Episode #1965: Window Tips for Brighter Kitchens | Stopping Cable Clutter | Preventing Winter Emergencies

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If you’d love to add more light-headed to your kitchen, there is a brand-new window veer developing that aims to do really that and in a very unusual way. Tom& Leslie share that gratuity, plus šŸ˜› TAGEND

The real wintertime has only just begun, so make sure that your car has an emergency kit at the ready. Get gratuities on how to properly stock it.

Do you ever feel like no matter what you do, you simply can’t get your house to be warm fairly? We’ve went answers for heating even the coldest chambers.

Do you have a bathroom with tile hues that are decades old-fashioned? Get makeover tip-off to update the opening without a major makeover

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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 quagmires. 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 to your kitchen, there is a new space tendency surfacing that aims to do precisely that and in a very unusual way. We’re going to share that tip, exactly ahead.

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

TOM: And do you ever feel like no matter what you do, you simply can’t get your house to be warm enough? We’ve went mixtures for heating even the coldest chambers, in precisely a bit. But firstly, 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 affix your question to MoneyPit.com.

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

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

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

TOM: What’s wrong with that?

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

LESLIE: Yes and no. I mean you can. There’s quite an lengthy process to it to make sure that you get suitable adhesion and it pokes very well. However, whenever you’re dealing with a painted face and water 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 very best idea.

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

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

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

TOM: Well, you are well aware, the bad news about those aged tile showers is that the government has these extremely traditional, 1960 s-like pigments. The good story is that the tile excellence is usually really gone and the path it’s positioned is really solid. And that’s why, if at all possible, perhaps 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 truly making a comeback in lavatory gaps. You could go overload on the pink, you can add in florals, you can add in different feelings of pink. So you can sort of tone in down with neutral beiges and grey-haireds and hints of golden and sort of make it glamorous and more girly. There are still behaviors you can do that.

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

CHRIS: I entirely agree with you.

LESLIE: Maybe everything else goes super clean. But I merely 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 labor more quickly.

CHRIS: OK. Well, exactly that and that’s why I called. 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 their own problems, Christine.

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

TOM: Good fortune with that projection. 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 breather up on top of my roof. It’s divulges, 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 are in a position of- I forget what you call it. You spray it and it’s like a rubber whatever. I’ve scattered all around the metal flashing and it’s still revealing. I don’t construe any depressions anywhere else. There’s no missing shingles. I don’t know what happened 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 flaw in your roof with a expres over it? Is it a crest volcano that goes down the meridian of the roof? Or are you talking about the plumbing ventilate that comes up through the roof?

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

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

JOHN: Right. And there’s no- the opening- it’s on an slant but I don’t know if it’s fairly of an angle when the wind drives the flood in a certain direction.

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

JOHN: No. It starts across. It passes horizontally.

TOM: What kind of roof wording do you have? Is this a standard Colonial house or- what is it? A ranch?

JOHN: Small-time ranch.

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

And to do that, what I would do is I would remove those square shows, patch the hole and re-shingle over that. And I would supersede that with a bank expres 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 gap 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 get 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 plowed lumber. And required an idea or what product 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 want to do, though, is make sure that you not use sodium chloride or a stone salt. You want to use calcium chloride. Calcium chloride is less corrosive. It has less of an impact on seeds and on pets but does just as good a position of keeping the snowfall and the ice off.

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

SUE: OK. Great. Thank you.

TOM: Alright. Good fortune with that job, Sue. Thanks so much for announcing us at 888 -MONEY-PIT.

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

WILLIAM: Hi. We recently acquired a residence that- it’s surrounded by a lot of pine trees. So I’m going a good deal of pine needles on my roof and in my troughs. And it’s only got a few weeks and previously I’m tired of climbing up there to empty them. Do you have any suggestions for keeping them off the roof and keeping the gutters spurting?

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

I will give you a pair suggestions. First of all, as you probably know, there’s a wide range of trough moves out there. And the type that are sort of screen-like are the type that are most likely to clog, because the pine needles will lay in the different regions of the top, they’ll get stuck in there and you’ll time be very contemptible. What I envisage the best type- is the ones that are ceaseless sewer coverings that go all across the top of the ditch, where the pine needles have a chance to actually wash over the top and give the spray fall in through the authorities in 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 troughs and superseding them with 6-inch troughs- which will not clog with pine needles because everything is much bigger, the throats for the downspouts are bigger, the troughs are bigger, they can take more water, more flow- might be the best way to go. So that’s kind of your alternative. I would either usage a channel covering that covers the entire top of the gutter or I would take out the 4-inch ditches and I would put in 6-inch channels, which is something that I did at my house and simply never searched back.

WILLIAM: OK. Well, thank you.

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

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

KAYLA: Just got married and moved into a brand-new residence. And it previously 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 jaunt and I – you don’t even know downstairs unless you’re down there. And I have gone down a duo occasions and it was- the basement is spate. And it floods 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 manipulating?

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 exhaust. But the duct is in the laundry room, which appear in the opposite direction.

TOM: OK. So when everything is working correctly, this dehumidifier is going to take moisture out of the aura, 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 gravity and there’s a clear, plastic tube that get out and leads to a deplete 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 chamber where you are. Of direction, 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 problem is not so much with the dehumidifier but why you’re having a problem popping these breakers.

Now, 100 -amp service is actually a jolly damned good services and it regularly doesn’t get the respect it deserves. When these breakers pop, it’s not frequently 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 services offered for the house should be fine.

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

TOM: That’s what’s going on. When your superpower extends out, the pump stops labor and that’s why it’s leaking, OK? So focus on getting this plugged into a route 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. Racket good.

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

Well, there’s a brand-new tend, that space makes 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 only seen them in age-old movies as they were common in the working day before air conditioner. We’re talking about those tilt-in windows that are typically above interior doorways. Now, these were there to help air circulate with that door closed before air conditioning was common.

TOM: And they’re very popular in baths and showers to provide light and privacy. But developers now are coming up with other very creative applications, one of which is to add transom windows on top of the wall boards in kitchens. They deliver a ton of light to that room and really gashes down the amount of electrical light that you need, as a result. Certainly, during those darker winter periods, it genuinely enlivens 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 lightings up high on the wall to add natural lighter 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. It’s old. Like 40 -year-old asphalt on top of cedar shingles. Then had a little storm here and there. We got $18 from FEMA.


AL: We got 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 estimated them and “ve seen them” at, say, improving/ trade 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-place and what it would take to replace them. They’re very, very costly, 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 taken away from that original layer of cedar shingle, which had been covered by asphalt shingles over the years. And it was in amazingly good condition.

But we pulled it off and then we resheathed the roof. So this particular type of roofing project is an expensive activity because, generally, cedar shingles are on top of furring rows and “youve got to” gave plywood down over those furring divests to make love right. Your option is, of course, only to pull off the asphalt shingles and settled another seam on top of the cedar and you’ll get more years out of it. But it won’t lay as flat, clean-living and nice 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 local 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 already existing – you know, the thicknesses.

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

Al, good luck with that activity. 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 room that “were living in” was built in’ 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 front room, apparently before we obtained 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 double sound on each side of a 2×4, is what it looks like, about that width 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 rift. We’ve tried to use drywall mud. It time returns. What can I do to fix this hit?

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 remembering?

LINDA: Maybe, maybe.

TOM: So that’s not the best way to fix that sort of thing. You can’t positioned a narrow-minded piece in there and have it ever looks a lot like a normal ceiling. If you’ve got a hole like that whatever it is you draw the wall out, what you have to do is chipped a bigger piece of drywall out, maybe about a paw or two on the two sides of it. And you do that right on the edge where the flooring joists are- the ceiling joists are- in this 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 fixed more of a mess and it’s kind of hard to fix at this place. So what I would tell you to do is to cut out that entire amend, leant a bigger piece of drywall in, tape 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 ever 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 foreman back to college after the holidays, I took some time to make sure their gondolas were stocked with emergency affords. Because hey, you never know, right?

LESLIE: Yeah. I intend I altogether agree with you for that and not even just for the winter but year-round.

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

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

Next, you want to add jumper cables, a fuel extinguisher, sea and a first-aid kit. Now, those are basic parts and they can help you with so many roadside difficulties. Too, consider a tire inflator. You want to make sure that your spare tire is in the car and it’s in labor position. You don’t want to be in the middle of deepening a flat merely to realize that your give 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 spot and make sure you’re well off the road. Then stay with your gondola 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 already red-hot and humid and we’re once crusading molding a good deal 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 shows from the A/ C heating unit. So, I just superseded those vents rather than try to clean them. And my question really is: is there anything else I should be doing and should I is very concerned about my kid’s health because of it coming out of the volcanoes?

TOM: Well , not even it coming out of the vents. The detail that you’ve got 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 improve because it’s so prevalent. The difficulty is that these- some types of molds that kids and adults can have allergic reactions to. They make mycotoxins that can get out and meet some people really sick.

I’ve known kinfolks over the years who had- in fact, I had person 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 few months over the holidays and they felt immense. 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 mode back into the living space through gaps around where the dawns came through the ceiling. And so, in this case, all of the insularity actually had to be taken out of the attic and the whole thing had to be sprayed and emptied and then employed all back together again.

So, if you’ve came that much mold in members of this house, you’ve got to get to the bottom of it. And I really think you need some professional improve. But what you want is someone who does occupational safety and health as a living, as a profession. You don’t crave the latest Johnny-come-lately mold-remediator guy that has no professional training. You want 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 knows where to find records on that website by Jeff May, who is one of the most knowledgeable parties I’ve ever met about mold and indoor-air quality. He has an interesting backstory. He was very, exceedingly allergic to mold and it passed him to a whole new course of study. He’s written three or four bibles on mildew, including some written for the Johns Hopkins University Press.

So I think that would be a good source of informing you. And he’s not from your domain but he may be able to recommend to you some contractors in that particular field, some consultants in that area that he knows professionally. But that’s a good source 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 primary help wall. It’s a structural support wall. I want to take out about 12- the cover would be about 12 feet. There’s a doorway there that’s already 4-foot wide and so about- I’m going to try and open up another 8 foot of it. And I was wondering about, structurally, if it is still possible to lay in a micro-limb? I think that’s what they call them.

TOM: Look, I don’t recommend the proposed project for the swooning of soul 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 now and you need to disassemble that wall.

So, the action it is done, conceptually, is that there is a temporary wall built on both sides of the demeanour 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- maybe 6 inches or a paw away- and one wall on the other side. And then formerly those temporary walls are in place, then and only then do you disassemble the digest wall.

And in terms of that laminated beam, yes, formerly you settled that ray in, it’s got to be properly subsidized. So the ends of the radiation have to be sitting on something, like another part of the accepting wall, so that the laden is transferred down to your footing. So, again, it’s truly 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 tackle unless you have a lot more event than it sounds like you have.

MARTIN: Yeah. That’s kind of my thought about it. I really foresaw I would reach out to you guys.

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

Well, winter has arrived and there’s a good chance there’s a chamber or two in your mansion that precisely won’t get as warm as you’d like it to be , no matter how high you turn out that thermostat.

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

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

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

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

Now, an electric wall heater has got a fan and that jolts in the different regions of the heated ingredients where baseboard heaters, on the other hand, heated reduce, metal fins on the covering and then radiate that heat into the apartment without the use of impelled air.

TOM: Now, whichever one you choose, a lot of people certainly swear by their electrical heaters. Exactly bear in mind that electric wall heaters or baseboard heaters require a separate electrical circuit often. And in many cases, you likewise need a permit to get that installed.

So, they use a lot of ability. 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 get away from the snow. 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, congratulating you on your program. That resonates really exciting. Secondly, in terms of the floor – first and foremost, the flooring can be heated. It can’t furnish your chill. You’re going to have to have a central air-conditioning system for that.

SYLVIA: I was wondering about that because I was wondering, extremely. Because cold colonizes and I’m thinking the storey would be cold but nothing else would be.

TOM: So, in terms of the heated flooring, 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 tracks in the plywood. And then the mud flooring 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 time- from living in Florida, I am familiar with terrazzo floors. And I time thought that it was a possibility. I have not been able to decided precisely yet. I’m just gathering information now.

TOM: Yeah. The refute is you could set hot-water heat through your storeys pretty much with any type of material, including that. So, definitely policy options for you, Sylvia. Good fortune with that assignment. Thanks so much for announcing us at 888 -MONEY-PIT.

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

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

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

First of all, for a gas water heater, there’s going to be a cover, like a glow make, that’s down at the bottom. And if you lift 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 flame 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 looks good but like you say, maybe it goes on and off inconsistently, that more likely is a problem with the thermocouple. If you’ve ever had to start a gas spray heater that didn’t have an electric ignition, there is a piece of cable that kind of sits inside the flared or a metal bar that’s inside of the ignite. That’s the thermocouple and basically, its place is- as long as it has a flame coming out of that indicator lamp, it lets the gas pour to the water heater. But if there’s no kindle, it stops the gas it is therefore basically 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 ocean 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 move that repair.

Well, if you’re forever dealing with cables and cords and chargers in your home, 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 ropes. They can totally break the appear of a apartment but we all live in this age of technology. And you’re not going to be able to do a great deal without them. So, why not cuddle these cables? There’s a lot of interesting courses that you can create something fun.

Do you guys watching Making It? There’s that amusing show that’s a crafting rivalry with Nick Offerman and Amy Poehler. And they had one master or crafter on the depict who aimed up- I won’t botch it but she did really well. She generated 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 fun fabric quality to them, you can create artwork on your walls with these cables and with these ropes exerting a cable tacker. Now, that’s kind of a big commitment to espouse the use of these cords but it’s a enjoyable path to have them front and centre and in an interesting way.

Now, if you’re more like me and you want to kind of just compile them go away but still have access to them but organize them delicately, there are cable window-dressings that you can gave everything sort of organized on the wall and then cover it with this cable envelop and then paint that the same color of the wall. There are hollowed-out backs of baseboards that you can go ahead and threw 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 likewise obstruct them. Time description them, know what goes to what. This is especially helpful if you have to change out a piece of paraphernalium or you’re moving something to coat the office or clean the room. This will help you know exactly what everything goes.

It’s all about line management, cable control, perhaps having the gallantry to try something intrepid with using them as a expose item. Either way, let’s get these cables coordinated. It’s a brand-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 program, if you’ve ever had a paint project that didn’t baked claim, maybe it wouldn’t cover a blot or even though it is peeled off faster than it should have, we’re going to have solutions to these paint quagmires and more, on the next volume 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 “re going to have to” make love alone.

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