Episode #1959: Doggy Doors | Recipe for Sidewalk Salt that Won’t Destroy Concrete | $20 Solution to Increase Hot Water

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Tired of having to walk to bird-dog at all hours of the winter day? Tom& Leslie saunter though the best options in doggy doors, plus dish out the best recipe to stimulate sidewalk sparkler disappear with destroying concrete and share a $ 20 improvement that will provide more sizzling water.

Adding a doggy door lets your pooch foot him or herself! Learn how to pick the privilege entrance( there’s at least 4 types !), get onto properly installed and teach your baby to use. Learn the best way to burglar proof your baby door so skinny burglars don’t try and slip inside! Wondering why your gaits seem frayed and pitted after every wintertime? Traditional rock salt acts, but it’s unusually corrosive to faces and foliages material opposed and tattered. Tom& Leslie share a recipe for a non-corrosive deicer that won’t harm your sidewalks or your indoor floorings when it’s tracked into the house. It’s likewise a lot safer for babies! Find out why your water heater has to work harder in cold temperatures and how a $20 DIY project can make your hot water last-place a lot longer.

Plus, answers to questions about countertop refinishing, sealing drafty windows, heating a garage, leaky roofs and finishing a cellar and more.

Do you have a home improvement or decoration question? Call the show 24/7 at 888 -MONEY-PIT ( 888 -6 66 -3 974) or post your question here.

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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: Pick up the telephone, give us a summon. We want to talk about your next home betterment programme, especially if you’ve “ve got nothing” planned for 2019. Do you have a New Year’s resolution that has something to do with perhaps improving a floor, lending a patio, depicting a chamber, changing a kitchen? Those are all immense topics for us to chitchat about. But cause us a summon, right now, and we’ll help you get that job done at 1-888-MONEY-PIT, 888 -6 66 -3 974.

Coming up on today’s show, we’re all wearing more blankets these days as the temperatures continue to drop. But your domesticateds need that care, extremely, so we’re going to have some tips on how to safeguard your puppy against the frigid temperatures, including theories for a scorching doghouse.

LESLIE: And likewise onward, with all the time that babies are spending inside during the winter, it’s a good time to give your dwelling an electric checkup to make sure you have the best shock- and tamper-resistant electric outlet and permutations in place. We’re going to share a simple checklist to follow, in just a bit.

TOM: Plus, have you ever needed to travel with maybe tools to get a project done, perhaps a vacation home or something of that sort? It’s actually not so easy, specially if it’s by aircraft. We’re going to share some gratuities to utter that process travel smoothly and share some of the surprising things that kinfolks thought they could wander with.

LESLIE: And in just a couple of months, we’re going to start getting those asks from those of you who abused rock salt or other corrosive ice-melt concoctions and now you need to know how to fix all those flaws that left on the surface of your sidewalks. Well, this hour, we’re giving away a produce that can clear the frost without those fuss. It’s a equip of the new liquid Entry, which is a chloride-free ice softened, and a 1-gallon sprayer.

TOM: Yep. It’s also much safer for babies. And that package is worth 45 horses, going out to one listener who reachings us with their residence increase question. You can also post your question to the Community page at MoneyPit.com or on The Money Pit’s social media. The digit is 1-888-666-3974.

LESLIE: Laurie in Illinois is on the line with a mold question.

LAURIE: My husband and I think that there possibly might be some mold in our drywall or insulation in our dwelling and we wondered the best way to check for that. We don’t have any airflow in our residence, though.

TOM: What impels you think you have mold? Do you physically see it?

LAURIE: Well, we have an underground- part of our residence is underground and there is a lot of humidity, it seems like, in the air. We’ve seen some mildew on some entries in our home. And we have some cold-like manifestations now and then that we envisage might be caused from it.

LESLIE: It’s like allergies, you’re saying.


TOM: So it’s more of the consequences of it that you’re concerned about.

LAURIE: Correct.

TOM: And this is in the basement.

LAURIE: Yes. It’s in the members of the home that’s underground and I had predicted online that some of those mold measure paraphernaliums are erroneous that you buy in the place or mold inspections can be very costly. I simply didn’t know the best choice there.

TOM: Well, the truth is that mold pretty much exists in every dwelling and so we can always conclude mildew. The question is whether or not this is causing a problem in your house.

What kind of floor do you have in that basement, Laurie?

LAURIE: It’s cement and then there’s carpet over that.

LESLIE: That’s a huge mold net right there. If you were to get rid of that, you would notice. Even if there’s moisture management in a basement, we never recommend putting a carpet down on a concrete slab in a basement region, really because concrete’s hydroscopic. It draws the moisture from the anchor. That then gets into the carpet pad, the carpet itself. And then the dirt goes in there and you’ve got a breeding ground for mold.

So if you were to get rid of that, put down laminate or tile, help some area rugs, you’re instantly going to notice a better respiratory place, I think.

TOM: Well, exactly. Plus, carpet is a filter material, so that carpet can capture dust, dust tinges and all sorts of other allergens. So there could be other things, Laurie, here that are causing the breathing issues.

So let’s exactly give you some general clean-air advice. First of all, as Leslie said, the carpet’s not a good doctrine. Secondly, you want to make sure that your vault remains as dry as possible. And the room you do that is by making sure the trough organisation is clean, free-flowing and the downspout is exhausting away from the chamber of representatives itself.

Secondly, we may want to add some sort of a filtration method. Now, do you have forced breath into that cellar room?

LAURIE: We do not. We do have a dehumidifier that we run and “weve had” some ceiling devotees but not in every chamber or not in every area.

TOM: So, is it a hot-water heated residence?

LAURIE: No, it’s electric.

TOM: It’s all electrical?

LAURIE: Mm-hmm.

TOM: OK. So what we would really like to see is some sort of a filtration plan in there- a good-quality, portable aura filter, electronic air cleanser perhaps- that will pull the junk and dust touches and anything else that is of allergen basis out of that basement cavity. So a portable breath cleaner could be a good addition.

But I suspect, from everything that you’ve told us, abbreviating dampness and removing the carpet will become that seat a lot more comfortable.

LAURIE: Excellent. Thank you so much better. That gives me some enormous ideas.

TOM: Alright. Well, good luck with that assignment, Laurie, and thanks so much for calling us at 888 -MONEY-PIT.

LAURIE: Thank you.

LESLIE: Joe in Pennsylvania is on the line, dealing with some heating concerns. Tell us what’s going on at your coin pit.

JOE: We have a furnace; it’s a propane furnace. It’s about five or six year. It’s pretty good for heating the house but it seems like some of the areas are hotter than an oven and some of the offices seem to be cooler. And what happens is there’s no consistency, so I have a hard time with getting everything fluctuated so that all stands even. And I don’t know how to adjust that so that it would heat the house evenly.

TOM: OK. So your furnace is kind of dumb in the help feeling that either it’s on or off, right? So that takes care of the furnace part of it. The question here is with the duct plan; it’s the rationing throughout the house.

This is a forced-air system, Joe?

JOE: Yes.

TOM: So, the pipe organisation is what has to be tweaked here to get the balance just right. Now, the acces you adjust a duct method is first by designing it properly, which may be the issue here. And that’s kind of hard to fix without including additional ductwork to it or rerouting things that you have.

The second lane you adjust it is by controlling the dampers- the canal dampers. Now, pipe dampers are going to be mounted usually somewhere close to the furnace or at least at the very beginning of a canal line.


TOM: And it’s evidenced by a small handle on the side of the canal. And if you look at the nut and rod that the manipulate be connected to, there’s going to be sort of a flat slit to it. If the flat is horizontal to the duct system, it’s off. If it’s going with the canal organisation, it’s on. And you can adjust the flow with those duct damps. And the third way you can control this is with the actual registers inside the room, whether they’re opened or closed.

Now, if those readjustments don’t change anything, the other thing to look at is the return air: where the return is plucking from. The best HVAC-system design has returns in every area. If you don’t have both the equip and return in the same room, you’re going to have a center return: frequently a bigger register in the hallway near a cluster of rooms. And if you improve the airflow back to the return, that can improve the balance, as well. How much you do that? Well, it could be something as simple as subverting doors.

But this is a balance issue; it has nothing to do with the fact that you have a furnace that’s a propane furnace. It’s going to supply heat as it’s designed to do but the dispensation is the issue. And it’s probable, also, that there could be fan adjustments to the fan rushed that could impact this. But I think it’s over and above what you can do when we get into the fan work and the multi quickens and that sort of thing. That’s genuinely a job for a service professional. But you could take a look for those duct dampers and see if they exist and see if you can tweak the airflow to make it a bit more comfortable.

JOE: Alright. I would be happy to do that.

TOM: Alright, Joe. Good luck with that projection. Thanks so much for announcing us at 888 -MONEY-PIT.

LESLIE: You are sung to The Money Pit Home Improvement Radio Show on air and online at MoneyPit.com. Now you can call in your dwelling amend or your dwelling betterment question 24 hours a day, 7 days a week right here. We’re standing by at 888 -MONEY-PIT.

TOM: 888 -6 66 -3 974.

Up next, you pull out all the stops to keep your house and family warm through the winter but how is your pet doing? We’ve got some tips on highways you can remain domesticateds safe from those frigid temperatures, after this.

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

LESLIE: And I’m Leslie Segrete.

TOM: Pick up the phone and return us a bellow, right now, with your how-to question, your DIY dilemma at 1-888-MONEY-PIT. If you’ve got a project you’re planning to get done and you don’t know how to start or require some gratuities on which is the best way to go – you are aware, do you get it on yourself? Do you get some help? Do you use wood lumber? Do you use composite log? Are you going to do something with pavers? You just wanted to redo your kitchen? We’ve went ideas that can help you get through those chores, because we’ve done those projects. We’ve screwed up plenty of them but we’ve learned from our mistakes and we’ll share them- some of those tips-off- with you. That count, again, is 1-888-MONEY-PIT.

And hey, if you’ve already seen your share of slippery sidewalks and driveways, you’re going to cherish this hour’s giveaway, because we’ve got a supply of the new liquid Entry Ice Melt and a 1-gallon sprayer going out to one listener outlined at random. This is a clear, liquid, chloride-free formula so it doesn’t track the mess inside. It’s better for pets, for surfaces and countries around the world. And a bit leads a long way.

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LESLIE: Joan in California needs some assist with a kitchen remodel. How’s it going?

JOAN: Yes, well, we haven’t started hitherto and I merely need some the recommendations on how to is starting. Do you start with an architect or what do you do?

TOM: That’s a good question. So, meaning becomes perfect. You want to start with a schedule. Now, are you virtually going to replace the kitchen in sort of the same layout that you have right now, Joan? Or are you thinking about actually changing things up a good deal?

JOAN: Well, it’s a very small kitchen and I simply want to know how to maximize everything.

TOM: Alright. So if it’s a small kitchen, you can probably do this inexpensively by perhaps starting with a home center. A parcel of the home centers have decorators that work on the- work on designing kitchens for the cabinetry that they sell. And for a very small fee, they can help you lay that out and take advantage of all of the latest options.

If you want to do more than that, what you’re going to do is hire a certified kitchen-and-bath decorator. But this is sort of like hiring an interior decorator that works just on kitchens and soaks. And that’s going to cost you a few cases bucks.

But if you want to only do this an easy way, I would start with a home center, in the kitchen agency, and see if they’ll lay out some options for you exerting the characteristics of cabinets that they sell. Those closets are usually pretty affordable at that stage and they’ll be able to give you some thoughts on things, perhaps, you haven’t thought about.

LESLIE: You is common knowledge that, Joan? I think it’s really smart to keep a notepad in the kitchen. And everybody and anybody, yourself and your family who use the space, as you walk through and notice little areas where you’re tripping over one another or things that really don’t make sense or you wish that X was here and not there, sort of jot all of those down. So “when youre doing” go sit down with- whether it’s a certified kitchen-and-bath decorator or someone in the home center, you sort of have all of these issues that could be addressed or might be able to be addressed.

JOAN: One thing I actually require is more electrical outlets, so that’ll have to clearly be in the plan.

TOM: Well, it’s surely in the hope and you’ll do these things in order. The first thing you’ll do is rip out the old-time cabinets and the next thing you’ll do would be to rough-in brand-new wiring and new plumbing to have it exactly where you want it. And then, of course, you’ll start the installation of the new cabinetry as approximately the last step.

It’s likewise a good time to think about universal design in the kitchen, perhaps having countertops of different height. So as you get older, you could sit down and work at the kitchen bar as opposed to merely standing up. So, think of the sort of accessibility issues when you design this kitchen, as well.

JOAN: How much duration should I allow for something like this?

TOM: Well, it depends on whether you have sort of all your ducks in a row. Sometimes it takes a while to get all the cabinets delivered. But if everything is accessible and on site, you can tear out this kitchen and rebuild it inside of a week.

JOAN: Oh, wow.

TOM: If you have everybody lined up and everybody is there when they need to be there and the plumber shows up on time, the electrician shows up on time and so on, sure, I don’t examine any reasonablenes you can’t get onto be done in order to a week.

JOAN: Well, thank you very much.

TOM: Well, we’re all wearing more seams these days as the temperatures continue to drop. And your domesticateds need that shield, extremely. Even bird-dog that affection being outside can definitely suffer the effects of winter’s frigid temps. So, here are three things that you can do to make sure your pets are comfortable.

LESLIE: Yep. First of all, you want to give puppies an extra layer of cheerfulnes with a pup hair. Now, they’re specially vital for bird-dogs who devote the majority of members of their time inside and might not have had the possibility of being naturally develop a thicker coat of fur.

TOM: Now, once your hound comes inside and that extra coating comes off, you can remain her heated with a scorching hound bunked. There are plenty of inexpensive alternatives out there, including heating pads that various kinds of slip under a dog’s existing bunked, so you don’t have to go through the drama of swapping out the pet’s berthed because perhap they don’t want to sleep on a brand-new one. You can also find bunks that heat up only when your pup lounges on them, so they’re not going to be on all day.

LESLIE: And lastly, if your dog does devote most of his time outdoors, consider outfitting the doghouse with its own heater. Not time any heater, though; there are options that is available, for less than a hundred bucks, that are designed specifically for a pet’s space and safety. So make sure you check those out.

William is on the line with a gutter question. What’s going on at your fund oppose?

WILLIAM: Hi. We recently bought a residence that- it’s surrounded by a lot of pine trees. So I’m get a lot of pine needles on my roof and in my gutters. And it’s only been a few weeks and previously I’m tired of climbing up there to empty them. Do you have any suggestions for to be maintained off the roof and restraining the troughs flowing?

TOM: Well, we can’t fight gravity, so you’re going to always using them to on your roof.

I will give you a couple suggestions. First of all, as you probably know, there’s a wide range of trough envelops out there. And the type that are sort of screen-like are the type that are most likely to clog, because the pine needles will lay in the different regions of the surface, they’ll get stuck in there and you’ll time be very sorry. What I fantasize the best type- is the ones that are endless gutter cover-ups that go all across the top of the ditch, where the yearn needles have a chance to actually wash over the top and cause the spray fall in through the authorities in face tension.

Now, the bad news is that those are expensive. They’re so expensive that you may find that removing your traditional 4-inch gutters and supplanting them with 6-inch gutters- which will not clog with yearn needles because everything is much bigger, the throats for the downspouts are bigger, the sewers are bigger, they can take more liquid, more flow- might be the best way to go. So that’s kind of your option. I would either consume a channel window-dressing that covers the entire top of the trough or I would take out the 4-inch ditches and I would put in 6-inch sewers, which is something that I did at my house and really never appeared back.

WILLIAM: OK. Well, thank you.

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

LESLIE: Barbara from Massachusetts is on the line and has a sink situation. What’s going on with your room?

BARBARA: Well, on a previous curriculum, you mentioned a produce that really works on clotted pumps. I have a placed tub in the basement. The irrigate doesn’t go down. And I didn’t get the name of the product that you talked about truly works.

TOM: Well, Barbara, there’s a number of ways to do that. I’m going to presume you’ve tried a piston?

BARBARA: Yes. But you mentioned that the make genuinely succeeds. And of course, when I went to the box store, “theyre saying”, “Well, they all “says hes” wreak. Try to find out the name.”

TOM: Well, I’m not quite sure exactly what product you’re referring to but I will tell you this: probably the most effective means to clear those impediments is with something called a “hand auger, ” which is basically kind of a snake-like device that comes inserted into the drain and will clear whatever is blocking it.

Now, if this is a sink that’s backed up, the other thing that you can do is to simply disassemble the net. That’s the U-shape pipe that’s underneath. Because a lot of eras, that catch itself goes blocked and that’s very easy to clean out by hand. If that doesn’t work, then you put the auger into the rest of the pipe and just sort of feed it down as far as it will go.

And the handwriting augers typically come with a crank-like mechanism so you can sort of spin it as you go and try to find the source of that block. If you set the part auger in, though, and you don’t find the source of it, then it might be time to call a plumber. I know in my own mansion, for example, the last time I had a clog I articulated an auger down it that was 25 feet long and it just wasn’t long enough. And so I intent up calling a friend of mine, who’s in the plumbing business, that had a 100 -foot auger and we were able to find it and clear it and move on from there.

But an auger is the right tool to clear that duct, OK?

BARBARA: Oh, very good. Thank you.

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

Still ahead, with all the time kids are spending inside during the winter months, it’s a good time now to give your home an electrical checkup. You’ve got to make sure that you’ve got the best shock- and tamper-resistant electrical outlets and permutations all around. We’re going to share a simple checklist to follow, precisely ahead.

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

LESLIE: And I’m Leslie Segrete.

TOM: Pick up the phone and render us a announcement, right now, with your residence improvement question, your DIY dilemma. The count, again, is 1-888-MONEY-PIT.

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

DEB: My husband and I is currently in either improving a dwelling or looking into having a modular put up. And I would like to know if you have any pros or cons of a modular, opposed to building a home- a brand-new home.

TOM: Sure. Well, I’ve actually constructed both and I can tell you that the modular dwellings go up quicker, generally. And they can be more accurate because everything is made inside of a factory. And so you’ll find tighter corners and squarer walls and that sort of thing. There’s absolutely nothing bad with either coming; they both drudgery. But if you go modular, it will probably go together a little bit more quickly. And I suspect the con of that is that you may not have as much flexibility in pattern with that. Again, depends on the factory you’re working with and the make you’re working with.

I will say this: you want to make sure you choose a make that’s very experienced with modular homes and not one who just thinks he can put together anything. Because there are some foibles to them in the way they’re built.

DEB: Alright. Well, thank you so much.

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

LESLIE: Well, with all the time that adolescents are spending inside in the winter, I ever think that now is a good time to give your home an electrical checkup to make sure that you’ve got the best shock- and tamper-resistant electrical outlets and switches in place. Codes and requirements do change over time and there’s no reason that you can’t have some simple revises done to keep everybody safe.

TOM: Now, the first thing I would check is for the presence of GFCIs. That stands for ground-fault circuit-interrupted outlets. These channels will thwart scandalizes and they’re crucial in the kitchen and the showers of your room, as well as outside and in the garage. I want basically, wherever there’s dampness is where you need a GFCI outlet.

And the style it directs is it identifies when the current is spurting along an unintended direction, like you, for example. And if that happens, it automatically slams off the ability. So, they’re a super-safe and important element to have in your house.

LESLIE: Now, if you’ve got young babies like I do, you also want to consider installing tamper-resistant crates- and those can be called TRRs- to your electric receptacle. And these are a step above those plastic plug-ins that you are able to see to block minors from reaching their hands into the outlet or protruding something into the outlet. These are spring-loaded shutters that close off the contact openings completely.

And the slots for the plug croaks – you can’t get to them. When you do need to use them, you only slide the screens out of the style and you do that as you’re plugging in whatever you’re plugging in. You sort of start to insert it, slither it over and then go totally in. This acces, there’s no chance of forgetting to replace those plastic, little makes because they’re small-scale, you lose them, you take them out to vacuum or do something and then you’ve misplaced them all. So this is a better method to make sure that you’re ever preserving everybody safe.

TOM: You know, it’s likewise a good hypothesi to make sure your electronic gadgets, like computer hardware and routers and TVs, are all plugged into a surge protector. That’s going to prevent damage in an electrical surge.

And ultimately, there are two relatively recent electrical designs on the market you might want to know about. First there’s channels now that have USB ports that are built in. And that’s kind of handy because it lets you commission those designs without propping the shop captive, so to speak.

And then there’s also a new type of an shop called an “arc-fault circuit interrupter.” We talked, just a moment ago, about GFCIs. These are AFCIs. And they’re similar except what these do is they shut off power in tours when arcing is detected. Guess what arcing is? It’s like a provoke, like a little lightning bolt. And that’s how most electrical barrages start. So these stores are so smart, they can determine that arcing, kind of monitor for it all the time. And they turn the capability off if it happens.

So, there’s some pretty cool modernizes out there available. You don’t have to replace your whole electrical arrangement but computing a few cases of these things can really obligate your residence a whole lot safer.

888-666-3974. That’s our number here. We’d love to chat with you about the next projection you’re tackling in your coin pit.

LESLIE: Right. Mark in Maine is on the line with an electrical question. How can we help you today?

MARK: Yes, I have a couple of rooms. Our house is from around the 1930 s and some of the apartments, the three-way wiring isn’t quite right. Like to turn on the flame, as you enter the room, you turn on one substitution. You can’t go to the other side of the room where the other switch is and turn the light off; you have to go back to the original button, turn the light off. Then you can …

TOM: Oh, OK. So do you know that it was originally designed to be a three-way switch?

MARK: I do not know that.

TOM: Listen, you’re going to have to have an electrician open up the cable and evaluation it, discover it out and figure out what’s going on. It’s either that a switching has gone bad or more likely, it’s time not hooked up correctly.

MARK: OK. OK. Now, I had been told that there are permutations that are specific to three-way and that is probably the problem but I’m- to be honest, I don’t know.

TOM: Yeah. Well, that’s entirely possible but it’s got to be opened up and take a look at what permutation machine is in there and then also determine if it’s cabled properly. Because it sounds like, most probably, it was incorrectly wired. It might have been that somebody replaced one of those swaps at a time and really stole it up wrong.


TOM: I’ve done that myself, time inadvertently. When I was coating, I remember, I made a substitution apart to supplant it from a toggle switch to a decoration substitution that’s the kind of flat-panel kind.


TOM: And I affirm that I had gone wire for cable and got it right but I didn’t; I got it bad. And it did precisely that, so I had to reverse some cables to get it working back again.

MARK: Yeah, that’s pretty much it. I’ve got some research to do.

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

LESLIE: Hey, do you ever travel with implements? Well, apparently numerous beings do. I actually have. I was on a project in Indiana for so many months and I was moving trash backward and forward. And that’s not just me; the TSA is saying a lot of tribes out there do. We’re going to tell you about the unique tools TSA agents have expropriated from travelers. And get gratuities for traveling with your own implements, after this.

TOM: Constituting good residences better, welcome to The Money Pit Home Improvement Show. I’m Tom Kraeutler.

LESLIE: And I’m Leslie Segrete.

TOM: Standing by for your bawls, your questions, your DIY dilemmas, your decor projects, your New Year’s answers. There is still time to save it, yes, to make sure it doesn’t fall into the New Year’s settlement trash heap. If it will deal with your room, it’s actually a lot easier to keep. I entail should be considered it: if you want to lose weight in your house, all you’ve got to do is declutter. See? It’s all the way you positioned it all together.

Give us a call right now. We’ll help you with all those projects at 1-888-MONEY-PIT.

LESLIE: Alright. Give us a entitle. Let us know what you are working on. We want to give a hand, because this time of year we’re slipping, we’re sliding. There’s snow, there’s ice. It’s not so large, extremely if you’re not that good with your statu. But for anybody out there, it’s very easy to fall down. That is why we’re giving you a hand this hour. We’ve get, up for grabs, a great, brand-new produce that’s a brand-new liquid ice softened called Entry. And we’re giving with it a 1-gallon sprayer going out to one listener outlined at random.

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LESLIE: Now we’ve got Bob from Rhode Island on the line. What can we help you with today at your fund quarry?

BOB: Well, my money pit is a house, actually. And frequently is everybody’s money pit, I guess. I’ve got a- the family’s homestead- it’s been in the family since 1948. And I’m in the process- I’ve gutted it all out. I’m down to the ornaments, so I made all the ornaments and the- I make I’m sorry, I made all the plaster and the laths off the walls and the ceilings. And I’m looking at these two chimneys in the house. It’s a two-and-a-half decker house. And I’m trying to decide if I want to eliminate the chimneys.

You know, the brand-new boilers today, they’re all direct-vented and I’ve got to do the roof anyway. So I’m saying, is this the time to remove the chimneys? What do you think?

TOM: Well, I think it are likely to be. If you want to get rid of the chimneys, it could be the time to do it. Do you feel like the chimneys make contributions to the esthetics of the house?

BOB: Well, that’s a ponder, extremely. That’s part of the reason why I’m calling is because I’m- they kind of do, in some manner. And I’m looking at- when I snap the- when I cry the walls out, I exposed the chimney. I do like the brick but then again, I get changed the layout of the kitchen without one of the chimneys. The one in the kitchen is quite large-scale, so …

TOM: Do these come up through the middle-of-the-road of the house or they come up the outside wall?

BOB: No, they’re in the middle. Not in the middle but they’re inside. They’re all in …

TOM: OK. So that’s not far worse, yeah.

BOB: Yeah, they’re not like a newer live where they were outside- on the outside of the house , no.

TOM: And your furnace, your water heater, they’re all direct-vent today, so they’re fully disconnected from the chimneys themselves?

BOB: Well, they’re not now. I’m going to replace them. I’m going to made a Navien system in and …

TOM: OK. Alright. So you’re going to use a PVC, probably, vent-hole pipe to make that up and out.

BOB: Correct. Yes.

TOM: Alright. Well, listen, if you- it does make sense to remove the chimneys. They are, certainly, a upkeep headache and information sources of countless divulges. Since you’re doing the ceiling , now is the right time to do that.

Removing the chimney is not as difficult as you might expect, because it’s basically like taking apart the building blocks. You start at the top and knock those bricks loose and take them down one at a time until you get below the top of the chimney. Probably go right down to the attic floor, I would imagine, so that it’s not in the middle of the attic. And then is moving forward and resheathe that roof, pack the hole in. And formerly they roof over, it’ll be a distant memory.

BOB: And the funny thing is, as you said, that’s the proper way. But year ago, I had a friend of mine aid me doing another house and my- and it was a three-decker. And I told him, “I want to remove the chimney.” And all of a sudden, I hear this ridiculously thundering sound. Sounded like a locomotive. He went down to the basement and knocked out the chimney and it’s a wonder he didn’t get killed. The part chimney came all the way down to the basement.

TOM: The whole thing came down?

BOB: Yeah. He was solely covered in soot. It’s a wonder he didn’t get killed. The entire basement was full of brick.

TOM: Yeah, well, let’s hope he learned his lesson.

BOB: Yeah. Well, good. Well, thanks for the advice. And I love your show. I listen to it every weekend on WPRO-AM in Rhode Island.

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

LESLIE: Well, if you find the occasion to travel to take on projects, the TSA has some friendly admonition based on recent confiscations at airfields throughout the country. Apparently, mallets, tomahawks, boat secures, Drano and wasp scatter are among the items not welcome by airlines. Who knew?

TOM: Why?

LESLIE: And all of these parts were taken from carry-ons.

Now, I’m going to tell you, Tom, I kind of relate to the anchor. Mine was a decorative portion that I bought at a Home Goods near me, that I brought to Canada for an episode of Hotel Impossible. And I recollect putting it into my carry-on suitcase and slithering it through the thing and watching all of the TSA workers simply stare at me as the case became though. And I was like, “Yes? ” And they were like, “An anchor? ” I’m like, “It’s wall decor. It’s not real.” And they were- they opened my suitcase to find all sorts of crazy nonsense that time.

TOM: Oh, I did something even worse than that. Now, I will tell you this was before 9/11. But I had traveled to Germany and in Germany, they’re known for some of the finest cutting tools in the world. And I saw a beautiful, brand-new launch of brand-spanking new German-steel chisels, right? I was so proud of this set because I couldn’t buy it in the Position. So that was my one keepsake for the trip.

So, of course, I didn’t want to take any chances on it going lost, so I applied it in my carry-on , not even is felt that that would be a problem. But apparently, it was. So, I actually had to go get my suitcase out of hock to position it in there and check it.

But yeah, you’ve got to really think about this nonsense. You know, nonsense like staple grease-guns, radial-saw blades, strains, these are also restricted. And apparently, there’s no dwelling better going on at 30,000 feet so I guess you don’t need them.

Now, for boys that are aspiring to become the do-it-yourselfers, plaything implements are too boycotted. There were, I speculate, plaything chainsaws that were nabbed by negotiators recently. So , now that I’m older and most experienced, I’ve had to travel with implements. I’ve made a few changes to my number to accommodate it. Because you know that even if you put tools in your checked crates, that those purses are going to get an extra hard-handed gaze by the TSA. So, if that’s the speciman, don’t plan your proceed duration so you absolutely, positively have to have that baggage as soon as you shore, because you might not get it.

I remember once traveling all over the country doing a demo on some Tv demonstrates about how to build roofs that could never, ever leak. And I had this demo committee that was roof shingles and ice-and-water shield. And it was all held in kind of a grove example and it exactly gazed bizarre to TSA. So, I’ve got to tell you, at least half the time that I was flying, that case did not make it. It got to get the next airplane that was going to that same airfield but it didn’t make it because it was weird. So, if you’re going to positioned material like that in your crate, really proposal some extra occasion because you may have to wait for the next airplane to go out for it to been through TSA.

LESLIE: And then there might be a note in it saying, “What the heck is this? ”

TOM: Yeah. What are you thinking? Or in such cases, maybe a home improvement question from a TSA agent.

LESLIE: “What do I do with the dark-green tiles in the shower? ”

TOM: It won’t be the first time something like that’s happened.


Hey, are you thinking about installing surround sound in your very own home theater? We have some facility gratuities for creating a room all your neighbors will want to visit, after this.

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

LESLIE: And I’m Leslie Segrete.

TOM: Standing by to take your residence increase questions by name us at 888 -MONEY-PIT or you can pole them in The Money Pit’s Community page, like Pamela done so in Tennessee who has a hearth question.

It looks like she’s worried about using the one she has, Leslie. What’s going on?

LESLIE: Alright. Pamela writes: “I live in a house that has a fireplace insert. One of the concrete bodies is cracked. I would be pleased to burn a volley but I’m too afraid that I’m going to burn down the house. Any suggestions? ”

TOM: Well, a healthy dose of nervousnes is good when it comes to fireplaces and chimneys.

LESLIE: Oh, for sure.

TOM: But I will tell you that crannies in those fireplace panels are not bizarre, as long as they’re minor hits. So I’m not too concerned about the hairline cracks. But to make sure you’re covering your footings, you want to make sure you have the insert inspected by a licensed and attested chimney range. But espouse the chimney broom carefully, because many are not certified and they exist exclusively to find thorough and costly mends that are totally unnecessary. So make sure you choose one that is well reviewed and suffered and get it checked out. And this direction, you can enjoy that shoot for the rest of the winter.

LESLIE: Alright. Next up, we’ve got a post now from Jose. Now, he writes: “I’m thinking of buying a new residence and the developer is offering a geothermal structure. How do geothermal heating system direct and are they truly efficient? ”

TOM: Well, my opinion, Jose, is that if natural gas is not available and your only other option is electric hot, then a geothermal organization can make sense. They can be effective and they can be efficient and they can heat your residence. And the space they do that is they use the natural excitement of the Earth for that supremacy and comfort.

The constant temperature of the top 10 hoofs of the Earth’s surface is the perfect zone for the refrigerant-filled piping that strengths a geothermal hot gush. They’re similar to an air-sourced heat pump, which you would just ordinarily call a “heat pump” these days. But it does it all cleanly and softly and a lot more efficiently than an air-source hot pump.

Now, if you choose an ENERGY STAR-qualified model, you are able to perhaps get a tax credit that’s available now through the end of 2019. And you’ll likewise use about 30 -percent little power than you would if you had an air-source heat pump as the other alternative.

LESLIE: Yeah. That’s money well spent.

TOM: Well, if you enjoy watching a good movie at home, Leslie has details on an breathtaking suggestion for a dwelling theater scheme part that’s got a practical determination, extremely, in today’s edition of Leslie’s Last Word.

LESLIE: That’s right. If you’re really going all out with a home theater, upholstered wall boards are a great fit for the room. You know, from a scheme perspective, the wall panels are glamorous and just plain exquisite to look at. But from a practical point of view, those fabric boards help to soundproof the opening for optimal audio aspect when you’re watching a sport happening or a movie right at home.

Now, you can do this in a traditional nature, the same way you would do an upholstered headboard with batting or foam over plywood or luan. Or you could go with a wall-mounted fabric body specific stimulated for that role. There’s actually corporation that you can find online that conclude these for real movies and live theaters. And sometimes, they are amazingly cheap. I find that a lot of duration it’s the immensity, it’s the fabric selection that tends to up the premium game.

Also, there’s a couple of different products out there that’s mostly a canal arrangement that you affix one segment to the wall, throw in your acoustical sud and then snap a make over it with the fabric so you’re creating those committees, as well. It’s really about how much DIY you want to do, what your budget is and actually, the effect that you want to have for that space.

So if you’re looking to add a tricked-out home theater, don’t forget those details like these walls. They look gorgeous, they assimilate sound. You’re going to end up with a great home movie-watching experience. And then make sure you send the invite to Tom and I. We both pa astonishing popcorn.

TOM: We do, we do. We don’t making our own.


TOM: This is The Money Pit Home Improvement Show. Hey, coming up next time on the program, we’re going to talk about serious cooking stoves. They can boost your fix abilities , not to mention your home’s resale value. But installing one of those commercial-grade wanders, well, who are in need of some very special planning to make sure it goes right. We’re going to tell you what you need to know, on the very next edition of The Money Pit.

I’m Tom Kraeutler.

LESLIE: And I’m Leslie Segrete.

TOM: Remember, you can do it yourself …

LESLIE: But you don’t have to make love alone.

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