Episode # 1992: Creating Kid Friendly Gardens | Tips for Cleaning Hardwood Floors | Painting Hacks to Save Time & Brushes

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With the forecast ultimately coming nicer, are you thinking of family-friendly outdoor activities for you and your little ones? Creating a kid-friendly garden is a great way to get the whole family involved in a enjoyable project. Tom& Leslie tell you how to get things proliferating! Plus,

Of all the cleaning questions we get, how to clean a hardwood floor makes the leading. It’s a tough recognise to keep clean with all the dirt that gets tracked in, and it’s also one where you can’t use a lot of water without potentially devastating the wood floor itself. We’ll have gratuities to get those floors squeaky clean.And if you’re taking on a decorate project while fixed at home, don’t toss that used paintbrush. We’ll share easy tips-off to get it clean and save yourself the hassles on buying brand-new one.Bathtub vs Shower Stall: If you’re thinking about bath remodeling, we look into which one gives you the best ROI.

Plus, their responses to your home improvement a matter of clearing blockage pipes, painting over spray stains, entering in log cabin crannies, exerting a deck stain that doesn’t fade, skylight alternatives, sterilizing low water pressure, restoring an asphalt driveway and more !

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 hope that you are doing well and experiencing the time that you have to spend in your residence. If you’re getting tired of staring at those four walls, we can help you spruce those walls up. If you’d like to reorganize, redecorate or proposal a project for now or in the future , now would be a great time to reach out to us. You can do that by label 1-888-MONEY-PIT, because that’s what we do.

We’re now to give you home improvement guidance, opinion. We’re your coaches, we’re your cheerleaders. If you can do it yourself, we will tell you. If you can’t, well, we’ll tell you that, extremely, because that could be even more important than trying something that doesn’t work out all that well. Whatever is on that to-do list, slip it over to ours. Give us a call at 1-888-MONEY-PIT.

Coming up on today’s show, with the weather ultimately getting nicer, are you thinking of family-friendly outdoor undertakings for you and your little ones? Well, we’ve got a great suggestion. Why not create a kid-friendly garden? It’s a good way to get the whole family involved in a fun campaign. We’ll tell you exactly what you need to know to get started, precisely ahead.

LESLIE: And we get a lot of cleansing questions here. And one of them, I’ve got to say, makes the conduct- is how to clean a hardwood floor. It’s truly a tough distinguish to keep clean with all of the grunge that comes moved in. And it’s also one where you can’t use a lot of water, because you could potentially ruin that floor itself. We’re going to have some tips to help you get those floorings squeaky clean-living, only ahead.

TOM: And if you’re taking on a depict campaign while stuck at home, don’t toss that used paintbrush. We’re going to share an easy spoof to help you get it clean and save yourself the hassles of to purchase a new one.

LESLIE: But first, we want to know what you want to know. What are you working on? What have you been staring at for so many weeks that you simply can’t take it anymore? Well, tell us help you set that. I’m sure Tom will tell you all about how I rolled out of wallpaper for my powder room. But it seems half-good. We can be used to make sure you have enough of whatever it is that you are working on, so make us a call.

TOM: 888 -6 66 -3 974.

Let’s get to it. Leslie, who’s first?

LESLIE: Deborah in Pennsylvania needs some help with a enter home. Tell us what you’re working on.

DEBORAH: My husband and I are revamping a Lincoln log house.

TOM: Nice.

DEBORAH: I have- there is- in between the records, there is chinking.

TOM: Yep.

DEBORAH: And in between our chinking, it is filled with stone. And I merely- I want to keep the stone there and rechink it because it deteriorated over the years.

TOM: Mm-hmm. Right.

DEBORAH: I felt a recipe online of clay, salt and hydrated lime.

TOM: Mm-hmm. Right.

DEBORAH: We did a couple test distinguishes and where reference is bone-dry, it cracked. So I don’t know if the recipe is a good recipe or maybe we procreated it extremely liquid-y and it cracked. And I is acknowledged that in the age-old rooms, they likewise introduced straw or horsehair in the clay.

TOM: It’s the same reason they positioned rebar in concrete: it reinforces it. I don’t know about the recipe with hydrated lime but I know that there’s a recipe that’s same to that that uses wood ash. Of course, where you’re going to find enough wood ash to do an entire residence, I can’t tell you. So, I couldn’t determine if whether- if that is what started this issue or not. Do you have an aversion to using one of the commercially available, very reliable produces for this? Because you can buy chinking.

And by the way, if you’re driving down the road thinking, “What the heck are they talking about? ” Chinking- c-h-i-n-k-i-n-g- chinking is- think of it as kind of the caulk between the logs of a log house. You know, when you view logs furnished together and it looks like roughly masonry or has been- or mortar has been pulped in between like it would for- be for bricks, that’s announced “chinking.” And so, that’s what we’re trying to restore now and it’s unique to enter homes.

DEBORAH: Does the horsehair- does that act as a binding to hold the plaster together so it won’t crack?

TOM: I think it would because that’s what a buttres textile would do. But you know what? I’ve got to say good fortune encounter ash and horsehair today.

LESLIE: You can buy a horsehair mattress.

TOM: There’s going to be a lot of ponies out there that are getting a haircut to chink this house.

DEBORAH: Yeah. I have the horses.

LESLIE: Oh, “youve had” the horses? So that’s good.

DEBORAH: I have the( inaudible ).

TOM: You’ve got the horses, so you’ve got the horsehair treated? We wishes to receive a lot of luck with this but I would say that you ought to just experiment with a couple of different versions of this. And you find one that works, go for it because you are in a very unique position there. A very unusual project.


TOM: Alright. Good luck.

LESLIE: She’s got to be different.

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

LESLIE: Tony in North Carolina is up with a decorate question. What can we do for you?

TONY: Great show. Appreciate your great opinion. I merely had a deck built and the- my make squandered a Minwax Wood Finish stain.


TONY: And his instruction is that I would need to restain it every year because it was oil-based. And I wanted to know- I don’t have a whole lot of term like that but when is- is there another- is there something on top of this product I could use where it won’t fade-out and wash off with the forecast?

TOM: Well, I represent “it wouldve been” unexpected for you to have to stain a deck every single year, extremely a brand-new deck. But first and foremost, Tony, what I generally advise kinfolks is to not stain their deck the first time because- is this made of pressure-treated lumber?

TONY: No, it’s not. He use a different type lumber and I couldn’t tell you right off hand.

TOM: Is it going to be cedar or redwood? It’s not composite, is it? It is grove and not …

TONY: No , not composite. It may have been redwood.

TOM: And you want to keep it clear? So you want to keep it with that red feeling to it?

TONY: Right.

TOM: You normally need to restain or reseal on a regular basis but not on an annual basis. And when it comes to choosing that product, you’re going to use an exterior discoloration. There’s different porosities to them. If you use semi-transparent, you have sort of a little bit of colorant in there and sort of bring everything to the same tone. But it’s not going to completely cover it. Or if you have solid dye, there’s more pigment in there and then it’s all very consistently the same tone. You don’t accompany the speck just as much but it still looks like wood.

But a very good-quality deck stain like that, pertained probably every 3 to 5 year, is what I would expect for upkeep but certainly not one that you are able to do every single year.

TONY: Right. That’s been my own experience, as well: three to 5 year. And so I really wasn’t sure if I was actually being told wholly the rectify thing or if there was something else going on with that.

TOM: That has been my own experience, Tony, so – listen, at this point it’s brand new. You’ve got a coat of stain on there. I’d just live with it for one or two years and be seen to what extent it looks.

TONY: That sounds great. Great advice.

TOM: Alright. Well, good luck. Thanks so much for calling us at 888 -MONEY-PIT.

LESLIE: Ginny in Missouri has a question about a skylight. How can we help you today, Ginny?

GINNY: We have turned our garage into a living room and hence, we have windows only on the south side where the door was. We have a nice, large-scale living room but it’s been very dark on the north side. So, I obtained a wonderful deal on a tubular skylight and I bought it. But because it’s our living room and “were having” our television in there and such , now I’m concerned about set it in because is it going to interfere with being able to watch the television in the daytime? And no one seems to have information about this.

TOM: Are you saying because of the fact that it’ll be so color over the Tv, possibly, that it would sort of wash it out? Is that what your concern is?

GINNY: Right. It won’t be directly over the television. It’ll be in the middle of the north part. But we’re only concerned because of thinkings and things like that.

LESLIE: Yeah. But Tom, the sunbathe tunnels generally, depending on the way they’re positioned, direct the beacon straight-from-the-shoulder down, correct?

TOM: They have diffusers. So the lens part of it that’s at the end, it’s kind of more like having a ceiling-light fixture when you’re done. So, I don’t think it’s going to be an issue. I’ve never heard of that as individual complaints, Ginny.


TOM: So I would tell you to do it. I meditate those are great products.

And by the way, for those working tribes that are not familiar with this, so what a sun passage is, like Ginny said, it’s a tubular skylight. So imagine, instead of having to cut a opening in your roof and then build a sun gibe, you can trimmed a round defect in your roof, you can drop this tube down through it. And basically, it snakes down between the ceiling and the ceiling, various kinds of like- think of it as a dryer-exhaust duct. It’s resilient like that but it’s wide. It’s 12 to 14 inches wide.

And the inside of the tube is refined like a reflect, so it’s takes a lot of light and targets it down that tube to that glowing diffuser, which is at the ceiling level. So, I think it’s a great option and I think it’s a good use in this particular space.

GINNY: Well, I truly thank you because it was very difficult to find information.

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

LESLIE: Alright. Heading up north to Canada where Dave in Ontario needs help with a garage door. What can we do for you?

DAVE: I’ve got the age-old, wooden garage opening and over top of it is the wooden framework. And the dye was all bulging, so we kind of sounded on it and it looks like the whole thing’s dry-rotted. So, I’m not sure if I’m opening a whole Pandora’s box and I’m not will then be able- I have to tear the whole garage down. But it looks like I’ve got to replace the header in it. Now, it’s a cement-block garage, so I don’t know how involved this is going to be.

TOM: So it’s precisely a header over the garage opening? Was there a leak above it?

DAVE: The ceiling was done a year-and-a-half ago, so and- again, it’s not an- it’s a detached garage. So, if it was leaking, I’m not really- I’m not real sure whether it was long-term.

TOM: But you’re not- it’s certainly not revealing now?

DAVE: No , no, the- everything is dehydrate in there now.

TOM: And are the roof rafters resting on that header?

DAVE: Yes. Yeah, it’s a four-sided, so I approximate they’d call it a “cottage.”

TOM: What you’re probably going to have to do is you’re probably going to have to build a temporary wall to hold up the ceiling rafters while you disassemble the header.


TOM: And you do that privilege inside the garage door. You basically improve various kinds of a fake wall, right up to the underside of those rafters, to support them between the garage storey and the underside of the rafters while you do the disassembly and substitution of the header.


TOM: Then formerly it’s all put back together, you are able to disassemble that temporary wall and then the heavines will be transferred back onto the new header. So that’s the process.

DAVE: Would I be jacking that up, taking a little bit of pressure off of it?

TOM: I wouldn’t jack it up but merely make it snug. It probably won’t move at all.

DAVE: OK. So this is something I could probably handle myself or should I be coming a contractor in for it?

TOM: Well, if you’re quite knew, yes. But it’s likewise the kind of thing that you might need to have a pro help you with if you’ve not done it every day, because you don’t want to mess this up. If you get something wrong, then you could induce some structural questions that are going to be, you are well aware, pretty concerning.

DAVE: Yep. Very good. That get me targeted in the right direction.

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

Well , now that the brave is getting warm, why not “ve been thinking about” starting some family-friendly outdoor pleasures for you and the kids in the name of a kid-friendly garden? It is an excellent way to get the whole family involved in a very fun project. So, here is how to get things growing.

LESLIE: Yeah. First of all, you’ve got to create a kids’ space. Now, if you already have a garden, try to give your children their own little planned to work within. A 3×3-foot scheme or a parent bed really is the perfect size and it’s a great region to start.

Now, you are eligible to even use a string to locate the grid so that you can actually plot this little area into 1-foot squares. And that’s going to help your adolescents organize the different types of embeds. And they can place the tallest ones in the back and the shortest ones in the front.

TOM: Now, just like you, they’ve got to have the right tools to get the job done. But when it is necessary to kids, there are child-sized implements that are great for gardening. They have kid-friendly gardening implements. You knows where to find them online. They’ll look just like Mom and Dad’s and they’ll be very helpful and terribly inspirational. Because this style, kids will get used to handling those implements and they’ll be an even bigger helper when they get bigger themselves.

LESLIE: Yeah. Now, you’ve got to make this fun and you want to do them was just really successful, so you have to pick the best seeds for kids.

Now, depending on their senility, kids normally need large grains because they’ve come smaller hands. Now, these are easy to hold and embed. Likewise, you want to be sure that you research the right types of grows or pastures, whatever it is you’re planting, for your arena, your atmosphere, the amount of sunlight, subtlety, all of those conditions because you crave this to work, guys. If it acts and the adolescents see how successful they are with whatever it is that you’ve planted, they’re going to want to keep doing it.

TOM: Absolutely. And you also want to think about choosing the best buds or cultivates for your minors. Girls do love instant gratification. So seeds that germinate or gather very quickly are ideal. So, think about flowers like sunflowers which are, by the way, going to grow taller than your four-year-old very quickly, which is super fun. Snap peas, cherry-red tomatoes, potatoes and carrots are all great adds-on to any kid-friendly garden.

LESLIE: And you also- now, think about creating a schedule. Let’s adjusted things up so that it’s easy to follow and that you’re able to stick to. So represent something that’s an easy schedule to work with.

Now, this is going to allow your child to participate by not only keeping track of their hassles with the garden but give them information that they need to remind you of your own chores. A dry-erase board on your fridge, a chalkboard, a simple calendar. It doesn’t have to be too elaborate but something that actually looks like it’s- “Hey, this is a formal schedule.” That’s going to work.

TOM: Now, there are a lot of enormous ways to take advantage of a child’s active thought and obligate gardening recreation. So, make sure you involve them in the decisions, like which colour flowers should go next to which and so on. And cause the adolescents called every embed and allow them to add their own special styles to it, as well.

Keep it recreation and they’ll be engaged. They’ll enjoy watching these flowers and floras and garden-varieties grow. And who knows? At some object, they’re going to be ready to help you with the bigger garden, for everyone’s benefit.

LESLIE: Gary in Michigan, you have got The Money Pit. How can we help you today?

GARY: We have a short circuit. Somewhere in our mansion, we have a wire that blows our fuse all the time.

TOM: OK. Does it happen because you’re doing anything, like roll an device or something of that quality?

GARY: No, we just smacked the circuit breaker and it goes off.

TOM: What do you means that you made the circuit breaker and it goes off? You mean you turn the circuit breaker on and it pops right off?

GARY: Well, we sounds- yes. Yeah, exactly.


GARY: We bought the house. We didn’t know about it and it’s there now.

TOM: Oh, OK. Well, you’ve got to call an electrician because the circuit breaker is doing its activity. If the circuit breaker is not letting you turn that route back on, then that circuit is either cabled dangerously or it has a bad breaker or there is something wrong with the path it’s all attracting together. So, I think that this is not something you can track down on your own, because you can’t even get the power on. The electrician is going to have to do this with the influence off and see if we can trace out that circuit, insure what it’s serving.

Do you know- have any idea where it’s going to?

GARY: Yeah, various kinds of. Yep. There’s …

TOM: Well, is there something not working? Is there igniting not working? Are there outlets not working? Where do you think it’s croaking? It’s not on, so …

GARY: Yeah, a whole chamber. Yeah, whole room, yeah.

TOM: So there’s one chamber. OK.

So, then, what he’ll probably do is- and they’re going to have to open up the shops and the switches and the illuminate fixtures in that room and check out every connection pitch and see if there’s any evidence. There could be something burning in there. You don’t know. So, you surely need to have an electrician check it out. I would go to HomeAdvisor.com and find an electrician through there. You can pick one that’s came huge ratings and schedule an appointment and see what happens.

But it’s definitely not something you are able to do yourself. If it was, I’d tell you but this is beyond the average homeowner’s skill set. It’s potentially dangerous and it’s important for your safety and to make sure your house doesn’t burn down. OK?

GARY: OK. Thank you.

TOM: Been staring at my four walls now for, what, about a month or so? And I’m getting a little tired of them. I need a brand-new campaign. So, this week, I soaked the windows in the garage. That’s kind of far out there but you know what? I had soaked the windows of everything else inside, so I certainly had to sort of extend the perimeter of my outpouring emptying. So I made these door panels, that have the impostor grids, off the overhead doorways and I moved them.


TOM: And now it seeks good once again. And I feel right about it. You’ve got to dig deep for those projects.

LESLIE: Tom, I retain planning everything within an inch of their own lives. I’m like, “Kids, we’re doing the cellar again.” And they’re like, “Do we have to? ”

TOM: Oh , no.

LESLIE: And so my guideline is if you don’t participate, you cannot be mad at the dolls or things I get rid of, because I’m accepting you don’t play with them anymore. And literally, they will be like, “Hey, where’s that thing that I haven’t thought of? ” And I’m like, “Oh, you knew the game. You made your chance.”

TOM: That’s right. Yeah. Or you can tell them, you know, “Look, your select is either to help Mom clean the vault or do schoolwork. Those are your exclusively two selections for the next hour. So, envisage instantly. What are you going to go about do? ”

LESLIE: You’re sending me into a tizzy, because those both are terrible, Tom.

TOM: I know. Well, I mean if you want to get some help.

LESLIE: I’ll tell you, though, I’ve had a lot more success without them curing. I’ve never seen our play ranges examine so- more tidy.

Krista in Vermont is on the line and handled by some very low water pressure. Tell us what’s going on.

KRISTA: I bought my house about a year ago and I’m on a shared well with my two other neighbors. And they both have huge spray stres but we have really awful water pressure. It makes three hours for the washing machine to run. We cannot use our garden-variety hose. And we’ve had some plumbers come have a look and they said that there must be some kind of regulation in the water pipes, since the other neighbors both have really great spray pressure.

TOM: This is not well water. You’re on street sea?

KRISTA: We’re on well water.

TOM: You’re on well water. And the hole helps all the neighbors?

KRISTA: Yeah, it suffices the two neighbours that live northward of us.

TOM: OK. Well, they’re right that there could be a restriction. The limited could be a valve that’s partly closed. It may examine open but perhaps it’s really closed. It could be, if you have age-old pipings- do you have old pipings there? How old is the home?

KRISTA: Yeah, it’s from’ 54. Yeah, it is copper.

TOM: Old for plumbing is like 20 s, 30 s, 40 s when they had steel pipes.


TOM: So,’ 54 is going to be copper and decent-quality copper.

So here’s what I would do. I would start testing that spray stres at different points. If you can test it close to where it comes into the house, that’d be the first place to check it.


TOM: You may be required to positioned a sound in the tube to do that, like an extra little valve to do that. But I would start checking it at different points and see if we can kind of narrow down where any limitations is.


TOM: You have to do a little detective work here. You’re going to find, at some object, it’s curbed. It “couldve been” the main water valve, if you’ve got one. Sometimes well systems don’t have those.

KRISTA: Right. The valve in our mansion was just supplanted but I don’t know about the valve at our neighbor’s house, where the well leader is. And we were also told by one plumber that we could employ a water-pressure cistern in the house to fix it. And then another plumber told us that wouldn’t work at all.

TOM: That’s not going to work. You need a – you could- there’s a booster that you have been able lay in. But I would start trying to figure out if this is a problem at the item where the ocean comes into the house, because that’s going to change the discussion. It’s not your plumbing; it’s the pit organization. And I imagine “youve had” some claims, since you’re sharing a common well here, to get the same pressure as everybody else.


TOM: And that’s going to have to be a discussion you’ll have with the people that are involved, OK?


TOM: But you’ve got to figure out what you’ve get – you don’t know that yet- and that’s the way to do it. Does that make sense?

KRISTA: Alright. Yes. Phone good. Thank you.

TOM: You’re welcome. Good luck with that project.

LESLIE: Well, of all the cleaning questions that we get, how to empty a hardwood storey takes the produce. Now, it’s a tough recognize to keep clean with all the dirt that comes tracked in. And it’s also one where you can’t use a lot of water without potentially breaking that floor itself.

TOM: That’s right. So, there are few things that wear off a hardwood flooring faster than the grunge that’s brought in. You know, if you think about it, it’s like sandpaper except that it’s the paw freight that grinds it into the finish.

So, step one, literally, is to get in the habit of cleaning the floor regularly. For us, that always required remain the dirt wash terribly handy.

LESLIE: Yeah. But speaking of swabs, it used to be that a dirt mop was all that you ever dared consume on a hardwood storey, because too much moisture could make it warp or spin. Now, a better solution is the JAWS Hardwood Floor Cleaner. It’s part of the Earth-friendly line of products that you’ll find at JAWSCleans.com. And it does a very good job of face-lift off grunge and grime from not only hardwood but just about any other hard-surface flooring, including tile, laminate, marble, even bamboo.

TOM: Yeah. And it’s easy to use because you only spray it on and you erase it clean with a microfiber towel or a mop. It manipulates very quickly and it doesn’t leave a haze. So many of those flooring cleansers leave a haze. And it’s too non-toxic, so I like that it’s safe for babies and safe for the pets.

LESLIE: You’re going to like the JAWS system, too. Now, with JAWS, it stands for Just Add Water System. You refill the JAWS spray bottle with irrigate and then reload a concentrated cleaning cod, fastened that sprayer in and the solution mingles with the ocean to create an entirely new bottle of that cleaner.

TOM: Yeah. Check out the part pipeline of JAWS cleaners at JAWSCleans.com. They’ve went Disinfectant, Glass Cleaner, Kitchen Degreaser. They have a Daily Shower Cleaner, a Granite Cleaner and of course, that Hardwood Floor Cleaner we were talking about.

And if you enter the promo code MONEYPIT at checkout, they’ll knock 25 percent off the cost of your succession. That’s JAWSCleans.com, promo code MONEYPIT.

LESLIE: Richard in Wisconsin is on the line with a illuminate question. How can we help you today?

RICHARD: Yes. I would like to know where a person could find a flooring lamp or a table lamp with a dimmer switch on it instead of the three-way switch. That way you could have one bulb and it wouldn’t- it’d last longer, I know, than a regular three-way switch does.

TOM: Well, certainly, you can find lamps that are capable of having dimmer substitutions. I think it would be unlikely for the lamp itself to have the dimmer. It’s more likely that the lamp – you want to get one that’s not on three-way and articulated it- plug it into a dimmer swap. There are still, for example, floor swaps that I’ve seen that are on a slider. It’s almost a foot switch where it slides from full brightness down to the dimmest mounting. And it’s mostly time ramping up and down the strength that’s going to that lamp.

So I believed to be want to find service standards floor lamp and then you want to find a second dimmer switch that you are eligible to plug it into. So there are portable, so to speak, plug-in dimmer switches as opposed to the kind that are wired into the wall, Richard. And that would be the solution to that question. They’re very inexpensive and I’m sure you’ll find them online or in an electrical-supply store. So have a look and I think that is the solution.

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

Well, if you’re taking on a paint project while lodge at home, you may be seduced to toss that used paintbrush. But contrary to the very popular DIY practice of use it and completely lost, most paintbrushes are not supposed to be disposable. There is a better practice. You have been able to clean them.

LESLIE: Yeah, surely. So, here’s what you do need to know.

When painting with latex, clean-living as you go. When the job’s done, it’s time to get out the depict that’s accumulated deep into the wires. So, guided your brushes upside-down under a faucet. And when the water guides clear, brush the fibres with a metal clean comb. Or if you’ve got a hair comb that you’re not use anymore, that’ll work, very, in a tinge. And that’s going to straighten out the bristles and then coaxes any of those parts of dehydrated make-up out from all in that fur.

TOM: Yeah. I’ve utilized a baby comb for that or a domesticated clean, because that’s often a cable brushing, as well.

LESLIE: That’s smart.

TOM: And the pet doesn’t seem to mind, because I cleanse the touch, too.

LESLIE: They have same hair.

TOM: Yeah, that’s right.

And then you crave, of course, to get rid of all that excess water. Shake it off. Let the brush baked really well. And when you’re done with the project and you’ve emptied your graze for the last time, supermarket the brushes in a plastic zipper handbag. Or better hitherto, set them back in their original packing sleeve, because it tends to keep all the bristles aligned. And it actually makes a difference. If you get frizzy bristles, they’re going to not paint very accurately and you’re going to be having to mask a lot more and only not coming a good colour position out of it. So try to situated it back into that original sleeve that it came with when you’re done.

LESLIE: I’m going to say that 90 percent of the people listening right now are- “Aw, shed it out already.”

TOM: Yep.

LESLIE: Next touches, save the sleeve for it.

Now, if you’re working with oil paint, the first stop is a dirty jar. Now, that’s where the bristle tips-off soak in paint thinner without touching the bottom. This road, they don’t become bent. Now, if you do need the touch the next day, drench it overnight, then comb it out and get back to work. If it’s being put away for a while, still immerse it overnight, then comb it and then dip it in a pot of clean solvent. You want to shake off the excess and then wipe dry on a newspaper or a rag.

TOM: Now, here’s a gimmick of the transaction that can save you from having to clean touches between coatings, because we know that’s when you’re certainly persuasion to toss out the old clean and get a new one. But while it’s still soak, wrapper it. Wrap it with clear plastic wrap, cellophane or wax paper and articulated it in a Ziploc bag, then toss it in the freezer.

LESLIE: Oh, smart.

TOM: Yeah, I said the freezer. Now, the paint’s not going to dry out and you’ll is well positioned to melting it quickly and get back to work, right where you left off, when it’s time to start paint again.

LESLIE: I do the same with rollers.

TOM: Yeah. The same thing. The same suggestion applies to rollers, as well. Yeah.

Now, of course, you don’t want to do that if it’s weeks between the project. But if you’re just trying to do this for the next day or two- or even maybe two or three days. I’d probably be OK with that. But you are eligible to kept it right in the freezer and this way, you don’t have to clean-living it.

LESLIE: Geri in North Carolina needs some help with driveway repair. What is going on?

GERI: Well, I lived in the home I’m currently in for 23 times. And it had just a little pebble driveway when I moved in. About 20 years ago, I had an asphalt driveway put in. And over the years, I’ve done some of the maintenance substance you’re supposed to have done, like slurry-seal things.

TOM: Right.

GERI: But probably I give too much hour elapse between that a couple of period. And now, I’ve been told by a professional that it’s probably not fixable but I’ll get another few years out of it. But I’ll have to replace it with something. So, my question is: what’s the best, most cost-effective but enticing thing to put in place of an asphalt driveway?

TOM: Right. So, the reason that you want to replace the asphalt driveway, is it cracked?

GERI: It’s came lots of tiny sounds but they’re going to get bigger. And it’s probably going to start crumbling apart in the next few years.

TOM: OK. Is it settled in in any homes or is it precisely the surface wear and tear and the break?

GERI: It’s not subsided in , no.

TOM: Alright. Well, look, if it’s not settled in, that means they must have done a really good job when they situated it down in the first place, because you have no displacement of the driveway cornerstone itself.


TOM: And if you were to tear that up and start from scratch, it’s going to be a pretty expensive project.


TOM: The least expensive way to do this would be to add another layer of asphalt on top of it. Now, I’m not speaking about really shutting the driveway but actually putting a thin layer over what you have right now.


TOM: And that’s going to look like a brand-new driveway. And because the base is solid and it’s not moving – you are well aware, sometimes we get these calls and it’s sunken, it’s changed, it’s broken, it’s- because it all settled out. But if it’s relatively solid and all you’re talking about is just the degradation of the surface, another bed of asphalt on top of that might be the sizzling ticket. It’ll be the least expensive way to go and you’ll have what looks a lot like a brand-new driveway in an afternoon, essentially.

GERI: Well, that sounds awesome because I was thinking I “wouldve been” the one to cry it apart and get rid of it firstly and then have someone else come out.

TOM: Yeah. No, we can think of other projects for you to do that same weekend if you like. But this one you don’t have to do.

GERI: OK. Alright. Well, that’s immense. I will look into having that quoted and …

TOM: Alright. Good. And retain, when you talk to these contractors, a lot of them will try to talk you into a bigger project than you are required to. But if it’s structurally reverberate, I think that’s really all you shall be required to do.

GERI: OK. Alright. Well, thanks so much.

LESLIE: Well, whatever it is that you are working on, we’re here to lend a hand. You can always berth your question, just like Gus did.

Now, Gus writes: “Recently, the bathtub in my daughter’s bathroom started draining very slowly. I bought a bottle of Drano from the regional accumulation, followed future directions on the bottle. The sea now drains faster but as soon as the tub starts to drain, I sounds thunderous gurgle seems from the depletion as the ocean leaves. What is causing this? ”

TOM: One of two things. You either have an obstruction in the pipes or you don’t have enough ventilation in the plumbing system itself. I would vote on the obstruction first.

So, a couple of things- easy things- to try. If you happen to have a wet/ cool vacuum, rather than trying to sort of snake out the tubes, you have been able placed that dry/ cool vacuum right on the drain itself and suck out whatever’s in there. If it’s near the priorities in the duct, it’ll come up and go into the wet/ dehydrate vacuum. Sometimes that works very well.

Another idea is to try to use a serpent on it. Now, if you’ve got one of those pumps that has the twisting, where you have to spin it and then it’s a pop-up/ pop-down kind of a deplete, they seem to be really good at trapping hair. And if that’s the action, there is a snake that you can order that literally is about- I don’t know- 3 horses, 4 bucks. It’s plastic. It’s about 2 feet long. It has fastens on the side of it. And I found that really cheap, inexpensive snake to be super easy to use.

And I’ll tell you what, it deterred my daughter out of having to call the plumber and her three roommates for all the years she was in college, because I bought one. I said, “Keep it. You’re going to need it.” So, yeah, I think it’s called a “drain weasel.” So you can look that up. And beyond that, though, you’ll have to get a professional drain-cleaning service to, perhaps, come out and scope those pipings and appreciate what’s going on.

And then, finally, if the steps are made and it’s still a bit of a boisterou pump, the issue is more likely that the plumbing system is not vented properly or the expres itself could be blocked. Because if it’s not vented properly, that sounding is the result of it being starved for breeze. And that has to be addressed by a plumber.

So, for now, it doesn’t seem like it’s a crisis but those are the things to look into.

LESLIE: Alright. Now, here’s one from Tom S ., who invited a question on Facebook, who writes: “What’s the best to install for residence importance: a bathtub/ shower combo or really a walk-in shower? ”

TOM: Ah, well, I would say, Leslie, you need to have at least one bathtub because young families need it for the kids.

LESLIE: For sure.

TOM: So, if it’s the only bath in the chamber of representatives, I is undoubtedly go with a bathtub, because that could negatively wallop your ability to sell the house.

But if you’ve got two tubs, then I picture a walk-in shower is great, particularly for the master shower. But emphatically need at least one while the kids are in those bathtub years.

LESLIE: Listen. And then when you’re an adult, you still want a bathtub, more, sometimes. I’ve got a bathtub in my house that I can either choose to have my lower half in the spray or my upper half in the liquid. So, being that we only have the one soak, we’re stuck with this for now. But bathtub yes.

TOM: Yeah. You intersperse weeks.


TOM: This is The Money Pit Home Improvement Show. Hey, thank you so much for spend these sections of your day like to hear us rattle on about home improvement projects and residence decoration assignments. We hope that we’ve given you some good tips and ideas to help you improve your space.

If you’ve get questions, especially now as we’re spending so much time home, we welcome those questions through our Facebook page at Facebook.com/ TheMoneyPit or immediately submitted on MoneyPit.com. We’re doing our best to keep up with the flow of questions. Certainly, there are a lot more that are coming in now that we’re spending all the time we are at home. But we’re happy to see that everyone is taking this time to fix up and maintain their homes and determine them more comfortable

So we are here for you. No concern how long it makes, we are going to get through this together. We are going to beat this thing together. And meanwhile, we’re going to help you take care of your seats so that “youre gonna” cozy as we do it.

That’s all the time we have for now. I’m Tom Kraeutler.

LESLIE: And I’m Leslie Segrete.

TOM: Remember, you can do it yourself …

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

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