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 over your dwelling improvement projects, take over those do-it-yourself dilemmas. If there’s something that you’d like to to get out of here in decor, amend, residence progress, outside, inside, we are here to help. We are on your crew and ready to pitch in but you’ve got to help yourself first by picking up the phone and calling us at 1-888-MONEY-PIT, 888 -6 66 -3 974.
Coming up this hour, we’re all switching on the heating systems right about now. And that symbolizes it’s a good time to talk about carbon-monoxide poisoning. You know, hundreds of people are affected by this every single year, so we’re going to have some gratuities on how you can be sure to be safe.
LESLIE: Plus, if you own a home, condo or even a co-op, probabilities are you’re was just going to required to impel unexpected fixings or take on betterments that you can’t do yourself. For those, it pays to have a pro that you can call. But instead of waiting for the dishwasher to miscarry, the roof to spill or the lavatory to blockage, what if "youve had" prescreened contractors on the standby, ready to jump in when the need develops? We’ll share gratuities on how to build your own home repair contact list, in exactly a bit.
TOM: Plus, fall is a great time for some really big planting and terrace projects, like building rock gardens or paver patios, shell pits, laying brand-new turf or even planting trees. We’re going to have some gratuities on how to get those professions done, even when you have no idea how you’d get all those large-scale and ponderous cloths back to your home to start with.
LESLIE: But first, we want to hear all about your residence assignments. What are you guys working on? Give us a summon. We’ve got gratuities. Anything you’re working on: decor, remodeling, home fixup, home betterments, seasonal nonsense. Whatever it is, we’re here to lend a hand, so utter us a call.
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LESLIE: Susan in Texas has some concrete that’s cracking up. Tell us what’s going on.
SUSAN: Yes, I have a curb out front of a 1955 -year-old home.
SUSAN: And the inhibit is cracking in smudges and going down in a standpoint. And I didn’t know- what do I need to do to repair that?
TOM: And this is your responsibility and not the township’s?
SUSAN: Yes. I’ve announced several times and everyone says it’s my responsibility to fix it. I time- they say when you sell your home- the inhibit plead? And I have a curb that’s messed up.
TOM: Yeah. The curb plead has got to start at the limited and you obstruct announcing and getting the same answer. So I guess you’re kind of stuck with it.
TOM: Well, listen, there’s a couple of things that spring to mind. First of all, when you say it’s slanted and ascent, if it’s settling then it’s going to have to be torn out. If it’s exactly cracked, there’s a lot of ways to fix the fissures. QUIKRETE contains a number of good produces that are designed exactly for that. There is a fissure seal, there’s a crack-repair product that’s kind of like caulk. There’s too a resurfacing concoction. So if it’s spalled or deteriorated, you can resurface it and it will stick to the old concrete and come out looking quite nice. So there certainly are concoctions to originate what you have glance better and work better.
But if the whole curb is structurally subsiding because sometimes water gets under it and that kind of stuff, then that’s the case where you’d have to tear it out and have a mason build you a new one.
SUSAN: OK, OK. But that QUIKRETE is pretty easy to do?
TOM: Absolutely, yes. Take a look at QUIKRETE.com. They got a lot of enormous videos there. They’ll walk you through exactly what you need to do. Merely search for “crack repair.” You’ll interpret there’s countless options, depending on the thickness of the crack and what you need to achieve, OK?
SUSAN: That is wonderful. Thank you so much.
TOM: Good luck. Thanks so much better for calling us at 888 -MONEY-PIT.
LESLIE: Jeff in Massachusetts is on the line who mysteriously has a hole in a lavatory door.
TOM: How’d that happen, Jeff?
JEFF: Yes, hello. Well, apparently, one of my guests slammed the bathroom door a little very hard-handed and it propelled the bolt out all by itself. So, we got locked out of our own bathroom.
TOM: Oh, boy.
JEFF: This is a very old building, a 1928 construct, and these are the thin paneled entrances where the centre of the door is a very thin panel.
JEFF: So we bashed a gap through the members of the committee to open the door. Now, my question to you is: can this entrance be repaired? Can it be disassembled so we can replace the center panel or do I just go out and buy a whole new door?
TOM: So, is it a solid entrance or is it a hollow entrance?
JEFF: Well, it’s a solid door but the thick-witted part of the door is only 4 inches around the edge.
JEFF: And the center part of the door is a very thin, 1/4 -inch panel.
TOM: And is the panel a invoked panel? Does it have a design to it?
JEFF: No, it’s a flat- really a flat panel.
TOM: Oh, well, then I think you could change it. Is the door decorated or stained?
JEFF: I believe it’s been drawn numerous times.
TOM: Yeah, then I think there’s no reasonablenes you can’t fix it. It will be really hard to find a opening to match that space and I believe only taking the door apart- and a good carpenter can build you a body and set it right in there. And with a little of prosperity, it won’t look too much different than anything else.
JEFF: Well, that was my question, whether the door can be disassembled. I’ve heard of situations where they made a heard and fathomed out through the molding on the inside of a door, that holds in the panel, and they put the new panel in that way.
TOM: I don’t think you have to take it apart. In fact, I don’t think you can take it apart. I think what you’re probably talking about doing is routing out a groove on the back side of that so you can set the panel in and then maybe covering it with a small, quarter-round molding or something of that nature.
JEFF: OK. That’s the way to go. Well, thank you much needed for this.
TOM: Alright, Jeff. Good fortune. Thanks so much better for calling us at 888 -MONEY-PIT.
LESLIE: Linda in Ohio is on the line and needs some advice on purchasing a generator. How can we help you? By the behavior, enormous idea.
LINDA: Is it is feasible to use a generator when you live in an suite?
TOM: So are you talking about what kind of generator- like a portable generator or a standby generator?
LINDA: Maybe some standby if my power exits out.
TOM: So, for the purposes of an suite, you have to understand that a standby generator or a whole-house generator is something that’s permanently lay, Linda. So the answer "couldve been" no. That said, you could use a portable generator but of course, you’d have to run wires- increase cords- from the generator itself into the house. So it’s not very convenient.
There is something called a “transfer switch” that can work for a portable generator where it’s various kinds of like having a mini-electrical panel inside. But again, it’s something who are in need of some installing. And generally, when it’s an apartment, you can’t do that. So, the only thing you could really do "couldve been" to have a portable generator: one that you took out of storage, put outside- because you can’t run for your lives in the suite- and then range increase lines in to try to deal with that short-term, hopefully, strength outage.
LINDA: Wow. That is just like it would be difficult.
TOM: Yeah. It’s not the best answer but it’s- receive, because generators are something that are permanently installed into the building’s sort of core electrical system? And that’s why it’s real important that they be done correctly. You can’t- when you install these transfer switches inside, they have technology constructed into them to prevent what’s called a “backfeed, ” so that electricity doesn’t go back through the wire and can hurt a lineman, for example, that’s "workin on" the power cable. So, you can’t genuinely run for your lives without the send permutation and that are required to be permanently lay. And the generator itself is a very big appliance. That said, a portable generator is much smaller.
Now, if you precisely want to power a couple of things, you could use a very small generator. Generac has one that’s called the iQ that’s 2,000 watts. That’s under 1,000 horses and will power a exhibition number of household entries: small-minded appliances, illuminates, that sort of thing. But you have some options there. But again, you have to use an extension cord.
LINDA: OK. Well, thank you.
LESLIE: Isaac in Alaska is on the line. What can we do for you today?
ISAAC: Yes. I want to know- I have a basement that sometimes seeps sometimes. And I want to know, is there such a thing, like a vault opening or another basement exit, you can install on your cellar which will carry the spray away from your cellar and it also routines just like a space, likewise?
TOM: So, is the basement revealing whenever you have heavy rain?
ISAAC: Yes. It’s some sort- we have this certain times , not all the time. But specific times, they do. It spills in certain parts of it.
TOM: OK. That’s actually good story. Because the reason that it’s leaking is that you got a problem with sewage at the foundation perimeter. And if you solve that drainage question, you’ll stop it from seeping. Whenever you have rain that reacts- when a basement that spate in reaction to rain, then that is always, always, ever caused by a problem with drainage. And that’s easy to fix.
So I crave you to look at your sewer organization. Make sure it’s clean, make sure the downspouts are extended and make sure the soil around the house is sloped away. If you do those three things, you’re not going to have to worry about a inundated basement. The hypothesi of trying to channel water away is not such a good notion because we can stop that sea from assembling in the first place, OK?
ISAAC: OK. OK. Thank you for taking my bellow. I appreciate it.
TOM: You’ve got it. Good fortune with that activity. Thanks so much better for announcing us at 888-MONEY-PIT.
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Just ahead, carbon monoxide is an odorless gas that results from combustion of fuels, like natural gas, oil, kerosene or even charcoal-gray. We’re "re trying to tell" you how you can make sure that your heating system is safe, after this.
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LESLIE: Audrey in South Dakota, you’ve get The Money Pit. What can we do for you today?
AUDREY: Right. I was like to hear your establish last weekend and I heard you talking about some sort of contact article but you gave it on your kitchen wall and you are able to gave tile on it for a backsplash.
TOM: Yeah. That’s a produce announced Bondera Tile Mat Set. Kind of a long name but basically, it’s a two-sided adhesive sticky textile that if wishes to do a backsplash, or for that matter a countertop, you draw away the backing on one side of it, press it against the wall- in your bag, for the backsplash. Then you are able to affix the tiles right to the other side of it, draw off the endorsement on the other side and you remain the tiles right on. And then you can pretty much grout immediately thereafter, so you don’t have to wait for glue to dry or even mix up cement or get a tile glue that can kind of get all over the place. It’s all on the rug. So you cut it to fit, employed it on the wall, draw away the back and then is moving forward and glue the tile right to it.
I would urge you, though, that I would not recommend you set this right on drywall because it’s going to be a permanent. You’re never going to get it off. And if you ever want to replace it, you’d have to cut the wall out because it’ll simply pull the paper right off.
What you could do is just introduced a thin membrane of luan plywood on the wall first and then put the tile right on that.
AUDREY: OK. Alright. Thank you very much.
TOM: Good luck. Thanks so much for calling us at 888 -MONEY-PIT.
LESLIE: Alright. Scott, you’ve came The Money Pit. How can we help you today?
SCOTT: We had ocean come in our basement two, 3 weeks ago from a rainstorm "were having". And I’m just wondering how to prevent that again.
LESLIE: OK. So far, you’ve dried everything out, gotten rid of any sort of issues that may have passed from the flood?
LESLIE: OK. So, if you’re getting water that comes along with a heavy rainfall, what you want to do is- that really is a signal that you’ve get sewage editions around the exterior of your home. So there’s a couple of things "youve got to" look at.
First of all, you want to look at your channel system. And a lot of parties don’t have a sufficient extent of ditches or maybe the gutters are impediment, perhaps the downspouts are clotted or perhaps the downspout really isn’t sitting in the right location. A slew of beings just made a downspout right next to the foundation wall and call it done.
So, what you want to do is made to ensure that your troughs are clean and free-flowing, downspouts very. Sometimes you have to snake those out. If they roll underground, wishes to make sure that everything is connected and it’s still moving the spray apart to where it’s supposed to be. And if they’re really ending at the foundation wall, you want to extend that downspout out at least 3 paws or so away from the foundation.
Then you want to look at the soil all around the perimeter of the foundation. You require to make sure that it downgrades away from the foundation. You require a gradual descent but wishes to make sure everything is moving away from the foundation wall. And if you can do that, that’ll genuinely do the trick.
A few years ago- gosh, more than a few years ago now, I had a clogged downspout. I didn’t even known about it. Went underground. I just assumed everything was fine and I came home to a super-duper-duper soggy basement and it was truly precisely because of that. And since we set that- strike lumber- it’s all working.
SCOTT: Alright. Well, thanks for your help.
TOM: Well, as some of you may know, carbon monoxide gas is an odorless gas that are in a position to be derived from combustion of gasoline: natural gas, lubricant, kerosene. It are now able to acquire you sick or it is unable to even cause death. And I’ve got to tell you, in the many years I spent inspecting homes before coming out of the crawlspace and into this radio studio, I encountered carbon-monoxide divulges with unusually surprising frequency.
LESLIE: Yeah. And that’s why you utterly must have your heating system sung up every single year.
Now, Tom, we ever say that but what exactly should a tech be looking for that could lead to a toxic place?
TOM: Well, there’s a number of things.
First of all, good combustion. If the flame is blue, that’s a good signaling. If it’s orange, it symbolizes it’s not combusting completely and that can actually secrete much more carbon monoxide. And likewise, you want to watch out for sort of a sugared, acidic-like odor. That too is evidence to suggest imperfect combustion.
The other things that they’re going to check for are, with a furnace, a hot exchanger. That’s kind of what keeps the exhaust gases separate from the house air. And if there’s a crack or a shortcoming in the heat exchanger, then that means you could have a mixing of the two.
And finally, they’re going to look at the draft which signifies, essentially, are all the gases going up the duct piping, up the flue pipe? You can sense, sometimes, with something as simple as the back of your hand, with any particular type of furnace, whether or not the gas is going up- the vent’s going up- or some of it was possible to blocked or prevented and sort of pushing down and back into the house.
So there’s a number of things a technician can do to make sure it’s operating properly. But it’s not the kind of thing you can do yourself. You genuinely have to have a pro check it and that’s why it’s important to have the heating system serviced about now, if you’ve not done it already.
LESLIE: Mm-hmm. Yeah. And you know what? It’s interesting. We have a service contract with our heating provider. And they’ll put you at the top of the list should something happen in the middle of the winter, to come and repair things. But you’ve got to remember to book those appointments virtually near the end of the summer.
I forgot simply and called just two weeks ago. And I couldn’t get an appointment until mid-November, which I figured it’s better to have one than not have one at all. So, do that. It’s not too late to still get something before the high levels of the heating season.
And you know what? We should still too talk about other sources of carbon monoxide that can be hazardous, like make sure you never operate a automobile, use a barbecue, guided a generator, even a lawn mower in an open garage. Those stenches, if you’ve got an attached garage, can rise and then fill the house.
TOM: Exactly. And even if everything is operating properly, it’s always, always, always a good theory to have carbon-monoxide detectors. In fact, a CO detector is not only a good thought. In fact, they’re mandatory in a lot of states. So, reach sure you have detectors. If you can afford it, get one outside every bedroom, because that’s where most of the deaths exist: while beings are sleeping. They just don’t wake up.
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LESLIE: Now we’re going over to Eunice in Arkansas who has a retaining wall that thinks it’s a chameleon. It’s changing dyes. What’s going on?
EUNICE: Part of it is- the portion that’s turning white-hot powdery-looking is the part that’s exposed to the weather. And it’s kind of spreading. It looks a lot like it’s - you are well aware, the whole thing will eventually turn grey. I don’t know if it’s oxidizing or if sweat from the anchor is starting it change dyes or what.
TOM: And that’s exactly what’s happening, Eunice. What you’re realise is called “efflorescence.” And essentially, water from the foot pullings up because those concrete blocks are very hydroscopic. So it- spray pullings up and then as the irrigate evaporates, it leaves its mineral salts behind. And that’s what that whitish/ grayish money is.
So it’s not destructive; it’s certainly just cosmetic. And there’s not going to be a lot you can do to stop it, though. If it’s an outside wall like that, if there’s going to be a lot of moisture collecting in that area, you’re going to get that sort of thing from happening.
EUNICE: Oh, OK. So power-washing it or abusing a chemical or anything wouldn’t make a difference?
TOM: Well, certainly, all you need- I’ll give you a little trick of the sell. If you use white vinegar- so if you were to mix up some white vinegar and mixture it with water in a pump-up sprayer, that will softened the mineral salts right away.
EUNICE: OK. Very good. Thank you so much.
TOM: Eunice, good fortune with that activity. You’re very welcome.
LESLIE: Alright. Carol in Oregon is on the line with some rust-brown liquid at her residence. What’s going on?
CAROL: My house is about 25 years old. I’ve lived in it for about six. My problem is well water corroding both of my toilets.
And I don’t know- I’ve tried utilizing Clorox. That doesn’t seem to work. I’m wondering if there’s something- some kind of a chemical or something- that I can frame inside the barrel to keep it from turning black.
TOM: So, have your tried CLR?
CAROL: No. What is that?
TOM: OK. So I would look- take a look at CLR. It’s a concoction that’s been around for many, many years. A huge corporation and it stands for Calcium, Lime and Rust. It’s specifically designed to clean-living rusty stains from shower fixtures.
CAROL: OK. Could you spell that for me?
TOM: Yeah. C-L-R.
CAROL: OK. Got it.
TOM: Stands for Calcium, Lime and Rust. See? I was never a good speller but I get that one, huh?
CAROL: Yeah. You did.
TOM: Alright. Good luck with that assignment. Thanks so much for announcing us at 888-MONEY-PIT.
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Up next, if you own a home, condo or a co-op, probabilities are, guys, you’re going to need to make unexpected amends or take on improvements that you simply can’t do yourself. For those, it does pay to have a pro that you can call before you actually need them. We’re going to share some gratuities on how you can build your own residence mend contact directory, next.
TOM: Making good residences better, this is The Money Pit Home Improvement Show. I’m Tom Kraeutler.
LESLIE: And I’m Leslie Segrete.
Well, if you own a dwelling, condo or co-op, occasions are you’re going to need to make unpredictable repairs or take on progress that you just can’t do yourself. For those, it pays to have a pro you can call. But instead of waiting for that dishwasher to neglect, the ceiling to spill or the bathroom to clog, what if "youve had" prescreened contractors on standby, ready to jump in when that it is necessary to arises?
TOM: Well, HomeAdvisor.com trails hundreds of thousands of petitions from customers trying dwelling improvement pros. And Dan DiClerico, their dwelling professional and smart-home strategist says there are four pros that should be a part of that ready-to-use home better Rolodex and he affiliates us now.
DAN: Great to be here, guys.
TOM: I think this is a really smart suggestion, especially for those projects that pop up unexpectedly. It’s emergency measures; you need somebody right away. It’s so much easier to reach person you have a relationship with.
DAN: Sure, yeah.
TOM: Now, you guys did a sketch to try to figure out how much coin people are spending to maintain and clothe the basic amends of their residences. What did you find out?
DAN: So the average expense is about $6,000. That’s for- that’s the all-in.
DAN: That’s emergency situations restores or whatever ...
TOM: It’s not the new kitchen or soak, obviously.
DAN: That’s right, that’s title, that’s right.
DAN: So, certainly, it is those unexpected reparations. The biggest cause is water-related.
DAN: It’s clogged drains, it’s blocked bathrooms, that’s sort of thing.
TOM: So a plumber would be on your list of folks to dig it on their Rolodex.
DAN: Number one.
TOM: Yeah, OK.
DAN: Yeah, yeah. Number one.
LESLIE: And that’s a super-important one to have, peculiarly when you have two sons that like to flush a lot of things down the toilet that are not supposed to go down the toilet.
TOM: Yeah. Go down, yeah.
LESLIE: Good to have somebody you can call right away.
TOM: Yeah, yeah. When American Standard wants to try out new bathrooms, they applied them in Leslie’s house.
Alright. Let’s talk about HVAC.
LESLIE: I represent indeed. We- as you know, Tom- had an emergency during that large-scale polar vortex when the baby-sitter was like, “It’s cold.” And when I got home from work, cold was the understatement. It was 50 degrees in my house and at 7:30 at night, I needed an HVAC person that would come, come quickly and do a job that I could trust. And thank goodness I had one that I have a great relationship with. And genuinely, 15 minutes earlier, they were at my house and fixings were underway. That’s got to be a number-one guy to know.
DAN: Absolutely, yeah. A good heating-and-cooling contractor, “HVAC guy” we sometimes call in the business. Because you know the furnace "il go to" conk out, right, on the coldest day of the year. Your A/ C is going to go out in the middle of August. So having a good HVAC person is essentially for any homeowner.
LESLIE: Do you find that these pros- like if you’re doing some sort of prescreening, are these pros going to be annoyed that you’re doing this? Or are they various kinds of thankful that you’re looking for somebody to really keep close to your vest and use in one of these situations?
DAN: No, I think they’ll appreciate it because, listen, they want to be servicing your furnace during the off-season. So they want to build that relationship, as well. It’s going to help them manage their business.
TOM: Let’s talk about contraptions. I have a friend who has the worst appliance luck. And I speculate last week she "ve been told" that both her refrigerator and her stove used to go at the same experience, so ...
LESLIE: And that’s not me, by the way.
TOM: And that’s not you, Leslie. No.
But seriously, appliances are another thing that are key. If you’re a residence that’s doing a lot of laundry and the washer divulges, you’re in serious trouble because that’s going to build up quick before the babies run out of clothes.
DAN: Yeah. Yeah. You know, in general, devices are getting more reliable. But formerly they reach a certain age- 5, 10 times- something’s going to go wrong. The icemaker is going to break. There’s going to be some issues. So having a good contraption repair person is another essential.
TOM: How about the little stuff, though, right?
LESLIE: Yeah, it’s clearly good to have a handyman. You always find parties that are like, “I need a handyman.” But a handyman is such a general period. It are available to something from coating to amending a stair stride: material that some homeowners can undertake on their own. But a lot of people just need help with this little stuff.
DAN: Yeah. When you find a great handyman, hold onto him or her for dear life. They can direct all of those disaster restores, plus the thousands of those little things that come up: installing a light fixture, coating the guest room before your in-laws came to see you the weekend.
TOM: Alright. So let’s review. A plumber, heating-and-cooling contractor, gadget repair and of course, a handyman. Those four pros. Reach out now, pattern those relationships because you are most likely going to need them at some object during the year.
And as you learned, Leslie, only recently , nothing better than having such relationships before the heating system fails.
LESLIE: Oh, my goodness. It feels immense "when youve got" bumped up on that list. You’re in dire straits, so have such relationships and keep them.
TOM: Dan DiClerico, huge advice. Thanks so much better for stopping by The Money Pit.
If you’d like to learn more or find pros to start building your own Rolodex, go on over to HomeAdvisor.com.
LESLIE: Alright. Dan DiClerico, thanks so much better for affiliating The Money Pit.
Just ahead, fall is a great time for some really big planting and patio assignments, like building rock gardens, paver patios, flame opposes, laying brand-new turf or even planting trees. We’re going to have gratuities on how you can get those professions done, even when you have no idea how you’d get all those big and heavy materials to your home to start with, in today’s Better Get a Truck Tip presented by Hertz, after this.
TOM: Making good dwellings better, welcome back to The Money Pit Home Improvement Show. I’m Tom Kraeutler.
LESLIE: And I’m Leslie Segrete.
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LESLIE: Sal in Massachusetts is on the line with a question about an asphalt driveway. What’s going on? SAL: Last time, I had a driveway asphalted. They made out the old driveway and put it in a new.
SAL: And this year, I noticed that there were some crannies starting to evolve along the back- the leading edge of the driveway. But they were going into the asphalt and looked like a concave trough in the top of the driveway.
TOM: It was almost rectifying?
TOM: It sounds a great deal like the company that did the driveway for you didn’t prep properly. Because if they didn’t compact the evaluate underneath that driveway as one of the purposes of this or if they didn’t leant enough asphalt, then that’s going to happen. So, I think you need to go back to the company that did the original installation, because I think this is something that ought to have been warrantied. It’s indicative of inadequate workmanship, in my view.
SAL: Oh, OK. I didn’t realize that. I did call the original contractor and he came out, looked at it. And he said it was chipmunks. I said, “Wait. Is wrong with you? ” I said( inaudible ).
TOM: Chipmunks? You imply groundhogs?
SAL: So I said, “I’ve never heard of that before.” And he said, “Oh, yeah.” He said he got a lot of announces on that. So I said, “Well, he knows better than I do. So, he’s got more know than I have.”
TOM: Ugh. Listen, I’ve had abundance of groundhogs in dwellings that I’ve owned. And I ultimately get rid of them since we are use grub hold on the clay, on the grass. But this kind of a decide like this, it voices bigger than what the fuck is happen if there was a passage from a groundhog. Yeah, I think it wasn’t prepped properly. But it’s a very creative excuse. I’ll give him that.
LESLIE: It only doesn’t seem possible.
TOM: Alright. Sorry we don’t have better story for you. Good luck with that programme. Thanks so much for calling us at 888 -MONEY-PIT.
Well, fall is the perfect season for working outside and taking on some really big planting and patio campaigns, like building rock gardens, paver patios, flame pits, perhaps laying new turf or even embed trees. But if this is a project you’d like to get done or if you’re even wondering how you’d get all those large-scale and heavy information to your home to start with, we’re was just going to share some ideas in today’s Better Get a Truck Tip presented by Hertz.
LESLIE: Yeah. First of all, let’s talk about building a flame oppose. This is one of the greatest projects to do this time of time. And it’s genuinely not that difficult to do, which meets it a win-win for everybody.
Now, the most important step, though, is picking the privilege locale. You’re going to be aiming for a sweetened distinguish not too far away from the back door but not too close where those activates "re coming" flying off the barrage and land on your home roof or where the hot can soften the siding.
Now, to build it, you want to use landscape stones. These are large bricks about two to three times as big as a regular brick. And they come in shapes to build either square or round fire pits.
Now, to install them, you’re going to need to prepare a solid and position basi of well-packed gravel. Then simply load the big-hearted scenery stones on top of each other and give seriousnes do the rest.
TOM: Now, another great projection for this time of year is to build a rock garden or even a water peculiarity. The weather is perfect for this kind of heavy-laden part and it’s easier to get it done now and maybe only have to add embeds or finishing touches when the springtime arrives.
Now, before digging out what you already have and laying in the rocks, the stone or even a few bags of concrete, there are a lot of heavy textiles to deal with. So remember that Hertz does trucks and vans and has a great selection that can help do those materials home quickly and easily.
LESLIE: Now, the part of this project that often comes DIYers tripped up is figuring out the best layout. Well, here’s a gimmick that we found that can really assistance and all you are required to is a rope.
Now, you just want to use the rope to define the borders of the rock garden, sea feature or any other element that you want to build. And formerly it’s down, believe about whether it lookings good in the garden and if it also works with the flow of everything else that you’ve came out there.
You know, think about, for example, if the cliff garden is along a path. Is still remains to going to be enough office so that you can walk by? Are you going to need to run a lawn mower over the direction? Can the machine fit? Taking the time to think through these various scenarios and how the layout impacts that is really going to help you make sure that the number of jobs get done right and works well for your opening over time.
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LESLIE: Carol in Texas is on the line with a few questions about a ceiling rift. How is impossible to help you?
CAROL: I have a crack right in front of my figurehead opening. It’s a slab. It was the porch and then it was[ made into]( ph) the chamber of representatives. It’s more like a sunroom. We spread the outside of it all the way to the ends of the house, so it’s about 33 hoof across. And I think what happens is that it gets baked- the grime get baked- and so now we have a crack in that ceiling.
And we is looking forward to threw our house on the market next year. Being a realtor, I don’t actually want that rift picturing, because people get alarmed. I don’t think it’s anything to worry about but I don’t like the regards of it. So would you tell me what to do and get it on right?
TOM: So, the ceiling cloth in the porch is made use of what?
CAROL: It is sheetrock up there with the finishing so that you- it’s not popcorn or anything like that. It’s smooth finish on the ceiling.
TOM: And the fissure is - you said it’s 33 feet long. So is it a ...?
CAROL: No, no, no. The fissure croaks across the other direction.
TOM: Oh, OK. So it’s- good.
CAROL: It goes from a- yeah, it moves the other way.
TOM: So it’s not 33 feet long. Alright.
CAROL: Yes, sir.
TOM: So here’s what happens. The cracks reform because people generally spackle them. And then they expand and contract and it kind of registers through. The privilege nature to do it is to sand over the area of the rift so you get some rough surface there. And then you situated a piece of fiberglass amend strip across it, which is kind of like a mesh-looking kind of sticky-backed drywall tape. And it’ll contained there by itself and then you applied spackle on top of that so the fiberglass mesh actually bridges the divergence across the crack. And once that’s done, it’s a much stronger seam. And as the ceiling expands and contracts, the cranny doesn’t reform. It makes three or four good hairs of finish to get that done but that really is the sizzling ticket.
CAROL: And then you go ahead and decorate it white, just like your ceiling white paint?
TOM: Paint it. Yep, yep. Absolutely. Uh-huh. That’s correct.
CAROL: And I really don’t want it registering. I’m not really worried about it because it’s a very, very small hairline crack. I really- I know that it’ll alarm beings and so ...
TOM: Yep. Sure. Altogether understand. And I think that that’s mostly the right thing to do. OK?
CAROL: I appreciate that. And thank you for your help.
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Coming up, did you know that the expanses you sleep on can "ve got a big" impact on whether or not you’re was just going to get a full night’s sleep? We’re going to have tip-off on my very best pillow for going some shut-eye, when The Money Pit continues.
TOM: Making good homes better, welcome back to The Money Pit Home Improvement Show. I’m Tom Kraeutler.
LESLIE: And I’m Leslie Segrete.
TOM: Call us, right now, with your home progress question at 888 -MONEY-PIT or post it to The Money Pit’s Facebook page at Facebook.com/ TheMoneyPit, just like Andrew in Colorado did.
LESLIE: That’s claim. Now, Andrew writes: “I recently realized that my second-floor bathroom exhaust fan simply transmits the aura from my bathroom directly into my attic. Should I worry about this? ”
TOM: Well, yeah. It’s a really bad idea. First of all, you’re sending hot, muggy air into a very cold space through the winter months, which means you’re was just going to get moisture, ocean, as in rot and decay and even mold. So, very bad idea to vent things into an attic. What you want to do is increase that duct to the exterior of the home.
Some houses don’t even have expressed fans, which is silly. They expect you to open the window in January to show out the bathroom. But in your case, you’ve got one. You simply need to extend it out to the side of the chamber of representatives. Probably through a gable wall at the end of the building is the most common place to do that.
So, definitely don’t live with that- especially in Colorado, Andrew- because you’re going to be starting some real serious moisture problems.
LESLIE: Alright. Next up, we’ve came Stan in Ohio who writes: “My timber garage door doesn’t seal when down. And anytime it sprinkles or snows, liquid comes in under the door. Constituent of the problem is that the flooring is ascent and doesn’t allow a ended seal. How do I deposit this? ”
TOM: Well, since it’s a timber doorway, what I would do is actually raise the door down to the what I presume is a concrete slab. And I would detect that floor direction onto the door and then mostly trimmed the door a little bit so that it now is flush with the angle of the flooring. This room, when you set a new close on it, it’ll fit perfectly all the way across that storey surface.
It’s simply like when you’re trying to fit a entrance. Sometimes you’ve got to cut the door to fit the opening. In such a case, you’ve got to cut the door to fit the floor.
LESLIE: Alright. Good tip.
TOM: Well, did you know that the expanses you sleep on can have a big impact on whether or not you’re actually getting a full night’s sleep? Leslie has tips on the best bedding for coming some serious shut-eye, in today’s edition of Leslie’s Last Word.
LESLIE: Yeah. You know, comfort quilt runs a long way toward a good night’s sleep. But wading through all those thread tallies and fibers really is enough to procreate sure that you actually need a siestum right there.
But before you drop those dollars in upscale linens, you want to know exactly what each one offers and what their impediments are.
Now, bamboo sheets. They aren’t just soft. In fact, they’re sometimes compared to cashmere. And they’re actually going to get softer the longer you to be maintained. But if they’re from China- and most bamboo membranes are- there’s a chance that they are from an uncertified plant. So, hop-skip bamboo sheets if everything this doubts about where they are from is just going to help you stay awake more at night with the worry.
Another good alternative is organic Egyptian cotton sheets. They’re super sought after and with good reason. They’re soft, they’re sturdy, they’re breathable. They’re good for anyone who gets warm in the middle of the light. But if you adoration the sight of a crisp bed, you’ve got to pass on Egyptian cotton because it puckers very easily and it always appear a little bit unkempt. And I’m telling you, I’ve ironed more pillowcases and precisely the top one-quarter of a flat expanse to know that I don’t was intended to do that every day.
LESLIE: Now, other options, as these comfort sheets get, are nurtured silk expanses. And they’re the ultimate in softness. But even if you can afford to splurge on this item, the long-term cost might be more than you bargained for. Because silk sheets, they can be easily damaged by maybe a jagged toenail or a fingernail or even if you just have rough skin on your joints or your heels. And is everything all right, guys, everybody’s got bumpy heels. We all do. So silk sheets had not been able to the choice for you.
And forget about expending the washer and dryer to scavenge them. These membranes are going to need to be hand-washed or dry-cleaned. And then they’ve got to be air-dried, so that’s a lot of work. But I’m telling you, a silk membrane is wonderful even though it is you time use it for a pillowcase, because it does wonders for your fuzz and your skin on your face. Clearly worth noting. So if you’re going to invest in silk, maybe only stick to a pillowcase.
TOM: This is The Money Pit Home Improvement Show on aura and online at MoneyPit.com. Coming up next time on the programmes, do heating costs send a chill down your sticker even when your house is heated? If you are sick of paying a bale to heat your place, we’re going to have gratuities for spending less, 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 make love alone.
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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’re here to help you with your home improvement project. It’s our job to help you maximize the financial and the functional and the aesthetic value of your home. We’re going to try to educate and inspire you with home improvement tips and ideas to help you get those projects done. And if you’ve got an improvement planned, working inside or out, now is the time to do it. That’s why we call this the “Goldilocks season,” because it’s not too hot, it’s not too cold, right? Just like the nursery rhyme, it’s just right. So, whether you’re working inside or out, pick up the phone, give us a call with your questions at 1-888-MONEY-PIT or post them online to our Community page at MoneyPit.com.
Coming up on today’s show, now that temperatures have dropped, are you feeling the chill through your walls and windows and doors? You know, finding the source of those drafts can be tricky, so we’re going to give you some tips to help you hunt them down and seal them up, just ahead.
LESLIE: And also coming up this hour, when it comes to maintaining your home, painting is probably the most basic of do-it-yourself projects out there. But it’s also a project that can go terribly wrong if you don’t do just three things before you start. What are those three things? Well, we will tell you those steps, in just a bit.
TOM: And are you ready to fire up your fireplace for the first time this season? That’s exciting. But before you do, we’re going to have the how-to you need to know to make sure your chimney, your damper and your firebox are all safe.
But first, give us a call right now. That number is 1-888-MONEY-PIT. We are ready to help you with your home improvement questions.
LESLIE: We’ve got Sandra in Maryland on the line and she’s got a really old house and an electrical problem. What’s happening at your money pit?
SANDRA: A hundred-and-three years old.
TOM: Oh. That’s great. That’s a good age for houses. It’s just starting to get seasoned. Settling in a bit.
SANDRA: Oh, it settles a lot.
TOM: Yeah, I bet, I bet. So, has the wiring been updated at all or is it original? Is it knob-and-tube? What kind of wiring do you have?
SANDRA: I have a mix of knob-and-tube and some updated. What’s down in the walls, I think, is still knob-and-tube.
SANDRA: Some of the stuff that’s more out has been replaced.
TOM: And what are you planning to do? What’s precipitating this question? Is this just a general concern about safety? Are you doing some other remodeling?
SANDRA: Well, what I’ve done is started redoing the kitchen.
SANDRA: And I took up the seven layers of linoleum and got all the creosote out and got all the stuff that probably I shouldn’t have been inhaling out of the kitchen. And we sanded the floors and kept the original, old, wood floors. And the paneling in the kitchen I’m not willing to tear down because it’s horsehair plaster behind it. And every time you touch the wall, you hear stuff fall.
SANDRA: So, I’m not willing to replace it. We painted the paneling and I want to put new floorboard trim around. But all of the wiring – it’s those big, black wires that go from one outlet to another outlet.
TOM: Let me give you some advice on this because it is time to update that wiring. First of all, any existing knob-and-tube wiring is very dangerous and here’s why: when it gets to be 100 years old, the insulation on that wiring is very dried out, very brittle, very crumbly. I can’t tell you how many times, in the 20 years I spent as a home inspector, that I found that kind of wiring in a house and often found burn marks – very frightening – burn marks on the framing that surrounded it.
So, you definitely want to deactivate that wiring. You don’t have to physically pull it out of the walls as long as it’s not electrified. And then, of course, you want to update that with new, modern wiring that’s consistent with current electrical code.
Now, for the kitchen, you really want to do something different than what would’ve been done when the home was originally built. It had wiring but it had all of that kitchen, I’m sure, on one circuit. And that’s why an older home, sometimes, when you’re in a kitchen, you often see the lights dim when the refrigerators kick on, because they’re both – major appliance and lighting are on the same circuit.
You want to have one circuit for your appliances – your dishwasher, your refrigerator – perhaps even more than one circuit for that and then a separate circuit for lighting and outlets. And of course, all of the outlets also should be ground-fault protected because this is a wet location. And ground-fault protection protects you from receiving a shock if you were using an appliance that shorted or had any other type of electrical incident that occurred.
So, you are smart to be concerned about this. It is something that you should take care of, whether you do it one room at a time or the entire house at a time. You know, that’s going to be up to time and budget. But you should have on your overall remodeling plan the need to get rid of that knob-and-tube and completely de-energize it, because it is unsafe for the reasons I stated.
And also, by the way, that particular wiring is not grounded nor is it groundable. So that’s another reason it’s unsafe. It’s just the way it was done back then.
SANDRA: I think some of the kitchen had been done because I did have an electrician friend come in and install some new outlets. And he just ran from one to the next and I do have different circuit breakers downstairs and all that kind of stuff. But one of the things that when – I do have – I think the one wall hasn’t been done. I know that sounds odd. But when they have the wires that are out – the big, black wires going across on any of the wires – and I don’t want them to go behind the wall, because they can’t without damaging the wall. Do I need to put those metal covers over them before I can put the trim board down so I don’t …?
TOM: Well, if you have – if you’re talking about the original knob-and-tube wiring being big black wires, you can’t bury that. That’s very unsafe and here’s why: knob-and-tube wiring – the reason – and by the way, for those that are not familiar with this, if you’ve ever seen an old house where wires seem to be strung on little ceramic posts that stick off the side of beams, those are the knobs. And then where the wires go through the framing, there’s a ceramic tube. And that’s the tube. That’s why it’s called “knob-and-tube.”
And the reason that it sticks off the beam, Sandra, is because it has to be air-cooled. So that’s why you can’t bury knob-and-tube wiring under trim. You can’t even put insulation around it because it makes it doubly unsafe.
SANDRA: So if it’s the big, black wire, then I know I’ve still got original knob-and-tube in there.
TOM: I would have your electrician come in and determine where that wire’s being energized, make sure that if it’s knob-and-tube, it is completely disconnected and then run whatever you have to do from there. And if you can only do it one room at a time, you’ll be just that much more safe. But if you could do the whole house, then just do it.
SANDRA: OK. Great. Thank you so much. I appreciate it.
TOM: You’re welcome, Sandra. Good luck with that project.
LESLIE: James in Texas is on the line and having some issues with a window. What’s going on?
JAMES: Well, I have a 1928 brick-veneer home in Texas. It’s on the Register of Historic Properties in Texas, so the exterior of the house is dedicated to the public. I have problems with condensation on the interior window pane.
JAMES: It’s a single-pane and I’m looking for some kind of an option to reduce the condensation and not alter the window casing.
TOM: OK. So, you have single-pane windows? Is that what you’re saying?
JAMES: Correct. Yes.
TOM: Ah. And you have condensation inside those windows because they’re not very efficient. So there’s no insulation in the windows at all.
JAMES: Correct. So when we have a change in temperature, that’s when the condensation occurs.
TOM: Of course, yeah. Because if it gets cold outside and you have warm, moist air inside, it strikes the windows and condenses. And that’s why you get the condensation. So the only way to change that scenario is to either insulate the window, which you don’t want to do, or to potentially reduce the amount of condensation and humidity inside your house.
What kind of heating system do you have? Is it forced hot air?
JAMES: It’s central air and heat.
TOM: OK. So, you could consider installing what’s called a “whole-house dehumidifier.” This is an appliance that’s installed into that duct run. And when it’s activated, it actually takes out quite a bit of humidity and moisture out of the air. Some of the ones that I’ve seen can take out – is it 50, 60 pints of water a day? So a lot of water can come out of that. And it’s not inexpensive but it is a solution.
Other things that you could do would be to take some steps to try to reduce the amount of moisture that forms in the house by improving the grading and the drainage at the foundation perimeter. Because as water sits around the house, it soaks into the foundation and that ends up converting to water vapor and adds to the humidity inside the house. And of course, making sure you’re always using exhaust fans in the bathrooms and exhaust fans in the kitchen that actually vent outside.
So, that’s really – it really comes down to that. You’ve got to reduce humidity or you have to increase the insulation.
JAMES: OK. I appreciate your help.
TOM: Alright. Good luck with that project. Thanks so much for calling us at 888-MONEY-PIT.
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TOM: Up next, drafts in your home can make you very uncomfortable. But they’re easy to fix if you can find them. We’ll have a Fall Energy-Savings Tip to tell you how to spot the leaky places drafts can turn up and how to seal them for good, 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: Here to help you with your home improvement projects. Pick up the phone and call us at 1-888-MONEY-PIT presented by HomeAdvisor, the fast and easy way to find the right pro for any kind of home project, whether it’s a small repair or a major remodel.
LESLIE: Now we’ve got Sandy in Texas on the line who’s got a question about texturing drywall. Tell us about your project.
SANDY: I stripped the wallpaper in our kitchen and so it’s down to sheetrock. And we’d like to put texture in it but I’d like to do it as simply as possible. So I’ve heard that you can put texture into paint and I’d like some more information about that or what you recommend.
TOM: It is possible, right, Leslie, to use an additive in paint? But frankly, we usually get the opposite question. Most people call us wanting to take the texture away.
So I would say, Sandy, are you really sure you want to do this? Because once it gets on there, it’s hard to make it go away.
SANDY: Right. Yes. Our other walls have some texture. And it’s not a heavy texture. It’s just a little bit to make it just not the flat sheetrock.
LESLIE: And it’s a texture in the paint or it’s an actual texture within the drywall itself, almost like a stippling?
SANDY: Well, I’d rather not go that route: the stippling or spackling. I’d like to add some texture to the paint just to give the walls something other than the smooth drywall.
LESLIE: Well, there’s a couple of different techniques that you can use. First, there’s something called a “linen technique.” That’s done with almost like a wallpaper brush: sort of a very short, stiff bristle that’s, you know, maybe 12 inches to 18 inches wide. And you put the paint on and then you sort of drag that brush through. And that gives you a linear texture to it. And that can kind of look like wallpaper and you can do it with one color or do a base color and then let that dry and then put a thinner coat on top and then drag that line through.
You could do something that’s almost called a – I guess it is actually called a “Venetian plaster.” But that involves sort of marbling the texture on and burnishing it and rubbing it and it really is a heavier coat of paint and plaster. But that gives a really interesting sort of cloudy, textural look that sometimes has a high shine to it. There’s a sueded texture. I think Ralph Lauren is one of the paints that makes that. And that has – it really does look like suede. It has that sort of rubbed, softer, matte-looking texture to it. There’s a sanded finish where there’s actual sand in the paint. Sometimes that can feel a little rough, almost like a sandpaper. But that gives a nice texture, too.
They all have different application techniques. So if I were looking at a paint that has a specific texture in a home center, I’d make sure that I really read those directions and looked at what that manufacturer was recommending for the application process and get those correct tools and do the proper prep work for it. Because some of those textures are kind of labor intensive for a DIYer and you want to make sure you get it right.
SANDY: Absolutely. OK. Well, I will look into the things you’ve suggested here and make a decision then.
TOM: I hope that helps you out.
SANDY: It does. Thank you so much.
LESLIE: Well, now that we are entering heating season and maybe a lot of you are already using the heat in full swing this time of year, you really want to try and get the most out of your energy dollar. And to do that, you’ve got to keep out drafts. But those drafts aren’t always just found in really obvious places.
TOM: Yeah. Now, my favorite place that sneaky drafts happen are switch plates and outlets on exterior walls. Air gets into those walls and those drafts from the outside will just zip right in to the inside if they’re not properly sealed.
But the fix is very simple. You can pick up some precut foam gaskets – they’re available at home centers and hardware stores; they’re literally pennies a piece – and then slip them under the cover plates. They do a great job of keeping those drafts out.
LESLIE: I mean truly, it’s one of the least expensive improvements that you can make that will make a very noticeable difference in your expenses, which is just amazing to me.
The other thing, if you find that you have larger gaps on those exterior walls, you can try and fill those up with an expandable foam. Now, that’s going to stop the airflow but in a lot of cases, it’s not going to stop any rodents or pests from coming in. So if you want to do that, as well, you can mix in a little steel wool just to sort of strengthen it up and keep the little rodent guys from chewing their way in.
TOM: Yeah, good point. So, lots of ways to try to cut back on those drafts. But I tell you what, they do add up. So get them done now before it gets too terribly cold. You’ll be a lot more comfortable all winter long.
LESLIE: Vincent, you’ve got The Money Pit. How can we help you today?
VINCENT: I have got an issue with a leaking ceiling. Not sure if it’s coming from my roof or from my air conditioners. Doesn’t do it all the time but sometimes, when it rains, it comes down. And then other times, when it’s not raining, it comes down. So we’re kind of at a loss.
We’ve got a metal roof on it. It’s an older-structure house.
VINCENT: I’m just thinking maybe the drip edge at the – going where it goes into the gutter and (inaudible). I’ve not had any luck, because I’ll think I have it fixed and then it’ll come – the rain – and it comes in again.
TOM: It comes in again, right.
TOM: So, what have you been doing it to fix it? Have you been sealing the seams in the metal roof?
VINCENT: Yeah. We got up and put some caulking and stuff along where the edges and stuff were. And it’s supposed to be a 20-year roof and we’ve only had it on the house probably about 8 years.
TOM: Well, wait a minute. So if this is a metal roof, it’s supposed to be a 100-year roof. Metal roofs last a long time.
Here’s what I would do. I would try to make it leak. So I would go up there – can you get up there in that area with a hose?
TOM: OK. So I would try to make it leak. So I would try a normal, light-duty rainfall when it falls down from the top and see if that does anything. And then I would try some directional pressure against those seams and see if I can figure out what type of driving rainstorm is coming in here. Because I suspect it is due to the rain driving in on those. And it might be trapped in there and that’s why maybe it comes out days later after a rainfall. I don’t know. But I think what you’re going to have to do is to try to figure out what part of that is breaking down.
And then once you do, if you’ve already gone the caulk route, I would suggest taking apart that section of the roof and then putting it back together with the proper sealants to make sure you get it done once and for all.
VINCENT: Right. OK. OK.
TOM: Alright? And that’s the way to approach that.
VINCENT: Yeah. We’ve got to repair the ceiling but we’re not going to repair the ceiling until we get the (inaudible).
TOM: Yeah. No, you don’t want to do that until you know you’ve got this leak done. Yeah.
And by the way, when you do repair that ceiling, make sure you use primer on it. Because if you don’t prime over leak stains, they’re going to come right through the finish paint, OK?
VINCENT: Yeah. Actually, I think what we’re going to do is put up a lip siding or a – not a paneling but it’s a plank that’ll go up and get rid of the popcorn that’s up there right now. It’s got a popcorn ceiling.
TOM: Oh, yeah. Well, listen, you know the four most expensive words in home improvement: while you’re at it.
VINCENT: Yeah. See you.
TOM: Alright. Good luck with that project. Thanks so much for calling us at 888-MONEY-PIT.
LESLIE: Lee in Kansas on the line with a concrete question. Tell us what you are working on.
LEE: I’m in an old house that I got in a survivorship and it’s got an old – probably was built in the 60s. I’m in the prairie of Kansas. It has an entryway concrete porch that just keeps cracking and cracking due to earthquakes. We had a pretty good one a week or so ago and now it’s really unlevel. Some of the cracks are small enough that I could fill and aren’t unlevel. And I was just wondering – because I don’t live near a Lowe’s or a Home Depot or anything like that. I think it’s like an hour-and-a-half drive away. There’s a local hardware store about 10 miles.
Can you fill small cracks with QUIKRETE or do you need concrete or Sakrete? I don’t know what the differences are.
TOM: OK. So, first of all, the type of repair material you use is different than the type of material you would use if you were, say, pouring a new concrete slab. And you mentioned QUIKRETE. That’s a great brand and they have a wide variety of repair products. You have the option to repair the cracks. You could also resurface that concrete. There’s a product for that. And in all cases, the difference between that type of a product – a repair product and the original sort of concrete product – is that the repair products are designed to adhere to the original concrete base. If anything is loose, of course, you have to pop that out and restore it.
But short of that, there are plenty of concrete-repair products that are out there and you’re going to obviously have to get yourself to a hardware store or lumberyard to find it. You could do some research online at their website. But you want to make sure you choose a repair product, because it is designed specifically to adhere to those surfaces.
LEE: OK. Thank you so much. Alright.
TOM: Good luck. 888-666-3974.
LESLIE: Coming up, when it comes to maintaining your home, painting is the most basic of DIY projects. You think it’s easy, guys, but it’s also a project that can go terribly wrong if you don’t do just three things before you start. We’re going to share those steps, just ahead, in today’s Building with Confidence Tip presented by Rocket Mortgage by Quicken Loans, next.
TOM: Making good homes better, 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 weekend day? If it’s your house, if it’s your home, you’re in exactly the right place because we’re here to help you every step of the way. Got a question? Got a tip? Give us a call, right now, at 1-888-MONEY-PIT.
LESLIE: Tony in Tennessee is on the line who came home to a mystery flood. Tell us about it. And hopefully, there wasn’t too much damage.
TONY: I’d been gone for about a week. I turned the master water valve off, the water supply to my house. Been gone for about a week, came back, went – and it’s a split-foyer, pretty fair-size house. So came in through the garage, came into – straight through into my man’s den and I hear the sound of dripping water, which is obviously never a good sound. So I go back to the far end of the house, away from the garage, and the whole downstairs has a substantial amount of water in it. And I look up and it’s dripping down from the ceiling and really, directly onto my big-screen TV at that point.
LESLIE: That’s not good.
TONY: That’s no – not good. So I packed myself up the stairs, so it’s – on the very far end of the house is our washroom. The washing-machine tub is full of water and overflowing. And that was the source of the water.
TOM: When you say washing, you mean the slop sink? Was that taking the discharge of the washer or was the washer itself overfilling – overflowing?
TONY: The washer itself.
TOM: So you’re basically saying that you were away and when you came back, you found this water had collected into – in the laundry area because the washer was filled up with water and that was overflowing and leaking down through the house, right on your flat-screen TV. Is that correct? Have I got it right?
TONY: That’s correct.
TOM: But the main water valve was turned off?
TONY: Yes. And when I looked at all this, I thought, “I’m sure I turned the water valve off.” I went to the nearest faucet, turned it on, nothing. No water pressure, everything – there was no water pressure in the lines of my house.
TOM: Well, that is a mystery, is it not?
TONY: My only theory is that when you come in the garage to downstairs, there is a bathroom there and that’s where the washing – correction, that’s where the hot-water heater is. So it’s basically mid-range of the house, on the bottom level.
TONY: The washing machine is on the upper-level far end of the house. And this is about a 5,000-square-foot house. So, pretty good-size house. Only thing I can ever have come up with is it created, somehow, some type of a siphon and it had siphoned water from the hot-water heater.
TOM: Right. Yeah.
TONY: All the plumbers, everybody I’ve ever talked to said, “No way. No, it’s impossible.”
TONY: I said, “Well, give me your alternative,” and nobody ever has. So I thought Tom and Leslie could.
TOM: That is quite a mystery, my friend. Quite a mystery. There would be water in the pipes but it doesn’t seem like it’s enough to do what you’re saying it did.
The other thing I was thinking about is whether or not that was wastewater and it backed up from the street, because that’s not controlled by a valve.
TONY: There’s no odor to it.
TOM: Yeah. Yeah. Well, I mean it depends on how the plumbing system is designed. If it’s only one waste pipe, yeah, it would be stinky. But if you had a gray-water pipe, it would not be stinky.
But I don’t have any other ideas from that than that. I was kind of thinking that siphon idea but it’s still an extraordinary set of circumstances. And it’s never happened again, is that right?
TONY: It has not. But again, I’ve always now, since then, turned the valves off so that no water could get to the washing machine.
TOM: Yeah. Right. And that’s smart. That’s the way you normally would do it, yeah.
Because I was going to say – is that I know that, sometimes, even when you turn faucets off, you can get – you can still get water that leaks through, because I’ve seen this happen. In fact, my mom lives in Florida half the year. And one year, she got a letter from the water company saying that she’d used 10,000 gallons of water. Problem was she wasn’t there for that month. And I’m like, “Where did that 10,000 gallons of water go?” And I knew that we had turned off valves.
Well, it turned out that one of the valves was not completely off and it was leaking through the toilet. So, thankfully, it went down the drain but even, sometimes, when you think the water is off, it’s not. And I do wonder if some – if that could have played part of this scenario that you’ve experienced.
But I thank you for sharing it with us. I don’t have an a-ha moment but I think I can speculate as good as the next guy. And that’s kind of what I’m thinking at this point.
Good luck with that project. Thanks so much for calling us at 888-MONEY-PIT.
LESLIE: Well, when it comes to maintaining your home, painting or even staining wood surfaces is really important to keep your siding and trim in good shape. Well, painting is a task that’s really among the most basic of do-it-yourself projects. It’s also one where a simple mistake can lead to a really big headache.
TOM: Yeah. And the key is it comes down to preparation. Weathered surfaces need to be cleaned and any loose paint needs to be removed before you even think about opening that can of paint. Now, if not, here’s what’s going to happen: that new paint is not going to stick to that old paint and your efforts will be totally wasted. Or it might stick to the paint but if the paint doesn’t stick to the wood, guess what? It’s all going to peel off, including new paint. So prep is really key.
LESLIE: Next, it’s always smart to apply a coat of primer first. A lot of people skip this step but don’t. The primer is formulated differently than paint that’s meant to be that topcoat. It’s got better adhesion, so it’s going to stick to the old surfaces and then prevent the new paint from peeling.
TOM: And third, for the best finished look, you want to make sure you choose the right kind of paintbrush. Now, natural-bristle brushes are best for applying oil-based paints. But for latex, synthetic-bristle brushes deliver the best results. And they’re going to help maintain the value of your home.
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LESLIE: Anna in Delaware is on the line with a painting question. What can we do for you today?
ANNA: We painted around the bottom of our house, the foundation, with cement and sand.
ANNA: And what I want to know, can we paint over that with regular paint or would that bleed through?
TOM: The cement-and-sand mix is like a stucco mix, right? And is that sticking to that foundation? Is it breaking off in any way or is it still solid?
ANNA: No, no. It’s in good shape but I wanted – I really wanted to paint it. Some of the neighbors paint it and they look nice. Would it be OK?
TOM: OK. So what you need to do is you need to prime it first. You need to use a masonry primer. That’s really important.
ANNA: But do you have to sand that out?
TOM: No. As long as it’s intact, OK?
ANNA: Yeah, it’s in good shape, yeah.
TOM: Then you need to prime it first, because the primer is what’s going to make the top right – make the top layer of paint stick, so to speak. So you prime it first, let the primer dry really, really well. And then you can put on the topcoat of an exterior-quality paint on top of that and it should be fine. But just remember, after paint comes repaint. So, once you paint it the first time, you’re going to have to paint it again and again as years go by.
ANNA: Yeah, OK. You put the primer on first.
TOM: That’s the key. Make sure it’s primed.
ANNA: OK. Use primer first. OK. That’s what I wanted to know.
TOM: Alright, Anna. Good luck with that project. Thanks so much for calling us at 888-MONEY-PIT.
LESLIE: Hey, it’s fall. Are you guys looking forward to that first crackling fire of the season? Well, hold that match until you’re sure your fireplace and chimney are safe and secure. We’ll tell you what to look for, after this.
TOM: Making good homes better, welcome back to The Money Pit Home Improvement Show. I’m Tom Kraeutler.
LESLIE: And I’m Leslie Segrete.
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Well, whether you’ve used your fireplace yet this season or not, don’t light another match just yet. Fireplaces and chimneys have a big job to do and making sure they’re up for it is really the key to your family’s safety.
LESLIE: Now, seasonal chimney maintenance ensures that the smoke, the fire, embers and ashes will all stay contained in your fireplace and chimney. It also checks for creosote. Now, that’s a highly combustible buildup that can lead to chimney fires. You should really be checking your chimney for creosote at least once a year or after about 80 fires.
You should head on over to a super-useful website for the Chimney Safety Institute of America and they will help you find a certified chimney sweep.
TOM: And even if a safe fireplace exists, it can always use some backup. So what you might want to do is place a non-flammable rug in front of the fireplace to keep loose sparks from damaging your floors or worse. Or better yet, use a screen and that will help keep those sparks from popping out.
LESLIE: And here’s another thing: if you don’t already have chimney caps, you need them. You have to have them installed to your home to keep wildlife from using your chimney as a passageway into your house.
I had a squirrel do it, literally, the first season we owned our house. Luckily, we had those fireplace covers – you know, the doors that closed – to keep the fire contained. Because we heard a thud and then a pound-pound-pound-pound-pound. It was a squirrel. So, truly, put those caps on the chimney unless you want some unwanted visitors.
TOM: And finally, let’s talk about the firebox. Now, that’s the area where the logs burn. It needs to be cleaned at least once a week during the months you use the fireplace. Leave about an inch of ash; that kind of acts as insulation.
But clean that firebox free of ash during the months you use it and never, ever, ever, ever leave those ashes in anything but a metal ash bucket. And you need to store that well away from your home. I can’t tell you how many times we hear about tragic fires that occur when people take ashes out of fireplaces and think that they’re out but actually, they’re lit and can stay hot for a really long time.
I’ve had fire pits have ash in it that maybe we used for one night and then the next day it rained all day. And the next night, we decided to use it and guess what? It was still hot inside that, even after a rainstorm. So, you really can never tell. Be very careful with those ashes; they do cause a lot of fires.
LESLIE: Alright. Now we’ve got Barry in Iowa on the line who’s got a question about a bathroom with carpeting. And I know your question is really about a pet but bathroom with carpeting?
What’s going on, Barry?
BARRY: Well, the dogs were locked up in the bathroom when we went shopping. So when we came back, they had torn a hole. It wasn’t a big hole but it was probably 2½ inches by 3 inches long. And I can’t cover it no way and so I was wanting to tear the carpet up and put in new carpet because I can’t match the old carpet. And then – but I don’t know how to put a threshold down in there.
TOM: Well, first of all, putting carpet in a bathroom is generally a bad idea because, obviously, it doesn’t mix with the moisture, even if it’s an indoor/outdoor-style carpet. I don’t know what you have. But I would recommend against carpet in a bathroom. So, the dogs may have done you a favor, because it’s forcing you to take that carpet up. Your question is: how do you put a threshold in the door so that you would have a clean edge?
Yeah, well, you certainly – what you basically do is you put in a doorsill there. And it sits even with the door when it’s closed, so it’s about as thick as the door, plus another inch or so. So it’s usually a couple of inches thick. And it may be higher on one side where the carpet is and lower on the other side where the floor is.
But it’s a pretty standard piece of carpentry work or a pretty standard piece of a carpet-installation project. And I would recommend that you remove that carpet from the bathroom and put in a different type of flooring. What’s underneath that carpet? Is there tile under there now?
BARRY: No, it’s a cement slab. It’s a slab house.
TOM: OK. So then what you might want to think about doing is putting in something like a laminate floor.
Now, laminate can look like tile or it could look like stone. But it’s very moisture-resistant, so it’s a terrific choice for the bathroom. And if you want something to kind of warm it up, then put a throw rug on top of it. But I wouldn’t put carpet back.
BARRY: Yeah. Well, that’s what we were thinking, too.
TOM: Yep. Very simple step. Putting in a doorsill is all you need to do. And if you don’t know how to do it yourself, I’m sure your installer can help.
BARRY: I don’t have to nail the threshold to the door – I mean to the floor?
TOM: Oh, no. It’ll be secured to the floor but there’s lots of ways to do that. There’s a way that you can screw through the threshold with a special screw called a Tapcon fastener. And it will secure it to the floor. There are ways.
LESLIE: And then there’s a piece that snaps over it. There is – if you go into your home center, – Home Depot, Lowe’s or whatever you’ve got near you – in the flooring aisle, there’s going to be – at the end, you’ll see wood, metal. They’ll be called “transitions.” It’ll be from carpet to wood. It’ll have all the varieties of one surface to the other surface and all the different ways to install them. They’re pretty easy.
BARRY: Oh. Well, thank you, guys, for the information and I hope you have a good day.
LESLIE: Alright. Thanks so much for calling The Money Pit.
Hey, are you thinking about putting your house on the market? We’re going to highlight design trends that can actually help sell your home, after this.
TOM: Making good homes better, this is The Money Pit Home Improvement Show. I’m Tom Kraeutler.
LESLIE: And I’m Leslie Segrete.
TOM: Give us a call, right now, with your home improvement questions at 1-888-MONEY-PIT presented by HomeAdvisor. You can find out what it costs to do your home project before you hire a pro and instantly book one of HomeAdvisor’s top-rated pros, for free, at HomeAdvisor.com.
LESLIE: Alright. But you’ve got two pros right here answering questions from The Money Pit Community section.
Now, Carol in Utah writes: “What should I do if I believe something was overlooked or just wrong in my new home’s report from the home inspector? I just discovered that I don’t have enough insulation in my attic. Shouldn’t I have been told that?”
TOM: You know, as a guy who was a home inspector for a good part of 20 years, I’d say no. It would have been a good advice to have but the fact that you don’t have enough insulation is – I mean first of all, whether or not you have “enough” is going to depend on when that house was built, because energy-efficiency standards change every couple of years. And almost all older homes could use more insulation. But I don’t think that’s a defect.
Look, if your floors had big holes in them and he didn’t tell you that, that’s one thing. But the fact that maybe you need some more insulation, it’s kind of an improvement, alright? So, I don’t think that that’s necessarily a defect of the home inspection report.
But here’s how you can tell for sure. If you go to the website for the American Society of Home Inspectors – that’s ASHI – A-S-H-I – .org or I think it’s also HomeInspector.org – you can download there these standards of practice for the home inspectors. And that basically – it says what should be and what’s not included in a home inspection. So it’s very clear as to what every element is that should be inspected. And you can kind of compare that against your inspection report and give you a better sense as to whether or not the pro you hired did the job that he or she was hired to do.
LESLIE: Alright. Next up, we’ve got a post here from Kate in Texas who writes: “I have an old ceramic-tile floor in my bathroom. A couple of tiles are chipped but I’m sure the manufacturer isn’t making them anymore. What can I do besides putting in a whole new floor?”
Well, Kate, sometimes you can alternate patterns in tiles. So maybe if you want to pop out the ones that are chipped and pop out a couple more to make something that looks like it’s there on purpose and put a new tile in – otherwise, reach out to the manufacturer. You never know. And there are a couple places online that you can send that tile to and they will match it for you.
TOM: Well, we see home trends come and home trends go but it seems that some changes are here to stay.
And Leslie, you’ve got some details on some that are going to stick around for a while, in today’s edition of Leslie’s Last Word.
LESLIE: That’s right. Now, you guys, if you’re planning on putting your home on the market soon, there are a few key design trends that you should be aware of to help sell that home as quickly as possible. That’s really the goal: you list the house, you want to sell it fast. Don’t give yourself any time to rethink the whole thing. Get it over with.
Now, the key word here to remember, guys, is flexibility. Your rooms need to be able to be easily converted into another kind of space. Those potential buyers that are walking into your house, they want to see that they can accommodate someone who works from home, maybe an aging parent, a boomerang child just coming home from college. So many other different scenarios play out every day in everybody’s lives, so you want somebody who’s walking in the door as a potential buyer to look at your house and see those options.
Now, you might also think about adding some elements of universal design. Baby boomers are aging and not only are they caring for their elderly parents, they also want to know that their home can accommodate them themselves as their needs change with their own aging.
So, be flexible. Make those opportunities in your home so that you can see those offers coming in.
TOM: This is The Money Pit Home Improvement Show. Coming up next time on the program, when those leaves finally take a dive, it’s usually because of a massive rainstorm. And all of that wet fall mess, it has the potential for a very dangerous invader to form in your house and that’s mold. So we’re going to talk about how you can get rid of mold, when it’s a DIY project or when a pro is required and also whether or not you can get some insurance coverage on mold cleanups. That’s all coming up on the very next edition of The Money Pit.
But for now, that’s all the time we have. 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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Bedrooms are often the last room in the house to get some decorating love. But with the right planning and bedroom decorating ideas, this space can become a personal sanctuary that calms, centers and energizes.
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Lighten your outlook. Any room makeover calls for a fresh look at lighting. Survey the bedroom as a whole, as well as specific task needs. The lighting requirements in your new activity area will differ greatly from your dressing and your sleeping areas. For extra convenience and added ambiance in your bedroom retreat, consider putting your primary bedroom lights on a dimmer switch.
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