Episode #1989: Deep Clean Tips for Washers | The Easy Way to Mow Lawns | EPA Bans Freon – How to Stay Cool

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Could germs actually be lurking in your laundry? It may appear counterintuitive, but for the health, safety and cleanliness of their own families, it’s important to actually wash your washing machine. Tom& Leslie tell you how to deep clean your machines, only onward. Plus…

Summer is only a few weeks apart when air conditioning will be a big part of our comfort proposal. But when it comes to AC, the refrigerant that we’ve relied on for decades, known as “freon” has now been banned by the EPA! We’ll talk through your possible options for a cool and cozy home.It may not be your favorite household work- but mowing your lawn is an important part of realizing sure it ogles good and stays health. But there is a right and wrong way to cut your grass. We’ll share that tip.And can repairing a cracked foundation be a DIY project? The explanation is- Perhaps! We’ll share what you can do to fix a organization rift, and let you know when it’s time to call in a pro.

Plus get answers to your dwelling increase a matter of, installing a pressure balancing valve, steam clean carpets to eliminate odors, amending loose bathroom faucets, clean adhesive from tile floor.

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 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: And we are here for you. We are your home improvement help, we are your coaches, your advisors. We try to provide tips-off, ideas and inspiration to avoid the perspiration when it comes to becoming your house the best it can possibly be. But we need you to participate, very. So if you’ve got a question, if you’ve been “ve been staring at” four walls and thinking, “Oh my gosh, I’m spending so much time in my house these days. I actually would like to do something to spruce it up, ” you may be surprised with some of the things we come up with. So present us a request, right now, at 1-888-MONEY-PIT, 888 -6 66 -3 974.

Coming up on today’s show, first, could germs actually be hiding in your laundry? It might seem moderately counterintuitive but for the state, security and the cleanliness of their own families, it is actually important to dry your moisten machine. Yes, we said, “Wash your washer.” We’re going to tell you how to deep-clean that machine, merely ahead.

LESLIE: And summertime is merely a few weeks apart, when air conditioning is going to be a big part of your ease mean. But when it is necessary to A/ C, the refrigerant we’ve all are dependent upon for decades, known as Freon, can already been banned by the EPA. We’re going to talk through your options for a cool and comfortable home.

TOM: And it may not be your favorite household work but mowing your lawn is an important part of stirring sure it ogles good and abides healthful. But guess what? There’s a right and a wrong way to cut your grass. We’re going to share that tip.

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

BRAD: Live in a house that’s 20 years old.

TOM: Right.

BRAD: We bought it when it was new. And just recently, we’ve started having issues with the temperature in the shower altering radically when you redden the commode.

TOM: OK.

BRAD: And I think I understand the physics of what’s going on here. I imply clearly, you’re apply a lot of cold water all of a sudden.

TOM: Right.

BRAD: But what I’m not sure of is why would it start after 20 times? It’s merely been a very recent thing and why would it suddenly start? And is there a correct for it?

TOM: Do you have a pressure-balance valve in that shower? Do you know what that is?

BRAD: I do not know what that is but I don’t visualize I have that, sir.

TOM: OK. So, I don’t know why it’s happening right now but I will tell you that the mixture for this is a pressure-balance valve. And that is a type of shower valve and it’s unusually, very common. So you may have it and I was thinking that maybe it broke down and that’s why this is happening now. But mostly, what it does is it maintains the concoction between hot and cold water.

BRAD: OK.

TOM: So that if “youre supposed to” redden a toilet, guided a dishwasher, run the washing machine, whatever, even though you have less persuade on one side or the other, it keeps the flow the same.

BRAD: Yeah.

TOM: So you were able to less irrigate spring in terms of how much, how hard that shower feels to you, right? But the mix of cold and sizzling would never convert. And this road, you don’t get the scalding blast or the freezing smash that can really ruining your best day.

BRAD: Yeah. Well, it can certainly wake you up but …

TOM: Yeah.

LESLIE: That’s true.

BRAD: So, you’re telling me that I need a pressure-balanced valve on the showerhead?

TOM: Yeah. And not- yeah, that’s a certain type of shower valve, right. It’s for showers and baths.

BRAD: OK.

TOM: It’s called a influence balance.

BRAD: Alright. So is that something you have been able included after the facts of the case. Because, like I said, this house was built 20 years ago. I’m not sure if that was a thing back then.

TOM: It was available but I don’t know if it’s lay or not. I would probably modify the shower valve at the same time.

BRAD: Yeah.

TOM: Because it may be right by- it’s probably going to be built right into it.

BRAD: Phone like a task for my local, friendly plumber.

TOM: I think it is. And it’s not a big job but I think you’ll find it’ll solve your problem.

BRAD: Alright. Very good. Thanks you so much.

TOM: Alright. Yeah, you’re welcome. Good luck with that project.

BRAD: Thank you. Bye-bye.

LESLIE: Now we’re heading to Rhode Island where Meg is experiencing a leaky faucet. What’s going on?

MEG: I had a plumber in and they changed a cartridge in one of the- well, actually, they did both sets of holds in my bathroom drop. And when they left, I noticed that the treats don’t turn easily the nature they did before the problem.

TOM: Right.

MEG: And I’m not sure how to- I’ve tried making whatever those hex wrenches are or whatever to slacken it up in that place and that hasn’t cured it at all. It’s still a very tight swing. I’m wondering how to fix that.

TOM: You know, because they’re new cartridges they’re actually- they’re not going to be as worn as the old ones. So it doesn’t surprise me that they’re tighter. Is it more hard to operate in that case? Is it such matters of simply going used to it?

MEG: I think they’re harder than they should be.

TOM: Why don’t you simply call the plumber back and have them fix it?

MEG: Well, I have. Regrettably, he was away in Europe on his trip and he’s on a …

TOM: A quarantine?

MEG: Yeah, he’s on a quarantine right now. I’ve tried to fix it myself and frankly, I’ve had problems with this plumber once. They supposedly changed my valves underneath. And after they left- and $225 last-minute- I disappeared under and they didn’t fix a thing.

TOM: Oh, boy.

MEG: So, yeah. So it’s been …

TOM: I’m sorry that happened to you. Maybe it’s time for a brand-new plumber, yeah.

MEG: Oh, it surely is. Yeah.

TOM: HomeAdvisor has a service where they have the ability to basically buy small jobs from contractors that are rated and reviewed by fellow buyers, so to speak. Now, I do know that plumbers are considered essential services right now. So if you did want to have it set now, you could. But at the same time, this is more of an inconvenience than something that’s going to get worse over meter, so I believe- I find no impairment in you just waiting it out.

MEG: Exactly. Yeah.

TOM: But you might want to use a service like HomeAdvisor where you can check the reviews against other cultivate the plumber has done, peculiarly since you’ve had now not one but two bad experiences with the present plumber.

MEG: Yeah, they had me order parts for my bathtub, while they were here, that weren’t the remedy components. Because I discontinued having another plumber come through and say, “Well, I don’t know why he was ordering those. This is what it needs.” He get ahead and throw in the right ones and it operates beautifully now.

TOM: Well, there you go.

MEG: So, it’s only been …

TOM: Well, maybe you ascertained the plumber you should be hiring for all the projects. It’s this new guy.

MEG: Yeah, I’m unquestionably going to but I think to pay another …

TOM: No, I know, yeah. You don’t want to pay twice for the same thing. But if the person is sick, you can’t expect him to be back there now. And even if he does come back, he may not get it right. So, this might just be an opportunity just to chalk it up to experience and move on.

MEG: So is there any road- should I be- and I also mentioned that the locate of it- there’s a locate there are still- the handle itself, when it sits on that base, should fit the specific characteristics and it’s not exactly fitting the design.

TOM: But it doesn’t? Hmm.

MEG: And I’m wondering if he twisted something, if he exercised a plier or a strain on something that I need to do myself, if there’s a way that I can secure that.

TOM: Yeah. Well, it’s really hard for me to tell you what to do without visit it, plainly. There’s a lot of ways to put together plumbing. And regrettably, this is not something that I could diagnose for you through this show.

MEG: OK.

TOM: If you wanted to send me a little video, some photos, you could post those- berth that question on MoneyPit.com. I’d is glad to take a look.

But I think, again, it’s not- it’s a child thing.

MEG: Yeah.

TOM: And the other way to approach this is just wait until you have another couple of things that need the same trade and time get them all done at once.

MEG: Yeah. It’s not that it’s not usable. And when I found that one I tightened it with- is it a hex strain that goes in that tiny hole?

TOM: An Allen wrench.

MEG: Allen wrench, OK.

TOM: Right.

MEG: When I exercised that to loosen it up, thinking that would shape the change a little bit easier, all it did was constitute the whole treat floppy.

TOM: Right. Yeah.

MEG: So, I have to keep- when I turn it, I have to push it down real hard so it doesn’t actually come off in my hand.

TOM: Right.

MEG: And so I time contemplated maybe this is a quick fix with getting the strain either underneath or around the base or something but …

TOM: Yeah. I was told you but I think it’s probably a little bit more than that, because there’s so many things that could be causing what you’re describing. And by the way, he could’ve put in the wrong cartridges, extremely. You know, it’s another way that this could happen.

MEG: Yeah. Yeah. And I had acquired a cartridge for it, because I’d taken the other one out and joined it up perfectly with the cartridge that it needed and bought that. And he said, “Well, I’m going to use my own. I have my own cartridges, ” and blah, blah, blah.

TOM: Yeah.

MEG: “And while I’m here I might as well do the other one, ” so I came billed for both of those.

TOM: Yeah.

MEG: And the turnoff valve underneath, which wasn’t working to turn the spray off, I said, “That needs to be replaced.” And I pondered- I mean that’s easy enough; I could do that myself because it didn’t require soldering. But he was like, “Well, as long as I’m here, I should do both of them because they’ll probably go at the same time.” And where reference is specified, supposedly, the one for the hot water, I checked it a couple of days later. Decided to take the towels off and precisely turn it off, just make sure it makes. And it made precisely the room it was before he came: broken.

TOM: Mm-hmm. Yeah.

MEG: So I’m like, “Did he even do it? ”

TOM: Well, you’re not having very much luck with this guy, yeah.

MEG: Oh, my gosh. I’m like …

TOM: Yeah. I would not require this husband- based on everything you’re telling me, I would not miss this male back in my home. I think you’ve got to go to the plumber you had the positive experience with or go to HomeAdvisor and find a better guy.

MEG: No. And he- exactly. When I called the owner to tell him this was going on, he said, “Well, I’m coming out there to see what’s going on, ” like I was the problem.

TOM: Yeah, oh yeah.

MEG: So he comes out. He immediately goes up and turns it on and off like I didn’t have been able to do that and realizes, “Oh. OK, well … ”

TOM: Yeah. Yeah. Yeah. Here i am- sometimes, there is this level of superiority that goes through tradesmen that is really uncalled for. And it sounds like you only ran into a bit of that.

MEG: Yeah. Well, I – you know what? Somebody told me once before the write is mightier than the sword. And I will be on Yelp and leaving a few meanings for other people to not go through what I went through with this particular plumber so …

TOM: Yeah. Well, take a look at the HomeAdvisor platform, because there’s a lot of information just like that there. If it’s a good event, they- parties note favorably. And if it’s a bad, you get that, as well.

MEG: OK. Thank you so much.

TOM: You’re very welcome. Thanks for calling us at 888 -MONEY-PIT.

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LESLIE: Alright. Now we’ve went Mason on the line. What’s going on at your fund pit?

MASON: Whenever I’m in my office, I’m smelling this odor. And whenever I cleanse the chamber, I still have the odor bouquet to it.

TOM: OK.

MASON: I’ve moved all furniture around and all that but I still- I can’t find the resources of the odor.

TOM: Now, is this an older house or a newer home?

MASON: I conclude a newer house.

TOM: And how long has this been going on, Mason?

MASON: Ever since we moved into the house, which was back in September.

TOM: And is this house in the first floor or the second floor? Describe to me where it is in the building.

MASON: It’s the first floor.

TOM: And what’s underneath of it?

MASON: I review concrete and all that. I’m not sure.

TOM: So it’s a slab? You don’t have a basement underneath where this room is?

MASON: No, sir.

TOM: OK. Sometimes, the smells are because we get rodents. We get mouse, peculiarly, that get into the walls and sometimes they’ll die there. But it frequently will eventually dissipate, so that’s one thing that comes to mind. Is it on- what’s the floor cover? Is it carpet?

MASON: Yes, sir. It’s carpet.

TOM: Have you tried to steam-clean the carpet?

MASON: No, I have not.

TOM: I think that’s your next gradation here. You’re going to have to take all the furniture out of that area and you can rent a steam cleaner. They’re not very costly. I know in my area the supermarkets hire them and the home centers payment them. And while you’re at it- typically, you have to have it for half-a-day- it would be a great opportunity for “youre going to” do some spring cleaning of other offices in the chamber of representatives with carpet.

But it basically kills spray into the carpet and then it extorts that soiled liquid back away again. And it does a really good job of scavenging carpet. And sometimes with carpet, you can get a lot of dirt and dust touches and organic specks of different forms that get stuck in that carpet. And that can contribute to the odor, as well. So if you have not done that, I would definitely do that as a next step.

And then beyond that, with the walls, if there’s any odor that’s emanating from those walls, the next time you decorate the area, I would prime everything, which will shut those walls in. And you are able to kept a topcoat above that.

MASON: OK. I’ll try that.

TOM: Alright. Well, good fortune. Do the cleansing- carpet-cleaning first. It’s very easy. You can be done within a few hours.

MASON: Alright, expressed appreciation for. Awesome. Big fan of you all.

TOM: Oh, thank you for asking. Good fortune with that project.

MASON: Thank you.

LESLIE: Well, landscaping is one of the most cost-effective progress that a homeowner can realise. But whether you’re starting from scratch or you are required to a total garden makeover, planning that gap on paper before you put your shovel in the anchor 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 plot, a informal kind of chill space or is it going to be your showpiece? Next, once 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 constitute the rest of the decisions you need to get it construct out.

LESLIE: Now, next, you’ve got to decide how much meter you’re willing to set aside for maintenance. And this really is a big one, because the best-laid schedules won’t pan out if you’re not willing to put in the time and effort to maintain them. And of course, your budget. 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 spent as a professional home inspector, I ensure yards that once were perfectly designed and maintained but then sort of fell by the wayside. You can tell at one point somebody made experience and campaign and care into creating this beautiful space but then simply wholly “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 its first year 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 seat this spring and it’ll give you enjoyment and evaluate for years to come.

LESLIE: Pat in Louisiana is on the line and needs some help with a scavenge programme. What can we do for you?

PAT: We had our carpet scavenged about a year ago. And in this bedroom, we have a heavy, clear, plastic rug that starts underneath the computer chair.

TOM: OK.

PAT: Well, recently, I moved it over a little and I noticed that it was soggy underneath it.

TOM: OK.

PAT: There’s no leakage in the roof; irrigate hasn’t come in the house. So merely thing that could be is a year ago, the water from the carpet-cleaning service get underneath this mat and it’s been there all this time.

TOM: Hmm. OK.

PAT: So, we cut out a large circle, like a 5-foot circle, and got all the part out that was wet. So we’re going to have to replace the carpet and the pad. But on the concrete- the bare concrete- there are some discerns of blotch, so I don’t know if that’s mold or mildew. My question is: how do I cleanse that concrete before “were having” the new carpet installed?

TOM: The concrete recognises, if anything, are mineral-salt lodges; it’s not mold.

PAT: OK.

TOM: And so, it’s actually cosmetic at this detail. If you can wash it down with a vinegar-and-water solution, it’ll melt the mineral-salt lodges away.

But the other thing that occurs to me is sometimes, concrete will choose moisture into a house. And so if anywhere near that area outside you’ve went spray that’s ponding or obtaining, it’s possible for the concrete to sort of draw that humidity up into the slab and across. And it may not have been able to evaporate where the pad was enveloping the concrete, which is why that area bided soften, whereas the other area bone-dry out. So there may be a different justification of the reasons why that remained wet.

One of the things that you might want to do, since you have the carpet drew all the way back, is to paint the concrete. Paint that area with an epoxy draw. That will seal in that concrete and stop some of the vapor if the moisture is being drawn through it and up into the storey surface.

PAT: So, should I- we decorate the whole room? We don’t have all of the carpet up yet; we just cut out the middle-of-the-road part.

TOM: Well, if you’re going to take all the carpet up, then cover the whole floor. If you’re simply going to take part of it up, then exactly coat what you can get to. But I is undoubtedly coat the floor.

PAT: OK.

TOM: That’ll do it. Pat, thanks so much for calling us at 888 -MONEY-PIT.

Well, overall, home heating and cooling account for nearly half of home energy use. And it’s responsible for nearly 100 million tons of carbon-dioxide releases every year. But when it comes to cooling, the refrigerant that we’ve relied on for decades is known as Freon or more precisely, R22. But as of this past January, the EPA has restricted further production of Freon and is now requiring manufacturers to switch to a newer and more Earth-friendly alternative.

LESLIE: That’s right. With us to talk about how this could impact those with existing cooling systems, as well as those who are buying new structures, is Andy Armstrong, the vice president of auctions and commerce for Fujitsu.

TOM: Welcome, Andy.

ANDY: Thank you very much. Great to be with you.

TOM: Hey, so I first have to tell you as we sit here in the studio doing this interview, right now, I’m glancing up at my Fujitsu split-ductless. We’ve had this in the studio for years because it keeps us cool and it’s, of course, very quiet which is very important for a broadcasting studio. But what do folks like me and the millions that are like me, who have existing systems- how are they going to be able to work with these new requirements? If the system disappoints, are we going to have to replace it?

ANDY: It’s a great question and it’s absolutely not required that you supplant it. It’s time time to think about it. These structures have been in place for quite a while. All producers who supply products to the U.S. have been building non-R2 2 products for at least 10 times. We knew this was coming. The EPA has phased us out gradually over time.

So, if you happen to have a system that has R22 in it, it’s probably been in your home 10 or 12 years and is getting close to the end of its useful life anyway. So, there’s a couple of options for you at this time, though. There still is R2 2 refrigerant available and it will be for a while.

TOM: OK.

ANDY: It’s just time to think about whether or not to change out that structure because A, it’s older and B, that R22 is going to become less readily accessible. And when that happens, the old statute of render and require comes into play and the expenditure goes up.

LESLIE: Now, you can’t then use the newer coolant in that age-old method? They’re not interchangeable? It’s like you can’t mix diesel with regular gasoline sort of thing?

ANDY: It’s exactly that. They use a different type of oil and it will make incredible troubles inside your method if you try to use one to supersede the other. So it’s possible to replenish it up with the refrigerant and make it work and get it up and running.

But the challenge is is the reason it probably needs refrigerant is there’s probably a divulge in the system somewhere. Those organizations are closed and the refrigerant is supposed to stay in there for the life of the system. So if you do need refrigerant, there’s probably indications that there’s a bigger problem within the system and equally important, a huge chance to upgrade the efficiency of your organisation and save some money.

TOM: Now, the reason that this is happening is because the EPA is moving us towards more Earth-friendly alternatives for refrigerants. Those that are more ozone-friendly won’t impact the feeling. So, what are the brand-new refrigerants that are going to be going into arrangements in the future, Andy?

ANDY: Yeah, the ones that we’ve been using for the past 10 years are- it’s called R410A and it is not threatening to the ozone in the slightest. And that one has been a very effective refrigerant for us and is keeping millions of your listeners pleasant right now. The manufacture has moved that button and is pretty cozy with it. It’s going well.

But for your listeners, over the next three to five years, we as manufacturers are going to be choosing a new refrigerant that has lower global-warming potential. So we’re not only fighting the situation with the ozone but we’re too fighting the global-warming potential of these gases. And R410A and R22 both are not atrociously friendly to the environment in that way.

So, over time, there’s going to be another refrigerant. But for right now, R410 is a wonderful option for heating and cooling. And over term, your contractors will be able to obligate you aware of new choices down the road.

LESLIE: I mean Andy, these are all smart moves that you can make for your residence and for the Earth itself but let’s talk about the efficiencies. Are we just going to see things that are much more financially efficient for us as the homeowner and we’ll encounter savings in the long run? Or are we going to notice a lot of other converts throughout?

ANDY: Big question. The world is that the system is- that has R22 in it- the fortunes are very good that it is a 10 – or 12 -SEER system. And that’s what is was when it was new.

Now, the products are significantly more efficient. And you can increase your economy by risk factors of three, so tremendously reducing what it penalties is not simply to cool your residence- but also with the new high-efficiency, high-quality heat spouts, you can cover a lot of that heating, as well, which can take a lot of the carbon out of the air from the natural gas or petroleum that you’re exercising to heat your residence. So a lot of really good options. More affectionate for the environment because you’re not only abusing less ability but you have a more affectionate refrigerant inside the system.

TOM: That’s a great point and you mentioned just briefly before- I want to point this out, though. You mentioned the SEER, the seasonal energy efficiency ratio. That’s the- that’s a direction that consumers can compare and compare systems. If they used to see 8 to 10, what are they going to be looking for with these new systems that are more efficient?

ANDY: Well, the Fujitsu plans peak out at 33 SEER, so coming considerably better. And you’re certainly speaking about pennies compared to what you might be paying now. So it can really reduce your bill by a substantial amount.

TOM: We’re talking to Andy Armstrong, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Fujitsu, about the phaseout of the refrigerants in air-conditioning system across the country. Freon is leaving and guys more efficient, more Earth-friendly products are coming to market and they’re being incorporated into brand-new organisations. Andy has created a great post just for us called “A Homeowner’s Guide to the EPA’s 2020 Freon Phaseout.” It’s live on the home page of MoneyPit.com right now. And it will tread you through everything you need to know, as well as provide helpful links to more information.

So, Andy, what’s next for Fujitsu?

ANDY: The actuality is is we, as a country, “re beginning to” strategically electrify the grid. And that basically means we’re trying to make carbon out all across the country. And if you pay attention closely to the news, you’re hearing municipals boycott natural gas in new construction. They’re finding better ways to incentivize all-electric homes. And Fujitsu’s paying very close attention to that.

And with our high-quality, efficient heat shoots, we’re able to heat and cool in most of the U.S.A. today. It’s only the most cold areas of the country where we are not able to completely move heating and cooling. As you look at what Fujitsu can bring into the home, you’re not only talking efficiency, you’re talking comfort. We do a tremendous job just putting the consolation in the chamber you need and when you need it, as opposed to trying to heat and cool the whole home at one time. So that is just another way to determine your residence more efficient and more comfortable.

TOM: Andy Armstrong, the vice president of sales and marketing.

Thank you so much, Andy, for stopping by The Money Pit. And again, Andy’s post, “A Homeowner’s Guide to the EPA’s 2020 Freon Phaseout, ” is on the home page of MoneyPit.com right now.

Thanks again, Andy.

ANDY: Thank you.

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LESLIE: Dottie in Oregon, you’ve got The Money Pit. How can we help you today?

DOTTIE: We have a patio that had some fractures in it. It is disclosed aggregate. My husband dug it out and crowded in the sounds. Now, our question for you is: is there a sealer with some colorant that we could use over the entire area?

TOM: I think what you’re asking us for is a concrete blot. Sealers are always clear. So, if you’ve get this cranny crowded in and you’ve got some color to that, then what you’re going to have to do is stain the concrete to accord that and then you could seal it. But you’d have to stain it. And if you’re going to stain concrete, you would use an acid stain.

DOTTIE: OK. Is there anything you can recommend?

LESLIE: QUIKRETE makes a great one in a got a couple of good colors. More neutral than anything a little crazy but it’s an easy-to-apply product. You’re going to get some huge coloration there. And you know what? It’s a reputable firebrand; they know what they’re doing. So I would start there.

DOTTIE: Oh, that sounds great. And I certainly love your show.

TOM: Thank you very much, Dottie. Good luck with that project.

LESLIE: Well, if you think the best way to save time and intensity when cutting the grass is to set your mower as low-pitched as is practicable so you don’t have to do it that often, you might be surprised to find out that it can actually end up being more work in the long run. We’re going to walk you through the right way to save time and keep your lawn looking healthy, in today’s Lawn and Garden Tip presented by Greenworks Tools.

TOM: Well, that’s right. There’s actually a approach to trim the grass that if you can follow can really improve both the examine and the health of your lawn. A quantity of beings figure that the shorter they trimmed the lawn, the easier it’s going to be to maintain that lawn. But the truth is that the shorter you cut it, the more chance it has of going scalped or going grass that come into the soil.

LESLIE: Yeah. And eventually, that lawn is going to be even more work to maintain. Because not only do “youve got to” get that grass to grow again, you then have to get rid of all the grass that proliferated because that lawn was trimmed so short. It actually goes in between all of that grass.

Now, the reason is interesting. The longer the grass is, the more it creates a little bit of colour and it actually stops the grass from grown in. So, in a way, grass is actually a colour plant. And because of all this, in the spring it’s the best to cut the lawn at a medium/ low-spirited stature. But in the summer, you can cut it higher.

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LESLIE: Dave in South Carolina is on the line with issues and questions about some adhesive on a storey. What’s going on?

DAVE: What’s the best way to get the cement floor and whatever the adhesive is- how to get that up without having to tear the floor up, you are well aware?

TOM: So you had subfloor. Did you expose this floor? Was it- did it have some other kind of flooring on top of it firstly?

DAVE: Yes. Mm-hmm. Yeah, like a laminate that had been glued down.

TOM: And once you got that up, you interpreted all this adhesive there. Now, even though there’s adhesive there, you can probably positioned more flooring over that as long as it’s not extremely darn rutted. So, there are some citrus-based solvents that could help you with some of that. But examine , no matter how you go about this, it is a big, tough job well done. So I would tell you to, perhaps, precisely do the minimum that you have to do.

And I would also caution you that when you made the new floor over it, I would choose a stiffer storey. So, for example, I might not use engineered-vinyl plank on this. I might use hardwood, engineered hardwood or solid hardwood, because it’s not going to show the insignificant unevenness of the seams of cement in that subfloor just as much. Does that make sense?

DAVE: That makes a lot of sense. I had thought about maybe graduating to a pushing rotary orbital sanding.

TOM: But still, you have all those implements at your disposal. But even if you had that, my concern would be that the loops would fill up abruptly with that adhesive. It’s just so darn gooey.

DAVE: Mm-hmm. I know.

TOM: I would simply get up as much as you can, any course you are eligible to, and then I would us a stiffer storey commodity than- as opposes it a softer one. I wouldn’t use a expanse product. I may not even use EVP. I’d use maybe a good-quality laminate floor or engineered hardwood or solid hardwood.

Take a look at Lumber Liquidators. They’re got a great selection there. You ought to be able to find something that fits the bill.

DAVE: OK. That’s great advice, subject. I appreciate it.

TOM: You’re very welcome. Thanks for announcing us at 1-888-MONEY-PIT.

LESLIE: Give us a call at 888 -MONEY-PIT or you can post your question at The Money Pit’s Facebook page.

Now, Casey in Shreveport, Louisiana has a pretty big question. She says, “My house was built in 1962 and there’s a hairline fissure in the corner of the foundation. Is there a DIY way to crowd that rift myself? How sellable is a house with a fissure in the foundation? ”

TOM: Well, I can see why you’re concerned about that, Casey, but the truth is that virtually every home has crackings in it, in the walls or in the foundation. And if it’s a hairline sound, if it’s a very minor crack like that, it’s commonly nothing to worry about.

Now, there’s not really a acces to fix it, in other words, set it back together. It’s not like you can glue it back together. But I would say that if you’re getting moisture that’s leaking through that, it would be smart to seal it. And you can do that simply with a silicone caulk. You can get it clear, you can get it gray and you can essentially just go right over that cracking. A very small bead will do it. Because it’s hairline, it’s going to kind of sit on top of it, so it may actually be much more visible after you do this repair than before.

In terms of selling the home, seem, I devoted 20 years as a professional home inspector, saw this all the time. Unless it’s altered or moved or the walls have separated, I don’t think it’s really going to be a problem for you.

LESLIE: Alright. Next up now, we’ve got a post from Tim who writes: “I recently acquired a residence that had not been able to been occupied in over five years. The energy is questionable in two of the chambers, I’m not sure about HVAC and there’s been liquid in the vault. Storeys, walls, ceilings examine good but the roof has three seams on it. Should I try to repair or get rid of it as is? I’m not helpful and I don’t have a big budget.”

TOM: Well, appear, Tim, it’s never a bad thing when you inherit a home even if it is a real-life money pit. None of the things that you mentioned are insurmountable. If the basic foundation and enclose and roof are intact, everything else is totally fixable.

Now, although there are these things can be fixed, it’s too a question of economics and skills and time. If the projects are too much for you, you could consider selling the home as is but don’t hand it apart. These questions you mentioned are entirely repairable and for a lot less than the value of the home. I would start with the large-scale structural things first, like replacing the roof and the mechanical plans, fix up the HVAC and the energy and then do all the cosmetic betterments later.

LESLIE: And Tim, check out on MoneyPit.com. We’ve went a lot of answers there for basement irrigate. It’s a super-easy fix and enjoy the home.

TOM: Well, even a minuscule ocean spill can cause a lot of damage over duration. But if you’ve got a spare half-hour, you can actually check for spills in and under all the subsides in your home. Leslie will tell you how, in today’s edition of Leslie’s Last Word.

LESLIE: Yeah. Here’s the best way to check for divulges in sinks. First of all, turn each faucet on and run it at full blast for a minute or two. Then, with a shining flashlight, inspect that exhaustion under your settle. Now, if no divulge is recognise, you can close the stopper and cause the capsize fill up until it makes the overflow. Now, don’t walk away during this part because some faucets can fill a sink faster than that overflow exhaustion have been able to exhaustion it and then you’re going to run into another problem. So, keep an eye on it. Otherwise, you’re going to be cleaning up a mess.

Now, after the liquid has been running through that overflow for another minute or two, check the drain under the sink again. If no seep is distinguished, your capsize is good to go. You can move onto the next drop and repeat.

TOM: Coming up next time on The Money Pit, stone walls? Well, they’re a indicate of fortitude but if it’s constructed inadequately, they’ll crumble in no time. We’re going to give you tip-off on how to build a stone wall that will stand up to the test of occasion, 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 is therefore necessary to get it on alone.

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