Episode #1995: Small Space Veggie Gardening | DIY Kits to Grow Lawns | How to Stop Dogs from Digging

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Having a small yard or living in an accommodation is no reason to give up on the idea of your very own garden, though. Urban and other small space gardeners are inducing employ of containers and horizontal space to grow crops like tomatoes, radishes, clam and other light-greens — we’ll show you how. Plus…

There are a lot, many things for your home that can be delivered in a box. A beautiful lawn nonetheless, is not a matter of them! But now there’s a service that extradites everything you need to grow a beautiful and earth friendly lawn- in a BOX! We’ll explain.Is your dog’s favorite recreation digging punctures in the ground? Well, your favorite activity DOES NOT have to include filling them! Learn how to stop dogs from doing their own form of landscaping, plus learn how to keep domesticateds safe in your ground.Have you ever plucked out gross dishes at the end of a dishwasher hertz that remained layered with last-place night’s dinner? The trouble might be the path the machine is loaded. Get gratuities to end dirty dish do-overs!

Plus, answers to your dwelling better a matter of, getting rid of flies, repairing fissures in a tub finish, installing ice& spray shield, house a garage foundation, fixing a squeaky storey, and more!

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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 to help you take care of your residence and make it the best it can possibly be. If you’ve get the issues of how to do that, if you’ve got a project in recollection that you’d like to take on, give us a bellow, right now, at 1-888-MONEY-PIT, 24/7. We are available. If we’re not in the studio, the authorities concerned will take your info and call you back the next time we are. You’re also welcome to post your questions on Facebook.com/ TheMoneyPit. If you tag them #tmpprojects, you might actually earn a implement or two from us.

Coming up on today’s show, having a small yard or living in an apartment is no reason to give up on the idea of your very own garden. We’re going to have gratuities for small-space plots: how you can use containers and horizontal seat to grow cultivates like tomatoes and radishes and lettuce and other huge parks. We’ll show you exactly what to do.

LESLIE: And likewise ahead, there are a lot of things for your residence that can be delivered in a carton. A beautiful lawn? That’s not really one of them. But there is a service that delivers everything you need to grow a beautiful and Earth-friendly lawn, in a carton. We’ll explain.

TOM: And have you ever gathered out egregious dishes at the end of a dishwasher cycles/second, that remain sort of layered with last-place night’s dinner? The trouble is usually the nature the machine is loaded. We’re going to have tips-off on how to make sure that doesn’t happen to you.

LESLIE: And too ahead, is your dog’s favorite activity excavating excavations in your ground? Because my dog’s is. He really experiences that a lot. Deep ones where you junket and fall over them. It’s truly not a great deal of fun.

We’re going to have some tips-off to help you stop your dog from doing their own landscaping, which is terrible landscaping.

TOM: But more importantly, we want to hear from you. What are you working on? Call us at 1-888-MONEY-PIT.

You know, the cool thing about the style we grow The Money Pit and The Money Pit Podcast is that you can call us anytime you sounds the establish, 24/7. Our screeners never sleep. They’re always there to make your questions. If we’re in the studio, we’ll pick it up but if we’re not, we will still pick up, get detailed information and call you back the next time we develop the show.

So, let’s get to it, 888 -6 66 -3 974. Leslie, who’s first?

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

DIANE: We live in New Jersey. And my dad had the Pennsylvania Dutch come all the way to New Jersey. And they been put forward a beautiful gambrel spar barn with that delightful influence to it.


DIANE: But I noticed there are little rafters along the edge. And even though they have little gap in them, each year the flies come in through there and I have hundreds, all dead bad guys, at the end of summertime. And I don’t know what I could do to stop that problem.

TOM: So, “youve had”- this is a barn that you have and it’s a moderately open barn? You’re not going to keep the flies out of the barn. You can’t make it that tight because by the nature of the building, it’s pretty drafty, correct?

DIANE: Well, actually, my father- we never had any animals near stops but he- it’s completely closed all the time. It’s got two electrical openings at either objective and a doorway, so it is contained. The only way they’re getting in is through- under the edges of the ceiling, there’s a- it looks like a- I don’t know. You know the troughs, sort of? It looks a lot like gutters- trough situation. And there’s an opening there and the sunlight and the breath go through, which I guess you need for animals. But we’re not exploiting it for animals.

TOM: So at the apartment perimeter, the rafters, does it have a complete soffit? Is it erected so that you have a flat, expressed domain underneath it? Or is it time wide open?

DIANE: No. There is a vented locality. They have looked at it closely. And it appears to have- and it’s get little pits in it large enough for flies.

TOM: So they’re not coming in this soffit area where you’re suspecting.

DIANE: I don’t know. I thought they were coming through those holes.

TOM: Yeah. But if they’re that tiny, they’re not coming in. Look, frequently, soffit ventilation is too small for bugs to get into. So they’re probably coming in a different way. Do you have a ridge vent at the flower?

DIANE: Actually it’s just for sounds because when I- there is a staircase that goes up to the top of the barn and there’s no openings in the roof.

TOM: Diane, if you’re trying to keep these barn flies out of the barn, there’s certainly two ways to approach this. Mechanical, which is what we’re talking about in terms of originating sure that you have screening wherever it’s necessary. And this would be covered by any shows, gable shows, cupola ventilates, soffit volcanoes and the like. And of course, you mentioned that it has gigantic doorways that generally abide closed. I guess there’s not much you can do right there.

But the second technique is chemical. And there are still professional pesticides that are designed specifically faced with these flies. There’s generally some formulation of pyrethrin that essentially is sprayed inside the barn to control these insect populations. And in fact, in some cases where you actually have sheep, there are formulations that can also be applied to the livestock without harming them.

So, I would do two things: I would make sure that I examine the barn very carefully for any added openings where these flies can get in; and then I would consult a pest-management professional for an appropriate application of pesticide, because you have such a severe problem. I don’t think this is anything you’re going to be able to handle with, say, a most natural, smaller-scale approach like I might give you for your room. In this case, I think you need to choose the claim product and have it applied properly. And when done, in accordance with all the label counselings, I think it is a relatively safe thing to do.

I hope that helps you out. Thank you so much better for announcing us at 888 -MONEY-PIT.

LESLIE: Tim in New York is having an issue with the bathtub. What’s going on in your bathroom?

TIM: So, my bride and I moved into our residence two years ago and the previous homeowners recently remade the shower. It’s very nice but regrettably, the bathtub has two hits in it. So I recently had- to be real quick, I recently had a bathtub fitter come in and take a look at it. They can’t do it because they don’t have the molds for it and they would have to cover up the tile anyway. So my question is: is there an easy tie? And even though they are I had to supplant a bathtub, do I have to take out tile to do so?

TOM: Well, you have to take out probably the first got a couple of rows of tile. It depends on how difficult it is to get the tub in and out of that opening. It’s a pretty big job. It might be that it’s only not worth trying to save the tile. This is the time where you might just want to think about whether or not you could just renovate the entire bathroom. Because frankly, by the time you get that tub out, you’re going to be taking so many other fixtures out of the way to kind of get the tub in and out, you might end up make that anyway, Tim.

You know, the bathtub is the first thing that goes into a bathroom and everything else works around it or fits around it. And I visualize the bath-fitter idea was a good one but if they can’t do it, they can’t do it.

TIM: Yeah. I seemed up online and the government has these epoxies that choose cracks. I don’t think it’s going to work or be a permanent fix. Do you have any knowledge on that?

TOM: That’s true. I would agree with that. It’s very difficult to repair a fracture or a chip in a tub. Is it a fiberglass tub?

TIM: It is. It’s a fiberglass tub.

TOM: So, gape, they repair fiberglass barges, right? Or fiberglass automobiles? So you can use- right from an auto-body shop, you can use fiberglass repair compound to fix this. It’s not “re going to be” quite, right? I intend like a Bondo product or something like that. It’s going to be self-evident but if you want to buy yourself some time and use the tub for a while, you could do that.

I had a shower stall formerly where the fiberglass wash cracked. Then I amended that with fiberglass and Bondo merely by basically pertaining the fiberglass in a couple of coatings and then putting the compound over top of that. And you could see it but it didn’t leak after I chose it.

TIM: OK. Well, maybe I’ll look into that. The shower is so new that I don’t want to rip out, well …

TOM: I know. I was told you. It hurts. And it may be very well that the tub was put in incorrectly. Because when you put in fiberglass tubs, you’re supposed to framed a solid pack under them. Usually, you’ll threw a loose assortment of mortar mingle underneath it because it basically gives you something solid to step into, because the tub has some flex.

TIM: Yeah. I don’t think they did that because you could actually feel the tub moving underneath my feet.

TOM: Yeah, yeah. Unfortunately, it sounds like it wasn’t put in right.

TIM: OK. Alright. Well , thank you very much. That was very helpful.

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

LESLIE: Now we’re going to head on over to Ohio where Norma is dealing with some ceiling discloses. What’s going on?

NORMA: In the back of the house, near my glass slithering doors- was leaking.


NORMA: I could see the ceiling there was water coming in around the doors and divulging down into the track for- of the door. And “thats happened” right after we had a really deep freeze now. And I conceive the ice freeze up, softened some and then froze back up again. And I appeared it up and I think it’s announced “ice jam” or something like that.

TOM: Ice dam.

NORMA: Ice dam. OK.

TOM: Yep. OK.

NORMA: Actually, I was close.

TOM: You were close, yep.

NORMA: Uh-huh. And so I called a roofing companionship and actually, they came out. And they told me I need a whole new roof, which is going to cost me about $20,000 because I’ve got a lot of roof.

TOM: Of route they did. How aged is your roof?

NORMA: We replaced it in 2010- 8 or 10.

TOM: Well, then that’s …

LESLIE: That’s a brand-new roof.

TOM: Let me asking questions something. You’ve got homeowners insurance?

NORMA: Yeah.

TOM: Well, ice damming is carried out by homeowners assurance. You need to call your insurance company, maybe even a public adjuster, and tell them you had ice-dam damage and it needs to be fixed. Because to fix the ice-dam damage, they have to remove the roof. So guess what? You get a brand-new ceiling paid for by them.

NORMA: Oh. Even if it’s really in one spot?

TOM: Yeah. Because you can’t only fix one spot. An sparkler dam’s an frost embankment. If it’s encompassed, it’s covered.

NORMA: Oh, OK. And investigate, the other thing they said- that the roofing around the vent thing that comes out the shower – you know what I mean?

TOM: Uh-huh.

NORMA: It’s a duct on top of your roof.

TOM: Right.

NORMA: And they said that the roofing was sort of- not the whole way- it wasn’t laying flat around that. Because I had some …

TOM: Well, search – listen, first of all, I don’t like this roofing company because I just think that they’re telling you a narration now to try to get to your wallet.

LESLIE: To “ve been trying to” get more money.

TOM: Yeah.


TOM: I imply the ceilings never lay perfectly flat around plumbing-vent blinks because the blinking is under the shingles. And it basically constitutes the seal between the vent and the roof. So, that’s kind of not true, alright?


TOM: So I would – first of all, I would call my insurance company, report that you had an ice dam. And if they give you a hard time, find a public adjuster because public adjusters work for you and they get a percentage of the amount claimed. And they usually find a lot more than the insurance-company adjuster does. So they kind of pay for themselves. Let them fight the battle.

But to fix this, the ceiling comes off. There’s a type of roofing material announced “ice-and-water shield.”

NORMA: Yes. That’s what they said I didn’t have.

TOM: It goes up about 3 feet from the edge of the ceiling, up into the roof, up over the sheathing. And then formerly that’s down, then shingles go back down on top of that.

NORMA: Right.

TOM: So, that’s what causes it and that’s the mend. And the good news is that homeowners masks it because it’s gale damage.

NORMA: Yeah, it is storm damage. You’re right. OK. I never thought about it like that.

TOM: Alright.

NORMA: Thank you so much.

TOM: Well, you’re very welcome.

NORMA: So I could call my insurance and get that repaired. And the second thing you said was- that I was noting, that I’ve already forgotten. What was the other thing you said?

TOM: What? About the expres- plumbing duct- or about the type of insurance adjuster to use?

NORMA: Oh, yeah. Public adjuster. Is that what you called it?

TOM: Public adjuster. Yep. Public adjuster. Correct.

NORMA: Yeah, OK. Alright. Thank you so much.

TOM: Alright. Good fortune. Thanks so much for calling us at 888 -MONEY-PIT. Glad we were able to help you out.

We may have saved that young lady 20,000 horses, Leslie.

LESLIE: She was so excited. She didn’t even know.

TOM: Well, having a small yard or lives here in an apartment is no reason to give up on the idea of your very own garden. Because as the saying disappears, where there’s a will, there are indeed a way.

LESLIE: Right. So, first, let’s talk about containers. Now, in general, “the worlds largest” the receptacle the more harvests you can grow. And you’re also going to need a variety of depths, as well, because that will determine what you can plant in which container.

So, if you’re looking at some harvests like chives, basil, radishes and lettuce, those are going to do fine in fairly shallow containers because – you know, something that’ll hold 4 to 5 inches of grunge. But other harvests like onions, mint, peas, garlic, even bush nuts, those need at least 6 inches of clay to thrive. So you’ve got to determine what you’re germinating and how deep of a soil you need for that planter.

Now, you want to make sure, likewise, that they have drainage openings. If not, you’re going to need to drill a few punctures in each container so that the roots of the weeds aren’t sitting in water at the bottom of the bowl. They’ve got to drain that water out so the grime stands moist but the roots aren’t drowning.

And you’ll too need something for upward-growing embeds, like a tomato, to jump on and to be encouraged. So these are a couple of things you’ve got to think about when you’re choosing what you want to grow.

TOM: Right. Next, you want to think about whether you’re going to go with seeds or floras. If you have options, I say it’s great to get those grains going indoors, under proliferate lighters, and then transplant the seedlings to your containers. But you too, today, can tell a terminated garden kind of ready to plant.

In fact, our friend Jenn Nawada, who’s the brand-new landscaping pro on This Old House has started- did you see this, Leslie? She’s got the Boston Victory Gardens now. You can prescribe a ended vegetable plot, in a carton, and have it gave amply seeded right to your doorstep.

It’s a really cool idea. They have all different types of garden-like ranges. Their website is BostonsVictoryGardens.com.

LESLIE: Makes it easy and you get exactly what you need to be successful, which is something that I always like.

You’ve got to keep in mind, likewise, guys, that most seeds do require about 6 hours, at least, of sunlight a daylight to do well. So if your gardening cavity doesn’t come this is something that, you’ll either have to stick with collections that can do successful ripening with less sunlight.

And likewise, you’ve got to think about your plan for watering. Now, you can order a really simple drip-irrigation system. Or if you’re going to water by hand, you do have to keep in mind that there are going to be days when you need to water those flowers at least twice. So you need to make sure that you’re up for the commitment.

TOM: Yeah. And one more thing. If you compute mulch to the top of your containers, that can help keep the soil from drying out promptly, as well.

So, all in all, even though you’ve got a small space, you’ve came lots of options to grow a beautiful garden-variety. I wonder- I retain one of my very successful early gardening jobs was basil. I originated it in a chest that hung off the balcony of a condominium I lives in. And I didn’t start it from a seed. I bought it in the supermarket and it had seeds attached and I reviewed, “Hmm. I wonder … ” And wouldn’t you know, we had the huge basil plant load up the whole half of the balcony all summer long. It was awesome.

So, if there’s a will, there’s a road. You ought to really expend some time and get into it, because I think it’s a really worthwhile is planning to take on.

LESLIE: Dan in Virginia, you’ve went The Money Pit. What are you working on?

DAN: I’m getting ready to build a steel building. And I was wondering how thick-skulled to do the concrete, though. I’ve had different beings “re trying to tell me” different densities and everything, so I was just is intending to got to get all’s mind on it.

TOM: OK. So you’re building a steel house, like for a garage?

DAN: It’s going to be part of a garage and place barn.


DAN: It’s 30 x50 and it’s 15 feet high.

TOM: And you’re going to situated a concrete slab and then build the building above it?

DAN: Yeah. On transcend of it, yes. And in one section of it, I want to put one of those vehicle face-lifts in it.

TOM: So, you really need to have a foundation for that. Where do you live in the country?

DAN: I live in southwest part of Virginia: Tazewell County, to be exact.

TOM: Alright. So you do get some wintertime there, which implies the ground is going to get frozen. And if the slab is not adequately fixed with a position underneath it , not to mention the heavines of the roof and then the roof with blizzard and everything else, you’re going to get some – you could have some rectifying or some cracking.

So, you can do this one of two ways: you can either build a standard foundation out of block or you have been able do what’s called a “monolithic pour, ” which is the concrete basically goes across the floor and then down into kind of a gutter around the outside of that house. And that chassis, in one piece, the ground and the slab together. And this behavior, you’ll be in good shape.

Now, in areas of that elevation- that vehicle elevator – you might even dig it out a little bit more in that area where the lift’s going to be and offset that area- the slab a little thicker. Exactly make sure you have some additional patronage in the middle of the flooring. Alright?

I hope that helps you out. Good fortune with that projection. Thanks so much for announcing us at 888 -MONEY-PIT.

Making good residences better, this is The Money Pit Home Improvement Show. I’m Tom Kraeutler.

LESLIE: And I’m Leslie Segrete.

Well, there are a lot, many things for your dwelling that can be delivered in a casket. A beautiful lawn, however, isn’t one of them.

TOM: Well, true-life. But now a new company announced Sunday is ready to bring overdue change to the lawn-care experience by, essentially, ascertaining and giving everything that you need to grow a beautiful and Earth-friendly lawn, in a chest. Coulter Lewis is the founder of Sunday and assembles us now to explain how.

Welcome, Coulter.

COULTER: Thank you. Thank you, Tom and Leslie. It’s great to be here.

TOM: What an interesting idea. Tell us how Sunday works.

COULTER: So, Sunday is a lawn-care service that’s delivered to your door. So it’s still DIY. But what’s different about what we do is we draw data on your dimension, your clay, your environment autobiography, your current weather conditions and satellite imagery of your home to create a custom plan that’s delivered to your entrance. And so what we do is we kind of take all that guesswork and all of that flower science and green-thumbing out of it for our end-users, so our purchasers can go out there and only care for their lawn and get immense results.

TOM: That’s brilliant because so many times when you’re staring at your lawn in early springtime picturing, “Hmm. What do I need to do? Do I need to put down fertilizer? Do I need to block the weeds? Should I supplement some grass grain? ” So many questions.

And often, I look the tribes in the home centers and the equipment places speaking, thoroughly, the packaging on all the products and just trying to sort it all out. Because there really is a lot to know.

Now, Leslie, you actually tried this out, at least opened your address. And what do you get on the GetSunday.com website?

LESLIE: Well, I signify first of all, he had a photo aerial view of my home, so that’s totally crazy. But it’s amazing. You knew exactly what the climate was like, what you think- what you project the soil to be, I suspect, based on what our region is and maybe other tests you have in there, what – you had so much information already as to what the property is.

And now all I have to do is send in a test and then everything is formulated precisely to my asset, which is fantastic. Because you’re right: it is so much of a scientific and certainly, a science that I don’t understand, I don’t want to understand. I’m so indebted for you to just tell me what the hell is do.

COULTER: You know, that’s where the idea came from. I’m a leader of three. I bought a dwelling and I was standing in that aisle in the home improvement store. And I was thinking, “I don’t know what to do.”

TOM: Right.

COULTER: And I’m kind of into- I was coming from a company where I was involved in agriculture and had some background. And even then, it was still certainly terrifying and complex. And so that’s- that was- the core opinion here was I was almost like I was supposed to know this thing and I didn’t. I was various kinds of a little embarrassed I didn’t know about it. And I wanted to help people through that.

TOM: So, as you’re formulating the recipe, so to speak, for each …

LESLIE: I believed to be necessitate as you’re full-on nerding out on my lawn, which I adore, from the website.

TOM: Yeah. That too.

COULTER: Exactly.

TOM: Well, listen, as you’re pulling all this information together, what are some of the things that are most important to think about now in terms of the products we’re actually putting on the lawn? Because I know that coming up with produces that are Earth-friendly was important to your operation, as well.

COULTER: Sure, utterly. So that- whatever they want to do is create an approach that reduced the amount of pesticides and shortened the overall input to the lawn and still got the great causes. And genuinely, the best way to do that was through this tailoring. And if you pair the grass’ needs right when it needs it and you get all that occasioning right, then you’re able to get away with doing a lot less and still going those immense results.

So it’s- our approaching that originates our organisation more planet-friendly and better for your family and better for the birds and the bees and all those things that we care about has a couple different aspects to it. One is the ingredients. Two is the fact we’re lay on a whole lot less of things and doing it the right way, at the right time, and doing foliar feeding, which is actually more efficient.

But on the ingredient feature, yeah, so we use ingredients like molasses. And we actually use recycled food waste. We use seaweed remove. And all of these things go through this entire program. And our formulations were created in partnership with Frank Rossi, who’s our main discipline policeman. He’s a Ph.D. from Cornell. He has a turf Ph.D ., as well, and a leader in the space. And we are therefore appeared through these parts and a good deal of them, he said, “Oh, everyone thinks that corn gluten is a great thing.” And then we looked the data and “theyre saying”, “Well, it’s not. Even if I went through service industries, there’s no data that supports this thing works.”

And so we did a lot of work digging through all of the natural alternatives, understanding which ones had good data and actually pictured efficacy. Because at the end of the day, if our customer’s lawns don’t look astonishing, we’re out of business. That’s the most important thing.

TOM: We’re talking to Coulter Lewis. He’s the founder and CEO of Sunday, a new services which are basically has you experiment your soil or send in a grime sample. It takes a lot of data, based on your address, and then provides you sort of, in a container, everything you need to create a beautiful lawn for your home, for the entire season and beyond.

So, Coulter, how do these plans labour? What does it expense for homeowners to get started with Sunday?

COULTER: Sure. So we sell full-season intentions. So when you sign on, you’re going to get three shipments throughout the year- three to four shipments- and several applications in each shipment. And often, means start about 129 and an average-size lawn is more like 149. So it depends on your lawn’s particular needs. And that reports the entire season’s needs.

And what you’re going to go into the mail is your firstly container has the nutrient pouches. So it’s a liquid format that you hose on, so it’s awfully, very easy to use. But too, we include a soil assessment. And so, that’s kind of an additional perk to our organization is that we’re even so phoned in that we really want to know the exact conditions of your soil right now.

TOM: Excellent. Coulter Lewis, the CEO and founder of Sunday, thank you so much for stopping by The Money Pit. What a great way to set yourself up for a beautiful lawn all season long.

If you’d like to learn more, go to their website at GetSunday.com. GetSunday.com. And hey, lay in your address. See what they know about where you live. I think you’ll be very, quite impressed. That’s GetSunday.com.

LESLIE: Well, if you’ve ever pulled out gross recipes at the end of a dishwashing cycle, that still had everything you ate from last-place night’s dinner on them, the problem could be the acces that you’re loading the machine. See, we yell at you for a rationale, guys. You don’t load the machine right, it doesn’t work. So, there are five things to check.

TOM: Yeah. It’s also the kind of thing that everybody has their own personal way to make love, you are aware?

LESLIE: Yeah, the right way or not.

TOM: My wife kindness to introduce the small dishes on the bottom rack and I precisely feel like that’s wrong. The small-scale dishes go on the big rack. But she thinks that they clean better on the bottom rack and she’s probably right. But it still rubs me the wrong way. Anyway, here’s what you need to know.

First of all, you want to note the flow pattern of the spray. Look at where the nozzles are and the position and the width of the spinning sprayers. Think about what could motive one dish to block another. Imagine, in other words, what’s going on inside that thing when all the water’s spraying up.

LESLIE: Yeah. I retain one time my mama set a really large pan flat down on the bottom. So anything that was spraying up pushed( inaudible ).

TOM: It simply didn’t get there, right? Yeah.

LESLIE: It simply didn’t go anywhere. So I was like, “Ugh. That’s not going to work.”

And the other favorite is when the dish blocks the little pop-out tray with the cleanser, so it doesn’t ever actually open. So, there’s a good deal of things you’ve got to look at.

Now, you likewise want to think about gaps. Water has got to get stumbled the surface of every dish in order to get that dish empty. So if you’re cramming those saucers in right on top of each other, you’re going to end up with dirty dishes. You’ve got to keep a room between every component so that the soap and liquid can spray past it and clean all the surfaces. Don’t crowd it, guys.

TOM: Yeah. Now, if you want to sort of clean a big dish, kept it on the top rack, like what Leslie was saying. If you positioned a big dish on the bottom rack, then it’s going to block all of the liquid from going up above that. So, bowls, goblets, potties, setting spoonfuls, they can all form a catching skin-deep that stops the vertical and horizontal water from getting around and over them. So settled those bowls, beakers and containers in the top tray so they don’t block the water from below.

LESLIE: Alright. Another thing you have to do is think about your silverware. And if they’ve got a lot of meat caked on them- cheese, pasta, whatever it is- drench them a little bit before you gave them in the dishwasher, because you’ve got to loosen up those things that are fixed to them. And you want to gave the silverware into the trays with the crotches and spoons pointing up, administers down and the spears targeting down, treats up for safety.

Now, one more thing you were supposed to do is make sure to only framed three or four utensils max in each little section. Otherwise, they’re just going to get piled up on top of each other and they’re not going to get clean.

TOM: Yeah. And finally, let’s end the statement about whether you need to pre-rinse the meals. The rebut is not always. It depends on the machine, because some machines have what’s called a “turbidity sensor.” And if the dishes are dirty, it actually will run longer to get them clean. So, if you have to leave a little baked-on crud on the bit, it’s probably OK; it will fall to the bottom. And some of the better machines likewise have food- like sort of a grinding, food processor-type wheel so it won’t clog up any drains.

But watch it and learn. It is possible that you can get this thing tweaked so it doesn’t deliver soiled recipes. And if it does, it’s probably from one of the reasons why we just pointed out.

LESLIE: Nancy in Georgia is dealing with some flooring squeals. What is going on at your fund pit?

NANCY: I’m hoping you can tell me.


LESLIE: Well, tell us where you’re hearing them. What kind of floor? When does it happen?

NANCY: The mansion is 48 years old.


NANCY: And I have pulled up the carpet that was in there and I’d like to put hardwood. But there’s a squeak right in the doorway. It’s in the top floor of my two-story home.

TOM: Mm-hmm. OK.

NANCY: And I can’t get to the flooring unless I tear out the ceiling of my dining room.

TOM: Yeah, you’re thinking you have to deal with this from the bottom and that’s not the case.

Now, when you took the carpet up, what are you looking at? Are you looking at plywood? Like old plywood?

NANCY: Subfloor is what- I convey it …

TOM: Yeah, subfloor. Right. So it’s probably old-time …

LESLIE: It’s like a solid subfloor. It’s not slats where you can see through.

NANCY: No, it’s 8x4s perhap or 8×6. Mm-hmm.

TOM: Right. That’s plywood. OK.

So, what you want to do here- and this is typical. What you need to do is you need to figure out where the floor joists are under that flooring. And it’s not that hard to do if you are look at the floor itself, you’re going to see a nailing motif where the flooring joists are running. They’re probably “re going to be” every 16 inches and they’re going to go from the back wall of your house towards the front wall.

And what you want to do is screw- where those nailheads are, you was necessary to drive a drywall fucking through the floor and tighten up the flooring. Because what’s happening is the flooring is loose in that area. And as you tread on the storey and you get that creak- squeals happen for one of two reasons. It’s either because the floorboards themselves- the plywood itself is moving against the adjoining stratum and yelping, right? Or it could be that the plywood is plucking the tack in and out of the floor joist below and that’s squeaking.

But when you clamp the floor down as opposed to nailing it down, you tighten everything up. And it’s a really good idea to do that before you carpet. Because even though you found one now, probabilities are the minute you applied that storey down, you’ll find three more. So if you clamp that flooring down- all that subfloor down- delightful and tighten using these long drywall screwings, which you can drive in with a teach, you’re going to find that that storey is going to be a lot quieter in the long run.

NANCY: OK. I want to situated hardwood over it. Can I settle those under hardwood?

TOM: Sure. Yeah, they’re going to be flush with the surface when you’re done.

What kind of hardwood are you – you’re going to use solid hardwood or you want to use engineered or what?

NANCY: I want to use solid hardwood. I have hardwood in the hallway that it congregates and then I have tile in the bathroom.


NANCY: And so I have the openings there for me to use the hardwood. And I’m in the South, so it’s not as expensive here.

TOM: Yeah, you could use prefinished hardwood or you could use raw hardwood and finish it yourself. There’s a lot of options in prefinished today, though. It’s beautiful. And the floor finishes are actually tougher than what you can apply on your own.

NANCY: That’s what I’m thinking. And I’m thinking I’ll have to pull the baseboards.

TOM: Yes, absolutely.

NANCY: And leave some infinite- a little space- between the wall and the flooring.

TOM: Yes, that’s correct.

NANCY: I laid the foyer- OK.

TOM: Yep. Yep, that’s correct. Yeah, you’ve got the right idea. Yeah, only make sure you screw that subfloor down with those long drywall screwings or grove fucks that you put in with a instruct. Normally, they’re going to have a Phillips or they’ll have a hex head and you can merely drill them right in. OK?

NANCY: Mm-hmm. OK. I’m familiar with those. That’s fantastic.

TOM: Alright.

NANCY: Alright. I regard your assistance so much.

TOM: You’ve got it, Nancy. Good fortune with that project.

LESLIE: Alright. Joseph B. contacted out on Facebook.com/ TheMoneyPit and he writes: “Both our front and back porches are concrete and were originally coated when the house was built in 1950. They still have some draw on them after 70 years.”

TOM: Wow.

LESLIE: That is some good paint.

TOM: Yep.

LESLIE: “My question is: what’s the best way to easily clean them and then repaint them to have them appear brand-new again? ”

TOM: Well, again, that’s amazing that it lasted all those times. But I think the first thing you need to do is to scrape or wire-brush any old-fashioned, loose draw that is there and then clean the surface.

Now, “if youre using” a pres washer or you hose it off, make sure you commit it a few days to baked and cool- delightful, dry, sunny forecast before you draw. And as for that dye, I’d advocate you take a look at the Rust-Oleum Concrete and Driveway Paint. It’s got a pretty good reputation for durability. And it incorporates a cover and primer in one, so it’s going to save a pace, too.

LESLIE: Alright. Next up, Carol C. in Massachusetts writes: “How often do you have to clean the pipes in your home? ”

TOM: I intend I don’t really think you ever have to clean the pipes in your home if you’ve get good filtration, unless you’re doing, say, a construction programme. But if you’re sensitive to the junk and you want to do it once, that’s fine. But it’s emphatically not a regular thing.

I would rather see you focus on having a very good filter in that heating system. Because the one that comes with the basic arrangements, that are an inch-thick fiberglass filters, they just don’t catch that much. So if you’re concerned about dirt, improvement the breeze cleanser to an electronic breeze cleanser or a medium filter and “youre going to be” much healthier as a result.

LESLIE: Yeah. That really is well worth the money. If they’re going to spend the money, get a really good filter.

TOM: Well, most dog owners will tell you they love their domesticateds, even when they’re being risque. But you don’t have to put up with their antics. The warmer condition means they’re going to have more idle the amount of time spent outside, which can bring out your dog’s digging instinct. Leslie has some tips to stop dogs from becoming their own landscapers, in today’s edition of Leslie’s Last Word.


LESLIE: That’s excellent. I promise I’m going to post at some spot, while we are talking about all of this puppy substance, my bird-dog, Sherman, to participate in a defect that he likes to dig underneath our arborvitaes. It’s really lovely. He burrows them relatively deep and then simply sits with exactly his little paws and his little face sticking out of them. And conceded, that’s one I don’t seem to mind because it’s out of the route. The one, nonetheless, that’s on the two sides, that I junket in all the time, is the one that really bothers me.

So, think about why is your dog digging gaps. My dog likes to dig the holes because he said that he wished to get cool. It’s very strange. Your bird-dog might be digging gaps because they’re hiding things, like food or a bone. And they want to have the recreation of burrowing it up when they’re ready to find it the next time.

So, if your hound does that, you need to dig up that item when he’s not glancing so there won’t be the next time. He goes to look for it, it’s not there. And after a while, he might realize that his digging is not giving him the remuneration that he misses and stops.

Now, another technique puppy pros use is spraying the dog delicately with a hose every time it begins to dig, then offering praise when he manages to roam around the lawn without burrowing. And the dogs can now associate digging with coming scattered with water and the good stuff with going all the nice, positive attention.

And some experts say that puppies is as simple as stop delving if they’re presented enough practise, that it’s only a thing they do because they’re not expending fairly exertion. So if you take the time to play with your bird-dog or go on a long walk, that could be a good solution.

You have to remember, though, that a dog’s behavior is really best modified when you, as their own families, are consistent with your set approach. And when other members of the household- everybody does involved in the training, you will have a lot of success. So, genuinely, stick to it, guys.

TOM: I judge bribes wield, more. A little treat can sometimes croak a long way.

This is The Money Pit Home Improvement Show. Thank you so much better for assembling us this hour. Coming up next time on the programme, the warmer it gets, the more liquid we imbibe. And if you’re concerned about ocean caliber and savor, we’re going to highlight a couple of easy paces you can take to protect that liquid in your house, on the very next edition of The Money Pit.

I’m Tom Kraeutler.

LESLIE: And I’m Leslie Segrete.

TOM: Remember, you can do it yourself …

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

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