LESLIE: Judy from Illinois is on the line and is dealing with a hardwood floor separating in winter. How can we help you?
JUDY: Well, I have a little problem in the winter with my hardwood floor and separating. And I can kind of see down in there. And I was wondering about a whole-house humidifier in the winter to keep that from happening, because it’s fine in the summer, what you would suggest.
TOM: A whole-house humidifier is a good thing when you have forced-air heat that’s gas or oil or propane, because that tends to be extremely dry. I would encourage you to use a very good-quality unit, like an Aprilaire. Because there are a lot of units that don’t work very well and they don’t work very long, especially the kind that spray water into the duct system, as opposed to the Aprilaire unit, which has an evaporator pad where the water sort of trickles down this pad and then it evaporates into the house air that way.
So, a humidifier can help with a hardwood floor separating in winter. If the gaps are particularly large, you can also fill them with jute – j-u-t-e – jute type of rope. And then you could refinish over top of that. Sometimes, if the gaps are really big, that’s a good thing to put in the middle of it because it kind of blends in with the floor and doesn’t show through.
LESLIE: Yeah. And Tom, sometimes I finish the jute roping before I even lay it in. Like I’ll dip it in a can of the same color of stain and sort of work it in with my fingers. And then once it dries, then I squish it into place with a painter’s knife.
JUDY: Well, thank you very much.
TOM: You’re very welcome. Thanks so much for contacting us at 888-MONEY-PIT.
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TOM: Coast to coast and floorboards to shingles, this is The Money Pit. I’m Tom Kraeutler.
LESLIE: And I’m Leslie Segrete.
TOM: And we are broadcasting today from the 2018 National Hardware Show in Las Vegas. And this is the biggest home improvement industry event of the year, because it’s where manufacturers roll out their new products for the season. Kind of like a fashion show for home improvement.
LESLIE: Oh. And everybody is sporting their absolute best so we can really see what’s going on.
We’re located here at a space called the Ultimate Backyard. And this is where outdoor-living products are being featured by over 300 exhibitors, in addition to 2,500 more that are inside the halls of this truly gigantic convention center. And this is where many of the newest and hottest home improvement industry products are unveiled for the first time, well before they hit store shelves near you.
TOM: Well, that’s right. And normally, you wouldn’t know about this stuff until you find it in the home centers and hardware stores. But today, we’re going to give you a sneak peek at all the show has to offer, so we’re kind of your eyes and your ears.
LESLIE: Yeah. It’s kind of like the Disney World of home improvement. There’s 2,800-plus exhibitors, 500-plus new exhibitors along with 110 even more inventors covering 15-plus product categories, including everything from hardware to homewares to smart-home products and so much more. I mean there is a ton happening and it’s a lot of fun.
TOM: And we’re also taking this opportunity to launch The Money Pit’s Power Your Summer Sweepstakes. We’re giving away the Cat INV2000 Portable Inverter Generator worth $749.99. And it’s great for everything from tailgating to the job site. You can enter today at MoneyPit.com.
LESLIE: But to kick it off, we’re going to start this hour talking about the relaunch of three iconic American tool brands: Pony, Jorgensen and Goldblatt under the leadership of a fourth, Arrow Fastener.
TOM: And with us to talk about that is Bill Sokol, Vice President of Arrow Fastener.
And Bill, this is really a medley of four brands that have been helping DIYers and pros alike build for, got to be, over 80, 85 years now, right?
BILL: Yeah, it’s actually longer than that.
BILL: Goldblatt goes all the way back to 1885.
TOM: Wow. That’s fantastic.
TOM: So, how did it come to be that Arrow Fastener is now helping to relaunch these amazing brands?
BILL: Well, Arrow was purchased last year by a company called GreatStar.
BILL: And GreatStar, actually, owns the Goldblatt and the Pony and Jorgensen brands. So, because of the success that Arrow has had in the U.S. market – curating that brand and growing the brand for consumers and DIYers – we were given the task of actually relaunching these brands into the U.S. marketplace.
TOM: Well, that’s great. Now, what has the reception been from the marketplace on seeing these brands sort of getting the visibility that they really needed?
BILL: Yeah, it’s been really great. Pony and Jorgensen have been out of the market for a couple of years and there’s a lot of demand for them to come back. We’re asked all the time by people that – “Man, I love those clamping products, you know? And I’ve got this one or I’ve got that one. And when am I going to be able to get it again?” So there’s a lot of excitement out there amongst both our trade partners and also consumers who reach out to us.
LESLIE: Mm-hmm. Well, the maker’s movement is so big right now. So you’re seeing so many people who are wanting to craft things by hand and truly learn more about woodworking. And that’s where these tools really come in handy.
BILL: Yeah, absolutely. They’ve been a fixture – the Pony and Jorgensen brands have been a fixture – in woodworking shops since 1903.
TOM: Yeah. And in fact, I know that I’ve shared the story with you but I don’t know if I did with you, Leslie. When I heard about Bill’s taking over these brands, I shared with him a research project that was handed to me about 30 years later, after leaving college, by my professor. He’d had it in a file cabinet. He found it out, right, and it was a book that I’d done, when I was in college, on the clamping of wood. And in that book were photos of me – I must have been 19, 20 years old – using Pony and Jorgensen clamps.
LESLIE: That’s fantastic.
LESLIE: And Tom is not even 100 years (inaudible).
TOM: I know, right? Yeah. So that’s how long I’ve been using these products. But I always thought that they were products that were more aimed at woodworkers. But now, we’re seeing the availability – we’re seeing more and more DIYers that are doing this. And they’re just a fantastic line of products to be able to do what you need to to clamp something together.
BILL: Yeah, absolutely. And we make everything from really specialized, like parallel bar clamps, down to a spring clamp or a C-clamp that just about anybody would have in their garage.
BILL: So we can meet any kind of clamping need that people might have.
TOM: Now, from our perspective, you guys are still innovating out there. You’ve got a lot of new products that you brought out this year but your most well-known, famous product is the T50, the staple gun.
BILL: Absolutely correct. It’s the best-known staple gun in the world. It’s still the number-one seller in the U.S.
TOM: And made in America.
BILL: It is, in Saddle Brook, New Jersey.
TOM: Right. Saddle Brook, New Jersey.
TOM: Right in our home turf. We’ve been there.
LESLIE: That’s really amazing. And I think what’s so exciting is that in this sort of rejuvenation of these brands, GreatStar is seeing the value of what their history is but truly looking towards the future and keeping them relevant and keeping them in current needs of what the woodworkers are using them for.
BILL: Yeah, that’s really the key. These are really great heritage brands that have been in America for a long time. They’ve got great stories. Goldblatt was started by a Russian immigrant in 1885, in Kansas City. As the American West was booming, he built his product and his business to actually help build the westward expansion.
And the Pony and Jorgensen brands were started by a Danish cabinet maker and an opera singer. So, it’s really hard to believe but true.
TOM: You can’t make this stuff up, man.
BILL: That company was run for 30 years by a woman before women even had the right to vote.
BILL: Adele Holman started the company and she used to sign her business correspondence “A. Holman” so people wouldn’t know she was a woman.
TOM: That’s fantastic. Bill Sokol from Arrow Fastener, thank you so much for stopping by The Money Pit and filling us in on this great news with the relaunch of the three fantastic brands – Pony, Jorgensen and Goldblatt – under the leadership of Arrow Fastener.
BILL: Thank you, guys.
LESLIE: You are listening to The Money Pit coming to you from the 2018 National Hardware Show in Las Vegas. If you’d like to join the conversation, call in your home improvement or décor question 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to 888-MONEY-PIT presented by HomeAdvisor, where it’s easy to find top-rated, local home improvement pros for any home project.
TOM: Go to HomeAdvisor.com.
LESLIE: Well, whether you’re a professional contractor or just a professional tailgater, which we are definitely seeing a lot of here at the National Hardware Show, having a reliable source of portable power can come in very handy.
TOM: I like that.
LESLIE: The new Cat INV2000 Portable Inverter Generator does both.
TOM: And with us to talk about this latest innovation from Cat is Sean Stults.
And Sean, this is an expansion of a line of portable power products that can really help, I don’t know, run the appliances and the tools you need, keep the lights on in an emergency or even power your outdoor fine: your camping trip, your trips to the beach, your trips to the ballpark. You really thought of it all.
SEAN: Yeah. This is a product, I think – we’ve seen it from a college ballpark to, like you said, a tailgate or any other venue that you can utilize something and carry it right in and not have to worry about getting big – lugging stuff. And it’s just really a suitcase. You take it right in, yeah.
TOM: Yeah, it really is. And certainly, I think the important part is the power you have packed into this: 2,250 watts of start-up power.
TOM: And that’s a lot of juice.
SEAN: It is, you know. And we even had the opportunity to parallel two together to get double the juice if we really need it, in the case we need an RV or something to run. It’s great.
TOM: Yeah. Well, by way of an example, I was testing this product at home. And I have a 10-inch Milwaukee circular saw, which is a monster tool.
TOM: And it cut timbers with it.
LESLIE: That’s like a really rapid power draw right from the start.
TOM: Right. A big draw in the beginning. No problem. It automatically revved up the power we needed and just chugged right along.
SEAN: Absolutely. Like you said, from the prosumer to the tailgater, it’s great.
LESLIE: Now, I think it’s – one of the best features, especially for a tailgater who might not be a pro user, is the ease of operation. Tell us about that because, for me, I’m always afraid to start things up like that. And to know that it’s so simple to do is hugely helpful.
SEAN: Yeah, the ease of use is simple as, like you said, carrying it right in. But starting it’s very simple. It only takes a gallon of gas. This thing runs for six hours.
TOM: On a gallon. One gallon.
LESLIE: On a gallon?
SEAN: On a gallon of gas. It’s awesome.
LESLIE: That’s huge.
TOM: That’s so efficient.
SEAN: Yeah. And the starting is real simple on it. It’s a one-pull right out of the box. It’s great.
TOM: Yeah. I mean it’s like three steps, right?
SEAN: Yep. It’s right.
SEAN: You turn it over to the choke, turn it back to run. As you pull it, you’re good to go.
TOM: And you’re good to go.
TOM: And talk about the way the technology – that basically makes it ramp up the amount of power you need based on whether you’re plugging in an iPhone or plugging in a big circ saw.
SEAN: Yeah. So, what we have is – your current utility in your home is about three-percent harmonic distortion. This has less than three-percent harmonic distortion.
TOM: Because people worry about the sensitivity of electronic devices, like those phones.
LESLIE: Well, you have to.
SEAN: Yeah. Everything’s a smart device these days.
SEAN: You’ve got a smartphone, you’ve got an iPad, a tablet or whatever it is. This you can plug directly into it. A typical, portable generator you cannot do that; it does not have the clean power that you’re asking for. And that’s what we’re offering with the INV2000.
TOM: And then how, again, does it ramp up the power to know how much juice it needs? What’s that process of – because I notice that it’s very, very quiet.
TOM: You can hardly hear it going. Then if you put …
LESLIE: And that’s hugely important.
LESLIE: Because generators can tend to be so loud.
TOM: And annoying.
LESLIE: And annoying.
LESLIE: And especially if you were marketing to take to a tailgate or take to a very public place, you want to keep that noise down.
TOM: And that’s one of the reasons that, sometimes, some places a generator is just not allowed, because they don’t want them to disturb the peace.
LESLIE: Mm-hmm. They’re so noisy.
TOM: And before I – before you answer that question about how you adjust the power, there was one stat that was interesting to me that – and I didn’t know this, Leslie. The National Park Service has a standard for noise, so that if you’re in a campsite – one of the National Park Service’s campsites – you can’t have noise beyond a certain level. And this generator is well beyond – well under that.
SEAN: Well under that.
SEAN: Yeah, you’re right. It’s about 70 decibels.
SEAN: And our generator will run, like you said, well below that: 58 decibels at starting. So, that’s really good.
LESLIE: That’s very quiet.
SEAN: Yeah, very quiet.
LESLIE: What about maintenance, you know? Is there anything to do to take care of it to ensure that we get a long life out of it?
SEAN: Yeah. So, this thing runs with a computer. It doesn’t have all the bells and whistles that a big, portable generator – because it doesn’t need them.
SEAN: That’s the ease of the use of this and the way that it actually ramps up the power. Changing the oil is pretty typical. And the spark plug, we make it very simple for it. We make doors that come right off and you can do it right there in front of it, so …
TOM: And you’ve got that smart-engine control that ramps up the power to exactly where you need it. And the best news is you’ve given us an INV2000 for the grand prize of our Power Your Summer Sweepstakes launching, right now, on MoneyPit.com.
SEAN: That’s right.
TOM: So, this product’s worth 750 bucks. It’s going to go out to …
LESLIE: Could be yours for free.
TOM: Could be yours. So, enter today, at MoneyPit.com, the Power Your Summer Sweepstakes.
Sean Stults from Cat, thanks so much for stopping by The Money Pit.
SEAN: Thank you very much.
LESLIE: You are listening to The Money Pit broadcasting from the stage at the Ultimate Backyard of the 2018 National Hardware Show in Las Vegas.
TOM: And if you’d like to see what we see while covering the show, all you need to do is follow us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, #NHShow.
Still to come, are you getting your outdoor furniture ready for the summer season ahead but notice that it looks a little worse for wear? We’re going to highlight a new product that could strip away all of that mildew and mess and tree droppings and more, in just minutes. That’s all coming up, next.
This is The Money Pit Home Improvement Show broadcasting from the 2018 National Hardware Show in Las Vegas. We’re thrilled to be here checking out the best of the best of home improvement products hitting the market.
LESLIE: Well, now that spring is in full swing and summer is just a couple of weeks away, we hope that you enjoy a beautiful, healthy green lawn. But if you’re seeing weeds instead, there is a solution that’s organic, safe for people and pets and can be used wherever unwanted grasses and weeds are growing. It’s called the BurnOut Weed and Grass Killer and it’s made by Bonide.
TOM: That’s right. The BurnOut Weed and Grass Killer is a fast-acting, all-natural formula that delivers results in less than 24 hours. You can use it to eliminate weeds growing in flower beds, vegetable gardens, sidewalks, patios and other areas around your home.
LESLIE: You can find all-organic BurnOut Weed and Grass Killer at your local garden center, hardware store or farm-and-feed retailer.
TOM: Or go to Bonide.com where you can also find great resources and answers to questions about lawn-and-garden care. That’s Bonide – B-o-n-i-d-e – .com. And remember, Bonide products are family-made in America.
Coming to you from the 2018 National Hardware Show in Las Vegas, where we’re surrounded by over 2,800 manufacturers launching hundreds of new products. And one of the brands we followed over the years is Summit Brands. And now they’re out with a new addition to their Plink line of appliance cleaners that covers both washers and dishwashers.
LESLIE: That’s right. The Plink Washer and Dishwasher Freshener and Cleaner is an innovative product specially formulated to easily and effectively freshen and clean any washing machine or dishwasher. With us to talk about that is Tony Cronk of Summit Brands.
TONY: Thank you for having me, both Leslie, Tom.
TOM: The one thing I like about your products is you really make it easy. I mean it’s not easier than popping these things in the machines and letting them do the work.
TONY: Yes, that’s the premise of Plink, especially. The brand’s built on fast, easy, fresh and fun. The idea is to make it simple for the homeowner to be able to solve their problem as easily and it’s a value – or as cost-effectively as possible.
LESLIE: And I think that’s a lot of – you know, a good point there: making cleaning fun. Because a lot of times, people don’t want to clean and certainly don’t think of it as fun. So if you can make it fun, I’m all in.
TOM: And if you can do it fast, even better yet.
TONY: That’s right.
TOM: Well, odor in appliances is a big problem and it’s one that kind of sneaks up on people. They don’t think about it when they’re buying the appliances. They don’t think about it while they’re using their appliances. But when they smell it, they think about it a lot and you have a lot – a really hard time getting rid of those odors.
TOM: So we think about the odors that form in the dishwashers and the washing machines, the whole issue of the bacteria that gets behind the seals of the doors and that sort of thing, places you can’t clean even if you wanted to. And that’s kind of …
LESLIE: And you don’t first think about cleaning those places, as well.
TOM: Until you smell it, right? And then it’s awful. And that’s a sweet spot for Plink. It gets right in there and does the job and takes that odor away.
TONY: Yes, it does. It makes it very simple.
The product was developed with the key problem being odor control. A lot of – there’s a lot of products out there on the market that try to solve the odor issue but they don’t do it effectively.
TONY: We used a patented fragrance technology that yes, it’ll clean the appliance – both the washer and the dishwasher – and then afterward leaves a very nice, pleasant fragrance behind that stays for up to five days.
TOM: So you – the formula is made to freshen and clean pretty much any washing machine or dishwasher? Does it matter whether it’s top-load or front-load or anything like that?
TONY: Does not matter, although it’s very highly effective on the front-loading washing machine.
TOM: I bet.
LESLIE: And that tends to be a big problem.
TOM: That’s the one that has the odor issue, more than anything else, because of the seal.
TONY: That’s right.
TOM: You don’t really have to have a seal on a top-load because gravity being what it is, it doesn’t want to get up that high, right? But that moisture just lays around that seal and it mixes with the dirt, right, and the bacteria kind of forms. And that’s what really causes the odor; it’s the bacteria.
TONY: And the detergent. If it has any (inaudible) it does that.
TOM: Oh, that’s a good point.
TOM: It’ll hold the mildew or those kinds of pieces right there along that door seal. And this product really gets in there and takes care of that.
TOM: How often should you be using a cleaning product like this?
TONY: Well, we always like to say, regularly, once a week to maintain. However, depending on the nature of your problem – if it’s a continuous problem or a bad problem – more frequently.
LESLIE: Now, do you find that since, generally, with the appliances it’s the seal, does having the seal compromised by being dirty or gunky in any way – does that affect the efficiency of the appliance itself?
TONY: The things that affect the efficiency, the machine, are the hard-water minerals that build up inside the drum on both the dishwasher and the washing machine. Those, combined with the detergents, can cause the jets to clog up, the ports, the cleaning mechanisms to not work effectively. So this is formulated to solve that problem.
TOM: Because if you have that crust that forms from the mineral deposits on those jets, on those ports, you’re not getting the velocity out of that water. You’re not getting power or the drainage.
LESLIE: Or the proper drainage.
TOM: So that means it stays wetter longer or there’s not enough water even to blast out what it could on its own, right?
TONY: That’s correct. What you end up seeing is you might have cups or things on the top shelf that have residue in them or bits of food.
TONY: You might get a white cloudiness on your glassware. And usually, that’s a sign that your dishwasher needs to be cleaned.
LESLIE: Well, it’s funny because I guess people think it’s your washing machine and your dishwasher and everything’s getting cleaned in there. “So why do I need to clean it?”
TOM: Yeah. “Why do I have to clean the cleaner?” Yeah, yeah.
LESLIE: But you do.
TOM: But you do, exactly. Because it doesn’t get to those spots. Plus, the soaps and the – that you’re using in those machines aren’t really designed to clean the machines themselves. That’s a different science; there’s a different chemistry to it, right?
TONY: That’s absolutely correct, Tom. Thanks for mentioning that.
TOM: Yeah, yeah.
So, we’re talking to Tony Cronk with Summit Brands about Plink.
And you also have another brand that we’ve used for years now. I know that our family really loves it. It’s Glisten. And you have a lot of products that are in this space. You’ve got a dishwasher cleaner where you pop open this little bottle and stick it in the rack and shut the door and you’re good to go, as well as many others. Give us some highlights on Glisten.
TONY: You’re mentioning Glisten. Yes, that’s our machine-cleaning expert line. It’s a heavy-duty line of cleaning products for appliances around the house: garbage disposals, dishwashers, washing machines.
So what makes that different than Plink? Well, we focus on a heavy-duty clean. So if you’ve got a bad problem, folks that have hard water, rust, lime calcium, you need a punch to get in there and really knock that stuff out.
LESLIE: They really do have a bad problem when they have that situation.
TOM: Yeah, exactly. Yep.
TONY: And that’s what those products are focused on providing for the consumer.
TOM: Yeah. And that really helps the maintenance of those machines, as well. It’s so important to keep them running cleanly.
TONY: Yes, absolutely.
TOM: So let’s talk about an appliance that we kind of expect to get dirty: the garbage disposer. You guys – I know Plink has a product that is like a little pebble you drop right in there and scrubs that clean. There’s all sorts of old wives’ tales around that, too, like ice cubes and putting them there and that sort of thing. But we don’t need that.
TONY: Lemon peels.
TOM: Lemon peels. But Plink does a great job.
TONY: Yes. Plink, again, back with that fast, easy, fresh and fun type approach. You get 10 little balls that – they actually look like paintballs.
TONY: You drop them down the sink. They have a super-potent fragrance technology built into them. So, it freshens that machine or the disposer immediately, takes away all those bad odors. And people love it kind of as a daily use, especially if – common problem.
TONY: And it’s such a good value when you get 10 of them with the purchase that people put them in by the handfuls.
LESLIE: That’s so funny. And you think about it, with the disposers, you get so much sort of gross things that you’re putting down there. And they really can tend to be very stinky, so you have to take care of it.
TOM: Plink, very effective. Glisten just as well. Machine-cleaning experts all made by Summit Brands under the guidance of Tony Cronk.
Tony, thanks so much for stopping by The Money Pit. You guys are the cleaning experts and we so appreciate your advice.
TONY: Thanks for having me on, Tom and Leslie.
TOM: And we’d love for you to join the conversation, so call in your home improvement or décor question now to 888-MONEY-PIT presented by HomeAdvisor. They really have the best local pros for any home service.
LESLIE: That’s right. It doesn’t matter what that project is, they make it fast and easy to find top-rated home pros.
TOM: And there’s no membership fees. It’s 100-percent free to use. Go to HomeAdvisor.com.
LESLIE: We’ll be back with more from the 2018 National Hardware Show in Las Vegas, after this.
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Well, one of the most popular repair products in any toolbox is simply duct tape. But while it has its uses, duct tape is not a great choice when strong holding power is really needed.
LESLIE: That’s right. But T-Rex Tape, on the other hand, is designed for those occasions when intense holding power is needed. No matter what application you’re using it in, from a simple patch to wrapping torn things or broken tool handles, the utility and strength of T-Rex Tape really do make it an essential addition to any toolbox.
TOM: And now, T-Rex is launching a new product called T-Rex Brute Force. And it can actually hold up to 700 pounds. Isn’t that crazy?
LESLIE: That’s huge.
TOM: Seven hundred pounds. With us to talk about that product is Stephen Wagner, the product marketer for ShurTech, the manufacturer of T-Rex Brand.
And Steve, are folks really trusting 700 pounds of weight to tape?
STEPHEN: Well, that’s what we’re showing them here at the Hardware Show.
STEPHEN: We have a demonstration where we actually loop one strip of tape around a big steel bar and then to the weight.
TOM: Wow, 700 pounds.
STEPHEN: Lift it up. We’ve been doing it over and over again. It’s pretty amazing. And it’s just a demonstration of what you can do with this new – basically, it’s a duct tape.
TOM: Well, I’ve been using the previous T-Rex Tape, the basic tape. I don’t know what you call this.
STEPHEN: Just T-Rex Tape, yeah.
TOM: Just T-Rex, OK?
STEPHEN: That’s right.
LESLIE: Just T-Rex.
TOM: So, I actually had to do a repair to a car-top carrier, a turtle. And we had to put some new holes in it, new brackets. It had half-a-dozen holes, water was getting up in there. I had put tape on it before but it fell right off. Put the T-Rex on it, went through some storms, no problems. Stayed put, kept all the water out. So it was a good application for it.
And I remember we were also playing with this in the studio, where we were picking up concrete blocks. And that was with the original T-Rex. And now, I’m not strong enough to pick up 700 pounds.
STEPHEN: Neither am I. That’s why we have the big gantry rig and a hoist lift.
STEPHEN: But that’s a perfect example of what regular T-Rex tape will do for you.
TOM: It’s good for it, right?
STEPHEN: It’s a repair.
STEPHEN: This tape, Brute Force, is actually an engineered solution. You can do more with a tape than you have ever been able to do before, because of that immense strength.
TOM: I bet it’s a good product to have on hand in an emergency, right?
STEPHEN: That’s absolutely right, yeah.
TOM: If you’re a firefighter or rescue person …
STEPHEN: We’re still enjoying – because this is a new development. We’re just launching it here at the Hardware Show.
STEPHEN: We’re still really having fun finding the limits of the product. We’re just looping the tape once in our demonstration, holding 700 pounds. We don’t have enough weight to loop it twice.
TOM: And everybody loops tape a couple of times, just because that’s just how we’ve grown up to do it, right?
STEPHEN: Exactly. Yep. So now you can do what you can do with a whole case of tape, with this one roll of Brute Force.
STEPHEN: That’s right.
LESLIE: But can you still rip it apart with your hands?
STEPHEN: No, you can’t tear it with your hands. That’s one of the things we conceded.
TOM: Ah, it’s a good question. Good question. So it has to be …
STEPHEN: So you’re going to need a knife. But we know that a lot of people that are doing these big projects are good about keeping a knife around with them, yep.
TOM: Do use a knife. Yep. Exactly. Yeah.
So, I guess you also had to beef up the adhesive, as well, because that’s part of the formula.
STEPHEN: Yep. That’s right.
TOM: Not only is this the tape and the layers that go into making that tape but the adhesive is key.
STEPHEN: So, one of the things – when we developed the tape, we really wanted to just take our T-Rex Tape and make it better. So we started with that scrim, to give it that amazing strength.
STEPHEN: And we used something called Forge Link Technology, where we actually – in the direction that you pull the tape off the roll, we run this new material called Forge Link. And because it’s so strong, usually a tape would break before the adhesive breaks. But now, we’re actually stronger than the adhesive, so we had to redo our adhesive to give it better shear strength.
LESLIE: To match the tape.
TOM: To match it.
STEPHEN: That’s right, exactly.
TOM: Right. Yeah.
STEPHEN: So it’s really – it’s been a fun engineering project for all the guys making this tape. Nice shout-out to our Shurtape team down there in Hickory.
TOM: Yeah. What happens in damp locations?
STEPHEN: In damp locations, you’re going to want the material to generally be dry and clean.
STEPHEN: But if you stick the tape to itself, you’re going to get some excellent holding power.
TOM: And if it gets wet after that, no big deal.
STEPHEN: Because it’s still waterproof backing with UV inhibitors in the adhesive. So it’s a great, excellent, all-weather tape, as well.
TOM: Well, if you’ve got tried T-Rex Tape and now the T-Rex Brute Force Tape, you’ve got to check it out. Their website is TRexTape.com. It’s available everywhere. I highly recommend it. It’s been a great product to have in our house and in our toolbox, as well.
Stephen Wagner from ShurTech Brands, thanks so much for stopping by The Money Pit.
STEPHEN: Hey, thanks for having us, guys.
LESLIE: You are listening to The Money Pit coming to you today from the Ultimate Backyard for home improvers, the 2018 National Hardware Show in Las Vegas, Nevada. Join the conversation. Call in your questions to 888-MONEY-PIT presented by HomeAdvisor. Find top-rated home service pros, compare prices and book appointments online, all for free.
TOM: Still ahead, do you want to create your own ultimate backyard on a budget? We’ll tell you how to achieve an upscale look without an upscale price, after this.
Making good homes better, welcome back to The Money Pit coming to you from the Ultimate Backyard for home improvers, the 2018 National Hardware Show in Las Vegas, where we’re surrounded by every outdoor-living project imaginable, from fire pits to hammocks to furniture.
LESLIE: I mean really, you can find everything here.
Well, one thing that I really like about this show is the opportunity to find products that solve problems and just make things really a lot easier to get done.
TOM: Yep. To get done, yeah.
LESLIE: Have you ever tried to glue something only to find out that the glue you’ve picked up isn’t the glue that you need, because it’s not working with the materials you’ve got and things just aren’t compatible?
TOM: That’s really frustrating. And it’s a problem solved by K-CO Innovations, with the launch of their newest product, which is simply called Glu – G-l-u. With us to talk about that is David Kurrasch, President of K-CO Innovations.
DAVID: Good to see you guys.
TOM: Now, when I tell folks about this show, I’ve got to say that you are one of the success stories that I share. Because we’ve seen you over the years invent some very cool products that have become big successes. We’re talking about the Monkey Hook, probably the best-selling piece of picture-hanging hardware out there on the market, right?
DAVID: That’s been a real good product for us. It’s basically everywhere and it’s a simple, wire-formed hook that goes in with no tools. And it’s been real successful.
TOM: And then you have the Little Big Shot, which I love. I’ve got three of these because I’ve got three hoses around my house.
DAVID: Good man.
TOM: And this attachment delivers a stream of water 45 feet. It’s like you can’t even do that with a pressure washer. And it’s perfect because it doesn’t wear out.
DAVID: Yeah, it’s been a great product for us. We’ve been in the market with it for a few years now and it continues to increase in sales every year. It’s number one in one of the big boxes. And it’s just great because it’s very efficient with the water. It loses very little pressure when you use it and it provides a lot of force with water efficiency.
TOM: And then you’ve got the Johnny Jolter. And the Johnny Jolter is a plunger that basically can clear the worst clogs. And that’s something that people don’t like to think about but it happens.
LESLIE: No one wants to think about that.
TOM: And that actually led you to develop this new product called Glu. And I tell you what, it’s a real chemistry hassle to try to find the right glue to fix whatever is going on in your house. And you’ve actually come up with something that is very all-purpose and all-in-one. Talk about it.
DAVID: We needed a product – because the Johnny Jolter, as you mentioned, is a plunger that’s a different type of plunger. And it requires three different types of plastic parts to be fused together.
DAVID: One is Hytrel, one is PVC and one is ABS. So, this is the challenge of any gluing project, as Leslie pointed out: finding something that works on all surfaces.
Now, this product was designed and formulated exclusively for plastic to plastic. We discovered – and using it for Johnny Jolter, we had an issue in the warehouse where we had to glue something. We didn’t have anything else, so we realized this actually glues everything else: wood, stone. We tested it after we discovered this and started to say, “Why don’t we bring this to the consumer market?”
TOM: And isn’t that how so many products are – come to market or get (inaudible)?
LESLIE: It’s a happy accident.
TOM: It’s a happy accident. It’s a problem that you solve and go, “Now, wait a minute. This has got other applications.” And here we are with a product in a box, in a tube, that can really cover it all.
DAVID: I love the happy accidents.
DAVID: That’s exactly what this was. And so now we have this in a couple different sizes. It’s a – the bond time is about 30 seconds. And the other thing about …
LESLIE: Which is ridiculously fast. Because if you were in a jam and you break something, especially – it’s like a piece of china on a holiday or a kid’s toy.
LESLIE: It’s like you’re bonding it, it’s adhering fast and it’s right back to its use.
DAVID: And it’s a solvent-free, 100-percent pure glue. Glues have solvents in them to enhance the drying time.
DAVID: So this is a solvent-free, pure glue that works on everything. We’re very excited about it.
TOM: And totally safe for the environment.
TOM: David Kurrasch, congratulations on your latest product, Glu. Available pretty much everywhere, right?
DAVID: Certainly on Amazon and we’re building retail distribution as we speak.
TOM: Well done. Thank you, David.
DAVID: Thank you so much.
LESLIE: You are listening to The Money Pit, on air and online at MoneyPit.com, coming to you from the Ultimate Backyard for home improvers, the 2018 National Hardware Show in Las Vegas. We are surrounded by every outdoor-living product imaginable, from fire pits to hammocks, even furniture.
TOM: And we’re going to talk about that furniture right now with Jeff Polke, the co-owner of GCI Outdoor. They manufacture portable chairs, perfect for camping, tailgates and trips to the beach or pool.
JEFF: How are you doing today?
TOM: You guys have packed a lot of innovation into a very portable, lightweight chair, haven’t you?
JEFF: Well, it’s kind of our thing, you know?
JEFF: We don’t want to be a standard chair that just kind of sits there, a little boring.
TOM: Want a chair with some action. So, how did GCI Outdoor actually get started?
JEFF: So, me and a childhood friend, Dan Grace – he’s the inventor of us two.
JEFF: I wouldn’t call him the smartest one of us, OK? So let’s not go there. But I’m kind of the sales/marketing guy.
JEFF: And he had a – was at a golf tournament one time and it started to rain. He was up on a hillside on that stadium golf seating that most of the tournaments have.
JEFF: And he was getting a small case of wet ass and he’s like, “There’s got to be a chair for this, OK?” And he went home. He took a lawn chair, cut the back legs off of it, put it on his hatchway (ph) and was like, “Oh, my God, it’s nice and even on a hillside.”
JEFF: So that started everything.
TOM: There you go.
JEFF: So, we kept on asking, “There’s got to be a chair for this.” And over and over again, we kept on reinventing different type of stuff for that.
LESLIE: I mean that’s amazing. So you’re innovating as you’re seeing the needs.
LESLIE: It’s like you’re constantly figuring it out.
JEFF: It’s pretty cool.
LESLIE: Now, would that be the company moment that you’re most proud of or has there been something even more special than that?
JEFF: Well, I would have to say that was one because we weren’t really partners then. Technically, we were friends and I was helping him out, because I – at the time.
TOM: I see. Right.
JEFF: So, our proudest moment probably came within the last three years. We invented a – we reinvented the rocker.
JEFF: A standard rocker is used off of deflection, OK? So, you basically – it’s going on the floor just like this. Now, if you look at ours, it has two shocks on the back. Now, the great thing about that is you don’t need deflection, which means you can use it on soft ground, you can use it on sand. You could be buried in water and still be rocking. It’s very, very cool.
And why we’re so proud of that is because everybody thinks of a rocking chair – “It’s on my grandmother’s porch. That’s kind of lame. Who wants that?”
TOM: Right. A lot of people do.
JEFF: Let me tell you, we’ve been selling tons and tons of them.
TOM: Yeah. Yeah.
JEFF: And we actually won an award here a few years back. We won a football for Best in Show. We were actually out here in this section and it’s just been gangbusters ever since.
LESLIE: That’s fantastic. You know, I have still – my son is five and I still have a rocker in his room.
LESLIE: And it’s like sometimes we’ll sit down and we’ll read in there. And it – while gorgeously designed, the functionality of it is terrible. And I find that I’m constantly moving my foot and then I get a cramp in my shin, in my leg.
JEFF: Yeah, exactly.
LESLIE: And I’m like, “We can read somewhere else.”
TOM: Jeff Polke from GCI Outdoor, thank you so much for stopping by The Money Pit.
If you’d like to check out all the GCI products, head on over to their website at GCIOutdoor.com.
This is The Money Pit Home Improvement Show coming to you from the 2018 National Hardware Show in Las Vegas, where we’ve gathered all of our favorite innovations in one very big backyard. Follow along online at #NHShow.
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Making good homes better, this is The Money Pit. I’m Tom Kraeutler.
LESLIE: And I’m Leslie Segrete.
TOM: Wrapping up our broadcast at the 2018 National Hardware Show. There are a lot of great tool manufacturers out here. And over the last 10 years, we’ve seen a big shift from gas-powered equipment to battery-powered equipment. And it’s pretty clear that today, you get just about anything done with a battery that you once could with gas-powered equipment.
LESLIE: Hey, life is cordless these days.
TOM: It’s totally cordless. And one of the brands that’s been taking a leadership role in that is Poulan. With us to talk about that is Chad Winters from Poulan Pro.
CHAD: Good afternoon.
TOM: Hey, you guys have a lot of tools that are designed for pros and homeowners. And you’re rolling out some new battery products here that can run pretty much all those tools. And I like the fact that everything’s interchangeable.
CHAD: Yes. This is our launch of the Powerlink Series. This is a Poulan Pro consumer lineup of – full lineup – of battery-power product. Utilizes a 58-volt platform so we kind of get the benefits of the pack-and-a-half. There’s 36-volt platforms, there are 72-volt platforms that are really big and heavy.
CHAD: So the 58’s kind of a pack-and-a-half, so you get the benefits of the size and the weight, plus the performance that kind of equates to that homeowner gasoline equipment that most folks have in the garage or the shed now.
TOM: It’s really like you’re trying to hit the sweet spot in this power. Because you could go anywhere in terms of that number.
TOM: You guys are hitting 58 because you’ve identified that that’s where you need to be to serve the market.
CHAD: Yes. For this market.
TOM: And you give them (inaudible) and the use and usability of the product.
CHAD: Yes. That’s …
LESLIE: And I think yard and lawn care, all of that type of work out of doors, really makes the most sense to be cordless. You can go anywhere and you might not always have access to the power. So, cordless capabilities for the yard is fantastic.
TOM: Yep. Absolutely. Yeah. And because you want to go ahead and work in a yard that’s an acre deep, or something like that, without having to drag a generator out or plug something in and deal with the wires. And it used to be that you could do that with smaller tools but when it came to big stuff, you couldn’t. But I mean chainsaws, weed whackers, lawn mowers, everything is running off of batteries these days.
CHAD: Yeah. This is a complete line, so it includes a 21-inch push power, a chainsaw, a hedge trimmer, a line trimmer and both a handheld blower and backpack blower, depending on that size of property.
TOM: OK. Right.
CHAD: If you’ve got the larger end of it, then you may not want to hold it in your hand the whole time. We have a backpack configuration then.
LESLIE: And the batteries are all completely interchangeable across the entire line?
CHAD: There are two batteries in the set: the 2.6 and the 5.2 amp-hour batteries. But they are interchangeable within all the tools. The idea behind it is the battery for the chainsaw, the backpack blower and the walk mower, because those are a little bit – they’re under heavier load, they’re going to use more energy.
TOM: Right. Mm-hmm.
CHAD: We give you, in the bundle, the larger battery in the bundle. And so then hedge trimmer, line trimmer come with the 2.6. But at the end of the day, if you’ve got the mower, the line trimmer and a leaf blower, all the batteries can swap within and out each of the pieces of equipment. So you kind of get – you don’t have any excuse not to get the yardwork done, because you’ve got multiple batteries and multiple chargers and all of them are interchangeable.
LESLIE: Right. And I like that because a lot of times, when you see …
TOM: But sometimes I need an excuse to get my yardwork done.
LESLIE: You’re not getting it here.
But a lot of times you see, especially when there’s a single battery across a platform of tools or equipment – the manufacturer sort of holds those batteries and chargers sort of separate from you.
TOM: Right. Right. Right. Mm-hmm.
LESLIE: You have to buy those additionally and you’re kind of stuck maybe with one battery and then you’re waiting to charge it to get back to work.
LESLIE: I like that you’re giving everybody the opportunity to continue working by giving them a charger and a battery per every piece of equipment.
CHAD: Yeah. Well, for the target audience, that’s how they’re expecting the products to be sold. There are equipment out there that’s designed for pros that they expect to buy piecemeal.
CHAD: But a homeowner expects to buy a box, take it home, open it up and have everything that they need.
TOM: It’s a great product. Chad Winters from Poulan Pro, thanks so much for stopping by The Money Pit.
If you’d like to check out the new line, go to their website at PoulanPro.com.
CHAD: Thank you.
TOM: This is The Money Pit coming to you, once again, from Las Vegas and the 2018 National Hardware Show. That wraps up this edition. You can follow along our coverage all online at MoneyPit.com.
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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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 the holidays are now, what, two weeks away? So if you’re planning on fixing up your house before everybody shows up, you’d better get going. The good news is we’re here to help. If you’ve got a home improvement, a décor question, a remodeling question, maybe you’re planning a project for now or the near future or the next year, we’re here to help. The number is 1-888-MONEY-PIT. We’re sort of your home improvement coaches. So give us a call, right now, with your how-to question at 1-888-MONEY-PIT.
Coming up in today’s show, have you ever seen this: a gorgeous, wall-mounted, high-def TV that’s surrounded by a gazillion wires? Well, you don’t have to live with that if that sounds like your house.
LESLIE: That’s the worst.
TOM: There are some ways to make those wires magically disappear and you’ll never have to see them again. We’ll have some tips on how to take on that project, just ahead.
LESLIE: And also ahead this hour, do you feel like you throw that same, old holiday party every year? Well, we’re going to help you kick that déjà vu to the curb. We’ve got some ideas for gatherings that your guests will remember for years to come. And none of these ideas are going to cost you more than a few bucks.
TOM: And if you’re doing a good job recycling plastics in your house, you probably drag them all out to the curb each week: all those cartons and containers and milk bottles and stuff. And once you do that, you don’t ever expect to see them again. Well, what if we told you that those plastics may have actually returned to your home in the form of, say, furniture or décor, carpet, wall hangings, all sorts of things? It’s amazing what they’re making with recyclables these days. We’re going to give you some updates on all of that, coming up.
LESLIE: But first, we want to hear from you. So let us know what you are working on this almost-holiday season. Yeah, it’s almost the holiday season, so you’d better be grocery shopping and painting and getting new linens and fixing up your house, because the people are coming a-knocking and it’s happening soon. So give us a call before they do at 1-888-MONEY-PIT.
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LESLIE: Mary in Virginia is dealing with some tricky wood flooring. Tell us what’s going on.
MARY: Well, in our bedroom, there’s a hump in the floor – I mean in the flooring. The house has all wood floors – no carpet or anything – and we don’t know what’s wrong with it. When we bought the house, a structural engineer looked at it and supposedly fixed it but he didn’t fix it. Supposedly, he put a crossbeam.
And then, when you go downstairs and look up at the basement ceiling – which is the floor of the upper bedroom, right? – you can see the cross piece but the hump is still there. So, we’ve had a couple people look at it. One flooring company told us they thought the floor had warped or something and we’d need new floors but we don’t know what it is.
TOM: So, the question is: is the deflection or the warping, is that in the floor joists or is that in the flooring material itself? What kind of flooring material do you have now? Let’s start with that.
MARY: It’s wood flooring.
TOM: Is it carpet? Hardwood? What is it?
MARY: No, no, no. It’s hardwood floors. No carpet.
TOM: It’s hardwood floor, OK. The work that the – the work that this engineer did, that was addressing the floor joists, I imagine, correct?
MARY: Well, I don’t know. Supposedly, supposedly. I’m not sure what happened. This was when we bought the house and supposedly, this fixed it.
TOM: Mm-hmm. Alright.
MARY: But to me, it doesn’t look like it’s been fixed, because there’s still the hump there.
TOM: The hump is still there, yeah.
Well, we’ve got to figure out what’s causing that hump. And it’s not unusual for a floor beam, for example, to warp or twist and press up and cause a floor to deform. But unfortunately, I have no way of diagnosing this from this view, over the radio.
LESLIE: But you can actually take some pictures and post them on our website.
TOM: Yeah, that’d be a great idea. If you could take some photos and post in the Community section of MoneyPit.com – now, I’d ask you to take some photos from the top down and also from the basement up so we can have a look at it. We might be able to give you some further advice.
But if it is a floor joist that happened to buckle, there’s a way to lower that down and it’s a repair that we used to do all the time when – and new construction was really when that happens most. How old is this house, by the way?
MARY: I think it was built in ‘68.
TOM: Sixty-eight? OK. Well, it’s a little old for this particular scenario to happen. But if it is a joist that’s twisted, typically what you do is you actually cut the joist. And you can put pressure on from above and get it to sort of lay down a bit. And then you reinforce it by putting two new joists on either side of it and create a new beam.
MARY: So you don’t need to replace the whole floor, like this flooring company is telling us?
TOM: If the floor structure is not the – is the problem, replacing the floor is not going to change that, OK? But if – listen, if it’s not really, really bad, I wouldn’t be too concerned about it with a house that’s built in 1968. Why don’t you just chalk it up to charm?
MARY: Yeah. But we’re trying to sell it in the spring and these days, everything has to be pretty much turnkey-perfect, you know?
TOM: OK, look. Here’s what you should do. Listen, if you’re getting ready to put the house on the market, go to the website for the American Society of Home Inspectors at ASHI.org – A-S-H-I.org. Using their zip-code locator, find an ASHI-certified home inspector in your area. Because of the market and because of the issues that you’re concerned about, have your home inspected by a professional home inspector.
You’re doing this for a couple of reasons. First of all, the inspector is an independent expert that should be able to diagnose this floor problem for you and tell you whether it’s something to be concerned about or not. Secondly, the inspector will be able to identify other potential issues that could come up in the house sale and give you the opportunity to fix them or not without a buyer looking over your shoulder.
So if the goal here is to get the house ready for sale, let’s not speculate on what’s going on. Let’s get a trained set of eyes in there that is – and somebody who’s not working for a contractor trying to sell you flooring or God-knows-what-else. And let them look at the house and figure out what’s going on. And this way, you’ll know and you’ll have the time to do the job right, OK?
So, again, the website is ASHI.org – A-S-H-I.o-r-g.
MARY: OK. Thank you.
TOM: Good luck with that project. Thanks so much for calling us at 888-MONEY-PIT.
LESLIE: You are tuned to The Money Pit Home Improvement Radio Show on air and online at MoneyPit.com. 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 book appointments online, for free.
TOM: Up next, did you pay big bucks for a top-notch flat-screen TV in high-def picture but now you’re staring at all those ugly wires you need to hook it up with? We’ll have tips to make that mess disappear, after this.
Where home solutions live, this is The Money Pit Home Improvement Show. I’m Tom Kraeutler.
LESLIE: And I’m Leslie Segrete.
TOM: Give us a call, right now, with your home improvement project. Hey, if you’re a do-it-yourselfer, we’d love to chat. But most importantly, if you’re a do-it-for-me kind of home improver, we can help you, too. If it’s a project you don’t want to do, you just want to make sure you’re hiring the right people or getting it done right, we’re happy to lend a hand with some tips and advice on that project. The number, again, is 1-888-MONEY-PIT presented by HomeAdvisor, where it’s fast and easy to find top-rated local home improvement pros for any home project. Go to HomeAdvisor.com.
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LESLIE: Now we’ve got Andrew in North Carolina on the line who’s dealing with shower-drain issues. What’s going on?
ANDREW: When you take a shower, about a couple minutes after the water has been running, it’ll start to back up, to some degree, into the shower itself. And if you take a plunger and you use the plunger up and down, up and down maybe four or five times and you pull it up, all of a sudden, as the water starts to go out slowly, you’ll get a slurping noise. And then you get through taking a shower and it’s running out. But you can go back in and 20 minutes later and the same thing happens again.
TOM: Right. So you know what that slurping noise is?
ANDREW: No, sir.
TOM: It’s your shower drain gasping for air. For some reason, that shower drain is not vented properly. So as the water drains out, you create sort of a suction and that’s what slows it down. And so I suspect with you using that plunger, you’re freeing up that suction and loosening up the water so it has a chance to grab enough air and go down.
Was this shower added after the home was built, by any chance?
ANDREW: No, sir. It’s been that way and – of course, the plumber said there was nothing wrong. I said, “Well, there has to be something wrong.”
TOM: Yeah, if you’re getting a gurgling sound like that, you’re not getting enough air in it. And so it sounds to me like you probably need to add an additional vent. This is assuming that there’s no clog there.
ANDREW: Right. Because we used – my wife has used Liquid-Plumr, I’ve used a plunger, the plunger, the plungers and it goes out. But then when you stop, the same thing happens again.
TOM: Right. Well, I wouldn’t use the chemicals. What you could do is run a snake down that line and make sure it’s clear.
TOM: Just to make sure there’s no hair or any other kind of gunk that’s trapped in there. But generally, when you have a drain like that that’s gurgling, it’s looking for additional air. And it usually means that the vent is not there or the vent is obstructed and that’s what’s really going to be the source of this: making sure we have enough air in there.
If you had to add additional vents to it, depending on how easy or difficult it is to get to that line, it is possible.
ANDREW: I appreciate your help and thank you, again.
TOM: Well, a wall-mounted flat-screen TV can provide great views of touching moments and touchdowns. But sometimes, it can include a sight that’s not so appealing: all those dangling cords and wires.
LESLIE: Now, this is where cord-management systems come in. They’re covers that are designed specifically for the job and they can be painted to blend in with your wall colors. So, basically, they just disappear. They hide an ugly problem and then they disappear completely. It’s a win-win.
Now, if you’re not looking for one of those cover systems, you can try a variation on the same project, which is using a door threshold. And those are designed, as well, to protect cables because they do have that notch on the back side. And then you can hide everything behind them. It keeps them out of eyeshot when they extend across doorways. It really is a great way to keep things in check. And such a simple project to do and it really just buttons up the whole look of a room, so give it a try. Everybody will be so happy.
TOM: Give us a call, right now, with your home improvement question. The number is 1-888-MONEY-PIT.
LESLIE: Pam in Florida has a porch question. How can we help you today?
PAM: We live on the water and in Florida, there’s a lot of wind on the water. We’re close to the Gulf of Mexico. And we have a screened porch with aluminum railings and the wind keeps blowing the screen sections out. We’ve tried all different types of screens and double-screening them and all different types of splines. And I wondered if you had any better ideas for us.
TOM: Are we talking about on doors or windows?
PAM: We’re talking about screen sections on a screened porch.
TOM: Screened porch. OK. And so, how big are these sections?
PAM: Probably 4×6.
TOM: Pretty big. Are you using vinyl screening or are you using metal screening?
TOM: Yeah, I think that’s the issue. The vinyl screening is pretty soft and pretty flexible. Not very sturdy. I think you’re going to need to use a heavier-gauge screening in order to make this more permanent. And you’re also going to need to consider not only the attachment points – I’m not quite sure how you’re doing that – but it’s got to be super-secure. And you might want to add grilles to divide that up into a bit smaller space. It could be a thin grille but it could – but a grille would give it some additional strength.
So I think you’re going to need to use much heavier screening and not vinyl screening, OK? Because I think putting on a double layer of the vinyl is going to really not get you where you need to be. It really should be heavy metal screening when it’s that – when it’s a 4×6-foot area.
PAM: Right. Do you know if metal screening comes in a fine enough mesh to keep no-see-ums out?
TOM: Oh, yeah. It comes in different mesh densities and different gauge metals. You’ve just got to find a good source or supply down there for it.
PAM: Thank you very much. Appreciate the help.
TOM: You’re very welcome.
LESLIE: Doug in Texas, you’ve got The Money Pit. How can we help you today?
DOUG: I’ve got a 30-year-old home here in Northeast Texas. Wanting to know the best way to upgrade my insulation in the attic. It has what I would call – it looked like a recycled newspaper, maybe, blown in there. Probably about 2½, 3 inches thick. And wondering if I could just blow a new type of insulation on top of it. Or do I need to do preparation first?
TOM: Yeah, you can add additional insulation and that makes a lot of sense. But I would not put new insulation on top of that old insulation. Because the old insulation is probably settled down, compressed and it’s not insulating as well as it should. So what I would recommend is that you remove the existing insulation.
Then, if you want to go with blown-in, there’s actually a product out now that allows you to do your own blown-in insulation. It’s from Owens Corning and it’s called AttiCat. And the way AttiCat works is you go to your local Home Depot and you purchase the bags of AttiCat insulation. And if you buy 10 bags, they will give you the blowing machine for free. The rental – there’s no charge for the rental.
And then the blowing machine gets positioned outside your house or in your garage or whatever. The insulation packages slide into it. It’s almost designed as a slot; you put it right in the side. You take the hose up to your attic and it’s remote-controlled, so you can turn the machine on and off and control the flow.
And then, this type of insulation gets into the nooks and crannies, it expands nicely and it’s low dust. So it’s a very easy way to do your own blown-in insulation and get a really good, contiguous, solid application of insulation in that attic.
LESLIE: And a targeted application, as well.
TOM: Yeah. And you could do a whole house in about four hours.
DOUG: OK. Great. Well, I appreciate the advice. I’d like to maybe get a big vacuum cleaner to get the old up.
TOM: Yeah. The new insulation will go in in four hours. Getting the old stuff out, though, that’s going to be a day. Good luck with that project.
DOUG: Alright. Thank you for your help.
LESLIE: Now we’re going to go to Pat in South Dakota. You’ve got The Money Pit. How can we help you today?
PAT: We have a problem with our deck. We need to replace it. And we have investigated using composite materials and find that that’s really expensive and I don’t think we’ll be able to afford to do that. So, we’re wondering about how well using cedar as the flooring and then using the composite on the rails would work.
LESLIE: I just actually put composite in our screened-in porch as a replacement to some old lumber that was there that just needed constant upkeep, even though it was a screened-in porch not fully exposed to the elements. And I found, believe it or not, the cost of the decking material and the cost of the railing material, from the same manufacturer, were the exact same price. Equally expensive.
So I don’t know if you want to mix it up in that capacity. I mean yes, maintaining a spindle or a railing system is a lot of work, if you were to go with a cedar or a pressure-treated type of lumber, but I don’t know that you’re going to save that much money there by going with a composite railing system.
TOM: And also, cedar does require a lot of care. I know that it’s insect-resistant and decay-resistant but if you don’t stain it, it’s going to crack and check and split. And in doing so, you’re going to have to restain it every few years, so it is going to cost you some money. And I wonder, on a lineal-foot basis, how much you’re really saving.
I don’t know what kind of composite you priced out but the composite that’s available at home centers – like at Home Depot, the Veranda product – it’s not terribly expensive. And it’s really pretty indestructible stuff. Once you put that down, you don’t have to worry about it any further in terms of any type of maintenance.
So, I would think carefully about using cedar over composite because I think that it’s going to be a fair amount of maintenance expense for you. It looks great for a year, then it gets all dark gray and blackish and then you’ve got to stain it.
PAT: OK. Well, that gave me the information. I can go forward with it.
TOM: Alright. Well, good luck with that project. Thanks so much for calling us at 888-MONEY-PIT.
LESLIE: Hey, are your holiday parties starting to feel like a case of déjà vu? Well, a few simple steps can break up the monotony and have you hosting an event that your guests will never forget. We’re going to have some money-saving holiday-party tips, next.
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LESLIE: And I’m Leslie Segrete.
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LESLIE: Peggy in Louisiana is on the line with a concrete question. What can we do for you today?
PEGGY: Well, we have a slab-concrete bottom and they built up with the board skeleton and it’s covered with vinyl siding. And being Louisiana, it rains a lot. And the rain comes on the porch to where it’s eating the inside wall, which is wooden on the bottom. And I want to know how I can seal the outside vinyl siding to concrete slab to keep the water from coming in.
TOM: So what’s happening is that your concrete slab is in contact with the bottom of the vinyl siding? Is that correct?
TOM: And right under that siding, is that a wood wall all the way down to the bottom where that slab is? Because typically, you’d have about 6 inches of foundation before you started the siding, at a minimum. And then the vinyl siding would start. So if your vinyl siding is going down flush to the slab, it’s going to be almost impossible for you to seal it in any way, shape or form from the outside and stop that from happening.
Your only chance would be to take the siding off and then to install some flexible flashings. There’s different types of flashing that you can use. There are rubberized flashings that are very good because you can basically form them wherever you need, to get that entire area as tight as you possibly can. And then put the siding back on on top of that.
Siding itself, especially vinyl siding, if you were to caulk that or anything of that nature, it’s not really designed to seal in that way. So I feel like you’re just going to be kind of running yourself in circles there. And while it could stop to some extent or slow down at least temporarily that leakage that you’re reporting, the only way to really fix that and to get to the bottom of it is to pull that siding off and to flash it. And we’re only talking about the bottom of the siding here, not all the siding on the house. But the bottom couple of pieces would have to come off to do this job.
PEGGY: OK. Well, thank you very much.
TOM: Thanks so much for calling us at 888-MONEY-PIT.
Well, from the shopping to the menu to the cleaning and the decorating, holiday entertaining is a lot of work. But whether you’re throwing an intimate dinner or a total, all-out bash, there’s so much prep that it’s easy to run out of steam or money. But the good news is my favorite party planner, Leslie, is here with some tips.
So, Leslie, you’ve thrown a lot of family parties. How do you do this without totally overwhelming yourself?
LESLIE: I really think it’s about organizing, being prepared in advance and making a ton of lists. And when I make lists, I even put, you know, notepads or sticky notes on platters that are used for what food and when they’re being served and even instructions on how to prep the food for the night. So I try to really be prepared.
But more than that, you want to take a really good look around your house and think about how that party is going to happen. Are people going to stay in one room? Are they moving from place to place? Is your furniture set up in a way that really allows for successful entertaining? You want to think about rearranging furniture into groups. Try to create small gathering areas if you’re having a large party so people have a place to sort of land and chat. Or you can move all of your furniture the perimeter of the room. And that clears up floor space in the center if you’re having an impromptu dance party or just a ton of people to the house.
You also want to make sure that there’s plenty of seating and places to put down snacks and drinks. Because if you don’t have places for people to put down those snacks and the drinks, they’re going to end up spilled on your upholstery and on the floor. And you don’t want to deal with that when you’re hosting a party. You really want to try to enjoy yourself.
Now, rather than crowding your dining table with added chairs, think about adding smaller tables. Think bistro tables, card tables. You don’t have to go crazy. Use what you’ve got. Borrow from a neighbor. And that really helps create more seating without cramming everybody around a smaller space. Or just go super casual with your holiday party and have hors d’oeurvres. It’s really lovely to just have passed foods. Do standing tables, avoid chairs altogether.
So many ways that you can make sure that everybody has a good time. But I think, more importantly, you have a good time. Because if you’re not enjoying the party, nobody’s going to.
TOM: Yes. Make your guests stand for the party. This way, they’ll get tired and they’ll leave quicker.
LESLIE: That’s right. Get them out the door.
TOM: This is The Money Pit Home Improvement Show. We don’t want you to head out the door just yet, because we’re here to help with your home improvement questions. Call us, right now, at 1-888-MONEY-PIT.
Let’s get to it. Leslie, who’s next?
LESLIE: Scott in Missouri is on the line needing some advice on a rental property. How can we help you with that?
SCOTT: I’ve inherited some rental properties from my late father. They’re in pretty bad shape, needing roofs. And when you look at them, you can see the roofs starting to bow in. And I was wondering who I can get with to find out the building codes for rental properties.
TOM: So, probably the best thing for you to do is to hire an independent, professional home inspector. And you may have to do some interviewing of the home inspectors to find one that’s particularly savvy and experienced with commercial inspections, because that’s what you’re talking about. And there are specialists that are out there. And they can review this property with an eye towards identifying a punch list for you, of elements that will probably have to be repaired or replaced to make those apartments safe and viable for tenants.
If you go the route of having contractors do these inspections, you’re basically letting – you’re kind of letting the mouse into the cheese house, so to speak. Because they’re just going to find stuff they want to sell you to fix. You understand what I mean?
TOM: This way, you’re better off with somebody who’s an independent inspection professional who just wants to give you the right advice. And that, in the end, is going to save you money and give you the ability to make good decisions on what has to be done.
SCOTT: Yes. Who can I talk to to find the building codes and the standards for rental properties?
TOM: That would be the building department of your local municipality. And they’re going to have a set of codes that they apply to just rental properties in their jurisdiction. And it’s not necessarily going to be up-to-date building code: the same code that you would have if it was, say, a new construction. They’re going to have some safety codes that they’re going to want you to apply to your house. So we’re talking about things like, in an apartment, making sure that the windows operate so you can get out in the event of a fire and making sure you have smoke detectors in – covering every bedroom and making sure you have a carbon-monoxide detector and things of that nature.
So, they’re going to have a set of standards for their area. You need to get that list from the building department. But to the major, many bigger areas that could need repair or replacement, that’s what a home inspector would help you with. And you can find one by going to the website for the American Society of Home Inspectors at ASHI.org – A-S-H-I.org.
SCOTT: OK. Great. Well, I appreciate the information.
LESLIE: Hey, did you ever wonder what actually happens to those recyclables that you diligently rinse out and drag to the curb each week? Well, it turns out they’re being resurrected more stylishly than you might guess. We’re going to fill you in on what your old plastics are up to these days, after this.
TOM: Where home solutions live, welcome back to The Money Pit Home Improvement Show. I’m Tom Kraeutler.
LESLIE: And I’m Leslie Segrete.
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LESLIE: Phyllis in Ohio, you’ve got The Money Pit. How can we help you today?
PHYLLIS: I have a trellis. It’s on – I just have a small porch. And in the wintertime, especially, the wind comes ferociously from the Northwest. And the trellis is put up on – screwed up on 2x4s. And I was wondering – I was going to get a good grade of plastic. Should it be put on the outside or the inside of the trellis?
LESLIE: Plastic to protect from the wind or plastic to protect the lumber?
PHYLLIS: No. Plastic so the wind doesn’t blow into my front door. And I had the trellis put up so I could – in the spring, I want to put flowers that vine up there. But for now, I want plastic to keep the wind away from my front door.
TOM: Do you have a storm door on your front door?
PHYLLIS: Yes. But it still comes through.
TOM: Now this trellis as you describe it, I mean there’s a lot of different types of trellises. Is this a trellis that’s flat on the wall or is this sort of a portico where it kind of goes out and surrounds the door?
PHYLLIS: No. It’s on the porch. I imagine my porch is probably maybe 4 or 5 feet wide. But it’s on the porch, on the outside of the porch, on 2x4s.
TOM: I see. So basically – and the porch has a roof, right? So it’s not just a deck?
PHYLLIS: Right. It’s got the – it’s got a roof, uh-huh.
TOM: So you kind of want to enclose your porch, so to speak, with this plastic sheeting, is what you’re suggesting.
PHYLLIS: On that one spot, yes, where the – it’s right there as I go in and out the door.
TOM: Alright. Well, it – probably not going to be that attractive but I guess what I would do is put it on the outside. Because this way, as the wind blows against it, it’ll press against the trellis and it will be less likely to tear. If you put it on the inside, the wind’s going to go through it and it will constantly pull itself off the trellis.
TOM: So I think it’ll be securer if you put it on the outside. And as the wind blows against it, that trellis will help support it.
PHYLLIS: OK. Fine. Thank you.
TOM: Well, recycling is a great way to do your part for the environment. But do you ever wonder what happens once those plastics are recycled? It turns out that many of those plastics are showing up in home building and design. Here are just a few examples.
LESLIE: Yeah. You know, they’re making their way into interior-design materials, like floor tiles and countertops. Those are made with used plastics, like milk jugs. Now, these tiles and countertops make super-durable surfaces for your kitchen, bathroom, even your laundry room. And they come in a bunch of colors that’ll suit any décor.
TOM: Now, if you’ve ever seen the very soft, durable carpeting that’s showing up in the market now, that’s increasingly being made with recycled plastics. They’re taking the plastics they use in packaging, like – and also beverage bottles. And they’re turning them into carpet or even carpet underlay. And it’s made with that recycled polyurethane. It’s amazing that this could have been a water bottle and now I’m walking all over it.
LESLIE: Yeah. And surprisingly, even furniture is made with recycled plastics and it’s available for use both inside and outside of the house. And it’s also really easy to find outdoor rugs that are woven with recycled polypropylene. Now, that’s a plastic that’s made from those yogurt cups and margarine containers. Those rugs are all weather-resistant, fade-resistant and easy to clean but not as delicious as the yogurt and the butter. I’m just saying.
TOM: Pretty tough stuff.
So, listen, the next time you put out that plastic milk jug in the recycling bin, remember it might not be the last time you see it. It could come back in the form of some furniture or carpeting or tile or whatever. It’s pretty interesting. Nice to see that we’re taking all that stuff and really making some cool products out of it.
LESLIE: Olin (sp) is on the line with a wainscoting question. How can we help you today?
OLIN (sp): Yes. I was wanting to do some wainscoting in my living room. And I’d seen some people do it with pallets, actually taking the pieces off and using the slats for the wainscoting. And I know they do treat them with some chemicals and stuff. And as long as I run it through a planer and everything, would that pretty much treat it, as long as its sealed up with polyurethane and all that to keep it from being toxic from – for the children and stuff?
TOM: Well, I can’t really answer that question because I’m not sure how they treat the pallets. And frankly, I’ve torn a lot of pallets apart in my day, as things have been delivered, and I never really had a concern about treatment and never actually can recall smelling an odor from the treatment.
OLIN (sp): Well, I never would have thought about it but I looked at some pallet ideas online and I saw where some people had done wood floors with them and the wainscoting and it just – it looks stunning, really. It was totally different-looking from what you’d think a pallet would usually be, you know. And so that’s what gave me the idea and I thought, “Well, that would be a cheap idea to use.”
TOM: Yeah. And hey, it’s an upcycling, too, Leslie. I mean you’re taking something and reusing it in a new and creative way. Better than sending it to ground to a dump.
OLIN (sp): Yes.
TOM: Well, I wouldn’t be, personally, too concerned about treatment, because I’m not sure that they are treated. But I would say that if you detect any odors and you think that they’re treated, then by virtue of the fact that you’re going to seal them will probably minimize that.
So I – for me, I don’t think it would be a concern.
OLIN (sp): OK. Well, that sounds good then. I appreciate it, guys.
TOM: Alright, Olin (sp). Good luck with that project. Thanks so much for calling us at 888-MONEY-PIT.
LESLIE: Well, it turns out that skylights are the tattoos of home improvement. So many of you out there get them and then, a few years later, you just want them gone. Except maybe it doesn’t say the name of an ex on it. I’m just saying.
Well, if you’re ready to say goodbye to your skylights, we’re going to tell you how to choose a skylight you won’t tire of, next.
TOM: Where home solutions live, welcome back to The Money Pit Home Improvement Show. I’m Tom Kraeutler.
LESLIE: And I’m Leslie Segrete.
TOM: You can call us at 888-MONEY-PIT but you might just want to post your question in The Money Pit’s Community page. That’s what Rachel did from Florida.
And she’s having kind of a love/hate relationship with her skylights, Leslie.
LESLIE: Yeah. Now, a lot of people do. But Rachel writes here: “My house has skylights – seven of them – that constantly leak.” I’m adding her exacerbation there; I just imagine it’s a lot. Now, she says, “The added light isn’t necessary so I’d like to get rid of them. But I have no idea where to start. Do I do it myself? Hire a contractor? What are my first steps?”
She sounds really frustrated, at least in my mind.
TOM: I wouldn’t get rid of the skylights completely. I think if you replace them with the right kind of skylight, you can have a long-term, leak-free solution for your house. Because, frankly, if you tear them out, it’s going to be so much work. And with seven of them, it might just be cheaper to replace the roof, really.
But what I would do is I would replace them with a good-quality skylight. I like the VELUX skylights, I like the Andersen skylights, the Pella skylights. These are types of skylights that have a curb. It’s a 4-inch box. Makes up the frame. It sits up off the roof. And then they’re flashed with metal flashing that basically weaves in between the roof shingles and comes over the top of those boxes and against the glass, so they’re really almost 100-percent leak-free.
A lot of the older skylights, they relied on sealants, like roof cement, to try to keep them leak-free. And of course, those sealants break down and they become very problematic and people put more tar and gook on them over the years. And it’s just a real mess.
So, I would tell you to take them out, one at a time, and just replace it with a really good-quality skylight. If you have the right kind there, you can get one that has low-E glass, which means it’s not going to overheat your place in the summer. Because that could add a lot of heat that you have to air-condition against. That’s another possibility to look at, at the same time. But I would definitely not throw them out. I think you’ll be happier if you have those skylights and it will also add more value to your home by keeping them rather than getting – removing them. Because you’re just going to see patch upon patch on the roof and also on the ceilings where those light shafts came through. It’ll just be a lot nicer if you keep them.
Nobody likes a dark house, Leslie, right?
LESLIE: Yeah. Skylights really do just make a house feel so much brighter and warmer. And they really do something, I think, to the architecture. So, it’s worth it to try to keep them if you’re interested in upgrading. I think what you’ve got now is just not working out for you. But there are ways to make it really lovely.
TOM: Well, when you run your dishwasher, do the dishes come out dirtier than when they went in? The culprit might be a clogged drain valve. It’s a repair that’s easy to make and Leslie has some tips on how to do just that, in today’s edition of Leslie’s Last Word.
LESLIE: That’s right. You know, dishwasher drain valves, they should only open during the draining cycle. But if that valve is clogged, it’s also going to start to let water out during that wash cycle. So you need to listen very carefully during the wash cycle. And if you hear water flowing into the sink, it’s making that gurgle-y, sink-y sound – you know the sound I’m talking about; I’m not going to do it but you know what I’m saying – that means that the drain valve is definitely clogged. You also want to check the bottom of your dishwasher for any buildup of food particles.
Now, so many dishwashers are going to have that ball-style check valve. And that can get gummed up and that’s going to prevent that dirty water from draining out of the unit altogether. A wet/dry vac is really all you’re going to need to clean out those hard-to-reach areas and get that drain working again.
Bottom line: this is not a hard fix. If you take just a couple of steps, those clogs will be fixed and your dishes are going to become clean once again.
TOM: Yep. And no need to call in a plumber.
This is The Money Pit Home Improvement Show. Coming up next time on the program, we’re going to talk about your roof. I mean it weathers every storm and protects your home’s structure. It keeps you warm and dry. But it’s not going to last forever. If it’s time for your roof to go, we’ll have tips on how you can get a great roof to replace it with, on the very next edition of The Money Pit.
I’m Tom Kraeutler.
LESLIE: And I’m Leslie Segrete.
TOM: Remember, you can do it yourself …
LESLIE: But you don’t have to do it alone.
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