Episode #1987: DIY Landscape Plans for Instant Curb Appeal | How to Choose a Disinfectant that Works | Great Garage Storage Ideas

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Whether you have a green thumb or need to hire out the job, sprucing up your landscaping is a great way to step up your landscaping. Tom& Leslie have tips on how you can create a simple landscape project to for a beautiful exterior to your residence. Plus…

Flu season is upon the americans and along with all the concerns we have about viruses, do you know the difference between a clean, sanitizer and disinfectant? We’ll tell you what you need to know to make sure your residence is safe.Garages are rooms where most of us store everything BUT a auto! However, these are also places where playthings and toxins are often accumulated side-by side. We’ll have tips to keep this space scavenged, organized and safe.And for those that don’t have garages, we’ll tell you exactly what you need to do to build or buy a storage molted and get it set up for peak productivity,

Plus, answers to your home betterment questions about, eliminating carpenter ants, squeaky wood floors, venting dryers, cleaning vinyl siding.

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

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TOM: Coast to coast and floorboards to shingles, this is The Money Pit Home Improvement Show. I’m Tom Kraeutler.

LESLIE: And I’m Leslie Segrete.

TOM: We are here to help you get the projects done that you’d like to tackle around your mansion. Now that we’re all spending more term around our residences, we’re probably experiencing more trash that needs to get set. Well, don’t get upset, don’t get anxious. Get it done. We’ll help you start with the simple mends you can do yourself and it’s ones that, perhaps, you are required to a pro to handle. You can either do that or situate it off, perhaps, until the fall to get that part of the job done. But if it’s on your to-do list, if it’s something you’re thinking about make, think about calling us at 1-888-MONEY-PIT.

Coming up on today’s show, whether you’ve got a green thumb or you need to hire out the job, sprucing up your landscaping is a great way to step up the beauty and the curtail plead of your residence. We’re going to have tips-off on how you can create a very simple landscape plan that will lead you to a beautiful exterior for your space.

LESLIE: Well, this year, we have seen an unimaginable flu and virus season. I mean nothing of us could ever have expected this to go on. But we want to make sure that your dwelling is well cared for and safe. Well, we know there’s a lot of makes out there that you can choose to clean your home but how do you know the difference between a cleaner, a sanitizer, a antiseptic, which one’s the best for the house to keep it safe? We’re going to help you sort it all out, in precisely a bit.

TOM: Plus, we’ve came tips to help you with seasonal storage. Garages are cavities where the majority of members of us store everything pretty much but a automobile. However, they’re also places where toys and virus are often collected side-by-side. We’ll have gratuities on how to keep this opening clean, organized and safe. And if you don’t have a garage, we’re also going to tell you exactly what you need to know to build or buy a storage shed and get it set up for maximum efficiency.

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TOM: That Greenworks Blower is worth 179 horses. It’s available alone at Lowe’s but we’ve got one going out to one listener gleaned at random who contacts us with their residence betterment question. So, call us, right now, at 888 -MONEY-PIT- that’s 888 -6 66 -3 974- for the responses to your dwelling progress question and your chance to win.

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

ANNA: Well, I have a problem with a coated banister. We have a white staircase- grey banister- covered. And after a while, we’ve been emptying it and it gets a lot of dirt into the paint and the decorate has become sticky. I need to know what to perhaps seal it with or some suggestion.

TOM: Well, at this stage, if you’ve gotten kind of a sticky mess on your hands, there is no sealing. You’re going to have to go back to the …

LESLIE: Yeah, you’ve worn through the finish.

TOM: Right. You’re going to have to go back to the raw lumber and get as much of that old-fashioned cover off as possible. So I would use a dye stripper first. There’s a pretty good product called Rock Miracle that we like, that does a good job. Get as much of that coat off as you maybe can, then use a good-quality primer- oil-based is best- and come up from there. There’s nothing at this item- if you’ve got a goopy, sticky, yucky surface- that you should put on top of that. It’s merely going to make the matters worse, Anna.

ANNA: It’s not, it’s more only sticky and it gets grime into it. It’s the only thing I can tell you.

TOM: Yeah. Right. And …

ANNA: I was hoping I could maybe save it but it’s an atrocious batch of stripping.

TOM: Yeah, I understand that. But the problem is that anything you put on top of that is just going to make it worse right now. When the colour gets to be that- in that kind of condition, you’ve got to really start taking off some coatings. You may not have to go down to raw wood but you’ve certainly got to get off the upper got a couple of coatings and lead from there.

ANNA: Oh, OK. Alright. Well, was hoping you had a magic but …

TOM: Sometimes we do but not always. Sometimes, the only magic is the hard-handed elbow grease that has to go into a project.

ANNA: OK. And what kind of paint would you hint? An oil-base, I know that.

TOM: Well, for priming, yeah. Time an oil-based primer. At least you get better adhesion with it.

LESLIE: And then it’s better to use a silky finish, because anything with a glossy finish has more layers of that finish in it to achieve that high-pitched gloss or a semi-gloss. And then it’s more cleanable or readily wipeable.

ANNA: OK. Alright. Thanks so much.

LESLIE: Now we’ve got Hong in Pennsylvania on the line who is having an issue with carpenter ants. Tell us what’s going on.

HONG: One daytime- within the front of the chamber of representatives, we have these wooden mainstays. And in the round cornerstone, I “ve seen a” neatly trimmed hole and the carpenter ants were descending out of that. What’s an effective way of getting rid of them?

TOM: Well, there’s a product announced Phantom- P-h-a-n-t-o-m- that’s a professionally pertained pesticide, Hong. Handiwork is a good one for carpenter ants and cockroaches and another kind of pests like that.

And the reason it slogs particularly well is because it’s a non-detectable pesticide. So the ants go through this concoction and they fetching it back to their nest and they extend it from insect to insect. I be taken into consideration it as germ warfare for bugs. And as they surpass it from insect to insect, it will very quickly wipe out the entire nest.

And I mull a professional product like that is going to be the safest and most effective way to get rid of these ants. Because if you use a lot of over-the-counter products, lucks are you’re not going to get all the ants where they live, because you’re not knows where to find any product that’s non-detectable that’s accessible as an over-the-counter. And you’ll end up place more and more pesticide in than “youre supposed to” certainly need to.

So I would take a look at PhantonHome.com- P-h-a-n-t-o-m-Home.com. You can put in your zip code, find a number of pest-control motorists near your house and have them offer you some estimates for controlling this. You actually need to get it under control, because carpenter ants are called “carpenter ants” for a very good reason: they do eat wood. We want to make sure they don’t eat anything that’s structural in your house.

HONG: Yeah. You know that that’s what I was- I made. OK.

TOM: Good luck, Hong. Thanks so much for announcing us at 888 -MONEY-PIT.

LESLIE: Hey, if you’ve got a question, remember you can always announce us with your dwelling increase question, motif, decor, whatever it is you have been thinking about these past weeks. We extended to you right here at 888 -MONEY-PIT, so ask us your question.

And remember, some luck question-asker is going to win an formidable trophy. This hour, we’ve got the perfect outdoor tool to help you with all of your spring-cleaning programmes in the ground. It’s the Greenworks Pro 60 -Volt Battery-Powered Handheld Blower. It’s got incredible strength and carry-on with 130 mile-per-hour airspeed, boosted brushless-motor technology, which really gives you a lot of power and soundnes with not a lot of maintenance necessitated. And it’s worth 169 horses. Plus, it’s got a battery that’ll last-place run for 50 hours. I imply it’s really fantastic. Check it out at Lowes and Lowes.com.

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LESLIE: OK. Let’s welcome Donna from North Carolina with some squeaking floorings. What’s going on?

DONNA: We have a 13 -year-old home in Raleigh, North Carolina, which was purchased as new construction. We have squeaky storeys- lumber storeys- mainly in the kitchen, in front of the submerge. Originally, we- there were shims located between the joists to even the flooring after we moved in. But after a first frost, there were raised areas of flooring, particularly in the kitchen. And some of the shims were removed to even the floorings once again.

Currently, we’re selling our house and my concern is that when the purchaser exerts a home inspector, that the squeaky floors would be so obvious that we would need to resolve the problem. And I wondered what you would suggest we do.

TOM: I was a home inspector for 20 years and I’ve never, ever, in those 20 times, reported squeaky floors as a structural problem.


TOM: So, on that point, I don’t think you have a lot to worry about unless you have somebody that really doesn’t know what they’re talking about. Sometimes, if you get an inspector that is really under-skilled, they are able to make the hour , regular occurrences of a home and turn it into an important issue. But that’s it.

It is kind of annoying. And trying to figure out why it creaks requires you understanding which part of that flooring assembly is moving, because it’s evidence of movement. So, if there’s movement between the subfloor and the storey joist underneath, that could be one source. Or if there’s movement between the finished hardwood storey and the subfloor and the flooring joist, that’s other types of movement.

You can deal with all of this if you were to be able to identify where- from the top side, from the kitchen area- the storey joists are underneath that area that’s loose. And then you can drive what’s called a “trim screw, ” which is about as wide as a finish hammer, with the suitable prep, which means you have to predrill the storey. But you can drive a couple of those into the hardwood floor to kind of tie it all together. And once you do that, you’ll find that you’ll quiet it down quite a bit. And the width fault that you’ll have to fill is no more than the extent of a finish nail.

DONNA: OK. So the key is finding the joist, I would guess.

TOM: Floor joist. And there’s a method to do that, more. And you can do that by appraise it out or you could simply get a stud finder- a ornament sensor. They have them today where they’re good enough where they can actually see through 2, 3 inches of house information and find the storey joist below with immense precision. Stanley makes a number of very good-quality and inexpensive ornament sensors that can do that.

But don’t panic. A squeaky storey is pretty much ordinary and it’s not indicative of a structural issue.

Right, Leslie?

LESLIE: Oh, yeah. It’s just more vexing. And I see one of the benefits of you saying – you know, you seem to have so much knowledge of the shims and what’s going on there. It acquires me feel like you have access to the thing, so it should be fairly easy for you to get to the bottom of.

DONNA: Alright. Well, thank you so much for that datum. It’s encouraging.

LESLIE: Well, landscaping is one of the most cost-effective improvements that a homeowner can impel. But whether you’re starting from scratch or you are required to a total yard makeover, proposing that room on paper before you put your shovel in the field can help make sure that it comes out perfectly.

TOM: Yeah, that’s right. So, we’ve steamed this down to really four things you need to consider. First, what the hell is the cavity be used for and who is going to use it? Is it a kids’ play space, a garden-variety, a informal kind of chill space or is it going to be your showpiece? Next, formerly you know that, you’ve got to prioritize your wish list: your needs versus what you might like to have. If you can sort that out, it’s going to help you induce the rest of the decisions you need to get it build out.

LESLIE: Now, next, you’ve got to decide how much age you’re willing to set aside for maintenance. And this really is a big one, because the best-laid projects won’t pan out if you’re not willing to put in the time and effort to maintain them. And of course, national budgets. How much do you want to spend on the project and then the upkeep to follow?

TOM: I can’t tell you how many times, in the years I wasted as a professional home inspector, I ascertained yards that once were perfectly designed and maintained but then sort of fell by the wayside. You can tell at one point somebody settled duration and endeavour and care into creating this beautiful space but then simply entirely “lets get going”. So that’s a really important point you just made. Make sure that you plan something that’s going to be doable for you to take care of as the years go on.

Landscaping is really a great way to quickly increase your home’s value with very little cost, so “ve been thinking about” what you can do to spruce up that room the following spring and it’ll give you enjoyment and price for years to come.

LESLIE: Now we’ve went Greg in Georgia on the line who’s having an issue with a dryer show. What’s going on?

GREG: I have a dryer vent that express into the attic. And their own problems that I’m running into is that the laundry room is surrounded by a kitchen on one side, a bedroom on the other side, a shower on the back and an upstairs bedroom above it. So I was wondering if there’s any style- there is one wall that I was just thinking about trying to go through but I’m afraid of what I might run into, as far as plumbing from the bathroom behind it and electric that might be in the wall. But I certainly don’t know exactly what to do.

TOM: Is this laundry room on the first floor and are you venting this up through a second floor to the attic? How long is this run?

GREG: I’m guessing it’s about 12 to 15 hoofs. And yes it does run vertically from where the dryer is into the wall- into a dryer box into the wall- and then up. And then it goes into this- some of that foil-type ducting that has the wire buttres?

TOM: Yep. Yes.

GREG: And the wire-reinforced ducting kind of then exits horizontal for about 2 or 3 feet, I’m guessing, because I can’t truly get my principal …

TOM: Does it lead to a termination point where it ventilates outside?

GREG: No, it does not go outside. It only ventilates into …

TOM: OK. So, putting- yeah, I understand. So, putting all of that humidity and humidity into the attic is really bad, for a couple of reasons. First of all, your insularity is not going to work well because it will always be damp. And specially, of course, in the wintertime, it’ll get- a lot of condensation will saturate it. You’re going to lose a lot of the R-value.

And furthermore, where it’s venting out I’ve very often knew, in the years I invested as a professional home inspector, that the plywood sheathing- the roof sheathing around there- will start to rot and delaminate for the same reason. It’s cold, the sweat is warm and it precisely saturates and is, basically, grove decompose that happens. So, you do need to find, at the least, a better solution.

Now, it would be OK in the attic to run it to a ventilate that goes through the exterior walls with a flapper on it so you know that it’s ducting out. But even in that case, “youve had” such a long run here that it’s going to take a lot longer for your clothes to cool. And furthermore, it’s more likely to get dirty and get filled with lint and need to be cleaned. So if there is a way to get it out in a shorter way – you spoke about being worry about that wall. I wouldn’t tell that stop me. I want if you open the wall and you find pipings, you’re is gonna work around them.

But if there is a shorter distance to go from the dryer immediately outside, that’s the nature you really should go and with the fewest possible turns. Even a turn, an elbow- one 90 -degree turn- are tantamount of about 10 feet of straight ductwork in terms of its resist to the flow of that lint get out of your house.

So, I think you’re on target trying to find the claim- the shortest way out. And I wouldn’t be afraid to open a wall to help me do that, even if it conveyed I had to do some drywall job, which it sounds like you’ll be up against.

GREG: Yeah, that’s probably “re going to be”- and I was concerned, more, about the- how much discontinue I need per paw leading horizontally if I keep going through that wall.

TOM: You don’t truly need much droop. No, you don’t really need much drop-off per paw; it’s not like a plumbing tube. It’s a dryer canal, so it’ll go.

What’s underneath the dryer- the laundry room?

GREG: It’s on a slab with a floor.

TOM: OK. So there’s nothing you can do down there.

GREG: There’s no crawlspace. Yeah.

TOM: Yeah, there’s no crawlspace or cellar. All claim. Yeah, I would try to get it out through that shower wall and just open it up. If you’ve got to replace the drywall on that whole side of the area, then just do it. But you may be able to locate where the pipes are by using a scanner, you are well aware, like a ornament finder. There are still finders today that can detect metal and electricity and such.

But you need to get that out, because it’s not safe to go straight up and then all the way out the method you’re going from the attic. That could lead to a dryer flaming. I bet you probably “ve never”, ever cleaned that exhaust pipe and …

GREG: Well , not until recently.

TOM: Yeah. And was it an experience when you cleansed it? Did you have a lot of lint fall out of it?

GREG: It actually wasn’t too bad. But what made me to this point was the thermal heat in the dryer junketed, so I had to replace it.

TOM: Oh, man.

GREG: And I wanted to make sure that I attained the sources of that fuse blowing.

TOM: Right.

GREG: So I started cleansing out the volcano and detecting where it went. I’ve only been in this house about a year-and-a-half, so …

TOM: Right. Well, I think you’re on track here. So, I would simply help you to continue this and get it out. And once you do open that wall up, make sure that the dryer spend, of course, is solid metal. Don’t use flex duct or anything like that. Use a solid-metal duct and clamped it all together so that it’s permanent.

I’ll tell you, in our home, we moved the dryer- washer and dryer- upstairs because we had a traditional dwelling with a first-floor laundry and we got tired of going up and down the stairs. So we moved it up there and I was able to vent it immediately to an exterior wall. And person, what a difference in terms of the hastened that the clothes cool. It was basically about 25 -percent faster because it was not being held up by any of the exhaust gases ducts.

GREG: Mm-hmm. Well, I sure appreciate your calling me and monitor the implementation of this and “re giving me” an answer.

TOM: Alright. Well, good luck with that project.

GREG: Alright, thank you.

TOM: Well, flu season is upon us. And along with all the concerns we have about our health, it’s a really good time to take stock of the nature we disinfect the surfaces of our homes. In our house we use the JAWS Disinfectant Cleaner. So I decided to ask Bruce Yacko to join us to talk about disinfectants, how they direct and what we need to do to keep the surfaces in our dwellings as clean and safe as possible.

Welcome, Bruce.

BRUCE: Nice to talk to you.

TOM: I think that this is a term that sometimes comes- it gets propel around without beings certainly understanding what it is. When we say disinfectant, that is a very specific type of product that does a highly certain racket. 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, generally, 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 you want to sanitize 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 dangerous things that are in that area.

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

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

LESLIE: Bruce, I guess during flu-and-virus season, we’re ever sounding people saying, “Wash your hands. Clean the surfaces.” But I don’t guess beings certainly think about those skin-deeps that our soiled hands 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 residences, we’re washing our hands. What’s a good routine to get into, cleaning-wise for all of those faces, to make sure that we’re disinfecting things the best that we can?

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 utterly no reason not to use it like you’d use a general kitchen degreaser in your residence. And so, having the ability to know that you’re cleaning apart the greases and the lubricants, which is typically harboring those bacteria and allowing them to survive in nutrients- emptying those off the surface efficiently, which is really what you’re trying to do and then leaving that disinfectant on that skin-deep to be able to kill whatever imperfections may exist on that area I ponder, certainly, it makes a whole lot of sense.

So in a timeframe like this, where people are very concerned- the flu season has been a fairly major season this year. That influenza hit 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 skin-deeps 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 blotches behind whether it’s being used on a kitchen marble skin-deep, light skin-deep or used on your floor.

That it genuinely is competent 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 facilities in all the regions of the- really, around the globe, that why not be protected no differently than they would in a medical equipment and certainly 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 method, the product’s announced JAWS. And that’s because it stands for Just Add Water- the Just Add Water System. And so, your make is sold as a concentrate. 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 waste 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 water- in most cleaning commodities, that’s probably the biggest ingredient- across the country and really providing the essential product.

And I think it’s cool the direction you guys have designed it with these refills that precisely pop into the top of the bottle and only secrete 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 storage shelf.

BRUCE: Absolutely. You know, they’re tiny, they’re efficient. They’re about the dimensions of the a flatten of nickels. And all you’ll do is you’ll fill up that hard- and again, it’s an stylish, 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 croaks empty, 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 sea, your sound, put the cartridge. And when you tighten down the sprayer, it’s kind of fun and interesting. And really apply 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 home. But having those little cartridges around that give you an opportunity to come back in the next time and clean, when the bottle runs 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 gap and in the end, it’s cost-saving.

TOM: The produce is the JAWS Disinfectant Cleaner. That is one of six concoctions 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 required us a promo code just for our listeners, that’s worth 25 percent off the costs of your purchase. And you really enter MONEYPIT as your promo code. 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 term antiseptic that enables us hinder our residences as safe and clean-living as possible.

BRUCE: Great to be with you, as ever, and thank you for your support.

TOM: Well, I desire spring but I don’t ever desire outpouring cleansing, Although, spring-cleaning my yard, that I’m OK with. And we’ve got a great tool to help you if that’s on your to-do list. It is from Greenworks. We’re giving one apart this hour. It’s the Greenworks Pro 60 -Volt Battery-Powered Handheld Blower.

It’s got amazing power. I means that you just don’t need gas-powered equipment anymore. And this one will actually cater air at a overflow of 130 miles per hour. So that’s going to blow all of the needles, the dirt, the debris when you’re cleaning off your porch, your floor, your sidewalks, your driveway. It can do the job for you. It’s got brushless-motor technology that gives you this crazy amount of torque and dominance and stability with virtually no maintenance. And it’ll run for up to 50 minutes on low-grade race on a single battery charge.

So, we’ve got one now. It’s going to go out to one lucky listener. Make it you. Call us, right now, at 1-888-MONEY-PIT. It’s accessible alone at Lowe’s but we’re direct one out to one caller, 888 -6 66 -3 974. You can also post your question to MoneyPit.com.

LESLIE: Now we’ve get Doug in Virginia on the line with a siding question. How can we help you?

DOUG: Yes. I had- my son’s house has some vinyl placing on it. And the folks that owned it before he did were patching something with some of the spray-foam insulation- the crack-filler stuff- and it gushed out all over the siding. So I know I can go back and cut it loose, cut what’s extra stuff. But when I get down close to the vinyl, what can I empty the residue off with to make it clean without damaging the vinyl?

TOM: It’s very difficult because you get- those suds are often polyurethane and they have real adhesive excellences to it. Real adhesive. So, what you can do is try to gently scratching it off with a putty knife. But make sure you use- an older one is better because it won’t be quite so abrupt. And very carefully do that.

And then, I’ve stripped off some sud- errant sud- with WD-4 0 as the solvent. So you might want to try that with a ScotchPad, because ScotchPad is not abrasive. But you could scatter the siding with the WD-4 0 and then work the ScotchPad back and forth. You may find that you draw away some of that residue. It truly depends on what kind of foam it is. But you’re right, once it’s dry, to cut as much of it off and then try to abrade the rest of it off. But do so with a brain not to damage the siding.

DOUG: OK. Well, I’ll give it a try. WD-4 0.

TOM: Yep. Try it. It’s one of the thousand uses for that trash. They say you only need two things in your tool kit: WD-4 0 and passage strip. They’re pretty close.

DOUG: Then I can go over the whole back of the house with WD-4 0 to regenerate the vinyl, right?

TOM: Well, I wouldn’t- if it’s the whole back of the house- if you’re talking about spot-cleaning, OK. But if it’s the whole back of the house, then I think you’ve got a bigger problem. I think you’re looking at brand-new siding.

DOUG: But would I get an oily recognized when I use the WD-4 0 that will look different than the rest of it?

TOM: You will, you are able to. But soap and ocean will take it away.

DOUG: I guess that’ll fade, yeah.

LESLIE: That’s why it’s good for only like a bit spot.

DOUG: Alright. Well, thanks a lot.

TOM: Alright, Doug. Good fortune with that assignment. Thanks so much or announcing us at 888 -MONEY-PIT.

I feel like most of us, garages are rooms where we store pretty much everything but our vehicle. More likely it’s a lieu where we are storing things like toys and virus side by side. Think about it: you got the toys and the balls and the bikes and you got the paint and the dye thinner and the oil. It’s all right there, so it’s really important to keep the space clean, organized and safe.

LESLIE: Yeah. However, this really is the space in my house that gets the most cluttered, extremely over the winter. You know, you have all those components that you can’t use when it’s too cold but then you get that springtime period, so you draw out the bike and the ball and the plaything. But then you too have all the winter stuff. And then this really is the only opening in your home where you probably store things like antifreeze and chemical deicers and skateboards and baseball bats. And it’s all kind of right in the same area.

TOM: Yeah, that’s right. So, first off, let’s clear out the evacuate receptacles of the chemicals that you were able to employed over the last season. If you’ve went gasoline receptacles for, say, lawn rig or a generator, they need to be vacated because you can’t store gas in them that long.

LESLIE: Yeah. Next, you’re going to want to sweep up all that salt and sand that certainly get moved in there over the winter months. And you’re going to want to start moving the sleds, the ladles, scrapers, all of that wintertime trash towards the back of the garage and then all of the springtime/ summer stylish trash that the kids are going to want to be using in the ground, because everybody’s been inside a long time. Pull those out to the front, get the lawn equipment towards the front. And maybe even if you’ve get festivity medallions or things that are loose in there from the winter, employed them in clear buckets so you can see but too label the stuff.

And if you happen to, as you’re pulling out the winter stuff to tidy it up towards the back, if you come across the holiday glowings, check them out now. Make sure they’re working. Toss some material. Simply start a good clean-out of what you’ve came in there and placed the most used substance towards the front.

TOM: Yeah. And I have two utterances for you if you’re trying to figure out what to do with all this trash: breeze gap. You’ve got to look up. There’s a lot of space above your honcho. You can hang up tools, you can hang up brooms and ladders. And mostly, anything you can get off the floor is one less thing that you have to worry about tripping over or having to move 20 times.

LESLIE: We’ve got a post here from Tyler who writes: “Is there a DIY solution for getting rid of ants or do I need an exterminator? ”

TOM: Tyler, there are actually a number of things you can try yourself. Borax is an amazing product. It’s good- it’s kind of in that sort of WD-4 0 category: it’s good for mints and lots of different things and it is to work as an insecticide for ants. You can leave Borax around where they seem to be coming through and see if that has an effect. And if you’re looking for an even cheaper, less toxic solution for your ants, you can find it in your local raise aisle and it’s simply mint.

And while there’s, of course, a little harm or fouled with making that natural coming, if you do opt for a pro you can be confident that they’ll use the exact right amount of make needed to eliminate the faults. A much of parties avoid exterminators out of fear of the sort of broad-spectrum DDT and produces like that that they used in the past. That’s exactly not the case today. Today’s pesticides have evolved by leaps and bounds.

And if you’re looking for one over-the-counter product that you have been able buy yourself without going to a pro, try TERRO- T-E-R-R-O. I’ve use it successfully to try to control ants in our kitchen.

LESLIE: Alright. I’m going to take some of this advice because we’ve get our ants back again this year. Ever back and they cherish my kitchen, so I’ll let you know …

TOM: It’s your cooking.

LESLIE: Ha, ha, ha. Ha, ha, ha. You’re so funny, Tom.

TOM: Well , now that outpouring is in full swing, you may be finding that you’re a little short-lived on outdoor cavity. This is where a shed comes in. Leslie has got tips on the four most important things to consider when planning one, in today’s edition of Leslie’s Last Word.


LESLIE: Yeah. First of all, the average cost to build a removed is anywhere between $800 and $4,000. Now, I know that’s a big spread there but it genuinely depends on the materials that you choose and whether you choose to do it yourself or to hire a pro. But whatever you decide, whether you hire the pro or “theres going” it alone, there are various basic questions that you need to ask yourself before you start shopping.

First of all, you need to know: do you need a permit? Now, that depends. You’ve got to check your regional build systems to determine if you need a permit to build a shed on your belonging. You don’t want to find out after you’ve finished the project that it’s got to come down because you contravened some house code or some zoning ordinance. So do that work up-front to save you a lot of headaches after.

Then you need to think about what length and mode your shed is soon to be. Do you demand something simple? Do you miss something that’s rigorously utilitarian? Or maybe you miss something better decorative. You know, there are many different wordings and immensities out there, so you’ve got to evaluate your dwelling and property to determine the best style for your needs.

Now, you likewise need to think about where that shed should go. Now, depending on the size of your quality, you may have some different options for the placement of the shed. Some popular options include constructing it close to the house, which attains feeing capability and water lines easy, or maybe stowing it to the side or back of your asset so that it’s not that obtrusive.

Also, you need to consider your budget. If you’ve got a close-fisted budget, you can build a simple removed that gets the job done without a lot of flounces. And if you do have some wiggle chamber, you can look for some added features, such as integrated shelving, decorative decorate on the exterior. Or you can go all-out total man cave or she molted, add energy, hot, plumbing.

Now, if you do go pro, guys, we recommend going judgments from at least two or three different contractors before you choose that one pro to help you with this project. And make sure when you talk to them, you’ve got a designated of plans all in one place so everybody is bidding on the same exact thing and you can actually compare those numbers.

TOM: This is The Money Pit Home Improvement Show. Coming up next time on the programme, having an energy-efficient home can save you large-scale on vitality and cash. But can a home actually be too airtight for healthy living? The reaction is yes. The answer is additional breathing. We’re going to teach you what you need to know to make sure you can stay efficient and healthy, 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 make love alone.

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