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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 what are you working on this weekend? If it’s your residence, “youre in” the right place because, hey, that’s what we’re doing. And that’s what we will help you do, as well. If you’ve got a question about a project on your to-do list, if you’ve got a decorating chore, if you’ve got a repair, if you’re thinking about hiring a pro to build something big-hearted and special around your live, whatever’s on your judgment when it comes to taking care of that place that we announce “home” is why we exist. We’re here to help you get those rackets done, so pick up the phone and yield us a call and help yourself first at 888 -MONEY-PIT, 888-666-3974.

Coming up on today’s depict, if you’re thinking of selling your house, you might know that home staging is an important part of attaining sure your house gets sold and for the best possible price, I might supplement. But placing is not always simple, especially if “youre just doing” it while you’re still living there. We’re was just going to have a simple solution, though, that allows you to designated that house up for success, merely ahead.

LESLIE: And also ahead, have you ever thought about the dozens of commodities that “youre using” just to keep your house clean? I intend the impact on your state and the waste of throwing away all those exhaust bottles and the cans. We’re going to have some tips on an inventive solution that’s non-toxic and versatile for consume on a wide various types of hard-boiled surfaces, in merely a bit.

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LESLIE: Alright. Now I’ve went Ralph on the line.

Ralph, what’s going on at your coin quarry?

RALPH: I have several crannies appearing at the areas of doorways. They’re diagonal from the doorway up towards the ceiling. There’s even one in an archway. It’s a squared archway but it could have had a door in it but didn’t.


RALPH: And I’m wondering A) what’s probably making that? The house is about 32 years old. It’s drywall. And could it be fixed with just fiberglass tape and spackle?

TOM: Yeah. So, first of all, Ralph, it’s reasonably usual to have that kind of crack. If you think about the wall structure, wherever you have, virtually, a excavation in the wall, which would be for a opening or an archway or even a space if it’s on an exterior wall, you is often used to get more fluctuation of the wall around those openings because it’s a little bit bigger, it’s a little bit weaker. It’s kind of almost like- be taken into consideration it as a hinge as the wall- as the house expands and contracts. It’s going to open up in those rooms. To have sounds, therefore, in those recess is not anything certainly, by itself, to worry about.

Now, how do you determine this and how do you stop saying that from picturing back up again? And you mentioned fiberglass videotape and that is, in fact, the best way we’ve find a way of make that repair. Because if you really spackle it, certainly, that crack’s becoming to form once again because the spackle’s not really doing anything. It’s not going to expand and contract with it; it’s just going to fall right out.

So, the best thing to do is to put the fiberglass tape on and then do two or three coats of new spackle above that tape. The tape tends to bridge that cracking and keep that wall from reform and opening up in those angles again. So I would do that. And remember, before you put one across your strip, I’d like you to softly sand that to make sure we don’t have any dirt or grease on it. We wanted to good adhesion. And that fiberglass tape is shabby, so you don’t even have to worry about spackling it in place; it’ll just stay there.

But then, when you kept those strata of spackle on, disappear thin. Fight the temptation to put a good deal on thinking you’ll get the job done quicker. Put thin mantles on there, beach in between. And when you’re done, prime it and then paint it. And use a good-quality, flat ceiling coat. And I think it will stand up relatively well.

You know, maybe one or two more will open up over experience but for the most part, I think you’ll close them nicely.

RALPH: Right. Understand. It’s a stressorizer( ph ). They merely happen to occur at that point due to the movement of an aging house.

TOM: Yeah. Well, we all have stressorizers( ph ). So I have three of them. They’re called “my children.”

RALPH: I gave you the straight line.

Hey, how deep do I have to go down into the drywall? Because I figured a V-cut following the hit, fill in the hit …

TOM: Not required. I would just take out any- if there’s any liberate spackle or drywall on that edge. You don’t have to open it up as if you’re repairing concrete now. You could just go right on top of it.

RALPH: OK. I don’t require a chunk there. But get it on thin. And feather it in on the …

TOM: You’re going to have a – listen, you’re going to have a little bit of a clump. You can’t scaped that. But that’s why I told you to use flat wall dye. Because if “youre using” flat dye and if you primary the area first, it will blend in neatly and I’ll be really hard to detect that you have a bit more of an increase there because of the spackle.

RALPH: Excellent.

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

LESLIE: Alright. Now we’re going to Tennessee where Jean has a stucco question. What’s going on? How can we help you?

JEAN: Well, the chamber of representatives was built in 1914. And the outside exterior walls are covered with stucco that has the various kinds of swirly bumps where they fling the trowels on it. And it looks like it’s in good condition, so I was belief we could probably just spray it a neat complexion. It’s still various kinds of golden like it used to be. But wherever the forks of the shrubs exited against it, it’s kind of yucky and gray-looking.

But I know that where reference is coated our terrace slab, we had to do some medication to it before we could paint it. Does stucco need some preconditioning besides time hosing it off with soap and liquid?

TOM: Well, the first thing you need to do is to make sure that there’s no algae been incorporated into it. And so I would probably do a very light pressure-washing and cleansing of the outside of the house and make it baked for a good couple of dates in warm forecast. And then I would primary it with an oil-based primer and then I would use a good-quality, exterior topcoat coat over that.

You can’t chipped any recess here; you can’t take any shortcuts. But if you do it once and you make love right, it’s going to last-place you a long time, because that backing is not organic. You may find very well that paint can previous you 10 to 12 times, as opposed to maybe 5 to 8 if it was wood.

JEAN: Alright. Well, thank you.

LESLIE: Alright. Now we’re going to remote Alaska where Lonnie has an igloo question. I don’t think we’ve ever talked about an igloo.

LONNIE: OK. Well, we have the opportunity to purchase a monolithic dome, which is- it looks just like a igloo.

TOM: Oh, OK.

LONNIE: And when we were touring it- it’s only a 20 -foot in diameter. But they did have a dehumidifier inside. And on the outside, it have only just decorated with a- like a vinyl draw. A thicker depict? And there are still foams on the outside. And I took a knife and poked it and spray drained out. So I’m wondering if there’s a condensation question, especially for mold, and what it would take to remedy that.

TOM: So what is this dome fabricated out of? Is the entire thing concrete or what’s it made out of?

LONNIE: It is concrete.

TOM: Well, listen, you’ve got to have some sort of a arrangement to try to manage humidity in a cavity like that. Because let’s face it, first of all, concrete is very hydroscopic. So, liquid that will get into that concrete at the cornerstone, where it comes in contact with the clay, it’ll pull up into the concrete skin-deep and essentially saturate the part thing. If there’s bad sewage, it can get worse. But I could clearly see how it would stand extremely, terribly damp.

The moisture that you are seeing inside that make-up is clear evidence of the facts of the case that this structure is maintaining a lot of water. Now, it could draw it from the grunge or it could just be from the humidity in the air that’s getting into the walls. So, it certainly has to be managed and it is just like time a dehumidifier by itself may not be the answer. You might need to really has only one HVAC pro layout a arrangement that have been able to organize that moisture.

And in terms of the draw itself, you also have to choose a colour that is designed to stick well to material. You mentioned this is a really thick depict. We’ve seen a good deal of dyes out there that claim to be sort of almost like a liquid surfacing that are very thick-skulled. But the problem is that they’re not vapor-permeable, so they don’t breathe. As a reaction, everything keeps underneath it and then when you ascertain those froths and the liquid is just forming right there, it’s only going to continue to push that right off. And I imagine when it gets really, really cold, it’ll probably freeze and expand and crack that paint, mostly making it worthless.

So I think you have reason to be concerned. And I is sure to- if there’s a good, professional home inspector in that area that could look at it for you, that might be a pro to start with. But I definitely think you’re going to need to have an expert blueprint a arrangement that works for that.

Typically, when you decorate concrete, you want to use an epoxy-based paint that has really high adhesion and really strong durability. But it clangs to me like this paint that “theyre using”, in such a case, was not that type of paint.

LONNIE: OK. Thank you for coming in. I appreciate it.

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

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LESLIE: And I’m Leslie Segrete.

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LESLIE: Alan in Ohio is on the line with a flooring question. What can we help you with?

ALAN: Working on my upstairs flooring. And it had carpet up there before. The desire was- the project was to go the carpet apart and put in hardwood storeys. And so where reference is made the- when I took the carpet up, I determine asbestos tile underneath, the 8×8-inch square. That asbestos tile?

LESLIE: Green, brown and pitch-black?

ALAN: Pretty much precisely brown and pitch-black. And so, that’s part one of my question. I’ve heard or predict online that if it’s not damaged, it’s OK to leave it in their own homes. Just cover it back up. And I wanted to get some suggestion on that first.

TOM: Yeah, I anticipate the little you perturb it the most wonderful. So if it’s not make any issues, you can leave it in place and threw new carpet on top of it. But where exactly was this carpet again?

ALAN: It’s on the second floor of the home.

TOM: OK. Yeah, just leave it in place and put new carpet down on top of it.

ALAN: My original proposal was to applied hardwood floorings up there.

TOM: OK. I think that’s probably OK, as well. If you take a look at the prefabricated hardwood floorings today, they actually don’t even need to be nailed together; they lock together. Especially the engineered hardwood. And that means you’ll have less commotion in that floor.

ALAN: OK. I has already been bought the timber flooring, which has to be nailed down. So I didn’t know if you only had any advice on how to- obviously, I’m going to be put an underlayment down before I employed the hardwood storeys on. But I didn’t know if you had any advice, other than that, of an additional way to cover it up.

TOM: What’s under the tile right now? What are you frame the underlayment down? Because I’m not assured that that’s really going to be necessary.

ALAN: What’s under the tile now is just subfloor.

TOM: Yeah. Then I don’t think you need to put underlayment down. If you’ve get full plank-thickness hardwood, you are able to introduced that down.

ALAN: Well, I consider the underlayment is to help reduce noise from upstairs to downstairs.

TOM: So are you working engineered-hardwood floor here?


TOM: So you’ve got an underlayment that has to go under a nail-down floor? I’m not really familiar with that. And I don’t think it’s going to contribute in any way to soundproofing, by the way.

ALAN: OK. Well, that helps with that part of the question. The other part of the question is the floor is- it’s not flat. Over a 10 -inch or 2-foot operated, it discontinues about an inch in some situates. And it’s truly really where the house agreed above the ray in the basement.

TOM: So there’s something called a “floor-leveling compound” that you can mix up and is in addition to that and trowel into its place.

ALAN: So that’s my question. On the back of the box- it’s Bruce flooring. It says, “Do not use leveling compound.” And so, I was- I’m at a loss, a little, on what to do to level the floor.

TOM: OK. Well, if they don’t want you to use leveling compound, then you have to do this the old-fashioned way and that is by basically house this up with real grove cloth. Now, what you could do is you could use the combined effects of shims or very thin plywood and try to build this up as flat as possible and then install the flooring on top of that. Really be careful that you don’t create a situation where the floor sort of tries to bend or turn on this unequal section.

So, for example, you are able to never crave the floorings to go sort of parallel with the drop-off, because then the board is going to sort of bend downward and opening up policies and begin a gap.

ALAN: That’s what my concern is, more. So, OK. Looks like going the old-fashioned way.

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

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

GLENN: Hi. I was calling to find out- I was looking to purchase, exercised, a propane hot stove for the house to replace my wood stove. And my question is- I live in town, in a residence now that has natural gas. And I’m know … … if a propane stove could work in a natural-gas environment.

TOM: Not unless it has a brand-new burner put into it. Because the burners are different for propane and for natural gas, Glenn. So you can’t merely use one in place of the other; you have to have a different burner. Because the orifice, the size of the holes where the gas “re coming out”, is different.

GLENN: Oh, OK. Now, I know- I’ve had experience in go something that’s natural gas and altering it. I would predict, then, that you would make it smaller.

TOM: Same idea, yeah. And you have to have the right areas to do that.

GLENN: OK. So it sounds like probably more than a project and probably more costly than I would want to tackle.

TOM: Probably, yeah. You might be- merely want to pick up a new stove. By the time you get the portions for it, you’d probably be halfway there. And this path, you’ll be starting clean-living, OK?

GLENN: Well, thank you for letting me know that and I really appreciate your assistance. And I enjoy listening to the show.

TOM: Well, thank you for coming in, Glenn. Good fortune with that project.

LESLIE: Alright. Thanks so much for calling The Money Pit.

You can reach us anytime, 24/7, at 888 -MONEY-PIT with your residence reparation or residence betterment question. Maybe you’ve got a question about moving. Well, you’d better get a truck to empty out all that added substance you’ve got lying around so your residence doesn’t look populace to those potential buyers. We’re going to have some residence staging tips-off to help you get started, in today’s Better Get a Truck Tip presented by Hertz, next.

TOM: This is The Money Pit Home Improvement Show. I’m Tom Kraeutler.

LESLIE: And I’m Leslie Segrete.

TOM: We’re here to help you take over your home improvement projects and get them done once, get them done right so you don’t have to do them again. The count is 1-888-MONEY-PIT. Give us a ask, right now, with your dwelling improvement question.

LESLIE: Now we’ve came Deanne on the line who needs some facilitate with the windows at her fund crater. What’s going on?

DEANNE: I have age-old, steel-framed, metal commercial-grade spaces in my house. And the outside walls are double brick. There’s no grove in the outside walls, so this organization is bolt right into the brick. And we made out one and superseded it and we had a very hard time do that. And I don’t know if we should replace them or time try to repair them.

TOM: Well, I entail if you restore them, they’re- I can’t imagine they’re highly energy-efficient. So, restoring them and constructing them operational could regenerate some of the gathering but I don’t think they’ll be energy-efficient. Replacing them is a better option but of course, as you cited, because they’re built into the wall it’s a difficult installation. Because you’ve got to get the old ones out.

So, is this a project you want to do yourself or you think maybe you want to have a pro help you?

DEANNE: I used to have a builder’s license but I- physically, I can’t do that anymore. So I’d probably hire someone.

TOM: Yeah, I think you might want to think about doing that. Because taking out those aged, metal windows that are screwed into the brick is an abominable lot of work. And likewise, if you’re going to threw replacement openings in, they’ve got to be measured just right and they’ve got to be installed simply right so that they don’t leak. And I don’t think you want that responsibility. You ought to have a pro measure them and install updates. I think this way, you’ll be assured they come out just right.

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

LESLIE: Well, if your home feels small-time and you’re planning to move but you’ve got to sell that old residence first, you are aware, placing your residence before those potential buyers show up can actually help you create a positive first impression. But this almost always involves going rid of a lot of what made your residence multitude in the first place. We’re going to have tips that can help, in today’s Better Get a Truck Tip presented by Hertz.

TOM: Now, first, understand this: most residence customers are leaving a infinite that’s become too small for them. So if your dwelling is cluttered, if you’ve got too much furniture or if you’ve came knickknacks running out of every cranny and cranny, it’s not going to be very plead to possible residence buyers who are coming from an equally gathered space.

LESLIE: Yeah, that’s true.

Now, another common misconception that dealers originate is expecting that potential residence customer are to be able to share that sense of decor and mode that they have. And that’s probably not going to happen. So if you happen to adoration immense antique armoires from the 1920 s or anything else that’s not neutral, be disposed of it so that those potential buyers can imagine their own stuff in your infinite. Because get this, guys: parties have a hard time imagining stuff.

TOM: They really do.

Next, you want to keep in mind that potential purchasers are nosy by nature. And I know it’s various kinds of annoying but glance, they’re checking out every cranny and cranny. So they’re going to open up every cabinet, they’re going to inspect every closet when they safarus your dwelling. So be ready for it.

You want to make sure your staging efforts include emptying out those seats. You miss to utter them look spacious and inviting to brand-new customers. Now, they don’t have to be totally empty. About 50 percentage, though, would be the rule of thumb. Don’t put more than 50 percentage of the stuff in the wardrobe or in the cabinet. So when they open it up, they move, “Oh, yeah, there’s plenty of chamber in now. Look at all the stuff they’ve got and there’s still more room to go.”

LESLIE: “Oh, my God. Look at all the more nonsense I can put in here.” I’m literally time thinking about what my house looks like at home right now. I’m like, “I can’t ever move.” We are jam-packed.

Another thing is that for much of the reasons, you’re going to want to limit wall decorations to fewer and larger patches of artwork. And include a few strategically-placed reflects that are going to expand that space and wonder its best assets.

Now, formerly you’ve cleared out the opening, it’s OK to accessorize with what’s left but limit this to uncluttered grouping of no more than two or three entries. I ever going to be home odd amounts. I don’t know why. I only feel like it’s a decorating thing. But you’ve got to make sure that you tell parties realize the room. Don’t overcrowd it.

TOM: Now, you might be wondering what are you going to do with all the stuff that we’ve told you to be disposed of. Well, what I think you should do is rent a truck or van from Hertz and move it into a short-term storage space. Think about it: “we il be” big advocates of using hired storage infinite to help declutter a dwelling that you want to sell. It’s a small additional expenditure but if you think about it compared to the increased sales price that you’re more likely to get for a dwelling that appears open and welcoming to new purchasers, it is totally worth it.

Plus, “ve been thinking about” it this action, too: you’re going to be half moved out by the time you sell your mansion. And it’ll be so much easier to get the rest- get the final few fragments out and away and set up in the new place.

LESLIE: That is true-life. Nonetheless, downside: you might end up liking all that newfound space in your home and stay put.

TOM: Yeah, exactly.

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LESLIE: Greg in Texas is looking to do some building. How can we help you?

GREG: Moved in with my parents who the hell is elderly and kind of needing some help.


GREG: And so they had a three-bedroom, one-bath house. And so it’s merely a little bit kind of crowded. And what I was trying to figure out is would it be better to add a room on to the back of the house and go ahead- that they are able to involve more construction and contributing a lavatory, which would represent having to redo the septic system. We’re on a septic system there. Or it’d be a lot more cost-effective, I think, to lay in a 12 x16 storage unit in the back and- but then insulate it and applied an air conditioner where if I wanted to invest some time out there, I could, but not consequently thrown a lavatory in.

TOM: So are you talking about build this storage part? You convey like house a shed? Kind of like a husband cave?

GREG: Right. Yeah. When it comes time to sell, though, what would be the more- the better deal to do, you think?

TOM: Yeah. I would tell you right off you’re better off expanding the house , now, because that’s where your value is. You’re not going to get as much value from a standalone building like that. Plus, you may run up against some zoning issues. You’re speaking about – you are aware, it’s like construct a second house on the property, even if it’s really small. Doesn’t matter if it’s on a small space for storage. It’s still like having a second building on the quality, so I think you’ll probably be better off improving the house itself.

What you might want to do is speak to a realtor or two- a neighbourhood real estate agent- and determine what the added advantage of your dwelling would be compared against. In your community, if most of the homes are two-bath and you have one bath, you have been able add a significant value to the house by putting that second bath in. And if you’re adding a bedroom and a shower, that’s how homes are valued. They’re equated against other residences that have the same number of beds or bathrooms.

So I is hypothesized that expanding the existing live is going to be- give you a far better return on investment than house an undetermined, at this top, sorting of guy cave out there. Even though I’m sure you’d love to go out there and get away from your parents formerly in a while, I don’t blame you. I make the most efficient way to improve the appreciate and maintain the value of the dwelling you have is to work at that height, OK?

GREG: Yeah. OK. Well, I appreciate it.

TOM: Alright, Greg. Good fortune with that job. Thanks so much for calling us at 888-MONEY-PIT.

LESLIE: You can reach us anytime, 24/7, right here at 888-MONEY-PIT.

Well, winter is coming. No, I don’t aim Game of Thrones. I imply actual wintertime. Geez. Game of Thrones would have been so much better.

But winter is coming, you guys, and it can be really tough on trees. Now, if you’ve ever had to cut one up that’s fallen down, it’s not an easy position. We’re going to share some tips on a new, battery-powered chainsaw that makes quick work of that job without the need for gas, petroleum, pull lines that attempt to pluck your shoulders out, coming up 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.

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LESLIE: Lee in Kansas on the line with a concrete question. Tell us what you are working on.

LEE: I’m in an aged mansion that I came in a survivorship and it’s got an old- probably was built in the 60 s. I’m in the prairie of Kansas. It has an entryway concrete foyer that just restrains cracking and cracking due to earthquakes. We had a pretty good one a few weeks or so ago and now it’s really unlevel. Some of the crackings are small enough that I could replenish 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 regional equipment supermarket about 10 miles.

Can you fill small-minded fractures with QUIKRETE or do you are required to concrete or Sakrete? I don’t is common knowledge that certain differences are.

TOM: OK. So, first of all, the type of repair material you use is different than the type of material you are able to use if only we, say, moving a brand-new concrete slab. And you mentioned QUIKRETE. That’s a great brand and they have a wide variety of mend produces. You have the option to repair the rifts. You had the opportunity to resurface that concrete. There’s a product for that. And in all cases, the difference between that type of a product- a mend product and the original kind of concrete concoction- is that the reparation products are designed to adhere to the original concrete base. If anything is loose, of course, you have to pop that out and regenerate it.

But short-lived of that, there are plenty of concrete-repair makes that are out there and you’re going to obviously have to get yourself to a equipment collect or lumberyard to find it. You could do some study online at their website. But you want to make sure you choose a repair make, because it is designed specifically to adhere to those surfaces.

LEE: OK. Thank you so much. Alright.

LESLIE: Well, wintertime is right around the corner and we know that that time of year is really tough on trees.

Now, if you’ve ever had to cut one up that’s fallen down, you know it’s a hard responsibility. So we’ve got some tips-off on a new, battery-powered chainsaw from Greenworks Pro that makes quick work of that campaign without the need for gas, lubricant or pulling ropes that can actually gather your shoulders out. It’s the 18 -Inch 60 -Volt Lithium-Ion 18-Inch Brushless Cordless Electric Chainsaw.

TOM: Yeah. Those Greenworks Pro makes are awesome. This 60 -Volt Cordless Chainsaw has a lot of supremacy. It can actually establish 180 sections- 180 chips- on a fully-charged battery. And the reason it can do that is not only the artillery but also that it has a very high-efficiency, brushless machine that is essentially created in order to give you more capability, more torque and very quiet operation. Which is a huge difference when you compare it to the gas-powered chainsaws, which are just so freaking loud.

Now, this has an 18 -inch Oregon bar and a chain. And what I like is that it’s got a push-button start. So, again , no pull cord. So you time push the button and you are good to go.

And you can really get a lot of work done with these battery-powered lawn-and-garden tools, Leslie, right?

LESLIE: I mean you can get hours and hours of projects done around the property. And the best part is that it’s always ready to go. You know, with that charged battery, you’re ready to go. There’s none of that messy tuning-up, performing sure that things have enough fluid in them and everything’s properly lubricated and things are new. You can exactly pick it up and do the yard labor. It’s really a awesome tool to have around the house.

You should check it out in person or online at Lowe’s and It’s a implement that’s about 329 horses, so maybe for your Christmas list? Come on, guys. We’ve got the holidays around the corner and it’s definitely something that you can add and use quite often in your toolshed.

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LESLIE: You can reach us anytime, 24/7, right here at 888-MONEY-PIT.

Still to come, you want to make sure your fridge can handle all of those leftovers as the holidays are about to begin. We’re was just going to have the step-by-step tips, next.

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Now, I’ve got one here from Gabriella in New York and she writes: “I live in an apartment with hot-water steam heat. The decorate on the wall above one of the units is peeling and has dark tinges that look like mold. Is that caused by the heating unit? If so, what can I do to fix it or stop it from happening? ”

TOM: You know, that’s a very common supposition but it’s actually mistaken. You have to think about those radiators and sort of the convective loop of breath this kind of cleans over them. They’re warm, so the coldnes breath fell off them and then does sort of a U-turn and goes right back up the wall. As it does so, it attracts all the dust that’s in the house various kinds of with it and it can leave flashes on the wall right above the radiator.

Sometimes, you also see these on ceilings. And those streaks are going to align with the storey rafters above, because that’s a colder face and the surface to the left and the liberty is not. So it affixes to those colder skin-deeps and that’s why it gapes so streaky.

So it’s not molding. That’s the good news. It’s dirt. Maybe you have a dirty house. That’s the worst that could happen. But you need to not worry about that mold concern. It’s certainly a simple thing for you to clean that up.

And by the way, if you is a lot of this, stop burning candles. That positions a good deal of carbon into the air and it’s one of the ways that we kind of pollute our insides without really- insides of our room without genuinely knowing it.

LESLIE: And you know what, Gabriella? Living in New York with those steam-heat pipes, it’s probably 8,000 positions in your apartment and you’re wearing summer attire all time long anyway. So precisely enjoy your little mini-vacation in your red-hot apartment.

TOM: Well, when it comes to keeping those leftovers around for another meal, a fridge that’s running at its best is important. Leslie has got some gratuities on how you can improve your fridge economy, with this week’s edition of Leslie’s Last Word.


LESLIE: Yeah. You want to make sure that your fridge is stream optimally. So, you’ve got to make sure that it’s not too cold. I know everybody’s like, “But the refrigerator is supposed to be cold.” Yeah but it’s not too a second freezer. It’s supposed to actually be a refrigerator. And that magic temperature is somewhere between 37 and 40 measures. So you’ve got to make sure that you’re guiding right there.

You also want to make sure that that seal is airtight so cold breath isn’t escape. Now, the best way to test this is with a dollar proposal inserted into the door. If it slips out easily when that entrance is closed, the gasket simply isn’t working right. And you can replace door gaskets for a better shut. You can just simply look up the manufacturer, the serial number, the type of refrigerator, whether it’s the fridge or the freezer doorway that needs it. And you will find the percentage precisely for that fridge, because you’ve got to form sure you get one that’s properly sized and the right piece.

Now, here’s another idea that you might not have considered: if you want to reduce costs, you’ve got to be sure to cover the food. “Now, why? I exactly want to stick this pasty in the refrigerator.” No. Stick a cover on it because discovered meat will release moisture into the refrigerator. And that’s going to make your refrigerator production a good deal harder to keep it cool.

And it might seem counterintuitive but a near-empty refrigerator expends more influence than a full one. Now, when they’re in the fridge, the food and the fluid will collect and place the freezing. So your fridge is working harder to maintain that freezing when it’s empty. Each little, freezing component in the fridge almost acts like its own little ice pack and stops everything cool. So it’s better to have a lot of stuff in there. Though, if you are serving a big meal and you apprehend a lot of leftovers of goose and stuffing, you’d better have office for those working because you’re going to want to eat them.

TOM: Absolutely. You go through so much work to get that vacation dinner ready. I’m looking for at least a work’s worth of grub out of it after the festivity has passed.

LESLIE: Right? And you know what? I ever definitely sounds like I deplete so much better meter cooking it that when it comes time to sit down and gobble, I don’t actually want to eat it. So two, three days after Thanksgiving is when I’m like, “Oh , now I actually want that turkey and stuffing.”

TOM: This is The Money Pit Home Improvement Show. Coming up next time on the program, are you dreaming of a toasty, warm barrage this anniversary season? Well, a wood-burning fireplace is not your only option. We’re going to have tips to keep you toasty and heated, including some that don’t require kindles, on the very next edition of The Money Pit.

I’m Tom Kraeutler.

LESLIE: And I’m Leslie Segrete.

TOM: Remember, you can do it yourself …

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


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