Summer Storm Safety

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

LESLIE: And I’m Leslie Segrete.

TOM: And we are here to help you with your dwelling improvement projects on this lovely summer weekend. It’s a bit hot outside but whether you’re working in that heat or working inside or scheduling development projects for the cool forecast onward, devote us a call and we’ll help you do just that. The quantity is 1-888-MONEY-PIT.

Coming up on today’s program, severe summer rains can strike at a few moments , no matter where you live. But if that happens, are you ready with emergency renders and gear that you’ll need at home, at work or perhaps even your vehicle? We’re going to have some tips on what you need at all three locales, in really a bit.

LESLIE: And if you’re looking for a nice finishing touch for your kitchen, we’re disappearing to have some suggestion for intent and installing a beautiful, brand-new backsplash that can certainly spruce up the space.

TOM: We just completed a big makeover at our money crater and it all started with a brand-new garage flooring that was made of tile that you can lay yourself. I’ll say to you about that, in only a bit.

LESLIE: But first, we want to know what you are working on. Let us know what’s going on at your fund excavation. No campaign, large or small, is too much for our team to help you undertake. We’d love to hear about it. We want to see what you’re working on. You can always post your drawings in the Community section. We are keen to lend a hand 24 hours per day, 7 days a week right here at 888 -MONEY-PIT.

TOM: 888-666-3974. Give us a call right now.

Let’s get started. Leslie, who’s first?

LESLIE: Henry in Illinois is taking on a driveway-repair project. What can we do for you?

HENRY: Where my driveway fills the asphalt road in front of my home, right where it meets- I have a hole forming there and it goes down about 3 to 4 inches deep and probably about 4 hoofs in diameter. And so it turns out that when I turn my rotation to turn into the driveway, well, the left front wheel slams it and it kicks that rock-and-roll out. And I positioned brand-new pea stone in there and it simply kicks it out, too.

TOM: So you have a pea-gravel driveway and the force of the car leading it over and time and again is sort of wearing away a defect. There is a solution for that, Henry and that is- what I’d like you to consider doing is running a concrete apron at the paw of the driveway.

So what the concrete apron does- it doesn’t have to be very big: across the entire driveway, maybe 2 feet, maybe no more than 3 feet deep. But 2 hoofs will probably do. That concrete driveway- that apron then suffices as the entry quality for those working tires.

So you hit that, you go over the concrete apron and then you go into the pea gravel. And the edge of the concrete apron will retain- acts as sort of the retaining wall for the pea gravel in the driveway. That’s the easiest way to stop that from happening. Otherwise, it’s “il be going” a constant maintenance hassle for you to change what is really merely a awfully soft apron now with the pea gravel coming right out and spilling out into the roadway.

You’ll also save a lot of stone in the winter when the moves come by and start propagandizing that snow around.

HENRY: OK. Hey, thank you very much.

TOM: You’re welcome, Henry. Thanks so much for calling us at 888-MONEY-PIT.

LESLIE: Now we’ve get Johanna from Michigan who wants to get out and enjoy the deck. How can we help you with that project?

JOHANNA: Hey. We’re getting ready to threw a deck on the back of our home. It’s going to be about 20 x20. And we’re looking at the composite makes and in doing some research, I have come across some hair-raising personas of pitch-black molding, chipping, cracking, crumbling and so on. And I would just like to get your opinion on the composite decking and if it genuinely maintains up the behavior it says it does or if there are things we need to look out for.

TOM: I think it perfectly does hold up. Originally, the very first composite commodities “thats been” out there had wood fiber in their own homes, as well as the plastics. And the lumber fiber would is often used to grow sometimes algae and things like that and beings didn’t like that.

I think it’s a feeling matter. If you think that there is zero maintenance- “I’m never going to have to do anything at all” – you’re not going to find any product like that. Because even though it’s composite, it’s going to get dirty. It may flourish a bit of algae and need to be cleaned once in a while. But realistically, I think it’s going to stand up a lot better than pressure-treated.

Just give you an example. My son recently completed his Eagle Scout project about a year ago. And his campaign was to build a 30 -foot bridge across a brook. And we chose, for that campaign, composite decking. This is going to be in a ballpark, it’s going to get fortunes and lots and lots of foot traffic. That’s been up now for a year and it still inspects as good as the working day we put it down.

So, I reflect composite is a good choice. Stick with a figure brand; stick with Trex, for example. Good product, good history. And I think it’s going to cut down on the maintenance overall and it’s going to look terrific at the same time. And you won’t have to paint it and stain it and all that.

Now, you is known that you do- the framing of this is all done through standard pressure-treated, right?

JOHANNA: Right, right. And we will have benches and nonsense building in and we’re going to use, I mull, cedar for that.

TOM: OK. Well, I mean you can use composite for the built-in benches, very. Anything that’s going to be disclosed like that, there’s no reason not to use the composite.

JOHANNA: And it’s a unusually pleasant area, so …

TOM: Yeah, if you have a lot of sun, you really won’t have a lot of problems with mildew and algae growing, because the sun is a terribly natural mildicide. It’s usually the real shady floors that have the issues.

JOHANNA: Yeah. Maybe there was a bad run at that time?

TOM: And you know what? Composite has changed in the last five years, too.

JOHANNA: OK. Well, good. Thank you very much.

TOM: Alright, Johanna. Good luck with that programme and tell us know when the party is, OK?

JOHANNA: Hey, it’s next Friday.

TOM: Thanks so much for calling us at 888 -MONEY-PIT.

JOHANNA: Thanks.

LESLIE: Don in Wisconsin is dealing with a window-well retaining wall that’s coming apart. Tell us what’s going on.

DON: We have a window-well retaining wall that has- have railroad ties in there. Been there for quite a few years. Has started to deteriorate and I’m just now- I’ve been trying to check on “what were doing” and been told to try to use retaining blocks and set blocks on there. And then “youve got to” kept some sort of a pea gravel in front of the block to hold the beach back, because we have sand now; it’s a sand country.

And I’m not sure. I never did this before. And I was just wondering if it’s something that a person- because I’m handy- be able to do myself or is it something that you should actually have a professional landscaper do?

TOM: At the highest one of the purposes of the wall, from the distance between the floor and the top of the wall, how high is that?

DON: Thirty-two inches.

TOM: OK. So it’s fairly low to the ground. Alright. I think this is activity you can do yourself. Concrete blocks- the interlocking, retaining-wall blocks- are a terrific option because they’re very easy to install. Because it’s exclusively 32 inches off the field, it’s not a lot of clay for you to deal with. You’re going to take the wall apart one sort of neighborhood at a time and improve the blocks as you go.

The thing that’s going to be different about the concrete blocks, though, is you’re travelling to have to have them on a little of a solid foothold. Now, that’s one that you might want to create yourself. You could probably generate that out of stone that’s well-tamped down. But you’ve got to get them sat nice and degree; you can’t precisely put them right on the grime, OK?

And then as- after you assemble them, then you can add the pea gravel behind it and the sand behind that. But I do think that that’s a good alternative and it’s “il be going”- literally, if you do it right, you’re going to get a lifetime’s worth of satisfaction out of that because, of course, the blocks are not going to see rot.

DON: Oh, OK. It sounds great.

TOM: Alright, Don. Good luck with that assignment. Thanks so much for calling us at 888-MONEY-PIT.

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Still ahead, severe time rains can come out of nowhere. Are you are willing no matter where you live? Emergency preparedness for home, task or vehicle, after this.

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

LESLIE: And I’m Leslie Segrete.

TOM: Give us a announce, right now, with your home improvement question, your DIY dilemma. The crowd is 1-888-MONEY-PIT.

LESLIE: Now we’ve got Terri in Pennsylvania on the line who’s got a gutter issue. Tell us what’s going on.

TERRI: I have white aluminum gutters and on the gutters that face the southern exposure, the one of the purposes of the trough that faces out is turning pitch-black and there’s like- where the sea races off it, it’s like a dark grey-headed and time liquid drippings all along the face of the gutter.

TOM: Right. So, does it looks a lot like the ditches are overflowing and the ocean is coming over the top and coming these sort of drip marks? Is that what’s going on?

TERRI: Well, yeah. I have what’s called a “gutter insert” to keep the leaves out. And I know that- well, I’m pretty sure that that’s not causing it, because I had the same problem when I lived on Long Island. And “theres only” the gutters that faced south. And on Long Island, we had a white aluminum pinnacle to the gutter to keep the leaves out?

TOM: Right. Mm-hmm.

TERRI: And then the water would roll off of that and then go into the- it would be caught into the gutter. So, it’s a different type of leaf method but I’m still having the same black drip.

TOM: Right. OK. So, first and foremost, I would make sure that the sewers are not blocked and that sea isn’t backing up and overflowing that particular trough, so that- because that irrigate reeling over the priorities in it, it can get behind it, it can rot out your fascia.

The dark stains are probably from the sea and tree sap and everything else that gets into those troughs. The channels also fade quite easily; the draw wears off and fades-out quite easily. So I don’t think it’s a stain that you’re going to actually be given the opportunity to cleanse. I is believed that you’re going to end up having to doing in there, Terri, is repaint those gutters.

So what I would do is I would soap them down with a trisodium phosphate, get as much of that gunk off. Then I would primary them and I would draw them again. But really- but do make sure that they’re not clotted, because that could be leading to the problem.

TERRI: But yeah- no, they’re surely not blockage. And I tried scouring it- the ones that aren’t on the second story, where it’s worse. But the ones that are on the first storey, I tried emptying it with a Fantastik and it bleeds into the stain a little bit but I didn’t is known that the aluminum troughs- was it like a hydrostatic or electrostatic draw process?

TOM: What happens is- and you’ll see this: if you make the gutter and you wipe your hand over it, you’ll probably get some white-hot paint that will come off. It oxidizes because it’s exposed to UV. And so then the colour doesn’t is often used to last-place more than perhaps 10 years or so on aluminum gutters.

So I speculate, though, if you clean off as much of this thing as you can, prime it and depict it, it’ll look great.

TERRI: Alright. Great. I’ll give it a try.

TOM: Terri, thanks so much for calling us at 888 -MONEY-PIT.

LESLIE: Well, summertime tornadoes can affect without warning. One instant you’re comfy, the next you’re worried about how long you can get by with what you’ve get. Now, when the forecast calls for severe weather, it’s important to make sure that you’re ready for the storm, whether you’re at home, at work or in the car.

TOM: Now, a well-stocked emergency kit is the first step. It’s certainly essential to any plaza you or your loved ones are going to spend some time. Think about what every family member needs to get by for a few days without ability or even water. Keep those disaster items in one spot in your dwelling and make sure everybody knows where to find them. We’re talking about stuff like meat, water, remedy, toiletries, survival implements- like flashlights and tents and tarps- and those extra batteries.

LESLIE: Mm-hmm. And you’ve got to remember that emergencies can affect when you’re not at home. At act, you should prevent a afford of liquid, meat, toiletries and medicines in close range. And you want to be sure to have comfortable sneakers within reach, more, in case the departure requires a lot of walking.

And finally, don’t forget your vehicle. You want to keep jumper cables, flashlights and ladles in your stalk. And also think about keeping some irrigate, some nutrient, blankets, things that are going to keep you comfortable in case you’re stranded.

TOM: Another good suggestion is to install a standby generator or a whole-house generator, which is a permanent generator set outside your mansion. And it’ll come on automatically within seconds of a strength outage.

I’ll tell you what, we had to live through Hurricane Sandy and had no power for about three weeks. And if it wasn’t for that generator, I think we would have probably leave here. But with that generator, we were able to stay here and keep on with our lives and help our friends and pedigrees and neighbours out, as well, because we were pretty much the only house on the street that had superpower for that totality time.

LESLIE: Alright. Now up, we’ve came Paul calling in from Tennessee who’s got an issue with a ocean gush. Tell us what’s going on.

PAUL: I’m getting some breath in this well water. The reservoir is six-and-a-half years old, as is the house. And it goes down 350 hoofs and the casing goes down 105 paws where they grouted it. When they first set it in, I was inconvenienced by the amount of turbidity I had in it and I was changing the whole-house filter about once a week.

And I went back to the drilling companionship and “theyre saying”, “Well, it would take about three months to quit that.” Well, it was 36 months. And then after about four years, I started coming some sea hammer in the cold water, particularly in the basement. Although upstairs, it’ll do it, too.

But then I’m getting air out of the faucets upstairs and it’s collecting air from somewhere and I can’t figure out where. And as far as I know, the well container, with the bladder in it- the 40 pounds of air pressure hold the bladder. That seems to be OK, Tom.

TOM: OK. Yeah, that was the first thing I was going to think: that if you had a leak in that bladder tank, that that would cause that. Other possible motives are bad siphons but I’m not quite sure how you could test that without having all the gear that you would need.

Have you had the well fellowship come back and take another look at this, specifically for the air-bubble problem?

PAUL: No. Because it’s been quite a while and they- the chap they used to have there at the company, in the daytime, didn’t seem to know much about it. In knowledge, when he told me to three months it was going to clear up and it was 36 months, I mulled, “Maybe I’m talking to the erroneous guy.” But I haven’t come a accommodate of him.

TOM: Yeah. Well, he told you to three months because his warranty was 90 daylights, right?

PAUL: Yeah.

TOM: Paul, patently, we’re getting air into that structure and if it’s not coming through the bladder barrel, I’m not quite sure where it’s coming in. And I reflect you’re going to have to get a well professional there- a real expert- that understands these things and try to see if there’s any lane they can determine exactly how that breeze is getting in.

Do you have another well corporation that you might try?

PAUL: Yeah, there’s various of them here because this area is very rural. We’re right at the edge of the Smokies.

TOM: I would try another well firm, because you didn’t have good luck with the first one, and see if you can get to the bottom of it. But I agree with you: if it’s not the barrel, it more than likely is the pump.

PAUL: OK. Well, very good. And thank you. I will try someone here regional, then, and see if they are able to improved( ph) it out.

TOM: Alright, Paul. Good fortune with that job. Thanks so much for calling us at 888-MONEY-PIT.

LESLIE: Dixie in Illinois has a question considering a fracture in the cellar and the possibility of it caving in.

Dixie, are you calling us from a pile of rubble or are you really concerned?

DIXIE: I am actually concerned because it started out with only hairline cracks following along the concrete blocks. And there’s fissures in each angle of the foundation above anchor, as well as these hits in the walls below, in the basement. But the crannies are getting bigger and bigger. I imply there are some of them that are gaping, I want to even say, an inch-and-a-half, 2 inches of …

TOM: You has only one inch-and-a-half crack? You entail width? It’s open an inch-and-a-half?

DIXIE: Well, the latter are- well, you can’t see through the cranny but the walls are bending in. We’ve even employed reinforcements.

TOM: Alright. So, horizontally- like the cracks are horizontal and they’re bending in, Dixie?

DIXIE: Most of the ones that are bending in are horizontal, yes. But the cracks do go up and down, as well.

TOM: Alright. So it is required to immediately contact a structural designer and have the foundation scrutinized. This sounds serious. I could be said that, often, horizontal fractures are caused by frost throb, where the drainage milieu are poverty-stricken at the outside of the house, ocean musters there, clay freezes and propagandizes in.

But you have that countless cracks and those fissures are that substantial, you need- not a contractor. I crave you to find a structural engineer. You’re only hiring this chap to scrutinize the home and draw up a report discussing the standards of the foundation. And if mends are needed, the engineer should specify those mends. Then you can bring a contractor in to follow the engineer’s specification and represent the repairs.

And then finally, make sure you bring the structural technologist back to inspect and certify that they were done correctly. Because at this station, unless you follow those steps just like that, you’re going to have a serious deficit to the home value. So that’s why if you have it inspected by a structural technologist, repaired by a contractor per the engineer’s specs and certified by the engineer as OK, you have kind of a pedigree for that repair you can pass on to future home buyers, OK? Does that make sense?

DIXIE: OK. But how do you find a structural engineer?

TOM: So, there’ll be regional engineering fellowships. You could also check the website for the American Society of Home Inspectors, ASHI- -AS-H-I-. org. Now, those guys will not necessarily has become a structural architect but there may be an engineer among them that’s likewise a home inspector.

Alright? Thank you very much, Dixie. I hope that helps you out.

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Up next, are you looking forward to a motif impres that makes a sprinkle? Well, a backsplash does that and more. We’re going to share some gratuities for designing and adding one to your kitchen, when The Money Pit continues.

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

LESLIE: And I’m Leslie Segrete.

TOM: Give us a request, right now, at 1-888-MONEY-PIT.

Hey, how’s that air conditioner succeeding? If it’s feeling like it’s not working too well, here’s a immediate gratuity on how you can determine if it needs more refrigerant: just measurement the temperature of the breath that’s going out the cross-file and the temperature going back into the system. Now, if the aura between the give and return is 15 to 20 positions inconsistency, well, that’s ordinary. But if it’s less than that, that means you may need to call the serviceman to have some additional refrigerant included. Because if you don’t, it’s going to have to run longer to do the same thing. And if it gets really hot, it’s just not going to see make love at all.

LESLIE: Jack in New York needs some help with a crawlspace. What can we do for you?

JACK: Well, I have an area that is- was a crawlspace and we burrow it out. And so it’s- we have about a 7-foot ceiling now. And I threw some gravel in it and I wasn’t going to do anything but now I want to expand my store. And I don’t truly have access to where I can settle concrete in it. And I was wondering if you would have any ideas.

TOM: Well, first of all, Jack, since you dug it out down to 7 paws, how did you is in favour of soil under the foundation wall?

JACK: We left a stair. This soil that was in there was so pact that it was almost impossible to dig it out, so we weren’t too worried. But we did leave a step around the foundation, the footer.

TOM: OK. Right.

JACK: There’s about 21/2 foot- we get about 21/2 hoof below the footer.

TOM: That’s what we call, in our areas of the country, a “Yankee basement” where it’s dug out. It’s not a joke; that’s actually what they call it. They call it a “Yankee basement” or, well, sometimes a “root cellar, ” where mostly you make the interior perimeter of the foundation wall, move in about 21/2, 3 feet and then dig down there. So you leave this sort of berm of grime to substantiate its foundation that’s for the purposes of the footing.

So, options for cleaning- for finishing that floor. Why can’t you get concrete into the storey? Because most eras, there would be a situation where they’d named up a chute that goes right through a space and pour some concrete into that floor. That’s clearly the most efficient way and fastest lane to create a floor in a basement.

JACK: Yeah, I is in agreement with you but I truly- the time to- the expense of the concrete and having – you know, doing a entire programme “couldve been” fairly pricey.

TOM: How big is the floor area?

JACK: Well, it’s about 25 x15 and then with an 8×8 protrude to- on one point of it. So it’s L-shaped, basically.

TOM: Well, I don’t have any quick doctrines on how to create a hard-surface flooring when you don’t was intended to introduced concrete down there. You could frame something but I want it would be very temporary. I “wouldve been” prefer that you introduced concrete. And you don’t have to do- it doesn’t have to be 6 cm thick. I can be 4 cm thick and pour it in areas. But I actually think you should just budget for and use concrete down there because anything else you do is going to be very substandard. It’s not going to contribute to the value of your house.

JACK: I hear you. Yeah, it sounds like a hoof( ph) I was afraid I was going to hear.

TOM: Yeah, OK. Well, gape, you got all the hard work done digging it out. I would just plan for and save up for some concrete. Get a mason to help you or get somebody that’s used to finishing concrete. And get it all moved and it’ll be be done in order to a day.

JACK: Oh, yeah, sure.

TOM: It has to be done in a daytime because the concrete’s going to cure.

Alright, Jack? Thanks so much for calling us at 888 -MONEY-PIT.

LESLIE: Well, everybody certainly affection to expend the majority of members of their go at home in the kitchen. It tends to be the heart of the home and a plaza where everybody socializes. But maybe it’s not seeming as great as you would like it to. And there are a few actions that you can change the look without spending a ton of cash.

First of all, backsplashes. These are the panels above drops and staves that protect your wall from splashes and food. But they can also be a great space for design. So let’s focus now on developing the kitchen of your dreams with a huge design conversion that’s your backsplash.

Now, they’ve been around for as long as kitchens. But over the past decade, we’ve seen a move in distinct decorations and designs that backsplashes can take on. Now, among the most popular look are tile backsplashes, which can add sophistication at a fraction of the costs of most major design upgrades.

TOM: So, let’s start with some of the practical considerations for deciding whether tile is a good substance for backsplash for you or not.

A few things to consider. First of all, is it important to you that it’s easy to clean or that it seeks a certain way? So, for example, you’ve got some picks. Ceramic and porcelain tiles? Very easy to clean. But natural stone , not so much. It’s porous, it’s prone to chipping. It’s a lot harder to clean. And then you have private individuals tiles or the tiles that come on the mesh-backed membranes. Those mesh-backed membrane tiles, that contain a few dozen tiles, compile installation easier but they may limit your scheme options. And they’re starting to need a lot more grout, which is another cleaning issue we’ll get to in really a minute.

LESLIE: Mm-hmm. And I think you’ve got to consider design. What is it you people want this backsplash to look like? How do you want to accomplish it? Is a focal point key to what your design contrives are? Well, if it is and you’re employ “the worlds largest” expensive tile, consider exclusively abusing it in one spot, like maybe over the stave where you can really create a focal point. Use that expensive tile wisely in a room that’s going to get a lot of attention. And then fill in the area with a less expensive tile. It’s really going to increase that visual impact on the piece that you’ve spent a lot of money on, without sort of spending all that money for it merely all to look really lovely and maybe not seem so special.

And you can get some immense tiles at a very reasonable price, that’s not going to kill your budget and truly showcase this beautiful area. You’ve likewise need to go to consider: how much cavity am I tiling? If you’ve got a ton of backsplash or maybe you’re doing the whole area above the stove, to the ceiling, “youve been” have to think about how you’re going to use it. You don’t want that tile to make your room watch smaller. You can be utilized a different tile that’ll constitute the space seem bigger. You’ve got to consider all of these things and how you lay out the tile to really, you are aware, decide how your room is going to feel.

And don’t ignore, you can lay your tile out in an interesting pattern: herringbone, offset, stacked. There’s a lot of different ways that you can use the tile that will change the feel of the room. So, experimentation with it a little. Get samples and positioned them up in a gap that gives you a sense of what it’s going to be.

TOM: OK. Now, let’s talk about grout. That is the bane of so many of our lives when it comes to cleaning, because it gets dirty so fast and it’s so hard to get cleanse again. You can make this process a little bit easier if you take some steps ahead of time.

First of all, if you use sanded or unsanded grout, they’re both moderately porous types of grout and the grimes are going to soak right in. So with that various kinds of grout, you’ve got to seal it.

But the other alternative is epoxy grout or cement-based grout. And this is less porous and it’s easier to keep clean. So think through that before you choose your grout and you’ll save yourself hours upon hours of cleansing after you get that tile up and start to enjoy it.

LESLIE: Yeah. And retain, grout also involves choosing the color. A darker dye might not need to be cleaned as often – inkling, suggestion, inkling- but also is a contrast to the tile. Spates of selections. That’s why those grout little bits come in samples, as well. Take a seem and decide the examination that you want.

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LESLIE: Just ahead, would you like a beautiful, brand-new storey in your garage, cellar or even your workspace that’s incredibly tough but is as simple to putting in place as assembling a riddle? Well, Lock-Tile is a product that does only that and we just abused it for a makeover at The Money Pit’s workshop. We’re going to share those details and tell you where you can see a time-lapse video of the entire project, after this.

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LESLIE: And I’m Leslie Segrete.

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LESLIE: Now we’ve get Kathleen in Illinois on the line and she’s got a question about a arched ceiling. What can we do for you?

KATHLEEN: I’m need about a restoration activity that we are trying to do on a three-season sun porch. And it’s a 12 x27 room. We did tackle make window permutation by ourselves and we managed to do that. They’re vinyl-clad windows, the tilt-in kind and everything. But the ceiling right now is 12 -inch tiles who the hell is- they seem to be glued up to the ceiling. They’re not on a grid system; they’re exactly up there. And we want to settled faux-tin ceilings. And we’re know … … if that’s a project that we could attack or is that something best left to professionals or- we’re looking for your advice.

But we had some injury from rain on the roof and we’ve had the ceiling superseded. But I even painted over where the water stains were with Zinsser Stain Stop. And you can still appreciate the- it did not cover it, so we need to change the ceiling.

TOM: Hey, they stir these tiles that are a drop-ceiling type of a tile that seems just like tin. Have you check those, Kathleen?

KATHLEEN: Yes, we have. And we thought that those were very cool and we didn’t know- do you think time LIQUID NAILS or something to put it up over these existing tiles?

TOM: What’s underneath the tiles? Plywood sheathing?

KATHLEEN: I don’t know. It feels certainly solid when you push a …

TOM: I would try to figure out what’s underneath it. You could make some parts of the old tiles apart, see how thick that is. I would prefer to have a mechanical attachment, like a staple or something like that, than just simply the cement. The cement is OK.

LESLIE: I aim I would use LIQUID NAILS and something else.

TOM: Yeah, exactly.

KATHLEEN: Uh-huh. And you don’t think it would- I don’t want it to look uneven, how they – you appreciate sometimes those grid systems where the tiles kind of droop and sloop and inspection …

TOM: No, if it’s done really well, it looks great. We’ve seen them at really high-end decoration showrooms, where you have some certainly upscale decorating done and they look fantastic.

KATHLEEN: OK. Alright. Well , thank you so much.

TOM: You’re very much appreciated. Good luck with that campaign, Kathleen, and thanks so much better for label us at 888 -MONEY-PIT.

Well, this past weekend it was time for us to take on a project here at The Money Pit, which was to update the storey in our workshop.

Now, this is a concrete slab and it’s a project I’d actually been putting off for quite a while, because I was thinking I was going to add a brand-new epoxy floor finish, which is super favourite now. But I knew it was going to be a ton of work, mainly because to do it right, you’d actually have to grind off the old finish off the concrete slab, which is a really big job rent a concrete grinder and simply putting in many hours of getting rid of that old-time finish. It’s just a ton of work.

But fortunately, though, I procured a better alternative and I’m going to tell you, I could not be happier with the result. The product we abused is called Lock-Tile and it’s an interlocking and very hard-wearing, do-it-yourself flooring system.

Now, it’s made from 100 -percent recycled materials and it pretty much can instantaneously and very easily transform any room within hours.

LESLIE: Yeah. You know, the Lock-Tiles are about 20 inches square and they’ve got an attractive finish, which becomes them easy to clean. The boundary of each tile has only one interlocking boundary. It’s kind of like a big puzzle piece. So to install them, all you have to mostly do is put the riddle together by laying them down side by side.

They came to see you so many different colorings that you can come up with your own pattern, which is exactly what we did. In detail, if you go to The Money Pit’s Facebook page, we’ve got a time-lapse video up now of the entire project.

Now, Lock-Tiles are great for garages, your work openings, even your cellar. And the best part is you can install them over a floor if it’s cracked or uneven or any sort of existing flooring. No glue or professional labor is required. Plus, they’re easy to clean and stain-resistant.

TOM: Check out Lock-Tiles at I am so happy that we detected this product. The workshop gapes better than ever and we got the entire project done in just a few hours.

Again, that’s or you can call them at 888 -LOCK-TILE. That’s 888-562-5845. Lock-Tile. Great product, huge feelings. So glad we consumed them.

LESLIE: Remember, we’re here for you for all your dwelling fixing or residence progress questions 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 888 -MONEY-PIT.

TOM: 888-666-3974.

Up next, are you getting ready for a cover job and wondering what type of finish is likely to be easiest to clean? We’ll discuss the options, when The Money Pit continues.

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

LESLIE: And I’m Leslie Segrete.

TOM: Pick up the telephone, give us a call right now. Or announce your question to The Money Pit’s Community sheet at, just like Julie did in Nebraska, who’s got a very good question.

LESLIE: That’s claim. Julie writes: “I’m a new, first-time homeowner. I’m going to change all the colour hues inside and I can’t figure out what finish to use. I have kids who love to construct messes. What finish is the easiest to cleanse? ”

Well, welcome to the club, lady.

TOM: Yeah, that’s a great question. I judge beings get messed up by this because you’ve got, what, four all kinds of finishes. Let’s think about it. You’ve got flat, you’ve came high-gloss, you’ve got semi-gloss and then you have this sort of in-between bizarre one called “eggshell, ” right?

LESLIE: That’s very good one.

TOM: So where do you fall on this?

LESLIE: I mean personally, in my designer life, I love eggshell. I think it imparts the decorate a velvety composition. It’s sumptuous but it’s not easy to cleanse. You can clean it but it’s – you’re not going to be happy with what it does to the finish.

So, I think in a house with adolescents, I go with a matte or a scrubbable flat, simply because I don’t like anything with a lot of sheen. I don’t like a semi-gloss or a gloss unless it’s a prune or a watery room. So, for me, I go flat or a scrubbable matte.

TOM: Now, a lot of this really has to do, though, with the quality of the draw. It’s various kinds of where the rubber touches the road. If you’re not use good cover, it’s a lot harder to clean it. In reality, you may not be able to clean it; you is often used to wipe the finish off. If you’re consuming very good paint, it’s came more organization to it, it’s got more additives which make it kind of stand up to the abrasion that would happen if you’re precisely rubbing it with a rag or even a Magic Eraser. You definitely ascertain a big difference.

So, buy good-quality paint and then choose that sheen carefully unless, like you said- I actually don’t have much use for high-gloss covers but semi-gloss is my sort of go-to for trim.

LESLIE: Trim. Exactly.

TOM: And any surface that needs any kind of durability, like a cabinet door or something like that, I is very likely use a semi-gloss or maybe a high-gloss with that. But if I missed super soundnes, especially on boards, I might even utilization one that’s solvent-based over latex, simply because it’s a harder finish.

LESLIE: Mm-hmm. But for me, I super love an eggshell finish on a wall. But you’re right: with eggshell, regardless of the quality it does convert the firmnes, when you emptied it, a little bit. And so, I’ve got kids, so I’m always cleaning the walls. So that doesn’t work for me in my home. In my bedroom, I’ve got eggshell colour and I cherish it. I wouldn’t introduced it anywhere else, though.

TOM: Alright. Julie in Nebraska, hope that helps you out.

LESLIE: Alright. Next up, we’ve got a question here from Jim in Ohio who’s noticing that his sprinklers are spending a lot more time watering the sidewalk than the lawn. Is there a acces to adjust this?

TOM: Yeah. The only thing that thrives when you water your sidewalk is the size of your ocean proposal, right?

LESLIE: It’s true, though.

TOM: You know, I saw something like this, more. We were actually having some sweat in the cellar and we were wondering why that was happening. Now, we had a lot of downpour but my channels are adjusted perfectly. All the water’s discharging away. I’m thinking, “How is it possible the irrigate is getting in the basement? ” Until one night, I was up late and I heard the sprinklers hitting the side wall of the house. I’m like, “Ah! That’s the reason right there, ” because I was basically misdirecting the sprinkler.

So, yes, the sprinkler heads can be adjusted, Jim. They need to be point out here that apart from those walls and away from those sidewalks. And that is definitely something that you can do or can have a pro do. It should be used at the time information systems must be drawn up in the spring, so that they’re strove properly. But if they’re not or if they came out of whack, it’s certainly something that’s important to do so that you don’t drive up the costs of that liquid or stimulate other questions, like that I knowledge, with spray in the basement.

LESLIE: Yeah. Save your coin and when you want to splurge on water usage, make it a sprinkler for the children. Have some fun.

TOM: Well, hey , thank you for coming in for spend this part of the beautiful summer weekend with us. We’re so glad you’re now. If you’ve got the issues of projections you’re working on now or campaigns you’re thinking about tackle in the future or ones that you have put off tackling because you precisely didn’t know where to begin, you can reach us, 24/7, at 888 -MONEY-PIT. Post your questions to our Facebook page at TheMoneyPit or post your question online to The Money Pit’s website at There are lots of ways to get in touch with us and we’d love to help you get your projects done.

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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