In this episode …
Fall is the season to work on getting your lawn ready for next year but can doing so expose you to poison substances? Tom& Leslie share a better route toward a healthy and light-green employ non-toxic, easy to apply lawn care makes. Plus…
Fall is also a good time to get your driveway ready for winter. Get DIY tips-off to fix driveway sounds, patch flaws and seal the surface for a fraction of the cost of hiring a pro.Is dirt, pollen and other allergens reaching your life a sneezing, sniffling mess? Does it get worse when you start to seal your residence up for the cold weather? Learn the ONE thing you can do to help reduce allergens.Are ready for some healthful home decoration? We’ve came all-natural decorating feelings to raise the colorings and stinks of autumn into your home.Options for homes without troughs to stop erosion and spate.
Plus, provide answers to your dwelling improvement questions about, installing openings in a plot shed, best siding alternatives, removing tile grout, eliminating spiders, how to solve the problem of hot water taking so long to hot up.
Do you have a home improvement or decoration question? Call the show 24/7 at 888 -MONEY-PIT ( 888 -6 66 -3 974) or post your question now.
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 hope you are enjoying this early autumn weekend. If you’ve got the issues or a descent home increase job, a project on your to-do list, research projects on your I’ve-got-to-get-it-done roster, give us a announcement because we are here to help you. We’re now to coach you, give you some gratuities, some sentiments, some admonition, some inspiration to avoid the perspiration it takes to get errands done around your residence. The quantity is 1-888-MONEY-PIT, 888 -6 66 -3 974.
Well, fall is the season to work on getting your lawn ready for next year. It is the best time to plant brand-new grass, to fertilize it, to prevent weeds. And there’s a brand-new DIY product on the market that can help make sure your lawn is good to go. And it’s absolutely non-toxic and easy to apply. We’re going to share those gratuities, time ahead.
LESLIE: And also onward, fall is a great time to fix up your driveway. You can fill those crannies, seal the surface. And while this is a project that a great deal of homeowners do tend to leave to the pros, many of the products that you need have come such a long way, in terms of being easy to use, that you can do this project yourself and save a ton of money. So we’re going to share some gratuities to help you get that done.
TOM: And are dust, pollen and other allergens uttering your life kind of a sneezing, sniffly mess? If that describes you, I’ve got news for you: it does tend to get worse when you shut up your dwelling for the cold weather. But there is one thing that you can do to reduce those allergens. It’s easy, it’s inexpensive and we’ll share that tip, exactly ahead.
LESLIE: But first, we want to hear from you. What are your fall projects? What are you working on? Are you thinking of tackling something big? Maybe something tiny? Whatever it is, we are here for that home improvement journey, so sacrifice us a call.
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LESLIE: Esther in South Dakota, you’ve get The Money Pit. How can we help you today?
ESTHER: Well, you can tell me how I can frame little windows into a metal garden shed.
TOM: Oh, OK. So, it’s only a single-wall metal molted?
ESTHER: It is. It’s like overlapping metal sheets.
TOM: Yeah. Hmm. Why do you want to kept the windows in there? Just for glowing?
ESTHER: For light and too because if we made shutters on the outside of them, they’re dressed up and it’ll look kind of cute from the outside.
TOM: And it looks pretty, right? Yeah.
If you purchase highly inexpensive, new-construction style windows- new-construction style windows have kind of a fin- a nailing fin- on the outside of it, like a deprive that circumvents it. If you were to do that and you cut the hole in the wall to merely fit around the outside of the window and install the window backwards- in other words, instead of putting it in from the front and extending it with placing, you’re going to start on the inside and attach it there and then stick it sort of through the hole that you cut, that fits around the window. And then you could bolt them in place and then cover the rods with the shutters. That would be the way to create the illusion that the windows were built into the shed.
So, precisely to review, you would purchase a particularly inexpensive window, because we’re not in the least bit concerned about energy efficiency; this is just for show. Make sure it has a hammering flange around the outside of it: sort of this fin that pokes out. Cut the hole in the metal wall that’s the exact size of the window, put the window from the back and then the nailing flange that’s on the back you can bolt in to the metal that’s all the way around. And then you would cover those shafts with the shutters. And you’ll have to caulk it to make sure it’s watertight.
ESTHER: Oh, sure. Great. OK. Well, thank you.
TOM: You’re welcome. Thanks so much for announcing us at 888 -MONEY-PIT.
LESLIE: Kip in Louisiana is on the line and needs some assist with a brick problem. Tell us what you’re working on.
KIP: I just built a terrace and we plowed the terrace with a- mostly, it looks like an addition to the house to match the existing roof. And we have brick on the outside but whenever the developer “re coming” and applied the terrace, he had to cut some of the overhang to make it go straight up, if you kind of imagine what I’m saying here.
And so now I have corpuscle board, or OSB board, at the top and then brick at the bottom. And I’m looking the best option to cover this with to give it some sort of- something nice to look at instead of travelling it with stone or something like that. My alternatives were stucco, tongue-and-groove board or the Hardie Board or something like that.
TOM: So, right now, you have brick on the bottom of the house? And what other kind of siding do you have on top of that or is it exclusively brick? Is this the only area that’s sticking out?
KIP: Well, the wall is brick and then we have the door, of course. But “youve had” the wall is brick and where he chipped the overhang out, above that is OSB.
TOM: OK. Well, OSB apparently is not an exterior-siding material and so you’ve got to framed something on there. I considered that the composite shingles- the HardiePlank- is probably a good option for you. The thing is, if you do something like stone, it may not look right because it may not match the brick properly and not gape natural. But if you use a completely different siding product, then it may have a better, more complimentary image. Either that or even something like 1×8 cedar clapboard. It’s a unusually thick, late chart and dark-brown cedar backing looks pretty nice against red brick.
KIP: OK. What about the- and I know it’s not pressure-treated but there’s a tongue-and-groove pine. If that being stained with a sealer, would that last the duration or not?
TOM: Not nearly as much as one of the siding commodities, like HardiePlank or cedar. And by the way, if you take your time and finish that properly, you can probably get 20 years out of it. And by finish it properly, I mean exert a good, oil-based primer on the siding and then cover that with a solid-color stain.
KIP: OK. Well, good deal, guys. I appreciate it.
TOM: You’re welcome, Kip. Thanks so much for calling us at 888 -MONEY-PIT.
LESLIE: Now we’re going to Louisiana with Lois who’s dealing with a grout problem in the tub. Tell us what’s going on.
LOIS: After talking to the people that sold me the grout, on the second complaint they lastly acknowledged that there was something wrong with the grout, so now I’ve got it turning white. And it’s a mocha-brown kind of color in the bottom of my shower and I predict the only way to resolve it is to clean it out. But how do I do that?
TOM: So how do you remove grout that’s already installed? Is that remedy? So this is grout that’s in the wall?
LOIS: Floor of the shower.
TOM: Oh, the flooring of the shower. And so the grout’s the wrong complexion. And it’s a darker hue than you demand?
LOIS: No, it’s reformed hue because they didn’t- they sold me- “theres a problem”, apparently, from the factory with the grout.
LOIS: And of course, I didn’t find out about it until after the fact. Now it’s turning white.
TOM: Right. Alright. So listen. What you might want to think about doing- only because if this doesn’t work, you are required to make the grout out anyway- is you might want to think about applying a grout pigment. Grout colour is available; it’s kind of like a stain for grout and it reforms the colour of the grout. It leads from- it can utter grout that’s lighter drive darker. It doesn’t work the other way round, of course. So I would leave that a try first because, certainly, you’ve got nothing to lose.
Now, if that doesn’t work, you’ve got to take the grout out.
TOM: To take the grout out, there are a number of tools on the market that can help you do that, that come into the category of grout views. There is a type of attended that fits into the end of a reciprocating saw that enables you to cut through grout. There is a grout appreciate that works in a Dremel that enables you to take grout out. But you have to grind the aged grout out and then regrout the tiles. It’s a big job; don’t get me wrong. It’s not easy but it can be done. That’s why I hint “youre trying to” a grout stain first.
You can take a look online at The Home Depot. They sell a make that’s called Grout Renew and it’s made by Polyblend which is, I trust, one of the grout makes. And so they have a product- they have several different pigments and they’re designed to stain and close the grout in one application. So like I said, you’ve got nothing to lose by trying this out.
There’s likewise an internet site that really sells grout color, called GroutDye.com.
LOIS: Alright, sir. Thank you.
TOM: Thanks so much for announcing us at 888 -MONEY-PIT.
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LESLIE: Well, fall is the perfect time to get your lawn reenergized- after this long, red-hot summertime we’ve all had- so that it’s health and dark-green for the months onward. But figuring out exactly what you need to add to get your lawn just right, that’s always been a hassle.
TOM: Absolutely. So, a while back, we had a guest on mentioned Coulter Lewis. Now, Coulter started a company announced Sunday. And what Sunday does is they offer non-toxic DIY lawn-care makes. So he made the point that trying to figure out what your lawn needs and when it needs it and then frequently over-applying toxic pesticides and other lawn chemicals is just not that smart-alecky. It’s difficult and you often end up sort of wasting a lot of produce and then, of course, disclosing your family.
In fact, they figured out that we are actually crop-dusting our own gardens at a rate of 10 times more than an industrial raise, because we don’t know what we’re make, right? Look into the home center alleys where people are trying to choose a fertilizer, for example. It’s really hard because you don’t know how many square feet your property is, you don’t know what it is less the buildings and such. So it various kinds of caught our attention and we both became purchasers of Sunday.
And I’ve got to say that I’ve been reasonably astonished with the research results. So, let’s talk about how it makes, Leslie, because I think it’s pretty interesting.
LESLIE: Yeah. It’s truly very cool. So it all starts right at their website. You leader on over to GetSunday.com, lay in your address and then the area returns back a satellite image of your home. Yep. Totally. It’s your house and all the yard countries are delineated out. And it gives you sort of an estimated measurement of how much lawn skin-deep that you have.
And then based on that info, they then create a smart lawn plan, which is based on your soil, your atmosphere biography, your current weather conditions and that satellite imagery of your home. And it creates a patronage strategy, which will then be delivered instantly to your entrance. And it even includes a clay experiment to zero in on any grunge shortages, which clearly they can’t get that info from the satellite idol. So that’s going to come in your first kit.
TOM: Actually, then can in a way. They know about soil kind from the moons. Because I learned last-minute, Leslie, that there’s actually not one- it’s not just a Google Earth shoot. There’s a half-dozen satellite works that all combine together to give them this data. And that all results …
LESLIE: Oh, actually?
TOM: Yeah. That all results in their own homes knowing exactly what to send you and when it should be applied.
Now, the products themselves, when I got mine they came in a very well-packed box. And I got an application for late summer: a produce announced Lawn Strength. And that was designed to help it recover from the crazy, extreme hot “were having”. And then I simply related my descent lotion, which is called Lawn Strong, and that gets it ready for the fall.
Now, the application is super easy because each product is shipped in a pouch. It’s like a liquid-filled pouch. And then you set a hose applicator. So formerly you set the applicator and clamped it on, then you can attach a hose and you are totally good to go. It’s as easy as that.
LESLIE: Yeah. You know what? That’s pretty much it. If you can use a hose, guys, then you can have a Sunday lawn. They ship to you exactly what you need, right when you need it, and then you really hose it on. And best of all, it’s a lot less expensive than buying lawn-care products locally and it’s completely non-toxic. So, kids and domesticateds can play right on the lawn, even after you apply those products.
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LESLIE: Chris in Louisiana is on the line and needs assist with a driveway projection. Tell us what’s going on.
CHRIS: Well, I have an old, concrete driveway that’s got a few fractures in it.
CHRIS: I would imagine those could be patched up with something like QUIKRETE. But what I’m basically asking about is extending the driveway from where it sort of ascents down to the ground, which is above the street level. And there’s about maybe a gap of 12 foot, perhaps, between the end of the driveway, which sort of stripes down. And then I’d like to extend it down towards the street so my belonging is about maybe 2 feet higher- not quite that. Almost 2 feet.
TOM: So what’d they do? Run out of concrete the first time they ran the driveway?
CHRIS: No. We don’t have any sidewalks, so this would go over the area where there would be a sidewalk if they had sidewalks.
CHRIS: So I’m asking if concrete’s a better material to use or asphalt or perhaps something else, even?
TOM: Oh , no. I think you- since you have a concrete driveway right now, I are certainly lengthen it expending more concrete. I would amend those sounds in the surface. There is a QUIKRETE concrete-repair product that comes in a caulk tube for those big cracks.
And you could also consider using one of the resurfacing concoctions that have existed so that now you’ll have a brand-new driveway and an old-fashioned driveway. And if you resurface that driveway, it’s kind of like stucco. And they’re specially designed to stick to the aged concrete. Then the whole thing will examine brand new and it’ll all kind of match.
CHRIS: OK. And do you have to dry that down first or …?
TOM: Yeah, you simply follow the instructions. There’s a …
CHRIS: What’s that product announced?
TOM: It’s made by QUIKRETE and I think it’s called Sand/ Topping Mix or something like that.
CHRIS: OK. And I are able to obtain that at a dwelling centre?
TOM: Home cores. You know, take a look at the QUIKRETE website. They’ve got some immense videos there on all of these projects.
CHRIS: OK. Now, how about the propagation? Do I need to build a form or time lay concrete down and kind of pack it in?
TOM: No. Have you ever ran concrete yourself before?
CHRIS: A little bit but mainly just for small projects, like treads and stuff.
TOM: Well, you know what? This is a pretty big project and since you haven’t done it before, I would recommend that you get a mason to help you. It’s a little bit different to handle this amount of concrete. You’re going to need a fair sum of it.
But basically, the direction development projects disappears is they do improved uses that hold the concrete in at the end. And with a 12 -foot section, they’re going to probably threw an expansion joint in between. So you pour the first slouse and then you have the stretch joints in there. Then you pour the second largest section.
You’ve got to shake the concrete and treat the concrete and finish the concrete so that the cliffs fall down to the bottom and sort of the smoothest mud comes up to the top. Then you’ve got to put a finish in it so it’s not slick. And you generally do that with a unusually coarse broom. So, it’s not the kind of first-time concrete campaign that I would recommend to somebody.
CHRIS: At least that gives me an idea what to aim for. OK. Well, thanks a lot. I ever experience your program on the weekends, when I hear it.
TOM: Well, thank you for asking, Chris. We appreciate that and good luck with that project.
LESLIE: Nancy in Pennsylvania is on the line and having a hot-water issue. Tell us what’s going on.
NANCY: Well, my hot water makes so long to- or my irrigate takes so long to get hot when I turn on the spigot. And cleaning the foods by hand constitutes that- I consume a good deal of liquid that way.
LESLIE: Nancy, is this a new problem or has this always been developments in the situation?
NANCY: No, it’s an old problem.
TOM: Yeah. And it has to do with the physical interval between the faucet and the liquid heater. The farther they are apart, the longer you have to wait for the irrigate to heat up.
Now, newer irrigate heaters today, and specially the tankless ocean heaters, are very small. And so the space a lot of developers are addressing this is they’re putting in numerou water heaters closer to the cleansing or the washing areas of the house. So, typically, you’d have one for the kitchen and maybe the laundry locality and you’d have another one for bathrooms. Because these sea heaters are so small-minded and so efficient, they are unable to literally squeeze into anything that’s smaller than a closet.
In your action, though, it’s just such matters of the length that the water has to travel. Unfortunately, in a house like this, though, I would say that it’s unlikely you will save fairly coin in irrigate cost to move the installation of an additional water heater worthwhile, Nancy.
NANCY: But is there anything else I can do? Like I have been told, different times, that isolating the pipings wouldn’t improve or some people say it would.
TOM: Well, the only thing that insulating the pipes will do is it’ll keep the water that’s in the pipes, once it gets there, warmer longer. But again, it’s a distance thing. You turn the faucet on, the water starts to move from the ocean heater, where it’s hot, to the faucet. And it has to purge all of that cold water along the way. Once it purifies, it’ll stay hot but it just takes a certain amount of time for that amount of spray- that sum of magnitude of ocean- to move through the pipes.
Does that make sense, Nancy?
NANCY: Yeah, it does. And so there’s basically nothing I can do except different water …
TOM: Well, except moving a spray heater closer to the- to you. I imply there are recirculators that sort of take water and recirculate it back all the time. But again, that costs exertion, more, and that costs plumbing expenditure, more. And I exactly don’t think you’re going to save enough to make it worthwhile.
Nancy, thanks so much better for announcing us at 888 -MONEY-PIT.
LESLIE: Well, winter is bumpy on driveways, which is why the fall is a good time to actually fix up your driveway, complete those sounds, seal the surface, only get wise ready for the damage it’s going to see in the winter season.
So, the first step is patching and replenishing any gaps or cracks that you have in the driveway. Now, you’re going to want to tackle this part of your driveway rehab well before you start the sealing process, as the complete substance does need plenty of time to cure. So you want to make sure to plan for the heal hour that your asphalt-patching product requires and then plan your driveway-repair weekend accordingly.
TOM: Now, here’s a tip to think about when you’re shopping for your patching make. You want to remember that the more solids it contains, the very best. So, solids like asphalt and polymers and coal tar, those are better-quality products and they’re going to last-place a lot longer and become more effective, in terms of the results.
Now, after you’ve patched and crowded the fractures in the driveway, you’ve got to allow plenty of era for the amends to medicine. And that’s going to give you time to plan the sealing project. Now, the best time to apply the driveway sealer is when the weather forecast is rain-free and the daily temps are at least about 50 degrees. Not too hot , not too cold is best.
LESLIE: Alright. Now, your next stair is to wash the asphalt face. So you want to use an petroleum clean for any stubborn oil discolours and you want to apply a mixture of TSP detergent and liquid to the entire surface, squandering a stiff-bristle brush. Now, you can also use a adversity washer for this deep-cleaning step.
Now, once your driveway is completely dry, then it’s time to apply the sealant employ a squeegee, a roller, a broom, whatever you’re comfortable with. And work in strokes parallel to your house and allow that sealant to baked. You’ve got to do it according to the manufacturer instructions. And then once it’s dry, you can come back for another lap of lotions. But this time, work in guides that passed horizontal to the house. So you’re crisscrossing those two layers so that you really get good coverage.
TOM: And once that finish has totally baked- and you’ve got to stay off it, by the way, for a lot longer, I ever picture, than car manufacturers says. I like to leave a full weekend for it to settle up. But you’re going to have a good-looking driveway. It’s going to work hard for you and it’s going to stand up to all of that wintertime artery wear and tear and all that road salt. And it’ll be good for a lot of years to come. And you saved a knot of money because you did it yourself.
LESLIE: Pat in Illinois needs some assist with a reveal. Tell us what’s going on.
PAT: I get brand-new, enlarged channels and downspouts on. And they cut a trough out to the- my province, which is OK. We’ve had some torrential cloudbursts and this hasn’t, certainly, been lately but I got submerge in my vault. And I was told that there’s a trough that is next to my block basement that is either inside or outside. I could see, visually, it coming in underneath my stairs as I cut away the drywall and I’m not sure- because, regrettably, the company that did it is out of business- if my trough is inside or outside.
TOM: Does the rainfall trigger the flood? In other commands, does it always spate after a heavy rain?
PAT: It never filled. I improved the basement on in an addition 12 years after I constructed the house for, genuinely, a storm shelter. And it never did until I applied the brand-new, improved, large ditches/ bigger downspouts on.
TOM: Right. So, clearly, it’s- the issue is with the drainage of these spouts. And when you have an area that’s susceptible to flooding, you need to discharge the liquid at least 4 to 6 paws from the foundation, if not further. I intend I- if it’s possible, I like to run the pipings out underground and take them to a baked shaft or make them to daylight somewhere if the property is set up such where you can get away with that. But you’ve got to manage the drainage.
And it’s enormous that you got the bigger channels because they’re not going to clog as easily. But wherever these downspouts are affecting, that spray has got to get far away from the house.
PAT: I think that was the occurrence. I think what has happened is the abundance of rain that came over the sewers, based on the mass that it came down- and again, it probably has happened before but it never submerge down there.
TOM: Pat, whenever you get a flood that’s consistent with rainfall, it’s always, always, always drainage, OK? It’s not rising water table or any of that other kind of stuff. It’s always drainage, always. So, it’s a choked sewer, it’s a downspout that’s dropping water too close to the house, it’s soil that’s sloped back into the wall. Fix the drainage, you’ll fix the flood, guaranteed.
Pat, thanks so much better for announcing us at 888 -MONEY-PIT.
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LESLIE: John in Delaware is dealing with a spider question. I can’t even talk about it for dread they will jump into my house. What’s going on?
JOHN: I moved to the beach about 10 years ago. I’m not- I’m 12 miles from the water but I don’t know whether that’s part of the problem or not. But we have spiders inside the house all the time. They’re always in the regions of the room. It’s rare to come into any area and not have one. And it seems like as quickly as you get rid of them, a week last-minute you have more in the same domains. And it is very annoying.
TOM: What do you do to get rid of them, John?
JOHN: The only thing I do is I try to kill them and knock down their little web.
TOM: Good luck with that. That’s not working out too well for you, I pot, huh?
JOHN: No, it’s not.
TOM: You’re not going to prevail the war if that’s your medicine approach. The thing about bugs today is the best way to control them is through science. And if you look at a company like Orkin – you know, a company that’s been around forever- these guys know exactly what insecticide to putting in place, they know how to frame it down in the right amounts and the products that they use today are very insect-specific.
It used to be that there was sort of a broad-spectrum pesticide that was put down. Today, the pesticides are very, very specific for the problem. And if I was dealing with this in my house, I wouldn’t be running around with my boot trying to kill them all. I would have the pesticide applied in the right amounts, right lieu and be done with it.
So, I would recommend that you call Orkin and have that taken care of the right way. It’s safer to do that than to buy over-the-counter pesticides, which you end up over-applying- which are far more dangerous, in my view- and certainly a lot less frustrating than having to stomp them to fatality, OK?
So, I would use a pesticide to control these spiders and that’s the best solution.
JOHN: OK. And you would not advise trying to do it on your own. You’d advise getting a company that’s- would pay them regularly to have them come back?
TOM: Yeah, you can’t buy the products that a professional can buy. They’re not available to the general public because they have to be applied just right. That’s why it’s a good sentiment be returned to a pro, like Orkin.
John, thanks so much better for calling us at 888 -MONEY-PIT.
LESLIE: Well, autumn’s dyes are something to look forward to every year. But the changing of seasons also has its flaws, like allergies and energy costs, those things.
TOM: And that’s why it’s important to do what you can to improve the inside air in your live, the indoor-air quality.
So, step one is to change your filters. Now, good-quality HVAC filters are going to capture about 90 percent of the great allergens. And that includes stuff like junk and pollen and mold spores from the breeze passing through it.
And I’ve got to tell you, in the thousands of inspections that I’ve done, so many times I open up the blower compartment on the furnace and what comes out is a big lump of dust, because the furnace filter was never changed. So, important that you impede deepening that out. And if it’s a disposable genu, we’re talking about every 1 to about two months.
Now, if your family is prone to reactions, you should look for a filter with a MERV rating- that stands for the minimum productivity reporting rating- of at least 11, because that makes it can do a good job of keeping out the dirt and the pollen.
LESLIE: Yeah. And if you do to be amended out more frequently, like Tom said, it can even increase the amount of energy that’s needed to heat your dwelling, which is going to lead to lower energy costs and increased stress on your HVAC system.
TOM: Now, if you are interested in step it up and you really want the best protection that you can get, you can get a filter system that will protect against microscopic airborne particulate matter and even bacteria and viruses. And that is an electronic breeze cleanser. There are some great firebrands out there. Trane performs the CleanEffects, Aprilaire makes a really good one. So, think about one of those products. They have to be professionally lay but boy, are they really terrific at killing everything that can get into the air in your house.
You can call us, of course, 24/7, at 888 -MONEY-PIT or announce your question, like Helen did. And Helen shot us a question on MoneyPit.com.
She’s dealing with a metal roof, Leslie.
LESLIE: That’s right. She writes: “We made a metal ceiling on our house and the downpour runoff is causing erosion. We enjoy examining the rain coming off the ceiling and don’t want sewers. Can I situated river rocks on the grind to create a dry creek? And do I need anything under those rocks? ”
TOM: Well, yeah. I enjoy the metal roof and the idea that it looks beautiful with the ocean dripping off it. But if you have a basement or a crawlspace, precisely be informed that that spray coming off the roof can end up right in that space. If that is not the situation with you, I ponder, yes, go ahead and leant the river boulders down or anything else that’s not going to be impacted by erosion. Because water is pretty corrosive, it’s quite vigorous and it can really beat up that soil arena. So you can create a beautiful, cool riverbed of cliffs there.
In terms of what to put under it, the one thing I might put under it is filter cloth, because that will help prevent grass from originating back up. But again, you need to make sure that that spray is not causing a footing problem, because it very well could be if you do not have gutters on your house.
LESLIE: Yeah. And you know what? Even if you don’t have a basement, all of that liquid can cause a lot of issues to a foundation, as well. So don’t give up on the idea of sewers wholly, OK?
TOM: Well, fall is the most beautiful season of the year and it’s also one of the most beautiful seasons for dwelling embellishing if you’ve got the rustic hues and the iconic epitomes from harvest. But how do you pluck all those ideas together, from the natural environment, to embellish your home for dusk? Well, Leslie has ideas on how to do time that, in this edition of Leslie’s Last Word.
So, Leslie, should we go collect the beautiful foliages and yearn cones?
LESLIE: Oh, absolutely. I absolutely adoration the come. I convey it’s such a great season. You’ve got apple-picking, pumpkin-picking and the buds are changing color and of course, Halloween. And if “youre planning to” it right, there are ways that you are eligible to have the decoration that you put in the home this month take you all the way through Thanksgiving.
So, first of all, you can use all of those late-summer gathers to spruce up your front-entry table or even your kitchen table. I’m talking about pumpkins, squashes. You can have baskets of colorful apples or gourds. All of that is a really natural style to exactly bring that color inside. And those do tend to last long, so you’re able to keep that hue out probably through most of the season and got to get right through Thanksgiving.
Also, you want to pull those dyes for accents around your residence, as well. So “ve been thinking about” your tablecloth, linens, towels, even pillows, vases, cookie pots, any sort of accent bits that you might swap out throughout your residence for the various seasons. I don’t know if everybody does that. I kind of swap things out. So it’s a really easy way to return those complexions in.
Now, instead of grows, you are eligible to put a really nice vase or some sort of jug or interesting barrel or receptacle that feels sort of seasonal. And you can fill that with autumn needles. And you can even do big-hearted diverges and you can really make an autumn sort of piece there that will work beautifully. And of course, the chapters or the foliage or whatever you’re bringing in from outside, you can vary the immensity depending on the space that you’re going to place it in.
And lastly, “ve been thinking about” your other gumptions. Pine cones, cinnamon lodges. All of those bring in that autumn-y scent and starts coming you thinking of pumpkin-spice lattes and sweaters and all that enormous nonsense that the descend season is. So, certainly, look at what’s around you and making that shall be divided into your home without spending a lot. You’re going to be so happy.
TOM: This is The Money Pit Home Improvement Show. Coming up next time on the program, ceramic floors or tile storeys, the issue is durable, they are super easy to care for. But what happens if one break-dances and you only can’t find a replacement? We’re going to share some fast fix-ups for tile floorings and more, 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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