Low-Water Lawns that Survive Drought

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 now that we are officially moving into what we call the “dog days of summer” here in the Northeast? It gets really hot and sticky. And if you live in South Carolina, you’re probably thinking, “We call that Tuesday, ” you know? But up here, it’s pretty much in “the worlds largest” forlorn part of the summer and therefore, we’re probably not thinking about doing a lot of outside work. We’re enjoying that central air conditioning.

Whether your job is inside or out, we would love to help you take some steps to get it done easier, quicker, faster; make sure it’s going to last longer; make sure it’s going to come out claim; help you get over those humps and humps in the project, those bombshells when you tear open the wall and disappear, “Oh, my God, I didn’t count on that. What do I do with it? ” Is it a leaky piping? Is it termites? What’s going on? If you’ve went questions, that’s what we do. We’re now to help you as your home improvement instructs, your remodeling superintendents, your decorating diva. Well, there’s exclusively one decorating diva now; that’s Leslie.

LESLIE: I thought it was going to be you.

TOM: Nah, nah. You don’t miss my decorating admonition. I turn to Leslie for my decorating needs, as well.

But hey, whatever is going on in your house, we’d love to chat with you. We’d adoration to help you get it done. The number to get in touch with us is 888 -MONEY-PIT. That’s 888 -6 66 -3 974.

So, coming up this hour, it is usually this time of year that homeowners grow pretty tired of high water invoices to keep their lawns seeming luxuriant. It doesn’t have to be that path, though, if you choose drought-resistant grass. We’re going to tell you about drought-resistant grass, because it’s something that you might want to think about adding to your lawn this fall.

LESLIE: Hey. And while we’re on the issues of lawns, do you dislike investigating weeds in your ground and plot? Well, they kind of feel like they’re your antagonist but they’re actually viewing clues that will help you take your garden-variety back. We’re going to see share some tips on how to read your grass for gardening success.

TOM: And scavenge is a non-stop task for virtually every homeowner. And frequently, it requires a lot of different scavenging produces, including those with harsh chemicals. We’re going to share a single , non-toxic clean that can safely remove clay and grime on the thousands of skin-deeps without damaging you or the environment.

But first, we want to hear from you.

LESLIE: Yeah. What are you guys working on this summer season? How are you coming your coin oppose in tip-top shape so that you can actually enjoy it and maybe not spend all the time working on it? Whatever it is, we are here to lend a hand. So leave us a call anytime at 888 -MONEY-PIT.

TOM: 888-666-3974.

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

LESLIE: Laurie in New York is on the line with a gardening place. Tell us what’s going on.

LAURIE: I have a tea-rose bush in my backyard, which attracts a lot of Japanese beetles. And I was wondering if there is something that I can do to get rid of the Japanese beetles, to save the tree.

TOM: Well, yeah, I entail there’s traps for that. And the bunkers toil very well. They’re usually scented or they have some sort of a chemical attractant for the beetles. And the beetles are essentially- will basically walk into the trap, can be classified into a crate and that’s that.

One company that concludes them is called Rescue- R-e-s-c-u-e. You can go to Rescue.com and take a look at the Japanese and Oriental beetle trap. I’ve consumed the Rescue makes on wasps and bees and always found that they wreaked really, really well.

And we’ve seen these folks at many of the swap shows that we go to and they ever seem to have a very good-quality product line and they’re very serious about clearing sure their makes progressing well. And I think that you’ll- that would be a good place for you to start. The Rescue Japanese Beetle Trap, Rescue.com.

LAURIE: Very good. Thank you very much. I’m going to try that. As soon as I get by the phone, I will look at their website.

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

LESLIE: John in Kentucky is on the line with a trim question. What’s going on?

JOHN: Well, I have got a house that was built in the 70 s and it had really dark, varnished trim on it. And the person that sold me the house- I suspect where reference is making a decision framed it up on the market, he exactly coated all the prune white. And I suppose he merely put one coat of latex on it or something.

The problem with it is if you brush up against it, the paint rinds off of it. And I’m exaggerating a little but when we’re moving stuff from apartment to room or something like that, yeah, you just barely touch it with something and it …

LESLIE: Probably didn’t sand it or anything.

JOHN: Right. He just made- because real estate agents will tell you to paint everything white.

TOM: Yeah. But it’s probably- it’s like trying to paint over Teflon, John. When you don’t- it’s too smooth and it didn’t- wasn’t going to really bite. So, what “youve got to” do is really deprive it off wholly. You have to take off the old depict, “youve got to” sand down into that varnish coat a little to bumpy it up. And then what you have to do is primary it.

The primer is very important, because the primer is going to be the glue that kind of sees the paint put. It will adhere well to the age-old varnish, as well to the paint. And that’s going to make the difference on giving this new paint some durability.

JOHN: Yeah. Well, insure, that’s what I don’t want to do, because it’s all the trim in the house.

TOM: Right, OK.

JOHN: And I can’t go and sand and divest all that. So, what I was hoping is likely to be done is- if there’s like a ponderous enamel make-up or something that would be tougher and wouldn’t scratch off as much?

TOM: No, because you have a layer in there that’s not adhering to the substrate which, in this case, is the original trimming. So anything that you put over that is only going to be as strong as the first bed that was on it and that’s not sticking. So, I would not shape the problem worse by putting another dye on top of that. It’s just not going to work.

JOHN: OK. Thank you for your help.

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

LESLIE: Catherine in Rhode Island is on the line with a leaky roof.

Tell us about their own problems, Catherine.

CATHERINE: I have a small hole in the ceiling, in the region of the back end of the house. And I was just wondering if when I go to have it superseded, how much of the plaster they’re going to have to take down.

TOM: So you say it’s a small hole. So this is a hole that was caused by water damage?

CATHERINE: Yes. It’s coming from the ceiling. I’m going to have to have a brand-new ceiling, also.

TOM: How old is the roof that you have now?

CATHERINE: The ceiling is about 20 years old.

TOM: OK. Well, it might be at the end of a normal life cycle.

In words of that ceiling seat, you don’t have to take a lot down. How big-hearted is the hole that you have right now?

CATHERINE: I would say it’s about 8 inches across.

TOM: Eight by what?

CATHERINE: It’s just like a slit.

LESLIE: So there’s nothing open; it’s just like a crack.

CATHERINE: Yes, it’s like a hit. And ocean drippings but time from one arena; it’s just like a bit drip.

TOM: If it’s not swollen or deformed in any way, then what you can do is you can add drywall tape across that fissure, which would be perforated. You use- it examines kind of like a mesh; it’s a little sticky and it’s like a mesh. And then you spackle over the tape. And so you can mostly spackle this cranny closed and then prime it and decorate it without having to replace any of the drywall.

CATHERINE: Oh, certainly? Oh. Well, thank you very much. I considered I’d have to replace the whole ceiling.

TOM: Nah, don’t cause the contractors tell you it’s any more than that. It’s a real simple repair. If it’s just a rift, it was possible to spackled, primed, decorated and you’re good to go.

CATHERINE: Well, thank you very much. And I precisely want to add I enjoy like to hear your show. I learn so much. I listen to it every Saturday night.

TOM: Well, thank you very much, Catherine. We really appreciate it. Thanks, again, for calling us at 888 -MONEY-PIT.

LESLIE: You are carolled to The Money Pit Home Improvement Radio Show on aura and online at MoneyPit.com. Give us a call at 888 -MONEY-PIT presented by HomeAdvisor. You can get instantly matched with top-rated pros for any home project and diary appointments online for free.

TOM: And only ahead, if you want to keep a healthy-looking lawn, you shouldn’t have to do that at the expense of the regional water supply. We’re going to tell you about drought-resistant grass that delivers more dark-green with less spray, after this.

Making good homes better, this is The Money Pit Home Improvement Show on a beautiful July weekend. I’m Tom Kraeutler.

LESLIE: And I’m Leslie Segrete.

TOM: Give us a see, right now, with your how-to question, your DIY dilemma. The quantity is 1-888-MONEY-PIT presented by HomeAdvisor, the fast and easy path to find the privilege pro for any kind of home project, whether it’s a small repair or a major remodel.

LESLIE: Amanda in Connecticut is on the line with an A/ C system that’s not doing the C part of the chill. What’s going on, Amanda?

AMANDA: Hi. I don’t certainly know. It’s a brand-new system.

LESLIE: Brand new as in the entire central air-conditioning arrangement is new to the house or exactly a new condensing legion outside?

AMANDA: The new condensing gang. The home once had the vent in it but it didn’t have the unit.

TOM: OK. So they computed the compressor outside, correct?

AMANDA: Right.

TOM: And who did this work? Was it a contractor?

AMANDA: Uh-huh, yeah.

TOM: Did they not experiment it to make sure it was working?

AMANDA: They said they would come back when it was red-hot. And so I called them and- the red-hot period. And they came back and it only didn’t cool after four hours. And he “ve been told” it’s because the house is an older house and that the returns are on the outside walls and compiles it harder for it to cool down- longer in order to be allowed to cool down?

TOM: Well, sound. You hired these people to complete your cooling system. So, better now contractor is going to look at the house and they’re going to identify any problems with the size of the ducts or where the pipes are loped. They’re departing to make sure that they’re sized properly.

Do we know that the compressor is actually working outside?

AMANDA: Yeah. They did- they came back again after that and drew sure that it had the Freon in it and checked to make sure that it was working properly.

TOM: Well, apparently, something is not working properly, OK? And it’s either the compressor or there could be something with the course the canals are installed. I can’t begin to diagnose it for you except to tell you that it’s not right. The contractor should know better than this. I don’t think you’re getting very good advice or service from this contractor, because it shouldn’t be that difficult for the purposes of an HVAC contractor to figure out why a mansion is not coming cool. This is their business.

So, if you’re not going anywhere with these chaps, you might want to think about bringing in another contractor to get a second opinion, maybe not even share with them “that youve had” this force invested recently and see if they can figure out why it’s not cooling. See what kind of advice you get.

But it appears to me that this firstly contractor had a responsibility to do what it take or at least to complete the job or advise you if there was something that was going to prevent the compressor from cooling the house. Then why were they willing to sell you the compressor in the first place? You accompany what I represent? They’re the panel of experts here.

AMANDA: He’s saying to me that four hours is not a long time.

TOM: That’s absolutely no truth to the rumors at all. That’s ridiculous.

AMANDA: I pretty much said I had to go outside to cool off.

TOM: Listen, I would get another contractor or an expert in there to find out why exactly it’s not working, take a look at all the things that impact cooling. And then at least you’ll know what was done or not done and you can take it from there. But it doesn’t clanged to me like you’re getting the best advice here.

AMANDA: Thank you and I love listening to your show.

TOM: Oh, thank you very much. And I hope we’ve help me out here out. Thanks so much for calling us at 888 -MONEY-PIT.

LESLIE: Now we’ve came Jeff in Illinois on the line who’s dealing with a breathing situation. What can we do for you today?

JEFF: Yeah, I should show a little bit, because I had to segregate that attic up there.


JEFF: Yeah. So, you know, it’s an old-time add-on and when they improved it, they covered the old-fashioned gable up. And so, when I started up there to shield this spring, I had to kind of chipped a pit through the old-time gable death to get into the addition. And so my question is: do I required to- should I restrain chipping away at that or do I- how do I properly vent that? I don’t want to cut the whole thing out because I belief there’s some supports there.

TOM: OK. So they- basically, when you added the add-on, they computed it onto the gable dissolve of the age-old roof. So when you go up in the attic, you various kinds of realize the age-old ceiling organize and the age-old gable tip where the expres used to be, correct?

JEFF: Right. In reality- and I couldn’t get through there. There was- the volcano was too small for me to get through to get into the addition to insulate.

TOM: Oh, so there wasn’t even any access in there to insulate. They didn’t insulate when they well-developed the additive?

JEFF: They did. They did insulate but how they actually got it in there, I don’t know. But I couldn’t got to get it, I know that.

TOM: The answer to your question is that you want to basically consider each gap separately in terms of ventilation. And the best type of ventilation is- actually no longer do we consider gable vents to be very good type of ventilation. The best type of ventilation: a incessant bank ventilate that runs down the pinnacle of the ceiling, matched with soffit vent-holes at the overhang. So this way, we take air in down low-spirited, we run it up for the purposes of the roof sheathing and exit it at the ridge. And that cycles/second will echo 24/7, 365.

JEFF: Yeah. The only trouble is there’s no soffits in this house.

TOM: Alright. So if you did want to improve the breathing, you could use a type of vent called a “drip-edge vent, ” which would require a little bit of carpentry. You’d have to extend or actually re-shingle the bottom layer of shingles at the edge. But the drip-edge vent actually extends that roof strand by about 2 inches and initiates a endless soffit.

And if you go to AirVent.com- that’s the website for the CertainTeed air-vent companies- I know they’ve got a good diagram of one right there. So that’s the way to improve that.

Now, if you can’t do that or you don’t want to do that, for all the obvious grounds, and maybe you’re not seeing that you have a big ventilation problem right now, then I guess what I would suggest to you is to put in the bank ducts, since that’s something that you can always do, and then couple that with as many other roof vent-holes as you can.

Jeff, thanks so much for calling 888 -MONEY-PIT.

Well, now that it’s quite warm out, you may be using tons of ocean on your lawn to keep it lettuce. And that can definitely take a toll on your wallet and the spray supply. It’s been estimated that the demand for water has increased more than three times in only the past 50 times. And that’s going to keep going in the decades ahead.

LESLIE: Well, the good news is that brand-new, drought-resistant grass categories can survive on reduced or even restraint water while keeping overall flower state. So, to find this grass, you actually exactly need to look for concoctions who the hell is approved by the Turfgrass Water Conservation Alliance. I know that’s a lot. It’s the TWCA. You’ll see it on the packaging.

Now, these kinfolks are an organization that are aimed at saving millions of gallons of water every year. And one way they do that is by testing weeds, forages, shrubs that claim to save on irrigating. And then they give their stamp of approval to those concoctions that really match their strict criteria.

TOM: Yeah, it’s a really good organization. We’ve got the details on MoneyPit.com. Time Google “money pit drought-resistant grass.” You’ll acquire our post with all the links you’ll need.

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LESLIE: Now we’ve got Janet in Georgia on the line who wants help with a decorate job. What’s going on at your money pit?

JANET: I just had a deck build last month and once, some of the boards are various kinds of shrinking because it’s been sprinkling on and off a little bit.

TOM: Right.


JANET: And I was wondering when it would be the best time to stain the grove. Is it that I’m staining it against the spray or I’m just discolouring it in general?

LESLIE: OK. Do you know what material your deck was made out of?

JANET: We bought the timber at Home Depot. It was supposed to be a pretreated wood?

LESLIE: So merely a pressure-treated lumber.

JANET: Pressure-treated. That’s correct.

LESLIE: OK. So, really, what I ever do with a pressure-treated lumber, really because of the fact that they administer a different type of chemical into the wood itself to make it weather-resistant- so it can be a little wet. And since you’re dealing with a high-moisture statu in your brave regardles, you might just want to give it the summer season to sort of dry out as best it can. And then in the autumn- when you’re dealing with some drier, low-humidity weather- it could be a great time to put a finish on it.

Now, you do want to let it dry out. So if you’re dealing with some rain forecast as you’re getting into a weekend that you want to work on the project, wait until you’ve had a good few daylights of dryness and you know it’s “il be going” cool the working day you’re working, so that that wood does get a chance to dry out. And then, depending on how it appears and the ogle that you want, I clearly wouldn’t paint it, because coat is just going to sit right on top of that log and then simply peel off throughout the winter season and you’ll have to do something again in the spring.

JANET: Right. I truly didn’t want depicting, because I just like the inspect of the wood. And I know that there’s something that I have to do every so often. They tell me every year I’d have to stain it or something.

LESLIE: It really depends on what manufacturer’s stain that you buy. And keep in mind there’s solid-color discolours and there’s semi-transparent stains. So if you want to see the cereal in the timber, you’ll want to go with something more semi-transparent so that you’ll actually get some emblazon or just some natural tint. And you’ll be able to see that grain through it.

And you want to apply it just in the way that car manufacturers says. And you’re probably going to get about three years on horizontal surfaces, maybe five on vertical before you’ve got to tackle it again. Depends on how cool that log is on that decking when you do, you are aware, made the stain on.

JANET: OK. That sounds good.

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

LESLIE: You can call in your home mend or your residence better question 24 hours a day, 7 days a week right here. Always have somebody standing by at 888-MONEY-PIT.

TOM: 888-666-3974.

Up next, weeds in your yard and plot hold secrets to gardening success. But don’t yank them out just yet. We’re going to have gratuities to help you understand what your weeds are actually saying, after this.

Making good homes better, you are listening to The Money Pit Home Improvement Show. I’m Tom Kraeutler.

LESLIE: And I’m Leslie Segrete.

TOM: On a very warm July weekend. Give us a see, right now, with your dwelling betterment question at 1-888-MONEY-PIT presented by HomeAdvisor.

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And hey, Leslie, speaking of pros, “youve had” some pros working on your outside area, your outdoor living space, your backyard. I know it was happening all spring long. Have you been enjoy it the summer months?

LESLIE: Oh, my goodness. So much so. We’re eating breakfast out there. We’re enjoying the gap. And it’s interesting how when you restore kind of 3 feet now and 3 feet there, how much more space the yard actually seems to have.

TOM: Right.

LESLIE: And the babies extended from complaining about having no space to run around. And granted, I’m on a 40 x100. I am on the smallest lot allowed in my village and my room is 100 years old. So, I’ve got nowhere to go. And all of a sudden, the kids are running and they’re loving it.

But now I’m at a station where I genuinely- all I’ve ever demanded is my own lavatory. So I’m debating. Do I invest a little money into this house, since the yard is lovely and we adoration the cavity and we adore the locating, and constitute my bedroom a little bigger and get that bathroom?

TOM: Right.

LESLIE: Because genuinely, that’s the only expansion I’m going to be allowed to do to my live without motiving various kinds of questions in the village. And I still need a variance to do so, because I occupy the total amount of my belonging as is.

TOM: OK. And that’s common with a lot of homes in older vicinities, too.


TOM: Because you couldn’t body-build that room on that heap today, because the disappointments are a lot greater than what they are. So that means that if you were going to is everything on the outside of that house, you’re going to need a variability, which really involves things.

LESLIE: And then here’s the question. The village I live in, the taxes are very high. It’s only the nature of the beast. My house, I’m very lucky it’s on the low side. So, every time I look at a new live that gives me the extra shower, that gives me the little bit more space I require, the taxes unexpectedly skyrocket to 20, which is not anywhere close to what I pay.

So I’m were seeking to figure out- if I do the slight swelling on my house and get the bedroom a little bigger and get my own bathroom, what does that do to my taxes? I don’t want to go from 11 to 16 or 18 or 20 when I could have bought the slightly bigger home with a bigger yard and been at that taxation bracket? It’s hard to understand.

And I’ve put in an email to the hamlet. I’ve queried appraisers. And the answer I keep get is: you don’t know until you do it.

TOM: Well, here’s the thing. First of all, I think it’s safe to be acknowledged that that is “il be going” the most expensive bathroom imaginable, either way, right?

LESLIE: Oh, I’m sure.

TOM: You exactly want to get – you want to get one more shower and either way you do it, it’s going to cost you a boatload of fund because of the tax situation. But taxes are based on home value. So, it’s really going to come down to what the home ethic is.

So, it shouldn’t be situations where hard to figure out. If you have a friend that’s in real owned and say, “Look, what’s the difference between a mansion like quarry with one bathroom in this neighborhood and a residence like mine with two lavatories in this neighborhood? How much is that going to increase, potentially, the sales price? ” Understanding it’s a point-in-time number, right? So it’s merely going to be what it would be worth today. Tomorrow, the next day, the following financial year, 10 times it’s going to be different. But let’s just determined a spot in the planned for just today to figure this out.

So then what you can do is look at your tax rates and calculate what the difference will be, assuming that the tax rate is the same again. And that will tell you what the brand-new taxes nearly is required to be, because it’s going to be based on what the added advantage of your home is. And you can compare that number to what the fuck is are for another home you might move to. But you’ve just got to predict what your home’s value will be after the renovation and then adjust the taxes accordingly. And this highway, you’ll have both digits that you need.

LESLIE: I planned could …

TOM: See, the hamlet, the tax assessors, they’re not going to commit to anything.

LESLIE: Right.

TOM: Because then you’re going to say, “Well, you told me it was going to be X.” And they’ll extend, “Well, you know …”

LESLIE: I’m just trying to get an idea.

TOM: But I think to just get an idea, that’s mostly what you have to do. You need to figure out what the new importance of your dwelling would be in its newly remodeled state. And I consider the best way to do that privately, with a certain degree of accuracy, would be to talk to a good realtor in the area because they have their digit on the pulsate of residence value.

LESLIE: I think that’s smart.

TOM: So there you go. And that was Leslie’s portion of The Money Pit.

Give me a scold- give us a call right now. We have got the ability to help you guys with all sorts of things and we adore doing it. So the numeral is 1-888-MONEY-PIT.

LESLIE: Now we’ve went Tracy in Hawaii who needs some assist with a sliding-door situation. What’s becoming on?

TRACY: The slider entrance has gone- it’s get gumption in it. And I had scattered it with something. It was on sale. I don’t remember because I got rid of it. But it’s like real- it hardened, whatever it was. And it’s very hard to- I want to know if I can find something to loosen it. And then what should I use on it that won’t harden when I spray it, to make it easy?

TOM: Well, first and foremost, what I would do is I would get a really stiff brush and I would try to- I would graze those racetracks to try to loosen up all of that gunk that’s there and then get a vacuum to kind of suck it out of there so that you can kind of get the loose dirt out and the waste out of there. And then what I would spray it with is white lithium grease. It comes in a can, just like WD-4 0 but it’s not; it’s a little thicker and it stays around longer.

And one other thing that you can think about doing is if you can take the door out of the moves, it draws the whole thing easier. But it’s a bit of a risky activity because- depended on how your entrance is built. But generally, you can lift it right out of the racetrack. It’ll induce the whole thing easier to handle.

TRACY: OK. That sounds wonderful.

LESLIE: Well, are you seeing more weeds in your lawn and garden now that we’ve contacted this mid-summer season? It’s not uncommon but knowing the kinds of grass that you have can actually help you learn the most efficient way to prevent them from coming back.

So, here’s how you combat the five most common types of grass. Now, are you seeing crabgrass? That’s a direct result of chipping your lawn too short, scalping that turf. So what you’ve got to do to fix that is simply grow the height of your mower blades.

I think, Tom, the problem is people envision, “Oh, if I cut it really short, I only “re going to have to” cut it X amount of eras in comparison to this many times.”

TOM: Right. Yeah. Right. But it actually attains the lawn grow more weeds and then it looks worse. So , no, you can’t save era just by cutting the lawn as short-lived as possible, because it’ll burn out that way. And that’s what leads to more weeds.

LESLIE: Now, another one is something called the “common plantain.” And it’s not a banana. It’s something that happens simply because your lawn is too wet or it’s slow-draining in the grunge just simply by the way your ground is pointed and the quantity of watering.

So, if the lawn is too wet, abbreviate that irrigating. Regrade so that it exhausts better or simply supplant that area of lawn with a downpour garden-variety, just because you know it’s getting too moisture. And it’s genuinely not going to be changed until you address that situation. But that’s a great way to fix that.

TOM: Alright. Let’s talk about one that I assure a lot. It’s called “white clover.” Now, white-clover weeds happen because of the grime aspect. If the soil is …

LESLIE: Isn’t that that fairly, little grey bloom, though?

TOM: Yeah. The clay has very low fertility. You need to run a soil exam and then you add organic fertilizer as recommended. And that takes care of those lovely lily-white clovers.

And then here’s my favorite one, because I know that you have one, Leslie. It’s called the “creeping Charlie.”

LESLIE: Mine’s a completely different kind of creeping Charlie.

TOM: And he’s a really cute creeping Charlie. Creeps up on you and scares Mom.

LESLIE: He certainly does.

TOM: I know. I can just see it.

Well, creeping-Charlie weeds happen because of too much shade. So, if you’ve went creeping Charlie, you want to overseed that area with a shade-tolerant grass variety. That’s going to make a big difference.

And finally, let’s talk about knotweed- k-n-o-t , not n-o-t. K-n-o-t-weed. And that was mainly attributable to compacted or very heavy, thick grime. So, for that, you want to aerate that grime and especially those areas that are prone to a lot of foot traffic. And do that every single year.

Now, if you’re not familiar with the type of weed you’re seeing, we’ve got a great resource for you and that is the National Gardening Association. They’ve got a handy online weed library. Quantities of word-paintings to help you identify what you’re distributing with. It is at Garden.org/ WeedLibrary.

LESLIE: Hey, now you can be on the air with us. Let us know what you are working on. Return us a see with your dwelling repair or your dwelling progress question 24 hours a day, 7 days a week right here at 888 -MONEY-PIT.

TOM: 888-666-3974.

LESLIE: That’s claim. Give us a call anytime. And maybe you are working on a cleanse programme this time of year. I feel like cleansing is basically simply a non-stop task all year round. And if that’s that mode for me, it’s probably that highway for every homeowner out there. And you find it requires a lot of different chemicals and commodities and all of these things that are just not very good for you or your residence. Well, we’re going to share a single , non-toxic clean that are in a position safely remove tough dirt and grime on the thousands of faces without damaging you or the environment, next.

TOM: Where home solutions live, welcome back to The Money Pit Home Improvement Show. I’m Tom Kraeutler.

LESLIE: And I’m Leslie Segrete.

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LESLIE: Kevin in Rhode Island has a question about maintaining a cellar cool. What is impossible to do for you?

KEVIN: I removed the downspout extension that made the ocean apart, perhaps, 3 feet from the foundation.


KEVIN: And I replaced it, because person said it didn’t look good. I ousted it with a cement kind of water carry-away, which is 2 paws. And I noticed I have some water in the vault. So, it’s extremely soften. It’s damp is what it is.

TOM: Yeah.

KEVIN: So I throw a little crushed rock at the end of the increase, hoping that that would maybe help out on the ocean dispersing down or something.

TOM: Yeah, that’s not going to do anything except impede erosion. If you want to make your vault drier, you’ve got to move the moisture away from it. You were on the right move with the downspout extension.

Now, if you don’t want to see that, you might want to explore the possibility of running your lead into a solid PVC pipe and running that subterranean. But it has to be sloped and then discharged somewhere. So it depends on kind of the shape of your property as to whether or not you could realise that happen.

But I “d rather” read those downspouts lengthened away from the foundation wall than deal with the liquid that can accumulate in the basement as a result.

KEVIN: Good idea.

TOM: Well, cleaning is a constant task for pretty much all of us. And usually, if you think about it, it requires a lot of different cleaning makes, right? You’ve get emptying makes for walls and storeys and counters and everything in between.

LESLIE: Bathrooms.

TOM: Bathrooms. And in our case, the shop.


TOM: Well, we actually made a switch recently to using Simple Green. And I like Simple Green because it handles pretty much 90 percentage of all of my cleanse tasks, both inside and out. But it’s safe and perfectly non-toxic.

LESLIE: Yeah. And I think what’s important is that Simple Green is both a soap and a degreaser. And usually, it’s one or the other but this is both. And it’s safe for use on almost any washable face. You can administer accidents, splatterings, stains in both kitchens and bathtubs, bars, walls, floorings and even your furniture upholstery and garment. There’s no need to buy multiple clean products anymore.

TOM: Yeah. And the other thing about Simple Green that’s neat is it’s centralized and it’s particularly efficient. So, I buy the 1-gallon containers of Simple Green. And in my regional accumulation, they’re under 10 horses. And you can use it straight out of the bottle for hard grimes. Or check this out: you can make up to 10 bottles of general-purpose cleanser or 30 bottles of clean for reflective faces. And that’s a clean for your countertop.

So, with my 1-gallon bottle of Simple Green centre, I can acquire 30 gallons of, say, any- say of a countertop cleanser, right? And I’m not going to mention the brands but I’ve got to tell you, it would expenditure me a heck of a lot more money to buy 30 gallons of that material compared to what the hell is pay for Simple Green. It’s a product that really, genuinely works.

LESLIE: Yeah. And you know what’s so great about Simple Green is it’s perfect for homes with categories. It’s great for the environmental issues, also.

Now, in fact, Simple Green actually “ve earned” the EPA Safer Choice label, which comes with a 100 -percent money-back guarantee. But this EPA Safer Choice label, Tom, that’s not easy to get. I mean you really have to be a verified make for this to happen.

TOM: No. It really is. And that’s another reason that I trust it. It’s available in three aromas: it comes in original, as well as lavender and lemon.

SimpleGreen.com. Make a look at their website. They have got hundreds of different employs for Simple Green there. They give you the right concentrations for everything. It’s amazing. You’ve got mechanics employing this to wash greasy parts and you’ve came homeowners like us applying it to scavenge lavatories. It works for everything.

In fact, yeah, I kept some of this in my adversity washer when we were cleaning the porch. It was fantastic. It did a really good job. Soaped it up delicately, cleansed it in a jiffy. So , no matter what cleaning job you have to do around your room, Simple Green is the answer. That website, again, is SimpleGreen.com.

LESLIE: You are tuned to The Money Pit Home Improvement Show. Give us a order with your dwelling amend or your residence better question, pattern question, renovation question, whatever it is you are working on. I’ll always persuade you to use the wallpaper. I’m just saying. Give us a label 24 hours a day, 7 days a week right here at 888 -MONEY-PIT.

Coming up, are you spend more meter on a foyer this summer? Well, we’re going to see have some gratuities on the best way to cover those foyers so that they’ll last-place for many summertimes to come, when The Money Pit continues.

TOM: Where residence answers live, welcome back to The Money Pit Home Improvement Show. I’m Tom Kraeutler.

LESLIE: And I’m Leslie Segrete.

TOM: We’d love to hear what you’re working on. You can give us a call at 888-MONEY-PIT or post your question on The Money Pit’s Community page at MoneyPit.com, which is what Laurie did.

What’s Laurie “workin on”, Les?

LESLIE: She’s working on a foyer campaign. She says here, “I want to repaint my timber porch storey and steps but I have some moss grown in them. How do I scavenge the steps of the moss and then “whats being” I do to keep it from stretching back? ”

TOM: So, good questions. So, first of all, you’re absolutely right that if you’re going to do now a brand-new depict programme, you’ve got to get rid of that mold, moss, mildew, algae, whatever is growing on that surface. Because the paint is just not going to help there. It’s just going to peel right off.

It also says that you’ve got too much sweat going on and not enough drying. So the reason that it’s happening, Laurie, is I suspect that this particular area of the steps is in a somewhat crooked smudge. Anything that you could do to get a little bit of sunlight in that room- maybe the trees have become a bit overgrown. If you can thin them out – you don’t have to make them down but thin them out so we get some light-footed in there. That will help naturally reduce that.

But before you decorate, the moss has to go. Best way is to use a moss remover. You could use 30 SECOND Cleaner, which working well, or Zinsser’s JOMAX Cleaner. Both produces are going to work soon to be disposed of that moss.

Now, once it’s gone, you want to make sure that you prep the surface well. That’s the most difficult one of the purposes of painting. You’ve got to sand it. You’ve got to remove any loose depict. And then, because it’s a hall storey, I would recommend you fasten with solvent-based or oil-based concoctions. You want to put on an oil-based primer because it has really good adhesion. It’s going to stick to that age-old make-up and that aged lumber. And then you have been able put a good oil-based exterior floor cover on it.

And the same reasons I say to use the oil-based or the solvent-based over latex, even though it’s a lot harder to clean up, it just is a lot harder finish. It’s much more durable. Anytime you’re going to walk on a surface like that, you are required to a super-hard finish. And latex only doesn’t do it. Latex is pretty much merely enormous for everything else. But if it’s a surface that you have to walk on, I always go with solvent-based.

So, it sounds like you’ve get that programme under control. Good fortune and tell us know how it turns out.

LESLIE: Yeah. And do it soon so you can enjoy the hall for the rest of the summer.

Alright. Next up, we’ve got one here from Richard in New Mexico. Now, Richard writes: “ I have a Southwest-style residence with a clay-tile roof. Can I supersede this with another substance that still gazes genuine to this type of architecture? ”

TOM: Well, those clay-tile roofs are certainly beautiful and I’m not “re trying to tell” you that you can put on an asphalt roof and have it definitely sounds like the real clay.

The asphalt shingles today have changed so much in the last decade. And now these dimensional shingles are made such where they have kind of shadow wrinkles constructed into them, so they appear to have more dimension, more depth than a flat asphalt-shingle roof. So you could go with that as an option.

But I believe there’s too lightweight clay tiles that are made of composite. So if you do have to replace it, that could be an option, as well.

Right, Leslie?

LESLIE: True. I mean I would go with something that looks just like a traditional clay tile. There are various makes out there that do a composite that has the same shape and shadow routes and gaze of a clay tile. One of them is Quarrix. It comes in a couple of different clay-color gapes. It is made as a sheet or a tab and it installs differently than those tiles but it’s worth taking a look, because you want to maintain that Southwest style.

TOM: You’ve been listening to The Money Pit Home Improvement Show and Podcast. Thank you so much for spending these sections of your time date with us. If you’ve tried to get through and you couldn’t, sorry we’ve been very, very busy for a summer weekend. But our directions are open 24/7. If you call and leave a message, the authorities concerned will call you back to answer your question the next time we are in the studio.

Until then, enjoy the rest of this beautiful weekend. I’m Tom Kraeutler.

LESLIE: And I’m Leslie Segrete.

TOM: Remember, you can do it yourself …

LESLIE: But you don’t have to get it on alone.


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