TOM: Coast to coast and floorboards to shingles, this is The Money Pit Home Improvement Show on breeze and online at MoneyPit.com. And we are broadcasting today from the biggest home improvement industry event of its first year: the 2019 National Hardware Show in Las Vegas, Nevada. And today’s broadcast is presented by Greenworks.
And this is the trade show that’s unique. It’s because it’s where makes like Greenworks roll out their newest and most successful produces for the season onward. So, should be considered it as a style display for home improvement and decor. And commonly, you wouldn’t know about this stuff until you find it in the home centers and hardware stores. But today, we’re giving you a sneak peek of all that the indicate has to offer. We’re kind of your eyes and ears.
And it is a lot like the Disney World of residence improvement. There’s over 2,800 exhibitors, plus 500 brand-new exhibitors together with 110 discoverers covering 15 product lists, including everything from hardware to homewares to smart-home concoctions and more. A batch happening and a slew of merriment to cover.
And today’s broadcast is presented by Greenworks, we are therefore thought, “Hey, why don’t we give away some very fine Greenworks products to both those here and those at home? ” We’ve got two Greenworks 2,300 -PSI Pressure Washers, two Blower/ String-Trimmer Combo Kits. We’ve couple of Greenworks Hedge Trimmers and two $50 Lowe gift cards, where that’s where you’re knows where to find lots of other breathtaking Greenworks tools. So, for those present at the depict, stop by the media stage, discontinue your credit card into The Money Pit hard hat. And for those at home, intelligence on over to MoneyPit.com and participate the Green Your Home Giveaway presented by Greenworks.
Well, are you ready to pick up a paintbrush and spruce up your dwelling for spring? If so, you’d better not hop-skip a few key gradations that originate the distinction between a job to do and one you need to do over and over again. With us with tips-off is John Kacedan. He’s the vice-chairman of merchandising for True Value.
JOHN: Thanks for having me.
TOM: Hey, so before we get into the depict topic, I imply True Value is an iconic label with over 70 years of know. Merely a lot of history in your company.
JOHN: Yeah, for certain. As you mentioned, 70 years of suffer. We have over 3,000 -plus places nationwide, independently owned and operated. And that’s our mission to support them.
TOM: And I anticipate one of the interesting things about the True Value places is everything of those proprietors have relationships with the community. They’re the trusted professionals inside cities all across America, right?
JOHN: Yeah. Big focus on service, which differentiates them, you are familiar, from the Amazons of the world and even a lot of the big-hearted caskets. And they tailor their hodgepodges based on regional advantages of their consumers.
TOM: It’s someplace you can go and get good, impartial information and the tools and materials that you need to get the job done.
JOHN: Yeah. Very versed, very credible in definitely pointing DIYers in the right direction.
TOM: Absolutely. Now, when you come to a display like this, what do you learn? What do you - why do you experience coming to a trade show like the National Hardware Show?
JOHN: For me, it’s enormous to engage with a lot of vendors. Obviously, we’re always looking for new ideas and inventive commodities. And then "were having" our own two displays, as well, on an annual basis. Ever ogling for new ideas.
TOM: So let’s talk a little bit about decorating. Now, one thing that’s unique about True Value is you are pretty much, I see, the only hardware retailer that has its own paint-manufacturing facility, right?
JOHN: That’s correct.
TOM: Why’d you guys go into that business?
JOHN: We examine it as a competitive edge. We’re very passionate about coat. Our EasyCare brand we view as a highest-rated product with- at a great value. And it’s also allergy& asthma friendly certified. And it’s based on even researches by third parties and everything else. It’s high rated and highly qualified, we are therefore ...
TOM: Yeah, I’ve actually been to your paint-manufacturing facility many, many years ago.
TOM: And I watched them originate the paint and I repute you were impelling touches at that time, very. And mortal, I tell you what, you have a lot of people that have been there for many , many years.
JOHN: For sure.
TOM: They’re the craftsmen of the paint-manufacturing business, those folks that are there work days in and epoch out, to create these products that are going to give us beautiful results.
JOHN: We’re ever looking to innovate. One latest example is we’re going to a total recyclable plastic can, so no more rusting which will be huge.
TOM: Yeah. Hey, that’s immense not only for the milieu but also for additional decorate, you know.
JOHN: Yeah, for sure.
TOM: A slew of epoches, when you place paint and you get a little rust on the boundary, then that changes the color of the paint which I, as many, have learned the hard way wondering why- “Why wasn’t it quite as white as it was when I kept it down? ” When you try to do a touch-up, it’s because of that rust.
JOHN: Yeah, for sure.
TOM: So that’s a great advantage.
So, when tribes are tackling paint projects and they’re coming into the places and they’re telling these fables of maybe happens that didn’t become so well, what are some of the most common mistakes that people are clearing?
JOHN: Yeah. So what we hear, and I think in all our surveys and conversations, it firstly starts with just how do you prep the room and did you get it on correctly, right?
JOHN: I believe beings are in a rush to start painting. But in addition to taping everything off- which most people don’t necessarily experience, and handling the floor, especially if you’re not key experts painter- it’s actually cleaning the walls, which is a step that’s a lot of times missed, and allowing it to baked because depict will adhere a little better to a clean surface.
TOM: Let’s talk about that, because there is a lot- even if it looks like it’s a clean wall, time with the years of only the dust in the air and the wear and tear of those faces from happenings that wipe against them, from babies to people to furniture, you get a lot of lodges in there that can really interact with the ability of the colour to persist, right?
JOHN: For sure.
TOM: When you do wash the wall, what procedure would you postdate?
JOHN: Mainly only leech, soap and spray and ...
TOM: Like TSP or something like that? Would you use Borax? What would you use to wash with? Anything in particular?
JOHN: General soap. There’s concoctions available for actually bathe walls, as well.
TOM: Right. OK.
TOM: So let’s talk about the depict information. I mean all decorate is not created equal. There’s a wide variety of differences in the quality of colour, right? So let’s talk about some of those inconsistencies. How do you- how does a consumer know what they’re buying?
JOHN: Yeah, it’s a good question. You ever are looking for a high-quality dye and primer. Certainly, we stand behind our EasyCare and we think it’s some of the most wonderful interior and exterior paint. But then you too have some guiding national symbols, as well, high-quality paint.
I think I learned the hard way, extremely early on in my adult life to- in looking to cut corners. But you obviously had wished to buy a high-quality make, for sure.
TOM: And what sees the distinction between a product that’s a higher or lower excellence? Is it the amount of colorant in the paint, for example, which I believe is titanium dioxide in most cases?
JOHN: Yeah. So colorant would definitely be one and two, time in terms of how does it flow and how does it cover, right? So, higher-quality draw typically is going to adhere 1) better and 2) you are able to need less coats. So even though something could be cheaper, by the time you actually start putting the proper quantity of coatings on there, you might be at a similar price point.
TOM: Right. And when we’re talking about adhesion, we talked about cleaning the walls. But what about the primer? I think that’s a step that numerous kinfolks love to skip. And I think they don’t understand the difference between the chemical makeup of a primer versus a dye. It’s like that adhesion quality is what the primer has, right, and the colorant excellences that the make-up have.
TOM: Now, of course, you can get these paint-and-primer-in-one commodities today. But you really can’t skip that primer step because if you don’t do that, you may not get this paint to last-place very long or certainly not go on as well, right?
JOHN: Yeah, sure as shooting. And it potentially could bleed through, as well, over age, right? So if you have a good primer bed to begin with then, yeah, the cover adheres better. And then, in addition to, it’ll look better going forward.
TOM: So any quirks for surfaces that particularly difficult to cover like, let’s say, water discolorations or even smoking grimes?
JOHN: Putting primer on top of a lot of those will be good. Water grimes are somewhat challenging and you might need a special product to do that, only to prep it ahead of time, right, depending on the length of it. It can bleed through.
TOM: It has this uncanny course of bleeding through.
JOHN: It does show back up instantly, yes. For sure.
TOM: And( inaudible) happens but it time happens. It time pulls it right through.
TOM: And you’re like, “Oh, my God, I just drew that,” and there it is again.
TOM: Just about the time you articulated all your substance apart and took all the drop cloths down, you’re like, “Now I’ve got to make love again,” title? So the priming is really, genuinely key for those types of stains.
Let’s talk a bit about the tools. A brush is not a brush is not a touch, right? If you don’t have good cleans, you’re not disappearing to get a good finish.
JOHN: Yeah. And you actually might lose some of the brush in the make-up( inaudible) ...
TOM: Oh, that’s the worst part, when you go picking out those brush- those bristles after the fact, right?
JOHN: Yeah. Mm-hmm. Right. For sure.
TOM: Are you still in the brush-manufacturing business?
JOHN: We’re still in the brush-manufacturing business.
JOHN: From a better quality perspective, I required to get you in touch with our cover person to tell you about all the specifics about the paintbrushes.
TOM: Oh, that’s OK. Yeah. Right.
JOHN: But high-quality paint supplies in the market. We also have, in addition to some of our own and our Master Painter brand, we have Purdy and Wooster, as well.
TOM: Yeah. Purdy makes a great brush. I interviewed them once. They actually ratify every brushing that the make.
JOHN: Oh, wow.
TOM: The brush-maker mansions it and "youve seen" their initials on the brush.
So you guys have also done a lot to help employed information in the handwritings of consumers through your website and social-media channels. Talk about what’s available out there.
JOHN: We do has only one easy color-design mobile app, which’ll allow you to see those colors in your office and how they would look when they’re on your walls. The other thing I’d want to point out, for those that don’t have the time to do DIY programmes, if you’re looking for prescreened local professionals- because you should get some mentions - you can go to TrueValue.com. And we do already have some recommendations out there and someone that we’ve previously screened.
TOM: Excellent. TrueValue.com.
John Kacedan from True Value, thanks very much for stopping by The Money Pit.
JOHN: I appreciate it, Tom. Thank you so much.
TOM: Thank you, sir.
You are listening to a really special live program of The Money Pit presented by Greenworks.
And exactly ahead, when brand-new products are launched, they very often help solve a problem or provide a solution for pros invited to take part in the day-to-day home remodel business. We’re going to highlight an cunning newly make that does only that, in a bit. Plus, if your driveway be prepared for a refresh, we’ll share gratuities on how to do precisely that, in today’s Pro Project was put forward by HomeAdvisor.com, next.
Making good dwellings better, welcome back to The Money Pit broadcasting from the 2019 National Hardware Show in Las Vegas, presented by Greenworks.
We are thrilled to be here checking out the best of the best of home improvement makes thumping the market. It’s kind of like Comic-Con for residence improvers but it’s exclusively open to industry insiders, so we are here to introduce the establish to you.
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Now, first, you’ve got to know what you’re buying. Digression from driveway shutting, which is when a very thin coating of asphalt sealer is applied, there are really three ways to redo your driveway. First, a pro can add a mantle to what you already have. Or if the aged driveway is in really bad appearance, they are able to absolutely tear it off and start from scratch. But if the driveway is just worn, it doesn’t have large-hearted potholes or sounds, a topcoat could be an option.
Now, for driveway replacing, the most important thing is the formulation, the basi. Once that old-fashioned asphalt is removed, a brand-new gravel cornerstone is added. It’s normally about 6 inches thick but this is the key: it have to be able to then flattened with a tool that weighs about 3,000 pounds. That’s why you can’t do this at home. This roller is going to pack that down until it’s almost as solid as the finished road. And if the component is well done, you are able to expect that your brand-new driveway is going to look like the day it was put down for many, many years.
Now, lastly, it’s important that you use the right type of asphalt. Some asphalt has more aggregate in it than others. That’s the stone. And "if youre using" one that’s too soft or too sandy, the driveway is not going to be as strong and you could have troubles in as little as got a couple of years. But you put one down that has more aggregate, it can last-place 10 times or more.
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Well, one of "the worlds largest" amusing parts of attending the National Hardware Show is the chance to see brand-new concoctions that are propelled, and very often done so to help solve a problem or finding a solution for pros that are engaged in the day-to-day home remodeling business. And for example, if you’ve ever remodeled a lavatory and manufactured the smart-alecky decision to use a HardieBacker Fiber Cement Backer Board for the purposes of the floors and walls, you may know that one of the more annoying parts of working with this material is trimming it. You can generate a lot of dust and it could be hard to cut straight or arched or circle cuts, like when you need to procreate punctures for tub-and-shower faucets or for lavatory plumbing.
PacTool has a solution, though. It’s called Snapper Shear Pro. It’s designed to fit on any cordless drill, acquiring backer-board gashes fast and easy indoors with less mess and airborne dust. With me to talk about that is Joy Rebustes from Packer Tools.
JOY: Hi. And it’s nice to be here.
TOM: So, while there are other cutting tools for HardieBacker, these are largely very large tools and costly tools, right?
JOY: Especially if you’re expending something like a shear, it can be very pricy, it can be very heavy. Your two alternatives would be to use a utility pierce or a scoring knife to actually merely click it. And that can take a long time.
TOM: And you have to deal with the dust, very, right? That’s somewhat distasteful where reference is kind of get in your face.
TOM: And those capability tools generate a lot of dust because they’re operating very fast.
JOY: Yeah. And you obviously don’t want to get all that dust into a person’s home.
TOM: Yeah. Or make a mess of the whole thing. So that’s where Snapper Shear Pro comes in. Now, this is not a standalone tool; this is an attachment.
JOY: That’s correct.
TOM: And it goes on a cordless instruct? Is that right? Or electrical drill?
JOY: Yeah. So any of your cordless instruct, whatever your favorite artillery stage is, you are able to simply snap it on. It’s basically like a beings flake. You switch it out, do your strokes and whatever you need. You already have it on hand.
TOM: So a great option for a pro that maybe doesn’t do bathrooms every day, so he doesn’t have the standalone dominance tools for this, right?
TOM: So this style, he was able to just buy the attachment and have the same kind of pro results.
JOY: Exactly. And it’s lightweight and portable. Certainly easy to impart it.
TOM: Yeah. Doesn’t take up much room at all, yeah.
Now, I did get a chance to see a demo of this and man, it can chipped circles like it’s butter.
TOM: It actually worked well. So how fast is it actually operating?
JOY: We recommend squandering it on an 18 -volt but I entail it departs moderately swiftly. It’s as good as what you would use with a normal-size shear.
TOM: And is there a limit, in terms of the size of the holes that we are able to trimmed with it? Can you use it( inaudible )?
JOY: It can go down to a 3-inch diameter.
TOM: And it’s perfect for a plumbing locate, right?
TOM: Yeah, for a lavatory basi, I should say.
JOY: And right now, it’s very painful to create circles in sponsor committee without creating a huge mess.
TOM: Yeah. Mm-hmm.
JOY: This definitely saves a lot of time.
TOM: And a lot less expensive tool. The blades on it, eventually you’re going to want to replace those. Or do you sharpen them? How does "whos working"?
JOY: They’re fully replaceable.
TOM: OK. Well, that’s pretty sweet, right?
Now, you guys are a part of the General Tools Company and you’ve been a real leader in innovation for a lot of years.
JOY: Yes. And back in 2017, we really acquired PacTool International. They once had what was "ve called the" Snapper Shear Backer-Board Shear. And then we became- when we are took over, we decided, you know, keep on innovating. And we created the Snapper Shear Pro.
TOM: And you guys now have over- did I predict right?- 1,200 tools?
TOM: Wow. That’s a lot of tools.
JOY: Range in anything from ...
TOM: Yeah, what’s the reach?
JOY: From woodworking to plumbing to moisture meters, IRTs. We have it all.
TOM: That’s huge. So what’s your favorite part of this new tool? You were the produce manager on this, is that right?
TOM: Yeah. So, you’ve- this is like the birth of your child.
JOY: It obviously is.
JOY: It’s enormous to see a chink in the market where we can stir concepts better.
JOY: In talking to contractors and trying to find easier ways to install something that can be a bit of a sting and imparting that solution to the market, it’s obviously very great.
TOM: Right. What’s the response been from the contractors that you’ve shared this with?
JOY: Definitely very positive. Sometimes, when we show them a demo, they - "youre seeing" the evident mouth divergence. It’s like, “Wow. This could shape my work a whole lot easier, a whole lot cleaner.”
TOM: Wow. Yeah. “How fast can I get it? Where can I get wise? ” Right?
TOM: Yeah. Now you have an answer to that.
JOY: Yes, I do.
TOM: So what is it?
JOY: You are now able to find this on Amazon. It’ll retail at $99. You can exactly position it on your drill and then you’ll preparing for and go.
TOM: Yeah, perfectly. That’s fantastic.
So, Joy, thank you so much for stopping by The Money Pit. That’s a great, new innovation and merely another example of what we’re seeing here: tools that continues to evolve, they continue to become refined and they continue to provide solutions for the day-to-day tasks that pros was therefore necessary to tackle.
JOY: Right. So, cut HardieBacker a good deal faster and cleaner.
TOM: Joy Rebustes from General Tools, thank you so much for stopping by The Money Pit.
The company is called PacTool. Their website is PacTool- that’s spelled P-a-c-T-o-o-l-. us. PacTool.us.
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And just onward, with summertime approaching, we’re all going to be spending a lot more time outdoors. And that’s where we’re going to be joined by millions of disease-carrying mosquitoes and tickings. We’re going to highlight a natural commodity that can effectively hinder those imperfections away, after this.
Making good homes better, this is The Money Pit Home Improvement Show. I’m Tom Kraeutler coming back you today from the 2019 National Hardware Show in Las Vegas, where we’re highlighting some of very good of very good innovations in home improvement and DIY products.
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Well, with time approaching, we’re all going to be spending a lot more time outdoors where we will be joined by millions of disease-carrying clicks and mosquitoes. And if that troublesome speculation isn’t enough for you, it may not help to know that the main ingredient for most insect repellants is DEET and not a product you should take lightly or apply lightly.
Beaumont Products volunteers a better alternative called Bug Band. With us to talk about that is Rob Wade, Vice President of Sales.
ROB: Thank you for having me, Tom.
TOM: So I’m one of the rare tribes that really had reason to read the instructions and warnings in the fine print of mosquito repellant. And I was always surprised to find that when it contains DEET, there’s two rules that I think are never preceded, one of which is you should only put it on uncovered bark. But folks do that with their kids and they introduced jackets on, right? Then they go outside and of course, they never wipe it off.
TOM: And the other instruction is that when you come inside, you’re supposed to immediately wash everything is off. Now , nothing does that, freedom?
TOM: But the instructions are there to get it on and they wouldn’t be approved by the EPA if those instructions weren’t there, right?
ROB: Mm-hmm. That is correct.
TOM: But that’s something that "youve been" need to know. If it’s that hazardous- that maybe you ought to be following that guideline. The alternatives, though, that you volunteer are much better than that because I dream you could settle it on and forget about it.
ROB: Absolutely. And the thing is you’ll never hear me say a bad situation about DEET. It was made a long time ago for the military as an effective insect repellant.
ROB: But we have seen the market change in the past 30 times where the natural-products consumer has become- to the forefront of shopping.
ROB: And what they’re looking for is alternatives to chemical-based makes. And what we do with the Bug Band thread is we render them a naturally-derived insect repellant that is effective for repelling mosquitoes and ticks.
TOM: Now, I’m reading about this and the key part is- and you tell me how this is enunciated- geraniol?
ROB: Geraniol oil.
TOM: Geraniol oil. Geraniol oil. OK. So, I guess, because it comes from geraniums?
ROB: That is correct.
TOM: Oh, OK. Alright. Well, that’s about as natural as it gets, yeah.
ROB: It is. And they did a 17 -year study on it to prove the effectiveness as a repellant for mosquitoes.
TOM: OK. So how does it compare against picaridin and DEET?
ROB: Well, DEET, again, is- DEET is effective whereas this is just as effective with the naturalness of it. You might not watch the eight-hour length of era for it but you’re still going to be efficiency of two to three hours before you are required to reapply.
TOM: OK. Alright. Now, how do you apply it? Is it basically exactly a spraying liniment or are there other ways to sort of have that same protection?
ROB: We have several different hodgepodges of application, from wrist bands to towelettes and spray creams. We have the wrist bands as kind of the light-duty. We see people set that on their wrists, on their ankles. Parents will situate that on strollers to employ in various regions of the children. The towelettes we adore having because that’s one of the fastest-growing certain segments of insect-repellant application.
TOM: Let me stop you. So you say you settled it on a stroller. So it’s not the body heat that’s releasing it.
ROB: No, it’s the vapor that it’s emitting.
TOM: OK. Got it. Mm-hmm. And what does that do? Sort of give you a bit of a protective sort of personal force field around you to keep those insects apart?
ROB: In a roundabout sort of way.
ROB: What it does is the mosquitoes pick up on the scent and it precisely various kinds of mostly drives them away.
TOM: OK. Now, what happens if you apply this and maybe go swimming in the ocean or a pool or something like that?
ROB: The same with any product like this. You get out- it is somewhat water-repellant. The wrist bands are great because you don’t was therefore necessary to reapply. But with any insect repellant or any sunscreen or anything like that, you’ll still have to reapply.
TOM: That’s interesting. Now, you said you have the towelettes, you have the rebuff band. Did I see that you have an approved produce now that was recognized by the Boy Scouts of America?
ROB: Mm-hmm. That is correct. We ought to have providing the Boy Scout Kits for fairly some time.
TOM: That’s unusually handy to have because we do get in the lumbers quite often.
ROB: Yes. And being a Boy Scout myself, it’s something nice to have.
TOM: Mm-hmm. Well, that’s great.
Now, let’s talk about the spray creams. So that’s, I guess, if you really need heavy-duty protection, that’s when you can apply that?
ROB: That is rectify. And we have an application. It’s a continual spraying. So a lot of insect repellants on the market have the little finger-pump scatters that become very inconvenient when you’re trying to bend down and get your ankles.
TOM: Right. Right. Mm-hmm.
ROB: So the continual scatter is necessary that no matter which way you’re bracing the can, you can still get a perpetual brook of insect repellant on your skin.
TOM: So this is good for boys, for scout events, tenting, really marching in the woods, gardening and yardwork. We’re doing a lot of that now, right?
ROB: Yes. It’s something that as- I mean we’re at the Hardware Show because this is where people are working around their homes. And that’s when you’re going to come in contact a lot with the insects. And this is a great way to repel them.
TOM: Alright. Now I "ve been informed that" Bug Band is a brand of Beaumont Product. You guys are also the makers of Citrus Magic, a concoction that we know well and have used only for numerous, many years. And we like it because it’s, again, an all-natural air freshener.
ROB: All natural, 100 -percent active ingredients and one of the best ways to freshen the breeze around your home.
TOM: Now, Leslie has always said that it’s the only way to renew the napkin pail. She generated her minors up with that stuff.
Alright. Fantastic. Rob Wade from Beaumont Products, thank you so much for stopping by The Money Pit.
You can learn more about Bug Band at BugBand.net or announcement 1-800-451-7096.
ROB: Thank you.
TOM: This is The Money Pit coming back you today from the 2019 National Hardware Show in Las Vegas, Nevada. I’m Tom Kraeutler. Meet those discussions. Call in your questions to 888 -MONEY-PIT was put forward by HomeAdvisor, where you’ll discovery top-rated home busines pros. You can compare prices and book appointments online, all for free.
And still ahead, if you enjoy working on the lawn and the garden until bugs or disease get in the way of all your good work, we’re going to highlight a 90 -year-old company with a national network of no-cost expert resources to help you figure out the best way to get your garden back on track, after this.
Making good dwellings better, welcome back to The Money Pit Home Improvement Show. I’m Tom Kraeutler coming to you from the 2019 National Hardware Show in Las Vegas, presented by Greenworks.
And if you enjoy working on the lawn and garden and then sitting back to appreciate the fruits of your strive, you are probably also one to become super irked when insects or disease get in the way of all your good work. Fortunately, there’s a enormous library of solutions for practically anything you’ll run into, that’s been assembled by a company who recently celebrated their 90 th anniversary.
With me to talk about that is Rick Speer, the national marketings director for Bonide.
RICK: Thank you very much, Tom.
TOM: You guys had some humble beginnings, from 1926, when you got started, right? Two brethren got the company croaking?
RICK: Two brothers got together, are of the view that they could make a go of it in the Upstate New York area. And would build concoction and then go and sell the product and then come back and clear some more.
TOM: I think it was amusing. I predict on your website that these people started in the second floor of a hotel.
RICK: Well, the bar, actually.
TOM: The barroom, OK.
RICK: Yeah, the bar of the hotel.
TOM: Well, that’s amazing. And you had a awfully rapid transition over the years. And today, you guys are providing slews and lots of resources. Because let’s face it, you framed a lot of work into creating beautiful yards and plots and countrysides. And then the insects set into it and gentleman, it’s just hard to figure out exactly what to do. And you guys addressed that because you have the commodity learning, you have the expertise. And you’ve determined it highly accessible for customers to get that intelligence through your relationships around the country.
So let’s talk about some of the things that you’ve done to help provide that message, commencing with your website. You’ve got a lot of concoction intelligence there and names on how to use stuff there. But you’ve also got a problem solver. That must be a quite popular area.
RICK: It is. We have- in our website, it’s a vast website of concoction report. But also on that problem solver, which is on the website, you are able to ogle or sought for your pest- which could be an insect, could be a disease- and then find the solution for that trouble, which may be several different items.
TOM: Yeah. And I see that you can search by pest or by seed. And then you can also dive into some quick navigates that kind of cover it all. You’ve got a quick guide there to grass, which is something a good deal of folks are facing right now.
RICK: Exactly. And weeds are growing very rapidly with all the precipitation.
TOM: Weeds are proliferating like weeds.
RICK: Exactly. There you go.
TOM: Yeah. So you’ve got the weed info and then, also, the bugs, the bugs.
RICK: The bugs and disease, as well.
TOM: Right. So, how does somebody "know what i m saying" disease to even start with when they’re exploiting these guides?
RICK: Well, generally, when you appear, you’ll have- relate an illness or a gras. You can either capture the picture with your smartphone and then liken it to some of the grass that we will have on the problem-solver website.
RICK: And then that will point you in future directions of solutions for that weed.
TOM: OK. So you mostly kind of do your own comparison and figure out what’s going on there. What do you think the- what is sort of the first signed of disturb that beings should be looking for? What are the signs that parties miss when they’re looking at their lawn and their garden that maybe if they discerned it earlier, they may be able to prevent some of the damage?
RICK: One stuff that they’ll see is the grass or turf is not proliferating thick, which could be a sign of a disease, because the grass is dying in a given area.
TOM: OK. Mm-hmm.
RICK: Or you may have a pest. You may have squirrels, or something digging in the garden, that you need to get rid of or unattractive gras that are taking over the lawn.
TOM: You could also have scarcities, right, in the nutrients, for example, if the lawn’s not getting what it needs to foster its rise?
RICK: You could. You could have that, as well. And you could do a clay test and take that- sometimes they have soil experiments at your neighbourhood garden-variety center.
RICK: They could race a soil-sample test for you and then support the solutions there, as well.
TOM: Now, you likewise have a Q& A midst, so I guess that’s a good plaza because you get to see the problems kind of firsthand that people are coming at you with, right?
RICK: There is a Q& A or FAQs- often asked questions- with mixtures that are provided on our website, as well.
TOM: Right. Now, you guys have also developed what I think is an interesting system, the action that you sort of leveraged the affinity you have with these garden-variety centers across the country. You have a diagnostic hub which is very, really unique, I envisage, to Bonide. And this is an opportunity for beings to get that next tier of detail. Talk about how that works.
RICK: Well, what it works with the diagnostic center is it’s a collect of answers, Bonide produces. When they purchase that assortment of goods, they get the diagnostic middle be used to help help their customers. Within the diagnostic core, there’s a microscope that they could employ the gras or insect underneath, of course, to exacerbate it for individual consumers to see it.
RICK: And that’s connected, also, with a database with our difficulty solver, as well.
TOM: Great. So that’s sort of that next height of detail. So if you making it into the center, if you can’t link it maybe off the website, you can bring it into the center and then sound into this up-to-date information with these advanced tools, to really sort of look at that next height of detail and figure out what’s going on there.
RICK: That’s exactly right.
And that problem solver, by the way, Tom, is also offered in the App Store, whether it’s iOS or- and likewise the Android.
TOM: Yeah, that’s genuinely handy. What various kinds of feedback are you getting from consumers? Are you sounding any interesting stories?
RICK: Well, there’s always an interesting one where a user wants to share his or her pest or question and their own personal solutions.
TOM: Right. Yeah.
RICK: But the majority of cases, when they’re contacting us is that those personal solutions aren’t welcome.
TOM: Haven’t drove, right? Yeah.
RICK: So they demand the real people at Bonide to help.
TOM: Yeah, like the person or persons that believe that they can kill all their weeds with vinegar, you know.
RICK: There are some of those.
TOM: Yeah. Well, it’s nice to have the skills required of Bonide, 90 years of history and invention, to be there to help you with these issues. Because let’s face it, we placed a lot of work into this. We had wished to enjoy it when it’s done.
RICK: We do. We will sit back and loosen and experience the outcome of the our labor.
TOM: Alright. Well, great work. Rick Speer from Bonide, thank you so much for being a part of The Money Pit’s 2019 National Hardware Show broadcast.
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Making good dwellings better, welcome back to The Money Pit Home Improvement Show. I’m Tom Kraeutler. And we are coming to today from the 2019 National Hardware Show in Las Vegas. We’ve assembled all of our favorite inventions. You can check them out online at our hashtag #NHShow.
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Well, smart-home makes prevent get smarter and simpler and they give more that you can do while becoming easier to be established. The C by GE line is a great example of that. With us to talk about inventions in lighting is Rochelle Hartigan.
ROCHELLE: Hi, Tom. Thanks for having me.
TOM: So, folks are getting a lot more of their lighting today. It used to be that we could just turn them on and off, maybe from an app. But with developments in GE’s C by GE line, you’ve actually come a long way from that. Talk to me about that.
ROCHELLE: We have. So, GE has been working hard over the past few years. We’ve been really developing our C by GE line, which is our connected portfolio.
ROCHELLE: And this year likewise rolling out a whole various forms of new ways to expect more from your light bulb. So, light bulbs are no longer only a stuff to light the chamber of representatives but they can do so much more. So at this show, we’ve been sport our LED+ direction, which includes light bulbs that have a loudspeaker built in, light bulbs that have artillery backups so when the supremacy disappear out you can actually still get light out of your apps.
TOM: OK. Very cool. So the artillery backup is in the bulb itself?
ROCHELLE: It’s in the bulb, yes.
TOM: Wow. That’s pretty cool.
ROCHELLE: So when the capability proceeds out, your beacons still ...
TOM: Built-in emergency illuminate. Yeah.
ROCHELLE: Yes. And you can take it out of the lamp and use it as a flashlight. We’ve too expanded what we can do with the light-footed spectrum, so we’ve inserted a entire argument of originate lights.
TOM: Yeah, I’ve heard about these. You have the color bulbs and the tunable bulbs. That’s really fascinating. So how does that work? How do I- I tune in the excellent flame for the need that I want to use it for, whether it’s ripening or predicting or whatever?
ROCHELLE: Sure, yeah. So we’re capable of doing so within our C by GE line precisely. We’ve got a whole line of color-changing bulbs. So we’ve got a tunable white bulb that allows you to change precisely the right perfect ambiance of lily-white light-headed that you prefer, whether you require a cozy feeling or something that’s bright and energizing or just something that are actually enhances your decor.
And we’ve also included a line of RGB color bulbs. So if you want to do something more festive or celebrate a holiday, you can certainly do that with a great color.
TOM: Can I get those illuminations pumping during a party?
ROCHELLE: You could, yeah.
TOM: Well, the tunable daylights are superb because as our eyes change and the room’s changing, the types of light bulbs that are sort of participating, likewise, with maybe simply the smart bulbs that you have, you really want to be able to kind of narrow down that light-colored to be able to make it easier for you to read or just relax or get to sleep, right?
TOM: You’re sort of vie with all of those different influencers in the interests of fixtures in your live, to be acknowledged that right compounding. And with this functionality, you can really do that. You can get it just right.
ROCHELLE: Yeah. You can aria the colour of the light.
The other really interesting thing that you can do with connected igniting is set schedules and truly customize to your specific lifestyle. So if you come home at the same time every day and you don’t had wished to come home to a night room, you can rectified a schedule that they’re ever on and waiting for you. And that’s just one example of something that you can do to make light genuinely live for your lifestyle.
TOM: And you can talk to these through all of your smart-home connected machines, as well?
ROCHELLE: Yes. So you can use your articulation assistants, whether that’s Google or Alexa. Or you can just plain use the app, whether it’s C by GE or one of those voice-assistant apps. You "ve got a lot" of control of the lane that you control the lighting in your home.
TOM: Heaps and lots of options in igniting. Rochelle Hartigan, where can we learn more?
ROCHELLE: GELighting.com or CByGE.com.
TOM: Thank you so much better for stopping by The Money Pit.
ROCHELLE: Thanks, Tom.
TOM: This is The Money Pit Home Improvement Show continuing from the 2019 National Hardware Show. We’re just about out of time but don’t forget to check out our selects in the Top Products Gallery at MoneyPit.com and on Twitter, exercising that hashtag #TopProductsNHS.
I’m Tom Kraeutler. Remember, you can do it yourself but you don’t was therefore necessary to do it alone.
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LESLIE: Plus, did you know that almost a million children are accidentally poisoned in their homes every single year? Well, we’re going to have tips on how to reduce that risk at your home, coming up.
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LESLIE: Dottie in Oregon, you’ve got The Money Pit. How can we help you today?
DOTTIE: We have a patio that had some cracks in it. It is exposed aggregate. My husband dug it out and filled in the cracks. Now, our question for you is: is there a sealer with some colorant that we could use over the whole area?
TOM: I think what you’re asking us for is a concrete stain. Sealers are always clear. So, if you’ve got this crack filled in and you’ve got some color to that, then what you’re going to have to do is stain the concrete to match that and then you could seal it. But you’d have to stain it. And if you’re going to stain concrete, you would use an acid stain.
DOTTIE: OK. Is there anything you can recommend?
LESLIE: QUIKRETE makes a great one in a couple of good colors. More neutral than anything a little crazy but it’s an easy-to-apply product. You’re going to get some great coloration there. And you know what? It’s a reputable brand; they know what they’re doing. So I would start there.
DOTTIE: Oh, that sounds great. And I really love your show.
TOM: Thank you very much, Dottie. Good luck with that project.
LESLIE: Tim in New York is having an issue with the tub. What’s going on in your bathroom?
TIM: So, my wife and I moved into our home two years ago and the previous homeowners recently redid the bathroom. It’s very nice but unfortunately, the bathtub has two cracks in it. So I recently had – to be real quick, I recently had a bathtub fitter come in and take a look at it. They can’t do it because they don’t have the molds for it and they would have to cover up the tile anyway. So my question is: is there an easy fix? And even if I had to replace a tub, do I have to take out tile to do so?
TOM: Well, you have to take out probably the first couple of rows of tile. It depends on how difficult it is to get the tub in and out of that space. It’s a pretty big job. It might be that it’s just not worth trying to save the tile. This is the time where you might just want to think about whether or not you could just renovate the entire bathroom. Because frankly, by the time you get that tub out, you’re going to be taking so many other fixtures out of the way to kind of get the tub in and out, you might end up doing that anyway, Tim.
You know, the bathtub is the first thing that goes into a bathroom and everything else works around it or fits around it. And I think the bath-fitter idea was a good one but if they can’t do it, they can’t do it.
TIM: Yeah. I looked up online and they have these epoxies that fix cracks. I don’t think it’s going to work or be a permanent fix. Do you have any knowledge on that?
TOM: That’s true. I would agree with that. It’s very difficult to repair a crack or a chip in a tub. Is it a fiberglass tub?
TIM: It is. It’s a fiberglass tub.
TOM: So, look, they repair fiberglass boats, right? Or fiberglass cars? So you can use – right from an auto-body shop, you can use fiberglass repair compound to fix this. It’s not going to be pretty, right? I mean like a Bondo product or something like that. It’s going to be obvious but if you want to buy yourself some time and use the tub for a while, you could do that.
I had a shower stall once where the fiberglass pan cracked. Then I repaired that with fiberglass and Bondo just by basically applying the fiberglass in a couple of layers and then putting the compound over top of that. And you could see it but it didn’t leak after I fixed it.
TIM: OK. Well, maybe I’ll look into that. The bathroom is so new that I don’t want to rip out, well …
TOM: I know. I hear you. It hurts. And it may be very well that the tub was put in incorrectly. Because when you put in fiberglass tubs, you’re supposed to put a solid fill under them. Usually, you’ll put a loose mix of mortar mix underneath it because it basically gives you something solid to step into, because the tub has some flex.
TIM: Yeah. I don’t think they did that because you could actually feel the tub moving underneath my feet.
TOM: Yeah, yeah. Unfortunately, it sounds like it wasn’t put in right.
TIM: OK. Alright. Well, thank you very much. That was very helpful.
TOM: You’re welcome. Good luck with that project. Thanks so much for calling us at 888-MONEY-PIT.
LESLIE: Now we’ve got Marie calling in to The Money Pit with a cabinet question. How can we help you today?
MARIE: I’m in a dilemma over kitchen cabinets. I really like this fairly contemporary look but it’s a slab. We’re at – we’re on the salt water and I’ve been told to maybe stay away from a slab cabinet door because of the way it expands and shrinks. What’s your opinion on that or your advice?
LESLIE: When you say slab, are you talking about a full overlay?
MARIE: No, it’s an actual slab. I don’t think it’s an overlay or veneer at all.
TOM: I think you mean a solid-wood door, one-piece wood door as opposed to one that’s made up of panels, like a raised-panel door?
MARIE: Yes, it’s not a raised panel but you can actually see the pieces of wood – well, I guess they’re glued together. But there’s no raised panels or anything on it.
TOM: Yeah, it’s a solid piece of wood. It’s a laminated door, basically. Solid pieces of wood glued together.
I don’t know. If the door is made right and the wood is dried when it was built and it’s sealed properly, I don’t think it’s more or less likely to swell than a raised-panel door would be.
MARIE: That makes total sense the way you put it that way. Why wouldn’t they dry it out first and then seal it properly?
MARIE: Huh. I never even thought about it in that context.
LESLIE: The boxes themselves that the cabinets are – the cabinet box is going to be constructed out of a wood-laminated ply so – or something that’s more structurally stable. And I don’t think you have to be concerned about the door.
MARIE: Hmm, I think, looking at it from that point of view, maybe I won’t be. I’ve had people tell me that they’re just going to get all warped and – but why would they? If they’re – if it is, like you said, a reliable cabinet maker – I guess that would be the question.
TOM: Right. Exactly. A good-quality cabinet should be dimensionally stable.
MARIE: I agree with you. Ah, I found a beautiful door and I think I might go for it then. Thank you very much. Appreciate it.
TOM: Thanks so much for calling us at 888-MONEY-PIT.
Just ahead, poisonings from household chemicals and cleaners are on the rise but they’re also very preventable. We’ll tell you how, next.
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LESLIE: Now we’ve got Scott in Iowa on the line who needs help with a painting project. Tell us what you’re working on.
SCOTT: I just recently bought a rental house and the plaster – it’s an older home and the plaster was falling off the house. Well, the guy I bought it from had repaired it but if you look at it, it’s falling out in some areas and bowing back in in some areas. And I was just wondering, would I have to re-drywall it or is there a cheaper and easier way to fix that?
TOM: How much of this exists? Is there a lot of this that’s where it’s – the plaster seems to be loose?
SCOTT: Throughout the whole house.
TOM: Yeah, OK. So it’s a problem because it’s going to be dangerous.
What happens is the plaster, when it’s applied, it’s applied over something called “wood lath,” which are like thin strips of wood. Kind of looks like those sticks we use to hold up garden plants and tomatoes and things like that. And the plaster expands to behind the lath and it sort of locks in place.
But over the years, with an old house, those “keyways,” we call them, loosen up and then the plaster is not attached to the wall anymore. So you are looking at a situation where the walls are going to get worse. It’s not going to get better. And if it’s the ceiling that’s loose, it could be dangerous. Because when that plaster falls, it’s really, really heavy. I’ve seen it dent floors and certainly could hurt somebody.
So now we have – the question is: what’s the best way to deal with this? “Should I tear the plaster out? Should I drywall over?” I’ve done it both ways and I’ve come to the conclusion, after trying it this way for many years, that the best thing to do is to put drywall on top of the plaster, not tear it out, for a couple of reasons. First of all, it’s less messy. Secondly, that even when you tear out the lath and the plaster, you’ll find that the studs from the old house behind it are not very even. So when you put drywall up, it tends to warp sometimes.
So what I would do is I would attach new drywall over the plaster. You can use 3/8-inch-thick drywall, too; you don’t even need to use ½-inch drywall. And then by attaching from the drywall, through the plaster into the studs, you’ll help secure that loose plaster so you won’t have any further movement in that room. That would be my recommendation.
SCOTT: That works out.
TOM: Alright. Good luck with that project. Thanks so much for calling us at 888-MONEY-PIT, 888-666-3974.
LESLIE: Laura in Pennsylvania needs some help with a lighting question. What can we do for you?
LAURA: Oh, well, my son gave me some compact fluorescent bulbs because he didn’t like them.
LAURA: And I had never used them before and I thought, “Well, I’ll put them in my little lights I use with timers.” Only they all blow out.
TOM: There’s no reason you can’t use a compact fluorescent bulb in an outlet that has a timer. I mean a timer simply automatically turns the light switch on or off, so that shouldn’t have an effect on damaging the bulb.
LAURA: Yes, that’s what I thought. And I have incandescent bulbs in them now and they work just fine.
TOM: Well, maybe he gave you some bum compact fluorescents. I don’t know. But it’s kind of an odd thing for it to happen to. Compact fluorescents work really well in most fixtures that take incandescents. In fact, you can even have them work well in fixtures that are controlled by dimmers.
There are special dimmers today that are designed to work with compact fluorescents and with LEDs, where you can adjust the range of the dimming so that it doesn’t ever flicker or go out. So, compact fluorescent bulbs are a great option. I don’t know why they’re not working for you but the timer shouldn’t have anything to do with it.
LAURA: OK. Well, maybe I’ll try them again or – I have two left. Or I’ll try and buy some. Maybe he has an off-brand or something like that. I don’t know. Because they should last a really long time, right?
TOM: They should. And you know what I like better than compact fluorescents are the LED bulbs. Take a look at the Philips LED bulbs. These are – they’re very distinctive. They’re yellow. They look like bug lights but they have a very pleasant white light that comes off of them. And they’re going to be more expensive than compact fluorescents but they last forever and they’re super energy-efficient.
LAURA: OK. I will be happy to. That’s a really good idea. Thank you.
TOM: Hey, well, here’s an eye-opener: the Consumer Product Safety Commission says more than 800,000 kids in the U.S. will be rushed to an ER because of an accidental poisoning this year. Thirty of those kids will die and almost all of these poisonings will happen at home. So, to help, here are a few tips on how to reduce the risk of poisoning in your house.
LESLIE: That’s right. You know, medicines really are a growing cause of poisonings. They’re relatively easy, though, for you to control. You can ask your pharmacy to fill all your prescriptions with those childproof caps that even some adults can’t open. And then keep all of your medicines on the highest shelves possible.
Now, dangerous household toxins aren’t as easy to control. They come in bigger bottles. They’re often in bright, inviting colors. Cleaners, bleaches, paint solvents and pesticides tend to attract children. Simply keeping them in the garage isn’t enough.
TOM: Yeah. It’s a good idea to keep those poisons safely locked up outside your house whenever possible. So, keep it in mind. Keep them away from the kids and keep those kids safe.
LESLIE: Now we’re heading out to Arizona where Rich has a foundation question. What can we do for you today?
RICH: We pulled up some carpet in a back room and upon pulling up the carpet, we discovered that we have about a 1-inch crack that runs full width of the room. And it’s about a 15×15 room. And we were wondering why that one door that we have that goes off into a spare bathroom – why it stops shutting so clean. So when we pulled up the carpet, we discovered that, yes, we’ve got a crack problem. And it’s about 1-inch wide and I want to know – and it’s as deep as far as the foundation, I think, the slab goes. I want to know how I should fill that in or what would be the proper thing to do.
TOM: Well, first of all, we want to determine if it’s an active crack or not. And the fact that you had a door that seemed to work properly and then stopped working properly could indicate that it’s active. Do you get the sense that this crack is fresh or do you think it’s something that’s been there for a really long time?
RICH: I think that it started out small and I think over the last 10 years, it’s maybe – because I’ve been there just over 10 years and I believe that just within about the last, oh, maybe 3 years that the door started shutting kind of stiff.
But anyway, I don’t think it has been all that active but I do think that it’s definitely progressed a little bit since I’ve moved in.
TOM: So what you’re going to do is clean it out and then you’re going to repair it with – a flowable urethane material is good. And with the urethane, what you’ll put in there first is a material called “backer rod,” which is like a 1-inch – you would get like a 1- to 1½-inch-diameter foam tube. It’s called “backer rod.” And you press it in there to that crack and then you leave it about an inch below – not an inch – about a ¼-inch below the surface. Then you fill the top of it with a flowable urethane and that will expand and contract with the crack.
RICH: OK. That’s exactly what I was kind of hoping. Because I don’t think it’s going to be something I’ll be able to do from the outside of the house to maybe – to push that foundation up. Because on the outside, the house looks good.
TOM: No, it’s a one-way street with cracks.
RICH: Yeah. So we …
TOM: And you can’t patch it with more concrete, because it would just crack.
RICH: Yeah. So, now, when I do that, of course that’ll take care of the visibility of the crack. What can I do to relevel the floor? Because it is quite evident. When you’re off in the hallway and you look into this room, you can definitely see there is a – the floor isn’t level, from the crack over to the wall.
TOM: Well, you could – there’s a product called “leveling compound” that you can pour on top of the old floor. And you can work it and level the whole thing out. We use it a lot under tile, where you can’t have a tile floor that bends or twists or anything. But it’s a pretty big job and if you’re going to put carpet down, are you really going to see it?
RICH: Well, no. I’m thinking maybe I’ll put a different kind of flooring down.
TOM: Alright. Well, then maybe you’ll want to consider it. It’s just called “leveling compound” and you’ll find it in home centers, you’ll find it online. And it takes a little practice to get it to flow out properly. But follow the label directions, start in a small area until you’re good at it and you’ll find it should be able to level it out quite nicely.
RICH: Boy, I think I’ve got it. I sure appreciate you. Thank you for the advice.
TOM: You’re very welcome, Rich. Good luck with that project. Thanks so much for calling us at 888-MONEY-PIT.
LESLIE: Hey, are you still in need of a Mother’s Day gift but a little short on cash? Well, it’s not too late to honor the mom in your life with a little DIY help. We’re going to share an inexpensive way to make Mom smile, after this.
TOM: Making good homes better, this is The Money Pit. I’m Tom Kraeutler.
LESLIE: And I’m Leslie Segrete.
TOM: We are here to help you with your home improvement, your décor questions, whatever is your next home improvement adventure. We love calling these things “home improvement adventures” because if you think about it, an adventure is exciting, it’s exhilarating and it almost never ends up where you think it will be. So, much like home improvement, we’re here to help, 888-MONEY-PIT.
LESLIE: Now we’ve got Sylvia in Texas on the line who’s got some bathroom things going on at her money pit. How can we help you?
SYLVIA: Whenever I flush the toilet, I can hear the water running through my sink drain – you know, the bathroom sink drain?
SYLVIA: And so I didn’t know if that was normal or not. And then the other day, we had a real windstorm and I could hear the wind under my house, through my pipes, through that same sink. And I have a concrete slab, so I didn’t know – is that normal?
TOM: Probably the wind blowing over the roof and you’re hearing it through the vent pipe. The plumbing system is all connected, obviously. And the water drains down and the air kind of replaces it from the top – from the vent on top. And so when you flush the toilet, in some cases you can hear that water run down through the pipe and it be replaced by air. So that’s entirely possible.
But if it’s behaving properly and you don’t have any odors and everything’s flowing right, I wouldn’t worry too much about that, Sylvia.
SYLVIA: Oh, OK, OK. Thank you very much. I was just worried about it, because I was just like, “What’s going on with my plumbing, right?”
TOM: And the other thing about plumbing is it’s – it really carries the sound. Anyone that’s ever had a second-floor bathroom and flushed it to the horror of everyone that’s sitting in the dining room enjoying dinner time knows exactly what I’m talking about.
SYLVIA: Oh, thank God I don’t have a second floor.
LESLIE: John in Wisconsin is on the line with a washer/dryer question. Tell us what you’re thinking about there.
JOHN: We were thinking of putting a washer and dryer in our spare bedroom. And where we want to is next to an inner wall. And I was wondering, if we vented it up through into the attic, through the insulation so it’d come out on top, would that be damaging to the – it’d be too much moisture in there or not?
LESLIE: Now, would this still remain a guest room or would this become a new, snazzy laundry room?
JOHN: Yeah, it’d be a laundry room, yeah.
LESLIE: Generally, when you talk about resale value, the amount that you could possibly resell your house for directly correlates to the amount of bedrooms and bathrooms that you have. So, you may want to start by talking with a local realtor who’s familiar with home values in your neighborhood, as to what the effect might be to removing a bedroom.
Now, if you have no intention to sell and you’ve got this dream to have just a kick-butt, gigantic laundry room with perhaps a sewing area and enough ironing space, then this could be awesome for you guys.
TOM: Now, in terms of your technical questions, obviously, you’re going to have to get hot and cold water there and you’re going to have to get electricity there for your washer and your dryer and 240-volt if it’s electric dryer. Venting was the one question you had and can you go up through the wall into the attic? Yes. But you can’t stop there. You have to continue with that vent, John, until it gets outside. You cannot dump the warm, moist, lint-ladened dryer exhaust up into the attic; you’ve got to take it outside.
So, what you should do is only use solid-metal piping, not flex ducting. Get it up in the attic and turn it 90 degrees and then run it across the floor, so to speak, above the joists and then out the side wall of the house, with a proper dryer-vent termination on the outside of it. And the test is when you turn the dryer on, you look outside, you should see the flap open up. You really don’t want to have any restriction. It’s very important you get that lint out, because there’s a lot of dryer fires that happen because people collect too much lint inside those pipes.
JOHN: Oh, I see. Mm-hmm.
JOHN: Yeah. Very good.
TOM: John, good luck with that project. Thanks so much for calling us at 888-MONEY-PIT.
LESLIE: Adding a backyard deck is one surefire way to increase your home’s living space. But is building a deck a DIY project or one that you should hire out? We’re going to have some tips to help you make the best choice for you, after this.
TOM: Where home solutions live, this is The Money Pit. I’m Tom Kraeutler.
LESLIE: And I’m Leslie Segrete.
TOM: Well, whether you’re planning a décor project, maybe you’re remodeling your kitchen, fixing up an outdoor space, dealing with a leak or a squeak, we’re here for you every step of the way. And know who else is? HomeAdvisor. They are the fast and easy way to find the right pro for any kind of home project, whether it’s a small repair or major remodel. Check them out at HomeAdvisor.com.
LESLIE: Alright. Now we’ve got Lynn in Colorado who’s got a tricky, leaky shower. Let’s see if we can help her find it.
LYNN: I had a plumber come out once and he said that the pipe and the bottom, where it comes out of the shower, doesn’t always hook up right. So he siliconed it and it didn’t leak but now, once in a while, it’s leaking again. Of course, it’s upstairs so I see it on a ceiling. And I’m wondering, is there some kind of a liner you can put down the pipe, like they do for sewage lines that go out?
TOM: You talking about the supply pipes or are you talking about the shower stall?
LYNN: I’m talking about the stall – the drain pipe.
TOM: Do you have – is it a tile shower pan or is it like a plastic shower?
LYNN: Yeah, it’s one of the insert ones.
TOM: Those pans can develop cracks in them and you have to figure out where that crack is. One way to try to figure out at least how high on the pan the crack is is if you block the drain of the pan and fill it up with water and see if it leaks. If it doesn’t leak, then the pan’s fine. Then the next thing you have to do is move up with your sort of analysis and now you’re going to get into the seams of it.
If you’ve got existing caulk, what I would recommend, as a first step, is to remove that caulk using caulk softener. And that’ll allow you to strip out everything that’s there and start clean with some new, good-quality bathroom caulk that’s got a mildicide built into it. And I would just caulk, very carefully, every single seam and also around all the pipes and the faucets and the fixtures, where they come through. Because, sometimes, you get direct leaks where water fills up in the pan and leaks. And a lot of times, though, with showers, you’ll get leaks when the water bounces off your body, hits one of those seams, works its way in behind the wall and down.
So, I would take out the existing caulk, recaulk it and check the shower pan for leaks. And somewhere in that analysis, you’ll probably figure out what’s going on.
TOM: Alright. Good luck with that project. Thanks so much for calling us at 888-MONEY-PIT.
LESLIE: Mark in West Virginia is on the line with a roofing question. How can we help you today?
MARK: I was just wondering if I could put a metal roof over top a shingle roof without removing the shingled roof.
TOM: Well, you can but why do you want to do that, Mark? It’s kind of sloppy.
MARK: I just – I’ve never worked with metal and I didn’t know if you could do it that way. Because you can shingle over an old asphalt shingle; you can put another – a layer over top of it. Just getting rid of them – the hassle of getting rid of them in a landfill.
TOM: Technically, you can but I just think it’s going to be a neater, cleaner, more professional job if you take off the asphalt shingles. And they’re not that hard to remove.
LESLIE: Yeah. And you don’t know how many layers are underneath your existing roof. Plus, I don’t know, really, but I’m imagining that a metal roof is going to have some weight to it. And why put that extra stress on the structure? And it’s a lifetime roof; you know, you’re looking at 50 years on a metal roof, so …
MARK: How about cutting it? Any special tools? You have any idea?
TOM: Yeah, I mean it’s all done with shears.
TOM: And you can use hand shears and you can use power shears. But when you work with that stuff all the time, you have the tools that you need to do that. But that’s what you’re going to have to cut it with.
MARK: Well, hey – well, thanks – thank you for being so – and I appreciate it.
TOM: You’re very welcome. Good luck with that project. Thanks so much for calling us at 888-MONEY-PIT.
LESLIE: Well, adding a backyard deck is one surefire way to get outside and increase your home’s living space. But is building a deck a DIY project or one that you should hire out? There are a few pros and cons for each.
First of all, DIY. If you do do it yourself, you stand to save a ton of money just by virtue of those labor costs. However, building your deck could eat up a number of weekends, depending on how quickly you work. Also, the DIY option might be perfect if you’re planning a fairly simple square or rectangular deck. But things could get dicey if you choose a more complicated, multilevel deck design. You have to be careful because those do get tricky.
TOM: Gravity sucks, so you’ve got to be careful.
Hiring a pro is obviously going to result in a pricier deck because you’re paying for their labor. But on the plus side, a pro – or at least one that’s reliable – is likely to finish the project faster than you will.
And they’re also going to take care of that permitting process. That’s not something you want to skip. You want to make sure that the deck is up to code and you also want to make sure that it’s approved by the city building inspector. Because if it’s not, what’s going to happen when you sell your house is they’re not going to give you a CO and you’ll be stuck. So it’s really important that you have it inspected as it’s built. Those guys are there to make sure your contractor is doing the job that you hired him to do.
For more tips on how to build a deck, make sure you check out “How to Plan an Amazing Deck.” It’s one of our latest posts on MoneyPit.com. Just search for “How to Plan an Amazing Deck.”
LESLIE: Next up, we’ve got Pat in Georgia who needs some help with a cleaning project. What’s going on?
PAT: I have granite countertops. And I am wondering if there is an advantage to using the store-bought cleaners versus a homemade cleaner. And what would the homemade cleaner be?
TOM: So I guess you don’t have a recipe for a homemade cleaner. Is that what you’re saying?
PAT: No, I don’t.
TOM: If you happen to run across one that you like, tell us about it because I have not found one. But I will say that the commercial cleaners are usually very well-developed and are designed to give you a longer-term protection than you can probably get out of anything that you could mix up on your own countertop.
There’s a website called StoneCare.com that specializes in these types of products. And our listeners have always had good success with them, so I would take a look at that website.
But the thing about granite tops is a lot of folks buy them and think, “Well, it’s stone. I’m not going to have to do much work to the top.” But the truth is it’s a lot of work, isn’t it, Pat?
PAT: It very certainly is.
TOM: It really is. And if you don’t stay on top of it, it gets pretty nasty-looking. So, you are going to have to invest in some regular cleaning and I would just buy a good-quality product from a good brand manufacturer and just accept it as reality, OK?
PAT: Thank you so very much.
TOM: Good luck with that project. Thanks so much for calling us at 888-MONEY-PIT.
LESLIE: Gary in Pennsylvania unfortunately had a flood and needs some help picking up the pieces. What can we do for you?
GARY: We had a flood here: a flash food. Rain came down in 8 hours, about 7 to 10 inches. It flooded our basement with about a foot of water. And I’m interested in finding out from you folks how we can get back to normal as far as the basement is concerned. It smells. We did manage to get the sump pump going and get the water out of the basement. But it was – like I said, it was a foot around the furniture and everything. And how can I manage to get things back to where they were before the flood?
TOM: Alright. So, when you have a flood situation like that, of course, it’s human nature that you want everything back just the way it was, as soon as possible. But from a practical standpoint, it doesn’t always work that way. Here at the Jersey Shore, we faced one of the worst hurricanes in history with Hurricane Sandy. And that was the natural reaction; everyone wanted to get back. And we always say, “No, you can’t get back that quickly because you’re going to make some mistakes along the way.”
So what you want to do first is you want – as you’ve already done, you got rid of the water. Secondly, you want to prevent further damage by removing all of the wet materials. So, wet carpet has to be tossed out. If the basement is finished, does it have drywall down there? Those drywall sections have to be cut out to above the flood line. If there’s insulation in the walls, that has to be pulled out. If you have furniture that’s water-damaged, you may have an option of saving some of that if you can get it upstairs and start to dry it out and kind of make a decision as you go. But frankly, a lot of that should be covered by insurance so I wouldn’t maybe try too hard to save it. But get all of that material out of there.
Now, you said it was a flash flood and it flooded the basement quickly. Any time you have water infiltration that’s consistent with rainfall, it can always be reduced, if not eliminated, by making sure that your drainage conditions outside are proper and that you have gutters, they’re clean, they’re extended from the house 4 to 6 feet – not just a few inches like normal gutters are – and that the soil slopes away. So those sorts of things can prevent further water infiltration.
And then after it’s all torn out, then you’re going to want to spray those – that basement floor and the walls down with a solution of bleach and water, about 10- to 20-percent bleach with water. That will kill any mold spores that are left behind. Then get some fans down there; dry that all out. And then once it’s dry, then you can think about putting it back together.
And next time, I would not put carpet on a basement floor because that’s a breeding factory for mold and mildew and dust mites, as well. OK?
GARY: Sounds like a winner to me. I certainly appreciate it.
TOM: You’re welcome, Gary. Thanks so much for calling us at 888-MONEY-PIT.
LESLIE: Hey, are your guests getting bugged by swarms of gnats in your backyard? Well, we’ve got tips on keeping these common nuisances away, after this.
TOM: Making good homes better, this is The Money Pit. I’m Tom Kraeutler.
LESLIE: And I’m Leslie Segrete.
TOM: Still looking for help with your money pit? You are not alone. Head on over to MoneyPit.com for tips and answers to home improvement questions big and small. And while you’re there, sign up for our free e-Newsletter. Stay ahead of home maintenance chores year-round. It’s all online and free at MoneyPit.com.
LESLIE: You can also post your question while you’re online. And here’s one from Craig who writes: “I’m thinking about installing hardwired, integrated smoke detectors. Is it worth my while and what should I know beforehand?”
I think absolutely.
TOM: Yeah. And I totally agree because – for two reasons. First of all, if they’re hardwired, you’re not totally relying on batteries. And secondly and even more importantly, hardwired detectors run in series. They’re interconnected. So if one goes off, all the detectors go off.
I mean imagine if there was a fire that started in your basement and you’re on the second floor with the door closed to the bedroom in the middle of the night. You’re never going to hear that detector. So you want hardwired detectors that are interconnected. There are battery-powered ones that can be interconnected, too, but hardwired is key. So, I would install one in every room and make sure that you have the best possible chance of detecting fires early by doing that.
LESLIE: You know, another tip, Craig: when you’re selecting your smoke detector, there’s actually two different types. And the two different types detect two different types of fires. But there is one that will detect both and it will detect a slow, smoldering fire and one of those quick flash fires. Because you can’t pick what kind of fire you’re going to have but you can pick a smoke detector that will recognize both of them.
LESLIE: Because they do burn very differently. And one gives you more time to get out and one doesn’t. So you have to be on top of it.
TOM: Yeah. And that’s called a “dual-sensor smoke detector.” So make sure you look for that on the packaging: dual sensor. It will cover both slow, smoldering and fast-burning fires.
LESLIE: Yeah, just play it safe, play it smart. Do the right thing. You’re on the right track.
TOM: Well, you could plan the most elegant outdoor soirée ever only to have it spoiled by annoying, little bugs flying around your guests’ heads by the thousands. Leslie explains how to not get bugged by gnats, in today’s edition of Leslie’s Last Word.
LESLIE: Yeah, you’re right, Tom. Your outdoor party could be ruined in a flash if the guests find themselves constantly swatting away the swarms of relentless, little gnats. And they are relentless.
Now, the gnats themselves, they’re pretty harmless but they’re irritating and definitely annoying. So to keep your party gnat-free, you need to know that the little buggers love wet, rotten, organic matter like compost. So if you are composting, cover it up. You can cover it up with mulch.
Now, with mulch, you want to make sure that you rake it and turn it consistently to avoid mold growing on the underside, thus creating a damp habitat that those gnats are going to love. You also want to make sure that you have no standing water or leaves in your gutters. And keep those birdbaths and water features clean of any debris, as well.
Also, this is something you’ll love: gnats hate vanilla but people seem to love the smell of vanilla. So you can place vanilla oil in aroma-oil burners – that’ll help keep them away – as well as vanilla extract on cotton balls placed strategically around your outdoor table. Your guests truly will appreciate being gnat-free because nobody wants to be swatting away while you’re trying to have a good time. But they’ll also love the smell of vanilla.
So get outside, don’t be annoyed and have a wonderful summer season.
TOM: Great advice. This is The Money Pit Home Improvement Show.
Hey, here’s another thing that we want to learn to avoid and that’s mold. And with all of the damp, wet weather we’ve had this spring, it’s certainly a condition during which mold can grow. We’re going to have tips on how to actually stop that mold cold, 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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TOM: Coast to coast and floorboards to shingles, this is The Money Pit Home Improvement Show. I’m Tom Kraeutler.
LESLIE: And I’m Leslie Segrete.
TOM: And we’re here to help you with your home improvement project. It’s our job to help you maximize the financial and the functional and the aesthetic value of your home. We’re going to try to educate and inspire you with home improvement tips and ideas to help you get those projects done. And if you’ve got an improvement planned, working inside or out, now is the time to do it. That’s why we call this the “Goldilocks season,” because it’s not too hot, it’s not too cold, right? Just like the nursery rhyme, it’s just right. So, whether you’re working inside or out, pick up the phone, give us a call with your questions at 1-888-MONEY-PIT or post them online to our Community page at MoneyPit.com.
Coming up on today’s show, now that temperatures have dropped, are you feeling the chill through your walls and windows and doors? You know, finding the source of those drafts can be tricky, so we’re going to give you some tips to help you hunt them down and seal them up, just ahead.
LESLIE: And also coming up this hour, when it comes to maintaining your home, painting is probably the most basic of do-it-yourself projects out there. But it’s also a project that can go terribly wrong if you don’t do just three things before you start. What are those three things? Well, we will tell you those steps, in just a bit.
TOM: And are you ready to fire up your fireplace for the first time this season? That’s exciting. But before you do, we’re going to have the how-to you need to know to make sure your chimney, your damper and your firebox are all safe.
But first, give us a call right now. That number is 1-888-MONEY-PIT. We are ready to help you with your home improvement questions.
LESLIE: We’ve got Sandra in Maryland on the line and she’s got a really old house and an electrical problem. What’s happening at your money pit?
SANDRA: A hundred-and-three years old.
TOM: Oh. That’s great. That’s a good age for houses. It’s just starting to get seasoned. Settling in a bit.
SANDRA: Oh, it settles a lot.
TOM: Yeah, I bet, I bet. So, has the wiring been updated at all or is it original? Is it knob-and-tube? What kind of wiring do you have?
SANDRA: I have a mix of knob-and-tube and some updated. What’s down in the walls, I think, is still knob-and-tube.
SANDRA: Some of the stuff that’s more out has been replaced.
TOM: And what are you planning to do? What’s precipitating this question? Is this just a general concern about safety? Are you doing some other remodeling?
SANDRA: Well, what I’ve done is started redoing the kitchen.
SANDRA: And I took up the seven layers of linoleum and got all the creosote out and got all the stuff that probably I shouldn’t have been inhaling out of the kitchen. And we sanded the floors and kept the original, old, wood floors. And the paneling in the kitchen I’m not willing to tear down because it’s horsehair plaster behind it. And every time you touch the wall, you hear stuff fall.
SANDRA: So, I’m not willing to replace it. We painted the paneling and I want to put new floorboard trim around. But all of the wiring – it’s those big, black wires that go from one outlet to another outlet.
TOM: Let me give you some advice on this because it is time to update that wiring. First of all, any existing knob-and-tube wiring is very dangerous and here’s why: when it gets to be 100 years old, the insulation on that wiring is very dried out, very brittle, very crumbly. I can’t tell you how many times, in the 20 years I spent as a home inspector, that I found that kind of wiring in a house and often found burn marks – very frightening – burn marks on the framing that surrounded it.
So, you definitely want to deactivate that wiring. You don’t have to physically pull it out of the walls as long as it’s not electrified. And then, of course, you want to update that with new, modern wiring that’s consistent with current electrical code.
Now, for the kitchen, you really want to do something different than what would’ve been done when the home was originally built. It had wiring but it had all of that kitchen, I’m sure, on one circuit. And that’s why an older home, sometimes, when you’re in a kitchen, you often see the lights dim when the refrigerators kick on, because they’re both – major appliance and lighting are on the same circuit.
You want to have one circuit for your appliances – your dishwasher, your refrigerator – perhaps even more than one circuit for that and then a separate circuit for lighting and outlets. And of course, all of the outlets also should be ground-fault protected because this is a wet location. And ground-fault protection protects you from receiving a shock if you were using an appliance that shorted or had any other type of electrical incident that occurred.
So, you are smart to be concerned about this. It is something that you should take care of, whether you do it one room at a time or the entire house at a time. You know, that’s going to be up to time and budget. But you should have on your overall remodeling plan the need to get rid of that knob-and-tube and completely de-energize it, because it is unsafe for the reasons I stated.
And also, by the way, that particular wiring is not grounded nor is it groundable. So that’s another reason it’s unsafe. It’s just the way it was done back then.
SANDRA: I think some of the kitchen had been done because I did have an electrician friend come in and install some new outlets. And he just ran from one to the next and I do have different circuit breakers downstairs and all that kind of stuff. But one of the things that when – I do have – I think the one wall hasn’t been done. I know that sounds odd. But when they have the wires that are out – the big, black wires going across on any of the wires – and I don’t want them to go behind the wall, because they can’t without damaging the wall. Do I need to put those metal covers over them before I can put the trim board down so I don’t …?
TOM: Well, if you have – if you’re talking about the original knob-and-tube wiring being big black wires, you can’t bury that. That’s very unsafe and here’s why: knob-and-tube wiring – the reason – and by the way, for those that are not familiar with this, if you’ve ever seen an old house where wires seem to be strung on little ceramic posts that stick off the side of beams, those are the knobs. And then where the wires go through the framing, there’s a ceramic tube. And that’s the tube. That’s why it’s called “knob-and-tube.”
And the reason that it sticks off the beam, Sandra, is because it has to be air-cooled. So that’s why you can’t bury knob-and-tube wiring under trim. You can’t even put insulation around it because it makes it doubly unsafe.
SANDRA: So if it’s the big, black wire, then I know I’ve still got original knob-and-tube in there.
TOM: I would have your electrician come in and determine where that wire’s being energized, make sure that if it’s knob-and-tube, it is completely disconnected and then run whatever you have to do from there. And if you can only do it one room at a time, you’ll be just that much more safe. But if you could do the whole house, then just do it.
SANDRA: OK. Great. Thank you so much. I appreciate it.
TOM: You’re welcome, Sandra. Good luck with that project.
LESLIE: James in Texas is on the line and having some issues with a window. What’s going on?
JAMES: Well, I have a 1928 brick-veneer home in Texas. It’s on the Register of Historic Properties in Texas, so the exterior of the house is dedicated to the public. I have problems with condensation on the interior window pane.
JAMES: It’s a single-pane and I’m looking for some kind of an option to reduce the condensation and not alter the window casing.
TOM: OK. So, you have single-pane windows? Is that what you’re saying?
JAMES: Correct. Yes.
TOM: Ah. And you have condensation inside those windows because they’re not very efficient. So there’s no insulation in the windows at all.
JAMES: Correct. So when we have a change in temperature, that’s when the condensation occurs.
TOM: Of course, yeah. Because if it gets cold outside and you have warm, moist air inside, it strikes the windows and condenses. And that’s why you get the condensation. So the only way to change that scenario is to either insulate the window, which you don’t want to do, or to potentially reduce the amount of condensation and humidity inside your house.
What kind of heating system do you have? Is it forced hot air?
JAMES: It’s central air and heat.
TOM: OK. So, you could consider installing what’s called a “whole-house dehumidifier.” This is an appliance that’s installed into that duct run. And when it’s activated, it actually takes out quite a bit of humidity and moisture out of the air. Some of the ones that I’ve seen can take out – is it 50, 60 pints of water a day? So a lot of water can come out of that. And it’s not inexpensive but it is a solution.
Other things that you could do would be to take some steps to try to reduce the amount of moisture that forms in the house by improving the grading and the drainage at the foundation perimeter. Because as water sits around the house, it soaks into the foundation and that ends up converting to water vapor and adds to the humidity inside the house. And of course, making sure you’re always using exhaust fans in the bathrooms and exhaust fans in the kitchen that actually vent outside.
So, that’s really – it really comes down to that. You’ve got to reduce humidity or you have to increase the insulation.
JAMES: OK. I appreciate your help.
TOM: Alright. Good luck with that project. Thanks so much for calling us at 888-MONEY-PIT.
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TOM: Up next, drafts in your home can make you very uncomfortable. But they’re easy to fix if you can find them. We’ll have a Fall Energy-Savings Tip to tell you how to spot the leaky places drafts can turn up and how to seal them for good, after this.
Where home solutions live, this is The Money Pit Home Improvement Show. I’m Tom Kraeutler.
LESLIE: And I’m Leslie Segrete.
TOM: Here to help you with your home improvement projects. Pick up the phone and call us at 1-888-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.
LESLIE: Now we’ve got Sandy in Texas on the line who’s got a question about texturing drywall. Tell us about your project.
SANDY: I stripped the wallpaper in our kitchen and so it’s down to sheetrock. And we’d like to put texture in it but I’d like to do it as simply as possible. So I’ve heard that you can put texture into paint and I’d like some more information about that or what you recommend.
TOM: It is possible, right, Leslie, to use an additive in paint? But frankly, we usually get the opposite question. Most people call us wanting to take the texture away.
So I would say, Sandy, are you really sure you want to do this? Because once it gets on there, it’s hard to make it go away.
SANDY: Right. Yes. Our other walls have some texture. And it’s not a heavy texture. It’s just a little bit to make it just not the flat sheetrock.
LESLIE: And it’s a texture in the paint or it’s an actual texture within the drywall itself, almost like a stippling?
SANDY: Well, I’d rather not go that route: the stippling or spackling. I’d like to add some texture to the paint just to give the walls something other than the smooth drywall.
LESLIE: Well, there’s a couple of different techniques that you can use. First, there’s something called a “linen technique.” That’s done with almost like a wallpaper brush: sort of a very short, stiff bristle that’s, you know, maybe 12 inches to 18 inches wide. And you put the paint on and then you sort of drag that brush through. And that gives you a linear texture to it. And that can kind of look like wallpaper and you can do it with one color or do a base color and then let that dry and then put a thinner coat on top and then drag that line through.
You could do something that’s almost called a – I guess it is actually called a “Venetian plaster.” But that involves sort of marbling the texture on and burnishing it and rubbing it and it really is a heavier coat of paint and plaster. But that gives a really interesting sort of cloudy, textural look that sometimes has a high shine to it. There’s a sueded texture. I think Ralph Lauren is one of the paints that makes that. And that has – it really does look like suede. It has that sort of rubbed, softer, matte-looking texture to it. There’s a sanded finish where there’s actual sand in the paint. Sometimes that can feel a little rough, almost like a sandpaper. But that gives a nice texture, too.
They all have different application techniques. So if I were looking at a paint that has a specific texture in a home center, I’d make sure that I really read those directions and looked at what that manufacturer was recommending for the application process and get those correct tools and do the proper prep work for it. Because some of those textures are kind of labor intensive for a DIYer and you want to make sure you get it right.
SANDY: Absolutely. OK. Well, I will look into the things you’ve suggested here and make a decision then.
TOM: I hope that helps you out.
SANDY: It does. Thank you so much.
LESLIE: Well, now that we are entering heating season and maybe a lot of you are already using the heat in full swing this time of year, you really want to try and get the most out of your energy dollar. And to do that, you’ve got to keep out drafts. But those drafts aren’t always just found in really obvious places.
TOM: Yeah. Now, my favorite place that sneaky drafts happen are switch plates and outlets on exterior walls. Air gets into those walls and those drafts from the outside will just zip right in to the inside if they’re not properly sealed.
But the fix is very simple. You can pick up some precut foam gaskets – they’re available at home centers and hardware stores; they’re literally pennies a piece – and then slip them under the cover plates. They do a great job of keeping those drafts out.
LESLIE: I mean truly, it’s one of the least expensive improvements that you can make that will make a very noticeable difference in your expenses, which is just amazing to me.
The other thing, if you find that you have larger gaps on those exterior walls, you can try and fill those up with an expandable foam. Now, that’s going to stop the airflow but in a lot of cases, it’s not going to stop any rodents or pests from coming in. So if you want to do that, as well, you can mix in a little steel wool just to sort of strengthen it up and keep the little rodent guys from chewing their way in.
TOM: Yeah, good point. So, lots of ways to try to cut back on those drafts. But I tell you what, they do add up. So get them done now before it gets too terribly cold. You’ll be a lot more comfortable all winter long.
LESLIE: Vincent, you’ve got The Money Pit. How can we help you today?
VINCENT: I have got an issue with a leaking ceiling. Not sure if it’s coming from my roof or from my air conditioners. Doesn’t do it all the time but sometimes, when it rains, it comes down. And then other times, when it’s not raining, it comes down. So we’re kind of at a loss.
We’ve got a metal roof on it. It’s an older-structure house.
VINCENT: I’m just thinking maybe the drip edge at the – going where it goes into the gutter and (inaudible). I’ve not had any luck, because I’ll think I have it fixed and then it’ll come – the rain – and it comes in again.
TOM: It comes in again, right.
TOM: So, what have you been doing it to fix it? Have you been sealing the seams in the metal roof?
VINCENT: Yeah. We got up and put some caulking and stuff along where the edges and stuff were. And it’s supposed to be a 20-year roof and we’ve only had it on the house probably about 8 years.
TOM: Well, wait a minute. So if this is a metal roof, it’s supposed to be a 100-year roof. Metal roofs last a long time.
Here’s what I would do. I would try to make it leak. So I would go up there – can you get up there in that area with a hose?
TOM: OK. So I would try to make it leak. So I would try a normal, light-duty rainfall when it falls down from the top and see if that does anything. And then I would try some directional pressure against those seams and see if I can figure out what type of driving rainstorm is coming in here. Because I suspect it is due to the rain driving in on those. And it might be trapped in there and that’s why maybe it comes out days later after a rainfall. I don’t know. But I think what you’re going to have to do is to try to figure out what part of that is breaking down.
And then once you do, if you’ve already gone the caulk route, I would suggest taking apart that section of the roof and then putting it back together with the proper sealants to make sure you get it done once and for all.
VINCENT: Right. OK. OK.
TOM: Alright? And that’s the way to approach that.
VINCENT: Yeah. We’ve got to repair the ceiling but we’re not going to repair the ceiling until we get the (inaudible).
TOM: Yeah. No, you don’t want to do that until you know you’ve got this leak done. Yeah.
And by the way, when you do repair that ceiling, make sure you use primer on it. Because if you don’t prime over leak stains, they’re going to come right through the finish paint, OK?
VINCENT: Yeah. Actually, I think what we’re going to do is put up a lip siding or a – not a paneling but it’s a plank that’ll go up and get rid of the popcorn that’s up there right now. It’s got a popcorn ceiling.
TOM: Oh, yeah. Well, listen, you know the four most expensive words in home improvement: while you’re at it.
VINCENT: Yeah. See you.
TOM: Alright. Good luck with that project. Thanks so much for calling us at 888-MONEY-PIT.
LESLIE: Lee in Kansas on the line with a concrete question. Tell us what you are working on.
LEE: I’m in an old house that I got in a survivorship and it’s got an old – probably was built in the 60s. I’m in the prairie of Kansas. It has an entryway concrete porch that just keeps cracking and cracking due to earthquakes. We had a pretty good one a week or so ago and now it’s really unlevel. Some of the cracks are small enough that I could fill and aren’t unlevel. And I was just wondering – because I don’t live near a Lowe’s or a Home Depot or anything like that. I think it’s like an hour-and-a-half drive away. There’s a local hardware store about 10 miles.
Can you fill small cracks with QUIKRETE or do you need concrete or Sakrete? I don’t know what the differences are.
TOM: OK. So, first of all, the type of repair material you use is different than the type of material you would use if you were, say, pouring a new concrete slab. And you mentioned QUIKRETE. That’s a great brand and they have a wide variety of repair products. You have the option to repair the cracks. You could also resurface that concrete. There’s a product for that. And in all cases, the difference between that type of a product – a repair product and the original sort of concrete product – is that the repair products are designed to adhere to the original concrete base. If anything is loose, of course, you have to pop that out and restore it.
But short of that, there are plenty of concrete-repair products that are out there and you’re going to obviously have to get yourself to a hardware store or lumberyard to find it. You could do some research online at their website. But you want to make sure you choose a repair product, because it is designed specifically to adhere to those surfaces.
LEE: OK. Thank you so much. Alright.
TOM: Good luck. 888-666-3974.
LESLIE: Coming up, when it comes to maintaining your home, painting is the most basic of DIY projects. You think it’s easy, guys, but it’s also a project that can go terribly wrong if you don’t do just three things before you start. We’re going to share those steps, just ahead, in today’s Building with Confidence Tip presented by Rocket Mortgage by Quicken Loans, next.
TOM: 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 fine weekend day? If it’s your house, if it’s your home, you’re in exactly the right place because we’re here to help you every step of the way. Got a question? Got a tip? Give us a call, right now, at 1-888-MONEY-PIT.
LESLIE: Tony in Tennessee is on the line who came home to a mystery flood. Tell us about it. And hopefully, there wasn’t too much damage.
TONY: I’d been gone for about a week. I turned the master water valve off, the water supply to my house. Been gone for about a week, came back, went – and it’s a split-foyer, pretty fair-size house. So came in through the garage, came into – straight through into my man’s den and I hear the sound of dripping water, which is obviously never a good sound. So I go back to the far end of the house, away from the garage, and the whole downstairs has a substantial amount of water in it. And I look up and it’s dripping down from the ceiling and really, directly onto my big-screen TV at that point.
LESLIE: That’s not good.
TONY: That’s no – not good. So I packed myself up the stairs, so it’s – on the very far end of the house is our washroom. The washing-machine tub is full of water and overflowing. And that was the source of the water.
TOM: When you say washing, you mean the slop sink? Was that taking the discharge of the washer or was the washer itself overfilling – overflowing?
TONY: The washer itself.
TOM: So you’re basically saying that you were away and when you came back, you found this water had collected into – in the laundry area because the washer was filled up with water and that was overflowing and leaking down through the house, right on your flat-screen TV. Is that correct? Have I got it right?
TONY: That’s correct.
TOM: But the main water valve was turned off?
TONY: Yes. And when I looked at all this, I thought, “I’m sure I turned the water valve off.” I went to the nearest faucet, turned it on, nothing. No water pressure, everything – there was no water pressure in the lines of my house.
TOM: Well, that is a mystery, is it not?
TONY: My only theory is that when you come in the garage to downstairs, there is a bathroom there and that’s where the washing – correction, that’s where the hot-water heater is. So it’s basically mid-range of the house, on the bottom level.
TONY: The washing machine is on the upper-level far end of the house. And this is about a 5,000-square-foot house. So, pretty good-size house. Only thing I can ever have come up with is it created, somehow, some type of a siphon and it had siphoned water from the hot-water heater.
TOM: Right. Yeah.
TONY: All the plumbers, everybody I’ve ever talked to said, “No way. No, it’s impossible.”
TONY: I said, “Well, give me your alternative,” and nobody ever has. So I thought Tom and Leslie could.
TOM: That is quite a mystery, my friend. Quite a mystery. There would be water in the pipes but it doesn’t seem like it’s enough to do what you’re saying it did.
The other thing I was thinking about is whether or not that was wastewater and it backed up from the street, because that’s not controlled by a valve.
TONY: There’s no odor to it.
TOM: Yeah. Yeah. Well, I mean it depends on how the plumbing system is designed. If it’s only one waste pipe, yeah, it would be stinky. But if you had a gray-water pipe, it would not be stinky.
But I don’t have any other ideas from that than that. I was kind of thinking that siphon idea but it’s still an extraordinary set of circumstances. And it’s never happened again, is that right?
TONY: It has not. But again, I’ve always now, since then, turned the valves off so that no water could get to the washing machine.
TOM: Yeah. Right. And that’s smart. That’s the way you normally would do it, yeah.
Because I was going to say – is that I know that, sometimes, even when you turn faucets off, you can get – you can still get water that leaks through, because I’ve seen this happen. In fact, my mom lives in Florida half the year. And one year, she got a letter from the water company saying that she’d used 10,000 gallons of water. Problem was she wasn’t there for that month. And I’m like, “Where did that 10,000 gallons of water go?” And I knew that we had turned off valves.
Well, it turned out that one of the valves was not completely off and it was leaking through the toilet. So, thankfully, it went down the drain but even, sometimes, when you think the water is off, it’s not. And I do wonder if some – if that could have played part of this scenario that you’ve experienced.
But I thank you for sharing it with us. I don’t have an a-ha moment but I think I can speculate as good as the next guy. And that’s kind of what I’m thinking at this point.
Good luck with that project. Thanks so much for calling us at 888-MONEY-PIT.
LESLIE: Well, when it comes to maintaining your home, painting or even staining wood surfaces is really important to keep your siding and trim in good shape. Well, painting is a task that’s really among the most basic of do-it-yourself projects. It’s also one where a simple mistake can lead to a really big headache.
TOM: Yeah. And the key is it comes down to preparation. Weathered surfaces need to be cleaned and any loose paint needs to be removed before you even think about opening that can of paint. Now, if not, here’s what’s going to happen: that new paint is not going to stick to that old paint and your efforts will be totally wasted. Or it might stick to the paint but if the paint doesn’t stick to the wood, guess what? It’s all going to peel off, including new paint. So prep is really key.
LESLIE: Next, it’s always smart to apply a coat of primer first. A lot of people skip this step but don’t. The primer is formulated differently than paint that’s meant to be that topcoat. It’s got better adhesion, so it’s going to stick to the old surfaces and then prevent the new paint from peeling.
TOM: And third, for the best finished look, you want to make sure you choose the right kind of paintbrush. Now, natural-bristle brushes are best for applying oil-based paints. But for latex, synthetic-bristle brushes deliver the best results. And they’re going to help maintain the value of your home.
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LESLIE: Anna in Delaware is on the line with a painting question. What can we do for you today?
ANNA: We painted around the bottom of our house, the foundation, with cement and sand.
ANNA: And what I want to know, can we paint over that with regular paint or would that bleed through?
TOM: The cement-and-sand mix is like a stucco mix, right? And is that sticking to that foundation? Is it breaking off in any way or is it still solid?
ANNA: No, no. It’s in good shape but I wanted – I really wanted to paint it. Some of the neighbors paint it and they look nice. Would it be OK?
TOM: OK. So what you need to do is you need to prime it first. You need to use a masonry primer. That’s really important.
ANNA: But do you have to sand that out?
TOM: No. As long as it’s intact, OK?
ANNA: Yeah, it’s in good shape, yeah.
TOM: Then you need to prime it first, because the primer is what’s going to make the top right – make the top layer of paint stick, so to speak. So you prime it first, let the primer dry really, really well. And then you can put on the topcoat of an exterior-quality paint on top of that and it should be fine. But just remember, after paint comes repaint. So, once you paint it the first time, you’re going to have to paint it again and again as years go by.
ANNA: Yeah, OK. You put the primer on first.
TOM: That’s the key. Make sure it’s primed.
ANNA: OK. Use primer first. OK. That’s what I wanted to know.
TOM: Alright, Anna. Good luck with that project. Thanks so much for calling us at 888-MONEY-PIT.
LESLIE: Hey, it’s fall. Are you guys looking forward to that first crackling fire of the season? Well, hold that match until you’re sure your fireplace and chimney are safe and secure. We’ll tell you what to look for, after this.
TOM: Making good homes better, welcome back to The Money Pit Home Improvement Show. I’m Tom Kraeutler.
LESLIE: And I’m Leslie Segrete.
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Well, whether you’ve used your fireplace yet this season or not, don’t light another match just yet. Fireplaces and chimneys have a big job to do and making sure they’re up for it is really the key to your family’s safety.
LESLIE: Now, seasonal chimney maintenance ensures that the smoke, the fire, embers and ashes will all stay contained in your fireplace and chimney. It also checks for creosote. Now, that’s a highly combustible buildup that can lead to chimney fires. You should really be checking your chimney for creosote at least once a year or after about 80 fires.
You should head on over to a super-useful website for the Chimney Safety Institute of America and they will help you find a certified chimney sweep.
TOM: And even if a safe fireplace exists, it can always use some backup. So what you might want to do is place a non-flammable rug in front of the fireplace to keep loose sparks from damaging your floors or worse. Or better yet, use a screen and that will help keep those sparks from popping out.
LESLIE: And here’s another thing: if you don’t already have chimney caps, you need them. You have to have them installed to your home to keep wildlife from using your chimney as a passageway into your house.
I had a squirrel do it, literally, the first season we owned our house. Luckily, we had those fireplace covers – you know, the doors that closed – to keep the fire contained. Because we heard a thud and then a pound-pound-pound-pound-pound. It was a squirrel. So, truly, put those caps on the chimney unless you want some unwanted visitors.
TOM: And finally, let’s talk about the firebox. Now, that’s the area where the logs burn. It needs to be cleaned at least once a week during the months you use the fireplace. Leave about an inch of ash; that kind of acts as insulation.
But clean that firebox free of ash during the months you use it and never, ever, ever, ever leave those ashes in anything but a metal ash bucket. And you need to store that well away from your home. I can’t tell you how many times we hear about tragic fires that occur when people take ashes out of fireplaces and think that they’re out but actually, they’re lit and can stay hot for a really long time.
I’ve had fire pits have ash in it that maybe we used for one night and then the next day it rained all day. And the next night, we decided to use it and guess what? It was still hot inside that, even after a rainstorm. So, you really can never tell. Be very careful with those ashes; they do cause a lot of fires.
LESLIE: Alright. Now we’ve got Barry in Iowa on the line who’s got a question about a bathroom with carpeting. And I know your question is really about a pet but bathroom with carpeting?
What’s going on, Barry?
BARRY: Well, the dogs were locked up in the bathroom when we went shopping. So when we came back, they had torn a hole. It wasn’t a big hole but it was probably 2½ inches by 3 inches long. And I can’t cover it no way and so I was wanting to tear the carpet up and put in new carpet because I can’t match the old carpet. And then – but I don’t know how to put a threshold down in there.
TOM: Well, first of all, putting carpet in a bathroom is generally a bad idea because, obviously, it doesn’t mix with the moisture, even if it’s an indoor/outdoor-style carpet. I don’t know what you have. But I would recommend against carpet in a bathroom. So, the dogs may have done you a favor, because it’s forcing you to take that carpet up. Your question is: how do you put a threshold in the door so that you would have a clean edge?
Yeah, well, you certainly – what you basically do is you put in a doorsill there. And it sits even with the door when it’s closed, so it’s about as thick as the door, plus another inch or so. So it’s usually a couple of inches thick. And it may be higher on one side where the carpet is and lower on the other side where the floor is.
But it’s a pretty standard piece of carpentry work or a pretty standard piece of a carpet-installation project. And I would recommend that you remove that carpet from the bathroom and put in a different type of flooring. What’s underneath that carpet? Is there tile under there now?
BARRY: No, it’s a cement slab. It’s a slab house.
TOM: OK. So then what you might want to think about doing is putting in something like a laminate floor.
Now, laminate can look like tile or it could look like stone. But it’s very moisture-resistant, so it’s a terrific choice for the bathroom. And if you want something to kind of warm it up, then put a throw rug on top of it. But I wouldn’t put carpet back.
BARRY: Yeah. Well, that’s what we were thinking, too.
TOM: Yep. Very simple step. Putting in a doorsill is all you need to do. And if you don’t know how to do it yourself, I’m sure your installer can help.
BARRY: I don’t have to nail the threshold to the door – I mean to the floor?
TOM: Oh, no. It’ll be secured to the floor but there’s lots of ways to do that. There’s a way that you can screw through the threshold with a special screw called a Tapcon fastener. And it will secure it to the floor. There are ways.
LESLIE: And then there’s a piece that snaps over it. There is – if you go into your home center, – Home Depot, Lowe’s or whatever you’ve got near you – in the flooring aisle, there’s going to be – at the end, you’ll see wood, metal. They’ll be called “transitions.” It’ll be from carpet to wood. It’ll have all the varieties of one surface to the other surface and all the different ways to install them. They’re pretty easy.
BARRY: Oh. Well, thank you, guys, for the information and I hope you have a good day.
LESLIE: Alright. Thanks so much for calling The Money Pit.
Hey, are you thinking about putting your house on the market? We’re going to highlight design trends that can actually help sell your home, after this.
TOM: Making good homes better, this is The Money Pit Home Improvement Show. I’m Tom Kraeutler.
LESLIE: And I’m Leslie Segrete.
TOM: Give us a call, right now, with your home improvement questions at 1-888-MONEY-PIT presented by HomeAdvisor. You can find out what it costs to do your home project before you hire a pro and instantly book one of HomeAdvisor’s top-rated pros, for free, at HomeAdvisor.com.
LESLIE: Alright. But you’ve got two pros right here answering questions from The Money Pit Community section.
Now, Carol in Utah writes: “What should I do if I believe something was overlooked or just wrong in my new home’s report from the home inspector? I just discovered that I don’t have enough insulation in my attic. Shouldn’t I have been told that?”
TOM: You know, as a guy who was a home inspector for a good part of 20 years, I’d say no. It would have been a good advice to have but the fact that you don’t have enough insulation is – I mean first of all, whether or not you have “enough” is going to depend on when that house was built, because energy-efficiency standards change every couple of years. And almost all older homes could use more insulation. But I don’t think that’s a defect.
Look, if your floors had big holes in them and he didn’t tell you that, that’s one thing. But the fact that maybe you need some more insulation, it’s kind of an improvement, alright? So, I don’t think that that’s necessarily a defect of the home inspection report.
But here’s how you can tell for sure. If you go to the website for the American Society of Home Inspectors – that’s ASHI – A-S-H-I – .org or I think it’s also HomeInspector.org – you can download there these standards of practice for the home inspectors. And that basically – it says what should be and what’s not included in a home inspection. So it’s very clear as to what every element is that should be inspected. And you can kind of compare that against your inspection report and give you a better sense as to whether or not the pro you hired did the job that he or she was hired to do.
LESLIE: Alright. Next up, we’ve got a post here from Kate in Texas who writes: “I have an old ceramic-tile floor in my bathroom. A couple of tiles are chipped but I’m sure the manufacturer isn’t making them anymore. What can I do besides putting in a whole new floor?”
Well, Kate, sometimes you can alternate patterns in tiles. So maybe if you want to pop out the ones that are chipped and pop out a couple more to make something that looks like it’s there on purpose and put a new tile in – otherwise, reach out to the manufacturer. You never know. And there are a couple places online that you can send that tile to and they will match it for you.
TOM: Well, we see home trends come and home trends go but it seems that some changes are here to stay.
And Leslie, you’ve got some details on some that are going to stick around for a while, in today’s edition of Leslie’s Last Word.
LESLIE: That’s right. Now, you guys, if you’re planning on putting your home on the market soon, there are a few key design trends that you should be aware of to help sell that home as quickly as possible. That’s really the goal: you list the house, you want to sell it fast. Don’t give yourself any time to rethink the whole thing. Get it over with.
Now, the key word here to remember, guys, is flexibility. Your rooms need to be able to be easily converted into another kind of space. Those potential buyers that are walking into your house, they want to see that they can accommodate someone who works from home, maybe an aging parent, a boomerang child just coming home from college. So many other different scenarios play out every day in everybody’s lives, so you want somebody who’s walking in the door as a potential buyer to look at your house and see those options.
Now, you might also think about adding some elements of universal design. Baby boomers are aging and not only are they caring for their elderly parents, they also want to know that their home can accommodate them themselves as their needs change with their own aging.
So, be flexible. Make those opportunities in your home so that you can see those offers coming in.
TOM: This is The Money Pit Home Improvement Show. Coming up next time on the program, when those leaves finally take a dive, it’s usually because of a massive rainstorm. And all of that wet fall mess, it has the potential for a very dangerous invader to form in your house and that’s mold. So we’re going to talk about how you can get rid of mold, when it’s a DIY project or when a pro is required and also whether or not you can get some insurance coverage on mold cleanups. That’s all coming up on the very next edition of The Money Pit.
But for now, that’s all the time we have. 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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