Episode #1971: Easy Furniture Fixes | Bathtub Refinish or Replace | Best Bed Sheets for Comfort and Cost

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If you’ve got an active household, your furniture is likely to take a few punches from epoch to occasion- especially if you have kids! We’ve went tips to constitute water resounds, dings, dents and scratches disappear, plus…

We all know power tools can hurt yourself in an instant, but are yours causing slow, serious mischief over time? We’ll highlight a state gamble among DIYers that’s got medical experts talking. Bathtubs can last a lifetime, but their finishes won’t! The good information is you don’t have to get rid of the whole tub just because of a attire finish. We’ll have tub refinishing tips.

Plus, provide answers to your residence better the issues of, window replacement alternatives, eliminating junk odors, installing a proper tile floor, paint peeling off walls after a few months, setting chain link fence post, modular home installation .

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: Are you ready to take on some dwelling improvement projects? It could be a project for your residence, your suite, your condo, your yurt. We don’t care but we are here to help you get them done and get them done right the first time. But the room you help yourself is by calling us at 1-888-MONEY-PIT or announcing your questions at MoneyPit.com.

Coming up on today’s show, if you’ve got an active household, your furniture is likely to take a few smacks from time to time, especially if you’ve got kids. So we’ve got tips-off to make water echoes and dings and dents and scrapings disappear.

LESLIE: And we all know that power tools can hurt yourself in an instant but are yours causing slow, serious ill over occasion? We’re going to highlight a state hazard among do-it-yourselfers that’s got medical experts talking, coming up.

TOM: And bathtubs are a fixture that can last-place a lifetime but their finishes , not so much better. Now, the good news is that you don’t have to get rid of the entire tub exactly because of a frayed finish. So we’re going to have some tips on your alternatives, simply ahead.

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LESLIE: Tim in New Mexico is on the line with a question about windows. Tell us what’s going on at your coin pit.

TIM: Well, I am considering- my spouse and I are considering putting in some energy-efficient windows and so we’ve been shopping that a little bit. And it seems that there’s quite a myriad of available produces in that market.

And one thing that I was looking at was the- exactly the aura void-type windows versus the gas-filled windows. And one salesperson told us that he recommended that time get the air void because the gas-filled- that gas, after a year or two, will dispel out of the window, which I had never heard that before. But in essence, you’re exactly left with an breath void.

So, regardless, I’m just looking for some guidance in that subject.

TOM: Alright. So, when you say air void, what exactly do you signify? Because I’m not at all familiar with that term.

TIM: Well, basically, the double-paned window with exactly dead room in it and there’s- it’s not gas-filled, per …

TOM: So instead of argon, it’s just got air?

TIM: Right.

TOM: That’s not going to insulate. The reason to use those gases is because the gases are insulating gases. And I don’t buy at all the fact that the gases leak out; that’s only not true.

LESLIE: The only way the gas will leak out is if you have a seal that fails.

TOM: Yeah. These good-quality windows, these closes will previous a long time. Twenty times is not surprising for these glass closes to last that long. So this sounds to me like you’re going advice from a salesman that wants to move his make over another one. It’s not a given that this gas discloses out in a year. That’s ridiculous.

I would buy a good-quality window from a epithet producer, you are well aware? Buy a Marvin, buy an Andersen, buy a Pella. Stick with a good name brand and you’re going to get a good-quality glass panel there that’s going to last a long, long time.

TIM: OK. OK. I guess these were- Henredon, I think, was the brand of these?

TOM: Yeah. There’s a lot of really small brands out there that are basically established for the remodel industry and for the replacement-window industry.


LESLIE: And they’re precisely inventing a substitution space in their own brand. They’re time putting the whole thing together but there’s not a super producer behind it that, should you have a problem down the road, would have your back.

TOM: Yeah, I would look at the identify label and I would look at, too, at ENERGY STAR-certified windows.

TIM: OK. I appreciate it.

TOM: Tim, good fortune with that assignment. Thanks so much for calling us at 888 -MONEY-PIT.

Learning something new every day, Leslie.

LESLIE: An air void. I’ve never heard that term.

TOM: That’s a brand-new one. They turned un-insulated glass into something that sounds good.

LESLIE: Right. It’s an breeze void.

TOM: Oh , no. That’s an breeze void.

LESLIE: You’re going to end up with an breeze gap, regardless, at some point.

TOM: Yes. And this opening is insulation-free. So you’re not going to have to worry about any of that pesky insulation get in accordance with the rules of your view.

Alright. Who’s next?

LESLIE: Alright. Now we’ve went Linda on the line from Florida. What is going on at your fund pit?

LINDA: Well, “were just” away and when we came home, I- our home ever smells brand new because it’s only a few years old.


LINDA: And when I came into the kitchen- we have a drawer that we introduced the trash cans in. And I reeked an odor there. And when I opened it- we always have it vacate when we go away.

TOM: Right.

LINDA: Unfortunately, we had excerpts and I think there were buds or something in there and[ and it certainly does matter]( ph ).

TOM: Right.

LINDA: But the odor was awful.


LINDA: And there were little faults flying around. Well, regardless, we got rid of it but the odor has not gone away. We announced our exterminator, who came. He couldn’t- there were no droppings. My husband- we plucked the drawer out, we pulled everything apart and the odor is still there. And he- the exterminator gave us a pocket that we have hanging in there.


LINDA: And we have everything empty right now. And I suspect my question is- I’m so concerned than when this decomposing mass or whatever the heck it is- we do live on the water here in Florida. And maybe a bug or an animal get in but we can’t imagine how the house is- well, it’s exclusively a few years old. It’s shut tight. We’ve never had faults. The residence is immaculate. When we leave it, it was better stenches brand-new when we come in. But anyway …

TOM: OK. So, is this in a cabinet where you had this scum?

LINDA: Yes, it’s in our- in the bar where the submerge and the dishwasher are, although it’s not- yeah.

TOM: Alright. So, well, a couple of things come to mind.

First of all, this might be an odor that’s caused by bacteria either- and it is unable to even be bacteria that’s in the drains, by the way. And sometimes, in the fittings of the exhausts, you’ll get bacteria that will settle in there.

But have you thought of- has anyone suggested that you spray the surfaces with a bleach answer? Because this would kill any bacteria that’s causing odor, that may have gotten onto the timber cabinetry or soaked into the lumber a little bit.

What I would do is I would mix up a scatter bottle with about a 50/50 mixture of bleach and ocean. Just be careful where you’re spraying it. You don’t want to spray it on anything that’s, you are well aware- that could leak color, like fabric.

LINDA: Right.

TOM: But if you spray that on there and tell it are participating in 10, 15 minutes and then kind of wipe it apart, that will kill any bacteria and make the odor with it. Have you tried something like that?

LINDA: No. But I did read something like that. I’ve been looking online and I see anything about bleach and was thinking of doing.

The wood, it’s all new. It’s a beautiful, brand-new kitchen and it’s highly concentrated only in the drawer the- where the trash can is. How there’s two ash bin that fit in this pull-out thing.

TOM: Trash can often were participating in a platform. Can you make that drawer physically out, like you would any other drawer?

LINDA: Yes. My husband- we’ve had the whole thing apart. The wood is beautiful and new-looking.

TOM: So I would take it all apart. I would turn it upside-down and I would scatter as much of that as you are able to with the bleach-and-water solution. Let it soak into the seams a bit and then wipe it down and baked it off. I don’t think you’re going to harm the wood by doing that. But I think that that might help at least get rid of a good dollop of this.

LINDA: OK. Because we didn’t want to drill in …

TOM: No , no. You’re not going to drill in anything. We’re simply- I mean inspect, the odor didn’t drill itself in. It’s precisely that I think some of it probably just liquefied and oozed in and that’s what you’re smelling. It’s not that uncommon.

LINDA: OK. Alright. Well, thank you for coming in. I truly appreciate your advisory opinions and I love your show.

TOM: Thanks so much, Linda. Good luck with that project.

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LESLIE: Matthew from Massachusetts is on the line with a tiling question. How can we help you today?

MATTHEW: I recently got a tile floor installed at my parents’ house. It was a gift from my brother and I. And when they came and kept it in, I don’t think they used the liberty underlay for the tile. And so, within a duo dates after installing the tile, it was shifting a little bit and the grout was cracking. And we asked them to come back and do it but they said they were going to redo it abusing the same substances. And I just wanted to make sure that floor- a pier-and-beam house with a wooden, plywood flooring- what type of material they need to put down before they kept the tile on. Because they put down some sort of felt material.

TOM: Yeah, that was probably just tar paper before they settled the tile down.

What did they do to prepare the surface of the floor, Matt, besides this felt-like material you’re describing? Did they settled all the types of a wire mesh down, like a concrete varnish, on top of that?

MATTHEW: They sanded the flooring and then I think they situated thinset concrete. And then they introduced this- whatever this resilient fabric nonsense was on top of that. Then they employed the mortar on and then they set the tile.

TOM: Now, when you say it’s starting to shift, are we coming crusade of the tiles themselves or is this cracking precisely in the braces?

MATTHEW: I ponder the tiles themselves were- a couple of them were cracking. Well, they – you’d step on it and another tile next to it would move.

TOM: Yeah, this is not good. This is not good at all.

So, what are they offering to do? When you say they’re going to redo it, are they going to take up all the tile and start again from the top?

MATTHEW: Well, it’s been kind of struggle because we’ve been going back and forth with them. And they said they were going to come back, imparting the same crew, use the same materials and redo it with a manager there to supervise. And we were kind of insisting that they have- that they use the concrete board or whatever- the ally council- and actually kind of go through all the proper stairs that we’d experimented. And they were a little reluctant to do that.

I think we finally got them to agree to that and then they were saying they were going to do a 10 -percent discount, maybe a 20 -percent discount. But it’s genuinely uncertain what they’re going to do to actually ensure the quality when they come back and make love again.

TOM: Alright. Well, first and foremost, they blew the installation. There’s no doubt in my thinker about that. The only reason these tiles move is because the base under them is not solid enough. And a lot of this has to do with what immensity tile it is.

How big-hearted is this tile? What’s the diameter?

MATTHEW: Twelve by twenty-four.

TOM: Oh, yeah, that’s a big tile. And “the worlds biggest” the tile, the most powerful the locate, because tiles don’t bend. So, if I was doing a 12 x24 tile, I would do this on a dirt flooring, which mostly represents I would start with a plywood storey, I’d put down tar paper, then I’d put down wire mesh, then I’d put down anywhere from an inch to 2 inches of a sort of a plaster/ beach mingle. And that’s what’s called the “mud.” And that comes- that cools rock-solid with no gesture. And then on top of that, you would glue the tile and then you would grout it.

It hubbubs to me like they didn’t put down a proper base. And if they had a problem with the basi that was there, it was their responsibility to identify that for you and say, “Listen, your- this tile is not going to work on this storey, for the following reasons.”

So, is this something you bought through a tile place for- is that why you’re getting this height of cooperation?

MATTHEW: Well , no. We went through one of “the member states national” flooring chains.

TOM: OK. So you’ve got somebody you can kind of go back to and have a conversation. Because if this was your average tile guy, I’m sure they would be gone by now and not to respond to your calls. So, it’s good that you’re working with a national chain but I do think it’s pretty clear that they entirely blew this installation and it needs to be redone.

Now, whether you have the same crew do it or not, that really depends on them. But I say that it would be in their best interest to set is not simply- not consequently the same crew but their best crew on this and to make sure they make the included stairs of putting in the suitable locate for this. Because unless you do that, it’s not was just going to stick.

MATTHEW: Alright. Well, that’s what I expected. Thanks a lot.

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

LESLIE: Well, if you’ve got an active household, your furniture might suffer the periodic water echoes, ding, dent and even scratch. Luckily, there are many ways to bring furniture back to pristine or even near-pristine shape. And here’s how to deal with the most common types.

Now, white-hot reverberates. You consider them on chocolate tables, back counters around the living room. Hopefully, you don’t because you’re working a coaster. But if you’ve get those lily-white resounds, what happens is that water vapor penetrates into a finish. And that can be removed by wiping them gently with a cloth that’s scarcely dampened with denatured alcohol. That kind of precisely bone-dry out all that additional water.

Now, if you’ve got a shallow chip, you know, where a clearly defined finish is kind of chipped but the underlying color is still intact, you can fill in that ding with a few drops of clear fingernail polish. After that polish dehydrates, you just wanted to sand flush with 600 -grit sandpaper.

Now, to restore the sheen on satin finishes, you want to rub with- do this- four aught. That represents four zeros. So it’s super-duper-duper fine steel wool and paste wax. And for gloss finishes, you can use auto polish and compound and a rag.

TOM: Now, for big-hearted, penetrating blemishes or attire borders, I’m going to give you a couple of gimmicks for that.

First, felt touch-up markers labour really well for tattered lines, especially for darker wood. Because when you kind of color in that lighter scratch, it kind of disappears. Now, these come in a variety of atmospheres, though, that can match the most common furniture finishes. Use them to color large scratches or rims where the grime has worn away. You want to apply it merely to the damaged areas and wipe it off immediately. Because if any gets on the neighboring finish, it could really show and make it look not so nice.

And lastly, exactly apply a coat of glue wax over that fixing and the part neighboring surface at the same time. And that will give you a awfully even sheen and your large-hearted scratchings will be no more.

LESLIE: Heading to New Jersey where Vicky has a painting question. How can we help you?

VICKY: I have breakfast nook and part of my front room. I had- the ceiling was rind- coating and peeling.


VICKY: As the pieces were feeing wide, opening, coming down, I had a painter come and he cleaned all the peeled make-up off. And there were parts that were not peeled, so he didn’t touch that. He merely rind the cases coming down.

Now, he covered. I have no idea if he situated a sealant or not. But after that, about a year or so later, I had the same problem. Now, this is all coming down, so I have another painter, another $4,000 I put into this and it’s peeling again.

TOM: Let’s talk about what’s probably happens to your dye. When you have paint that starts to rind like that, it’s virtually sort of delaminating. The dye between the beds of dye, it loses its ability to remain sort of stuck together or loses its bond. And it’s very common for this to happen when you have a lot of hairs of cover. Because at some site, you’re actually at the point of no return where the make-up – you can’t exactly save computing more coat, because it will peel. You have to strip off the dye that’s there.

So if you’ve went this trouble of dye that frequently rind, the next time you work on this project, you have to apply a coat stripper and draw away the age-old dye. Then you need to prime that room. And I would use an oil-based primer for maximum adhesion. And then you can add the final, finishing touch of a latex ceiling make-up over that. But if you deter lending good coat over bad cover, you’re persistently going to get this trouble where you get peeling and delamination and the process will have to be repeated.

LESLIE: Ron in New Jersey is on the line with a hearth question. What’s going on?

RON: I live in a condo or townhouse. It’s about 25 years old and it has one of those fireplaces that’s the metal nature they just set in there and they improve those ornaments around it- sheetrock. And it’s gas records. Well, it doesn’t actually work too well. And a duet years ago when we had no electricity, I tried to use it for heating but it actually didn’t blow any heat in. It really pretty much ran up the chimney.

I’m thinking about replacing it but I’m not sure- I have really no idea if there’s one type better than the other that would also serve as an emergency heating system in the house.

TOM: So, the reason you’re not getting enough heat out of it is because it’s a gas hearth and they rarely bring out a lot of heat. In your case, to supplant it you would have to replace the part contingent. This unit is called a “zero-clearance fireplace” because mostly, it’s an insulated box that can go against a combustible wall and not have any problems being used.

So if you lay in a wood-burning, zero-clearance fireplace, you’ll find that you’ll get a lot of heat out of it. And if you want to step up the amount of hot that you could potentially get out of it, opt for the version that has a blower built in. And the blower will basically take air from the base of the fireplace, run it behind the firebox and out the top. And that will supply, actually, quite a bit of heat.

RON: So it would be a wood-burning though? Not the gas record?

TOM: Yeah, it would be wood-burning. You’re never going to be- well, you are able to set a gas fireplace in. But I just don’t think you’re going to get the same sum of heat out of it and frankly, I’m a little painful with gas-burning fireplaces. I think there’s a real carbon-monoxide risk with them.

RON: And it is vented? It’s got the pipe that goes up out through the ceiling and all?

TOM: But you’re still not going to get the same. It’s mostly decorative. You’re not going to get enough heat out of it, as you discovered.

RON: OK. Alright. Well, thank you very much.

TOM: Good fortune, Ron. Thanks so much for calling us at 888 -MONEY-PIT.

Well, if you work with power tools, we are sure that you’re doing everything you can to make sure you’re working safely. But here’s a spooky fact: only half of DIYers do anything to protect their ears, which are capable of have some pretty serious consequences.

LESLIE: Yeah. You know, ongoing show to sound that’s 85 decibels or higher can mar your hearing. And 85 decibels is not hard to come by. Now, circ assures and chainsaws, they clock in at over 100 decibels. And even electric instructs, gas-powered lawn mowers, they’re sitting in that hazardou zone.

TOM: And the damage can kind of creep up on you because hearing loss from raucou racket happens over a long period, so you might not even realize it’s happening. But if you do use these implements on a regular basis, you are probably speeding up that process.

LESLIE: Now, to protect you, you want to make sure that you use hearing protection for loud chores. Ear plugs , noise-reducing earmuffs, these people can do the trick. But there’s also electronic ear protection that lets you listen to music or podcasts, like The Money Pit, instead of really the muted resounds of your superpower tools.

TOM: So you don’t have to miss any chapters. I like that.

LESLIE: That’s true.

TOM: And protect your ears all at the same time. Well, we want you to be safe, so make sure you provide that safety to hearing protection, as well.

888-666-3974 is the way to get in touch with us. So generate us a announce, right now, with your residence betterment question.

LESLIE: Now we’ve got Margie in Delaware on the line with a flooring question. What can we do for you today?

MARGIE: Well, we had carpeting down here from the 70 s, in this home that we moved into. So, we pulled up the carpeting and there’s beautiful hardwood storeys underneath. Except wherever those lumber rows with the claws were that were viewing the carpet down, there’s a assortment of black hole where the claws were. So how is impossible to clean that up?

TOM: Yeah. The strips are called “tackless” and what’s happened is the hammers have oxidized, so you get some rust and other types of corrosion that form on the metal and react with the grove. And it leaves that sort of black stain. So what you have to do is sand the lumber floors.

You sand the wood floorings, you’ll get rid of most of that black stain that’s depicting around the top of the hole. And then you can fill in the holes with a wood putty that accords the storey. Sand it again and you’ll just about cover them. You’re still going to see a little bit of them but they will not be obvious.

Right now, they’re painfully obvious, I know. But if you sand the floorings and then fill them in and sand it again and finished yet, it will blend in.

MARGIE: That’s immense. It’s got to be better than what it looks like now.

TOM: No, it’s nice. Think of that carpet as a beautiful drop cloth that protected those storeys for all those years.


TOM: And now you get a chance to enjoy them again.

MARGIE: OK. Thank you so very much.

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

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LESLIE: Vincent in Texas is putting up a fencing and needs some help with the project. What can we do for you?

VINCENT: Yeah. I’m putting up a chain-link in front of my house. Where my house is, it’s in the immerse of the street. But the street goes up on each end.


VINCENT: And I’m about four blocks from the reservoir. And we had a lot of rain and that water levels up. And when I’m about 14 inches down, I’m hitting water.


VINCENT: Is there a special cement or how should I do that in order to establish the upright?

TOM: OK. So what you want to do is- because it’s chain-link, you’re going to want to dig down about 3 paws. And try to do that with the post-hole digger even if you affected liquid. And then the course you deal with this is you mix up concrete, like a QUIKRETE product.

It’s a basic masic( ph) concrete mix. Mix it up in a wheelbarrow to the right consistency and then shovel it into the hole and let it evict the liquid that’s in the hole. Does that make sense? So as you articulated the concrete in, the water will kind of working here path right out. And what will be left will be the concrete. It will dry delightful and rock-solid and you’ll be good to go.

VINCENT: OK. Thank you. You saved me a great deal of worry.

TOM: Alright. Don’t worry about it. That’s the way to handle that. Mix it out of the hole and then drop it in the hole and the irrigate will displace.

Good luck. Thanks so much for announcing us at 888 -MONEY-PIT.

LESLIE: Well, if your bathtub has a worn-out finish, changing is a costly hypothesi. But before you do that, there might be other options to consider. We’ve went gratuities, in today’s Pro Project presented by HomeAdvisor.com.

First of all, let’s talk about tub replacement. Now, most bathtubs are set in an alcove or a reces and they’re lapped by the flooring and the wall finishes to create a watertight seal and tied down, in at least two arranges, by plumbing. If you’re ready to do a full-scale bathroom remodel, then supplanting that bathtub stirs excellent sense.

TOM: Right. But that is a huge project. So, instead of that, you might want to think about make a bathtub liner.

Now, a tub liner is like an insert for your bathtub. It’s typically made from a very durable acrylic, various kinds of like a football-helmet type of acrylic. And there- to draw these things, the manufacturers actually have to go out and find a wide variety of tub determines. And believe it or not, they’re basically going through all the recycle centers and they’re finding the most common tub chassis. And they’re using them as fleshes to offset these different types of inserts.

The installation is pretty quick. Usually done in little than a daytime. A pro mostly empties the age-old bathtub truly thoroughly and takes out the ducts and all the plumbing and then sags this in, shuts it in place, positions new plumbing back in. And you’re often good to go that same day.

So, the only thing you have to consider, on the negative side, is that you may lose a little bit of gap in that tub because, you are well aware, they’re about a 1/4 -inch or more thick-skulled. Plus, they’re not going to fit perfectly across that part interior surface. So you may find that the new tub is a little bit smaller than the age-old bathtub. But I say to you what, it goes together so quickly, it may be worth that trade-off.

LESLIE: Alright. Now, another option is having the tub refinished. Now, reglazing or refinishing a worn-out tub is a more site-intensive process. It calls for compounds that can be hazardous enough to require a respirator and special protective clothing for that technician who’s doing the work.

Now, the reglazing necessary disguising the surfaces around the tub to protect from overspray and properly venting the bathroom to remove the noxious smogs. Now, the refinisher is going to coat the tub in a hydrofluoric battery-acid, which is a highly toxic agent that not only dissolves what’s left of that porcelain coating but it also etches the surface so that a new finish, when it’s addrest, is going to adhere well.

Now, the actual finish is an epoxy primer and several coats of urethane, all is used by a sprayer. That whole process is going to take a single technician about four to six hours. It’s beautiful. Although, even with all that, you’ve got to keep in mind that it’s never about to become a sturdy as the original porcelain finish. So you’ve got to be really careful when you’re cleansing it.

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

DEB: My husband and I are in the process of either construct a residence or looking into having a modular put up. And I would like to know if you have any pros or cons of a modular, opposed to building a home- a new home.

TOM: Sure. Well, I’ve actually built both and I can tell you that the modular residences go up quicker, generally. And they can be more accurate because everything is hatched inside of a factory. And so you’ll find tighter recess and squarer walls and that sort of thing. There’s absolutely nothing mistaken with either coming; they both make. But if you go modular, it is more likely to go together a little bit more quickly. And I predict the con of that is that you may not have as much flexibility in intend with that. Again, depends on the factory you’re working with and the developer you’re working with.

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

DEB: Alright. Well, thank you so much.

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

LESLIE: Post your question on The Money Pit sheet or The Money Pit Facebook page, just like Susan in New Jersey did who writes: “Every spring, carpenter bees come out of my house in full force. They’re making their home under the eaves of my roof. Is there anything I can do about them now while the climate is cold? ”

TOM: Yes, you can. Carpenter bees get very active in the spring but that said , now is a good time to find and push the holes that they meet. If not, they will come back and use those same punctures next year. And if the lumber is really injury, don’t replace it with timber. Use a PVC product that looks like wood. There are a number of different makes that make this. It look like, say, a 1×6 fascia but it’s actually made of PVC. And they cannot eat it.

LESLIE: Yeah, that’s a good ploy for them.

TOM: They can try but they can’t eat it.

LESLIE: They don’t want it.

TOM: Well, busy planneds intend the majority of members of us have to fight hard to put down the smartphone and shut the laptop and get to bed. And once we are at last get there, we do need the best sleep we can possibly get. Leslie is going to help now with some tips on how to do that, in today’s edition of Leslie’s Last Word.

LESLIE: Yes, that’s right. First, wake up at 3:00 a.m. every day.

TOM: Like you do.

LESLIE: And then, when it’s time to go to bed, simply hand out. That’s generally what happens.

But no, even I, in my very much lack-of-sleep state of mind, do have a hard time falling asleep. So, you really want to make sure that you’re setting yourself up for a comfortable night of sleep. And believe it or not, that can come down to the type of bedding that you pick.

So, before you go thinking about- “What about thread tally? What fabric? What do I need? ” And some of those are very expensive. We’re going to tell you exactly what each type offers and what their impediments might be.

Now, bamboo sheets. You could be hearing a lot about those. They aren’t just soft. In fact, sometimes parties compare them to cashmere. And they do get softer the longer you to be maintained. But if they’re from China- and most of the bamboo expanses are- there is a chance that they come from an uncertified factory. So, hop-skip bamboo sheets if everything of this uncertainty about where they come from is going to keep you more awake at night. Don’t want that.

The other alternative is organic Egyptian cotton. These are very sought after and with good reason: they’re soft, they’re durable, they’re breathable. They’re good for anybody who gets warm in the middle of the night. But if you love the spate of a snappy bunked, you’ve got to pass on Egyptian cotton. It’s going to wrinkle very easily and it’s ever going to oblige your bed watch a little bit unkempt. So, if that irritations you and you don’t feel like ironing the upper segment of your fold-down sheet and your pillowcases, hop-skip those even though they are wonderful.

And as indulgence expanses travel, cultivated-silk expanses are the ultimate in softness. But even if you can afford to splurge on this expensive bedding, the long-term expenses might be more than you’ve bargained for. Silk membranes are easily damaged by jagged toenails or fingernails or even just rough skin on your ends or your elbows. And sometimes, if your hands are certainly baked, you can feel your skin on your fingertips sort of dragging along the silk, which I find super annoying. And don’t forget about your washer and dryer. You can’t use them, guys. You’ve got to hand-wash them or dry-clean them. And then these sheets need to be air-dried.

So, weigh the pros and cons. Find a behavior to get a good night’s sleep. I promise you it’s disconnecting from your electronic machines. Have a cup of tea and be established in for a good night’s sleep.

TOM: This is The Money Pit Home Improvement Show. Thank you so much better for spend these sections of your period with us. Coming up on the next escapade of The Money Pit, we’re going to talk about older homes and specifically the walls, which are usually plaster. If you’ve got an age-old house and you’ve came plaster walls, you probably have a bunch of fractures in those walls, which is pretty common after decade upon decade of sink. But it turns out there’s truly a pretty easy way to restore those fractures and it doesn’t require weeping the wall down in the process. We’re going to cover that, on the very next edition of The Money Pit.

I’m Tom Kraeutler.

LESLIE: And I’m Leslie Segrete.

TOM: Remember, you can do it yourself …

LESLIE: But you don’t have to do it alone.

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