Episode #1998: How to Grow Herbal Medicines | Buzz on Backyard Honeybee Hives | Resurfacing Worn/Pitted Concrete

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Want to grow your own home redress, right in your backyard? Well walk you through easy to grow herbs for surprisingly effective herbal prescriptions. Plus…

Backyard honeybee beehives are becoming a huge trend. We’ll tell you what all the buzz is about coming up.Over the winter- the combination of road salt and freezing forecast, can do some real damage to concrete steps, accompanies, porches or driveways leaving them gazing old-fashioned, frayed and just plain dull. We’ll review a solution to restore cracked concrete faces that’s easy to do.

Plus, answers to your home increase a matter of depict outdoor wood pillars, getting rid of carpenter bees, cleaning mold from tubs and drop backsplash, best way to ventilating an attic, stain options for a cedar floor, and doctrines for basement flooring.

Do you have a home improvement or decoration question? Call the show 24/7 at 888 -MONEY-PIT ( 888 -6 66 -3 974) or post your question 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 what are you working on today? If it’s your mansion, you are in the right place. That’s where we’re do first. If you’ve got a project you’d like to get done, maybe it’s painting, maybe it’s a quick reparation, perhaps it’s outdoor living. Are you working on restaining a deck, planting a garden-variety, doing a bit of landscaping? Whatever you’re working on, we’d like to help. If you’ve got questions about those projects or more, call us, right now, at 1-888-MONEY-PIT, 888 -6 66 -3 974 because we are here for you.

Coming up on today’s program, here’s one campaign you might like to do. Do you want to grow your own home redress right in your backyard? We’re going to talk you through some easy-to-grow herbs for amazingly effective herbal medicine.

LESLIE: And too ahead, backyard honeybee beehives are becoming a huge trend. We’re going to tell you what all the buzz is about, coming up.

TOM: And you can decide if that’s something you want to get into. I know people are going, “No way. I’m not working with bees.” Well, it’s actually moderately safe, I suspect, if you do it right, until it’s not. Is that fair to say?

Plus, over the winter, you know, the combination of road salt and freezing forecast can do some real damage to concrete steps and gaits and patios. So, if you’ve got some fragments of concrete that are missing, if it’s cracked and chipped and spalled, we’re going to tell you how to restore those skin-deeps. It really is an easy do-it-yourself project if you do it right. We’ll share what you need to do.

LESLIE: And with all the gardening that we’re doing these days, you’re going to enjoy the giveaway that we have for one luck listener. From Centurion Brands, we’re giving away their Collapsible Watering Can, which is great for small-space gardens, along with a few supplements for a total box appreciate of $55.

TOM: So let’s get to it. The number is 1-888-MONEY-PIT. You can also post your questions at MoneyPit.com.

Leslie, who’s firstly?

LESLIE: Beth in Texas is on the line with a depict question. How can we help you today?

BETH: I had four articles on the breast of my house and I live downtown in an old neighborhood. It has beautiful, 150 -year-old oak trees. I have these four columns and I have- the wood blights out from the- it has- those pillars sit on concrete.

And last-place hour I had them defined, which was about 10 year ago, they leant a plastic or some kind of a block that’s the same size as the line. It’s a obstruction various kinds of- a sweat hurdle, maybe, between the specific and the pole.

So, then epoch oversteps and now comes the rotting again. And so I said, “Oh, my gosh.” So I dug out the blight again, I went to Home Depot and I got some of that concoction that you can fill in with( inaudible ).

LESLIE: Like a Bondo.

BETH: Right, right. It’s some kind of a- it has wood in it but it’s plastic. It’s some- I don’t know what it is. Anyway, I did that. And of course, my meanders were so deep, I could only introduced- bed about a 1/4 -inch in and it made me forever to fill up the little holes.

And so I finally got it to the edge and I sanded it. It appeared jolly darn good. And so I drew it. And then, I framed the first hair on and I said, “Oh, this paint’s kind of thin, ” so I kept another hair on. So in the meantime, here comes all this pollen from these monstrous oak trees. And all this material, it falls from the trees on my freshly decorated timber. I started crying.

LESLIE: Mm-hmm. Oh , no.

BETH: I literally started crying because I didn’t know what in the world to do. My paint- I mean that trash only sucked it up like a sponge. And so I didn’t know what to do.

LESLIE: Alright. Well, where are you now with the lines? Are you at a target where you need to replace them again? Would you like to merely figure out a prepare?

BETH: Well, actually, what I did is I went back and I delicately sanded- I waited for a while and then I sanded it delicately and then I settled another topcoat on it. And I don’t know. I still have little- I don’t know what it is. It’s not yellow pollen but it’s something that’s kind of- my decorate is choppy; it’s not nice like it should be after all that work.

LESLIE: Well, here’s a couple of mixtures. You shall be required to sand it if you want to get the surface nice and smooth again. That’s absolutely the only thing that’s going to get rid of the pollen that’s sort of embedded itself into that sodden paint.

Then, formerly you get a nice, smooth skin-deep on that column again, what you want to try to do is- and I know it would be a pain in the butt but it’s going to be super-duper-duper helpful if you can get some draw tarps: plastic, canvas, whatever. If there is a way to sort of build a tent in these tarps around the area, to keep the pollen from sort of wafting in there while the coat is baking and while you’re painting- it’ll be unsightly while the process is happening, just because your beautiful breast of your home will be draped in tarp. But it will actually help to keep the air circulate behind it to actually baked the piece dye but it will restrain things from mooring on it.

So I would be considered by a way to do that. They make all sorts of little prop poles and different things that work for tarps but likewise a couple of good times. Maybe you’ve got an overhang there or something that you can clip onto without damaging a channel. So, that really could do the trick.

Now, fast forward to a couple of years down the road when you end up with such an amount of decomposition again, you might want to consider replacing the pieces with an architectural composite column.

Now, in a lot of cases, because – your timber row is actually a subsidize, correct?

BETH: Yes, ma’am.

LESLIE: So what you might end up doing is they might replace that wood piece- since you’ve done that before, they might replace the wood tower with some sort of post that would be metal, that would be structural.

And then there is an actual decorative wrap, that seeks precisely like the same type of fluted line or whatever type of column you might have, that packages around that support pole. And then it’s a composite, so formerly it’s covered and finished, you won’t have to paint it again for a long, long, long, long time. Because it’s not made use of an organic matter, it’s not going to take that sweat up that you’re going from the concrete. And it’s going to simply clean up with soap and water.

So, stop that in mind for down the road. And they would do that a pillar at a time and procreate them structural. So, there are ways to get around it but you’re going to have to beach again.

BETH: I know. It doesn’t look too bad but it doesn’t look too good, either. But thank you for coming in. I’ll try those tips-off, alright?

TOM: Beth, it sounds like you’ve got your work cut out for you on that job. Thanks so much for announcing us at 888 -MONEY-PIT.

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

STEVE: Looked outside this year and we’ve got a building that was built in 1929. It’s got a porch above the terrace down below. And on the disclosed joists, those carpenter bees have positioned some punctures in there. And it- we’re looking for a highway to eliminate the carpenter bees and not inevitably poison everything in the neighborhood.

LESLIE: Well, part of what they’re do is – you are aware, they certainly enjoy gobbling this natural wood. So they’re coming there because you’ve got something delectable to offer up. And it is about to change that they love to tolerate these openings that are perfectly 3/8 -inches round.

So, you can do a couple of things. You can have it being addressed by a pest professional and then seal up those flaws and that should do the trick. But you’re right: compounds are expended and that might not be what you have in mind.

The other thing is you can cover that or replace that joist totally- or whatever the help is- with a synthetic wood or a composite that looks like wood but it’s not actually wood. It “couldve been” extruded PVC, it could be recycled plastics. This way, it looks like wood; it’s doing the same job that the timber section was. Nonetheless, carpenter bees, carpenter ants, termites, whatever pests like to eat a natural beginning as timber, they’re going to try it, they’re not going to get into it and they’re going to be really confused and fly away and find somewhere else to eat.

STEVE: Yeah, that sounds like an option. Yeah, I was wondering if there was something that- I assume that decorating it would not make a difference. I didn’t know if there was something that could be topically applied to it that would be environmentally friendly and keep the bees out.

LESLIE: Unh-unh. I’ve had them eat through the coated timber that does up my entire screened-in porch. And then what happens is they bore a excavation but they won’t bore all the way through. They’ll bore into the wood, even if it’s merely a 1×6 or whatever. They find a way to tolerate into it and then bore through the grove itself and lay their eggs in there.

STEVE: OK. And it- yeah, it’s amazing. It looks like somebody got out with a drill and taught the hole in there.

LESLIE: It’s just bizarre. It’s perfect how they do it.

STEVE: So, basically, the options, mostly, are having someone come out and treat it or either plastering or changing the material that’s there.

LESLIE: Yeah, altering information is frequently the best bet because they won’t eat it. And then, as an added benefit, it doesn’t require any maintenance except the periodic scavenge. You’re not going to be painting it all the time. It really is a win-win situation.

STEVE: OK. Yeah, I’ll look into that. I’ve got a contractor that’s got to come out anyway, so I’ll look into both options. But it sounds like it- I’d prefer something that wouldn’t have to do with pesticides but …

TOM: Steve, I hope that takes care of those carpenter bees once and for all. Thanks so much for announcing us at 888 -MONEY-PIT.

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LESLIE: Andrea from Ontario, Canada is on the line with a mold question. How can we help you today?

ANDREA: My question( inaudible) involving blacknes molding. And it’s behind my subside. Between the sink and the backsplash, there’s a little bit of room and this black mold rectifies in. There’s a lot of humidity, plainly. We’re running the water and it sprinkles, so- behind and around the sink, as well as around my tub.

I tried bleach. I scrubbed it. We, at one point, made out the caulking and recaulked it but it came back. So I’m at a- kind of a loss what to do with this.

TOM: Mold is going to grow any target that you have an organic material, which could be drywall. Or it could also be, believe it or not, soap scum. It can have organic matter in it and that are in a position feed mold. And so, you have a condition there that’s going to be prevalent to mold regrowth. Even when you empty it, it’s going to come back. You’re not going to permanently prevent it unless you reform the environment- the climate- that exists in that particular area.

So, with respect to the tile area, let’s deal with that first. When you retiled- when you recaulked, I’m sorry- did you pluck all the old caulk out?

ANDREA: Pulled it all out. Took it all out. It was actually our contractor who said, “Keep it very dry.” “Bone dry, ” he called it. And then formerly we had it all baked out, then he came back and positioned a blanket of this white material. I’m not exactly sure what it was but he finished it all.

TOM: OK. So you’re not quite sure what the commodity is.

Here would be the steps. When you pull the old-time caulk out, you need to spray the joint between the bathtub and the tile with a bleach solution. That’s going to kill any mold spores that are left behind. Then, after that’s dry, one additional pace: fill up the tub with sea because it offsets it ponderous and it plucks it down. And then you caulk it.

And when you caulk it, you want to use a concoction that has mildicide in it. Now, DAP, for example, has a caulk that has an additive announced Microban. And Microban will not grow mold; it will prevent it from changing. And so, if you use the right product and you make the gradation of treating it with a bleach answer firstly, before you apply it, that helps it to last as long as possible. But again, if you don’t control humidity necessities, eventually it will come back.

As for the subside, the same advice works. You is not simply have to clean it, which takes away the visual, but you have to spray it with a mildicide. And so you could mix, say, a 10 – to 20 -percent bleach solution with water. And then make it baked and that will help prevent it from coming back.

ANDREA: I’ll try that.

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

Well, flourishing herbal medications in your plot stipulates plenty of benefits. You know, aside from cutting down the cost of buying these makes online or at a supermarket, herbal medicines can deliver a lot of health benefits, as well as a few garden heals, in just a few feet of gardening seat. And that’s why more beings than ever are now flourishing these herbs in their own gardens or even inside the house.

LESLIE: Yeah. And I conclude a great deal of periods people are looking at some herbs that are super favourite and easy to grow. And I think there’s three that really come to top of memory, the first being turmeric. Now, that’s an astounding, natural pain reliever. And it’s said to help with arthritis, stomach aches, diabetes, headaches and so much more.

And garlic. I entail it’s immense to cook with but WebMD likewise tells us that garlic is most commonly used for cases related to the heart and the blood system. And these conditions can include blood pressure, high levels of cholesterol or other fattens/ lipids in the blood and the hardening of the arteries. So, garlic, it savours good and it’s super good for you.

And the other one that people love to grow is lavender. It’s the most relaxing plant out there. And aside from it’s amazing calming superpowers, lavender is also known to improve blood circulation. It’s great for agony succour. You can analyse acne with it. It’s great if you’ve went teenages at home or an 11 -year-old who thinks he’s 14 and doesn’t quite know how to wash his face that great yet. So much with being at home, my goodness. But lavender is fantastic for so many things.

If you miss a complete list of other herbs that you can grow at home, together with their therapeutic benefits, ability on over to MoneyPit.com.

TOM: 888 -6 66 -3 974. You’ve got a gardening question? Give us a request, right now, at 1-888-MONEY-PIT.

LESLIE: Stan, you’ve get The Money Pit. How can we help you today?

STAN: Oh, well, I has only just been bought a room that was built in 1995. It’s a 4,000 -square-foot underground home.

TOM: Wow. That reverberates neat.

LESLIE: And it’s not a converted missile? I’ve been to Oklahoma and I’ve seen these missile-launching areas that have been sort of retaken over and turned into homes.

STAN: No, this is actually an subterranean concrete formation that was specifically built to be a house.

TOM: Do you get to mow your roof?

STAN: Yes, I do.

LESLIE: Interesting.

TOM: Very cool. So, what can we help you with?

STAN: Well, I knew when I bought this that it had a few seeps. And being that the house is getting close to being 20 years old, I feel that it’s time to probably remove the dirt and uncover and probably oust the ceiling and especially since I have some leakages. And I’m having trouble finding somebody that deals with any kind of underground structure/ home and especially in a roof/ ceiling of that nature.

And I was curious if- I’m sure this is probably going to be an expensive undertaking. But likewise, after I going to go and get it all done, when I find the contractor to do it, what may be- is there some charge/ preventative upkeep that- how I care for that subterranean roof organization, so I’m not coming back at a later date and go and going back through the same process.

TOM: There’s no way we could give you the answer to that question but we can give you some advice on how to approach it.

What I would do is I got to find an inventor to spec out this roof project, because it’s a big project, 4,000 -square-foot roof. And I would have an architect or an designer spec out development projects. Let them do studies and research on what are the most viable information out there right now, accessible, to supplant this ceiling with. And have them equip- prepare a specification for that.

It’s worth the asset because then with that spec, you can bring it to modify contractors. And I would suspect, probably, the most wonderful contractors “wouldve been” those that do commercial roofing , not suburban roofing. And have them follow this specification accurately. I would not try to find a roofing contractor that has their own personal thought of how to do this, because you’re not going to find somebody that’s experienced in these homes; it’s more unique. But if you find a house professional that could spec this out for you, do studies and research on the most efficient way to replace that roof, that spec will be very valuable to you.

STAN: Perfect. That’s a great idea. Never even thought of that.

TOM: Alright. Well, good fortune, Stan.

STAN: Hey, guys, I appreciate it.

TOM: Got to work- we’ve got to work smarter , not harder, right?

STAN: That’s right.

TOM: Thank you so much for calling us at 888 -MONEY-PIT.

STAN: Appreciate it. Thanks.

LESLIE: Arlene in Rhode Island is on the line and wants to stay cool this summer with some air conditioning. How can we help you with development projects?

ARLENE: I live an in 1,850 -square-foot ranch that’s 38 years old and we positioned the central air before the walls were closed. The access to the handler, which is in the attic, is 21 inches by 21 inches square. And they always told us if it ever separate, it would be a difficult problem to oust the handler in the attic.

But lo and saw, last week the air conditioning went on for about an hour and then it stopped. I called my service-contract people. They came. They said- they extended up into the attic and they said the handler is dripping grease. It’s old. It has a fan region, which is no longer abused and it’s time to get rid of my air-conditioning system and get a new one or replace- or they could define it for $800 but it might not be good forever.

So, I’ve been interviewing fellowships; they told me to do that. I’m a little bit instructed on it now. And I is a well-known fact that I crave a 5-ton handler in the attic and a 13 -SEER compressor on the outside. My compressor is almost 10 years old but I think it wouldn’t be compatible.

TOM: How big is your house?

ARLENE: Eighteen-hundred-fifty square feet.

TOM: Five tons is a lot of air conditioning for that width live. Usually, you would use 3 to 4 zone- 3 to 4 tons. If you oversize the air conditioning, what’s going to happen is it’s going to cycle on or off very quickly. You were able to overdo it and it’ll be really inefficient.

But OK. I’m guessing that your question is: how do you get the air handler back up in the attic?

ARLENE: Well, everyone said they can make a brand-new opening and put a brand-new vent in and it’ll render it more dissemination and it’s a good thing to do.

TOM: Right.

ARLENE: The last being I interviewed said he can get it up- a 5-ton up into the attic. Because the one he’s going to supply- an Amana- comes in two pieces.


ARLENE: He said and that will be better because if it ever needs a repair, you merely click open the two pieces. I’ve never heard of a 2-piece 5-ton and I’m wondering what your opinion is, because he gave me the best price. He was $3,000 cheaper than everyone else.

TOM: Yeah, well, it’s hard to tell, because a good deal of these guys entreat you and not development projects. But Amana is a good brand.


TOM: So I have no issues with that. I would simply do some study on the contractor.

But by the way, you know, making a bigger opening is not that large-scale of a transaction. It might seem like a big of a administer but it’s actually a pretty simple carpentry project. It’s exactly an additional project that you probably didn’t want to face.

Is there any storage opening up there if you were to make it bigger? Could you take advantage of that?

ARLENE: A crawlspace attic.

TOM: It’s all a crawlspace? Yeah. Yeah, I represent listen, a carpenter that knows what he’s doing can open- can double the dimensions of the that fault in about an hour. It’s actually not hard.

Listen, I just- before you start the commitment to the 5-ton, I’m just telling you, for the purposes of an 1,800 -square-foot house that’s over- it’s probably overkill. And I don’t want you to get in a situation where there’s – you know what I represent? When I say cycling, do you know what that implies? It entails the air conditioning comes on and it goes off, comes on again and it goes off, goes on/ off, on/ off. So what’ll happen is it will never move long enough to dehumidify your mansion. And as a result, you’ll feel cold and clammy. It’s truly not good.

So, you want to positioned the right-size unit in, OK? You was necessary to set the right-size unit in. And generally, it’s about 600 square paws per ton. So that’s simply 3 tons for your home. So, I’m thinking three to four , not- I’m thinking five might be too big. OK?

ARLENE: OK. Thank you so much.

TOM: Alright. Good fortune. Thanks so much for calling us at 888 -MONEY-PIT. And well done doing all the research on this.

LESLIE: Well, if fresh, regional honey sounds good to you, you might be surprised you don’t have to go to the regional farmer’s market to get some. You actually don’t have to go further than your own backyard.

TOM: Well, that’s right. Backyard honeybee hives are becoming very popular because honeybees, for the best part, are actually relatively obedient. Don’t get me wrong. If you mess with them, they’re going to mess with you. They do have stingers but they die when they sting, so they’re not really motivated to commit bee hara-kiri by bite you.

LESLIE: So, what’s the entertainment of having a backyard beekeeping setup? Well, a lot of people are into it because they like the relevant recommendations of fresh, savory local sugar. And the hive too displays beeswax, which you are eligible to see into candles, lip salve, wood-furniture polish, so many other things.

Plus, I’ve heard ingesting sugar from local bees kind of aids boost your immunity to the regional allergens in your arena, because you’re taking in that actual pollen. So you’ll be able to fight it better.

TOM: Ooh, that’s really interesting. I didn’t know that.


TOM: Yeah. And it’s not really as hard as you might think to get started on beekeeping. You can pretty much degree everything you need online- in particular the bees, by the way- and have it delivered right to your figurehead entrance. I guess you probably should warn your family not to open all the boxes, though.

LESLIE: Oh, God, could you imagine?

TOM: Whoops.

LESLIE: That would be a disaster.

TOM: But the first step- yeah, the first step is really, though, picking out a great spot for the hive. So one large-hearted part is, really, protection from the wind. You demand a discern that’s sheltered by trees or a fencing or a higher part of your garden. And you likewise demand a recognize that goes lots of sunlight. So, the sunlight is going to give the warmth for the bees, so a south-facing spot is always good for beehives.

So, as “youre seeing” , not yard. Of direction, there’s a lot more to it than we have time to talk about but not exceedingly difficult. But a very rewarding and sugared project to take on right about now.

LESLIE: Well, it’s roughly the official start of summer. We can call it that. Memorial Day. And whatever it is you are doing in your arena, you’re probably doing your best to keep your yard searching lovely and prepared for the summer season.

So we’ve got a great prize for you this hour. It’s the Centurion Brands Collapsible Watering Can, plus garden supplementaries. I affection that. It starts as a watering can and then it travels flat so you are eligible to store it apart super easy. And it even comes with a collapsible barrel. Who knew?

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LESLIE: Alright. We’re going to talk floors and how to keep them beautiful, with John in North Carolina. What can we do for you?

JOHN: Well, we decided to take unused room and turn it into a deck, we are therefore depleted about four months. We toyed with Trex and pressure-treated and settled on cedar. And it looked absolutely elegant. We gave a can of SPF stain on it. And that was- we finished last-place September.

This spring, we look out the window and it’s kind of whitish. It’s not the honey emblazon. It’s like- a western cedar is what we have. So I got with Cabot and they were very surprised. So I guess they’re going to work something out with us. But is there something, either a grime or a- I’m thinking like a polyurethane or something that’s specific for cedar? It seems to be an unique kind of wood.

TOM: It’s not that unusual. Basically, whatever it is you was necessary to do is you’re going to want to prime it firstly. And then you’re going to cover it with a solid-color stain. If you use a semi-transparent stain, you’ll – you are eligible to consider more of the grain. You’ll still see it through solid color but you don’t have as much pigment in it, so it doesn’t last-place quite as long. But if the deck is primary first- and when I prime cedar, I use an oil-based primer. And then on top of that, I’ll use a solid-color stain and it can last-place a really, truly long time.

JOHN: Well, the only thing is we didn’t want to do the solid emblazon because the cedar seems so beautiful.

TOM: Yeah, I get that. But the thing is you’re not going to preserve that natural emblazon. Eventually, it’s going to fade to gray. You may not want to do it now but you will do it eventually. It’s going to happen with you or without you.

JOHN: Yeah, yeah. Yeah, we all croak gray, I guess.

TOM: Exactly.

JOHN: OK. Alright. Well, I appreciate it very much.

TOM: Alright, John. Good fortune with that projection. Thanks so much for calling us at 888 -MONEY-PIT.

Well, hey, over the winter, the combination of road salt and freezing brave can do some real damage caused to concrete faces. So if you’ve got paces or walkways or patios or driveways that are missing some clods or they’re looking age-old and dres or dull, it used to be that you had to put up with that until it’s past its prime. And then you had to tear it out and start again.

But now, there’s a much easier solution. QUIKRETE spawns it and it’s announced Re-Cap- R-e-C-a-p.

LESLIE: Now, Re-Cap makes you recap and restore your concrete skin-deeps with a completely new surface at a fraction of the cost of replacing it.

Now, the brand-new finish is beautiful and it’s going to last-place for years without separating from that old concrete below. And it’s so easy to use that you can do this project yourself. All you need to do is wash the surface with a adversity washer and then apply it by squeegee, a trowel or a brush.

TOM: So, with our terrace- we have a paver-brick patio but we had sort of a concrete limited around the outside. And it was looking very cracked and chipped exactly because the water- the acces it was sitting on it over the years. And I expended Re-Cap to completely resurface it and it looked like a brand-new curb when I was done. It genuinely was easy to use.

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LESLIE: Mary in Wisconsin, you’ve got The Money Pit. What can we help you with today?

MARY: I’m redoing my basement and I’m wondering about flooring. It has had a rubber-backed carpet, which has been taken up so we’re down to the concrete. And I’m just wondering, what would be a good thing to put back down on the flooring there?

TOM: So, rubber-backed carpet was kind of popular at one point in time. But generally speaking, we don’t recommend carpet for cellars because they’re so damp. You can build up a great deal of debris down there that can cause allergic reactions. You get dust touches and all that sort of thing that will nest in the carpet.

So I would look to a smooth-surface material. So your options might be laminate floor, which is beautiful. It could look like hardwood floor or tile. It’s made of different composite information. It’s a exceedingly, very tough surface. And it floats. It doesn’t- it’s not glued down; it hovers on top of the flooring. Or you could choose a special type of hardwood floor announced “engineered hardwood.”

Now, solid hardwood would not be recommended for a cellar because it’s extremely moist. But engineered is made up of different beds of hardwood. It various kinds of appears- the guts of it kind of look like plywood but the surface, it looks just like a regular hardwood floor. You can’t really tell the difference formerly it’s down. And I think that would be a good alternative, as well.

MARY: I really like the carpet down there.

LESLIE: Use area carpets. You’re just going to be sad. It’s just going to cause a lot of problems. It’s going to make “youre feeling” yucky. It’s going to feel mute down there.

TOM: And it’s a terribly dated look today, too. Things have changed in terms of decor. And I guess the solid surface of a laminate floor or an engineered-hardwood floor would be much more common today.

MARY: Is there something practicable in a price range, though?

TOM: Yeah. Laminate floor is really inexpensive. You are able to obtain that for as little as maybe four horses a square foot.

LESLIE: Yeah. You know what? Go online. I’ve seen laminate flooring just south of$ 2 a square hoof. So there’s actually some enormous alternatives that are very affordable out there.

MARY: OK, thank you.

TOM: Mary, thanks so much for calling us at 888 -MONEY-PIT.

LESLIE: Alright. Pick up the phone and sacrifice us a see. But recollect, pole your question on The Money Pit’s Facebook page, just like Gary did.

Now, Gary writes: “My water pressure is pretty poor and I’m pretty sure it’s due to the fact that the water line from the street is more than 50 years old and made of galvanized steel. I can’t even do a onu of laundry and take a shower at the same time. Outside of supplanting this pipe, is there a spout I can install to increase the pressure for the entire house or even merely the shower? ”

TOM: Seems like that might be a solution but certainly, it’s not. Because if this tube is rusted- which it most obviously is if it’s rusted. What happens with steel pipes, Gary, is they rust kind of like a choked artery, you are aware. They mostly push inward so that the opening is very, very tiny. If you started with 3/4 -inch, you can get down to the width of a pencil because the rust- as it expands, rust expands to fill about 8 occasions the cavity of the sword that it came from. So it certainly will push in and closed down these pipes.

And even if you were to add more pressure to it, you might just blow a loophole in that tube. Because a lot of epoches, what happens is you’ll get pinholes in these aged, galvanized pipings and a little bit of irrigate trickles out. And then the mineral salts that are in that liquid sort of form a scab over the hole. And I always tell people not to obliterate those away because then you get a bunch of leaks that start all over again.

So, genuinely, this is time to start the pipe-replacement project. I know you’re trying to avoid this but it is time to do it. It’s probably past duration. And frankly, if you don’t take it on now, you may be forced to take it on at some detail, in the not-so-distant future, when you get a major break in this pipe. And if you’re actually unhappy, it could happen when you’re not home and make a lot of damage.

So, here’s what I would recommend. Here’s how you approach this project in a reasonable pattern. The first thing you want to do is you want to replace any noticeable galvanized piping in your room now. So, in the vault, in the attic, any unfinished apartments, any place you find a piece of old, steel startled piping, you supplant it is currently. That will result in some degree of further improvement of this problem.

The second thing that you do is if “youve been” do a restore and open up a wall, you never settled it back together without ousting the galvanized pipe. And the third thing you do is you supersede that hose from the house to the street.

Now, if you’ve got a big budget, do it all at once, enormous. It’s emphatically a weakness. I will tell you that the new plumbing that’s being used inside homes, PEX- P-E-X; stands for cross-linked polyethylene- is awesome stuff. You can feed this through walls and storeys and gaps that you have been able never get shocked hose through or even copper hose without “re going to have to” do a great deal of tear-out of wallboard. This PEX material, though, is very flexible, so you can really feed it through exactly where you need. And that moves the project a lot easier to get done.

So, that’s what you really have to start thinking about now because it’s not going to get any better; it’s simply going to get worse. And right now, you have- still have a somewhat performing organization but we don’t want to have a major escape happen, especially when you’re not around.

LESLIE: Alright. Next up, we’ve got a post from David in Colorado who writes: “My roof is worn and I was wondering if it would be a good intuition to depict the shingles to draw them last longer.”

I don’t think you could do that.

TOM: Yeah. Well, I make some people do that. There are, actually, some- I’ve seen some contractors sell that as a new ceiling and it’s a really bad idea.

The only kind of roof that you cover is a flat ceiling. And you use a type of aluminum paint on that that wonders sunlight. But for asphalt shingles, they are not designed to be drew. If they’re worn, you should simply change this ceiling. If you’ve get numerou beds, I would take it down to the sheathing. But if you’ve just got one layer, you might be able to get away by putting a second layer on top of that.

This is The Money Pit Home Improvement Show. We hope that we’ve been able to give you some tips and ideas and suggestions for projects to get done in and around your house. Whether you’re doing these projects or you’re dreaming about a future job, we will be here for you to help you every step of the space. Trying to reach us anytime by shout us at 1-888-MONEY-PIT or berth your questions online at our Facebook page at Facebook.com/ TheMoneyPit.

For now, that’s all the time we have as the testify moves online. I’m Tom Kraeutler.

LESLIE: And I’m Leslie Segrete.

TOM: Remember, you can do it yourself …

LESLIE: But you don’t “re going to have to” make love alone.

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