Episode #2007: Preventing Summer Blackouts | DIY Stone Finishes for Worn Kitchen Countertops | Keep Kids Safe Around Electrical Outlets | Creating Beautiful Outdoor Rooms

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With summer thunderstorms, blackouts are becoming more common- which is why now is a good time to think about adding a whole house generator. The rates have come down and the appliance can’t be drummed. We’ll share the options and how to find the title size group for your home just ahead

If you’re looking for an easy and inexpensive road to transform the look of your kitchen, exerting a decorative stone surface to your countertop can do merely that. We talk with an expert that’s invested decades developing these DIY finishes for countertops, storeys and even puddle decks.Childproof or tamper resistant stores have come a long way, and they can help keep girls safe in their own homes– but even adults from a dangerous coincidence, we’ll explain the updates.Make the most of our outdoor living space by truly turning it into a spare area. We tread you through some really easy and recreation ways to do merely that!

Plus, answers to your home increase a matter of, painting porch announces, basement floor options, coming rid of squirrels, repair or change timber deck, resurface or rip out asphalt driveway.

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 here.

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

LESLIE: And I’m Leslie Segrete.

TOM: Pick up the telephone, give us a bellow, right now, with your dwelling progress job. We’d love to hear what you’re working on on this beautiful day. You can reach us at 1-888-MONEY-PIT, 888 -6 66 -3 974 or pole your question online at Facebook.com/ TheMoneyPit.

Coming up on today’s show, with time thunderstorms, blackouts are becoming more common, which is why now is a good time to think about adding a whole-house generator. The expenditures have come way down on these people and the accessibility can’t be drummed. So we’re going to share some options on how to find the right-size unit for your home, in merely a bit.

LESLIE: And if you’re looking for an easy and inexpensive action to transform the look of your kitchen, pertaining a decorative stone skin-deep to your countertop can do simply that. We’re going to talk with a peculiar corporation that has depleted decades developing these DIY finishes for countertops, storeys and even puddle floors, precisely ahead.

TOM: And childproof or tamper-resistant stores have come a long way. And they can not only help protect children but even adults from a dangerous collision. We’ll explain the updates.

LESLIE: And this is the last week for our DIY Dad Giveaway. We’ve got 10 organizes of implements from Arrow to give away to 10 luck champions. You can find the details at MoneyPit.com.

TOM: But first, we want to know what you want to know. What are you working on? What are you planning? What would you like to get done? Are you still thinking about adding a summertime increase to your outside infinite so that you can really enjoy it? You want to convert a garden into a room? An outdoor chamber, that is. Do you want to take on a repair or decorating projection inside? Kitchens? Baths? Soup to nuts, floorboards to shingles, call us, right now, and we will walk you through the project. The multitude is 1-888-MONEY-PIT, 888 -6 66 -3 974.

LESLIE: Beverly in Missouri, you’ve came The Money Pit. What can we do for you today?

BEVERLY: Well, I have a house that’s really been improved a year-and-a-half ago but I have a considered terrace. And my builder made cedar affixes out there. The respite of my balance is all white. So I wanted to cover or decorate the cedar but he’s telling me I can’t do it because I’ll rot them out. And I- that doesn’t sound right to me but I’m not sure.

TOM: So, what the hell is you- in an ideal world, Beverly, what would you like to see on those cedar berths? Would you like them to be white and accord the rest of the house?

BEVERLY: Yeah. All of my prune is white and so I “d rather” them be white-hot. They’re a year-and-a-half old now, so they’re starting to turn the cedar review and get all dark.

TOM: Right. Are they kind of decorative?


TOM: OK. See, here’s what I would do. The first thing I would- I’m going to recommend a stain process. So, the first thing you’re going to do is prime them with an oil-based primer or a solvent-based primer. And then you’re going to stain them and I would use a solid-color stain. And a solid-color stain is not going to look like decorate, so it won’t tend to peel; it’ll fade over experience. But it’ll soak in really nicely. And you can get a white stain- a solid-white stain- and it’ll looking quite attractive.

Painting wood does not cause it to rot; it avoids it from rotting.

LESLIE: It exactly requires a lot of repainting.

BEVERLY: Yeah. He said if I covered it or decorated them, that it causes the moisture to draw to the base and then they rot.

TOM: I would disagree with that. I think if you stain them, you’ll find that they’re quite attractive and that the humidity will wick in and out just fine.

BEVERLY: Good. Thank you so much. I truly appreciate this.

TOM: Good fortune with that projection. You’re very welcome.

LESLIE: Heading out to Minnesota where Gordon has a question about garage moisture.

What’s going on, Gordon?

GORDON: I’m in St. Cloud, Minnesota. I’ve got a two-stall garage. It’s partitioned. It’s a tuck-under garage. The house is a walk-out, so the back side of the garage is below-grade and it kind- it ramps up from the figurehead to the back.

In the springtime, for a marry – firstly couple of months in the spring, the garage floor is wet and it’s- I believe that it’s wicking up or coming up from under the floor. I don’t believe it’s time moisture wording on the top.

My question is: is there any kind of a sealer or anything that I can do, short of knocking out the whole floor? I know that now you should have a moisture barrier, certain kinds of poly under the floor before you pour it, if you is ready to made an epoxy coat or something on there.

TOM: There’s two ways to address a sweat difficulty in a concrete organization like that. One is to try to make it float, which is not going to happen. And by that, I mean when you articulated all sorts of sealers and caulks and so on on these storeys or on the walls, yeah, you’re never going to block out 100 percentage of that moisture.

But the more effective thing to do is to reduce the magnitude of moisture that’s getting there to begin with. And I recollect I can explain why you’re seeing that moisture on the flooring in the spring. Because concrete is very hydroscopic; it’s like a rinse. Imagine if you attach the end of a sponge in some liquid, how quickly that part sponge crowds up with moisture. That’s what happens with concrete.

So the first thing I miss you to address is the sources of moisture. And they’re very likely to be the springtime sprinkles and the drainage limitation at the foundation perimeter. It happens to almost everybody. So, the walls that surround that below-grade space, we want to make sure that there’s sewers on that submerge that slope of the roof that are not only there, they’re sized properly, which means you have at least 1 downspout for every 600 to 800 square paws of roof face and that the downspouts are diversified well away from the foundation. We’re talking 4 to 6 feet.

The second thing to do is to make sure that the clay descents away and there’s nothing trapping sweat against the members of this house, like landscaping. If you do those two things, you will dramatically reduce the amount of moisture that’s getting up against that concrete. And that will stop the moisture that’s- from drawing up onto the floor and perhaps even through the walls.

Now, as for a sealant, what I would recommend you do, because this is a garage floor, is to simply paint it with an epoxy paint.

These epoxy finishes now are superb. They’re pretty easy to use. They’re a two-part mix. Usually, when you buy the epoxy kit, you’ll have a gallon that’s about three-quarters filled with product and then a quart can that’s the hardener. You desegregate the two together and you mostly draw the floor. And sometimes, there’s color chips that you can drop in the cover that help disguise grunge. And when it dries, it’s a chemical reaction that’s really hard and it really clings well to the floor. And I think that will stop some of the residual moisture that’s left.

But try to control as much moisture as you can before you take that step. And between the two, I think you’ll be good to go.

GORDON: OK, yeah. That’s kind of what I was thinking.

As far as that epoxy, everything that I’ve examine says to not apply it to a flooring that comes mute. There’s a plastic measure and you videotape a piece of plastic down and if humidity ways …

TOM: Yeah. Personally, I think that’s a really silly test but parties seem to like it.

Look, all concrete storeys are going to contain some tier of moisture. As long as it’s not overly dry, then I think you’ll be OK. Now, there often is an etching material, like an etching bathe, that “youre using” first. So I would do that, precisely to make sure the storey was prepared to accept it. But if you pick a neat, cool daytime, I think you’ll be fine.

GORDON: OK. Well, I thank you for the revelation. Appreciate your time.

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

LESLIE: Hey, with Father’s Day this weekend coming up, you guys, we have a great sweepstakes that extremities soon. It’s meant to help you win tools to celebrate Dad and it’s called the DIY Dad Giveaway.

We’ve got 10 fixeds of implements from Arrow to give away to 10 lucky winners.

TOM: Yep. And each define is worth 120 bucks. And it’s got some of the more popular tools that Arrow performs: the T50- which is literally a historic staple-gun product; it’s been around so long and it’s so effective and fun to use- and the PT50, which is a pneumatic form of that, as well as the Arrow GT300 High-Temp Glue Gun.

These implements are excellent for taking on dozens of projects around the house and they’re going to give your father years of trouble-free use.

LESLIE: That’s right. You can enter once a day at MoneyPit.com. But make sure that you take advantage of the other natures that you can earn extra entries: you know, are contributing to our podcast, visit us on social media, all of it. Get lots of enters. This is the last week to enter.

TOM: My favorite tool is the GT3 00 Glue Gun. Literally, when I got this glue artillery I proceeded around and I threw out all the aged cement artilleries “were having” in the members of this house. Because it’s large-scale, it regards plenty of glue puts, it’s high temp, it was so easy to control and I time loved it, so …

LESLIE: It’s the most wonderful adhesive shoot ever.

TOM: It really is.

LESLIE: Now we’ve went Allison in New York on the line who has an unwanted visitor at their coin oppose. What’s going on?

ALLISON: My husband- I choose he was on with me- but our mission is to humanely catch we believe to be a squirrel that’s running between the remove ceiling in our cellar. And my husband said, “Two-by-eight joint rafters.” There’s like a 2-inch cavity exclusively and …

TOM: What I crave you to do is to go out and pick up a capture called a Havahart trap. Now, these Havahart traps are live baits in that they’re going to catch this squirrel. And then you’re going to pull this trap out and you can take them out to the lumbers somewhere and freeing them.

What you do with the Havahart trap is once you get it set up, in the back of the bunker whatever it is you miss this squirrel to kind of end up, made an apple back there. And don’t time kept it back there but wire it to the back wall of the trap. Take a piece of painting cable, thread it through the apple and kind of tie it off. Because I’ll tell you what, even though these catches are good, those squirrels and other small-scale imps can sometimes grab that without junketing the door. But if you wire it to the back of the capture, they don’t have a chance. And positioned it near the initiation of the, wherever you can get access to it.

And I’ll tell you, sooner or later, that squirrel is going to wander in that trap and bam, you’ll hear the door slap and they will not be happy. They’ll kind of be running in haloes trying to figure out a action to got to get out. But you can cover them with a covering, fling them in the back of your automobile, in the stem, and take it out somewhere. And then as you open that up, believe me, they’re not going to stand around to kind of talk about it with you; they’ll really bolt. As soon as you face-lift that opening, they will bolt into the woods.


TOM: I hope that helps you out, Allison. Good fortune with that job. Thanks so much for announcing us at 888 -MONEY-PIT.

Well, when the forecast calls for a bad time whirlwind, a whole-house generator can make sure that you are ready for that storm. And you need to think about how they are designed to work.

LESLIE: That’s right. Now, a whole-house generator is going to run on either natural or propane gas. And they’re lay instantly to your residence. So, if you lose power, that generator is going to automatically start up and restore the authority to your house.

Now, it’s available in a ton of different sizes. So, depending on the size of the generator you get, you can choose what you want to power from, say, exactly a few critical pieces or the whole house. And that are in a position include your lamps, the HVAC system, a refrigerator, a sump pump, security system, electronics. I represent more, depending on the size of that generator. You certainly could do every single circuit in your part home.

And a lot of the generators also have remote-monitoring abilities so that a homeowner can manage their automatic-standby generator from telephone calls when you’re not at home, which is huge because you could be away or out of town and something could be going on at your room that you need to check out. And this is going to let you do so.

TOM: I’ve had two generators over the last decade-plus. The first one I had was a smaller one that was designed just as what’s called a “standby, ” so it simply protected the critical tours in the members of this house. It didn’t protect the air-conditioning system or some of “the worlds biggest” gizmoes that we had.

And then when it came time to upgrade it, I led with a whole-house system because the prices have come down so much. And now it’s awesome. Everything in the house basically comes right back on within 15 seconds of losing capability. I always hear this big sound of the breaker tripping in the basement, because it sounds like that big Frankenstein breaker. It moves ka-chunk( ph) and it slams to the new place when the generator kicks on. And it precisely obstructs everything going.

So, great time to think about that. There’s a lot of implements on manufacturers’ websites, too, that will enable you to figure out what width you need, because the prices vary based on the size. But I got a 20 k force and I was super joyou. With a medium- to large-size house, it did certainly, really well.

LESLIE: Yeah. I have a 20 kW, likewise, and I feel kind of piggy when the capability vanishes out and literally, every light in my house is on, the air conditioning is on, I’m participating in the laundry.

TOM: Yep. Yep.

LESLIE: I’m like, “Should I turn glowings off in harmony? ”

TOM: Well, we ever get the announces from our neighbors about their refrigerables( ph) and things that are kind of moving bad.

LESLIE: “Can you regarded my things? ”

TOM: Yeah. It’s a good thing I have a spare freezer.

LESLIE: Michael in Virginia is on the line and is currently working on a decking job. Tell us about it.

MICHAEL: Hey. So I’ve got a 12 x12 deck that came with the members of this house. And it’s about 20 years old. Some committees are starting to peel up. And I know I’ll be able to get a bolt to stick in the sublayment( ph ). Am I able to sister the underlying boards with 2x4s or something to build up the cornerstone? Or am I better off superseding all of the substructure along with the deck?

TOM: So, if it’s 20 years old- and it sounds like it’s not pressure-treated- and if the existing floor joists have disintegrated to the point where they won’t even propped a nail or a hammer, I think it’s time to replace that floor, structure and all. Because your- the clock is ticking now and it’s going to be potentially awfully hazardous in a very short period of time.

So what I would tell you to do is to remove it, change it and consider using composite for the flooring surface. You can use pressure-treated for the chassis but use composite for the decking surface. Between the composite and the pressure-treated, you’ll get more than another 20 times out of it.


Now, I’ve looked at composites and price-wise, they’re quite pricey. Am I going to be able to save a few bucks by going to a heavier-duty, like a 2×6 kiln-dried board and closing all that when it goes in?

TOM: Well, the thing is you don’t- well, I wouldn’t use 2×6. What I would use it 5/4 x6 if you want to go with the wood decking. But you’re going to have to seal and stain that every couple of years. The thing with composites is all you’ve got to do is clean it. If you look at a big-box store, like a Home Depot, those composites are not terribly expensive and they search really good.

MICHAEL: Alright. I’ll have to check them out.

TOM: Because remember, you’re not supplanting the storey joists with it. You’re merely doing the floor surface. So if it’s 12 x12, it’s 144 square paws, it’s 288 lineal paws. It’s probably worth it.

MICHAEL: I appreciate. Now, we are thinking about expanding it another few feet, too.

TOM: Yeah. Well, that will be the time to do it, you are aware?


LESLIE: So you’re doing- the substructure is still all of the pressure-treated lumber, because you need that for the assist and then all of the decking itself and the fascia boards- and you can even do the railings. All of that can be the composite. And it’s really gorgeous. I have one that’s sort of mid-range but it has an interesting grain to it and almost looks like an ipe. You can get ones that are super simple and you can get ones that really look strange. And I think that’s where your rate extent is going to swinging a lot.

MICHAEL: Now, how do you deal with the railings and the barricade it in?

LESLIE: So the posts would come up and that would be the basis for your supports and that would be your pressure-treated lumber. And that would be built up through from the substructure. And then there are sleeves that go over it in the composite. Now, you can get ones that parallel your decking or you can go with white.

MICHAEL: And then for the substructure- now, I am talking about staining this out. There are these concrete- I don’t know, they’re about a foot by a paw- blocks that you can buy that you can lay your 4×6 across for- they say it’s for decking in the ground. Am I better off doing that or poured concrete?

TOM: There are prefabricated grounds for decks. They look sort of like pyramids but they’re not like 1×1. They’re like 1×1 by about 3 feet tall and they have a place for a bracket on top. I’d use those. They drive really well. They’re a little harder to install because you’ve got to be more accurate with where the hole is. But frankly, I conclude the easiest thing to do is just to dig it yourself- a 1-foot by 1-foot square that’s a couple of feet depth- and mix up 3 or 4 bags of QUIKRETE and establish that the footing. And then you can drop the pressure-treated right into that. And then if you use the right level of pressure-treated, it can actually be in-ground.

MICHAEL: Yeah, utterly. Thanks a lot, Tom.

TOM: You’ve got it. Thanks so much for announcing us at 888 -MONEY-PIT.

LESLIE: Susan in California is on the line and needs some is contributing to a driveway makeover. What’s going on at your fund cavity?

SUSAN: I’m so glad you said the money pit, because that’s exactly what it is. And now it’s the driveway, about 1,200 square feet. And it’s been- it’s about 38 years old and it needs something else done. And I truly don’t want to resurface it with blacktop. What are my alternatives?

TOM: So it’s an asphalt driveway now? That’s what you’re starting with?

SUSAN: Yes, yes.

TOM: Yeah. Listen, I’ve got news for you, Susan: a 38 -year-old roadway needs to be replaced. And that’s exactly what you have. Whether it’s a superhighway that goes down the street or a street that’s a highway , good-for-nothing previous 38 years. And if you’ve gotten 38 times out of that driveway, it’s time for a new one. And sure, you can continue swiping sealer on it and patching the fractures and all of that but at that age, it’s got to go.

SUSAN: What’s the best way? Do they just remove the whole thing and then start from scratch? Or what’s the best way to go?

TOM: I think that’s the best way. In most cases, that’s the best way. You can resurface it. But if you want to make sure that the base is really solid, you would take off the age-old. They would lean a brand-new basi down, they would compact it with machines so it’s certainly, actually solid and then they would apply new asphalt on top of that.

I would make sure I got a specification as to exactly how many inches of this material they’re going to put down so that you can compare apples to apples when you’re looking at different contractors. But I think that’s going to be your best solution.


LESLIE: Well, with more and more of us abiding residence these last few months, there’s been a huge increase in the number of DIY dwelling improvement projects that consumers are taking on to improve the look, the operate and even the safety of their homes.

TOM: Yes. And if the projects you’d like to get done include applying a beautiful, decorative stone face to your kitchen countertop or perhaps lending a slip-resistant real-stone surface to a consortium deck or even exercising an epoxy coating to your garage flooring, these are all projects you can accomplish with the help of the products made by Daich Coatings. With us to talk about these projects and more is the company’s president, Peter Daich.

Welcome, Peter.

PETER: Hello. Good day to you both.

TOM: Well, thanks for stopping by The Money Pit. And Peter, as- I have to say that I’ve followed your work for many years. And you guys have really focused on developing commodities that work well and are very affordable and easy for DIYers to use and always results in a beautiful transformation.

PETER: Yeah. We’re real devotees of stone. And actually, it’s one of the most timeless things that you can apply but it is also usually a very costly thing to apply, as well.

So, our way of looking at it is if you can put down a brand-new face right over what you have, have the appeal and the durability of stone but use your existing foundational base- be it a countertop that’s made out of laminate or an age-old, highly frayed, very ugly-looking concrete patio- this is an easy solution that you can do in a weekend. And that’s genuinely what we love to do is offer easy, decorative recital fixes.

LESLIE: And I think that’s so important for homeowners, extremely when they know they want to make a change, they don’t have the budget to do a huge transformation. But they’re able to create a huge transformation with, you know, a much smaller budget, something they can do themselves. It’s actually precisely a phenomenal line of products.

PETER: Well , thank you very much. And I must say I agree with you.

And I signify really, if you have a pool deck and a terrace and it’s been there for many years and it’s just looking really, certainly shabby, very old, outdated, you want to pick up the shade and change it, the nice thing here is when you kept this down, depending on what finish, you can really originate that face look like the real deal. And we’ve taken all of the innovative and everything out of it and we’ve impelled it a extremely formula approach.

So you really do the steps. For instance, if you’re abusing our SpreadStone Concrete Resurfacing Kit, you can make it look like you’ve got slate tile on your puddle deck. And it will absolutely appear dazing and you can do it in a weekend with all kinds of patterns.

Now, if you climb over to the indoor side of things and you have an existing countertop, be it made out of laminate or even concrete or even really( audio breach) and constituted it, you can actually put down a real stone surface that everyone will believe is the real thing. And what did you do? You had something that looks like you kept the slab in but for merely a tiny, small fraction of the cost. And you can do it yourself.

TOM: Let’s talk about those countertops only a little bit more. So, information materials, is it real, actual real stone in the fluid material? Is it embedded stone that you’re applying to it?

PETER: It’s real stone. And really, it’s a pickup off of what we’ve done for years.

TOM: Right.

PETER: We’ve created stone-based coatings for surfaces for many years. And there was a point, maybe 10 year ago, where we said, “Look, there are a lot of frayed, ugly-looking countertops out there.”

And what are your options? Your options are remove everything and now you’re actually talking construction, you’re talking a mess.

TOM: Yep. Yeah.

PETER: Or you can use that surface. And at the end of the working day, if you roll on this stone finish- and the video pictures it in detail. You only reel this on and you technically have a stone countertop, because that’s what you’ve addrest over top. And you never had to tear anything out. You might pop your sag up a marry inches, pa everything back down. And literally, in a weekend, you have a thoroughly complete transformation to your kitchen. Also, your lavatory vanity. Time any face. And it’s quick and easy and we tend to have very many happy clients with that.

LESLIE: So, Peter, you talked about being able to apply this to a variety of surfaces, from an existing laminate exceed to a plywood crown that maybe you’ve just made. Now, those are sort of different surfaces begins with. What is the prep process? Is it same for both or is it entirely peculiar to what you have already?

PETER: If you have an existing laminate face- laminate countertop, for example- there is sandpaper in the package, as well as all other required tools and accessories. And you would scratch your surface with the sandpaper. You “re going to have to” likewise make sure the surface is clean. And you may not even notice that there’s a lot of late scratching going on. But the whole idea there is to make even a little bit of a micro-scratch gist that they are able to precisely give the product a little bit more bonding power. So, frankly, it ligament excellently to a good deal of things anyway.

But basically, you cleanse it, scuff it and then you apply the varnishes. The base-coat primer is made to bond awfully, particularly tenaciously to laminate but also if you have a plywood countertop, which we get asked all the time, be it indoor or outdoor. You would just roll on the primer. You don’t have to scuff anything. And the material will actually seep into the holes of that lumber surface. And you exactly follow the steps and in a weekend, if you have an outdoor countertop for your barbecue field, you can do that outdoors. Or if you’re building something in your dwelling, in the kitchen, you can do that, extremely. You don’t even have to get to the stage of having an existing surface. Just utilize what you have.

TOM: Wow, what a great extension to your existing options for outdoor countertops. Because, generally, you either squander stone or you’d make a concrete top, which are beautiful but let’s face it: they’re costly, they’re a lot of work. But with this product, you are eligible to basically compose the inspection of stone and with some of the durability aspects, as well.

How is it in terms of cleaning? Because that’s an issue that sometimes folks complain about when it comes to real stone countertops. They don’t recognize how absorbative they can be and sometimes stains get left behind.

PETER: No, this is excellent as far as resistance to discolouring. It’s too excellent as far as hot washes. And there’s nothing you crave less than to go through all this work and then you leant a sizzling wash down and you’ve defaced it.

So, we’ve done all the testing. And again, because it’s a stone coating, it has an excellent thermal insulation resistance factor there. So, it’s going to stand up better than, say, a depict or something like that.

So, basically, you’ve got a stone shell on that face( audio gap) serve you is a good one. And the nice thing is you did it yourself. You didn’t have to get into a lot of planning and headaches and costs and construction. You really extended right down over what you had and in a couple of daylights, you’ve got a terminated transformation.

TOM: Well, that’s fantastic. This sounds like a really advantageous line of products for DIYers.

Aside from the decorative stone for Formica, we talked a little bit about the kitty floor. You likewise have a DIY epoxy garage-floor kit that’s industrial-strength. Now, we love to spend time in our garages. A quantity of us have been busy with residence workshops and we’re working on vehicles, whatever we’re doing. Those garage storeys, unless you have something on them, they’re really hard to clean. And epoxy makes a big difference. So talk to us about this epoxy pack that you offer.

PETER: It’s called the DaiHard 100 Industrial-Strength Epoxy Floor Coating. And mostly, what it is is it’s a 100 -percent solid formula, meaning that whatever you put down on that surface will bake exactly that mode. Unlike a water-based retail product that when it bakes, half of the actual material that you went on- more than half- is gone because the carrier was spray. I know I’m getting a little bit- chemistry talk on here …

TOM: Right. I understand. Yep. Mm-hmm. You’re a chemist. We get it.

PETER: Yeah. So, basically, you framed this on and it’s extremely, very difficult. And you can either roll it onto your existing concrete or you are eligible to even use a squeegee if you want to do it in that professional practice. You will get lower coverage if you do it that way.

But in either event, you can drive forklifts on this. It’s represented for that kind of environment. And someone would query, “Well, is that overkill? Does it actually need to be that durable? ” Well, I say, “Why not? ” If this is available at a cost …

LESLIE: I’m like, “Better to be more durable.”

PETER: I think so. I completely agree with you, you are aware?

TOM: Yeah, we like to say here- we say, “Do it once, do it right and don’t do it again.” So if it’s going to stand up- the company is called Daich Coatings. The website is Daich- that’s spelled D-a-i-c-h- Coatings.com. Take a look at this place. You will be impressed with the number of makes that this team makes and the quality of them, as we’ve been talking about.

Peter Daich, the president, thank you for coming in for stopping by The Money Pit.

PETER: Hey, thank you. And it’s been a great pleasure speaking with you. And hope we can speak again soon.

TOM: Well, to help celebrate Dad, we have propelled a sweepstakes that’s now in its last week. It points Sunday at midnight. It’s called the DIY Dad Giveaway and we’ve went 10 planneds of tools from Arrow to give away to 10 lucky winners.

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Now, these implements are excellent for taking on dozens of projects around the house. And these implements are going to give your dad years and years of use.

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LESLIE: Well, one of the first things that brand-new mothers do is childproof their homes. And they’re doing that to made to ensure that those curious little guys aren’t getting into scavenging supplyings or injuring themselves by accident at home. And one of the most important areas that you have to childproof are the electrical outlets.

TOM: Yep. But the aged channel of plugging in a piece of plastic- one of those plastic plugs- is not only …

LESLIE: That you are eligible to never get out again.

TOM: Well, yeah. Or you get- that’s right. You get wise- the children kind of seem to get it out. You may have a hard time. But I don’t like them because they can be a choking hazard. And then if a parent accompanies it out, they usually leave it out, which kind of defeats the whole purpose.

There are a lot better alternatives today that are just better to have. They’re tamper-resistant stores. They’re safer, they’re more convenient and they can definitely be a permanent part of your home’s safety.

LESLIE: Yeah. And you know what? These childproof or these tamper-resistant channels have truly come a long way. And they can help protect not only the adolescents but even adults from a dangerous accident. And a better type are the spring-loaded receptacle cover plates. And those are going to block access to the electrical contacts totally.

Now, the method they work is that a screen closes off the contact openings or the slots of the receptacles. And when a plug is inserted into the receptacle, both outpourings are tightened and then the shutter opens. And that’s going to allow for the metal prongs to realize contact and appoint that electrical circuit.

Now, because both springs is necessary to compressed at the same time, the screens are not going to open when a child attempts to insert an object into only one contact opening. And then there’s no linked with electricity.

My sister, Elyse, when she was little took a bobby pin right into an electrical outlet, at a hair salon while my mom was getting ready for a wedding.

TOM: Wow. Oh, really? Oh, man.

LESLIE: I mean you have to be so careful because these things happen so quickly and could be very dangerous.

TOM: Exactly.

Now, if it’s a brand-new facility- a brand-new residence or a new restoration- these tamper-resistant outlets are now required by building code. They’re not expensive to purchase, they’re not expensive to install and they’re not embarrassing. Once you get used to sort of sliding the screen to the right or the left- I forget which method it slides- to insert the push and then have it snap back when you unplug something, they’re just something you get be applicable to. And they keep the teenagers safe the whole time.

LESLIE: We’ve got a post from Paul who writes, “We’ve got a lot of garden mar from moles. Then with all of the sprinkle we’ve had in the last few days, a lot of the passageways washed out, leaving a muddy mess. What can I do to make sure these furry individuals stay away? ”

TOM: Well, you kind of have to starve them out, Paul. The reason that they are there in your ground is most likely because you have these tasty, little characters exactly under the grass called “grubs.” They’re wormlike mortals and the moles absolutely love to eat them.

So, if you can use a grub-control product, then you will reduce the number of maggots and this will send the moles off your owned, off to your neighbors where they can destroy their lawns instead unless you share this tip.

Bonide has a product that’s announced DuraTurf, which is an insect-and-grub control that will work well for this. And it will eliminate most of the insects that the moles love to feed. And then, believes me, they will move on once they can’t find the food.

LESLIE: Alright. Next up, we’ve got a post from Davy who writes: “We recently had a tree limb fall on the house and puncture the ceiling, which now has to be replaced. The assurance adjuster recommended deepening from gable-end ventilation to a crest duct. What’s your opinion on bank shows and is now the best time to consider adding one? ”

TOM: Absolutely. And that is a very good insurance adjuster. It’s a much more effective way to cool a roof and it will reduce the humidity in the attic infinite, which impels your insulation that much more effective at the same time.

LESLIE: Alright. And that’s really smart that they made that up. And truly, when you’re replacing the ceiling, that’s the time to add the bank expres, right?

TOM: Yep.

LESLIE: Alright. Good luck with that, Davy.

TOM: Well, if you was necessary to see the best possible use of your outdoor space, the way to do that is to convert it to an outdoor-living space. Turn it, virtually, into a spare apartment. Leslie has got some enormous ideas to do time that, in today’s edition of Leslie’s Last Word.


LESLIE: Yeah. You know, this is the greatest time of year because you’re utilize some rooms of your dwelling- the outside- that you don’t get to use all the time. And you can really create these wonderful rooms for tightening, for dining, however you require. But “youve been” have some opportunities to make a great space.

So, say you want your outside opening to be for dining. Well, you can add some really beautiful ambient lighting to help set the feeling. Candles are great but make sure you get citronella candles that’ll help keep those imperfections apart or really great tiki flashlights around the yard or article lights hanging from the inside of your umbrella. You can think of some recreation, different ways to bring in lighting that really modifies the dynamics of the opening formerly the daylight goes down. And it constitutes your ground feel so special. It’s time a great way to do it.

Now, if you’re looking to add some color during the daytime hours and maybe a barrier against faults at night, you might consider a portable gazebo. And those have netting on them. Now, you can zip the netting closed or introducing the netting all down, depending on the type of gazebo, to protect you guys- as you’re eating or relaxing in there, whatever that opening is- from the flaws. And then in the daytime, you can tie them back when you’re not using them.

Now, for an outdoor space to feel really cozy and nice and homey, think about adding an outdoor rug. Because that can help anchor your outdoor sitting, gives you a focal point. And it helps to give a pop of dye and a really great motif statement.

And remember, you are eligible to even bring your indoor decor outside with accessories that are made for the outdoors. You can find everything from lamps, wall decoration, various kinds of decorative items that are made specifically to withstand the elements.

So treat that infinite as really another room and have fun and make it really lovely. And experience that spot.

TOM: This is The Money Pit Home Improvement Show. Coming up next time on the programme, if you desire gardening and landscaping, you might not think there’s much brand-new to know about one of the most common landscaping tools: the spade. Well, it is about to change all spades are not created equal. We’ll explain why, 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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