Good Fences Make Good Neighbors

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.

TOM: Plywood?

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.

TOM: Right.

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.

DAN: Awesome.

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, 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.

TOM: Alright?

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

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’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.

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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.

Welcome, Todd.

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 That’s

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?

ALAN: Correct.

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.

TOM: Call us, right now, with your home betterment question on the listener wrinkle at 888 -MONEY-PIT was put forward by HomeAdvisor.

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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 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, 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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