Episode #1952: DIY Disasters | Hanging Heavy Pictures | Winter Ready Checklist

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Hanging paints can be daunting, especially if they’re ponderous. But no matter what surface you’re drilling into, there’s a tried and true way to secure your wall hangings safely. We’ll explain.

Are you ready for winter? We mean truly ready? There are 7 major blizzards is estimated to made- so we walk you through a step by step checklist to be sure you are good to go.

Plus the team answers questions about a quick fix for squeaky storeys, stopping submerge odors, best room to prevent mouse from getting in, and more.

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TOM: Coast to coast and floorboards to shingles, this is The Money Pit Home Improvement Show. I’m Tom Kraeutler.

LESLIE: And I’m Leslie Segrete.

TOM: And we are for one and one ground exclusively and that’s to help you with your dwelling progress activities, your maintenance assignments, your decor projects. Whatever is on your to-do list, you can slide it over to ours by are to achieve us at 1-888-MONEY-PIT with your residence progress questions. You can also post them on The Money Pit’s Facebook page at Facebook.com/ TheMoneyPit.

Coming up on today’s show, have you ever taken on a do-it-yourself project merely to have to admit defeat and call in a pro to finish? Well, “thats happened” recently to us. Yes, we are going to swallow our pride and share the story, time ahead, so you know you’re not alone when it happens to you.

LESLIE: It happens to everybody.

Alright. Well, hanging slides can be a daunting task, especially if they’re ponderous. But no matter what surface you’re drilling into, there is a tried-and-true way to secure your wall hanging safely. We’re going to explain.

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So let’s get started. Leslie, who’s firstly?

LESLIE: Got Larry on the line who’s got a question about some wallpaper that won’t stay put. Tell us what’s going on.

LARRY: I’ve got an aged live, 200 years old. And it’s got the plaster walls with cloth wallpaper that was put on about 30 years ago.

TOM: Oh, son. Right.

LARRY: And now it’s coming off in places but it’s still real unscathed. I’m wondering if I can merely stay it back on with some kind of an adhesive.

TOM: So, is it coming out at the seams?

LARRY: Right, yeah.

TOM: Mm-hmm. OK. So, there’s a implement called a “seam roller” and there’s a type of adhesive called “seam adhesive”- wallpaper seam adhesive. It’s not very expensive.


TOM: And what you need to do is you need to apply that seam adhesive. You can use a really small brush, like a painter’s brush. Try to get wise on the back side of those loose parts. And then with the roller, which is kind of like a small rolling pin about 2 inches wide, you roll over it. And that press it down, spreads the adhesive and assists close those rims down.

Now, if you do this and it use, you’re good to go. If it doesn’t work, it might be that there’s too much debris on that wall and it’s simply never going to stick. And you may have to say goodbye to that- I dislike to tell you- 30 -year-old wallpaper. But let’s think of it this room: it dished your home well. OK?

LARRY: It’s been good. Thank you very much.

TOM: You’re welcome, Larry. Thanks so much for calling us and good luck with that project.

LESLIE: Cindy in Florida, you’ve get The Money Pit. How can we help you today?

CINDY: We bought our room two years ago and one of the options ought to have the epoxy floor. And what we got was a plain, gray epoxy.


CINDY: And now we noticed that the other residences that are all being built around us, they have a gray epoxy floor but they have those little speckle confetti on top.

TOM: Yeah. Mm-hmm. Yeah.

CINDY: So we want to know- we want to redo our epoxy to have that little confetti scattered on.


CINDY: Do we have to piece the age-old epoxy off fully or can we just introduced a new epoxy over it?

TOM: No, I think you could introduce a second layer on it as long as that old-fashioned epoxy is adhered well. If it looks like it’s a tough finish and it’s sticking well, then I think you could add another coat of epoxy on top of it. Some kinfolks leant multiples coatings of that base epoxy and some folks positioned the clear- even gave a clear coat on, on top of what they have.

So , no, you can threw another stratum on it. I would try to find out what commodity it was so that you’re squandering the same product. That would give you a better probability of not having any adhesion issues.

CINDY: Oh, that makes a difference, the same product. OK.

TOM: Mm-hmm. Yeah. OK?

CINDY: I didn’t even think of that. Thank you very much.

TOM: Alright. OK, Cindy. Good luck with that projection and thanks for calling us at 888 -MONEY-PIT.

LESLIE: Now we’re going to head over to Nebraska. James is on the line with the americans and has some questions about insulation. What’s going on at your coin crater?

JAMES: Hey, just curious. I’ve done some reading. Some of that spraying sud, there’s some smogs apparently maybe coming off some of that. Do you know what’s out there and what that can cause and some of the problems they’re having with that?

TOM: I know of one case that was, I accept, in Canada where there was potentially some substance that was improperly mixed but it certainly is not a widespread situation. I personally have Icynene Spray-Foam Insulation in my crawlspaces in my cellar and in my attic and across my kitchen roof. And I has been extremely, very happy with it. It’s been very effective for us. So I, personally, would say you could use a name-brand insulation like that without dread of any type of off-gassing. I don’t think it’s areas of concern whatsoever.

JAMES: OK. I guess that was my merely concern, because it looks like it’s a really good way to go. But after, you are well aware, construing a little bit of that, I was a little shy so …

TOM: Yeah. I intend if you deal with a good contractor with a good stature and a good make, like Icynene, I think you’ll be fine.

I actually have photos of the project on MoneyPit.com. If you search for The Money Pit Insulation Guide, you’ll see photographs of the Icynene going down- going into the gaps. And we had a really complicated house. We had flat-roof regions where the ceiling formation was opened up for the outside and sprayed down across the ceiling and then closed in. We had a traditional attic and then we too had an attic that- over the kitchen that was not accessible. So in that case, the plywood was taken away from from the outside. And once again, we scattered down across the kitchen and then reroofed the place. So, it was kind of an interesting project but we ensure huge differences pretty much right away after the produce had dried.

JAMES: OK, enormous. Well, thanks for coming. And thanks for taking my question, too.

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

LESLIE: Alright. You are chanted to The Money Pit Home Improvement Radio Show. Give us a call at 888 -MONEY-PIT presented by HomeAdvisor. You can get instantly matched with top-rated pros for any home project and volume appointments online for free.

TOM: Just ahead, have you ever taken on a do-it-yourself project merely to have to admit defeat and call in a pro to finish? Well, that actually happened recently to us. We’re going to swallow our dignity and share the story, after this.

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: Now we’ve get Leslie in Nebraska on the line who’s dealing with an oversized oak opening. What happened? Did it grow?

LESLIE IN NEBRASKA: What I did was- I live in a 100 -year-old, German bungalow-style house.

TOM: Nice.

LESLIE IN NEBRASKA: And I changed the doors. It had been remodeled and it just had the flat, hollow-core entrances in it. I converted them out for solid- for oak entrances. And in one room, the door now- the hinges are in the extremely corner, as it were. But at the bottom, it converges and at the top, there’s about a 1/2 -inch crack which is something we framed wedges. So I’m wondering how to pare that out appropriately.

The original doorways had 1-by trim with the flat timber on top, so they butt against the human rights committee on the top. And I’m wondering what I can do to make this work.

TOM: So, if I understand this correctly, you purchased a prehung doorway, you installed it into the old opening. In order to make it fit, you had to shim it in quite a bit. And as a result , now “youve had” big gaps between the prehung and the old opening opening. Is that correct?


TOM: Alright. So, you need a wider trim, patently; that’s where you’re going to have to start with this.

Now, the most traditional trim is clamshell- which is, I suppose, relatively boring- 21/2 -inch or 21/4 -inch wide, encircles the door. A more interesting way to do this might be to trim it off with a two-piece trim. So what you could use is you could use a piece of baseboard molding as the first coating of trim. So this would give you a wide molding all around the door.

And you could make this as wide as “youve got to”. Baseboard molding is usually either 21/2 inches or 31/2 inches wide. So you consider- give that as casing, if that offsets impression. And then on top of the outside edge of the baseboard, you can leant angle molding. And so it becomes sort of- its outside region molding, so it becomes stepped. So, the fluted part of the baseboard is against the hinge and then it steps up at the end with the outside corner molding. And this gives you sort of a two-tiered casement layout all around the part door.

This can be very, highly attractive. I once did an entire room like this and it looked really gone. Gives you a good deal of feature and it kind of brings you back to the day when all the moldings around openings were done in a really fancy way like this and opens that particular doorway a good deal of personality.

LESLIE IN NEBRASKA: Thank you so much better for your help.

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

So, this past summer, we put in some air-conditioning systems to the studio, because it was getting a little warm. And you guys know we cherish the split-ductless system, so we decided to go with that because they’re nice and quiet. We didn’t miss the sound when we’re on the radio. And so we put in four split-ductless systems. And it manipulated great all summer long.

So, a few weeks ago, it was getting a little chilly in here and Leslie loathes to be cold. And that’s fine.

LESLIE: I hate it.

TOM: You know, we have our own body temperature like most marries do. And we are a radio couple. So we switched it to the heating mode but it did not get warmer; it actually didn’t work at all.

Now, I went back to my contractor on this. I’m kidding, because it was Jim, our engineer. Because Jim wanted to introduced them in himself and I think he did a great job. And Jim was a little perplexed by this.

So, Jim, you tell the rest of the storey because you had to call for help.

JIM: Well, all summertime long, we had air conditioning. It was great. And came time to fire up the heat and had no heat. So I went into Jim-troubleshoot mode and couldn’t solve it. So I said, “Well, you know what? HomeAdvisor is- we recommend them all the time. It’d be silly not to use them myself.” So I privately, without telling you, I called- got on HomeAdvisor.

TOM: You could have told me. I would have told you the same thing.

JIM: Yeah, I know.

TOM: You is ready to feign looks just like you solved this on your own without any help of a professional.

JIM: That’s it. So busted. So I- literally, this is crazy. From the time I clicked Enter for contractors to get ahold of me, in less than two hours not only were- they answered, it was amended and they were on their highway, which is amazing.

LESLIE: That’s awesome.

TOM: Wow.

JIM: Yeah, I couldn’t believe it. And it turned out all it was is low refrigerant level. So you can have a low-pitched refrigerant elevation. It still rolls the aura but not the heat, which requires more. But still doesn’t throw an error code because it does have enough refrigerant for summertime. So, I learned a bunch and I wanted to give a shout-out to John and Nate. Nate was the technician; John is the owner of the company. Literally announced me within four minutes and had it amended and they were on their style in under two hours. It was cool.

TOM: Wow.

JIM: Just charged me for a service call and the refrigerant I was low on, which is a very affordable refrigerant. So, the whole thing was, outstandingly, under 180 bucks.

TOM: Wow.

JIM: Yeah.

TOM: Well, our solace restored for under 200 bucks. That was a pretty good deal.

LESLIE: I cherish it.

TOM: And yes, surely a shout-out to HomeAdvisor. Those chaps altogether rocked it. Showed up within two hours. Got us all fixed up.

LESLIE: Alright. Next up, we’ve came Mark on The Money Pit. What’s going on at your mansion?

MARK: OK. I’ve get this house that I bought on- it’s precisely less than 5 acres by the golf course in Bandon, Oregon.


MARK: And I’ve got these pavers that somebody had laid over something. It’s about 2,000 square feet of them in my breast yard.

TOM: Wow.

MARK: And it’s not a small house. So, I’m trying to figure out what to nuke this moss that is impending- because I’ve got a lot of huge trees here, too.

TOM: Yeah.

MARK: It’s got everything, guys. This is Oregon.

TOM: Wow. Yeah.

MARK: And I’ve got the salt fog, which is a phenomenon I’ve never even heard of before.

TOM: Here’s what I think you should do.

First of all, since you have so much of this and we’re not just trying to strategically get rid of a little bit, I would use a mildicide on this. I would use something like JOMAX, which is a Zinsser product. You mix it up with bleach, you articulated it across these pavers and you leave it sit. And it’ll mostly kill all of the moss and the algae and so on in a moderately short period of time. You can power-wash it and clean it up after that.

Now, on an ongoing basis, though, there are different types of commodities. There is Spray& Forget, for example, that you can apply to it. And if you do this every month or two, that will stop the moss from germinating as soon. But whenever you have a lot of color like that, of course, the conditions are perfect for that type of moss and algae and lichen to grow.

So the first step is going to be to kind of nuke it, so to speak, with a really strong process and then you’re going to apply a more gentle produce, like Spray& Forget, to try to stop it from coming back.

MARK: There is hope.

LESLIE: There sure is.

MARK: Always.

TOM: There is. Here i am. Well, good luck with that campaign. Thanks so much for reaching out to us at 1-888-MONEY-PIT.

MARK: Alright. Thanks a lot. Have a good one.

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

MIKE: Is it possible or even a good suggestion to position a propane sea heater in- next to an electric water heater? With the bad weather that we’ve had and the possibility of losing the electricity, I was trying to determine whether or not I could put in a propane liquid heater and maybe cheap hot water to be able to wash the kids and the clothes when the energy goes out.

TOM: Well, that’s an interesting approach. First of all, I don’t ascertain why you couldn’t do that as long as both gadgets were installed safely and in conformity with electrical systems and plumbing systems and in accordance to the- and in accordance with the manufacturer’s directions. So, there’s no reason why you couldn’t have the ocean heaters side by side with one being propane and one being electrical. But you might want to think about a more permanent solution and a more practical solution to the underlying problem of losing capability and that is to install a standby generator.

Now, you can get a standby generator that they are able to run on propane gas. And a standby generator is very handy because it comes on automatically when the supremacy goes off and it can handle the sea heater, glowings, refrigeration, heating system, all the basics.

LESLIE: Well, pretty much anything that you want it to.

TOM: Yeah. And restrain you moving throughout the house. So, rather than see you spend money on a second water heater, I’d preferably see you spend some money on a propane-powered, gas standby generator.

MIKE: What would you think would be necessary for running, yeah, the basics that you were just mentioning there: the liquid heater, the refrigeration and the stove? You know , not running the whole house- I think that takes about 15,000 kilowatts- but exactly leading a partial system there. What would you recommend for that type of a standby?

TOM: Well, accurately. And you can buy them based on different sizes. So, for example, if you missed one that was about 8k, that would probably run you probably $ 2,500, plus or minus.


TOM: And if you demanded one that was 20 k, that’d probably rolled you about $4,500 and then something else in between. So, they’re not extraordinarily expensive. They have to be installed professionally and of course, this presumes that you have propane available to run them and not- or natural gas. But I infer you’re speaking about propane.

It comes with something called a “transfer switch.” So, it gets installed next to your main electrical committee and basically, the tours that are wired in the movement swap are the ones that actually come on. So you might have a lighting circuit, a refrigerator, furnace and so on. If you happen to have central air conditioning, you may not use that because you’d be willing to put up with not having air conditioning for a few days but as long as your refrigerator laboured and so on.

MIKE: Splendid. Well, thanks for all the good information you folks provide.

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

Well, Leslie, if you want to hang a ponderous visualize, you know what the most important subject is to know about? Gravity.

LESLIE: That’s true.

TOM: If you don’t do it right, it’s going to come crashing down. We’ll have some gratuities to help you hang heavy stuff , no matter what wall configuration “youve had”, after this.

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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Now we’ve came Barb in Iowa on the line who’s got a heating question. How can we help you today?

BARB: Yes. My son recently acquired a house and it has the hot-water heat. And was wondering about if we supersede that, if you’d recommend staying with that structure or going with maybe the forced-air natural gas?

TOM: Oh , no, I would- well, first of all, is it a gas-fired heating system? It’s simply heated by hot water instead of ducts?

BARB: Yeah, it has kind of- the radiators along the …

TOM: Oh, listen, Barb, you’ve got the best heating system accessible. So, you obviously don’t want to take- never take apart a glowing system.

Now, if you want to add air conditioning, you contribute a separate set of passages for that. But you never disable that hot-water baseboard system because it delivers heated, moist heat. Now, most makes today don’t settled these in because they’re too expensive. But if you bought a house that’s got one, you certainly want to keep it and enjoy it.

BARB: OK. And then if- simply repair it if it would need any …

TOM: Well, I make hot-water systems rarely need repair; it’s simply that the boiler needs maintenance. But most hot-water, gas-fired boilers will previous 25 or 30 years.

BARB: OK. Well, thank you.

TOM: You’re welcome, Barb. Thanks so much for calling us at 888 -MONEY-PIT.

Well, if you’ve ever wanted to hang a heavy painting or a piece of artwork, your first concern is usually gravitation. You want to make sure that what goes up does not come down.

LESLIE: Yeah. And that’s something you really do want to avoid. But there are so many types of walls out there, from exposed brick to drywall to faces covered in tile, that each substance is going to have a fastener that’s really best suited for it.

Now, each type of anchor has persuasiveness and weaknesses but they boil down to two types: stretch anchors or hollow-wall anchors.

Now, swelling fixes expand when a fuck or shaft is stranded into them. And they work best in thick, solid substances. Hollow-wall fastens are best used in thin fabrics or hollow walls. And they spread in a variety of ways formerly they’re inserted into the wall and then you can’t pull them back through.

TOM: So, here’s how you combine the hook with the wall cloth. Now, for drywall, tacks are OK but they need to go in at a 45 -degree angle. Screws are much better and they should be used with a plastic secure. And for anything that’s heavier than 20 pounds, that hook must go into a stud.

Now, if you’re working with plaster and you’ve got an aged house , now you’ve got to be really careful because plaster walls can crack readily when they’re separated from the lath. And that happens a lot because they dry out over the years. So you want to keep vibration and banging to a minimum while you’re working on it. The hook of pick, though, is the metal toggle bolt. They expand once they’re propagandized through the plaster and they compute endorsement from behind. And just like for drywall, though, for heavier components it is required to drill into the stud.

And eventually, if you’re attaching to brick or mortar, be sure to choose a spot in a mortar seam: the space between the brick and the stone. You’re going to need to use a instruct with a masonry part and then you’ll drive a wall linchpin into that hole. And then your hanging is held in place by a screw.

LESLIE: Now, the best fastener for absolutely ponderous objects is going to be a molly bolt. And these incorporate the informality of station of a plastic swelling linchpin with much greater strength. Now, the most important one mollies can hold up to 50 pounds, so you should be able to hang up most things that you really want to.

And then there’s a fixing called the Monkey Hook.

TOM: The Monkey Hook is a pretty cool thing. It’s a- basically a piece of cable that’s in the shape of a hit. And “ve been thinking about”, you know, how monkeys support themselves when they go tree to tree by sort of hanging on their posteriors? Well, that’s the kind of idea. The wire slips behind the wall and fastens in place and it leaves the steal standing out. And that posterior of a wire turns out to be very, very strong.

And the Monkey Hooks by themselves can hold, I suppose, probably 30 or 40 pounds and they don’t do much detriment. But they only work well on drywall. If you’ve got plaster, you’ve got to go back to the toggle bolts.

LESLIE: Orv in South Dakota is on the line with a log-cabin question. Tell us what you’re working on.

ORV: This is a cedar log cabin. Actually, it’s 4x6s with the edges easy. And four or five years ago, we discoloured it and it came- we discoloured it too dark. And I’d like to know if we can- or what needs to be done to bring it back to its original colour?

TOM: OK. So, if you discoloured it and it’s too dark and you want to lighten it up again, it’s not practical to sand down the enters to try to get to the natural timber , nor do I think you have to. What you could do is you could apply a solid-color stain, which is essentially going to be- the pigment that comes out of the can is the color you’re going to get. It’s kind of like coat except that the particle of the wood testifies through. So if you were to threw a solid-color stain on those logs, you have been able certainly cheered it up.

And frankly, when we are asked about staining homes, grove placing and the like, we almost always recommend solid-color stain because it lasts a long time. It has more pigment in it than semi-transparent discolours and so I think that’s the way to go, Orv. Just pick up some solid-color stain, any dye you demand. Apply it to the logs and you could definitely lighten up the look.

ORV: OK. Thank you very much.

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

LESLIE: You can reach us here with your home repair or your residence improvement questions 24 hours per day, 7 days a week at 1-888-MONEY-PIT.

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LESLIE: Nora in Texas is on the line with a textured-wall question. Tell us what you’re working on.

NORA: We are remodeling our house and we have a room that has a wall that has some breaches in the wall: some bumps and things that I know I won’t get out. But “were going to”- we were texturing it with a lightweight seam compound and a make-up roller. But when I put it on, I various kinds of extended above my president and came down and then I dipped again, get across the wall and then went across the top about a foot from the ceiling to the- where I’d started. Then extended across the bottom from the paw- from the- right aimed to the floor. Is it going to show line- how do you keep from indicating front crisscross and …?

TOM: Well, Nora, there’s decorates that are designed to do that; you don’t have to use spackling. But I can respect the facts of the case that “youre supposed to” had some spackle and maybe you simply tried to meet that the project works. How do you evade paint lines or how do you eschew trowel texts with that? You merely get one shot to make love and that’s when you work it when it’s wet.


TOM: It’s OK to cut-in like that. But before it bone-dry, what you have to do is go across the wall and sort of break into those sort of cliques so that you have a pattern there.


TOM: I probably would not have exploited spackle for that, if it was me. I would have worked a good-quality textured depict, which would have given you the same effects. But it sounds like that send has sailed and now you’re working with the spackle. Is that correct?

NORA: Well, yes. What kind of decorate has quality in it?

TOM: Oh, there’s lots of different make-ups. I know, for example, I think it’s Valspar has got about a dozen different ones. And I’m sure every major paint manufacturer has a textured paint.

NORA: So you only wheel it on like make-up and it …?

TOM: That’s right. It has less coverage. So while regular cover deals about 400 square paws per gallon, textured make-up will flood between 150 and 200 square hoofs per gallon.

LESLIE: And the committee is also depends- the application depends on the type of texture that you have selected. Some of them have particular rollers that are required- certain applicators, I “re saying”- that will achieve that look for you.

NORA: OK. Well, thank you very much.

LESLIE: Well, as winter temps discontinue, it’s the right time to get ready for snow. And according to the Farmers’ Almanac, we can expect a lot of it.

Now, they’ve been predicting forecast with an 80 -percent accuracy for 200 years. Geez, that’s pretty good. And they say we should expect seven major hurricanes this winter season. Blah. That’s a lot.

Well, we want to help make sure you’re ready for anything that Mother Nature can throw at us. So we’ve got your winter-ready checklist in today’s Better Get a Truck Tip presented by Hertz.

TOM: Alright. First, let’s talk tools. Now, a good blizzard spade is priceless when the white stuff starts to land. And today, there are a lot of alternatives in ladles and some not nearly as good as others. You want to look for a scoop with a lean manipulate. That prepares hoisting ponderous blizzard a good deal less traumatic on your back. Too, take a look at the edge of the shovel. It needs to be reinforced so that rubbing sparkler stuck to the sidewalks or some tough, frozen snowfall doesn’t bend or separate that front edge.

And speaking of scraping ice, don’t forget to pick up a couple of ice scrapers for your automobile windows.

Next , now, if there’s ever been a time to think about buying a snow blower, it’s now. I bought one years ago, when my girls seemed to get too busy to help out age-old Dad with the shoveling, and I’ve never been happier. They are available in single- or two-stage poses for those bigger driveways. Or for really small areas, you can pick up a snowfall thrower, which is perfect if you’re simply moving a couple of inches of blizzard at a time.

LESLIE: Next, it’s time to get that salt and sand ready for all those icy driveways and sidewalks. Now, seasoning slick sidewalks with sidewalk salt is going to cause ice to melt. But the wrong kind of salt can also cause sidewalk surfaces to disintegrate.

Now, the best sidewalk salt is made from potassium chloride or calcium chloride. This type of sidewalk salt will defrost ice without damaging the concrete skin-deeps the path that so-called rock salt does. And rock salt is sodium chloride.

Now, between the heavy bags of salt, ladles, snow blowers, you might find yourself in need of vehicles that can handle more than your passenger car. And for those hours, remember that Hertz hires trucks and vans that can do the job.

TOM: Now, for best causes, you want to buy the potassium chloride well in advance of the winter cyclones and combination it with playground beach. And then stop a render accumulated near each admittance to your dwelling. The beach is going to provide immediate traction for icy surfaces and the potassium chloride is going to start to softened the ice immediately thereafter.

And that’s today’s Better Get a Truck Tip presented by Hertz. For any home programme, supermarket getaway or a move that needs more than your auto can manage, retain HDTV: Hertz Does Trucks and Vans. Book now at Hertz.com.

LESLIE: Dot in Wisconsin needs some help with odor removal from a home. Tell us what’s going on.

DOT: I’d like to know how to get rid of cigarette- and cigar-smoke odor?

TOM: Well, it certainly depended on some of the other fabrics in the chamber of representatives. So, for example, if you’ve came carpets, it’s very hard to get the odor out because, Dot, you have been able do a very good job cleaning every other square foot of that live but the odor will stay in the carpets.

Generally, if we have a situation where, perhaps, you had a smoker in the house and there was a move-out situation, we tell people to, first off, get rid of the carpets, get rid of the cushion, then clean-living everything very thoroughly exerting TSP- trisodium phosphate. So this is walls and floors. And then prime everything exerting a good-quality, oil-based primer like KILZ. Because the primer will seal in any odors that still remain in the building materials: for example, inside of a, say, a plywood subfloor. Once you do all that, then you can essentially redecorate- repaint, brand-new flooring and so on- and you shouldn’t have a problem with the odor.

DOT: Thank you. By luck, would you know if raise and feed places would carry that?

TOM: Yep, I think so. Good luck with that project. Thanks so much for announcing us at 888 -MONEY-PIT.

LESLIE: Remember, you can reach us with your home fixing or your residence increase question 24 hours a day, 7 days a week right here at 888 -MONEY-PIT.

Just onward, have you ever had to fix a roof seep only to find that the damage ran farther than you imagined? We’re going to share a story about that, next.

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

LESLIE: And I’m Leslie Segrete.

TOM: Call us now with your residence increase question at 1-888-MONEY-PIT or upright your question to The Money Pit’s website or our Facebook page at Facebook.com/ TheMoneyPit, which is what David from North Carolina did. And he is dealing with a leak.

LESLIE: Yeah. David writes: “I had a leak in my kitchen skylight that’s since been fixed. However, the move igniting under the skylight stopped acting a few days after the reveal. There are two roads on both sides of the capsize and merely the one instantly under the skylight used to go. I bought a brand-new power-source quantity and lay it fantasizing this would do the trick but the sunlight still isn’t working. What do I do and can I do it myself with basic DIY sciences? ”

TOM: First of all, David, energy and ocean obviously don’t mix. And since you had a leak, you don’t know what contaminants would have been in that sea. And that could adversely affect the electrical circuit, too. So my recommendation is necessary to not repair this but to supersede it. The cost of track lighting is not that expensive. And you may actually be able to still use the beacons but really replace the trails themselves and then, of course, the cable to it. And I think that’s the safest way to get this fixed.

Too many times tribes will simply try to repair something like that. But when it comes to electrical fixtures, we really want to make sure they’re thoroughly safe. So I would go ahead and supplant the racetracks, see if the daylights will still make. And if not, replace those members, very. Because candidly, they’re exactly not that expensive and it’s time not worth the chance.

LESLIE: Alright. Next up, we’ve got a post here from Bill who writes: “We’re looking to purchase a home built in the mid-1 980 s. What are the biggest changes in construction and structure systems from the 1980 s to today? And are there any impediments to room built around this time? ”

TOM: Hmm. That’s a really interesting question, Bill.

I tell you, what I retain about homes built in the 80 s is that they were not improved well. They were improved fast. And they were kind of fast and dirty, you know? The standard of quality was just enough to get through the closing and not get callbacks from the contractors. So we insured an awful lot of workmanship matters. They too didn’t realise the very best textile choices.

But I symbolize the good news is I don’t think there were any core structural problems associated with those homes. And now, approximately 40 years later, if there were structural questions, they would have indicated themselves.

The other good news about buying a house of that period is you’re probably well into the sort of the second life on a lot of major components: second or third spray heater, second or third furnace, second or third ceiling. If you think about the lifespan of these things, you are able even have a new kitchen by now. With a home that’s 40 years old, a lot of that nonsense has already been done.

The best admonition I can give you is to make sure you get a professional home inspection before you commit to the purchase. You’ll find a good superintendent if you go to the website for the American Society of Home Inspectors. They have a directory there where you can look for inspectors that could help you in your neighbourhood locality. I would interview those that are verified members of ASHI- that’s the acronym for the American Society of Home Inspectors- and be discussed with them about the neighbourhood you’re buying the house in, whether they’ve been working in that area.

And here’s an interesting question to ask. If they couldn’t do it, which other home inspector in the area would they recommend? And I think you’re going to find that if “youre asking” that to fairly beings, the cream is going to float to the top. You’ll know who the go-to beings are and they’ll be able to do a good, thorough inspection. And you’ll be able to figure out what you’re tread into.

Inspectors have this sort of ability to tell the future by what they see in front of their sees. And they’ll be able to protect you from some of the common causes of issues that are associated with those 35 – to 40 -year-old houses.

LESLIE: And Bill, the 80 s came with a lot of interesting decorating picks. So, in addition to making sure that the house is built soundly, you’re going to have some fun redecorating for yourself. Either way, happy home shopping and good luck with it.

TOM: You “re listening to” The Money Pit Home Improvement Show. Hey, thanks for coming for expend this part of your anniversary weekend with us. If you’ve came questions that perhaps you think about as you’re going about all of your festivity roles, remember, you can pick up the telephone anytime and reach our order centre at 888 -MONEY-PIT. If “were not” in the studio, we will call you back the next time we are.

Until then, 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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