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As the saying goes, perfection is in the eyes of the beholder and that’s certainly true-life when it comes to the choices Americans realize in dwelling decor. Tom& Leslie share results of a new examination where Americans voted on the worst home decor selects in the last 50 years- and yes, we have a winner! All that plus,
If construct a brand-new deck is a project for your Spring to-do list, learn the ups and downs of building deck steps, which are often built to be unsafe! You’ll learn how to how to make sure they’re solid and safe.If you’re ready for brand-new flooring , now’s a great time, with numerous producers comprising early Spring marketings. But with dozens of choices in both real and look alike hardwood, how do you know what floor will play-act best for your residence? We’ll share the options, coin saving tips and more to help you figure it all out.
Plus, answers to your residence betterment questions about, kitchen lighting options, deck sealers, expected GFI channels in kitchen, skylight options, installing a whole house air filter, cooking nail sounds, supplanting a bathroom fan .
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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 residence improvement projects. Whether you’re a do-it-yourselfer, a direct-it-yourselfer or somebody that just doesn’t know where they fit in but wants to get something done around their house, hey, hand us a bellow. We’ll walk you through it.
We’ll help you figure out whether it is a job you can do yourself or you need to hire a pro. We’ll give you some gratuities, some thoughts on how to get it done right the first time. We’ll help you save some coin, save some vigor and just get comfortable in your residence. But your first undertaking is to help yourself by calling us at 1-888-MONEY-PIT or posting your question at MoneyPit.com.
Coming up on today’s show, as the saying extends, Leslie, grace is in the eyes of the bystander. And that is certainly true when it comes to the choices Americans are shaping in home decor.
TOM: In fact, a recent examination of 1,500 kinfolks voted on the worst home decor hand-pickeds in the last 50 years. And we have a winner. And that’s all come through here, only ahead.
LESLIE: Oh, this is going to be good.
Plus, if construct a brand-new floor is a project for your outpouring to-do list, we’re going to talk you through the ups and downs of deck steps. You know, they’re often built incorrectly, so we’re going to share some minds on how to make sure they’re solid and safe.
TOM: And if you’re thinking about adding new floorings to your home, there are a lot of auctions happening now and dozens of options in both real and lookalike hardwoods. We’ll share the options and help you figure out what’s best for your situation.
LESLIE: But first, we want to know what you want to know. Give us a bawl so we can help you out with whatever it is you are working on. We’re right here at 888 -MONEY-PIT, standing by to help you with all your projections, your dwelling increase dreams, maybe your home improvement predicaments. Whatever is going on, we won’t judge. Give us a call.
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Let’s get to it. Leslie, who’s firstly?
LESLIE: Don in Pennsylvania is on the line with a illuminate question. How can we help you today?
DON: Now, we’re going to redo our kitchen ceiling this year and “weve had” these 6-inch flowerpot suns up in the ceiling.
TOM: OK. Yeah, the can lightings?
DON: And we were wondering if we would take them out, if we put the LED illuminates under the cabinets, if it would cause us as much light.
TOM: No, I wouldn’t take them out. I would keep them in.
Now, one is for area lighting; one is for task lighting. So the LED lighters that could go under the edge of the cabinet could give you task-specific lighting for meat prep. And they too gape darn cool when you dim them in “states parties ” or something like that.
TOM: But I would keep the flares in the ceiling.
But by the way, you have a lot of options in the type of bulb that you can put in those ceiling sunrises. You were able to put in LED bulbs into those ceiling light-headeds, very. And you may find the quality of sunrise is better than what you have with the incandescents.
DON: I entail make them out and introduced maybe like 4-inch ones in smaller ones or just leave the 6 ones in there?
TOM: I would leave them. I is of the view that- I think you could use the 6-inch ones that has already been. I don’t think that’s part of the project that’s going to give you a good return on investment. But if you vary the bulbs out, I think you’ll is my finding that that will make a difference.
Take a look at those Philips bulbs. I’ve went various of those now in my house, be recorded in the kitchen, as can flames. They’re LEDs and we paired them up with Lutron dimmers where you can adjust the dimming array. And they’re super bright and they cost a heck of a good deal little to run than the incandescents. And they last-place a lot longer. We used to replace those incandescents all the time and these have been- I’ve never had to replace them. And I think they say they last-place over 20 years.
DON: Where would you find the( inaudible) on that?
TOM: You can get them at Home Depot.
TOM: I know that I’ve gone there. They’re really interesting gaping, Jack. They’re the ones that ogle- they look like yellow-bellied. They various kinds of examine- I ever think they looks a lot like imperfection lights.
TOM: But you’ll be amazed when the thing comes on how luminous it is.
LESLIE: And they’re super efficient.
DON: Well, that’s what we’re looking for.
TOM: Alright, Don. Good luck with that activity. Thanks so much for announcing us at 888 -MONEY-PIT.
LESLIE: Now we’ve got Paula from Arkansas on the line. How can we help you?
PAULA: Well, I was looking for a sealer for my deck but I likewise craved it discoloured. I don’t demand it looks a lot like the grove- the original grove. I think it’s pine. And I’d like to have it- something to equal the prune of our home.
PAULA: I’d like a grime and a sealer all in one, if that’s possible.
TOM: Yeah. Well, first of all, you don’t have to buy these things separate, because exterior grimes are just that: they are sealers and stains in one. What you need to know about it, Paula, is that you’re going to have different choices on increased transparency or the translucence of the stain itself. Because you can buy clear discolour, which is just that- it doesn’t have any color- or you can buy semi-transparent, which is sort of a medium sum. Or you can buy solid complexion, which is completely opaque. Although the cereal will show through, you won’t have any differentiation in evaluate. Semi-transparent will give you some differentiation.
So you want to buy a good-quality exterior stain. I would recommend solid emblazon because it last-places a lot longer. And in matters of which dye you choose, there’s lots of options. You can get a cedar, you can get a redwood, you can get sort of a delightful sort of charcoal gray. All the major manufacturers have a good selection of dyes with that product.
Most importantly, you need to do a good job on the prep. You’ll follow the manufacturer’s directions. But generally, you’re going to want to pressure-wash the floor and wait a few days of sunny forecast it is therefore bakeds out really nicely. And then you can apply the solid-color stain after that, OK?
PAULA: OK. So this is a stain and a sealer?
TOM: It’s a discolour. It’s an exterior discoloration. Don’t get confused by looking for two concoctions, OK? It’s one produce: exterior deck blot. It seals and blots together, OK?
PAULA: OK. I was trying to fluster you but I predict I can’t.
TOM: Nope. Nope. Try harder.
PAULA: I don’t want to.
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LESLIE: Now we’re title up to our neighbors in the North where Pat in Ontario has got a question about electricity. What’s going on?
PAT: So, we have- in our kitchen, I understand that according to building codes, at least in Canada, you’re supposed to have GFCIs on your kitchen counter. We do not and we’ve been planning to change those out for a while. But we actually had an electrician in to inspect our breaker casket for an unrelated issue. As it happens, our house was hit by lightning.
TOM: Oh, OK.
PAT: Thankfully , nothing gravely damaged.
TOM: That’s good.
PAT: But an interesting experience to see how that affects things. But thankfully, like I said, everything in the breaker casket is all fine. But while the electrician was here, I mentioned our kitchen channels and he said that it wouldn’t matter if we modernized them to GFCI, because the circuitry in our mansion is not configured for it. Something to do with the breaker container needing to be changed. Something needed to be, I don’t know, adjusted. But my understanding of GFCIs was that they just sort of operate independently, regardless of what type of circuitry they’re connected to.
TOM: That’s a great question and the answer is yes and no.
So, how aged is your house?
PAT: About 30 years.
TOM: You know, I can’t imagine what he’s referring to with the box. It might be that he was- was he saying that he can’t leant a ground-fault breaker in the main panel? Because you can certainly set it in the stores. I symbolize there’s two types of ground mistakes: one is built into a circuit breaker and another is built into the channel itself.
PAT: Right. OK.
TOM: So, he may have been referring to the panel itself.
But as far as the outlet’s concerned, the same reasons I said yes and no is because, often, the one area where people can’t placed them in or have difficulty is when you have a really old house, like one that was built in the 1930 s that doesn’t have a dirt wire.
PAT: Right. No, that’s clearly not the case here.
TOM: But the space- and actually, you are able to. Even in a two-wire system, you can do it. But mostly, what you’re doing is- the electricians that know how to do this, they’ll virtually wire the floor flaw so that any recreation of current to the ground side of the store will essentially turn it off. So it’s kind of like a faux anchor. It’s not a real ground but it serves the same purpose of shutting the breaker off. But I think they’re really important in those soak sites , not only in the kitchen- also in the lavatory and at the outside.
And for those that are not familiar with GFCI, that stands for ground-fault circuit interrupter. And it essentially sees any diversion of current to a grind source, would be you if you two are, say, plugging in an appliance that had a short or something of that nature. And if it sees 2/1, 000 of a volt, it will shut it down instantaneously and prevent harm.
There’s actually a more sophisticated version of that now called an “arc fault, ” which is great because an arc flaw protects your live from fire. If it spies any arc, it will shut down the entire circuit.
But I think you should go ahead, when you’re ready to do those improvements, and included the foot omission in the kitchen. You may- depending on the way in which that circuit is designed, it is capable of gave it in one location and it will encompass all of the channels that follow. You may not certainly have to put in separate ones at each channel position.
One thing, though, that you want to be careful not to do is to put it on the refrigerator outlet or even on the refrigerator circuit because refrigerators, when they go on and off, they have a big power draw from that compressor as it starts to operate. And that will sort of trick the field fault into thinking that you have a diversion of current and it will shut off the fridge and break your food.
TOM: So, you don’t want to situated it on refrigerators or freezers. But all those other outlets should be good to go.
PAT: And because you’re not going to be handling the refrigerator plug all that much, it’s not a big safety concern anyway, right?
TOM: Well, that’s part of it, yes. But certainly, the fortune that your refrigerator could go off and all your meat can go bad is a bigger concern, OK?
PAT: Right, yeah. OK. Alright. So you would- mostly, you’re saying that regardless of how our configured- or how our electrical circuitry is configured, it’s a good hypothesi to apply GFCIs in those outlets.
TOM: It utterly is.
LESLIE: Oh, yeah.
PAT: OK. Alright. Thanks very much.
TOM: Oh, you’re welcome. Good luck with that campaign. Thanks for announcing us at 888 -MONEY-PIT.
Well, Leslie, in the 20 times I devoted as a professional home inspector, sometimes I go into homes and look at some of these old decor selects that parties make and think, “What were you thinking? ” There was a moment in its own history of that home where husband and wife were in the carpet store saying, “That is the loveliest shag carpet I’ve ever seen, specially that really luminous orange. It’s going to fit perfectly.”
LESLIE: “And we’re never going to get tired of it.”
TOM: “Oh, never, ever, ever.”
LESLIE: “Oh , no. It’s going to go with everything.”
TOM: Empire Today was hip to that fact. They did a questionnaire of 1,500 folks. They asked them to vote on the worst home decor alternatives by decade.
So let’s start in 1970 s. Of track, right there at the priorities in the schedule is one of our perennial favourites: popcorn ceilings. Seemed like a good sentiment at the time. And now, since the 1970 s, for the last 50 times people have been trying to figure out how to get wise off their ceilings. That’s followed by wood paneling and there it is: shag carpets.
LESLIE: Alright. This is a good one: the 80 s. I recollect these highly, highly vividly: ruffly, floral motifs; horizontal blinds; and mirrored walls.
Do you watch that evidence, The Goldbergs, Tom, which basically is an homage to the 80 s?
LESLIE: And each time, I’m like, “We had that bedspread.” It was so bad. It was floral, it was frilly. But you know what? It’s probably making a comeback.
TOM: Well, in the 1990 s, “were having” our first photograph of sort of the faux-painting phase. We had sponge-painted walls but we too had beanbag chairs and glow-in-the-dark starrings. I cannot tell you how many of those bedrooms I sauntered into, as a home inspector, where there was the remnants of the glow-in-the-dark stars glued all over the ceilings and the floorings. And yeah, it was just awful stuff.
LESLIE: All that sticky sud tape.
Alright. Now we get to the 2000 s. You think we’re going to make better alternatives? Not so much.
TOM: Not so much.
LESLIE: We’re merely more vocal about it because we’re putting up clues that say, “Keep calm and carry on.” You know, all of those things: remain calm, carry on and drink wine. Whatever that etch was, you bought it, you made it and you leant it up. Likewise, granite countertops and Tuscan kitchens. And I intend very Tuscan kitchens.
TOM: Like acces over the top.
And then in the 2010 s, we had more of those motivational signeds, like you were just talking about. Not the Keep Calm but the other ones: Baby On Board and all that kind of stuff. I tell you what, that was a big lower because 54 percentage of the person or persons cross-examine said that was a huge design error. And then we too had chalkboard part and neutral color schemes.
LESLIE: Oh, my goodness. Well, when you compound all of these dwelling decor trends of the last 50 years and break them down by list, which rightfully are the worst of the worst?
Now, for each chamber there seems to be a mortal interior-design sin and it turns out that the worst thing you can do is put in tile countertops. Thirty percent of the people said that. Thirty-six percent said, “Use a rippled bunked skirt.” They’re frightful, guys. If you’re going to use a bed hem, come those neat box-pleated ones or time don’t use one at all.
And lastly, have a fuzzy toilet-seat cover or have an inspirational quote or word poster in your living room. These are the ones everybody abhors the most.
TOM: Fuzzy toilet-seat treats. When I firstly appreciated them, I thought they were gag knacks. And then I started to see them in all sorts of rooms in all those years I was inspecting. But thankfully, they had a very short shelf life and they were as to take off as they wished to put on.
LESLIE: My goodness.
TOM: Not so much with those popcorn ceilings, though.
LESLIE: So bad. So bad.
TOM: We’re still suffering through that.
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You know what I was astonished about? Nobody mentioned avocado devices. Who thought that was a good idea?
LESLIE: Green is kind of cool.
TOM: It’s not going to come back, Leslie. It really ain’t happening.
LESLIE: No. No. Maybe.
Britt in California is on the line and needs some help with a skylight. What can we do for you?
BRITT: My husband and I are considering putting in the skylights in our home.
BRITT: OK. Are we better off to frame a round skylight? A square skylight? Are we better off to put it toward the middle of the ceiling front or at where it opens up on the deck?
TOM: OK. So you have a couple of options with skylights.
First of all, you can use a physical skylight, which is a hole in your ceiling with a glass skylight inserted into it. There’s another type of skylight kind of thing; it’s called a “sun tunnel.” It’s a lot easier to install. And mostly, you put in this tube that goes into the roof and opens up the ceiling. And then you connect a flex passage from it down to the ceiling of the chamber that wishes to light-colored. And that really generates a great deal of natural light into the room. It’s called a “sun tunnel.” So you have skylight or sun tunnel.
A sun tunnel is going to be a lot less expensive than a skylight. If you’re going to go with the skylight, you probably was intended to – you have to position it in the room where it’s going to look the best, so that would probably be in the middle. But the expenditure is creating the illumination jibe; that’s what you create, you construct, from the point of the ceiling down to the ceiling level. And that’s kind of the more expensive, complicated place about putting the skylight in. Cutting it through the roof is really pretty easy.
What I would recommend is that you use a good-quality skylight. I like Andersen skylights, Pella skylights, VELUX- V-E-L-U-X. All good-quality skylights because they’re restrained: they sit up off the ceiling and they have flashing that represents the seal between the skylight and the roof itself.
And I’ve had, for example, a VELUX- a V-E-L-U-X- skylight that’s been in my house for 20 -plus years. Never had a problem with divulging through numerous a gust. So it’s surely worth set in a good-quality skylight but those are your options. I hope that helps you out.
Thanks so much for calling us at 888 -MONEY-PIT.
LESLIE: Now we’ve went Brenda in Illinois who’s got an HVAC question. What’s going on?
BRENDA: I have an unwarranted amount of dirt and lint that comes out of my volcanoes when the furnace is running?
TOM: OK. Yep.
BRENDA: It’s the heat spout that “weve had”. The hot gush is two years old. So, I’d like to know, is there anything that you would suggest that we might need to look into?
TOM: Yeah, I judge the reason that this is happening is because you don’t have an adequate filtration system on your heating-and-cooling system. What various kinds of filters do you have on this, Brenda? Do you know?
BRENDA: The figure of it is Air Bear Supreme Media. We deepen these about every four to six months.
TOM: What’s happening here is the dust and the clay that’s circulating in your house is forming in your house. And what happens is it’s not get collected by the filter. The filters could be improperly installed, there could be gaps where the breath is getting around them.
What you really should think about make is installing an electronic air cleaner. This is an appliance that fits into the return-duct side of the HVAC system. It’s an gizmo; it’s not just a fiber filter or a mesh filter. It’s an actual gizmo and it is very effective at taking out 99 percent-plus of the airborne contaminants. I entail these things are so good today, they can come out- they can take out virus-size particles.
You could take a look at two labels that we can recommend. One is Aprilaire.
TOM: That’s April- a-i-r-e. And the other one is Trane. It’s called the Trane CleanEffects. Those are two highly rated, highly efficient electronic breath cleansers that I repute will make a world of change for you in cutting down on the dust that you’re seeing. I time don’t think your filtration plan is working properly.
Brenda, thanks so much better for announcing us at 888 -MONEY-PIT.
LESLIE: Well, if build a deck is a project for your spring to-do list, we’re going to talk you through the ups and downs of those deck steps.
Now, lots of eras they’re built incorrectly, so we’re going to share some intuitions on how you can make sure that yours are solid and safe.
TOM: Well, first off, you have to understand the terms. You have the stringer, which is actually that sort of side piece to the staircase. And that supports the treads and the risers. Then you’ve got the rise or the riser. That’s the horizontal interval between the strides- the high levels of the paces. Then you have the stride led. Now, that’s important because that’s where you step. It’s got to be deep fairly for that. And you’ve got the nose. Or we call it the “bull nose.” It’s that overhang of one stair to the next.
And the relationship between those components is really important. They can’t be too tall, they can’t be too deep and they can’t be too short. They have to have kind of a perspective to them. Because what I have found over the years- that, inevitably, if you go up and down a list of steps and you junket, it’s not you, it’s the steps. Something about “its not” standardized and that’s what obliges them unsafe.
And it’s unusually, very typical with deck gradations for that to happen, peculiarly if you use the prefabricated stringers that they’re fond of selling in dwelling improvement accumulations. You know, those- unless you happen to have- the height of the programme is exactly what that stringer is designed for, you’re going to end up with a short step or a towering step and it’s time not going to work well.
The idea here is that you want to have steps that- with a elevation that is really between about 7 and 8 inches. That 8 inches is really the maximum height. And you want to have a depth to the tread of around 9 inches. And to that, you’re going to add about an inch-and-a-half of overhang, so that meets the tread itself about a 10 -inch part of wood, 101/2 slouse of timber. And that’s important because that means you can get most of your foot on it and it procreates it a lot sturdier.
So, if a floor is something that you’re building and you’re not really confident with the steps, it is kind of advanced carpentry. Get some help with that proportion. Because if you build it wrong, it’s going to be unsafe and their own families or your best friend or you will definitely trip-up going up and down.
LESLIE: Ann in Georgia, you are on the line with The Money Pit. How can we help you today?
ANN: Well, my house was built back in the 60 s and I know now when they put up drywall, “theyre using” drywall screws.
ANN: But back then, they used a hammer.
TOM: Yep. And fingernails, mm-hmm.
ANN: And I’ve got these dings on the walls and the ceiling. And I’ve tried to placed spackle over the top of them and grind it off and beach it and then paint it and there they are; they come right back again. Is there anything I can do to sort of cover it or do I have to take down all the drywall?
LESLIE: No , no. Are you sure it’s a hammer ding and not a nail dad? Does it seem like it’s fostered or does it seem like it’s adjourned?
ANN: They’re recessed.
TOM: They’re recessed. OK.
So, the answer here is spackling but it’s not just a one-shot thing. What you want to do is settled multiple coatings of spackle on, Ann. So you start- and you can go out to a residence center or a hardware accumulate and you can buy plastic spackle bayonets that are basically disposable.
So you start out with one that’s about 2 inches, then you go to one that’s about 4 or 5 inches, then you go with one that’s like 6- or 8-inches wide. And if you put on three coatings like that, you’ll fill it in, it’ll be absolutely flat.
But you can’t just stop there. If you’re going to start doing this around the house, you’re going to have to repaint all of those skin-deeps and you should prime them first. Because if not, you’re going to get different absorption between the areas that were newly spackled and the age-old ones. And that will result in sort of like a odd kind of glazing or sort of shade difference with the highway the colour kind of takes.
ANN: Oh, OK.
TOM: Alright? Now, if you have one that looks like it’s cracked- what Leslie was talking about are announced “nail pops”- and candidly, that’s much more likely than the dents you’re describing, unless you merely happen to have a really over-aggressive guy with a hammer that placed that thing together back in the 60 s.
LESLIE: Those dents are recurring you 50 years later.
ANN: I know.
TOM: Yeah. The hammer sounds, you could gave another tack next to the one that’s sort of adhere out and drive it in. And that- the second nail will hold in the first nail. But recollect, it’s actually key that you sand, prime and decorate to make this all go away.
And lastly, the type of paint you use is critical. Make sure you use flat cover; do not use anything with a sheen. Because when you placed something with a sheen on a wall, any defect in the wall becomes magnified when the flame makes it.
ANN: Well, that’s enormous advice.
TOM: Alright, Ann. Good luck with that assignment. Thanks so much for announcing us at 888 -MONEY-PIT.
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LESLIE: Now we’ve came Darryl on the line who’s got a question about a heater. What can we do for you?
DARRYL: Hey. Yes, we have a bathroom heater and volcano. And the heater place went out to the- or the- I guess the love fraction, I should say, went out.
DARRYL: Flipped the swap and you can smell it burning. The heater is working but the devotee doesn’t blow. And I was wondering if there’s a action to fix that or if I time have to replace the whole thing.
TOM: Yeah, it resounds hazardou. Because if the follower is not blowing, the heater could actually- the heater division, which generally a light bulb, can overheat. So I would recommend you supersede that entire fixture.
The new ones are so much more sophisticated today. You can get one with a built-in humidistat, for example, so that when you’re done with the shower and you leave the bathroom, it’ll stay on merely long enough to dry out all the moisture and keep the mold from growing. So, I think it would be a really good opportunity for you to change it.
DARRYL: Now, would something like that be shown out through the ceiling or exactly into the attic?
TOM: No, it utterly is therefore necessary to vented all the way out. And it could be ventilated in the attic- I certainly have is evident that- but no, the idea is it would go through the ceiling and then up across the attic towards the roof or through the side or to the side gable wall. And there’s different types of dismissals that will basically- are waterproof on the outside but then the duct can clip to it from the inside.
DARRYL: I’ve got you.
DARRYL: OK. Well , thank you very much.
TOM: You’re welcome, Darryl. Good luck with that project.
LESLIE: Well, it’s a great time to update your floorings. And if that’s a project on your to-do list, laminate storeys or engineered hardwood are both great selects. But what’s the difference and which one draws the most sense for your residence? We’ve got the answer in today’s Pro Project, presented by HomeAdvisor.com.
TOM: Well, laminate and engineered hardwood are both great flooring picks. They’re both sturdy, economical and beautiful but there are some differences to be aware of.
Laminate floor is a product that is made by laminating, essentially, a photo of an image of a finished hardwood flooring on top of different types of substrate. And it cannot be refinished. So what you see is what you get. However, it’s unusually sturdy. I’ve had laminate floor down in my kitchen for over 20 years and I’ll tell you it seems just as good as the day it was put down. So it’s a good hand-picked for high-traffic areas.
It’s also easy to install and can be hovered over a pad without the need for acclimation. So you don’t have to let it sit in the house for a few days before you install it. You can pretty much come home from the accumulate and articulated it right together or get the pro in immediately to assemble it for you.
LESLIE: Now, engineered flooring, that’s another enormous choice. And depending on the mode, engineered is also available moved over a pad, nailed to a subfloor or glued instantly to the cement.
Now, it’s made by adhering real hardwood to layers of plywood, MDF or a lumber core. And engineered flooring is also available sanded and refinished if that top mantle of layer is thick-skulled enough. It’s too an excellent option if you’re installing radiant heat and for below-grade installations.
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John in Texas is dealing with some mystery plumbing noises. What can we do for you today?
JOHN: I have a problem with my irrigate heater, I see. When we flush the lavatory, the hot-water line starts banging. My hot-water heater is in the attic.
TOM: The question would be: what does the hot water have to do with the lavatory? Probably nothing, since we are don’t use hot water in the toilets. But what is happening is that when you flush the bathroom and the lavatory has to refill- so the cold-water line is coming on and refilling that. And that cold-water line is the same cold-water line that’s probably running into the water heater above it.
So it resounds to me like what you have is called “water hammer, ” which is caused by often some loose tubes. And when the valve in the toilet opens to replenish and then closes when it’s done, there’s some move there. And the hose will shake because of- the weight of the spray in the tube “ve got a lot” of inertia. And as that spray stops, as the valve opens and closes, it will shake, rattle and move the pipe.
The other thing that will happen is sometimes, as you run cold water through the piping- and particularly with the lavatory, because it’s not evened over and over and over and over again- that temperature altered in the hose could also clear the tube expand or contract. And as that scratches against the wood, it will move some noise, too.
So I don’t think you have a serious problem here, John. I think you probably have a water-hammer issue. The first thing I would do is try to secure as many of the tubes as we can so that they’re close-fisted and they don’t rattle. And then if it does become a problem beyond that, there’s a machine called a “water-hammer arrestor, ” which is kind of like a shock absorber for your plumbing system, that we are able to have a plumber install.
JOHN: Alright. Thank you very much.
TOM: You’re welcome, John. Thanks so much for announcing us at 888 -MONEY-PIT.
Jack in California wrote in. He says, “We have a house on a dimension that’s 105 years old. Nobody’s living there right now. We still have electricity and plumbing on. What would be the best way to lean this house in a unoccupied or storage mode to minimize damage while it’s empty? ”
So, you are well aware, Leslie, I envision a great deal of people think that as long as nobody’s living there, you can essentially turn the hot off and turn the irrigate off, of course, deplete the pipings and nothing bad can happen. But that is just not the case.
If that home is not heated, you’re going to see a lot of bizarre things happen. First of all, if you’ve got any wallpaper, that’s going to start to peel off. And if you’ve came colour that’s going to- could start to separate from the walls. The doors will swell. The grove floors will swell. So “youve been” do need to leave the heat on, Jack.
So what I would do is everything that you think you probably have to do to leave a vacant house, in terms of turning the irrigate off, establishing sure the pipings are all drained. And then I would leave the heat on probably at around 60, maybe 55 but not much cooler than that. Because if you don’t do that, like I said, that house is just going to swell and attach and you’re not going to be happy when you come back. You’re going to end up having to do a good deal of mends to that damage.
And then, of course, you too want to make sure you have ability on so that you’re powering your smoke detectors and fire detectors and that sort of thing, so “youve had” some intuition what’s going on in the house while you’re apart. And heck, today, there’s so many smart-home produces out there that can alert you if they do go off. So I would even look into some of that so that we are able to basically keep an eye on this lieu even when you’re not there.
LESLIE: Alright. Next up, Jessica in New Jersey writes: “I’m restoring the wood floors throughout my house. Most of them look great but one huge stain, in particular, seems to go fairly deep. So it exactly won’t sand out. Is there something that I can analyse the grove with or perhaps stain everything darker? Make it less observable? ”
TOM: You have sort of the right intuition here. If you apply a darker discoloration over the unwanted stain, hopefully it can blend in. But you’ve got to do it carefully; it’s kind of hit or miss. And it includes the risk of you aiming up with a pigment that’s even darker than what you have or that you don’t like.
So I is certainly try to experimentation very carefully with a really tiny paintbrush- for example, the style you’d use for color-by-numbers- until you get that subtlety just right. You might even want to try to stain a piece of raw wood and sort of precisely kept it side by side at the beginning of the project. Because formerly it’s dry, you’ll have a good idea of what it should look like.
And if possible, use- if it’s a hardwood floor, I would try to find a piece of oak that you can stain, because that’s also going to be closer to what the finished skin-deep is going to look like. If you try to do it with yearn, the yearn will be much darker because it’s really much more porous than a hardwood like oak.
LESLIE: Yeah. And you know what, Jessica? You can’t really start by applying the stain. If there’s some sort of finish currently on your floor, you might want to consider sanding that off, because it’s sort of better to get a uniform playing field. Make sure everybody’s got an even degree of finish or scarcity thereof before you apply that grime. That’s actually going to help, extremely since you’re going for a darker-stain look. You want to apply evenly. And that should also help start that trouble spot far less noticeable.
I’m not lying, though. Staining a floor is a big undertaking but it’s wholly splendid. And if you do it right, you’re going to adore it. And if you do it right, you’re not going to need an province rug.
TOM: You’ve even listen to The Money Pit Home Improvement Show and we’re so glad you did. Thanks for expend this part of your daytime with us. You are able to obtain The Money Pit podcast, 24/7, on iTunes and all the major podcast programmes, as well as MoneyPit.com where we have got hundreds more dwelling betterment gratuities, videos, advice and ideas.
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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