do. But now you’re seeing the rubber roof start to crack. So your question is: “How do I stop that? How do I protect it? How do I preserve it? ” Correct?
GENE: Yeah, well, I want to add a few more. It was guaranteed 10 years but it’s about 7 years old now and I want to make it last a bit longer, yeah. Some various kinds of coating?
TOM: So whatever it is you lack is simply roof coat. Now, roof decorate is a very specialized category of draw. It’s usually aluminum in pigment and sometimes they call it “fibrous aluminum.” And what it does, it has a high degree of UV reflectivity, this is why it reflects the UV from the sun back away again. And that keeps the roof cool and makes it last longer.
So, I would definitely give it a coat of ceiling paint. And if you go to a dwelling midst or a roofing-supply center and look for roof make-up, you shouldn’t have any problem encounter it. It’s very, very specialized. And we’re not talking about the various kinds of coat you put one across your walls; it’s a roofing produce. OK?
GENE: OK. Thank you.
TOM: Thanks so much for christen us at 888 -MONEY-PIT.
LESLIE: Della in Iowa is on the line with an attic-fan question. How can we help you?
DELLA: My husband and I- our attic supporter went out.
DELLA: And we don’t know the first thing about attic fans.
TOM: OK. Do "youve had" central air conditioning, Della?
DELLA: Yes, we do.
TOM: OK. How old is your home?
DELLA: It’s like 35 years old, 40 maybe.
TOM: And what various kinds of roof vent-holes do you have?
DELLA: We have a slanted- all one roof. It starts straight down. We only have a little portion of the dwelling that’s attic. We have the- it doesn’t have any attic above the living room and the dining-room area.
TOM: Alright. Because generally, we don’t recommend attic love for homes that have central air conditioning and here’s why: because when the attic love controls, it depressurizes the attic and then it selects breeze from inside the house and up into the attic and exhausts it. So what that does is kind of defrauds some of your air conditioning, because most attic supporters are overpowered for the attic infinites that they’re in.
A better approach is just to use passive vent-hole where you have, say, crest vents that go down the meridian of the roof and soffit vent-holes that ...
DELLA: We have that.
TOM: You have that.
DELLA: We have massive overhang with the little vents all the way around.
TOM: Then I wouldn’t is concerned at the attic fan.
DELLA: A guy- one of the people says that make sure- learn, "weve had" three narration- it’s not a real story; it’s like 12, 14 to the upper level. Then "weve had" the vault, first floor and then all of our bedrooms and guest rooms are up on the third level. But we thought it would be cooler to get that hot air out of the attic.
TOM: Yeah, I wouldn’t worry about it. I don’t think you need another attic supporter. It sounds like you’ve came exactly what you need to have right now.
Thanks so much for call us at 888 -MONEY-PIT.
LESLIE: Stuart in Georgia, you’ve went The Money Pit. How can we help you today?
STUART: Hey. Well, I was calling to ask you about, though- I’ve got the stucco house.
STUART: One of a kind here in East Atlanta,( inaudible ).
STUART: But I’m noticing the small rifts and( inaudible ), nothing really serious. And it’s specifically in the paint.
And we are therefore had it coated. About six years ago, they pressure-washed it. Did a really nice prime coat and then two topcoats. It’s about time to repaint it, I contemplate, so question is: is about six years right on repainting? So the- every six years old or is there a better strategy so it’d be more complete and protect my stucco?
TOM: It feels a little light. Six years for an outside colour profession seems like it- I’d rather see you try to come eight to ten years out of it. But if it needs paint, it needs paint.
Now, in terms of the crannies, is the stucco break or is it precisely the coat that’s cracking?
TOM: OK. So, for the stucco hits, formerly you prime the surface and clean-living the old cover, before you repaint- reprime, in such a case - you’re going to want to seal those. If they’re very fine fractures, like under a 1/2 -inch in terms of width ...
STUART: Oh, yeah, they’re small, very small. In width, in terms of width, like 1/8 -, 1/16-inch.
TOM: OK. So you can use a fissure sealant. And QUIKRETE obligates one that’s designed for stucco fixing, that has kind of like a sanded sort of feel to it.
TOM: And it blends in with the stucco and it’s paintable; it’s an acrylic formula.
TOM: So get some of the QUIKRETE Stucco Repair. It looks like caulk; it comes in a caulk-like tube. Designed specific for stucco amend, though, because then you get that sanded formula and it’ll, texture-wise, kind of fit in with the rest of the stucco.
But make sure you close up all those crackings because otherwise, if you get sea in there, then it expands and makes additional chao, you are aware? So merely make sure you seal them up firstly and then repaint the place.
STUART: Alright. Well, thanks a whole lot. I revalue your help.
TOM: You’re welcome, Stuart. Thanks so much for calling us at 888 -MONEY-PIT.
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TOM: And merely ahead, don’t tell ticks ruin summer fun. We’re going to tell you how these flaws hitch a ride and how to avoid those burns and the diseases that could follow, after this.
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LESLIE: Tracy in Texas is on the line and needs some help with a universal-design project. Tell us what you’re working on.
TRACY: I have a daughter who’s 21 years old and the work requires some aid when it is necessary to bathing her. We’re looking at doing a bathroom add-on onto her chamber but we don’t even know, certainly, how to get started. Do we need to consult with an designer on the design advice? She’s homebound, medically fragile, 100 -percent incapacitated and we just are looking at some admonition on how to even get started to meet her needs so that we only have to do this one time.
LESLIE: Is a tub place quite straightforward or is a shower?
TRACY: Probably a shower.
LESLIE: OK. Because there are the tubs with the doors that open. It depended on how difficult it would be to sort of move her from chair to seated bathtub sentiment. It just depends on how comfy "youre with" the bathing statu, if you crave to get in there and get wet.
But Tom and I have actually done a lot of working in collaboration with universal layout and are quite very well known some of the processes.
TOM: Well, that’s right. And I do think it’s a good mind to use a certified kitchen-and-bath decorator and that’s somebody who is going to be specializing in universal pattern. You’re going to ask specifically for someone that has that talent, because they’re going to be up-to-speed on very good makes who the hell is out there for your particular situation, be able to recommend properly and you’re going to get a lavatory that actually looks nice and functions well for you.
I would not- would not- call a standard remodeling contractor. Because a remodeling contractor will say, “Yeah, I understand. I know what to do.” And you know what? They just don’t, because it’s very specialized.
In fact, some years ago, Leslie, didn’t the AARP have a special certification planned for contractors and architects that were working with universal-design situations?
LESLIE: They did. It was through the Homebuilders Association. And they had a special course that you could take to become verified as a universal-design specialist. So you might want to start with the AARP’s website, just to find some recommendations of folks in your orbit who are certified. I believe it was called the CAPS- Certified Aging-In-Place Specialist- Program.
And even though that’s not certainly your need, it has similar associations. So you might want to start there as far as just trying to find somebody who can help you ascertain the claim concoctions. Because you require something that gapes good; you don’t want it to feel like a hospice. You want it to function and you want it to be done right the first time.
TOM: They have a lot of resources for universal design. Probably the best collection anywhere online is on the AARP website. You just simply click on the Home& Family section and then Home Improvement and you’ll find a lot there.
They too have a segment on livable societies, because the universal design merely compiles sense for tribes of any age, whether you are a senior citizen, "whether youre" disabled or whether you are just a mom that comes home with her appendages full of grocery luggage and needs to pop open a entrance with her shoulder because she can’t really turn a entrance grip. There’s tips like that that really make it so much easier for you to live comfortably in your house, regardless of age or physical condition. So I would start there, as well.
But make sure you work with people that are experienced in universal design. There are lots and lots of people out there. You’ve just got to find them, OK?
TRACY: Great. Thank you so much for your help.
TOM: Well, we are in what is traditionally the hottest part of the summer. And it’s also the most active time of year for countless types of bugs, including ticks. Now, it’s super important to take steps to make sure those ticks don’t ruin your summertime fun, since they were very easily could.
LESLIE: That’s right. Clicks and the Lyme disease that they carry are major threats to your health. So you have to be smart about protecting yourself and your family whenever you’re outdoors.
Now, you want to always wear long sleeves. You want to tuck your breathe cuffs into boots or your socks. I know it watches a bit silly but rely me, it certainly was helpful when I was dealing with here the air conditioning, because they just sort of stuck to the outside of my robe and never actually touched my skin. And you want to make sure that you choose light colors, simply because the clicks are dark-brown and you’ll spot them more readily against a lighter-color fabric. Then made to ensure that you layer on insect repellant that’s designed to be applied both to your skin and to your dres. There’s a different type, so you was intended to make sure that it was of the view that you can do both or apply it in the correct way.
TOM: And while you’re outdoors, you want to be sure to stay to the center of hiking paths and avoid grassy and marshy places. The little thing about tickings is they don’t lurch. Instead, they kind of hang in shrubs and they hang on the edges of towering grass, which you hardly feel as you’re walking by. And that’s kind of what they’re counting on because as you graze by, the ticking grabs accommodate of you. And before it chews, you want to spot it and get rid of it. So ever keep that in mind.
Inspect yourself and your adolescents once you get home, to make sure that they are not carrying any additional intruders with them.
LESLIE: Leslie in Tennessee- I feel like I’m talking to myself- therefore welcomed The Money Pit. How can we help you?
LESLIE IN TENNESSEE: Yes. I’m an enthusiastic listener of your display. We really affection it.
We have a question. After several years of having an outdoor pool and enjoying it but not being able to use it because of the full four seasons here in East Tennessee, we were wanting to add an addition on the house. And we’d love to settled a small indoor pool, just like a little lap pool, exclusively about probably half the size of our outdoor pool. And we were wondering what would be the best type of construction.
Our house is a frame house with brick but you have moisture troubles, I know, with an indoor puddle. So, for an addition, I want to see if you all had any recommendations for certain materials or a certain type of system to reduce the moisture in their own homes or how- what would you do?
TOM: Well, the authorities have dehumidifiers that are designed for pool rooms. I mean they’re same to whole-house dehumidifiers, where they take out a lot of water from the air. I would definitely isolate the area where the reserve is, from the rest of the house, so that the sweat is contained into one gap. And that represents it easier for you to manage that grade of humidity. You know, it is unable to maybe merely be a sliding glass entrance or something like that that separates it.
But in terms of the material, you have to be very careful with the ventilating. For lesson, in the roof above, you have to choose information that are mold-resistant in terms of the surface. For example, instead of using paper-faced drywall, you are able to employment fiberglass-faced drywall. That doesn’t stretch mold because it’s not organic. So with a few cases things like that and the right mechanical plan- and the puddle manufacturers that you’re talking to, the installers, they’ll be very familiar with this because these pools are being put into inside infinites. You’ve got to deal with the evaporation.
LESLIE IN TENNESSEE: Alright. Well, that’s supportive there. And so, really- so more or less probably a pond producer or a kitty arrange around here would have been able to that recommendation then.
TOM: Well, they are able to. And generally going to probably talk about mechanical dehumidification. And then in word of the construction of the room, really be mindful to choose materials that are not readily going to grow mold and certainly one that’s- fabrics that are cleanable, OK?
LESLIE IN TENNESSEE: That’s enormous. Well, thank you very much and I acknowledge you all being on our radio here in Northeast Tennessee.
TOM: Alright, Leslie. Thank you so much for summon us at 1-888-MONEY-PIT. And good luck with that projection.
LESLIE: Now we’ve went Vernon in Colorado who’s fixing up the soak. How can we help you?
VERNON: I had heard a while back on your testify, if you’re going to recaulk your bathtub, to fill it up with sea? But I do not remember if something was said about lifting the ocean immediately after it was caulked or making the caulk put up first before you would let the liquid out. So I wanted to check on that before I started my project with some good kitchen-and-bath caulk.
LESLIE: Well, perfectly. The tip you heard about filling the tub with spray is absolutely correct. And the reason why we do that is when you fill the tub with sea, it kind of weighs down and sits down onto the base a little more.
So if you crowd it with irrigate and then go ahead and caulk, then you give the caulk bone-dry and then you drain the shower. When it kind of drains out, it’s going to lift back up and compress that caulk. So the next time you actually go to take a bath or a shower and you’re standing in there and the tub press down on the locate, it’s going to see elongate the caulk and it’s all going to stay in place.
So that’s really a good trick of the transaction, because it stops it in its lieu longer and it actually gives it adhere to where it needs to be.
VERNON: Perfect. OK. That’s what I’ll do. Thank you so much.
LESLIE: Thanks so much for announce The Money Pit.
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Up next, it’s the dog days of time. Are your cool statutes out of control? We’re starting to have tips to how you can chipped cooling costs and add some outdoor form at the same time, after this.
Making good residences better, this is The Money Pit Home Improvement Show. I’m Tom Kraeutler.
LESLIE: And I’m Leslie Segrete.
Give us a call at 888 -MONEY-PIT. We is putting forward HomeAdvisor. You can find out what it costs to do your residence job before you hire that pro and instantly diary one of HomeAdvisor’s top-rated pros for free.
Judy from Illinois is on the line and handled by some the changing nature of a hardwood floor. How can we help you?
JUDY: Well, I have a little problem in the winter with my hardwood flooring separating. And I can kind of receive down in there. And I was wondering about a whole-house humidifier in the winter to keep that from happening, because it’s fine in the summer, what you would suggest.
TOM: A whole-house humidifier is a good thing when you have forced-air heat that’s gas or oil or propane, because that tends to be extremely cool. I would encourage you to use a awfully good-quality division, like an Aprilaire. Because there are a lot of groups that don’t work very well and they don’t labor very long, specially the style that scatter water into the duct system, as opposed to the Aprilaire unit, which has only one evaporator pad where the irrigate sort of seeps down this pad and then it evaporates into the house air that way.
So, a humidifier are contributing to. If the chinks are particularly large, you can also fill them with jute- j-u-t-e- jute type of rope. And then you could refinish over top of that. Sometimes, if the gaps are really big, that’s a good thing to put in the middle of it because it kind of blends in with the flooring and doesn’t show through.
LESLIE: Yeah. And Tom, sometimes I finish the jute roping before I even lay it in. Like I’ll dip it in a can of the same color of blot and sort of work it in with my fingers. And then formerly it dehydrates, then I squish it into home with a painter’s knife.
JUDY: Well, expressed appreciation for very much.
TOM: You’re very welcome. Thanks so much for contacting us at 888 -MONEY-PIT.
LESLIE: Well, awnings have always been a functional addition to your home’s exterior. But today, they’re gaining popularity as an improvement that can deliver not only energy savings but also increased home value.
TOM: That’s right. And if you’re thinking that canopies are kind of sad and dated structures that are made of aluminum and canvas and rust-brown thunderbolts, well, it turns out that is not true anymore.
Let’s take a look at these numbers. Canopies spreading from spaces and doorways and patios can actually trimmed a household’s summer energy invoices by as much as 15 percent. And because dwelling cooling costs are so much higher than the cost of energy-efficient illuminate, those savings are not undone by the need to turn on an additional illuminated or two to make up for any loss of natural light.
LESLIE: Even more, fabric awnings can be beautiful. But today, they’re high-tech.
Now, computerized awning systems boast light-footed sensors and wind-speed manoeuvres that will measure that wind hastened and genuinely look at weather conditions, to allow those awnings to widen and retract according to what’s happening in your regional sphere with the forecast. And the canopies can also increase your living space by turning those outdoor areas that are sort of exposed into protected living spaces. And that is in addition to your home’s value and resale appeal.
TOM: Yep. Those are all good points.
Now, if you’re thinking about this investment for your mansion, you want to really consider a few questions beforehand.
First up, what’s the goal? Is it an aesthetic objective or is it a function goal? If energy savings is what you’re going for, then you might want to choose a lighter color for your awning so it ultimately blocks and reflects all of that sunlight. You likewise want to decide whether they should be stationary or retractable. Now, retractable awnings can be extended either manually or with a motor.
And as Leslie- as you were saying, that could happen automatically, as well, because numerous are computerized. Of trend, they’re going to be more expensive. But if that’s not what you need, you can just go with a stationary awning.
And lastly, you want to choose the best material. You genuinely have two selects: cotton canvas, which is kind of that classic inspect- but that textile generally doesn’t hold out over years very well or retain its mold- or you can go with acrylic-coated polyester, which is a synthetic product that’s stretch-resistant and weatherproof.
So, lots of choices, lots of options. But I’ll tell you, they are more beautiful than ever and they can really save you some money on the vitality and be super easy and accessible to operate. So, should be considered it.
Margaret in Virginia is next on The Money Pit. How can we help you, Margaret?
MARGARET: I has only one aged house. Proportion of it built Civil War era.
MARGARET: The floorings in the oldest segment are pine and they’re about- 2 of the commission on human rights are about 21/2 inches wide. In the newer area, the boards of the flooring are oak and they’re more narrow. I want to know how to safely clean them and keep them protected.
TOM: There’s a make announced Trewax, which is perfect for this particular application. It’s made by the Beaumont Company. And Trewax has been around for many, many, countless, many years. And it’s actually a natural clean for hardwood floors. So you can find that at retailers in all regions of the country. You got to find that online.
But look for Trewax Natural Floor Cleaner. And it’s going to enable you to clean those floors very thoroughly without harming the timber. And that’s what’s critical, because some of the flooring concoctions are not truly designed for timber floorings. Sometime there’s too much moisture in them, they don’t evaporate well and they leave too much sweat in the wood. And that causes the wood to swell or stain further.
So, look up Trewax. It’s not expensive and it works very well.
MARGARET: OK. So is this a put on and wipe off?
MARGARET: OK. That sounds good.
TOM: Trewax is spelled T-r-e-w-a-x.
MARGARET: OK. One E. OK. Got it.
TOM: Alright. Good luck with that campaign. Thanks so much for announcing us at 888-MONEY-PIT.
LESLIE: Just ahead, a figurehead doorway is more than just an entering, it’s a focal point for the first impression that a tourist goes. And if you do it well, it is possible to significantly add to the perceived ethic of your home.
TOM: We’re going to have tips-off for sprucing up or adding a new front entry that’ll deliver more than time protection from the elements, in today’s Pro Project presentation by HomeAdvisor.com, after this.
Where home solutions live, this is The Money Pit Home Improvement Show. I’m Tom Kraeutler.
LESLIE: And I’m Leslie Segrete.
TOM: Give us a announce, right now, with your residence increase question at 1-888-MONEY-PIT.
You know, Leslie, I exactly- earlier, we were talking about ticks.
TOM: My son came back from seeing Australia. He was going to college over there. And while he was living there, he actually stayed in some youth hostels that had bed bugs. So I was concerned about him producing agricultural crops of bed bugs back into our home.
So, "Ive spoken to" a friend of mine who really makes a make called the Bed Bug Plug and he told me exactly what to do. And when he got home, we kept all of his clothes inside vacuum handbags, which are those luggage that you kind of hook up to your vacuum-clean and you suck all the air out and they reduce them down to like, I don’t know, a quarter.
LESLIE: Did they have to stay in there for weeks and weeks?
TOM: No. We set them in the vacuum containers outside and then we just employed the vacuum-clean purses out in the heated summertime sunbathe for about a day or two days. And that was it. He said that’ll take care of it. We delivered them inside, opened them up, showered all that stinky stuff and he was good to go. No bed bugs have arrived as a arise of that process.
So, good trick of the trade from my friend, Pete, who runs the Bed Bug Plug Company.
LESLIE: Oh, my goodness. Well, I’m glad you concluded a solution but I’m still a bit grossed out.
Bob in Tennessee, you’ve went The Money Pit. How can we help you today?
BOB: I have a friend who has a house with a metal roof on it. Their cell service is pretty sternly affected every time somebody tries to call him on his cell phone when he’s inside his house.
TOM: First off, your cell is probably always- terribly frequently, I should say- inside builds that have metal roofs. Think about it: your faith, your post office, your bank, diners. There’s a lot of metal roofs out there. And if he’s having a problem really in his own home, I would is hypothesized that the signal is weak to begin with. And I suppose the answer is a little design called a “cell-phone booster.”
A booster can be basically plugged into the house- inside of the house- and it can double or triple the straddle of the telephone. So if I was having that issue, I would simply get a cell-phone booster, install it in my live- it’s not a very expensive piece of rig- and solve my trouble once and for all.
BOB: OK. Interesting. Well, I just wondered about that.
TOM: Alright. Good fortune with that campaign. Thanks so much for announce us at 888 -MONEY-PIT.
Well, a brand-new breast opening is a great way to add value and form to your residence without spending a lot of money. And if that’s a project you’d like to consider, it’s probably best be returned to a pro. We’ve came gratuities that’ll help you do merely that, in today’s Pro Project presented by HomeAdvisor.com.
Now, first thing to consider is material. You have lots of options. You can choose simple solid steel, fiberglass, even very ornate woodens openings. And each can have its transoms and coordinating skylights, intricate glasswork. And while it’s easy to save money by opting for a lower cost model, there are definitely pros and cons associated with every type of door you might consider.
LESLIE: Yeah. First off, let’s talk about a fiberglass entering opening. Now, these doors can cost anywhere from $150 to $2,000. There’s terribly ornate modelings, as well, with sidelights and transoms. And those can run $ 3,000 or more. So, the rate is going to vary depending on how detailed you want that door to be.
Now, fiberglass, nonetheless, is a quite popular option that gives you a really realistic wood search, with increased durability and excellent insulation value. And I intend these entrances appear precisely like the real deal. They are spectacular. You will never know that it’s not wood until you absolutely go up to it and touch it and scratch it and you’re like, “Oh, this isn’t wood. It’s way better.” So that’s a fiberglass door.
TOM: Now, if you need to save some money, sword figurehead openings are still an option. They’re going to range from $200 to maybe $500, though. They can reach maybe even more than that if you’ve got a lot of adds-on to it, like sidelights and glasswork.
Steel, though, is the least expensive option but it’s less popular because it has that harsher metallic gaze. And even if you want that plain steel look, frankly, today fiberglass entrances come in those same plain styles. And they still give you more benefit from the reduction in upkeep and energy efficiency.
So I’ve got to say that steel door’s on the way out. Can’t think of a really good reason to use one today. Even if you demand a plateau, inexpensive-looking door, you can get that with fiberglass and have better energy efficiency.
LESLIE: Now, if you’re looking for something that has a more traditional look and you don’t sentiment putting in some work in the form of maintenance, a timber enter entrance could be the door for you.
Now, engineered-wood openings cost merely about 200 to 500, while solid grove is the most expensive option. And those can straddle from 500 to 5,000, even more, again depending on the nature of adds-on, the details, the overall examination of the door. That adds to the price.
Now, wood is the most traditional and customizable alternative but it is the one that requires active upkeep. You’ve got to keep on it. Otherwise, your door could warp, rot. Your finish is going to fade and wear off. So it does require a lot of production. But in the end, if this is a gape that you love, it’s unquestionably worth it.
TOM: Now, recollect, once you choose the door, there are lots of options in both the sidelights and in the transoms. Now, that’s that boast on top of the door. It’s usually that glass, arched piece. These can add, though, a lot of money in terms of cost but they is certainly add, as well, to the curb appeal. Which, in fact, according to one major study, a nice, brand-new entrance can actually add so much better as about 24,000 horses to the recognized value of your home. So it’s a fairly significant improvement that delivers a lot more than what it costs.
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LESLIE: Going out to Wisconsin, right now, where Beth is dealing with a stinky refrigerator.
Beth, you’ve tried everything. What’s going on?
BETH: I’ve had a stinkiness for about a month now. I preserve soaking it down and the smell still keeps. I positioned baking soda in it. Nothing’s getting rid of it. I was wondering if mold could originate in the walls of the fridge or if there’s some sort of filter in there or ...
TOM: Well, bacteria can certainly grow. And sometimes when- especially if you’ve had a strength failure or if a refrigerator sits outside and it kind of gets dampen and moist, you get bacteria that will grow in the sud that’s in the wall or the insulation that’s in the wall. If the insularity get mute, that is likely to be causing it.
The one suggestion that I might have for you, if you want to try this one more time, is to do everything out and clean the whole thing down with oxygenated bleach. So not just a simple kitchen spray but true-life, oxygenated bleach because that has the best likelihood of killing any bacteria. But their own problems, again, is if the bacteria is in the insularity, you’re not going to get to that. So, I would give it a good emptying with oxygenated bleach and see if that will solve the issue.
BETH: OK. Thank you very much.
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And time ahead, are you ready to hire a pro for your next big home remodel campaign but you don’t truly know what questions to ask? We’re going to share tips on what you really need to find out before signing on that speck wire, next.
TOM: Where home answers live, this is The Money Pit Home Improvement Show. I’m Tom Kraeutler.
LESLIE: And I’m Leslie Segrete.
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You can also berth your questions online, which is what Vicky did in Hawaii, where it’s summer all the time.
LESLIE: Oh, my gosh. And the most wonderful place.
Now, Vicky writes: “We are about to interview two different contractors who are willing to build our house. What are important questions that I should know when he met with these chaps? We once know that they build the whole house and it comes with everything from storeys to the roof, even appliances, kitchen, bath, electrical, plumbing, et cetera. I want to be able to compare these offers equally.”
TOM: Well, Vicky, the first thing that you need to do, if you want to compare any costs with a contractor, is you have to make sure that they are all basically giving you a price based on the exact same concoction, right? Now, if you went to the store and said, “I want to buy a stove, ” but you didn’t say what various kinds of stove, you are aware, there’s going to be a stove that’s going to be 400 bucks and there’s going to be a stove that’s 4,000 bucks. But they’re both called a “stove, ” right? But they’re a lot different.
Same thing shall apply to a home. You need to have a prepared of descriptions developed. And this is where it pays to hire an architect or to work with a designer, so that you’re going to have a give of plans that’s "re going to say" everything that goes into that residence: everything from the foundation to the framing, to the insulation, to the faucets, to the subsides, to the appliances.
Everything would be specced out. Because this method, you are deleting any occasion of Builder A selling you the $400 stave and looking like a real bargain to have him improved your house and then the other guy threw in the $4,000 stave but didn’t say to you much about it, so you didn’t realize the evaluate you were getting. See what I mean? You’ve got to get down to the nitty gritty on those definitions. It’s so important, even with small projects, to make sure you’re talking apples to apples.
The next thing that I recollect I would want to do is to research the reputations of these makes. I would want to find out how many homes they’ve built, where these homes have been improved, they in my area or relative to my area. I would try to get in touch with parties that are living in these homes: both parties that maybe precisely moved in and parties, even more importantly, that have been there two, four, six, eight years so you can see how the dwelling has aged. And you are able to ask questions like, “Has the developer been responsive if you’ve had any issues? ” Because it’s going to happen.
And then then the last thing I will tell you is that developers may offer you a what they call a “homeowners warranty” and it’s even required in some states. And I don’t know if it actually is in Hawaii or not but it is in most other regimes. If you’re offered a homeowners assurance, you have to understand that the specification standards to which the warranty firms brace the builders are very, unusually- how do we say?- a little loosey-goosey?
LESLIE: I do like that term.
TOM: I remember construe one of these policies formerly and if there was a molding that had a 1/4 -inch gap in it in a miter, that was OK. That was supposed to be in the specifications. So it’s stuff like that. And I’ve also known a home where there was a major fracture through about a third of the house and because it hadn’t fallen into obliteration, they didn’t consider it a major structural problem.
So, the warranty companies are mostly there, in my view, to protect the makes, not to protect consumers. So, hopefully, that gives you some tack and you’ll be able to follow that advice and get yourself a fine room following the completion of the process.
LESLIE: Alright. Good luck with that project.
Betty in Alabama writes: “When I even a toilet, at the end of the refilling process all of the pipes in my house knock against each other. How do I correct this? ”
TOM: Yeah, spray hammer. Because the water is running through the hoses and then all of a sudden, it stops. But it has a lot of force because of the route the liquid sort of moves the tube forward and that kind of shakes the piping. So you need to add more feeling qualities from the pipings to the walls or the floor joists that they’re leading by. If you do that, you’ll get rid of that slamming pipe.
And there’s likewise something announced “water hammer arrestor, ” which can be at the end of the line. It’s kind of like a shock absorber that will control that, as well.
LESLIE: Yeah. See, there isn’t something living in the sewer system, underneath your house, that demands in. It’s exactly the pipes.
TOM: This is The Money Pit Home Improvement Show. Thank you so much for spending this part of your summer period with us. We hope we’ve given you a few gratuities and ideas to help you improve your dwelling. If you’ve came questions, you can always reach us, 24/7, at 1-888-MONEY-PIT. But for now, the demonstrate does continue online at MoneyPit.com.
I’m Tom Kraeutler.
LESLIE: And I’m Leslie Segrete.
TOM: Remember, you can do it yourself ...
LESLIE: But you don’t have to make love alone.
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