Episode # 1991: Spring Cleaning for Outdoor Furniture | Best Cleaning Tips for Wood Floors | High-Tech Paint that Wipes Clean

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When it’s time to pull out your outdoor furniture, it’s also time to give it a good cleanup! Tom& Leslie have tips-off on how best to clean and cook the furniture so it’s ready for a fresh start this Spring, plus….

There’s nothing that wears out a flooring faster than the grunge and grime that all individuals drags in on their hoof. But cleaning wood floors is a challenge because wood absorbs moisture and can warp or twist or flourish mold if it gets too wet. We’ll have tip-off on how do continue those hardwood floors clean without damaging them.And if you have been getting really a bit tired of staring at your walls while we’re all stay at home with this quarantine, decorating a area is really the easiest way to spruce things up. There’s a brand-new high-tech paint that moves interior decorate easier than ever. We’ll share that gratuity.

Plus, their responses to your dwelling betterment questions about, fix a creaking ceiling, eliminating carpenter bees, investing yard drainage, insulating a garage, painting vinyl siding, eschewed peeling deck paint.

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

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

LESLIE: And I’m Leslie Segrete.

TOM: And we are sheltering in place, affixed at home just like the rest of America. And we are not letting that deter us from taking on projections around our homes , nor should be used. If you’ve got a project you want to get done, we’ll have some tips-off and ideas to help you do it once, do it right and not have to do it again, hopefully without even leaving the confines of your present home.

There are so many possibilities now to buy stuff online, have a product handed and so many projects that we’re more motivated than ever, because we’re sick and tired of looking at the four walls as they stand now. If you’ve got a job like that you’d like to get done, give us help. Call us, right now, at 1-888-MONEY-PIT or pole your questions to us at MoneyPit.com.

Coming up on today’s show, when it’s time to pull out your outdoor furniture, it’s also time to give it a good scrub. We’re going to have gratuities on how to best clean and prepare the furniture so it’s ready for your fresh start this spring.

LESLIE: And there’s nothing that wears out a storey faster than the grunge and grime that everybody’s dragging in on their feet. But cleaning timber floorings is a challenge because the wood assimilates moisture and then it can warp or twisting or flourish mold if you get it very humid. We’re going to have some tips-off on how to keep those hardwood floorings cleanse without harming them.

TOM: And if you’ve been going a little tired of staring at your white-hot walls or unclean walls or gross walls while you’re home, it might be time for a draw task. You know, paint’s the fastest and easiest way to spruce things up. And the good news is is that there’s a new high-tech paint on the market that utters interior draw actually easier than ever. It absolutely primary and paints in one coat. And I worked some of this on a project at my house and I was amazed at the coverage we got with time a single coat. So we’ll tell you all about that, in precisely a bit.

LESLIE: But first, the show is all about helping you with your home betterment questions, your decor questions. So grant us a bellow, let us know what you are working on or what you plan to tackle and we’ll help you get that done.

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LESLIE: Keith in Illinois is on the line. How can we help you today?

KEITH: I have a one-and-a-half-story house that has a- on the second floor is the- well, the areas are basically half altitude. They’ve got the- in the middle, they’re full meridian but on the edges, they’re not. That’s where the closets are at.

During certain times of the year, the truss tend to expand and it face-lift the drywall in the edges and starts it to curl along the seams. And the make is ready to set crown molding up there to prevent that. And what I had wanted to do, plainly, was prevent specific actions absolutely. It had been recommended before to add ventilation above the attic to get good airflow through there. The developer has said that by adding added ventilate, which would be- I would consider the side ventilates. He said that would actually ruin the ventilate method that’s already in place, which is in the eaves.

Do you have any additional recommendations for that?

TOM: Well, a couple of things. First of all, truss hoists happen when the trusses decrease and they pull up in the middle of the apartment and that’s why you get the ceiling fissures, correct?


TOM: And the ventilation you have right now, do “youve had” continuous soffit venting?


TOM: And do you have ridge ventilating down the flower of the roof?


TOM: Well, you’ve once got the best ventilation system out there. So as long as it’s working properly, it’s not blocked, there’s no pitch in put additional ventilation in there.


TOM: Now, is it possible for you to get above the truss, down like right above the ceiling?

KEITH: Well, I can’t get above that area. It’s boxed off and of course, they have it insulated but they do have the Styrofoam blocks that prevent the insularity from blocking the truss volcano. No, unless I cut through the top of the ceiling, I cannot get above the ceiling there.

TOM: Well, I convey if the trusses were installed correctly- which, of course, isn’t going to help you- there are some L-shaped truss times that they would have installed that could have prevented this difficulty, that improve as the ceiling expands and contracts. The rationalization I asked you if you could get to them is because they may be able – you may be able to install them after the fact.

But if you can’t get to them, then I’m afraid there’s truly not an easy solution to this. If you were to add a second layer of drywall over what you have and you were very careful to make sure that the seams didn’t line up with the seams you have now, you may create a roof that’s strong enough- or a ceiling that’s strong enough- to not show crannies like it is. I would also glue the brand-new mantle to the aged stratum. But again, I would overlap those strata, so to speak. Does that make sense to you?

KEITH: Yes. So they don’t line up.

TOM: And that might make it strong enough. Because right now, there’s no forte in the seams. It’s time the paper.

KEITH: Yeah.

TOM: So that’s going to be the weakest part of the ceiling formation. If “youre supposed to” placed a second layer of drywall and cement across that, then I think you would have a really, certainly sturdy ceiling and it would be unlikely that it would continue to crack.

KEITH: If I could sand on the- because I can get in the attic and get up to where the 2x4s have worked together in the truss. Would I be able to screw in a bracket there? That’s what you’re suggesting to mostly strengthen that joint?

TOM: Keith, if you can get on top of the drywall, so to speak, those trusses are going to be attached to interior walls in some regions, correct?


TOM: So what you would do is you would have to detach them from the interior walls and you are able to applied an L-clip in place of the tacks. The time is attached to one side; there’s a slit on the other. And that allows the truss to move up and down and it will alleviate some of that uplift and cracking.

Now, when you do that, you might receive- over the next year, if the truss starts to try to move again, you are eligible to watch some nail pas that are available. And if that’s the dispute, you want to punch them up and through to kind of allay the pressure and then patch the drywall.

But I do consider by the time you go through all that work, that it might be an easier mixture really to frame a second layer of drywall on. Because your question is primarily with the seams and that’s going to be the easiest way to fix that.

KEITH: Yeah, it definitely sounds like it. Alright. Thank you very much.

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

LESLIE: Louise in Delaware is on the line with some carpenter bees calling her residence. Tell us what’s going on.

LOUISE: Yes, ma’am. I have a deck in my- at my back door and I have a roof. It doesn’t widen all the way out to the end of the deck. Exactly about halfway. And I’ve been having, for several years, a significant problem with carpenter bees. They actually shape perfectly round flaws in the ceiling of the deck.

And I had an exterminator a couple of years ago and he said he would scatter it but no guarantees. And he sprayed it and maybe for about five days I didn’t understand them but they came right back. But someone told me- it was actually another exterminator, a really older lady. She said to get steel wool and kept steel coat in the holes because they can’t get out through the sword fleece. Because my cousin employed cotton dances drenched in bleach in the holes “shes had” on her floor and they actually ate through the cotton clods and they chew through the caulking.

TOM: There’s the do-it-yourself methods and there’s the professional procedures. I’m troubled by the fact that you hired an exterminator- it sounds like it was some time ago- and he wouldn’t guarantee a decision. That’s not acceptable. Most professional exterminators have appropriate tools, the knowledge and the pesticides to effectively eliminate carpenter bees with a tolerable guarantee of success.

So, “if youre having” such a serious problem as this, I is undoubtedly suggest that you go find yourself a new exterminator, maybe from a national-brand company like Orkin. You’d have better success with that.

Now, if you want to do this yourself, the reason that the bees word those punctures is because they’re nesting. And so the method they’re gave is you spray a pesticide inside those gaps. You are also welcome to spray something that’s petroleum-based inside the holes, because they don’t like that. You can fill them with steel wool.

There’s lots of ways that you could try this yourself. But given the severity of the problem, I would suggest you find a good exterminator that can treat it with the claim type of pesticide and you not have to worry about it. And I don’t think you had a pro last-place epoch. You get a pro to address this problem and precisely get it done, once and for all, alright?

Thanks so much for calling us at 888 -MONEY-PIT.

LESLIE: Wally in New Jersey, you’ve came The Money Pit. How can we help you today?

WALLY: I’ve got a little problem with a drainage tile. I have a 3-foot drainage concrete over tile that was running through a owned. And it’s right on the property line and it goes into and marries up to a 3-foot sword tile- 3-foot steel drainage tile. The concrete tile has rusted and interruption and is crumbling, which is causing water to come up through the ground. I’m not really sure how to get these two tiles back together, what the answer is for this, whether it needs to be an excavator or- I don’t know.

TOM: So, how deep are we talking about here?

WALLY: The top of the tile is only about 10 inches below the ground. It used to be- what it is- it’s a runoff off the road, which goes through, actually, three assets. And then it goes back into an open( inaudible ). All this tile that was …

TOM: But Wally, if it’s exclusively 10 inches off the surface, then the easiest thing to do is to dig it up from the surface and amend it.

There are ways to repair pipes that are in place underground. There are ways to line tubes. There are still organizations out where, essentially, a fiberglass sleeve can be put inside of an existing pipe that has disappointed and cracked. But they’re pretty expensive and you often reserve those for places where you can’t dig. But if you can access this thing within a foot of the surface or 2 hoofs at the surface, then it’s obviously worth it.

WALLY: Definitely worth it. Yeah, it’s making a big mess. We had such a hard winter up north up here that I think some merely demonstrated and violate and got a big mess, actually.

TOM: Yeah. Well, if it’s that high up in the grunge position, it’s above the frost wrinkle so, apparently, when it gets moisten, it freezes and it cracks. It expands and rifts. So, that’s something that’s going to keep repeating itself because of its position.

WALLY: So, that’s the solution is some kind of fiberglass liner, so break the- violate that tile or the concrete hose back further, then try to slide a bigger tile into it? And then into the steel?

TOM: No , no. No , no , no. No , no. You misunderstand.


TOM: What I’m saying is that you want to dig down and supplant the sections of separated pipe.

Now, if you don’t want to do that, you can line the piping. It’s not a do-it-yourself project. You need to find a company that can do it. And the route that’s done is they push from- they access the pipe at one point and they push what kind of looks like a fiberglass sock into the line. And then they replenish the piping with hot water that antidotes it and models kind of a tubing or a hose within a pipe.

But that’s the kind of thing that you do if you’re vanishing under driveways or around pools and substance where you really don’t want to cause any …

WALLY: Nope. This being through a yard.

TOM: Yeah, if it’s precisely through a yard, really dig it up, supplant it and call it a day.

WALLY: OK. Thank you very kindly.

TOM: Wally, good luck with that project. Thanks so much better for calling us at 888 -MONEY-PIT.

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LESLIE: Pat in South Dakota is on the line with a make-up programme. How can we help you?

PAT: Can you repaint vinyl siding?

TOM: Yes. You can repaint vinyl- well, you’d be coating it, initially , not even repainting it. But I will tell you this: once you cover, you do have to repaint. So, you’re not going to have the maintenance-free service that you had once before. You will have to repaint it.

Now, that said, if you’re going to do the repainting or you’re going to paint it, you want to make sure that you use a commodity that’s designed specifically for vinyl surfacing. And I was able to use a product from a top symbol like Benjamin Moore or Sherwin-Williams. They both have their own line of vinyl-siding paint. So prefer your cover carefully, make sure it’s good-quality paint and be borne in mind that eventually you’re going to have to repaint it.

PAT: OK. That was what I wondering. Thank you so much.

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

Well , now that the pollen is falling, the time has come for your outdoor furniture to come out and catch some, right? But it’s a good project to clean it up and eliminate any mold or moss or mildew or yuck that may have formed in the die or modelled in storage or is just starting to kind of crust over again. So we thought we’d put together some tips on how to do exactly that.

Now, at our house we like to start by extending any cushions that are machine-washable through the washer and then letting them dry outside in the sunlight really, really well. And if you can’t wash them, at the least you can vacuum any that can’t be work through a washer.

And here’s a gratuity: vacuum them outside. Because if you’re pluck any pollen off, you don’t want it to slip through the filter and shoot right back into your room, right? So make the vacuum outside and do all the work there.

LESLIE: Now, for plastic furnishings, they can get stained and fairly nasty-looking. What you need to do here is you can make a really great cleaning solution yourself. And you might have all of the stuff in your room right now. So, you want to mix dish soap, Borax and a 1/2 -cup of peroxide into 1 gallon of sea. And then, utilizing a nylon brushing, you can scrub down those furnishings and clean well.

If you’ve got metal furniture, it’s actually just going to be soapy water and some elbow grease. It’s going to take a lot of your personal backbone there to help clean that furnishing. You can also remove any rust and grimes with sandpaper or a wire graze and then go ahead and prime and repaint those spots. This’ll help you avoid any further rusting that have been able to occur.

TOM: And for timber furniture, you want to wash it down with oil soap, like Murphy’s Oil Soap, then make it baked really well. And it’s also a good time to think about anything that needs to be refinishing. Best to do it now at the start of the season and it will seem good right through to the fall.

LESLIE: Todd in Utah is on the line and is looking for some help in insulating the garage. Tell us about it.

TODD: Well, what I’ve get is I’ve got a garage that I work out of. And I like to do woodworking and time all around playing around with whatever programme I have. But it gets cold here in Utah and I like utilizing my rafters to employ cards and extra rig,( inaudible ), a little of everything out there.

But I want to be able to insulate it to save a little bit of the hot so it’s bearable in the winter. And I was hoping that there would be a way to perhaps scatter the upper inside of that with a spray foam or a spraying separation. Or what do you suggest would be the best, without having to sheetrock and lose all that space?

TOM: Well, you certainly could use spray-foam insulation. In fact, I personally used Icynene insulation in my attic and we did just that: we scattered in between the rafters with the insularity, then we coated it with a thermal barrier. And with 8 inches of Icynene insulation, we were able to pick up R-3 0, which is a substantial amount of insulation.

So, you could hire a regional pusher to add spray-foam insulation to the underside of those rafters and seal that in nice and warm. And it also will seal enlists, which is the other benefit of spray-foam insulation.

But remember, you’re too going to have to add some hot. Once you save that area segregated, you’re going to have to add some heat. Time isolating itself is not going to make it heated enough.


TOM: And then I would expect the weakest relation in the house would be around the garage.

TODD: Right.

TOM: So, you’re going to have- at least have to do some significant weather-stripping to try to keep those drawings down.

TODD: That’s exactly what I are intended to do. I merely- I like to use my season and being retired, I don’t want to look out the window during the winter.

TOM: Yeah.

TODD: I’d rather be doing something.

TOM: Alright. Well, that sounds like that’s your humanity cave.

TODD: Yeah, it is for right now.

TOM: Alright.

TODD: Hey, well, thank you.

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

Well, we get more a matter of floorings than just about any other topic on the see. And emptying a hardwood flooring is an area that’s always a challenge. To pick up some ruses and tips on how to get it done right, we welcome Bruce Yacko from JAWS.

Welcome, Bruce.

BRUCE: Hey, Tom.

TOM: Hey, you are well aware, there is nothing that wears out a floor faster than the grime and grime that everyone is lags in on their feet and grinds into the storeys. But emptying those lumber floorings is a challenge because the wood assimilates moisture and it can warp or twist or proliferate mildew if it gets too wet. So how do we obstruct those floors scavenge without damaging them in the process?

BRUCE: Well, the knockout of it is- number one, you never want to saturate wood. But furthermore, that there’s very few hardwoods out there that aren’t- that you have a coating on top. And so that sealer that they’re putting or the finish that they put over the top- urethane- provide protection to the timber and keep it looking good for years to come.

But if you’re using concoctions that are too aggressive, too harsh, aren’t neutral in pH, that you’re going to start to strip that finish off the flooring. And “when youre doing” that , now you’re down into the wood and you have those issues.

LESLIE: Now, let’s talk about how the JAWS system wreaks. It stands for Just Add Water, Bruce. So, what we’ve went here is you’ve got a bottle that you’re sending around with a cod refill cartridge. And you’re basically adding that pod to the bottle, computing sea, closing the top and it unexpectedly becomes that cleaner, which is fantastic because you’re cutting down on plastic application. You’re keeping send penalties down, which is good for the consumer. It’s good for everybody and good for the environment.

Now, when it comes to the floor cleaner, we have to be really careful about the balance, because we don’t want to oversaturate the storey and mar the flooring. You’ve certainly got to make sure that you’re balancing the need to clean that flooring without damaging the floor.

BRUCE: Well, the grace of JAWS is you get exact solution every time. So when you fill up that bottle to the water line, you position that cartridge and tighten down the sprayer, your dilution comes up accurately each time. And so, the appeal of it is that no matter what kind of soil you’re getting on that floor- and beings move in. I suspect if people didn’t wear shoes into the house you wouldn’t have unclean floors.

But having the ability to clean those the different types of skin-deeps- there’s nothing that drives you crazier than you clean the whole floor, you is turning, the sunshine comes in through the window and you see that haze on the storey. Well, that cloud is either the make has attacked the finish on the flooring, which is a problem, or it’s left residue on that floor.

Now, the residue is soap. And so that that soap- when your hoof get wet and you come back in, you’re tracking – you’re basically cleaning the bottoms of your shoes onto your floor, so your storey is going to get dirtier faster.

But the other piece is that it really is very unsightly and soap with irrigate becomes slippery. And so, what we talk about is that when we clean with our neutral JAWS cleaner is that we’re cleaning. We’re not leaving residues behind, we’re not leaving any soap behind, we’re not taking any of the finish off the flooring and we’re not putting anything on that floor that doesn’t represent- we call it “snubbing action, ” Tom, where your feet- they don’t slip on that floor but they ligament a little bit better to that floor.

TOM: Right. They sort of catch shoes.

BRUCE: There you go.

TOM: Mm-hmm. Yep. Understood.

Now, the technique here is to spray and erase and scatter and wipe? What various kinds of a floor make do you recommend for that? Is it by wash or what? A sponge clean or what do you advocate?

BRUCE: Well, actually, you can use a microfiber on the bottom of a normal flooring mop. You can use a ordinary floor-mopping component. Most of the person or persons, what they’ll do is they’ll spray the floor or the bottom of the- I’ll say Swiffer- a Swiffer-type component and then go ahead and exactly wash that floor.

TOM: Right. Mm-hmm. Yeah.

BRUCE: And the allure of it, it doesn’t require a rinse. So, formerly you get done with that cleaning, it’s a one quick-witted, easy- scatter the storey, wash the flooring and then walk away. And where reference is dries, it bone-dry bright and clear and residue-free.

LESLIE: And let’s not ignore the other floor surfaces now. While this is a great cleaner for a wood-surface floor, it’s too splendid for tile, for laminate.

BRUCE: Sure, absolutely. Think about how many different surfaces you might have in your home. And that’s like with all the JAWS makes, whether it is a matter the glass cleaner for Tv screens, computer screens, iPads and iPhones. You know, having the ability to take one product , not 50 different concoctions, and use them across the spectrum as “youre telling”, whether the government has be bamboo, terrazzo, tile and grout or marble and granite. Having the ability to clean the hardwood storeys, as well as any other surface in your home and get it on safely, effectively, efficiently and inexpensively is really what we’re after.

TOM: The product is the JAWS Hardwood Cleaner and that is accessible- one of the six concoctions available from JAWS. You can go to their website at JAWSCleans.com. Check out the Glass Cleaner, the Daily Shower Cleaner, the Kitchen Degreaser, the Granite and Natural Stone Cleaner and the JAWS Disinfectant Cleaner, in addition to the Floor Cleaner at JAWSCleans.com.

And by the way, Bruce’s team has offered- is offering our listeners a dismis, a significant one: 25 percent off. So if you penetrate the promo code MONEYPIT at checkout, you will get 25 percent off of your order.

Bruce, thanks for doing that. And thanks for the great work you guys are doing with these commodities, because we really enjoy them here at our live. And it really sees so much better gumption for us and for our state and for the environment.

BRUCE: Well, thank you very much, Tom. I do appreciate your endorsement and it’s time we move forward. And with Earth Day and all of the other things, certainly time to move forward here and stop throwing away single-use bottles.

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LESLIE: We’re going to talk with Dot in Wisconsin who’s got a decking question. How can we help you with your job?

DOT: Yes. My deck is located on the south side of my house and every year, we’ve been putting a paint on it. And it’s where we get a lot of sun. And I’m wondering if there’s a special kind of paint I should use, because it peels a lot.

TOM: So, there are special covers for decks. And if you’re continuing to situated more hairs of draw on the aged deck, my concern is that you’re never going to get good adhesion. You may have too many coats of coat on that now.

Are you expending decorate or discolour, Dot?

DOT: I believe it’s a paint.

TOM: I’m afraid, at this quality, what you really need to do is to remove that paint so you can get down to the original lumber. Because you can’t articulated good make-up over bad colour; it’s going to continue to peel. And once you get down to that timber, then you should prime it and then make-up it.

But if you’re able to get most of the paint off- and perhaps you can because, apparently, it’s not remaining well, where you really don’t have too much left- then I would recommend not consuming draw on it. I would use solid-color stain. It’s still going to give you a continual color but it’s going to absorb better into the wood and it’ll kind of fade rather than peel. And I think that’s what you’re filming for.

DOT: OK. Is there a certain type of product to remove the stuff that’s on there now?

TOM: Yeah, there’s a wide variety of paint strippers out there. I would look for one of the citrus-based commodities and try that. You’re going to – you may have to try a couple of them until you find the one that works best with your particular deck.

DOT: OK. Thank you.

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

LESLIE: Well, if you’ve been coming simply a bit tired of staring at your walls while we’re all deposit at home in the quarantine, decorating a room is really the easiest way to spruce things up. But if you want to get the job done quickly and with as few hairs as possible, there’s a brand-new coat in the market now that can help. It’s at Lowe’s and it’s called Valspar Signature.

Now, Tom, you had a chance to test this out. What did you think?

TOM: Well, first and foremost, it’s a colour plus primer, which is awesome because that means you don’t have …

LESLIE: A pace saver.

TOM: Yeah, a pace saver. You don’t have to prime the walls. It also has a high secreting ability, which basically means you need usually one coat. And it has a stain-resistant technology so you can easily paint over existent wall hues and then wash off the discolorations that way. So, that’s what they said it would do. I was like, “Alright, I’ve got to get measure this.”

So, I took some wall cards and I scuffed them up actually, really badly and then I covered one coat of the draw plus primer on top of it. Absolutely enveloped it. Looked at it, you are well aware, like an hour later. Couldn’t insure any of the scuff distinguishes. I left some of the scratch on the two sides so I could see where we came from. I crossed all of it. Alright. I’m like, “OK, good. So, what about the discoloration opposition? What do I went in the house? ” I has been possible to dribble some chocolate and likewise some grape liquid, right? Those are two moderately annoying solid grimes. I employed them on the boards and then I give the boards cool for hours. And when you construed it, you would’ve been like, “Gross.”

And then I only sprayed it with a little kitchen cleaner and literally, it was like magic- one, two three- as I cleansed across it with a kitchen cloth. It really obliterated everything right off, right back to the paint color. So I was pretty darn affected. I think they did a really good job with the concoction and it certainly does cover well and it does clean well, which are two things that are absolutely critical, peculiarly if you’ve got kids.

LESLIE: Yeah. And I’ve got two or three probable paint assignments, depending on how long this quarantine goes on for. I’ve got the sons both in the middle of organizing their bedrooms which, in kid day, is taking forever because they’re like, “I’ll precisely do this one toy drawer now and in the next day or in three days, I’ll do the next toy drawer.” And I’m like, “Just do the whole room. If we do the whole room I’ll make-up the area. It’ll be so fun.” But I likewise want to paint the dining room and I know you’re not for this but I ponder I want to paint the dining room black.

TOM: Listen, you’re the painter. So if you say it’s going to work, I’m merely- and I understand that sometimes it’s hard to imagine things. But I can’t imagine what an all-black dining room’s going to look like. But I bet you it will be gorgeous.

LESLIE: Well, we’ll find out. Maybe I’ll give this Valspar paint a try. It’s a 100 -percent acrylic-latex formula. It’s going to give you a mold- and mildew-resistant finish, which is great. It’s GREENGUARD Gold-Certified for breeze aspect. And since we’re all stuck inside, you’ve got to make sure you’re breathing in fresh air. You can find this in an eggshell, satin, flat and semi-glass finish, so perhaps I will put on my mitts and my mask and preorder some colour at Lowe’s.

TOM: Yep. And it’s not expensive. A gallon merely beginning at about 30 bucks at Lowe’s.

LESLIE: Mary in Florida is looking to acquire her kitchen bigger by taking away from her floor. Tell us what’s going on at your fund pit.

MARY: Well, I have a fairly small kitchen/ dining-room area and I was wanting to expand it. We have a patio deck that’s probably about 30 x10 feet that’s immediately attached to it. There’s glass slip entrances that’s attached to it. We were wanting to find some method that we could enclose that and constitute that more of an off-season-type area, as opposes it a couple weeks out of the year. We didn’t know if you had any suggestions, suggestions?

TOM: Alright. Well, first and foremost, Mary, you can’t take your floor and then sort of leant four walls on it and a ceiling and call it an addition, because floors are not designed for that. They’re not really part of the foundation of the dwelling. And I’ve seen a lot of tribes do precisely that and eventually, it catches up with you. Usually, if you try to sell the house or something of that mood, it doesn’t encounter the system requirements. It’s exactly generally a bad idea.

What you could do for that infinite, to make it more of a year-round use, might be to consider adding some heating or something of that nature. But it’s always going to be an outdoor space. You can’t take an outdoor deck and turn it into an indoor opening. That’s an addition and you can’t precisely settled a door and some walls and a roof and some screening or whatever you’re planning and call that now like an extension of your kitchen. Because it exactly doesn’t count, OK?

Good luck with that activity. Thanks so much better for calling us at 888 -MONEY-PIT.

LESLIE: With everybody use from residence, a lot of you are asking us how to create a better home office. We’ve got a post now from Louis who writes: “I have only two outlets in my home office with all of my computer paraphernalium. I’ve got about a million things plugged into two surge protectors coming out of the outlets. How much can one outlet handle? Should I call an electrician and get more stores lay? ”

This sounds like a very bad recipe here.

TOM: Well, search. The truth is that we may have a lot of things to plug in but they don’t inevitably need a lot of power. I entail in your house today, most of us have laptops. Not a lot of power there. We’ve came cell phones to plug in. Maybe a printer could make the most power but most printers don’t genuinely use that much, so it’s unlikely that you need more outlets.

You may need more shops in your surge protector or your supremacy piece but that’s not a bad thing, either. Because if you get the power strip and you’re using that principally, it’s a really smart idea to turn off the swap that’s on the end of it when you’re not abusing the home office. Because all those transformer blocks that we’re all putting in to blame everything today, they run away. You get kind of this ghoul capability that discloses out of it and that costs you coin. So, I think you’re probably OK with outlets.

Just made to ensure that “youre not” – you’re using those surge protectors properly. And by the way, you cannot daisy-chain surge protectors together. In other names, you cannot extend into two surge protectors by taking one and plugging it into the other because, electronically, they will compete and it can get really bad. So do not introduced two together like that. You can situate them on separate outlets from the wall but don’t plug one into another time to pick up more infinite or receptacles.

LESLIE: Alright. I hope that helps you out and I hope you’re enjoying your working-from-home situation and don’t lose power in front of something important. Make sure you save and back up.

TOM: Well, if you’ve ever accomplished a fix-up project simply to have it break down again a short period of time last-minute, Leslie has come tips for turning those nagging difficulties into one-and-done chores, in today’s edition of Leslie’s Last Word.


LESLIE: Yeah, you know, choosing the same problem over and over again is totally a drag and it always seems to happen with some projects more than others. So, to bring an end to those vicious cycles, the mixture is to change the highway you undertake that job. And that’s going to help you get to the root of the issue.

So, first and foremost, if peeling dye is your problem, the next time you assure some rind dye, don’t time slop another coat on top of all that peeling paint. Instead, airstrip apart the aged nonsense with a paint stripper or a chemical. And then here’s the key: apply a primer before you reapply that topcoat. The primer is really what’s going to make it all stick together and help it persist for good.

Now, if your cellar seems to spring a hole each time you sterilize the last one, there’s a good chance that the real issue there is poor drainage. So you want to make sure you grade that soil away from you home’s foundation. And then likewise made to ensure that your sewers are secreting the sea at least 4 to 6 feet away from the exterior walls. And that’ll help you find a much dryer infinite below score at home.

And if you want to put away that caulking artillery once and for all, think about better ways to do it. Now, if the caulk between your shower tiles prevents cracking or smashing, pack that bathtub with ocean before you fill in the caulk one final experience. The load of that water is going to expand the gap that you need to fill which later, formerly that tub is drained, will contract and then give you a delightful, tight, long-lasting fit.

TOM: Great tips.

This is The Money Pit Home Improvement Show. Coming up next time on the programme, if you’d like to add more igniting outside the summer months, is it a project you can do yourself or do you need to hire a pro? Well, you may be surprised to know that thanks to some new technology, exterior lighting can make this a altogether DIY project. And we’ll tell you how, 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 do it alone.

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