Kid’s Home Alone? What They Need to Know First

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: Hope you’re enjoying this beautiful summer day. And if your designs include some home improvement projects, well, you’re in the right place because, hey, we’re here to help. We want to give you some tips-off and admonition to build them easier, help them get-up-and-go smoothly, help you work around any problems that you’re having, help you decide if you can do it yourself or you need to hire a pro. But to do all that, we need to hear from you. So pick up the phone and throw us a call at 1-888-MONEY-PIT, 888 -6 66 -3 974. Doesn’t matter where you are or when you’re hearing this demonstrate, those orders, those questions will be answered. Give us a call, right now, at 888 -6 66 -3 974.

Coming up on today’s testify, we’re going to talk about kid refuge, particularly when it comes to home-related emergencies. You know, precisely because girls may be at that age where, perhaps, they can stay home alone, that is likely to not prepare them to handle a home-related emergency. We’ll have a checklist on what they need to know to do, exactly ahead.

LESLIE: And that’s very smart. You’ve got to think about all of those things.

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Let’s got to get it. Leslie, who’s firstly?

LESLIE: Karen in Texas is on the line with a driveway that is just cracking up. What’s going on?

KAREN: My residence was constructed in the late 1970 s. And that’s what’s going on- is my driveway has just gotten full of crackings and everything. So, when I was looking into replacing- rupturing it out and ousting the concrete- I had someone suggest to me that there’s some newer concoctions on the market that you can overlay over top of the concrete.

TOM: Yeah. So, this is a concrete surface, right? We’re not talking about asphalt. It’s unquestionably concrete?

KAREN: Definitely concrete.

TOM: Alright. Now, the hits that you’re seeing, is the driveway droop or is it- just have these kind of schisms in it? I’m asking you this question because I want to know if it’s structurally shaky. Because no matter what you put over it, if it’s got a weak base, it’s just going to continue to move and fracture. It’ll look better but it’ll still do that.

KAREN: I wouldn’t say it’s precarious. There are quite a few that passed. They’re not small, short-lived ones. I mean they’ve gone pretty big. There is one area at the bottom of the driveway, by the street, that seems to have had a little bit of a collapse.

TOM: Shift? Yeah.

KAREN: Nothing you can’t- yeah. Nothing that can’t be dealt with.

TOM: Alright. So, here’s what I would do. There’s a brand-new make out simply this year from QUIKRETE. It’s announced Re-Cap. And it’s a really interesting product because they’ve designed a project that will perfectly bind to aged concrete and not separate.

And it’s fairly simple to apply. You set it on. You soaked the – you clean the concrete, you articulated it on. And when the concrete’s wet- and you work it, smooth it out. You trowel it out. You can be utilized a squeegee. You can be utilized a broom to give it a bit of a broom finish. And then the whole thing bakeds in simply a few hours. I think that would be a great addition.

In terms of the end of the driveway, where it reaches the street, that’s the constituent we call the “apron.” What I would recommend you do there is to go ahead and tear that out. You can pick up a few bags of QUIKRETE and mix it up in a wheelbarrow and repour that. And this course, you can make sure it’s nice and thick and structurally stable. And then even sort of extend the Re-Cap color onto that so it’ll all look like one piece when it’s all done.

But I think that that’s probably the best. Because if the concrete is continuing to move- and by that I intend sort of shift a little bit, expand and contract, freeze/thaw cycle, whatever- those fractures will show back up. But the majority of them will be filled in by the Re-Cap product and I think you’ll like how it works.

KAREN: Awesome. That was what I was hoping to hear, because it’s got to be a whole lot less expensive than having it charge out and totally repoured.

TOM: Well, utterly. And by the way, there’s one other option, too. If you’d adore to have a paver driveway, there’s a brand-new paver out from Pavestone. It’s called Milano. And what’s cool about these Milano pavers is they’re half the thickness of a normal paver. And they’re designed specifically to go over old concrete terrace and driveway surfaces.

So, you could look into those, as well. Probably a little more expensive- ah, probably a lot more expensive- than the Re-Cap product. But it looks absolutely lovely when it’s done and you really can’t tell that it’s not a full-thickness paver when you see it.

So there’s two an opportunity for you.

KAREN: OK. Awesome. Thank you.

TOM: You’re acceptance. Good fortune with that job. Thanks so much better for announcing us at 888-MONEY-PIT.

LESLIE: Dave in Iowa has got an issue at his coin excavation where something fragrances a little stinky, like rotted eggs. What’s going on?

DAVE: Oh. Well, I really bought a farmhouse about three, four years earlier. And I have this rotten-egg smell in my house all the time. And I too- my subsides and my toilet and my bathtubs are all rusty. I was wondering if you have any feelings for me. I do have a water softener.

TOM: So, first of all, the rotten-egg smell typically happens because of a bad anode in the water heater itself. That’s a perch that’s immersed into the water. And over time, it deteriorates. And if you have a bad anode, it can be removed and replaced without replacing the part spray heater.

The other capability start of this is the water quality itself. But is this well water?

DAVE: Yeah, this is well water.

TOM: So, have you had it measured lately to see, among other things, what the sulfur material is?

DAVE: No, I haven’t.

TOM: So I would be smart to do that. And this way, you want to made to ensure that nothing has changed that you’re not is conscious of, in terms of the quality of the water. But frequently, it’s because of a problem with the water heater that leads to that odor.

Now, in terms of the rusty fixtures, that’s just going to be wear and tear. That’s going to have nothing to do with the sea caliber, for the most part.

So that ought to do it. Good fortune with that project. Thanks so much for calling us at 1-888-MONEY-PIT.

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TOM: And precisely onward, can your teenagers administer a home-related emergency like, say, a end hose or a tripped electrical breaker? We’ll have tips to help, after this.

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LESLIE: And I’m Leslie Segrete.

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LESLIE: Gail in Massachusetts is on the line and suspects that there could be mold afoot at The Money Pit. What’s going on?

GAIL: My cave has a moldy kind of smell to it but mostly after it sprinkles. And I don’t know if there’s a device that help to applied it up against- the maneuver against the wall to see if there’s any sweat or mold or anything like that.

TOM: So your den flavors soften after it sprinkles. OK. How is your den erected? Is it on a concrete slab or is it on a crawlspace or a vault?

GAIL: It’s right above my garage.

TOM: Well, you’re probably getting a good deal of humidity from that garage that’s working its mode up into that seat. So it’s not totally surprising.


TOM: I don’t mull, definitely, what you’re smelling is mold. It could be some mold in there but I wouldn’t climb to that agreement. It might just be the dampness and the humidity as it transfers through the building substances, coming up into that space and exactly leaving some odors behind. I conceive ventilation is a solution for you here and probably better air conditioning and perhaps even some dehumidification.

You have a central air-conditioning organization?

GAIL: I do.

TOM: So, there’s a whole-home dehumidifier that can be added to that that will rushed up the amount of moisture that it will take out. Because, you know, breath conditioners will take out sweat but what happens is they tend to not make out enough. And sometimes, it can still feel kind of clammy. But a whole-house dehumidifier does it all and it’ll take out- I represent most whole-house dehumidifiers can take out 100 quarts of water per day. And that can be built right into the system.

LESLIE: And you know what? The other ones rely on the owner to drain them, make sure it’s set to the right humidistat. It’s considerably better to have the whole-house one.

GAIL: Yeah, yeah. Because I have one in my vault right now that I hinder emptying.

TOM: Yeah, that’s practice too much work. You don’t have to do that.

And by the way, the fact that you have moisture in the vault and “youve had” this up above the garage, you may want to look at simply, generally speaking, all of the drainage roots around the outside of your room. Because if your gutters are blocked, if your downspouts aren’t gave apart, if the clay all over the house is too flat, you’re basically hampering a great deal of ocean against that groundwork boundary. And that could be a problem because that’s going to lead to dampness, humidity and potentially even flooding.

GAIL: Oh, OK. So, we don’t actually have a water problem in our vault but I’m wondering if the- so if I really make sure the troughs are cleared out …

TOM: Well, let me just stop you right there. The actuality that you have to use a dehumidifier that rallies enough water that must continue to be dropped, that is a water problem, OK? You’re really not discovering it hitherto, OK? So you do have a water problem; you time don’t know it.

GAIL: Yeah, yeah. And too, the washer and dryer are in the closet of the cavern. And I didn’t be checked whether- it was just recently set. And so I didn’t know whether that was kind of a problem, because it roughly smells like kind of a bathroom.

TOM: Yeah. I think you’ve got to stop chasing these smells down and start distributing with the core publish, which is the high humidity and the humidity. I think that’s going to solve it all.


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

Well, at some site, every mother faces the decision of deciding whether or not a child is able to stay home alone, right? And as a parent of three, I known better every kid’s different and it’s important to make sure they’re not going to hurt themselves. And it’s also important to make sure they can handle basic things that could go wrong in the house when you’re not home.

LESLIE: Yeah, obviously. So, here are a few basic tasks that you might just wanted to consider.

For example, does your child know how to find and shut off the water main in case of a major hole?

TOM: Heck, do you know how to find and shut off the water main in the event of a major spill?

LESLIE: That’s true.

TOM: It’s a really good feeling to find that all-important valve and label it so that you know exactly where it is. And you can show the children, as well. Make sure it’s easy to operate because sometimes, since they don’t get exploited quite frequently, they can get a little sticky. But make sure it’s good to go and ready to turn off, because it’s the fastest way to stop the liquid from coming through your ceiling.

Now, next up, you also want to consider whether or not your child can operate a volley extinguisher.

We think that’s a fairly basic undertaking but there’s actually a procedure to it, Leslie, right?

LESLIE: There is a major proficiency to how to operate a fervor extinguisher. And some of the method used I wasn’t even well aware of until one day, over at ABC at work, there was a fire chief- came in and schooled everybody how to use the fire extinguishers on the flooring of the office build and it was interesting to learn.

You want to go at the cornerstone; you don’t want to go at the glow. There’s genuinely a technique on how to operate those volley extinguishers efficiently. And you don’t want to hold the piston down amply; you want to pump it and top it at the bottom of the burn. So, a good deal of proficiencies to use to effectively use that volley extinguisher so you don’t empty it first and not do anything with it. So “youve been” do need to go over how to use one and make sure that you’ve got the right type of extinguisher for your residence. They’re rated A, B and C for different types of volleys. Some are rated for all three. Make sure you’ve got one that’ll protect you and your home.

Next up, does your child know what to do if the smoke detector is triggered?

TOM: Yeah. Get out.

If the smoke detector is triggered and you’re not home and cooking, well, it’s a reason to get out and call the fire department. Frankly, it’s as simple as that. And if you want to update your smoke detectors, make sure you use interconnected detectors so if one goes off, they all go off.

And lastly, what should your kids know to do if the strength disappears out? Because that’s happening more and more often these days.

LESLIE: For sure. Luckily, some people have generators in their home, that are on automatic standby, so they’ll come right back on. Other experiences, though, you’re not so lucky and your adolescents can become very nervous, very scared when the superpower turn out. So you should talk with your kids about where flashlights are. You should have LED candles so that their own children aren’t dealing with open-flame candles. You need to go over a process of obliging sure that you have items ready to go so that you can illuminate the dwelling safely. And that’s the most important part there: safely.

TOM: All great questions to ask yourself and coach your babies if “youre feeling” they’re ready.

We’re ready, though, for your residence progress questions. Pick up the phone, give us a announce, right now, at 1-888-MONEY-PIT.

LESLIE: Now we’ve get Russell in Texas who’s dealing with a door that’s exactly not sitting right. What’s going on?

RUSSELL: Well, we recently had the windows and doorways replaced in our residence about eight months ago. And up until about two weeks later, the door fastened punishment. Now, the deadbolt will fastening. It’ll go into the side of the door formulated but the doorknob itself won’t go in. And these were prehung doors. And I don’t know exactly how to diagnose their own problems or even how I would go about securing it if I was able to figure out what was wrong with it.

TOM: So it’s gotten increasingly warmer in Texas over the last couple of weeks, right?


TOM: And so, I remember what’s happening is we’re getting some swelling of the door jambs or the door. And that’s shifting things just enough to make the doorknob not baby-sit properly in the disturb plate. So, this is just a door adjustment.

And did you install these doors yourself? Did you have a pro do it?

RUSSELL: They were done by a contractor.

TOM: So I think it’s reasonable to ask the contractor to come back and adjust the doors because they’re swelling now. It is possible to put these doors in so that they employment year-round without any adjustments. And so I think it only need to see a minor setting. It shouldn’t be a big deal. But I would call the contractor, ask him to come back and fixture it.

RUSSELL: OK. Alright.

TOM: Alright?

RUSSELL: I’ll given a call.

TOM: Yeah , nothing to worry about there, Russ. Pretty normal. Time needs a bit of adjustment. And fixing a entrance- adjusting a opening is complicated if you don’t do it every day, because it’s kind of an interesting beast. It has about six different ways it get moving and if you move it in the wrong direction, you be brought to an end moving it worse. So I’d have the pro come back and fix it.

RUSSELL: OK. I sure will.

TOM: Alright. Good luck, Russ. Thanks so much for announcing us at 888 -MONEY-PIT.

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

JAN: We have a- it’s a very small bathroom and the selection board had built a tile shower in this- like the centre of the apartment. And I want to know if you can change the places where the shower and the bathroom are, if you are unable to just change them and use the existing drains.

TOM: No, you can’t because the shower pump is about half of the immensity of the toilet’s drain waste/ volcano pipe.

LESLIE: And it’s a gray-water line, too.

TOM: Yeah. It’s not- well, they’re going to drain to the same place but you’d have to reconfigure the plumbing. So it’s not quite that easy but not impossible.

What is this bathroom built on? Is it over a crawlspace or a vault, by any chance, or is it over a slab?

JAN: It’s on a slab.

TOM: Very expensive activity. I would think of something- other mode to redecorate that bathroom and make it pleasant for you. Because switching those is a big job; you’re going to have to tear up the storey to do the plumbing.

JAN: Oh, wow. OK. Well, I suspect we’ll just leave it the lane it is.

TOM: Looking better all the time, isn’t it, Jan?

JAN: Well, no. But I want it is what it is.

TOM: Thanks so much for term us at 888 -MONEY-PIT, 888 -6 66 -3 974.

What were they thinking when they applied the shower in the middle of the room?

LESLIE: Views from every part of the bathroom? I’m not sure.

TOM: That’s not a walk-up shower, it’s a walk-around shower.

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Now, if you happen to be in the market for new floors and has only one active house, there are four things that you should be looking for. We’re going to share those four tips, 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.

TOM: We’re here to help you with your residence better questions. Help yourself first by picking up the phone and calling us at 1-888-MONEY-PIT.

LESLIE: Darlene in West Virginia is on the line with a roofing question. How can we help you today?

DARLENE: My partner and I are considering putting a metal ceiling on our residence. And I wanted to know: is it best to go ahead and keep the old-time shingles on the roof?

TOM: No. You know, if you’re going to go through the expenditure of putting on a metal roof- which is a real investment-grade roofing; it’s a roof that could last you 50 to 100 years – you perfectly don’t want to put it over old-time asphalt shingles. There’s no target in having them there. And if anything, we are to be able to make that metal roof review lumpy. So I would utterly take it right down to the sheathing and then have the ceiling installed right from there on up. It is absolutely not worth trying to save a few dollars by leaving that old-fashioned asphalt there, basically, forever.

DARLENE: OK. Because I’ve known some people. They’ve been told, “Oh, yeah, it’ll – you don’t have to worry about throwing them out. You don’t have to worry about taking them off and everything and it’s just fine.” It actually- I’ve even heard them tell people that it’ll lend a mantle of insulation.

TOM: Yeah, that’s all crap.


TOM: And you can quote me on that.

DARLENE: Well, I’m glad I called.

TOM: That’s just not true. There’s nothing about an asphalt shingle that segregates anything. It doesn’t trap air. So, it just doesn’t work.

In fact, what it does do is hold a lot of additional heat on that roof. So …

DARLENE: And it would build up moisture and everything, probably.

TOM: No. But in the summertime, that extra heat will add to your air-conditioning costs. So I would simply weeping that out and forget about it and start from scratch, OK? You’d be better off in the long run.

DARLENE: Alright. That sounds great. Thank you so much.

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

DARLENE: Bye-bye.

TOM: Well, if you’re in the market for brand-new storeys and you’ve got an active genealogy, there are really four things you should look for.

First, you are required to a concoction that’s waterproof, kid-proof, pet-proof and impact-resistant. And today, there’s lots of storeys available. It’s so hard, though, to find one that looks great and has all of that durability.

There is a new concoction, though, we are only detected called SUPERCore, that’s all that and more. And here’s why: SUPERCore is an engineered vinyl-plank floor but instead of the traditional softer wood-composite construction, SUPERCore features a rigid stone core. And that stone is a lot denser and hence, tougher than pretty much any other engineered vinyl-plank floor on the market.

LESLIE: Mm-hmm. Good point.

Now, the SUPERCore click-lock floorings have a wear blanket that is 50 -percent thicker than virtually any other waterproof storey that’s on the market. The product’s waterproof, kid- and pet-proof, impact-resistant. It’s available exclusively through

And on their website, you’re going to find a very convincing demo of just how tough this floor really is. Go there and you’re going to see the founder pounding standard EVP flooring with a 2-pound piece of produce, literally, like a sledgehammer. And it’s leaving a dent after dent, after dent, after dent in that flooring. Then he does the same thing to the SUPERCore flooring and you don’t even discover a scratching. I planned it is impressive.

TOM: Check out the SUPERCore at They direct-source the make, cutting out the middleman to give you better floor for less fund. And they’ll even send you free samples. That’s

LESLIE: Now we’ve get Tom in Nebraska on the line with a decorate question. How is impossible to help you today?

TOM IN NEBRASKA: I’m building a cedar floor and I’m trying to figure out which produces to use in order to preserve living conditions of it.

TOM: OK. Well, cedar is a good choice because it’s naturally insect-resistant, so you don’t have to worry so much about rot. But if you want to stop it from cracking and checking and splitting, which it’ll do simply from exposure to the sun, then you really need to think about put a product on it that’s got a UV protectant in it, like a stain.

Now, since it’s brand new, I might advocate, in this particular case, a semi-transparent stain that’s was just going to give it some UV protection. It’ll help even out the coloring and it’ll protect it from the break and the checking that goes on.

You can pretty much introduced it on right away but sometimes when people employed- construct cedar decks, they want to enjoy them for a few months, time until they start to gray a little and then they’ll stain them. So the choice is yours but a semi-transparent blot would be a good alternative for you right now.

TOM IN NEBRASKA: OK, cool. I wasn’t sure what to do, you know? I appreciate it, man.

TOM: You’re very welcome. Thanks so much for announcing us at 888 -MONEY-PIT.

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Up next, open-concept homes are popular but they’re hard to come by in older houses. Now, supplementing a pass-through between chambers can help. We’re going to share some tip-off to do that, next.

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

LESLIE: And I’m Leslie Segrete.

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LESLIE: D.J., you’ve get The Money Pit. How can we help you today?

D.J .: Yes. I’m having some difficulty with my air conditioner and it’s driving me crazy.

TOM: What’s going on?

D.J .: Well, in order to have it is everything all right and stop, I “re going to have to” operate the thermostat by- I know there’s a 5-minute delay on the start of it and the turn-off of it. So I “re going to have to” either lower the number on the thermostat below my 77 until it kicks in- and it’ll run for hours. And to turn it off, I “re going to have to” manipulate seven to eight figures above for it to shut off.

TOM: OK. So, basically, there’s one of two things happening here. Your thermostat’s broken or your air conditioning is just not able to keep up with the setting.

So, first of all, if you want to check very simply to see if your air conditioner is cooling properly, there’s a simple test that you can do. If “youve had” something like a refrigerator thermometer that will measure air temperature, what you can do is you can measure the temperature of the breeze where there’s a really strong register, where it’s blowing air out. Measure that temperature and then too amount it where it’s going back into the system itself, by the return passage. The difference between those two temperatures should be 15 to 20 degrees. If you’re seeing seven, eight degrees, your system’s not cooling properly. It probably needs refrigerant.

The second prospect is that you just have a thermostat that’s not working properly and the solution to that is just replace it. They’re inexpensive. If you have Wi-Fi in the house, I would get an internet-enabled smart thermostat, like a Nest. And I enjoy my Nest thermostats. They’re so easy to use and I can prepare them to go up and down whenever I require. And they even will shut- not shut off but going to see a different temperature rectifying when no one’s in the house.

So, those are your options right there. I conclude one of the two of those will arrange this out. I’d get on it now before it gets much hotter out and you should be set for the summer.

Thanks so much for announcing us at 888 -MONEY-PIT.

LESLIE: Well, while older homes have allure and reputation, the thing that they are usually lack is an open floor plan. And that’s something more and more modern genealogies want. Well, the good bulletin is that you don’t have to stick with that layout offered in that older home.

TOM: Yeah, the authorities have ways to stir your live feel more open in a closed space. And one way to do that is to create a pass-through between rooms.

Now, I should say that it’s not a first-time DIYer’s project, because it involves a fortune of skills. But you want to start with the most important things first, which is to determine if the wall can be opened up by figuring out if it’s load-bearing. You could look at the storey below, perhaps go into the crawlspace or the vault, look at how the flooring joists are aligned. Are they parallel or perpendicular to the wall? If they’re perpendicular, the wall may most likely be load-bearing. If you’re unsure, you’ve got to get some expert help.

And if the wall is load-bearing, you are able computed the pass-through but candidly, at that point the project gets a lot more complicated and hits well beyond that DIY stage. So clearly hire a pro.

LESLIE: Next, if that wall is not load-bearing, you can cut out a pass-through. But before you go all in, it’s smart to do some exploratory surgery first. You know, first thing’s firstly: before you obligate that first cut, find out your template exactly where you want that pass-through to go. And try and line up the template so that you’re to the left and the right of where you start a stud. That’s going to attain the formulating a lot easier.

Now, if you have the apartment and you can lay this out so it does fit between those studs, it’s even better because you’re not “re just gonna have to” formulated the left and right sides of the opening. So “youve been” have to think about this.

Now, also, you want to turn off all electrical to circuits on that wall. And then make sure you have a reciprocating saw and you cut simply through the thickness of the wallboard. In other oaths, do not cut through the studs more. Time get the drywall off so “youre seeing” those studs.

TOM: Yeah. Now, once you realize the inside, it’s a lot easier to double-check if the wall is load-bearing for sure. And you can also deal with any cabling that you find. If you receive any plumbing, you can deal with that. You do want to do all this work before you start taking the frame apart.

Now, if you do have to cut out some studs, I want to give you a gratuity. Now, if you think about this, you’d chipped a square puncture in the drywall, you’d line up the liberty stud and the left stud. Now, across the bottom, you’re going to have to introduced a horizontal part. Well, to do that, you’ve got to cut that vertical stud that’s in the middle an inch-and-a-half below where the drywall is. So what I do is I kind of go value down an inch-and-a-half and then plunge-cut there so the blade kind of goes into the wall. But I leave the drywall above. Why am I doing that? Because it’s a lot easier to fix that little slice you put in the wall than it is to actually segment in a entire patch of drywall, just to cover that new bottom plate that you’re putting in place.

So, if you understood what I just said, you are an advanced DIYer. If you’re not, hire a pro. OK? Because there are ways to do this and have it done simply and easily. And you’re going to find that once that’s all done, you can trim it out, you are unable to introduced a piece of countertop there, you can use molding. It looks really cool and it causes a good deal of light in from the back side, so it certainly has the effect of opening up that seat without spending a lot of money on a big remodeling project.

LESLIE: Alright. Next up, we’ve went Sandy calling from Ohio who’s working on a painting programme. How can we help you today?

SANDY: Yeah, I was looking forward to a produce that you can take the varnish off your aged kitchen board without having to sand them. I was told there might be some brand-new produce out.

TOM: Well, there’s actually a produce that’s been around since 1936 that works and that’s called Rock Miracle. So not exactly new but does a good job. They’ve a couple of different versions of it but it’s designed specifically to take off varnish. There is a liquid , no-wash remover that mostly removes make-up, finishes and varnish that you can use. You can check out their website at

But if you wish to avoid most of the sanding, that’s a good locate to go. And they have some environmentally-friendly versions of the product, too.

SANDY: OK. Music good. Alright. Thank you very much.

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Still onward, have you ever been faced with a house or apartment that needs so much work it’s hard to was aware that to start, peculiarly when your project register is bigger than your budget? We’ll have tips to tackle that challenge, after this.

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

LESLIE: And I’m Leslie Segrete.

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LESLIE: Alright. And don’t forget, while you’re online you can go on over to The Money Pit’s Community section and ever post your questions there, announce slides. Let us know what you are working on and we will lend you a hand.

Now, I’ve got one here from Cody in Colorado who writes: “We recently purchased a home that needs some TLC. We want to replace the aging furnace and ocean heater. We likewise need to rip out carpeting and change the hardwood storeys. Lastly, one of the lavatories is in really bad shape. How would you prioritize these projects? We want to have them accomplished over the next two years.”

TOM: Wow. That’s a big list.

I mean to kind of sum it up, you want to replace the furnace and the water heater and the floors and the bath. So, I’m thinking safety firstly. If the furnace or the water heater are unsafe, then replace them now. If not, have them serviced so that you can get another time or two out of them, which is entirely possible, by the way.

Now, the soak is clearly the most prominent racket but it’s going to have my very best return on investment. So that’s a project that, again, is not an emergency but you require to programme it and get it done and do it well so you add to the value of your home.

Now, the carpet point is a little confusing to me, Leslie, because Cody says he wants to rip out carpeting and supersede the hardwood floorings. Generally, you don’t “re going to have to” do both because carpeting, especially in an older house, is a awesome drop cloth. And it’s often put down right over hardwood floors.

You may simply need to remove that carpet and then refinish those hardwood floors, which is a lot less expensive than supplanting them. In information, I can’t truly imagine why you would ever want to replace a hardwood storey unless it was just in terrible condition. But that’s very unusual. I think you’re going to find that you are unable to refinish that, save some money and really get a beautiful home in the process.

LESLIE: Now, Cody, for the shower, it depends on how bad of influence you mean when you say bad figure. Is it something that a couple of modernizes could easily enhance the gap and make it more entertaining and more user-friendly over the next couple of years until you can go all in for a full restoration? I think you have to look at it that way.

If it’s just terrible and falling apart and actually non-functional, then I would prioritize it differently. But if there are ways to, say, maybe change the flooring or change out the faucets and the showerhead and contributed something better and simple, even as simple as a new colour emblazon, it might buy you some time before you take on that large-scale renovation.

So I’d love to see more. Post some paints and we’ll talk you through it.

TOM: Alright. Julie in Nebraska writes- she says, “I’m a first-time homeowner.” Congratulations, Julie. “And I’m going to change all the paint colourings inside and out. I can’t figure out, though, which finish to use. I have adolescents that love to acquire shambles. Which finish is the easiest to cleanse? ”

Well, Leslie, coincidentally, you have teenagers that are ready to reach shambles, as well. So, what the fuck is you tell her?

LESLIE: You know, it’s interesting and it depends on the type of shambles your teenagers like to see. My adolescents just like to establish beings messes all the time. And while I cherish eggshell colour- personally, as a designer, I reckon I love the finish; it obliges the walls seek velvety and rich- it’s dreadful to clean-living. So I wouldn’t say get that.

Either go with a scrubbable matte that will give you a flat finish or a semi-gloss or even a satin, just because you need a little bit of sheen or you need that scrubbable enamel built into the paint’s finish so that you can clean it. Because with make-up, even if you take a Magic Eraser, say, your babies get something on it, it’s going to sort of change the inspection of that dye in that spot, specially if it’s eggshell. I speak from experience.

So, think about the type of shambles that you see your their children to attain. But ultimately, go with something that has a little bit of sheen. Or if you like a flat finish, go with something that has a scrubbable additive. You will be so thankful that you did. Too, buy stock in the Magic Eraser and time put them underneath the sag, because you’re going to need a lot of them.

TOM: The question is The Money Pit Home Improvement Show on another beautiful summertime weekend, our favorite term of its first year. If you’ve still got questions, remember, you can reach us, 24/7, at 888 -MONEY-PIT or affix your questions online to The Money Pit’s Community page at

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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