Episode #1983: Keeping Kids Safe Outside | Earth-Friendly Disinfectants You Mix Yourself | Stopping Sun Damage

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Spring is a season where we like to get children busy outside, especially since they have been cooped up indoors most of the winter. But warmer climate is also the most dangerous time of year for child-aged collisions. In this chapter, Tom& Leslie have smart safe gratuities for this potentially hazardous season. Plus…

Learn a particularly earth-friendly way to cleanse and deodorize surfaces though your house like countertops, walls and floorings to eliminate the risk of viruses hanging out.You may know what good occurrence of sunburn be done in order to your scalp, but have you ever thought about what those draconian rays can do to your dwelling? Sunlight can fade furniture and storeys, conjure energy costs. We’ll tell you about a style you can shut out the prejudicial rays with only the push of a button.If you are considering selling your home in the next few months, be started with some easy updates to your curb plea. We share easy ideas to get that done.

Plus, their responses to your dwelling improvement the issues of, venting a dryer, painting a log cabin, installing a whole house generator, installing vinyl tile, installing a ridge vent

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: Coming up on today’s show, outpouring is a season where we like to get kids hectic outside, peculiarly since they’ve been cooped up indoors most of the winter. But that warmer climate is also the most dangerous time of year for child-aged accidents. We’re going to share some smart safety tips-off for this potentially hazardous season.

LESLIE: Plus, we’re going to share a awfully Earth-friendly way to cleanse and fumigate faces through your live- like countertops, walls, and storeys- to eliminate the risk of viruses hanging around.

TOM: And we all know what a good event of sunburn be done in order to your scalp but have you ever thought about what those coarse rays can do to your dwelling? That sunlight can fade furniture and floorings but it can also conjure energy costs. So we’re going to tell you about a lane you can shut out those marring lights with exactly the push of a button.

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LESLIE: Mike in Minnesota is dealing with “tumble-lint, ” if you’d like to call it that. Lint blowing out a dryer vent.

Welcome, Mike.

MIKE: So I’ve got a dryer vent that immediately shows through the exterior wall that it sits against, so there’s not much ductwork involved. My problem is that the ventilate sits 12 inches up from our floor skin-deep, right in the middle, and it simply makes an unspeakable mess. So I’d really like to put in some type of maybe secondary capture plan or maybe even reroute it on the exterior of the house.

I should also let you know that I have three teenage daughters and a wife, so doing less laundry doesn’t- isn’t genuinely a popular solution at my house.

TOM: One answer could be time a clothesline, you know? Did you ever think of that?

MIKE: I’ll offer that one up to my spouse, more, and see how that goes.

TOM: There you go. See how far that gets us.

Well, examine, the good news is that having a dryer vent that’s so close to an exterior wall like that meaning that your invests baked as efficiently and effectively as possible. Because if you try to route this anywhere else but directly out, it’s going to take a lot longer for those invests to dry. Plus, “youve had” the computed inconvenience of needing to maintain the dryer spend duct, because it will continually build up with lint and have to be cleaned. So it’s clearly a trade-off.

I don’t think that anything that catches lint is going to be a good thing. It can cause a fire, actually. I mean the fact that it’s venting out is what it’s were used to do.

Does the dryer lint vent work well inside the machine? Because it would seem to me that if the lint trap is working well inside the machine, you shouldn’t be going as much lint in the dryer deplete duct.

MIKE: Well, that’s what I expected, too, and it’s a brand-new dryer. And certainly, it’s capturing a lot, too.

TOM: Well, if you did rerun it, where would “theres going”?

MIKE: Well, I thought about putting it simply below the floor, which is about 12 inches down. But I have a basement window there and it would just make a mess of the window. The only other alternative I’d have is to run it along, basically, the storey of the deck. Maybe it would probably take about 8 hoofs or so before I got away from the deck. But that would be a abrupt title turn.

TOM: Well, here’s what I would think about. I would think about how many turns you need to see, starting at the machine, to get that to happen. So if you make- if you come off the machine and you take one elbow down and then you go into the floor, you take another elbow out, you’re virtually making a U-turn. And then that warm, moist aura has to travel all that distance to get out. So, was impossible? Yeah. It’s not going to be as efficient, so that’s your trade-off.

And by the way, keep in mind that with most dryers, you can actually move the dryer vent. For lesson, I have a dryer that I’m reconfiguring right now that has a dryer exhaust duct out the back. But I noticed that the two sides of the dryer has had punch-outs- openings- for it. And so I only appeared up online and the facility teachers- rules- been demonstrated by how to rerun the canal coming out the side of the machine so that I could express it quicker to an exterior wall than having to go down through a floor.

MIKE: Oh, OK. That might be an option, too.

TOM: So consider that you may be able to come out of the dryer in a different direction.


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

LESLIE: Alright. Now we’ve got Brenda in West Virginia on the line who needs some help with her log cabin.

BRENDA: I was wondering if it’s more economical to keep polyurethane on new records with a sprayer or roller it on.

TOM: You want to have the shiniest residence on the block, Brenda?

BRENDA: No, I’m not really looking forward to shine.

TOM: Is that …?

BRENDA: I’m looking for time a protectant. The inside- I’d have to do the inside and the outside and was putting the polyurethane on the inside.

TOM: You wouldn’t use polyurethane. On the outside, you would use an exterior stain.

BRENDA: Right.

TOM: And there are different types of exterior stain: there’s either transparent, semi-transparent or solid-color. Solid color is going to give you the most protection; it has the most pigment in it. It has to be redone the least frequently. So, that’s going to last the longest.


TOM: There are lots of good labels out there but solid-color stain would be the material to use on the outside of that home. And you have been able apply it, by the way, with a sprayer; you don’t – you certainly don’t want to brush it because of all the crevices and chinks on the uneven skin-deeps. The easiest behavior to do that is with a depict sprayer.


TOM: Alright, Brenda. Good luck with that activity. Thanks so much for announcing us at 888 -MONEY-PIT.

LESLIE: Departing up north to Rhode Island where Doug has have a question about heat sources. What can we do for you, Doug?

DOUG: Yeah, hi. Good evening. I relish your demonstrate and I expressed appreciation for for all your hard work in providing such wonderful answers.

My question has to do with- I’m looking- considering an alternative beginning for heat in the event of dominance loss. And I’m trying to weigh my options and I’m looking at pellet staves and wood stoves. And I’m wondering what your opinions are and if there are- if there’s anything else that I should be considering.

TOM: Yeah, you should be considering a whole-home generator if you’re concerned about power failure. Look, it’s not just the hot that you need in a ability disappointment. Have you thought about installing a generator?

DOUG: You know, if I did install one, it would have to be one that time knocks on: one of those whatever-they-call-it, the automated form?

TOM: Yeah. It’s called- let me explain this to you, Doug. It’s called a “whole-home generator.” It’s a permanently positioned gadget. It would be installed outside your room. You can buy one that can cover every single circuit in the house or you could buy a smaller one that would just cover select tours like, for example, your furnace or your boiler. And when the superpower neglects on the grid, the whole-home generator automatically kicks on and then repowers your part house.

Now, these don’t run on gasoline. They can run on natural gas or propane, which means you never have to worry about fueling them or attaining gasoline to crowd a barrel, for example. Because that’s what you’d have to do if you had a portable generator. So I would protect my power first.

Now, as to the question about positioning some alternative hot informant, like a pellet stave or a wood stove, sure, one of the other of those is fine. I think you’ll find peak efficiency with the pellet staves. And the most effective stoves also have their own combustion breath supply. That’s where most kinfolks go wrong. Because if you don’t have an outside combustion air quantity, where do you think all that air comes to fuel that fuel? It comes from inside your house and that’s the breeze that you’ve previously paid to heat through your heating system. So, you want to have an external combustion breath equip to help improve the efficiency.

Does that make sense, Doug?

DOUG: Yeah, it makes a lot of smell. I do have natural gas.

TOM: Well, then, you’re all set up. I would take a look at the KOHLER generators or the Generac generators. Both huge brands.

DOUG: Yeah, I’ll conducted an investigation into it.

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

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

LINDA: We had a brand-new kitchen floor installed about a week-and-a-half ago. It was a middle-of-the-road-grade sheet vinyl. And a couple of hours after the installers left, we were moving stuff back in. And we moved the refrigerator and it gashed it a couple of duration. And the flooring has a 15 -year warranty, so they said they would reputation that and supersede it or patch it or whatever. But then, two days after that, my eight-month-old puppy got a hold of the seam and ripped it in several homes and also took a couple of globs out of the middle-of-the-road of the floor.

TOM: Oh, boy.

LINDA: So, I called the gal- the rep- back and she proposed going with an LVT click-it tile- luxury vinyl tile.


LINDA: And I was just wondering what you guys anticipated as- if that would be a viable option, mainly because of the dog. I only don’t know.

And another thing is she was saying that they would probably invest it right over the floor that they just put down, so that would mean we have the subfloor, my aged floor, the brand-new flooring and then this tile on top of it.

LESLIE: It’s a storey sandwich.

LINDA: Yeah.

TOM: First of all, whether or not you can placed it on top of old layers of floor is genuinely a manufacturer specification. It’s not unusual.

For example, when you putting in place laminate flooring, that always sits on top of whatever is underneath it, because it kind of moves. So it might be that it’s perfectly fine.

LINDA: Right.

TOM: Luxury vinyl tile is probably channel more durable than membrane vinyl. Sheet vinyl tends to be really soft, so I’m not at all stunned that it got torn up precisely by moving the refrigerator back and forth. I mean you would think that if you’re in the flooring-design business, that that would be sort of a standard. Like if your kitchen floor can’t handle a refrigerator being reeled backward and forward, you probably shouldn’t be in the business.

LINDA: Right.

TOM: But unfortunately, a good deal of those expanse makes are very, extremely soft and can easily tear. It’s a damned good thing that you got your claim in, though, before the dog rent the rest of it up. Because otherwise, they may not have had any interest in helping you.

But I do ponder a tile is going to be a reasonably durable option. I wouldn’t be too concerned about putting it on top of the old-fashioned storey as long as it’s permitted by the manufacturer’s installation directions, which you certainly should ask to- for a mimic of so that we are able to review.

LINDA: OK. Alright. Well, thanks very much. I appreciate it.

TOM: Alright, Linda. I hope you adoration that hound. It’s costing you a good deal of money.

LINDA: Yeah, we do. We do. Alright. Thank you.

LESLIE: Well , now that it’s get warmer, it’s a good time to prepare for one of the most dangerous seasons for children and teenages. And when it comes to keeping them safe, you’ve got to start with the most obvious place. I’m talking about water. Now, if you have a home with a fund, you should have multiple coatings of protective devices: barriers, door fears, pond frights and puddle cover-ups. Using all of those together is going to provide beds of protection from drownings.

TOM: And from hanging out on decks and patios to keeping windows open for fresh air, it’s no surprise that more dusks from high places happen this time of year. So, we want to keep babies safe by installing space protects on windows that are any higher than the first floor. You should have doors at the top of staircases that can also save that roughhousing and flowing from taking a tragic turn, then tumble down those steps.

LESLIE: Yeah. And lastly, maybe you did it when you were young but that doesn’t mean that your boys ought to be piling into cars or in cargo areas of SUVs, station wagon, vans or even pick-up truck. Even if it’s simply a immediate expedition for ice cream, boys under the age of 12, you’ve got to keep them in the back seat. Those front-seat airbags can seriously disable those smaller bodies.

TOM: Good point. This is The Money Pit Home Improvement Show. Call us, right now, if you’ve got a safety, a residence better, a decoration question at 1-888-MONEY-PIT.

LESLIE: Time to talk to Phillip in Rhode Island about a roofing question. What can we do for you?

PHILLIP: Well, in Rhode Island, in my neighborhood in Jamestown, there’s a lot of beautiful, red cedar-shingled lives. And I time settled brand-new, red-cedar shingles on my home, on my roof. I noticed some of the houses age beautifully. Like when I- what I symbolize in beautifully is they age darker red and sometimes little bits of pitch-black or streaks of pitch-black and red and deep, deep red. And some of them don’t age that mode. It’s like- and I’m just wondering if you guys know anything about how to get them to age the practice I want them to. I don’t want them to age illuminated; I want them to age darker red.

TOM: Yeah, we don’t ever get to choose how we age, right? And that applies to our shingles, as well.

So when you choose red cedar, that gets darker over go and it will turn to a very dark gray, often, as it’s exposed to sunlight. I guess it’s possible that you could apply a discolour to the cedar shingles, even though they’re roofing shingles, but most people don’t do that.

So, what we normally get calls about, when it comes to cedar, is how to not to have- how to prevent them from coming darker. And one space to do that is to oust the volcano across the ridge of the roof. Or if you don’t have a vent there, you can essentially do the same thing with a airstrip of copper.

If you were to overlay the meridian of the ceiling with, say, a 12 -inch-wide strip of copper- so half goes on one side and half goes on the other- what happens is as rainwater strikes that, it liberates some of the copper. And that acts as a mild mildicide and helps to keep the roof shingles scavenge and forecloses algae growth.

PHILLIP: Oh. But it was better- then they wouldn’t age dark; they’d bide lighter.

TOM: It would be less likely to get as dark and they certainly wouldn’t grow an algae. Perhaps you may have noticed that sometimes when you look at residences, extremely around chimneys that have metal flashing, you’ll find bright flashes at the bottom of the chimney. That’s for similar reasons. What happens is that metal flashing secretes some of its copper and then cleanses that area under the chimney. That’s why it gets streaky there. But if you do it across the whole peak of the roof, then it will sort of clean evenly.

PHILLIP: It’ll clean evenly. But I’m looking for that age-old look: the kind of the darker-shingle aged inspect, the darker color. And I guess it’s exactly up to Mother Nature is what you’re saying.

TOM: It really is.


TOM: It really is.

PHILLIP: I appreciate it. Thanks very much, you guys.

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

LESLIE: Mary in Massachusetts is on the line with a ridge-vent question. How can we help you today?

MARY: My house is 70 years old. In time, it needed to be re-shingled. So the roofer explained now they use ridge vent and they open the center of the roof. And it( audio breach) great and I was happy with the shingles but I do not like that ridge ventilate( audio chink) attic. It’s like having an open space. Is there a practice I can close that?

TOM: No. That is doing exactly what it’s intended to do and exactly what it has to do, Mary. We all grew up with homes “thats been” grossly under-ventilated. But if your attic is freshened perfectly, it should be the same temperature as the outside. It is not a conditioned seat; it is unconditioned. So the heat is captured at the flooring position where you have insulation but the bank expres is designed to let air out of the attic where it’s likely to exit.

So, for example, if your home is freshened perfectly, the wind is going to blow over the ceiling, it’s going to depressurize the bank and pull air out of the attic from that room. It draws out moisture in the wintertime, it attracts out heat in the summertime.

And the other half of that are soffit shows at the overhang. These work together to properly ventilate a roof. So you’ve time never experienced a properly ventilated attic but that is exactly what ridge ducts are supposed to do. And I would not change them because if you do, you’re going to have a number of issues to crop up.

Number one, you’ll have moisture that will build up in the attic. And what that will do is impel the insularity much less efficient. If you contribute time 2-percent sweat to fiberglass insulation, it loses about a third of its opposition to heat loss. Secondly, in the summertime, you’ll have unwarranted heat, which will spawn cooling the house that much more expensive. So, I wouldn’t do a thing.

MARY: Hmm. OK. I was curious. I’m not exhilarated with it but I approximate I have to live with it.

TOM: Yep. Get used to it. It’s doing its responsibility, Mary, OK?

MARY: Thank you.

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

Well, influenza season is upon us. And along with all the concerns we have about our state, it’s a really good time to take stock of the mode we sterilize the surfaces of our residences. You know, in our house we use the JAWS Disinfectant Cleaner. So I decided to ask Bruce Yacko to join us to talk about antiseptics, how they succeed and what we need to do to keep the surfaces in our residences as clean-living and safe as possible.

Welcome, Bruce.

BRUCE: Nice to talk to you.

TOM: I think that this is a term that sometimes goes- it gets shed around without beings truly understanding what it is. When we say disinfectant, that is a very specific type of product that does a exceedingly specific activity. Can you really start there and talk about how that is likely to vary from things that we announce “sanitizers” and that sort of thing?

BRUCE: Sure. Well, a antiseptic is designed to kill 100 percent of the germs and viruses and things on a surface area. A sanitizer would do about 99 percent of them.

TOM: I see.

BRUCE: And so, frequently, your antiseptics are stronger in terms of their performance and are designed for more universal use, like in a hospital.


BRUCE: You wouldn’t want to sanitize a hospital , nor do wishes to clean your home.

TOM: Right. OK.

BRUCE: And so, you really would want to disinfect those areas so you’re killing 100 percent of the viruses and bacteria and all the harmful things that are in that area.

And used to be, Tom, that you had to use very high pH, high-pitched alkaline makes to do that. Well, that’s no longer the suit. So we are in a position to have neutral concoctions that are safer for the home and the surfaces in the home and the people in the home and still do a high levels of disinfection.

And actually, our disinfectant is applicable in the White House, it’s used in the Capitol Building, the Pentagon, some terribly reputable places around the country that we really want to protect from harmful pathogens in those areas.

LESLIE: Bruce, I anticipate during flu-and-virus season, we’re always sounding people saying, “Wash your hands. Clean the surfaces.” But I don’t see people certainly think about those surfaces that our grimy sides are touching every day, over and over and over again and coming into contact with when we’re out and about in our daily routine.

So, “re thinking of” our lives, we’re washing our hands. What’s a good chore to get into cleaning-wise for all of those surfaces, to make sure that we’re disinfecting things the best “that were going”?

BRUCE: Well, I think it’s something that- and again, by having a neutral commodity and one that’s a great cleaner, in terms of our JAWS Disinfectant, there’s perfectly no reason not to use it like you’d use a general kitchen degreaser in your room. And so, having the ability to know that you’re cleaning away the greases and the petroleums, which is typically harboring those bacteria and allowing them to survive in menus- scavenging those off the surface efficiently, which is really what you’re trying to do, and then leaving that disinfectant on that face to be able to kill whatever bugs may exist on that area I speculate, truly, it makes a whole lot of sense.

So in a timeframe like this, where people are very concerned- the flu season has been a somewhat major season this year. That influenza killed you took may or may not have killed that flu- that influenza that you were trying to defend yourself against- but our disinfectant will. And so, by having a product that empties efficiently, effectively, doesn’t hurt faces in their home, nice things to work with in terms of they’re pleasant- they don’t have gas and odors and things like that, won’t leave stripes behind whether it’s being used on a kitchen marble skin-deep, light face or spend on your floor.

That it actually has the ability to do- and during this time of the year when influenza is prevalent, we’re in the house a lot, we’re closed in. Being able to use a good, solid, hospital-grade disinfectant- which it is- that’s used in medical equipment from all the regions of the- certainly, around the globe, that why not be protected no differently than they are able to in a medical facility and truly have a great cleaner, to boot?

TOM: Yeah. And that makes a lot of sense.

And I want to explain, for those that are not familiar with your organization, the product’s announced JAWS. And that’s because it stands for Just Add Water- the Just Add Water System. And so, your produce is sold as a centre. And by doing so, you are not only providing a commodity that’s safe for the environmental issues but you’re taking a lot of litter out of the- out of not having to throw away plastic bottles.

Plus, you’re lightening up the shipping. You’re not paying for all the fuel and all the exhaust to get what is essentially a lot of sea- in most cleaning commodities, that’s probably the biggest ingredient- across the country and merely providing the essential product.

And I think it’s cool the way you guys have designed it with these refills that only pop into the top of the bottle and really release into the water. And there you get a full bottle of disinfectant, just like you would if you were to go to the supermarket and pick up one off the collect shelf.

BRUCE: Absolutely. You know, they’re tiny, they’re efficient. They’re about the dimensions of the a reel of nickels. And all you’ll do is you’ll fill up that hard- and again, it’s an luxurious, beautiful, heavy-duty bottle designed for 26 refills. You have a heavy-duty sprayer on the top designed for living conditions of that sprayer, about 50,000 pulls.

And all you’re going to do is when that bottle departs empty-bellied, rather than throwing it away or recycling it- and we have seven oceans full of plastic, single-use bottles- all you’ll do is you’ll refill it with your irrigate, your sound, put the cartridge. And when you stiffen down the sprayer, it’s kind of fun and interesting. And genuinely hold it is necessary to do that piece of art that it does in front of you to create the next bottle of the cleaner.

And you’re not going to have 50 bottles of clean around your live. But having those little cartridges around that give you an opportunity to come back in the next time and clean-living, when the bottle disappears empty and you simply reconstitute your concoction in your own home, it’s kind of fun. It’s interesting, it’s easy, it’s convenient. It doesn’t take up a whole lot of infinite and in the end, it’s cost-saving.

TOM: The product is the JAWS Disinfectant Cleaner. That is the question of six produces made by JAWS in the same way.

Bruce Yacko from JAWS , thank you for coming in for stopping by The Money Pit.

You can learn more at JAWSCleans.com. And Bruce has also furnished us a promo code just for our listeners, that’s worth 25 percent off the costs of your purchase. And you exactly enter MONEYPIT as your promo system. You’ll save 25 percent.

Bruce, thanks for doing that. And thanks, again, for stopping by The Money Pit and clearing us up on the period disinfectant so that we can obstruct our dwellings as safe and clean as possible.

BRUCE: Great to be with you, as always, and expressed appreciation for for your support.

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Well, we all know the damage the sunbathe can do to your surface but did you know that it can soar through your openings and doors and do quite a bit of damage to your dwelling? Those UV rays- the ultraviolet rays- can fade fabric and make-up, they can drive up cooling costs and they can whitewash those timber surfaces. So we’ve got a few pro solutions to prevent this, presented by HomeAdvisor in today’s Pro Project.

LESLIE: Alright, first of all, the most obvious way to stop UV light-footed from going through the windows is having a window shade. But that too means you need to manage the up, the down. And let’s face it, that’s not ever going to be a priority.

A better solution is to have a pro install a smart-home solution that incorporates motorized shadows that are automatically going to go up and down based on the number of hours of daytime throughout the year. And with a structure like this you don’t even have to think about whether they’re up or down. Plus, they also come down at a preset time in the evening to ensure security.

TOM: Now, another option is to have a pro install window film. Window movies are very thin and they’re designed specifically to block UV rays. They can protect furnishings. They can even help trimmed cooling penalties in offices where window coverings are not an alluring option.

And unlike the window cinemas you may think of from determining cars with sort of shaded glass that looks very sort of spooky and unsafe, today’s window-film technology is amazing. It can give you accomplish protection from UV rays and be 100 -percent clear, so you don’t even know it’s there.

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LESLIE: Matt in Texas on the line with a sink-flange issue.

Sounds like a personal problem, Matthew. I’m kidding. What’s going on at your money quarry, Matthew?

MATTHEW: Alright. So, I’ve got a regular drop. About 10 feet down, we have an island and it has a single container sink on it. The subside flange, after about 6 months, it starts to kind of rust and quarry and oxidize. Really the flange itself , not the stainless-stain sink. There’s no caustic compounds going through it , nothing out of regular that doesn’t go through the other sink. The basket that buttons from capsize to sink , nothing happens there. That’s static; doesn’t change at all. I’ve supplanted the flange about three times in the last two years.

TOM: When you supplanted the flange, did you put in plumber’s putty underneath it?

MATTHEW: I’ve consumed three different labels of plumber’s putty. It contributes no corrosion on my copper ply pipelines. I ran from stainless steel to plastic P-traps. I have no other corrosion issues underneath the drop. They’re the exact same faucets for both sags. We have filtered water.

TOM: And the drop flange has a gasket underneath it, as well?

MATTHEW: Yes, it does. On the inside that mattings to the sink.

TOM: Right. So there’s no connections, there’s no chance here that this is sort of a astringent condition that’s happening because of two disparate metals, which can occur. The only thing that’s genuinely left here is the quality of the finish on these flanges.

Have all the flanges come from the same source of supply?

MATTHEW: Come from three different areas.

TOM: But is it the same manufacturer or are they different symbols?

MATTHEW: No , no. Different firebrands, different symbols. I ultimately started from stainless steel and gave an oil-rubbed bronze one in just to see if that makes any difference.

Now, I will notice that after I’ll change it- after about a month-and-a-half or so, I’ll get a rotten-egg smell out of the drain.

TOM: So that’s a sulfur fragrance and it’s frequently caused by a problem with the spray heater. There’s a sacrificial anode in your ocean heater. And if that sort of wears away, you’ll get a sulfur fragrance. And you mentioned you had filtered sea, so you’re probably filtering out that to some extent. But ogle, some water is more acidic than others but this is an odd, odd problem. I think it probably “ve got a lot” to do with the quality of the stainless and perhaps the sournes of the water.

So I don’t guess I have a good solution for you except that I’ve learned over the years that stainless-steel quality motleys dramatically. And it may be that everybody you’re buying these flanges for is representing the same-quality stainless and it’s only having a hard time mixing with your particular water supply now. Because it rackets to me like you’re doing everything else right, Matt. I’m sorry I don’t have better suggestion for you but I think this is a corrosive condition that’s caused by the quality of the stainless and the sournes of the water.

MATTHEW: OK. Alright. Well, I expressed appreciation for for your help.

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

LESLIE: You can always call in your question here at The Money Pit or post your question at MoneyPit.com, just like William did.

Now, William writes: “I need to repaint my exterior fencing. This will be paint , not stain. And the barrier surroundings my plenty at about 1/3 -acre and we’ll be doing the figurehead and the back. I will not be doing this by hand, so I need a sprayer. My question is: do I obtain a sprayer or should I lease a commercial-grade sprayer? ”

TOM: I must say that decorating a barricade is one of the most difficult pain-in-the-neck projects, because you have so many skin-deeps and so many angles. That’s why expending a sprayer is the right solution.

Now, you can do either: you could lease a sprayer from a home core or- like a Lowe’s or a Depot or another rental outfit. They’re not that expensive to lease a pro-level sprayer. But if you think you’re going to do it and do spray-painting activities perhaps more than once or twice, you might want to buy one. They’re not expensive.

Wagner just came out with a brand-new one called Control Pro 130. Now, this has a small tank. It’s got a steel spray gun. It’s got a very interesting 10 -inch pattern spray tip. It’s got a 25 -foot hose. It’s got everything that you need to spray lots of projects around your house: walls, decks, floors, you called it. And again, it’s around 200 horses, so it’s not very expensive. So that is- they’re both an option for you.

I think it truly is in relation to – first of all, how much work do you have to do? You’ve got a third of an acre, so you’ve came fencings on two sides. It’s a lot so, yeah, we are going to spray. B, is this a one-time absolutely never going to have a project like this again? Or C, is it possible that maybe once I have this instrument in my hands I knows where to find other things to do with it, which is what happens at my house? And if so, take a look at that Wagner Control Pro 130.

LESLIE: Alright. Hope that helps you with your project.

TOM: Well, if you’re thinking of selling your dwelling the following spring, computing landscaping is a great way to step up your inhibit petition. Leslie has some tips-off on the best way to do that, in today’s edition of Leslie’s Last Word.


LESLIE: That’s right. First of all, a sloppy lawn procreates a very bad first impression. Overgrown, patchy lawns, even outsized bushes is going to cause your home to stand out but in a bad way. Now, the good news is that taming your jungle is an easy set. For a few hundred dollars you can hire a lawn service fellowship to shave the lawn, shape the fences. And your restrain plea will go from sloppy to maintained without blowing your budget.

Next, lending some low-maintenance landscaping is going to save you coin and add value when it comes time to sell. No question shrubs and colorful floras are going to add curb appeal to any residence. But when you’re shopping at your regional garden center, make sure that you think light-green. Purchase bushes that are native to your region and plants that are drought-tolerant. These are going to require less water and less maintenance, which conveys more savings to you and more dark-green in your wallet.

And last-place, if you’re not selling soon, plan for the future by set a colour tree. Mature trees can move your dwelling most desirable. And a fully grown, properly located tree can cut your chill costs and add prized limit appeal to your home.

TOM: This is The Money Pit Home Improvement Show. Coming up next time on the program, do you know jaunted routes maybe a little more than you’d like? Like maybe when you’re in the middle of blow-drying your hair or reducing or something like that or exploiting the vacuum? If that’s the lawsuit, you might want to think about upgrading your electrical-service panel. We’ll tell you how to know if it needs to go, on the very next edition of The Money Pit.

I’m Tom Kraeutler.

LESLIE: And I’m Leslie Segrete.

TOM: Remember, you can do it yourself …

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

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