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 are here to help you with your home improvement projects, solve those do-it-yourself dilemmas. If you’re working on a project to spruce up your house now that we are knee-deep in the holiday season, we are here to help you get that job done on time, on budget and before the relatives show up. But help yourself first: give us a call, right now, at 1-888-MONEY-PIT or post your questions to The Money Pit Community page at MoneyPit.com.
Coming up on today’s program, your roof weathers every storm and protects your home’s structure. And it keeps you warm and dry. But it’s not going to last forever. We’re going to tell you what you need to know when your roof’s got to go.
LESLIE: And smart-home products are everywhere these days. But if you’ve not taken the step to join the smart-home generation, we’ll have tips to help you figure out if smart-home products are smart for you, just ahead.
TOM: And did you know the most expensive way to heat water is with an electric water heater? We’re going to share some tips on a popular technology that’s so cost-effective, you might not even notice a bump in your utility bill.
LESLIE: Plus, this hour, we’ve got a fun tool to give away. It’s the iconic, American-made Arrow T50 Heavy-Duty Staple Gun, along with a supply of staples, worth 50 bucks.
TOM: Going out to one caller drawn at random. Make that you. The number is 1-888-MONEY-PIT, 888-666-3974.
Let’s get to it. Leslie, who’s first?
LESLIE: Jill in Washington is on the line with a question about a foundation. What’s going on at your money pit?
JILL: We’re having a small house built up here in the great, beautiful state of Washington. And the builder is recommending a double set of – how do I say it? For drainage. He wants to really be sure that the drainage all is tightlined. One system will be tightlined that joins with the downspouts from the roof. And then the other is kind of like a perforated, long, 200-foot piece of hose with a sleeve over it. Do you recommend both of those? Is that overkill or how would you do it?
TOM: So we’re talking about surface drainage here or are we talking about gutter drainage or both? These sound like, from your description, that these are all running away from the house. Is that right?
JILL: Yes. He wants it around the – they’ve simply just finished the foundation and are about to do the backfill. Before they do the backfill, they want two drainage systems put in place. One is a hard – I’m not sure of the correct terminology. It’s a 4-inch pipe …
TOM: Yeah, one’s for the downspouts and one’s for the foundation. Is that correct?
JILL: Correct. Exactly.
TOM: Alright. No, I mean I think he’s doing it right. And those steps will help. The one really important thing is that when he’s done with this is not only do those downspouts have to be extended away from the house, but you want to make sure that that finished grade also has a pitch that drops at least about 6 inches over the first 4 feet. Because with new construction, you’ll get a lot of settlement and you’ve got to have good pitch. But if you have downspouts that are extended out away from the house and you have good pitch, you’ll never have to worry about a water-infiltration problem.
And I also don’t suspect that those additional foundation drains will really come into use much, if at all. But since it’s all fully open right now, there’s no real – there’s no harm in doing that.
JILL: OK. So, it’s just bite the bullet and just put both systems in.
TOM: Yeah. Now, have they put the gutters in yet?
JILL: Oh, no, no. The house isn’t even built yet. No, just the …
TOM: OK. So, here’s a good tip. Most builders are going to put in what’s called a “4-inch case-style gutter.” That’s a standard gutter. Opt for the next size up – it’s a 6-inch gutter – for two reasons. Number one, it holds more runoff from your roof; it doesn’t get overwhelmed. And number two, it doesn’t clog as easily because the downspouts are much bigger.
JILL: I see. What a great tip.
TOM: OK. And they’re not that much more expensive, either.
JILL: Great. Well, you know what? When we get to that point, I’m going to call the show back and – because it always rains up here. And I will let you know that we took your grand advice and how it all came out.
TOM: Alright. Can’t wait. Thanks so much for calling us at 888-MONEY-PIT. Good luck with that brand-new home.
JILL: Thank you so much.
TOM: Building a new money pit.
LESLIE: Building something new that will become a money pit at some point.
TOM: That’s right. That’s right. As beautiful and as luxurious as these homes are, we know that everybody’s house becomes a money pit sooner or later. And so that’s why we’re in the money-pit prevention business.
LESLIE: Alright. Next up, we’ve got Randall on the line joining us here at The Money Pit. What can we do for you today?
RANDALL: Got a condo. The condominium complex was built in probably the early 60s to the mid-60s. I did a recent renovation of the entire complex. And when they completed the plumbing process in my bathroom, after they finished everything they put new faucets, new tub/shower combo. And now, whenever you turn on any of the water faucets, there’s a rusty-brown color that comes from the – from this faucet. And it only comes out for about three to five seconds and then it clears immediately and goes away.
But I never had this problem ever before prior to doing the renovation. And I don’t have it in any of the other rooms, except for the master bedroom that is kind of connected to the same pipes. So I’m just wondering if my plumber had put in the wrong piping to go into the fixtures or if it’s rust that’s built up in the old pipes, since it’s such an older complex.
TOM: Anything is possible. Kind of hard to diagnose why that’s happening. But I’ll tell you where the solution lies and it’s not that complicated of a project. And that’s at the main water line when it comes into the unit. What I would do is I would put a whole-house water filter right there. They’re not terribly expensive. You do have to turn off the main water line. And this is a plumbing job, so you’d have to hire a plumber for it to cut in the filter. But the filters could last anywhere from three months to a year or more, depending on which type of system you buy.
And the filter, at that level, is designed to take out the bigger particulates, like rust. It can improve taste but it’s mostly designed to take out particulates. So if you put it there, no matter where it’s coming from that’ll pull it out.
RANDALL: Now, let me ask a question because I was told, possibly, that I need to flush my hot-water heater.
TOM: I mean I guess it’s possible. But frankly, I don’t really see the need to do hot water-heater flushing unless you have really hard water. I don’t think – you can’t really hurt it by doing it. But I will tell you sometimes when you do flush the water heater, you will find that the valve at the bottom – you can open it but then it becomes hard to close; it doesn’t close all the way. You also have to release the pressure-relief valve on the side. And that also can get kind of clogged with debris and sometimes it doesn’t close all the way.
So, if you do take on that project, keep in mind that you might end up having to do more than you counted on. Because what you would do is turn the water valves off to it at the top and then you would open up the hose at the bottom. You would probably have a rubber hose connected to that, by the way, going to a sink. And you would have to pull open the tab on the pressure-relief valve on the side to let air into the tank. Otherwise, it won’t drain.
TOM: So, it’s possible that you can do that. But I’m very cautious about that, because I know from experience that sometimes when you mess with those valves that haven’t been opened or touched in years, they don’t always go back.
RANDALL: Right, right. OK. Alright. Great. I really appreciate you all’s comments and help. And I’ll lean maybe towards the filter system, like you were discussing, and I’ll go from there.
TOM: Alright. Good luck with that project. Thanks so much for calling us at 1-888-MONEY-PIT.
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TOM: Just ahead, smart-home products are everywhere these days. But if you’ve not taken that step to join the smart-home generation, we’re going to have some tips to help you figure out if smart-home products are a smart move for you, in today’s Smart Tip presented by Lutron, after this.
Where home solutions live, this is The Money Pit Home Improvement Show. I’m Tom Kraeutler.
LESLIE: And I’m Leslie Segrete.
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LESLIE: Now we’ve got Leslie in Nebraska on the line who’s dealing with an oversized oak door. What happened? Did it grow?
LESLIE IN NEBRASKA: What I did was – I live in a 100-year-old, German bungalow-style house.
LESLIE IN NEBRASKA: And I changed the doors. It had been remodeled and it just had the flat, hollow-core doors in it. I changed them out for solid – for oak doors. And in one room, the door now – the hinges are in the very corner, as it were. But at the bottom, it meets and at the top, there’s about a ½-inch gap where we put wedges. So I’m wondering how to trim that out appropriately.
The original doors had 1-by trim with the flat board on top, so they butt against the board on the top. And I’m wondering what I can do to make this work.
TOM: So, if I understand this correctly, you purchased a prehung door, you installed it into the old opening. In order to make it fit, you had to shim it in quite a bit. And as a result, now you have large gaps between the prehung and the old door opening. Is that correct?
LESLIE IN NEBRASKA: Correct.
TOM: Alright. So, you need a wider trim, obviously; that’s where you’re going to have to start with this.
Now, the most traditional trim is clamshell – which is, I think, quite boring – 2½-inch or 2¼-inch wide, surrounds the door. A more interesting way to do this might be to trim it off with a two-piece trim. So what you could use is you could use a piece of baseboard molding as the first layer of trim. So this would give you a wide molding all around the door.
And you could make this as wide as you have to. Baseboard molding is usually either 2½ inches or 3½ inches wide. So you treat – use that as casing, if that makes sense. And then on top of the outside edge of the baseboard, you can put corner molding. And so it becomes sort of – its outside corner mold, so it becomes stepped. So, the fluted part of the baseboard is against the hinge and then it steps up at the end with the outside corner molding. And this gives you sort of a two-tiered casement arrangement all around the entire door.
This can be very, very attractive. I once did an entire house like this and it looked really good. Gives you a lot of dimension and it kind of brings you back to the day when all the moldings around doors were done in a really fancy way like this and gives that particular door a lot of personality.
LESLIE IN NEBRASKA: Thank you so much for your help.
TOM: Well, everywhere you look these days, smart-home products are available to make homes safer, more secure, more efficient and more convenient. But if you’re still staring at a flip phone, maybe, instead of a smartphone or maybe you made the leap to an iPhone or an Android but you just haven’t added those products yet, our advice is the water is fine and it’s time to jump in.
LESLIE: Yeah. You know, the nice thing about today’s smart-home products is that it’s super easy to start small and then add products that you think bring benefit to your routine, one at a time.
For example, going into winter might be a great time to add a smart thermostat. Now, these thermostats know when you’re home and when you’re not. And they can automatically adjust the heat to save you from heating an empty house.
TOM: And lighting is also a big area where smart-home technology can help. For example, Lutron makes a product called Caseta that’s a smart lighting control that gives you the ability to set your lights to come on at dusk so your family always comes back to a well-lit home.
LESLIE: Yeah, now even your plumbing can get smarter with smart-home technology, as well. They’re easy-to-install water monitors. And you can set them to measure your home’s water usage and even alert you when you waste water or if there’s a major leak, even when you’re not at home.
TOM: And here’s one of my favorites: a garage-door controller that alerts you if you forget to shut the door when you leave.
There’s also smart window blinds that can go up and down to adjust the light level in your home during all hours of the day. Point is, large or small, there are smart-home products that make life safer, secure, efficient and convenient. So, pick one to start with and we bet, before too long, you’ll become a happy member of that smart-home generation.
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LESLIE: Now we’ve got Corey in Michigan who is dealing with an addition that’s having a hard time maintaining its heat. Tell us what’s going on at your money pit.
COREY: I purchased a foreclosure a couple years ago and they put an addition on the back of the house. And the house has a basement but there’s a crawlspace under the addition. And I’ve noticed the past couple years that I’ve been here – the addition in the back, it’s just one room. It’s like a great room; it’s about 18×20 feet. And it’s always colder; it’s around 10 to 15 degrees colder than the rest of the house.
LESLIE: And what type of heating do you have in that space?
COREY: We have forced-air heating throughout the house and they put an additional duct going to that room. And we also have a gas fireplace in the back. But unfortunately, I’m always finding myself having to put the fireplace on to try and even out the …
TOM: So, did they try to extend the heating system from the main house into the addition?
COREY: They did. And that was part of my concern when I was looking at it, because they ran a duct right off of the main duct off the furnace.
COREY: So, I was thinking maybe kind of like how air would take the path of least resistance, it’s just continuing through the large duct and not really being forced into the smaller duct that goes right into that room. Because the furnace is actually very close to that room.
TOM: So it sounds like what they tried to do is take the inexpensive way out, which is to extend the existing heating system into that room, which may or may not have been properly done. So, have you had an HVAC contractor look at this and look at the duct runs?
COREY: No, I haven’t, no.
TOM: Yeah, so I would do this: I would look at the duct runs first and see if the duct system can be adjusted or additional ducts can be installed to get more air into that room. You need more heat in that room. That would be the least expensive way to go. If you’re running this gas fireplace to try to balance off the chilliness in that room, you might want to think about – because we’re just sort of working with – I guess the coldest days is when you need this, I would imagine? You might want to think about adding electric baseboard heat.
Now, we almost never recommend that because it’s the most expensive but in a situation where you’re trying to add supplemental heat to a room, that’s not a bad way to go, because it’s inexpensive to install and you’re only going to run it when you really need it.
COREY: OK. OK. What do you think about maybe putting like – I know they have those fans that you can stick inside ducts to maybe help pull the air into the duct?
TOM: I wouldn’t go that route until I had a good HVAC installer – not a service guy, not a guy who just tunes up furnaces but somebody that really knows how to lay out a duct system for a house – look at it. That’s called a “duct booster.” It might be an alternative; it might not. It depends on how the duct was put together, how much supply air and return air is getting back.
Because remember, you can’t just throw the air in there. You’ve got to pull the cold air out of there and send it back to the heating system. So if they’ve just got supplies and no return, that could also be an issue.
COREY: OK. Yeah, there is a return but yeah, it’s – I don’t know. I’m not sure exactly how many corners they cut, because I know in the crawlspace there, they didn’t put no Visqueen down or anything like that, also.
TOM: Yeah, well, I would talk to an HVAC contractor about the duct layout, see if you can get some additional feedback on that and then just look at all the alternatives. What’s it going to cost to get the duct system working right? Can it work right? Is the existing furnace big enough to supply the amount of heat that that room is going to need, given its location, given how much glass is there and so on? And remember, keep that as a fallback position that you could always add electric baseboard to supplement what you have.
COREY: Oh, OK.
TOM: Alright, Corey. Well, good luck with that project. Thanks so much for calling us at 888-MONEY-PIT.
LESLIE: Well, your roof weathers every storm, protects your home’s structure and keeps you and your family warm and dry. But it’s not going to last forever. We’ll tell you what you need to know when your roof’s got to go.
TOM: Making good homes better, welcome back to The Money Pit Home Improvement Show. I’m Tom Kraeutler.
LESLIE: And I’m Leslie Segrete.
TOM: What are you working on this weekend? Are you thinking about putting up some holiday lights? If you are, you’re probably sorting through those strings now to make sure they’re all still working. If they’re not, my advice: buy LED. They’re a little more expensive, true, but they’re brighter and they just don’t wear out. Plus, they’ve got some cool gadgets out there right now where you can even change the patterns.
So, think about updating your lighting instead of trying to figure out which one of those bulbs is the one that’s burnt out. Because I’ve got to tell you, you get the first one fixed, you’re going to find about three more after that. Probably after you get that string up on a ladder, too – up high on the house on a ladder and you’re like, “Darn it. I had it working and now it’s not.”
LESLIE: Gayla in California is having an issue with a countertop. Tell us what’s going on.
GAYLA: I am. About four-and-a-half years ago, I remodeled my kitchen and installed Corian countertops. And I used the pattern called Savannah; it’s one of the light ones. So I’m getting ready now to sell my home and looking at the countertops, they’re really – there’s tons, like thousands of hairline scratches. And I’m wondering, how can I bring back their luster? They never were shiny but they were lustrous.
LESLIE: Yeah, they do have a satin finish that looks very rich and nice but obviously, over time, just from normal wear and tear, they are going to dull and not look so great.
There’s a good website that generally specializes in granite and marble care – it’s called StoneCare.com – but they do have some products for Corian. And there’s actually a spray. You know, it’s made to reduce a residue on the surface. I’m not sure it’s going to help you with the scratches but it could be a good starting point. It’s called their Deep Cleaner for Corian. And that might be a good place to start, at least.
GAYLA: OK. Yeah, I don’t know that they’re that dirty. I do keep them quite clean but it’s just a question – it’s just those hairline scratches. And when the sun comes through the window, you really see them.
TOM: What that product does is it will also pull out any residue from all the cleaning that you have been doing so religiously, which is a good thing. The other nice thing, though, about Corian is the scratches can be repaired. And if you – the Corian can be repolished, basically lightly sanded, so to speak and …
GAYLA: Oh, I was wondering about that.
TOM: Right. To actually pull those scratches right out. So that’s not something that I would recommend that you do the first time out.
GAYLA: No, I don’t think so.
TOM: But if you contact a kitchen-cabinet company, for example, they might have an installer and for a reasonably small fee, they might come out and repolish those tops for you. They’re going to have all the tools and the equipment, as well. And probably they can pull many of those scratches right out.
GAYLA: Well, thank you. That sounds like the way to go for me.
TOM: Alright. Well, good luck with that project and good luck selling your house.
GAYLA: Well, thank you and best to you both.
LESLIE: Well, one of the most important structural components of your home might not just be the foundation. We’re actually talking about your roof. It’s going to weather every storm, it protects the rest of your home’s structure and of course, it keeps you warm and dry if it’s in good shape.
TOM: That’s right. But with all the beating your roof takes, a roof replacement is usually in every homeowner’s future at one time or another. Here with tips to help us through that project is Tom Silva, the general contractor on TV’s This Old House.
TOM SILVA: Thanks, guys. Nice to be here.
TOM: Nice to have you back again. And Tom, just because you have a leak in a roof might not mean that you need a new roof. But what are some of the key signs we should be looking for to know if our roof really has reached the end of its life?
TOM SILVA: If you don’t like to be up on a roof, I’d say a nice pair of binoculars to look from the ground, to look at the condition of the shingles.
TOM: Good advice.
TOM SILVA: Usually, the granules will start to wear off. If you clean your gutters and there’s a lot of granules in your gutters, usually at the end of the season, that means that they’re starting to wear down. If the roof is cupped or if the corners are peeled up, that’s a sign that the roof is getting ready to be replaced.
They wear out. The rainwater comes down, hits them and they get abuse from the wind, the rain.
TOM: And the sun, the UV.
TOM SILVA: The sun, yes. Yep.
TOM: Yep. Mm-hmm.
LESLIE: Now, here’s something that we talk about a lot on the show. We talk about when you’re replacing your roof, do you put the new roof on top of the existing roof shingle? Do you take everything off? I know we looked into replacing our roof and in our village, you needed to sort of jump through the hoops to remove the existing layers of shingles there. But if you wanted to just go right on top, you didn’t need any paperwork at all. And I feel like you should take it off.
TOM SILVA: Yeah. Well, I don’t ever put a roof on a roof. I do not like it. I think it’s absolutely stupid. That roof is going to end up in a landfill, eventually, anyway.
TOM SILVA: So, for someone to say, “Oh, no, leave it on and go over it,” that’s wrong. It’s absolutely wrong. You’re adding problems because, number one, you’re adding more weight – constant weight – to your roof. And you’re shortening the lifetime of that shingle anyways because it’s sitting on top of an insulation bed, so it can get hotter. And if it gets hotter, it’s going to wear out faster.
TOM: Now, if you are going to strip your roof off, you have an opportunity to reconstruct it, really take advantage of some of the more modern materials that are available today. What would you recommend in terms of, you know, underlayments and ice-and-water shields and that sort of thing, to kind of make sure the base is good to go? And would that change based on what part of the country you’re in? So, for example, if you’re down in Florida – an area that’s prone to hurricanes – might you build it different than you were up in Vermont?
TOM SILVA: Mm-hmm. Well, yeah, absolutely. There are a lot of products out there that will basically keep your house dry and the roof shingle, in this case, becomes basically aesthetic. And their materials are really great.
But one of the things that I look at, when I strip a roof, is I now am able to look at the existing sheathing. What’s the condition of it? Does it need to be replaced? Are there boards that have to be fixed? Then I can look at that, fix what I have to fix and then I automatically renail off the whole sheathing, tighten it back up to the roof structure. That’s important.
Now, if I live in a climate that has a lot of snow and ice, I want to think about ice protection from ice dams. And I’d want to put on a self-sealing membrane. There’s a few of them out there. For example, Grace Ice & Water Shield is probably the one that’s most known for.
But a lot of people put that on incorrectly and even roofers put it on incorrectly. The first layer – the first row – should overhang the roof edge by at least 3 or 4 inches. That should then wrap down around the leading edge of the sheathing, down under and onto the fascia board. Then that has to get protected by another piece of wood because the sun will break it down. Then you put your first course of drip edge on that. It’s a self-sealing membrane. So when you nail through it, the water won’t leak.
TOM: And that’s a great reason, right there, to strip the roof off down to the sheathing every single time. Because you couldn’t do that if you were putting a second layer on.
TOM SILVA: No, you cannot do that. Yeah, absolutely.
TOM: And another point that you made, which I think is great, is about that sheathing. What I used to see in all the years I spent as a home inspector was that the older homes – especially the homes that were built, say, in the 60s or 70s which, of course, to a guy from This Old House is not that old. But that said, those homes, I find, in that era, the ventilation was very poorly done and you see a lot of damaged sheathing.
TOM SILVA: Oh, yeah. A lot of damaged sheathing and lots of times, the sheathing is too thin.
TOM SILVA: Because they started using plywood back then. It was a new deal and the plywood – “Oh, this is really strong. We can put in ½-inch when you shouldn’t put ½-inch on a roof.” You should have a minimum of 5/8. And if you’re replacing a board when older – in older houses, you want to make sure that the board you use is the same thickness that the board’s existing. Because with the shingles that they have today, if you use a standard three-tab, fiberglass shingle, that shingle will actually fall into that little valley and you’ll see a dip in the roof shingles.
So, it’s not – structurally, it’s fine. It’s just appearance-wise. And those are the little things that bug me. If it’s not perfect, it’s not right.
TOM: That’s right. And that’s our motto: do it once, do it right, you won’t have to do it again for a very long time.
Tom Silva, General Contractor from TV’s This Old House, great advice. Thanks so much for stopping by The Money Pit.
TOM SILVA: My pleasure. Nice to be here.
LESLIE: Alright. You can catch the current season of This Old House and Ask This Old House on PBS. For your local listings and some step-by-step videos on many common home improvement projects, visit ThisOldHouse.com.
TOM: And This Old House and Ask This Old House are brought to you on PBS by Marvin Windows and Doors.
Just ahead, do you know the most expensive way to heat water is with an electric water heater? We’ll share tips on a popular technology that’s so cost-effective as an alternative, you might not even notice a bump in your bill.
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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It is the most popular, American-made staple gun ever. I mean these things last forever. They’ve got an all-chrome housing that is just super durable. I know Tom still uses his grandfather’s. I’ve had one for ages and ages and ages that I wouldn’t trade for the world.
And there’s so many things that you can do with the Arrow T50 Staple Gun. You can create a pretty cool project that they’re featuring on their website, right now, which is light-up wall art. Head on over to ArrowFastener.com, look in the Projects section. Check out light-up wall art and you’re going to get all the step-by-step tips, even advice that you need to get that project done. Again, head on over to ArrowFastener.com and click on Projects for some great ideas.
TOM: And that Arrow T50 Heavy-Duty Staple Gun is going out to one listener drawn at random. Make that you. Call us, right now, at 1-888-MONEY-PIT.
LESLIE: Now we’ve got Shirley in Nebraska on the line who has a foundation question. What’s going on at your money pit?
SHIRLEY: I have a townhome and the dirt around my foundation, due to the drought, pulled away. I had somebody come in and grade it, fill it with dirt and some river rock on top of that. However, my basement is a poured-concrete basement, where they have the metal rods in different – in the sections? And I have some fine lines of cracks going down and maybe going out about 6 inches from those rods. Do I have to be concerned about that? Do I have to fill those in with something or do something? Paint over it or …?
TOM: Generally, those are shrinkage cracks. Whenever you pour that much concrete, you get a fair amount of shrinkage cracking. And so if they’re fine lines like you’re describing, I wouldn’t worry too much about them, Shirley.
TOM: That’s considered fairly normal with a poured-concrete foundation which, by the way, is one of the most – is one of the stronger foundations that you could have.
SHIRLEY: Mm-hmm. I just didn’t have all those before the dirt problem, so that’s why I was wondering about it.
TOM: Yeah. And I would make sure that you maintain proper drainage around the house so that you’re restoring the dirt that shrunk away and that it’s always sloping away from the wall. Because that’s going to keep – that’s going to make sure you don’t make excessive moisture, because the other thing could happen: when it’s not dry out and you get very wet weather, the excessive moisture, that can have an adverse effect on a foundation. So just make sure you always maintain the proper slope on the outside and fill in those gaps as they occur.
SHIRLEY: OK. Thank you so much.
TOM: Well, do you have an electric water heater? Do you keep the temperature down low or even turn it off when you’re not home because it’s just so darn expensive to run? Well, now there is actually a better way. It’s called an “integrated air-source heat-pump water heater.”
LESLIE: Yeah. Now, this kind of water heater is not only going to cut your water-heating costs but it will reduce your family’s carbon footprint by nearly 2 tons every year. It has more than twice the efficiency of standard electric water heaters and it’s even cheaper to run than both an electric or gas water heater.
You know, example here: if your annual energy costs for hot water is about $550, you can save as much as $300 a year. That’s a huge savings.
TOM: Yep. And its ENERGY STAR rating also allows it to qualify for a federal tax credit and maybe even local credits through your state or your utility company.
So, next time your water heater goes, if it’s electric, think about installing an integrated air-source heat-pump water heater and your wallet will thank you, as will Mother Nature.
We’d love to hear from you about your next home improvement project. Give us a call right now.
LESLIE: Up next, the risk of dryer fires is a very real one. We’re going to talk about cleaning the lint from your dryer. Yeah, folks, it’s something that you have to do from time to time. And it’s actually pretty easy and kind of fun once you get started. First of all, if you haven’t ever done it, you’re going to be amazed at what does come out. But it’s a project you’re probably going to want to do every single year.
TOM: This is The Money Pit Home Improvement Show. I’m Tom Kraeutler.
LESLIE: And I’m Leslie Segrete.
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LESLIE: That’s right. But two pros are standing right now to help you out. Post your questions online in The Money Pit Community section.
And I’ve got one here from Carrie. Now, Carrie writes: “We’ve an old barn that is about 30×40 feet in Western Massachusetts. The first floor of the barn is open and has granite footings under the posts. There’s currently a dirt floor but we want to make the bottom level of the barn a woodshop and are wondering if it would work to pour a concrete slab or if you’ve got a better option for transforming the space into a usable shop.”
TOM: You know, I’m envious because that barn sounds like a great space for a woodshop, right?
LESLIE: It sounds pretty gorgeous.
TOM: I mean a concrete floor would probably make the most sense but since the building itself is supporting the floor, it will have no structural purpose. So, you don’t need to have this be any thicker than around, I don’t know, 5 or 6 inches or so.
Now, you want to make sure the slab doesn’t crack, so I’d be sure to use a good-quality mason to do this. Preparing the grade is really key. That stone base under the slab, absolutely important because it needs to be tamped down to eliminate any settlement under the slab. That’s why slabs move and crack. And if you really want to make sure you get no cracks, make sure you put wire reinforcement into that slab.
And given that you’re in Massachusetts, I’d also think about insulating under that slab, to make it a bit more comfortable to work on in cold weather. That’s really easy to do. You just put insulation down before you put – pour the concrete. And that floor temperature will not be very super cold in the winter. If you don’t, it’ll be like standing on a sheet of ice. A non-slippery sheet of ice but nonetheless, a sheet of ice.
So, great project. Good luck with that.
LESLIE: Alright. Next up, we’ve got a post here from Samantha in Washington. Now, she writes: “I have a gray porcelain sink in my bathroom and the bottom – the part near the drain – is now dull and staining. What can I use to reseal it or clean it?”
TOM: Nothing. Because what you’re seeing there is not a stain. A lot of times, folks see these discolorations in their plumbing fixture and think it’s a stain but it’s actually wear and tear on that plumbing fixture itself. As that finish starts to wear off, you get that discoloration. And obviously, since it’s really a surface that’s worn, it’s not going to be something that you can remove.
Now, there are different ways to try to refinish those fixtures. But frankly, I’m not really thrilled with any of them and I think you’re probably better off just replacing that sink.
LESLIE: Yeah. And Sam, if you’re looking for a sink that sort of has that same style or even in those same color palettes, you might want to try an architectural salvage, or some sort of upcycling center, where they sell things from older home renovations that are in perfectly good shape that are just simply not going to be used anymore, which is a shame. So it’s great that these centers exist.
I’m sure if you Google in your area, you’ll find an architectural salvage or one of these recycling centers for building materials. And you can pop on over to there; they’re open to the public. And you can find everything from sinks to flooring to faucets, truly all kinds of things for projects at a very discounted price and sometimes in huge quantities. I’ve seen flooring that’ll do an entire room because, perhaps, it was – the wrong item arrived or it wasn’t ordered correctly or it was extra. And the builders and homeowners are giving them there so that it helps out a great organization and helps a homeowner, as well.
TOM: Good advice.
You are listening to The Money Pit Home Improvement Show on another beautiful fall weekend. We hope that you’ve had a great fall thus far, enjoyed your Thanksgiving holiday and are now preparing for all of the holidays that are lying just ahead of us. And if those holidays include some projects to help fix up your house before all your friends and family show up, remember, you can reach us 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by calling us at 1-888-MONEY-PIT or posting your questions online at MoneyPit.com.
But for now, that’s all the time we have. The show does continue online.
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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Summer heat is here, and that might mean less water in your area. Does that mean you need to let your living landscapes suffer? Is watering your yard or lawn frowned upon by neighbors?
Having a healthy yard and respecting Mother Nature is still possible, even in drought or high heat conditions! Keep your lawn looking good in the summer with these helpful tips from the experts at the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute:Brown Lawns Go Green Again
It’s okay to let your grass go brown. Grass will grow in cycles, “turning on and off,” based on the resources it gets. As water becomes less available in an area, grass will slow down, go dormant and turn brown. Turfgrass is resilient. It will green up again when the rains return—and they always do.Use Water for Flowers
Flowering plants may require a little more water during drier conditions. That’s okay since these plants are vital to our birds, bees, hummingbirds and other pollinators.Avoid Over-Watering
Too much water is actually bad for grass, in particular. Overwatering causes the grass roots to grow horizontally, rather than vertically. With less water, the grass has to work harder and will grow its roots deeper into the soil in search of moisture. This helps it do a better job of trapping carbon and releasing oxygen.Know When to Water
Most lawns require about an inch of water per week to stay healthy. Water deeply early in the day during the morning. Moisture can be more efficiently absorbed by your lawn’s root system during the cooler part of the day.Tall Grass is Good
Trim back shrubs when the temperatures aren’t sky high for your area. Set your mower to trim turfgrass a little bit higher. Longer blades give more shade and grass roots extend deeper into the soil. This helps limit weeds and the lawn retains moisture better. Dense turf requires less water too.Keep Lawnmower Blades Sharp
Dull blades can cause grass to fray. Frayed grass is far more likely to brown. A sharp blade is always important, but it’s critical to lawn care during hot summer months.Practice Grasscycling
Instead of bagging grass clippings, use a mulching mower and return your grass clippings back to your lawn. This will help trap moisture, keeping the lawn cooler and better hydrated. It also saves you some time and energy because you won’t need to bag up the clippings!
For more tips, go to www.SaveLivingLandscapes.com
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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.
Now, asphalt driveways take a shaping from Mother Nature. I represent the sun, humidity, certainly this winter’s freeze/ thaw repetitions and all that weather combined to cause fissures and deteriorate the asphalt ring-binder that regard your driveway together. If it seems that the driveway at your home is ready for replacement, we’ve get tips-off on your alternatives in today’s Pro Project presented by HomeAdvisor.com.
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.
And that’s today’s Pro Project was put forward by HomeAdvisor.com. With HomeAdvisor, you can get matched with top-rated home service pros in your orbit and equate rates, predicted validated reviews and book appointments online, all free of charge. No content the type of job, HomeAdvisor does it fast and easy to hire the best regional pros.
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.
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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.
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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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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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