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If your closet is looking a little messy — closet organization may be in order, but that’s one project that ranks right up there with dental design as something to look forward to. We’ll have step-by-step, or shall we say “shelf-by shelf” tips-off to make this job easy to tackle.
Have you ever considered adding gutter police to end clogged ditches once in for all? Well don’t take another step until you hear about the results if a inspection done by Ask the Builder which met actual costs from consumers across the nation. The crowds will FLOOR you! They straddle from a few dollars- all the way up to 90 dollars a paw!- in many cases for the exact same concoction! Tim Carter did further consideration and attaches us with the results.If you’d like to have the best flower garden ever come Spring, Fall is the time to take an important first step- planting bulbs. Well help designated you up for success when the brave turns warm again.Did you know that the membranes you sleep on can have a big impact on whether or not you get a full night’s sleep? Leslie has gratuities on the best bedding for get some shut-eye.
Plus, answers to your residence improvement questions, about insulating a subside, eliminating knob and tube wiring, temporary caulk weatherstripping for windows.
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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: So, what are you guys planning for this weekend? You’ve got a project that you’d like to get done? Maybe you need some assistance solving a problem? Whatever is on your to-do list, we’d affection for you to framed it on our to-do list. Yes, we’re looking for things to do and we’d love to help you with assignments around your coin quarry. Because to us, a coin pit is not a disaster. It is a home that you love. Yes, it needs care and feeding but heck, so do my girls and I cherish them quantities. So, whatever is on your assignment roster, let us help you get wise done.
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Coming up, if your wardrobe is looking a bit messy, closet making might be in order. But that’s one campaign that ranks right up there I belief with, what, dental piece as something to look forward to. So we’re going to have the step-by-step or maybe we should say shelf-by-shelf tips to make this job easy to get done.
LESLIE: Plus, have you ever considered adding gutter protects to intent clogged gutters once and for all? Well, don’t take another step until you hear about the results of a survey done by Ask the Builder, which picked actual costs from customers across the nation. Now, the numbers are going to floor you. They stray from a few cases dollars all the way up to $90 a hoof, in many cases, for the exact same product.
Tim Carter did the review and he’s going to join us with more.
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TOM: But first, we want to get to your summons, your questions about the projects that are important to you.
So let’s get to it. Leslie, who’s first?
LESLIE: Alright. Heading out to Arizona. We’ve came Jim on the line. What’s going on at your fund quarry?
JIM: It is a pretty simple product( inaudible ).
JIM: It’s a normal room with a kitchen sink. And two containers in a kitchen drop: small-minded one and a large one.
TOM: OK. Yep.
JIM: In the smaller one, we normally will throw soap and heated sea in in the morning to cleanse the morning dishes. And then, by an hour, that water is cold, soapy water.
JIM: And I got to thinking there’s got to be some kind of an segregating covering that you could buy or construct or somehow create to keep that sea warm and not waste water warming it up again.
TOM: That’s an interesting idea. I don’t think there’s a commercial product for that. I’ve never seen it. But if you happen to have a very cold under-cabinet area, I could see where that could potentially be annoying. So your challenge will be just simply to shield this as much as possible.
Now, along the back wall, where the back of the cabinet is on an exterior wall, if you could add a piece of foam separation- which is available in all sorts of thicknesses, so it depends on what you have and how you can get it back in there. You’re probably going to have to cut it in pieces. That will help a little bit.
On the bowl itself, one thought that I would have is that you may be able to spray this with foam isolation, like a Great Stuff. Now, there’s two different types of Great Stuff. One is designed to expand and one is designed not to expand. And if you use the one that doesn’t expand, it’s not going to stretch your cabinet chassis or anything like that.
It’s the manner that’s designed for windows and doors, because what would happen is beings would use the expandable foam isolation in a opening or doorway hole and then it would swell so much, it would expand so much that the window gets put shut where it was. So, if you use the kind that’s designed for spaces and openings, you may be able to get- that’s reasonably sticky nonsense. It may be able to adhere to the underside of that sink.
And so I think this is going to be an experiment to see if you can figure out something “whos working”. So I understand the question but it doesn’t have a straightforward this-is-the-product-designed-for-that, because it’s time not something that I think you’re knows where to find available. So you’ve got to get artistic, which means you’ve got to form your own insulation.
And lastly, you could just take a piece of fiberglass blanket- maybe one that’s encapsulated on both sides; there’s different types of encapsulated insularity- and start your own blanket around there and maybe with a series of zip ties hamper it in place.
So I think you’re will be necessary to scheme your own, sir, OK? Because I don’t think it’s accessible commercially.
JIM: So maybe I precisely get some blue-blooded timber and glue and …?
TOM: And go for it, yep.
Alright. Good luck with that activity, sir. Thanks so much for calling us at 888 -MONEY-PIT.
LESLIE: We’ve got Sandra in Maryland on the line and she’s got a really old house and an electrical problem. What’s happening at your fund quarry?
SANDRA: A hundred-and-three years old.
TOM: Oh. That’s great. That’s a good senility for lives. It’s just starting to get seasoned. Settling in a bit.
SANDRA: Oh, it adjudicates a lot.
TOM: Yeah, I gambling, I gamble. So, has the wire been revised at all or is it original? Is it knob-and-tube? What various kinds of wiring do you have?
SANDRA: I have a mix of knob-and-tube and some updated. What’s down in the walls, I conclude, is still knob-and-tube.
SANDRA: Some of the stuff that’s more out has been replaced.
TOM: And what are you planning to do? What’s precipitating this question? Is this just a general concern about safety? Are you doing some other remodeling?
SANDRA: Well, what I’ve done is started redoing the kitchen.
SANDRA: And I made up the seven beds of linoleum and got all the creosote out and got all the stuff that probably I shouldn’t have been inhaling out of the kitchen. And we sanded the floors and stopped the original, old-fashioned, wood storeys. And the paneling in the kitchen I’m not willing to tear down because it’s horsehair plaster behind it. And every time you touch the wall, you hear trash fall.
SANDRA: So, I’m not willing to replace it. We decorated the paneling and I want to kept brand-new floorboard adornment around. But all of the cable- it’s those large-scale, black wires that depart from one store to another outlet.
TOM: Let me give you some advice on this because it is time to update that cabling. First of all, any existing knob-and-tube wiring is very dangerous and here’s why: when it gets to be 100 years old, the isolation on that wiring is very dehydrated out, extremely fragile, awfully crumbly. I can’t tell you how many times, in the 20 times I spent as a home inspector, that I found that kind of wiring in a house and often witnessed burn marks- particularly frightening- burn marks on the framing that circumvented it.
So, you obviously want to deactivate that cabling. You don’t have to physically pull it out of the walls as long as it’s not electrified. And then, of course, you want to update that with brand-new, modern wiring that’s consistent with current electrical code.
Now, for the kitchen, you really want to do something different than what would’ve been done when the home was originally built. It had wiring but it had all of that kitchen, I’m sure, on one circuit. And that’s why an older home, sometimes, when you’re in a kitchen, you often see the lights dim when the fridge knock on, because they’re both- major appliance and illuminating are on the same circuit.
You want to have one circuit for your gadgets – your dishwasher, your refrigerator- perhaps even more than one circuit for that and then a separate circuit for illuminate and outlets. And of course, all of the shops likewise should be ground-fault protected because this is a wet location. And ground-fault protection protects you from receiving a shock if you were expending an gadget that shorted or had any other type of electrical occurrence that occurred.
So, you are smart to be concerned about this. It is something that you should take care of, whether you make love one office at a time or the entire house at a time. You know, that’s going to be up to time and budget. But you should have on your overall remodeling strategy the need to get rid of that knob-and-tube and altogether de-energize it, because it is unsafe for the reasons I stated.
And likewise, by the way, that special cable is not grounded nor is it groundable. So that’s another reason it’s unsafe. It’s merely the channel it was done back then.
SANDRA: I think some of the kitchen had been done because I did have an electrician friend come in and set some brand-new outlets. And he precisely passed from one to the next and I do have different circuit breakers downstairs and all that kind of stuff. But one of the things that when- I do have- I guess the one wall hasn’t been done. I is a well-known fact that reverberates strange. But when they have the cables that are out- the large-scale, black wires leading across on any of the cables- and I don’t want them to go behind the wall, because they can’t without damaging the wall. Do I need to situated those metal reports over them before I can situate the balance board down so I don’t …?
TOM: Well, “if youre having”- if you’re talking about the original knob-and-tube wiring being big black cables, you can’t bury that. That’s terribly unsafe and here’s why: knob-and-tube wiring- the above reasons- and by the way, for those that are not familiar with this, if you’ve ever seen an old-fashioned home where wires seem to be strung on little ceramic affixes that stick off the side of lights, those are the knobs. And then where the wires go through the framing, there’s a ceramic tube. And that’s the tube. That’s why it’s called “knob-and-tube.”
And the reason that it deposits off the beam, Sandra, is because it has to be air-cooled. So that’s why you can’t bury knob-and-tube wiring under trim. You can’t even put insulation around it because it shapes it doubly unsafe.
SANDRA: So if it’s the large-hearted, black wire, then I know I’ve still came original knob-and-tube in there.
TOM: I would have your electrician are now in and identify where that wire’s being enlivened, made to ensure that if it’s knob-and-tube, it is completely undid and then run whatever you have to do from there. And if you can only do it one area at a time, you’ll be merely that much more safe. But if you have been able do the whole house, then really do it.
SANDRA: OK. Great. Thank you so much better. I appreciate it.
TOM: You’re welcome, Sandra. Good luck with that project.
LESLIE: Heading over to Ohio. Linda is on the line with a opening question. What can we do for you?
LINDA: In my apartment, it’s supposed to be energy-efficient. But my heating greenbacks- I don’t anticipate I can climb up there and place the plastic on the windows anymore. Is there another way to make it more efficient?
TOM: It’s a real challenge when you’re a renter because you’re right: there’s only limited things that you can do but there are things that you can do.
Now, you mentioned putting the plastic on there. I’m not quite sure what you’re doing in terms of the plastic but the shrink-film plastic works the best where, basically, it shields the whole interior of the window space. And then you use a whisker dryer formerly you apply it and it gets really taut and clear. That’s one thing that you can do.
The second thing is that there is a sort of a liquid weather-stripping. It’s like a weather-stripping caulk. And it looks like silicone caulk, right? So what you do with this stuff is you essentially caulk your openings shut. You employed it in all the places there’s gaps. And the neat thing is that in the spring, it remains rubbery and you can kind of grab the edge of it and rind it right away.
Now, the only bad thing is this: whatever space you caulk, you won’t be able to open all winter long. So, if it’s a bedroom window, you can’t do it there because you need egress in case of emergency. But it manipulates enormous, especially with really old windows, because it does seal them up and it’s easy to do and it doesn’t damage the windows. It peels right off.
LINDA: Do you have a name or are you not allowed to say it on the aura?
TOM: There’s a number of different symbols of it. I know that Red Devil attains one, I remember DAP sees one and I think there’s too a generic one. And you ought to be able to find it at The Home Depot. And if it’s not on the shelf, I would ask the service table and describe the product to them. The weather-stripping caulk is what you’re looking forward to. And perhaps they’ll be able to order it for you. But I have attended it on the place shelves.
LINDA: I’m writing this down.
TOM: Alright. Well, listen, good luck. I hope that helps you out, Linda. I realize you calling us at 1-888-MONEY-PIT.
LESLIE: Well, if your wardrobe is looking a little messy, closet administration might be in order. But that’s actually one campaign that ranks right up there with dental wield as something beings time do not look forward to. But a absolutely planned infinite genuinely doesn’t have to be that far off.
TOM: Well, that’s right. So, about to begin, have an idea of how you want to use the space and what you want to store inside of it. Is it going to be a storage area? A target you impede daily drapes or a distinguish to keep formal or off-season costumes? Once you figure that part out, then make everything out of the closet and toss, donate or sell what the hell are you don’t want. Half of the battle is just emptying that space and finding out what you’ve genuinely went. Then you can determine what you need or use on a regular basis.
LESLIE: And now is the time to organize that wardrobe and select constituents that are truly going to hold the belongings that you’re retaining. What you choose and how much you devote is going to depend on your designing priorities and the amount of closet room that you’ve got to work with. Remember, a great closet system can be a positive selling point when it comes time for you to move to a brand-new home.
TOM: There’s too a whole cluster of closet-organization commodities at home improvement places. And coordinating your closet can be a fun DIY project that’s going to give you incentive to keep your recently planned cavity elegant as the days go on.
LESLIE: Alright. Now we’ve got Jack in Delaware on the line who’s dealing with a whistling racket coming from his HVAC system and he thinks it’s the furnace.
Hey, Jack. What can we do for you?
JACK: My problem is this. I’m 67 years old. I’ve never had this as- or all the houses I’ve ever owned. But when the hot is on, it sounds like a jet plane taking off through the air ducts. Mostly up in the loft but you can hear it everywhere. So if you’re laying in a berthed in the bedroom, in the loft site, and the heat comes on, it can wake you up because it’ll make a whistling sound.
So I called- because it is guaranteed for a year so, naturally, I called them to come take a look at this. I wasn’t home; my spouse was. And then when I got home, she said, “They said everything’s fine.” Well, it’s not. So I want to call them back and I’m going to be here when they come back. But I don’t want to sound stupid and I want to make sure I can ask the right question.
TOM: Well, the reason it’s doing that is- it has to do with the installation of the canal system. It’s a designing publication. And with some methods, if the canals, perhaps, are too small, they have too many turns in their own homes, they’re not smooth in terms of their transition from room to room to room, you’re going to get a buildup of pressure that meets this worse.
So, this is a problem of installation.
TOM: It might be that this is a higher-efficiency furnace that has a higher spurt than, perhaps, other ones. You might want to talk to them about whether or not the devotee rush can be adjusted. I don’t know if that will impact it. But it’s certainly the duct organisation , not the furnace, that’s causing the problem. The furnace would probably be quite silent if it wasn’t hooked up to the ducts.
JACK: Yeah. And of course, if they didn’t fix- any ductwork would be just like- they wouldn’t do that.
TOM: I “ve brought” it up with them. But the thing is, you’re not going to be able to rely on any kind of warranty on this. Are you talking about the brand-new homeowner’s warranty- a brand-new homebuyer’s warranty?
JACK: Yes, yes.
TOM: Yeah. In a lot of cases, it’s not worth the paper it’s published on. I been a lot about those programs and I’ve got to tell you, this includes developers only if makes get an F. They don’t cover A, B, C and D, you know what I imply? Unless it’s really bad, that’s when maybe something knocks in and even so, the coverage is just not good and the programs are just not solid. I be applicable to liaise for some of those years ago and I retain frightful errors that weren’t clothed. So, I have no faith in those programs.
You might be better off cover instantly with the builder than trying to go through the warranty company. Because the warranty company is going to have a very specific rectified of standards that says what is and what isn’t submerge. And you’re not required to necessarily, in most cases, go through the warranty company. You can go now direct to the builder. And if you’re loud enough and prolonged fairly, you are able to get it fixed.
JACK: That’s what- I am going to do that; I certainly want to go to the builder firstly. I just wanted to go to the builder forearmed with some kind of knowledge. See, right off the bat, you facilitated me because I thought it was the furnace.
TOM: No, it’s the duct method that’s stimulate this.
JACK: Alright. One more thing about the furnace. I won’t contained you. When the air conditioning was on last summertime, I had to have a little bucket under this one pipe because it prevented dripping. And I called them back about that and “theyre saying”, “Oh, the isolation around this copper hose wasn’t tight enough.” And so he did something- and again, I wasn’t home- and left and now it doesn’t drip as bad but it still has a lot of moisture where I continue a rag underneath the thing, just so it doesn’t puddle on the flooring. Of trend, that’s not right, right? You’re not supposed to have any moisture, correct?
TOM: No, of course it’s not. That’s an active spill even though it hasn’t gone to- become a drip. And it’s going to get worse in the summer when it’s actually humid out. So it might just come back even worse as it was before.
Is this a development where there’s a lot of homes that are built?
JACK: Yes, yes. A brand-new development. It’s a 55 -and-older development.
TOM: I’ve got some suggestions for you. There’s power in counts when it is necessary to that. It’s easy to ignore one homeowner but if you get a few of them together that are having the same issue, it becomes a lot more difficult for the builder to ignore.
JACK: Funny you should say that. We had- one of the owners down the street wants to form a committee to have all our grudges registered and go to the builder.
TOM: Yeah, I think it’s a great idea. And also involve the building inspectors locally in the municipality. Because if the building inspectors know that there’s issues with these owneds, they’re going to be a lot more careful about inspecting them. And that’s something that a developer is not going to be happy about and you might just twist his arm enough to address it.
It stinks to have to complain to get something done but sometimes, the squeaky rotate gets the grease.
JACK: Yeah, well, I’m about to become the rotate. I’m going to see squeal then.
TOM: Alright. Good luck, Jack. Thanks so much for calling us at 888 -MONEY-PIT.
Well, now and then, we hear from many of you stories about contractor experiences that were not extremely positive. And some manufactures seem to come up over and over again. And one that comes up quite frequently is the gutter-guard industry. You’ve been not too happy about what you’ve been charged and how you’ve been treated.
And because of that, I was induced to invite a friend of mine on the program right now. His name is Tim Carter. You are aware of the fact him from the Ask the Builder website. And Tim is many things but one thing that he is, more than others, is a consumer advocate. This chap is intense when it comes to fighting for you. And he did a sketch of his audience having heard similar legends, where he queried readers to his Ask the Builder newsletter to report to him what they were billed for trough protectors. And the result is a fascinating list of numbers all over the delineate and all over the country, that tells a real story about this industry.
Tim, welcome to the program.
TIM: Hey, thanks, Tom. It’s a great pleasure to be here.
TOM: So, “youre supposed to” had a sense that there’s a lot of funny business going on in the gutter-guard industry. But soldier, “youve been” hammered it and exposed it with this survey. Tell us what you found out.
TIM: Well, it’s really interesting. It all went commencing from one of my readers who exactly contacted out to me. And he decided finally, after all these years, to get trough police. He was tired of getting up on his ceiling multiple times to blow out about 300 square hoofs. So he announced- he responded to one of these high-visibility television ads from LeafFilter. And the LeafFilter salesman came, threw his slope and contributed him world prices of $18,000.
TOM: Oh, my God. Wow.
LESLIE: Was it like a dwelling?
TIM: Yeah. I know. No, it’s merely 290 feet, alright? So, regardless- so he simply – his mention was just laughter. Only looks just like you did. You and Leslie, it’s really laughable.
Alright. So, that got me thinking. And I has so far been – you are familiar with, I’ve done so much work on these channel sentries. Ten, fifteen years ago I truly started testing them. And I’ve got a lot of videos on my website showing how the different gutter wards- what my research answers were. And I ultimately determined a really good one. I found ones that actually task. And it’s the micro-mesh ones.
So, I had this relationship with a company and their channel wards is currently in both my home. And they operate certainly, really well. But then I started to get complaints regarding buyers about high-pressured marketings from their viewers.
And I severed my liaison with them because you know me, Tom. My reputation, my coherence conveys more to me than anything. And they were none too happy, so I kind of let it go. I didn’t do much more about it.
TOM: Yeah. Mm-hmm.
TIM: And then, when Les sent his email to me about 3 weeks ago, I believed, “You know what? I review I’m going to look back into this.” And son, did I get the numbers back. Holy tomato. Woo!
TOM: So let’s talk about some of those numbers. What was the assortment?
TIM: Some of the person or persons, they didn’t relatively know what it is I questioned but that’s OK. So, some people answered back that they exited and bought some gutter wards themselves at Costco and did it themselves or hired a handyman. But then, most of the people did respond back with dealer-type installed. So when you look at the dealer-installed gutter police, you’ll find that the array is anywhere from, I don’t know, $18 all the way up to $90. This one poor damsel went literally taken to the cleaners.
TIM: A salesman “re coming back” and billed her $9,000 to do 100 feet of gutter.
TOM: I’m looking at this right now. Whiting, Indiana.
LESLIE: That’s insane. That was in Indiana, yeah.
TOM: LeafGuard, 100 hoofs, $9,000.
TOM: That is just horrible. Precisely horrible.
Now, beyond discover the numbers, Tim, the second thing that you did now was interesting. Because you had some tribes that wrote you and told you the story of how these people sort of approached.
TOM: And I picked out one now, which was from Wisconsin, where these tribes say that they got a quote from LeafFilter. The salesman started with a $12,951 list price but offered a special discount of $10,451 if it was paid over 12 months. But wait, there’s more. If they paid the day the concoction was installed, they only had to pay $ 7,251. And then the salesman announces his manager. It’s like buying a car. “I’ve got to talk to the manager.” The manager comes back with a manager’s special rate- is $6,400. So it goes from 12 -9 to 6-4 but only if you sign in the next 72 hours, because they want to install it right away.
And that’s just how these chaps are. They’ve got to get in the house. They want to try to work you down. I want the rate you’re going to pay is the most they can get out of you.
And Tim, I “ve told you” this history. Times ago, I approached one of these chaps at a sell show for homeowners and said, “What does this cost a foot? ” He said, “Well, we’ve got to come see it.” I said, “Well, what if it’s sort of a basic mansion, like a ranch? ” “Ah, well, I’ve certainly got to come ensure. How’s next Tuesday? ” I said, “Well, ogle, what if it’s a 60 -foot long range with 4 downspouts and the maximum roof elevation to the gutter is 10 paw? ”
Well, I’m thinking the simplest ranch you can find, right? Nope. Wouldn’t give me the price. They knew if they did that on the spot, I never would have bought them. They wanted to get in the house, they wanted to work me, act my partner, try out all the different emotional manoeuvres and psychological tricks of the trade to get you to sign. And that’s how these people get away with these multitudes, right?
TIM: Yes, it is. In fact, I shield it a great deal. I’ve been training in how to do this. And there’s a really definitive diary that your gathering should be replaced by the words. It’s so simple to read. It’s called Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion by Robert Cialdini. And it travels over all of the psychological prompts that are in every human’s head. And once you are familiar with these, it’s much, much harder for the salesman to take advantage of you. So, it’s- like in the case that you only predict, these people in Wisconsin, they were being given reciprocity, jurisdiction and dearth. And scarcity is the most powerful of all of the psychological triggers.
LESLIE: Establishing you feel like there’s not enough. And if you don’t act right now, you’re going to miss out.
TIM: Well, that’s exactly right. In other commands, with scarcity they take away from you. They make scarce the good price, necessitating if you don’t sign now then we’re taking this away from you. And you already know how people react to that. Because just in everyday video ads or newspaper ads or whatever or emails that you get, you’ll hear a company that says, “The sale ends in 6 hours.”
TIM: And so you go, “Oh, my God, I’ve got to go buy that thing.” Even though you might not really need it, you go buy it.
TOM: I’m thinking of the “remember, announcement before midnight tonight to get the deal” kind of a thing that they would say on TV.
Hey, listen, Tim, before we let you go- great work on this by the way. One more narration I want to ask you about. Another outrageous storey. This was the South Carolina guy and apparently, the company LeafGuard advertised that they would use their existing channels. The guy comes in and he wants to sell them new gutters.
Now, the customer has got 6-inch channels. And I love my 6-inch channels because they just don’t clog, because the downspouts are so large-hearted. He wants to tear those out and throw in 5-inch channels because he wants to up the toll. Unbelievable.
TIM: Exactly. It’s crazy. So I was hoping that as many of my subscribers as possible read all these stories because the poor people out there, they just tend to start- here’s what it is, Tom. You and I both know this. People want to be trusting. They want to trust others. They feel that others are going to treat them like they consider others. And so they start to believe these salespeople. It’s crazy.
TOM: You did a great job exposing these scams.
Tim Carter from Ask the Builder. Encourage you guys to go to his website: AskTheBuilder.com. Sign up for Tim’s newsletter. It comes out just about every week. Always get huge gratuities and advisory opinions and narrations like this to help you make better decisions as a homeowner.
Tim, thanks again.
TIM: Thank you, Tom. Thank you very much.
LESLIE: You know, Tom, we invested a lot of time talking with Tim about when you hire a pro and what that make should expense per foot. But what if this is something you want to try to tackle yourself? How do you know you’re getting the right price or if you want to hire somebody to install it? How do you know what you’re looking for?
TOM: Well, I think it’s first important to understand what the product certainly should cost. I intend if you’re going to use, for example, one of these micro-mesh gutter pickets that are very, frequently occurring and very effective, by the way, you can buy them at Costco across the country for two bucks a hoof. They sell a 5-inch copy, which is the standard size for most ditches, 199 horses online. That’s two bucks a foot. So if you know the product rates 2 horses a foot, how much more should you be paying for installation? Well, it certainly shouldn’t be an extra 20 horses, right?
So, I meditate whether you’re doing it yourself or not, understanding what the cornerstone cost of the product is important and that you can possibly do this yourself, if you don’t knowledge the ladder succeed. But if you have to hire a pro and he demands, say, an extra five horses a paw to put it up, I think that’s fine. Maybe even 10 if it’s a hard racket. But to pay 25, 35, 45 and up to 90, as we found out through Tim’s data, that’s just a total rip-off.
LESLIE: Alright. Well, that’s a good tip-off. And earnestly, if someone says $90 a linear foot, run. Don’t hire them.
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LESLIE: Well, if you’d like to have the best flower garden ever come springtime , now is the time to take an important first step and that’s planting bulbs. So, to set yourself up for success when the climate turns warm again, here are a few things you need to remember.
First of all, you want to make sure you follow the basic terms and conditions of digit. You want to dig a flaw that’s three times as late as the bulb is high. You need to add bone meal or some sort of substitute, because that’s a squirrel deterrent. Because those bulbs are mostly “the worlds largest” savory treats for squirrels. So make it so that they are able to don’t want to eat them.
And then you need to make sure that you place the bulb in the hole with the tip up. Otherwise, it’s not going to grow out of the ground.
TOM: Now, let’s- good point.
Let’s talk about timing. In general, bulbs should be embed about 6 weeks before the sand starts to freeze or it gets to that first frost. Ideal dates are going to vary by neighbourhood environment. You can check the USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map, which is online.
LESLIE: And now you have to make sure that you’re planting enough bulbs for the size of your garden. So you really need to think about the square footage of the grime for your garden-variety itself and think about what kind of variety of grows you’re putting in there. So say you’re doing a tulip. You want to think about using six to eight tulip bulbs per square hoof. And you can adjust that capacity based on the bulb size. The bigger the bulb, the larger the flower. So you’re going to need more space for the bigger bulbs.
Now, you also need to think about layering those bulbs. So “ve been thinking about” when does something bloom and how can you layer things in that garden, so maybe there’s something constantly coming up and perpetually blooming throughout the season. I know a lot of it gets a little tricky but if you head to your local home-and-garden center, I speculation there are some experts there that you can ask about what you should be planting when so that you’ll have just a variety of color for the whole season.
TOM: Now, if you’ve stalled a bit too long and the dirt has already gotten hard-bitten, there are a couple of things you can think about doing. If the ground is frozen or moisten from sprinkle, you can wait for it to thaw or dry weather and then plant the bulbs deeper. Or alternatively, you can plant them in bowls and collect them over the winter in a cool, but not freezing, dark sit like your basement. And irrigate them terribly sparingly during that time. And in the spring, the pots can only be made right outside and implanted to the garden.
Well, you can get your question over to us by announcing it on The Money Pit’s website at MoneyPit.com. That’s what Johnny from New Jersey did.
LESLIE: Alright. Johnny writes: “We have oak kitchen cabinet and extremely when it’s humid, the doors get tacky and sticky. They’re 16 years old and I probably put-upon some scatter part at one time but now I only use oil soap. Can you facilitate me with getting all of this residue off or do I need to strip them down? ”
TOM: You know, I’ve heard of this about three times in the last about two months, where the finish turns gooey. And I actually cured a friend of mine remake a kitchen table that had this same kind of problem. It was just a beautiful polyurethane or a lacquer finish. I’m not really sure what it was when he first bought it. But it was 15 years old and the counter was in good shape, except the finish was gooey. I are of the view that some of these finishes now, as they’ve deepened the formulations, just sort of break down over time.
And in my lawsuit, there was no fixing this. We had to strip it all the way down to the wood. So, I’m not rosy that there’s something that you are eligible to scavenge this with. You could try Murphy’s Oil Soap and I would take a door off to do this, to give it a good rubdown and a good scrub and see if it reforms it. But if it’s still seedy and gooey, it are likely to be the finish itself that’s failed, Johnny. And if that’s the client, you may have to strip it down completely.
And then think about repainting cabinet ministers instead of simply refinishing them. It’s truly classy today and they can be absolutely beautiful.
LESLIE: Oh, my gosh, I affection a painted cabinet. And I likewise affection when the top cabinets are a different colour than the lower ones. Precisely a thought.
TOM: Well, did you know that the membranes you’re sleeping on can actually impact whether or not you get a really good night’s sleep? Leslie has got tips on how you can choose the best bedding for getting the most wonderful shut-eye, in today’s edition of Leslie’s Last Word.
LESLIE: Yeah. It truly depends on the type of bedding that “youve had”. And luxury pillow does depart a long way towards get a good night’s sleep. But plodding through all those thread tallies and fabrics really is enough to meet you feel like you need a nap. So, before you slip those dollars in upscale linens, know exactly what each one offers and their drawbacks.
Now, bamboo sheets, they are super soft. In fact, sometimes people say they feel like cashmere and they do get softer the longer you to be maintained. But if they’re from China- and the majority of members of the bamboo membranes are- there is a chance that they are from an uncertified mill. So, hop-skip bamboo sheets if all this uncertainty about where they come from is going to keep you awake at night thinking about global warming and deforesting, et cetera. So, there’s a great deal there.
Another choice is organic-cotton sheets. They’re genuinely sought after. They are soft, “they il be” durable, “they il be” breathable. They’re good for anybody who gets warm in the middle of the light. But if you adore the slew of a snappy berthed, you are not going to like the seek of Egyptian cotton. It wrinkles quite easily, it realizes your bed appear a little messy and unkempt, which is fine. But if you’re sort of picky about starting sure everything is properly tucked and displayed, this is not the bedding for you.
Now, another option are cultivated-silk sheets. And they are truly the ultimate in softness. But even if you can afford to splurge on these very expensive types of expanses, the long-term cost might be more than you negotiated for. Because silk sheets, they are easily impaired if you’ve got a jagged toenail or a fingernail or if you’ve got rough skin on your ends or your joints. So you’re just going to do some damage to the sheets there.
And forget about expend your washer and dryer to scavenge them. You’ve got to hand-wash them or dry-clean them. And if you hand-wash them, you’ve got to air-dry them. So it’s a lot of work to have the silk sheets. But if you do like the relevant recommendations of a silk expanse- a lot of people like it because it helps deter puckers on your face and it remains your hair neater- opt for a silk pillowcase. Far more manageable.
TOM: This is The Money Pit Home Improvement Show. Hey, coming up next time on the programme, with freezing brave ahead , now is a great time to make sure frozen, broken water pipe don’t turn your house into an inside wintertime wonderland. One very special type of valve can stop it from happening to you. We’ll explain how, 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 make love alone.
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