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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: Happy Holidays. If you are working on getting your room ready for the days ahead, we are to help. The quantity is 1-888-MONEY-PIT, 888 -6 66 -3 974. Because it is truly the ho-ho-home progress season where you’re taking on those projects to form your mansion bright and cheery and cozy and warm, is not simply for you but for all of your friends and family.

Coming up on today’s present , now that it is getting so close to the holidays, do you have a couple of last-minute projects to get done but no time to do them? Well, if so, hiring a handyman is a great option. But how do you find one, you know, kind of at the last minute that can complete the project on time and on budget? We are going to walk you through that process, because it’s actually not as hard as you might think.

LESLIE: And likewise onward, we’re going to solve a mystery put to us by a listener who had no electricity in his garage and three electricians couldn’t tell him why. And the answer “il go to” surprise you.

TOM: And the Farmers’ Almanac has been predicting winter forecast with an 80.5 accuracy frequency since 1792 which is amazing, by the way. And they are calling for frequent blizzard phenomena, from spurts to no fewer than seven large-hearted snowstorms from coast to coast.

LESLIE: Oh, geez.

TOM: So, if you’re tired of shoveling, a blizzard blower might be in your immediate future. It can do it for you but they’re not one size fits all. So we’re proceeding is to say how to choose the perfect one for your house.

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Let’s get to it. Leslie, who’s firstly?

LESLIE: Larry in Missouri is having a plumbing issue. Tell us what’s going on.

LARRY: Yes, I have a well on my dimension now that fills the spray for our mansion. And in the last couple of months, we’ve had what I think is an unusual thing happening. The couplings on the 1-inch tube- the PVC pipes that are coming from the well- so far, 3 of them have smashed and maybe split- the couplings have divided almost right in half. And so I’ve had to dig out this PVC pipe from in the anchor, because it’s all underground.

TOM: Right.

LARRY: And just wondering, what “couldve been” stimulating those couplings to be splitting like that?

TOM: OK. The couplings that you’re using- what’s the dimensions of the PVC pipe? Is it an inch-and-a-half or what is it?

LARRY: One-inch PVC pipe.

TOM: And so, mostly, the coupling is where you have two sections that working in partnership. Is that remedy?

LARRY: Correct.

TOM: So what you might want to “ve been thinking about” doing is replacing these glued- they’re glued-on couplings. Is that title?

LARRY: Yes, they are.

TOM: What you might want to think about doing is supplanting these glued-on, hard-bitten, plastic pipelings( ph) with something called a Fernco. Are you very well known that?

LARRY: Mm-hmm.

TOM: It’s more of like a rubber boot and they have different types for different pipes. But it attaches importance to both sides of the tube and it has a little bit of flexible in between it. And this way, if you’re getting expansion and contraction in the tube, it’s going to move with it and put less stress on the joint.

LARRY: Mm-hmm. Now, the ones that I have totally replaced- I have replaced three of them even further and I would predict there’s probably five other, probably, to the well. What I’ve done- there is this one- it’s got a rubber seal on it but then they bolt together. I don’t know exactly what they’re called but …

TOM: It’s called a Fernco- F-e-r-n-c-o. Their website is And they’re sell off plumbing furnish houses; I know they sell them at The Home Depot. You should have no problem finding this.

This might be what you’re using, based on how you describe it; I’m not quite sure. But this is a good solution when you’re having this question with the couplings that you’re using bursting down because, as you’ll see, this will give you a lot of opennes. I’ve been using these in the floor for pipes for many years and I’ve never had one miscarry on me yet.

LARRY: OK. Well, very good. I will look into that and see if I knows where to find them around here. And if another one breaks, I will try it out.

TOM: Give it a shot. Thanks so much for request us at 888 -MONEY-PIT.

LESLIE: Now, Libby from Missouri is on the line and has some issues with a hardwood floor. Tell us what’s going on at your money pit.

LIBBY: I actually guess my hardwood flooring need to be redone. They’re extremely faded where there’s traffic and a great deal of gap.


LIBBY: And that mansion is about 60 years old. It’s very loud. Quantities of time wear and scrapings. And I’m trying to determining whether I should just not try to redo them and- or maybe there’s something that I can do to them to determine them examine better without totally refinishing them. I don’t know. You have any suggestions?

TOM: Well, sure, Libby. Let me query you about the condition of the floors. You said that they’re scratched but are the scrapings merely in the finish or are they sort of deep scrapings in the timber boards themselves?

LIBBY: No, they’re not deep scratches. Just from like- time daily wear, chiefly. They’re in really good shape. One office that’s not exerted very much is in I mean excellent- it examines approximately brand new. But the other, there’s- it’s simply ordinary, daily kind of wear.

TOM: Alright. So here’s what you can do, Libby. You don’t have to belt-sand the floorings, which is the way- when you totally refinish them, you take all the old-fashioned finish off and you grind down an 1/8 -inch of information. You don’t have to do that. What you can do is you is able to gently sand the upper surface of the finish and then articulated another blanket or two of urethane over that.

The best nature to do that is with a floor buffer and a sanding screen. Now, you can go to a tool-rental place and you can rent a flooring buffer and then you can purchase sanding screens, which are these screens that are about 18 inches in diameter. Appears various kinds of like window-screen material but it’s abrasive.

And there’s two sides to it, so you can use one side, fling it over, then use the other side. And you outlook it underneath the flooring buffer and as you use the buffer in the apartment, it lightly abrades the surface of the old-fashioned flooring. That takes out the dirt and the grunge. It takes off some of the old-fashioned- any age-old wax, that kind of stuff. And it’ll start to take out the scratches and that kind of evens it out and cleanses it up. Then you vacuum it or damp-mop all that dust up. And then you can apply two seams of urethane.

Now, I’ll give you a gimmick of the trade. The first bed should be a high gloss, because the glossy urethane is harder than satin. So applied the first seam of high-pitched gloss and maybe even a few seconds layer of high-pitched gloss but your last mantle could be satin. And that will give you a neat, even, soft finish and still be as hard-boiled as possible.

LIBBY: Oh, OK. I will see if I can get someone to help me with that.

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

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

LESLIE: And I’m Leslie Segrete.

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LESLIE: Carol in Texas is working on a decorate projection. How can we lend a hand?

CAROL: We are drawing our bathroom lockers. They are- they were put in the bathroom in 1980-something. I’m not absolutely convinced the year. We bought this house- the person or persons lived in it 28 times and we’ve been here almost 9 years. And they’re kind of a maple color and they’re not very attractive. I’ve applied that Orange Glo on them trying to perform them examine better. I don’t know what they used on them. Probably Liquid Gold or something trying to bring out the sheen.

But it’s just approximately beyond the part. And I’d like to have new closets but where reference is do, we’re probably going to have to redo the whole bathroom, we are therefore decided we are to be able paint them various kinds of an off-white color.

What we want to know is: what’s the approaching to attaining that make-up stay on?

LESLIE: Now, you said that the cabinets are a maple color. Are they actually wood and they’re stained?

CAROL: Yeah, that’s the stain on them. They’re stained.

LESLIE: So they’re discoloured wood. It’s not like a Thermofoil that looks like wood or a laminate? It’s wood.

CAROL: No, it’s real timber. They’re real grove cabinets.

LESLIE: Now, if they’ve been stained and restained over the course of a couple of years and you’ve got a lot of finishings of a cleaner on there, your best bet “couldve been”- and this is how I would kind of attack it. I would remove the doors and the drawer breasts, being very careful about labeling which becomes where, you know? A little fragment of painters tape on the back side and a little piece on the hinge saying, “-AA, ” or “1- 1, ” just so you know exactly where things go back.

And I would leave the hinges either on the door or on the box. It’s kind of easier to left open on the box, just for painting editions. And this way, you know exactly where anything goes back; that time kind of remembers things tidy.

And then, you really need to get some of that gleam off. So you could do it a got a couple of different ways. You could use something that’s like a liquid sandpaper that you clean on that comes rid of some of that sheen. But if it’s a super-high gloss and they’ve been oiled or polished over its first year and they’re unusually sort of gunked up, virtually, with a great deal of finish on them, you may want to sand them down a little bit. Because you need to get down to something that’s a little bit not so silky and so built up from years of cleaning and only the yuck that happens in the shower, just so that you’ve got a surface that the paint’s was just going to stick to.

And formerly you’ve done that to the doors or drawer fronts and the boxes themselves in the bathroom, you need to prime it very well with a high-quality primer. I would use KILZ or Zinsser- one of those that’ll stick extremely, very well- cause that baked very thoroughly and then go ahead with your topcoat decorate. And because it’s in a bathroom and because it’s a high-moisture area and it’s something that you’re going to want to be clean a good deal, I would go with a silky finish and an lubricant basi if I can get my hands on one. If not, a glossy latex will do the trick but more sturdy, of course, would be the oil base.

CAROL: Thank you and I relish your help.

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

LESLIE: Well, now that it’s getting super close to the holidays, do you have a couple of last-minute projects to get done but no time to do them? Hiring a handyman really is a great option. But how do you go about finding one that can get the project done well, on time, on budget? We’ve got some tips to help you do only that, in today’s Pro Project presented by

Now, first of all, you’ve got to understand that a handyman service is very different than a contractor. Now, these laborers often make different approaches to initial consultations and costs. But employing a handyman can really be super affordable. In fact, HomeAdvisor reports that most homeowners tend to pay between $177 and $647 for a completed programme. So it’s a great alternative for those working jobs that don’t call for any major remodeling but you still need to get them done and you don’t feel pleasant make them yourself.

TOM: Now, it’s important, though, that you understand how you’re being charged for a handyman’s business, because it’s not all the same. You could be charged located on an hourly frequency or a flat pace, depending on the project. And deciding which depends on the known and likewise the unknown factors of a job.

So, for example, if the contractor is hired to hang a ceiling daybreak, it’s a reasonably simple task. The median handyman is going to know how long it’ll take to time that and what tools are going to be needed. But if the number of jobs involves repairing drywall after a sea divulge , not so much. It’s not straightforward. You don’t know what you’re going to find when you get that ceiling rip out. So in that case, it might be hourly.

Now, for small jobs, pros could also charge you a minimum frequency. And that’s fair because they do have the time and expense of getting to and from your residence, even if a chore only makes 10 instants to complete. But whichever way you go, it’s very important to agree on toll ahead of time. As long as you can provide sufficient more detailed information on the number of jobs, a handyman should be able to give you a pretty firm quote, in writing, before starting any project.

LESLIE: Mm-hmm. And here are a couple plans that can help you remain those costs down, as well. You should try and clear the furniture and any other obstacles that are around the area where the project’s is happening, because this manufactures the handyman’s responsibility easier. And if you’re paying hourly, it reduces the number of time that’s actually invested at the number of jobs and not prepping to do the job.

Now, if you’ve got a bunch of small projects, incorporate them into one work bellow. Perhap you’re replacing a medicine board, reforming a doorknob on an interior doorway or specifying a drippy faucet. You can save more coin by hiring that handyman to take care of all of them in one day instead of paying for three separate visits.

And remember, supermarket around. Because three repeats? That’s frequently ample. You’ll get a good doctrine. But retain, merely because something is the lowest toll doesn’t mean it’s always the best deal. You might end up compensating more in the long run for something that might need to be redone or take longer to happen.

And also, bear in mind some agencies offer deductions for elderlies, ex-servicemen, the disabled. Whatever it is, they’re going to list this in their ads and it was possible to a major selling moment for their services. So keep an eye out for these things and make your time and find the right person.

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LESLIE: Alright. Now we’ve got John in Missouri on the line with a garage question. Tell us what’s going on.

JOHN: This sewage has caused the one part of the garage slab to drop.


JOHN: And we known to when we bought the house. It’s gotten a little worse every year. And I guess my big question is: what are my options as far as repairing it? And then, what I’ve- various kinds of look into- I haven’t gone anybody out to look at it and give me estimates yet. Is mudjacking and curing( ph) it as opposed to time not doing anything- and then when it’s too bad, just rending out the concrete and repouring another slab. So I guess that’s the question that I have.

TOM: The point that you had all these contractors “ve been coming” and look at the slab and look at the house and apply you a entire wide range of topics of solutions is typical. When you call somebody that’s in the concrete-repair business, they’re going to come out and recommend a concrete fixing. So you were very smart to call in the independent, professional home inspector and therein got the correct advice- was simply fix the sewage and everything else will take care of itself.

JOHN: The best 500 horses I ever are used in my life.

TOM: Exactly. So now that you fixed the sewage, you’ve got this slab that’s agreed down and you’re wondering, “What do I do with it? ” I has not been able to recommend, with a garage slab, is everything as expensive as mudjacking or anything of that nature. The expense of that procedure is not worth just trying to save the slab. That slab will break up very, very easily- astonishingly easily- with a jackhammer or even a sledgehammer, frankly.

And you would tear that out, relevel the flooring, compress it, compress it properly and pour a new slab. So that’s “the worlds largest” cost-effective and permanent, long-term solution. Everything else would- I foresee would be a waste of coin and very speculative.

JOHN: Thank you. I relish that. Like I said, I haven’t had anybody come out and actually look at it more. It’s various kinds of one of those ankle-biter kind of things that …

TOM: Well, here’s what’s going to happen, John. If you have somebody that’s in the mudjacking business come out there, they’re going to say, “Hey, you need mudjacking, ” OK? If you have a mason come out there and he tells you to tear it out and introduced a brand-new one in, I’d is in agreement with that. I think that’s the best thing to do.

John, thanks so much for calling us at 888 -MONEY-PIT.

LESLIE: Give us a call anytime with your home fixing or your residence increase question 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. This time of year with the holidays, I never sleep. I’m typically wrapping something or painting, so one of us will certainly be answer the phone.

Up next, have you ever had something go wrong in your home that even the pros can’t figure out? We’re going to tell you about a number of problems we solved for a listener in seconds that three electricians had missed, next.

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LESLIE: And I’m Leslie Segrete.

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LESLIE: Alright. Now we’re chief over to Georgia where Robin is dealing with a hall question. What’s going on with the cement?

ROBIN: The back of the plaster porch, where it convenes the house, has descend down from the brick about an inch and maybe as much as 2 inches in some plazas. And then, up the wall, the brick has also get orders in it, in some locates, that have put down, as well. And “youre seeing” where the brick has declined down under the windows.

TOM: OK. So what’s happening here is settlement and it’s happened gradually, probably over a number of years. And commonly, what happening on porches is – you are aware, you frame the outside kind of groundwork wall of the foyer and then you pour the concrete last-place. And sometimes, when they backfill the hall, it doesn’t compress properly or sometimes you get organic debris in there, like tree stumps and that sort of thing. And then they, of course, rot apart, you get voids and then the porch drops.

So the question is: can you patch something that has dropped 2 inches? And my answer is no. It’s too much to patch. So, “youve been” have two picks. You can temporarily shut those divergences. The only purpose in doing this is to stop some of the liquid that might collect from rainfall of running in there and constituting the matter worse. But it really is a particularly temporary fix.

The proper thing to do would be to have that concrete storey lacerated out. Once it’s torn out, you’ll be able to work on the brick wall that’s sagging underneath. The bricks would probably be sitting on top of a step of a foundation. I don’t know why they’re dropping but you need to investigate that, rebuild the bricks up under the window and then pour a brand-new material flooring on properly tamped, properly pact base.

That’s really all you are able to do at this place because you can’t spot something – you can’t articulated a bed on it of additional concrete to kind of fill that in. It simply won’t stay. It won’t look right. OK, Robin?

ROBIN: OK. Well, thank you for coming in. I appreciate it.

TOM: You’re accept, Robin. Good fortune with that campaign. Thanks so much for calling us at 888 -MONEY-PIT.

LESLIE: Well, have you ever had something go wrong in your residence that you find even the pros merely can’t figure out what’s happening? It is also available jolly baffling and is also able to pretty expensive. Well, we’re going to tell you about a problem that Tom solved for a listener in seconds that three electricians had missed.

So, Tom, what exactly happened?

TOM: So, Larry wrote me about his garage. And the story was “hes had” five outlets that were dead, including the one his freezer was on, which I’m guessing led to a bunch of spoiled food. The circuit breakers, though, they were all on; nothing of them had junketed. And there were no GFCIs detected. There were no ground glitches found. And three electricians were called and not a single one could figure it out. So it was quite a perplexing problem for Larry.

Now, having heard this and having sort of been down these arteries for many years- and specifically, this one before- I knew that there had to be a GFCI. Now, what that expressed support for is ground-fault circuit interrupter. And you guys might recognize this as the shop that has the little measure and reset button it.

And basically, what it does is if there’s something plugged into this that has a short in it- which is a diversion of current to a soil source, which could be you going a sicken- it will instantly put off before anybody gets hurt. And when homes are built, one of the points that developers will do is they’ll put a ground fracture in one of the channels and then have it dominance all the outlets that sort of are following that.

And I knew something precisely had to be one now. So I said to Larry, “Look, there’s have to go to be- it’s got to be there. I want you to look is not simply in the garage but I crave you to look in your basement, your kitchen, your bathroom and outside. Basically, every target that there’s a sodden orientation, you could have a ground fault. And who knows where this developer introduced it? ”

So, he did and literally, like a marry hours later, he wrote me and said, “I met it.” Where’d he find it? In the garage but not on the wall. He encountered it behind a garage-wall board. So person actually had clothed the channel- the ground-fault store- with a cabinet.

LESLIE: That’s so crazy.

TOM: Well, one of the things I mentioned to him is there has to be an outlet on every wall. And when he saw a wall that didn’t have an outlet, he said, “Ha. I wonder.” And sure enough, it was behind the wall cabinet.

Now, the other part of this story, which is interesting, is not only did I facilitate him find it, I told him why- how it junketed in the first place. Because you remember when I told you where reference is described the situation, he said he has a freezer? Well, you are able to never, ever made a refrigerator or a freezer on a ground-fault circuit. Because when the compressors knock on and off, they pull so much capability that they kind of fake-out the dirt flaw and the ground demerit thinks that somebody’s going a stun and it turns off the circuit.

So, now, Larry is very happy. Of route, he’s got to now find, I approximate, a home to store whatever was in that cabinet. But this cabinet’s down, the electrical circuit is restored and he is ready to run a new channel just for that freezer.

But sometimes, that’s how it goes. But I told Larry, “Well, the good news is you got it straightened out. And you too knew the three electricians you will never, ever hire for development projects at your house.” Because those chaps should have figured this out.

LESLIE: You reached among us anytime, 24/7, right here at 888 -MONEY-PIT with your residence amend or your dwelling better question.

Well, according to that Farmers’ Almanac, you should be expecting no fewer than seven large-scale snowstorms from coast to coast this wintertime. That is terrible news, especially if you’re tired of shoveling. You know what? Now would be a great time to invest in a blizzard blower. It seems like we’re going to be using them a lot. We’re going to share some tip-off to choose the best one for your work, next.

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

LESLIE: And I’m Leslie Segrete.

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LESLIE: We’re going to Mike in Michigan who’s got some concerns about operating in the jug temps.

Welcome, Mike.

MIKE: I examine a rumor that there’s sealant that can be applied in much colder temperatures. But upon my research, I haven’t attained any firm that sells it or has only one knowledge of it.

TOM: You speaking about caulk?

MIKE: Yeah. To shut braces and cracks.

TOM: Well, generally, the solvent-based caulks can be used in a great deal lower temperatures than the latex-based caulks. Are you utilizing silicone caulks?

MIKE: No, we’re also exploiting polyurethane.

TOM: You might want to look at the silicone products. Now, this is nothing special; it’s not a new type of product. But I know that some painters use these down to 0 degrees.

Now, the trick is keeping it warm enough to apply it this is why it flows well. But if you can keep the caulking tube warm and then go outside and use it, the employment should be OK down to nearly 0 severities, as I recall.

MIKE: OK. And the freeze/ thaw round, I know, is water turns to frost, it expands. That will not expand the sealant being soak?

TOM: No. Because it’s solvent-based. You don’t have the same expansion issues.

MIKE: OK. And how well does that degree out? Do you have to more or less putty it in and smooth it out yourself?

TOM: It is more difficult to level out because of the cold temperature. As you know, if you’ve ever employed this sort of thing on warm day, it flows really nicely. But because it’s chilly, it emphatically doesn’t flow as well. But if you’re skilled with the caulk gun, you should be fine with it. And cleanup is a little bit more difficult, as well. But again, it comes down to your talent and I’m sure if you’re doing it all these years that you’d be enabled to overcome that issue.

MIKE: Yes, yes. We’re just looking- when we heard about it, we figured, well, if we can get another month or two out of the season of doing sealing, we can acquire more money every year by doing so.

LESLIE: There’s too a concoction out there called a “caulk warmer.” And it looks like a- kind of like an insulated lunchbox but it’s more like an envelope-style. And you can hold two to five tubings, depending on which size you get. And that can help you keep the caulk at a flowable temperature while you’re getting ready to work.

MIKE: Oh, OK. I acknowledge all your help and assistance. You folks have a great day.

TOM: Alright. Good fortune with that projection. Thanks so much better for holler us at 888 -MONEY-PIT.

LESLIE: Well, since 1792, the Farmers’ Almanac has been predicting weather with, get this, an superb 80 -percent accuracy rate. And they say we should expect no fewer than seven major snowstorms, you are aware. No big deal.

TOM: Yuck. Well, if that’s got you motivated to start thinking about buying a snow blower or if you’re like me and your snow-shoveling boys are away at college, here’s a few things to know that will help you find the one that’s going to work best for you.

And by the way, if you’re listening to this, right now, from the coast of Hawaii or Miami, you time obliterate that little grin off your face and think about how luck you are for a second while we help the rest of America, who’s truly chill right now.

LESLIE: Yeah, yeah, yeah. And we’re all coming to visit you in Hawaii. We know where you live. We’re coming.

But guess what, guys? There’s actually two types of snow-clearing machines: a snow blower and a snowfall thrower. And they’re two different things.

Now, a single-stage machine is called a “thrower,” because that’s what it does. It picks up the blizzard and then transports it out the parachute in one motion or theatre. Now, two-stage machines are announced “snow blowers, ” because it moves the snowfall twice. First, a metal auger is going to scoop up the blizzard and frost and then a high-speed impeller is going to throw it out through granting discharge tube.

Now, the auger on these bigger machines, it doesn’t touch the foot. It’s better for if you’ve got a gravel or concrete skin-deep. Plus, they boast taller buckets that are capable of inhaling bigger snowdrifts. So you’ve got to really “ve been thinking about” the type of face and the amount of snow.

TOM: So if you’re trying to decide between the options, you want to think about the area that you have to clear, the quantity of snow “youre trying to” get in that surface. The single-stage snow throwers are typically about 19 to 22 inches wide but the thicknes isn’t as important as the high levels of these machines.

Also, you don’t want to use a single-stage snow thrower on a gravel surface. And if you’re frequently duelling those 12 -inch blizzard moves or it is required to clear large, depth areas of snow, then maybe you might go for the bigger, two-stage snow blower.

LESLIE: Now, most blizzard blowers are going to run on gas but there are electric accounts of single-stage snow throwers accessible, which is great if you’ve went small-minded areas like a deck or paces where a gas-powered machine only isn’t going to fit.

And also, safety is super important when you’re using a snow blower. You’ve went really powerful blades that move at very high speeds. Now, the safety check starts before that first flake fails. Now, before it does snow, you’ve have to go to clear the driveway of all downed divisions, toys, newspapers, any other debris that could be a hazard.

And you was intended to made to ensure that you know the locating of all the landscape light-footed fixtures that are slotted along the edge of the driveway, because you don’t want to run them over with that snowfall blower. And never, never, never clear a choked impeller or auger with your hand. You’ve got to turn off the engine and then use a wooden stick to dislodge whatever is clogging it.

TOM: Yeah. Very important because the machine can move, even when it’s off, as soon as that poke object is removed. Sometimes, there’s built-up pressure and it will really move forward and can be very dangerous. So make sure you’re unusually, very careful when you’re clearing those clogs.

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And coming up, if you’re feeling a shivering from all this wintertime brave, perhaps it’s time to install a whirlwind doorway. They can be tremendously helpful, so we’re travelling to share some tips-off if you’re considering one for your coin pit.

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

LESLIE: And I’m Leslie Segrete.

TOM: Call us, right now, with your dwelling better question at 888 -MONEY-PIT or post your question at, just like Rich did.

LESLIE: That’s freedom. Rich writes: “I recently set a brand-new fiberglass introduction opening that looks great. We’ve considered installing a storm door outside for additional protection and so we can have full-view glass door during the warmer months. I’ve heard, though, that I need to vent the door so it doesn’t warp or ruin our entry entrance. If so, how do I do this or should I merely hop-skip the tornado entrance altogether?”

TOM: It’s interesting that you think that you would have to vent a gale opening, right? Because isn’t the idea of a blizzard door to stop the drafts? So why would you need to vent the tornado entrance?

LESLIE: Create one.

TOM: Right. But there is some truth to all of this. Now, it doesn’t certainly have to do with the fiberglass doorways. But when you have a metal door, typically you have, for example, this- a trim around the window, like a vinyl balance around the window. And when you threw a rain opening over that, you get kind of this greenhouse effect where the door will overheat. That opening in front of the door will overheat. In fact, sometimes it gets so hot that when you try to grab the handle from the inside, it feels like you’re going to burn your hand.

Now, the thing is, though, with fiberglass entrances, you don’t need a cyclone door. It’s good enough as it is. Fiberglass openings are far more shielded than metal entrances or wooden doors. So you can skip the squall doorway for that reason.

Now, you did mention in the summer, certainly you could employed a screen door on this for breathing. In fact, I have a fiberglass door on our office entrance. And it’s a beautiful opening. It looks just like wood, because it has that sort of an impression, that sort of style and scheme to it. But we lay in a sort of hideaway screen door so that it kind of clicks back into a roll on the side.

LESLIE: Oh, that’s smart.

TOM: So we don’t even have to have the actual made of the door. It just sort of pulls out and it requires a neat ventilation.

But you do not need a blizzard door with fiberglass. And if you do have one, you are able very well decrease the life of the finish on that fiberglass, just because of all the added showing and hot that’s was just going to log into that.

LESLIE: Alright. Good point.

Next up, we’ve got a pole here from Josh in Michigan. Now, Josh writes: “In my bathroom, I’ve been having some problems with what looks like drips on the wall. The drips are sometimes a yellowish shade and more see after the shower. Is this a venting trouble? ”

TOM: Well, probably. I means you is a lot of humidity in this space because it’s not vented well enough. You are going to get the water running against the walls or condensing against the walls. It will pick up the mineral deposits “thats been” there from showers of long ago, which could be yesterday or the month before. And it will dehydrate with those salts and establish those kind of colorful drips.

This thing is, though, if you deal with the environment, which is the high-humid environment that you are, that’s not going to be as much of a problem. You’ll also find that it’s not going to be moldy, right? It’s just going to be a lot more pleasant of a space.

So, what I would recommend that you do, in this case, is oust or add, if you don’t have it, a bathroom-vent fan. But not only any fan. You want to made to ensure that the switching on it has a humidistat. Because if it runs on a humidistat, even when you leave the bathroom after the shower is done, the love will can run until the moisture’s gone. Because most of us will exactly put off that fan when we leave the bathroom. But that’s kind of counterproductive, because the humidity is still there.

LESLIE: Yeah. You do really have to run that show supporter after the shower. You know, so many times my kids will precisely bust out of the lavatory and you can see the steam kind of “ve been coming” when you are. It certainly sticks around. So you want to make sure you run it well after to get all of that steam and sweat out of the bathroom, really to keep things in tip-top shape in there.

Plus, you want to really make sure that the expres supporter is vented outside. You don’t want to leant all that moist air into the attic because it then aims up spawning your insularity less effective. And that movements a whole knot of other problems.

TOM: This is The Money Pit Home Improvement Show. Thank you so much for expend this part of your vacation- and yes, I call it a “holiday, ” because we’re getting closer together every weekend may seem like the vacation now- with us. If you’ve got questions that we can help you with when it comes to taking on your residence chores, your programmes, contribute us a bawl, 24/7, at 1-888-MONEY-PIT or berth your question at

I’m Tom Kraeutler.

LESLIE: And I’m Leslie Segrete.

TOM: Remember, you can do it yourself …

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


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