TRANSCRIPT FOR MAY 21, 2018, HOUR 2
TOM: Coast to coast and floorboards to shingles, this is The Money Pit. I’m Tom Kraeutler.
LESLIE: And I’m Leslie Segrete.
TOM: Happy Memorial Day. It’s here. Summer has officially arrived. It’s the big kickoff weekend. So, for us, though, that’s an extra day for home improvement, of course, and maybe an extra project.
LESLIE: Can we barbecue in the – can I have a barbecue just for fun?
TOM: Yeah, you can do that. Yeah, absolutely.
TOM: You have my permission.
LESLIE: OK, good.
TOM: So, if you’ve got a project that maybe you are just rushing to get done for some folks that are coming over or perhaps this is the time when you finally sort of sit down for the first time and think about ways you want to improve your outdoor-living space, that’s an awesome project to take on. Or maybe you’re still fixing up something inside your house. Whatever it is – décor, repair, maintenance – we’d love to chat about it. 888-MONEY-PIT is our phone number. Or you can post it to The Money Pit’s Community page at MoneyPit.com.
Hey, coming up on today’s show, do you have a room in your home that could use a bit of color but painting the entire room is just way too much work? Well, we’re going to have some tips on how you can add pops of color with very minimal effort and very maximum impact.
LESLIE: And also ahead, the garbage can in your house, especially your kitchen garbage, is probably the most underrated appliance in your home. That’s right, I’m calling it an “appliance” because you use it every day and it serves a purpose until it stinks. Then, all of a sudden, you’re like, “Wait a second. Something’s up with this garbage can.” We’re going to have some tips to keep those odors at bay, because they can get pretty stinky.
TOM: Plus, now that we are enjoying the summer sunshine, let’s talk about skylights. They’re a way to enjoy more of that sun all year long. But some leak a lot more than others. We’re going to tell you which ones leak the worst. And we’re going to share a tip on the easiest way to add a skylight to your home, in just two hours or less. It can be done. We’ll tell you how.
LESLIE: Alright. We promise it’ll be leak-free. That’s what you’re saying, Tom? We can do this in two hours?
TOM: Yep, absolutely.
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TOM: So, give us a call right now – the number is 888-MONEY-PIT – or post your question to The Money Pit’s Community page at MoneyPit.com.
Let’s get to it. Leslie, who’s first?
LESLIE: Jo in California is on the line and needs some help with some bar-stool restoration. Tell us what they look like.
JO: Well, they have wooden arms and they’re padded, they’re cloth. And then down at the bottom, where the feet are at, they’ve got little wooden rails on them. And I need to redo them. I’ve got them cleaned and brushed down and everything. And somebody said I should use spar varnish on them and I need to know what to get to put on them – on the wood.
LESLIE: Is there any metal at all? It’s all wood?
JO: No. Everything else is padded.
LESLIE: So everything else is fabric.
JO: The arms are wood. It’s got one, two, three, four little metal legs on it, at the bottom, and halfway up. And they’re wood. And I’ve got them ready to paint but I don’t know what to put on it.
TOM: So you want to refinish the wood in a clear – the clear finish or a painted finish? A clear finish?
JO: Clear finish.
TOM: OK. So, yeah, I mean you can use spar varnish on it; that’s a fine product. What you’re going to have to do, though, is lightly sand all those wood surfaces.
JO: They’re ready. They have already done that.
TOM: You’ve done that. OK. Well, then, you’ve done the hard part if you’ve done all the sanding. But what I would tell you to do is to be very careful to get the varnish only on the wood and not on any of the padded areas or the metal areas.
LESLIE: Yeah. This is going to be about creative masking and taping things off and covering things with plastic and tape and …
TOM: Yeah. Because if you get it on there, you’re going to have a problem. So you want to mask it very carefully to keep it away from the areas where you don’t want the spar varnish to get.
JO: Yeah, OK. And you think that’s the best to get? Because somebody else said, “No, you don’t want to use that. You want to use clear acrylic.”
TOM: Well, look, it’s a personal preference. The varnish is – I believe spar varnish is oil-based, which is fine. And it’s actually – you’ll find that the oil-based finishes are a little more durable in terms of abrasion resistance.
LESLIE: And I think they give a better sheen, as well.
TOM: Yeah, it’s a good point. Mm-hmm. They take a little longer to dry but they are a tougher finish.
LESLIE: Mm-hmm. With the acrylic – you know, “clear coats,” as they call it – it’s even available in a spray I’ve seen. I guess that really kind of depends on how raw the wood is, how much coverage you want. Again, masking is going to be the key here. And you really need to consider how much of a sheen you want. Think about that, as well, when you’re making your selection. Because if you want something that’s super shiny and almost has that wet look, really, that oil-based varnish is the way to go.
Dennis in Georgia is on the line and has kind of a serious situation going on over there.
Your panel caught fire? What the heck happened?
DENNIS: No, what happened was I had a new (inaudible) air conditioner put in in 2011. And I have it serviced every year. They come out summer and fall to check it out. He was out here last week, week before last. And I had an on-and-off switch out there, plus a 220 circuit breaker, OK?
DENNIS: He tells me to cut the air conditioner up but instead, he goes out there and pulls that 220 out, shoves it back in and it burnt the whole thing up. I called HomeAdvisor and they sent an electrician out here. And I had to pay $2,543. So, I think it’s this guy’s fault that put the – pulled that 220. What do you think?
TOM: Alright. So let’s back up here. First of all, did you find this guy through HomeAdvisor?
DENNIS: No. This was a company, North Georgia Equipment, that – they service my air conditioner in winter and summer.
TOM: Alright. So, you called the company to service your air conditioner. Alright. They do it every year by contract. Then they pulled the fuse out near the – at the compressor so they could probably service it, right?
TOM: And then they put it back in.
DENNIS: They have never done it before, because they always tell me to cut it up. It was a new guy.
TOM: When you say, “Cut it up,” what do you mean by cut it up? I don’t understand what you’re saying.
DENNIS: He told me to cut the air conditioner up so he could see if the Freon’s right.
TOM: You mean turn it up?
DENNIS: So he pulls that 220 breaker out and he shoves it back in.
DENNIS: This about sets the house on fire.
TOM: So when he shoved it back in, it shorted?
DENNIS: Yeah, because it set the whole panel box on – so I called HomeAdvisor. They sent somebody out here.
DENNIS: They worked for eight hours, OK? I had to have the whole panel box replaced.
DENNIS: And come to find out – HomeAdvisor said that when I had that new unit put in in 2011, they did not have it grounded.
TOM: So, the company that put the unit in in 2011, were they the same ones that were servicing it?
DENNIS: Yes, yes.
TOM: And don’t you have receipts from them that show that they’re the same ones that put it in?
DENNIS: Oh, yes. I’ve got them.
TOM: The fact that the guy took the breaker out and put it back in – took the fuse block out and put it back in – should not have, by itself, caused that spark. So something happened in your panel – some deterioration or degradation of that switch happened – that led to this spark. He just happened to be the unlucky guy to be the last one to sort of plug it back in and have this spark or this deteriorated circuit show up kind of on his watch.
Now, whether that was caused by the bad grounding of the unit or not is kind of hard to say right now. It’s not crystal clear. But if the company put that unit in and they didn’t ground it, I think that there’s – you know, I think it’s worth having a discussion with them. But I can’t say for sure whether or not it was their fault, because sometimes panels just break down for all sorts of reasons. And that might very well be what happened here.
But I’m glad you were able to find a good, qualified pro through HomeAdvisor and get it fixed up, especially now before it starts to get really hot out.
DENNIS: $2,543. They said that’s what caused it.
TOM: Did they have to replace the compressor?
DENNIS: No, it didn’t hurt there. It just burnt my whole panel box up.
TOM: Well, sorry that happened to you but it’s kind of a gray area. So I can’t necessarily point the finger at the original contractor. But it certainly would be worth having a discussion with them about it.
DENNIS: Well, I just wanted your opinion on it while (inaudible).
TOM: Alright. Well, I hope that helps. Yep. Thanks for calling us.
DENNIS: Yeah, well, the HomeAdvisor has done an excellent job.
TOM: Glad to hear it.
LESLIE: You are tuned to The Money Pit. Give us a call now at 888-MONEY-PIT presented by HomeAdvisor, the fast and easy way to find the right pro for any kind of home project, whether it’s a small repair or a major remodel.
TOM: Up next, do you have a room in your house that could use a little color but painting the entire room is just way too much work? We’re going to have some tips to help you add pops of color with very minimal effort and big impacts, next.
Making good homes better, this is The Money Pit. I’m Tom Kraeutler.
LESLIE: And I’m Leslie Segrete.
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LESLIE: Fonda (sp) in South Dakota, you’ve got The Money Pit. How can we help you today?
FONDA (sp): We are demolishing our old deck that leads to an old patio at the ground level. And the old patio has two substrates. You lead down to a plank patio and it’s like wood – 2x6s, I think – which is in awful shape. It’s probably 30 feet by 30 feet. And then it butts up to a pretty substantial cement pad that’s 20 feet by 20 feet.
And we know we’re going to demo the wood pad but it’s – the question is: what do we put in? Do we have to chop up the old cement pad, which is in great shape, because it’s so substantial? Or can we put in another cement pad next to it for the new patio? Can you go over the old cement with something and stamp it or make it just – and then the other problem is is it’s square. And I would like the new patio at the ground level to be rounder and curvier.
TOM: One idea that I have straight off is to go over the old patio with brick pavers. And if the patio is flat and strong and solid, there’s no reason you can’t put pavers on top of that. And so you could basically create a – do almost a patio makeover by preserving the concrete and putting brick pavers right over the concrete. They’re all going to assemble together. You won’t see them when they’re done.
Now, you mentioned changing the shape. That, of course, is a little more complicated because you’re going to have to build up to the edges. Part of the patio would be over concrete and part of the patio would be over traditional, built-up stone, if that’s possible. But if you want to avoid changing the shape, then it becomes a very easy project to do it with brick pavers. And of course, you have lots and lots and lots of choices on shapes and colors and all of that that you could go with.
FONDA (sp): And on the side that’s not cement, what’s under the brick pavers?
TOM: On the side that’s not cement, what’s under the brick pavers is this. First of all, you dig out, obviously, all the grass and that sort of thing. Then you put down about 4 to 6 inches of gray gravel. You tamp that down really, really, really well. Then on top of that, you lay some sand. Get that nice and flat. On top of that, you put the brick pavers and then you put additional sand in between.
But tamping and properly preparing that ground and tamping that stone really well is critical. Because if you don’t, it gets all roly-poly over the years and weeds start to grow up through it.
FONDA (sp): Alright. Well, thank you.
TOM: You’re welcome, Fonda. Good luck with that project. Just in time for summer. 888-666-3974.
LESLIE: Well, every so often, it’s nice to spice things up around the house. However, wanting to do any sort of remodel, that’s not really spicing things up. I mean that’s time-consuming, it costs a lot of money. Let’s think about accessorizing or adding in some color. That’s really a good way to change things up on a much lower budget.
So maybe consider adding an accent wall and help get that pop of color that you might be wanting.
TOM: Now, if creating the accent wall isn’t your thing but you still want to kind of jazz things up a bit, you could also think about maybe painting your window frames or the woodwork. Any one single element in the room that you can add that color to will definitely be a standout piece and give your room a bit of personality.
LESLIE: Kent in Kansas, you’ve got The Money Pit. What is going on at your house?
KENT: I have a vent that seems to maybe be – have some condensation or whatever. But I’ve got some stains that I’m – bathroom ceiling. And I have tried to spray the, you know, the ceiling stain to fix it but it continues to be a problem. And I wonder, how do I – what do I have to do up in the attic to take care of that?
Now, I do have a furnace up in the attic area, so I don’t know if that has anything to do with it. But I think it’s associated with a bathroom vent.
TOM: Well, typically, when you get a ceiling leak in a bathroom, it’s caused by the plumbing vent where it exits the roof. Because all bathrooms are going to have a vent pipe that goes up. It’s about 3 inches wide and it goes up from the bathroom, through the roof. And there’s a rubber boot around the pipe that seals the water out.
But the problem is that the rubber boot isn’t nearly as durable as the shingles around it. And the sun beats on it and the UV rays start to break it down. And then you’ll get a gap around the pipe and then the water, when it rains, kind of hugs the pipe, works its way down the pipe. It will drip off or find another route and end up somewhere in the vicinity of the bathroom ceiling. So that would be the most common type of bathroom leak; it wouldn’t be the vent – the bathroom fan, although it’s possible. But it’s probably not it. It’s more likely the plumbing-vent flashing.
So I would take a look at the outside, from the roof. Identify where that pipe is coming through the roof and see if the plumbing-vent flashing is deteriorated. If it is, easy fix. You take a couple of shingles off, put a new piece of flashing on, retack it back in place and you’re good to go.
Once you’ve eliminated the leak, then what you can do is spray that stain with a little bit of a bleach-and-water solution, let it – rinse it off, wipe it dry. And then I want you to prime the entire ceiling with a solvent-based primer. So, oil-based or alkyd-based primer because that’s the only thing that will seal that black in. And then you could put whatever top color you want on top of that and that could be latex, OK?
KENT: Is something like a KILZ product – is that what you’re talking about?
TOM: Yep. That’s exactly right. Yep, KILZ would be fine.
KENT: Alright. That’s what I’ve been using to take care of the stain. But it continues and so I (inaudible).
TOM: Alright. Well, if it’s – listen, if it’s continuing – the KILZ product you’re using, is it the water-based or is it oil-based?
KENT: I believe it’s oil-based and …
TOM: How are you cleaning your brushes? Are you cleaning the brushes with water or are you cleaning them with mineral spirits or turpentine?
KENT: I am using the spray can.
TOM: Oh, it’s in a spray can?
TOM: It’s probably the alkyd. I would get a little quart or a pint can of the oil-based KILZ. You could put it on heavier that way.
TOM: And just enough to do that ceiling, alright? And that’ll make a difference.
KENT: It actually looks like it’s cracking. Is that – is it to the point where I’m going to have to repair the drywall?
TOM: Well, what’s cracking? Is there a seam that’s cracking?
KENT: Yeah, in the ceiling, right in the very center of where the stain is is a small crack.
KENT: And I’m almost afraid to touch it for fear that I’m going to put my finger all the way through it.
TOM: Well, if that’s the case, you’d better find out now and not later. So, yeah, I would poke around a little bit. But a little bit – a small crack in drywall is not a big deal. Just Google “plumbing-vent flashing.” You’ll see exactly what I’m talking about.
Thanks for calling us at 888-MONEY-PIT.
LESLIE: Now we’ve got Tracy in Hawaii who needs some help with a sliding-door situation. What’s going on?
TRACY: The slider door has got – it’s got grit in it. And I had sprayed it with something. It was on sale. I don’t remember because I got rid of it. But it’s like real – it hardened, whatever it was. And it’s very hard to – I want to know if I can find something to loosen it. And then what should I use on it that won’t harden when I spray it, to make it easy?
TOM: Well, first of all, what I would do is I would get a really stiff brush and I would try to – I would brush those tracks to try to loosen up all of that gunk that’s there and then get a vacuum to kind of suck it out of there so that you can kind of get the loose dirt out and the junk out of there. And then what I would spray it with is white lithium grease. It comes in a can, just like WD-40 but it’s not; it’s a little thicker and it stays around longer.
And another thing that you can think about doing is if you can take the door out of the tracks, it makes the whole thing easier. But it’s a bit of a tricky job because – depends on how your door is built. But generally, you can lift it right out of the track. It’ll make the whole thing easier to handle.
TRACY: OK. That sounds wonderful.
TOM: Good luck with that project, Tracy. Thanks so much for calling us at 888-MONEY-PIT.
LESLIE: Well, the garbage can is probably the most underrated appliance in your home, especially that kitchen garbage. And boy, you don’t really pay it a lot of attention until, suddenly, it stinks. And it can stink. We’re going to give you some tips to keep odors at bay and you’ll be thanking us.
TOM: Making good homes better, this is The Money Pit. I’m Tom Kraeutler.
LESLIE: And I’m Leslie Segrete.
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LESLIE: Nells in Oregon, you’ve got The Money Pit. How can we help you today?
NELLS: I’ve got a problem with flies. We have three heat pumps in the house and it takes in the air at the base of the windows. And every year, we get flies that come up out of those return ducts. There’s electronic filters down there and I can’t imagine where they’re coming from or …
TOM: Well, they may be nesting in the house and they’re birthing themselves right into existence. And the reason they’re probably hanging out around the return ducts is because that’s where air gets drawn into the furnace and they just might be part of that airflow.
I can’t really diagnose exactly what you need to do to get rid of those but I do know somebody that can. And if you go to the Orkin website, our show expert is a guy named Greg Baumann, who I’ve known for many years. He used to be the expert for the National Pest Management Association; now he’s the director of training for Orkin. They have an expert section on their website and if you post that question there and maybe even put a photo of the flies, I’m sure that you’ll be able to get to the bottom of it very quickly.
NELLS: Great. Okie-dokie.
TOM: Well, the garbage can is perhaps the most underrated appliance in your home. Although you put some pretty nasty things in there, it usually does its job of storing life’s leftovers right in the middle of where you live, eat and you breathe.
LESLIE: It’s true. But if you want to maintain your trash can’s stealthy persona, once a month, you guys, take all of those indoor trash cans outside and give them a thorough cleaning. You do have to clean out your garbage, guys. So, to do that, you want to mix up ¾-cup of bleach into one gallon of water and then wash the interior of the garbage can, as well as all the handles and the lids, everything. Just get it completely germ- and guck-free.
And it’s funny, when I clean the outdoor ones, I kind of throw them on their side and spray them down with a hose really fast to get the funk out first before I go and clean it.
TOM: Oh, yeah. Absolutely. Yep.
LESLIE: You know, it’s like you do the outside ones.
TOM: I do the same thing. I use my pressure washer and – for that job. It works great. But I also spray it down with the bleach and let it sit. And then I use the pressure washer to blast out the gunk.
So, yeah, however you like to do it, I mean that – it’s definitely a job that’s got to get done. Just make sure you leave that bleach-and-water solution on long enough so it kills the bacteria. Because that’s really where the odor forms. And then let it sit outside in the sun and dry for 5, 10 or 15 minutes and you’ll be good to go.
LESLIE: Heather in Texas is dealing with a mold situation. Tell us what’s going on.
HEATHER: Well, I have black spots in my restroom and I’m not sure if that’s mold. And I would like to know: how can he fix it?
TOM: Without seeing it, I can’t tell you but if they’re black spots, it probably is mold. And where are these spots? Is it on the wall, shower curtain, tile? Where? A ceiling?
HEATHER: In the wall.
TOM: On the wall? Do you have wallpaper on the wall?
TOM: What you might want to do is mix up a bleach-and-water solution, about 10- to 15-percent bleach and the rest water. Spray it on those spots, let it sit for a bit of time and then wipe it down with fresh water. So if there is mold there, that will kill it.
The reason we usually get mold in bathrooms is because they’re wet and damp all the time. A couple of things that you can do there is – do you have a bath exhaust fan in this room?
TOM: Well, you should have one. And this is one of the reasons you should have one, because it will draw air out of that room when it gets damp, especially if you hook it up to a humidistat so it’s only running when there’s moisture in the room. If you don’t have that, then the only thing that you could do is just get into the practice of wiping down walls or using a squeegee to wipe most of the water off the bath, the shower walls, that sort of thing every single time and leaving the door open. But if you don’t have a bath exhaust fan, you’re always going to be fighting this.
When you do repaint next time, make sure you use a paint that has a mildicide built into it because that can also further reduce the chance of developing mold. OK, Heather?
HEATHER: OK. Thank you.
TOM: Good luck with that project. Thanks so much for calling us at 888-MONEY-PIT.
LESLIE: Hey, you want to keep that sunlight, that we love this time of year, coming in all year long? Well, why not add a skylight? There’s one that’s almost guaranteed not to leak. We’re going to tell you all about it, after this.
TOM: Making good homes better, this is The Money Pit. I’m Tom Kraeutler.
LESLIE: And I’m Leslie Segrete.
Well, whether you are buying, selling or just enjoying your home, we are here for you every step of the way. Give us a call with your home improvement or décor question, right now, to 888-MONEY-PIT presented by HomeAdvisor, the fast and easy way to find the right pro for any kind of home project, whether it’s a small repair or a major remodel.
TOM: Call us now on this beautiful Memorial Day weekend. We are here to help you get the projects done around your house. And heck, you’ve got an extra day to do that, so give us a call at 1-888-MONEY-PIT.
LESLIE: Pam in Missouri is on the line and has a question about installing a dimmer, a great do-it-yourself project. How can we help you, Pam?
PAM: I have a room that has fluorescent lighting in it and there’s two entries into that room. So there’s a light switch on each door, so it’s a two-way switch. Can I put a sensor on that so that when you walk in and walk out, the lights come on and go off?
TOM: Are you asking me if you can? Can you put a sensor on that?
TOM: Is your concern that you want the lights to come on automatically or is your concern that you don’t want people to leave the lights on when no one is in the room?
TOM: Well, I guess you could use an occupancy-sensor switch there but you would need to set it in vacancy mode, not occupancy mode. See, in occupancy mode, the light comes on when there’s motion. So, if you had a three-way, what could happen is you walk in the room, the switch closest to you picks up your motion, turns the lights on. You continue halfway through the room until the one on the other side picks it up and turns the lights off, so that wouldn’t work too well.
A better option might be to just replace one side of it – just one of the switches – with an occupancy sensor but set it in what’s called the “vacancy mode.” So what that means is you manually turn the light switch on but if there’s no motion in the room, it will automatically go off.
So we use these, for example, in the bedrooms upstairs at our house because kids turn lights on but as we all know, kids don’t turn the lights off. So, if you set it in the vacancy mode, they can turn the lights on but then they’ll go off, depending on the period of monitoring you set. They’ll either go off 1, 5, 15 or 30 minutes later.
PAM: Oh, OK. Alright. That would work. Thank you.
LESLIE: Well, skylights were a hot design trend that quickly faded. Well, it wasn’t because homeowners didn’t enjoy all that extra sunlight; they didn’t enjoy the leaking. And skylights really became notorious for leaking. But those horror stories don’t mean that skylights have to be off-limits. You can still get all that vitamin D without the high risk of water damage, with a curb-mounted skylight. That’s the difference.
TOM: Yeah. And what we mean by curbed skylights, they’re on a box that sits up off the roof. So they’re not flush with the shingles. And because of that, it’s easy for them to be sealed and flashed between the roof shingles and the skylight side itself. And those are the ones that don’t leak. They’re really the best bet for homes that are being retrofitted with a skylight, because they’re also the easiest type to install.
If you add a curbed skylight to the top of the skylight shaft, it’s kind of like putting a cap on the bottle. So you’ve got the hole ready and all you’ve got to do is cover it but with the right kind of skylight that’s not going to leak. And the curbed ones are definitely the right kind of skylight.
LESLIE: Now, when you’re shopping for the skylight, you’re going to notice that there are different types of glass and different coatings that are on the glass. So why not go with a low-E, high-performance glass that will reflect the heat of the sun back outside so that added sunlight won’t do a number on your cooling bills? Because truly, the sun comes in and it can head up your space, so reflect it back out.
TOM: Yeah, it’s a hidden cost that people don’t think about.
LESLIE: And if you’re looking for the easiest, fastest way to add sunlight – like in under two hours – think about adding a sun tunnel.
Tom, you love these.
TOM: Yeah. So what a sun tunnel is – think of it as a big, flexible tube. It looks kind of like a dryer exhaust vent but it’s about six times wider. They’re usually anywhere from, I could say, 12 to 18 inches wide, maybe wider.
And it’s not a skylight in the sense that you have to have a light shaft that goes all the way through from the roof to the ceiling. What you do is you cut a circular hole in your roof, you mount this sun tunnel in the roof. It’s kind of like – looks like an attic fan, right, from the top? All the sun goes in there and then you attach a mirrored tube to the bottom of the sun tunnel, feed it down to your ceiling. And then on the ceiling, you cut one more hole and that becomes kind of like a flushed light fixture.
So you bring the sunlight in but you’re not having to construct this huge light shaft, which is a lot of work because you’ve got to frame it, you’ve got to drywall it, you’ve got to spackle it. It’s a really tough place to work. It takes many coats of spackle. And if there’s any, you know, rough drywall work, it shows because the light is always casting against it. So the sun tunnel is a really quick and easy way that you could add a – add some sunlight to your space without all that work.
And you could put one of these in – I mean a pro could put one in in about an hour; you could probably do it in two. It’s really not hard to do and it really makes a dramatic impact. So, you can look them up online at their website for sun tunnel. Just Google it.
LESLIE: Alright. Good advice.
Jeremy in Pennsylvania is dealing with a leaky basement. What can we do for you?
JEREMY: I have a finished basement that has block foundation. And I have a small leak that – it’s not pulling up water or anything like that; it just kind of causes me some moisture problems.
JEREMY: And it just smells kind of musty and damp and things like that.
TOM: Where is the leak?
JEREMY: The leak is in that – whenever I – before I finished it, it was at the corner of the slab and the block wall.
JEREMY: And it seemed like it was coming up from underneath. I sealed it, I think, inadvertently with DRYLOK and I don’t think that that necessarily did the trick. And I didn’t know if there was another thing that I could do without gutting the basement completely, because I have laminate floor down and drywall up, if there is anything I can do from the outside.
TOM: Jeremy, when – does it get worse after a heavy rain?
JEREMY: It has before. It hasn’t gotten much worse, no.
TOM: But it seems somewhat consistent with how much rainfall you get outside?
TOM: Yeah, OK. So, listen, the good news is there’s nothing you need to do inside to fix this. The problem is outside.
I would suspect, because this is in a corner, you may even have a downspout near that area of the house. But generally, if you have a leak against a foundation wall like that, it’s caused more by drainage than it is by anything like a rising water table.
So if you look outside the foundation in that area, you’re going to probably see that you’ve got a blocked gutter or you have a gutter that doesn’t have enough downspouts or you’ve got downspouts that are discharging too close to the house. When you have a moisture problem, you want to – really want to move those spouts out 4 to 6 feet. Or perhaps you could have some grading that’s too flat and not sort of allowing water to run away.
That first 4 to 6 feet around the house foundation perimeter is really the most critical. And if the water is allowed to sit and collect that close to the house, what’s going to happen is you’re going to get that moisture come right back down into the basement. So the solution is to fix the drainage outside and the inside will fix itself.
JEREMY: Yeah, I think it’s probably a combination of the two. I have a gutter right there in that corner and then I think my grading is – I think it actually comes towards the house, as opposed to running away from the house.
LESLIE: Oh, that’s a double whammy.
TOM: Yeah, that’s a recipe for a flood right there.
TOM: Yeah, start by getting the downspout out. Just put an extension on that leader and you may see an instant result.
JEREMY: OK. Terrific. Thank you so much.
TOM: You’re welcome, Jeremy. Good luck with that project.
LESLIE: Well, hey, you guys, you’ve heard about a tea garden, right? How about a Long Island Iced Tea garden?
TOM: Now you’re talking.
LESLIE: Alright, alright. I know I’m a proud New Yorker. And who doesn’t enjoy a summertime cocktail? But there’s a hot, new trend in gardens right now that’s serving up all kinds of drinks, from sophisticated seltzers to high-class cocktails. I’m going to tell you all about it when The Money Pit continues.
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LESLIE: And I’m Leslie Segrete.
TOM: Standing by for your calls at 1-888-MONEY-PIT presented by HomeAdvisor.
LESLIE: Alright. If the phone’s not your thing, head on over to MoneyPit.com and post your question, just like Aiden from Florida did. He writes: “My wife unplugs all of our appliances in a thunderstorm, including our refrigerator. I have argued with her for years that she doesn’t need to do this. Can you tell me who is right?”
TOM: Well, if you get a lightning strike and you have no protection against such things, your wife may be right because it is possible that you could burn out some of your appliances. I had a neighbor, in a storm, that lost, well – and the thing is it wasn’t obvious right away. But she’d asked me to take a look at her cable system because it, all of a sudden, had gone out. And OK, I figured that she had a bad modem. And then, a few hours later or a day later, she couldn’t get into her garage because the garage-door openers had basically shorted out. And then after that, we figured out that her wireless phones weren’t working. So, it just went one thing from the next to the next. We tracked it all back to a lightning storm that had hit it.
So, in that case, there was no surge protection on the main electrical panel. That’s sort of the main way to stop this from happening. You want to add a surge protector to the main electrical panel. It’s not something you can do but certainly something an electrician can do. And what that will do is that will arrest or catch any surge from a lightning strike and stop it from working its way through to all your appliances.
So, your wife is a smart woman. There is possible damage. Probably pretty rare but it could happen and a surge arrester is the way to deal with that.
LESLIE: You know I lost my dryer in a lighting storm.
TOM: Oh, that’s right. Yeah.
LESLIE: And it was terribly expensive and then, of course, down the road led to getting a new washing machine, because you had to have the matching pair. And why not update the other one? But truly, it was just a dumb mistake by not even thinking about adding this to the house. And you learn the hard way it can be very expensive.
So, she doesn’t need to go to those extremes. You can add the surge arrester to the house and be really happy with the results. And you won’t be replacing your appliances.
TOM: Well, maybe the vegetables in your garden can be eaten but can they be shaken or stirred? Leslie has got tips on the most popular plants for cocktails, in today’s edition of Leslie’s Last Word.
This sounds fun, Leslie.
LESLIE: Alright. It’s true. I mean in the summer, who doesn’t enjoy a refreshing cocktail or a mocktail? It really is fun and easy to grow some of these things in your garden that you can use to make those things. So why not get rid of the tomatoes? Grow fruits and herbs for your drinks.
And spring – right now, at the end of May – this is the perfect time to get things going. So, think about adding some zest to seltzer, beer, even cocktails with homegrown limes. They can dress a plain, old glass of water, even, and bring out the floral notes in the finest alcoholic drinks. Now, limes can be grown in pots outside during the summer or inside your house in a really bright area, when the weather does cool down.
Lavender is enjoying a moment again. I feel like every summer, lavender becomes trendy and wonderful again and everybody enjoys the smell of it. And it’s finding its way into traditional cocktails, as well. It tends to pair especially well with gin by bringing out its floral element.
Now, lavender also is incredibly easy to grow. You can do it either in a garden or in a container. And if cocktails are the end goal there, go with English lavender; that’s the sweetest variety.
And if these alcoholic drinks are not for you, add fruits or herbs from your garden to ice-cube trays for flavorful and eye-catching ice cubes. They’re the perfect touch to any garden party and they’ll get you and your guests in the mood for summer, which I think we are all in the mood for, especially after this winter.
So get those cocktails ready, mocktail or not. Enjoy the summertime, guys.
TOM: This is The Money Pit. Coming up next time on the program, are you green with envy over your neighbor’s lush lawn? Well, that lawn didn’t happen by magic. It takes a lot of work to maintain a lawn. But we’ll have tips on how you can keep your lawn green and weed-free through the entire summer, on the very next edition of The Money Pit.
Happy Memorial Day. I’m Tom Kraeutler.
LESLIE: 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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LESLIE: Arlene in Rhode Island is on the line and wants to stay cool the summer months with some air conditioner. How can we help you with the project?
ARLENE: I live an in 1,850 -square-foot ranch that’s 38 times old and we positioned the central air before the walls were closed. The access to the handler, which is in the attic, is 21 inches by 21 inches square. And they always told us if it ever smash, it would be a difficult problem to replace the handler in the attic.
But lo and gazed, last week the air conditioning gone on for about an hour and then it stopped. I called my service-contract people. They came. They said- they vanished up into the attic and they said the handler is dripping grease. It’s old. It has a fan region, which is no longer consumed and it’s time to get rid of my air-conditioning system and get a new one or oust- or they were able tie it for $800 but it might not be good forever.
So, I’ve been interviewing business; they told me to do that. I’m a little bit acquainted on it now. And I know that I demand a 5-ton handler in the attic and a 13 -SEER compressor on the outside. My compressor is almost 10 years old but I think it wouldn’t be compatible.
TOM: How big-hearted is your house?
ARLENE: Eighteen-hundred-fifty square feet.
TOM: Five tons is a lot of air conditioning for that length house. Typically, you would use 3 to 4 zone- 3 to 4 tons. If you oversize the air conditioning, what’s going to happen is it’s going to cycle on or off very quickly. You could actually overdo it and it’ll be really inefficient.
But OK. I’m guessing that your question is: how do you get the breath handler back up in the attic?
ARLENE: Well, everyone said they can make a brand-new opening and put a brand-new show in and it’ll devote it more circulation and it’s a good stuff to do.
ARLENE: The last-place being I interviewed said he can get it up- a 5-ton up into the attic. Because the one he’s going to supply- an Amana- comes in two pieces.
ARLENE: He said and that will be better because if it ever need to see a amend, you just sounds open the two patches. I’ve never heard of a 2-piece 5-ton and I’m wondering what your opinion is, because he "ve given me" the best price. He was $3,000 cheaper than everyone else.
TOM: Yeah, well, it’s hard to tell, because a lot of these guys bid you and not development projects. But Amana is a good brand.
TOM: So I have no issues with that. I would simply do some research on the contractor.
But by the way, you are familiar, making a bigger opening is not that big-hearted of a lot. It might seem like a big of a slew but it’s certainly a jolly simple carpentry projection. It’s time an additional project that you probably didn’t want to face.
Is there any storage room up there if you were to make it bigger? Could you take advantage of that?
ARLENE: A crawlspace attic.
TOM: It’s all a crawlspace? Yeah. Yeah, I signify listen, a carpenter that knows what he’s doing can open- can double the dimensions of the that hole in about an hour. It’s certainly not hard.
Listen, I only- before you perform the commitment to the 5-ton, I’m just telling you, for an 1,800 -square-foot house that’s over- it’s probably overkill. And I don’t want you to get in a situation where there’s- you know what I mean? When I say cycling, do you know what that implies? It signifies the air conditioning comes on and it goes off, comes on again and it goes off, goes on/off, on/ off. So what’ll happen is it will never race long enough to dehumidify your home. And as a result, you’ll feel cold and dank. It’s really not good.
So, you want to put the right-size unit in, OK? You want to put the right-size unit in. And generally, it’s about 600 square hoofs per ton. So that’s simply 3 tons for your home. So, I’m thinking three to four , not- I’m thinking five might be too big. OK?
ARLENE: OK. Thank you so much.
TOM: Alright. Good luck. Thanks so much better for announcing us at 888-MONEY-PIT. And well done doing all the research on this.
LESLIE: Alright. We’re going to talk floors and how to keep them beautiful, with John in North Carolina. What can we do for you?
JOHN: Well, we have chosen to take unused infinite and turn it into a deck, we are therefore devoted about four months. We toyed with Trex and pressure-treated and settled on cedar. And it gazed perfectly dazzling. We settled a can of SPF stain on it. And that was- we finished last September.
This spring, we look out the window and it’s kind of whitish. It’s not the honey colouring. It’s like- a western cedar is what we have. So I got with Cabot and they were very surprised. So I guess they’re going to work something out with us. But is there something, either a discolour or a- I’m thinking like a polyurethane or something that’s specific for cedar? It seems to be an extraordinary kind of wood.
TOM: It’s not that surprising. Mostly, whatever it is you wishing to is you’re going to want to primary it firstly. And then you’re going to cover it with a solid-color stain. If you use a semi-transparent stain, you’ll - you may picture more of the cereal. You’ll still see it through solid color but you don’t have as much pigment in it, so it doesn’t last quite as long. But if the floor is primary first- and when I prime cedar, I use an oil-based primer. And then on top of that, I’ll use a solid-color stain and it can last a really, certainly long time.
JOHN: Well, the one thing is we didn’t want to do the solid complexion because the cedar glances so beautiful.
TOM: Yeah, I get that. But the thing is you’re not going to preserve that natural coloring. Eventually, it’s going to fade to gray. You may not want to do it now but you will do it eventually. It’s going to happen with you or without you.
JOHN: Yeah, yeah. Yeah, we all exit grey-haired, I guess.
JOHN: OK. Alright. Well, I appreciate it very much.
TOM: Alright, John. Good luck with that activity. Thanks so much for cry us at 888 -MONEY-PIT.
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LESLIE: Judy in Iowa is on the line with an electrical question. Tell us about what’s going on at your place.
JUDY: My electricity gives me wonder. So far, so good. And our house is old; it was built in the late 1920 s. And we adoration it there. It’s a big, aged farmhouse. But it’s get knob-and-tube wiring in it. And the electrician said it was there, that- I’m not sure he’s a full-fledged electrician but he said that it was OK. And he said exactly don’t mess with it and it’d be alright. But I merely get excitable. In the summer, when we have the breath conditioner on, every once in a while the lamps seem to go dimmer when the aura turns on.
So I’m just wondering if we should stick with what we have or is that a possibility? Do I need to switch or do we need to change it over to something else or what?
TOM: So, knob-and-tube wiring is the very first centrally-wired type of mansion cabling that was available. And it’s called “knob-and-tube” because there are ceramic buttons, like little- they look almost like drawer pulls. And they’re attached to the side of the structure. So this is perhaps, for example, the rafters or the ceiling joists. And then the wires are unfolded from button to knob to knob. And where it goes through a joist, there’s a ceramic tube that’s inserted in it. And that’s why it’s called knob-and-tube.
Now, knob-and-tube wiring, the biggest publication with it is it’s not sanded , nor is it groundable. So it’s unsafe from a consumer perspective but even more important, that wiring was be done in order to the 1930 s and it’s pretty much falling apart today. Very often, you’ll discover the rubber insulation just burst and fell out of and crumble.
And in addition to that, the reason that the cables are strung off the light is because they have to air-cooled. And so guess what is the case when you put insulation over that? It’s no longer air-cooled, it is therefore gets even hotter. So I is of the view that knob-and-tube wiring is unsafe and is required to be disabled no matter what else is going on with your air-conditioning.
TOM: Now, as to the air-conditioning issue, they are able to or may not "ve got something" to do with the knob-and-tube. Whenever you turn on an appliance with a big compressor- it happens often with refrigerators or breath conditioners- if the tour that you’re on there happens to be somewhat close to the lighting circuit, that’s the place you usually see it. That various kinds of thing happens all the time. But unless "youve had" light-coloreds on, you don’t physically notice it.
TOM: But it’s not uncommon, for example, in a kitchen to see the light-headeds dim formerly in a while in an older residence whenever the fridge kick on because , nowadays, we threw those all on separate circuits. But when they share a circuit, well, then you’re often going to see that kind of effect.
TOM: So my opinion would be to replace the knob-and-tube wiring. Now, you can simply disable it and leave it in place. You don’t take it out but you want to replace it as much as you maybe can. I’d love to see you replace throughout the entire house. I is well aware sometimes that’s difficult but it’s certainly worth it and would be a lot safer if you did.
JUDY: OK. Well, I appreciate that. I was always wondering and my husband says I- thinks it’s fine and I’m a little nervous.
TOM: I think your inclinations are correct here and I believed to be should take it out.
Good luck with that project. Thanks so much for announcing us at 888 -MONEY-PIT.
LESLIE: Well, a lot of us are multitaskers out there. So, picture this characterization, which I’m sure happens to a lot of beings on a daily basis. You’re walking into your live, you’re bear the kids’ backpacks or you’ve got groceries in your weapons. And then bam, you fall down with the kids, the knapsacks, the eggs, the milk, all the things all over the sidewalk. And it hurts and you are not happy.
Guys, concrete faces can get slippery and I’m not just talking about during the winter. They often get are covered under a thin coating of moss or algae in the spring and summertime. And that make-ups them awfully slippery, I signify almost all year round.
TOM: Well, we’ve get tips-off on how to update your sidewalks and driveways to attain those faces slip-resistant, in today’s Pro Project presented by HomeAdvisor.com.
LESLIE: Now, if you want to cut the chances of tumbling on your own turf, you can have a pro apply a management be taken in order to prevent falls on those concrete faces. It’s called a “textured acrylic concrete coating.” It is not merely will provide a non-slip finish to those concrete surfaces, it presents it a new-look finish to that old-fashioned, dull concrete, as well. So it’s got two assistances now, guys.
TOM: Yeah. And the textured acrylic concrete varnish is actually a heavy-duty resin. So it clings perfectly to any concrete surface. It can stick to stairs or sidewalks or terraces or driveways. And if your home has a handicap ramp, this is a really good way to improve the safety of that skin-deep, as well.
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LESLIE: Steve in Kansas is on the line and has a question about siding. What going on in here at your fund excavation?
STEVE: Well, it’s time to repaint my fund oppose.
STEVE: Been nine years. And the windows are old. I superseded them but they’ve got wood make on the outside and brick mold. And they’re an annual affair and I’m tired of that.
STEVE: So, my bride and I have constricted it down to the Hardie board siding.
STEVE: And we’re getting collision reports from sidekicks and parties that have it. Some like it, some don’t.
STEVE: I like it because I’m out in western Kansas and we like greeting out here and gales. So, I said I would go to a neutral defendant and you two are the party.
TOM: OK. Well, therefore welcomed our neutral party.
So, I fantasize HardiePlank is an excellent product. I actually have HardiePlank- I think it’s announced HardieShingle- on my garage construct. And I did that because I wanted to match cedar shingles that were on my house. And when you look at the two buildings side by side, the chamber of representatives is depicted or it has a discolour, I should say, the solid-color stain. The shingles are coated but from the street, they pretty much gaze the same. You genuinely can’t tell the difference.
That said, there are a lot of other composite textiles that are out there now that producing brand-new components to the table. For instance, we were recently are concerned with the people at Tando Building Products. That’s a new firebrand of shingle that is a composite shingle, much like HardiePlank, but they’ve got the coloration down. So if you wanted to go natural siding look, the natural cedar look, they had one called Beach House Shake. They did different pigments.
I was at a commerce register with these people and I watched experienced remodelers go up to the wall with this stuff and touch it and scratch it, because they couldn’t believe that it was a composite. It wasn’t real lumber. It exactly appears that good.
So, if you want a make that looks a lot like shingle, that takes a stain like a shingle but doesn’t wear like shingles, you could use something like the Tando Products. If you crave a shingle that maybe you’re simply going to decorate and is really sturdy and stands up to the hail like we’ve discussed, I see the HardieShingle is fine, as well.
STEVE: Our biggest thing is we’ve had some people say that they’ve had some fading issues with it. And I’ve look back the houses and I haven’t seen it from the start, so I really can’t be a judge of it. But I’ve had people say they’ve had it for 13, 14 times and have no issues with it. I’ve got some who the hell is 10 times and they don’t like it.
TOM: Well, the stain-fade warranties are definitely something to consider. I think the Tando warranty was 20 years or something like that. But check it out and compare and contrast. But when you attend the synthetic product today that looks just like the real thing, it’s pretty amazing what they can do now. And it’s not that long ago when this technology didn’t exist. But it’s only absolutely beautiful and it actually looks like traditional wood siding.
Or they have concoctions that look like stone, extremely. And it does look a lot like the real thing. And I never used to be able to say that. And I retain years ago, I was on a advisory board and I had architects come up and try to tell me they were going to introduced vinyl siding in a historic area of our town because it looked like wood. I’m like, “Yeah , not unless you’ve got the worst imagination in the world.” But this new product, it actually does look like wood and it’s made of synthetic composite materials.
STEVE: Yeah. We’ve had to get out of the car a couple of times driving around and go up to the house really to check, because we really couldn’t tell if it was a composite timber or a- or the HardiePlank.
TOM: Just to see what it was, right? Yeah, yeah.
STEVE: And I’ve got a neighbor behind me and he’s got the one of the wood composites. And I like it but we just various kinds of settled into the concrete mode, I guess, so ...
TOM: Well, I don’t think you can make a bad alternative, Steve. You’re requesting the privilege questions, OK? Good luck with that job and thanks, again, for announcing us at 888 -MONEY-PIT.
LESLIE: Hey, would you like to live in a residence that’s well improved, consumes less vigor and needs less upkeep? Well, generator Sheri Koones says prefabricated dwellings are the way to go. In fact, she calls them “prefabulous” and she’s link us, next.
TOM: Fixing good residences better, welcome back to The Money Pit Home Improvement Show. I’m Tom Kraeutler.
LESLIE: And I’m Leslie Segrete.
Well, if you’d like to live in a dwelling that’s well built, exerts less vigor and needs less upkeep, our next patron says prefabricated dwellings are really the way to go. Sheri Koones is a widely respected scribe who assistants books is recognized that coming the chamber of representatives of their dreams can be done in an ecologically responsible way.
SHERI: Thank you for having me.
TOM: So, Sheri, before we get started, Leslie "ve been informed that" you’re an accomplished author. You’re very achieved. You’ve written eight notebooks on dwelling pattern and the last five members of which are a series called “Prefabulous.” That’s a great message. What does that mean to you and to your books?
SHERI: I actually tried to use the word prefabulous to show that prefabrication of lives is better and more exciting and genuinely stupendous and to certainly evidence the benefits of prefabrication and also, along the way with all of my notebooks, to show how building a more energy-efficient and sustainable residence is a total advantage.
TOM: You know, I got my start in building and remodeling, working for a developer that did prefabricated residences many, many years ago, before anyone ever heard of them. And I was always excited by the quality of the construction because when a residence is falsified offsite, "youve had" total restrict over the environmental issues. You have the buying power of going better-quality lumber. And you can do a more accurate job of putting that together. And that everyone is assists with the energy-efficient and the quality.
SHERI: Well, that’s true. And likewise, when people are building on locate, there’s water dribble into their house and it’s representing the timber damp, which later can twist and turn. And so, are currently in a protected surrounding is a definite advantage. But too, you don’t waste time. People in a factory can work 12 months a year and they’re not restricted by the weather or any kind of outside surrounding. So, it’s certainly a plus-plus for anybody if they want to build a prefabricated house.
I, myself, would never build a house anymore on site.
LESLIE: Now, do you think having a prefab home assistance as far as vigour practice leads or even the maintenance of that home? What do you think the difference is in that building process lends to that sort of in the time that you own their families and in the time that you’re working on it?
SHERI: Well, when a mansion is being built in a factory, particularly a modular, they’re building it from the inside out as opposes it on site where they build a house from the outside in. And they do that for obvious reasonableness so that they can close off the house and make it dry as quickly as possible.
But when they’re building from the inside out, they can do the inside walls and then they can articulated much more insulation into the walls and around all the stores, et cetera. And so the insularity is better. Likewise, you’re working with people that are working in a factory 12 months per year and they’re awfully, qualified and experienced professionals. And they know exactly what they’re doing. And a lot of these factories, they’re using the best fabrics in closing off the house much tighter than it would be on site.
TOM: We’re talking to Sheri Koones. She’s an author and columnist, an columnist of actually eight volumes. Her latest notebook, called Downsize: Living Large in a Small-time House is coming out in November.
Sheri, let’s talk about the topic of downsizing. It’s become, actually, pretty important now because of the growing baby-boomer population. A bunch of young people want to use their resources to travel and do sporting incidents rather than maintain a large house. It’s become very trendy to live in a very small space. It used to be that we wanted bigger and bigger and bigger and bigger. And then we crowded it with more substance and it was just sort of an endless repetition. But today, live small is cool.
SHERI: Yeah, it really is. And it’s not only for the baby boomers but even the young people. Baby boomers find that they want to live smaller and they want to spend more era doing the things they are ready to do rather than maintaining their houses and paid under all the vitality that it cost to heat a large house.
I have sketches- several people in my new diary- that are young people. And they just want to live a smaller life. They want to be authorized to do other things and passage. And they don’t want to devote all their time maintaining a residence. And they don’t want to waste all their coin heating and cooling it. So, I spotted quite a few younger people that want to do this, as well.
And you could even see this on the Tv proves, all the tiny-house movement. And that’s not what I write about, because those houses are less practical than the houses I’m writing about. But all of the houses in this upcoming book are 2,000 square hoofs or less and they’re all highly sustainable and efficient. And they’re very practical for any point in your life.
LESLIE: Who is well aware my 1,400 -square-foot home was so stylish?
SHERI: You’re a trendsetter.
LESLIE: I’ve been and I didn’t know.
TOM: And Leslie, you’ve ever said that even though it’s a small house, it doesn’t have to feel small.
LESLIE: No, absolutely not. I want there’s so many ways that we are able to cleverly use your space and decorate and use dye and use materials to move the space feel bigger. And you wouldn’t even notice that you’re living in such a small space.
SHERI: And that’s actually what I did in this new book: I’ve profiled 33 lives that are under 2,000 square feet but they all feel bigger. And every one of the person or persons that I interviewed for this book, that own these lives, said that they were so comfortable and they never were of the view that they were living in a small house.
TOM: Sheri Koones, writer of Downsize: Living Large in a Small-minded House coming out next November.
Thank you so much better, Sheri, for stopping by The Money Pit.
If you’d like to learn more and postdate Sheri and her work, you can visit her website at SheriKoones.com. That’s S-h-e-r-i-K-o-o-n-e-s.com. You can also sought for Sheri on Forbes.com.
Thanks again, Sheri.
SHERI: Thank you.
LESLIE: Hey, are you counting down the working day until vacation? You know what? An intruder might be, likewise. We’re going to have tips for stopping your home assure from robbers and dislocations, when The Money Pit continues.
TOM: Originating 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: And I really detested realizing the school and the parking lot.
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LESLIE: Well, most of us are going to take some sort of vacation this summer. And you shouldn’t have to spend it wondering whether your exhaust home is safe, so we’ve made a checklist. You want to form sure your residence remains safe while you’re apart? Let’s do the following, guys.
First of all, you want to shut off the main water valve. First of all, this is something you should know where it is in your house. It should be labeled for everybody to know simply where it is in the event of a water-break emergency. But if you slam it off while you’re away, should any of those occasions happen, like a hose bursting or something, you’ll know that there’s not "re going to be" every ounce of water that your entire village has racing through your house.
TOM: Yeah, absolutely.
Now, also, you want to drain the toilets. That’s in case if something in the toilets happen to opening. And that’s actually even more important during winter, for wintertime trips, because ocean in the toilets will freeze and basically break the toilets.
But keeping in that water category, you likewise miss to turn off your sea heater. So if it’s electric, simply turn off the breaker at the central board. Or if it’s gas, turn the gas valve down to the pilot-light setting so it’s not off the whole way. It’ll be easy to turn back on "when youve got" home but you won’t be squandering all that gas in the process.
LESLIE: Next, you want to sort of check out your circuit breaker. Hopefully, everything’s labeled so you know what everything is controlling. If you’ve got a circuit labeled “living room television and stereo,” you are able to turn that off; you don’t need it. But fridge, freezer, heating system, restrain those situations on. So non-essentials you can turn off; essential ones, obviously, save functioning.
TOM: Yeah. And it’s too a good feeling to detach anything that’s plugged in that you don’t need. So when we go away, well, we use capability pieces. We turn those all off. But unplugging Tvs and clock radios and table lamps, any of that kind of stuff you only don’t need to have power on to, only unplug it. If the power is disconnected , nothing is to be able to happen.
Turn down your temperature on your breath conditioning. Make sure those ignites are on timers. And this is important: fasten up.
It’s really interesting, Leslie, when you look at the surveys to seeing how burglars get into the house. So many times, it’s through an open door or an open space because people just don’t lock it. It sounds so obvious but people apparently, in large numbers, do not lock up their homes.
LESLIE: It’s amazing to me. We have some very good friends. I won’t say their honour since they were don’t lock the door to their mansion ever. They will be on vacation for a week and they’ll be like, “Hey, are you able swing by the house and do X, Y and Z? ”
TOM: “Oh , no problem. The door’s open.”
LESLIE: “Sure. Where’s the key? ” “Oh, door’s open.”
LESLIE: But you’re in another state for a few weeks. Am I freedom? Well, good luck.
TOM: Finishing this up, you also want to keep the trees balanced, the bushes pruned so you’re not making any areas that are kind of hampered, like where burglars can kind of work in secret.
Speaking of mystery, you know those secret places that people hide keys, like hollow rock-and-rolls? Guess what?
LESLIE: What? Everybody knows about those.
TOM: Burglars have Amazon accounts, too. They know about hollow rocks, so don’t do that.
LESLIE: And they don’t genuinely looks a lot like real rocks.
TOM: They don’t looks a lot like real rock-and-rolls. They glance like “pick me up, here’s my key.”
And ultimately , notify police. A much of police departments been good to the protection of homes while you’re away. And they’ll do an additional patrol.
LESLIE: They’ll do a drive-by.
TOM: They’ll do a drive-by. We’ve had the policemen alert us when there was an extra car in our driveway that wasn’t supposed to be there "when hes" away.
LESLIE: What was the car?
TOM: Well, the car was our neighbour and they were perfectly therefore welcomed ballpark there and they knew we were apart. But of course, it triggered an alert to call for the police.
TOM: They were watching that.
So, all good stuff to be considered. We had wished to draw sure that you come back healthy and relaxed and not stressed-out when you find out that your mansion was broken into or the mechanical robbers got into there and made discloses and all kinds of mess. So, exactly preserve those happens in sentiment when you go away.
We’ve got a complete checklist, by the way, on how to make sure your home stays safe while you’re away, on MoneyPit.com.
LESLIE: Hey, when it comes to choosing which home improvement works you should be doing, picking one with a good return on investment is really important. But did you ever wonder which betters deliver the least? The rebut will surprise you and that’s next.
TOM: Preparing good residences better, welcome back to The Money Pit Home Improvement Show. I’m Tom Kraeutler.
LESLIE: And I’m Leslie Segrete.
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LESLIE: Alright. Don’t forget: post your questions in The Money Pit Community section, as well.
Now, I’ve got one here from Mina who copies: “What can I do to repair spider vein-looking cracks around my ceramic bathtub and what’s causing them?”
TOM: Well, those minuscule fractures around your duct, Mina, is basically the tub finish or glaze breaking down.
Now, you have a couple of options. You could replace the part bathtub, which is a major renovation. You could reglaze it, which is possibly a DIY project or one that can be done by a pro but it’s not a long-term solution. And I’ve got to tell you, it’s a heck of a bad process, especially when the pros get it on. You truly don’t want to even be in the chamber of representatives when that happens, because trying to get new finish to adhere to that old-fashioned is just a really big job.
And the third option is to install a bathtub position. There are fellowships that move positions that drop into existing tubs and sort of re-line the part face. They’re beautiful but I think they’re just slightly cheaper than tearing out the part shower, because they’re quite expensive, I consider, for what you get.
And then there’s ever alternative count four: live with it. You know , nobody’s really going to see that except for you. And we get that it defects you but it’s kind of a really expensive thing to fix for a jolly minor visual inconvenience.
LESLIE: Alright. Next up, I’ve got a post now from Jeff who corresponds: “Tom, Leslie, I got to help me. Is there any space to remove oil-based paint from a fabric gondola sit? ” Ugh. “I got it on the back of my coat, didn’t realize it and then drove my girlfriend’s car.”
She’s probably mad.
TOM: Wow. I hope she’s an understanding lady, because I don’t have good report for you. It’s really hard. I signify coming oil-based depict out of anything is hard but fabric, it’s nearly impossible after it dries.
If it hadn’t once bone-dry, you could have applied a solvent- Spray Nine, by the way, is a type of cleaning fluid that works pretty well, as well. But formerly that lubricant cover is baked, mortal, it’s really hard to get out. You probably might want to think about having that seat re-covered. You could take it to a mas supermarket and using them put new fabric down. That might be the best solution. I don’t think you’re going to be able to remove it; I just don’t.
LESLIE: If you’re not already participated, you should probably propose- that’ll attain her forget all about that car sit- or any flowers, something.
TOM: Well, coming the best value out of every home improvement dollar you waste is important. But there are some improvements that deliver a lower return on investment than others, one of which is a home office. Leslie has items, in today’s edition of Leslie’s Last Word.
LESLIE: Yeah. You know what? It’s interesting. You hear more and more that people are working from home and certainly, fellowships are compiling it easier for people to have a remote office. But that doesn’t always mean that they’re acting from a home office. So much portable technology is available to everybody these days that working from home can actually aim that you’re at a common terrace or on a easy chair or sitting on your floor or anything but actually at a table inside of your house.
But chaps, it also turns out that construct a home office delivers a frightful return on investment. An average main office remodel can rate $30,000, which is money you are not going to recoup. So, while it’s great to have a dedicated workspace, you need to make sure that that space can be used as an additional bedroom, a playroom, a multipurpose gap, whatever else it can be used for, really not so specifically designed and rebuilt that the only use is an office, specially if you’re thinking of arrange your mansion on the market.
So be careful, be artistic. Absolutely labor from home but tell that office multitask, just like you do.
TOM: This is The Money Pit Home Improvement Show. Coming up next time on the programmes, summertime storms are on their direction, which makes power outages are right behind. We’re going to have tips-off on how to make sure your house remains well-lighted when the rest of the neighborhood vanishes twilight, 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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Thinking about redoing the floors in your home or business? If you’ve got any furry family members, now is the perfect time to think about which flooring types might hold up best in the face of scratchy paws, accidents and excessive shedding! A good pet-friendly floor must be easy to clean with a vacuum cleaner and mop, moisture resistant so it doesn’t become permanently damaged in the event of accidents or spills, and safe and comfortable for you and your pet. Of course, it has to look great too! Here are the best flooring types for homes with pets.Best Floors for Pets #1 Solid Hardwood
With hardwood being one of the most expensive and scratch-prone flooring options out there, you might be somewhat confused as to why we placed it at the top of our pet-friendly floor list. The fact is that solid hardwood floors are a lifetime investment that can be sanded, refinished and repaired thousands of times. Unlike carpet or a porous tile, hardwood doesn’t require you to replace your entire floor in the face of permanent stains or scratches. Any hard-surface flooring is a good pick because it’s more resistant to pet stains and can be cleaned easily, but hardwood’s pure longevity—when properly maintained, it can last for hundreds of years—is really what makes it the winner against other hard floors. It’s also less likely to trap in dirt, dust and dander than other kinds of floors, so you know that you’re getting rid of everything when you vacuum your hardwood.#2 Engineered Hardwood
Engineered hardwood can appear identical to solid hardwood, but it’s more dimensionally stable. Its made of several layers of wood and finished with a top layer or veneer of real hardwood. There is no question that solid hardwood will last longer, as engineered wood can’t be sanded and refinished as many times as hardwood can. However, engineered hardwood has some technical advantages that makes it a good pick for pet-heavy homes. Its core is more stable, which makes it less likely to expand or shift when exposed to moisture or humidity, so it may perform better than solid hardwood in the face of pet accidents and water bowls. It also tends to be more affordable, so it can be good for rentals or starter homes.#3 Cork
One of the primary downfalls of any type of hardwood is that it can be hard and slippery. If you’ve ever had a pet who’s afraid of hardwood, you know that it can be grueling to watch your pup vigilantly inch across the kitchen or dining room floor. If your goal is to find the best flooring for anxious animals, cork is a good option. This pet friendly floor material is soft and cushy underfoot and “gives” when walked on. What’s more, cork floors are more resistant to mold, mildew and termites than other types of floors and have the unique ability to self-correct by indentations, scratches or nicks. While cork is versatile in appearance, it’s generally not as classic looking as hardwood, so it’s not always the best pick for every design style.#4 Carpeting and Rugs
Carpeting certainly brings some major cons when it comes to pet-friendly environments. It’s harder to clean, more likely to stain and harder to repair than hard-surface floors. If your pup tears one portion of your carpeted floor, you’re basically stuck replacing the entire thing. On the other hand, carpet and rugs are more comfortable and affordable than most hard floors and they’re wonderful for pets who aren’t fond of slippery hardwood or tiles. You might consider choosing carpeting that has been engineered specifically for pets, as these options typically feature stronger stain resistance and better moisture control.#5 Vinyl Tiles or Planks
Vinyl is a good option for floors in pet-friendly homes and businesses because it’s waterproof, durable and economical. In fact, it’s often used in vet offices, grooming businesses and boarding facilities. As one of the most affordable types of flooring, many people are surprised to see how far vinyl floors have come. Gone are the days of thin sheet vinyl rolls that peel at the edges! These days, home- and business-owners can choose from hundreds of unique colors, styles and finishes, with popular options such as vinyl tiles and vinyl planks that look like hardwood. With that said, vinyl is not nearly as long-lasting or durable as wood floors, so you can expect to have to replace it over time.#6 Laminate Floors
Another one of the more inexpensive flooring options, laminate has gained serious popularity as a pet-friendly floor for its authentic wood-look, easy DIY installation and improved performance. Historically, laminate floors weren’t the best choice for pet owners because they have the tendency to warp when exposed to humidity or moisture. However, the top laminate floor manufacturers now make durable, waterproof laminate floors that won’t warp. It’s a good choice for pets because it’s incredibly easy to clean and holds up surprisingly well when scratched or nicked.#7 Rubber Flooring
Rubber floors are best for commercial environments because they don’t tend to be very attractive, but they can be used in basements, pet play areas, garages or other spaces where Fido might roam. If you’ve never seen rubber floors in real life, they are similar to or the same as those springy, black floors in gyms. This kind of floor is often used as a subfloor for pet flooring because it’s antibacterial and resistant to mold and mildew, so it won’t trap any gross stuff if you opt for a different top layer. Rubber flooring is also easy to clean and slip-resistant, making it good for older or anxious pets.Choosing the Right Floor for You and Your Pet
There is no one-size-fits-all floor for people with pets. Your budget, décor style and pet’s needs will help guide you towards the flooring that’s most appropriate for your home. If you go with any of the floor types listed above, you can rest easy knowing you’re getting a durable, pet-friendly floor that will last through all the joyous and not-so-joyous moments of pet ownership!
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