The Family Handyman reader Kevin Rusch wanted to build a dining room table. When he saw the Built-to-Last Viking Long Table and Heavy-Duty Viking Bench, he knew with a few modifications, these plans would work.
Here are a few highlights from Kevin’s project: Douglas Fir was used for the base of the table and the bench, with Red Oak as the trim. For the tabletop, he chose Trail Oak Luxury Vinyl Plank Flooring instead of wood. This surface is waterproof and doesn’t have any gaps. He glued pine boards together (which are reinforced) under the vinyl tabletop as the table was getting pretty heavy using the Douglas Fir wood. Since he didn’t want any exposed screws showing on the outside of the oak trim, he used Kreg screws underneath the table and bench. The stain was a mixture of Red Oak and Summer Oak. The Douglas Fir stained much darker than the Red Oak, but he really liked the difference between the types of wood. Finally, he made one bench, so he could use his existing dining room chairs around the table.
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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: Welcome to the program. We are here to help you with questions about your coin pit. We know you’ve got one. Now, money oppose for us is sort of a term of endearment, freedom? I mean you love your house but it does require a lot of money, sometimes, to take care of it. And we’re now to assist you waste that wisely and get the job done formerly, get it done right and not have to do it again so you can experience more of the beautiful summertime forecast we’ve been having.
Coming up on today’s display, is it you people want a new look for any room? Well, one highway to do that in a weekend is by updating the lighting. We’re going to have gratuities on how you can install energy-efficient pendant sunrises for the purposes of an easy do-it-yourself addition.
LESLIE: And likewise onward, do you want to spend your free time at the beach or lake and not cleaning your house? Well, we’re going to have some tips to help you hire a professional housekeeper to keep your place glowing even while you’re working on that time tan.
TOM: And you can’t see it, smell it or savor it but radon is not something you miss in your house. It’s a gas that can cause cancer and it’s found in 1 of every 15 households. We’re going to tell you how to make sure yours isn’t one of them.
LESLIE: But first, we want to hear what you are working on at your money pit. What are you doing this summer weekend? We are here to lend a hand. No was important that that project is, one of us has done it. One of us knows how to figure it out. And if not, we’ve got a great Money Pit community to help us do so. So demonstrate us a entitle. Let us know what you are working on, right here at 888 -MONEY-PIT.
Let’s get to it. Who’s up first?
LESLIE: Beverly in Missouri, you’ve came The Money Pit. What can we do for you today?
BEVERLY: Well, I have a house that’s precisely been constructed a year-and-a-half ago but I have a covered terrace. And my developer introduced cedar posts out there. The residual of my trimming is all white. So I wanted to cover or coat the cedar but he’s telling me I can’t do it because I’ll rot them out. And I- that doesn’t sound right to me but I’m not sure.
TOM: So, what would you- in a perfect world, Beverly, what would you like to see on those cedar announces? Would you like them to be white and pair the rest of the house?
BEVERLY: Yeah. All of my pare is white and so I would rather them be white. They’re a year-and-a-half old now, so they’re starting to turn this cedar appear and get all dark.
TOM: Right. Are they kind of decorative?
TOM: OK. See, here’s what I would do. The first thing I would- I’m going to recommend a staining process. So, the first thing you’re going to do is prime them with an oil-based primer or a solvent-based primer. And then you’re going to see stain them and I would use a solid-color stain. And the solid-color stain is not going to look like decorate, so it won’t tend to peel; it’ll fade over hour. But it’ll soak in really nicely. And you can get a white stain- a solid-white stain- and it’ll look quite attractive.
Painting wood does not cause it to rot; it frustrates it from rotting.
LESLIE: It time requires a lot of repainting.
BEVERLY: Yeah. He said if I clothed it or covered them, that it causes the moisture to pull to the base and then they rot.
TOM: I would disagree with that. I think if you stain them, you’ll find that they’re quite attractive and that the moisture will wick in and out just fine.
BEVERLY: Good. Thank you so much better. I really appreciate this.
TOM: Good luck with that assignment. You’re very welcome.
LESLIE: Now we’ve went Rob in Iowa whose vault walls seem to be coming in on themselves. What is going on at your money pit?
ROB: I’ve got some cellar walls that are heaving in and I need a permanent mixture that’s not going to bankrupt me.
ROB: Basically, what I’ve got is I’ve got some wall anchors that have been installed about seven years ago. I’ve been preserving those tighten and the walls are still heaving in. We had a drought here in Iowa last-place summertime and this year, we’ve had quite a bit of rain. So, walls are bowing in up to 2 inches in places and I’m getting a little worried.
TOM: Wow. Yeah, if your walls are bent in 2 inches, Rob, regrettably you’ve got a awfully serious problem on your hands this is not just impacting the structure of your home but too the value of your home. And if the walls have gotten that bad, we are well beyond the do-it-yourself-fix stage.
I can offer you some basic information about why this might be happening. Generally, the same reasons walls will throb is why you get a lot of water that collects around the foundation perimeter, extremely if you don’t have awesome drainage. If the sewage is flat, if the channels are dropping near the recess of the foundation, which is where most gutter contractors leave them, that water collects into the soil. And in the wintertime, it freezes, expands and then slowly but surely sort of ratchets that wall out.
Now, if yours have gone to the point where they’re 2 inches out of plumb, this is a problem. So, the mode I would address this- and I would do it very specifically and awfully strategically- is as follows: I is to maintain a structural operator to examine the problem and specify a mend. It’s very important that you simply don’t call a contractor for this. Because if they don’t have the pedigree of an engineering severity, it’s not going to hold water when it comes time to sell your house.
So I would hire an operator to analyze the problem and designing a solution. And you could talk expenditure concerns with your engineer and options and all of that. Once you have that strategy in place, at that point in time you can make the decision as to whether or not you’re going to do it yourself, which may be more possible with a schedule than not, or whether or not you’re going to hire a pro.
But however you get it done, the third largest and most important final step is to have the engineer come back and examine the work and then give you an additional letter that says, “Yes, I determined this difficulty and I designed a set. And I inspected the reparation and it’s done correctly and there’s nothing further to worry about.”
Because ultimately, if you go to sell your house, the buyers are going to bring up this issue. You want to have that sort of pedigree in your hand so that you can prove that it was a amend that, yes, was structural in nature but was repaired correctly. Does that make sense?
ROB: Yeah, utterly. That’s a very interesting approach. I have one kink to hurl at you and that is the wall-anchor system that’s installed was warrantied. And the owner of that company came out and said that he’ll warranty the system and he’s willing to put in three more anchors which, in my attention, is an admission of liability. Do I make him do that or do I need to get the structural operator first?
TOM: Is this wall-anchor contractor a structural designer?
ROB: I disbelieve it.
TOM: Stop the mend process. Get the engineer. If the engineer thinks that’s a good idea, then that’s a different story. But warrantying doesn’t definitely aim we put more in. If the make miscarried and your walls continued to bow as a result, then his indebtednes, depending on where these walls were when he first put information systems in and guaranteed that they were going to stop the walls from buckling in, his drawback could be significant.
But I would get the engineer in first and let’s get some good, impartial, professional advice here from person that does not have a system to sell you. I don’t require you to get advice from somebody- sometimes, contractors give you advice from people that- because they sell the system. “Yeah, you’ve got a problem? I’m just the chap to fix it for you, you know? ” And that’s not really good, expert, independent advice.
So going to see the engineer first, Rob, and then you can deal with the contractor publish after you have the information.
ROB: OK, great. Thank you.
TOM: Good luck. Thanks so much better for calling us at 888 -MONEY-PIT.
LESLIE: Susan in California is on the line and needs some assist with a driveway makeover. What’s going on at your money pit?
SUSAN: I’m so glad you said the money quarry, because that’s exactly what it is. And now it’s the driveway, about 1,200 square feet. And it’s been- it’s about 38 years old and it needs something else done. And I really don’t want to resurface it with blacktop. What are my alternatives?
TOM: So it’s an asphalt driveway now? That’s what you’re starting with?
SUSAN: Yes, yes.
TOM: Yeah. Listen, I’ve got news for you, Susan: a 38 -year-old street needs to be replaced. And that’s exactly what you have. Whether it’s a street that goes down the street or a artery that’s a highway , nothing lasts 38 years. And if you’ve gotten 38 times out of that driveway, it’s time for a new one. And sure, you can maintain swiping sealer on it and patching the hits and all of that but at that senility, it’s got to go.
SUSAN: What’s the most efficient way? Do they just remove the whole thing and then commencing from scratch? Or what’s the best way to go?
TOM: I think that’s the most efficient way. In most cases, that’s the best way. You can resurface it. But if you want to make sure that the cornerstone is really solid, you would take off the old-time. They would settle a brand-new locate down, they would compact it with machines so it’s really, genuinely solid and then they would apply brand-new asphalt on top of that.
I would make sure I got a specification as to exactly how many inches of this material they’re going to put down so that they are able to compare apples to apples when you’re looking at different contractors. But I think that’s "il be going" the very best solution.
SUSAN: OK. Well , thank you so much.
TOM: You’re welcome, Susan. Good fortune with that projection. Thanks so much for calling us at 888-MONEY-PIT.
LESLIE: You are chanted to The Money Pit Home Improvement Radio Show. Give us a announce. Let us know what you are working on with your residence repair or your dwelling better question 24 hours a day, 7 days a week right here at 888 -MONEY-PIT.
Still to come, get light-footed where you need and add interest to any apartment with pendant lighting. We’re going to give you advice on modes and installation when The Money Pit continues.
TOM: Making good homes better, this is The Money Pit Home Improvement Show. I’m Tom Kraeutler.
LESLIE: And I’m Leslie Segrete.
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LESLIE: Paul in New York is on the line. What can we do for you at your money pit?
PAUL: I’d like to finish my cellar, make it a more usable neighborhood. But I have a problem with some irrigate leakage at times. I speculate the construction is called a “floating slab” where there’s a grieve canal around the edge of the basement that goes into a sump pit.
TOM: Tell me, when do you seem to have the biggest problem with signeds of water coming in or actual sea coming in?
PAUL: Ponderous rains.
TOM: Alright. So I’ve get great word for you. You don’t need anything more than some minor adjustment in the grading and drainage outside.
Whenever you have water that spills and after a heavy rainfall, that’s always brought about by exterior sewage conditions that are just absolutely no truth to the rumors. And usually, it’s as simple as not having the title trough set up around the house. You need to have gutters. They need to be clean and free-flowing and the downspouts- and this is where most people get it wrong- have to be extended a minimum of 4 to 6 feet away from the house. Because those first few hoofs at the foundation perimeter are where water obtains and saturates and then goes down into those basement walls and shows up as a leak inside. So I require you to look at that very, very carefully.
The second thing is the angle of the clay at the foundation perimeter has to pitch away from the chamber of representatives. And it "re going to have to" do so with soil that can drain. Sometimes we see parties that pile up a lot of mulch around the house or they have a lot of topsoil around the house or they have sort of like a brick fringing around some landscaping that kind of acts as a retention pond and it nurses the spray against the house. You mostly want to move that water. That first few hoofs around the house, is moving forward apart. Get it going so that it drains away. It can remove about 6 inches over the first 4 hoofs. But after that, it can move slower with a gentler downgrade away from the rest of the house.
Those two things will solve the vast majority of filled crawlspaces and submerge basements in its own country. The only era you need to install a very expensive, sub-slab drainage system is when you have a high water table. And that behaves differently. When you have a high water table, ocean comes up very slowly. Generally, in the winter it’s generally higher and then goes down very slowly. And you can actually physically be understood that ocean sometimes ponding in the sump oppose or something like that. But when you have rain or snow melt and you get water in your basement, that’s because of drainage and that’s really easy to fix.
Good luck with that activity. Thanks so much for calling us at 888 -MONEY-PIT.
LESLIE: Well, if you’d like an easy weekend update at your money pit, contributing new chandelier illuminating can do exactly that.
Now, pendant light-headeds, they can be sleek. They lend style and drama to your existing lighting proposal. And if you’re exactly swapping out an old-fashioned fixture, this can be an electrical project that you can easily do yourself. But if the existing cables are brittle or perhaps you need to run brand-new electricity to that locating, it indeed is best to call in an electrician.
TOM: Now, the cool thing about pendant illuminate is that it’s suspended from the ceiling. And it raises the beacon down to precisely pretty much where you need it. That’s why they’re enormous for countertops. There’s a lot of variety of sizes and conditions and styles and they range pretty much from a 4-inch diameter cylinder to a massive, 30 -inch dome. They’re all called “pendant lights” but they’re particularly, very efficient and they’re very easy to fit in any type of decor style.
LESLIE: And you know what? They can also be very affordable to buy and run.
Now, a 4-inch, colored mini-pendant from your neighbourhood residence center, those can start around $25. A plenty of them use Headed bulbs, so they’re not going to drive up your electrical penalty. And you can use them to light up a workspace, a kitchen-island prep zone or perhaps you’ve got a desk in your main office. And they too can shed a warm glow in a breakfast nook or an entryway. So you’ll see that pendants are so versatile, in the inspection and the mode and the ambiance that they make in your residence, that you’re really going to get a lot of use out of them.
TOM: Yeah. And one practice to make sure you can really get a lot of opennes out of that environment is to make sure that you install them on dimmers. Because this way, you know, at night you can have them down to kind of a warm glow when you’re having dinner or maybe that party specify. Or if it gets really dark, you can just flaming them up the whole way to super bright.
So check them out: the chandelier lights, LED bulbs. They are so beautiful, they save you coin and they’re really going to add to your space.
888-666-3974. Whether you are tackling a decoration predicament or a remodel project, we are to help at 1-888-MONEY-PIT.
LESLIE: Marcie in Nebraska, you’ve get The Money Pit. How can we help you today?
MARCIE: We have a 15,000 BTU. It’s a space air conditioner.
MARCIE: And it restrains sounding our breaker.
TOM: Hmm. Yep.
MARCIE: It does it in the heat of the afternoon. If we have it on the supporter, it won’t pop it.
TOM: Yeah, yeah.
MARCIE: Is it the window, the air conditioner or the breaker?
TOM: No, the breaker’s doing its task, because you’re pulling too much power. Is this in a bedroom? Or where is this?
MARCIE: It’s a living room.
TOM: A living room. Yeah. In some lives, specially older lives, you have typically too much on that same circuit. You ought to really relate what else is on that route and encounter what you can reduce.
I have that happen once in a while in my home. We had- we used to have to applied a opening air conditioner in one room in it, because it was just perfectly exposed and just needed a little bit of promotion when central air wasn’t getting there. But I knew that if we vacuum-clean in that house, I had to plug the vacuum-clean into the next room. Otherwise, I’d trip the breaker. So you need to figure out which is what i on that.
MARCIE: Well, that’s the only thing that goes off.
TOM: And the second thing you could do is you could have an electrician figure out why that’s happening. You can- there’s a room to calculate exactly how much power that unit is pulling and perhaps even run an additional circuit, just for that unit, that’s properly sized.
LESLIE: Yeah, dedicated exclusively for that.
TOM: But the reason it happens with air conditioners is because when they firstly knock on, there is sort of a rise of energy that it needs to get the compressor going. So that tends to push those breakers a bit. And then they do what they’re supposed to do- is turn off to prevent the cable from heating up. Does that make sense?
MARCIE: OK. Yeah.
TOM: Yep. So that’s why it’s happening.
MARCIE: So would it be benefit to put a higher breaker on it?
TOM: Well, it’s not just the breaker. You got to run the properly-sized wire for it.
TOM: So you have to run a brand-new circuit, OK?
TOM: You can’t articulated two - you can’t positioned a larger breaker on it because then you’re defeating the subject matter of the breaker.
MARCIE: That’s what I needed to know. Thank you.
TOM: Well, you’re welcome. Good luck.
LESLIE: Brice in North Carolina, you’ve came The Money Pit. How can we help you today?
BRICE: I was considering employing a polyethylene expanse to supplant or mend the ceiling in my bathroom. And I wanted to know if that’s a good substitute for wallboard and what material to shut it up with.
TOM: When "youre telling" a polyethylene expanse, do you imply sheet plastic?
BRICE: I’ve used some of the material on the fascia board on the outside. I was told this came in a sheet.
TOM: It’s like a raincoat paneling, in essence. Is that what you’re saying?
BRICE: Yes, a panel. Yes.
TOM: I represent I don’t assure any reason why you couldn’t use it if you like the ogle of it. It’s not necessary. You could stimulate the repair with standard lettuce council, which is a water-resistant drywall. Did you have to rend open the ceiling for some reason? Why are you changing it?
BRICE: Well, we had a roof hole and ...
TOM: The easiest thing to do is necessary to put a second layer, even if the drywall below is impaired- the existing drywall is injured. But as long as it’s not swollen or deformed in any way, I would just place another blanket of drywall right over that. That’s the easiest, fastest behavior to stir that repair. And then you are able to tape, primary and spackle those regions between the two. This direction, it examines normal because only putting a piece of plastic panel up there, you’d have to trim it out. It’s going to look always a little peculiar because that’s kind of a spooky configuration.
I would just try to get it back to where it was. I would place a piece of water-resistant drywall up there. I would spackle it- three coatings- prime it and coat the entire thing and you’ll never known better the seep ever happened.
BRICE: Most good. It helped.
TOM: Fortunate we could help you out, Brice. Good luck with that activity. Thanks, again, for calling us at 888 -MONEY-PIT.
LESLIE: You are chanted to The Money Pit Home Improvement Show. Up next, do you want to free up some time so that you can actually experience the summer instead of spending the whole period cleaning up your house? Well, a professional housekeeping service can definitely help. We’re going to walk you through how to find and hire the best one for your residence, in today’s Pro Project presented by HomeAdvisor.com, next.
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LESLIE: Britney in Michigan is on the line with a foundation question. What is going on at your money pit?
BRITNEY: We had bought an old farmhouse back in July of last year that is just over 2,100 square foot. It was actually two homes merged into one. The back half of the house was built in the 1800 s and has a cobblestone foundation. The back half of the house does not have a basement. It’s simply a crawlspace. The previous owner had remodeled the house but in doing so, there was no support under any of the rays and the cobblestone is now- has been crumbling. And I guess what I’m asking is: what would be, you are aware, some minds or the most efficient way to go about replacing or restoring a cobblestone foundation that is so old-fashioned?
TOM: OK. So the room you are able to repair a load-bearing foundation like that is the same, regardless of whether it’s brick or cobblestone or clay tile. And essentially, what it requires you do is to build temporary substantiates to hold up the house while that work is being done. In most cases, it’s a procedure called “needle beaming.”
It’s called “needle beaming” because, mostly, what the contractor will do is protrude a hole in the foundation and then run beams through at strategic areas to be able to support bits of the- or slice, I "re saying", of the exterior wall. And so they would lope- imagine the holes being sort of protruded through that footing wall where a light goes in and then there’s jacks on either culminate of it that lift up that segment of the wall. They don’t so much lift it up off the foundation as sort of take the pressure off the foundation. And then formerly it’s altogether corroborated, then the foundation can be disassembled and rebuilt and put back together in that area.
It’s a pretty specialized part. It’s not the kind of thing that the average general contractor would do. And it is also probably something that you ought to have a structural operator or an architect involved in. Because whenever you do major structural study like that, if you don’t have a licensed professional in it, it becomes a bit of a question mark- a big concern for people that are buying your house in the future. So if you get an engineer to design the repair and then have them inspect it after the fact, then you’ll know that it’s done right and you can present that documentation to any possible buyer in the future.
BRITNEY: Now, because we bought this home under a rural-development loan, which is obviously an FHA loan, there was an FHA inspector that came out. We received all the pictures with that. They have- pictures of the crawlspace "ve never been" included. So, she did not inspect the crawlspace. I don’t know- I don’t thoughts that was ever overstepped. There’s literally exactly a landscape rock under the middle main radiation of the back half of the house and that was literally all that was supporting it.
I had been given an idea that one thing to maybe temporarily, at least, stop saying that from sinking any deep would be to build almost like if you were to rip up the floor and adjusted almost footers- cement footers, if you will- under each joist in almost a grid pattern.
TOM: Yeah. Listen, I identify a lot of that. I spent 20 years as a professional home inspector. I’ve seen a lot of that. And all that DIY stuff is fine. Usually, it doesn’t induce any injure but it’s not the response to your problem.
The least that you should do is get professional opinion, even if you don’t fix everything right now- is get professional opinion by somebody that can do a real inspection of that area and tell you exactly what’s going to be required. And then, potentially, you could break up parts of that activity and do it in stages. But I wouldn’t wing it on some advice from maybe some contractors that passed through or something you appeared up online.
You really need to have a professional look at this to make sure you’re doing it right. You want to do it once, do it right and not get it on again. And you’re just various kinds of swinging in the wind right now if you get it on without that various kinds of advice.
BRITNEY: I had heard that possibly there were recommendations that you could maybe make for people.
TOM: Well, sure. The other option, if you can’t find an inventor or an technologist and you precisely want to get another opinion- and it would probably be a little less expensive, although it’s not the kind of a professional that could actually design this for you.
But what you could do is hire a professional home inspector, a qualified and experienced one at that, which you’ll find if you go to the American Society of Home Inspectors’ website, which is ASHI- -AS-H-I.- I think it’s. com or. org. And there’s a Find an Inspector tool there. So you could pop in your neighbourhood zip code and find certified home inspectors there. And they should be ASHI-certified.
And perhaps one of those you could hire to do a partial inspection of this arrangement and maybe that pro could give you some sense of direction on what really needs to be done here. But I consider, eventually, you’re going to end up talking to an engineer, OK?
BRITNEY: Yep. I’m just still floored that labour inspectors ...
TOM: Yeah. Let me talk to you about that. Don’t feel too bad. What happened to you is pretty ordinary. FHA inspections are not the same as professional home inspectors. They are very cursory, more like an appraiser inspection than one that will really comment on the structural unity of private buildings.
Those inspectors often don’t have the same kind of training or suffer. They use checklists: the light-colored permutation wreaks, the glowing switching doesn’t work. They’ll never open up a committee to see if there’s burned cables in it. They’re probably not even going to fire up heating systems and cooling systems. They were not able to even open every space and opening in the house.
So, those types of inspections, although parties think that they’re really exhaustive, they’re really not. They’re extremely cursory. And it doesn’t surprise me in the least that that inspector would not go in a crawlspace. I’m sure they would also not go in an attic and even not go on a roof. But those are things that a professional home inspector would do.
BRITNEY: So then that would’ve been on us to get a professional home inspector.
TOM: That would’ve been on you. That would’ve been your alternative. That’s right. Mm-hmm. Yeah, your outlay and your choice.
So, I would start now if you haven’t had a good thorough inspection of that live. Perhap just have one done and learn where you’re at. And it would include the foundation issues, as well. And you can really come up with a priorities list of to-dos that you could plan for moving forward, OK?
TOM: Alright. Good fortune. Thanks so much for calling us at 888 -MONEY-PIT.
Well, if you love a clean house but you feel stressed when it gets a bit out of control, hiring a housekeeper can definitely bring a sense of aid and calm and free you up to do other activities. But it’s important to find someone who is trustworthy. We’re going to have tips on how to do really that, in today’s Pro Project presented by HomeAdvisor.com.
LESLIE: Yeah. First of all, you’ve got to consider the advantages of using a sole proprietor or hiring a larger cleaning company before you commit to a housekeeper.
Now, numerous housekeepers out there do work as sole proprietors of their own business. But you might feel more cozy with a larger cleaning company that hires their own employees.
Now, if you hire a larger cleaning company, they’re going to have enough staff to cover your needs. However, turnover is high so you are able to not get the same person every single week. And that’s not something that’s going to happen if you hire an independent worker. You get the same tribes every single time you have them, for "the worlds largest" part.
Now, either way, you have to make sure that the company or older workers is licensed and protected and ligament. And being bonded here is a super-important part if the housekeeper separates or detriments something in your dwelling, while having guarantee is going to cover the housekeeper if they get hurt while on the job in your house.
TOM: Now, next, in either speciman it is required to do a very good interview with successful candidates. You want to be thorough. Get a detailed job history. And this is important so this way, you can call those they worked for in the past for references.
It’s also smart to run a criminal history, something that some of the larger cleaning companies may do for you.
LESLIE: Now, when it comes to paying your housekeeper, you’ve got to decide if you’re going to pay based on a flat cost or by the hour. And once you and your housekeeper have a good understanding of what should be done, a flat reward is probably going to work out best. Your home will also get done quicker and you don’t have to worry about the workers stretching out the hours just to earn more. Which, if you’ve got a good relationship, that’s not be happening. But these are all things you’ve got to kind of figure out in the beginning and envision where you land.
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Up next, you can’t see it, smell it or perceive it but radon gas is not something you demand in your house. We’re going to tell you what you need to know about how to find and eliminate radon, when The Money Pit continues.
Making good homes better, this is The Money Pit Home Improvement Show. I’m Tom Kraeutler.
LESLIE: And I’m Leslie Segrete.
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LESLIE: Doug in Florida is on the line with a few questions about a terrace. What’s going on at your money pit?
DOUG: I’ve got a concrete floor around a large- or floor field around my consortium. And where reference is rains, wherever I’ve came terrace furniture, it creates rust discolours. And also, where the ladders and the handrails come out of the fund, there’s always rusty grime around that.
And I use a product from Home Depot called Goof Off that works immense temporarily. It departs away immediately but then it always seems to come back with duration- in a marry weeks’ occasion. I’m wondering if there’s a permanent solution to get rid of those rust stains.
TOM: So this is from rainwater? It’s not from the sprinklers?
DOUG: Well, it’s a compounding. I’ve got it close to the pool where the sprinklers don’t smacked and then I’ve got it on the leading edge from the sprinklers, also.
TOM: It’s pretty common when it happens because of the sprinklers and the only way to deal with that is to keep some kind of a water-filtration organization on it that’s going to keep that iron out of the spray. So it’s mostly iron in the groundwater that is causing that rusty deposit. And so it’s no catch that it’s coming back in two weeks, because it time continues to re-accumulate.
In words of the rust-brown that occurs around the furniture or around the pool ladder, I’m thinking that that’s probably because spray is rallying there, really draining down and kind of sitting in that area. That’s why it gazes more obvious, Doug. Because I don’t think it’s rust that’s actually forming in the furniture or the pool ladder, because those has not been able to be metals that are going to rust.
So I think this is mostly what is actually in that groundwater that’s arrival on that surface and generating this rust-stain deposit to happen. And you’re right, Goof Off does work really super well for that.
DOUG: And there’s no real permanent mixture then for it, huh? Just keep using that.
TOM: Yeah, precisely. I mean you can’t stop Mother Nature unless- with the sprinkler system, like I said, if "youre supposed to" threw an iron-based filter in it, that would halt the cast-iron deposits from getting through the water and onto the patio surface. So that would have a big impact on it. But of course, there’s an expense associated with that.
DOUG: Right. Is that a filter that gone on the pump that comes from the reservoir or ...?
TOM: Yes, exactly.
DOUG: OK. OK.
TOM: Yep. Yep. Between the pit and the heads, basically. Mm-hmm.
DOUG: Should I- is that something I can do myself or ...?
TOM: You know, it’s not awfully difficult if you are pretty handy with plumbing projects.
DOUG: Yeah, not so much better, so ...
TOM: You might want to have your sprinkler pro do that.
LESLIE: At least he’s honest. Doug’s honest.
DOUG: Gotcha. Well, huge, people. Thanks for your- thanks for answering my question.
TOM: Alright? Alright. Yeah. Good luck with that. You’re on the right track. Thanks so much for calling us at 888 -MONEY-PIT.
Well, if you recently bought your home and you had an inspection, you may have opted to have that home inspector do a radon experiment, as well. Now, if this isn’t sounding the least bit familiar, it may be that you never had one done and perhaps you should.
LESLIE: Now, radon slinks in through the cracks and the gaps in your basement storey and your basement walls. And it’s more common than you might suppose. In reality, 1 in every 15 homes in the United District ought to have elevated radon levels.
TOM: Yes. And they can even have it on dwellings that are on crawlspaces or on slabs. But the good bulletin is it’s easy to assessment for. You can require a quick and easy charcoal-adsorption gear online and use that to experiment for radon in your house. It’s not expensive and you can figure out what the radon grades are inside your home. Takes about a week and you’ll get a report back with those numbers.
Now, if it comes up high-pitched, you can install a radon-mitigation method. And that uses a fan to basically pull radon from beneath the house and vent it safely to the outside. So , not something to panic over. Time something to be aware of and find out what that tier is inside your house.
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Up next, are you getting tired of your tile kitchen floor? Well, apparently Debbie in Texas is, as well. We’re going to have an opportunity for Debbie and everybody else that would like to change over their tile, after this.
Making good homes better, 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 beautiful summertime weekend? Inside or out, we’d have liked to help you do those projects done. The amount is 1-888-MONEY-PIT presentation by HomeAdvisor. You can find out what it costs to do your dwelling assignment before you hire a pro and instantly work one of HomeAdvisor’s top-rated pros for free.
LESLIE: Alright. And you can always post your question at MoneyPit.com, just like Debbie from Texas did. Now, Debbie writes: “I have white glossy tile in my kitchen. I dislike it. It registers everything. The tile is in good shape. Is there any highway to color or texture it? ”
Now, I wonder if Debbie is talking about flooring, backsplash. There’s a lot of different things you can do and depending on its location will alternate the process.
But I think you’re right: white tile , not always the right choice for a kitchen room. If it’s the storey, you might think of make a different flooring alternative. Because I wouldn’t want to settled anything on that tile itself, because it’s vanishing to chip off, flake off, inspect impaired. It’s not going to be great and it’s not "il be going" sturdy on the floor.
A good thing is you can change the grout shade to just sort of give you a little of different contrast there. And that could be enough, because maybe it’s merely the grout that’s really dirty that’s bothering you. So you can go with a obscurity grey-headed or a pitch-black grout and certainly make it have a graphic "ve been looking for" the floor.
Either way, should be considered exploring other flooring alternatives. Laminate tile, interesting thing can go right on top of that glossy tile. And you might be able to make a big change for not a lot of money.
TOM: Well, if you own an older house or you’re thinking of buying one, you are eligible its walls could talk. Well , no talking walls are actually needed to learn the history of your dwelling. Leslie has items, in today’s edition of Leslie’s Last Word.
LESLIE: Yeah. You is common knowledge that? Knowing your older home’s exact age is really prized since residences that are built in the same era tend to face same problems.
Now, with the help of an design work or two, most homeowners can shrink their residence down to a core style and time period. And all it made was looking in some immense diary at some awesome houses and that could help a lot.
Now, public records, they too maintain key information about your residence. Researching public records, that’s an especially good suggestion if you’re thinking of buying a home and you want to know what modifies have taken place over the years before you buy that residence. You can inspect your neighbourhood building district, the tax assessor or the Registrar of Deeds office to find the deeds, maps, scheme schemes, even building grants for that owned, all of which could fill in a piece of the home’s history. Really important datum if you’re thinking of buying a house.
Now, plans that have been used by insurance companies, some of those "re going back to the" mid-1800s. And those are a great way to find out more of the chamber of representatives itself. They’re access to catalog buildings in such areas, give excellent descriptions of length, layout, substances worked. All of this is very valuable for you so you know what’s going on, what that upkeep is.
Now, once you’re in the chamber of representatives, you can actually learn a lot precisely by observing the materials that a dwelling was developed with. For example, knob-and-tube wiring, sword plumbing pipes. Those were common from the 1900 s to 1940, whereas small-minded fuse-type electrical systems and plaster-and-lath walls, that’s more common from 1940 to 1960.
And finally, truly take a good look around. You are likely to be lucky enough to find dates stomped on plumbing fixtures, like a lavatory or a subside. If these are the original fixtures, you can bet that your home was improved really around the date that these things were made.
So there’s a lot of nonsense that you can figure out exactly by exploring the house, visiting the building agency. Knowing your home’s past can actually help you plan greatly for that home’s future. And if you’re thinking of buying, it can really give you an civilized judgment into what’s going to be needed as that live continues to age. All good nonsense to know.
TOM: Good advice. Coming up next time on The Money Pit, if you are looking for a neat finishing touch to your kitchen, we’re going to have advice for designing and installing a beautiful, new kitchen backsplash to spruce up your space.
But for now, that’s all the time we have. We hope that members can experience the rest of this beautiful summer weekend. If you’ve got a question and could not get through on the show today, you can reach us, 24/7, at 888 -MONEY-PIT or announce your question to our social media sheets or on our website 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 do it alone.
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Love tacos? You’ll love them even more with a taco stand. Building a taco stand is quick and inexpensive and is perfect for taco night with friends and family. Here’s what you’re going to need for this project:
TOOLS & MATERIALSMiter Saw Tape Measure 3½” x 3½” x 48” Hardwood Board Sandpaper Mineral Oil Rags Fast Drying Wood Glue Pencil Nitrile Gloves
When taking on this DIY task, be sure to equip yourself with the proper safety gear.
SAFETY GEAREye Protection Ear Protection Mask
Measure and cut pieces. So you’re going to set your miter saw to 60 degrees and cut a scrap piece of wood to use as a stop for your cuts. Then you’re going to mark three inches from the edge of your board. Cut off the end at 60 degrees. Then measure and mark three inches. Clamp your stop on the miter fence, aligning it with your three inch mark. Then tighten the clamp and cut 12 pieces of wood. Flip your board and cut that remaining 90 degree angle to 60 degrees. Set your miter saw back to 0 degrees and cut that remaining piece in half. To ensure your pieces are properly aligned, lay them out on the end of a table, marking where they meet the edge. Cut your miter saw to 30 degrees and cut the end pieces so the foot rests flat on that table. After you’ve made all your cuts, lightly hand sand your pieces to smooth any rough spots.
Glue. Make sure you put on your nitrile gloves and apply a small amount of fast-drying wood glue on the end of two pieces and join them together. Then hold for 30 seconds and then proceed to the next piece. When all of your 30 degree pieces are attached, you’ll have 12 in all. Secure each end piece with glue. Next let dry for 30 minutes before you move on to this next step.
Sand. Sand the entire stand with 50 grit sandpaper. Then get a damp rag and wipe the surface of the wood to raise the grain. This will help you get a better finish. Once dry, finish sanding with 150 then 220 grit sandpaper.
Finish. Generously apply mineral oil to the entire surface of your stand. Add tacos and your project is complete. Dig in!
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