Episode # 1964: Quick Closet Organization | Least Expensive Electric Heat | Fire Safety Solutions | Plus Your Calls

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Keeping heating expenses down is usually a lot easier for home heated with gas or oil than for those heated by energy. We’ll share how new efficiencies in heat shoot technology are changing this for the better.You might guess a labouring smoke detector will protect your residence and family from a barrage. But while that method can provide a critical alert, find out how adding a residence fire lawn sprinkler could stop the home from actually igniting to the ground.

Plus, answers to your questions about best cover, snowfall blower, cleaning dryer vents, hiring a Professional Home Inspector, eliminating liquid hammer and squirrels from the attic, repairing dented wood flooring, removing wallpaper.

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

LESLIE: And I’m Leslie Segrete.

TOM: And we are here to help you with your home improvement projects, solve your decor dilemmas. If there’s a project you’d like to do , not sure if you can do it yourself or you should hire it out, give us a call right now. We’ll tell you how to quickly, easily and inexpensively take on those projects that you’d like to do around your house.

Coming up on today’s show, if you’d love to add more light-colored to your kitchen, there is a brand-new space veer emerging the objective of which is do precisely that and in a very unusual way. We’re going to share that tip, precisely ahead.

LESLIE: And the real winter is just beginning, guys, so made to ensure that your gondola has an emergency kit at the ready. We’re going to tell you how to capital it.

TOM: And do you ever feel like no matter what you do, you merely can’t get your house to be warm fairly? We’ve went answers for heating even the coldest chambers, in only a little. But first, we want to know what you want to know. So call us, right now, at 1-888-MONEY-PIT, 888 -6 66 -3 974 or announce your question to MoneyPit.com.

Let’s get to it. Leslie, who’s first?

LESLIE: Chris in Arkansas is on the line with a make-up question. How can we help you today?

CHRIS: Well, I bought a house and it has two showers. And the tile- submerge and tubs are baby pink and baby blue.

TOM: What’s wrong with that?

CHRIS: Well, it’s not exactly what I had in sentiment. But I was wondering if you can successfully- until I get to redo the showers, if you can successively paint over them without it appearing terrible.

LESLIE: Yes and no. I mean you can. There’s quite an extensive process to it is responsible for ensuring that you get proper adhesion and it affixes very well. However, whenever you’re dealing with a painted surface and ocean is involved and areas that you have to clean, as well, you’re going to get some wear and tear. So I don’t think it’s the best idea.

There are equipment that you can buy online. Mostly, if you want to do it without a package- and of course, then you don’t want to paint the grout. But a lot of parties do paint the grout and then that searches weird, also. So you’ve got to think about all these things. But you’re going to want to use a extremely, very sturdy oil-based primer. And of course, you’ve got to clean those tiles unusually, very well before you even think about putting a put of primer on them.

TOM: And I recall Sherwin-Williams actually makes a primer that is super, super adhesive. And the same reasons I know about this is because the practice they demo’d it was by cover it on tile and then putting a second layer of make-up on it. But even though it’s a really adhesive colour, I is in agreement with you completely that eventually- in a very short period of time, peculiarly if you’re cleanup the surface – you’re going to start wearing through it.

CHRIS: OK. And like I said , not knowing if I could or not, I time was judging if I could buy myself some time and just paint it until I can remake- or maybe it’s sounding like I should just wait until I can redo.

TOM: Well, you know, the bad news about those old-time tile bathrooms is that the government has these terribly traditional, 1960 s-like colourings. The good report is that the tile excellence is typically really good and the route it’s installed is really solid. And that’s why, if at all possible, maybe you have been able think about embellishing around this tile.

So you said that you had- is it pink and blue?


LESLIE: With the pink, I think we’re considering such a big trend in pink really making a comeback in lavatory seats. You could go overload on the pink, you can add in florals, you can add in different colors of pink. So you can sort of tone in down with neutral tans and gray-headeds and indicates of gold and sort of make it glamorous and more girly. There are styles you can do that.

Blue tile, I feel like, is just a poor choice. Blue tile is blue tile.

CHRIS: I wholly agree with you.

LESLIE: Maybe everything else goes super clean. But I just feel like if you attempt to paint the tile, you’re going to be sad in the long run. And it’s going to- it will perhaps motivate you to do the permanent exertion more quickly.

CHRIS: OK. Well, precisely that and that’s why I announced. I time wasn’t sure if there was some miracle cure that I- “Hey, this works great” or not. And I am trying my best at decorating around but the pink, yes, has worked better than the blue.

TOM: At least we solved half the problem, Christine.

CHRIS: I appreciate it. I appreciate it so much.

TOM: Good luck with that activity. Thanks so much for announcing us at 888 -MONEY-PIT.

LESLIE: Heading out to New Jersey where John has some issues going on in the attic. Tell us about it.

JOHN: I have the intermission up on top of my roof. It’s leaks, comes down into the attic. And I have a little container up there. And sometimes, I don’t get up there in time and it’s kind of messing up my ceiling.

TOM: Well, that’s not good.

JOHN: Well, I’ve gone up there and I’ve had that can of- I forget what you call it. You spray it and it’s like a rubber whatever. I’ve sprayed all around the metal flashing and it’s still seeping. I don’t encounter any excavations anywhere else. There’s no missing shingles. I don’t know what else it could be.

TOM: OK. So let me just- clarify for me: when you call this an “attic breather” or “vent, ” what are we talking about? Is it a square opening in your roof with a expres over it? Is it a crest ventilate that goes down the flower of the ceiling? Or are you talking about the plumbing vent-hole that comes up through the roof?

JOHN: No. It’s nearly up in the- about midway. There’s one on one side of the roof and one on the other.

TOM: OK. So it’s like a square volcano?

JOHN: Right. And there’s no- the initiation of the- it’s on an tilt but I don’t know if it’s enough of an angle when high winds drives the rainwater in a certain direction.

TOM: Yeah. That’s what I was thinking. You may have some wind-driven rain in here. And what my opinion is necessary to you is – you have a ridge that goes down sort of the- like a top of the roof that goes down the centre of the house?

JOHN: No. It exits across. It guides horizontally.

TOM: What various kinds of roof form do “youve had”? Is this a standard Colonial house or- what is it? A ranch?

JOHN: Big ranch.

TOM: OK. So here’s what I would do. You may very well be get wind-driven rain inside that. What I might indicate is- that’s actually not the best kind of vent. And there’s an opportunity for you to improve your breathing here in your attic seat, which’ll actually make it cooler in the summertime and drier in the wintertime, which constitutes your insularity more effective.

And to do that, what I would do is I would remove those square ventilates, patch the hole and re-shingle over that. And I would replace that with a bank vent that goes down most of the peak of the roof. The bank vent’s not likely to leak if it’s properly installed. And that will open up that space to more breathing, which will have the benefits that we talked about.

JOHN: Wow. OK, OK. That’s my next project.

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

LESLIE: Alright. Now we’ve came Sue from Ohio on the line. Welcome to The Money Pit. How can we help you today?

SUE: Yes. We had a wooden wheelchair ramp built for my father and it’s with the treated log. And demanded an idea or what make we could use to kind of keep the ice and the blizzard off of there without harming the wood.

TOM: You know, there are different types of salts that can be effective as to prevent snow and sparkler. What you just wanted to do, though, is make sure that you not use sodium chloride or a rock-and-roll salt. You want to use calcium chloride. Calcium chloride is less astringent. It has less of an impact on floras and on domesticateds but does just as good a activity of preventing the snow and the ice off.

What I would suggest is you make this calcium chloride and you mix it up with playground sand- the kind of sand that you might put in a sandbox- and originate sort of a mixture that you can stop helpful so that when you are do get a little bit of ice and blizzard, you can spread the salt/ beach combine down and preserve that ramp clear.

SUE: OK. Great. Thank you.

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

LESLIE: William is on the line with a sewer question. What’s going on at your coin pit?

WILLIAM: Hi. We recently bought a home that- it’s surrounded by a lot of pine trees. So I’m get a great deal of yearn needles on my ceiling and in my gutters. And it’s merely got a few weeks and once I’m tired of climbing up there to cleanse them. Do you have any suggestions for keeping them off the ceiling and preserving the channels spurting?

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

I will give you a duo suggestions. First of all, as you probably know, there’s a wide range of trough covers 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 across the top, they’ll get stuck in there and you’ll merely is all well and sad. What I guess the best type- is the ones who the hell is ceaseless gutter blankets that go all across the top of the channel, where the pine needles have a chance to actually wash over the top and make the spray fall in through the principles of surface tension.

Now, the bad news is that those are expensive. They’re so expensive that you may find that removing your traditional 4-inch ditches and changing them with 6-inch sewers- 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 ocean, more flow- might be the best way to go. So that’s kind of your alternative. I would either utilization a gutter comprise that plows the part top of the trough or I would take out the 4-inch gutters and I would put in 6-inch gutters, which is something that I did at my house and just never gazed back.

WILLIAM: OK. Well, thank you.

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

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

KAYLA: Just got married and moved into a brand-new residence. And it once had a Honeywell whole-home humidifier installed in it. And it seems like a dream come true. I thought it was going to be amazing.

But we have 100 -amp service and every now and then, our breaker will trip and I – you don’t even know downstairs unless you’re down there. And I have gone down a duo seasons and it was- the basement is inundated. And it fills over into the other room, like into the- where I eventually want to lay carpet and have a family room.

TOM: Is that because the dehumidifier condensate pump stops wreaking?

KAYLA: I’m not sure what it is. There’s like an overfill thing for it and I’m assuming it’s supposed to lead to a duct. But the deplete is in the laundry room, which is in the opposite direction.

TOM: OK. So when everything is working precisely, this dehumidifier is going to take moisture out of the breeze, drop it into a reservoir, which you either have to empty or it will pump out somewhere.

Usually, if it’s got a condensate pump associated with it, it could pump up sort of against gravitation and there’s a clear, plastic tube that extends out and should contribute to a ditch somewhere or even outside the house. If you have a power failure, it’s not going to work and it might actually start to leak maybe back into that area where you are. Of route, the dehumidifier is not working at that time, so it’s not going to leak for long. But I could see how it could create a bit of a puddle. So your trouble is not so much with the dehumidifier but why you’re having a problem popping these breakers.

Now, 100 -amp service is actually a moderately damned good service and it regularly doesn’t get the respect it deserves. When these breakers sounds, it’s not typically because you’re drawing more than 100 amps. It’s because that whatever tour you have this particular dehumidifier on is- needs to be improved, perhaps, by adding an additional circuit. But the service for the house should be fine.

KAYLA: OK. It does have a clear hose that makes outside.

TOM: That’s what’s going on. When your capability goes out, the gush stops acting and that’s why it’s leaking, OK? So focus on getting this plugged into a tour that is a little bit bigger than what you have right now. An electrician could help you sort this out but it’s not a big deal to add an additional circuit just for that device.

KAYLA: Alright. Tone good.

TOM: Alright? Good luck with that job. Thanks so much for announcing us at 888 -MONEY-PIT.

Well, there’s a brand-new trend, that space producers are telling us about, that is pretty interesting. They are seeing a big uptick in the purchase of privacy windows and in particular, transom windows.

LESLIE: Now, if you’re wondering what a transom window is, you’ve probably merely seen them in old-fashioned movies because they were common in the working day before air conditioning. We’re talking about those tilt-in windows that are typically above interior doors. Now, these were there to help air circulate with that door closed before air conditioning was common.

TOM: And they’re very popular in soaps and showers to provide light and privacy. But makes now are coming up with other very creative lotions, one of which is to add transom windows on top of the wall closets in kitchens. They deliver a ton of light to that gap and truly pieces down the amount of electrical light-colored that you are required to, as a result. Certainly, during those darker wintertime days, it really gleams it up.

So, if you’re thinking about updating your kitchen in the coming months onward, think about how you might add some of these transom illuminations up high on the wall to add natural glowing to that space.

LESLIE: Al in New York has a roofing question. What can we do for you?

AL: Wondering, since my ceiling blew apart, what’s the progress on the solar-powered roof shingles?

TOM: You say your roof blew apart? What happened, Al?

AL: Well, it’s old-fashioned. It’s old. Like 40 -year-old asphalt on top of cedar shingles. Then had a little storm here and there. We came $18 from FEMA.


AL: We went 8,000 from the insurance company, which is owned by the bank.

TOM: Alright. Well, listen, at least you got something towards it. But listen, if you’re asking me are solar shingles to the point now where I would recommend them? My answer would be no. I think there are solar panels that I’m very comfortable with.

But solar shingles, I’m concerned about their durability and their longevity. And every time I’ve evaluated them and seen them at, say, constructing/ craft expos and things like that, I found that the warranties on these things don’t even come close to the warranty on an average roof. So, I’m concerned about how long they’re going to last and what it would take to replace them. They’re very, very expensive, as well. So, I’m not a proponent of solar shingles yet, although perhaps that can change in the future.

Now, as to your roofing job, you mentioned that you have asphalt shingles on top of cedar shingles. I actually had a very similar roof, because I have a very old house that was built in the 1800 s. And just about two years ago, we took off that original stratum of cedar shingle, which had been covered by asphalt shingles over the years. And it was in amazingly good condition.

But we drew it off and then we resheathed the roof. So this particular type of roofing project is an expensive activity because, frequently, cedar shingles are on top of furring airstrips and you have to threw plywood down over those furring airstrips to make love right. Your option is, of course, time to pull off the asphalt shingles and applied another bed on top of the cedar and you’ll get more times out of it. But it won’t lay as flat, clean-living and neat as it should if it was on proper sheathing. Does that make sense?

AL: Yeah, I “know what youre talking about”. As far as the neighbourhood code is – you’re going to have to go down to the rafters, which means you’ve got to build up the existing furring strip and the existing – you are well aware, the thicknesses.

TOM: Well, what I would do is would leave the furring pieces in place and attach the plywood right to that. That’s going to be a little less work and with an old residence, it doesn’t make sense to draw those off. Just leave those and applied the plywood right on it.

Al, good fortune with that project. Thanks so much for calling us at 888 -MONEY-PIT.

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

LINDA: The house that we live in was building up’ 53. It’s ours and we’ve paid it off and trying to keep- upkeep it and keep it in good shape. But in between the dining room and the living room, apparently before we bought it, there was a wall that had been removed. And the only sign is on the ceiling, where the wall was removed, there’s a doubled fracture on each side of a 2×4, is what it looks like, about that thicknes in the drywall.

And I’ve tried- it’s a textured ceiling they did. We actually had knockdown put on it. But it- we can’t fill the cracking. We’ve tried to use drywall mud. It simply returns. What can I do to fix this crack?

TOM: So this was opposite both sides of a wall that was torn out? So, they must have slipped in some drywall to patch it? Is that what you’re reputing?

LINDA: Maybe, maybe.

TOM: So that’s not the best way to fix that sort of thing. You can’t applied a restrict row in there and have it ever looks a lot like a normal ceiling. If you’ve got a hole like that where you gather the wall out, what you have to do is trimmed a bigger piece of drywall out, maybe about a paw or two on each side of it. And you do that right on the edge where the floor joists are- the ceiling joists are- in such a case. Then you have a bigger seam to tape and spackle and secure. And if it’s done well, then you’re never going to see it again.

So you putting all of this spackle on it time and time again, over all of this period of time, is perhaps drew more of a mess and it’s kind of hard to fix at this part. So what I would tell you to do is to cut out that whole reparation, kept a bigger piece of drywall in, videotape it, spackle it, prime the whole ceiling and then repaint the whole ceiling. And that would be the one to do- the way to do this permanently. Otherwise, you’re always going to see that.

LINDA: OK. Thank you for telling me that.

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

Leslie, before my kids headed back to college after the holidays, I made some time to make sure their automobiles were furnished with disaster supplies. Because hey, you never know, right?

LESLIE: Yeah. I necessitate I altogether is in agreement with you for that and not even just for the winter but year-round.

But here’s a list of what you’re going to need in your trunk for everyday travel and a little of extra preparedness during a longer trip.

First of all, you’ve got to pick up a good start of pondering triangles, flashlights and flares. If you do have to pull over, kept safe firstly and make sure that you can be seen. And this is also going to help a towing fellowship or police find you in the dark.

Next, you want to add jumper cables, a ardor extinguisher, sea and a first-aid kit. Now, the issue is basic entries and they can help you with so many roadside questions. Also, consider a tire inflator. You want to make sure that your spare tire is in the car and it’s in labouring milieu. You don’t want to be in the middle of altering a flat exclusively to realize that your save is also flat or quite frankly , not there.

TOM: Yeah. If you do have to pull over, make sure you do so in a safe recognize and make sure you’re well off the road. Then stay with your car and wait for help.

LESLIE: Dana in Georgia is on the line with a mold question. How can we help you?

DANA: I’m in Santa, Georgia, where it’s once sizzling and muggy and we’re previously pushing molding a lot of the time during the warmer months. Right after Hurricane Matthew, it just seems to go on turbo where I’m having to clean it off all the wood furniture and some of the walls. And it’s even coming out of- or was coming out of the vent-holes from the A/ C heating unit. So, I merely replaced those vent-holes rather than try to clean them. And my question really is: is there anything else I should be doing and should I be concerned about my kid’s health because of it coming out of the ventilates?

TOM: Well , not even it coming out of the express. The information that you’ve came this growing on the walls and furniture is a pretty serious problem. You need – you have the scope of a problem where you need actual professional-remediation cure because it’s so rampant. The problem is that these- some the different types of moldings that kids and adults can have allergic reactions to. They induce mycotoxins that can get out and move some people really sick.

I’ve known kinfolks over the years who the hell is- in fact, I had someone very close to me that I diagnosed this for because she had kids that had a really bad year of illness. And we noticed that when they went on vacation- they went away for a month over the holidays and they felt huge. And they came back and they felt lousy.

So it all turned out to be mold that actually got into the attic of this house, that was finding its action back into the living space through punctures around where the daybreaks came through the ceiling. And so, in such a case, all of the isolation actually had to be taken out of the attic and the whole thing had to be scattered and cleaned and then threw all back together again.

So, if you’ve came that much mold in the house, you’ve got to get to the bottom of it. And I truly think you need some professional assist. But what you demand is someone who does occupational safety and health as a live, as a profession. You don’t miss the latest Johnny-come-lately mold-remediator guy that has no professional training. You demand somebody who really has some the competences and certifications, from a consultancy basis, to get to the bottom of this.

I’m going to recommend a website and that website is MayIndoorAir.com- May, like the month- M-a-y-IndoorAir.com. You will find journals on that website by Jeff May, who is one of the most versed beings I’ve ever met about mold and indoor-air quality. He has an interesting backstory. He was very, unusually allergic to mold and it conducted him to a whole new course of study. He’s written three or four notebooks on mildew, including some written for the John Hopkins University Press.

So I think that would be a good root of informing you. And he’s not from your area but he may be able to recommend to you some contractors in that particular area, some consultants in that area that he knows professionally. But that’s a good root for you to kind of get to the bottom of this, OK?

DANA: Great. Thank you so much.

LESLIE: Martin in Wisconsin is on the line with a question about a load-bearing wall. What’s going on?

MARTIN: I’ve got a wall between my kitchen and front room that I’d like to open up. And there’s once a doorway there I’d like to open up and make an open expanse. And the walls- it’s a prime reinforcement wall. It’s a structural support wall. I want to take out about 12- the encompas would be about 12 hoofs. There’s a doorway there that’s already 4-foot wide and so about- I’m going to try and open up another 8 hoof of it. And I was wondering about, structurally, if it is still possible to throw in a micro-limb? I think that’s what they call them.

TOM: Look, I don’t recommend this project for the faint of mettle or inexperienced contractor, because it’s not the kind of job you should be doing as your first foray into home improvement. I can explain to you, conceptually, how it’s done. And let’s assume that you have a bearing wall here and it is required to disassemble that wall.

So, the acces it is done, conceptually, is that there is a temporary wall built on both sides of the birth wall that has to come out. So, basically, you’re building a load-bearing wall on one side of the wall that’s coming out- perhaps 6 inches or a paw apart- and one wall on the other side. And then once those temporary walls becomes available, then and only then do you disassemble the endure wall.

And in terms of that laminated ray, yes, once you put that ray in, it’s got to be properly corroborated. So the ends of the ray have to be sitting on something, like another part of the suffering wall, so that the loading is transferred down to your footing. So, again, it’s certainly a pretty complicated project and one that has to be done right or the consequences are pretty devastating.

So, it can be done but it’s a big project and it’s not the kind of project I would recommend you attack unless you have a lot more knowledge than it sounds like you have.

MARTIN: Yeah. That’s kind of my was just thinking about it. I time recollected I would reach out to you guys.

TOM: Alright. Well, I think you’re on its path now. Thanks so much for announcing us at 888 -MONEY-PIT.

Well, wintertime has arrived and there’s a good chance there’s a office or two in your mansion that time won’t get as warm as you’d like it to be , no matter how high-pitched you come on that thermostat.

LESLIE: Now, if you’re looking for a solution that’s safer and more permanent than a portable room heater, consider an electric heater.

TOM: Yeah. They’re more expensive to run than conventional gas or oil organizations but they are less expensive to install. And if you use them strategically, they can be a smart move.

Now, there are a few categories to choose from but the two most common characters are wall heaters and baseboard heaters.

LESLIE: Now, electric wall heaters and electric baseboard heaters run the same way but the difference is in how they deliver their heat.

Now, an electric wall heater has got a fan and that gales across the heated parts where baseboard heaters, on the other hand, warm reduce, metal fins on the plaster and then radiate that heat into the chamber without the help of coerced air.

TOM: Now, whichever one “youve selected”, a lot of people truly swear by their electric heaters. Just bear in mind that electrical wall heaters or baseboard heaters require a separate electrical circuit often. And in many cases, you also need a permit to get that installed.

So, they use a lot of capability. If you use them strategically, though, they can be a really good move for those super-cold nights.

LESLIE: Alright. Now, we’ve came Sylvia in Pennsylvania on the line with a flooring question. How can we help you today?

SYLVIA: I am moving from Pennsylvania, moving further south to be removed from the blizzard. I don’t know if it’ll be South Carolina, Georgia or Florida but I am going to build myself a house and it’s going to be a small house. I’m wondering about in-floor heating but I would like to have a terrazzo flooring. So can you put in-floor heating and cooling in a terrazzo floor?

TOM: So, first and foremost, congratulations on your scheme. That resonates really exciting. Secondly, in terms of the floor – first and foremost, the floor can be heated. It can’t add your cool. You’re going to have to have a central air-conditioning system for that.

SYLVIA: I was wondering about that because I was wondering, too. Because cold settles and I’m thinking the floor would be cold but nothing else would be.

TOM: So, in the interests of heated floor, yes, there is a way to run PEX piping- which is a cross-linked polyethylene, hot-water piping- through underlayments that would go under tile. In fact, they make a specific type of plywood that’s actually channeled out for this very purpose, where the plumbing sort of lays inside track in the plywood. And then the clay storey or whatever you’re using underneath the trowels( ph) goes on top of that.

So, certainly, you can do that. It’s a pretty big project. But if you’re set on having this kind of floor, you can definitely do it. But it will be a more expensive heating system than other types.

SYLVIA: Well, I’m not really set on the terrazzo but I was thinking of it and- because it would be easy to cleanse. It would be only- from living in Florida, I am familiar with terrazzo floors. And I exactly thought that it was a possibility. I have not decided precisely yet. I’m exactly gathering information now.

TOM: Yeah. The answer is you could settle hot-water heat through your floorings pretty much with any type of material, including that. So, clearly policy options for you, Sylvia. Good luck with that projection. Thanks so much for calling us at 888 -MONEY-PIT.

Call us with your home increase question at 1-888-MONEY-PIT or pole it at The Money Pit’s Facebook page at Facebook.com/ TheMoneyPit.

LESLIE: That’s right. Dina in Minnesota has written us and she says, “Do you know what would cause my pilot flare to keep going out on my gas ocean heater? ”

TOM: Yeah, a grime burner most probably. It could also be a problem with the thermocouple. So let’s talk about those two things.

First of all, for a gas liquid heater, there’s going to be a cover, like a glow coating, that’s down at the bottom. And if you hoist that out and kind of look at that burner as it starts, if it’s not a really clear-blue color, if it’s got any orange in it, that orange ignited is a sign of imperfect combustion that happens when you have a really dirty burner. So that is likely to mean that it needs to be cleaned.

Also, if it glances good but like you say, perhaps it goes on and off inconsistently, that more likely is a problem with the thermocouple. If you’ve ever had to start a gas liquid heater that didn’t have an electric ignition, there is a piece of cable that sort of sits inside the flame or a metal bar that’s inside of the ignite. That’s the thermocouple and mostly, its errand is- as long as it has a flame coming out of that pilot burner, it gives the gas spring to the water heater. But if there’s no flare, it stops the gas it is therefore mostly is a safety precaution. But these thermocouples go bad from time to time and often need to be replaced.

If you’ve got a really old water heater, like 10 -plus, I’d replace the water heater at that point. If it’s less than that- maybe if it’s merely two, three, five, seven years old- then I’d probably realise that repair.

Well, if you’re forever dealing with here cables and ropes and chargers in your dwelling, Leslie has a solution to end that cable jumble, in today’s edition of Leslie’s Last Word.

LESLIE: You know, chaps, personally, I’m not a big fan of cords. They can totally ruin the sound of a apartment but we all live in this age of technology. And you’re not going to be able to do a good deal without them. So, why not adopt these cables? There’s a lot of interesting natures that you can create something fun.

Do you guys watching Making It? There’s that amusing show that’s a crafting tournament with Nick Offerman and Amy Poehler. And they had one craftsman or crafter on the present who ended up- I won’t botch it but she did really well. She organized beautiful artwork with cables on the walls.

So if you’ve got a lot of cables and a cable tacker and maybe some interesting, different colourings or you can buy some interesting-looking extension cords that have that amusing fabric composition to them, you can create artwork on your walls with these cables and with these ropes squandering a cable tacker. Now, that’s kind of a big commitment to encompas the use of these cords but it’s a entertaining lane to have them front and middle and in an interesting way.

Now, if you’re more like me and you want to kind of precisely move them go away but still have access to them but plan them nicely, there are cable clothes that you are able to applied everything sort of organized on the wall and then cover it with this cable move and then paint that the same color of the wall. There are hollowed-out backs of baseboards that you can go ahead and positioned the cables behind it and then cover it with the baseboard.

You’ve got to think about how often you need to access these cables and that will sort of help with how you too disguise them. Only label them, know what goes to what. This is especially helpful if you have to change out a piece of gear or you’re moving something to coat the apartment or clean the apartment. This will help you know exactly what everything goes.

It’s all about rope management, cable conduct, perhaps having the firmnes to try something adventurous with using them as a flaunt item. Either way, let’s get these cables unionized. It’s a new time. Let’s start off fresh before March, when we have to do it all again.

TOM: This is The Money Pit Home Improvement Show. Coming up next time on the programmes, if you’ve ever had a paint project that didn’t cool right, maybe it wouldn’t cover a discolour or even if it rind off faster than it should have, we’re going to have solutions to these paint quandaries and more, on the next copy 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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