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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: Happy Spring. What’s on your to-do index? If it involves your dwelling, you’re in precisely the right place because we’re now to help you get those projects done. Whether it’s cleaning or improving or remodeling or reparation, we’d love to talk with you about what’s going on in your money quarry enabling you to turn it from money crater to castle. Establish us a announcement, right now, at 1-888-MONEY-PIT with your home increase questions and the authorities concerned will do our best to give you the answer.

Coming up on today’s support , now that the condition is warming up, it’s a great time to make sure your openings are clean so you can see all that sunshine that’s coming through about now. We’re going to give you some DIY window-cleaning gratuities, including our number-one most asked about recipe for a answer, that you can mix up from parts “youve got in” your own residence, to establish them sparkling clean.

LESLIE: And also ahead, are you feeling that your shower could use a pick-me-up? Well, cleaning the grout between the tiles can actually find myself wondering for that seat. General contractor Tom Silva from TV’s This Old House is stopping by to tell you how to do it.

TOM: And now that spring’s in full swing, you are able be conclusion that the- between the lawn mowers and the kids’ motorcycles, you might be a bit tight on outside storage. So, constructing a shed is a good answer. We’re going to tell you what you need to know to design that project and what you need to know to make sure your local municipality building inspector doesn’t determine you tear it down.

LESLIE: Oh, this is gonna be the worst.

Whatever you are working on, chaps, “were here” to give a hand. We want to know what’s on your springtime to-do inventory. Tell us know. We’ll give you a hand. We’ll help you get it done right the first time, come up with some fun ideas and make it easy for you to try to do on your own or help you find the right pro. So give us a call.

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Let’s get to it. Leslie, who’s first?

LESLIE: Laurie in Missouri is on the line and needs help with some spackling. What’s going on?

LAURIE: Well, I have- it mostly is that popcorn ceiling.

TOM: Yep.

LAURIE: And I’d like to know an easy way that’s not so messy to remove it. I want to have a flat ceiling.

TOM: Unfortunately, you can’t do that without the mess, because it’s going to be quite a messy project. There are a couple of tricks of the trade that will help you, though, but let me various kinds of step you through this.

The first thing “youre going to” do is to exam it for asbestos, because you want to make sure that there’s no asbestos in that sort of popcorn fabric. You can pick up an asbestos-testing paraphernalium at most residence centres and major equipment storages or you could use an outside laboratory. It’s not terribly expensive.

Once we know that it’s not asbestos, then your first option is kind of what we call the “wet scrape.” And what you do is you start with kind of a 1-gallon garden-variety sprayer- a garden-variety spout sprayer- and you spray that popcorn fabric very lightly. You don’t just wanted to overspray it but “youre supposed to” kind of saturate it and let it sit for 10 or 15 hours. And then you should be able to take a spackle knife or a putty spear and simply clean off that ceiling. Go gradual, start in a small area and make sure that it has absorbed the liquid. And formerly you’ve rubbed that entire ceiling, you are able to style of take a survey of the number of jobs because I’m sure you missed some spots.

And of course, the second largest option is to do that but do it dry. And it’s absolutely doable, representing it’s been done but with varying different levels of success. It’s not thoroughly spurred because if you do, of course, have any asbestos, obviously you can’t make love. If you have head decorate, it’s a problem. It’s much easier for stuff to become airborne. So it’s a very, particularly dust-covered style to go.

Now, there is a tool that’s available that kind of facilitate with this. And one is called a “popcorn-ceiling scraper.” It’s actually a vacuum affection. It attaches to your shop vac or your soggy/ cool vac. And as you sort of draw it across that skin-deep and the rubble scrapes off, it goes right into the vacuum. And then there’s another one that Homax meets that’s just like a highly, very broad scraper, various kinds of like- really thought about it as a 10 – or 12 -inch-wide spackle blade. And that can help you with development projects, too.

But if your desire was to try to do it in a manner that was that was less muddled, it’s exactly not going to happen. By sort of the best, it’s going to be very messy.

And then, Leslie, once that substance is down, she’s probably not going to have a perfectly clean ceiling as much as you would have if it was brand new. But I think you do is therefore necessary to prime it before you’re drawing it, right?

LESLIE: Oh, absolutely. And I was going to say when you’re scraping, try not to dent too passionately. You don’t want to damage the ceiling any further in the process to give you more stuff to restore. But a primer is going to be really imperative. You know, latex primers are available. You can get ones the hell is oil-based. You can get a B-I-N or a Zinsser. You really just wanted to sort of seal in that surface.

And then ever go with a flat draw on the ceiling and make sure you get ceiling coat, because that’s just going to adhere more neatly to a ceiling since it is over your president. And it does have a little more thickness than a regular wall dye would. But after that, I repute you’re going to be super happy.

LAURIE: Alright. I appreciate it. And my husband’s laughing at me.

TOM: He’s laughter because he’s not going to do it.

LESLIE: Jeff in Nebraska is working on a vegetable garden. How can we help you?

JEFF: I want to make a fostered garden couch and use wood records. But I don’t are well aware kind of- what the most wonderful grove is to use, so I’m not being able to- so it doesn’t get eaten away and I have to reuse or redo it every couple of years.

LESLIE: So when you’re saying grove records, you demand something that seems most natural?

JEFF: Yeah. I imply what I want to do is elevate the bed up and use it kind of as a border.

LESLIE: Right, I’ve get that. But you want something more decorative rather than merely pressure-treated lumber: boards that really do act the purpose of containing the lumber and developing the bottom?

JEFF: Something a bit decorative.

TOM: First of all, you demand analyse timber. Because if you have untreated lumber, it’s going to rotting. In expressions of your alternatives on treated lumber, the more common alternative would be to use a pressure-treated tie.

Now, bind are available in either 4×4 or 6×6 and they look pretty rustic. And when you employ them down, they’re going to be genu of greenish and they’ll ogle unnatural. But sacrifice it a few months, it’ll start to gray out and blend in.

LESLIE: Mm-hmm. And dry out, even.

TOM: And dry out, yeah, and blend in with the surrounding region. That’s going to be the easiest, most cost-effective nature to go. And you are able to pick up those ties at home centres and they’re certainly not particularly expensive, because they’re designed to be decorative and sit in the anchor. They’re not- it’s not the same kind of pressure-treated lumber you might give if you’re improving a retaining wall or something of that nature. It’s basically just designed to be a border surrounding for a plot or a reserve or something like that.

JEFF: OK. When I positioned it down, am I going to have to- say, if I’ve got two or three stacked up, am I going to have to drill through them and spike something into the ground?

TOM: Good question. Now, if you’re going to have two or three of them stacked up, you’re going to see- what you’re going to want to do is obviously intersperse the joints so that you have one long one go across two smaller ones, you know what I imply?

JEFF: Yeah.

TOM: And then once it’s all done, you are able to predrill and put in some long- they have 12 -inch spikes that you teach through those. So you get a long teach chip, predrill it and then articulated a couple of spikes and that will harbour it all together nice and neat. But you will also find that the value of them- the sheer heavines and the strength of them- is quite sturdy by itself. But if you want to really tack it together, you can do that with long spikes. Or you could toe-nail it on an tilt with Number 12 common nails towards the base, simply to kind of hinder everything in place.

JEFF: OK. So, if I only hammer them together and then add the grease up against them, they shouldn’t go anywhere?

TOM: That’s right. They’re pretty sturdy.

JEFF: OK. Well, that asks all my questions. Thank you very much.

TOM: You’re very welcome. Thanks so much better for calling us at 888 -MONEY-PIT.

LESLIE: You are aria to The Money Pit Home Improvement Radio Show on breeze and online at MoneyPit.com. Up next, are you looking for an easy way to start your spaces sparkle? Well, we’ve got a recipe for a natural opening cleanser that you can desegregate from the stuff we’re sure you already have right at home- inside your cupboards, your closets, your cabinets, wherever you might keep your furnishes- after this.

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LESLIE: And I’m Leslie Segrete.

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LESLIE: Chant in Arkansas is on the line with a septic-system question. How can we help you today?

CAROL: OK. I have a septic system and we’ve had a lot of downpour now. Oh, possibly the last maybe three months or so it’s been a lot of flood. And I’m in the various kinds of the rice territory of Arkansas. It’s very wet field. OK.

So, anyway, I was having trouble. When I would flush the commode, it- now, it never flowed over, which I’m very grateful for. But the ocean wasn’t going down, OK? And I convey it would go down eventually but perhaps make 20 minutes or more.

TOM: OK. Does everything else in your house drain normally? Is it exclusively the commode that you’re having a problem with?

CAROL: It’s, well, the commode and the sink in the bathroom.

TOM: But do we know that it’s the septic system? There could be an impediment in the drain and that’s the first thing I’d look at.

CAROL: OK. I did have some comrades out and- a reputable busines- and they did pump out 120 gallons.

TOM: Well, that’s- but you’re always going to have 120 gallons. That septic tank crowds up with water, it overflows into the field. So, shooting out 120 gallons doesn’t genuinely tell me anything. What I want you to do is to have the lines checked, because I suspect there’s good-for-nothing wrong with your septic, that you may have an obstruction.

Let me tell you a fib about a guy who had a bathroom that was having a slow exhaustion question. This person was having a party and was doing this big cleanup for- before all the related established up the next day. And so the lavatory backed up and so he figured out that he thought it was a root problem.

And so he got up early the next morning and dug this enormous depression in his soil to get down to this hose and then snaked it one behavior, snaked it the other path, couldn’t find any roots in accordance with the rules. Went back into the bathroom, decided that the hazard had to be between the hole that he had dug in his ground and the bottom of the toilet. And so he took the lavatory tank off of the storey and searched down into it and try our best to snake that out and couldn’t find a number of problems. But during the process of taking the toilet off the floor, he happened to look into the bottom of the toilet and noticed that there was something blue there.

Now, there’s nothing that’s truly supposed to be off-color that’s in a lavatory. It is about to change that his darling son had declined a doll phone down the toilet and that’s what was slowing the whole thing down. So, this person had dug up his whole yard, took his toilet apart, all to try to find out what was inducing this difficulty and hurried to get it done before all the relatives depicted up. And it turned out to be a toy “thats been” stuck in the toilet itself.

So, I’d say that guy was a real fool and that guy was me.


LESLIE: I’m like, “I’ve heard this story before.” I’m like, “Why do I think this was you, Tom? ”

TOM: I was entirely wrong on why I thought that- I figured I was smarter than the average homeowner and knew that it- thought it was the willow tree that had clogged the pipes. It had nothing to do with that.

CAROL: Alright.

TOM: It was just a simple toy that was stuck in the main points of the toilet that I couldn’t assure. And we finally get that off, settled the whole thing back together, hurled the soil back in the hole and then foreman off to get ready for the two parties. So you never know why your lavatory is clogging.

CAROL: Well, that’s true.

TOM: And I wouldn’t always think it’s the most expensive possible thing, which is your septic system. Have the lines checked.


TOM: Who knows? And maybe you’ll find something that got stuck in there.

CAROL: Alright. Thank you so much.

TOM: You’re welcome. Thanks so much for calling us at 888 -MONEY-PIT.

LESLIE: Well , now that the climate is warming up, it’s a great time to brighten up your windows and make that sunshine in. After this long and cold and soak and snowy wintertime, a lot of grease and grime and even salt and sand from the driveway and wall street can compile on them.

TOM: Yeah. Now, there’s a simple way to get those windows clean-living and glowing again. All “youre going to” do is mingle 1 fraction white-hot vinegar with 10 characters ocean. It is an amazingly successful solution that you can make for less than a penny.

Then, you can use old-fashioned, cotton socks to obliterate those windows clean. The socks can go right over your hands so you can get into all those tight corners and flutes. And that’s going to leave the glass lustrou and bright.

And if you end up with any lint on that glass that you kind of are acknowledge, well, related to the follow-up with another lick but simply use newspaper this time. Newspaper works enormous to erase down those windows, as well.

LESLIE: Bob in Washington is on the line with a roofing question. What can we do for you today?

BOB: I’m ogling at putting a ceiling on the home and in the Yellow-bellied Page ads, there’s- one promote against the other. There’s two; they’re bigger contractors here. And one is demonstrated that he’s better by using a hand-nailed proficiency versus the air-mechanical. And I’d like your thoughts on that.

TOM: Well, I envision it establishes no change whether the roofing product is nailed by hand or nailed with an air gun. Both are completely acceptable ways to fasten roofing makes to the house.

I think what clears the distinction between one pro or another is truly their workmanship. So I would not be confused by emulating claims of how a ceiling is hammered. I can see somebody using that as- it’s kind of like hand-cut, hand-finished, hand-nailed. You have this sort of dream of something that’s quality in craftsmanship involvement, claim? But I certainly don’t think it makes a difference.

But what makes all certain differences when hiring a roofer is the quality of “whos working” and how well the roof is put together, especially when it comes to those intersections that have to be flashed. So, if all else searches good with these two roofers, I would do a deeper nose-dive on their citations and perhaps check online locates like ServiceMagic or Angie’s List, places like that, to time double-check what their reputation are, talk to past customers.

Last time I had to hire a contractor that I did not know, I did get a schedule of references. And I’ve got to say, I envision the contractor was quite shocked when I actually called these tribes. So get their comments and call them and you’ll pinpoint people are generally unusually willing to talk to you about their experience with the contractor. So, I think that’s the best road to start. Workmanship makes all the difference when it comes to hiring a roofer.

BOB: On the roofing material, up in the Northwest where I am now, would- is there- and I’m looking at a conventional, three-tab, asphalt-type essay roof. Is there a better position of substance or something that I should be go looking for? As you are able to tell, this is a first-time roof for me, so …

TOM: Are you in a high-wind domain?

BOB: We do get quite a bit of wind up where I’m at, up- various kinds of up on a hill.

TOM: I would consider the wind-resistance but a concoction like an Owens Corning shingle is excellent. But I would definitely consider the wind-resistance and buy a product that’s weighted for- that’s rated for breeze. Some of those- I know some of those OC shingles are rated for over 100 miles an hour.

LESLIE: I think it’s even up to 150.

TOM: Yeah. The good report is the roof will be there; the house , not so much.

BOB: Well, thanked you so much. That’s been enlightening to me to hear what you have to say.

TOM: You’re terribly welcome. Thanks so much better for announcing us at 888 -MONEY-PIT.

LESLIE: Diane in Arizona necessity some used to help air conditioning and being in Arizona, you’re going to need some air conditioning. How can we help you?

DIANE: I had a agreement with the insurance company, because we had a cyclone here and I got- my air conditioner got shattered and it was 10 years old. And it’s a central air. I have electrical for breeze conditioning and for hot, we have gas. And when- I do not have a computer, so I hear about different divisions like York, Goodman, Trane, a Lennox. I don’t know which ones are good, which ones are bads, which ones last longer.

TOM: First of all, are you only replacing the outside condensing measurement or are you also superseding the furnace and the air handler or any of the inside constituents?

DIANE: Everything.

TOM: Everything. OK. Because it’s important for maximum effectivenes that what the hell are you put outside matches what you put inside the house. Because they have to work together or you don’t get the same efficiency.

I think that Trane is a very good label to start with- T-r-a-n-e. Good-quality product. Lots of great options and awfully energy-efficient.

It’s going to be real important, Diane, that you choose one that is ENERGY STAR-rated. I’m sure they all are with Trane but even if you go to a different symbol, if you equate ENERGY STAR-rated parts against other ENERGY STAR-rated legions, at the least you have a basis for comparison. At least you know that you’re getting the same tier of energy efficiency.

But Trane is a good home to start and now is a great time to come this project done before it gets too hot.

DIANE: That’s wonderful to know, because there’s a lot out there.

TOM: Alright. Good luck with that job. Thanks so much for announcing us at 888 -MONEY-PIT.

LESLIE: Hey, is your lavatory starting to look a little drab and even dingy? Well, Tom Silva from TV’s This Old House is here with a budget-friendly pick-me-up that draws the excellent weekend activity, next.

TOM: Offsetting good residences 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 weekend? If it’s your house, we’d love to talk with you about it. Maybe it’s your apartment, your condo. Whatever “youre calling” home – your yurt, if it’s a tent- we don’t upkeep, we don’t judge. We’re merely here enabling you to get those projects done and rebut your how-to questions. Yield us a announcement, right now, to help yourself first at 1-888-MONEY-PIT presented by HomeAdvisor.com. Never was concerned at overpaying for a chore. Use the HomeAdvisor True Cost Guide to see what others paid for similar projects, all for free at HomeAdvisor.com.

LESLIE: Rick in North Dakota is on the line with a driveway-repair question. How can we help you today?

RICK: I have a concrete driveway that, over the years, it’s started get little pits in it in some of the areas. It nearly looks like it’s where rock-and-rolls have popped out of the cement from over hour and there’s other the regions that little- big, little magnitudes or sheets of concrete “re coming” loose. And I’m just wondering what type of a product I can use to restore those quarries. I know I’ve interpreted, different times, where people have applied regular material in there and it doesn’t tend to stay very well.

TOM: So, what the hell are you want to do is use a concrete-patching product. And it’s not only regular material or regular plaster, because that won’t stick. It generally is epoxy-based. And I know QUIKRETE has a product designed specifically for this and you can go to their website at QUIKRETE.com. That’s spelled Q-U-I-K-R-E-T-E.com. The epoxy-based products will stick to the age-old, original concrete textile and not fall out the first time the surface freezes.

Now, I just just wanted to too point out that being in North Dakota, I’m sure you “ve got a lot” of superhighway salt on that driveway and that probably contributes to this. But if you’re doing any salting on your own, make sure you’re using potassium chloride , not calcium chloride. Because potassium chloride is much less corrosive to the concrete skin-deep and will not case that shattering that you’re witnessing now.

Alright. Does that help you out?

RICK: Yep. That does. Thank you very much for your assistance.

TOM: You’re welcome. Good fluke with that assignment. Thanks so much for calling us at 888 -MONEY-PIT.

LESLIE: Well, grout is the material that this enables you to replenish your infinites between tiles. And when it ogles grimy or drab, it can drag down the appear of a whole room.

TOM: Well, the good story is cleaning or replacing braved grout has an evenly strong outcome on a space. Now to tell us how to do it the right way is Tom Silva, members of the general contractor on TV’s This Old House.

Welcome, Tom.

TOM SILVA: Thank you. It’s nice to be here.

TOM: So, let’s start by determining whether you should clean-living the grout or change it perfectly. Is it ever possible that the grout is really so dirty it’s not worth it?

TOM SILVA: Perfectly. Lots of occasions you want to change the grout. You’ll look signs if it’s falling out in matters that get a lot of movement, typically against the backsplash in a countertop.

TOM: Right.

TOM SILVA: It starts to get loose in there because of different stretch and contraction.

TOM: So, structurally, extremely, it could be falling apart. But if you do want to clean it, does the choice of clean certainly are dependent on the type of tile you’re dealing with?

TOM SILVA: It sure does. Let’s say, for example, that glazed tile- well, a glazed tile, you may want to opt for a commercial-grade cleaner and a bristle brushing or a non-metallic scouring pad.

TOM: Right.

TOM SILVA: Kept the cleanser on there and you’re just going to scrub it really well.

LESLIE: Because that tile is truly stand up to it.

TOM SILVA: Yeah, accurately. It’s tough trash. Unglazed tile, where it’s a natural cleaner, is a better road to go because the tile isn’t as tough. You can use a baking soda and irrigate, mix it up as a adhesive and articulate it on there. Apply and then use a softer touch to cleanse it.

And then there’s the natural stone. You don’t want to use any battery-acid cleaners at all. They could detriment the surface area of the marble, the granite or any travertine or anything that’s around it, so you’ve got to be careful with that.

TOM: So with all of these, a good mind to maybe start small-minded and see how it goes before “were starting” spreading the cleanser on the entire surface?

LESLIE: Any place?

TOM SILVA: It’s always good to try an field that’s not so obvious, first, to make sure you don’t break anything.

TOM: Yeah.

LESLIE: Now, are there any gratuities to a successful emptying job? Because sometimes you want to make a paste and tell it sit on there and draw out the grime. Is there a good manoeuvre of the busines now?

TOM SILVA: I predict the only trick I can say is take your time, make sure you use the right fabric. And if you’re unsure, question somebody.

TOM: Yeah. Because you don’t want to do it twice or break the tile.

TOM SILVA: Yeah, yeah. Or ruin it. And then you’re going to have to drag out all the grout and replace it.

TOM: Now, if the grout is dragging out on its own and falling apart and we end up “ve had to” supersede that grout, it seems like it could be a challenge to get all the age-old trash out. How do you approach that project?

TOM SILVA: Well, there’s a few different ways you can do it. You can cut it out with a learn- a grout experienced- with a very thin blade.


TOM SILVA: You’ve got to be careful of that because you don’t want to cut the tile.

TOM: Now, is that a hand tool, a grout encounter? Or is it a strength tool?

TOM SILVA: It’s a superpower implement. They have a battery-operated view that you can get in there and cut it.


TOM SILVA: Another implement is an oscillating recognize. You can actually reach it with your paw and you won’t be trimmed but it will cut the grout.

TOM: Oh, interesting.

TOM SILVA: Quite fascinating. Then they too have a little tool. It looks like a utility spear but it has a flat blade.


TOM SILVA: And you just drag it back and forth on the grout.

LESLIE: That seems like a lot of work.

TOM SILVA: A lot of work.

TOM: Yeah. Well, that would probably be good if you’re getting in the various kinds of crevices and the openings, you know, up against the wall or something.

TOM SILVA: Yeah, hard-to-get places and trash like that.

TOM: Yeah.

TOM SILVA: But you can drag it. And they also have one that’s just a hooking and you can get in there and drag the grout. But you’ve got to be careful that you don’t detriment the tile with any of those.

LESLIE: Everything there is sounds like teeth flossing.

TOM SILVA: Oh, yes. That’s another chore in itself.

TOM: Now, if you’re going to regrout, you’ve got to decide now what kind of grout you want to go back in with. And you can choose sanded or unsanded. How would you judge the difference?

TOM SILVA: By the thickness of your grout line.


TOM SILVA: The thinner the grout text, the harder it’s disappearing to be to get a sanded grout into it. So, that’s when you want to choose an unsanded grout.

LESLIE: Because the sand is sort of like the filler. And I generally must be considered that for a storey when you’ve got a bigger tile with a bigger joint.

TOM SILVA: Accurately, exactly. And all you demand is- unsanded, it’s really like a peanut butter; you really push it right in there.

TOM: Right.

TOM SILVA: And it will fill up that joint nicely.

LESLIE: Any deceptions for when you’re reapplying that grout? So often you get a haze as you’re cleansing off all of the remains of the grout. And that haze kind of reappears. Do you address that right away? Do you let it sort of put in a little? Because I’ve discovered mist not disappear.

TOM SILVA: Yeah, well, you exactly obstruct mopping it. The biggest trouble is you’re abusing a soiled sponge and dirty ocean. A little gimmick that I’ve exercises over its first year is you put your grout in, give it place a little bit. Don’t gave it set too long. Erase it with a clean leech, change the ocean a got a couple of season and then get a piece of burlap and then obliterate the whole wall down with a burlap bag. And then it simply comes right off.

TOM: Oh, good suggestion. Great idea.

TOM: And then, clean rinse again, marry more ages and you’re in business.

LESLIE: That’s great.

TOM: Now, formerly you’re all done, do you recommend sealing the grout?

TOM SILVA: You can shut the grout. Depends on if it’s in an orbit that needs to be closed like, for example, the back of a stove or a wander where it can get dirty. But it’s slippery. You want to make sure you merely seal the grout and not the tile.

TOM: Good admonition. Tom Silva, the general contractor on TV’s This Old House, thank you so much better for stopping by and brightening up our daytime with some gratuities on grout cleaning.

TOM SILVA: Always a pleasure.

LESLIE: Alright. Catch the current season of This Old House and Ask This Old House on PBS. For local listings and step-by-step videos of many common dwelling improvement projects, stay ThisOldHouse.com.

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Now that springtime is in full swing, you two are sees that between the lawn mowers and the kids’ bicycles, you may be a bit close-fisted on storage. If that’s you, constructing a shed could be a good solution. We’re going to tell you the four most important things to consider when strategy one, in today’s Pro Project presented by HomeAdvisor.com, after this.

Making good homes better, this is The Money Pit Home Improvement Show. I’m Tom Kraeutler.

LESLIE: And I’m Leslie Segrete.

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LESLIE: Tim in Illinois is on the line and would be interested to tile a bathroom. How can we help you with your programme?

TIM: Redoing a shower in a 100 -year-old house. And we’re looking at putting floor tile down, maybe with heat for the purposes of the tile. And I was wondering what- the best nature to do it. By putting the tile on, do you need to go right to the subfloor or do you have to have some kind of concrete council underneath the tile with doing hot for the purposes of the floor?

TOM: Well, sometimes the hot is actually put underneath the subfloor itself, so that’s another way to do it from the back side of it. Depend on your access publications. But there’s a special type of subfloor that’s contrive for glowing hot or sub-slab hot where, extremely if it’s PEX-based, the piping lopes through a channel in the subfloor itself. So there’s no chance it is unable to get humbled or anything like that. It’s sort of a channeled-out section of underlayment.

And then once that’s done, you are able to put your tile adhesive right on top of that and glue the tile to that underlayment.

TIM: OK. This is in an upstairs lavatory, so we won’t have access to the bottom side.

TOM: What kind of a heating system are you thinking about put in? Is it going to be electric?

TIM: It’ll be electric. We have geothermal in the house itself, so we’ve get forced-air hot. So it would have to be- I think they have some sort of electrical under-mat or something like that. And too, I was wondering, is it best to only do the regions where- the prime transaction orbits? You don’t is therefore necessary to do the whole storey. Is that correct?

TOM: No, you don’t is therefore necessary to. It surely is nice. You don’t have to go around the lavatory, for example. So, yeah, if you proceeded in front of the sink, in front of the lavatory and where you are step out in the shower, then that should be fine.

And yes, some of those electric heating system are certainly nice. They don’t use as much electricity as they used to. You can rectify them up on timers so they heat up right before you go in the lavatory and then time-out after that.

TIM: OK. So if I get this correct, you are able to merely kept a thinset concrete and then put tile right down onto the subfloor? Is that right? With the heating mat underneath?

TOM: Right. If it’s nice and smooth, you can do that. If it’s uneven, then there’s a number of ways to smooth that out, either through an added subflooring fabric or by establishing mud underneath it.

TIM: I admire your reveal. Thank you.

TOM: Good prosperity with that campaign, Tim. Thanks so much for calling us at 888 -MONEY-PIT.

LESLIE: Well , now that outpouring is in full swing, you might be seeing that between the lawn mowers and more, you’re exactly moving out of gap on that outside storage. Well, sheds can be a great answer and they can actually be a DIY or a pro assignment. But before you begin, the committee is four important things to consider. We’ve came those gratuities in today’s Pro Project presented by HomeAdvisor.com.

TOM: Now, firstly, consider the average cost to build a shed is between about 800 horses and 4,000. Now, that’s a big collection but it depends on the materials you choose and whether you’re going to do it yourself or hire a pro.

But whichever way you go, there are several basic questions you need to ask yourself before you get started with all that shopping.

LESLIE: That’s right. First of all, “youre going to” really think about- “Do I need a permit? ” Well, you might, actually. So check with your regional build codes and determine if you need a permit to build a molt on your own property.

Now, you don’t want to find out after you finished the project that it’s got to come down because it flouted some building code or zoning guide. And believe me, they will impel you take it down; it’s not just an idle menace, guys.

You likewise need to think about what width and what style is the removed going to be. Do you need something simple-minded and utilitarian? Do you require something that’s more decorative? There are a lot of different styles and immensities out there, so is ensured to estimate your home and your belonging and determine what’s the best style for your needs.

TOM: Now, the next thing you need to think about is: where are you going to leant this thing? I represent depending on the size of your property, you’ve went so many different options for placement.

Now, some jolly popular picks might be to build it close to the house, which establishes loping strength and water lines easy. Or you can stow it into the side or back of your property so that it’s less intrusive.

The other thing to think about is your budget. If you’ve got a close-fisted fund, you are able to build a simple removed that various kinds of gets the racket done without a lot of flounces. But if you’ve got some jiggle office, look to contribute pieces like integrated shelving inside or decorative snip on the exterior. Or you can go all out humanity cave or she molted and add energy, heat, water, plumbing, everything.

LESLIE: Alright. If you do move pro, guys, we recommend that you get a knot of approximations, from at least two or three different contractors, before you have selected the one pro that’s going to help you with the project.

And that’s today’s Pro Project being submitted by HomeAdvisor.com. With HomeAdvisor, you can get is compatible with top-rated home busines pros in your orbit, read verified reviews and journal appointments online, all for free.

TOM: That’s HomeAdvisor.com.

LESLIE: Still ahead, is your laminate countertop looking old-time and tattered and dinged up? We’re going to tell you how you can bring new life to it, after this.

TOM: Meeting 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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LESLIE: And retain, while you’re online ever head on over to MoneyPit.com and berth your questions, where we’re going to answer all the things that you’ve got on your brain with your residence increase to-do list.

Now, Robin in Florida writes: “I have a burn on my laminate countertop near the end and near a stratum. Because of the locale, I figure this can be fixed but I’m time not sure how.”

TOM: It’s a great question.

Now, if you have laminate countertop, you do have some an opportunity for repair. But that fixing is always going to be visible. They do have fillers for laminate transcends and usually, you’re not going to find the exact right color but you’ll find two shades that are similar and you mix them together to kind of get the best competitor. That said, it will ever look like a patch.

I have got a much better solution. Since many of these burns are near the stave, what I’ve often suggested is this creates an opportunity for a drop-in cutting board. Now, it doesn’t have to be wood. It could be granite, it could be any type of cutting-board cloth. But you basically could, with a little bit of carpentry knowledge, cut into that countertop and drop in a cutting board so it’s ever right there, very convenient, right next to whatever it is you cook.

LESLIE: Hmm. That’s an excellent meaning. I adoration the- I truly do like the review of that and it does seem like a fun answer. And you can always drop in a marble countertop- or a marble cutting board, I should say- into your countertop in case you’re a big baker.

TOM: You know what’s recreation? That parties will see this and they’ll be like, “Oh, that’s such a great idea.” And they’ll never know you did it to fastened a burn. Never ever.

LESLIE: You’re covering up something.

Alright. Next up, Nancy in Illinois has got a question. She writes: “There is water going into my garage because the garage is lower than the area surrounding it and sea guides into it. I’d like to know what to do to fix this problem.”

TOM: Grading, grading, grading. You know, whenever you have a garage that’s somewhat below score, you have the same the matters that you would have if you had a basement, Nancy. And to deposit that, you’ve got to be very careful to manage the drainage outside that wall. So, we’re is speaking to grading, making sure the grunge ascent away from that partly submerged basement-like foundation wall that’s got the garage on the other side.

And more importantly, you need to make sure that the trough organization A) exists, B) is clean-living and C) is extending all of that ceiling spray away from that organization. I can’t tell you how many times I have been called upon to diagnose a irrigate trouble around the house and find a particularly simple movement with downspouts precisely plunging water right there. It might even be the one that’s slightly uphill from it and the water ranges down.

But if you were to manage that grading and that drainage and all of that liquid on the outside of those walls, “youre not” disappearing to have problems linked to liquid get into the garage field and saturating those walls and maybe even racing from all the regions of the flooring, which in a garage is even more dangerous than the basement because it can ice, right? You step out of the auto and you are able to sink. So you’ve got to be super careful.

LESLIE: Oh, yeah.

TOM: It’s got an easy solution, Nancy.

LESLIE: Yeah. But Nancy, Tom is right. It truly is an easy solution to fix and one that once you figure out what’s going on, you’ll be able to monitor it, maintain it, obstruct everything delightful and dry for the remain of the season.

TOM: This is The Money Pit Home Improvement Show. Thanks so much better for stopping by today. Hey, we hope that we were able to help you with some advice for your outpouring dwelling improvement projects. Whether it’s a pergola or a roof or a kitchen or a bathroom, whatever is on that to-do roster, if you’ve came questions you can always contact us, 24/7, at 1-888-MONEY-PIT or announce your question to The Money Pit’s Community page at MoneyPit.com.

I’m Tom Kraeutler.

LESLIE: And I’m Leslie Segrete.

TOM: Remember, you can do it yourself …

LESLIE: But you don’t is therefore necessary to get it on alone.


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