In this episode …
Do you cherish the inspect of a classic parkway floor with an intricate Chevron pattern. We’ll share a brand-new highway affordable to add that hand-crafted look to your home.
For the last few months we’ve all been cleansing our dwellings a lot more than we had before the pandemic. But with all those cleansing makes, did you ever wonder if you were exposing yourself to lethal chemicals in the process? We’ll share a better cleaning optionIf you are thinking of updating your bedroom with a brand-new mattress or furniture, we’ll have tips to make sure your purchase makes in a better night’s sleep.If you’d like to enjoy the heated brightnes of hearth this wintertime, you’d better make sure the screens are clean to start. Leslie has the details.
Plus, answers to your residence improvement questions, installing a whole house fan, texturing a wall, poor drainage issues affecting foundation.
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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.
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TOM: But first, we want to know what you want to know. How can we help you create your best home ever? Give us a ask with those questions at 1-888-MONEY-PIT or pole them to our website at MoneyPit.com.
Let’s get going. Leslie, who’s firstly?
LESLIE: Mike in Michigan is on the line with a few questions about installing a whole-house fan. What’s going on there, Mike? What’s your situation?
MIKE: I’ve got a brand picked out. It’s the Tamarack I considered that you guys- I’ve seen on This Old House videos. And my question is the location. Does it need to be installed at a central site and at the highest point for that? For us, that’s a great room. It goes warmest. It including the kitchen. It’s went vaulted ceilings. But that section is at an angle on the roof. And I’m wondering if that- if it’s not recommended. I don’t have the unit but I’m wondering if it can be installed on an tilt or if installing something like that on a kitchen- in a kitchen- is a good idea.
Another variable is that next year, we’ll be doing a kitchen remodel. We don’t have a range hood. We simply have the microwave form of that. And if I should instead get a proper range hood that spends out of the house and then find a different location for the whole-house fan. What is it that you guys indicate?
TOM: Alright. Let’s break this up into fragments now. So, first of all, your question is: where does the whole-house fan start? It can’t go on a cathedral ceiling, which is what you’re describing to us. It has to go on a flat ceiling where there’s an attic infinite above. Because in that attic seat, you have to have exhaust expressing. Mostly, it plucks the aura from your house up into the attic gap. Frequently travels out through some very great gable ducts down at the end of the building, because you can’t extremely abysmally pressurise that attic space.
So it’s not going to work in the great room that you’ve described. I thought maybe you were going to tell me that you had a little bit of an attic above that but it sounds like you have no attic. So it’s truly not designed for that particular type of installation. Because you have to get plenty of spend breathing in that infinite or it’s not going to work.
Now, you do brought forward by a good point with what’s the effect of this whole-house fan on a kitchen and other ventilation systems. If you’re not careful, you can depressurize the whole house and that can certainly take not only the kitchen fume and material- take it out through the devotees but I’ve seen it depressurize a live so much that it turns the draft on the heating system which is, of course, really bad because now you’re attracting your combustion gases into the house.
So, it’s the kind of thing that “youve been” need to approach carefully, maybe get some expert help to make sure you’re not overdoing it in discover the right place for that. But typically, you’re going to employed that in a second-floor hallway. Or if it’s in a ranch, somewhere near the bedrooms. And the path you use that, of course, is you’ve got to have some windows or doorways open in different parts of the house when that fan knocks on so that you’re drawing a breeze through. Otherwise, you’ll only depressurize the house and that could lead to all sorts of issues.
MIKE: Yeah, that’s fantastically helpful. So you would not recommend putting it in that area, even though they are I was to open a window? You say don’t threw it in the cathedral-ceiling portion of the dwelling?
TOM: Depends on how big-hearted that attic is. If I had a really small attic that was just barely big enough to fit that love, I probably wouldn’t do it.
MIKE: Excellent. Alright. Thanks, guys. I appreciate it. Thanks so much better, sir.
TOM: Good luck with that project. Thanks so much for announcing us at 888 -MONEY-PIT.
LESLIE: Now we’ve get Sandy in Texas on the line who’s got a question about texturing drywall. Tell us about your project.
SANDY: I deprived the wallpaper in our kitchen and so it’s down to sheetrock. And we’d like to set composition in it but I’d like to do it as simply as possible. So I’ve heard that you can situated quality into decorate and I’d like some more information about that or what the hell are you recommend.
TOM: It is possible, right, Leslie, to use an additive in paint? But frankly, we frequently get the opposite question. Most beings announce us wanting to take the texture away.
So I would say, Sandy, are you really sure you want to do this? Because once it gets on there, it’s difficult to make it go away.
SANDY: Right. Yes. Our other walls have some texture. And it’s not a heavy quality. It’s precisely a little bit to make it only not the flat sheetrock.
LESLIE: And it’s a quality in the dye or it’s an actual texture within the drywall itself, almost like a stippling?
SANDY: Well, I’d preferably not go that route: the stippling or spackling. I’d like to add some quality to the paint merely to give the walls something other than the smooth drywall.
LESLIE: Well, there’s a couple of different proficiencies that you can use. First, there’s something called a “linen technique.” That’s done with almost like a wallpaper graze: kind of a very short, stiff bristle that’s, you are well aware, perhaps 12 inches to 18 inches wide. And you framed the depict on and then you sort of drag that brush through. And that gives you a linear texture to it. And that can kind of look like wallpaper and you can do it with one color or do a locate pigment and then let that baked and then applied a thinner hair on top and then drag that route through.
You could do something that’s almost called a- I guess it is actually called a “Venetian plaster.” But that involves sort of marbling the texture on and burnishing it and chafing it and it really is a heavier coat of dye and plaster. But that gives a really interesting sort of cloudy, textural review that sometimes has a high shine to it. There’s a sueded texture. I foresee Ralph Lauren is one of the paints that utters that. And that has- it certainly does look like suede. It has that kind of rubbed, softer, matte-looking texture to it. There’s a sanded finish where there’s actual sand in the draw. Sometimes that can feel a little rough, almost like a sandpaper. But that gives a delightful texture, too.
They all have different application skills. So if I were looking at a paint that has a specific texture in a dwelling middle, I’d make sure that I truly speak those guidances and looked at what that creator was recommending for the application process and get those correct implements and do the proper prep work for it. Because some of those qualities are kind of labor intense for a DIYer and you want to make sure you get it right.
SANDY: Absolutely. OK. Well, I will look into the things you’ve shown now and make a decision then.
TOM: I hope that helps you out.
SANDY: It does. Thank you so much.
LESLIE: Hezekiah in Maryland, you’ve got The Money Pit. How can we help you today?
HEZEKIAH: I have a crawlspace. It’s about 4 paw high. And I had- ever have this humidity difficulty inside the house. I convey the members of this house clouds up, the windows fog up really bad. And after doing some research, I don’t know- I was assuming that it was my crawlspace was doing that. So I used to go and bought those vapor barriers to put underneath there but I came up with this problem where I don’t know how to secure it to the wall or how far up the wall I should give it. Because I don’t genuinely want to punch any more depressions in that wall.
TOM: Here’s the thing. There’s a lot of reasons that you were able to high humidity in the members of this house. What I would suggest you do is to get a terribly thick-skulled Visqueen vapor barrier, lay it perimeter to edge in the crawlspace and let it overlap about 4 feet. I wouldn’t worry so much about shutting it against the wall. Yeah, it’ll make it a little bit better but I think we can- it’ll probably do an astonishing racket exactly by itself.
But you don’t want to stop there. You want to address the reason that the crawlspace is so damp and that’s outside. Commonly, what happens is if the score around the yard- specially right near the house, the first 4 to 6 hoofs- is flat, you’ll have a lot of water that will soak into that soil and work its way into the crawlspace.
The other thing is if your troughs are blockage or if your downspouts are not spread away from the walls- generally, downspouts will dump about a foot or two away from a foot wall and that’s kind of silly because the water just does a U-turn and operates right back under the house. But if you were to extend those downspouts, make sure the sewers are nice and clean-living and regrade the clay at the boundary so that it descents away, all of those things will reduce the amount of humidity that gets into the crawlspace and heads up into the house. Because the vapor will move up through the storey organize and get in the rest of the house.
And then in the house, you could address ventilation in the attic by adding a bank expres and a soffit duct. And that will kind of help flush it out. And basically, you’ll have a system that will move that sweat right through.
But I wouldn’t get too hung up on how to attach that plastic to the walls. I would just lay it down as best you can, with as few strata as is practicable, and then improve the grading and the sewage at the foundation perimeter. And I think you’ll learn a big difference just with those couple of things.
HEZEKIAH: Oh, that sounds like a better idea than I had. And I was just trying to rack my brain figuring out how to secure it to the wall and how far up the wall I should go. But I suppose I’d try what you said now and see if that works.
TOM: I’ll give you one other trick and that is that if it turns out you still have a lot of humidity in the crawlspace, there is a type of vent fan that’s designed to work in a crawlspace. It actually fits in the cavity of a usual crawlspace show. And you can get these love and have them hooked up to a humidistat, which is a humidity-sensing switch. And then when the humidity gets high in the crawlspace, the follower comes on and helps to pull in some cool aura from the outside.
HEZEKIAH: Oh, wow.
TOM: I would do that when you are do everything else we’re talking about. But that’s exactly one other tip that you might be able to use, OK?
HEZEKIAH: Is there any specific place you can get the humidistat and that vent supporter from?
TOM: Well, the show fans, you could find them online and they come with humidistats or you can order it, OK? It’s kind of like the same kind of switch you might have for an attic follower- which I don’t recommend, by the way- but it’s humidity-based instead of temperature-based.
HEZEKIAH: Oh, OK. Alright. Thank you, thank you.
TOM: Good luck.
LESLIE: Alright. Now we’re heading over to Massachusetts where Eleanor has a problem with a sump run. What’s going on?
ELEANOR: I have a water problem but it was corrected with the- I think we used one of the systems and they threw a lower shoot, an upper shoot and an on-the-floor pump. But the ocean is coming in through the- where the storey participates the walls.
The pump is going every- probably every- not a instant. More than a minute.
TOM: OK. Now, does this water problem that you’re describing- does it seem to get worse when you have heavy rainfall, for example?
ELEANOR: Oh, yeah. Definitely.
TOM: OK. So, that means that you have a poor drainage condition outside that absolutely needs to be addressed. All you’re doing right now is evacuating water that’s already get down there. But you need to concentrate on why that liquid is getting down there. And the fact that it happens worse when you have hard-bitten rainfall is because the water is compiling at the foundation perimeter. The most likely source of that is a gutter system that’s undersized, impediment or the downspouts are just not gave out away from the members of this house enough.
I see this time and duration and time again. And it’s a shockingly simple sterilize if you can get them all cleaned up and extended out at least 4 to 6 feet. Once you’re confident that the ditch arrangement is properly installed and working, then you can improve the grading at the bound. Sometimes, over the years, the clay will agree. And if you include more grime to it, you want to use clean fill dirt, descent it away from the walls. Then you can plant some grass over that or use some mulch or whatever you prefer.
But you’ve got to get that drainage case arranged out outside of your home. Putting all these spouts in is just evacuating the spray but you’re still going to have water- a lot of water- in the soil that’s going to freeze in the winter and put pressure on the walls. Doesn’t change any of that. So you precisely need to reduce the amount of water that’s getting there in the first place, OK?
ELEANOR: OK. Now, soul indicated it might be a spring under the ground. Could it be?
TOM: No, that’s what everybody says, you know. “It’s went be a high water table. It’s got to be a spring.” No, you already told me that it’s absolutely not happening, because you said it gets worse when it rains. Water tables move seasonally and that’s not what’s happening here.
TOM: You’re getting heavy rain, you’re getting discloses. It’s an easy reparation, OK?
ELEANOR: OK. Mm-hmm. I’ll give it a try.
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LESLIE: Randall in Texas is on the line and has a question for us. How can we help you today?
RANDALL: Yes, I had a question about a shower expres that’s on a second floor.
RANDALL: And the pipe to it is expressed up into the attic but it’s not going out through the ceiling. It’s simply kind of up there in the attic. And of course, the ceiling has bank vent-holes and everything. And one of the questions that I had- would that pass an inspection if I’m going to sell the house?
TOM: Right. So, mostly, your bathroom vent-hole – your plumbing duct- is interrupting in the attic. It does not go through the roof to the exterior. Is that correct?
RANDALL: Not the plumbing ventilate. The spend vent.
TOM: Oh, the exhaust vent for the bathroom. OK. Alright.
TOM: So, the answer to your question is no. It is not done correctly. And the reason for that is because when you take all that warm, moist air that compiles in the bathroom from bathing and you ventilated it up into the attic, the first thing it’s going to do is condense on the underside of the coldest proportion, which is the roof sheathing.
Now, a couple of things can happen when that occurs. In the wintertime, that condensation will be drippy and it will get down in the insularity. And when the isolation comes dampen, it doesn’t insulate nearly as well. Secondly, most of the year, it’ll stop that log and that sheathing soggy and damp. And if that wood stays over about 25 -percent wet, it starts to delaminate and very often, you’ll view mold and plywood deterioration because a bath was not properly ventilated.
The solution is pretty easy, though. You’re going to want to add a duct from that vent-hole devotee to the exterior in the shortest method possible. But I would definitely do that to avoid dumping all that moist air into the attic. That’s the right way to fix that, OK?
RANDALL: OK. So I need a roofer in order to be allowed to trimmed the ceiling and …
TOM: No, you don’t undoubtedly need a roofer. A carpenter could do this. Go to HomeAdvisor.com and look for a carpenter or a handyman or a roofer. And speak the reviews, because they’re- all of the people on that site are thoroughly refreshed. And this is exactly what I would do if I was going to find- need to find somebody in my region. In fact, I have done it this lane. And you’ll find a roofer or a carpenter or a handyman that can do this job.
It’s a very small project. It’s very easy, very straightforward. And that would be the best way to get it fulfilled, OK?
TOM: Thanks so much for calling us, Randall, at 888 -MONEY-PIT.
LESLIE: Well, for the last few months, we’ve all been emptying our mansions a lot more than we had before the pandemic. But with all these cleaning products, did you ever wonder if you were exposing yourself to harmful substances in the process or what effect all of these cleaning produces are having on environmental matters?
TOM: Well, a better alternative is JAWS, a unique plan of non-toxic cleaning commodities that are not only effective but also designed specifically to save on expenses, abbreviate plastic trash and the environmental impact of shipping makes to the store or your home.
And the chap behind that JAWS organization is Bruce Yacko. He meets us now and he is a extremely, very busy man.
BRUCE: Oh, we’ve been hectic. We’ve truly been hectic. You know, “were just” horribly busy coming into it but we’re rolling three shifts.
BRUCE: We’ve included additional positions, we’ve included another hundred people to our workforce and done a great job of training, preserving everybody safe and healthy. And so it’s been a crazy period but feel like we’re doing great things for the country.
And it’s been pretty cool, Tom, to tell you the truth. So you’re getting all the letters and things, people who are- couldn’t find things on the place shelves, that could get the JAWS disinfectant and other commodities and how so much better comfortable they were in their own media because they found them.
BRUCE: We will get them to them in a pair daytimes and things like that. So it’s been real rewarding. It’s been a lot of work.
TOM: I gambling. Yeah.
BRUCE: We’ve all been working quite hard-boiled since the beginning of time. But I think we’ve done a really excellent job at taking care of the needs of the society. So, it’s been great.
TOM: Well, let’s talk about JAWS, for those that are listening that are not familiar with the produce. Of trend, Leslie and I have been devotees for countless, many years. This is a great system, huge organization. It’s called JAWS because JAWS stands for the Just Add Water System.
So, Bruce, why don’t we talk about- time to kind of set the stage here- how this indication manipulates, how it came to be and why it’s so much different than all the other cleaning products that are out there.
BRUCE: Well, we’ve sold converged cleaners to the business mart for the last 40 years. And to upgrade those formulae, to realize them more consistent with what the surface is and the people that you have in the homes, was important as part of the process.
But we knew, as we would deliver makes into the commercial workspace, having converges delivered in cartridges that were precisely measured every time and cater the same ensues each time and framed that into a child-resistant cartridge- which we don’t is available in the business feature of our business( inaudible) required. Whereby that cartridge, which is about the size of a roster of nickels, when inserted into a bottle that is filled with water to the fill line- the sprayer is attached and as you affix it, you’re releasing the converge into the water- that you’re truly making a consistent level of make that’s designed, certainly, for the residence, doing it in a very efficient way.
Reusing bottles , not throwing away that bottle after a single use to a landfill or recycling it really made a whole lot of gumption. And so, in order to achieve all that, Tom, we needed to build a bottle that was to withstand 26 refills. So a heavier-duty bottle, having a commercial-grade sprayer, it’s a implement in the commercial-grade manufacture. They don’t throw them away after one use. And the sprayers are designed for long-term use.
And so, actually, to develop that organisation of high-performance cleans in child-resistant cartridges- that is with an tasteful bottle that you’re going to want to keep out rather than obscure under your cabinet, that’s going to live the life of the cycles/second of the reuse in cartridges- is truly what we worked hard to create and do. And I think we’ve done an exceptional job in creating that.
LESLIE: And I think it impedes penalties down all across the line, Bruce. Because, generally, when you’re shipping products or the premixed formula of a clean product, you’re paying a lot for shipping all of that liquid. And here, you’re able to precisely send the concentrate to all of the consumers and the people who really time need to clean their dwellings to keep safe. And that excludes a tremendous overhead down.
BRUCE: Well, Leslie, you’re absolutely right about that. I can place hundreds of thousands of cartridges on a receptacle and carry them to Pluto for nothing. And by having that versus 16,000 quarts- and 16,000 quarts of make, which you typically find on your shelves, the receptacle weighs out. And with the million cartridges, it doesn’t even weigh out; it cubes out. If it can find a bigger container to make them in, to send them in, certainly could employ more in there and even make it a more economical experience.
But whether it be on a accumulation rack- which we don’t do on store shelves; we’re selling immediately to a consumer online through JAWSCleans.com – you are well aware, you’re not going to have six bottles of glass clean under your cupboard. But people do have six cartridges with that single bottle that is reused. So when it starts empty-bellied, they have a cartridge of centralize to refill that ship and continue to work in their home.
But beings do buy multiple. We sell a lot of to both homes and jobs, 24 cartridges in a box. I can’t tell you how many we sell in that way. And the box is- weighs a pound-and-a-half and is probably 4 inches long by 3 inches tall. And so it certainly doesn’t take up a whole lot of opening in your locker. But whether it be shipping it across the country or all over the world, which we do do, or it’s in your home, it’s a real economic lane to handle cleanup chemicals.
TOM: Yeah. And you spoke about your website, JAWSCleans.com. I see that you’ve uttered our listeners a 20 -percent discount with the promo code MONEYPIT. So, certainly want to take advantage of that.
Now, you guys have seven different formulas. I’m sure that ever since COVID started, you’ve been selling the heck out of the Disinfectant Cleaner. But you’ve likewise get glass clean and countertop cleaners. Give us sort of the main points of the more popular lines.
BRUCE: Absolutely. So, every one of the products is streak-free, which drives you crazy when you’re trying to clean a pitch-black part of marble with your kitchen degreaser and it leaves streaks behind. So I time want to throw that out there up front.
But we have a glass cleaner that Good Housekeeping- of 17 they tested. Well-known, huge firebrands. It was the only one that didn’t blotch. It doesn’t have any butyl ammonia or booze in it, so it doesn’t leave- strike screens, such as your iPhones and iPads and TV screens and all that kind of stuff. So you really have a more universal use because of how safely we’ve designed the product.
But we- so we have the Glass Cleaner, the Kitchen Degreaser. Marble, granite, stainless-steel, cooktops, microwaves. All those modern things that you have in your dwelling that are not that easy to clean, especially as we go to darker skin-deeps, like in marbles and granites and things like that. Stainless steel, of course, would register residues and things like that. So we have the Kitchen Degreaser.
We have a floor cleaner, neutral pH. No matter what kind of floor you have- granite, marble, tile and grout, wood storeys, hardwood floorings, bamboo- genuinely designed for universal use there. And nothing worse than coming that worked on, looking back, having the sunbathe come through the window and participating all the stripes behind the hell is being accompanied with other character cleaners that are floor cleans, that aren’t neutral in pH.
Certainly have a wonderful shower cleaner. You spray it, you don’t run for your life. You don’t choke. To me, something- if you scatter something and you choke, it’s not a good thing, it’s not a healthy thing.
TOM: Yeah, it’s not good, right. Yeah.
BRUCE: And so we’re using organic salts and plant-based surfactants and things to remove the organics and the( inaudible) calcium, lime-type discolours that you have in your shower places. Operates beautifully on the shower door. Again , not leaving blotches behind formerly you empty with it.
We have those things and we have a wonderful granite polish. Your granite is up to 25 -percent brighter after you get done with it. You use the Daily Kitchen Cleaner or Degreaser. You probably use that 100 times per day, depending on how many teenagers and things you have in the home. But the Granite Cleaner, about formerly a week, would be great to restore kind of some of the luster to your granite and marble and stone areas in your kitchen and tub areas. So, we really have a whole series of products.
And then you said the disinfectant. It’s neutral in pH. Most of the other antiseptics are high in pH, therefore they kind of leave residues behind and they’re much less safe to work with. The U.S. Government buys it for all the nuclear subs. You have 500 people in a sub that’s under the water for 6 months at a time. They can’t have things that are going to cause environmental impediments, going to attack that multi-billion dollar portion of paraphernalium. And so, they’re safe for the subs and the White House and the Pentagon. And they’re too safe in your homes and that’s how hard we work to create those things.
TOM: Absolutely. And that’s getting a ton of use right now, of course, for all the right grounds. To say my favorite concoction at the moment is the Window and Glass Cleaner. I restrain a bottle in my role , not for my openings but for my computer screens and my iPhone and my eyeglasses. I enjoy working that trash because it- again, it comes right off and it doesn’t streak.
Again, that website is JAWSCleans.com. Head on over to the JAWS website. You can get a 20 -percent discount with the promo code MONEYPIT.
Bruce, you’re doing a great job at impeding America cleaner, friend. So, keep up the good work to you and your entirety organization there based in Ohio, where we have a studio, as well. So, you’re kind of in our hometown there. Thanks again, Bruce, and continued good luck with the commodity and the company.
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Well, if you’re thinking about updating your bedroom, a new mattress may be a good place to start. You invest a third of your life in berthed, so the freedom mattress is surely a must. If you’ve got an old-time, saggy mattress, you’re not coming the support you need for healthy sleep. And that can leave you achy and sore and generally cranky in the morning, which is not good for the rest of your family. Five to seven years. That is the usual lifespan for a mattress. If you’ve got an older one, it may be time to update it and go ahead and get yourself a brand-new one.
What about those foam mattresses, Leslie? What are you thinking about those? I’m kind of taste mine.
LESLIE: Yeah. Charlie has a foam mattress and he cherishes it. I find it to be a little too squishy when I sit down to do reading and story time. I’m like, “Oop. I’m getting stuck in here.” But he enjoys it. So you’ve got to really think about what you like best, because a mattress is a super-personal decision. And I know when patronizing for one, I be brought to an end producing my pillow and laying on everything. And who knows if they let you do that now in the COVID seasons. So it’s truly a decision that you’ve got to go into with some knowledge.
So, first of all, let’s talk about the different comfort elevations that are available. Now, you can choose from firm, sumptuous and pillow-top mattresses. Now, firm, that’s self-explanatory. And plush is going to offer support but lets more pressure points to sink into that mattress. And a pillow-top is going to be the softest of all of them.
Now, you may also meet sales-y labeling, such as ultra-firm or super-plush, but don’t pay attention to that kind of hype. There’s genuinely no regulation for those categories, so it’s kind of tough to determine what they genuinely mean.
TOM: Yeah. Too be aware that the stuff that originates up a mattress are affecting your ease and well-being, more. Those with allergies and senses should shop for mattresses that are erected from all-natural and hypoallergenic materials, like organic cotton and synthetic-free latex crowds and naturally flame-retardant hair casings.
And the other thing- or the final thing, I should say- about those sud mattresses is keep in mind that the newer ones likewise don’t retain heat like the older ones do. When they first came out, in summer they were kind of bleak because you’d sweat a lot in them. But now, they’ve kind of figured out information and communication technologies, so they’re somewhat vented and comfy year-round.
And lastly, I like about these sud mattresses is the fact that most of these companies will let you try one out for 60 days. And if you don’t like it, you can send it back. What we are really end up doing is picking them up and donating them, which is also just as fine. But at least you’re not devoted until you’re absolutely certain that it works for you.
So, if you’ve had a mattress for 5 years, 10 years, it’s time to update it. Make that your first festivity talent to yourself.
LESLIE: Need some help with some projects at home? Post your questions online at Facebook.com/ MoneyPit, just like Audrey did.
Now, Audrey writes: “Hi. I’m getting sudden erupts of very hot water in the middle of a shower. I have a gas water heater. The pilot light is on. Any ideas of why this is happening? ”
TOM: Yes, I do. What’s going on, Audrey, is you have an imbalance between the hot-water flow and the cold-water flow. That can be caused because other things are running in the house. If you even a lavatory, that makes some cold water away from the flow, which represents the combination now is heavier towards the hot water. And that can result in the difference in temperature you feel while you’re in the middle of that kind of spray stream.
The solution is a type of shower valve called a “pressure-balance valve, ” which does simply that: equilibriums the pressure- the flow- between the hot water and the cold water. It keeps the mix the same. Even if you lose pressure on one side, it doesn’t change the mix of hot and cold. And this course, whatever you placed as your perfect shower temperature doesn’t change.
So that’s obviously the mixture. It is a plumbing projection. It’s a significant plumbing project. You probably “re going to have to” either open up the wall on the shower slope. Or if you’re fortunate enough to have access behind it, you can do that. A slew of epoches, showers are up against closets and you can cut into it from the back side, so there’s no mess in the bathroom itself. But the actual physical valve has to be changed and that will stop this issue from happening.
LESLIE: Alright. Next up, we’ve got a post from Joel who writes: “I want to do my cellar more usable seat. The difficulty is the basement floor is poured concrete but it’s got a lot of rise and fall, straying from 98 inches to 107 inches in ceiling height.”
LESLIE: That’s kind of crazy. That’s a big difference.
TOM: Yeah, yeah. Nine inches? Wow. I’ll tell you what. Leveling a concrete vault storey, by any means, is going to cost you fondly in ceiling altitude, peculiarly since we’re talking about a flooring with a altitude range of basically certain differences of 9 inches. So, I’m not sure why your floor is in the condition it’s in. But the best solution, in my view, would probably be to tear it out and pour a new floor.
Basement floors are not often that difficult to remove. If they’re spouted concrete, they can be broken up jolly simply by a jackhammer. A crew of two or three guys could do this in half a day- draw all that concrete out- and then simply pour a brand-new one. Have it neat and rank and clean and it’ll simply be a lot easier on you.
LESLIE: And you know what, Joel? Once you get that done, you can head on down to that cellar, pick up some really cute area carpetings or maybe put down a laminate storey down there and then some area carpets and establish that room a perfect, family-friendly room. Enjoy it.
TOM: Well, if you’d like to enjoy the warm radiance of a hearth this winter, you’d better make sure the screens are clean to start. Leslie has some gratuities on how to do exactly that, in today’s edition of Leslie’s Last Word.
LESLIE: Yeah. You know, I actually do enjoy sitting by the fire and the fireplace. And I want to make sure that it inspects good, that it stenches good and it feels delightful. But if you really want to enjoy it, guys, you’ve got to make sure that you’re cleaning your fireplace screen formerly, twice, as many times as it is necessary to during the season.
So to get that job done right, you’ve got to use a cleaning answer of 1/8 -cup liquid dishwashing cleanser per quart of sea. And that’s going to do wonders for any caked-on dirt. So, is moving forward, gently rub that screen with a soft-bristle brush and then follow up by wiping it with a lint-free cloth. And that’s going to help you eschewed rusting.
If there’s any brass sections on it, you can go ahead and polish that part of the screen with a brass cleaner and a lint-free cloth. And then everything about that screen is going to glow just like your fire. I necessitate it’s instant ambiance and total cozy comfort and just really establishes for a great holiday season. So get on that now so you can enjoy it for the rest of this year.
TOM: This is The Money Pit Home Improvement Show. Coming up next time on the programme, one appliance that are able to own and you’ll never want to be without, once you do, is your garbage disposer. But when it gets jammed and stops use, it pretty much slams down the whole kitchen. The good news is that there is a super-easy way to get wise back in action. We’re going to share that tip 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 do it alone.
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