Water Saving Solutions in Time for Summer

TOM: Coast to coast and floorboards to shingles, this is The Money Pit Home Improvement Show. I’m Tom Kraeutler.

LESLIE: And I’m Leslie Segrete.

TOM: What are you working on this beautiful spring weekend? If it’s your residence, you’re in precisely the best place because that’s which is something we happen to do, as well. We’re here to help you with your fix-up questions, your do-it-yourself dilemmas. If you’ve got a project that you’d are ready to to get out of here, we’d love to talk with you about it. Help yourself firstly by picking up the phone and calling us at 1-888-MONEY-PIT.

Coming up on today’s show, as we’re move towards summer, saving spray is going to become more and more important. But preferably than rely on your babies and family to use less water, there are actually brand-new fixtures that can do the water-saving for you. It’s a very simple plumbing project. We’ll tell you how to find faucets, toilets, showers and sprinklers than can do that job without wasting water.

LESLIE: Plus, the one thing that can ruin a beautiful outpouring morning is the howl of gas-powered lawn mowers, needle blowers and string trimmers. And pretty much, it’s often action earlier than you want to wake up on that outpouring/ summertime epoch. Well, we’re going to share an update on battery engineering that can make all that gas-powered gear obsolete.

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LESLIE: Every summer, there’s something worse but here’s some good information. What if we told you there was one simple better that costs less than $300 and would cut your electricity legislation, shape your live safer and most sustainable all at the same time? Would you be all in?

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LESLIE: Dennis in Michigan is on the line with a roofing publication or something along those lines. What’s going on?

DENNIS: Well, a while ago I ceased a container of roofing cement off a rack in my garage.

TOM: Ugh. Yuck.


DENNIS: It was a powder form and apparently, it need a little dry at one point.


DENNIS: And it then dried onto the floor. Now, the floor is a concrete/ plaster storey, which I had discoloured years ago. I set a plaster stain on it to protect it. So, I’m wondering, what is going to be the best way to get that off? Am I going to have to use some muriatic battery-acid to loosen it up and then scratching it off or …?

TOM: So I guess it’s all dried and crusty now?

DENNIS: Yeah, it’s kind of dry and crabby, powdery-like, you know.

TOM: Yeah, I mean the first thing you are able to do is start to try to physically scrape off as much as you can. I don’t think you’re going to be able to save that discoloured finish underneath. You’re going to end up having to discolour it when you’re all done. But you are required to physically get off as much as you can. The knowledge that it’s so …

DENNIS: With a putty spear or …?

TOM: Right, accurately. Yep. The actuality that it’s so aged is going to make it very, extremely difficult. You may be able to use a solvent when you are get as much of it physically off as you are able to, like mineral flavours, for example.


TOM: And you could also work it in with a wire brush so that you’re really getting into the concrete. And see if that starts to break it down.

DENNIS: Mineral flavours. Or would something like an acetone labour?

TOM: Acetone would work, as well. I is well aware the roofers of the world would tell you to placed gasoline on it. It probably would labor but it’s dangerous and we don’t want you to do that. But I speculate mineral feelings and acetone is combustible fairly as it is.


TOM: If you apply it and brush it in carefully with a cable touch so it gets into that information that’s into the pores of the concrete, then you may have a shot at getting it up. Now …

DENNIS: And then merely re-cement stain those areas?

TOM: Well, hear- and that’s the other thing. Once that’s all in there and it’s filled up all the openings of the concrete surface, even though they are you cement-stain over it, you may find that it’s still a different color. You may actually have to do an epoxy finish on that floor, when you’re all done, so that it covers.


TOM: You can try the discolour, extremely if you’ve got a little bit left. But yeah, I’m not confident it’s going to look great.

LESLIE: Joyce in Rhode Island, you’ve came The Money Pit. How can we help you today?

JOYCE: Have an in-law apartment and someone who was living there for a while was inhaling. And we wanted to do whatever we could to get the smell of the smoke out of the apartment.

TOM: Do you have wall-to-wall carpet in there?

JOYCE: There is.

TOM: Yeah, that’s going to be a bit of a problem because I’m sure the odor is into that carpet.

So, a pair things you could do. First of all, if you’re going to cover the accommodation, you’re going to want to prime all the walls first. Well, first of all, soak them down, then prime them with a good-quality primer, then depict them. That will help seal in what’s gotten into the walls.

As far as the carpet, a good, thorough, deep steam-cleaning of that. You may have to go over it a number of epoch to try to get as much dirt and debris and odor out of that carpet as is practicable. The best thing- if we have situations where this is a real problem, the carpet’s kind of worn, we’ll tell people to take it up and prime the subfloor underneath, believe it or not, to make sure we really seal out any of those odors that have drenched into the wood. But if you primary and depict the walls and if you steam-clean the carpet, that’s probably the best you can do.

What about furniture? Is this home furnished? Do you still have the old furniture in there that the smoker lived with?

JOYCE: The only furniture that’s truly in there is a leather living-room set.

TOM: Leslie, what do you think about that? Will the inhale odor get into the- follow out the skin and get into the cushions?

LESLIE: Leather is such a natural skin-deep that it is porous in its own right and it depends on what the cushioning is on the inside. You really have to be careful and of course, you can’t certainly completely clean leather because of its intrinsic natural calibers. You don’t want it to stain. You might want to see what those cushions are like on the inside. Take out the inserts. If you can replace those, that could be a huge help.

JOYCE: OK, huge. Thanks a good deal. Appreciate it.

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

LESLIE: Up next, as we move towards summertime, saving irrigate becomes more and more important. But rather than rely on your teenagers and genealogy to use less later, brand-new fixtures can actually do that water savings for you.

TOM: It’s a simple plumbing project. We’ll tell you how to find faucets and lavatories and showers and sprinklers that can do the job without wasting spray, in today’s Pro Project presented by HomeAdvisor.com, next.

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

LESLIE: And I’m Leslie Segrete.

TOM: Standing by for your announces, your questions to 1-888-MONEY-PIT presented by HomeAdvisor, where you can find top-rated home service pros and bible appointments online, all for free.

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But formerly it’s set, it mostly tell me something what’s on, what’s off and how much vigour you’re working in real era. And it was able help you avoided problems by recognizing sort of the unusual activity in your home before it becomes an issue, like if your sump pump’s running and you’re on vacation and maybe it hasn’t rained, your ocean heater may have broken. It can do all that.

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LESLIE: Jason in Arkansas is on the line and has a question about lightning see. What’s going on?

JASON: Due to a hailstorm a pair years ago, I supplant my roof with a metal ceiling. And in a recent cyclone, lightning destroyed my heat-and-air unit.


JASON: And the technician was out here and there’s actually an old set baton on the southwest corner of my home that I didn’t even know existed. But it is no longer connected to anything, so I wished to know what I can do to prevent further loss of air-conditioning parts and whatever other appliances are at my home here.

TOM: First of all, do you have homeowners insurance?

JASON: Oh, sure. Yeah, the insurance paid for the heat-and-air unit.

TOM: OK, good. Yeah, I just wanted to make sure you knew that, that lightning’s covered.

JASON: It was covered.

TOM: OK, perfect.

JASON: But I need is this- there’s this anchor perch in the field and it has a wire connected to it that’s hidden but it is no longer be linked to anything. I didn’t even are well aware existed here.

TOM: OK. So I’m not sure if that cable- what that wire was be linked to. There could have been a lightning rod on the old-fashioned ceiling and when it was taken off and replaced with a metal ceiling, they are only never replaced it.

But normally, if you had a lightning rod on your roof, there would be a heavy copper cable that was downed the exterior wall of your house and that would be connected to a field rod- which is a long, metal bet perhaps 4, 5 or 6 feet long- that becomes depth into the earth. And the idea is that if lightning affects, it impresses the lightning rod, the electricity is carried through that cable down to the ground.

Now, its own position of that cable is important. If you know that there’s plumbing in the exterior wall, you don’t want to run the cable along where the plumbing is. Because what will happen is the electricity will jump across the cable to the plumbing pipes and electrocute anybody that’s in contact with them. So it has to be done correctly. But I suspect that you’re talking about specific areas of an aged lighting-rod system that was in place and is no longer active.

JASON: That’s what it would appear. So I need to purchase some- is this something that’s available at Lowe’s or somewhere, these lighting perches that I can put one across the …?

TOM: I don’t know if you’re going to find that at a big-box retailer. I’ve never seen it but then again, I don’t shop- I don’t live in an area where lightning is prevalent. Perhaps in your sphere, you do. But I would start online and if they’re going to have it in the big-box accumulates, you’ll find it on their websites. And you ought to be able to get some more the recommendations on how best to install it that way.

JASON: And you think a dummy like me can set this? I don’t need an electrician?

TOM: Well, it’s not really an electrical project; it’s really- it’s more of a structural assembly. But you need to know a little bit about energy in the sense that you’re uttering electrically-tight connections. And you’ve got to use all the right materials and portions. And like I said, you’ve got to know how to run it so that you don’t stumbled anything, the electricity doesn’t jump across and connect with the pipings. And of course- and when you drive that stake in the foot, you want to make sure there’s nothing underneath you’re going to hit. So there’s a bit to know but it’s not a terribly difficult job to do.

JASON: Alright. Well, I appreciate it very much.

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

LESLIE: Well , now that time is getting closer, saving water becomes more and more important. But rather than rely on your children and family to use less sea, informing your plumbing fixtures can do the liquid savings for you. It’s actually a very simple pro plumbing project.

TOM: We’ve went tips-off on how to find faucets, toilets, showers and sprinklers that can do that job without squandering water, in today’s Pro Project presented by HomeAdvisor.com.

Alright. First, let’s talk toilets. They can last for decades and that really impels them one of “the worlds largest” sturdy plumbing fixtures in the house. But while they don’t really wear out, those old lavatories can debris plenty of water with every even. So, instead, what you want to do is be changed to a WaterSense-certified toilet.

LESLIE: Now, WaterSense is a program that’s run by the EPA. And just like the ENERGY STAR program facilitates customers find commodities that save exertion, WaterSense is designed to help buyers marks produces that will save water.

Now, to qualify, a concoction must be showed to use at least 20 -percent less spray, save exertion and play just as well or better than the regular models.

TOM: Now, besides lavatories, if you were to too replace your bathroom faucet and the showerhead, the EPA reports you can save 26,000 gallons of irrigate a year, form 380 fewer pounds of greenhouse-gas emissions and shorten your practicality statutes by 250 bucks. That’s a huge savings and that’s just the first year.

LESLIE: Yeah. And speaking of utility proposals, if “youre using” less sea, you’ll likewise use less natural gas or energy to heat that sea, so it all adds up.

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LESLIE: Beth in Texas is on the line with a make-up question. How can we help you today?

BETH: I had four editorials on the figurehead of my house and I live downtown in an aged place. It has beautiful, 150 -year-old oak trees. I have these four lines and I have- the grove decomposes out from the- it has- those pillars sit on concrete.

And last season I had them specified, which was about 10 years ago, they settled a plastic or some kind of a barrier that’s the same size as the column. It’s a roadblock kind of- a moisture impediment, maybe, between the specific and the pole.

So, then term guides and now comes the decompose again. And so I said, “Oh, my gosh.” So I mine out the blight again, I went to Home Depot and I got some of that produce that you can fill in with( inaudible ).

LESLIE: Like a Bondo.

BETH: Right, right. It’s some kind of a- it has wood in it but it’s plastic. It’s some- I don’t know what it is. Anyway, I did that. And of course, my wraps were so deep, I could only leant- layer about a 1/4 -inch in and it made me forever to fill up the little holes.

And so I ultimately got it to the edge and I sanded it. It looked somewhat darn good. And so I drew it. And then, I gave the first coat on and I said, “Oh, this paint’s kind of thin, ” so I leant another coat on. So in the meantime, here comes all this pollen from these giant oak trees. And all this stuff, it descends from the trees on my freshly coated lumber. I started crying.

LESLIE: Mm-hmm. Oh , no.

BETH: I literally started crying because I didn’t know what in the nations of the world to do. My paint- I mean that material exactly sucked it up like a sponge. And so I didn’t know what to do.

LESLIE: Alright. Well, where are you now with the articles? Are you at a phase where you need to replace them again? Are you trying to really figure out a lodge?

BETH: Well, actually, what I did is I went back and I lightly sanded- I waited for a while and then I sanded it delicately and then I introduce another topcoat on it. And I don’t know. I still have little- I don’t know what it is. It’s not yellow pollen but it’s something that’s kind of- my cover is bumpy; it’s not delightful like it should be after all that work.

LESLIE: Well, here’s a couple of solutions. You do need to sand it if you want to get the surface nice and smooth again. That’s genuinely the exclusively thought that’s going to get rid of the pollen that’s sort of embedded itself into that wet paint.

Then, once you get a nice, smooth surface on that column again, whatever it is you want to try to do is- and I know it would be a pain in the buttock but it’s going to be super-duper-duper helpful if you can get some draw tarps: plastic, canvas, whatever. If there is a way to kind of build a tent in these tarps around the area, to keep the pollen from sort of wafting in there while the make-up is baking and while you’re painting- it’ll be unattractive while the process is happening, just because your beautiful figurehead of your home will be wrap in tarp. But it will actually help to keep the air circulating behind it to actually cool the article draw but it will impede occasions from mooring on it.

So I would be considering a practice to do that. They make all sorts of scarcely prop poles and different things that work for tarps but likewise a duet of good clips. Maybe you’ve got an overhang there or something that you can clip onto without damaging a gutter. So, that are actually could do the trick.

Now, fast forward to a couple of years down the road when you end up with such an amount of rot again, you might want to consider replacing the editorials with an architectural composite column.

Now, in a lot of cases, because – your wood piece is actually a approval, remedy?

BETH: Yes, ma’am.

LESLIE: So what you might end up doing is they might replace that lumber pillar- since you’ve done that before, they might replace the lumber row with some sort of post that would be metal, that would be structural.

And then there is an actual decorative wrap, that looks precisely like the same sort of fluted tower or whatever type of column you might have, that wrappers around that support pole. And then it’s a composite, so once it’s painted and finished, you won’t have to paint it again for a long, long, long, long time. Because it’s not make use of an organic material, it’s not going to take that moisture up that you’re going from the concrete. And it’s going to simply cleaning process with soap and water.

So, continue that in mind for down the road. And they would do that a pillar at a time and compile them structural. So, there are ways to get around it but you’re going to have to sand again.

BETH: I know. It doesn’t look too bad but it doesn’t look too good, either. But thank you so much. I’ll try those gratuities, alright?

TOM: Beth, it sounds like you’ve got your work cut out for you on that job. Thanks so much for announcing us at 888 -MONEY-PIT.

LESLIE: Just onward, the one thing that can ruin a beautiful outpouring morning is the howling of gas-powered lawn mowers, foliage blowers and string trimmers. We’re going to share an update on battery technology that can make all that gas-powered gear obsolete, next.

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

LESLIE: And I’m Leslie Segrete.

Well, we desire the chimes of heated condition, like birds chirping and kids playing in the ground and all that wonderful, serene feeling. Well, it’s not exceedingly serene formerly it gets ended by resounding, gas-powered mowers, foliage blowers and other yard material. And it typically happens early on a weekend morning?

TOM: Well, thanks to innovative artillery technology, that’s all deepening because now you are able to pretty much is everything that it is necessary to done with battery-powered paraphernalium that needs no gas , no petroleum and no hearing terms of protecting you or your neighbors when it’s operated. Greenworks Tools is a leader in battery-powered lawn implements. And with us to talk about that is Don Koon from Greenworks.

Hey, Don.

DON: Hello. Thank you for the opportunity.

TOM: I consider when you think of battery-powered tools, that some kinfolks still have a hard time believing that they can do the same job as those loud, annoying and smelly gas guzzler that we’re so to be followed in hearing and dealing with on the weekends. But it’s really amazing what you’ve been instrumental in do with the battery engineering and the brushless technology in your lawn-and-garden equipment. There’s almost no reason to have gas-powered tools anymore.

DON: You are absolutely right. Since lithium has come on the scene, things have changed altogether. In fact, if you retain the first battery-powered tools that you got probably 20 years ago, they were- this organization is NiCad batteries. And the characteristic of NiCad was that as you’d use the tool, the artillery would begin to go down. So did the dominance veer. And by the time the battery was dead, the tool would barely work at all.

With lithium, that has changed everything. So, consider yourself, as you drive down the road in your gondola at 65 kilometres per hour, when you run out of gas the car just simply closeds off. And that’s precisely the same characteristic as lithium-powered batteries. It operates at full speed and when the battery is out, it stops working and it’s time to placed another battery in. So it has been the revolution of the industry.

TOM: I retain my first battery-powered tool was a little, insignificant screwdriver. And I only used it to take the bolts out of electrical panels in the years I spent as a home inspector. But that was about all it was able to manipulate, you know.

DON: Yeah.

TOM: Today, you can use a artillery to influence a lawn mower, a foliage blower, the string trimmer or even an 18 -inch chainsaw.

DON: That’s absolutely true. And the interesting thing and the exciting stuff about that is the same battery will guide all of those tools. So dream, as you’re doing your lawn and you do your mowing first, when you’re done you simply take the artillery out of the mower, you made it in the fibre trimmer, you do your string-trimming. When you get done, you take it out of the blower, positioned it in the blower. And then when you get done, you rack the battery and recharge it for the next use and you’re done.

TOM: We’re talking to Don Koon from Greenworks Tools about the technology that we’re seeing across the lawn-and-garden tool industry.

Now, one class of implements “thats really not” battery-powered just yet, but it’s coming, are distres washers. And I guess the same reasons for that is because they just take so much power to do the job. But you guys have some really amazing electric stres washers. We’ve discussed this issue about the 1,800 -PSI one and the 2,300 -PSI one. But let’s kind of describe, from a consumer’s perspective, if they’re looking at acquiring a influence washer, how do you decide what the title width and pieces are for you?

DON: So, generally speaking, electrical pressure washers do not have the dominance that a gas-powered one would have. So, it’s perfect for the consumer because you can do your cleanup employ and not necessarily get in trouble with it. So it’s potent enough to do the job but not powerful enough to where you can potentially hurt yourself or potentially do damage to whatever you’re cleaning.

I remember one of the first times I worked a push washer, I actually etched the terrace furniture that I was cleaning and basically ruined it.

TOM: Whoops.

DON: So the issue is powerful sufficient to get the job done but not potent enough to where you would get into trouble.

So let’s talk about the 2,300 -PSI. It’s our recent entry into the electric power-wash segment. It races at 2,300 PSI. It shoots 2.3 gallons of ocean per time, which is an ample amount. Much more- in fact, twice as much- as the 2,000 -PSI unit that we exchange, as well. Which means that is not merely does it clean but it also has fairly water to wash off what you actually have cleaned.

It’s a great tool. And one of the interesting things about it is if you recall employ a gas pressing washer, you start the gas motor vehicles and it runs until you shut it off. And the spout actuates when you pull the trigger. On an electronic or an electric pressure washer, the whole unit comes on and off as you actuate the provoke on the sprig. So when you’re not cleaning, it’s wholly silent; it’s not feeing. When you pull the trigger again, then it begins to pick back up and it does its undertaking. And it’s really nice because it’s not obtrusive to the environment, your neighbors aren’t going to get upset at the droning on and on of the gas motor racing for hours. And it’s really a very effective tool to empty. It’s easy, it doesn’t take a lot of space in the garage and it’s particularly, terribly environmentally friendly.

LESLIE: Yeah. And you know, Don, it’s one of those tools that you don’t want to put down. I always find that it’s one of those things you start and then all of a sudden, you’re doing your ground furniture, then you do the porch, then you do the surfacing, then you’re doing your neighbor’s house. It really is one of those things you just want to keep doing.

DON: It is rather intoxicating like that. You go, “OK, what else can I cleanse? ” So I use mine to clean my- I actually use it to clean my vehicle. I empty my driveway and my walkways, my hall. I actually use it to clean-living the carpet in my craft. So it’s very, extremely versatile. And again, it’s strong enough to do the job that you need to do but it’s not so strong that you’re going to do damage to what you’re cleaning. So it’s very safe for a consumer to use.

TOM: Don Koon from Greenworks.

Thanks so much for stopping by The Money Pit, Don, and filling us in on the new technology and all the amazing things you’re doing with battery power and the new boundary of push washers.

If you’d like to learn more and check out some of their products, go to GreenworksTools.com. That’s GreenworksTools.com.

Thanks, Don.

DON: Thank you so much.

LESLIE: Well, there’s a lot of buzz lately about the effects of Lyme disease. But another virus carried by tickings would be more lethal and it’s popping up in the United District. We’re going to tell you how to protect yourself, when The Money Pit continues.

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

LESLIE: And I’m Leslie Segrete.

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LESLIE: Jim in Delaware is on the line and has a question about a dryer vent-hole. Tell us what’s going on at your coin pit.

JIM: I have a dryer vent that’s coming through a concrete wall. And the three flutterings that- have is broken. I was wanting a good channel to supersede the expres. Or can I simply place the flappers or what?

TOM: Yeah, I would replace the exterior part of that dryer expres: the exhaust port.

JIM: Right.

TOM: If those supporters- if those little blades that flip up and down have broken off, I would simply change that. Yeah, you’re leading to pluck it out of the existing hole. And depending on how it was put in place, it may be tough to get out.

JIM: It’s concrete.

TOM: OK. Well, but depending on how it was attached to the concrete, it might be difficult. You may actually have to grab a piece- a duo of shears, like Y-snips( ph ), and cut it out. It’s just sheet metal. And then you’re going to basically install a brand-new one in its place.

And when you buy the brand-new dryer ventilate, they usually sell the dryer vent-hole and they sell the metal showing separate. Make sure you get a piece of hard metal dryer-exhaust duct to run through that concrete- through that hole.

JIM: Right.

TOM: And then if there’s flex duct, you can attach it on the other side. Try to keep it as regular duct as far as possible, because the flex duct is- has a lot of resistance to it and the clothes don’t dry quite as quickly.

JIM: Great. Thank you for the advice.

LESLIE: Give us a announce. Let us know what you are working on. We’ve have a great reward to give away this hour. A parcel of us are using a lot of electricity as the summer season does into full swing. Air conditioning, all different things around the house are on and bustling. But maybe you don’t want to be spending that much money and maybe you don’t know where to start.

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It’s a great prize. It’s a great product to add to your home if you’re looking to save some dollars. You can save a good deal by winning it. It’s $ 299. Check it out right now, the Sense Home Energy Monitor, at GetSense.com.

TOM: We’ve got one going out to one listener outlined at random. Make that you. Call us, right now, at 1-888-MONEY-PIT.

LESLIE: Marilyn in Louisiana, you’ve get The Money Pit. How can we help you today?

MARILYN: Hello. I have moved into an old-time home that has unfinished and some finished wooden storeys that were carpeted. Regrettably, in taking that carpet up, former domesticateds that were here have left their mark all over the floors.

TOM: Oh , no.

MARILYN: The following is stains and there is a grievous, dreadful odor throughout the house. The dogs that I have brought in have continued that process and now have to live outside. My question is: what do I do? What can I do to get the odor out of these wooden floorings?

TOM: What I would do, Marilyn, is I would sand the storeys. This is the one time where I think it makes a lot of sense to do a scrupulous sanding of these floors.

LESLIE: Yeah. You’ve got to completely refinish.

TOM: Yeah, specially if you’re saying that some of the floors were unfinished opened with. So I would sand all the floorings to taken away from some material, vacuum up that sawdust and then I would lend three coatings of polyurethane.

Now, I’m sorry, let me back up. Before you polyurethane, if they’re still stained, then I would add some grove discoloration to the floor to shade the coloring a little and disguise any of those remaining markings. Because if you try to go totally natural, the blots will obviously show up. But if you add- you know, it’s like a modest color to- a tinted stain. Like, say, one of the shades that I use a lot is called Early American, which is like a very light, brown color. That looks really nice and does secrete some of those discolorations that could be in the timber. And then contributed the three coats of urethane.

LESLIE: A large-scale direction is dark grey-haired, almost even like an ebonized grove storey. Dark wood storeys, even if it’s a super-dark chocolate or almost on the pitch-black/ grey-headed scale, actually are impactful and beautiful and that could obstruct a good deal, as well.

TOM: Yeah. And well, that’s a good point. I mean you could- you don’t have to go dark is what I’m trying to say. You could just go just very fairly gently. But from there, I think you’ll be good to go. I envisage formerly you articulated the urethane coating on it, you’ll no longer have the odor issues.

MARILYN: Love your establish. Thank you so much.

TOM: Well, here’s a joyful reflect for your next time undertaking: there’s a brand-new virus being carried by ticks that’s popping up in the Northeastern U.S. It’s called Powassan and it’s reported to be even more harmful than Lyme disease.

LESLIE: Yes. So while you’re enjoying the great outdoors the summer months, made to ensure that clicks and the diseases they carry aren’t along for the ride.

TOM: Yeah. So when you’re out in nature, especially if you’re in the touch or in the lumbers, you want to wear long sleeves. And if you’re wearing pants, stow them into your boots or socks. And make sure all your clothes are light-colored so those tickings is difficult spot.

LESLIE: Mm-hmm. You likewise want to use insect repellant, ideally the manner that’s designed to be applied to your clothing. And formerly you’re back inside, inspect yourself, your minors and even your babies for ticks.

Now, you want to find them before they burn and then burrow into the skin.

TOM: And if you do find one, don’t panic. Infected ticks don’t usually move the Lyme organism in the firstly 24 hours. Simply call your doctor and schedule a check.

LESLIE: Dave in New York is on the line and has a plumbing question. What are you working on?

DAVE: I had a couple electric, plumbing and heating contractor go ahead and come give me reckons and now I’m- PEX piping situated in. And they hindered me from it because they were told that it was impelled with soy oil so that they could put a light-green name on it. And they already had to replace, in some homes, the PEX piping because rodents had been munching on the pipes.

TOM: Yeah, I guess I could see that. I can see rodents potentially chewing on plastic pipings. But I will tell you that I have not listened that as a long-term- as a widespread problem. PEX piping is really relatively good and enables you to do circumstances that you can’t do with metal piping- with copper piping. And it’s only a lot less expensive to install, as well.

So, I don’t think it’s a wide enough problem that I would stop using it. I would continue to use it.

DAVE: But you don’t know if they make it with soy oil or not.

TOM: No, I don’t. But I was talking about what, rodents will munch anything. So it doesn’t surprise me that maybe they had some rodent issues such as it. But I don’t think it’s a problem that would prevent me from squandering PEX.

DAVE: OK. I was just curious to know.

TOM: Alright, Dave. Well, good luck. Thanks so much for calling us at 888 -MONEY-PIT.

LESLIE: Hey, why would you working on? We are helpful in. Call in your question now to 888 -MONEY-PIT acquainted by HomeAdvisor, where it’s easy to find top-rated, regional home improvement pros for any residence job. Just go to HomeAdvisor.com.

Up next, before you hurl anything out, be determined whether it can be used for something completely different. Din crazy? Not actually. We’re going to have an ultimate repurposing tip-off, precisely ahead.

TOM: Where residence answers live, this is The Money Pit Home Improvement Show. I’m Tom Kraeutler.

LESLIE: And I’m Leslie Segrete.

TOM: Here to make your entitles, your questions about your home, your mansion, your decor, your remodel jobs. The count is 1-888-MONEY-PIT. Give us a request, right now, presented by HomeAdvisor.com. Never is concerned at overpaying for a undertaking. Exactly use the HomeAdvisor True Cost Guide to see what others paid for a same projection. It’s all for free at HomeAdvisor.com.

LESLIE: And don’t forget at MoneyPit.com, you can always pole your question in the Community section, time like Frank from California did.

Now, Frank writes: “I had wished to replace windows and walls of stucco. What’s the best way to cut and remove the stucco?”

TOM: Well, Frank, the subterfuge was necessary to not chip and remove the stucco but to cut and remove the windows and then situated brand-new windows in those sort of old seats. That’s kind of the action that replacement spaces are improved. They’re built to fit inside the old space jambs, the outside frame sort of that window.

And the reason for that is- and in your action is particularly applicable- because you don’t want to have to tear out stucco to apply a opening in. But if you could just remove the sash, right- that’s the fraction that moves up and down; you reversing the transcend waistband and the bottom sash – you end up with this very clean wood made. And then the permutation window is designed to fit right inside that. It’s pared on the outside, it’s decorated on the inside and you never had to touch any part of that stucco whatsoever.

So, what you want to do here, Frank, is not tear it out with the stucco. Mostly, you want to order replacement windows to fit. I would work with a replacement-window company, though, because it has to be ordered, it has to be measured just right so this all comes together. But it really is the best direction to get a nice, clean-living, brand-new energy-efficient window in that space.

LESLIE: Alright. Next up, we’ve got a berth here from Deborah who says, “I have a dog who I can’t keep from jumping and scratching the inside of the figurehead and back doors. I’ve refinished them twice but they continue to get shattered. Do you have any clever, practical or decorative ways to protect my entrances? ”

TOM: If you used a tough finish and they’re still get through that – you know, one thing that I’ve seen, Leslie, for pups that jump-start is to put clear Plexiglas on the inside surface of that.

LESLIE: I’ve seen it.

TOM: And yeah, I convey it’s a little tacky but it does- it inspects a heck of a little better than the doors getting all scratched up and it’s easy to clean. So, take a sheet of Plexiglas just as high-pitched as the dog jumps and attach it to the back side of that door.

LESLIE: You could always give shoes on the dog. Just an idea, Deb.

TOM: Well, the three Rs- reduce, reuse and recycle- these are key to a light-green lifestyle. And Leslie has tips to help with one light-green table-building projection that delivers all three, in today’s edition of Leslie’s Last Word.

LESLIE: Yeah. This really is a gratuity that’s absolutely about repurposing and it’s a great trick of the busines. Think about turning unexpected pieces that you’ve got around the house into functional and good-looking slope tables. There are so many things that you might have on hand that could play-act this doubled responsibility, so let’s think about it.

You know those glazed, ceramic garden stools that you picture? You knows where to find them everywhere, from discount supermarket to super high-end places. They can really are so beautiful as little, unexpected side tables or even in the lavatory as a little place to set a candle or an orchid or some rolled-up towels. Just again, something that you might not first use it for becomes abruptly something that you couldn’t should be considered not having before.

Now, rainwater containers, yield wire baskets, old-fashioned suitcases, even musical instruments can work just as well. All you need to build that alteration complete is a custom piece of tempered glass that you can use as a tabletop. And suddenly, this one, ordinary slouse that was kind of lying in garbage at your residence becomes a really functional and unique side table.

So, contemplate creatively. Sometimes, look at a piece upside-down, look at it a different way, turn it over. You never know. You might have a great table.

TOM: This is The Money Pit Home Improvement Show. We hope we’ve given you some inventive the resolution of your home improvement questions. You can reach us, 24/7, at 1-888-MONEY-PIT or berth your question to our website at MoneyPit.com. But for right now, that’s all the time “were having” but the testify does continue online.

I’m Tom Kraeutler.

LESLIE: And I’m Leslie Segrete.

TOM: Remember, you can do it yourself …

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


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