5 Fast Ways to Add Instant Curb Appeal & More

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: On a beautiful outpouring weekend, we’re here to help you take on your home improvement projects, your decor jobs, your outdoor living, kitchen remodeling, soak modernizing, sprinkler singing. Whatever project is on your to-do list, we’d love to help you get it done, peculiarly if you’ve get questions, you’re not sure what the hell is do, what happens firstly, how to hire a pro. “Can I do it myself? ” Pick up the phone and let’s start a conversation. The quantity is 1-888-MONEY-PIT, 888 -6 66 -3 974.

Coming up on today’s show, are you looking for a fun and easy outpouring programme that can add some instantaneous inhibit appeal to your space? We’re going to have five that’ll do simply that, merely ahead.

LESLIE: And have you ever opened an electric bill and been offended? Well, you’re thinking, “How can this be possible and which is why i all that electricity extending? ” We’re going to share tip-off on a new make that can be used to figure out a lot about how you’re consuming your energy and how you can use less of it.

TOM: And as you look around your home, are fractures and punctures and tack daddies taking away from your otherwise well-maintained space? It are likely to be just giving away your home’s age. We’re going to have some tips on how to fix those, once and for all, just ahead.

LESLIE: And if you’re doing your share of spring cleaning, we’re giving away a great tool that can help blast dirt and grime. It’s the new Greenworks 1,800 -PSI Electric Pressure Washer. It’s can be found at Lowe’s for $169 but we’ve got one to give away, right now, to one lucky listener who calls in with their residence improvement question. So throw us a call at 888 -MONEY-PIT.

TOM: 888 -6 66 -3 974. Let’s get right to it. Leslie, who’s firstly?

LESLIE: Kelly in Texas, you’ve went The Money Pit. How can we help you today?

KELLY: Yeah, I have a Craftsman-style home and it has bank volcanoes. But I had an vigour audit time this spring and the vigor examination said, “Kelly, you don’t have any soffit vents in your- around your eaves.”

TOM: Yeah. Hmm.

KELLY: Well, I don’t really have eaves. All of my roof ends in these disclosed rafters. It does have gables and so he said, “You need to vent this house. Your mansion – your attic is are not well freshened because you don’t have any way for the breeze to go in the bottom.”

TOM: OK. So you have no soffit. Is that correct? Basically, it terminates?

KELLY: That’s correct.

TOM: So here’s the solution, OK? There’s a type of vent called a drip-edge vent. And what a drip-edge vent does is it essentially extends the roof strand by all of about 2 inches. And that 2 inch becomes an overhang at the leading edge that provides the intake ventilation for the soffit.

So, if you go the website for AirVent.com- it’s the Air Vent Corporation- take a look at the make assortment there. Look at the Drip-Edge Vent and you’ll identify exactly what I mean.

Now, to do this, you’re going to end up taking off the bottom track of shingles and maybe even putting two shingles in its situate, because you’re going to have to actually physically expanding the roof by a duet of inches. But done right, you will install that soffit that you don’t have and you won’t notice it from the outside. So you’re not going to physically dismissal a difference in terms of the architectural mode of your mansion but you will provide that all-important opening for intake ventilation.

KELLY: OK. Appreciate it.

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

LESLIE: Now we’ve got Lavonne in Iowa on the line with a floor-refinishing question. How can we help you today?

LAVONNE: Yes. I have 1,350 square paws of engineered-hardwood floor. It has been refinished twice and you know what? It’s looking pretty tough. And I had wished to refinish it again and I’ve thought about do a gelatin with a glaze over the top of it. But I’m afraid if I sand it any more, I’m going to be into the plywood.

TOM: You know, it’s highly unusual that you’ve been able to refinish it formerly. Engineered floors have factory-applied finishes and they’re extremely difficult to refinish, which you may have discovered.

One thing I can suggest, Lavonne, is this. Is the flooring physically injury or is it actually really the finish is kind of worn a little bit?

LAVONNE: You know what? There is some physical detriment because of water editions, like where I had my Christmas tree, right? The peal, where it- because it wasn’t a very thick poly on it, I think.

TOM: Right. Right.

LAVONNE: And then there’s scratches, of course.

TOM: OK. Well, here’s what you could do. What you could do is you could rent not a sander but a floor buffer. And you get a floor buffer with a sanding screen. So it’s a very fine screen that makes the place of sort of the buffing pads. And it will take off exactly the upper face of the flooring finish and kind of dull it out and smooth it out. And then on top of that, you can refinish it. So it doesn’t really beach the timber; it actually simply sands the finish, so to speak.


TOM: And that might be enough for you to get a brand-new finish to make. But I’ve got to tell you, you should just count your favors because having refinished this two and now maybe three times, with engineered you’re certainly far transcending what it’s designed to do. You’re treating this like it’s a solid hardwood and not an engineered hardwood.

LAVONNE: I know. And you know what? I’ve priced out laying new over the top of it, engineered, because to- the cost to remove what’s already there, the already existing, is out of this- out of the- it’s just out of the roof. And to lay over the top of it, is that wise to lay another engineered over the top of it?

TOM: But that said, I don’t understand why somebody wants to charge you so much to take out what’s there. It’s not attached to the floor underneath. It’s not glued down, is it?

LAVONNE: You know what? That’s what I don’t know. It’s the unknown.

TOM: In most cases, you would not glue down engineered floor; it would hover. And so if it’s floating, all you would do to remove it is you would determined the degree of a circular show to the thickness of the floor, you’d positioned a assortment of strokes across the floor in a grid-like pattern, you start prying it up and throwing it apart. The only act that’s hard to get out is where it gets to the edges under the molding. But it shouldn’t be that big of a consider to take over engineered flooring, as long as it’s not glued.

That said, there’s no reason you can’t leant a second layer over that.

LAVONNE: So would you place something in between? Would you hovered the flooring or would you staple it?

TOM: Yeah, it’s always swam; engineered ever swims. And a lot of engineered hardwoods today have a backer on them once, so they’re kind of cushiony.

LAVONNE: We’re “ve been thinking about”- we’re going to list the house. It’s a 5,800 -square-foot home. It’s huge and it’s simply my husband and I sounding around in this thing and so- you want to do something …

TOM: Well, if you’re going to roster the chamber of representatives, you’re never going to return an investment by replacing the floor. My advice is to sand the storeys with a floor buffer and a sanding screen, articulated another coat of urethane on it and then situated the “For Sale” sign in the figurehead ground, OK?

LAVONNE: Alright. Thank you very much.

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

LESLIE: You are tuned to The Money Pit Home Improvement Radio Show on breeze and online at MoneyPit.com. Give us a call at 888-MONEY-PIT presented by HomeAdvisor, where it’s easy to find top-rated, local home improvement pros for any home project. Go to HomeAdvisor.com.

TOM: Just ahead, we’ve got five fast and easy makeovers you can do to give your home instant curb appeal. And that’s all coming up, after this.

Making good homes better, welcome back to The Money Pit Home Improvement Show. I’m Tom Kraeutler.

LESLIE: And I’m Leslie Segrete.

Well, it is officially the spring-cleaning season and it’s time to blast away all that dirt and grime that’s built up over the winter. So, we’re giving away a great tool to help you do time that. It’s the new Greenworks 1,800 -PSI Electric Pressure Washer. And it’s available at Lowe’s for $169.

TOM: Yeah, this is a great tool. It’s super convenient to use and it’s got a lot of very helpful features including, first of all, its cleaning influence. It’s got a 13 -amp motor and that delivers 1.1 gallons of spray a hour. So, that’s a lot of water. It come here for five quick-connect nozzles and they collect on board, which I adore because those nozzles are so easy to lose. But with the quick-connect and the onboard storage, that’s just perfect. And this route, you can choose the perfect nozzle for whatever you’re cleaning.

LESLIE: Yeah. The other thing that I like is that it has only one onboard soap container, also, so it manufactures it really easy to add the detergent. And the detergent truly helps you with a lot of those cleaning projects, like the driveway and the deck, patios, walkways, your siding. You can even wash your car.

Now, you’re going to find the Greenworks 1,800 -PSI Electric Pressure Washer for the everyday price of $169 at your local Lowe’s home progress supermarket. But we are giving one away, right now, to one listener drawn at random. Make that you.

TOM: Give us a entitle, right now, with your home decor or residence better question at 888 -MONEY-PIT. We’ll toss your name in The Money Pit hard hat and you might just be the winner of the new Greenworks 1,800-PSI Electric Pressure Washer.

LESLIE: Tim in Virginia is dealing with some deposit windows. Tell us what’s going on.

TIM: Hi. Run into an issue a lot of goes, with some of the older dwellings that I have, with the windows. For some reason, they are depicted shut or nailed shut. But I’d like to know how I can solve that, as well as some of these openings being dual-pane windows with distillation already in them. Next to superseding them, what can I do to resolve that problem?

TOM: Alright. Two separate issues. First of all, I infer we’re talking about age-old, wood windows being decorated slam? Is that remedy?

TIM: That is correct.

TOM: You’re going to need three concepts. You’re going to need a putty knife, a wood block and a hammer.

Here’s what you do. First of all, you make the putty bayonet and you run it in between the grove window sash and the enclose, the whole way around, as many regions as you can. Wherever you can get that in there, wiggle it in there, that they are able to free it up.

And you take the chunk of timber and from within, you positioned it on top of the sash and you make the mallet and you take a- make a quick rap. We’re actually driving the window down, as if you’re trying to close it more. Do that on both sides, on both extremities. And what that quick hip-hop does is it tends to break the decorate stratum that’s sticking it to the sides. So if “youre running” the putty spear around and you take the pulley-block of grove, give it a immediate rap downward, that should free up the bottom sash.

A lot of people try to get their hands under the window and push up. That tends to pulling the grove enclose of the window apart. But if you hand it a shot down, which is somewhat counterintuitive, that works very well.

Now, as far as the windows that you’re dealing with that are thermal-pane and the seals are failed, can’t do anything about that. When they’re failed, they’re disappointed. And those windows would have to be replaced if you want them to be clear again.

TIM: OK, OK. Alright. I is really framed that to use, probably within the next week or so, with the brand-new group that I merely bought. Thank you so very much.

TOM: Well, we all know curb appeal is king, so ever a good idea for outpouring fix-ups, especially with the longer epoches and the warmer weather we’re all enjoying this time of year. So, if you miss some theories where to start, we’ve got a index of 5 quick and easy makeovers that you can take on this weekend.

LESLIE: Yeah. First of all, let’s talk about your breast door. Now, it’s the prime focal point for inhibit appeal, so you want to make sure that it sparkles with welcome. You can repaint it or refinish the surface, replace the hardware- the grips, the fastenings- touch up all the circumvent trim. That’s a really easy list of fix-ups that can just boost those first impressions.

TOM: Now, the next occasion you can do is accessorize. You want to freshen your home’s first impression with an up-to-date doormat, perhaps a stylish address illustration or maybe some brand-new residence numbers and a brand-new mailbox. You could also think about supplementing a small container garden. I entail it might be as simple as a few cases containers right around the door. Add some bright, dark-green undergrowth like arborvitaes and maybe some flowering weeds. It genuinely makes a beautiful and unusually organic welcome to your home.

LESLIE: Now, next, let’s talk about lighting. You was therefore necessary to make sure you’ve got a well-lit pathway and you can do that with a very simple lighting paraphernalium. If hall lighting is starting to look tired, you can replace those fixtures with modern classics that maybe have the wattage you are required to enhance safe but also spotlit the facade and features.

Next, is moving forward and spruce up your terrain by adding some seasonal shade. You know, it doesn’t have to be everywhere; it can be strategic plantings that add attention and develop focal point. You also want to be sure that you shop for genus that are native to your environment zone and who the hell is more drought-resistant.

TOM: Finally, continue that lawn luxuriant. For green throughout the regions of the season, make sure you reseed your lawn’s rough patches and manure them. And if you’re dealing with weeds, simply apply Bonide’s Weed B Gon and be sure to water that brand-new terrain with an irrigation method or sprinklers, driven by a digital timer. That’s going to help you create a very water-wise routine , not waste a lot of water and taken to ensure that the grass get just what it needs to grow healthy and green.

LESLIE: Next up, we’ve get Pat in Georgia who needs some help with a cleanup programme. What’s going on?

PAT: I have granite countertops. And I am wondering if there is an advantage to using the store-bought cleansers versus a homemade cleaner. And what the hell is the homemade clean be?

TOM: So I guess you don’t have a recipe for a homemade cleaner. Is that what you’re saying?

PAT: No, I don’t.

TOM: If you happen to run across one that you like, tell us about it because I have not found one. But I will say that the commercial clean are usually very well-developed and are designed to give you a longer-term protection than you can probably get out of anything that you were able to mix up on your own countertop.

There’s a website called StoneCare.com that specializes in these types of commodities. And our listeners have always had good success with them, so I would take a look at that website.

But the thing about granite crowns is a lot of folks buy them and think, “Well, it’s stone. I’m not going to have to do much work to the top.” But the truth is it’s a lot of cultivate, isn’t it, Pat?

PAT: It very certainly is.

TOM: It really is. And if you don’t stay on top of it, it gets jolly nasty-looking. So, you are going to have to invest in some regular cleanup and I would simply buy a good-quality make from a good symbol manufacturer and precisely admit it as actuality, OK?

PAT: Thank you so very much.

TOM: Good luck with that activity. Thanks so much for calling us at 888 -MONEY-PIT.

LESLIE: Richard in Ohio is living in a pretty drafty live. Join the fraternity. Tell me what’s going on.

RICHARD: Insulation contractor came and blew cellulose isolation in the walls. Left a lot of vacancies in it, which caused forced drawings. I had infrared-camera work done and the floors are like 31 degrees and about 45 measures waist-high. And I can’t seem to figure out what’s going on here or what the hell is do about it. However, I noticed a physics coach that restores old-fashioned residences. She told me that if you leave a void in an insulation- segregated wall- it will justification a thrust draft.[ Be creating]( ph) quite a few pushed drafts in here.

TOM: Well, maybe, maybe not but here’s the thing. First of all, “youve had” blown-in insulation done and you follows that up with an infrared-camera inspection. I’m gauge you didn’t do that right after the installer was done, correct? You did this later on to try to figure out why “its still” cold in the house?


TOM: Yeah. And it’s extremely difficult to install blown-in insulation in a wall and make love accurately, so we’ve heard this before. The best installers will take a long time to make sure it gets in just right. They throw in precisely the right amount and they knew how to get it in every inlet and then they use an infrared camera to figure out if they’ve missed anything. So it rackets to me like now we’ve got a real mess in the outside wall. We don’t know what’s segregated, what’s not insulated.

Let’s set that digression for right now and spread two other very important elementaries. Number one is the attic. You want to made to ensure that you have enough insulation in your attic because if you can trap the heat from fleeing from the attic, which is where most of the heat leaves the chamber of representatives, you may find that it’s going to make you more comfortable.

In the attics of Ohio, where you’re located, you’re going to need at least 15 to 20 inches of fiberglass insulation. Most beings don’t have that much. But “thats what” the Department of Energy would recommend. So if you don’t have that much insulation, the first thing I want you to do is add insulation to your attic.

The second act – you mentioned you’re on a crawlspace. Your floor has got to be insulated. Again, unfaced fiberglass batts. If it’s a standard 2×10 storey joist, you had wished to fill that up with a full 10 inches of insularity. If you can insulate the storey and the attic- two areas that are accessible and easy to access – you’re kind of halfway there.

Now, what are we going to do about the exterior wall? Well, short of taking it apart, we’re not going to easily solve this difficulty with a blown-in. If you had an insulation company that have been able to working in collaboration with the camera and computed added blown-in, they might be able to fill it in. But that’s going to be expensive and I don’t know that you’re going to get a good return on investment.

So what I would suggest you do is everything else that you can do to stop the drafts. So that intends sealing around spaces and doors and shops and glowing permutations, specially, to make sure that we get as many of those cracks closed as possible.

And then from a decorating perspective, very often- Leslie, you jump right in because I’ve heard you recommend ponderous dangles over these windows, very, to try to short-circuit those drafts that are sort of descend around the windows.

LESLIE: Yeah. And you can do it sort of two-fold. You know, we have drafty windows. Unfortunately, the previous owners installed not the greatest of windows and they were inadequately positioned. So, short of doing an important project now, I’ve gotten innovative. I’ve done a kind of double-lined fabric subtlety that’s up against the glass portion of the window itself. And I’ll draw those down during the colder ages. And then I have a heavier drape that I use in the winter, as well, that’s rowed that I will only close up to make sure that I’m preserving those sketches out.

Also, if you’ve came baseboard heating in that office, you had wished to make sure that nothing is blocking those baseboards. Your furniture – you’ve got to pull away from the walls. Think about generating it some breath, just sort of circulate the heat around the room a little better. But genuinely, heavy fibers, ponderous draperies, that really does make a huge difference.

TOM: Richard, I hope that advice helps you out. Thanks so much for calling us at 1-888-MONEY-PIT.

LESLIE: Hey, have you ever opened an electric bill and wondered where the heck all that electricity is going to? Well, there’s a new product on the market that can help you figure out a lot about how you’re consuming your energy and how you can use less of it. We’ll tell you all about it, next.

TOM: Determining good homes better, welcome back to The Money Pit Home Improvement Show. I’m Tom Kraeutler.

LESLIE: And I’m Leslie Segrete.

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TOM: 888 -6 66 -3 974.

Hey, Leslie, talking about needing a pro, I understand there was a dishwasher happen at Casa Segrete this week.

LESLIE: Yeah. It’s an ongoing thing that I want to select your brain on.

So , commonly, I mean you know I leave for the studio so early in the morning, at 3:30, 4:00 in the morning.

TOM: Right.

LESLIE: So I don’t always empty the dishwasher, so the babysitter frequently does it.


LESLIE: So, come weekend season, I go to empty the dishwasher and I realise the little rug right outside of the sag/ dishwasher field feels damp. And I’m like, “That’s really weird.” And I reflected maybe as I’m emptying something, I was- water overflowed. So the next light, I acquired sure that when I put on the dishwasher, I stood there and watched it for a bit.

TOM: Right.

LESLIE: And all of a sudden, I hear it and much like I thought, ocean is just sort of pouring out of that left lower corner.


LESLIE: And so, I turn off the cycle. I actually cause it finish. I really kept a Tupperware under there; I’m not going to lie. I obtained the water as best I could. I just sort of reeled with it.

But I cleaned off the gasket, I checked to make sure that there’s a good seal. That all seems to be working and now I don’t know if I just should oust the seal. I’m not really sure where to go with it.

TOM: Well, it may not be the seal at all. Because what happens is through all the food molecules, it can kind of jam up the deplete inside the dishwasher or it could affect the hover inside the dishwasher. And if they get blocked with nutrient corpuscles, the bottom of the dishwasher actually overflows. So it’s not like you’re just trying to stop a leak in a dike or something like that.

LESLIE: It’s not like rain that goes in every direction and like wind-driven rain. “Its like” a flooding, you think.

TOM: Right. It may actually just be crowding up. So I would take a look again at that bottom area of the dishwasher. And sometimes, you was therefore necessary to kind of look. It is difficult to see. You is necessary to have a dawn. But take a good, hard look in there. And sometimes, you have to disassemble some of the washer arms to really get to everything.

LESLIE: Actually?

TOM: And I’ll give you a little trick of the market. If you can get it disclosed and you’re wondering, “How do I clean out all these little, tiny entrances and stuff, ” grab a dry/ cool vacuum. Put it on the smallest nozzle and then employ that to suck all the particles right out there. You can do that with a dishwasher. You could also do it with a drain that’s blockage, by the way, extremely. Doesn’t hurt a situation. And then try it again.

LESLIE: Yeah. Because I went in there and I scavenged the gasket to make sure that that was sealing suitably. And then all those little gunk collectors underneath these components, I took that all out, I rinsed all those off.

TOM: Yes.

LESLIE: I truly was looking at every single part that I could get at and easily remove. But I didn’t to be considered going as far as all of the washing appendages and everything in there.

TOM: Yep. That might be what’s going on. So, give it a shot.

LESLIE: So get in the dishwasher.

TOM: There you go. Get in there.

LESLIE: So as soon as we’re done with The Money Pit, climbing into the dishwasher is mostly what you’re saying.

TOM: You’ve got to de-gunk everything.

888-666-3974. Hey, if you’ve got an appliance question or any other single job on your to-do list, give us a call right now. We’ll swing it on over to ours. And if we pick your specify out of The Money Pit hard hat, you might just win this hour’s pillage, which is fantastic. It’s the Greenworks 1,800 -PSI Electric Pressure Washer.

LESLIE: Have you ever opened an electric bill and wondered where all that electricity is going? Well, there’s a new make on world markets that can help you figure out a great deal about how you’re employing your electricity and how you can use less of it.

TOM: Yeah. It’s called the Sense Home Energy Monitor and I just set one in my home a couple of weeks ago. It’s very cool. You can see how it works at GetSense.com.

But it’s pretty amazing. It acts various kinds of like a fitness tracker for your dwelling. And it tells you what’s on, what’s off and how much power it’s expending. So, you can figure out where all that juice is going and you can save money and you are able to form your residence most sustainable at the same time.

Now, the installation is pretty straightforward. It installs to your home’s main electrical body and then it monitors all that electrical be utilized in real season through an app. That’s going to let you participate accurately what’s going on. And it can even was talking about how much it expenditure daily, weekly and even monthly to run your chocolate potty or your air conditioner or your dishwasher or your refrigerator. It basically moves everything. And you might even be able to blot vigor guzzlers before they show up in the form of a big electrical bill.

LESLIE: Yeah. Sense is also going to help you “ve been looking for” their own families by tracking your home’s activity and machine use.

For example, in that Sense app, you can see if you’ve turn out your attire dryer before you leave the house. And you can also determined alerts to tell you if the coffee maker, for some reason, still happen to be on.

Now, Sense can also help you avoided problems by relating unexpected the actions of your residence. And it’s all happening in real term and before it becomes an issue, because it can look for odd patterns like, say, your refrigerator that’s running constantly because its filter is blocked or a sump pump that runs more than customary because the water heater broke and your basement’s flooded. It genuinely gives you a evidence to what is going on.

TOM: It’s certainly an incredible and helpful and very smart device that can save you coin and meet your home more efficient and sustainable. Check it out at GetSense.com. That’s GetSense.com.

LESLIE: Up next, are you tired of staring at walls full of cracks, dings or hammer sounds? Well, drywall reparations are a common headache for homeowners but easy for a pro to handle. We’re going to tell you what’s involved, in today’s Pro Project presented by HomeAdvisor.com, after this.

TOM: Establishing good residences better, welcome back to The Money Pit Home Improvement Show. I’m Tom Kraeutler.

LESLIE: And I’m Leslie Segrete.

TOM: And we want to talk to you about your fund cavity. What’s going on in your residence? We’re here to help you get those projects done. The count is 1-888-MONEY-PIT and that’s presented by HomeAdvisor. You can find out what it costs to do your home projection before you hire a pro and instantaneously diary one of HomeAdvisor’s top-rated pros for free.

LESLIE: Teddy in Oregon is dealing with a sodden foundation. Tell us what’s going on.

TEDDY: Well, I am anointed with rain and clay soil here in Western Oregon. And I have a crawlspace that is wet. I lift up the plastic and there is mold and salamanders and fain\xc3\xa9ants under there.

And so I did discover a rift in the foundation, which illustrates a lot of this moisture.

TOM: Well, yes and no. Concrete foundations and brick foundations are very porous. The actuality that you have a crack doesn’t means that that’s the only path spray is getting through. What this does necessitate is that you have way too much water collecting on the outside of your house.

So what you need to do is to extremely carefully improve the sewage modes at the foundation perimeter so that soil ascents away from the house. And even more important than that is to clean your trough organization and diversify those downspouts away from the house. That’s really critical. If you do that, you will find that it makes a big difference on the amount of ocean that’s getting into that infinite and it will dry up fairly nicely and frankly, quite quickly.

TEDDY: Oh, OK. I was of the view that the gutter system is all- has pipings out to the street.

TOM: Yep. You need to be sure about that and you need to be sure that they’re not undone or clogged.

LESLIE: Mm-hmm. Especially if you’ve “ve got nothing” underground that you can’t monitor or see if it’s, in fact, free-flowing. You’ve got to make sure that it’s actually is moving forward, it’s connected. Because the smallest sum of a choke can induce a huge amount of water, in comparison to the amount of a clog, inside your house.

TEDDY: Oh, OK. OK. So, I’ll work on that and evaluate the grime away from the house.

Now, right now, I have- I was all set to buy a dehumidifier and then someone told me, “No, that won’t do you any good.” So, I placed a fan on either point- one blowing in and one blowing out- so it could go out the vents.

TOM: But search, the solution now is not to try to get rid of the moisture that’s there; it’s to stop it from going there in the first place. So you need to follow our the recommendations on this, which is specifically to improve the drainage situations at the foundation perimeter. There’s the recommendations on how to do this, online, at MoneyPit.com. It’s one of “the worlds largest” common questions we get asked and the mixture is really quite simple, OK?

TEDDY: OK. Yeah.

TOM: Good luck with that projection. Thanks so much for calling us at 888 -MONEY-PIT.

LESLIE: Well, here’s a project that pros and non-pros have solved with all the time and especially this time of year. I’m talking about spring cleanse. You know, this really is the time of year we take advantage of a good, strong cleaning structure to get rid of all of that winter’s dirt and grime. And it just so happens that we have an awesome prize this hour to help you do precisely that. It’s the new Greenworks 1,800 -PSI Electric Pressure Washer and it’s available at Lowe’s for 169 bucks.

TOM: Yep. Great tool. Very fun to use. Mint of cleansing power. Thirteen-amp motor delivers over a gallon of liquid a instant. It’s got five quick-connect nozzles that store on board; you’re never going to lose them.

So think about all the things you could do with this: your driveway, your deck, your patios, your walkways, your siding or even rinsing your car. I mean my favorite thing to do around the car is to clean those boundaries, because they’re just impossible to do any other way. But with a influence washer, they come out like they just came off the lot.

So, it’s the Greenworks 1,800 -PSI Pressure Washer going to go to one caller glean at random. Make that you. The amount is 1-888-MONEY-PIT, 888-666-3974.

LESLIE: Craig in Pennsylvania is on the line with a flooring question. How can we help you today?

CRAIG: I had an exterior concrete foyer and I enclosed it. And I’m trying to make it part of the house now. But the floor itself, I said, is concrete. It’s all cracked and it’s breaking up. Is there some easy highway or some way I can smooth it out or do something with it to make it look like an interior office now to this part of the house?

TOM: Absolutely. First of all, if the surface is deteriorated, you’re going to have to use a patching deepen on it. And I would recommend the premixed QUIKRETE Concrete Patch Compound. It comes in a tub and you simply apply it to the surface. You can fill in all of those areas that are deteriorated; you can fill over the cracks.

And the reason you’re use a patching compound is because it’s designed specifically to stick to the concrete. If “youre using” regular concrete, you’re going to have a problem with that because it won’t stick; it’ll simply split off again. Alright? But if you use a concrete patching compound, it will adhere.

CRAIG: Thank you very much.

TOM: Well, drywall mends are probably one of the most common home maintenance duties whereas it is necessary to take over as homeowners. But if you don’t do them right, you’re going to be doing them again and again and again. So, to avoid those dangers, it helps to have a pro and you’ve got to plan carefully. We’re going to share some tips-off on how to do just that, in today’s Pro Project presented by HomeAdvisor.com.

LESLIE: Now, the three most frequent types of mends needed are nail sounds, faults and fissures. Now, DIYers that give on these projects often find themselves doing them time and again, because the sounds or the holes keep coming back. But pros just seem to get them right the first time. But there are some key deceptions here.

Now, first of all, let’s talk about tack sounds. These result from a fingernail that has tightened and started to back its way out of the drywall. But sounding them back in isn’t enough to prevent a repeat. Instead, pros are adding an additional fastener on top of the release one and that self-assured it in place. And then they spackle and beach to see that entire mend practically invisible.

TOM: Now, restoring wall or ceiling fissures is another kind of tricky job. The best style to fix a wall or ceiling rift is to use a strong, perforated drywall tape. It’s often yellowish and has various kinds of a mesh look to it. It’s get large squares and almost examines genu of like netting.

Now, a pro is going to apply this firstly and that’s going to bridge the gap in the crack. And then they use a skilled hand to spackle over the tape. And it makes several reduce hairs, so it could be sanded, primary and drawn in time a day or two. Most often, DIYers make the mistake of putting too much spackle on. And even the spackle inspects terrifying or they have to sand the heck out of it and it exactly gets all over the place. So that’s why the pros have the skills to get that done in a very short timeframe.

LESLIE: Now, replenishing holes in drywall, that’s kind of a bigger job. For that, you’re going to need a scrap of drywall, a leftover piece of space screening, some seam compound and a few common tools.

Now, pros are going to know the best way to patch a hole is to cut the hole to fit the spot and not the other way round, even though they are it conveys that you’ve got to make that hole a little bit bigger. Next, they’re going to apply two or three thin coats of spackle. And once covered, that fault is no more.

TOM: And that’s today’s Pro Project presented by HomeAdvisor.com. With HomeAdvisor, you can get matched with top-rated service pros in your region, read validated reviews and book appointments online, all for free.

LESLIE: Well, outdoor igniting is in full swing as we all spend more time outside. But the liberty illuminating does more than exactly enlivened the seat. We’re going to tell you how to add low-voltage dawns for stunning results, when The Money Pit continues.

TOM: Concluding good dwellings better, welcome back to The Money Pit Home Improvement Show. I’m Tom Kraeutler.

LESLIE: And I’m Leslie Segrete.

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LESLIE: Alright. Well, everybody appeared to have this warmer weather and biding outdoors on their imaginations, with these questions we’re investigating online. So, Robin in New Jersey posted: “Does my grove floor need to be shut every year?” Well, I convey it shouldn’t if you’re taking somewhat reasonable care of it, I would hope.

Right, Tom?

TOM: Well, yeah. And also, if you’re exerting good produces and you’re postdating good procedure in actually applying this sealer properly or discoloration. If it’s in really bad shape, Robin, the one alternative you might want to consider is superseding the decking and the railing with composite. If you do that, you’re never going to have to seal or stain again.

Now, you can leave the structure, right? If it’s all pressure-treated, it’s secure, the structure’s not rotted, it’s well appended to the house- that’s really important because we hear about deck crumbles every summer, since they were pull away from the house. But if such structures is good, you could pull off those committees and supersede time those. We call it a “deck makeover.” It’s a good deal less expensive than doing the part floor from scratch and it certainly seems utterly delightful. So that’s unquestionably a good alternative for you.

But if you do need to stain it again, just make sure you strip off all that aged sealer before you apply the new coating. It should previous you three to five years.

Now, if you crave your backyard landscaping to really stand out, the key is the very subtle and startling look that low-voltage lighting can bring. Leslie has tips-off on how to achieve precisely that, in today’s edition of Leslie’s Last Word.

And you’re a big fan of low-voltage lighting, right?

LESLIE: You know, I am. It really is so simple to install and it can make such a big difference in an outdoor space. It doesn’t cost a lot to operate and it really is a confidence booster as far as a do-it-yourself project croaks. You truly only have to know where you’re starting and know where you’re running and find a fixture you like. So, to start, “youve been” was therefore necessary to gauge how much illuminate it was necessary to and how long you want that investment to last-place. Now, the shorter you stay in your present home, the simpler the illuminate program should be.

Now, the next question is: where do you position those ignites? Well, there are a few easy outdoor-landscaping lighting skills that ever deliver beautiful results at night. First of all, you want to imitative some downlighting. You’re trying to create sunrise that comes from above. That will give you the feeling of natural lighting that you get when you’re sitting in the moonlight. And it can be also used as safety lighting for pathways, driveways and stairs. But downlighting can also be an effective way to light-footed decks and accent road and grow berths. It all depends on the fixture, the width, the scale of assessments, the placement. But that’s one gist you demand from one type of lighting fixture.

Another is uplighting. Now, that’s going to add depth to your trees, the landscaping and any residence features by illuminating it from below. And that creates a spectacular impact. If you place lightings at an inclination, the texture of the fencing and the walls can also be accented. But you want to avoid placing those lamps anywhere where you’re going to get a glare and have difficulty hearing some parts of the space.

And I foresee another option is backlighting. Now, silhouetting an object of interest- like a tree, a shrub- against another lighted surface, it’s a really beautiful, indirect lighting accomplish. And you to be accomplished by angling the illumination against a wall or a barricade behind that objective. These are a got a couple of tricks that the pros are going to use to really create a fully and beautifully illuminate yard.

Now, you can install low-voltage lighting organizations because they don’t require lengthy electrical insight. But you have to be sure that you accept all of those installation guidelines. Also, be taken into consideration you’re going to get what you pay for. So, some of those outdoor-landscaping lighting sets can run as low-grade as $50 but they may not weather well and they can rarely last more than a couple of years.

So time buyer beware. Pick something you like, pick something sturdy. And retain, it’s a project announced “lightscaping, ” so have some enjoyable, experience the daylight and spend more nights outdoors.

TOM: This is The Money Pit Home Improvement Show. Coming up next time on the program, when you open your windows to bring in fresh air, does a cluster of sound come with it? Well, This Old House landscaping contractor Roger Cook is going to be by with a natural mixture for some peace and quiet.

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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