Episode #1969: High-Tech New Home Products for 2020 | Best Insulation to Cut Heating Bills | Fun Kitchen Backsplashes You Can DIY in a Weekend

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Shower psyches with building up orators, water heaters that spot discloses, and kitchen faucets you can talk and hand showers that deliver aromatherapy to were just some of the many cool new dwelling makes we spotted at the 2020 International Builders Show. We’ll have a full report, plus 😛 TAGEND

If you’ve been feeling the cold of high-pitched heating statutes, the best way to lower costs and warm things up is by adding additional insulation. We’ll share the areas of your dwelling where insulation delivers the best ROI, and the very common insulation mistake that many residence improvers build that spoils your energy efficiency.Is your kitchen backsplash falling behind the times? Adding a brand-new one can be a fun DIY project you could tackle in a weekend. We’ll share backsplash meanings and materials are up-and-coming, affordable, and fun.

Plus, answers to your dwelling better the issues of, a sinking kitchen floor, patching a popcorn ceiling, repairing electrical liquid heater, what makes to use to clean deck and stones, removing wallpaper, sealers for concrete foyer, investing ceramic faux wood tiles and more.

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

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

LESLIE: And I’m Leslie Segrete.

TOM: Thank you for meeting us on this occurrence of The Money Pit. We have got a lot meant. There’s a lot to to get out of here, even though we are still getting through winter. It is the time of year when we’re thinking about spring and planning some projects for those warmer weeks ahead. If you’ve got a project in mind for your home, whether it’s inside or out, or perhaps a reparation that needs to be done right now or remodeling job that you’d like to take on, we can help.

We can give you some tips, some the recommendations on how to get it done the least expensive, most successful way. Whether you’re talking about a house, a condo, a yurt, we don’t attend. We don’t discriminate. If you’ve got an apartment and wondering how you can cut your heating proposal without replacing a heating system that you don’t own- I intend things like that- only present us a scold. We’d love to chat. The quantity is 1-888-MONEY-PIT, 888 -6 66 -3 974.

Coming up on today’s show, we are only back from one of the most important home depicts of the year: the 2020 International Builders’ Show. And that’s where we get to see all the new products, the specific characteristics and the technology that will be rolling out across the home building industry this spring. We’re going to have a report time onward, presented by Greenworks, with all of those details.

LESLIE: And if you’ve been feeling the chill of high heating bills, the best way to lower costs and warm things up is by adding extra insulation. We’re going to share the best place to add more separation and the very common mistake that a good deal of homeowners are reaching in the process, that can actually ruin the energy efficiency, in simply a bit.

TOM: And is your kitchen backsplash falling behind the times? Adding a brand-new one can be a fun do-it-yourself project and you could tackle it in a single weekend. We’re going to share some backsplash-design ideas and materials that are up and coming, economical and fun.

LESLIE: And we’re thinking onward to spring with our giveaway this hour. We’ve got a particularly helpful heavy-duty metal hose reel cart from Centurion Brands going out to one listener who reachings us with their home better question at 888 -MONEY-PIT.

TOM: And that list is 888 -6 66 -3 974. If you’ve got a project in subconsciou that you’d like to get done today, tomorrow, next weekend or in the weeks ahead, apply us a request, right now, at 1-888-MONEY-PIT.

LESLIE: Jessica in Missouri is dealing with a flooring that’s sinking in on itself. What is going on over there?

JESSICA: Hi. I live in a 128 -year-old house and my kitchen floor has resolved, maybe, in the middle. If everything is not strapped to my walls, it will go towards the middle of my floor.

TOM: Wow.

JESSICA: Yeah. So I didn’t know if you guys had any thoughts about a amend on that, if you think maybe it’s like a joist underneath there or …

TOM: Yeah, does it were participating in a cellar or a crawlspace, Jessica?

JESSICA: No, it’s dirt.

TOM: It’s dirt. So you can’t actually get under it?

JESSICA: I have a crawlspace that I can get underneath it but it’s in the opposite side of my house.

TOM: OK. So, can you get down there and physically examine the beams to see what’s going on?

JESSICA: Yes. But it would make the size of a small child to get underneath there.


JESSICA: So, there lies another trouble- is how to see what’s going on, where the best place would be to go in at to try to get that …

TOM: Listen, I must be given to do a plumbing mend assignment on my own home, in a crawlspace that was about 6 inches taller than me flat on my back. So, I know how tough it is to work in spaces like that. You’ve got to kind of shimmy in to get there.

But the thing is, I am concerned with this sagging, that somebody has a look at that- those beams- got to make sure there’s nothing structural going on, like a termite infestation or something of that quality. If it’s really regular sag, well, there are some things that we can do from the top side to address that.

One of which comes to mind is that you could use a floor-leveling compound on this old floor. To do so, you are really talking about the part kitchen floor, including the cabinets. Because to do it simply in the middle might not be enough. You certainly have to go wall to wall on this room. And because it’s a kitchen, it becomes very, very complicated to do that.

But the first thing is to evaluate the structure to make sure that there’s nothing going on there. And then the second thing is to look for a mixture above it. It’s generally not possible to raise up a flooring that’s already sagged, especially in a really old house, because it took 120 times to get in that position and you’re precisely not going to bring it back up again. Sometimes you can reinforce it a little bit with some additional beam and toughen it up a bit. But generally, if you want to level it, you’ve got to do that from the top side and not from the underside in an old live, OK?

JESSICA: OK. Alright. Well, thank you very much. I realize you guys’ time.

TOM: You’re very welcome.

So, Leslie, we’ve had a rough time with cars the last few weeks.

LESLIE: You guys certainly have not been having good luck.

TOM: We did. So, you are well aware, we live sort of on a dead-end street. And the trash truck from the township was backing down our street early one morning and absolutely made out our SUV. I want crushed it done.

LESLIE: Ooh. That is really bad luck.

TOM: So it was an older car that my lad had been using for college. And so, we decided to buy a Subaru. It was the second one in the family. And one of the cool things about the Subaru is that you can have this app that lets you have a remote start and other abilities, like the ability to lock and open and adjusted alerts and such.

So, when I go to the gym in the morning, I get in this habit since we got this- my Subaru- of basically starting the car about 10 times ahead of time so it’s nice and warm, right? I don’t have to go out in the chilly weather at 5:30 in the morning. Well, this morning I got up and I started the car and I came out the door and I gaped and the car wasn’t on. I’m like, “What the heck? The vehicle is not- what’s with my remote start? It’s not working. I’m going to have to sit in a coldnes car.” Poor me, right?

Well, then I looked at my phone and I figured out what I had done. I actually started my son’s car, except that his automobile was 400 miles away in Virginia.

LESLIE: How is that possible?

TOM: Because they were both on the same app. So, I figured, “Well, I suspect I remote-started it. Maybe I can remote-stop it.” And sure as shooting, I hit the other button and I remote-stopped it. And he had no idea it happened. I talked to him later in the afternoon and he was like, “No way.” I’m like, “Yep. I started your auto by accident.”

LESLIE: That is amazing.

TOM: So …

LESLIE: And you would think that there would be a proximity rule to act like, “Oh, you can only start it if you’re within X miles or- but not a whole’ nother state.”

TOM: Right. Exactly. No. Right. So …

LESLIE: Holy moly.

TOM: How about that? So, that was kind of a fun have begun to my day.

But anyway, hey, my period continues right here. And the second largest most amusing part of my period is answering your questions. So if you’ve got a home improvement question, you need to call us, right now, at 1-888-MONEY-PIT.

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TOM: That count is 1-888-MONEY-PIT. And by the way, it doesn’t matter when you’re hearing the reveal. If it’s on a weekend, if it’s during the week, if it’s on a radio terminal or by podcast, you can call us at 1-888-MONEY-PIT. If we’re not in the studio, we’ll call you back the next time we are. And we’ll always toss your figure in that Money Pit hard hat for a shot at prevailing that week’s peculiarity product.

LESLIE: Tony in Iowa is having a hot-and-cold water situation. What’s going on?

TONY: Well, I’ve got an electric water heater. And the main feed that comes in from the city, that goes into my electric spray heater, it’s a cold line. But yeah, I get cold water to come out of my faucets and everything but that cold-water line, up around through the ocean heater there, it’s hot, the line, when I stroke it. And I’m just curious what’s going on with that.

TOM: So, you have an electric water heater and that’s going to be fed by a cold-water line and it’s going to go through the spray heater and come out as a hot-water line.

TONY: That’s correct.

TOM: OK. And so what’s the problem? So far, it’s normal.

TONY: The water line that goes into the water heater- the cold water?

TOM: Yes. Yep.

TONY: That pipeline is hot.

TOM: Well, some of the hot from the water heater can be working its method back up the piping. So “youve been” feeling some conductive hot that comes from- the hot water in the liquid heater itself is likely to be shaping that piping warm. But if you go farther down the line, you’re going to feel that it’s cold again.

It goes in cold and comes out hot but the fitting right around the top might feel like it’s a bit warm. But that’s only because of the conductive hot of the liquid in the water heater coming back up the metal pipe.

TONY: OK. That alleviates my concerns then.

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

Well, every year we try to get to the biggest trade establishes in the industry, to learn what new commodities and trends we can expect to see in the months ahead.

Now, one of those demoes is the International Builders’ Show, which was held recently in Las Vegas. And today’s report on that show is presented by Greenworks. They’ve developed a 60 -volt family of tools, which reflects the most innovative technology in battery-powered outdoor tools. And they’re sold alone at Lowe’s Home Improvement.

Now, “thats really not” like any prove you’ve ever seen in a regional exhibit vestibule. The show is massive. It makes up hundreds of thousands of square paw of room in the Las Vegas Convention Center. The exhibitors include most of the major manufacturers in the building-and-remodeling industry. And they exhibit there to introduce developers, remodelers and the press, like us, to their newest concoctions. So, here’s a few that we find really interesting.

First up, there’s a lot happening in the smart-home space. The U by Moen Smart Faucet was pretty cool. It’s a faucet that operates naturally but it also controls via expres dictation. You can simply question Amazon Alexa or the Google Assistant to turn on the spray or switch off the liquid, as well as to dispense exact measurements and temperatures. So, for example, if you needed 4 bowls of ocean for a recipe or the babe bottle fitted with 8 ounces of ocean heated to accurately 98.6 units, it can do just that.

Moen also has an aromatherapy hand shower that’s designed with the ability to infuse essential oils directly into the water flow. And that’s designed to create sort of a sensory shower experience.

Now, also in the smart-home category, we have LiftMaster. They’re out with a brand-new smart garage-door opener. But the neatest part of it is it has an integrated camera. The camera records who goes in and out of the garage. And through a partnership with Yale, the door works with Amazon Key. So a delivery driver can receive a one-time code to open your garage door, residence the parcel securely inside and close it, all under the watchful eye of the built-in camera.

Now, let’s talk about what I think is one of the smartest developings for spray heaters. Now, irrigate heaters cultivate perfectly year after year. But what do we all fright about the irrigate heater? That one day it’s going to leak and you’ll come home to water running out your figurehead door.

Well, Rheem exactly secreted the Gladiator Electric Water Heater with built-in leak detection. Now, the technology is called LeakSense and it boasts a circle that departs around the bottom of the tank. That’s the actual sensor. If it gets soak, it prompts an automatic shutoff valve at the priorities in the cistern and that stops the sea pour instant. So , no more major overflows caused by a leaking ocean heater.

And lastly, speaking of deluges, would you love to have a hardwood floor but you’re afraid it might get destroyed during even a child spill? Well, Lumber Liquidators is reinventing engineered hardwood storeys with their AquaSeal technology. Now, that allows water to sit on the flooring for up to 24 hours with no mar whatsoever. The shades, the forms, the patterns that these storeys are available in are really amazing. And now, you likewise get the peace of mind that a minor or even a major shed won’t ruin them forever.

And that’s today’s report on the International Builders’ Show presented by Greenworks Tools, makers of the new Greenworks 60 -volt family of implements, the most innovative technology in battery-powered outdoor implements. With eventual accomplishment, superior scamper epoch, they’re now to change the game and they’re not done hitherto. Sold alone at Lowe’s Home Improvement. Learn more at GreenworksTools.com.

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

BILL: I’m trying to clean some pressure-treated deck. This is on the second floor of my house and also on the ground is stone. What we have here in Tennessee is Crab Orchard stone; it’s a soft stone. And it’s turned black. The stone has turned black over time and it’s about 15 years old. And the pressure-treated wood has turned pitch-black, also, and I wanted to see what the one thing to empty both of them- I’ve tried clean on the end of a garden hose and it don’t- and I followed the instructions but it didn’t do much at all.

LESLIE: Mm-hmm. I represent it sounds like a combination of the wood aging and likewise mold or algae.

Now, you are well aware, a pressing washer set to an vigorous but gentle situate, if that makes any sense, will probably do very best to kind of attack this expansion on it. If you could use some bleach and spray or Wet& Forget- a produce like that that will do a good job of- I’m not going to say attacking but you know what I entail: really aggressively becoming at this growth. That will probably do a good job of getting to the base of it and removing it from it.

If you can get more sunlight on the arena to sort of beat this shady mold raise that’s happening, that will help tremendously. There’s some things that you can do there.

BILL: OK. That’s good. Thank you very much.

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

So, Leslie, I recently made on development projects in my garage. I superseded the old-fashioned fluorescent sunlights with the integrated LED shop brightness. And I’ve got to tell you, I am so happy.


TOM: They are so radiant. It realise it a lot simpler to see the tools and actually get material done.

LESLIE: Well, actually learn things.

TOM: Yeah.

LESLIE: And I’m sure they come on right away, as opposed to those fluoro tubes that would flicker and glint and maybe is everything all right?

TOM: I think we get be applicable to bad lighting.

LESLIE: You truly do.

TOM: Once I employed the first fixture up and I was like, “Holy cow, that’s bright, ” I couldn’t wait to get the whole garage done. They weren’t that expensive. It was a pretty easy install. So, maintain that in sentiment if your garage is a little bit twilight. Think about updating those lighters with some of these integrated Leds. I precisely found one that was well-ranked on Amazon and I dictated six of them and situated them up. And human, it’s nice and bright now. So, loving it.

LESLIE: Yeah. And now you can see how dirty your garage/ shop is and all the stuff you need to do.

TOM: Yeah. There’s that.

LESLIE: Jan in California is having a wallpaper-removal situation. Tell us what’s going on.

JAN: Hi. Been removing wallpaper and repapering for 50 years and never come across where you make the wallpaper off and it looks like there’s a paper rowing behind it. I’ve had some people tell me that this is a filler for the texturing so the wallpaper searches smooth. And others tell me that it’s a liner and it crowds the whole wall with pencil boundaries where the wallpaper becomes. I don’t want to damage the sheetrock that’s underneath, so I’m a little leery about taking that off or leaving it on or what I should do with it.

TOM: So your tip competition is to get down to the drywall?

JAN: Well, it doesn’t have to be if I can texture over what’s there. But it’s almost like a paper and I don’t know if we can leant the slime and everything on that.

TOM: If it’s clung well, then I don’t determine why you couldn’t texture over it. Do you want to use a textured make-up?

JAN: No, I want to use the texture that I’ve had on the other walls.

TOM: The key here is whether or not the surface that you’ve uncovered is well-adhered to the drywall underneath. If it’s well-adhered, then you can go ahead and put your texture over that. If it’s not, then your quality could be on there for a couple of months and it could start falling off in clods when that ally newspaper draws off. As long as it’s well-adhered, then I don’t realise any rationalization you can’t go on top of it, Jan.

JAN: OK. I appreciate you and experience your platform all the time.

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

Well , now that we’ve been compensating winter heating legislations for months, you may be ready to think about adding some insulation to improve your comfort and reducing such monies. But if the idea of working in a dirty, cramped space and by-passing stepping through the ceiling below really doesn’t appeal to you, we get it. You’ll be glad to know, though, this is a project that is good to hand off to a qualified contractor and can actually be done for a fairly low cost.

LESLIE: That’s right. We’ve get tips for using numerous separation, in today’s Pro Project presented by HomeAdvisor.com.

First up, you’re going to need to think about what kind of insulation that you’d like to invest in. Now, insulation pros can help guide you, because some of this is dependent on how your home is built. But there are really three common the different types of separation out there.

TOM: Yeah. So the first one is my favorite. That’s spray-foam insulation. That’s going to seal reveals and gaps inside the existing walls. And it’s a perfect solution for anybody who’s looking for a relatively inexpensive way to fix a larger problem, because it’s likewise going to increase your home’s R-value at the same time. Now, we used this in our house and the results were really nothing short of amazing.

The way it use is that an isolation pro will mix the foam on site and then spray it onto the rafters or the ceiling joists, where it expands to both insulate and close at the same time. It’s the only insulation product that does both.

LESLIE: Now, blown-in insulation is another option that’s been popular for many decades in residences all across the U.S. It’s usually made from cellulose but it could also be made of fiberglass. And it’s got a higher-than-average R-value depending on the profundity that’s blow in.

Now, the nature it manipulates is that there’s a mechanical blower attached to a supply of cellulose. And then the pro basically targets where they want that insulation to go and replenishes the space.

TOM: Lastly, of course, we should talk about fiberglass batts. Now, they are among the most inexpensive ways to insulate your residence, particularly in an attic that already has insulation and is open and accessible. The important part about fiberglass batts, though, is to pay very close attention to how they are installed. For attics, it’s important to use unfaced fiberglass batts, lay them vertical to the floor joists. And be ensured that the attic has enough ventilation to make sure it doesn’t become damp and soak, which are capable of reach the insulation extremely ineffective.

And that’s today’s Pro Project presented by HomeAdvisor.com. With HomeAdvisor, you can get matched with top-rated home service pros in your orbit and book appointments online, all for free. No problem the type of job, HomeAdvisor originates it fast and easy to hire very best neighbourhood pros.

Well, it might still be winter but we are definitely thinking ahead to spring with our giveaway this hour, because we have the Heavy-Duty Metal Hose Reel Cart from Centurion Brands. I like this product because it’s came large-scale, pneumatic tires and it props 300 feet of five /8 hose. So, it’s going to hold a lot of hose, get you wherever you need to go and it’s easy to move around the yard. It’s made use of 14 -gauge steel, which is pretty sturdy, and it’s got a polystyrene finish so it’s not was just going to rust out.

It’s worth $120. Going out to one listener sucked at random. So, manufacture that you. Call us, right now, with your dwelling better, your decoration question, your remodeling question at 1-888-MONEY-PIT.

LESLIE: Jeff in Missouri is on the line and needs some is contributing to a terrace programme. What are you working on?

JEFF: I really previously got it done but I are impossible to placed a sealer on my terrace. And I was wondering what I can do about that at this late date. It’s been moved about six months.

TOM: So, why do you want to placed a sealer on it?

JEFF: Because the leaves and the grass discoloration it.

TOM: You could clean it. You could use a trisodium-phosphate solution to scrub it and clean-living it and brighten it up again. But then you have to wait until it’s really dry, so doing this in the chilly weather is not a good idea. You want to make sure it’s super-dry and then you could compute a concrete sealer on top of that.

The concrete sealers that you want to make sure you get are ones that are vapor-permeable and that means that the sweat moves in and out. You don’t want to completely seal the brick, because then what’ll happen is the moisture will still get in it but it’ll freeze and start to break apart or spall, as the technological term goes.

So if you get a good-quality concrete sealer and get it clean to start with, certainly you can reduce some of that staining going forward.

JEFF: I appreciate that. Thank you, you guys, for what you do.

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

LESLIE: Ann in Florida needs some help with a flooring project. What can we do for you today?

ANN: I’m going to rip up my carpet. I have concrete underneath and I want to put down the ceramic tile that looks like hardwood. And are you familiar with the product?

LESLIE: I am, much needed so. I’ve actually employed it on several projects.

ANN: Oh. And my question was, likewise: should I wait and not do it right away? That they’re going to even have better-looking- the grove sound? I was told that it’s supposed to get even better.

LESLIE: I imagine that with all things, when you wait things get better. But wood-grain tile has actually been quite popular for probably four or five years now, so I’ve seen it significantly improve. Depending on how much you want to spend on it- and I’m not sure what manufacturers you’ve looked at but a good price level are manufactured called Daltile: D-a-l- tile. And they’re sold through tile stores, so it’s – you can call Daltile and take a look.

And they have one line called Yacht Club, which is fairly brand-new for them. And it’s like a 6-inch by 24 -inch wood plank but it’s a ceramic tile. It comes in a couple of different dyes. I think it reclines really nicely. It has a good texture of grove and it comes in some dye palettes that I think are very realistic. And the course it matches together, it inspects as if it were a real wood …

TOM: A plenty like timber, yeah.

LESLIE: Yeah, like a timber floor. It doesn’t have a big grout wire. They have another one in their way called Timber Glen and that’s a really big plank. But the style it pieces together, you realize a good deal of a grout path, so that various kinds of seeks weird. Not as realistic lumber, as you are able to expect.

So if you do go with a wood-look tile that does have a predominant grout indication, I used to select a grout that’s same in color to the tile.

ANN: Uh-huh. I’ve seen the tile where the tile is like wood planks.

TOM: Yeah. And that’s exactly what this is like; it looks like grove planks. And I will caution you, though, that you’re talking about- any tile that’s 24 inches long in one counseling like this is going to need an exceptional quantity of support underneath it.

So you have to be very careful to follow the manufacturer’s rules when it comes to prepping the storey before the tile is laid. If there’s any flex or stoop or unevenness in that storey, eventually this tile is going to crack. You don’t want that to happen, so you want to make sure that the storey is properly supported to take a bigger- large-hearted tile.

When we used to have mosaics year ago, it didn’t certainly matter if the storeys were flexible, so to speak, or not because there was a joint every 1 inch in a mosaic tile. But a 24 -inch-long tile, that’s not going to bend; it’s going to break. So you want to make sure the storey is really strong before you do that installation, OK?

ANN: Yes. OK. Great.

TOM: Well, kitchen backsplashes have been popular for many years but some unpredictable materials and gapes are starting to put them in front and center.

LESLIE: That’s right. Glass backsplashes come in countless shades, influences and motifs and ogle as classic as they do trendy. Now, glass alternatives are interminable. You can go with square tiles in expected hues or a full slab of glass drawn one shadow. So, you can really do a lot of things with a glass tile.

TOM: Now, if you can believe it, vinyl-wallpaper backsplashes are also making a comeback. And there’s good reason for it, because it’s inexpensive, it’s easy to install, it’s easy to clean and it comes in a ton of shades and structures and compositions. And that sees it very popular among the do-it-yourself crowd.

LESLIE: And if you like your food natural, you might like a natural backsplash, extremely. Everything from upcycled palettes to indigenous groves are making appearances above kitchen counters. Now, customers with an nose for rustic motif might favor a natural wood-plank examination. Or for a shabby-chic look, you can try beadboard in a white-hot or even a soft pastel tone.

TOM: Now, speaking of white, the white-on-white subway tile has been hot for a while. You can give that watch a twisting, though, by apply colored grout. Gray grout on the white-hot tile is a highly sleek hand-picked. But for the purposes of an even trendier inspection, you can fill that cavity between the white-hot tiles with a pop of color: I mean anything from tangerine to electric blue. Any of those radiant shades are really going to spruce up the space.

LESLIE: Now, other ideas is spray-on chalkboard paint. That can give your backsplash a whole new function and it lets you supplemented and obliterate brand-new patterns as often as you want.

TOM: Or you can take a less common approach to the whole thing by abusing stone backsplashes with creek rock or pebble tiles or maybe even ones you muster yourself. Whether you go mono or you blend the pebbles into- with lumber and tile, it’s a really cool look and one that people are definitely going to take notice of. I affection that if we do assignments like this, that beings come into the house and depart, “Did you get a new kitchen? ” Nah, it’s just a backsplash or hardware or some small-minded increase like that. And it certainly does modify the fabric of the entire room.

LESLIE: Hey, we ever want to give you a hand with whatever it is you’re working on, so don’t be afraid to give us a label or affix your question online, just like Margo did.

Now, Margo from Florida writes: “I have an electronic aura filter and I’m wondering, how do I cleanse it? One peddler says vacuum-clean, because soaking could effect corrosion and malfunction. Another trader says wash with water.”

TOM: Well, it certainly comes down, Margo, to what the manufacturer has recommended. So, I would look up the symbol online and conclude that the final determining factor.

But I said here today that a great deal of the electronic air filters were designed where the part filter sort of cartridge could be removed and actually work through a dishwasher. So I wouldn’t worry too much about going it wet if that, in fact, is the type that “youve had”. Of course, you don’t want to threw it back together until it’s really cool, so I’d leave it sitting out for two to three hours to make sure any sweat that’s in there is completely eliminated before you gave it back together.

But keeping it cleansed is going to be important to its effectiveness and it’s efficiency. If it’s dirty, then it’s just not going to pick up the same level of particles that are kind of flying through the aura and coming caught to it.

So, again, I would check with the manufacturer of your particular electronic aura filter to find out what they recommend. But it’s not uncommon to bathe them by hand or clean them in the dishwasher.

LESLIE: Alright. Next up, we’ve got a post now from Gabriella in Yonkers, New York who writes: “I live in an apartment with hot water and steam heat. The cover on the wall above one of the human rights unit is peeling and has dark spots that looks a lot like mold. Is that caused by the heating unit? If so, “whats being” I do to fix it or stop saying that from happening? ”

TOM: So I see two things are going on there, Gabriella. First of all, the peel decorate is just a bad coat chore. Maybe they – you know, sometimes in apartments they always leant fresh coats of make-up on over and over many other fresh hairs of decorate. And so, sometimes you get too many coats and it exactly doesn’t bind anymore. That’s probably why it’s peeling.

But the pitch-black specks or the grunge is usually time the dirt in the air that because you get a lot of hot that comes off the radiator naturally, it has sort of an uphill face-lift of the airflow there and it’ll wash that air against the wall, which is cold. You get grease lodges on the wall and it can look streaky and a good deal of tinges. But it doesn’t mean that there’s any mold or anything like that going on. You could prove it by basically cleaning the wall.

LESLIE: Alright, Gabriella. I hope that helps you out a lot.

TOM: Well, the long, dark eras of wintertime tend to give project-loving homeowners the blues. But you don’t have to wait for spring to add cheer. You can make a few exceedingly inexpensive dwelling increases and spruce up your residence and raise your tones, all at the same time. Leslie has some gratuities on how to do only that, in today’s edition of Leslie’s Last Word.


LESLIE: Yeah. It might reverberate obvious but the first thing that you can do is just turn on some lightings. I imply this really is a good time to add a lamp or some sconces or at least increase the brightness of the bulbs in the fixtures that you’ve once got at home.

Now, another way is to plant an indoor garden. And you can choose colorful grows or even something palatable. This is just going to remind you of spring. And then formerly that springtime forecast does arrive, you can transfer this plot outdoors.

Another thing you can do is spruce up your front entrance. Now, the front record is a great welcome for you when you’ve been out in the dreariness. And if you’re not going to paint or get a brand-new entrance, simply polish the equipment. It’s a little thing but it can make a huge difference. And you can also get a brand-new, inexpensive doormat, raise your lighting on the front porch to that maximum wattage allowed by the fixture. All of that is going to instantly update and brighten up that front entry.

Now, spring isn’t very far off but a few fix-ups now should acquire you feel a little cozier as you hibernate in your dwelling throughout the rest of winter.

TOM: This is The Money Pit Home Improvement Show. Coming up next time on the programmes, if winter squalls and the superpower outages they’ve brought have you considering a generator, we’re going to have some gratuities to assist you pick the best type for your home.

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” get it on alone.

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