Keeping Kids Safe Online

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.

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Coming up on today’s support, have you ever thought about the dozens of produces that you need, only to keep your house clean, and all the hassles and outlay of buying them and then throwing away all those empty bottles and cans? Well, we’re starting to have tips-off on an inventive solution that’s non-toxic and versatile for abuse on a variety of surfaces, precisely ahead.

LESLIE: And also onward this hour, with the internet everywhere we go, it touches practically every aspect of our children’s lives. So to be maintained safe online is a great topic for many parents. We’re going to have some tips-off on a stress-free, easy-to-install solution.

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Let’s get to it. Leslie, who’s first?

LESLIE: Elizabeth in New Jersey, you’ve came The Money Pit. How can we help you today?

ELIZABETH: I have an outdoor shower and all of a sudden, the pressure merely travelled extremely, awfully low. So I didn’t know what to do with it.

LESLIE: And it’s the only fixture that the pressure has changed on?

ELIZABETH: The residual of the- my hoses are fine outside. You know, inside is fine.

LESLIE: Well, have you thought about taking the showerhead off and sort of disassembling it? Because you may have just some sort of sediment or something that’s came to see you through the tube and just sort of lodged itself at where the water outflow would come?

So if you unscrew the showerhead, then sort of start take that aerator apart- but remember the degree in which you’re taking things out, because it’s got to go back in, apparently, in the opposite order. And I would just start taking things out and cleansing things off, because there could be just some debris- I entail especially if it’s an outdoor shower- just something clogging it up in there. And that is generally does the joke. I would start there. Simply make sure you settled it all back in the rectify prescribe and it’ll work fine.

ELIZABETH: I beloved the outdoor shower. It’s the greatest.

LESLIE: Sal in North Carolina, you’ve got The Money Pit. What can we do for you?

SAL: Well, we had- the A/ C got a leak. The entire live- A/ C[ got a leak]( ph ). So, there’s a leakage in there and we were told the diagnosis. And they recommend we oust the whole A/ C organization in the house.

LESLIE: Like precisely the breath handler and compressing division or all of the ductwork, as well?

SAL: I think it’s time the condenser thing.

LESLIE: OK. How old is your unit?

SAL: Well, it’s old, like about 20 years old.

LESLIE: Oh, OK. So it’s time. OK.

SAL: So, I was wondering if there’s a recommended, economical firm that can supply- can replace the entire system, with economical, more. We live in Durham, North Carolina.

LESLIE: Well, you’re going to want to find a local HVAC contractor that you checked their notes and that you trust. Ask parties that you are aware. Ask parties in the neighborhood. Look online, maybe an Angie’s List. Check their invokes, call them up. And find individual that you feel comfortable with.

Now, when it is important to a manufacturer of a condensing force, Carrier is a magnificent firebrand. Trane is a incredible symbol. You genuinely want to look at things, such as energy efficiency. You want to make sure- now that you’re doing some work, you crave to make sure that it’s properly sized for your home. And the right HVAC contractor can calculate which size abbreviating legion you’re going to need for the amount of rooms and distance of the house that you’re actually trying to cool.

So you want to make sure that you’re looking for high energy efficiency. If there’s any rebates going on, ask those questions. A good HVAC contractor is going to know that and facilitate degree you for the purposes of which manufacturer has those becoming right now, as far as tax rebates. Those are things you really want to look into. But I say you can’t go wrong with a Carrier or a Trane.

SAL: Oh, good. But I have another question. Some manufacturers offer an insurance- two years of insurance- for the replacing. Do you want me to buy the insurance or it’s a new one, we don’t have to get insurance for that?

LESLIE: It depends. Now, usually, a brand-new piece of equipment is going to come with some kind of manufacturer’s guaranty. And you have to make sure and catch out what the expression on that is. And that’s typically included. I wouldn’t buy anything extended.

What I would be considered by is if there’s a service contract with the HVAC fellowship that’s doing the set. Because it’s a piece of equipment that you’re going to want to have looked at once a year. Levels are going to have to be checked. Everything is going to have to make sure it’s in top operating condition, number one, for the efficiency. But also, you want to make sure it’s cool on the working day that you need it to be cool.

So I think the money is better spent on an annual upkeep contract, because it’s going to include most of those things, as far as parts. Sometimes they include filters, sometimes they don’t. But you want to make sure that you get filters, because you do have to change those monthly and that’s in the return duct. But I speculate the money better expend, other than an extended warranty, would be on an annual service plan.

SAL: Oh, great. Thank you very much.

TOM: Alright. Well, good luck with that project. Thanks so much better for calling us at 888-MONEY-PIT.

LESLIE: Alright. Dorothy in New Jersey, you’ve got The Money Pit. How can we help you today?

DOROTHY: I respect “peoples lives” but when you have a centipede crawling up a wall, that left the basement coming up into the house, it gapes very ugly and unnerving. I understand they’re carnivores, so maybe they’d eat other defect but I don’t actually know how to be disposed of them. And likewise, I’d is curious to know about crickets, how I could catch them.

LESLIE: What kind of crickets are you talking about? Those weird-looking ones that hop-skip and they’re like giant in your vault? They look like ancient?

DOROTHY: The pitch-black ones that live outside but as soon as the offer is turns cold, they come in and you hear them singing in your garage.

LESLIE: Oh, OK. And you don’t want to kill anything, correct?

DOROTHY: Well, I approximate I could. But personally, I have a pet that munches crickets. I’d like to catch them. I read on the internet- I can’t seem to come up with a acces to captivate them. And we’re- I’d like to capture them and get them out.

The centipedes, I’m open to, you are aware, extermination.

LESLIE: Well, I was going to say, for your cellar, I would start by making sure that everything is sealed off. So if you have anything that protrudes through the foundation wall- dryer volcanoes, anything- make sure that it’s all shut around. Anything can come in through the tiniest opening. So whether you use an expandable foam or a steel woolen, you was intended to make a combination of things to close up every opening that you examine, because that’s how they’re getting in.

Now, once you’ve done that, if you witness a centipede in the house, I would suggest – you could take a vacuum and you are able to positioned a piece of pantyhose at the end of the intake hose. So before it gets into the bag or goes into the orbit, it gets caught in that little piece of pantyhose.

DOROTHY: Oh, that’s a good suggestion.

LESLIE: And you are able to vacuum-clean them into the pantyhose and then release them into the wild or whatever you like or feed the crickets to your lizard or snake friend.

Now, as far as the crickets in the garage, I would do the same. I’d make sure everything is sealed up. I don’t know of any kind of traps that you can place and leave and go and then collect any of the crickets. I’ve done- and I’ve seen this done with bait- with people who have crickets in the basement, solely the cave crickets. They make videotape and organize it sticky-side up all over the part bound of the chamber. And then the crickets, when they crawl in for the purposes of the walls, they get stuck to the tape.

Now, they’re still alive persist to the tape. I is normally think beings throw off the tape but you might be able to, I don’t know, feed them to your best friend that way?

DOROTHY: Right. OK. Thank you.

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LESLIE: And I’m Leslie Segrete.

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LESLIE: John in Kansas is on the line with an insularity question. What can we do for you today?

JOHN: Yes, I faced with a situation on a arched division over my living room. And it has no insulation in it; it’s sheetrocked. And I had one insulation attire came to see you and say they could blow insulation down in there in what they call a “hard pack” or something. It has no vapor barrier. Is that possible and is that a good way to go about it without having to take down the sheetrock and segregate it?

TOM: I think it’s probably a very bad thought because you’re not going to have any airflow in there. And whatever separation you throw in there is going to get soften and soaked and potentially rot.

Now, is there any isolation in that infinite right now whatsoever?


TOM: So you have a vaulted ceiling with perfectly no insulation. It’s covered with drywall now?

JOHN: Yes.

TOM: That’d be very odd that you would have no insulation whatsoever. Usually, you have not enough insulation.

JOHN: Well, it was a project that was started and incompleted. And I kind of presumed, you know, to finish it up and I noticed “they dont have” separation over that segment of the roof.

TOM: So, let me ask you a question: how large-hearted is this vaulted ceiling that you’re looking at?

JOHN: It goes up 8 hoofs and flattens off over 8 feet and then back up the other wall 8 feet.

TOM: So, it’s merely like 8×8?

JOHN: It’s 24 -foot long room and the grave goes up, moving feet, about 8 feet. And then it has about 8 guiding foot of flat and then back down the other side to match 8 feet.

TOM: Alright. So here’s a question: would you like to have a really effective insulation structure installed in that ceiling? I intend super effective, like this will make a major impact on your proposals kind of effective?

If so, what you’re going to need to do is remove the drywall. I would recommend you reversing the drywall ceiling and then have scatter sud installed.


TOM: Spray foam, you need less inches of it, in terms of the depth, to develop- to deliver the same R-value that you would need many more inches to do with fiberglass. And it doesn’t need ventilation. So, the spraying foam could be installed in that ceiling and actually make it super warm and comfortable. And then you could replace the drywall.

Now, depending on how much spray foam you was intended to put in there, what R-value you want to get- for example, if you gave 8 inches of spraying foam, that would give you an R-3 0. But if you wanted to go more than that, it actually may end up being deeper than the ceiling joists themselves. What you could do is add sort of an extension to the bottom of those ceiling joists to pick up some additional magnitude and load that entire bay up with the scatter foam.

Then formerly you threw the drywall on, you’ll see that there’s going to be a huge difference there, because now you’ve got a space that’s- you’ve converted that sort of area from a conditioned space to a non-conditioned opening in which you don’t need any breathing. And not only will it keep the warm air- the hot- in, it will keep cold breath from coming in because it shuts and isolates when you use spray foam.

We’ve got a great guidebook on our website. There’s a free download. It’s called The Money Pit Guide to Insulation. And it hands you the pluses and minuses of the four or five major the different types of insulation that’s out there. Why don’t you download that? Take a look and you can stimulate your decision from there.

JOHN: Well, I acknowledge you making my call.

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LESLIE: Kathy in Texas, you’ve get The Money Pit. What can we do for you today?

KATHY: Hi, I have a basement- exterior basement space that I need to try to waterproof some acces. The mansion was building up about 1924 and landscaping and adjacent drainage troubles have been an issue in the past. But it is also necessary try to somehow waterproof the exterior opening for the vault so we don’t get water in there from outside.

TOM: So does the- is this window above evaluate or is it below grade?

KATHY: It’s right at grade.

TOM: It’s right at evaluate? So the bottom of it is kind of level with grade? Do you have a window well around it?


TOM: And the liquid that you’re getting in there, is it leaking through the window as if the window is bad? Or is it leaking through the wall?

KATHY: No, it’s coming in through the window.

TOM: So, basically, you just have a leaky opening. The point that it happens to be above your cellar “isnt exactly” relevant here, because it could be leaking no matter where it was in the house. What various kinds of window is this? Is it a double-hung space or what?

KATHY: No, it is a- precisely a wooden window with- I think it’s Plexiglas that was put in it. And I think it’s merely probably going old but we still need to try to keep the liquid away from the window because when we get heavy rains, we get a lot of water coming in there.

TOM: Whenever someone tells me that heavy rain leads to leakage difficulties in that various kinds of a seat, it’s always related to- the cause is always connected with the grading and the drainage at the boundary. And the two ways that are most common to address that is first, to been a good, careful, honest look at your gutter system. Because numerous tribes have ditches that are undersized, they don’t have enough downspouts or most importantly, they often have the downspouts discharge right at the corner of the foundation. They don’t moved that spout out 4 to 6 hoofs. So that’s the first thing that induces an increase in the drainage trouble in the basement.

KATHY: OK. There used to be gutters on there but because we’ve had renters in there over the past few years, the troughs are no longer there.

TOM: Yeah. There’s your- that’s the number-one cause of your trouble right now. I wouldn’t do a thing until I threw troughs on that mansion. You’re fighting an uphill battle unless you get gutters on that room, because all that water is coming off the ceiling. And sure, it’s going to land in and around the window and that whole basement area. It’s going to saturate the clay at the foundation perimeter and it’s going to end up in your basement or at the least, it’s vanishing to grow the humidity status inside that house.

So I wouldn’t do a thing to that window until I came troughs on. And I would become sure the downspouts are extended out 4 to 6 hoofs. It’s truly crucial and a lot of tribes think it’s just to kind of impede ocean off your head when you’re going in and out of your room. It’s not. Ditches have a very important structural purpose and that is to keep that sea away from the foundation. So, that’s what I would do, Kathy, and I think you’re go to a big improvement after that.

KATHY: OK. Resonates great.

TOM: Good luck. Thanks so much better for announcing us at 888 -MONEY-PIT.

LESLIE: Give us a call anytime with your dwelling amend or your home increase question right here at 888 -MONEY-PIT.

Well, with technology today, the internet is literally in the palm of our hands and we’re all able to access everything, including our kids. Super important to keep them safe online. So many parents are struggling with this concept, so we’re going to have some gratuities on a stress-free, easy-to-install solution, next.

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

LESLIE: And I’m Leslie Segrete.

Well, with the internet touching basically every aspect of kids’ lives, stopping child safe online is a growing concern for many parents.

TOM: Parent-control routers are one way to do merely that. With us to talk about that is Linsly Donnelly, the general manager and SVP of Consumer and Parent Operations at Securly.

Welcome, Linsly.

LINSLY: Hello. Glad to be here.

TOM: This feels like something that’s really hard to do, because as these children get smarter and smarter every day, they find more ways to- I entail I reckon the- they learn to hack- the first place boys learn to hack is in their own home. And they get into our router and into the internet, “theyre starting” going through all these sheets and doing all kinds of crazy stuff.

LINSLY: That’s so true.

TOM: How can we assure, have some design over our kids’ internet utilization inside the dwelling?

LINSLY: Oh, boy, Tom, you parted it up so well. It is like – you know, we used to sidle out of windows and they sneak out of these digital virtual openings all day long inside the house.

TOM: Right. Oh, yeah.

LINSLY: It’s hard. So, what we recommend parents do, truly, are three things. And the first is just old-fashioned parenting. Just talk to your minors about possible risks, about why this is a priority in your household. And you can drill it down by the security threats, the damage-to-your-brain gambles, the browbeat and mental-health risks.

And we have a series of articles on our blog that attain that really easy to only, frankly, manager your girls the road mothers used only to really talk about healthy eating. And now “youve got to” also talk about healthful screen duration. So that’s the first tool.

But then the second largest thing we spoke is let your minors know that because it’s so important, you are going to watch what’s happening on this maneuver. And so we recommend that they- there’s some sort of family contract between parents and kids about how to use devices. And that you then use a tool to help you track that usage and then dialogue when it goes offline, which it will do. And so we’ve was a lot of recommendations in that area.

And then the third and final action is to really support your kids what you’re seeing about that usage, more, and so that you train them in the process along the way. It’s not “I was only on for 10 minutes.” You can crusade about that all day long. But when you’re actually looking at a readout that says you were on for an hour-and-a-half, it really changes the conversation, so …

TOM: Absolutely.

LESLIE: And Linsly, I think it’s important because everything seems so innocent. They start in one lieu. I was very naive to YouTube a few years back, when my now 11-year-old would be like, “I want to watch this video.” And this was prior to starting Kids YouTube. And he would start watching a football play and then somehow sound to, click to, click to, click to how to remove a bra. And I’m like, “What are you looking at? ”

LINSLY: Right? Privilege, right.

LESLIE: And he’s like, “I don’t even is common knowledge that I pressed. What is this? ” And I genuinely believed it but it’s challenging to monitor the process.

LINSLY: It is, it is. And so, that happens all the time and so it doesn’t make it any easier when it happens in your household. But there are two things you can do. One is with- the router-based control is Securly’s hub. You basically just placed a rug of security on whatever invention you select that you want to keep safe. So just imagine- “OK, I’ve got- my 11 -year-old’s manoeuvre is going to be are guaranteed by this and then my 6-year-old’s is.” And it turns out mine and my other parenting marriages in the house, we’re not going to set this on our device. But then you just know nothing inappropriate sneaks in. So even if it’s on YouTube, it’s on the safe YouTube mode or it’s on the safe Google-search mode.

And the same engineering that we use to keep 10 million kids’ maneuvers safe in a academy context, you can then make sure is safe in your home context. So that’s step one.

TOM: Let me just back you up on that for a few seconds, because I used to have a network architect that would come in and help the network work inside of our home, because we had a business attached to it. And he was just telling me, at his house, he had a firewall. And miraculously, at 8: 00 p.m. each night, it would just go down. His girls would deplore, “Hey, Dad, the internet’s out.” And he’d go, “Oh, I don’t know what’s happening. It merely happens.”

LINSLY: Yes, yes.

TOM: But this chap was a programmer and it took the skills of a programmer to tweak that firewall so that it would just go down from 8: 00 p.m. to 10: 00 p.m. every night, when he required the kids to go to bed.

LINSLY: Right, right.

TOM: Now today, though, with the technology that companies like Securly have, you’ve made it possible for parents, with a more simple interface, to have that nature of command , is not simply for the entire internet- but is it also on a device-by-device basis? Because, like you say, we could have the kids’ phones be not accessible during certain periods of time and our telephones have no restricts on them.


TOM: Is that kind of how it cultivates?

LINSLY: Absolutely, absolutely. Yeah.

TOM: OK, great.

LINSLY: So our engineering crew and our benefactors are like that splendid operator days 10 in that they had come from the security-background world. Built all this engineering so that- simple, easy boundary. You look at it and move, “Hey, you know what? I have two different babies. They have two different profiles, because a adolescent is up a little later than an elementary-school child. But they’re all going to be off at a certain time that I specify, with the sound of a button, on my app on my phone. And that internet is going to go on and off based on when I position that time to be, as the parent.”

Or what’s even more forestalling for my children is I hurtle for production. I’m at work. I know they’re at home. They’re on a different go zone. They should be reflected in bunked. And I pause the internet from where I’m cultivating. And if that’s simply …

TOM: “Oh, Mom. There she goes again.”

LESLIE: I mean …

LINSLY: I have attentions in the back of my heading. It’s a whole new thing now.

LESLIE: Well, I thoughts the other thing that’s so scary is there’s so many gaming platforms now. And first it was Minecraft, then it was Roblox. Now, it’s Fortnite. And every single one of them allows these children to interface with pretty much anyone in the world.

LINSLY: Right.

LESLIE: And if you’re not aware of all the subtleties in each of these gaming apps, as to like you can’t am speaking to beings, they can’t- there’s so many things you have to select because- they were only allowed to play it on one iPad and I mastered all the restrains on that. And then we switched over to a gaming organisation in the basement. And I stepped away for a second and when I came back down, they only talking to somebody. And I was like, “Who is that? ”

LINSLY: Yes, yes.

LESLIE: And they were like, “Oh, we don’t know.” And I’m like, “Well, then don’t.” So it’s terrifying.

LINSLY: Yes. So that kind of conversation you have to have a lot and earlier than any parent ever genuinely wanted to. But those are the kinds of don’t-talk-to-strangers-in-the-park conversations that you start to have the minute- or on a screen is don’t talk to strangers in your digital parks, either.

And so those conversations are key but then, a implement like our Securly home app, you can be found in what they’re doing on the differences between machines at different times of period. If they’re playing Fortnite, if it’s a connected know, you can see that activity. And so it helps you at least have the information when you’re not in the room.

Frankly, if your child’s on a manoeuvre, 90 percent of the cases it’s because you can’t be in the chamber right then. You’re cooking dinner, you’re working, you’re doing something, you’re carpooling somebody else. And that’s what’s happening is your child is on a design, so you can’t look over their shoulder. But these tools now make it easy for you to virtually look over the shoulder and set some ground rules before, because the conversation will happen or something “re going away” the railway and you need to have the information. And you have specified the guidelines before it’s gone off the rails.

TOM: That’s great information. Linsly Donnelly from Securly, thank you so much for stopping by The Money Pit. This is great information for any parent. Like you say, it’s harder than ever to try to have some restrain over the online event that their own children have. But with Securly, you guys have done a huge occupation of realizing it simple and easy and effective.

Thanks, again.

LINSLY: Thanks for having me.

LESLIE: Linsly Donnelly of Securly, thank you so much for stopping by The Money Pit. Super-great information and something really easy to take care of to assist the kids.

Well, if your living landscape does a lot for you throughout the year, fall is an important duration in order to be allowed to give the steps to keep it in tip-top shape throughout the winter, so it’ll start doing great things for you again in the springtime. So stick around.

TOM: Making good residences 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: Nina in Arizona has got a log home that’s cracking up. What’s going on?

NINA: My husband and I bought a record dwelling. And the exterior walls, on the inside, are cracked. The logs are cracked. What can we do to fill that in and construct that look better?

TOM: You can fill them in with- there’s the various forms of timber filler out there that are in a position be colored and discoloured to equal that. But I think you’re going to be chasing it over and over and over again. So, you might want to proceed cautiously.

NINA: Oh, wow, OK. So there’s genuinely no solution for it?

TOM: I think you’re better off kind of accepting that that’s what that’s supposed to do. It’s not like finished hardwood furniture or something. It’s a log, so it’s supposed to have that rustic look to it.

NINA: OK. That’s what- that’s kind of what my husband said, so …

TOM: Oh, you understand? You should have listened to him, Nina. You precisely thought he was trying to get out of work, didn’t you?

NINA: OK. Well, thank you very much.

TOM: So joyful we could solve that spat.

Well, your living landscape does a great deal for you throughout the year. And fall is a really important is necessary to take steps to keep it in tip-top shape through the winter. Here’s some ways to make sure you’re name for a dark-green recovery next spring.

First, keep mowing. Grass that’s too high can attract lawn-damaging field mice. Shorter grass is more resistant to infections, traps fewer descending needles and allows more sun to reach the treetop of the grass. However, if you cut off too much grass at one time, that can be damaging. So, for those working last two cuts of the year, never trim more than a third of the grass blades off in a single cutting.

Next, you want to aerate your lawn. Compressed soil can hurt grass health. Aerating punches gap in the clay, causes oxygen, spray and nutrients into the lawn. You can do it two ways: you can rent a walk-behind aerator or you can pick up an attachment to pluck behind a riding mower.

LESLIE: Now, you’re likewise going to want to mulch your buds. Now, so many mowers can mulch the foliages with an affection. And since mulching with a mower can desegregate those grass excerpts with the bud specks, these nitrogen-enriched grass particulate matter and carbon-rich leaf particles are going to compost more quickly. And together, they’re going to return the nutrients to the soil.

And you know what? Now is also a good time to shore up any trees and bushes on the property. You can use trimmers, chainsaws, pole pruners. Cut back those trees, the shrubs, the seeds, whatever you’ve get. And you may need to tie or even brace the appendages upright of some evergreens to prevent them from divulging, if you’ve got some high winds or a heavy snow. You could even go ahead and call in health professionals arborist if you’ve got some big trees or maybe there’s some hard-to-reach spaces.

TOM: Now is a good time to repair any bald distinguishes in your lawn. The easiest mode to do the question is with kind of an all-in-one lawn-repair mixture. You’ll find it at most garden browses and residence centres. You can use a plot rake or a dethatcher to scratch the liberate soil on the spot and then apply the mix of the all-in-one repair.

And lastly, you want to take this time we are currently get your outdoor ability paraphernalium ready for wintertime storage. You need to drain fuel tanks before you framed the lawn mower, the leaf blower, the string trimmer away for the winter. It’s really important if you want it to start up properly next season.

Which, by the way, is another reason I desire my battery-powered implements, because the battery power is so great today. I could do everything I used to have to do with gas-powered equipment with the batteries. And I don’t wake up my neighbors on early Saturday mornings when we’re chipping the grass. We don’t have to deal with any of that winter upkeep or trying to pull-start the lawn mower in the spring and shy your shoulder out at the same time.

So, check out some of those battery-powered lawn implements if you’re thinking here of updating what you have. But all in all, if you make some simple steps now, you’re going to make sure that in the spring, when you’re eager to get even outside, your lawn will be nice and green and ready to welcome you to do really that.

LESLIE: James in Illinois is on the line and is looking forward to make a ardour cavity at their fund crater. What’s going on?

JAMES: Well, I time want to know what’s the most appropriate way to build a shell cavity in the foot. Would you use attack brick or would you get those galvanized resounds?

TOM: There’s a really nice fire-pit kit that’s on the market now at Home Depot that’s made by Pavestone. It’s called the RumbleStone Fire Pit Kit. I like it because it contains everything that you need. It’s went the stone, which you can use to create the round flame excavation itself, and then it also has a metal set and a screen. So, basically, everything you need is in the box and you can pick it up and applied it together and they’re pretty good about opening the instructions and step-by-step. Why don’t you take a look at that?

I’ve got to tell you, I have a fire pit now but if I was doing it again, I would pick up the RumbleStone Round Fire Pit Kit at Home Depot.

JAMES: What would- the metal reverberating that travels around there? How dense is it? And would it rust and you’d have to replace it in a couple years?

TOM: I’ve had metal burn quarries for a number of years and I find that they’re good for five or six or seven years. So I don’t think it’s an every year kind of thing. And this one, including with regard to, is made use of ponderous steel.

JAMES: And what’s the price of that?

TOM: I think it’s around 400 horses, perhaps 400 or 450 bucks, something like that. But it includes everything, so it’s all in there: the brick, the stone, the metal reverberating and so on.

JAMES: OK. Well, I thank you very much.

LESLIE: You can reach us anytime at 888 -MONEY-PIT presented by HomeAdvisor, where you can find out what it costs to do your dwelling job before you hire a pro and instantly book one of HomeAdvisor’s top-rated pros for free.

Still to come right here at The Money Pit, are you looking to build your kitchen a safe and functional place to manufacture that food-prep process easier? Well, we’re going to share some the recommendations on how to do simply that, when The Money Pit continues after this.

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

LESLIE: And I’m Leslie Segrete.

TOM: What are you working on? We’d love to talk about it. Relinquish us a label, right now, at 1-888-MONEY-PIT presented by HomeAdvisor. You can find top-rated home service pros and book appointments online, all for free.

LESLIE: And recollect, heading on over to and post your question in the Community section, just like Larry did. Now, Larry is from Connecticut and he writes: “I need to replace two 14 -year-old water heaters in my attic and I want to minimize wait time for hot water on the far side of the house. Should I use a circulate spout or a tankless sea heater? ”

TOM: Well, actually, you could use either. I want it’s a good question because think about how much duration and sea is squandered every time you do this: every time you hop in the shower in the morning and is letting it run cold for a while until it gets warm.

There are really two answers, Larry. First is a product called the Watts Hot-Water Recirculating System. It mostly is a circulating pump that will take some of the hot water and move it through the loop, from the water heater all the way to those far-away fixtures, pretty much whenever you have a timer prepared up to do that.

The second mode to go ought to have two irrigate heaters but of course, that’s a lot more expensive. I think if you check out the Watts solution- the recirculating method – you’ll find it’s a lot less expensive and easier to install in the long run.

LESLIE: Alright, Larry. Good luck with that.

TOM: Well, we’re all going to be spending more and more time in the kitchen as we get ready for the end-of-the-year holidays. Leslie has some tips-off to spruce up this room, in today’s edition of Leslie’s Last Word.


LESLIE: Hey, Tom. Well, you’re right: I love the holiday season and I adoration cooking for my family and friends. But there are several tips and stunts that I always hinder in mind to make sure that I’m working safe and smart.

First of all- and this a long, long, long time ago. I’m talking when my older sister was in high school and I was in elementary school. She cooked some kind of crown leg-of-lamb cook and everybody got sick.

TOM: Oh, no. And you’ve never, ever, ever give her forget it, did you?

LESLIE: Oh, no, no, no. We hardly ever talk about it. But I remember it so clearly and to this day, I won’t eat one of those crown roast leg of lambs.

But you’ve got to remember that “youve got to be” smart when you’re cooking. If you’ve got raw nutrients, you’ve got to keep them separate from the prepared menus, because you never know. And you would feel so horrible if everybody got sick. And that’s especially true with poultry. You know, it can carry Salmonella. So preparing that requires an extra step of disinfecting.

And you, you’ve got to make sure that you clean your hands more often. Use a plastic cutting board, not a wood one. Those lumber cutting boards, while they are gorgeous, they can hold germs in those tiny pieces on the board’s surface.

And if you want some quicker cleanup- perhaps you’re in the process of prepping out the bird or some veggies or whatever it is you’re working on- throw your curve council over really quickly after the poultry prep. But don’t forget to wipe down that counter with the disinfectant after, because you’re literally taking that raw-chicken line-up or that raw-turkey side and exactly putting it right on your countertop.

Next, be safe, people. Jackpots and pans, they get truly ponderous. They can be tricky to move from place to place. So, when crowding them, if you can, home the container on the stove firstly and then add the ingredients. You can even go ahead and get one of those extra-long hoses for your sink’s sprayer, so you can fill the bowls with water without actually having to pick them up and move them from the sink to the stovetop.

Another thing I contemplate people get hung up on is illuminating. I “ve known you” require the office to feel nice and warm and cozy but the kitchen certainly is a task-driven room. So you’ve got to have good illuminating and it’s not difficult to achieve. You can be utilized stick-on LEDs that’ll run on batteries. You can have under-cabinet igniting faster than you can say, “Stuff a turkey.”

So, really think about the smart substance, guys: igniting, good skin-deep prep, procreating sure you’re emptying things, be careful when moving hot water around the kitchen. All of this nonsense will make sure that everybody has a good and delicious and safe celebration season.

TOM: This is The Money Pit Home Improvement Show. Coming up next time on the program, are you and your ceilings dreading the next big-hearted storm? The only thing tougher than cleaning up after a spill is figuring out where it moved its method in in the first place. So we’re going to explain the most common causes of seeps you’ve never was just thinking about, 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 “re going to have to” do it alone.


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