Staying Safe from Summer Ticks

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

LESLIE: And I’m Leslie Segrete.

TOM: What are you working on this fine summer weekend? If it’s your room, you’re in exactly the right place. We’re here to help you get those rackets done. Whether it’s a racket you’re doing now or one you want to plan for the future, give us a ask and we will help you out. The count is 1-888-MONEY-PIT, 888 -6 66 -3 974.

And now that we are here in the most wonderful one of the purposes of the summer- I approximate we call this the “dog days of summer”- we’re likewise at the crest season for tickings. That’s right. Those tickings can carry some pretty dangerous illness and we’re going to share the surprising route that clicks can grab hold of anyone progressing by and how to keep them off for good.

LESLIE: Yeah, it’s been a bad time. When we were at my mom’s at the opening of the summer, early July, I descended behind the house to take the cover-ups off the breeze conditioning. And I had about five on my pant leg. And fortunately, I had heaves on.

TOM: It’s amazing, right?

LESLIE: But I imply five on my breathe leg. And then the next day, I noticed a different spot on Henry’s arm and I was like, “What’s on your weapon? ” And he’s like, “Ugh, it’s a tick.” You know, it’s crazy. And it’s amazing how “youve been” do know every pinpoint and discern on your child that when something’s there, you’re like, “That’s new.”

Also ahead, guys, this hour, when it is necessary to your outdoor-living spaces, what’s old-fashioned is brand-new again. But this time, you’re getting an energy-saving benefit. I’m speaking about awnings. They’re so beautiful, they’re easy to operate today and they can reduce your chill greenbacks by as much as 15 percent.

TOM: And too, a breast doorway is more than really an entryway, it’s a focal point for the first impression a guest goes. And if it’s done well, it is possible to particularly significantly add to the recognized appraise of your dwelling. We’re going to have tips on sprucing up or including a new figurehead door so it delivers more than precisely shelter from the elements.

LESLIE: But first, we want to know what you are working on. There’s still a few cases weeks continues to be of this summer season to enjoy. So get out there and loved it and let us help you do that. Give us a call anytime, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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

LESLIE: Alright. Gene in Tennessee is up with a roofing difficulty. Tell us what’s travelling on.

GENE: About 12 years ago, I improved me a screened-in porch on my home. I’ve got a ranch-type house.


GENE: And I exerted the metal excerpts- the little hangers- to hang my rafters. And I departed in beside of my rafters coming off my existing house and it simply gives me a 1-inch fell per paw. And I had a little trouble with it leaking and so I had the regular asphalt shingles put on and it leaks.

So, when I had my new roof put on about two years ago, I- seven years ago, I roofed the house and they recommended I put a rubber ceiling on a 10 x30 addition to being able to my home so the irrigate would run off regular. And here, recently, about two years ago, I had one of the brand-new shingles put one across my roof. And I was pointed out that while I was up there, that the rubber seems to be kindly breaking down a little.

TOM: OK. So, a couple of things. First of all, you have a low-slope roof. You initially had asphalt shingles on that, which was a mistake because asphalt shingles, you really need at least a 3:12 pitching to apply those on. If you’ve got a 1:12 tar, that’s not enough.

So now you changed that with a rubber ceiling, which was the right thing to do. But now you’re seeing the rubber roof start to crack. So your question is: “How do I stop that? How do I protect it? How do I preserve it? ” Correct?

GENE: Yeah, well, I want to add a few more. It was guaranteed 10 years but it’s about 7 years old now and I want to make it last a bit longer, yeah. Some various kinds of coating?

TOM: So whatever it is you lack is simply roof coat. Now, roof decorate is a very specialized category of draw. It’s usually aluminum in pigment and sometimes they call it “fibrous aluminum.” And what it does, it has a high degree of UV reflectivity, this is why it reflects the UV from the sun back away again. And that keeps the roof cool and makes it last longer.

So, I would definitely give it a coat of ceiling paint. And if you go to a dwelling midst or a roofing-supply center and look for roof make-up, you shouldn’t have any problem encounter it. It’s very, very specialized. And we’re not talking about the various kinds of coat you put one across your walls; it’s a roofing produce. OK?

GENE: OK. Thank you.

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

LESLIE: Della in Iowa is on the line with an attic-fan question. How can we help you?

DELLA: My husband and I- our attic supporter went out.


DELLA: And we don’t know the first thing about attic fans.

TOM: OK. Do “youve had” central air conditioning, Della?

DELLA: Yes, we do.

TOM: OK. How old is your home?

DELLA: It’s like 35 years old, 40 maybe.

TOM: And what various kinds of roof vent-holes do you have?

DELLA: We have a slanted- all one roof. It starts straight down. We only have a little portion of the dwelling that’s attic. We have the- it doesn’t have any attic above the living room and the dining-room area.

TOM: Alright. Because generally, we don’t recommend attic love for homes that have central air conditioning and here’s why: because when the attic love controls, it depressurizes the attic and then it selects breeze from inside the house and up into the attic and exhausts it. So what that does is kind of defrauds some of your air conditioning, because most attic supporters are overpowered for the attic infinites that they’re in.

A better approach is just to use passive vent-hole where you have, say, crest vents that go down the meridian of the roof and soffit vent-holes that …

DELLA: We have that.

TOM: You have that.

DELLA: We have massive overhang with the little vents all the way around.

TOM: Then I wouldn’t is concerned at the attic fan.

DELLA: A guy- one of the people says that make sure- learn, “weve had” three narration- it’s not a real story; it’s like 12, 14 to the upper level. Then “weve had” the vault, first floor and then all of our bedrooms and guest rooms are up on the third level. But we thought it would be cooler to get that hot air out of the attic.

TOM: Yeah, I wouldn’t worry about it. I don’t think you need another attic supporter. It sounds like you’ve came exactly what you need to have right now.

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

LESLIE: Stuart in Georgia, you’ve went The Money Pit. How can we help you today?

STUART: Hey. Well, I was calling to ask you about, though- I’ve got the stucco house.


STUART: One of a kind here in East Atlanta,( inaudible ).

TOM: Alright.

STUART: But I’m noticing the small rifts and( inaudible ), nothing really serious. And it’s specifically in the paint.

And we are therefore had it coated. About six years ago, they pressure-washed it. Did a really nice prime coat and then two topcoats. It’s about time to repaint it, I contemplate, so question is: is about six years right on repainting? So the- every six years old or is there a better strategy so it’d be more complete and protect my stucco?

TOM: It feels a little light. Six years for an outside colour profession seems like it- I’d rather see you try to come eight to ten years out of it. But if it needs paint, it needs paint.

Now, in terms of the crannies, is the stucco break or is it precisely the coat that’s cracking?


TOM: OK. So, for the stucco hits, formerly you prime the surface and clean-living the old cover, before you repaint- reprime, in such a case – you’re going to want to seal those. If they’re very fine fractures, like under a 1/2 -inch in terms of width …

STUART: Oh, yeah, they’re small, very small. In width, in terms of width, like 1/8 -, 1/16-inch.

TOM: OK. So you can use a fissure sealant. And QUIKRETE obligates one that’s designed for stucco fixing, that has kind of like a sanded sort of feel to it.

STUART: Right.

TOM: And it blends in with the stucco and it’s paintable; it’s an acrylic formula.


TOM: So get some of the QUIKRETE Stucco Repair. It looks like caulk; it comes in a caulk-like tube. Designed specific for stucco amend, though, because then you get that sanded formula and it’ll, texture-wise, kind of fit in with the rest of the stucco.

But make sure you close up all those crackings because otherwise, if you get sea in there, then it expands and makes additional chao, you are aware? So merely make sure you seal them up firstly and then repaint the place.

STUART: Alright. Well, thanks a whole lot. I revalue your help.

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

LESLIE: You are tuned to The Money Pit Home Improvement Show. Give us a call at 888-MONEY-PIT presented by HomeAdvisor, where it’s easy to find top-rated, local home improvement pros for any home project. Go to

TOM: And merely ahead, don’t tell ticks ruin summer fun. We’re going to tell you how these flaws hitch a ride and how to avoid those burns and the diseases that could follow, after this.

Where home mixtures live, this is The Money Pit Home Improvement Show. I’m Tom Kraeutler.

LESLIE: And I’m Leslie Segrete.

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TOM: That’s right. That’s 1-888-666-3974.

LESLIE: Tracy in Texas is on the line and needs some help with a universal-design project. Tell us what you’re working on.

TRACY: I have a daughter who’s 21 years old and the work requires some aid when it is necessary to bathing her. We’re looking at doing a bathroom add-on onto her chamber but we don’t even know, certainly, how to get started. Do we need to consult with an designer on the design advice? She’s homebound, medically fragile, 100 -percent incapacitated and we just are looking at some admonition on how to even get started to meet her needs so that we only have to do this one time.

LESLIE: Is a tub place quite straightforward or is a shower?

TRACY: Probably a shower.

LESLIE: OK. Because there are the tubs with the doors that open. It depended on how difficult it would be to sort of move her from chair to seated bathtub sentiment. It just depends on how comfy “youre with” the bathing statu, if you crave to get in there and get wet.

But Tom and I have actually done a lot of working in collaboration with universal layout and are quite very well known some of the processes.

TOM: Well, that’s right. And I do think it’s a good mind to use a certified kitchen-and-bath decorator and that’s somebody who is going to be specializing in universal pattern. You’re going to ask specifically for someone that has that talent, because they’re going to be up-to-speed on very good makes who the hell is out there for your particular situation, be able to recommend properly and you’re going to get a lavatory that actually looks nice and functions well for you.

I would not- would not- call a standard remodeling contractor. Because a remodeling contractor will say, “Yeah, I understand. I know what to do.” And you know what? They just don’t, because it’s very specialized.

In fact, some years ago, Leslie, didn’t the AARP have a special certification planned for contractors and architects that were working with universal-design situations?

LESLIE: They did. It was through the Homebuilders Association. And they had a special course that you could take to become verified as a universal-design specialist. So you might want to start with the AARP’s website, just to find some recommendations of folks in your orbit who are certified. I believe it was called the CAPS- Certified Aging-In-Place Specialist- Program.

And even though that’s not certainly your need, it has similar associations. So you might want to start there as far as just trying to find somebody who can help you ascertain the claim concoctions. Because you require something that gapes good; you don’t want it to feel like a hospice. You want it to function and you want it to be done right the first time.

TOM: They have a lot of resources for universal design. Probably the best collection anywhere online is on the AARP website. You just simply click on the Home& Family section and then Home Improvement and you’ll find a lot there.

They too have a segment on livable societies, because the universal design merely compiles sense for tribes of any age, whether you are a senior citizen, “whether youre” disabled or whether you are just a mom that comes home with her appendages full of grocery luggage and needs to pop open a entrance with her shoulder because she can’t really turn a entrance grip. There’s tips like that that really make it so much easier for you to live comfortably in your house, regardless of age or physical condition. So I would start there, as well.

But make sure you work with people that are experienced in universal design. There are lots and lots of people out there. You’ve just got to find them, OK?

TRACY: Great. Thank you so much for your help.

TOM: Well, we are in what is traditionally the hottest part of the summer. And it’s also the most active time of year for countless types of bugs, including ticks. Now, it’s super important to take steps to make sure those ticks don’t ruin your summertime fun, since they were very easily could.

LESLIE: That’s right. Clicks and the Lyme disease that they carry are major threats to your health. So you have to be smart about protecting yourself and your family whenever you’re outdoors.

Now, you want to always wear long sleeves. You want to tuck your breathe cuffs into boots or your socks. I know it watches a bit silly but rely me, it certainly was helpful when I was dealing with here the air conditioning, because they just sort of stuck to the outside of my robe and never actually touched my skin. And you want to make sure that you choose light colors, simply because the clicks are dark-brown and you’ll spot them more readily against a lighter-color fabric. Then made to ensure that you layer on insect repellant that’s designed to be applied both to your skin and to your dres. There’s a different type, so you was intended to make sure that it was of the view that you can do both or apply it in the correct way.

TOM: And while you’re outdoors, you want to be sure to stay to the center of hiking paths and avoid grassy and marshy places. The little thing about tickings is they don’t lurch. Instead, they kind of hang in shrubs and they hang on the edges of towering grass, which you hardly feel as you’re walking by. And that’s kind of what they’re counting on because as you graze by, the ticking grabs accommodate of you. And before it chews, you want to spot it and get rid of it. So ever keep that in mind.

Inspect yourself and your adolescents once you get home, to make sure that they are not carrying any additional intruders with them.

LESLIE: Leslie in Tennessee- I feel like I’m talking to myself- therefore welcomed The Money Pit. How can we help you?

LESLIE IN TENNESSEE: Yes. I’m an enthusiastic listener of your display. We really affection it.

We have a question. After several years of having an outdoor pool and enjoying it but not being able to use it because of the full four seasons here in East Tennessee, we were wanting to add an addition on the house. And we’d love to settled a small indoor pool, just like a little lap pool, exclusively about probably half the size of our outdoor pool. And we were wondering what would be the best type of construction.

Our house is a frame house with brick but you have moisture troubles, I know, with an indoor puddle. So, for an addition, I want to see if you all had any recommendations for certain materials or a certain type of system to reduce the moisture in their own homes or how- what would you do?

TOM: Well, the authorities have dehumidifiers that are designed for pool rooms. I mean they’re same to whole-house dehumidifiers, where they take out a lot of water from the air. I would definitely isolate the area where the reserve is, from the rest of the house, so that the sweat is contained into one gap. And that represents it easier for you to manage that grade of humidity. You know, it is unable to maybe merely be a sliding glass entrance or something like that that separates it.

But in terms of the material, you have to be very careful with the ventilating. For lesson, in the roof above, you have to choose information that are mold-resistant in terms of the surface. For example, instead of using paper-faced drywall, you are able to employment fiberglass-faced drywall. That doesn’t stretch mold because it’s not organic. So with a few cases things like that and the right mechanical plan- and the puddle manufacturers that you’re talking to, the installers, they’ll be very familiar with this because these pools are being put into inside infinites. You’ve got to deal with the evaporation.

LESLIE IN TENNESSEE: Alright. Well, that’s supportive there. And so, really- so more or less probably a pond producer or a kitty arrange around here would have been able to that recommendation then.

TOM: Well, they are able to. And generally going to probably talk about mechanical dehumidification. And then in word of the construction of the room, really be mindful to choose materials that are not readily going to grow mold and certainly one that’s- fabrics that are cleanable, OK?

LESLIE IN TENNESSEE: That’s enormous. Well, thank you very much and I acknowledge you all being on our radio here in Northeast Tennessee.

TOM: Alright, Leslie. Thank you so much for summon us at 1-888-MONEY-PIT. And good luck with that projection.

LESLIE: Now we’ve went Vernon in Colorado who’s fixing up the soak. How can we help you?

VERNON: I had heard a while back on your testify, if you’re going to recaulk your bathtub, to fill it up with sea? But I do not remember if something was said about lifting the ocean immediately after it was caulked or making the caulk put up first before you would let the liquid out. So I wanted to check on that before I started my project with some good kitchen-and-bath caulk.

LESLIE: Well, perfectly. The tip you heard about filling the tub with spray is absolutely correct. And the reason why we do that is when you fill the tub with sea, it kind of weighs down and sits down onto the base a little more.

So if you crowd it with irrigate and then go ahead and caulk, then you give the caulk bone-dry and then you drain the shower. When it kind of drains out, it’s going to lift back up and compress that caulk. So the next time you actually go to take a bath or a shower and you’re standing in there and the tub press down on the locate, it’s going to see elongate the caulk and it’s all going to stay in place.

So that’s really a good trick of the transaction, because it stops it in its lieu longer and it actually gives it adhere to where it needs to be.

VERNON: Perfect. OK. That’s what I’ll do. Thank you so much.

LESLIE: Thanks so much for announce The Money Pit.

You can reach us anytime with your home restore or your home increase question. We are always standing by at 1-888-MONEY-PIT.

TOM: 888-666-3974.

Up next, it’s the dog days of time. Are your cool statutes out of control? We’re starting to have tips to how you can chipped cooling costs and add some outdoor form at the same time, after this.

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

LESLIE: And I’m Leslie Segrete.

Give us a call at 888 -MONEY-PIT. We is putting forward HomeAdvisor. You can find out what it costs to do your residence job before you hire that pro and instantly diary one of HomeAdvisor’s top-rated pros for free.

Judy from Illinois is on the line and handled by some the changing nature of a hardwood floor. How can we help you?

JUDY: Well, I have a little problem in the winter with my hardwood flooring separating. And I can kind of receive down in there. And I was wondering about a whole-house humidifier in the winter to keep that from happening, because it’s fine in the summer, what you would suggest.

TOM: A whole-house humidifier is a good thing when you have forced-air heat that’s gas or oil or propane, because that tends to be extremely cool. I would encourage you to use a awfully good-quality division, like an Aprilaire. Because there are a lot of groups that don’t work very well and they don’t labor very long, specially the style that scatter water into the duct system, as opposed to the Aprilaire unit, which has only one evaporator pad where the irrigate sort of seeps down this pad and then it evaporates into the house air that way.

So, a humidifier are contributing to. If the chinks are particularly large, you can also fill them with jute- j-u-t-e- jute type of rope. And then you could refinish over top of that. Sometimes, if the gaps are really big, that’s a good thing to put in the middle of it because it kind of blends in with the flooring and doesn’t show through.

LESLIE: Yeah. And Tom, sometimes I finish the jute roping before I even lay it in. Like I’ll dip it in a can of the same color of blot and sort of work it in with my fingers. And then formerly it dehydrates, then I squish it into home with a painter’s knife.

JUDY: Well, expressed appreciation for very much.

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

LESLIE: Well, awnings have always been a functional addition to your home’s exterior. But today, they’re gaining popularity as an improvement that can deliver not only energy savings but also increased home value.

TOM: That’s right. And if you’re thinking that canopies are kind of sad and dated structures that are made of aluminum and canvas and rust-brown thunderbolts, well, it turns out that is not true anymore.

Let’s take a look at these numbers. Canopies spreading from spaces and doorways and patios can actually trimmed a household’s summer energy invoices by as much as 15 percent. And because dwelling cooling costs are so much higher than the cost of energy-efficient illuminate, those savings are not undone by the need to turn on an additional illuminated or two to make up for any loss of natural light.

LESLIE: Even more, fabric awnings can be beautiful. But today, they’re high-tech.

Now, computerized awning systems boast light-footed sensors and wind-speed manoeuvres that will measure that wind hastened and genuinely look at weather conditions, to allow those awnings to widen and retract according to what’s happening in your regional sphere with the forecast. And the canopies can also increase your living space by turning those outdoor areas that are sort of exposed into protected living spaces. And that is in addition to your home’s value and resale appeal.

TOM: Yep. Those are all good points.

Now, if you’re thinking about this investment for your mansion, you want to really consider a few questions beforehand.

First up, what’s the goal? Is it an aesthetic objective or is it a function goal? If energy savings is what you’re going for, then you might want to choose a lighter color for your awning so it ultimately blocks and reflects all of that sunlight. You likewise want to decide whether they should be stationary or retractable. Now, retractable awnings can be extended either manually or with a motor.

And as Leslie- as you were saying, that could happen automatically, as well, because numerous are computerized. Of trend, they’re going to be more expensive. But if that’s not what you need, you can just go with a stationary awning.

And lastly, you want to choose the best material. You genuinely have two selects: cotton canvas, which is kind of that classic inspect- but that textile generally doesn’t hold out over years very well or retain its mold- or you can go with acrylic-coated polyester, which is a synthetic product that’s stretch-resistant and weatherproof.

So, lots of choices, lots of options. But I’ll tell you, they are more beautiful than ever and they can really save you some money on the vitality and be super easy and accessible to operate. So, should be considered it.

Margaret in Virginia is next on The Money Pit. How can we help you, Margaret?

MARGARET: I has only one aged house. Proportion of it built Civil War era.


MARGARET: The floorings in the oldest segment are pine and they’re about- 2 of the commission on human rights are about 21/2 inches wide. In the newer area, the boards of the flooring are oak and they’re more narrow. I want to know how to safely clean them and keep them protected.

TOM: There’s a make announced Trewax, which is perfect for this particular application. It’s made by the Beaumont Company. And Trewax has been around for many, many, countless, many years. And it’s actually a natural clean for hardwood floors. So you can find that at retailers in all regions of the country. You got to find that online.

But look for Trewax Natural Floor Cleaner. And it’s going to enable you to clean those floors very thoroughly without harming the timber. And that’s what’s critical, because some of the flooring concoctions are not truly designed for timber floorings. Sometime there’s too much moisture in them, they don’t evaporate well and they leave too much sweat in the wood. And that causes the wood to swell or stain further.

So, look up Trewax. It’s not expensive and it works very well.

MARGARET: OK. So is this a put on and wipe off?

TOM: Yes.

MARGARET: OK. That sounds good.

TOM: Trewax is spelled T-r-e-w-a-x.

MARGARET: OK. One E. OK. Got it.

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

LESLIE: Just ahead, a figurehead doorway is more than just an entering, it’s a focal point for the first impression that a tourist goes. And if you do it well, it is possible to significantly add to the perceived ethic of your home.

TOM: We’re going to have tips-off for sprucing up or adding a new front entry that’ll deliver more than time protection from the elements, in today’s Pro Project presentation by, after this.

Where home solutions live, this is 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 residence increase question at 1-888-MONEY-PIT.

You know, Leslie, I exactly- earlier, we were talking about ticks.


TOM: My son came back from seeing Australia. He was going to college over there. And while he was living there, he actually stayed in some youth hostels that had bed bugs. So I was concerned about him producing agricultural crops of bed bugs back into our home.

So, “Ive spoken to” a friend of mine who really makes a make called the Bed Bug Plug and he told me exactly what to do. And when he got home, we kept all of his clothes inside vacuum handbags, which are those luggage that you kind of hook up to your vacuum-clean and you suck all the air out and they reduce them down to like, I don’t know, a quarter.

LESLIE: Did they have to stay in there for weeks and weeks?

TOM: No. We set them in the vacuum containers outside and then we just employed the vacuum-clean purses out in the heated summertime sunbathe for about a day or two days. And that was it. He said that’ll take care of it. We delivered them inside, opened them up, showered all that stinky stuff and he was good to go. No bed bugs have arrived as a arise of that process.

So, good trick of the trade from my friend, Pete, who runs the Bed Bug Plug Company.

LESLIE: Oh, my goodness. Well, I’m glad you concluded a solution but I’m still a bit grossed out.

Bob in Tennessee, you’ve went The Money Pit. How can we help you today?

BOB: I have a friend who has a house with a metal roof on it. Their cell service is pretty sternly affected every time somebody tries to call him on his cell phone when he’s inside his house.

TOM: First off, your cell is probably always- terribly frequently, I should say- inside builds that have metal roofs. Think about it: your faith, your post office, your bank, diners. There’s a lot of metal roofs out there. And if he’s having a problem really in his own home, I would is hypothesized that the signal is weak to begin with. And I suppose the answer is a little design called a “cell-phone booster.”

A booster can be basically plugged into the house- inside of the house- and it can double or triple the straddle of the telephone. So if I was having that issue, I would simply get a cell-phone booster, install it in my live- it’s not a very expensive piece of rig- and solve my trouble once and for all.

BOB: OK. Interesting. Well, I just wondered about that.

TOM: Alright. Good fortune with that campaign. Thanks so much for announce us at 888 -MONEY-PIT.

Well, a brand-new breast opening is a great way to add value and form to your residence without spending a lot of money. And if that’s a project you’d like to consider, it’s probably best be returned to a pro. We’ve came gratuities that’ll help you do merely that, in today’s Pro Project presented by

Now, first thing to consider is material. You have lots of options. You can choose simple solid steel, fiberglass, even very ornate woodens openings. And each can have its transoms and coordinating skylights, intricate glasswork. And while it’s easy to save money by opting for a lower cost model, there are definitely pros and cons associated with every type of door you might consider.

LESLIE: Yeah. First off, let’s talk about a fiberglass entering opening. Now, these doors can cost anywhere from $150 to $2,000. There’s terribly ornate modelings, as well, with sidelights and transoms. And those can run $ 3,000 or more. So, the rate is going to vary depending on how detailed you want that door to be.

Now, fiberglass, nonetheless, is a quite popular option that gives you a really realistic wood search, with increased durability and excellent insulation value. And I intend these entrances appear precisely like the real deal. They are spectacular. You will never know that it’s not wood until you absolutely go up to it and touch it and scratch it and you’re like, “Oh, this isn’t wood. It’s way better.” So that’s a fiberglass door.

TOM: Now, if you need to save some money, sword figurehead openings are still an option. They’re going to range from $200 to maybe $500, though. They can reach maybe even more than that if you’ve got a lot of adds-on to it, like sidelights and glasswork.

Steel, though, is the least expensive option but it’s less popular because it has that harsher metallic gaze. And even if you want that plain steel look, frankly, today fiberglass entrances come in those same plain styles. And they still give you more benefit from the reduction in upkeep and energy efficiency.

So I’ve got to say that steel door’s on the way out. Can’t think of a really good reason to use one today. Even if you demand a plateau, inexpensive-looking door, you can get that with fiberglass and have better energy efficiency.

LESLIE: Now, if you’re looking for something that has a more traditional look and you don’t sentiment putting in some work in the form of maintenance, a timber enter entrance could be the door for you.

Now, engineered-wood openings cost merely about 200 to 500, while solid grove is the most expensive option. And those can straddle from 500 to 5,000, even more, again depending on the nature of adds-on, the details, the overall examination of the door. That adds to the price.

Now, wood is the most traditional and customizable alternative but it is the one that requires active upkeep. You’ve got to keep on it. Otherwise, your door could warp, rot. Your finish is going to fade and wear off. So it does require a lot of production. But in the end, if this is a gape that you love, it’s unquestionably worth it.

TOM: Now, recollect, once you choose the door, there are lots of options in both the sidelights and in the transoms. Now, that’s that boast on top of the door. It’s usually that glass, arched piece. These can add, though, a lot of money in terms of cost but they is certainly add, as well, to the curb appeal. Which, in fact, according to one major study, a nice, brand-new entrance can actually add so much better as about 24,000 horses to the recognized value of your home. So it’s a fairly significant improvement that delivers a lot more than what it costs.

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LESLIE: Going out to Wisconsin, right now, where Beth is dealing with a stinky refrigerator.

Beth, you’ve tried everything. What’s going on?

BETH: I’ve had a stinkiness for about a month now. I preserve soaking it down and the smell still keeps. I positioned baking soda in it. Nothing’s getting rid of it. I was wondering if mold could originate in the walls of the fridge or if there’s some sort of filter in there or …

TOM: Well, bacteria can certainly grow. And sometimes when- especially if you’ve had a strength failure or if a refrigerator sits outside and it kind of gets dampen and moist, you get bacteria that will grow in the sud that’s in the wall or the insulation that’s in the wall. If the insularity get mute, that is likely to be causing it.

The one suggestion that I might have for you, if you want to try this one more time, is to do everything out and clean the whole thing down with oxygenated bleach. So not just a simple kitchen spray but true-life, oxygenated bleach because that has the best likelihood of killing any bacteria. But their own problems, again, is if the bacteria is in the insularity, you’re not going to get to that. So, I would give it a good emptying with oxygenated bleach and see if that will solve the issue.

BETH: OK. Thank you very much.

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

LESLIE: And I’m Leslie Segrete.

TOM: Give us a see, right now, with your home progress question, your do-it-yourself dilemma. If you’ve got a project that you are thinking about “doin ” the autumn, now would be a great time to start planning that assignment. Give us a order. We’ll walk you through the steps. The amount is 1-888-MONEY-PIT.

You can also berth your questions online, which is what Vicky did in Hawaii, where it’s summer all the time.

LESLIE: Oh, my gosh. And the most wonderful place.

Now, Vicky writes: “We are about to interview two different contractors who are willing to build our house. What are important questions that I should know when he met with these chaps? We once know that they build the whole house and it comes with everything from storeys to the roof, even appliances, kitchen, bath, electrical, plumbing, et cetera. I want to be able to compare these offers equally.”

TOM: Well, Vicky, the first thing that you need to do, if you want to compare any costs with a contractor, is you have to make sure that they are all basically giving you a price based on the exact same concoction, right? Now, if you went to the store and said, “I want to buy a stove, ” but you didn’t say what various kinds of stove, you are aware, there’s going to be a stove that’s going to be 400 bucks and there’s going to be a stove that’s 4,000 bucks. But they’re both called a “stove, ” right? But they’re a lot different.

Same thing shall apply to a home. You need to have a prepared of descriptions developed. And this is where it pays to hire an architect or to work with a designer, so that you’re going to have a give of plans that’s “re going to say” everything that goes into that residence: everything from the foundation to the framing, to the insulation, to the faucets, to the subsides, to the appliances.

Everything would be specced out. Because this method, you are deleting any occasion of Builder A selling you the $400 stave and looking like a real bargain to have him improved your house and then the other guy threw in the $4,000 stave but didn’t say to you much about it, so you didn’t realize the evaluate you were getting. See what I mean? You’ve got to get down to the nitty gritty on those definitions. It’s so important, even with small projects, to make sure you’re talking apples to apples.

The next thing that I recollect I would want to do is to research the reputations of these makes. I would want to find out how many homes they’ve built, where these homes have been improved, they in my area or relative to my area. I would try to get in touch with parties that are living in these homes: both parties that maybe precisely moved in and parties, even more importantly, that have been there two, four, six, eight years so you can see how the dwelling has aged. And you are able to ask questions like, “Has the developer been responsive if you’ve had any issues? ” Because it’s going to happen.

And then then the last thing I will tell you is that developers may offer you a what they call a “homeowners warranty” and it’s even required in some states. And I don’t know if it actually is in Hawaii or not but it is in most other regimes. If you’re offered a homeowners assurance, you have to understand that the specification standards to which the warranty firms brace the builders are very, unusually- how do we say?- a little loosey-goosey?

LESLIE: I do like that term.

TOM: I remember construe one of these policies formerly and if there was a molding that had a 1/4 -inch gap in it in a miter, that was OK. That was supposed to be in the specifications. So it’s stuff like that. And I’ve also known a home where there was a major fracture through about a third of the house and because it hadn’t fallen into obliteration, they didn’t consider it a major structural problem.

So, the warranty companies are mostly there, in my view, to protect the makes, not to protect consumers. So, hopefully, that gives you some tack and you’ll be able to follow that advice and get yourself a fine room following the completion of the process.

LESLIE: Alright. Good luck with that project.

Betty in Alabama writes: “When I even a toilet, at the end of the refilling process all of the pipes in my house knock against each other. How do I correct this? ”

TOM: Yeah, spray hammer. Because the water is running through the hoses and then all of a sudden, it stops. But it has a lot of force because of the route the liquid sort of moves the tube forward and that kind of shakes the piping. So you need to add more feeling qualities from the pipings to the walls or the floor joists that they’re leading by. If you do that, you’ll get rid of that slamming pipe.

And there’s likewise something announced “water hammer arrestor, ” which can be at the end of the line. It’s kind of like a shock absorber that will control that, as well.

LESLIE: Yeah. See, there isn’t something living in the sewer system, underneath your house, that demands in. It’s exactly the pipes.

TOM: This is The Money Pit Home Improvement Show. Thank you so much for spending this part of your summer period with us. We hope we’ve given you a few gratuities and ideas to help you improve your dwelling. If you’ve came questions, you can always reach us, 24/7, at 1-888-MONEY-PIT. But for now, the demonstrate does continue online 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 make love alone.


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