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: Pick up the phone, give us a call, right now, with your home improvement project, your do-it-yourself dilemma. Are you working on a décor project? A repair? Are you thinking about an update for your home for the chillier months to come? It is Labor Day weekend, so maybe you’re not doing the labor this weekend. But we can help you plan for projects that you’d like to get done as the fall rolls out over the next few weeks. It’s a great time to get all sorts of things done around the house and we are here to help you do it once, do it right so you won’t have to do it again. Help yourself first, though, by picking up the phone and calling us at 1-888-MONEY-PIT.
Hey, coming up on today’s program, wouldn’t it be cool to have a premium speaker system throughout your entire home that can play music and potentially save your life? That’s right. We’re going to tell you about a new smoke-and-carbon-monoxide detector that can do just that and it includes a built-in Amazon Alexa.
LESLIE: And also ahead, after a long, wet, humid summer, you might be seeing some nasty green and black mold, mildew and algae stains on your house, the roof, the deck, the fence, all of those lovely outdoor spaces that now kind of look pretty gross. Well, we’re going to have tips on how you can make those stains disappear with just one step.
TOM: Plus, leaking tubs and showers can be a real mess to deal with. But many occur because the tub and shower were never caulked or grouted right to begin with. We’ll tell you how to wipe the slate clean and stop those leaks for good.
LESLIE: Plus, the fall season is almost upon us and it’s called “fall” for a good reason. So we’ve got a great product to give away this hour that can make leaf cleanup simple and fast.
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Let’s get to it. Leslie, who’s first?
LESLIE: Judy in Virginia, you’ve got a painting question. How can we help you with that project?
JUDY: We are trying to put an epoxy on our basement floor, like we did on our garage floor. And we are having a very serious problem with this basement-floor project, because we went through all the process of putting down the pretreatment that would get rid of any oils or solutions on the floor. That bubbled up the way it was supposed to. Then we went in and we put down the epoxy as we were supposed to and it came right back up. It turned to a brown powder and then just came up.
And so, we got all that off and then we went back in and put down a sealer and then came back with the epoxy again. And it’s doing the same exact thing. We had no problem with our garage floor and it’s a garage floor that was put down several years after the basement was done. And we were told that – from some people who know the history of the house – that the basement – or that the house was built in the winter months, back in the mid-80s and that they likely used calcium chloride to help the cement set up and that it could be having an effect on this epoxy.
We’re using a very good-quality – a name brand. It’s not a box-store quality; it’s a quality, quality product that we’re using.
TOM: OK. Have you turned to the manufacturer to ask the question as to what might be going on?
JUDY: Well, we have asked and the calcium chloride did come up as a possibility. But they don’t really know what to do about that.
TOM: So, you did talk directly to the manufacturer, not the retailer, about this.
JUDY: The retailer actually talked with the manufacturer about it.
TOM: I would go right to the manufacturer and speak with them directly about this. I don’t like going through the middle man because – not that I don’t trust the retailer to do this. You can never be sure if they’re actually talking to the right guy. And they could be talking to – you see, they could be talking to a field rep who thinks he knows the answer and maybe he doesn’t.
Obviously, something – the first thing that came to mind was moisture. Did the floor – was the floor thoroughly dried before you started this whole process?
JUDY: Yes, it was. We made certain it was very dry in there and used big box fans after we had scrubbed the floor real thoroughly. The big box fans were used and the doors were opened to let the air circulate through. And it was very dry.
TOM: Both times, the paint that you put down, was it from the same batch?
JUDY: No, different batches.
TOM: I’ve never heard of an epoxy floor not adhering, so this is an unusual situation. And it’s one that I would turn to the technical experts at the manufacturer. As you mentioned, it’s a major brand. They have folks – chemists – that basically are standing by to take questions like this; most of them do.
If you have difficulty identifying the right people to talk to, if you e-mail us to firstname.lastname@example.org with the details, perhaps some photographs and the name of the manufacturer, I am certain that we could quickly get through to the right person for you. There’s a chemical reaction going on here that’s causing this issue and we’ve got to get to the bottom of it.
JUDY: Will do. Alright. Thank you.
TOM: Good luck with that project. Thanks so much for calling us at 888-MONEY-PIT. That’s an unusual situation and there’s got to be a reaction going on between that floor.
LESLIE: Yeah. You know, I’ve heard of instances where a previous homeowner maybe put like a water-based sealant or a water sealant on a concrete.
TOM: Or a silicone.
LESLIE: Yeah. And you don’t see it.
TOM: I was thinking about a silicone sealer. Yeah, yeah. I mean if they put a silicone sealer down on the concrete, that could impact it, as well.
LESLIE: Right. And then you might not know it’s there.
TOM: But that’s what the pretreatment is supposed to deal with. The idea of using the acid-etch products that all the epoxy floors come with – the epoxy, they come with an acid etch and it sounds like that’s what Judy did. So, let’s hope she can get to the bottom of it.
LESLIE: Alright. Now we’ve got Ed in West Virginia on the line who’s doing some exterior cleanup. What are you working on?
ED: Well my deck – I’ve got a covered deck with treated wood. And it needs cleaning to get the dirt and grime off of it because, since it’s covered, the rain won’t come in and wash it off. And I can’t use a lot of water because I’ve got things underneath it that the water would leak down to. Then I also have exterior steps and they’re getting mossy, so what kind of a cleaning product can I use to clean this wood with?
LESLIE: Now first of all, what’s underneath that you don’t want to get wet? Is it furniture? Are you storing stuff there?
ED: Well, I’ve got, basically, a workshop. I’ve got two workshops: one inside at the house and one outside, under the deck.
TOM: You’re going to probably have to cover those with tarps or something, because you are going to need to use some amount of water. But what we would recommend is a wood cleaner.
Now, cleaners, what they do is they’re very good at removing dirt, removing grime and sort of removing that oxidized, grayish sort of appearance that gets on top of pressure-treated lumber.
And Flood makes a good one, right, Leslie?
LESLIE: Yeah, Flood actually has a product called Flood Wood Cleaner. And you can mix it with water; I think a 1-gallon container makes up to 5 gallons of cleaning solution. And it can actually remove a grayed appearance on lumber and give it a like-new appearance.
Now, here’s the thing. I know a lot of people think that when it comes to cleaning a deck – “Oh it’s just dirt, it’s pollen, whatever’s on it.” And they think just using some water on it is going to get rid of it. But you get the same things on your car and you don’t wash your car with just water; you actually need a cleaner or a soap product.
But you don’t want to use soap on wood, so it’s always good to use a product like a wood cleaner. That really will help you get rid of all of the weathering, the dirt, the grime, just the usual stuff that a winter will put on a surface.
So if you go with the Flood Wood Cleaner, you can use it on exterior, interior, all kinds of woods. I’m saying interior because I’m meaning that yours is covered. I wouldn’t use it in the house but that’s what I mean there. And it’ll do a good job. You’ll get about 1,000 square feet total from a gallon, so you’ll get a really good coverage. You want to let it dry but again, like Tom mentioned, you want to cover anything that’s underneath, because it is a cleanser and you don’t want to get it on your tools.
TOM: Yeah. And you have to wet the deck surface first. And then once it’s wet, then you apply the wood cleaner using kind of like a pump-up garden sprayer. Or you can even roll it on with a brush roller like you would – as if you were painting.
TOM: You let it sit on the surface for a while and then you rinse it off.
ED: OK. Well, that – rinsing it off is a problem.
TOM: Ed, you’re not going to be able to dry-clean your wood deck.
LESLIE: Yeah, I don’t know any cleaner that’s going to take that in.
TOM: Just not going to happen. Good luck with that project. Thanks so much for calling us at 888-MONEY-PIT.
LESLIE: You are tuned to The Money Pit Home Improvement Radio Show on air and online at MoneyPit.com. Give us a call, let us know what you are planning to work on because we are giving you a break this Labor Day weekend. So give us a call at 888-MONEY-PIT whenever you can, presented by HomeAdvisor, the fast and easy way to find the right pro for any kind of home project, whether it’s a small repair or a major remodel.
TOM: Just ahead, smoke and carbon-monoxide detectors are a critical addition to any home. But we’re going to tell you about one that doubles as a premium speaker system providing music, as well as life-saving alerts throughout your entire home, thanks to a built-in Alexa. That’s all coming up, when The Money Pit returns, 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.
TOM: Give us a call, right now, with your home improvement question or décor dilemma. The number is 1-888-MONEY-PIT presented by HomeAdvisor.
LESLIE: Alright, Tom. Well, I feel like you never take a break. Labor Day, Memorial Day, whatever those holidays are, you’re always working on something, whereas I like to work on my last bit of tan for this holiday weekend.
TOM: I hear you.
LESLIE: But truly, you are working on a caulking project this weekend? Come on, man. Get outside.
TOM: Well, you know, it was a job – one of those jobs that we had to put off for a long time. But it was time to do it. I had a shower that I had to caulk. But I found this cool, little tool that made the job really easy. It’s made by Husky and I was just kind of roaming through the aisles of Home Depot, as I’m known to do from time to time. And I found this tool. It was only about five bucks. And it was cool because it had a stainless-steel edge on it, in a V-groove, that allowed you to kind of scrape right down the joint where the caulk usually is and pull up all the old caulk, in a couple of slices. It worked really well. So I got rid of all the old stuff.
And then the flip side of it is a caulking trowel but it’s made out of sort of a high-quality neoprene rubber. And I was able to use a silicone caulk, which is really hard to get smooth sometimes. Latex is easy because you can just use the finger method, right, and just push it into the corner. But with this trowel, it came out great. So, I was really happy with my $5 purchase and my caulking project came out really nice as a result.
LESLIE: Yeah. And that’s one place where you really want it to look good. So, it’s like – because I feel like it stays there for a while. And if it’s not smooth and messy, you really notice it.
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LESLIE: Now we’ve got Terri in Pennsylvania on the line who’s got a gutter issue. Tell us what’s going on.
TERRI: I have white aluminum gutters and on the gutters that face the southern exposure, the part of the gutter that faces out is turning black and there’s like – where the water runs off it, it’s like a dark gray and just water drips all along the face of the gutter.
TOM: Right. So, does it seem like the gutters are overflowing and the water is coming over the top and getting these sort of drip marks? Is that what’s going on?
TERRI: Well, yeah. I have what’s called a “gutter insert” to keep the leaves out. And I know that – well, I’m pretty sure that that’s not causing it, because I had the same problem when I lived on Long Island. And it was only the gutters that faced south. And on Long Island, we had a white aluminum top to the gutter to keep the leaves out?
TOM: Right. Mm-hmm.
TERRI: And then the water would roll off of that and then go into the – it would be caught into the gutter. So, it’s a different type of leaf system but I’m still having the same black drip.
TOM: Right. OK. So, first of all, I would make sure that the gutters are not blocked and that water isn’t backing up and overflowing that particular gutter, so that – because that water rolling over the top of it, it can get behind it, it can rot out your fascia.
The dark stains are probably from the water and tree sap and everything else that gets into those gutters. The gutters also fade quite easily; the paint wears off and fades quite easily. So I don’t think it’s a stain that you’re going to actually have to be able to clean. I think what you’re going to end up having to do here, Terri, is repaint those gutters.
So what I would do is I would wash them down with a trisodium phosphate, get as much of that gunk off. Then I would prime them and I would paint them again. But just – but do make sure that they’re not clogged, because that could be leading to the problem.
TERRI: But yeah – no, they’re definitely not clogged. And I tried scrubbing it – the ones that aren’t on the second story, where it’s worse. But the ones that are on the first story, I tried cleaning it with a Fantastik and it bleeds into the stain a little bit but I didn’t realize that the aluminum gutters – was it like a hydrostatic or electrostatic painting process?
TOM: What happens is – and you’ll see this: if you take the gutter and you wipe your hand over it, you’ll probably get some white paint that will come off. It oxidizes because it’s exposed to UV. And so then the paint doesn’t tend to last more than maybe 10 years or so on aluminum gutters.
So I think, though, if you clean off as much of this thing as you can, prime it and paint it, it’ll look great.
TERRI: Alright. Great. I’ll give it a try.
TOM: Terri, thanks so much for calling us at 888-MONEY-PIT.
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LESLIE: Bob in Louisiana is on the line with a haunted attic. Wooooh! What kind of crazy noises are you hearing from up there?
BOB: Hey, Leslie. It sounds like a compressor coming on. I have searched that place from one end to the other. The house has been empty – been vacant for about two years. It’s my mother-in-law’s home. And we moved furniture out recently. We even had a plumber come out and look at it.
When you hear the noise, you can reach over behind the washing machine and feel the pipes and feel the vibration in the lines. I thought maybe somebody had left a compressor upstairs but nothing doing. And it’s adjacent to one of the water heaters. I have three 60-gallon electric heaters upstairs.
TOM: So, you say, Bob, that you feel the vibration in the plumbing lines when you sort of touch them?
BOB: You bet. Yes, sir.
TOM: And are you on city water or are you on well water?
BOB: We are on city water.
TOM: Sometimes, if you have a bad main valve, you can get sort of a vibration as the water forces its way through the valve, especially if it’s not completely open. I wonder if the water company might be consulted in this case and have them check the main valve, have them close it and then completely reopen it.
The other thing that comes to mind that might have nothing to do with plumbing is, because you mentioned this is in the attic, is sometimes with attic ventilation – and I don’t know what kind of vents you have, whether you have ridge vents or soffit vents or roof vents. But sometimes, we’ve seen situations – in fact, in my own kitchen, I’ve got a kitchen that’s a one-story section of the house. And when the wind blows over from a certain direction, I get a noise. It’s not a whistling but it is a very low-pitch kind of hum, almost like a vibration-like sound into that attic. And I know it’s because of the vents. It’s the wind just sort of working their way over the vents and causing a little bit of friction there. And it’s leaving that sound behind.
BOB: OK. I do have ridge vents in it. And so I’ll pay attention to that, too.
TOM: Yeah, it could be the turbulence.
BOB: The main valve is one thing that I had not even thought about. You guys are great.
TOM: Alright, Bob. Well, you let us know if it worked and then we’ll accept the fact that we’re great, OK? But we’re glad we were able to give you some ideas. Thanks so much for calling us at 888-MONEY-PIT.
LESLIE: Well, after a long, hot, humid summer, are you starting to see those nasty green and black mold, mildew and algae stains on your house? We’re going to have tips on how you can make those stains disappear in a single step, next.
TOM: Where home solutions live, this is The Money Pit Home Improvement Show. I’m Tom Kraeutler.
LESLIE: And I’m Leslie Segrete.
TOM: Well, if you’ve ever noticed those sort of nasty, outdoor, green and black molds, mildew and algae stains on houses and on roofs and decks and fences, you know that they can really make your outdoor space look pretty unwelcoming and well, I guess, gross is the word. But getting rid of those stains is not as hard as you may think if you’ve got the right product.
Spray & Forget is a product that does just that and it is really that easy to use. Scott Dudjak is the company president and joins us now with more.
SCOTT: Hey, Tom. How are you doing today?
TOM: Great. Now, I’ve got to say, typically folks would turn to a pressure washer or a mixture of bleach and water to clean these stains. But you’ve got a much better way. How does Spray & Forget work?
SCOTT: Basically, you just spray it on any kind of green or black mold, mildew or algae stain and you let Mother Nature do the rinsing for you. With subsequent rainfall, those stains will disappear and you don’t have to drag out that pressure washer or do any kind of brushing or really any rinsing at all.
TOM: So how does it work then? You say it – you just let Mother Nature do the work. Does the product basically attack the mold, the mildew, the algae, the lichen kind of at the root and then Mother Nature just washes it off?
SCOTT: Yeah. In layman’s terms, it kind of suffocates that mold, mildew or algae stain. And so, the moisture in the air or rainfall or even snow, any moisture will activate that product. And it’s just like peeling an onion: every time you get a rainfall, it’s going to kind of wash off that outside layer, it’s going to wash down more product on the next layer and it’s going to continue to do that until those stains are completely gone.
TOM: So why do we get mold growth, say, on roofs? What’s causing that to happen?
SCOTT: So, on roofs, it’s a windblown algae, in most cases. If you see the black streak, that’s a windblown algae. And then some houses can actually get, depending on what type of – what part of the country you’re in, some houses can actually get moss on them, as well. But it is always, in most cases, a biological stain.
TOM: And so, just by attacking it and suffocating it, it basically breaks it down and then you don’t have to deal with it.
Now, once you apply the product, does it have some residual effect? In other words, will it stop the moss, in that example, from growing back?
SCOTT: Yes, it does have a residual benefit to it. The formula is designed to actually have a very good residual component to it: well over a year on that surface.
SCOTT: So, it’s not only going to remove those stains but it’s going to help prevent them from longer than competing products or traditional products there on the market.
TOM: Now, you have a number of different formulations. You have House & Deck and then you have a roof cleaner. But what’s the difference between those products?
SCOTT: Yeah, they – well, it changes, to be honest with you. So, the – today, the main difference is concentration levels and some of the detergent properties of the formulations. So, on the roof, for example, we need a much more concentrated product. Those are the heaviest and most difficult stains to remove. And then, on a lot of other surfaces for the House & Deck family, you don’t need quite as concentrated a product. But you do need more detergent properties to help lift that dirt and remove that dirt and the mold and mildew and algae. You’re getting more dirt involved in that, as well.
So that’s kind of the difference today. But as we continue to go on, we see other benefits and features that are needed for these different product families. And we’ll continue to add those to those formulations.
TOM: Now, I know that you have a new product on the market, that came out recently, that’s a furniture cleaner. And I think that’s terrific because, you know, we’ve been enjoying this warm weather but in the not-too-distant future, we’re going to be wanting to put that furniture away for the fall season. And it would be nice if we pulled it out next year and it was nice and clean. So you’ve done a formulation designed to do that.
SCOTT: Yeah, absolutely. We’re really happy with the Outdoor Furniture Cleaner. It’s a completely different formula for us and it’s really in response to our customers asking us for this type of product. We had some customers that were using our other products on outdoor furniture in the past. And they came to us and they wanted some different things, some different features, some different benefits from a cleaner that they could use on the outdoor furniture. And we’ve been working on that for the last couple years and were able to release it this year.
TOM: Now, with the furniture cleaner, the roof cleaner and the House & Deck, the environment is a big concern with all of these products and in particular, runoff where it gets into the lakes and the streams. These products are environmentally-friendly and I think that’s a really important feature of them.
SCOTT: Absolutely. I think with any chemical, especially these days, we need to be looking at environmentally-friendly formulations. And Spray & Forget is that. It’s a biodegradable product. We don’t have any bleach or lye in our product. There’s no heavy metals, no phosphates. It’s a very eco-friendly product.
And if you’d like to learn more about Spray & Forget, you can head over to the website. It’s SprayAndForget.com. It’s as easy as that: SprayAndForget.com.
Scott Dudjak, President and CEO, thanks so much for stopping by The Money Pit.
SCOTT: Hey, thanks for having me, Tom.
LESLIE: Just ahead, leaking tubs and showers can be a real mess to deal with. But many occur because the tub or shower was never caulked or grouted right to begin with.
See, Tom? So important. You know the importance of caulking your home.
So, here we are. We’ve got some tips on how you guys can do it correctly. We’re going to tell you how to wipe that slate clean and stop the leaks, in today’s Building with Confidence Tip presented by Rocket Mortgage by Quicken Loans, after this.
TOM: Making good homes better, this is The Money Pit Home Improvement Show. I’m Tom Kraeutler.
LESLIE: And I’m Leslie Segrete.
TOM: Give us a call, right now, at 1-888-MONEY-PIT presented by HomeAdvisor. Need new flooring for your kitchen or bathroom? HomeAdvisor will instantly match you with the right pro for the job, for free.
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LESLIE: Alright. Now we’ve got Dawn in Nebraska on The Money Pit. What can we do for you today?
DAWN: Well, we’d like to redo a bathroom that has an old tub and a shower that’s got the kind of a plastic sheeting – it’s not plastic but the – oh, some kind of that gross stuff you glue on the wall. We’d like to take all of that out, including the bathtub, and then tile the shower and the shower floor.
My question is: if we tile the shower floor, do we have to put a lip to keep the water from coming out? Or is there some way – if we tile the entire bathroom floor and shower the same, would you recommend some kind of elevation drop, just a little bit into the shower, so the water does not run out? Or is that just a no-no if we’ve got to have a lip at the edge of the shower?
TOM: OK. You’re missing one critical component of the bathroom makeover you described and that’s a shower pan.
TOM: And so, I would recommend you purchase a shower pan and use that to install the bottom of the shower and the drain of the shower. There are shower pans that you can tile over if you don’t want to see the shower pan. But frankly, it’s so small. And when you tile a shower pan, it’s just such a maintenance hassle because all the water sits in there and ends up making the grout look nasty. I would just use a standard shower pan and then tile right down to the pan.
TOM: You can connect the drains to the shower pan. The shower drains will all be integrated there. Then you’d tile right down over the lip of the shower pan and this way, you have a nice, waterproof seal.
DAWN: OK. That sounds good. If you do the soap dish or – I’m not sure what else to call it – in the wall and you want to recess it in so you’ve got an 18×18 area to put your shampoos and such, can that be on an outside wall? Will you not smush your insulation to where it doesn’t work or does it have to be at the inside wall?
TOM: Yeah, that’s a good question. I would tend to avoid that, I think, because, yeah, you would have no insulation in that space. It would end up being very, very cold and I think I would tend to put that on an interior wall.
DAWN: Mm-hmm. OK. Very good. Thank you.
TOM: Good luck with that project. Thanks so much for calling us at 888-MONEY-PIT.
Well, if you ever had a tub or shower leak, you might know that these can be tricky to diagnose and fix. The reason is that they’re inconsistent: sometimes they leak and sometimes they don’t. But the reason for this, though, is actually very consistent: tubs and showers leak because of small gaps that develop in the grout of the tile walls or in the caulk seam around the lip of the tub.
LESLIE: Now, for the walls, what happens is that as the water hits your body, it splashes off of you and right back against the wall. And then it lands in all those little gaps between the tile, where the grout might have fallen out. So, to fix this, all you need to do is regrout the walls, which really is a very simple DIY project.
TOM: Yep. Now, for the tub, the caulk is going to separate from either the top edge of the tub or the bottom edge of the tile. And that can allow water to get behind that seam. Now, the solution is to remove all the old caulk and then fill the tub up with water to weigh it down, much in the same way it gets pulled down when you step in it.
Now, once it’s filled, recaulk the tub and let it dry and then drain out the water. As the tub sort of comes back up, it will compress the caulk and be sure to seal out any future leaks.
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LESLIE: Robert in Arkansas, you’ve got The Money Pit. How can we help you today?
ROBERT: Well, I am trying to find something that seems that nobody makes anymore. I’m looking for a metal, continual ridge vent for steel roofing. What I’ve got in my hand is the letter U and had a wing on both sides, flat in the bottom. Comes in 10-foot sticks. And it’s cut to fit the corrugation on the steel. And then the roof cap screws to it: a separate, independent piece. And it’s made out of metal and it’s perforated.
TOM: It’s a ridge vent, essentially. That’s a metal ridge vent. But you’re saying it’s designed specifically for metal roofs?
ROBERT: Right. Specifically for metal roofs. And for decades, I’ve got it and I put a roof on over 15 years ago. And we had the bad storm that went through and I’ve got to replace parts of it. But no one – big box, little box, some steel manufacturers – can find this vent for me. And I know it comes in 10-foot sticks and it’s the metal piece that screws down to the roofing and then your ridge cap screws onto it.
TOM: So, John, first of all, a ridge vent is a really good thing to have because it provides an area of the roof where, as wind blows over it, it will depressurize and pull warm air out of the building. I can see that it might be a challenge to find a ridge vent that’s specifically designed for metal roofs but there are a number of manufacturers out there that make them.
There’s a product called Flex-O-Vent that is designed specifically for ridge vents. There’s another company called Plyco – P-l-y-c-o – that has another vent that’s specifically designed for metal roofs – a ridge vent for metal roofs. I think if you check out those two brands, you may find one that works for you.
And then you’ve got to try to, obviously, get the supplier – find a supplier locally. Now, some suppliers will be able to order this stuff in. But if you contact these companies, they may be able to ship them. I see that they come in at least – I guess with the Plyco – comes in 8-foot lengths and I’m not so sure about the Flex-O-Vent. But they certainly come in lengths that may be shippable to your location, OK?
ROBERT: Got it. I will definitely look them up. I appreciate it.
TOM: Good luck. Thanks so much for calling us at 888-MONEY-PIT.
LESLIE: Still ahead, are you looking for a super-affordable and simple way to update your kitchen? Well, we’ve got an idea that lets you show off, next.
TOM: Making good homes better, welcome back to The Money Pit Home Improvement Show. I’m Tom Kraeutler.
LESLIE: And I’m Leslie Segrete.
TOM: Well, whether you’re buying, selling or just enjoying your home, we’re here for you every step of the way. You can call in your how-to or décor question, right now, to 1-888-MONEY-PIT presented by HomeAdvisor, the fast and easy way to find the right pro for any kind of home project, whether it’s a small repair or a major remodel.
LESLIE: And don’t forget you can always reach The Money Pit by giving us a call at 888-MONEY-PIT or posting your question online, just like Lou in North Carolina writes: “We have water dripping from our air-conditioning ducts that’s now leaving a stain on the ceiling. Is there a way to avoid this?”
TOM: You know, when it gets really humid this time of year, that does happen. The only way to really avoid this, Lou, is to insulate the outside of those ducts. Because, essentially, what’s happening is warm, moist air is striking the outside of that surface. But if you add insulation there, not only will your air conditioning be more efficient but it’ll stop that humidity from collecting and dripping off.
So, that’s really the only way to totally handle that. If it’s happening consistently, I think it would definitely be worth it. You can buy insulation designed specifically for ducts and maybe just wait until it’s a little cooler. Do it first thing in the morning so that you don’t get overheated in that attic space, because it gets awfully hot up there.
LESLIE: Yeah. Holy moly, I always decide to organize the kids’ clothes up in the attic on the hottest day of the year. Never a good idea.
TOM: It’s a poor man’s sauna.
LESLIE: It’s true. It’s very relaxing.
TOM: Well, are you looking for an easy way to update kitchen cabinets without having to replace them? Leslie has a quick, affordable and fun solution that lets you show off your style, in today’s edition of Leslie’s Last Word.
Leslie, only you can make kitchen cabinets fun.
LESLIE: This really is a good sort of trick of the trade. I’ve done it on home makeover shows where you have very limited budgets and really, not a ton of time. And you don’t want to paint the cabinets because, truly, if you’re not using the right product, the paint’s not going to stick as well as you want it to. So this is a good way to change the look of the door without really doing a ton of work.
So, sometimes doors have inset panels or sort of carved-in, decorative details. What you want to do is cover that up or create a panel that sits inside those inset panels. It sort of depends on the style of your door.
That said, you’re going to take a piece of luan or some sort of hardboard or even a really more sturdy cardboard. But because of the moisture in the kitchen, I’m going to say stick with a hardboard. And what you what to do is depending on this detail on the door front and the drawer front, you want to figure out how big this piece of hardboard needs to be, because you want to cover up those details. Because you’re making a new piece to overlay onto these doors.
Now, once you figure out that dimension, you can cover it with fabric, you can cover it with wall covering, you can cover it with a decorative paper, whatever it is that you want. I always like to do fabric or wallpaper here. A vinyl wallpaper is great in a good texture, because that’s going to be easy to clean. A fabric in indoor/outdoor, something that’s washable, scrubbable, same thing.
Then you go ahead and attach that to the hardboard. If there’s a pattern, make sure you’re duplicating that same pattern across the same pieces so that you’re not getting sort of mismatch of that fabric. You want to make sure it all looks the same. Now you can staple it onto the back of that, you can glue it on. It really depends on what it is you’re using.
And once you have all those pieces of hardboard covered – those panels, those decorative-cover panels – you want to attach that to the door and the drawer front. You can do it with a sort of brad nailer or you can screw it in from behind. It depends on the thickness of the board that you used. And truly, in a weekend, you can have a completely transformed kitchen space.
I’ve done it before. It looks really cute. It’s got to be the right style of kitchen with the right type of paper. But you will know it if this works for your space. And it’s a great way to make a huge change for a little bit of money.
TOM: We like those: big changes without spending a ton.
This is The Money Pit Home Improvement Show. Coming up next time on the program, from cracks to potholes or just wear and tear, driveways need regular TLC to be able to stand up to the test of time, not to mention road salt and all the rest that happens in the winter weather ahead. So we’re going to have the step-by-step to make sure yours is ready for the chilly season that is to come, on the next edition of The Money Pit.
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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LESLIE: Janet in South Carolina is looking for some kitchen wall ideas. How can we help you?
JANET: I have a kitchen. It’s not a very large kitchen but the walls have been painted numerous times and not the best paint jobs. So, I have decided to possibly add some type of wood to kind of give it a rustic feel, because I really like that, on the entire walls of the kitchen. And I was wondering, could you suggest to me something I could use or some kitchen wall ideas? I’ve had people suggest beadboard, the wainscot-type board. Could you suggest to me something to use on my walls to give it that rustic look?
LESLIE: Let’s talk about your style of rustic, because there’s so many different ways to interpret that. And beadboard’s a great way to do a really classic, more country look, especially if you paint it a white gloss. That just tends to be really clean. But if you’re looking for more something – you know, something more natural or an age-y piece of wood, there’s ways to do that, too.
JANET: That’s it. I want to go with a light, natural-looking wood. Not too light because my cabinets are the lighter color of wood.
LESLIE: Well, for kitchen wall ideas, what you can do is you can actually get – and this would have a nice finish to it. You can look at flooring – wood-plank flooring. And you can get one that has sort of a white, rustic, beachy wash to it. And you can even go with a vinyl flooring, because that’s going to be super easy to install. And you can install the planks directly to your wall. And you can do that with an adhesive, you can do that with a double-sided tape. There’s so many different ways you can attach it to the wall, depending on the weight of the product itself. And that – if you put that on with the planks running vertically or horizontally, that can give a different kind of rustic look in comparison to the beadboard.
Now, it seems to me like you want to go floor to ceiling with this. Is this correct?
JANET: That’s right. I do. Now, I do have cabinets that do not go all the way up to the ceiling.
LESLIE: Well, I think that’s OK, because you’re generally dealing with maybe a foot to 18 inches of space up there. And that’s really not terrible. You can keep that as a painted surface and just decorate up there with some very clean baskets or something just to give you a little bit of extra storage, plus to mask that space a little bit. But I think the beadboard is among excellent kitchen wall ideas and that’s a very easy do-it-yourself project.
Using a wood-flooring product, whether it’s vinyl or actual wood, there’s a company – Tom, is it Timberchic, I think, is the name?
TOM: Yes. Mm-hmm. That’s right.
LESLIE: And they do actual pieces of reclaimed lumber, almost like a veneer. And that you can attach to the walls. But I’ve done it with that VCR: that vinyl tile that looks like a wood plank. I’ve done that for an HGTV show in a variety of different finishes, horizontally on the wall. And that gives a great, rustic look. So it depends on what your interpretation of rustic is.
JANET: OK, OK. Would you suggest now – would you suggest to put it over the cabinets, also? Or you stated to possibly leave it just painted? Or could I cover that, also?
LESLIE: You can. If you feel confident – if you’re using a wood-flooring planking product, you’re probably going to get two or three pieces in there without having to do any cuts. If you’re doing a beadboard, that’s something you’re going to have to cut down to that exact height and put up there. It depends on how much of it you see from the floor and what you feel comfortable with. I think if you’re going to do it, do it full out. But if you’re not confident in your abilities or it’s too high or you don’t really see it, then I think there’s other ways to mask it with some decorative accessories.
JANET: OK. I understand. OK, great. Well, thank you for your ideas.
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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 we are here to help you take over your dwelling improvement projects, take over those do-it-yourself dilemmas. If there’s something that you’d like to to get out of here in decor, amend, residence progress, outside, inside, we are here to help. We are on your crew and ready to pitch in but you’ve got to help yourself first by picking up the phone and calling us at 1-888-MONEY-PIT, 888 -6 66 -3 974.
Coming up this hour, we’re all switching on the heating systems right about now. And that symbolizes it’s a good time to talk about carbon-monoxide poisoning. You know, hundreds of people are affected by this every single year, so we’re going to have some gratuities on how you can be sure to be safe.
LESLIE: Plus, if you own a home, condo or even a co-op, probabilities are you’re was just going to required to impel unexpected fixings or take on betterments that you can’t do yourself. For those, it pays to have a pro that you can call. But instead of waiting for the dishwasher to miscarry, the roof to spill or the lavatory to blockage, what if "youve had" prescreened contractors on the standby, ready to jump in when the need develops? We’ll share gratuities on how to build your own home repair contact list, in exactly a bit.
TOM: Plus, fall is a great time for some really big planting and terrace projects, like building rock gardens or paver patios, shell pits, laying brand-new turf or even planting trees. We’re going to have some gratuities on how to get those professions done, even when you have no idea how you’d get all those large-scale and ponderous cloths back to your home to start with.
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LESLIE: Susan in Texas has some concrete that’s cracking up. Tell us what’s going on.
SUSAN: Yes, I have a curb out front of a 1955 -year-old home.
SUSAN: And the inhibit is cracking in smudges and going down in a standpoint. And I didn’t know- what do I need to do to repair that?
TOM: And this is your responsibility and not the township’s?
SUSAN: Yes. I’ve announced several times and everyone says it’s my responsibility to fix it. I time- they say when you sell your home- the inhibit plead? And I have a curb that’s messed up.
TOM: Yeah. The curb plead has got to start at the limited and you obstruct announcing and getting the same answer. So I guess you’re kind of stuck with it.
TOM: Well, listen, there’s a couple of things that spring to mind. First of all, when you say it’s slanted and ascent, if it’s settling then it’s going to have to be torn out. If it’s exactly cracked, there’s a lot of ways to fix the fissures. QUIKRETE contains a number of good produces that are designed exactly for that. There is a fissure seal, there’s a crack-repair product that’s kind of like caulk. There’s too a resurfacing concoction. So if it’s spalled or deteriorated, you can resurface it and it will stick to the old concrete and come out looking quite nice. So there certainly are concoctions to originate what you have glance better and work better.
But if the whole curb is structurally subsiding because sometimes water gets under it and that kind of stuff, then that’s the case where you’d have to tear it out and have a mason build you a new one.
SUSAN: OK, OK. But that QUIKRETE is pretty easy to do?
TOM: Absolutely, yes. Take a look at QUIKRETE.com. They got a lot of enormous videos there. They’ll walk you through exactly what you need to do. Merely search for “crack repair.” You’ll interpret there’s countless options, depending on the thickness of the crack and what you need to achieve, OK?
SUSAN: That is wonderful. Thank you so much.
TOM: Good luck. Thanks so much better for calling us at 888 -MONEY-PIT.
LESLIE: Jeff in Massachusetts is on the line who mysteriously has a hole in a lavatory door.
TOM: How’d that happen, Jeff?
JEFF: Yes, hello. Well, apparently, one of my guests slammed the bathroom door a little very hard-handed and it propelled the bolt out all by itself. So, we got locked out of our own bathroom.
TOM: Oh, boy.
JEFF: This is a very old building, a 1928 construct, and these are the thin paneled entrances where the centre of the door is a very thin panel.
JEFF: So we bashed a gap through the members of the committee to open the door. Now, my question to you is: can this entrance be repaired? Can it be disassembled so we can replace the center panel or do I just go out and buy a whole new door?
TOM: So, is it a solid entrance or is it a hollow entrance?
JEFF: Well, it’s a solid door but the thick-witted part of the door is only 4 inches around the edge.
JEFF: And the center part of the door is a very thin, 1/4 -inch panel.
TOM: And is the panel a invoked panel? Does it have a design to it?
JEFF: No, it’s a flat- really a flat panel.
TOM: Oh, well, then I think you could change it. Is the door decorated or stained?
JEFF: I believe it’s been drawn numerous times.
TOM: Yeah, then I think there’s no reasonablenes you can’t fix it. It will be really hard to find a opening to match that space and I believe only taking the door apart- and a good carpenter can build you a body and set it right in there. And with a little of prosperity, it won’t look too much different than anything else.
JEFF: Well, that was my question, whether the door can be disassembled. I’ve heard of situations where they made a heard and fathomed out through the molding on the inside of a door, that holds in the panel, and they put the new panel in that way.
TOM: I don’t think you have to take it apart. In fact, I don’t think you can take it apart. I think what you’re probably talking about doing is routing out a groove on the back side of that so you can set the panel in and then maybe covering it with a small, quarter-round molding or something of that nature.
JEFF: OK. That’s the way to go. Well, thank you much needed for this.
TOM: Alright, Jeff. Good fortune. Thanks so much better for calling us at 888 -MONEY-PIT.
LESLIE: Linda in Ohio is on the line and needs some advice on purchasing a generator. How can we help you? By the behavior, enormous idea.
LINDA: Is it is feasible to use a generator when you live in an suite?
TOM: So are you talking about what kind of generator- like a portable generator or a standby generator?
LINDA: Maybe some standby if my power exits out.
TOM: So, for the purposes of an suite, you have to understand that a standby generator or a whole-house generator is something that’s permanently lay, Linda. So the answer "couldve been" no. That said, you could use a portable generator but of course, you’d have to run wires- increase cords- from the generator itself into the house. So it’s not very convenient.
There is something called a “transfer switch” that can work for a portable generator where it’s various kinds of like having a mini-electrical panel inside. But again, it’s something who are in need of some installing. And generally, when it’s an apartment, you can’t do that. So, the only thing you could really do "couldve been" to have a portable generator: one that you took out of storage, put outside- because you can’t run for your lives in the suite- and then range increase lines in to try to deal with that short-term, hopefully, strength outage.
LINDA: Wow. That is just like it would be difficult.
TOM: Yeah. It’s not the best answer but it’s- receive, because generators are something that are permanently installed into the building’s sort of core electrical system? And that’s why it’s real important that they be done correctly. You can’t- when you install these transfer switches inside, they have technology constructed into them to prevent what’s called a “backfeed, ” so that electricity doesn’t go back through the wire and can hurt a lineman, for example, that’s "workin on" the power cable. So, you can’t genuinely run for your lives without the send permutation and that are required to be permanently lay. And the generator itself is a very big appliance. That said, a portable generator is much smaller.
Now, if you precisely want to power a couple of things, you could use a very small generator. Generac has one that’s called the iQ that’s 2,000 watts. That’s under 1,000 horses and will power a exhibition number of household entries: small-minded appliances, illuminates, that sort of thing. But you have some options there. But again, you have to use an extension cord.
LINDA: OK. Well, thank you.
LESLIE: Isaac in Alaska is on the line. What can we do for you today?
ISAAC: Yes. I want to know- I have a basement that sometimes seeps sometimes. And I want to know, is there such a thing, like a vault opening or another basement exit, you can install on your cellar which will carry the spray away from your cellar and it also routines just like a space, likewise?
TOM: So, is the basement revealing whenever you have heavy rain?
ISAAC: Yes. It’s some sort- we have this certain times , not all the time. But specific times, they do. It spills in certain parts of it.
TOM: OK. That’s actually good story. Because the reason that it’s leaking is that you got a problem with sewage at the foundation perimeter. And if you solve that drainage question, you’ll stop it from seeping. Whenever you have rain that reacts- when a basement that spate in reaction to rain, then that is always, always, ever caused by a problem with drainage. And that’s easy to fix.
So I crave you to look at your sewer organization. Make sure it’s clean, make sure the downspouts are extended and make sure the soil around the house is sloped away. If you do those three things, you’re not going to have to worry about a inundated basement. The hypothesi of trying to channel water away is not such a good notion because we can stop that sea from assembling in the first place, OK?
ISAAC: OK. OK. Thank you for taking my bellow. I appreciate it.
TOM: You’ve got it. Good fortune with that activity. Thanks so much better for announcing us at 888-MONEY-PIT.
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LESLIE: Audrey in South Dakota, you’ve get The Money Pit. What can we do for you today?
AUDREY: Right. I was like to hear your establish last weekend and I heard you talking about some sort of contact article but you gave it on your kitchen wall and you are able to gave tile on it for a backsplash.
TOM: Yeah. That’s a produce announced Bondera Tile Mat Set. Kind of a long name but basically, it’s a two-sided adhesive sticky textile that if wishes to do a backsplash, or for that matter a countertop, you draw away the backing on one side of it, press it against the wall- in your bag, for the backsplash. Then you are able to affix the tiles right to the other side of it, draw off the endorsement on the other side and you remain the tiles right on. And then you can pretty much grout immediately thereafter, so you don’t have to wait for glue to dry or even mix up cement or get a tile glue that can kind of get all over the place. It’s all on the rug. So you cut it to fit, employed it on the wall, draw away the back and then is moving forward and glue the tile right to it.
I would urge you, though, that I would not recommend you set this right on drywall because it’s going to be a permanent. You’re never going to get it off. And if you ever want to replace it, you’d have to cut the wall out because it’ll simply pull the paper right off.
What you could do is just introduced a thin membrane of luan plywood on the wall first and then put the tile right on that.
AUDREY: OK. Alright. Thank you very much.
TOM: Good luck. Thanks so much for calling us at 888 -MONEY-PIT.
LESLIE: Alright. Scott, you’ve came The Money Pit. How can we help you today?
SCOTT: We had ocean come in our basement two, 3 weeks ago from a rainstorm "were having". And I’m just wondering how to prevent that again.
LESLIE: OK. So far, you’ve dried everything out, gotten rid of any sort of issues that may have passed from the flood?
LESLIE: OK. So, if you’re getting water that comes along with a heavy rainfall, what you want to do is- that really is a signal that you’ve get sewage editions around the exterior of your home. So there’s a couple of things "youve got to" look at.
First of all, you want to look at your channel system. And a lot of parties don’t have a sufficient extent of ditches or maybe the gutters are impediment, perhaps the downspouts are clotted or perhaps the downspout really isn’t sitting in the right location. A slew of beings just made a downspout right next to the foundation wall and call it done.
So, what you want to do is made to ensure that your troughs are clean and free-flowing, downspouts very. Sometimes you have to snake those out. If they roll underground, wishes to make sure that everything is connected and it’s still moving the spray apart to where it’s supposed to be. And if they’re really ending at the foundation wall, you want to extend that downspout out at least 3 paws or so away from the foundation.
Then you want to look at the soil all around the perimeter of the foundation. You require to make sure that it downgrades away from the foundation. You require a gradual descent but wishes to make sure everything is moving away from the foundation wall. And if you can do that, that’ll genuinely do the trick.
A few years ago- gosh, more than a few years ago now, I had a clogged downspout. I didn’t even known about it. Went underground. I just assumed everything was fine and I came home to a super-duper-duper soggy basement and it was truly precisely because of that. And since we set that- strike lumber- it’s all working.
SCOTT: Alright. Well, thanks for your help.
TOM: Well, as some of you may know, carbon monoxide gas is an odorless gas that are in a position to be derived from combustion of gasoline: natural gas, lubricant, kerosene. It are now able to acquire you sick or it is unable to even cause death. And I’ve got to tell you, in the many years I spent inspecting homes before coming out of the crawlspace and into this radio studio, I encountered carbon-monoxide divulges with unusually surprising frequency.
LESLIE: Yeah. And that’s why you utterly must have your heating system sung up every single year.
Now, Tom, we ever say that but what exactly should a tech be looking for that could lead to a toxic place?
TOM: Well, there’s a number of things.
First of all, good combustion. If the flame is blue, that’s a good signaling. If it’s orange, it symbolizes it’s not combusting completely and that can actually secrete much more carbon monoxide. And likewise, you want to watch out for sort of a sugared, acidic-like odor. That too is evidence to suggest imperfect combustion.
The other things that they’re going to check for are, with a furnace, a hot exchanger. That’s kind of what keeps the exhaust gases separate from the house air. And if there’s a crack or a shortcoming in the heat exchanger, then that means you could have a mixing of the two.
And finally, they’re going to look at the draft which signifies, essentially, are all the gases going up the duct piping, up the flue pipe? You can sense, sometimes, with something as simple as the back of your hand, with any particular type of furnace, whether or not the gas is going up- the vent’s going up- or some of it was possible to blocked or prevented and sort of pushing down and back into the house.
So there’s a number of things a technician can do to make sure it’s operating properly. But it’s not the kind of thing you can do yourself. You genuinely have to have a pro check it and that’s why it’s important to have the heating system serviced about now, if you’ve not done it already.
LESLIE: Mm-hmm. Yeah. And you know what? It’s interesting. We have a service contract with our heating provider. And they’ll put you at the top of the list should something happen in the middle of the winter, to come and repair things. But you’ve got to remember to book those appointments virtually near the end of the summer.
I forgot simply and called just two weeks ago. And I couldn’t get an appointment until mid-November, which I figured it’s better to have one than not have one at all. So, do that. It’s not too late to still get something before the high levels of the heating season.
And you know what? We should still too talk about other sources of carbon monoxide that can be hazardous, like make sure you never operate a automobile, use a barbecue, guided a generator, even a lawn mower in an open garage. Those stenches, if you’ve got an attached garage, can rise and then fill the house.
TOM: Exactly. And even if everything is operating properly, it’s always, always, always a good theory to have carbon-monoxide detectors. In fact, a CO detector is not only a good thought. In fact, they’re mandatory in a lot of states. So, reach sure you have detectors. If you can afford it, get one outside every bedroom, because that’s where most of the deaths exist: while beings are sleeping. They just don’t wake up.
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LESLIE: Now we’re going over to Eunice in Arkansas who has a retaining wall that thinks it’s a chameleon. It’s changing dyes. What’s going on?
EUNICE: Part of it is- the portion that’s turning white-hot powdery-looking is the part that’s exposed to the weather. And it’s kind of spreading. It looks a lot like it’s - you are well aware, the whole thing will eventually turn grey. I don’t know if it’s oxidizing or if sweat from the anchor is starting it change dyes or what.
TOM: And that’s exactly what’s happening, Eunice. What you’re realise is called “efflorescence.” And essentially, water from the foot pullings up because those concrete blocks are very hydroscopic. So it- spray pullings up and then as the irrigate evaporates, it leaves its mineral salts behind. And that’s what that whitish/ grayish money is.
So it’s not destructive; it’s certainly just cosmetic. And there’s not going to be a lot you can do to stop it, though. If it’s an outside wall like that, if there’s going to be a lot of moisture collecting in that area, you’re going to get that sort of thing from happening.
EUNICE: Oh, OK. So power-washing it or abusing a chemical or anything wouldn’t make a difference?
TOM: Well, certainly, all you need- I’ll give you a little trick of the sell. If you use white vinegar- so if you were to mix up some white vinegar and mixture it with water in a pump-up sprayer, that will softened the mineral salts right away.
EUNICE: OK. Very good. Thank you so much.
TOM: Eunice, good fortune with that activity. You’re very welcome.
LESLIE: Alright. Carol in Oregon is on the line with some rust-brown liquid at her residence. What’s going on?
CAROL: My house is about 25 years old. I’ve lived in it for about six. My problem is well water corroding both of my toilets.
And I don’t know- I’ve tried utilizing Clorox. That doesn’t seem to work. I’m wondering if there’s something- some kind of a chemical or something- that I can frame inside the barrel to keep it from turning black.
TOM: So, have your tried CLR?
CAROL: No. What is that?
TOM: OK. So I would look- take a look at CLR. It’s a concoction that’s been around for many, many years. A huge corporation and it stands for Calcium, Lime and Rust. It’s specifically designed to clean-living rusty stains from shower fixtures.
CAROL: OK. Could you spell that for me?
TOM: Yeah. C-L-R.
CAROL: OK. Got it.
TOM: Stands for Calcium, Lime and Rust. See? I was never a good speller but I get that one, huh?
CAROL: Yeah. You did.
TOM: Alright. Good luck with that assignment. Thanks so much for announcing us at 888-MONEY-PIT.
LESLIE: Remember, you can reach us anytime 24 hours per day, 7 days a week with your home restore or your dwelling increase question right here at 888 -MONEY-PIT.
Up next, if you own a home, condo or a co-op, probabilities are, guys, you’re going to need to make unexpected amends or take on improvements that you simply can’t do yourself. For those, it does pay to have a pro that you can call before you actually need them. We’re going to share some gratuities on how you can build your own residence mend contact directory, next.
TOM: Making good residences better, this is The Money Pit Home Improvement Show. I’m Tom Kraeutler.
LESLIE: And I’m Leslie Segrete.
Well, if you own a dwelling, condo or co-op, occasions are you’re going to need to make unpredictable repairs or take on progress that you just can’t do yourself. For those, it pays to have a pro you can call. But instead of waiting for that dishwasher to neglect, the ceiling to spill or the bathroom to clog, what if "youve had" prescreened contractors on standby, ready to jump in when that it is necessary to arises?
TOM: Well, HomeAdvisor.com trails hundreds of thousands of petitions from customers trying dwelling improvement pros. And Dan DiClerico, their dwelling professional and smart-home strategist says there are four pros that should be a part of that ready-to-use home better Rolodex and he affiliates us now.
DAN: Great to be here, guys.
TOM: I think this is a really smart suggestion, especially for those projects that pop up unexpectedly. It’s emergency measures; you need somebody right away. It’s so much easier to reach person you have a relationship with.
DAN: Sure, yeah.
TOM: Now, you guys did a sketch to try to figure out how much coin people are spending to maintain and clothe the basic amends of their residences. What did you find out?
DAN: So the average expense is about $6,000. That’s for- that’s the all-in.
DAN: That’s emergency situations restores or whatever ...
TOM: It’s not the new kitchen or soak, obviously.
DAN: That’s right, that’s title, that’s right.
DAN: So, certainly, it is those unexpected reparations. The biggest cause is water-related.
DAN: It’s clogged drains, it’s blocked bathrooms, that’s sort of thing.
TOM: So a plumber would be on your list of folks to dig it on their Rolodex.
DAN: Number one.
TOM: Yeah, OK.
DAN: Yeah, yeah. Number one.
LESLIE: And that’s a super-important one to have, peculiarly when you have two sons that like to flush a lot of things down the toilet that are not supposed to go down the toilet.
TOM: Yeah. Go down, yeah.
LESLIE: Good to have somebody you can call right away.
TOM: Yeah, yeah. When American Standard wants to try out new bathrooms, they applied them in Leslie’s house.
Alright. Let’s talk about HVAC.
LESLIE: I represent indeed. We- as you know, Tom- had an emergency during that large-scale polar vortex when the baby-sitter was like, “It’s cold.” And when I got home from work, cold was the understatement. It was 50 degrees in my house and at 7:30 at night, I needed an HVAC person that would come, come quickly and do a job that I could trust. And thank goodness I had one that I have a great relationship with. And genuinely, 15 minutes earlier, they were at my house and fixings were underway. That’s got to be a number-one guy to know.
DAN: Absolutely, yeah. A good heating-and-cooling contractor, “HVAC guy” we sometimes call in the business. Because you know the furnace "il go to" conk out, right, on the coldest day of the year. Your A/ C is going to go out in the middle of August. So having a good HVAC person is essentially for any homeowner.
LESLIE: Do you find that these pros- like if you’re doing some sort of prescreening, are these pros going to be annoyed that you’re doing this? Or are they various kinds of thankful that you’re looking for somebody to really keep close to your vest and use in one of these situations?
DAN: No, I think they’ll appreciate it because, listen, they want to be servicing your furnace during the off-season. So they want to build that relationship, as well. It’s going to help them manage their business.
TOM: Let’s talk about contraptions. I have a friend who has the worst appliance luck. And I speculate last week she "ve been told" that both her refrigerator and her stove used to go at the same experience, so ...
LESLIE: And that’s not me, by the way.
TOM: And that’s not you, Leslie. No.
But seriously, appliances are another thing that are key. If you’re a residence that’s doing a lot of laundry and the washer divulges, you’re in serious trouble because that’s going to build up quick before the babies run out of clothes.
DAN: Yeah. Yeah. You know, in general, devices are getting more reliable. But formerly they reach a certain age- 5, 10 times- something’s going to go wrong. The icemaker is going to break. There’s going to be some issues. So having a good contraption repair person is another essential.
TOM: How about the little stuff, though, right?
LESLIE: Yeah, it’s clearly good to have a handyman. You always find parties that are like, “I need a handyman.” But a handyman is such a general period. It are available to something from coating to amending a stair stride: material that some homeowners can undertake on their own. But a lot of people just need help with this little stuff.
DAN: Yeah. When you find a great handyman, hold onto him or her for dear life. They can direct all of those disaster restores, plus the thousands of those little things that come up: installing a light fixture, coating the guest room before your in-laws came to see you the weekend.
TOM: Alright. So let’s review. A plumber, heating-and-cooling contractor, gadget repair and of course, a handyman. Those four pros. Reach out now, pattern those relationships because you are most likely going to need them at some object during the year.
And as you learned, Leslie, only recently , nothing better than having such relationships before the heating system fails.
LESLIE: Oh, my goodness. It feels immense "when youve got" bumped up on that list. You’re in dire straits, so have such relationships and keep them.
TOM: Dan DiClerico, huge advice. Thanks so much better for stopping by The Money Pit.
If you’d like to learn more or find pros to start building your own Rolodex, go on over to HomeAdvisor.com.
LESLIE: Alright. Dan DiClerico, thanks so much better for affiliating The Money Pit.
Just ahead, fall is a great time for some really big planting and patio assignments, like building rock gardens, paver patios, flame opposes, laying brand-new turf or even planting trees. We’re going to have gratuities on how you can get those professions done, even when you have no idea how you’d get all those big and heavy materials to your home to start with, in today’s Better Get a Truck Tip presented by Hertz, after this.
TOM: Making 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: Sal in Massachusetts is on the line with a question about an asphalt driveway. What’s going on? SAL: Last time, I had a driveway asphalted. They made out the old driveway and put it in a new.
SAL: And this year, I noticed that there were some crannies starting to evolve along the back- the leading edge of the driveway. But they were going into the asphalt and looked like a concave trough in the top of the driveway.
TOM: It was almost rectifying?
TOM: It sounds a great deal like the company that did the driveway for you didn’t prep properly. Because if they didn’t compact the evaluate underneath that driveway as one of the purposes of this or if they didn’t leant enough asphalt, then that’s going to happen. So, I think you need to go back to the company that did the original installation, because I think this is something that ought to have been warrantied. It’s indicative of inadequate workmanship, in my view.
SAL: Oh, OK. I didn’t realize that. I did call the original contractor and he came out, looked at it. And he said it was chipmunks. I said, “Wait. Is wrong with you? ” I said( inaudible ).
TOM: Chipmunks? You imply groundhogs?
SAL: So I said, “I’ve never heard of that before.” And he said, “Oh, yeah.” He said he got a lot of announces on that. So I said, “Well, he knows better than I do. So, he’s got more know than I have.”
TOM: Ugh. Listen, I’ve had abundance of groundhogs in dwellings that I’ve owned. And I ultimately get rid of them since we are use grub hold on the clay, on the grass. But this kind of a decide like this, it voices bigger than what the fuck is happen if there was a passage from a groundhog. Yeah, I think it wasn’t prepped properly. But it’s a very creative excuse. I’ll give him that.
LESLIE: It only doesn’t seem possible.
TOM: Alright. Sorry we don’t have better story for you. Good luck with that programme. Thanks so much for calling us at 888 -MONEY-PIT.
Well, fall is the perfect season for working outside and taking on some really big planting and patio campaigns, like building rock gardens, paver patios, flame pits, perhaps laying new turf or even embed trees. But if this is a project you’d like to get done or if you’re even wondering how you’d get all those large-scale and heavy information to your home to start with, we’re was just going to share some ideas in today’s Better Get a Truck Tip presented by Hertz.
LESLIE: Yeah. First of all, let’s talk about building a flame oppose. This is one of the greatest projects to do this time of time. And it’s genuinely not that difficult to do, which meets it a win-win for everybody.
Now, the most important step, though, is picking the privilege locale. You’re going to be aiming for a sweetened distinguish not too far away from the back door but not too close where those activates "re coming" flying off the barrage and land on your home roof or where the hot can soften the siding.
Now, to build it, you want to use landscape stones. These are large bricks about two to three times as big as a regular brick. And they come in shapes to build either square or round fire pits.
Now, to install them, you’re going to need to prepare a solid and position basi of well-packed gravel. Then simply load the big-hearted scenery stones on top of each other and give seriousnes do the rest.
TOM: Now, another great projection for this time of year is to build a rock garden or even a water peculiarity. The weather is perfect for this kind of heavy-laden part and it’s easier to get it done now and maybe only have to add embeds or finishing touches when the springtime arrives.
Now, before digging out what you already have and laying in the rocks, the stone or even a few bags of concrete, there are a lot of heavy textiles to deal with. So remember that Hertz does trucks and vans and has a great selection that can help do those materials home quickly and easily.
LESLIE: Now, the part of this project that often comes DIYers tripped up is figuring out the best layout. Well, here’s a gimmick that we found that can really assistance and all you are required to is a rope.
Now, you just want to use the rope to define the borders of the rock garden, sea feature or any other element that you want to build. And formerly it’s down, believe about whether it lookings good in the garden and if it also works with the flow of everything else that you’ve came out there.
You know, think about, for example, if the cliff garden is along a path. Is still remains to going to be enough office so that you can walk by? Are you going to need to run a lawn mower over the direction? Can the machine fit? Taking the time to think through these various scenarios and how the layout impacts that is really going to help you make sure that the number of jobs get done right and works well for your opening over time.
TOM: And that’s today’s Better Get a Truck Tip presented by Hertz. For any home assignment, store pickup or a move that needs more than your gondola can manage, remember HDTV: Hertz Does Trucks and Vans. Book now at Hertz.com.
LESLIE: Carol in Texas is on the line with a few questions about a ceiling rift. How is impossible to help you?
CAROL: I have a crack right in front of my figurehead opening. It’s a slab. It was the porch and then it was[ made into]( ph) the chamber of representatives. It’s more like a sunroom. We spread the outside of it all the way to the ends of the house, so it’s about 33 hoof across. And I think what happens is that it gets baked- the grime get baked- and so now we have a crack in that ceiling.
And we is looking forward to threw our house on the market next year. Being a realtor, I don’t actually want that rift picturing, because people get alarmed. I don’t think it’s anything to worry about but I don’t like the regards of it. So would you tell me what to do and get it on right?
TOM: So, the ceiling cloth in the porch is made use of what?
CAROL: It is sheetrock up there with the finishing so that you- it’s not popcorn or anything like that. It’s smooth finish on the ceiling.
TOM: And the fissure is - you said it’s 33 feet long. So is it a ...?
CAROL: No, no, no. The fissure croaks across the other direction.
TOM: Oh, OK. So it’s- good.
CAROL: It goes from a- yeah, it moves the other way.
TOM: So it’s not 33 feet long. Alright.
CAROL: Yes, sir.
TOM: So here’s what happens. The cracks reform because people generally spackle them. And then they expand and contract and it kind of registers through. The privilege nature to do it is to sand over the area of the rift so you get some rough surface there. And then you situated a piece of fiberglass amend strip across it, which is kind of like a mesh-looking kind of sticky-backed drywall tape. And it’ll contained there by itself and then you applied spackle on top of that so the fiberglass mesh actually bridges the divergence across the crack. And once that’s done, it’s a much stronger seam. And as the ceiling expands and contracts, the cranny doesn’t reform. It makes three or four good hairs of finish to get that done but that really is the sizzling ticket.
CAROL: And then you go ahead and decorate it white, just like your ceiling white paint?
TOM: Paint it. Yep, yep. Absolutely. Uh-huh. That’s correct.
CAROL: And I really don’t want it registering. I’m not really worried about it because it’s a very, very small hairline crack. I really- I know that it’ll alarm beings and so ...
TOM: Yep. Sure. Altogether understand. And I think that that’s mostly the right thing to do. OK?
CAROL: I appreciate that. And thank you for your help.
LESLIE: Alright. Thanks so much for calling The Money Pit presented by HomeAdvisor.com. You’ll never have to worry about overpaying for a profession. Really use the HomeAdvisor True Cost Guide to see what others have paid for similar programmes. It’s all for free at HomeAdvisor.com.
Coming up, did you know that the expanses you sleep on can "ve got a big" impact on whether or not you’re was just going to get a full night’s sleep? We’re going to have tip-off on my very best pillow for going some shut-eye, when The Money Pit continues.
TOM: Making good homes better, welcome back to The Money Pit Home Improvement Show. I’m Tom Kraeutler.
LESLIE: And I’m Leslie Segrete.
TOM: Call us, right now, with your home progress question at 888 -MONEY-PIT or post it to The Money Pit’s Facebook page at Facebook.com/ TheMoneyPit, just like Andrew in Colorado did.
LESLIE: That’s claim. Now, Andrew writes: “I recently realized that my second-floor bathroom exhaust fan simply transmits the aura from my bathroom directly into my attic. Should I worry about this? ”
TOM: Well, yeah. It’s a really bad idea. First of all, you’re sending hot, muggy air into a very cold space through the winter months, which means you’re was just going to get moisture, ocean, as in rot and decay and even mold. So, very bad idea to vent things into an attic. What you want to do is increase that duct to the exterior of the home.
Some houses don’t even have expressed fans, which is silly. They expect you to open the window in January to show out the bathroom. But in your case, you’ve got one. You simply need to extend it out to the side of the chamber of representatives. Probably through a gable wall at the end of the building is the most common place to do that.
So, definitely don’t live with that- especially in Colorado, Andrew- because you’re going to be starting some real serious moisture problems.
LESLIE: Alright. Next up, we’ve came Stan in Ohio who writes: “My timber garage door doesn’t seal when down. And anytime it sprinkles or snows, liquid comes in under the door. Constituent of the problem is that the flooring is ascent and doesn’t allow a ended seal. How do I deposit this? ”
TOM: Well, since it’s a timber doorway, what I would do is actually raise the door down to the what I presume is a concrete slab. And I would detect that floor direction onto the door and then mostly trimmed the door a little bit so that it now is flush with the angle of the flooring. This room, when you set a new close on it, it’ll fit perfectly all the way across that storey surface.
It’s simply like when you’re trying to fit a entrance. Sometimes you’ve got to cut the door to fit the opening. In such a case, you’ve got to cut the door to fit the floor.
LESLIE: Alright. Good tip.
TOM: Well, did you know that the expanses you sleep on can have a big impact on whether or not you’re actually getting a full night’s sleep? Leslie has tips on the best bedding for coming some serious shut-eye, in today’s edition of Leslie’s Last Word.
LESLIE: Yeah. You know, comfort quilt runs a long way toward a good night’s sleep. But wading through all those thread tallies and fibers really is enough to procreate sure that you actually need a siestum right there.
But before you drop those dollars in upscale linens, you want to know exactly what each one offers and what their impediments are.
Now, bamboo sheets. They aren’t just soft. In fact, they’re sometimes compared to cashmere. And they’re actually going to get softer the longer you to be maintained. But if they’re from China- and most bamboo membranes are- there’s a chance that they are from an uncertified plant. So, hop-skip bamboo sheets if everything this doubts about where they are from is just going to help you stay awake more at night with the worry.
Another good alternative is organic Egyptian cotton sheets. They’re super sought after and with good reason. They’re soft, they’re sturdy, they’re breathable. They’re good for anyone who gets warm in the middle of the light. But if you adoration the sight of a crisp bed, you’ve got to pass on Egyptian cotton because it puckers very easily and it always appear a little bit unkempt. And I’m telling you, I’ve ironed more pillowcases and precisely the top one-quarter of a flat expanse to know that I don’t was intended to do that every day.
LESLIE: Now, other options, as these comfort sheets get, are nurtured silk expanses. And they’re the ultimate in softness. But even if you can afford to splurge on this item, the long-term cost might be more than you bargained for. Because silk sheets, they can be easily damaged by maybe a jagged toenail or a fingernail or even if you just have rough skin on your joints or your heels. And is everything all right, guys, everybody’s got bumpy heels. We all do. So silk sheets had not been able to the choice for you.
And forget about expending the washer and dryer to scavenge them. These membranes are going to need to be hand-washed or dry-cleaned. And then they’ve got to be air-dried, so that’s a lot of work. But I’m telling you, a silk membrane is wonderful even though it is you time use it for a pillowcase, because it does wonders for your fuzz and your skin on your face. Clearly worth noting. So if you’re going to invest in silk, maybe only stick to a pillowcase.
TOM: This is The Money Pit Home Improvement Show on aura and online at MoneyPit.com. Coming up next time on the programmes, do heating costs send a chill down your sticker even when your house is heated? If you are sick of paying a bale to heat your place, we’re going to have gratuities for spending less, on the very next edition of The Money Pit.
I’m Tom Kraeutler.
LESLIE: And I’m Leslie Segrete.
TOM: Remember, you can do it yourself ...
LESLIE: But you don’t have to make love alone.
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