Episode #1981: ‘Check Engine’ Lights for Homes | Cordless Lawn Tools | Easy Screen Cleaning

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Wouldn’t it be nice if your live could say to you when it’s about to break down- BEFORE it actually broken off? Well, that technology exists today! It’s called predictive maintenance and is sort of like a check engine flare for your auto! Tom& Leslie tell you all about it- plus

Nothing says Spring like propelling open the windows and breathing some fresh Spring air! But if your screens are filthy, you time might be sucking in something not quite so fresh! We’ll share a formula for quick and easy screen cleansing precisely onward! Battery powered tools are more popular than ever, but can they truly compete when it comes to lawn& garden tools like mowers and chainsaws? We’ll dig in to the answer.

Plus, their responses to your residence improvement a matter of, lay marble countertops, change ocean softener course, emptying adhesive off concrete, installing a vapor barrier, adding insulation to ceiling in addition .

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 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: We are here to help you with your residence improvement and decor activities. And guess what? It is officially the beginnings of the spring home progress season, the big season of the year when we all feel freshened and galvanized to take on all sorts of things inside and outside your house.

So if you’re throwing open the windows and then maybe simply strangling on all of the allergens that are coming in, we can help you with that. Or maybe you’re merely deciding that the outside of your house merely does not gaze as lovely as the landscaping. Maybe you want to fix that up. Maybe you want to spruce up, build a deck, build a patio. Maybe you want to tackle a brand-new chamber makeover.

Hey, whatever is on that to-do list, give us a ask. We’d love to help. The numeral is 1-888-MONEY-PIT. You can call that number, 24/7. If we are not in the studio, we will call you back the next time we are. Plus, you can post your question anytime at MoneyPit.com.

Coming up on today’s show , nothing says spring like throwing open those openings and breathing in that fresh springtime aura. But if your screens are filthy, you might just be sucking in something not quite so fresh. So we’re going to share a formula for fast and easy screen cleaning, only ahead.

LESLIE: And whether you consider yourself a do-it-yourselfer or one that loves to go pro when taking on your dwelling improvements, thanks to these rapid advancements in residence automation, our dwellings are doing a lot more for us these days. We’re going to share some tips-off on how to use this technology to improve your solace and energy savings.

TOM: And too onward, battery-powered implements are more popular than ever. But can they actually compete when it comes to lawn-and-garden implements, like mowers and chainsaws? We’ll dig in, precisely ahead.

LESLIE: And speaking of working outside, we’re going to fill your plot shed with some brand-new tools this hour, because we’re giving away some enormous tools from Centurion. We’ve got their Premium Bypass Pruner and Anvil Lopper. They’re so durable that they’re going to be super helpful the following spring and for countless outpourings to come.

TOM: Those tools are worth over 50 bucks but going out to one listener reaped at random. Make that you. Call us, right now, with your home betterment or decoration question at 1-888-MONEY-PIT. Or you can post your questions on MoneyPit.com.

Let’s get to it. Leslie, who’s up first?

LESLIE: Bill in Texas is on the line and looking for some help with a marble countertop. What’s going on at your fund cavity?

BILL: We built the house in’ 87 and moved here. And since then, several of our shower countertop drops- they’re a one-piece deal that were made out of what was termed “manmade marble.” So I’m sure it’s a plastic cornerstone but simply about an inch thick-skulled. And they, over the years, ought to have emptied improperly with some abrasive cleans and I’m wondering if there’s anything I can do to address the scratches.

TOM: So, that sounds like some sort of a composite and it probably has a surface glaze on it. And my concern is that the glaze is worn. And you try to do any sort of polishing of that, you may end up getting into the substrate.

And I’ve seen what that substrate is like, because there was a time when I used to actually build kitchen cabinet and construct ego boards. And sometimes, folks would tell those premade, one-piece composite subsides and we’ve had to cut them. And that face glaze is not highly thick. So if the damage to the surface- I don’t think there’s anything that they are able to do to empty it, so to speak, that’s going to pull that out. It’s really a replacing situation.

If it was truly marble, then you could refine it out and get below what you’re seeing, in terms of the discolorations and the scratches. But if it’s a composite marble, like what you’re describing, I don’t think you’re going to be able to restore that surface.

The good report is that those crowns- those cast surfaces- are actually not that expensive. You may want to just take a look at replacing it. I imply I think they’re less than 100 horses, generally speaking.

LESLIE: It depends on the size of the vanity. But I precisely did a 60 -inch, double-sink top that was one thing with the molded submerges and “its like” $189.

TOM: Yeah, so not a great deal of money for the- to replace those countertops.

BILL: OK. Well, thank you.

TOM: You’re welcome, Bill. Good fortune with that projection. Thanks so much for announcing us at 888 -MONEY-PIT.

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

ELLIE: Yes. I very recently moved to Florida and the house I bought, the liquid softener is broken because- I believe it’s because they had it outside the residence. Every other house in my society has them in the garage. And mine, they- for some reason, the water line is on the opposite side of members of this house, in the garage. So, it would be a- I believe it would be a major thing to have the water line raised from one slope of the house to the other so I could have it inside.

And Sears tells me that I can have it put outside but you have to have some kind of protective covering. Lowe’s tells me that they don’t sell any that go outdoors. And a private plumbing busines is telling me that they have one that- to put outside, solely. And other people are saying you don’t even need one, to go- don’t even bother the overhead. So, I don’t know what to do.

TOM: So, first of all, the question is: do you need a water softener or not?

ELLIE: Right. I’ve seemed online and I learn the pros and cons.

TOM: Right. Well, if you- if you’re accustomed to a spray softener and you eliminate it, you may find that you don’t like that event. You certainly could bypass the spray softener only to see if you like the water.

Is the sea metropolitan spray?

ELLIE: Well, it’s not well water. So does that planned it is city water? I don’t know.

TOM: Yeah, it’s city water. If it’s city water, you probably do not need a spray softener.

ELLIE: Well, I was- I judge no. I don’t think it is city water because people in Ocala, I think they told me that they don’t required to; they have city water. I could be wrong; I’m not sure. But everybody in this development says you need it.

TOM: Ellie, the first thing you want to do is figure out if you’ve got municipal sea. If you do, it’s going to be treated. If you’ve came well water, then you do need, probably, a ocean conditioner, as well as to have the ocean researched to make sure that it’s safe. And that’s something that should be done on an periodic basis.

Now, in terms of the paddocks, in the light of the fact that you’re in Florida, we’re not concerned about freezing tubes. I wouldn’t be too concerned about putting it outside. I would want to have it enclosed. Now, how do you do that? Well, you either apply one that’s rated to be outside- and perhaps your- the water-treatment company- the plumbing busines has one that has such a certification, that’s designed for interior or exterior use and that’s fine. And if not, you’re going to have to construct something or have something framed or perhaps pick up a small shed or something of that sort where the paraphernalium could be protected from the weather.

But I contemplate the first thing you need to do is determine whether or not you need it and decide what kind of water supply you have. If it’s well water, get it measured. You can even have the hardness researched. You’ll know exactly what you’re dealing with. And if it’s city water, then I think you can try bypassing the system you have right now and see if you like it.

I hope that helps you out. Ellie, thanks so much for announcing us at 888 -MONEY-PIT.

Well , now that it’s officially spring- spring happened this week. It was the 19 th so, yeah, we’re into spring. So that’s awesome, which means we’re going to be into spring gardens, which is also awesome.


TOM: But that too represents it’s a good excuse to buy brand-new tools. Like I needed an excuse to buy new implements but …

LESLIE: You never need an excuse to buy new implements, Tom.

TOM: We’re going to give some tools apart. Let’s only do that. We’ve get, from Centurion Brands, the Premium Bypass Pruner to give away. This is cool because it pieces a large-to-small grip. Basically, you have a little switch; you can flip it. If you’ve got a little hand, a big hand, you can make this very comfortable for you. And it can handle diverges up to an inch thick.

They’ve got high-carbon steel blades, they remain sharper longer and they’re Teflon-coated, so they’re going to cut without adhering. And they’re throwing in the Anvil Lopper. So you’re going to have two payment tools to become involved in all of that spring, time and drop garden work.

If you want to earn it, you’ve got to call, right now, with your dwelling betterment question. We’ll toss your reputation in The Money Pit hard hat and send out that box of Centurion tools, value 50 bucks, to you. The figure is 1-888-MONEY-PIT.

LESLIE: Alright. Now we’ve went Doug in Virginia on the line who seems to have gotten something on a hardwood floor that perhaps should not have been there. What’s going on? DOUG: Yeah. Basically, my partner and I are trying to restore a home that we bought that was built in the 1950 s. And we’re currently “workin on” the kitchen. And what we attained was the storeys had tiles put down in the 50 s and they used a thick, pitch-black, reduction adhesive, like an asphalt cement. And so we got the tiles up and we were working on getting that tar up and we abused a make announced Citrus King.

TOM: Yeah, it’s an adhesive remover, right?

DOUG: Right, right. And it directed certainly, really good. It returned the tar right up but in the process, it drew the wood dry. We set it down, we got it up a little faster as we could but it did make it a little wet.

Our flooring finisher, he was- the original project, we were going to use Monocoat to finish the storeys, which is like a natural wood finish and an oil finish. And when he realized “were having” employed the concoction to strip the floorings, he felt that that concoction wasn’t going to work- the Monocoat wouldn’t work for a flooring finish. And so, our Plan B was just a grime and a poly finish. And he were of the view that the flooring being- having humidity in it, that the poly wouldn’t stick.

TOM: Well, inspect, if it has moisture in it, the moisture’s not going to be in it permanently; it’s going to evaporate out of it. Has the floor been sanded since the adhesive was pulled up?

DOUG: Yeah, I sanded it over this past weekend.

TOM: OK. And it looks good now? I make it is like a clean, dry, sanded hardwood floor?

DOUG: Yeah, it looks pretty good. It’s not- it doesn’t look brand new but we kind of like it. It has various kinds of a weathered look to it, so we like it.

TOM: Well, it seems to me like this guy doesn’t genuinely want to do it anyway, if he’s trying to talk himself out of a job.

LESLIE: He’s looking for a way out.

TOM: Well, inspect, really because the floor came moisture, as long as the floor was bone-dry out- when did you actually do the adhesive-removal process?

DOUG: It’s probably been two weeks ago.

TOM: OK. And so- and you got up all of the sweat that was there and now it seems to have dried out real well?

DOUG: Yeah. It feels dry. There for a little bit, you are able to realise some dark recognises on it and you could sand them away and they’d actually be coming. And so I anticipate the humidity was coming out of it. But I sanded it this past weekend and since then, it’s remained the same color and feels dry.

TOM: Yeah. I don’t accompany any reason you only can’t go right to the finish coat on this. I think he’s being a little extremely cautious. He doesn’t want to be responsible or having to do it twice. I is aware that. But if there’s any concern, then try finishing a region inside of a wardrobe first and see how it goes. But I don’t know why you need this person to do the finishing. If you’ve done all the sanding work, utilizing the finish is the last step.

DOUG: Right.

TOM: You know, you would apply it- if you’re squandering a polyurethane, you apply that with a lambswool applicator that searches a bit like sort of a rinse mop, except it has a lambswool pad on it. You pour the urethane into a regular cover tray and then you basically clean it on.

Now, did you mention that you wanted to stain?

DOUG: Yeah, we’d like to stain first, yep.

TOM: So, then you have to stain firstly. Now, I will warn you that the blot – you have been able- if I was concerned about anything, it would be the rate of absorption of the discoloration. Because based on how much of that adhesive dissolved up going into the hardwood floor, some areas may not accept the stain as well as others. So I would be careful about the blot and I would do that in an inconspicuous field firstly, only to make sure it’s going to go on as you expect it. But again, you have been able do that with a lambswool applicator, as well.

DOUG: Do you think that a preconditioner- I read about those. Do you think a preconditioner would help that?

TOM: Maybe. Maybe. But it actually depends on the condition of that- preconditioners frequently go on raw timber , not prefinished- not timber that’s already been finished which, virtually, this has because it had the adhesive on it.

Do you have some places in this floor layout where you could try it, like a closet?

DOUG: Yeah, perhaps. Well, it’s exactly the kitchen, so maybe a little bit under where the cabinets will be installed. Possibly there.

TOM: Yeah, I would simply try that and be seen to what extent it- time positioned it on carefully and see if it seems to be absorbing evenly. That’s my exclusively concern, especially if you’re moving darker. Because if you get a section where there’s still adhesive, it’s not going to absorb and it’ll – you’ll be brought to an end having sort of blotches.

DOUG: And the poly, “youre feeling” reasonably self-confident the poly should persist OK, then, extremely?

TOM: Yes, I do feel reasonably confident. If you sanded it and you got down to sawdust, I feel the poly should put fine.

DOUG: Alright, great.

TOM: Alright? You use- make sure you use the solvent-based polyurethane , not the latex-based , not the water-based.

DOUG: Alright. Well, thank you for your help.

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

Well , good-for-nothing says springtime like throwing open those openings and breathing in some fresh springtime aura. But if the screens are filthy, you merely might be sucking in something else not quite so fresh. So, here’s what you need to know to do those screens cleaned clean.

LESLIE: First of all, you’ve got to remove the screens from the window frames. So you don’t want to simply make love while they’re on the house, because risks are you could impair the screens that room. So, take the screens out and set the screens on a flat skin-deep. You can be utilized your driveway and then use a slight soap and ocean concoction with a soft bristle graze. And that’s going to remove all that dirt and grime. You want to make sure you clean both sides of that opening screen and around the inside and the outside of the frames.

TOM: Next, employ a hose to rinse off the screens and then time lay them in the daylight to cool. Now, if you are invited to use a distres washer because it’s exactly a recreation tool to use, don’t use it on the screens. The make of the ocean is way too much. It will destroy those screens in a second.

LESLIE: And people, I know the majority of members of us leave our window screens in the frames, in members of this house, all year long. But it’s actually a better idea to make them out during the winter months and accumulation them. They’re just going to last longer, they’ll attend less detriment. So, think about doing that next winter season.

TOM: This is The Money Pit Home Improvement Show. If you’ve got a question , now’s a great time to call. That crowd is 888 -6 66 -3 974.

LESLIE: We’ve got Randy in Florida on the line who’s got a dehumidification question. What can we do for you?

RANDY: Our house is off-grade and the crawlspace locality has breathing all around the house. And we wanted to see about encapsulating it with the vapor-barrier plastic. And with being in Florida, I was just a little worried about humidity and perhaps wanting to insulate it and realize whatever it is you all’s belief was.

TOM: Well, I do think it’s a good opinion for you to add a vapor hindrance. That will help reduce the amount of humidity that does into the space above the floor. And that can move the dwelling more efficient and certainly more comfortable.

What you might also want to think about doing is adding an deplete supporter. They have supporters that are basically the size of a concrete block or a groundwork vent-hole. And you have been able leant devotees on one side of the foundation and have ducts open out in the other side. Then have those fans operate on a humidistat so that whenever the humidity gets really damp in that crawlspace, the supporter can kick on and pull some drier air from outside across that- essentially that crawlspace flooring, plucking the sweat out with it. So those two things can help you oversee moisture.

On the outside of the house, you likewise want to make sure that if you’ve went ditches – “youve had” sewers on the home and that there’s downspouts that lengthen away from that groundwork. Because when you dump the additional liquid that compiles on your roof right against the foundation, that unquestionably improves- growths the humidity that’s in that space.

So all of those things working together can keep it a lot drier.

RANDY: OK. So, would you be lengthening that vapor railing up the walls of the crawlspace or would that is in conflict with that breathing contingent that you’re sticking up?

TOM: Well, you don’t want to block up the volcanoes but yeah, I would extend it up the wall, if you could extend to 12 inches or so, time to make sure it’s shut well.

RANDY: OK. And then would you supplement a dehumidifier down there or would that, essentially, is exactly what the breathing force you’re talking about would do?

TOM: That’s kind of what the ventilation would do. I would not contributed a dehumidifier into that room. It’s not really designed for an unconditioned cavity like that. Dehumidifiers are not truly designed for that.

RANDY: OK. And then so that they are able to keep the humidity low enough that we could then placed the batted insulation between the storey joists?

TOM: Yeah, it will keep it- it will make it lower. It’ll make it reasonably lower. It’s never going to be 100 -percent dry; it’s always going to be damp. But I do remember, yes, that will keep the moisture down, which is what you want to do and allow you to get more efficiency out of the insulation.

RANDY: OK. Alright. Great. Well, thank you so much.

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

LESLIE: Well, whether you consider yourself a do-it-yourselfer, or one that adoration to go pro when you’re taking on home improvements, the fact of the matter is that thanks to the rapid improvements in residence automation, our homes are doing a lot more for us these days.

TOM: Well that’s right. And with us to talk about that is Dan DiClerico. Dan is the home expert and smart-home strategist for HomeAdvisor.

Welcome, Dan.

DAN: Hey, it’s enormous to be here, guys.

TOM: You know, I retain back when we firstly started determining home automation affected the residential market but those plans were really expensive. They usually required various kinds of major rewiring of your home, because you had to run Cat 5 wire from mission control to every single device. And ultimately, you had to pretty much bank that that system that you endowed all that money in was going to be around for a while, because otherwise it wasn’t interconnected with other smart-home commodities. You were all in for that one brand, that one manufacturer. Fortunately, all that has changed today, right?

DAN: Yeah. Listen, I mean for 30 times, exactly right. Home automation has been a niche high-end category. It’s certainly in the last five years that it’s made a pretty steady migration into the mainstream, generating all sorts of opportunities for homeowners to really realize the many use clients here, the many benefits of this technology.

LESLIE: Do you think that it’s just because you’re finding a different contemporary of people, who are much more cozy with this technology, looking to adopt that?

DAN: Oh, absolutely. I picture demographics is a big driving part. Millennials, first generation of digital aborigines to be owning and maintaining homes. They’re used to controlling their lives from their smartphone. Very much the expectation that they’ll be able to do the same thing with their dwelling. So that’s a big one of the purposes of it.

Listen, I judge Alexa- I think utter switch, these smart talkers have really introduced smart-home technology front and center in the mind of the American like certainly good-for-nothing before.

TOM: I just got my first car that has Apple CarPlay in it and I’m loving it. I can’t- I don’t know why I waited so long but it’s just so cool. Everything you can do with your enunciate today and do safely and efficiently.

And in your residence, really, the sky is the limit thanks to Wi-Fi and Bluetooth technology. No longer do you need any kind of wiring or central monitoring work. You can pretty much stretch your smart-home product collection one entry at a time. You be resolved by one difficulty at a time. If you require a smart-alecky garage-door opener or if you require a smart-alecky shade, whatever you want you can precisely get that one thing and just go for it.

DAN: Yeah, creators have fixed it very easy now. Listen, going with the high-end integrate or going for that full, whole-house solution is going to be a better knowledge. It’s at a site where you can do it yourself and you can start to realize many of the benefits.

LESLIE: And I think it’s huge because so many of these components, like you’re saying, are plug-and-play. “Oh, gaze, I require this? Boom. Done.” Absolutely automated. It’s so easy to use.

TOM: So where do you think the technology is going to go from here? What kinds of products in their own homes do you think will become smart, that we’re not experiencing with that technology and- or perhaps you’re going to see big improvements with?

DAN: It’s truly the- still tip of the iceberg, as much advancement as we have seen in the last few years. The sky’s the limit. For HomeAdvisor, from the sort of the upkeep position, this notion of predictive maintenance, you know, what we like to call the check-engine flame for the home. So we’re going to see sensors outlook throughout the home.

We’re once construing it with whole-house water-monitoring systems that give you the heads-up if there’s a leak somewhere in the home and even connect you right in with a home work professional who can come help you out. So that’s kind of the most exciting thing, from the maintenance position, as far as we’re concerned.

TOM: Very cool. Dan DiClerico, the home expert and smart-home strategist for HomeAdvisor.com.

Thank you, Dan, for being part of The Money Pit.

DAN: Thank you.

TOM: Well, it is officially spring and that sees it time to maybe think about starting those spring plots. We’ve got two great implements we’re giving away to one listener drawn at random who may want to do simply that. We’ve went Centurion Brands’ large-to-small clutch Premium Bypass Pruners and an Anvil Lopper.

Those pruners are pretty cool, Leslie, because they’ll work for you and for me, right?

LESLIE: It’s really great. With simply a move of a swap, you sort of can adjust that solace elevation, depending on if you’ve got the small grip or the big-hearted traction. So it’s a great tool only to have around for everyone to use for the garden and garden.

Plus, up for grabs, likewise, we’re throwing in the Anvil Loppers, so you can have two premium implements that’ll help you out this spring season and even into the summer and fall.

TOM: That package is worth 50 horses. Croaking out to one listener drawn at random, so form that you. Here’s what you need to know. Post your question at MoneyPit.com or scold us now with that question at 1-888-MONEY-PIT, 888 -6 66 -3 974.

LESLIE: Joyce in Massachusetts, you’ve get The Money Pit. What can we do for you today?

JOYCE: I have nine spaces and we had someone caulk the windows where the window sills- because we live in Boston and the cold breath has been blowing in. I want to know how I can close them up, because it didn’t do one iota thing for the gentlemen caulking the nine windows.

TOM: Didn’t do any good, huh? And did he caulk them from the outside or from within?

JOYCE: From the inside, because this is an apartment building. And what- we’re on the seventh floor and we have windows going on different tilts. And so I’m trying to find out what is the easiest way to prevent the freezing from blowing in, because it’s unbearable.

TOM: OK. Since you’re on the seventh floor, I infer that you don’t use your openings – you are able to never use your openings for disaster egress. Do any of them go to a emergency exit or anything like that?

JOYCE: No , no.

TOM: OK. So, there’s two things that you can do here, one of which is you can use a cringe movie. It’s a clear, plastic wrap that you cut to fit the size of the window. You affix it with a double-face- clear double-face tape that comes with it. And then “youre using” your “hairs-breadth” dryer to heat it and it becomes very taut and clear so it doesn’t obstruct the view.

JOYCE: What about weather-stripping, like forecast felt?

TOM: Well, that’s all possible but there’s another option. And the reason I asked you if you needed to use your openings for egress is because I was going to recommend temporary weather-stripping.

Now, there’s a caulk that’s like a weather-stripping sealant but it’s a temporary sealant, OK? So the room this works is you essentially caulk your windows slammed. You caulk all the seams in the window, where they slip up and down, with this clear, temporary caulk. And then what happens is in the spring, you can actually grab the edge of this caulk and peel it right off. It comes off like a clearly defined, rubbery strip. And it allows users to essentially seal your spaces shut in the winter and then reinstate them in the spring.

JOYCE: Thank you very much. And I enjoy your platform immensely.

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

Well, Leslie, we have just delivered the first official day of springtime. But you know how I knew for sure that spring had arrived?


TOM: My neighbor was out this morning with his gas-powered backpack blower at 8: 00 a.m.

LESLIE: Wait, this is the same guy that’s ever acquiring your tools, right?

TOM: Yeah. And I have a new one I’m going to be passing onto him, because I no longer actually have any gas-powered lawn equipment. I switched out everything to the Greenworks Cordless 60 -volt line. These are powered by terribly pro-grade 60 -volt lithium-ion batteries and they are just as strong. They manipulate just as well as the gas simulations but without the gas, the stinky emissions or the racket that wakes up the neighbors at 8: 00 a.m. on Saturday morning.

LESLIE: I think this is your big plan, Tom.

TOM: Yeah.

LESLIE: You’re like, “I’ll exactly change everything with gentle Greenworks tools so my neighbour, as he borrows them, stops waking everybody else up.”

And that new 60 -volt line is sold alone at Lowe’s and includes a Greenworks 16 -inch battery-powered string trimmer and handheld blower that delivers 610 cubic paws per hour of air power. They likewise have a 16 -inch chainsaw and a 21 -inch dual-port, self-propelled mower, which is really cool. Because when that first battery runs out, that second battery is going to automatically kick down, so never stopping working.

TOM: And you know what I love about that mower apart from not having to deal with a line- a pulling rope- to start it? It’s that because there’s no gas, because there’s no lubricant, it collects upright. And that takes a fraction of the opening in my shed.

LESLIE: Yeah. And these implements are also lighter value, they’re more compact, they take up way little cavity. Plus, they’ve got a lot of power for both DIY-ers and the pros. Greenworks is clearly now to change the game and they’re not done doing so yet.

TOM: You’ll find the part 60 -volt lineup sold exclusively at Lowe’s Home Improvement.

LESLIE: Now I’ve went Andy in New Jersey on the line with an insulation question. How can we help you today?

ANDY: I computed on an addition- an enclosed porch- to the back of my rancher. It’s a 12 x24 addition. And so, first, it was just a porch. And now, we’re enclosing it and trying to make it part of the house. So, the question I have was about insulating the ceiling. Because what it is- it has a gambreled( ph) roof on it. And it comes out of the house 14 feet to the back door and it’s 24 paws wide.

And then there’s an -Aframe, OK, that goes on top. So I call it a “great gambreled( ph) roof.” I don’t know if I’m use the liberty lingo but- so the insulation in the ceiling on the two sides, OK, it’s like a arched ceiling, I guess you might say. See, the rafters are 2×8 and then they drop into the eaves. So, I’m not absolutely convinced the ventilation of the roof.

TOM: So that’s what we call a “cathedral ceiling.”

ANDY: Right. But it simply “re coming in” that far for about 8 feet.

TOM: Right. It’s like a partial cathedral, so part of it’s flat and part of it is cathedral. Is that remedy?

ANDY: Yes. It “re coming in”- yeah, it comes up right along the rafters of the ceiling for about 8 hoofs and then it trims right across.

TOM: OK. So let me give you some suggestions.

So, first of all, unrelated to your question, you just mentioned that you improved this addition on a foyer. Does the porch have a proper foundation?

ANDY: Well , no, I’m sorry, we built the whole porch there as a porch.

TOM: Oh, it was all part of it. OK, penalty. Because a lot of seasons, we envision folks that take old porches and try to turn them into additions and they don’t have the right organizations. Because before we threw money in this, we want to make sure you had a good foundation.

Now, in terms of insulating the cathedral slouse, the style you do that is if you have a 2×8 cathedral, roof-rafter kind of span, you can only settled 51/2 inches of insulation in that. You need to leave the balance of the cavity for ventilation, as you’ve mentioned. And you are going to need to make sure that you have ventilation at the crest and likewise towards the bottom of that.

Now, depending on how it’s configured and how it intersects with the lower descent or the praise region, you need to figure out a nature for breeze to move above that insulation and get up underneath between the separation and the rafter and out.

Now, another way to do this is to not use fiberglass at all. What you could do is use spray-foam insulation- Icynene Spray-Foam Insulation. I did this in my house. And in fact, I just got an assessment of how well the home was insulated equated- or how energy-efficient the home was is comparable to my vicinity. And it ran up to being in the top 19 percent of the neighborhood for separation, which I thought was quite an accomplishment because my home was improved 125 year ago. It’s not like we began a house that was built in its first year 2000. This is a 125 -year-old house. It’s in the top 20 percent of “the worlds largest” isolated homes in such areas because I exercised Icynene Spray-Foam Insulation.

And if you use the spray-foam insulation, you don’t need to ventilate. Basically, you’re changing that area from an unconditioned gap to a conditioned space. You can spray up right against the underside of the roof sheathing and event the whole thing in sud and it’ll be far more segregated than you could ever get with the fiberglass. Because let’s face it: we like to see R-3 0, R-4 0 in terms of insulation ability. But all you can get is R-1 9 because you can only get 51/2 inches of isolation in there.

ANDY: Alright. Thank you very much for your help.

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

LESLIE: Remember, if you’ve got a question, you can always post it on Facebook.com/ TheMoneyPit, just like Caroline did.

Now, she writes: “I live in the home I grew up in and it’s in hopeles need of repair. It’s around 60 years old and needs brand-new wire but I’m most worried that I will march uphill a got a couple of inches every time I go into the kitchen. Would it be best to statu the house before restores are done? ”

TOM: First of all, my advice, since you have so much concern about this house, would be to get sort of a baseline understanding of what its true structural circumstance is. I would hire a professional home inspector from the American Society of Home Inspectors, been recognized by that company. They’re neutral; they’re not there to sell you any restores. They’ll simply figure out what’s going on.

But as for the order of repair, you want to level this floor but you want to do this in such a way that doesn’t destroy or shattering the electrical wire or the plumbing. You never genuinely want to sort of try to lift the floor joist to do that in an old-time live. What you want to do is level it after the facts of the case. And you can do that with floor-leveling compound, which is kind of like a slurry concoction, like a lightweight concrete that is spread across the floor and self-levels. Or it could do with some carpentry production where you actually shim up kind of the upper sections of the floor.

But you don’t want to physically elevation those joists, because you’ll stretch those cables. So I would do the electrical production firstly only to make sure you’re safe and then the flooring work later. But only don’t move the structure so you don’t damage any of that work.

LESLIE: And then, Caroline, think about all the beautiful decorating make you can do formerly you ultimately get things in shape.

TOM: Well, springtime is here, and that aims homeowners across the country are going to start picking up their spades for a variety of outdoor programmes: planting trees, installing fencings, improving floors and more. But one telephone call before you do any of that could save your life. Leslie has the details, in today’s edition of Leslie’s Last Word.


LESLIE: Yeah, this is always a surprising fact. Now, a recent investigation found that more than half of homeowners who anticipated to burrow any kind of project- burrowing campaign- had no plans to check on underground rows or pipes.

Now, digging without knowing the bumpy site of practicality courses is always a gamble. Even if you end up being lucky enough to avoid serious injury, you could still end up disrupting service to your entire vicinity and perhaps be responsible for punishments and all of those repair costs.

Now, damage to gas pipelines can cause ruin outbursts. And every digging errand requires a call. Even small projects, chaps, like implant shrubs or hedges. Now, I’m not speaking about little annuals that you’re going to plant, because that doesn’t ever get deep enough. But if you’re planting a big bush or a brand-new tree, you do have to go fairly deep into the ground and you could come in contact with any of these lines. So you shall be required to stir that call.

Now, you can call 811 from anywhere in the country. And you do this just a few days before you plan to dig. And your call is going to be routed to your local, one-call center. Tell the hustler what you’re planning to do, where you’re planning to dig, what type of work. And your affected utility firms are going to be notified about those schemes. In a few epoches, they’re going to send a locator to your mansion who’s going to mark the approximate spot of your underground ways, hoses, cables. It’s all free of charge. There is no cost. This room you know exactly what’s going on below ground and you’ll be able to excavation safely.

I mean you could save your life, you could save yourself a ton of money. So precisely be cautious, chaps. Do the right thing. It’s a simple phone call.

TOM: And you could save yourself the embarrassment of having to explain to your wife why you perforated the main waterline and she has no water for the week.

LESLIE: No, seriously, that would be super bad.

TOM: This is The Money Pit Home Improvement Show. Thank you so much better for spend these sections of your day with us. Coming up next time on the programmes , now that the brave is warming up, it’s time to get out on your deck and experience the season. But before you do really that, it’s a good meaning to give it a refuge check. So we’re going to tell you the five things to look for to make sure your deck is good to go, on the next volume of The Money Pit.

I’m Tom Kraeutler.

LESLIE: And I’m Leslie Segrete.

TOM: Remember, you can do it yourself …

LESLIE: But you don’t “re going to have to” get it on alone.

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