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: What are you working on now that we are officially moving into what we call the “dog days of summer” here in the Northeast? It gets really hot and sticky. And if you live in South Carolina, you’re probably thinking, “We call that Tuesday, ” you know? But up here, it’s pretty much in "the worlds largest" forlorn part of the summer and therefore, we’re probably not thinking about doing a lot of outside work. We’re enjoying that central air conditioning.
Whether your job is inside or out, we would love to help you take some steps to get it done easier, quicker, faster; make sure it’s going to last longer; make sure it’s going to come out claim; help you get over those humps and humps in the project, those bombshells when you tear open the wall and disappear, “Oh, my God, I didn’t count on that. What do I do with it? ” Is it a leaky piping? Is it termites? What’s going on? If you’ve went questions, that’s what we do. We’re now to help you as your home improvement instructs, your remodeling superintendents, your decorating diva. Well, there’s exclusively one decorating diva now; that’s Leslie.
LESLIE: I thought it was going to be you.
TOM: Nah, nah. You don’t miss my decorating admonition. I turn to Leslie for my decorating needs, as well.
But hey, whatever is going on in your house, we’d love to chat with you. We’d adoration to help you get it done. The number to get in touch with us is 888 -MONEY-PIT. That’s 888 -6 66 -3 974.
So, coming up this hour, it is usually this time of year that homeowners grow pretty tired of high water invoices to keep their lawns seeming luxuriant. It doesn’t have to be that path, though, if you choose drought-resistant grass. We’re going to tell you about drought-resistant grass, because it’s something that you might want to think about adding to your lawn this fall.
LESLIE: Hey. And while we’re on the issues of lawns, do you dislike investigating weeds in your ground and plot? Well, they kind of feel like they’re your antagonist but they’re actually viewing clues that will help you take your garden-variety back. We’re going to see share some tips on how to read your grass for gardening success.
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But first, we want to hear from you.
LESLIE: Yeah. What are you guys working on this summer season? How are you coming your coin oppose in tip-top shape so that you can actually enjoy it and maybe not spend all the time working on it? Whatever it is, we are here to lend a hand. So leave us a call anytime at 888 -MONEY-PIT.
Let’s got to get it. Leslie, who’s firstly?
LESLIE: Laurie in New York is on the line with a gardening place. Tell us what’s going on.
LAURIE: I have a tea-rose bush in my backyard, which attracts a lot of Japanese beetles. And I was wondering if there is something that I can do to get rid of the Japanese beetles, to save the tree.
TOM: Well, yeah, I entail there’s traps for that. And the bunkers toil very well. They’re usually scented or they have some sort of a chemical attractant for the beetles. And the beetles are essentially- will basically walk into the trap, can be classified into a crate and that’s that.
One company that concludes them is called Rescue- R-e-s-c-u-e. You can go to Rescue.com and take a look at the Japanese and Oriental beetle trap. I’ve consumed the Rescue makes on wasps and bees and always found that they wreaked really, really well.
And we’ve seen these folks at many of the swap shows that we go to and they ever seem to have a very good-quality product line and they’re very serious about clearing sure their makes progressing well. And I think that you’ll- that would be a good place for you to start. The Rescue Japanese Beetle Trap, Rescue.com.
LAURIE: Very good. Thank you very much. I’m going to try that. As soon as I get by the phone, I will look at their website.
TOM: Good fortune with that assignment. Thanks so much for calling us at 888 -MONEY-PIT.
LESLIE: John in Kentucky is on the line with a trim question. What’s going on?
JOHN: Well, I have got a house that was built in the 70 s and it had really dark, varnished trim on it. And the person that sold me the house- I suspect where reference is making a decision framed it up on the market, he exactly coated all the prune white. And I suppose he merely put one coat of latex on it or something.
The problem with it is if you brush up against it, the paint rinds off of it. And I’m exaggerating a little but when we’re moving stuff from apartment to room or something like that, yeah, you just barely touch it with something and it ...
LESLIE: Probably didn’t sand it or anything.
JOHN: Right. He just made- because real estate agents will tell you to paint everything white.
TOM: Yeah. But it’s probably- it’s like trying to paint over Teflon, John. When you don’t- it’s too smooth and it didn’t- wasn’t going to really bite. So, what "youve got to" do is really deprive it off wholly. You have to take off the old depict, "youve got to" sand down into that varnish coat a little to bumpy it up. And then what you have to do is primary it.
The primer is very important, because the primer is going to be the glue that kind of sees the paint put. It will adhere well to the age-old varnish, as well to the paint. And that’s going to make the difference on giving this new paint some durability.
JOHN: Yeah. Well, insure, that’s what I don’t want to do, because it’s all the trim in the house.
TOM: Right, OK.
JOHN: And I can’t go and sand and divest all that. So, what I was hoping is likely to be done is- if there’s like a ponderous enamel make-up or something that would be tougher and wouldn’t scratch off as much?
TOM: No, because you have a layer in there that’s not adhering to the substrate which, in this case, is the original trimming. So anything that you put over that is only going to be as strong as the first bed that was on it and that’s not sticking. So, I would not shape the problem worse by putting another dye on top of that. It’s just not going to work.
JOHN: OK. Thank you for your help.
TOM: Good luck with that activity. Thanks so much for calling us at 888 -MONEY-PIT.
LESLIE: Catherine in Rhode Island is on the line with a leaky roof.
Tell us about their own problems, Catherine.
CATHERINE: I have a small hole in the ceiling, in the region of the back end of the house. And I was just wondering if when I go to have it superseded, how much of the plaster they’re going to have to take down.
TOM: So you say it’s a small hole. So this is a hole that was caused by water damage?
CATHERINE: Yes. It’s coming from the ceiling. I’m going to have to have a brand-new ceiling, also.
TOM: How old is the roof that you have now?
CATHERINE: The ceiling is about 20 years old.
TOM: OK. Well, it might be at the end of a normal life cycle.
In words of that ceiling seat, you don’t have to take a lot down. How big-hearted is the hole that you have right now?
CATHERINE: I would say it’s about 8 inches across.
TOM: Eight by what?
CATHERINE: It’s just like a slit.
LESLIE: So there’s nothing open; it’s just like a crack.
CATHERINE: Yes, it’s like a hit. And ocean drippings but time from one arena; it’s just like a bit drip.
TOM: If it’s not swollen or deformed in any way, then what you can do is you can add drywall tape across that fissure, which would be perforated. You use- it examines kind of like a mesh; it’s a little sticky and it’s like a mesh. And then you spackle over the tape. And so you can mostly spackle this cranny closed and then prime it and decorate it without having to replace any of the drywall.
CATHERINE: Oh, certainly? Oh. Well, thank you very much. I considered I’d have to replace the whole ceiling.
TOM: Nah, don’t cause the contractors tell you it’s any more than that. It’s a real simple repair. If it’s just a rift, it was possible to spackled, primed, decorated and you’re good to go.
CATHERINE: Well, thank you very much. And I precisely want to add I enjoy like to hear your show. I learn so much. I listen to it every Saturday night.
TOM: Well, thank you very much, Catherine. We really appreciate it. Thanks, again, for calling us at 888 -MONEY-PIT.
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TOM: And only ahead, if you want to keep a healthy-looking lawn, you shouldn’t have to do that at the expense of the regional water supply. We’re going to tell you about drought-resistant grass that delivers more dark-green with less spray, after this.
Making good homes better, this is The Money Pit Home Improvement Show on a beautiful July weekend. I’m Tom Kraeutler.
LESLIE: And I’m Leslie Segrete.
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LESLIE: Amanda in Connecticut is on the line with an A/ C system that’s not doing the C part of the chill. What’s going on, Amanda?
AMANDA: Hi. I don’t certainly know. It’s a brand-new system.
LESLIE: Brand new as in the entire central air-conditioning arrangement is new to the house or exactly a new condensing legion outside?
AMANDA: The new condensing gang. The home once had the vent in it but it didn’t have the unit.
TOM: OK. So they computed the compressor outside, correct?
TOM: And who did this work? Was it a contractor?
AMANDA: Uh-huh, yeah.
TOM: Did they not experiment it to make sure it was working?
AMANDA: They said they would come back when it was red-hot. And so I called them and- the red-hot period. And they came back and it only didn’t cool after four hours. And he "ve been told" it’s because the house is an older house and that the returns are on the outside walls and compiles it harder for it to cool down- longer in order to be allowed to cool down?
TOM: Well, sound. You hired these people to complete your cooling system. So, better now contractor is going to look at the house and they’re going to identify any problems with the size of the ducts or where the pipes are loped. They’re departing to make sure that they’re sized properly.
Do we know that the compressor is actually working outside?
AMANDA: Yeah. They did- they came back again after that and drew sure that it had the Freon in it and checked to make sure that it was working properly.
TOM: Well, apparently, something is not working properly, OK? And it’s either the compressor or there could be something with the course the canals are installed. I can’t begin to diagnose it for you except to tell you that it’s not right. The contractor should know better than this. I don’t think you’re getting very good advice or service from this contractor, because it shouldn’t be that difficult for the purposes of an HVAC contractor to figure out why a mansion is not coming cool. This is their business.
So, if you’re not going anywhere with these chaps, you might want to think about bringing in another contractor to get a second opinion, maybe not even share with them "that youve had" this force invested recently and see if they can figure out why it’s not cooling. See what kind of advice you get.
But it appears to me that this firstly contractor had a responsibility to do what it take or at least to complete the job or advise you if there was something that was going to prevent the compressor from cooling the house. Then why were they willing to sell you the compressor in the first place? You accompany what I represent? They’re the panel of experts here.
AMANDA: He’s saying to me that four hours is not a long time.
TOM: That’s absolutely no truth to the rumors at all. That’s ridiculous.
AMANDA: I pretty much said I had to go outside to cool off.
TOM: Listen, I would get another contractor or an expert in there to find out why exactly it’s not working, take a look at all the things that impact cooling. And then at least you’ll know what was done or not done and you can take it from there. But it doesn’t clanged to me like you’re getting the best advice here.
AMANDA: Thank you and I love listening to your show.
TOM: Oh, thank you very much. And I hope we’ve help me out here out. Thanks so much for calling us at 888 -MONEY-PIT.
LESLIE: Now we’ve came Jeff in Illinois on the line who’s dealing with a breathing situation. What can we do for you today?
JEFF: Yeah, I should show a little bit, because I had to segregate that attic up there.
JEFF: Yeah. So, you know, it’s an old-time add-on and when they improved it, they covered the old-fashioned gable up. And so, when I started up there to shield this spring, I had to kind of chipped a pit through the old-time gable death to get into the addition. And so my question is: do I required to- should I restrain chipping away at that or do I- how do I properly vent that? I don’t want to cut the whole thing out because I belief there’s some supports there.
TOM: OK. So they- basically, when you added the add-on, they computed it onto the gable dissolve of the age-old roof. So when you go up in the attic, you various kinds of realize the age-old ceiling organize and the age-old gable tip where the expres used to be, correct?
JEFF: Right. In reality- and I couldn’t get through there. There was- the volcano was too small for me to get through to get into the addition to insulate.
TOM: Oh, so there wasn’t even any access in there to insulate. They didn’t insulate when they well-developed the additive?
JEFF: They did. They did insulate but how they actually got it in there, I don’t know. But I couldn’t got to get it, I know that.
TOM: The answer to your question is that you want to basically consider each gap separately in terms of ventilation. And the best type of ventilation is- actually no longer do we consider gable vents to be very good type of ventilation. The best type of ventilation: a incessant bank ventilate that runs down the pinnacle of the ceiling, matched with soffit vent-holes at the overhang. So this way, we take air in down low-spirited, we run it up for the purposes of the roof sheathing and exit it at the ridge. And that cycles/second will echo 24/7, 365.
JEFF: Yeah. The only trouble is there’s no soffits in this house.
TOM: Alright. So if you did want to improve the breathing, you could use a type of vent called a “drip-edge vent, ” which would require a little bit of carpentry. You’d have to extend or actually re-shingle the bottom layer of shingles at the edge. But the drip-edge vent actually extends that roof strand by about 2 inches and initiates a endless soffit.
And if you go to AirVent.com- that’s the website for the CertainTeed air-vent companies- I know they’ve got a good diagram of one right there. So that’s the way to improve that.
Now, if you can’t do that or you don’t want to do that, for all the obvious grounds, and maybe you’re not seeing that you have a big ventilation problem right now, then I guess what I would suggest to you is to put in the bank ducts, since that’s something that you can always do, and then couple that with as many other roof vent-holes as you can.
Jeff, thanks so much for calling 888 -MONEY-PIT.
Well, now that it’s quite warm out, you may be using tons of ocean on your lawn to keep it lettuce. And that can definitely take a toll on your wallet and the spray supply. It’s been estimated that the demand for water has increased more than three times in only the past 50 times. And that’s going to keep going in the decades ahead.
LESLIE: Well, the good news is that brand-new, drought-resistant grass categories can survive on reduced or even restraint water while keeping overall flower state. So, to find this grass, you actually exactly need to look for concoctions who the hell is approved by the Turfgrass Water Conservation Alliance. I know that’s a lot. It’s the TWCA. You’ll see it on the packaging.
Now, these kinfolks are an organization that are aimed at saving millions of gallons of water every year. And one way they do that is by testing weeds, forages, shrubs that claim to save on irrigating. And then they give their stamp of approval to those concoctions that really match their strict criteria.
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LESLIE: Now we’ve got Janet in Georgia on the line who wants help with a decorate job. What’s going on at your money pit?
JANET: I just had a deck build last month and once, some of the boards are various kinds of shrinking because it’s been sprinkling on and off a little bit.
JANET: And I was wondering when it would be the best time to stain the grove. Is it that I’m staining it against the spray or I’m just discolouring it in general?
LESLIE: OK. Do you know what material your deck was made out of?
JANET: We bought the timber at Home Depot. It was supposed to be a pretreated wood?
LESLIE: So merely a pressure-treated lumber.
JANET: Pressure-treated. That’s correct.
LESLIE: OK. So, really, what I ever do with a pressure-treated lumber, really because of the fact that they administer a different type of chemical into the wood itself to make it weather-resistant- so it can be a little wet. And since you’re dealing with a high-moisture statu in your brave regardles, you might just want to give it the summer season to sort of dry out as best it can. And then in the autumn- when you’re dealing with some drier, low-humidity weather- it could be a great time to put a finish on it.
Now, you do want to let it dry out. So if you’re dealing with some rain forecast as you’re getting into a weekend that you want to work on the project, wait until you’ve had a good few daylights of dryness and you know it’s "il be going" cool the working day you’re working, so that that wood does get a chance to dry out. And then, depending on how it appears and the ogle that you want, I clearly wouldn’t paint it, because coat is just going to sit right on top of that log and then simply peel off throughout the winter season and you’ll have to do something again in the spring.
JANET: Right. I truly didn’t want depicting, because I just like the inspect of the wood. And I know that there’s something that I have to do every so often. They tell me every year I’d have to stain it or something.
LESLIE: It really depends on what manufacturer’s stain that you buy. And keep in mind there’s solid-color discolours and there’s semi-transparent stains. So if you want to see the cereal in the timber, you’ll want to go with something more semi-transparent so that you’ll actually get some emblazon or just some natural tint. And you’ll be able to see that grain through it.
And you want to apply it just in the way that car manufacturers says. And you’re probably going to get about three years on horizontal surfaces, maybe five on vertical before you’ve got to tackle it again. Depends on how cool that log is on that decking when you do, you are aware, made the stain on.
JANET: OK. That sounds good.
TOM: Alright? Good luck with that projection. Thanks so much better for calling us at 888-MONEY-PIT.
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Up next, weeds in your yard and plot hold secrets to gardening success. But don’t yank them out just yet. We’re going to have gratuities to help you understand what your weeds are actually saying, after this.
Making good homes better, you are listening to The Money Pit Home Improvement Show. I’m Tom Kraeutler.
LESLIE: And I’m Leslie Segrete.
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And hey, Leslie, speaking of pros, "youve had" some pros working on your outside area, your outdoor living space, your backyard. I know it was happening all spring long. Have you been enjoy it the summer months?
LESLIE: Oh, my goodness. So much so. We’re eating breakfast out there. We’re enjoying the gap. And it’s interesting how when you restore kind of 3 feet now and 3 feet there, how much more space the yard actually seems to have.
LESLIE: And the babies extended from complaining about having no space to run around. And granted, I’m on a 40 x100. I am on the smallest lot allowed in my village and my room is 100 years old. So, I’ve got nowhere to go. And all of a sudden, the kids are running and they’re loving it.
But now I’m at a station where I genuinely- all I’ve ever demanded is my own lavatory. So I’m debating. Do I invest a little money into this house, since the yard is lovely and we adoration the cavity and we adore the locating, and constitute my bedroom a little bigger and get that bathroom?
LESLIE: Because genuinely, that’s the only expansion I’m going to be allowed to do to my live without motiving various kinds of questions in the village. And I still need a variance to do so, because I occupy the total amount of my belonging as is.
TOM: OK. And that’s common with a lot of homes in older vicinities, too.
TOM: Because you couldn’t body-build that room on that heap today, because the disappointments are a lot greater than what they are. So that means that if you were going to is everything on the outside of that house, you’re going to need a variability, which really involves things.
LESLIE: And then here’s the question. The village I live in, the taxes are very high. It’s only the nature of the beast. My house, I’m very lucky it’s on the low side. So, every time I look at a new live that gives me the extra shower, that gives me the little bit more space I require, the taxes unexpectedly skyrocket to 20, which is not anywhere close to what I pay.
So I’m were seeking to figure out- if I do the slight swelling on my house and get the bedroom a little bigger and get my own bathroom, what does that do to my taxes? I don’t want to go from 11 to 16 or 18 or 20 when I could have bought the slightly bigger home with a bigger yard and been at that taxation bracket? It’s hard to understand.
And I’ve put in an email to the hamlet. I’ve queried appraisers. And the answer I keep get is: you don’t know until you do it.
TOM: Well, here’s the thing. First of all, I think it’s safe to be acknowledged that that is "il be going" the most expensive bathroom imaginable, either way, right?
LESLIE: Oh, I’m sure.
TOM: You exactly want to get - you want to get one more shower and either way you do it, it’s going to cost you a boatload of fund because of the tax situation. But taxes are based on home value. So, it’s really going to come down to what the home ethic is.
So, it shouldn’t be situations where hard to figure out. If you have a friend that’s in real owned and say, “Look, what’s the difference between a mansion like quarry with one bathroom in this neighborhood and a residence like mine with two lavatories in this neighborhood? How much is that going to increase, potentially, the sales price? ” Understanding it’s a point-in-time number, right? So it’s merely going to be what it would be worth today. Tomorrow, the next day, the following financial year, 10 times it’s going to be different. But let’s just determined a spot in the planned for just today to figure this out.
So then what you can do is look at your tax rates and calculate what the difference will be, assuming that the tax rate is the same again. And that will tell you what the brand-new taxes nearly is required to be, because it’s going to be based on what the added advantage of your home is. And you can compare that number to what the fuck is are for another home you might move to. But you’ve just got to predict what your home’s value will be after the renovation and then adjust the taxes accordingly. And this highway, you’ll have both digits that you need.
LESLIE: I planned could ...
TOM: See, the hamlet, the tax assessors, they’re not going to commit to anything.
TOM: Because then you’re going to say, “Well, you told me it was going to be X.” And they’ll extend, “Well, you know ...”
LESLIE: I’m just trying to get an idea.
TOM: But I think to just get an idea, that’s mostly what you have to do. You need to figure out what the new importance of your dwelling would be in its newly remodeled state. And I consider the best way to do that privately, with a certain degree of accuracy, would be to talk to a good realtor in the area because they have their digit on the pulsate of residence value.
LESLIE: I think that’s smart.
TOM: So there you go. And that was Leslie’s portion of The Money Pit.
Give me a scold- give us a call right now. We have got the ability to help you guys with all sorts of things and we adore doing it. So the numeral is 1-888-MONEY-PIT.
LESLIE: Now we’ve went Tracy in Hawaii who needs some assist with a sliding-door situation. What’s becoming on?
TRACY: The slider entrance has gone- it’s get gumption in it. And I had scattered it with something. It was on sale. I don’t remember because I got rid of it. But it’s like real- it hardened, whatever it was. And it’s very hard to- I want to know if I can find something to loosen it. And then what should I use on it that won’t harden when I spray it, to make it easy?
TOM: Well, first and foremost, what I would do is I would get a really stiff brush and I would try to- I would graze those racetracks to try to loosen up all of that gunk that’s there and then get a vacuum to kind of suck it out of there so that you can kind of get the loose dirt out and the waste out of there. And then what I would spray it with is white lithium grease. It comes in a can, just like WD-4 0 but it’s not; it’s a little thicker and it stays around longer.
And one other thing that you can think about doing is if you can take the door out of the moves, it draws the whole thing easier. But it’s a bit of a risky activity because- depended on how your entrance is built. But generally, you can lift it right out of the racetrack. It’ll induce the whole thing easier to handle.
TRACY: OK. That sounds wonderful.
LESLIE: Well, are you seeing more weeds in your lawn and garden now that we’ve contacted this mid-summer season? It’s not uncommon but knowing the kinds of grass that you have can actually help you learn the most efficient way to prevent them from coming back.
So, here’s how you combat the five most common types of grass. Now, are you seeing crabgrass? That’s a direct result of chipping your lawn too short, scalping that turf. So what you’ve got to do to fix that is simply grow the height of your mower blades.
I think, Tom, the problem is people envision, “Oh, if I cut it really short, I only "re going to have to" cut it X amount of eras in comparison to this many times.”
TOM: Right. Yeah. Right. But it actually attains the lawn grow more weeds and then it looks worse. So , no, you can’t save era just by cutting the lawn as short-lived as possible, because it’ll burn out that way. And that’s what leads to more weeds.
LESLIE: Now, another one is something called the “common plantain.” And it’s not a banana. It’s something that happens simply because your lawn is too wet or it’s slow-draining in the grunge just simply by the way your ground is pointed and the quantity of watering.
So, if the lawn is too wet, abbreviate that irrigating. Regrade so that it exhausts better or simply supplant that area of lawn with a downpour garden-variety, just because you know it’s getting too moisture. And it’s genuinely not going to be changed until you address that situation. But that’s a great way to fix that.
TOM: Alright. Let’s talk about one that I assure a lot. It’s called “white clover.” Now, white-clover weeds happen because of the grime aspect. If the soil is ...
LESLIE: Isn’t that that fairly, little grey bloom, though?
TOM: Yeah. The clay has very low fertility. You need to run a soil exam and then you add organic fertilizer as recommended. And that takes care of those lovely lily-white clovers.
And then here’s my favorite one, because I know that you have one, Leslie. It’s called the “creeping Charlie.”
LESLIE: Mine’s a completely different kind of creeping Charlie.
TOM: And he’s a really cute creeping Charlie. Creeps up on you and scares Mom.
LESLIE: He certainly does.
TOM: I know. I can just see it.
Well, creeping-Charlie weeds happen because of too much shade. So, if you’ve went creeping Charlie, you want to overseed that area with a shade-tolerant grass variety. That’s going to make a big difference.
And finally, let’s talk about knotweed- k-n-o-t , not n-o-t. K-n-o-t-weed. And that was mainly attributable to compacted or very heavy, thick grime. So, for that, you want to aerate that grime and especially those areas that are prone to a lot of foot traffic. And do that every single year.
Now, if you’re not familiar with the type of weed you’re seeing, we’ve got a great resource for you and that is the National Gardening Association. They’ve got a handy online weed library. Quantities of word-paintings to help you identify what you’re distributing with. It is at Garden.org/ WeedLibrary.
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LESLIE: That’s claim. Give us a call anytime. And maybe you are working on a cleanse programme this time of year. I feel like cleansing is basically simply a non-stop task all year round. And if that’s that mode for me, it’s probably that highway for every homeowner out there. And you find it requires a lot of different chemicals and commodities and all of these things that are just not very good for you or your residence. Well, we’re going to share a single , non-toxic clean that are in a position safely remove tough dirt and grime on the thousands of faces without damaging you or the environment, next.
TOM: Where home solutions live, welcome back to The Money Pit Home Improvement Show. I’m Tom Kraeutler.
LESLIE: And I’m Leslie Segrete.
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LESLIE: Kevin in Rhode Island has a question about maintaining a cellar cool. What is impossible to do for you?
KEVIN: I removed the downspout extension that made the ocean apart, perhaps, 3 feet from the foundation.
KEVIN: And I replaced it, because person said it didn’t look good. I ousted it with a cement kind of water carry-away, which is 2 paws. And I noticed I have some water in the vault. So, it’s extremely soften. It’s damp is what it is.
KEVIN: So I throw a little crushed rock at the end of the increase, hoping that that would maybe help out on the ocean dispersing down or something.
TOM: Yeah, that’s not going to do anything except impede erosion. If you want to make your vault drier, you’ve got to move the moisture away from it. You were on the right move with the downspout extension.
Now, if you don’t want to see that, you might want to explore the possibility of running your lead into a solid PVC pipe and running that subterranean. But it has to be sloped and then discharged somewhere. So it depends on kind of the shape of your property as to whether or not you could realise that happen.
But I "d rather" read those downspouts lengthened away from the foundation wall than deal with the liquid that can accumulate in the basement as a result.
KEVIN: Good idea.
TOM: Well, cleaning is a constant task for pretty much all of us. And usually, if you think about it, it requires a lot of different cleaning makes, right? You’ve get emptying makes for walls and storeys and counters and everything in between.
TOM: Bathrooms. And in our case, the shop.
TOM: Well, we actually made a switch recently to using Simple Green. And I like Simple Green because it handles pretty much 90 percentage of all of my cleanse tasks, both inside and out. But it’s safe and perfectly non-toxic.
LESLIE: Yeah. And I think what’s important is that Simple Green is both a soap and a degreaser. And usually, it’s one or the other but this is both. And it’s safe for use on almost any washable face. You can administer accidents, splatterings, stains in both kitchens and bathtubs, bars, walls, floorings and even your furniture upholstery and garment. There’s no need to buy multiple clean products anymore.
TOM: Yeah. And the other thing about Simple Green that’s neat is it’s centralized and it’s particularly efficient. So, I buy the 1-gallon containers of Simple Green. And in my regional accumulation, they’re under 10 horses. And you can use it straight out of the bottle for hard grimes. Or check this out: you can make up to 10 bottles of general-purpose cleanser or 30 bottles of clean for reflective faces. And that’s a clean for your countertop.
So, with my 1-gallon bottle of Simple Green centre, I can acquire 30 gallons of, say, any- say of a countertop cleanser, right? And I’m not going to mention the brands but I’ve got to tell you, it would expenditure me a heck of a lot more money to buy 30 gallons of that material compared to what the hell is pay for Simple Green. It’s a product that really, genuinely works.
LESLIE: Yeah. And you know what’s so great about Simple Green is it’s perfect for homes with categories. It’s great for the environmental issues, also.
Now, in fact, Simple Green actually "ve earned" the EPA Safer Choice label, which comes with a 100 -percent money-back guarantee. But this EPA Safer Choice label, Tom, that’s not easy to get. I mean you really have to be a verified make for this to happen.
TOM: No. It really is. And that’s another reason that I trust it. It’s available in three aromas: it comes in original, as well as lavender and lemon.
SimpleGreen.com. Make a look at their website. They have got hundreds of different employs for Simple Green there. They give you the right concentrations for everything. It’s amazing. You’ve got mechanics employing this to wash greasy parts and you’ve came homeowners like us applying it to scavenge lavatories. It works for everything.
In fact, yeah, I kept some of this in my adversity washer when we were cleaning the porch. It was fantastic. It did a really good job. Soaped it up delicately, cleansed it in a jiffy. So , no matter what cleaning job you have to do around your room, Simple Green is the answer. That website, again, is SimpleGreen.com.
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Coming up, are you spend more meter on a foyer this summer? Well, we’re going to see have some gratuities on the best way to cover those foyers so that they’ll last-place for many summertimes to come, when The Money Pit continues.
TOM: Where residence answers live, welcome back to The Money Pit Home Improvement Show. I’m Tom Kraeutler.
LESLIE: And I’m Leslie Segrete.
TOM: We’d love to hear what you’re working on. You can give us a call at 888-MONEY-PIT or post your question on The Money Pit’s Community page at MoneyPit.com, which is what Laurie did.
What’s Laurie "workin on", Les?
LESLIE: She’s working on a foyer campaign. She says here, “I want to repaint my timber porch storey and steps but I have some moss grown in them. How do I scavenge the steps of the moss and then "whats being" I do to keep it from stretching back? ”
TOM: So, good questions. So, first of all, you’re absolutely right that if you’re going to do now a brand-new depict programme, you’ve got to get rid of that mold, moss, mildew, algae, whatever is growing on that surface. Because the paint is just not going to help there. It’s just going to peel right off.
It also says that you’ve got too much sweat going on and not enough drying. So the reason that it’s happening, Laurie, is I suspect that this particular area of the steps is in a somewhat crooked smudge. Anything that you could do to get a little bit of sunlight in that room- maybe the trees have become a bit overgrown. If you can thin them out - you don’t have to make them down but thin them out so we get some light-footed in there. That will help naturally reduce that.
But before you decorate, the moss has to go. Best way is to use a moss remover. You could use 30 SECOND Cleaner, which working well, or Zinsser’s JOMAX Cleaner. Both produces are going to work soon to be disposed of that moss.
Now, once it’s gone, you want to make sure that you prep the surface well. That’s the most difficult one of the purposes of painting. You’ve got to sand it. You’ve got to remove any loose depict. And then, because it’s a hall storey, I would recommend you fasten with solvent-based or oil-based concoctions. You want to put on an oil-based primer because it has really good adhesion. It’s going to stick to that age-old make-up and that aged lumber. And then you have been able put a good oil-based exterior floor cover on it.
And the same reasons I say to use the oil-based or the solvent-based over latex, even though it’s a lot harder to clean up, it just is a lot harder finish. It’s much more durable. Anytime you’re going to walk on a surface like that, you are required to a super-hard finish. And latex only doesn’t do it. Latex is pretty much merely enormous for everything else. But if it’s a surface that you have to walk on, I always go with solvent-based.
So, it sounds like you’ve get that programme under control. Good fortune and tell us know how it turns out.
LESLIE: Yeah. And do it soon so you can enjoy the hall for the rest of the summer.
Alright. Next up, we’ve got one here from Richard in New Mexico. Now, Richard writes: “ I have a Southwest-style residence with a clay-tile roof. Can I supersede this with another substance that still gazes genuine to this type of architecture? ”
TOM: Well, those clay-tile roofs are certainly beautiful and I’m not "re trying to tell" you that you can put on an asphalt roof and have it definitely sounds like the real clay.
The asphalt shingles today have changed so much in the last decade. And now these dimensional shingles are made such where they have kind of shadow wrinkles constructed into them, so they appear to have more dimension, more depth than a flat asphalt-shingle roof. So you could go with that as an option.
But I believe there’s too lightweight clay tiles that are made of composite. So if you do have to replace it, that could be an option, as well.
LESLIE: True. I mean I would go with something that looks just like a traditional clay tile. There are various makes out there that do a composite that has the same shape and shadow routes and gaze of a clay tile. One of them is Quarrix. It comes in a couple of different clay-color gapes. It is made as a sheet or a tab and it installs differently than those tiles but it’s worth taking a look, because you want to maintain that Southwest style.
TOM: You’ve been listening to The Money Pit Home Improvement Show and Podcast. Thank you so much for spending these sections of your time date with us. If you’ve tried to get through and you couldn’t, sorry we’ve been very, very busy for a summer weekend. But our directions are open 24/7. If you call and leave a message, the authorities concerned will call you back to answer your question the next time we are in the studio.
Until then, enjoy the rest of this beautiful weekend. I’m Tom Kraeutler.
LESLIE: And I’m Leslie Segrete.
TOM: Remember, you can do it yourself ...
LESLIE: But you don’t have to get it on alone.
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TOM: Coast to coast and floorboards to shingles, this is The Money Pit Home Improvement Show. I’m Tom Kraeutler.
LESLIE: And I’m Leslie Segrete.
TOM: And what are you working on this beautiful April weekend? We hope it’s your room, well, unless your room is in perfect condition. And you are able to have the weekend off. But I was talking about nobody’s mansion is in perfect condition, extremely ours.
LESLIE: Okay. Nobody’s room is in perfect ailment. Even if it seems it, there’s ever something to do.
TOM: Yeah, I know. I had to put down the paintbrush simply to get to the microphone today, alright ? So , no matter what’s going on, we’re here to help you improve that house, because it is the home improvement season. That’s the only thing we been fucking loving spring.
Yeah, people should be considered it- “That’s spring. It’s flowers and all that.” No, it’s home improvement. That’s what spring means to us. You know, it makes beings are out specifying up their houses. They’re replacing kitchens and lavatories and floors and porches and depositing up the yards with the gardening.
Hey, whatever you’re working on, we’d like to be a part of that assignment. Slide it over to our to-do list and we’ll work on it together. Call us firstly at 1-888-MONEY-PIT and we’ll get you started, 888-666-3974.
Well, coming up on today’s show- as the saying goes, Leslie- good fences make good neighbors. But the issues becomes: how do you build a good fencing? I means for me, that’s the kind you don’t have to build over and over again because it gets destroyed during rot, termites and carpenter ants. So we’re going to have some solutions for solid fencing, merely ahead.
LESLIE: Plus, it’s all fun and games until you have to actually pay for your residence improvement projects. We’re going to have some tips on the best ways to finance those projects, both large and small, as well as insights on the most popular projections of the season.
TOM: And hey, are you looking forward to laying out on a beautiful, green lawn this summer? Well, you’re going to need to beat back the weeds first. We’ll have some gratuities on what needs to get done right now to stop those weeds from getting started.
But first, we want to hear from you. What are you working on? What can we help you with? Be a part of the conversation. The multitude is 1-888-MONEY-PIT, 888 -6 66 -3 974.
Let’s get to it. Leslie, who’s first?
LESLIE: Nick in Iowa is on the line and is doing a tiling assignment. What can we do for you?
NICK: I did a project in my bathroom, on the second floor, a couple years ago. And I laid 3/4 -inch tongue-and-groove down.
NICK: Yes. And then I laid down a 1/4 -inch fiber-cement underlayment that is made for tile. And I procreated sure that the seams weren’t in the same spot as the tongue-and-groove.
NICK: And it’s been- like I say, it’s been probably two years and I’ve went just a hairline rift drive through all my tile that’s right on that tongue-and-groove seam. And I’m getting ready to start a kitchen job where I’m going to do some tiling. And I guess I want to know if you had any suggestions on where I might have went wrong.
TOM: Well, the very best floor locate for a tile projection is called a “mud floor.” Do you know what a clay storey is?
NICK: No, I do not.
TOM: So a silt floor is one where you put down tar paper firstly, then you put down woven cable mesh, then you mix up a sand-and-cement- essentially, mud. It’s a very dry mix; not a great deal of ocean to it. Generally, it’s one purse of Portland cement to about 40 scoops of sand. And when you mix it perfectly, you can kind of maintained it and it models sort of a ball in your hand, right?
Now, you take that silt and that slime combination and you spread it out across the woven cable mesh. And you’ve got to be a pretty good do-it-yourselfer to gather this off, because it’s actually a professional tile guy’s way of doing this. But you spread it over the clay. You usage a long, straight boundary to kind of get it absolutely perfectly flat and you make it dry. And it’s got to be a minimum of maybe 1-inch thick and it could go up to whatever you need it to be.
For example, I have a laundry room in the second floor of my home. Really old house. And we decided to tile that and there’s just no way I could level this floor any other way. And so, we put down a mud storey. It was about 1 inch on one side of the area. By the time we got to the other side of the chamber, it was about 21/2 inches because the storey had that various kinds of a slope in it. But then when we were done, it was perfectly flat and utterly rock solid.
If you leant a slime storey down, you are able to never, ever, ever get a crack, if you do it right. That’s the best way to make love. Any of those tile-backer concoctions are subject to expansion and reduction and that may help develop some crannies , not to mention that it can’t truly help you level a flooring that’s out of level.
Now, when - you told me you were doing this in the kitchen. We’ll give you an additional caution: you’ve got to be very careful in various regions of the dishwasher. Because if you made a dense storey around that dishwasher, you may not be able to get the dishwasher back in again. Or you can do as this ridiculous tile guy did at my sister’s house. He tiled her dishwasher in. So when the dishwasher had to be replaced, I had to help her take the countertop off of the capsize, off of the cabinets, take the sink out, take the countertop up in order to lift the dishwasher out from the cabinets and change it, which was really ridiculous and very annoying.
NICK: That doesn’t voice like what I want to do , no.
TOM: No. So don’t tile your dishwasher in and watch the thickness of the floor so that you can actually get the dishwasher back in if you take it out.
NICK: Alright. Music good. Thank you very much.
TOM: Call us. We’ll open you more employment, 888 -6 66 -3 974. Thanks so much, Nick.
You know, we ever say, “Do it once, do it right and you won’t have to do it again.” And that is absolutely true when it comes to putting down tile. If you don’t make the time to put in a proper base, you will ultimately be repeating the process.
LESLIE: We’re going to talk with Dot in Wisconsin who’s get a decking question. How can we help you with your programme?
DOT: Yes. My deck is located on the south side of my house and every year, we’ve been putting a make-up on it. And it’s which is something we get a lot of sun. And I’m wondering if there’s a special kind of paint I should use, because it rinds a lot.
TOM: So, there are special dyes for decks. And if you’re continuing to kept more coatings of decorate on the old-time floor, my concern is that you’re never going to be good adhesion. You may have too many coats of coat on that now.
Are you consuming colour or grime, Dot?
DOT: I believe it’s a paint.
TOM: I’m afraid, at this place, what you really need to do is to remove that depict so you can get down to the original lumber. Because you can’t made good decorate over bad coat; it’s going to continue to peel. And once you get down to that grove, then you are able to prime it and then paint it.
But if you’re able to get most of the colour off- and perhaps you can because, apparently, it’s not protruding well, where you really don’t have too much left- then I would recommend not squandering cover on it. I would use solid-color stain. It’s still going to give you a incessant emblazon but it’s going to absorb better into the wood and it’ll kind of fade rather than rind. And I think that’s what you’re shooting for.
DOT: OK. Is there a certain type of make to remove the stuff that’s on there now?
TOM: Yeah, there’s a wide variety of paint strippers out there. I would look for one of the citrus-based concoctions and try that. You’re going to - you may have to try a couple of them until you find the one that works best with your particular deck.
DOT: OK. Thank you.
TOM: Good luck with that projection. Thanks so much for calling us at 888 -MONEY-PIT.
LESLIE: Dan in Pennsylvania is on the line with a plumbing question. What can we help you with?
DAN: Yes, my son has an older house with cast-iron or steel drainpipes and they travel- the main line exits straight down from the bathroom and then under the basement floor. And he’s incessantly going blockages because of the- the cast iron get bumpy over hour and tends to catch things.
So I’m wondering- I realize normal drain lines, you descend them an inch a hoof so you don’t get too fast a ditch and siphon out the baits. But can you- with the main line, can you do pretty much whatever you want with that? Like, say, two 45 s and then straight-shooting down to get it to the edge of the property? And then that highway I’d exclusively have to tear up a little bit to get to- out of the house with the plastic pipe.
TOM: Well, you may not have to tear anything up. There’s a pipe-lining technology that you can consider where, virtually, they reline the cast-iron tubes with a fiberglass sleeve that’s smooth and doesn’t have those types of hazards. It also facilitates stop root growing that can sometimes get into the seams of cast-iron piping.
TOM: And that can be done with the pipings in place. You wouldn’t have to tear anything up.
DAN: I would have to cut the piping though, I’m guessing, because if it goes down and then underneath the portion of the vault at some kind of a- probably a 90. And there may be a trap in- under the basement floor, as well.
TOM: But all of this can be done without you having to access it. Because the way the tube rowing makes is - first of all, they kept a camera down there to figure out which nature the pumps are going and they can do that with a hose camera. And then they move what glances kind of like a fiberglass sock through the pipe.
And it’s kind of like- if you can imagine turning a sock inside out, they do that with irrigate adversity. And it turns inside out and sort of species against the internal walls of the cast-iron pipe and then sort of bakes and thickens to this sort of very strong, smooth surface that won’t obstruct the flow.
DAN: OK. Thank you very much.
TOM: You’re welcome, Dan. Thanks so much for calling us at 888-MONEY-PIT.
This is The Money Pit Home Improvement Show. Just ahead, they say good fencings make good neighbors. But they too lend wording and value to your residence. We’ll have tips-off on how to pick and build very good barriers, in today’s Pro Project presented by HomeAdvisor.com, after this.
Making good dwellings better, this is The Money Pit Home Improvement Show. I’m Tom Kraeutler.
LESLIE: And I’m Leslie Segrete.
TOM: From demolition to decor, we’ve got you are covered under tip-off and admonition to help you get the jobs done around your room. Give us a bawl, right now, with your questions, your remarks at 1-888-MONEY-PIT presented by HomeAdvisor. HomeAdvisor can instantaneously accord you with the title pro for the job, for free.
LESLIE: John in Wisconsin is on the line with a washer/ dryer question. Tell us what you’re thinking about there.
JOHN: We were thinking of putting a washer and dryer in our save bedroom. And where we want to is next to an internal wall. And I was wondering, if we expressed it up through into the attic, through the insulation so it’d come out on top, would that be damaging to the- it’d be too much moisture in there or not?
LESLIE: Now, would this still remain a guest room or would this become a new, snazzy laundry room?
JOHN: Yeah, it’d be a laundry room, yeah.
LESLIE: Generally, when you talk about resale value, the amount that you could possibly resell your house for immediately correlates to the amount of bedrooms and lavatories that "youve had". So, you may want to start by talking with a local realtor who’s familiar with home prices in your neighborhood, as to what the effect might be to removing a bedroom.
Now, if you have no intention to sell and you’ve get this dream to have just a kick-butt, big laundry room with perhaps a stitch domain and enough ironing space, then this could be awesome for you guys.
TOM: Now, in areas of your technical questions, apparently, you’re going to have to get hot and cold water there and you’re going to have to get electricity there for your washer and your dryer and 240 -volt if it’s electric dryer. Venting was the one question you had and can you go up through the wall into the attic? Yes. But you can’t stop there. You have to continue with that vent, John, until it gets outside. You cannot drop the heated, moist, lint-ladened dryer exhaust up into the attic; you’ve got to take it outside.
So, what you should do is only use solid-metal piping , not flex ducting. Get it up in the attic and turn it 90 magnitudes and then run it from all the regions of the flooring, so to speak, above the joists and then out the side wall of the house, with a proper dryer-vent completion on the outside of it. And the test is when you turn the dryer on, you look outside, you are able to investigate the flap open up. You actually don’t want to have any restriction. It’s very important you get that lint out, because there’s a lot of dryer ardors that happen because people accumulate too much lint inside those pipes.
JOHN: Oh, I attend. Mm-hmm.
JOHN: Yeah. Very good.
TOM: John, good luck with that projection. Thanks so much for calling us at 888 -MONEY-PIT.
Well, putting up a barricade can add style and security and value to your owned but it can also be an eyesore, it can be a maintenance headache and it can cause a battle with your neighbors. So, to avoid the difficulties, it was necessary to a pro and you have to plan carefully. We’re departing to share gratuities on how to do merely that, in today’s Pro Project presented by HomeAdvisor.com.
Now, first- and this is really, really important - you need to check your property lines. I know you think you know where your lines are but unless you have a survey done and maybe some corners adjusted- and you don’t want to build in your neighbor’s yard. Because if you catch out that you’re merely a scooch over the line, they can determine you rend the whole damned occasion down. You’re too going to want to check with local officials to make sure you don’t need a permit to build your fencing, because numerous do. And once you’re sure about those situations, you can start thinking about what kind of fence you want to buy.
LESLIE: Now, fencing’s available in so many the documentation and that includes natural and pressure-treated groves, vinyl and metal.
Now, the natural lumber can be beautiful but it’s going to require "the worlds largest" maintenance. You’ve also got to remember that there are two sides to that fence and it’s got to look good from the outside, as well as the inside. And most building systems require that the good side- the better side, the one you pick out- actually faces your neighbors.
TOM: Yeah, that’s right. And don’t try to save money on the door, either. That part of your barrier is going to take "the worlds largest" wear and cry and it can also be a security risk or a jeopardy if it’s left open. Peculiarly if you’re applying a pond fence, it’s got to have a spring hinge that are helpful in swing it back into arrange to prevent kids from wandering into that pool area. So, real important that you have a very good-quality door on that fence.
LESLIE: Alright. Now, let’s talk about the cost. Now, according to HomeAdvisor.com’s True Cost Guide, homeowners on average are spending $2,550 on a barricade activity. But rates do vary by the region, fabric and projection, as well as the sizing and certain difficulties. So it’s important to keep specific the documentation and magnitudes in psyche as you’re estimating your programme price and then build a budget from there.
For example, lumber options average around $2,700 while a chain-link fence averages around $1,900. And the vinyl barriers are far more expensive and they stray a little bit closer to 3,500.
TOM: 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 province, read substantiated reviews and book appointments online, all for free.
LESLIE: Diane in New Jersey, you’ve went The Money Pit. How can we help you today?
DIANE: We live in New Jersey. And my dad had the Pennsylvania Dutch come all the way to New Jersey. And they was put forward a beautiful gambrel pole barn with that neat determine to it.
DIANE: But I observed there are hardly rafters along the edge. And even though they have hardly gap in them, every year the flies come in through there and I have hundreds, all dead, at the end of summer. And I don’t "know what i m saying" I could do to stop that problem.
TOM: So, "youve had"- this is a barn that you have and it’s a fairly open barn? I mean you’re not going to keep the flies out of the barn. You can’t make it that tighten because by the nature of the building, it’s fairly drafty, correct?
DIANE: Well, actually, my papa- we never had any animals near stalls but he- it’s completely closed all the time. It’s got two electric door at either discontinue and a doorway, so it is contained. The only acces they’re getting in is through- under the edges of the roof, there’s a- it looks like a- I don’t know. You know the gutters, kind of? It looks like ditches- sewer situation. And there’s an opening there and the sunlight and the breath arrive through, which I guess you need for animals. But we’re not squandering it for animals.
TOM: So at the apartment side, the rafters, does it have a terminated soffit? Is it constructed so that you have a flat, vented range underneath it? Or is it really wide open?
DIANE: No. There is a showed area. They have looked at it closely. And it seem to have- and it’s got little gaps in it big enough for flies.
TOM: So they’re not get in this soffit area where you’re suspecting.
DIANE: I don’t know. I thought they were coming through those holes.
TOM: Yeah. But if they’re that small, they’re not coming in. Look, frequently, soffit ventilation is too small for bugs to get into. So they’re probably coming in a different way. Do you have a ridge vent at the pinnacle?
DIANE: Actually it’s just for looks because when I- there is a staircase that goes up to the top of the barn and there’s no openings in the roof.
TOM: Diane, if you’re trying to keep these barn flies out of the barn, there’s actually two ways to approach this. Mechanical, which is what we’re talking about in terms of becoming sure that you have screening wherever it’s required. And this would be covered by any vents, gable volcanoes, cupola shows, soffit vents and the like. And of course, you mentioned that it has sizable doors that generally abide closed. I guess there’s not much you can do right there.
But the second technique is chemical. And there are professional pesticides that are designed specifically faced with these flies. There’s usually some formulation of pyrethrin that essentially is scattered inside the barn to control these insect populations. And in fact, in some cases where you actually have livestock, there are formulations that can also be applied to the livestock without damaging them.
So, I would do two things: I would make sure that I examine the barn very carefully for any added openings where these flies can get in; and then I would consult a pest-management professional for an appropriate application of pesticide, because you have such a severe problem. I don’t think this is anything you’re going to be able to handle with, say, a more natural, smaller-scale approach like I might give you for your room. In this case, I think you need to choose the liberty commodity and have it applied properly. And when done, defined in accordance with all the label directions, I think it is a relatively safe stuff to do.
I hope that helps you out. Thank you so much better for calling us at 888 -MONEY-PIT.
LESLIE: You "re listening to" The Money Pit. Hey, do you have a home improvement project in your outpouring to-do list? Well, we can help. Give us a bellow now at 888 -MONEY-PIT presented by HomeAdvisor, the swiftly and easy highway to find the best home service pros in your province. You can predict reviews and book appointments online.
TOM: And precisely onward, it’s all fun and games until you have to actually pay for your dwelling improvement projects. We’re going to have tip-off on the best ways to finance your assignments, both tiny and big, as well as insights on the more popular programmes of the season, after this.
Making good dwellings better, welcome back to The Money Pit Home Improvement Show. I’m Tom Kraeutler.
LESLIE: And I’m Leslie Segrete.
TOM: Well, residence increase is hot this year. According to a brand-new inspect by LightStream, 73 percent of homeowners plan to renovate their residence this year. That’s actually a 26 -percent increase from 2018.
LESLIE: Yeah. And what’s also amazing is that Americans are now prioritizing personalization over increasing the value of their home for resale.
TOM: With us to talk about that and share some tips on how is payable for your home improvement projects is Todd Nelson. Todd is the senior vice president of strategic partnerships for LightStream.
TODD: Thanks, Tom. Thanks, Leslie.
TOM: So, you guys have been doing this survey now for six years old. And some of current trends you’ve seen develop are genuinely interesting, including this latest trend this year with a renewed interest in personalization. What’s driving it?
TODD: You know, it’s interesting. So, this year, I was catch when we got the results back. And as you mentioned, roughly three-quarters of parties are planning on making a home improvement. I study the big driver is that people are telling us that they’re strategy on remain in their homes for longer periods of time. I think it was nearly 60 percent of the people said that they’re going to stay in their home 10 times or more or have no programmes of ever moving out. And so, remaining throw means you’re going to be in your home, you crave it manifest your lifestyle and people are moving deepens so that they can experience the home they’re in, rather than thinking about flipping it and moving on to the next one.
LESLIE: Now, do you find that they’re spending more coin because it’s a personal drive on their own decisions there?
TODD: They are. And so this year, in our sixth year, this was the highest average amount that beings anticipated to devote. It was just over $9,000 this year and that was up 32 percentage over last year.
TOM: Wow, that’s somewhat substantial. But for 9,000 bucks, you’re not going to do a kitchen or a shower. Aside from those sort of typical big repairs and big improvements, what other styles of projects were they doing, Todd?
TODD: Well, so keep in mind that’s an average, right? So, nearly three-quarters said that they were going to do something. If you look at what people told us they were looking to do, about 29 percent said they were going to tackle some kind of home repair. So that have been able to include windows, roofing, maybe openings or solar. Thirty-one percent said they wanted to do a kitchen redevelopment. And 37 percentage said they wanted to tackle a shower renovation. That’s very similar to what we saw last year.
The biggest thing parties said that they were planning for 2019 was outdoor. And 41 percentage of the people that we canvassed said that they wanted to tackle some kind of outdoor project this year.
LESLIE: I mean that’s great. Everybody wants to get outside.
Do you even look into how people are thinking about paid under these restorations? Are they dipping into savings? Are they borrow coin?
TOM: We did. And so the survey this year, 60 percent of the people that we canvassed said they projected on using their savings to pay for all or part of their projection. Another 32 percent "says hes" schemed on using a placard. Residence equity and home improvement credits were another 13 and 10 percent respectively. And then six percent said they planned to dip into their investments in order is payable for their residence increase project.
TOM: That announces a little scary: dipping into your investments to pay for home improvement. What are some of the questions you should ask yourself when trying to decide how you should pay for it? Let’s assume you have some alternatives. You’ve got a credit card where maybe their best interests rate is a bit crazy, maybe you have some equity in your residence so you can get a home equity loan. What kinds of questions should you be asking yourself to determine what’s the most effective ways to go for development projects?
TODD: Well, certainly, savings is a nice option. If "youve had" the cash, it’s nice not to have to take on any additional debt. But oftentimes, people want to have some coin set aside for disaster fund or other things. So, you might not want to liquidate your savings for a home better project. Ascribe placards are certainly a very convenient option. And I feel for smaller projections- if you’re just going to do, say, paint a room or do some tiny amends- debit card make a ton of sense.
For bigger programmes, though, "theres a lot of" options. And so if you happen to have equity in your residence, certainly you could look at a home equity loan. And now, the unsecured consumer-loan options, like the ones that LightStream adds, very low interest rates and no rewards. And so, someone can get up to $100,000 from a lender like LightStream in as quickly as a daylight. And our interest rates in residence betterment start below six percent, so that’s a jolly beautiful alternative. Certainly lower than the interest rate that someone might offer on a credit card.
TOM: That’s interesting, because I guess you’ve have to go to assume that folks that are improving their home are probably fairly responsible persons if they’re taking the time to take care of the place that takes care of them.
TODD: Absolutely. And being a homeowner come here for both a responsibility but also a sense of pride. And so, I study parties, like we talked about earlier, want to personalize their dwelling. They want to have it reflect their lifestyle, whether it’s redoing their backyard and putting up a pergola or some other outdoor-living boasts. They demand occasions that indicate the event they’re interested in, help them entertain their friends and family and really enjoy their residence infinite more.
LESLIE: Either channel, I think whatever direction you go in, improving your home is such a great decision. But certainly "ve been thinking about" how you’re paying for this improvement can totally allay the stress and cure you only enjoy the process and the project that much more.
TODD: And we think it’s important that the first event that any homeowner do is really create a budget. Make assured that you think through how much coin can you really afford to spend on the project. And then get into the details. Representation out whether the government has it’s something that you can tackle as a do-it-yourself project. Or is it something that involves a plumber or an electrician where you really want to hire a pro to make sure that you don’t have any problems down the road? So, giving a budget and being smart about it and doing your research.
If you’re going to have a contractor come in, get multiple orders. I can be said, from my own experience in the last month, we got three different proposals for a fairly small project. And the costs varied so much better for the same accurate toil, it is therefore does pay to shop around, to have multiple dictations and to do your homework. Do the research and find out what the materials are going to cost. Find out what other people in your region have paid. That’ll really travel a long way towards curing a homeowner provide their budget.
TOM: Yeah, we always tell our gathering that the more you know before the pro comes in, the better off you are because, essentially, you’re creating your own spec. And all the pros that walk in the door are going to bid sort of apples to apples. It’ll be easy to compare what each is billing for your project.
TODD: So true. That’s great advice.
Todd Nelson, Senior Vice President of Strategic Partnerships for LightStream, thank you so much for stopping by The Money Pit, Todd.
Hey, if you’d like detailed information about all the options LightStream offers for residence improvement project financing, stay their website at LightStream.com. That’s LightStream.com.
Thanks again, Todd.
TODD: Thank you, Tom. Thank you, Leslie.
LESLIE: Hey, if you’re looking forward to laying out on a beautiful, lettuce, luxuriant lawn the summer months, we’ve got some steps that you need to take right now to keep the grass at bay. We’ll share those tips-off to stop the weeds from must start, next.
TOM: Realise good homes better, welcome to The Money Pit Home Improvement Show. I’m Tom Kraeutler.
LESLIE: And I’m Leslie Segrete.
Well, floorboards to shingles, gazebos to garages, give us a request now with your dwelling betterment question at 888 -MONEY-PIT presented by HomeAdvisor. You’ll find top-rated home service pros and volume appointments online, all for free.
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LESLIE: Louise in Delaware is on the line with some carpenter bees seeing her dwelling. Tell us what’s going on.
LOUISE: Yes, ma’am. I have a deck in my- at my back entrance and I have a roof. It doesn’t widen all the way out to the end of the floor. Only about halfway. And I’ve been having, for several years, a major problem with carpenter bees. They actually acquire perfectly round pits in the roof of the deck.
And I had an exterminator a couple of years ago and he said he would scatter it but no secures. And he scattered it and maybe for about five epoch I didn’t view them but they came right back. But someone told me- it was actually another exterminator, a really older lady. She said to come sword hair and set steel wool in the holes because they can’t get out through the sword wool. Because my cousin made cotton missiles soaked in bleach in the holes "shes had" on her floor and they actually ate through the cotton chunks and they snack through the caulking.
TOM: There’s the do-it-yourself methods and there’s the professional programmes. I’m troubled by the fact that you hired an exterminator- it sounds like it was some time ago- and he wouldn’t guarantee a reaction. That’s not acceptable. Most professional exterminators have the tools, the lore and the pesticides to effectively eliminate carpenter bees with a rational collateral of success.
So, if you have such a serious problem as this, I would definitely suggest that you go find yourself a new exterminator, maybe from a national-brand company like Orkin. You’d have better success with that.
Now, if you want to do this yourself, the reason that the bees form those flaws is because they’re nesting. And so the direction they’re treated is you spraying a pesticide inside those pits. You can also be used scatter something that’s petroleum-based inside the holes, because they don’t like that. You can fill them with steel wool.
There’s lots of ways that you could try this yourself. But given the severity of the problem, I would suggest you find a good exterminator who is able to receiving treatment with the right type of pesticide and you not have to worry about it. And I don’t think you had a pro last-place experience. You get a pro to address this difficulty and only get it done, once and for all, alright?
Thanks so much for calling us at 888 -MONEY-PIT.
Well, we all cherish a luxuriant, green lawn but sometimes, what’s green isn’t exactly grass nor is it extremely luxuriant. In knowledge, weeds can destroy a lawn and remove any chance of turning your backyard into a perfect frame spot.
LESLIE: Yeah, that’s right. But when you consider that exactly one dandelion embed can make up to 15,000 weed grains, it’s a wonder that any of us win this battle against the dark-green invaders at all.
TOM: Well, there is a great way to beat back weeds in your lawn and it’s easy to apply. It’s a product announced Weed Beater Ultra. It’s made by Bonide and it can kill over 200 broad-leaf weeds without harming the lawn. And this weekend is really a good time to apply the product.
LESLIE: Yeah. And usually, when you are apply a weed killer, you need to wait a month before you reseed the lawn. And that’s another conclude we like this product is that you can actually reseed just two weeks after employment. So you’re going to get that full lawn proceeding that much faster.
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LESLIE: Alan in Idaho is on the line with a hit in a foundation. Tell us what’s going on at your money pit.
ALAN: You know, when I first bought the house, a contractor chum of mine said it was no big deal and he "ve given me" some epoxy. Said to drill some gap in it and squirt it in there until it mushed out all the way through and then just go ahead and smooth it off. Well, I didn’t seal it but it’s cracked right again beside it.
TOM: OK. So you have a crack in the foundation that you fitted with epoxy and it’s continuing to crack. Is that the action?
TOM: How age-old is your house?
ALAN: Sixty-seven is when it was built.
TOM: Alright. So it’s concrete-block wall or cinderblock wall, remedy?
ALAN: It’s concrete.
TOM: Now, do you have any drainage issues around the house?
ALAN: Not that I know of.
TOM: Have you had any moisture in the basement or clues of that?
ALAN: The only time I’ve ever had any moisture in the vault is a previous owned drilled a loophole in the storey and ran the condensate exhaust through the air conditioner into the floor.
TOM: Alright. That’s not the kind of sweat we’re concerned about. The ground I would like to request that question is because it sounds like your wall is a little shaky and that it’s continuing to move. And the first circumstance to do when that happens- if it’s not a serious crack , not one where the wall is being dislocated- is to make sure that your grading and your sewage case are perfectly letter-perfect. Because the more spray that steeps around the outside of that room, the more irrigate that comes off channels and gets discharged against the wall, the weaker that organization gets.
It’s kind of like this: when it’s rainy and "youre walking" across a field, you sink into the mud because wet dirt is not as strong as dry soil. So we want to try to keep the dirt around your live- and specifically, under your foothold- as dry as is practicable. So sewage control is important.
Now, beyond that, if this is just sort of a hairline crack that’s modelling- is that what we’re talking about here?
ALAN: Yeah, yeah, it is. Well, the original one was a fairly good-sized cranny but ...
TOM: Well, what I would do if it’s a hairline cranny is I would fill it with silicone caulk, because it will expand and constrict and won’t- epoxy is pretty potent if it’s going to break and crack through it. So I would just replenish it with silicone caulk; that will really keep out some moisture and drafts from coming through it.
ALAN: Alright. And now, if I dig down- I know it doesn’t go clear to the footing because I’ve been down that far. I burrow down to see how far it was downed. And so, dig down and recommend perhaps tarring it up below position?
TOM: I wouldn’t go through all that. I imply right now, it’s- I would just improve the sewage predicaments and seal the fissure from the inside where you can.
TOM: Alright? I don’t think it’s going to really add to it to tar up the whole foundation. You don’t seem to have any major moisture problem now, so we’re just trying to deal with the drafts and any possible leakage in the future.
Good luck. Thanks so much for calling us at 888 -MONEY-PIT.
LESLIE: Well, with the beautiful weather, it’s also picnic go. And while picnic and barbecues can be fun, they come with their very own gave of stains. We’re going to have quick cleanups for spilled sauce, grease, mustard and more, after this.
I feel like you’re talking to me, Tom. You know it.
TOM: Yeah, absolutely.
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: And recollect, while you’re online, you can post your questions on The Money Pit’s website at the Community section. And I’ve got one now from Rachel who author: “I recently bought a small home shaped in 1991. It’s a fine residence that sits on a mound. I discovered that there’s no vapor barrier on the grind in the crawlspace. I don’t notice any ensuing questions but the first floor feels cold to my bare hoof even though there’s insulation for the purposes of the flooring. Should I be adding a vapor railing? And if so, why? ”
TOM: Well, vapor obstructions are always a good theme when you have a crawlspace. They reduce humidity in that space and they’re also going to reduce the amount of sweat that can evaporate of off the soil of the- that’s under the floor of the crawlspace. And that has a couple of benefits, Rachel.
First of all, it abbreviates the risk of mold and decay forming on the storey enclose. Because all that humidity rests on the timber and then the lumbers get soften and it starts to rot away. And likewise, it’s going to make your isolation work better. Because if you keep the insulation drier at those lower humidity status, it actually isolates more. But it is not likely, though, to shape your floor feel warmer to those bare feet. For that, you need to much improve the insulation or maybe even the type of insulation.
So, our suggestion: yes, applied the crawlspace vapor hurdle down. That will help for all the reasons that we said. But for the flooring joists itself, you might want to add some additional unfaced fiberglass batts there and perhaps a few area carpetings on top to care of those chilly tootsies in the morning.
LESLIE: Oh, my goodness. Area carpets genuinely do cure a tremendous amount. Plus, they search good and "youve been" can finish up the decor of a gap by adding in a beautiful orbit rug.
And it gives you an opportunity to change them seasonally, more. It’s the most effective ways to add in the colors of the season. It can feel like a holiday, it can feel like springtime, it can have substances of summer. It’s a really inexpensive and easy highway to accompanied that season into the house, so think about it. Store those rugs nicely and you can change the search any time you want.
TOM: Well , now that the weather is turning warm, it is picnic time once again. Don’t gave the inevitable blots that accompany that outdoor devouring, though, ruin the entertaining. Leslie has quick fix for grimes, in today’s edition of Leslie’s Last Word.
Leslie? You are the expert at uttering blots, so I guess you’re the expert at cleaning them up.
LESLIE: You know, for being super tidy and organized, I’m a exceedingly tangled eater. It’s so ridiculous. I’m always ruining shirts. So this is very, very helpful.
Picnics, they really are a summertime tradition. But devouring outside can be messy. I make where do you put your plate? How do you hold everything? Consequently, a imbibe runs or a sandwich slips or the rib shed on your blouse. So, you’ve got to know how to treat those blots so they don’t ruin all of your brand-new, recreation summertime clothing.
Now, if we’re talking about barbecue sauce, you need to even the cold water from the underside of the fabric and blot with liquid laundry cleanser, then sponge with white-hot vinegar. Now, you can apply a stain treatment and then wash. The same stair is going to work for ketchup and mustard, so this is your condiment killer there. Okay, you guys?
Now, if we’re talking about berries- because summer is berry season, cobblers, all those things. You’re eating strawberries, you’re eating blueberries. You’re simply munching berries and you should be. So what you have to do there is mix a tablespoon of grey vinegar with a 1/2-teaspoon of liquid laundry cleanser and a quart of irrigate. Now, this time, you’ve got to let the fabric soak for about 15 instants and then wash. If it’s a really tough stain, you can blot with alcohol.
I know you’re going to make some more shambles. We’ve got grass discolours, we’ve got everything else that happens in the summertime. So head on over to MoneyPit.com and you’ll find a ton about blot removal.
TOM: This is The Money Pit Home Improvement Show. Hey, thank you so much for spending part of your weekend with us. If you’ve went questions you can’t get answers to about your residence project, your decor projects, you can reach us, 24/7, at 888 -MONEY-PIT or always through our social-media canals, including Facebook.com, Twitter and Instagram.
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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For many families, Christmas trees are the beautiful centerpiece of their holiday decor. Whether gathering around the tree to hang lights and ornaments, take a family photo or open presents, it’s at the heart of so many traditions and memories.
But while the scent and feel of a real Christmas tree is preferred by some, live trees can be a lot of work! Between the need for watering, the constant vacuuming of dried-out needles and the cost of purchase, the time, trouble and expense of enjoying a live Christmas tree can really add up, year after year.
For these reasons, coupled with advances in better-built and more realistic artificial trees, as well as amazing advances in LED lighting, many folks are taking a fresh new look at artificial Christmas trees and deciding to take the leap.
But with so many styles and options available for artificial Christmas trees, finding the perfect one for your family can be overwhelming! How can you be sure you’re making the right choice on a purchase you’ll have for a decade?
To make a confident, informed decision when selecting an artificial Christmas tree, consider these 5 tips:1. Choose the type of artificial Christmas trees
Artificial Christmas trees can look like they’ve been plucked fresh from the forest, dusted with new snow or even old-school metallic:Fir: Artificial fir trees have a bushy, full appearance, making them a great choice if you want to go light on the ornaments, since they won’t look bare even when sparsely decorated. Artificial fir trees mimic the look of popular live trees in the South and West. Pine: Artificial pine trees feature a classic needle construction that provides plenty of room for all your favorite ornaments. These artificial trees mimic the look of popular live trees in the South. Spruce: Artificial spruce trees have a more traditional shape and style that’s perfect for lots of ornaments. These artificial trees mimic the look of popular live trees in the Midwest and East Coast. Flocked: The branches of a flocked artificial tree are treated to look like they’ve been dusted with snow, creating a winter wonderland effect indoors. Tinsel/metallic: These trees have a nostalgic, retro-vintage appeal. An old-school color wheel adds to the fun and brings a pop of color to the holidays. 2. Choose the material
Plastics makes it possible here, with technology advances in both molded and manufactured that deliver a durable structure that’ll stand up to years of use.PE: Artificial Christmas trees made of 3-D molded polyethylene are the most realistic looking trees, and are also flame-retardant. PVC: Trees cut from PVC sheets have a lifelike evergreen look and are a popular and affordable alternative to PE trees.
3. Choose the right tree size
Have you ever picked a real Christmas tree from a roadside stand or tree farm , only to take it home and find it mysteriously grew from the size you imaged it would be? While that problem is easily resolved with the cut of a saw, buying an artificial Christmas tree that doesn’t fit isn’t so easy to adjust!TREE HEIGHT
The average home has a ceiling height between 8 and 9 feet, but those with ceilings that are over 10 feet, or cathedral or vaulted ceilings, will have room for a more dramatic tree. Be sure to leave at least 6” to 12” between the top of the tree and your ceiling so there’s room for your topper.6’ to 6’5” tree: safe for the average home 7’ to 7’5” tree: the most popular height-wise 9’ to 13’ tree: perfect for a great room or a two-story foyer TREE WIDTH
You’ll also want to measure the width of the area where you’ll set up your tree to ensure a good fit. Artificial trees generally come in three widths:Full: Most full trees are 7’ to 7’5” tall and 56” to 64” wide Medium: Most tall trees come in a medium width Slim: Includes pencil trees; great for small spaces. 4. Choose your tree lighting options
Here’s where some of the biggest advances in artificial Christmas trees have happened. Say goodbye to the frustrations of past years where string lights that were perfectly good last Christmas, now seem to only half light or not illuminate at all. With many durable built-in lighting options, backed by solid warranties, you can expect your tree to light beautifully from year to year.
Pre-lit: Pre-lit artificial Christmas trees are great for any home because they remove the need for traditional string lights. These trees come come pre-wired and strung with lights, which cannot be removed and are usually embedded within the artificial branches. This helps avoid tangled cords near your electrical outlet and simplifies the decorating process.LED: LED lights are cool to the touch and have a longer life than traditional bulbs. Color-changing: With color-changing lights, you can choose to set your tree on white or multi-color lights. Multi-function: Color-changing lights with many more options. Dual function lights: Lights that can alternate between clear and multicolored for a festive look. Remote controlled lights: This feature enables you to control the tree’s features all by a push of a button. Quickset construction: With this functionality, light plugs are located inside the tree pole and will illuminate automatically as each section of the tree is connected. It comes in three pieces that are easy to assemble, saving you time and minimizing hassle.
5. Set up your artificial Christmas tree to look its best
When you first pull your artificial tree from the box, it will need reshaping to bring it to life. Here are some tricks to do just that:Once your tree is set up, ensure that each branch is in its proper place. Starting from the bottom up, fluff it from the inner branch tips, working your way outwards. Carefully point the outer tips in different directions and fan them out from the center for good volume. For taller artificial Christmas trees, it is a good idea to remove the top, shape it, and then place it on tree body. If the tree is not already pre-lit, wrap the light strings starting from the base and work your way to the top. Make sure they spread out evenly throughout.
Whether flocked for a winter wonderland effect or pre-lit for convenience, artificial Christmas trees offer a lot of advantages over traditional trees. Now that you know your options when it comes to type, size, material and lighting features, you’ll be able to find the artificial Christmas tree that suits your family’s preferences and is perfect for your home.
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