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The right floor design can prepare your residence seem larger than it is- which is why adding a backyard deck can actually increase your home’s value. Tom& Leslie have gratuities on how to choose a deck design that works for you. Plus…
Squeaks, creaks, drippings, bashes and hisses- are all noises your residence realizes, but have you ever wondered what’s behind them? We’ll tell you how to scent out and stillnes the most common house noises and whether those interferences might signal a bigger problem demand a fix.Do you want to contribute to a sustainable environment and maybe even save a few cases horses along the way? If your answer to those questions is “Yes, ” then reclaimed lumber may be the perfect are suitable for your next dwelling betterment campaign!
Plus, answers to your residence progress a matter of, installing molding, which plants are good for shady areas, cleansing rust stains off a patio, shifting foundation, installing a whole house dehumidifier.
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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 so glad to be with you on this beautiful day. And we hope that you have some projects in thought that you’d like to get done around your residence, because we’re now to instruct you along, to give you some tips, some intuitions, some inspiration to avoid that perspiration when you’re trying to get those projects done. So whether you are working inside or out, floorboards to shingles, storage and making, make-up, decoration, smart-home products, dedicate us a summon. We’ll talk you through how to get it done. The crowd here is 1-888-MONEY-PIT, 888 -6 66 -3 974.
Coming up on today’s show, we’re going to kick it right off by talking about deck design. You know, a beautiful deck can spawn your dwelling materialize a lot larger than it really is. And that’s really one reason why adding a backyard deck can help improve your seat. It could also increase your home’s value. So we’re going to have gratuities on how you can choose a motif that works for you, exactly ahead.
LESLIE: And creaks, creaks, trickles, thuds and rasps, these are all the interferences that your residence starts. But maybe you’ve been wondering where the heck they are from. We’re going to tell you how to scent out and silence the most common house interferences and whether those interferences might be a signal that something bigger is going on that needs a fix.
TOM: I thought you were going to say this organization is the rackets that your spouse makes.
LESLIE: It’s precisely their own families, guys. Sorry.
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LESLIE: But first, we want to know what you are working on. So sacrifice us a ask. Let us know what you are planning, what your big-hearted summer home improvement dreams are. So demonstrate us a call.
TOM: The count is 1-888-MONEY-PIT, 888 -6 66 -3 974.
Let’s get to it. Leslie, who’s up first?
LESLIE: Brian in Rhode Island is working on some treetop molding. How can we help you?
BRIAN: I’m putting up some treetop molding above cabinets. Now, I’ve worked with crown molding before. I have this ingenious jig that- I believe it’s called a Cut-N-Crown.
BRIAN: And when you put it along with your miter looked, it does a good job of the slants for inside and outside corners.
TOM: Mm-hmm. OK.
BRIAN: And what I can’t figure out is now I’m trying to do crown molding above some kitchen cabinets that I’ve lay, OK? And I’m not quite sure how to nail it on. I don’t want to nail into the stile above the door or the railway above the door because number one, I don’t want to do that. Number two, it looks like it could split it, so I’m just trying to figure out what people do to fasten crown molding above kitchen cabinets.
TOM: So, you have space above these lockers- empty space, so to speak- between the cabinet and the ceiling?
BRIAN: Yes, I do.
TOM: OK. Well, I think you are going to have to mechanically attach it to those cabinets.
Now, whether you do that with nails or some other fastening method is going to be up to you. But is this a hardwood crown molding? Is this oak?
BRIAN: Yes, it is.
TOM: So you’re going to have to pilot drill- whatever it is you do with this has to be pilot-drilled, because you can’t exactly fingernail through it; it’s going to split it. So you’re going to have to get a drill bit that’s just slightly smaller than the fingernail or the pin that you’re use and pilot-drill through this.
Now, I wouldn’t hesitate to attach it to the cabinet body above the door if I had the opening. If you wanted to try to kind of hedge your speculation a little bit, get a little bit more control, what you could do is you could attach a nailing piece or a screwing airstrip, so to speak, on top of that locker. So let’s say you have a piece of wood that maybe is 1×1 square. Well, you fix that to the top of the cabinet, you drill down so it fixes into the top stile of that closet and now you have a much bigger, flatter surface for you to kind of have some meat behind it, get that tack or shaft into, you know what I mean?
BRIAN: OK. I know exactly what you signify. I know exactly what you make. In information , now that I learn what you’re saying, I might want to improve that just a little more. I might want to take something that’s like a 2×3 or something along that order and cut it out so it fits above it but I can’t screw from above to attach it. So, if I’ve got the room, I might( inaudible ).
TOM: Why not? How much room is there?
BRIAN: There’s about 4 inches.
TOM: Oh, yeah, you can’t do that. No, you’d have to go- then you’d have to go from underneath. You could go from underneath. You could teach up from the underside of the cabinet stile- the front stile. You can go up that space and append it there.
BRIAN: That sounds good. That would resolve my problem.
TOM: Alright. There “theres going”. Thanks so much for calling us at 888 -MONEY-PIT and good luck with that kitchen.
LESLIE: Janet in Arizona needs some help gardening. What can we do for you?
JANET: I live in Sedona, Arizona, which is- and I live various kinds of up in a valley neighbourhood ability up towards Flagstaff now. And I have a really hard time coming any seeds to grow around the awfully disreputable surfaces of my home, in kind of border containers and things like that. And I’ve tried a few different things and time with not much blessing. So I’m just wondering if you guys have any suggestions.
TOM: What have you tried?
JANET: I’ve tried coleuses, pansies. Right now, I do actually “ve got something” announced Astilbe that’s kind of working there.
LESLIE: Mm-hmm. Have you tried hostas?
JANET: Hostas? I don’t study I’ve tried hostas.
TOM: What about a copper embed? Have you ever seen a copper flower? They’re very beautiful. They’re sort of a greenish, red, orange kind of a plant with large-scale leaves.
JANET: Oh, neat. No, I haven’t heard that one. I can look for that, yeah. That would be great.
TOM: You said you tried- what about Begonias? That’s a good canopy flower.
JANET: I foresee I’ve tried those working in my hanging baskets and they don’t do well, either.
TOM: Well, some of this is going to be trial and error. I know that Home Depot has a brand-new garden club that they’re doing now out of the neighbourhood places. And they’ve got some real professionals that are associated with that.
TOM: So that might be a good situate. Or just go to a local nursery and check what they recommend.
JANET: Yeah. OK. Will do.
TOM: But those are the usual color weeds that we are to be able throw in desert locations.
LESLIE: I use hosta all across the country whenever there’s shade. And they come back. They’re very hardy. It’s a perennial, so it’ll come back season after season if you’re able to.
JANET: Yeah. OK.
LESLIE: And they genuinely- they thrive in the colour. And there’s a ton of different varieties of hosta, so you can find them kind of variegated from a yellow-bellied and light-green, a light-green and white-hot, different flavors on the greens.
JANET: Uh-huh. Right. Right.
LESLIE: So there’s probably one that you like. And rarely, the ones that I have in my super-shady countries almost never flower. The ones that get incomplete subtlety will get sort of a long, wispy one stem with a couple of purple heydays on it.
JANET: Mm-hmm. Right, right. Right.
LESLIE: But check them out because you really can’t kill them.
JANET: Yeah. Yeah, I think that that’s a great suggestion. Thank you very much.
LESLIE: You’re so welcome.
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LESLIE: You still have it.
TOM: Yeah, I still have it and it was Dad’s.
LESLIE: Was it- wait, it was your dad’s?
TOM: It was my dad’s. I still have it. Yep. These things exactly don’t wear out. They’re fantastic.
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LESLIE: Alright. Going to the Great North. We’ve get Gunner in Alaska on the line who needs some is contributing to a window trouble. What’s going on over there?
GUNNER: I had double-pane windows that fogged. I understand that they fogged because the seal divulges. But I had a contractor come up. They advertised on the radio that rather than buy new windows, they had a way of removing that condensation.
What they did is they- on the outside panes they instruct a small hole on the bottom and a small hole at the top. And they did a scavenge. I believed they even squirted irrigate in there and expelled it. I didn’t see it done but I’ve seen it on YouTube. And then they introduced these little plastic plugs there where the holes used to be.
Didn’t really clear up. It roughly was like it came worse, so I called and deplored and the contractor said, “Well, in 3 to 12 weeks, it should go away. It should clear up.” And by golly, it did. Which kind of offended me, because I’m an architect and all my instruct says that if you have something open to the outside air, it’s going to have moisture in it. And that’s one reason why it fogged in the first place. And I don’t think they created a vacuum-clean, so I didn’t know how that worked.
TOM: Well, this is the first I’ve heard of that organization, Gunner. I’m not familiar with it at all. I would have the same reaction that you would. I would think it’s not the kind of thing that would be my first choice.
I would generally tell people that when you get fogged windows, yeah, the window is slightly less efficient but it doesn’t inevitably aim the window has to be replaced. If you’re concerned about appearance, you want to make sure you want to see clearly through it, I could see where perhaps, on a limited basis, that you might want to experiment with something like that.
But what they’ve done is essentially merely scavenged the window; soaked the window from the inside out it is just like. And I is hoped that that distillation may be coming, contributing it a season or two. So this may not be the end of it. But if it’s giving you some temporary relief, then OK.
GUNNER: Yeah. And in fact, they had a guarantee. Their guarantee is that they’d be happy to replace the windows at a dismis. But they charge you for the- and when I heard that, I various kinds of chuckled to myself. Said, “Oh, geez, what a practice to get into your live, you know? ”
TOM: Yeah. Exactly.
GUNNER: But so I- OK. So you kind of agree with me. It’s not black magic.
GUNNER: To me, it’s like black magic. What on Earth happened here? It’s not possible. They talked, “Well, around the perimeter, on the inside, there’s a material that absorbs excess humidity and keeps the window clear.”
Well, some of the new ones- we’re putting brand-new windows out on- I’m with the FAA. We’re putting new openings out in a region called Cold Bay. And they’re triple-paned and I looked at the boundary in between the panes and it is serrated as if it’s open to some kind of sponge or some kind of material that might …
TOM: Yeah, you know what that cloth is announced, Gunner?
GUNNER: No, I don’t.
TOM: It’s got a funny name. It’s announced “swiggle.”
GUNNER: Swiggle. OK. Well, my spaces don’t have that. That’s just a solid deprive so that there’s no swiggle, as you set it, as far as I can tell. Because it’s an older home; I meditate the home was built in like’ 85.
TOM: Well, you’re in the part of the country where triple-pane moves sense. I symbolize the colder it gets, the more that realizes financial smell, even though those windows are more expensive.
But back to your original question. I think what they’ve done is essentially scavenged the windows. And depending on the dew point, yeah, it’s either going to appear or reappear, depending on how much distillation you get inside those- inside that glass. But I think that, at this phase, exactly understand what you have and that when you can afford it, when you want to budget for it, go ahead and oust the windows.
And remember, you don’t have to do all your spaces at the same time. A parcel of days, I tell tribes they can do them in stages. You can do the north side firstly and then move to the east side, the west side and the south side, since the coldnes is the biggest issue in your areas of the country. If you lived down south, you’d do the south and the west windows first. OK, Gunner?
GUNNER: OK. Thank you very much.
TOM: Alright. Well, good luck with that project. Thanks so much for calling us at 888 -MONEY-PIT.
Well, lending a backyard floor is one surefire style to multiplication your home’s living space. Deck layouts can spawn your residence perform larger than it is and some well-designed floors can actually increase the value of your home.
LESLIE: Yes. But you’ve got to make sure that your floor comes out as planned. And to do that, well, there is a requirement a plan.
So, you can get deck-design projects online or even at your neighbourhood dwelling improvement big-box store. And most do come with a materials list, which could spare you the task of having to figure it all out and what goes with what and having to create your own plan.
Now, step-by-step instructions certainly do come in handy, peculiarly if you’re not totally sure this is right your skills and this might be your first time building a deck.
TOM: Now, once the strategy is set, you need to think about a permit. Now, a lot of cities and towns will mandate procuring a permit if you’re planning to add a deck to your dwelling. And while it could seem like a hassle, there are very good reasons for those permitting laws.
For one thing, if you get a permit, it’s going to make you privy to the building-code requirements for decks in your sphere, like spacing between the spindles and the guardrails and the railing heights and the heavines requirements and so on. Because believe me, you don’t want to build a beautiful floor and have a big Fourth of July party and then it comes crashing down and everybody gets hurt.
LESLIE: Yeah. I mean you really have to think about refuge here.
And although you might not adore the relevant recommendations, guys, of having to shell out some extra money and take the time to get that let , not to mention having to pass an inspection and the neighbourhood building inspector coming by, it truly does all definitely sounds like a inconvenience but it’s something you’ve got to do. And you’re going to be so glad that you did it in the end, because you’re going to be super confident that the floor is safe and you’re not going to have to worry about difficulties or questions.
These things could come up when you go to sell the house. And if you don’t have a permit or never had it properly done, you’re going to have to take it down when it comes time to sell the house. So do everything in the figurehead, do it right, do it formerly and then actually obstruct and enjoy the floor forever.
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LESLIE: Doug in Florida is on the line with issues and questions about a patio. What’s going on at your fund excavation?
DOUG: I’ve got a concrete deck around a large- or floor place around my reserve. And where reference is sprinkles, wherever I’ve got porch furniture, it creates rust discolours. And likewise, where the ladders and the handrails come out of the consortium, there’s ever rust-brown discolorations around that.
And I use a concoction from Home Depot announced Goof Off that works enormous temporarily. It goes away immediately but then it always seems to come back with duration- in a duo weeks’ time. I’m wondering if there’s a permanent solution to get rid of those rust stains.
TOM: So this is from rain? It’s not from the sprinklers?
DOUG: Well, it’s a combining. I’ve got it close to the pool where the sprinklers don’t smacked and then I’ve got it on the leading edge from the sprinklers, also.
TOM: It’s moderately common when it happens because of the sprinklers and the only way to deal with that is to made some kind of a water-filtration system on it that’s going to keep that iron out of the sea. So it’s basically cast-iron in the groundwater that is causing that rusty sediment. And so it’s no stun that it’s coming back in two weeks, because it exactly is continuing to re-accumulate.
In expressions of the mildew that occurs around the furniture or around the pool ladder, I’m thinking that that’s probably because water is collecting there, really draining down and kind of sitting in that area. That’s why it ogles more obvious, Doug. Because I don’t think it’s rust that’s actually structuring in the furniture or the puddle ladder, because those would not be metals that are going to rust.
So I think this is mostly what is actually in that groundwater that’s platform on that face and inducing this rust-stain deposit to happen. And you’re right, Goof Off does work really super well for that.
DOUG: And there’s no real permanent mixture then for it, huh? Just keep using that.
TOM: Yeah, precisely. I mean you can’t stop Mother Nature unless- with the lawn sprinkler, like I said, if “youre supposed to” set an iron-based filter in it, that would stop the iron accumulations from getting through the irrigate and onto the patio surface. So that would have a big impact on it. But of course, there’s an outlay associated with that.
DOUG: Right. Is that a filter that gone on the shoot that comes from the hole or …?
TOM: Yes, exactly.
DOUG: OK. OK.
TOM: Yep. Yep. Between the hole and the heads, mostly. Mm-hmm.
DOUG: Should I- is that something I can do myself or …?
TOM: You know, it’s not seriously difficult if you are pretty handy with plumbing projects.
DOUG: Yeah , not so much, so …
TOM: You might want to have your sprinkler pro do that.
LESLIE: At least he’s honest. Doug’s honest.
DOUG: Gotcha. Well, enormous, chaps. Thanks for your- thanks for answering my question.( inaudible)
TOM: Alright? Alright. Yeah. Good luck with that. You’re on the right track. Thanks so much for announcing us at 888 -MONEY-PIT.
Darlene in New York, you’re next on The Money Pit. How can we help?
DARLENE: Hi. I seem to be having a problem with a woodchuck. It becomes from my neighbor’s molted in the backyard to the- to across our garden, into the other yard.
TOM: OK. Mm-hmm.
DARLENE: And we’re getting all gaps in our backyard. They’re destroying our yard.
TOM: Now, you’re sure they’re woodchucks and not moles?
DARLENE: No, they’re huge.
DARLENE: It’s a mother and maybe three babies.
TOM: Alright. Well, there’s a couple of things that you can do to kind of discourage woodchucks. One of them I’m not sure applies to you and that is just to make sure your yard is less enticing to woodchucks by removing any kinds of stumps or wood or brush pilings. They do like to chew on wood to keep their teeth entered down. So if there’s some good substance around your ground, they’re going to be gnawing at that.
The other thing that you can do is to repel the woodchucks with something like hot-pepper spray. If you have liquid-pepper spray or hot-pepper spray, you can spray it in the holes and they will not go in there. They do not like that. Or you can use one of their natural predators, which is fox or bird-dog or raccoon. That’s available as a spray and it basically repeats their urine and kind of keeps them away.
And then on your bushes, if you were to apply something like a Deer Off type of a scatter, which mostly sits on the needles of the seeds or the bushes- and if the woodchuck was to eat it, it has a really terrible appreciation to it and that keeps them apart, as well. So there’s a couple of things that you can try without calling in a pro, to see if we can try to minimize the woodchuck inspect to your backyard.
DARLENE: OK. So if I do use the hot-pepper spray then, I merely scatter it inside of the holes in our garden?
TOM: Yeah, in that area, right, to kind of discourage them from using them. And maybe they will not create any more. That’s what we hope, alright? Good luck with that assignment. Thanks so much for announcing us at 888 -MONEY-PIT.
Well, if you examine creaks and creaks and drippings and bangs and their in your live, it may be that your room is actually trying to tell you something. Fortunately, we do speak house now and can help.
LESLIE: That’s right. Now, there’s a good chance that some of those interferences arriving from your dwelling “couldve been” the plumbing, in one of two ways.
Now, the first is pipe expansion. The swelling been happening as temperatures rise. And that movements release copper hoses to chafe against the grove studs. Now, you can stop them from touching by replacing those U-shaped clips on the uncovered hoses with what are called “mickey clips.” Now, they have a sleeve that keeps the tube away from adjacent lumber studs.
TOM: Now, the next most common is water hammer. That happens when faucets or valves are turn out. And that causes the water extending through those hoses to pick up speed and shake the plumbing as it spurts through. So you want to secure those tubes more securely to the framing around it and that will silence it. So consider installing a water-hammer arrestor, as well. That’s kind of like a leaf springs for the plumbing.
LESLIE: It really is the best refer for something that you could ever purchase: a water-hammer arrestor.
TOM: Water-hammer arrestor.
LESLIE: It tell me something exactly what it does and it seems awesome.
Now, lastly, guys, if you do all of this and you’re still hearing chimes at night, check your furnace for something announced “oil canning.” An oil canning refers to the ductwork that expands and contracts as temperatures around that component fluctuate. And it can make a super-loud banging racket, as well. So it could be alarming but it could just be the furnace saying, “What’s up? ”
TOM: Now, you can also help construct some of those duct rackets will be eliminated by poise those ducts to keep them from popping in and popping out. And I’ve done this in the past as simply as taking a piece of 1×2 wood and affixing that sort of diagonally across the duct. It’s not really supporting anything but what it does …
LESLIE: Do you need to do it on both sides?
TOM: No, I only set it on the outside. And it looks like heck but the thing is I would just take a drywall screw and run it through the 1×2 and through into the duct. It would simply impounded it there. And because I’ve kind of changed the opennes of that slouse of the duct , no more oil canning , no more popping in and out. It really started magically away.
LESLIE: That is magnificent. I love that advice.
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Annette in Mississippi is on the line and has a flooring question. What can we do for you today?
ANNETTE: I have ceramic tile in my kitchen and cavern. And I’ve noticed condensate on top of the surface area of the tiles. And I was just wondering, what causes that?
TOM: The discrepancies between a coldnes storey and a very warm, humid live. So, when you have- “ve been thinking about” it this nature. When you go outside in the summer and if you’ve got a freezing glass- an ice-filled glass of ocean or iced tea – you get moisture on the outside of that glass. Well, why is that happening? Because warm, moist air is striking the outside of the glass, it’s cooling and it’s releasing the ocean, right? Because the warmer air contains more spray than colder air.
So in your residence, “youve had”, again, moist aura striking a freezing face and it’s condensing. Dehumidifying that space offers an opportunity to. And there’s a couple of ways to do that, one of which is an appliance called a “whole-home dehumidifier.” It fits into your HVAC system and it can take out a lot of ocean- about 90 pints of water per day- out of the air. And it can also reduce the cost of air conditioning. Because everybody thinks that air conditioning is the only way to dehumidify a mansion. It’s actually not. And it’s not that good of a dehumidifier, frankly.
If you were to add a whole-home dehumidifier, in addition to air conditioning, you will find that it will attract a good deal of sweat out of the breath and it’ll do the aura a lot more comfortable and not quite so dank. And it will dramatically reduce or completely eliminate the condensation that you’re getting now on your storey. Because that can get slippery, too, so you’ve got to be careful.
ANNETTE: Right. Is that common for ceramic-tile floors?
TOM: It’s not the material, OK? It’s the environment that’s stimulate this. It’s not the storey that’s making this happen, it’s the environment. So you have high-pitched humidity in your residence. Why? I don’t know. But you want to check to make sure your bathroom exhaust fans are going outside and you want to make sure that your kitchen range duct/ punk is ducting outside. You want to look at the grading and the drainage at the foundation perimeter. If you have a lot of water that pilings along the outside of the foundation, overflowing gutters, that are in a position promote the dampness and the humidity position. All those things contribute and you can certainly take a look at those things. But an appliance, like a whole-home dehumidifier, might be the best solution.
ANNETTE: OK. Well, I currently use time the single-room dehumidifier but- and I haven’t noticed it in any other place in the members of this house. It’s precisely that one area.
TOM: Yep. Well, this is an option. You was likely to try another dehumidifier in that space but it is an environmental issue and it’s not the building materials.
Thanks so much for announcing us at 888 -MONEY-PIT.
LESLIE: Well, if you affection the beautiful wood floorings and moldings of older homes but “youre living in” a even younger one, you can still get some of those same benefits by using restored lumber.
Now, regained lumber is grove that’s been rescued from aged residences, barns and certainly, all kinds of other buildings. And it’s a great option for home betterment or even decor activities. I signify it certainly simply offers some very unique, beautiful excellences that you’re time not going to find in a brand-new hardwood. It merely doesn’t have it.
TOM: Yeah. Now, restored lumber is often more durable, for example, than commonly available hardwood. And that’s because these cases originate in old-growth wood, which nowadays is a great deal harder to come by.
And when you’re employing regained lumber, it can actually be cost-effective, more, because depending on the type of wood you plan to use, selecting reclaimed grove can save you over 10 horses per square paw. So it starts economic appreciation, as well.
LESLIE: Yeah. And because you’re giving the timber a second life, rehabilitated lumber is also a highly environmentally-conscious choice.
Now, there are so many modes that you can use recaptured log at home. First of all, it impels for beautiful hardwood flooring. And you can also use it for counters, for lockers, for shelving, for drawers. But think about using it for an accent wall or to create a partition or to do the ceiling. There’s so many different ways that you can utilize it and form something really unique and gorgeous.
TOM: Yeah. So the next time you’re thinking about a project to take on you need some log for, think about using regained log. It’s durable, it’s unique, it’s cost-effective and of course, it’s highly eco-friendly.
LESLIE: Larry in Louisiana needs some facilitate at home. What are you working on?
LARRY: I have a pier-and-beam house. I had an addition included onto it. And the add-on is starting to sink and it’s causing a prow in the floor and in the kitchen.
TOM: So, what kind of foundation was the addition built with?
LARRY: It was under concrete, little athletes that rolled around the house.
TOM: So, when “youre telling” concrete smugglers, can you describe that? Are we talking about- was this a concrete ground?
LARRY: Well, it’s split. It’s maybe every 5, 6 foot is like a 1-foot-thick segment of concrete that runs down a direct. And it curves the house. And then they leant these other concrete articles that sit on top of it where- to where they made the foundation of the house on it.
TOM: Concrete blocks? Well, it sounds like a standard footing with a concrete-block foundation. And if you’re getting movement in there, that’s surely issues of concern. It points to some failure in the way that footing was designed.
How much- when you say it’s shifting or it’s sinking, how much are we talking about? What are you interpreting in terms of movement?
LARRY: There’s a prow in the kitchen. It’s probably about a 10 -, 12 -degree angle coming off of it.
TOM: Yeah, that’s jolly substantial. Yeah. Well, unfortunately, you’re going to have to have this looked at by a structural technologist, because there’s going to be some sort of rehabilitation that’s going to have to be designed for this to stop it from moving further. It’s not likely you can pull it back up but the goals and targets, at this item, is to stop it from moving any further. And if you try to do this by calling in a multitude of contractors, you’re going to get a myriad of minds. And it may …
LESLIE: Yeah. None of which you’ll be able to compare.
TOM: None of which you’ll be able to compare. And very likely, if you try to sell the house, you’re still going to have a problem. Because you really need a licensed pattern professional to evaluate exactly why this is happening and then prescribe a solution for you.
So, my suggestion to you is if you’ve got a 10 – to 12 -degree immerse in this floor that it certainly would call for further investigation by an expert. And the best person to use for that would be someone who’s a structural operator. So you might want to start looking around for that service.
And I will likewise say that there’s probably home inspectors in your place that likewise are- happen to be structural architects. So you could check the website for the American Society of Home Inspectors. That’s ASHI- -AS-H-I-. org. See if you can find an operator there that’s likewise a home inspector. But that’s the type of sort of forensic building investigator that you need to figure out why this is moving and what you have to do to get it stabilized. I think that’s real important and you should try to hop on it as soon as you can.
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Well, if you’re heading outside for dwelling fixings up high-pitched, a sturdy ladder is a big help. But you need to understand how to use it properly, to make sure gravity doesn’t sort of get the best of you. Ladder descends transport hundreds of folks to emergency rooms every year. And to help you be safer, Leslie has got tips-off in this week’s edition of Leslie’s Last Word.
It’s always stunning to me, Leslie, how many of these dies happen because the ladders are just not used properly. You would think it’s kind of a no-brainer but regrettably, it’s not.
LESLIE: Yeah. You know, you’re right.
Now, the most difficult mistakes that you can draw is simply taking shortcuts. You’ve got to think about ladder safety. And I know it seems silly but- “It’s a ladder. It get on and I use it.” But you need to be careful.
First of all, you want to make sure that that ladder can remain stationary. And if you’re squandering an extension ladder, you need to make sure to level the feet by digging out the dirt or by expending something that’s called a “ladder leveler, ” which will create a level surface for you to articulated that ladder on.
Now, on hard, baked dirt, you want to rest those feet flat. Make sure you don’t have any slippery tarps underneath or any debris. And you want to make sure that those textured rubber pads are intact. If you happen to be placing the ladder on grass or soft ground, turn the paw up and drive the spiked ends into the ground. Or lay the foot flat and tie-in them down on the side or strengthen them in the figurehead with 1×2 posts. You precisely have to make sure that somebody is footing the ladder.
I work in TV studios and people, as silly as it seems, will not get up on a ladder unless you’ve got a friend there to foot the ladder. It’s all about establishing sure things seem stable, so take that into your everyday life and make sure those footings are super, super secure.
Now, you also want to make sure that you statu the ladder so that the distance from its cornerstone to the wall is one-quarter of the high levels of the ladder at its remaining degree so you’re creating a 75 -degree angle. Now, if you miss a speedy check of the direction of your ladder, you was necessary to stand facing it with your hoofs stroking its feet and your forearms extended. Now, your palms should rest on a rung at shoulder stature. And that’s going to tell you that you’ve provided it up correctly.
And remember, ever look overhead for wires before you carry a ladder, before you put up a ladder. And don’t rest an extension ladder against a tree or a pole, because it can rotate right off that tree or pole and then you are eligible to fall down.
You’ve got to be safe, guys. It’s so easy to simply slip up and make a simple mistake and then somebody’s really hurt. So precisely be careful.
TOM: I have a buddy that works for a pretty successful ladder producer. You know what one of the most dangerous ladders is? The manner that people throw out. Beings throw out aged ladders all the time and other people think that they can simply pick those up. We had majority pickup the coming week. Made me “ve been thinking about” it. I recognized mortal throw out an age-old ladder.
Don’t reuse an age-old ladder. It’s being shed out for a ground. Number one, it might be weak and number two, you can bet that the safety designings have changed a lot since that ladder was manufactured. So, you never want to use those old-time ladders that people are various kinds of done with.
Well, coming up next time on The Money Pit, it’s a common complaint for a very good reason: nobody wants to drink, concoct or clean off with smelly, rotten-egg tap water. We’re going to explain what causes those dreaded bouquets and what you can do about it, on the very next edition of The Money Pit.
I’m Tom Kraeutler.
LESLIE: And I’m Leslie Segrete.
TOM: Remember, you can do it yourself …
LESLIE: But you don’t have to do it alone.
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