In this episode …
Squeaking floorings are one of life’s little annoyances, but do they signal a structural question below? Tom& Leslie have the answer plus step-by-squeaky-step gratuities to do them go away for good. Plus…
You imbibe it, you cook with it, you bathe in it…but are you sure it’s safe? Tap water can be deceiving, because it glances and perceives harmless even when it’s not- which is why it’s a good theory to exam it to find out- we’ll tell you how.Wood storeys are beautiful but they’re not always the right choice in mute locatings like bathrooms, laundry rooms, or vaults. We’ll have an overview of what will work.Low water pressure can lead to lousy showers. We stroll you through the possible cases including some you can fix yourself.
Plus, answers to your home improvement a matter of, repairing plaster ceilings, replacing a bathroom duct love, getting rid of spiders, best paint for a garage entrance, removing carpet from a concrete storey, installing a french drain.
Do you have a home improvement or decor question? Call the show 24/7 at 888 -MONEY-PIT ( 888 -6 66 -3 974) or post your question here.
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: Give us a scold with your residence improvement project questions, your decoration dilemmas. Are you stuck in the middle of a project or about to start one or don’t know how to start one? We’d love to help you out- the crowd here is 1-888-MONEY-PIT- because that’s what we do. We’re your home better coach-and-fours, advisors. Leslie is the decorating expert now, so you don’t have to worry about me giving you bad advice on shades. That’d never happen. But I will keep your pipings from disclosing, keep your storeys from yelping if you open us a call at 1-888-MONEY-PIT.
And speaking of squeaking floors , now that is exactly what we’re going to talk about in today’s show. We’ve got some tips-off on how to handle those. You know, a good deal of meters we get questions about whether squeaking floorings are one of life’s little annoyances or are they a major structural problem. We’re going to have that answer and give you some step-by-squeaky-step gratuities to prepare them go away for good.
LESLIE: That’s right. Well, too come through here, you drink it, you cook with it, you bathe in it but are you sure it’s safe? Tap water can be deceiving because it gapes and preferences harmless even when it’s not, which is why it’s a good suggestion to experiment it to find out. We’re going to tell you how.
TOM: And grove floorings are beautiful but they’re not ever the best choice in soften places like showers, laundry rooms or cellars. We’ll have an overview of what will work.
LESLIE: But first, we want to know what’s on your to-do list as we move ahead to the cooler months. We’re now to help, so commit us a order, 888 -MONEY-PIT.
TOM: 888 -6 66 -3 974.
Let’s get going. Leslie, who’s first?
LESLIE: Wendy in Iowa, you’ve came The Money Pit. How can we help you today?
WENDY: I bought a large commercial building in a historic downtown of Atlantic, Iowa.
TOM: Oh, it voices nice.
WENDY: And it had a roof disclose and “were having” repaired that; we’ve gave a brand-new ceiling on. But there was a lot of damage to the second-story ceiling, which was lath and plaster.
WENDY: And we are ready to placed a loft- a residential loft- up on the upstairs. We have about 1,500 square hoof of lath and plaster that needs to come down. So my question is: is there something that’s accessible as an aid to funnel all of that grease and lath and plaster down off of the ceiling and out to a dumpster?
TOM: Yeah. Let me give you some suggestions, having been through this very repair in my home which was all lath and plaster. I get about remodel offices in different stages. The first time, I decided I would take all the lath and plaster out and drywalled right on top of the original studs. And after going through that mess, I decided it wasn’t as important as I’d formerly are believed to make the lath and plaster out.
And the next time I did it, I simply put a second layer of drywall over the age-old lath and plaster and bolt through that drywall up into the ceiling joists and the wall ornaments to support it. And that was a much neater, much easier way to get a nice, clean, new ceiling without all of the mess and the junk and the dirt and the debris.
So, is the lath and plaster somewhat intact or is it all loose and falling off? What’s the status of it right now?
WENDY: In some places, where there was a water leak, the plaster wants to fall off. And then in some targets, it’s not so bad.
TOM: Well, if you were to kept 4×8 expanses of drywall over that and shafted the drywall in, it’ll probably buoy any liberate lath or plaster that’s there. And again, you won’t have this big mess of having to tear it all down, which is an mighty big activity. Because it’s very heavy, you’ll be shoveling it off the floor, putting it in ash bin, carrying those cans down. And you can’t even fill up the cans because it’s too heavy to lift them.
So it’s a big, smelling mess and if you are able apply some drywall to the ceiling as it is now and attach through that drywall into the ceiling joists, it should support the old-time lath and plaster and give you a nice, clean-living skin-deep to start with.
WENDY: OK. Well, thank you very much.
TOM: Well, you’re very welcome, Wendy. Thanks so much for calling us at 888 -MONEY-PIT.
LESLIE: Shannon in North Carolina is on the line and needs help with a bathroom-vent switch. What’s going on?
SHANNON: The trouble is I turn the switch on to it, sometimes it comes on, sometimes it doesn’t. Sometimes I turn the switch on, it briefly takes between 2 to three minutes. And if it comes on after that …
TOM: Now, Shannon, is this powering an spend follower?
SHANNON: Yes, it is.
TOM: So I consider probably the exhaust fan is starting to wear out. It sounds to me like the engines for the love is perhaps dirty or the demeanour is a little worn and it takes a while for it to kind of get going. And that’s a very kind of common symptom of a machine that’s wearing out.
Is this an old bath fan?
SHANNON: Yes. It’s about 18 years old.
TOM: Yeah, adult, time to replace it. Don’t last-place forever.
SHANNON: Yeah, I know.
TOM: You know, it’s very simple. Does this bathtub love have a light that’s built into it, as well?
SHANNON: No, sir.
TOM: Alright. Well, when you pull the window-dressing off the supporter, sometimes you’ll see that the follower is actually plugged into the side of the house. And so you could push a light into the side of that accommodate, unplug the fan and then go to the illuminate switching and turn it on- I’m sorry, the soak love. So turn it on/ off, on/ off. You’ll probably verify the ability come on and off like normally, as evidenced by the light bulb that you simply plugged in for testing roles. And again, that really be interpreted to mean that the power is fine. It’s not a number of problems with the button; it’s the fan.
And if you’re getting that kind of resistance out of it, I’d only oust the love. They’re not very expensive. And the good thing is that even though it’s an 18 -year-old bathroom-exhaust fan, the sizings are pretty standard. So, opportunities are you’ll be able to replace that without a good deal of trouble.
SHANNON: OK. Sounds common and easy.
TOM: Yep. Pretty straightforward. Shannon, thanks so much better for calling us at 888 -MONEY-PIT.
LESLIE: Now we’ve got lucky lady Nancy who lives in Hawaii, the greatest place in the world, who needs help waterproofing a lanai.
NANCY: Hi. Aloha.
LESLIE: Aloha. How can we help you?
NANCY: Well, we have a walk-around lanai on our dwelling that comes liquid on it when it rains. And the storeys don’t slope, so it’s standing water. And so we’re trying to figure out a style not only to help make a slope but something that’s a raincoat flooring that we can put on there to prevent our dry lanai.
TOM: So what’s the lanai made out of now? What’s the floor now? Is it concrete?
NANCY: It’s plywood with raincoat paint.
TOM: OK. So if you require something that’s really super-durable on that floor and you crave it to be completely waterproof, I would recommend fiberglass. We very often use fiberglass when we build waterproof floors like, for example, that might be on a second floor where there’s living space below.
It’s kind of like handcrafting the hull of a boat across that floor skin-deep, because you make it very much the same way. You introduced it in fiberglass, in resin, in varied coatings and the pros will really make it so it’s almost like one complete piece. And then it can have an abrasive finish on it so that nobody slips or anything like that. So that’s a really super-durable way to create a deck that you can walk on, push furniture around on and not have to worry about it interrupting through or ever leaking.
NANCY: And then there’s a behavior to make it slope?
TOM: Right. And so what you would do before you did the fiberglass is you would probably applied a second layer of plywood over there. And you would build it up use what’s announced “sleepers, ” which are sort of like long shims, to various kinds of create the slope first. And then once “youve had” the move was presented with the wood, you would cover it with fiberglass. And that would actually go up under a bit of the siding, where it attaches to the house, so that it gives you a terminated waterproofed seal.
NANCY: Oh, excellent. What a great idea. Thank you so much better for your help.
TOM: You’re welcome, Nancy. Good luck with that job. Thanks so much for calling us at 888 -MONEY-PIT.
LESLIE: Now we’ve went Brunie( sp) in Alaska who’s looking for some planting help in Alaska. Some cold floras, I suspect. Fake ones.
Welcome, Brunie( sp ). How can we help you?
BRUNIE( sp ): We have a very narrow swath of grass, which is actually precisely moss and tall grass. Can’t quite tell what kind of weed it is and there’s no grass stretching; it’s precisely moss and it’s damp. It’s on the north side of the building and it’s really at the edge of the deck.
BRUNIE( sp ): So it practically get no sun ever. I think it’s- “crabweed, ” I think it’s called or some kind of a ferocious weed that germinates uncontrollably.
BRUNIE( sp ): So I was wondering if you could make any suggestions what else I could develop there.
TOM: Well, the key here is to understand what hardiness zone that your country of the country is in. And anybody that lives in Alaska is pretty hardy, by my book.
BRUNIE( sp ): Yeah.
TOM: But there are actually hardiness zones there.
And taking a look at the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s site, Leslie, what zone does it look like she’s in?
LESLIE: It looks like Anchorage is incorporated in the 3b/ 3a zone, which would put you in the -4 0 to -3 0 severity temperature zone. So that kind of gives you an idea of what hardiness of embed or grass that you would need to sustain those temperature swings.
TOM: And if you go to the Almanac.com, which is the website for The Old Farmer’s Almanac, they actually have a guide there that has all these seeds rostered by hardiness zone. So there are actually quite a few weeds that they are able to survive, believe it or not, in that hardiness zone. And they’re all listed there in a directory on The Old Farmer’s Almanac. So I think that would be a good root for you. Gives you lots of options on what you can do with that space, based on that hardiness zone and of course, the amount of light-footed. And hopefully, we can get something growing there pretty soon.
BRUNIE( sp ): Thank you so much better. That would- that’s very nice. I appreciate that.
TOM: Good luck with that job. Thanks so much for calling us at 888 -MONEY-PIT.
LESLIE: Alright. Now we’ve came Richard in Illinois on the line who’s getting some liquid through the foundation. Tell us what’s going on.
RICHARD: What it is is over time- I’ve got a ranch house with a strike vault. And on the stoppage, when you come out, there is a retaining wall that is about 8 hoof towering where it encounters the house. It hasn’t really separated from the house but there is water that does in between the retaining wall and the foundation and then it meets right at the bottom, on a heavy rain, and then oozes back into the basement. So, I’m trying to figure out- the previous proprietor that had this house is- threw something in there, like a caulking of some type, that has come hard-handed over epoch and it’s not slowing it down too much.
TOM: So this is a gravity situation, so let’s give you a gravity solution. Let’s have the sewage work with you and not against you. And by the way, you can seal this until the moo-cows come home and it’s still knows where to find its room in. What you have to do is stop the water from accumulating.
So, on the opposite side of this retaining wall, I’m guessing that there’s some runoff that goes towards the wall?
RICHARD: Yes, there is.
TOM: So what you’re going to want to do is intercept that runoff so we don’t get as much water that musters in that area. What we want to try to do is limit the amount of sea that comes in that area to time direct rainfall with no runoff. That conveys no channel discharge , no runoff from higher elevations. So, the way we do that is, first of all, examine the gutter situation and make sure there’s no sea sagging at the high side of this where it could work its way down. If here i am, you’ve got to run a piping subterranean to get wise to a residence where it’s not going to interfere with leakage into the basement.
Secondly, in terms of intercepting the runoff, what you could do is install something called a “curtain drain, ” Richard. It’s a really- it’s a rather simple drain that you might construct yourself. You mine a cut that’s about 12 inches deep and 12 inches wide, you introduced some stone in that trench. Then you set a perforated piping on top of the stone, smother it with more stone, settle a piece of filter cloth across the top and shield it with grime. So when it’s all done, it’s invisible.
And the end of that drain that you just positioned should exit to daylight somewhere, so you need to figure out the best way to do that based on the configuration of your garden. What that will do is it’ll caught the liquid that’s coming down from higher raisings. It’ll fall into that furrow, come up into the pipe and then run around the house as opposed to collecting in that special corner. If we can keep the water from mustering in that area, you will probably be just fine, because it’s rare that merely direct rainfall amass enough water to actually leak in the house. It’s almost always the runoff from ditches and from drainage.
RICHARD: Right. And needless to say, I’ll probably have to do some- get rid of some landscaping, because it’s got some little, green shrubs there along that wall, as well, so …
TOM: Yeah. And that’s a good point, because sometimes you are eligible to spawn the problem worse by having landscaping that traps sea. So just think in terms of water control now , not in terms of trying to seal that water out, and I think you’ll be in good shape.
LESLIE: Well, squeaking floorings are one of life’s little annoyances but they rarely signal a structural trouble below. Now, the actual sound roots from one or the combined effects of two generators now: either liberate floorboards are rubbing together or the hammers that hold down the floor are yelping as they move in and out of their holes.
TOM: That’s right. And fortunately, creaks can be about as easy to fix as they are to find if you know what to do. Now, the solution for both cases is to mostly resecure the storey to the floor joists below. Now, how you do this is dependent on floor covering.
LESLIE: That’s right. Now, for flooring yelps under carpeting, the best solution is to always remove that carpet and then use hardened drywall bolts to hold the floor in place by driving one next to every tack in at the floor. Now, the pins will never pull out, so they’re much better than claws at stopping those squeaks. It’s also smart to do this if you’re replacing a carpet regardles. This acces, you can stop creaks even before they’re happening.
TOM: Fixing squeaking hardwood floors is a bit trickier than fixing a carpeted floor, but the principles are pretty much the same. You need to unearth the area of the squeak, and then you can use a stud finder to locate the joist below. And once you’ve marked the joist, you want to screw the flooring down in this area but you’re going to use a type of screw called a trim bolt. Now, it’s hardened like the drywall clamps but it has a really small head, kind of like a finish fingernail, so it’s easy to fill the hole with timber putty.
LESLIE: Yeah, guys. Squeaky floors might be one of life’s little annoyances but they are easily kept under control. For a ended guide on how to fix your storey creaks under carpeting, hardwood, tile or vinyl, check out MoneyPit.com.
Now we’re going to North Carolina where Reba is dealing with a spider question. Blah. What’s going on?
REBA: I have moved into a brand-new set of accommodations and there are just spiders everywhere. But they have a lot of mulch around our apartments and- where they’ve embed new heydays and such. But there are some tiny spiders the hell is little black spiders and then there’s brown spiders that are as big as fourths. They’re the fastest spiders I’ve ever seen in my life.
TOM: Oh, son. And the dark-brown spiders that are as big as one-quarters, they sound like brown hermit spiders, which can bite. So those we don’t like at all.
REBA: Right. But I have tried- I have bought nonsense from Lowe’s. I’ve sprayed all kinds of stuff all inside my house and all around the outside but they’re hopeless to get rid of.
TOM: So, I detest to say this but have you considered hiring a professional? I know you’re probably saving some coin. But whenever I discover somebody is buying mints and lots of pesticide and spraying it inside the house and scattering it outside the house, I’m kind of of the opinion that by the time you do all that, you’ve disclosed yourself to so much excess pesticide that you would have been better off merely having a pro come in, because they can buy stuff that you can’t buy.
Plus, they’re solely drilled on where to employ the insecticide, how much to place. And likewise, the insecticides today are very specific and they remove only the insects that they’re supposed to remove. And they don’t withdraw existing profitable bugs that you want to leave behind.
So if you’re having that much of an infestation, I would stop browsing for my own pesticide and call a pro and have them treat the house. And formerly you get the populations down to where they’re practicable, various kinds of more regular, then you could try to use some of those other makes exactly on a maintenance basis. Does that make sense?
REBA: It sure does. But here’s the only question: when everybody else is having the same problem and the mulch is all around the whole entire neighborhood, is just me spraying going to help? Is it going to stop it?
TOM: Well, yeah, it’ll create sort of a obstruction around your residence. But let me ask you, is this an apartment you hired or is this a townhouse? What’s the form?
REBA: This is like- they are only constructed this whole neighborhood of new suites. There’s like 43 apartments.
TOM: So they’re rental apartments?
TOM: OK. So, if you get the exterminator out there and they tell you that you’ve got something like a chocolate-brown recluse spider there and you making that to the attention of the rental operator, I think you’d give them plenty of reason to treat the whole apartment complex and not ignore them to the point where people and kids start getting bitten.
REBA: OK. I thank you for your information.
TOM: Good luck with that assignment. Thanks so much for announcing us at 888 -MONEY-PIT.
So, Leslie, this weekend I decided to solve a problem that’s been annoying me various kinds of all time long. We lives on a region and the backyard has a street that goes to a dead-end and there’s really no mansions behind us. So apart from my neighbour and I, there’s genuinely no other reason to go this dead-end street. Well, what happens is people that came to see you our province for the summer don’t realize it’s a dead-end and they manager down there at full speed and then you see the lights- the brake lights light up the whole neighborhood when they figure out they’re about to drive into the woods.
So, what do they do next? Well, they decide that my beautifully manicured lawn with sprinkler heads is the perfect place for them to back into to turn around. And I’m like, “Look, you can use my driveway. You can use my neighbor’s driveway. You don’t have to back across the lawn. It’s truly not necessary.” But that theme wasn’t getting through, so I decided I would put up a picket fence- decorative picket fence- to various kinds of say, “Please don’t back up over my lawn.”
Now, I was looking at the vinyl barricades but I’ve always had a problem with the vinyl-fence designs- the early ones- because I think they gape blocky, you know what I make? The influence of the posts and the shape of the sentries, it searches oversized, almost like bags, you are well aware? It doesn’t actually definitely sounds like real wood. But I observed a line, time by chance, at Home Depot- actually, it was online at HomeDepot.com- and I fantasized, “This could work.” And once I went this and I threw it in, I was really impressed with it.
So, the manufacturer is called Zippity. And the room it toils is the posts come with a sword tube. There’s a steel hose that’s about half the size of a positions and you drive the sword piping in the grunge first and you level the pipe. Once you do that, the announce slips over it tight. And it’s not like a big 4×4 or 5×5 affix; it’s more like a 2×4 or 2.5 x4. And so you simply have to level it in once direction, right? Because the post has a little bit of wiggle office from side to side. So you positioned that upright in …
LESLIE: Do you secure that post at all with any plaster or anything?
TOM: No, you don’t have to. So you sag the pole. The vinyl sleeve fits over the sword pipe. You pin it together with a couple of fastens and then you work off that first level post. You included some brackets- like U-shaped brackets, like a miniature TECO bracket from enclose- and you basically descend the sections in, you framed another post and go down the line. My son and I articulated it 36 feet of fencing in probably about two hours.
And it was so easy. It was ensure, it was solid, it ogles magnificent. And like I was saying at the start, this picket fence inspects more like wood than most vinyl fences. So, well done to the folks at Zippity. I believed the design was really smart and engineered well. So it wasn’t sagging. It really locked together nicely. And even those feature rails that hold the protesters in place, they were sort of like- they were reinforced. The pour of the molding on it was like- had a grid design to it, so you didn’t see it but inside, engineering-wise, it was really strong. So, good occupation and certainly recommend it.
LESLIE: Now, hopefully people do not back into the fence.
TOM: I hope not, yeah. I’m kind of counting on that. If the decision is to plow over the barricade I don’t know what I’m going to do.
LESLIE: Now we’ve get Jan in Iowa on the line who is dealing with a concrete terrace that has some carpeting matters. What’s going on?
JAN: We acquired our condo, as a retirement home, with a patio- an outdoor terrace- with indoor/ outdoor carpeting already installed on it. And we think it’s frightening. It’s discolored and stained and we want to remove it. We need to know the best way to get it up off the concrete. And then we would like to know what to use as something that could improve the appearing of the concrete. Because we know it’s going to probably have flecks of cement and who knows what that’s adhering to it. And it won’t be attractive.
TOM: Yeah, it’s a exceedingly time-consuming, sloppy profession to rip up indoor/ outdoor carpeting that’s been glued down. So, let’s just assume that that’s the bag. And you’ll get off as much as you can but there’ll still be some black, rubber endorse and other chips of adhesive that’s still protruded there. So, it is difficult to decide what the hell is do with that.
I would tend to think that the best thing to do might be to cover it. And what you could do is you could take a brick paver and mostly assemble pavers right on top of the terrace. Now, that will grow it by about an inch-and-a-half to 2 inches but it will look beautiful. And you won’t have to worry about any change in the brick pavers, because you have a solid article of concrete underneath.
JAN: Alright. So once the carpet is off, then the brick pavers could be installed over the concrete.
TOM: Yep. Right on top of the concrete. You can- there’s lots of different wordings and colorings and they’re all modular. And they fit together like baffle pieces.
JAN: We’ll do that.
TOM: Good luck with that assignment. Thanks so much for announcing us at 888 -MONEY-PIT.
LESLIE: Well, we’re fortunate here in the U.S. to have some of the cleanest ocean in all countries of the world. But that doesn’t guarantee that your ocean is safe. Now, water contamination can’t be seen, reeked or savoured but it’s easy to find out for sure, because you can easily test your tap water.
TOM: Now, the first thing you want to do is contact your ocean provider. They are involved, by rule, to originate assessment makes available to shoppers. And the report’s going to detail the liquid testing results of your range. And even if they come back clean, do note the testing date and the results because if it’s been more than a year or so, you might want to take a few more steps to make sure your water’s still safe.
LESLIE: Now, next, you’re going to hire an independent certified lab to assessment your sound occasionally. And this can be done for as little as $30 and spreads threats ranging from lead to pesticides, to bacteria and radon.
And there are also a number of DIY paraphernaliums out there but be cautious if the free kit comes with a hard-charging salesman. That’s not the best way to really learn what’s in your irrigate, because the testing company has an obvious conflict of interest. They want to help you do something.
TOM: And I’ve seen that a lot and it actually defects me that a great deal of the “free” kits are basically a sales tool from companies that want to sell you water-treatment equipment. So you’ve got to make sure you’re coming independent expert advice.
Now, if adulterates are noticed, you need to treat the water but merely as necessary. And there are wide ranges of water-treatment concoctions out there, from something as simple as a filter pitcher to whole-house organizations that are installed at the main liquid valve, where the sea comes into the house first.
LESLIE: Now we’ve get Tom in Alaska on the line who’s dealing with a roofing difficulty. Tell us what’s going on.
TOM IN ALASKA: I have a rafter or a trussed- in this case, they’re 9×31/ 2 inches- 9 inches by 31/2 inches, 32 inches on center.
TOM IN ALASKA: Now, on top of that, I have 2×6 tongue-and-groove wood. Now, on top of that is where the separation becomes and the isolation currently is some kind of- it’s all one portion. It’s 2 inches or 21/4 of a yellow sud with about 3/8 -inch or 1/2 -inch of some kind of- I don’t know. It crinkles; it can be broken off with your paws. And then on top of that, connected to it is what looks like roofing paper?
TOM: Right. Probably tar paper.
TOM IN ALASKA: Right.
TOM: OK. So, what you’re describing is a cathedral ceiling with a sandwich-type roof structure above it. So, in other words, generally in a ceiling you would have the insulation in between the rafters. Because your rafters are part of the architectural allure of the home, the insulation is actually stacked on top of the rafters, various kinds of on the roof-shingle slope almost.
TOM IN ALASKA: Right.
TOM: And that’s not exceptional in that type of home. It aims up creating a bit of a deeper fascia at the front edge because of the amount of fabric you have there but it’s a good, sensible course to insulate that style of home.
So what’s your question about this? Are you having problems with it?
TOM IN ALASKA: I would assume that that’s exclusively about R-1 9, if that.
TOM: It can will vary depending on what precise fabrics are being used. And you’re right: it’s probably not sufficient. And so your question are likely to be: “How do I do that better? ”
TOM IN ALASKA: Right. And I was thinking of putting something on the inside, which I will lose the visual impact, but I believed if I threw maybe a little furring strip or something on the inside, lay in a blown-in, rigid foam …
TOM: Well, if you put in blown-in, that’s going to totally mess up the impression of those rafters. It’s hard to do that neatly. So what you might want to think about doing is adding some strict foam insularity inside the ceiling, in between the ceiling rafters, and then some other type of wood paneling over that so that when you look up, it appears that you’re looking at the underside of the roof still. You understand what I intend?
TOM IN ALASKA: Right.
TOM: So you can even use a tongue-and-groove thin, yearn paneling that’s like 3/8 – or 1/4 -inch thick-witted but have that cover the isolation. And that they are able to still give you the appearance- even if you’re losing a little bit of breadth, you might be able to pick up a exhibition sum of additional insulation.
Well, Tom, thanks so much for calling us at 888 -MONEY-PIT.
LESLIE: Well, if you only adore the gaze of timber storeys and demand them in areas that can be prone to a lot or even a little bit of liquid, hardwood is probably not the best choice. We’ve got some better options.
TOM: That’s right. Now, if solid hardwood gets wet, it can swell and buckle. And formerly that happens, there is no going back. There’s a new waterproof-flooring option on the market that can deliver the seek of real hardwood without the risk of water damage and it’s announced “engineered vinyl plank, ” or EVP. Now, the neat thing about EVP is that it’s totally and completely waterproof. It can stay wet for an extended period of time. So, soak washing, shower sprinkles and pet coincidences will not damage that kind of floor.
LESLIE: And don’t be confused by its appoint, guys. This is not your mom’s vinyl. EVP mixes the convenience and waterproof features of standard vinyl with the quick and easy installing of laminate. And EVP comes in lots of high-end forms that capture the authentic grain, dye, and even the quality of real hardwood. They inspect amazingly like the hardwoods that invigorate their design.
TOM: It’s funny. We say, “It’s not your mom’s vinyl, ” but in my client, it is my mom’s vinyl because I situated it down at her house.
LESLIE: You did, didn’t you?
TOM: I did. I did and it gapes good. We were looking for a make that would work well in her kitchen. And I wanted to make sure it could handle chairs that are being sort of scuffed in and out from under a kitchen table. And it laboured enormous. And it’s been down for months off and I’m actually, actually pleased with it.
And the fact that it’s went certainly waterproof structure means you can pretty much bring that same grace and friendlines appear of hardwood to every room in your residence. It’s going to work in lavatories, kitchens. It’ll work in the laundry rooms, cellars. It’s a terribly strict timber and it kind of snarls together, so installation is easy, too.
So, I highly recommends the following. It’s particularly durable in areas of not being dentable( ph) if you put material on it. So, good for mansions with teenagers. So, gaze, if you’re looking for a water-resistant floor, check out the EVP concoctions. I think they’ve genuinely done a great racket with this.
LESLIE: Marlene in Minnesota is on the line. How can we help you today?
MARLENE: We have two aluminum-clad, factory-finished garage openings, dark brown in dye or at least they were.
MARLENE: And they’re beginning to fade due to oxidation and sun show. Is there anything we can do to restore that finish?
TOM: Well , not short of painting them. Because if you- when “youre telling” regenerate them, that would presume that there’s a practice to kind of bring back the splendour of the original make-up finish. But after years of exposure to sunbathe and especially those darker emblazons, you do get oxidation where the colour skin-deep is broken down. And you’re not going to bring that surface back.
The good news is that because they’re metal doorways, they’re fairly straightforward to paint. You want to make sure that you gently sand the door. And then I would use a metal primer- so a good-quality, metal priming make-up- and then whatever your topcoat of colour is going to be beyond that.
And if you do that claim- because it’s metal and it’s not organic, so it’s not subjected as much to swelling and contraction and certainly not moisture absorption- a good paint errand on a metal opening like that could easily last 10 years.
MARLENE: OK. Well, thank you for your help.
TOM: You’re welcome, Marlene. Thanks so much for announcing us at 888 -MONEY-PIT.
LESLIE: Alright, here’s a berth from Abby who writes: “The spray stres throughout my house is intermittently high and low. Within a 1-minute date, it leads from being very low to wonderful for maybe 6 to 8 seconds and then low-toned again. It draws laundry take forever, cleansing dishes a sorenes and showers little than amusing. Any advice on what that question might be and how we can fix it? ”
TOM: You know, the one bit of information Abby is not sacrifice us now, Leslie, is the age of the house. Because this sounds very much like perhap it’s an older house and it has some control in the tubes. If it’s a residence that still has some sum- I mean you could have all or- but it’s probably not likely at this site. But you could have all or some sword pipes.
What happens with steel pipes is they suffer from interior rusting and they sort of move inward towards a clot. I’ve taken steel plumbing apart and had, say, a 1-inch hose but the size of hole that the spray was moving through was down to a 1/4 -inch, because the rust expands and pushings in.
LESLIE: Oh, it’s amazing. And you can’t tell.
TOM: Yeah. Well, she can tell.
LESLIE: Right. But if you were to look at the pipe, you have no idea how bad it is.
TOM: Right, it examines good from the outside. Yeah.
So I reflect first thing we need to do here is we need to know what kind of plumbing you have, Abby, because that would be an issue. But if it’s not the plumbing, then it’s most likely some rule in a valve that is partially closed. You have a restriction. What you’re describing to us is a curtailed ocean pour. It’s very sensitive to anything else that comes on in the house. So one fixture, OK, second fixture, you’ve got a problem.
Well, you miss one activity you can do right now that will guarantee to save you a parcel when it comes time to flick on the heat in your house? It’s adding a smart-alecky thermostat. Leslie has info on how to do exactly that, in today’s edition of Leslie’s Last Word.
LESLIE: Yeah, a smart-alecky programmable thermostat is going to ensure that you don’t playing with the temperature all day. And that’s going to save you some coin. You can keep it at a steady temperature when you’re home, keep it set to about 55 degrees at night or when you’re away and then you can have the hot should be drawn up automatically about an hour before you wake up. This highway, you’re not going to freeze after your morning shower.
Plus, smart-alecky thermostats can also sense when someone is home versus when someone is not and then automatically move that temperature to the vacation position when no one is around. I signify it’s so opportune and it’s going to save you so much money and vigour, you’re really going to wonder why you didn’t make love sooner.
TOM: You know, we had an offer from our gas company to basically get two free smart-alecky thermostats. And they move me two Google Nest thermostats for free. Now, I previously had two but I figured, well, I’ll make the two free ones and then I’ll gift it to someone in my family. And that’s exactly what we did. So, we’ve get new, free thermostats from our practicality company.
And I ever am astonished by that, Leslie, because as a wage for going your business, the authorities concerned move them render energy-efficient advice. So, I predict the smart thermostat was something we had coming to us. But even if you have to pay for them- I’m telling you I’ve had mine for years and I perfectly desire them. And they do really make a big difference in your bill.
And coming up next time on the programme, did you know that kitchens are one of the most popular improvements of the descend season? There’s ever this big rush to get kitchens done before the holidays, so we’re going to give you some tips-off on how to scheme a kitchen remodel that will look fantastic and save you spate of coin on development projects, on the very next edition of The Money Pit.
I’m Tom Kraeutler.
LESLIE: And I’m Leslie Segrete.
TOM: Remember, you can do it yourself …
LESLIE: But you don’t have to get it on alone.
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