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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: It’s fail, so it’s a breathtaking autumn fix-up time of the year when it’s nice to work inside, it’s nice to work outside. But if you don’t know what projects you required to do or if you’ve got a project in thought and need some advice to get wise done, well, that’s where we come in. Give us a call right now. We’d love to talk with you about just that. The amount is 1-888-MONEY-PIT, 888 -6 66 -3 974.

I love working outside this time of year. Well, we live near a shore community, so we still call this “local summer.”

LESLIE: Right.

TOM: Because all the tourists left open and we’re still out there enjoying the outside weather. We’re not doing much swimming but all else is pretty damned neat this time of year.

So we hope it’s delightful wherever you, as well. If you’ve got a question about a project you’d like to get done- decor, remodel, fix-up- give us a scold, right now, at 888 -MONEY-PIT.

But the fact is, though, it is getting to be cooler sooner now. So it’s time to start thinking about nonsense like coming your heating system serviced. You know, it doesn’t genuinely matter if you heat by gas, oil, propane or electric. That service is really important. It’s got to be done by a pro to make sure the system remains safe and efficient. So we’re going to have some tips on the key components that need to be included in that service, in simply a bit.

LESLIE: Plus, as our dwellings are getting smarter, they’re getting easier to operate. But there’s still a lot that we don’t know about their health and their efficiency. So we’re going to share a sensible, smart-home solution to keep you in the know, just ahead.

TOM: And likewise onward, are you ready to give your walls a new look just in time for fall? We’re going to have some tips-off on wall considers that can add interest and color to your decor.

LESLIE: But first, we want to hear from you. What are you working on this drop weekend? Whatever it is, we are to lend a hand because sooner than later, chaps, we’re going to be stuck inside with the cold weather. So the time is right to get substance done. Give us a announce, 24/7. You was aware that to reach us.

TOM: The count is 1-888-MONEY-PIT, 888 -6 66 -3 974.

LESLIE: Frank in Michigan is on the line and looking to take on a entire knot of projects. Tell us what you’re planning.

FRANK: Been living at a residence now for over 30 years. Got the kids promoted, through school. Got the grandkids now. Before I retire, I various kinds of want to get the house done up. I leant a roof on myself probably about 25 year ago or so. But this time, yeah, I need a roof, I need surfacing, I need openings. I have a one-car attached garage. And what I would like to do with that is do that into a living space so I could expand the kitchen and the living room but then also add a two-car garage. So, I’ve got a bunch of things happening.

TOM: You’ve got a lot of work in front of you.

FRANK: No. Oh , not in front of me, lover. It’s way beyond my scope.

TOM: Alright. Well, how can we help you get started on this?

FRANK: How do I get started on it? Is it is right to- I interpret these companies that do roofing and surfacing and windows. Some simply do spaces, some simply do roofing. Then I’ve got the garage going constructed that I want and proselytizing a room over. How do I start? Is it good to get one guy to wheel with or do- break this out in pieces?

TOM: Well, the first thing you’re going to want to do is do some investigate to figure out what kinds of materials you want to use. Because the hardest part about remodeling is if you talk to multiple contractors and they’re all sloping you all kinds of siding and different types of roofing and all kinds of windows, it’s genuinely, really hard for you to make an apples-to-apples comparison. So, doing some research and learning about your options when it is necessary to that can really help you be a better consumer of remodeling services.

If you two are doing roofing and siding and windows, I think it would make sense to use one contractor for the whole project. The authorities have companionships that specialize just in that sort of thing. You’re going to want to make sure that you have kind of developed the specification for what the project needs to include.

Now, that’s something that you have been able put together on your own or you could have an architect help you identify the exact cloths- the exact backing dye, the exact windows- that are going to go in. The advantage of that is that when the pro shows up to offer your job, “youre telling”, “This is what I want.” You hand them the specification and they’re all apples to apples. There’s no embarrassment. There’s no alternative that people are bidding on different excellences of surfacing or excellences of opening. All that decision work is done ahead of time.

So spending a little bit of coin on the research and maybe even on a blueprint pro like that can make a big difference, in matters of allowing you to be a better consumer when you’re dealing with the pros. Does that make sense?

FRANK: Yeah. That’s a great start. Because my thought was check out online grumbles about different corporations or commendations- same thing, Better Business Bureau- go that route and then have the foray of everyone demonstrating up and doing estimates for something I- once again, I frankly don’t know the details that I demand more. I signify I had a plan to think about this.

TOM: But you find, here’s the difference, though. The divergence is you know what you don’t know. A mas of parties don’t know what they don’t know. And if you do the work ahead of time with the design and with a pro, you’re going to be able to have the information you need to be successful in that space.

Another services which are you might want to think about working, once you get the spec done, is HomeAdvisor. They’ve been a longtime sponsor of our picture and I’ve used them many times myself. Leslie has exploited them.

LESLIE: Oh, yeah.

TOM: And with HomeAdvisor, those pros will come out and they’ll bid on the job against that spec. But you have added advantage of being able to go to their website at and predict the reviews that were left by real customers, to see how well they’ve done.

So, lots of roots out there like that to be able to find good-quality pros. But the key is knowing whatever it is you want. If you can do that work on your own- don’t wait for the contractor to tell you what you require. You figure it out and then bring in the pro. And if you do things in that require, you’re going to be in good shape, OK?

FRANK: OK. Great. Like I said, I never “ve thought about it”. But the inventor person or person, I predict, how do I go about this? Get online and “ve been looking for” developers and …?

TOM: Find designers and scheme professionals in your neighbourhood. You’re not looking for builders; you’re looking forward to scheme pros.

LESLIE: Want is responsible for ensuring that you like their work.

TOM: Yeah.

LESLIE: And I would even go to do some online searches for inventors in my region, get a list of a got a couple of appoints, then start looking at what their work is. Because you want to make sure that they’re devise in a vogue that is along the lines of what you like. Because that’s going to be the big-hearted thing there. They “re going to have to” interpret what your layout likes and dislikes are and most importantly, how you use the seat, how you want to use the space, working within your budget. They’re not always going to specify all substances but they are going to create the designs, work with your village/ township, whatever, to make sure it’s all legal, following tolerating, all of that trash. And that’s where you want to get the good pro.

But the basis is you’ve got to make sure that you guys sort of speak the same language, that you can create a space that works how you want it to.

FRANK: Thanks, guys. That gave me a bigger step- or not a bigger step but a gradation that I didn’t even think about going into and like he says, yeah, going a pro that kind of could come out and say, “Yeah, what I crave and this is what I do want.” Get it laid out then, like you said, instead of yeah, well, some guy is going are in place to infringe me a spate on a opening but jack up the cost on placing, vice versa. And then I’m all confused instead of like, “Hey, this is( inaudible ). ”

TOM: Right, yeah. We’re going to try to make sure you’re not embarrassed, alright?

LESLIE: Mm-hmm. And if you go in there knowing a basis of- “I demand these types of siding, I want these sort of things in my window, ” then you’re all resulting into these directions instead of them exactly proposing something willy-nilly.

TOM: Good luck with that programme. Thanks so much for calling us at 1-888-MONEY-PIT.

FRANK: OK. Thanks, guys.

LESLIE: Margaret, you’ve got The Money Pit. How can we help you today?

MARGARET: Yes. I’d like to know what I can do about my popcorn ceilings. They’re getting dirty. They’re 20 years old.

LESLIE: Well, there’s a couple of mixtures. Do you like them and want to keep them? Or you simply are to be able to not appear so dingy?

MARGARET: I would not rather- I would not like to keep them no more.

LESLIE: Alright. Well, generally, with popcorn ceiling, if it’s genuinely a popcorn ceiling and not a texturized stucco, what you can do to remove it is you can get one of those garden-variety sprayers or those light-duty paint sprayers. Put water in it and you scatter the ceiling to sort of saturate the popcorn. And then you take a wide spackle blade- as wide as the one you are able to find- and you kind of gently start peeling away at the popcorn ceiling- at the popcorn composition, I “re saying”, from the ceiling.

And that generally does a pretty good job. Because if you’ve ever tried to make-up it, if you don’t have the right roller, when it gets wet, it starts to peel away from the ceiling. So by going it wet, you’re being able to remove it. You merely want to make sure, with your blade or your scraper, that you’re not digging into the drywall below it. Because keep in mind whatever’s left underneath there is what you’re going to paint and then see.

MARGARET: OK. How do I go about cleaning if I decide to just go ahead and keep this?

LESLIE: Well, you wouldn’t clean it. You would coat over it.

MARGARET: Oh , no. No.

TOM: Yeah, there’s actually a special roller for that. It’s like a slitted roller. It’s a highly thick roller that’s got cracks in it and it’s be taken in order to pinch the cover into that popcorn country. And that’s exactly why I would make love. I would decorate it. It’s going to look a lot better than scavenging it. You really can’t clean-living that material. There’s nothing cleanable about a popcorn ceiling. You’ve need to go to decorate over it.

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

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And just ahead, as summertime turns to fall, it’s is necessary to get your heating system serviced. Doesn’t question if you heat by gas, lubricant, propane, even electric. An annual busines by a pro are essential in offsetting sure information systems remains safe and efficient. We’re going to have tips on what that busines should include, in today’s Pro Project presented by HomeAdvisor, next.

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

LESLIE: And I’m Leslie Segrete.

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LESLIE: Charlotte in Georgia is on the line with an electrical question. How can we help you today?

CHARLOTTE: I simply employed a breaker box in my house. The residence was constructed in the late 50 s. Two switches in one apartment do not work and the kitchen sometimes junkets a breaker. Do you think it’s- I don’t want to do the- rewire the entire house. I just demand to gather the cable through the wall and I don’t want to take off any of the sheetrock.

TOM: Well, generally, if there’s swaps and stores that are not working, it’s not the wiring itself in as much as it could be the button or the stores. Or it could be a problem where it’s actually connected to the switchings or the outlets. And it’s plainly impossible for us to diagnose this for you.

In answer to your general question, commonly, you do not have to remove drywall except in rare circumstances. Electricians can almost always find a way to run wire through a wall. And they have tools that are specially designed to do that. They’re long fiberglass rods that the wire kind of comes tied onto the end of. And they can use that to kind of snake it through the walls and pull it up where it needs to go.

But I think the bigger question for you is: why is this happening and is it dangerous? Because if you’ve got things that are not working, we are able to prepare assured that didn’t happen because something shorted out, which could lead to a fire. So, I has not been able to caution you to do this yourself, Charlotte. I would advise “youve got to” get a professional to help you with it because I’m concerned that you need to get to the bottom of what compelled the flaw, whether it’s precisely undermined switches. It would be remarkable for all of these things to break at the same time. I have assured an occasional substitution go bad but almost never an outlet go bad. So if you’ve got two switches and an shop not working and you checked the breakers and the fuses, I think it’s time to call a pro.

Charlotte, good luck with that project. Thanks so much for announcing us at 888 -MONEY-PIT.

LESLIE: Well, as summertime turns to fall, it’s meter we are currently get your heating system serviced. We’ve got tip-off on how to best get that project done, in today’s Pro Project presentation by

TOM: Now, if you’re thinking, “Hey, it’s the heating system. It worked punishment last-place winter. It should work this wintertime, so perhaps I don’t need to service it, ” well, that logic does not undoubtedly maintained. Here’s why: it doesn’t matter if your heating is by gas or oil or propane or electric, an annual work by a pro is pretty important to make sure the system operates safely and efficiently.

LESLIE: Yeah. Not simply can heating systems become inefficient, costing you more to operate, risky problems can build up, like carbon monoxide, that have been able to only be spotted by that pro with years of experience.

TOM: Yeah. For residences that are heated with gas, petroleum or propane, those oils leave deposits on the burners, which can then cause them to become blocked. And a service pro is going to clean and adjust those burners to make sure they’re running properly.

They’re also going to need to check other key elements of the system, like the heat exchanger. Now, that’s what keeps the carbon monoxide separated from the house air. And it can develop fractures and stimulate a problem. They could tell that carbon monoxide opening right into that air and that could be really super unsafe.

LESLIE: Yeah. And blower motors, those also need to be checked and cleansed. And filters have to be replaced, too. And if your home is heated by electric, like a heat run or even an electric furnace, those organizations also need to be checked time to make sure that they’re not squandering intensity, especially since electric is pretty much the most expensive highway that you can hot your house.

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LESLIE: Mack in Missouri is on the line and has a question about a fund. What can we do for you?

MACK: Well, every year I seem to open my pool up in the spring and it’s always green. I would have to drain it and clean it out and all that stuff. So, I had this brilliant meaning to just leave it going all winter long: merely settled the clothe over it, framed it on timer and simply keep it open and have it come on every day for – you are aware, every 15 times, every pair hours or something, so it doesn’t freeze. What do you think about that crazy idea?

LESLIE: I’ve got to tell you, we have a pool, Mack, at my family- like my mothers own a summer house out on the North Fork of Long Island. Every spring, we take off that envelop. That puddle is the nastiest, green-looking thing you’ve ever seen. We “ve never” drained the water. You use a entire sort of substances, which is sad but you sicken that water, you get the system up and running and it goes right back to beautiful, crystal blue-blooded and we’re swimming in it in no time.

MACK: Yeah, I know. Takes a lot of compounds to do that.

LESLIE: I know. But the other option is- I wouldn’t leave things feeing all wintertime long. I feel like it’s going to put pressure on the system, it’s going to overload. You’re not probably get the proper sum of air and things into it that it needs because the pool is covered. But if you’re so stymie with it and the compounds, why not think about a salt-water pool?

MACK: Because I’m cheap.

TOM: At least you’re honest about it.

MACK: Well, I know you guys like faithfulnes, so I’ll probably go against all conventional advice and try it.

TOM: Alright. Well, good luck. Let us “know what youre talking about” you make out. Thanks so much for calling us at 888 -MONEY-PIT.

LESLIE: Sherry in Georgia is on the line and needs some facilitate rewriting a dresser. Tell us about your project.

SHERRY: Yes. I’ve got this dresser that my father found in a garage. It’s all wood and it’s beautiful but somebody has depicted it white. And I would like to get the white paint off.

LESLIE: For good or to settle stain on or to coat over it again?

SHERRY: Yeah, I’m thinking to apply stain on. I think it’s all lumber. It looks like a really nice piece of furniture. But it also has made drawers. I don’t know; I guess that’s what it’s called. It has the wood around the drawers. So I’m thinking that’s going to make it really hard.

LESLIE: So it’s like a glass breast opening with a timber make?

SHERRY: Well, it’s not glass. It’s all wood but the lumber has a good make around it.

LESLIE: Alright. It shouldn’t be a problem.

What you have to do is if there’s any doors or drawer breasts or things, wishes to either pull out the drawers or just take off the drawer fronts. You actually miss to make it easy to work on things, so you need a lot of flat surfaces.

So with the doors, with the agreed framework, try to make them off if you can. Leave the hinges either on the door back or in the dresser itself. And then get everything on a flat skin-deep. And you need to find a good colour remover, a stripper produce. I’ve exerted Rock Miracle before. I like it because it’s got a really dense coherence and you kind of slather it on there. And you can actually check where it is, rather than brushing something on and impelling- wondering if you’ve submerge all discerns. And then you really want to follow the directions.

So you got to let it sit on there as long as they said to. And then wishes to use a colour scraper to gently sort of scrape the make-up off the surface, because you don’t want to gouge anything into it. Because that will show up when you start working on it in the future. And you could have to do it a couple of times.

Now, depending on the type of wood that’s underneath that grey paint, you might not is the possibility of get all of the paint off. So you really have to kind of experiment with it and see how well it is removable.

And then previously you’ve done that a got a couple of era, you’re going to wipe it down. Then you might still have to sand it in a couple of places with a very fine sandpaper, to make sure that you get all the last bits of the colour off. Then wishes to wipe it down with a tacking cloth and then prep it for staining.

So, that’s when you really want to make sure that you’ve got it perfectly beautiful and clean-living and ready to go before you situated the stain on. Because once “were starting to” put the stain on, everything’s going to show.

SHERRY: OK. Now, what was the name of that make again?

LESLIE: I like one called Rock Miracle. It comes in what virtually looks like a turpentine can. But there are all different kinds. So, you might want to pop into your local home improvement center. Ask them which one they like to work with, because you might not be able to find Rock Miracle at your region. But definitely feel it out and ask person at your regional residence center what the fuck is recommend. But that’s the one I like; I’ve employed it a lot of times.

SHERRY: OK. I truly appreciate it. Thank you so much.

LESLIE: You’re so welcome. Good luck with it.

TOM: This is The Money Pit Home Improvement Radio Show, 888 -6 66 -3 974.

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Just ahead, as our dwellings are getting smarter, they’re getting easier to operate. But there’s still so much that we don’t know about your home’s health or even its efficiency. We’re going to share a sensible smart-home solution to keep you in the know, next.

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.

Well, as our homes are getting smarter, they’re getting easier to operate. But there’s still so much that we don’t know about our home’s health and our home’s efficiency. And one mode to get a handle on both is with Sense, a brand-new residence power monitor that’s going to read your electrical usage and help you save energy, look after your house and family and even help you shunned disaster.

TOM: With us to talk about that is Mike Phillips, the CEO of Sense.

Welcome, Mike.

MIKE: Thank you for having me on.

TOM: You know, as our homes get smarter, Mike, there’s still a lot that we don’t know about how they control. I represent clearly, everybody wants to save money. The need, though, is so strong, I imagine, that virtually every marketer of residence building makes, from igniting to kitchen appliances to heating and cooling, they ever talk about the attributes of how much coin you’re going to save. But I think, for the most part, it’s a rough guess for consumers.

What I love about Sense is it solves that riddle. It is plugged into your home. It tells you what’s on and what’s off and exactly how much vigor you can use. And it even tells you that in real period and for the exact- and it’s gauged to your neighbourhood vigour rate, as well. So there’s certainly no- there’s no guessing anymore. We genuinely can have that data and see those decisions intelligently.

How’d you guys get into this?

MIKE: Yeah. Well, that’s genuinely their own problems we set out to solve. If you think about it, if irrigate were disclosing in your basement and if you were home, you would know about it, right? You’d hear the spray, you’d assure spray on the floor. But this- when it is necessary to exertion, when it comes to power coming into your residence, you got no idea where it’s going.

And it doesn’t leak out on the flooring in the basement but it’s lost in all sorts of different ways. It might be like you have an old dehumidifier that’s running all the time. Or you forgot and left the roof heating loops on. So it’s basically the equivalent of ocean leaking out on your vault storey and you just had no idea that it was happening.

LESLIE: So, now, how does Sense work? I understand it connects to the main electrical body but what does it do once it’s there?

MIKE: Yeah. So, it’s a little bit of a slippery thing that it does. It’s a little box. It goes inside your electrical body , quantifies the strength coming into your house just like any other exertion meter. The thing that’s different, though, is we’re measuring dominance at a million times a second, which I know dins kind of crazy. But by appraise at such a high rate, we can use that to then figure out what things are on and off. We’re mostly compiling call of the fact that different things in your home have a little bit of a different signature in how they use power. So we use machine learning to figure out the signatures of your refrigerator or your toaster or your microwave.

TOM: Yeah, it’s fascinating.

Now, I invested the Sense Home Energy Monitor in my house and it’s always fun because it’ll pop up every once in a while and say, “Sense attained a brand-new appliance.” And now it knows the difference between my coffee maker and my microwave and certainly my refrigerator or my dishwasher. And I can see exactly when they’re on and when they’re off. And I can find out how much it’s costing me to operate them, which is just so cool. It’s so much information that’s helpful.

LESLIE: Is it cheaper to buy the coffee at a different home or to make it at home?

TOM: Nah. If I could get off the Keurigs, I’d probably save some money. But the machine itself doesn’t cost very much to operate, I have learned, because I pay attention to my Sense.

And Mike, I think that’s a detail because it takes a while for Sense to various kinds of learn these gadgets. It’s not looks just like you designated it up and instantly you know what everything is. Because as “youre telling”, it’s basically measuring at a million times a second. It’s comparing it to everything it knows from you and likewise, I approximate, from the entire community to meet those resolves as to what’s labor and what the actual appliance is that’s working at the time, correct?

MIKE: Yeah, yeah. That’s right.

So, a couple things to point out. One is we can’t do this perfectly. It’s a unusually challenging task to figure out all the different things in your mansion time from the electrical signals. But we’re getting better and better at it the more data we see.

And for many things, Sense knows the name. So it figures out that- “Oh, I viewed your microwave, ” or “I saw your coffee maker.” Other things might come up in the app as Motor 2, because it views something it knows is a motor but it’s not sure what it is. And then it’s up to the consumer, the homeowner, to go, “Oh, the little Motor 2 bubble turns on whenever my blender is on. So, a-ha, it’s my blender.” And now I can type in “blender” in the application. And then the cool thing is that feeds back to us. And once we have thousands of blenders out there that beings have labeled- and if they’re distinct enough, which countless things are- then we can start to say, “Hey, I located your blender, ” instead of, “Hey, I procured Motor 2. ”

LESLIE: So interesting. It’s really interesting to think that every single thing has its own label like that.

So now that you have that message, how do you then start to understand what that quantitative upshot is? Alright. Every time I turn this on, it’s use X amount of energy? Is it for us to figure out as a homeowner that that’s too much or are you sort of guiding people to say, “Hey, that’s extraordinary in its usage”?

MIKE: Both. So the first thing we knew is it- only by yielding parties visibility into what’s going on in their home, you’re enabled to track down kind of all these strange things that might happen. And by strange things, I mean you might envision about- that the way to save energy is to turn- unplug the toaster or use the TV a little less often. And those are sometimes true.

But the most important thing is we’re finding, in most homes, there’s a marry things that if you knew about it, you would be able to go and track it down and fix it. We call them “energy hogs.” So, it requires a little bit of detective work from the homeowner to say, “Why is my power so high right now? ” and have discovered that it’s because I left the heater on or it’s because my dehumidifier is broken. We’re finding all sorts of very interesting things that beings have tracked down only by the application itself.

TOM: It seems like you’re likewise helping people bypassed troubles, Mike. I’ve expended a bit of term on your website at You’ve got a great community there and they’re telling us lots of storeys about things that they discovered that help prevent damage in the homes. So you’re really curing kinfolks, as well. Can you sacrifice us some examples?

MIKE: Yeah. You know, we’ve been talking about this from an power attitude, which is how we started out in the company. But what we’re finding is this visibility is useful for all sorts of things. Things like: did I leave the oven on when I leave the house? Or what you’re talking about is a lot of durations, beings have found things like- we had one homeowner- this was in Florida. They had a nice, modern, efficient hot spout. And you probably know that heat pumps have a backup electric heat in case it’s too cold out but the heat run doesn’t work.

TOM: Yep.

MIKE: They’re exploited when it’s below 10 degrees or something.

TOM: Yep. And it’s very costly to run.

MIKE: Yeah. Well, such person or persons in Florida, during the summer, found that it was running all the time because of a bad relay. So they had a $ 900 a month electrical bill they got hit with. And they would have had no way to move it down. In happening, they had an electrician come out to the house trying to figure it out. They couldn’t figure it out. With Sense, they were able to figure out that it was the backup hot of their hot pump being stuck on all the time.

So it’s crazy stuff like that that we watch a good deal of. And whether it’s the hot spout or the- things like a well. People that are on shafts, a lot of seasons if there’s a leakage, they’ll notice in Sense first. They’ll see that the shaft pump is cycling all the time and they find out that it’s because there’s a opening in the hose or they left the hose on or something.

TOM: I will say, personally, that I remember Sense is the single most effective means to save energy, because you really are going to understand where the vigor is being used. And therefore, you’ll have the power to stop wasting it or curtail it in sectors where, perhaps, you’re using too much of it. Which happens a lot when you’ve got a house full of adolescents, I’ll tell you that.

MIKE: And like we were talking about, we do think it starts with the visibility and then, over hour, yeah, we are putting in more automation, more natures for Sense to know exactly what the problem is and say to you about it. But don’t discount just the benefits of having that visibility as a starting point and then layering these other things on top.

TOM: It’s an amazing product. You’ve got to check it out. There’s a awesome video at Take a look at it at This is information that you utterly have to have if you would like to find ways to draw your home perform better and save money and was most comfy, all at the same time.

Mike Phillips, thank you so much for being a part of The Money Pit. And thanks for bringing such a really cool product to sell. I know that it’s a lot of work and a lot of resources to come up with something that the world hasn’t seen before. You guys have done an amazing profession and I can’t wait to see what the future holds for you.

MIKE: I be acknowledged that. Thanks so much for having me on.

LESLIE: Mike Phillips, thanks so much for stopping by The Money Pit.

Just ahead, are you ready to give your walls a new look right in time for come? We’ve got tip-off on wall coatings that can add interest and colouring to your decoration, when The Money Pit continues.

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

LESLIE: And I’m Leslie Segrete.

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TOM: 888-666-3974.

LESLIE: Kenneth in Tennessee, you’ve got The Money Pit. What’s going on?

KENNETH: Yeah, hi. I was calling about some hardwood flooring we had installed in our home. It’s cupping. And we acquired the dwelling. It had hickory flooring in it, so we worked with a local floor corporation and tried to match the existing flooring. And we set it in four areas and now, it seems like it started cupping roughly immediately.

And I went back to the distributor and the local installer and he was not very copasetic. Didn’t want to work with us. Kept putting us off. Long legend short, it’s been over a year. Floor still cups. I understand I might be able to set a humidifier in now- or rather a dehumidifier- and it were gonna help. But what’s the answer? Is there any mixture short of ripping it out and putting it back in? I think it was installed improperly.

TOM: Well, Ken, regrettably, when timber starts to warp like that, there’s not a good deal you can do to various kinds of get it to lay back down. It’s often brought about by high moisture. You was indicated that, perhaps, it was improperly installed. Not sure if that’s the event or not. But when it starts to twist and warp, it’s frequently because there’s too much humidity.

So, one thing I would suggest you do is if you have a forced-air heating system and cooling system in your room, look into picking up a whole-home dehumidifier. This will work automatically to reduce the amount of humidity and sweat in your home and keep it at a steady region where, hopefully, it won’t get much worse.

Now, if the wood seems to stabilize after that, you could think about sanding it. If you have it professionally sanded, it will take up the leading edge that are, perhaps, warped and poking up a bit help them sort of lay down. And if we get it to be stable, you are able, in the long run , not even notice it anymore.

But I hope that helps you out. Sorry it happened to you but good luck with that project. And if we can help you any further, get back to us.

LESLIE: Well, I’m so glad that everybody is finally jumping on board with my affection of wall caps. You know, people, they can have a big impact on your room’s decor scheme, both in pattern and if you’re not careful, your wallet.

So, fortunately, economical products are representing it easier than ever to achieve professional reactions on a DIY budget.

TOM: Yeah. Now, when you’re choosing wallpaper, you want to make sure you choose the best-quality paper you can afford and then use it sort of strategically.

So, for example, you might want to use wallpaper for a small room, like a pulverize room. Or if you’re going to do a bigger room, like the family room, only do one wall or squander it inside squares that are balanced out in a molding, like in a dining room. Paper the bottom half of the walls under a chair rail. You get the idea. You can be utilized it strategically and enjoy that paper for a great deal less expense.

LESLIE: Mm-hmm. Even wall murals are still very popular and they don’t “ve got to be” simply a painting or an idol. It can be something that’s more synopsi, that’s time focused on one wall. It can be an overblown close-up of an portrait. There’s plenties of ways that you can achieve something of huge visual interest but without spending a ton of money.

And here’s something that I like to do a great deal- extremely when I’m doing these kind of more focal managements on a wall, maybe even in a kid’s room- is that you can choose a article that’s temporary, that’s removable, that’ll come off particularly easily when it’s period for a change. And that doesn’t have to simply apply to a kid’s room. You can be utilized it in a powder room. You can use it in a family room, in a front room. You appointed it, there are great plazas for wall coverings.

And you are able to even think about it- once I did a kid’s room where the daughter affection The Nutcracker and her favorite place was the winter panorama. So I took an image of sort of a particularly bare birch grove. I had that reproduced on a- like a removable vinyl sticky-back and I employed that up as a wall covering.

So bring the outdoors in. Choose nature. Pick things that easily comes out without damaging the wall face and you can have something really fantastic, whether it’s for a guy cave, a kid’s room, your front room. Wherever you want it, you can have it.

TOM: Wallpaper for a follower cave. Trying to think what that might look like.

LESLIE: Sports? Hockey arena?

TOM: There you go.

888-666-3974 is our telephone number. Give us a announcement, right now, if you’d like to chat about your next home progress project.

LESLIE: Say, are you looking for an easy weekend project to spruce up your gap? Well, we’re going to share some weekend projects that make the most of these early-fall mild temperatures, coming up next.

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

LESLIE: And I’m Leslie Segrete.

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And remember, you can always pole your question to The Money Pit’s Community page or right at Money Pit’s Facebook page. Wherever it is online, get us your question just like Richard from New Mexico did.

Now, Richard writes: “I have a Southwest-style home with a clay-tile roof. Can I supplant this with another cloth that still gapes genuine to this type of architecture?”

TOM: Well, you are able to but why would you want to? Is there something wrong with the aged tile? I mean that’s an absolutely showy roof. Very, exceedingly classic roof. And if you’ve came busted tiles or things of that nature, I’d much preferably “ve seen you” repair those, Richard, than replace them.

But if you do have to replace them, it’s going to be quite a bit of succeed. Because if you want to use an asphalt shingle or a dimensional shingle so that it kind of is like the old-fashioned clay tile, you have to pull off all the old-time clay tile, which means you’re going to have an awful mas of clay-tile roof to get rid of. And you’re going to have to positioned sheathing down, because clay tile gone on open-spaced sheathing; the government has divests of timber , not sheets of plywood. And then once you have that, you can use a dimensional shingle.

Now, here’s where most people that settled these dimensional shingles on the ceilings extend wrong. It’s supposed to look like a clay tile and it can, because there’s different shadow indications in it. But what they don’t do is they don’t do the same the different types of blink. So you have to have valley twinkle and you have to have ridge flashing made of copper it is therefore looks just like it would be if you actually did have the clay tile. So, those details are super important.

So, again, think about whether or not you really, truly, genuinely want to replace that clay-tile roof. And if you decide yes, you’ve got to pull it all off and you’ve need to go to introduced plywood on and the dimensional shingle and pay attention to those details.

So, the weather is cooling down and your schedule may be opening up. And you’re looking around at everything that needs to be done before that winter cold mount in. No upsets. Leslie has gone tips on weekend projects that can compile the most of the early-fall slight temperatures, in today’s edition of Leslie’s Last Word.

Leslie? Great time to take on some of those projects.

LESLIE: Yeah, it really is because temperature-wise, September and October are pretty much the excellent months for undertake projections indoors and out.

Now, here’s a few that are easy to knock out in a small part of your weekend. First of all, you want to make sure that your ocean heater is good to go for hot showers all winter long. So to keep it leading efficiently, you want to drain 2 gallons of liquid from that barrel heater twice a year. Don’t tackle this, though, without making sure that the heater is not just a matter powered off but you’ve applied it about a full hour to cool down.

Now, heating monies. We’re going to be paying those real soon, guys. And you want to made to ensure that you’ve got a fresh furnace filter, because that’s truly key to keeping those proposals low-toned and the temperatures high. And if you haven’t done so in a while, now is the time to get on a schedule. Those furnace filters need to be changed monthly.

And since we’re “il be going” come any closer those windows and openings for good soon, you want to make sure that the end of September/ early October really is the best way to start cleanup your house the natural action. I’m talking about vinegar and water. Great solution for windows and wood storeys. Salt and bicarbonate of soda. Make a paste of that and you can use it as a scouring clean. Olive oil and lemon juice. It’s a great way to create a chemical-free furniture polish. We’re trapping ourselves inside, so don’t trap yourself with those VOCs from those bad chemicals. Go all natural.

And get ready, guys, because the fall and winter, it’s the best time of year. Everybody’s throwing shoes at me, I feel like, at home. They’re like, “No, summer.” No, winter is the best.

TOM: Well, this is The Money Pit Home Improvement Show. And you’re right: it might be coming chilly but that doesn’t mean outdoor living has to end. Coming up next time on the programmes, we’re going to talk about how to choose the privilege porch heater so you can hang out in your ground or deck well into fall, on the very next edition of The Money Pit.

I’m Tom Kraeutler.

LESLIE: And I’m Leslie Segrete.

TOM: Remember, you can do it yourself …

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


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