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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: And we are here to help you take on your residence activities, your do-it-yourself dilemmas. Whether it’s decoration, fixing, remodel, whatever is on your to-do list we are here to help. Give us a announcement, right now, and help yourself first by calling us at 1-888-MONEY-PIT, 888 -6 66 -3 974.

Coming up on today’s demo, are you in the market for maybe some new furniture but you don’t have a big budget to buy brand-new? Well, if that’s the case, upcycling may be for you. We’re going to have tips to help you get started, including tips-off on what forms the best type of upcycled find.

LESLIE: And you might be noticing that the days are getting shorter and it’s getting darker earlier. Well , now would be a great time to update your home’s lighting. You know, LED offers a long-term energy savings but between realize those lumens, watts, hue temperature, there’s so much better on that label today that it’s really kind of it is difficult to figure out which one is the best one for you. So we’re going to removed some light on a answer, in just a bit.

TOM: And also ahead, are you getting ready to replace leaky or drafty windows? We’ll have some tips-off on the best ways to get that assignment done for year-round energy savings.

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

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

LORETTA: We’re in the process of building a sea home. And we have a crawlspace , no basement, because of the groundwater level there. Vaults are not allowed. Everything we’ve searched up- and just trying to find out what flooring to introduce in. We were hoping for 90 -percent of the flooring to be hardwood floor.

But there’s third- everybody’s telling us no, we can’t do hardwood. So we’ve been looking around and we’ve seen different types- laminate, vinyl- and have read so many mingled things about it that we are only were undecided of what to do now.

TOM: OK. So, if you’re thinking solid hardwood, I are in agreement. There is, nonetheless, a character of hardwood called “engineered hardwood” that is much more dimensionally stable and can work very successfully in soften locations.

Engineered hardwood is- if you can think of the action plywood is reached, where you have different beds of wood who the hell is glued together in pit slants but the top skin-deep is what you witness, that’s kind of what engineered hardwood is in terms of how it’s represented. There are different blankets who the hell is glued together at 90 degrees. And when you accompany the finished council, the top of it that is all that you see when it’s all down, is the hardwood. And the rest of it, mostly, is the component that hands it this kind of structural inflexibility in different conditions.

So you surely could use an engineered hardwood. But that said, sure, the authorities have a lot of enormous laminate commodities. And likewise, the new type of product that looks like pretty much laminate or can look like hardwood is announced EVP, which stands for Engineered Vinyl Plank.

I just framed a beautiful EVP floor down in my mom’s kitchen for her, so we’re on a floor that was going to take the traffic and direct the sweat and the spills and that sort of stuff and the chair scratches. And humanity, it seemed huge. It seems like an antique-y kind of an age-old, grove storey. And the whole thing is made out of vinyl but I’m telling you , nobody can tell when they walk in this kitchen and look down at it. Vinyl is the last thing you would guess, because they’ve done such a very good job now with how these products are made and the dyes that they lay in and the qualities that they put in. It glances just like the real thing which, in such cases, was an aged, wood floor.

LORETTA: Mm-hmm. And it’s certainly good with humidity and …

TOM: Well, it’s vinyl. You could use it underwater and have no effect.


TOM: Right. So, I would take a look at those products and I think you’ll witnes something that is going to work well for you.

LORETTA: OK. OK. How about price-wise?

TOM: The EVP is going to probably be less expensive than the engineered hardwood but it’s not abysmally expensive either way.

LORETTA: Alright. We’ll take a look at it.

TOM: Alright, Loretta. Good fortune with that mansion. Let us “know what youre talking about” you write out. Thanks so much for call us at 888 -MONEY-PIT.

LESLIE: Michael in Louisiana is on the line with a question about isolation and the different types. How can we help you?

MICHAEL: Hey. My question is about closed-cell versus open-cell foam and in a roof-deck application, the difference between using open- and closed-cell foam and roof-deck rot.

TOM: So, first of all, it’s a really good product to use for any type of a ceiling insulation. Spray-foam insulation is really the best way to go. It’s not subjected to the same types of humidity and rot issues that traditional fiberglass would, because it’s basically designed to be in a conditioned space. You don’t “re going to have to” vent it.

Now, in terms of the differences, open-cell foam characteristically is a little softer and most flexible. It has- the cadres are intentionally left open. And closed cell is just as the identify suggests: they mostly are sealed together, stiffer and harder.

The R-value on closed cell is generally higher than open cell. So that means you can get more insulation in the same physical seat with closed cadre compared against open cell. But the other side of it is it’s generally more expensive.

So what I would do is I would compare and contrast total R-value on drawing the assessment, not just how many inches of insularity. Because that’s what you’re paying for, right? You’re paying for the isolation ethic. And I said here today that if it’s zones where I’m worried about something moisture more so, closed cell is probably the better nature to go.

For example, we recognize lives along the coast where the underside of the floor formation is sprayed. In those lotions, I like to recommend closed cell over open.

MICHAEL: So I fantasize I understood that the industry, several years ago, was recommending closed cadre for roof-deck scenarios. But then they kind of got away from that and went back to open cell due to moisture accumulation in the ceiling deck.

TOM: Yeah, I’m not very well known that. I convey I would talk to the manufacturer of the product that you’re deciding to work with. I did my house and I used Icynene. I was really happy with them. They’re a Canadian company, one of the biggest in the world with that commodity. But there are plenty of good companies.

It also comes down to the installer, because it’s a commodity that are required to be mixed on site. It’s not like you’re heading to the home center and picking up some rolls of insulation. This nonsense is mixed and applied right there, so the experience of their installer is really important, as well, in getting the job done right.

MICHAEL: So “were having” our entire roof foam-insulated about a year or so ago. And I’ve was pointed out that the interior humidity stage since then has been higher than what we had previous to that.


MICHAEL: So I don’t know if the overall envelope of the chamber of representatives- undoubtedly, it’s much tighter. But our- the home was built in the mid-9 0s, so we have kind of builder-grade isolation and builder-grade windows in the exterior walls.

TOM: Right. Right.

MICHAEL: So, I know that the ceiling floor and the eaves and all that are much tighter.

TOM: You know, it’s alone- I understand what you’re saying, Michael, and it’s perfectly possible because you have now less natural ventilation. You basically may have made a dwelling that had various breath alters per hour and now trimmed that way back. It is possible that you could have a bit more humidity inside. But I think that that’s not a number of problems. I think it’s simply a condition that you should manage and especially in an area like Louisiana, wherever you 100 -percent humidity 9 months of the year, it would seem, right?

You might want to think about applying a piece of material that’s written specifically to reduce humidity. For example, there’s a type of product called a “whole-home dehumidifier.” Now, don’t confuse this with a dehumidifier you typically see on a lower level of a live that’s hooked up to a barrel and simply dumps spray out. This is actually installed into the duct system as part of the HVAC system. And it runs on a humidistat. And when it comes on, it is designed simply to attract humidity out of the breeze. And it can do so in a really surprising volume. It can take out 100 jars of water a day.

So in your range, that might be something I deemed to be, specially if I’m seeing excess humidity inside the house. But I think you’re on the right path with the scatter foam.

MICHAEL: Very good. Thank you.

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

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LESLIE: And I’m Leslie Segrete.

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LESLIE: Evelyn in North Carolina, you’ve got The Money Pit. How can we help you today?

EVELYN: Yes, ma’am. I have wanted to redo my- they call it a “living room” now but it’s chiefly your front room? And I wanted to know if I wanted to have it made over- the whole room- do you have any suggestions about how I could go about going that done? The exclusion is I have this really big, huge table that I have to keep in the room.

TOM: So you’re looking for a decorator to help you sort of redo the area. Is that correct?


LESLIE: Well, there is an association of house decorator; it’s ASID. And this organization is kinfolks who the hell is registered under the Interior Decorating Society. And they’re registered by zip code. You can go to the website, ASID- I don’t know if it’s. org,. com. And that way, you can find a decorator in your area.

I will let you know that pricing ranges from decorator to decorator. Some will do an hourly consulting fee, some will do a flat cost, some will do percentages per of the items . It certainly depends on the project. I think if you start at that website and start looking for people in your field, inspect their websites. Take a look at the working style that they do; this practice, you can find somebody that joins your decor. And then that’s a good way to find somebody that’ll fit well.

EVELYN: OK. Well, listen, that was what I wanted to know. You think that would be worth the while?

LESLIE: Oh, absolutely. I think it makes sense to start that way.

EVELYN: Oh, OK. Well, thank you.

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

LESLIE: Are you in the market for some brand-new furniture but perhaps you don’t have the big budget to buy new? If so, upcycling might be for you. We have some gratuities to help you is starting, in today’s Better Get a Truck Tip presented by Hertz.

First of all, guys, some basics now. Now, upcycling is essentially a word that’s the opposite of downcycling, which is what happens when you simply shed something away. Now, in between upcycling and downcycling is recycling, which still frames waste back into the environment but in a much more responsible way.

But we really do cherished upcycling because it caters an opportunity to find useful furniture and other household items. And with a little creativity and a small budget for some equips, it makes them a second life in your residence or your apartment. And that are actually simply does good all around.

TOM: Yeah. And the idea of upcycling is really popular right now. In fact, there’s a fun and useful Instagram page that I discovered called Stooping in New York City or Stooping in NYC, where people that blot components being throw out in the trash, they take a picture of it and they upload it to the site with its location. Now, those pics on Stooping in NYC are learnt by thousands of beings. And if someone thinks it seeks good, they can head on over to the location to hopefully be the very first one to value a great upcycled find.

Now, outside of urban areas, though, “theres a lot” of our cities and metropolis that have a bulk junk collect date, which is pretty much code for free stuff.

LESLIE: It’s true.

TOM: And knowing when that happens in your own neighborhood, as well as the surrounding communities, that can be a good way to find a great berthed formulate, a cabinet, a dresser, table or chair that maybe with only a little TLC, a touch of colour, it could become a very welcome addition to your home.

LESLIE: It’s funny. My sisters live out on the Eastern end of Long Island and there, you “re going to have to” bring your garbage to a drop. And at the dump, they have what everybody calls the “dump accumulation, ” which is where you bring furniture and playthings and plays and all things that you’re done using but really aren’t ready for the litter. And everybody goes there and waits outside and is like, “I want that dresser.” It looks like …

TOM: And they watch what comes out of each truck and humanity, as it comes up to the dump store, title?

LESLIE: I aim it’s really true. It’s free shopping and you’re allowed to loiter in the parking lot. But you can’t take anything out of a person’s paws. It’s need to go to physically go into the dump supermarket- which is basically exactly a chained, fenced area- and then you can grab it.

TOM: OK. Race for it.

LESLIE: It’s amazing. Now, it’s really great.

Now, guys, if you’re shopping for a piece to upcycle yourself, here’s a few things that you want to keep in intellect when you’re doing your shopping. And you can’t see me doing aura quotes but I’m doing it: “shopping.”

So, first of all, you want to make sure that that section is structurally voiced and doesn’t need any major repairs to be able to use. Cosmetic revises like cleaning, paint, those are easy DIY projects and pretty much expected sometimes when you’re doing these projects. But if it needs a bigger repair, it just might simply not be worth it.

And if you’ve got some big stuff, guys, you might need to get a truck. Because the challenge can precisely be find the best way to get it home. We’ve all visualized things people have tried to strap to the top of their car to move. Tom even watched a painting recently where person tried to strap down a mattress, to a vehicle roof, with painter’s tape.

TOM: Yeah.

LESLIE: Instead, people- that’s not going to hold anything down. Instead, get a truck and move it safely.

You know, Hertz does trucks and vans. And they’ve got a great selection that can help come those materials, furnishings, whatever you find home rapidly, readily and safely.

TOM: Now, let’s talk about what to avoid when you are “shopping, ” with aura repeats, as Leslie said.

LESLIE: I consider them.

TOM: You want to avoid upholstery and bedding. There’s no telling where upholstered furniture- like couches, bunking, easy chairs or big cushions- have been and what may be living inside, like bed bugs, right? Far removed from the upholstery.

The following exceptions might be a lumber chair that’s got an upholstered tush or upholstered back. That’ll be easy to remove and perfectly change. Otherwise, it’s just not worth taking a chance.

Now, upcycling, it’s a enjoyable- it’s a meaningful nature to take an item on its way to the trash heap and maybe, with really a bit of sweat equity, make it thoroughly your own and something you are unable to preciou for years to come.

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

BUCK: I was calling to ask a question about a built-up roof, about 4,000 square foot. I was thinking about taking and putting a veneer on top of it. No isolation in the attic. And was wanting to know if it actually would actually defer the heat in the lower storey by putting a brilliant-white roof finishing on top.

TOM: Well, those types of roof dyes do have UV reflectors in there and they’re designed to draw the roof cooler. And certainly, it will be a heck of a lot cooler than the blacknes ceiling that you’re starting with. So I think that that’s probably a good suggestion in your statu, especially being in such a warm part of the country, Buck.

BUCK: Any particular commodity brand that you are unable to advocate going on top of tar?

TOM: No. But make sure it’s a roof paint. I want often, “youre using” a fibrous aluminum cover for something like that. What you really want to look for is the UV reflectivity of it. Because the more UV it manifests, the most wonderful the number of jobs it’s going to do.

And by the way, it will also extend the roof life, as well, because the cooler the roof is, that planneds less of the oil is going to evaporate out of the asphalt and it’ll last-place a good deal longer.

BUCK: OK. Good.

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LESLIE: Now we’ve get Elizabeth in Idaho who’s dealing with some surfacing that’s coming apart. Tell us about it.

ELIZABETH: I have a 1970 -built house and with composite siding on the entire house. But on the west side- where it gets most of the weather, the hot and the rainwater and wind and so forth- the horizontal siding has split where the siding participates themselves and has spread open as much as a 1/4 – to 1/2 -inch.

TOM: Was it simply in one area or is it all over the place?

ELIZABETH: It’s chiefly on the west side of the house that gets the brunt of the weather.

TOM: OK. So numerous places it’s coming apart or only a couple of places?

ELIZABETH: Quite a few cases, quite a few. I’d say 10 plazas on the back of the house.

TOM: I would caulk the seams. If it’s 1/4 – to 1/2 -inch, I would caulk it. I would get caulk that’s colored to match the siding and I would apply a bead of caulk. Because the other thing to do, of course, is to made new siding in. You would have to cut out the old-fashioned siding and overlap that space and then paint it and it’s a really big project. So, I would caulk it and call it a day.

ELIZABETH: OK. We have tried that and we’ve squandered a concoction- is it OK if I am telling the appointed of the product?

TOM: Sure.


TOM: Right.

ELIZABETH: And we exerted DAP DYNAFLEX 230. And we’ve also tried DAP ALEX PLUS. And after we put that in, we went out to look at it after about two or three days and then the- that area has just gone concave. So it’s only fall into the siding, so it leaves a big, concave domain where it was once only a crack.

Now, can we articulated something over that? Should we are only keep putting seams on?

TOM: I think there’s a breach with what you’re trying to accomplish here, OK? What we want to do is keep the moisture from coming in there. And when you caulk, yes, it is going to dry and it’s going to shrink and actually sort of fill in very tightly any breach that you have there. You’re not applying a wood filler, OK? You’re use a caulk.

And so I would not is concerned at big, concave gaps like that in between the caulk; that’s what I would expect it to do. Doing that, if you just wanted to paint it over so it’s all the same colouring, you can probably blend it in more. But that is exactly what it should be doing.

ELIZABETH: Alright. Well, it’s just various kinds of unsightly where it comes together; it’s only a big, concave field. But it inspects better than the cracking, so …

TOM: Let’s hope that’s the most important issue “youve been” have with your room, OK?

ELIZABETH: I hope so.

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Well, if you’ve been considering croaking LED at home but you’re not really sure about the cost savings, we have found that upgrading to LED bulbs really is a great way to save some money. And that’s because LED bulbs use a heck of a lot less energy and they can last-place for decades.

LESLIE: Now, maybe you’ve been feeling a little put off by the price of LEDs. I necessitate I know I was when they first came out. But now the cost has come way down in just the past time. And you don’t need to buy a ton of bulbs to start be taken to ensure that savings.

TOM: Yep. So to get started, you want to replace bulbs in the sunlights that “youre using” most often or the ones that stay on the most. If you replace those firstly, they’re going to have the biggest immediate impact on your energy savings. And from there, you can replace the aged bulbs with Pass on fixtures that have various bulbs, you know, as the old-time bulbs wear out. Just update them with LEDs.

LESLIE: Yeah. And finally, to made to ensure that you get the best results from your new LED bulbs, you want to make sure that they’re rated for the specific use or fixture that you’re working with.

For example, if you’re exploiting a dimmer, make sure it’s a character that works with LED bulbs. You’ve got to make sure things kind of pair up well together for the best results.

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LESLIE: Julie in Colorado is on the line and has a heating question.

JULIE: My question is regarding hot pumps and how energy-efficient they might be, because we’re an all-electric house. Our electric statute is very high.

TOM: And how is your house heated right now, Julie?

JULIE: It’s heated with baseboard. And actually, we don’t even really hot our mansion. We’ll heat one room because it’s so expensive.

TOM: Right now, you’re heating with electric-resistance heat which, as you accurately territory, is the most expensive type of heat. Now, a heat-pump system would be far less expensive but it would require a duct method to be installed throughout the house. So, you would have that upfront cost of running the heating ducts.

If you had that structure set- the way a hot spout run is it’s kind of like an air-conditioning system that runs all winter except that in the wintertime, the refrigeration organisation is switched. Now, if you’ve ever trod, say, by a window air conditioner in the summer, you know it blows hot air out the back of it, out to the outside. If you kind of took that window air conditioner out and flip-flop it around and persist it inside, you’d have a hot gush; it’d be blowing the hot air in the chamber of representatives. That’s virtually what happens: it changes the refrigeration round in the wintertime.

Now, generally speaking, heat gushes are not always recommended for unusually, very cold climates, because hot pumps simply maintain the heat when there’s a 2-degree differentiation between what the temperature is set at- what the temperature is and what the temperature is set at, I should say. So if you specify your temperature at 70, it descends to 69, the heat goes on. If it drops inside to 68, the heat pump stay on. If it precipitates to 67, the hot gush supposed to say to its electric-resistance backup system, which is always part of a hot pump, “Hey, I can’t keep up with this. I need some help. Turn on the heating coils.” And then you’re not saving any money.

So, will it save- will it be less expensive than baseboard electric? Yes. But it has a significant upfront payment in terms of the installation because you’d need a duct method, as well as the heat-pump equipment. Does that make sense?

JULIE: OK. Audio good. Thank you.

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

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LESLIE: Yeah. First of all, it’s important to understand the difference between a replacement window and a new-construction window.

Now, replacement windows are just that: they’re custom-sized and they’re designed to replace an old-time window but they fit in the exact same-size opening. Unlike those new-construction windows, there’s no need to remove any siding.

TOM: Next, once you measure the pro you’ll hire for the project, it’s important to let that pro amount for the new openings. Some kinfolks are happy to do this themselves but that can be a very big mistake. You know, all replacement-window manufacturers’ specs can run. And it’s really important if a pro appropriate measures to the window and it doesn’t fit, it’s their responsibility to fix that problem.

LESLIE: Mm-hmm. And you know what? Once the installation date arrives, you is keen to sure to remove space medicines, clear the window-installation area as much as possible. You want to make sure that the process will actually start even more quickly. And helping make sure that your house is ready when those pros arrive truly is the best way to assure a very smooth install.

TOM: And last, you’ve got to make a rain plan, right? I represent find out what your window installer’s forecast plan is and decide together on an acceptable climate position for your projects.

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LESLIE: Bob in Louisiana is on the line with a recurred attic. Wooooh! What kind of crazy sounds are you hearing from up there?

BOB: Hey, Leslie. It sounds like a compressor “re coming in”. I have probed that lieu from one end to the other. The mansion has been empty- been vacant for about two years. It’s my mother-in-law’s home. And we moved furniture out recently. We even had a plumber come out and look at it.

When you hear the interference, you can reach over behind the washing machine and feel the tube and feel the tremor in the lines. I judged maybe somebody had left a compressor upstairs but nothing doing. And it’s adjacent to one of the water heaters. I have three 60 -gallon electrical heaters upstairs.

TOM: So, you say, Bob, that “youre feeling” the pulse in the plumbing indications when you sort of touch them?

BOB: You bet. Yes, sir.

TOM: And are you on municipal spray or are you on well water?

BOB: We are on metropoli water.

TOM: Sometimes, if you have a bad prime valve, you can get sort of a hum as the water obliges its lane through the valve, extremely if it’s not completely open. I wonder if the water company might be consulted in this case and have them check the main valve, have them close it and then absolutely reopen it.

The other thing that comes to mind that might have nothing to do with plumbing is, because you mentioned this is in the attic, is sometimes with attic breathing- and I don’t know what kind of shows you have, whether you have ridge shows or soffit ventilates or roof shows. But sometimes, we’ve seen situations- in fact, in my own kitchen, I’ve got a kitchen that’s a one-story section of the house. And when the wind blows over from a certain direction, I get a noise. It’s not a whistling but it is a very low-pitch kind of hum, almost like a vibration-like sound into that attic. And I know it’s because of the express. It’s the wind only sort of working their way over the vents and effecting a little bit of friction there. And it’s leaving that chime behind.

BOB: OK. I do have ridge shows in it. And so I’ll pay attention to that, too.

TOM: Yeah, it is able to the turbulence.

BOB: The central valve is one thing that I had not even thought about. You guys are great.

TOM: Alright, Bob. Well, you tell us know if it toiled and then we’ll accept the fact that we’re huge, OK? But we’re glad we were able to give you some minds. Thanks so much for name us at 888 -MONEY-PIT.

LESLIE: Give us a call anytime 24 hours a day, 7 days a week right here at 888 -MONEY-PIT.

TOM: 888 -6 66 -3 974.

Up next, is the outside of your home, perhaps your openings or your openings, inspecting a little faded and wondering how do you get them refinished without letting these components in at the same time? We’ll have tip-off to take on that project, after this.

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 bawl, right now, for the answer to your residence betterment questions at 1-888-MONEY-PIT or you can post your questions to us at The Money Pit’s website at, which is something that Claire did.

Seems like Claire is working on a doorway campaign, Leslie.

LESLIE: Alright. Claire in Tennessee, she writes: “My front door is super faded and I’d like to refinish it. And I’m wondering how to sand and prep the door for the new finish. For example, do I make the door off its hinges? Can I hand-sand? Do I need a capability sander? And how long can I expect the project to make knowing that that doorway needs two beds of finish and the first layer has to dry completely? ”

TOM: Those are all really good questions. And I would say, Claire, that if you hired painters, they would usually refinish the door while it’s on the hinges. I personally have found it to be a lot easier to make the opening off the hinges, because I generally find that it’s not very difficult to do that. And by make it off the hinges- and you’re going to need somebody to help, peculiarly it sounds like you have a wood door, so it could be a bit heavy. You can lay it out flat on some sawhorses and then it merely becomes a lot easier for you to work on it.

You can – you unquestionably do need to sand it. Certainly, you could do it by hand. It depended on how much material you have to take off. Or if you happen to have to have a quarter-sheet sander, a vibrating sander, that originates it a great deal easier. But you want to get the age-old finish roughed up, at least, if not off wholly. Then you can apply the first and the second layer of whatever finish you’re going to use.

You want to make sure you use an exterior urethane or exterior varnish, because it’s going to have UV protection in it and won’t break down from exposure to the sunbathe. Yep, you’re going to need a got a couple of coats. It does have to dry fully. But candidly, if you tackle this project over, say, a nice weekend, you can do a coat in the morning, snap it over, do a coat in the afternoon, leant the door on- back on- for the overnight shift, so to speak. And then echo the process the next day. Just work with the forecast to get it is doing so that you’re not put with that opening being off the hinges when “youve been” need to keep the water out of your room during a rainstorm or a big windstorm, for example.

LESLIE: Right, gravely. Water, defects, all the things.

TOM: All that trash, yeah.

LESLIE: Kind of like having a door.

Alright. Next up, I’ve got a post now from Mike in New Jersey. Now, Mike writes: “I need to hang some ponderous videos and I’m wondering how to know what my walls are made of.”

TOM: Good question, Mike. So, generally speaking, most homes are going to have drywall. If your residence was built in the 40 s or the 50 s, you could have plaster lath, which is sort of the early edition of drywall, where they applied plaster on top of it. Those walls are very, very difficult. They voice different if you kind of knock on them with your knuckles. They sound almost like ceramic.

And then if you have a really old house- like one that was built, say, earlier in the 40 s, maybe the 30 s or 20 s or earlier than that- it may have wood lath, which is where you had plaster that was pressed into timber slats.

Now, depending on the kind of wall you have, if it’s something genuinely ponderous, you’re almost always better off to find the ornament. And those are going to be generally either 16 or 24 inches on hub. You can pick up a stud finder. That will help you find those.

My stud finder is my knuckles. If it’s a mansion with drywall, you can knock on it and “youre seeing” them. And here’s a little trick. If you take a flashlight- like a pretty strong flashlight- and hold it at an angle to the wall, like flat with the wall, you’ll actually hear where the fingernails are in the wall, attached to those studs. And it can tell you exactly where it is. So if you try to get the fixings into that, you’ll be good to go.

If it has to be in the middle of the drywall, between the studs, you have to use the right fastener. You know, we like this little fastener called the Monkey Hook, which is a wire that slithers up behind the back of the drywall. It’s really easy to lay in and it views 50 pounds. So time choose a hook that’s going to work for the material you’re working with.

LESLIE: Alright. Well, good luck with that and I hope all the decorating vanishes truly, really well.

TOM: You “re listening to” The Money Pit Home Improvement Show on breath and online at Thank you so much better for expend this hour with us. We hope we’ve aroused your fall projects with some tips-off and ideas to help you get that job done.

If you’ve get questions, remember, you can reach us, 24/7, always at 888 -MONEY-PIT or affix your questions to The Money Pit’s Facebook sheet at TheMoneyPit.

I’m Tom Kraeutler.

LESLIE: And I’m Leslie Segrete.

TOM: Remember, you can do it yourself …

LESLIE: But you don’t “re going to have to” make love alone.


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