Draft Episode for Mar 16, 2020

In this episode…

Adding a backyard floor is one sure-fire way to increase your home’s living space but is building a floor a DIY project? Tom& Leslie share some guidelines. Plus…

Do you have really long room in your home that’s about as plea to decorate as a bowling alley? Learn a few painting tricks and furniture nips for the layout, that will leave you with a area that feels cozy and comfortable.Do your electrical circuit breakers of fuses junket more than they should? If so, it may be your electrical service panel isn’t up to snuff. We saunter you through five ratifies that see when it’s time to UPGRADE your service panel for your safety- and your sanity!

Plus, answers to your residence increase a matter of, installing a trench drain , eliminating sink odors, stopping squeaky lumber floorings, repairing bowing basement walls, scavenging rusty tub discolours, clean tips-off for wood paneling, installing an installing a programmable thermostat .

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

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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: Happy Pre-Spring. That’s the new season that we developed, because we can’t wait to get to the warmer weather. And so many folks are thinking about development projects they want to take on when it gets warmer out. We decided why wait? We’ve initiated a brand-new season called “pre-spring.” So if you’ve got a pre-spring question about a project, you’re in the right place. Call us now with that question at 888 -MONEY-PIT, 888 -6 66 -3 974 or announce it to our website at MoneyPit.com.

On today’s episode, adding a backyard floor is one surefire direction to increase your home’s living space. But is building a deck a DIY project? We’re going to share some guidelines to help you figure it out.

LESLIE: And too ahead, do you have a really long room in your residence that’s about as requesting to embellish as a bowling alley? Well, we’re going to share a few jokes and tweaks for the layout that will leave you with a apartment that feels cozy and comfortable.

TOM: And if your electrical service panel isn’t up to snuff, you could get a shock of another kind. We’re going to have the five signs that testify it’s time to upgrade that panel.

LESLIE: But first, we want to know what you want to know in this pre-spring season.

That’s right. I’m just going to make it official with you, Tom.

TOM: Alright. Let’s go for it.

LESLIE: Pre-spring. Get out there. What are you working on? Let us help you get that house in tip-top shape so you can really only enjoy yourself.

TOM: 888 -6 66 -3 974.

Let’s get to it. Leslie, who’s first?

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

DOT: A few years ago, we had a driveway put in. We have a house with an appended garage. And they had, oh, graded the driveway, “theyre saying”, properly so the spray would drain away from the house and into the lawn. And we get standing liquid in our driveway still. And I was just wondering the steps to- the proper measures with a view to leant a furrow in our driveway and possibly a drain.

TOM: OK. So, it appears to me that if – you’re talking about ocean that’s collecting on the driveway itself or on the side of the driveway? There’s a distinction.

DOT: In the driveway and also close to the house and where the driveway satisfies. And then there’s an attached garage there, also.

TOM: If we were to stop the water from accumulating on the side of the driveway, would the top of the driveway still be filled?

DOT: I think so. Apparently, they pointed it …

TOM: Alright. Because it’s easier to put in a screen drainage along the side of the driveway than it is to slice the driveway and position a duct. Because if you want to try to drain what’s on the driveway, virtually you have to cut a slice into the driveway. It’s not something that you could do; it requires specialized tools. And then a exhaust is slipped and it’s kind of like a very narrow grate, almost like a chest, that’s dropped into the driveway. The driveway is evaluated to the top of it so that the water can sort of roll in and then fill up the exhaust and then run out.

If, in fact, that this water is accumulating along the side of the driveway, it would be simpler, kind of from a do-it-yourself perspective, to add in a pall pump. The path that works is you would dig a trench that was maybe a foot wide, maybe a foot late. You’d leant some stone in the bottom of that and then you’d articulated a perforated PVC pipe. You continue to fill that up with stone all around it. You’d computed some filter cloth over that and then you would regrade and you would be- it would be totally invisible when it’s done. And of course, it must continue to be sloped properly and discharged properly, as well.

So, the drapery drain on the side of the driveway is easier than sort of the pit drain where you have to cut the driveway. I would tend to say do the drapery ditch firstly and see how it goes.

Dot, I hope that helps you out. Thanks so much for calling us at 888 -MONEY-PIT.

LESLIE: Wayne in Iowa is on the line with a septic topic. Tell us what’s going on.

WAYNE: Well, when I take a bath, I have odor when I drain the bathtub. If I take a shower, I have no odor when I take- when I take a shower, patently, I don’t plug the drain. But everything rolls through down to one piping, which proceeds out to a septic tank. I do know the line is good from the house to the septic tank, because I had to dig that up before I ever did any of the plumbing in members of this house. I did not replumb the drain on the tub but otherwise, the house has new plumbing throughout.

TOM: So we don’t think that it’s in the drain line. For example, when you talk about sewer odors, the first thing you think of is a missing trap. But if the plumbing has been redone, it’s not likely that that’s the client, remedy?

WAYNE: No, it has a trap. And it doesn’t leak into the basement but I- whenever I take a shower, it works fine. But if I take a tub bath and pull the plug on the ditch, I get a sewer odor in the hallway outside the bathroom.

TOM: Because the other cause of those odors is something announced “biogas”- is when you get a lot of bacteria that can form in a drainage. And it may not even be the drain of the tub; it could be the pump of the submerge. I presume there’s a sink in that same bathroom. And sometimes, even in the overflow canal of the subside, you get this bacterial escalation that can have just an atrocious odor to it.

And the mixture there is to completely clean it with an oxygenated bleach so that you killed last bacteria, flushing out the overflow path, scouring the drain with almost like a bottle clean to make sure that all of that bacteria is eliminated.

Biogas can be very pungent and horrid been like living with but relatively simple to get rid of formerly you get to the spot where it exists. Will you contribute that a shot?

WAYNE: Yes, sir. I most certainly shall.

TOM: Alright. Good luck with that activity. Thanks so much for announcing The Money Pit.

LESLIE: Now we’ve went Charlene in Tennessee with a flooring question. What can we do for you?

CHARLENE: Well, we built our house in 2006 and we purchased, from the mill, solid-oak hardwood timbers that we were going to put down for flooring. And it’s 6 inches wide, tongue-and-groove.

Underneath that, we articulated- my husband thinks it’s announced AdvanTech. It was a 50 -year warranty and the mill told us between that and the tongue-and-groove solid oak to place 6 mil of plastic.

TOM: Alright. So what’s the problem we’re trying to solve now?

CHARLENE: The difficulty that we’re solving is in a few places, one which is mainly the bathtub and the other is the kitchen, there’s a squeaking racket. It’s like you can’t sneak in that area. It’ll stir that noise.

TOM: So when you go on a nutrition, your partner can “know what youre talking about” when you try to sneak into the kitchen to get to the refrigerator, huh?

CHARLENE: Yeah, something like that.

TOM: Alright. So, examine, this has little to do with what is underneath the flooring and more to do with just sort of regular wear and tear and expansion and constriction. The ground those floors are- those councils are yelping is because they’re moving. And so, what you need to do is to tighten them up.

Now, since it’s a finished storey, you can’t just go willy-nilly throwing tacks and clamps into it; you’ve got to be a little more strategic. So what you want to do is find the place where there’s a storey joist underneath. And you can do that with a ornament finder.

And once you distinguish that recognize, you drill tiny loopholes through the flooring and you use what’s called a “trim fastened, ” which is only a little bit bigger than a finish claw. You bolt through the finished flooring, into the floor joist, and that will pull that flooring down and make it tighter and reduce the amount of movement that it’s capable of. And that’s what’s going to quiet down your yelp. A little harder to do when it’s a finished floor but that’s the best way to do it.

CHARLENE: OK. It is just like it might be an easy fix.

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

LESLIE: Alright. Now we’ve came Gary in Maryland with some wall fissures. Tell us what’s going on.

GARY: The hits are along the one outside wall- or the one wall on the short back, on a 26 -foot side. And they’re both on the sides of the lavatory, which is between two bedrooms.

TOM: So what you’re describing is a pretty normal scenario. We commonly get crusade in walls of homes and where you have strata between walls and ceilings, one wall and another wall or above a window or above a door. That’s where the free movement of persons is often used to evidence itself.

Now, the solution here is going to require that you redo the seam between the cracked ranges. What you’ll do is you’ll pull off the age-old drywall strip, if it’s loose. If it’s not release, you could probably leave it in place. But if it’s loose or if it’s wrinkled or anything like that, I would pluck it out. And I would oust that with fiberglass drywall tape.

Fiberglass drywall tape kind of looks like a net and it’s sticky, it’s easier to handle. And so you press it into the seam. And then once it’s pulped in place, then you’re going to add three beds of spackle on top of that, seeing each one as thin as is practicable. So you start with the first one, try to keep it quite restricted and really cover the tape. And then the precede two, you go a little wider and a little wider and try to feather out the leading edge. And that really will bridge that crack between the two skin-deeps and the cranny will not form again.

If you try to spackle over a sound without doing that, it’s just going to show up. I mean you could spackle it and coat it but it’s going to come out every wintertime or each summer, depending on whether it’s swelling or contracting that’s inducing the hit. It’s going to pop open again.

GARY: Good. Thank you very much. Good show, too.

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

LESLIE: Well, supplementing a backyard floor is one surefire channel to grow your home’s living space, at least for considerably more than half of the year. Depending on what part of the country that you call home, it can be an integral part of summer, barbecues, get-togethers , not to mention a really great spot for just chilling out in a lounge chair or a hammock, experiencing those heated sails, perhaps sipping on an frosted tea or a cold beer and listening to the birds.

That said, guys, contributing or perhaps even supplanting a backyard deck asks some scheduling and certainly some skill to pull off, which really implores the issues: should I do this myself or should I hire mortal? So, we’re going to talk about the pros and cons of each.

TOM: Well, if you do the job yourself, you stand to save exactly by virtue of the labor expenditures. Nonetheless, house a backyard floor could eat up a number of weekends, depending on how quickly you work and how many mistakes you make along the way.

Also, the DIY option could be perfect if you’re planning on a fairly simple square or rectangle. But things get ticklish if “youve selected” a more complicated, multilevel deck design.

LESLIE: Mm-hmm. Now, let’s think about it. Hiring that pro apparently is going to result in a pricier floor since you’re paying for that strive. But on the plus area, a professional contractor- at least one who’s reliable- is likely to finish that programme faster than you would. And a pro is also going to take care of the permitting process and will previously know what’s up to code, what isn’t. And that’s going to really ensure that your new deck is going to be -AOK with your municipal examiner and of course, for your family.

TOM: Yeah, I’m really glad you mentioned grants, because a great deal of parties don’t love the relevant recommendations of having to shell out extra money and take the time to obtain a permit. But it is really important, because those professional supervisors are your eyes. They’re going to make sure the floor, as “youre telling”, is safe and all well and good. You do not want to build a deck only to find out that there’s some critical flaw in it or maybe that you weren’t even allowed to build one, or you built it too high or too low or more this or very that and have to rend the whole thing down.

If you want to do it right, get a permit, get an inspection. And then you’ll know you’ll have a very safe, secure and valuable space that you’ve just added to your home.

LESLIE: Alright. Now I’ve get Trish in New Jersey on the line who’s got a remodeling question. What are you working on?

TRISH: I have a wall that becomes between the kitchen and there’s a pitch of measures that go down to the basement.


TRISH: My question is- that it’s also a giving wall. Is it worth it for me to go through the outlay of making this wall out? And then what do I do about the- when you take the wall out, it’s going to drop down to the basement steps right there.

TOM: Right. So, OK, it’s a big project, Trish. Really large-hearted programme. Because when you take a wall out like that, you have to reinforce all the structure above it first. And you build the reinforcement, then you make the wall out. You reassemble it with different types of structural representatives- like laminated lights, for example- that roll that encompas and allow you to have this kind of open space.

Now, you heighten another good question, like, “OK, what happens to the basement stair? ” Well, undoubtedly, you’re going to need a railing there. So, it’s a really big project. I don’t know if that’s going to be worth it for you in terms of what you’re going to get out of this. What are you trying to achieve, from a motif view?

TRISH: To have an open theory. But here’s another idea. There’s another wall that proceeds between the kitchen and the breakfast nook and that’s really a small wall, because there’s a doorway there.

LESLIE: Trish, there are some other methods that you can actually prepare the areas feel large. Considering I don’t know the exact floor plan or the situation of the seat- but if you’ve got some windows in, say, your breakfast nook, on the wall inverse it, why not kept a really large mirror over, perhaps, a service area or some sort of huge storage closet? Because the mirror will sort of facilitate go the ignite around and open up the opening and make it feel bigger. Using paint-color ruses, whatever it is you slightly modify one wall emblazon to a lighter colour in the same family, can oblige the room feel larger, as well.

Mirrors genuinely are a huge help. I’m not talking about mirroring an part wall but I am talking about- perhaps some strategically located, certainly decorative reflects will do the trick, as well.

These are all channels- furniture layout. If you can sort of keep the flow more open to encourage a good pass-through, that can be used determine the gap feel larger, as well. So there are still behaviors without taking on major construction projects.

TOM: That’ll make it examine so much bigger.

Trish, good fortune with that activity. Thanks so much for announcing us at 888 -MONEY-PIT.

LESLIE: Carl in Arkansas is on the line with a thermostat question. How can we help you?

CARL: I bought an older house and it’s- the thermostat that’s in it now for the heating and air conditioner is an age-old mercury permutation. And what I bought is a Honeywell 5-2 switching, a programmer for 5 weekdays and then 2 weekend daytimes. And what I’m wanting to know is, can I- is that something I get changed out myself or is that something I need to hire an electrician to come do? The packet says easy to install but I’ve appeared it over and it doesn’t look like it’s that easy to me.

TOM: Well, inspect, if you’re disagreeable with it, I would not hire an electrician. Kind of heat do “youve had”? Is it gas? Oil? What is it?

CARL: It’s electric.

TOM: Oh, it’s electric heat. What kind of furnace do you have?

CARL: Trane.

TOM: Is this a heat pump?

CARL: No , no , no. It’s not a heat gush. That’s one thing I didn’t crave was a hot pump.

TOM: It’s a straight electric furnace?

CARL: Right. Straight electrical furnace and it has only one outside unit, which is also a Trane.

TOM: Uh-oh. Wait a minute. Listen to me. If you’re telling me you have an outside condensing part that works with this, you’ve got a heat pump. You’ve got the compressor outside and then the furnace inside.

Now, a heat shoot is a combination heat pump/ electrical furnace. That’s the room they’re designed to work. And the reason that that’s important is because the thermostat that you have selected- and I don’t know that this is the case or not but it has to be rated for a hot pump.

Because the way heat runs work is when you set your hot- let’s say you mounted your heat at 68 degrees. It starts getting cold outside, right? Then inside the house, it falls to 67, the heat run comes on. Still cold, descents to 66, heat run stays on. Still cold, transgressions to 65 , now it’s at more than 2-degrees split between what it was set at and what it is. The heat spout says, “I can’t keep up with this. I’m going to bring on my friend, the electrical furnace.” So now the electric-furnace loops knock on and then bring the house up to temperature.

But by you not having the liberty thermostat, what can happen is you can run more of the electrical furnace and lower levels of the hot spout, which will significantly increase your electric bill. So, the thermostat “youve selected” has got to be designed for a heat pump.

So I would say your first thing to do is to confirm- I don’t know if you have an HVAC contractor that you work with but get that structure serviced. All these compressors have to be serviced once a year. If you haven’t done it, get onto serviced, get the refrigerant checked out. While that chap is in the house, have him install a hot pump-rated thermostat. Because you’re clearly unpleasant with it and we don’t want you to have all those cables apart and time have a problem where you’ve got no heat or no air.

So I wouldn’t make love myself, because you’re unpleasant with it. And when in doubt, don’t do it. But make sure you use the right thermostat. Otherwise, you are able drive up those costs unusually. OK?

CARL: OK. Well, I appreciate it.

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

You know, even if you can do it yourself, it doesn’t consequently mean that you should do it yourself. And just like Carl said, if he predict the instructions and it still seems baffling to him, then don’t do it. If you’re not comfy with it- and extremely if it’s something like your furnace where if you hook up the cables mistaken – you’re probably not going to break it but you’re not going to have heat and that could be very unpleasant.

LESLIE: Now we’re leading over to Virginia where Margaret has a question about a bathtub. Tell us what’s going on.

MARGARET: We have an old-time, cast-iron tub and it’s real rust-brown in blots. And I’m wondering what we could do to restore it.

LESLIE: Now, when you say real rust-brown in recognises, are we talking about big places or are we talking about small-scale, little ones from a chip now there are still?

MARGARET: No. We’re talking about big places because the water- it was not good water when we first moved here. And so it had a lot of wear and tear on it about 40 years before we moved here. And we’ve been living here, probably, about 45 times, so …

TOM: So your tub is almost 100 years old, huh?

MARGARET: Exactly.

TOM: Yeah. Well, ogle, it helped the house well. It’s not was just going to last forever. It is therefore necessary to reglazed at this extent. And I’ve had some ordeal with kinfolks that are endeavouring to reglaze these bathtubs inside the house. And it can be done but it’s an exceedingly muddled and intensive chore. And unless it’s done professionally, it doesn’t seem to last very long. There are home reglazing gears. Rust-Oleum realise one that’s for tub and tile but I wouldn’t expect it to previous all that long.

The best lane to do this is to have the tub taken out and reglazed. But if you’re going to do all that, you might as well replace it and not only have that- not just not have that reglazed unless it’s peculiarly beautiful. I make those are your alternatives. It’s not easy to do a touch-up to something like this when it’s just got so- it’s got almost 100 years of wear and tear on it.

MARGARET: Oh. Yes, yes. OK. That was my question. I appreciate that.

TOM: Unfortunately, Margaret, there’s no easy lane to remove 100 years of wear and tear on that tub and so you’re probably better off just supplanting it.

Well, if you have a really, certainly long room in your home that perhaps is as appealing to decorate as maybe a bowling alley, it could be really hard to procreate that infinite feel cozy and comfortable. But with a few layout ruses and nips, you can learn to love your long and narrow-minded room.

LESLIE: Yeah. I envisage, first of all, people get stuck because they feel like, “Ugh, it’s got to be one space. What is it? What do I do here? ”

But you have to think about long rooms as a approval in masquerade, because they can serve as a very popular open-plan kind of space. So instead of having one big but really strange living room, you can have a smaller living area plus more of a cozy cavern or a study or maybe a little breakfast nook. The gimmick here is to zone those areas into separate recognizes by utilizing your furniture.

Now, rugs can sort of country a smudge. You can create a igniting locality around that one little distinguished. All of it playing with color, so it feels like its own individual infinite. And that really helps to set the feeling of “I schemed it, I’ve made a lot of usable spots.”

TOM: Now, the next thing you want to think about is to not direction things up, because you don’t want to accentuate the fact that it’s previously long. So try to avoid having all your furniture along the walls, like you might are presented in a doctor’s waiting room.

Instead, you want to alternate the furniture class. So this is going to force that traffic to take on kind of an S-shape and avoided half the area really feeling like a straight hallway. It’s basically a cowardly method to attain you actually use more of the space.

And you likewise want to arrange things crosswise when possible. And that’s going to visually kind of push those walls outward. And that’s going to perform that room seem wider, as opposed to being sort of narrow.

LESLIE: Mm-hmm. And I conclude the other thing people want to do is they realise a big room, so they buy big furniture. But instead of getting that one big sofa and then getting – you are well aware, put it there on the longer wall, think about getting two smaller ones and lieu them facing one another, with a small coffee table in between or maybe even an L-shaped sofa or one with a small chaise lounge. And that can really use that room in a long room extremely, very well.

TOM: And lastly, do not overfill this with furniture. Really because the room is long doesn’t mean you need to fill it all. It manipulates particularly well in a symmetrical room when the furniture can be sort of centered around an object, like a opening or a fireplace.

So, if you follow some of those steps, this room can really become a very popular space. Everybody likes these open floor plan these days. Well, that’s exactly what that is. It’s an open floor plan where you place the groupings for the activities that are to follow.

LESLIE: John is on the line and he’s dealing with a mildew statu. Tell us what’s going on.

JOHN: I have a mold problem around my shower entrance. I bought the house two years ago. I divested all the caulking out when I had the mold problem. I’ve situated caulking in with a nationally known brand. I even exploited a Saran Wrap-type thing on my thumb to eliminate any pollutant. Before I did that, I cleansed it, I divested it out with a plastic scraper. I likewise exerted mineral flavours to cleanse it out. I put it in and I still have problems with it.

God, I’m exactly at my wits’ end here. I feed the humidity in my cellar between 40 and 50 percent. I leave the shower door open. I even shut the furnace ventilate off in there to try and keep it so it doesn’t have a breeding of bacteria or anything or mold in that.

You’ve got to tell me what I need to do. I don’t know if I have an off-spec caulking that I squandered, which is nationally known, or if I have an off-spec aluminum enclose and doorway that causes the mold. I have no idea.

TOM: Well, look, you’re going to do mold when you have moisture and organic material. And in a shower, that organic material can be soap and soil and that sort of thing. So you’re doing the right thing but let’s just back it up and try it again here.

You want to remove the age-old caulk. You mentioned mineral flavors. I often recommend a bleach-and-water solution because this kills- this is a mildicide that kills anything that’s stuck behind. After you get that everyone is dried out and cleaned out certainly, really well, then you can apply a caulk with mildicide. I would use a caulk that has Microban in it. DAP caulks are available with Microban and it’s a good antimicrobial additive that will not proliferate mold.

Now, the other thing I would do is I would also make sure that you have- certainly, have a bath exhaust fan and that you have an exhaust fan that’s hooked up to a humidistat, which takes sort of you and anyone else that’s employ that shower out of the equation. If it’s on the humidistat, it’s automatically going to kick on when the humidity comes high enough to cause mold problems. And it will stay on for some number of minutes when that humidity goes down, is responsible for ensuring that the room is thoroughly showed out.

That’s the best way to handle that. And I think if you do those steps, you will find success.

JOHN: Hey , thank you very much.

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

LESLIE: Well, your home’s electrical panel is made up of tours that stipulate electricity to your residence. Now, you probably never really thought about it until that circuit trips and then you have to.

TOM: Yeah. But if you find that happening more frequently, it could be a sign that you need to upgrade your electrical service panel. So we’ve got five signs that service panel is ready to be replaced, in today’s Pro Project presentation by HomeAdvisor.com.

First off, let’s talk about faulty cable. It’s the leading cause of residential fires in the U.S. And those indicates would include dimming or shimmering of lighters, sometimes a modest jolt agitation when stroking an contraption or a long-lasting burning fragrance and of course, any sparking or discoloring of the supremacy outlets.

But what about fuses? Because a lot of folks don’t have circuit breakers; they still have fuses. The thing is they pretty much function the same. They do prevent short circuits and route overloads. The circuit breaker ends the tour. A fuse can actually melt and become a possible flaming hazard.

But they’re not illegal. They are outdated. They’re actually pretty accurate at blowing when they’re supposed to but the problem is you have to know what size to replace it with. So, sometimes you find that tribes will position the inaccurate length fuse back in. And that be interpreted to mean that the cable is not well protected. So if you’ve went fuses, I think that’s a definite sign it’s time to upgrade your panel.

LESLIE: Mm-hmm. I see another good signed that maybe you don’t have enough service to your home is that you’re exercising extension ropes and you’re using power pieces all over the house, because you don’t simply “ve seen enough” stores. I mean that’s truly when it’s a good sentiment to upgrade. You know, you can install multiple electric receptacle and a circuit where they’re needed. And that’s going to minimize barrage and junketing jeopardies. So you’re going to find course more appliance plus, also, a better-operating home.

Now, what about when you contribute an gizmo? Think about a major gadget: maybe an A/ C part or a whirlpool bath/ spa, something like that or another thing that uses a ton of energy. You is responsible for ensuring that your committee can treat that. Because standard electrical panels equip 100, 150, 200 and 400 amps of ability to your home. Anything less is going to be illegal. And if you is my finding that your breakers are tripping when you turn on the A/ C or that hot tub, you need an upgrade.

We refurbished the panel to 200 service when I throw in the central air. You need it. And it’s huge because now there’s shops everywhere and everything manipulates and it feels fantastic.

TOM: So, ultimately, if you’re planning ahead on a big project like a remodel, it’s a good doctrine, while everybody’s there and doing the piece, to add on replacing and informing that committee. And certainly, if you plan on selling, it’s a good opinion, as well. But only a licensed electrician can take on that project.

LESLIE: 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 province and notebook appointments online, all for free.

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LESLIE: Now we’ve went Jackie in Colorado on the line with a wood-paneling question. How can we help you today?

JACKIE: Well, I’ve went this old, medium-colored, grove paneling, which is really light, that was put over concrete walls. It’s one that’s got the black stripe in it.


JACKIE: I really want to know how the best way to empty it. Years ago, I abused Murphen( ph) Oil.

TOM: You symbolize Murphy’s Oil?

JACKIE: Uh-huh.

TOM: Yeah, Murphy’s Oil Soap is the best style to scavenge timber. Have you used that again?

JACKIE: Well, I simply put-upon maybe a tablespoon with a container of heated ocean. Would that be OK?

TOM: Yeah, I think you can actually use a little more than that. Follow the label attitudes. But when you’re trying to clean age-old, lumber paneling like that, Murphy’s Oil Soap is really the best lane to go because it’s not going to dry out the lumber and shatter it. It’s awfully, very gentle. Just follow the instructions but I think that’s the best product to use for that situation.

JACKIE: OK. I genuinely enjoy your curriculum. It’s exactly very enlightening for me and I’m not – you are well aware, if I need to find something else, I’ll time call you guys.

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

LESLIE: You can always email or berth your question at MoneyPit.com. And I’ve got one here from James who’s in Texas. And he writes: “I’m considering buying a home with textured walls. It looks like plaster was blown onto it. How hard is it going to be to smooth it out? ”

TOM: Hard. Really, really hard.

Look, textured walls, textured ceilings were popular for a very short period of time. And I think there’s been more effort put in by homeowners to get rid of it than there was ever to apply it to begin with. So, I would not try to make it perfectly smooth, because you are definitely setting yourself up for a disappointment.

You can take some of the sort of spikiness out of it but I would get it back to a plaza that you like. And then I would tell you to depict it with flat decorate. Do not use anything with a sheen because it will exclusively make it regard worse.

LESLIE: Alright. Tommy in Nebraska is up next who writes: “I’ve get central air conditioning that works immense but I have a couple of offices I genuinely don’t use. And I’m wondering if I should just close up those express and slam the doors. Is that going to help me save some fund on cooling? ”

TOM: Yeah, it’ll help you save a little bit of coin on the chill. So, you have been able totally close those volcanoes. You might want to wrap them with some, say, cellophane, some Saran Wrap, something like that. Because the volcanoes themselves don’t truly totally seal it out. It’ll have some impact on the cost of cooling your entire live but I doubt it will have a dramatic impact.

And if you do hear that the system is short-cycling- if the air conditioner is going on and off and on and off- then open them back up again, because that conveys the system is too big for the remaining rooms.

LESLIE: That’s smart. That’s a good tip-off because you sometimes review bigger is better; not with A/ C.

TOM: Not ever. Yeah, that’s right.

Well, are you a first-time homeowner wondering what you need to know that us seasoned fund pitters once do? Well, Leslie has got the lowdown, in today’s edition of Leslie’s Last Word.


LESLIE: Hey, guys. First, congratulations. You’re the proud owner of your very first home. Well, then the question is: now what? It’s like a kid. No one gives you instructions.

TOM: Right.

LESLIE: You’ve got to care for it, you’ve got to cherish it and you’ve got to figure out what it needs to survive.

So, as this first-time homeowner, you’ve got to remember it’s your job to maintain your residence year-round. So, first thing you need to do is get some implements, things that you’ll have around merely to help you when you come up with a little project now there are still. Nothing crazy. I’m talking about a basic toolbox, like a hammer, assorted screwdrivers, a pry bar, stage, movable wrench. If you want or you’re feeling bravery or it’s a holiday, you can get some ability tools. Maybe a drill, circ realise, some simple things that’ll help you simply advancement going on with the things going on in your house.

Now, you’ve got to also understand the basics of your home’s mechanical organization. That’s a must. So you need to know where your water-main line is and how to slam it off. Because if there’s an emergency, you’ve got to know where to turn that spray off. And learn to use your fuse box. Check it out, find it. Keep a flashlight adjacent so when the ability runs out, you know how to get to it. Those are things that are going to be super supportive when and if an emergency occurs.

And you have to remember that home ownership situates you in charge of covering all of those utilities. So if in the initial months in your brand-new dwelling, maybe you’ve got some sticker jolt over how much power and water actually expenses, then start looking into taking some steps to manage those exertion dollars. These are all things you’re not going to be familiar with right off the at-bat because renters, a good deal of that material is already taken care of.

And eventually, even if you’re in a brand-spanking new home that maybe has a warranty, it’s wise to have a contingency fund to cushion those curveballs that life can and certainly will throw at a homeowner. So, make sure you’re ready.

If you require some more gratuities, just Google “money quarry first-time homeowner tips.”

TOM: This is The Money Pit Home Improvement Show. Coming up next time on the program, we’re all getting ready to plant some thickets and trees and buds. And you’re probably going to be throwing down some mulch. It is a great way to shield recently seeded trees and shrubs but too much can starve them. We’ll have a tip on how to do this job the right way, 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 “re going to have to” get it on alone.

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