Fall is the flooring season and with dozens of outputs and an infinite number of designings, we’re going to share some gratuities and brand-new digital tools to help you find the perfect floor selection for your home.
We’re all cleaning and disinfecting more than ever before now and with the holidays come through here, that’s merely going to get more intense. Well share tips-off on a really handy Disinfectant that cleans, cleanses and deodorizes in one step and is also effective against the COVID 19 virus on hard non-porous surfaces.
If you’re finding you need more storage room in your house, your attic may be an option- but only if it has a solid flooring. We’ll share tips-off on the best way to add floor space without impacting your residence structure, or insulation.
If your home feels small-minded and your planning to move — staging the residence before potential customers show up can help to create a positive first impression. But this almost always involves going rid of a lot of what obligated your home horded in the first place. Staging is the key. We explain how Plus, provide answers to your residence improvement a matter of, installing a railing, spotting your roof leak, maintaining a new home.
Do you have a home improvement or decoration question? Call the show 24/7 at 888 -MONEY-PIT ( 888 -6 66 -3 974) or post your question here.
TRANSCRIPT FOR NOVEMBER 30, 2020, HOUR 2
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 welcome to the winter. It’s virtually now. My gosh, December once. Are you racing to get a few assignments done in time for some holiday visitations from others in your bubble? Are you planning some projects ahead?
You imagine if I said that pipeline a year ago, Leslie? People would be like, “What the heck is wrong with him? ”
LESLIE: I make the whole thing is still so crazy.
LESLIE: You know, I bought for a- this is totally off-topic but I created, for a girlfriend and her husband for their anniversary- tickets to a show.
LESLIE: And it went rescheduled to September of 2020. Then it get rescheduled to April of 2021. And then I recently got an email saying that it’s rescheduled to April or May of 2022.
TOM: Oh, my gosh. And there was still those tribes out there that just don’t get it. There is an organization that I enjoy, near and dear to my mettle, that asked me to help with a fundraiser. And the fundraiser was tickets to a sail. I’m like, “You’re kidding, right? ”
LESLIE: I a penny.
TOM: Actually? Tickets to a cruise.
LESLIE: No expressed appreciation for. Does it also come with a hazmat dres for the gang?
TOM: No thanks. Precisely. Oh, well.
LESLIE: It’s so wacky but it all meets gumption: disguises, froths. We’ve got to all do it and we’ve got to do our part.
TOM: Yeah. And listen, we’re going to do our role to try to help you keep up your residence, make it comfortable, make it safe, make it a target that you experience hanging out. Because let’s face it: you don’t have many other selects these days. So if we can help you with a project, cause us know.
You can get in touch with us a number of ways. You can call us at 1-888-MONEY-PIT, you could post your question at MoneyPit.com or use our Facebook page at Facebook.com/ TheMoneyPit.
So, coming up on today’s episode, fall is the flooring season. And with dozens of produces in an infinite number of layouts, we’re going to share some tips and new digital tools to assist you find the excellent storey preference for your space.
LESLIE: And we’re all cleaning and cleansing now more than ever now. And with the holidays coming up, that’s only going to get more intense. We’re going to share some tips on a really handy disinfectant that scavenges, cleanses and deodorizes in one step. And it’s also effective against the COVID-1 9 virus on hard , non-porous surfaces. So, certainly something you want to keep around.
TOM: And if you’re finding you need more storage room in your home, your attic may be a great option but only if it has a solid floor, something that’s tough to do in that space. So we’re going to share some tips-off on the best way to add floor space without affecting your home’s structure or your insulation.
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TOM: But first, we want to know what you want to know. How can we help you see your dwelling its best ever self? Give us a call at 1-888-MONEY-PIT or pole your questions at MoneyPit.com.
Let’s get to it. Leslie, who’s first?
LESLIE: Paul in Illinois, you’ve went The Money Pit. How can we help you today?
PAUL: I have eight pillars that I’m wanting to attach a radiation- I approximate a fence to. Mainstays are 20 hoof apart and I am looking to attach some type of railing that extends between them or on the side of them is what I’m envisioning. And it needs to be able to withstand direct repercussion from maybe 300 -something pounds being bumped up against it endlessly- well , not endlessly but on a regular basis, I “re saying”. And it’s a concrete floor. I got a few doctrines but I wanted to talk to some experts to hear your thoughts.
TOM: This fence, is it going to- is it protecting the edge of a porch or a loading dock or something like that where people could fell out of? Is that why we have it?
PAUL: It’s going to be more of a corral. I’m kind of building a corral. Yes.
TOM: A corral. OK. So it’s basically for cattle; it’s not to keep somebody from falling over. I need to know because if this is for parties, then we need to make sure we follow the building codes on this. Or if you’re just saying that you want to precisely have this railing to stop, what, 300 -pound animals from bumping into it or what? Give me more information.
PAUL: No, it’s for people. Yes. I’m building, I guess, a toy range, an realm, per se. And they play bubble soccer inside this area and they will bounce into it repeatedly. So I need to build something between the pillars to offset the country that they can play in.
TOM: So you need this also to be so that the pellets won’t go out. You need to have some mast to it. It’s not just a fence. It’s certainly a fence and spindles?
PAUL: I was thinking railing and some 4x4s. I simply don’t know what span or how far apart I is needed in order to made them or …
TOM: Alright. Well, ogle, let me just give you the advice as if you’re building a standard railing, because it sounds like you’ve got a really extraordinary place now. If you’ve got these pilings as you’re describing them, these horizontal rays that are 20 feet apart, you’re not going to be able to have a ended 20 -foot span without having too much wobble and flex. You’re going to have to have something mid-span.
If you just wanted to gave, say, 4x4s in and have them bolted to the concrete, you have to use an linchpin sheet, which is basically a piece of steel that’s maybe 6 or 7 inches square, where the clamps would fit into the wood. And then the overhang, you’d have more jailers that would go into the concrete itself. And then what you could do is have a solid railing that connects both the heap and the intermediate posts the whole way across with as few strata as possible.
Now, if I was building a fence like this, I’d have one up high-pitched, one down low-grade. So let’s say it was a 3-foot railing. I’d have maybe a 6x6x6 – sorry, a 2×6 railing at the top, maybe another piece of 2×6 towards the bottom. And then I’d have balusters in between that it is possible 2x2s sort of fastened to the outside of the 6×6 so you had a terminated, approximately fence-like structure when you were done. This will give you the rigidity that you need to keep parties from being able to kind of lean over the railing or push against it. And in your example, it’ll too kind of retain whatever’s going on with the activity inside that space. Does that make sense?
PAUL: It does. Yes.
TOM: So, I mean that’s the kind of thing you need to do. And generally, railings are designed- suburban fences, if I recollect my build code, are designed for 200 pounds in any guidance. So, you’re going to beef it up a little bit further than that. But the thing is since those stacks are so far apart, you are going to need some kind of intermediate support.
PAUL: But what if I did sword pipe the whole length and just attached it on the 20 -inch pillars and then prepared another one on the pillar and ran it to the next one and …
TOM: You could build the whole thing out of steel pipe but again, it really depends on whether or not it is necessary to any poles below the railing itself. If you can have air under the railing, then you probably could build it with steel pipe.
PAUL: Yeah. The railing’s really to keep the balls in. And the chunks are 5 hoofs around. So they’re large-scale orbs, basically.
TOM: Oh, OK. Oh, OK. I’m thinking soccer ball; you were talking about something completely different.
PAUL: Yeah, yeah. And you fit inside it and you run around and you beat beings over and that’s the whole fun of it, of …
TOM: Steel pipe is somewhat modular and I guess you could do it with sword tube. You would just have uprights that would be bolt to the concrete storey and then also into the sides of these stacks. So I think that’s probably policy options given your revamped described in the need.
PAUL: What do you necessitate upright?
TOM: So you would have maybe one piece of steel hose that would go like a upright in the middle of that run.
TOM: And you could use pipe fittings to connect to it. Because again, even if it’s steel pipe, I don’t think you can go 20 paws without it having too much flex.
PAUL: Alright. Awesome. No, I appreciate it. Thank you, guys.
TOM: Thanks so much for announcing us at 888 -MONEY-PIT. What an peculiar programme that …
LESLIE: It’s a very specific project he’s “workin on” over there.
TOM: It really is. Yeah. It needs a railing to contain balls that are 5 hoofs in diameter. I wonder what sport that is.
LESLIE: I don’t know. I know they toy something at my son’s school called ga-ga ball and they’re in a ga-ga pit. No one can ever explain it but it’s like any time there’s a block party, people are like, “Uh, how do we build a ga-ga pit? ” And I’m like, “I think everybody’s making this up.” I’m moderately convinced.
TOM: Maybe as they croak. Well, it sounds like fun. Good luck.
LESLIE: Cindy in Louisiana, you’ve get The Money Pit. Tell us all about your roofing problems.
CINDY: We have a camp and it’s got a- it’s a metal build with a- the pitch on the roof- there’s several different coatings of the slope. It goes down and so let’s be like three different pitches on it. We had it put in, oh, probably in’ 07 or’ 08. And then, around 2011, we decided to pull off that plastic-wrap insulation off the inside of the ceiling and scatter on the scatter isolation on it. And once we did that, that’s when we started noticing the leaks.
So, we tried different things. We even had another company come out, pull out all the shafts and kept it new ones that were a little fatter and so- with the washers and all that mess with them, to close it. That has not worked.
We’ve been up there on that roof I don’t know how many different times, trying to set silicone on top of the pins after we clean it down along the seams. Sometimes, we’ve even had to get up there and he’s had to pull out the jailer, positioned silicone in and put the fucking back in. It’s merely been an ultimate nightmare to try.
TOM: You said these are metal roof panels? Is it like corrugated roof? What kind of metal roof is it?
CINDY: Right. It is. It’s like a fluted roof.
TOM: So they’re large-hearted metal panels, right?
TOM: When you try to replace these bolts, I guess you’re essentially taking the panels almost off the ceiling, right, because you’re removing all the fastenings?
CINDY: Yeah. Well, we can’t- with the scatter and everything else, we had even thought about could we take the roof off and to get started. And now, with the spraying down on it, we can’t even do that.
TOM: Oh, so this spray is actually up on the underside of the metal roof itself?
CINDY: Right. So it’s glued down now.
TOM: Oh, boy. So there was basically no sheathing or anything underneath this?
CINDY: No. When we started this project, we are beginning it with a person who has we supposed- we didn’t know anything and we envisioned the person knew everything. And now we know better but we messed up and now we’re kind of caught in a bad position.
TOM: So, yeah, it’s not a good statu. Because it’s kind of hard to try to repair something that probably wasn’t put in well initiated with. So I have one idea for you and that is to leant another blanket of roofing over the roofing that you have now but leant ice-and-water shield in between the layers.
So, ice-and-water shield is very effective at sealing these various kinds of divulges. It’s specifically designed to seal around fasteners. And if you were to- if it can be for “youre going to” threw another coating of metal roofing over this but threw ice-and-water shield in between, that would definitely stop the seeps from happening.
Short of that, I think this is a situation where the ceiling has to come off and you really have to do it right from the get-go, because I don’t guess- the ceiling was just put on, I predict, over some sort of furring deprives or something like that. There was never any ice-and-water shield underneath that. And so I’m not astounded that it does leak, especially from driving rain. I don’t think you can rely merely on the fastenings or even fasteners that have rubber gaskets on them to keep that various kinds of a ceiling perfectly leak-free.
CINDY: Alright. Well, I tried. Thank you.
TOM: Alright. Good luck with that projection. Thanks for calling us at 888 -MONEY-PIT, 888 -6 66 -3 974.
I wish we are also able utter everybody a quick fix. But sometimes we just can’t, especially when you have a roof that’s been going so wrong on so many levels for so long. You only can’t bring it back.
LESLIE: Well, it’s never been more important than it is today to make sure that the products you use to clean and disinfect your residences does the job you need it to do. And it’s a good time to talk about that, which is why we want to talk to you about the JAWS Disinfectant Cleaner.
TOM: Yeah. You know, this is a product I have personally used for a number of years now. It’s actually a hospital-grade disinfectant that kills 99.9 percentage of viruses and bacteria. And it’s even effective against the SARS-CoV-2- that’s the COVID-1 9 virus- when it’s applied to hard-bitten , non-porous skin-deeps. So, we’re talking about boards, shut countertops, contraptions, doorknobs, toilets.
And it also works well on storeys and it doesn’t even dull the high-gloss finish that a flooring has. A mas of cleans do that. So, it’s kind of our go-to disinfectant cleaner because it handles grease, grunge, grime, fingerprints, nutrient stains. Pretty much removes all that is our house can dish out.
LESLIE: Yeah. Now, the commodity comes as an ultra-concentrated disinfectant cleaner. And it’s formulated for use with the JAWS Refillable Spray Bottle.
Now, the system is simple to use. You precisely manager to JAWSCleans.com and you succession a starter kit. Now, that’s going to come with an empty-bellied JAWS Bottle Sprayer and two refill cod. And you simply fill the bottle with sea and then insert the Disinfectant Cleaner pod. And you’re going to get a full bottle of clean that’s going to clean and disinfectant in one easy stair. So there’s truly no need to clean first and then disinfect.
TOM: Yep. And when you’re all done, it leaves behind a fresh, lemon fragrance and a beautiful glint. Now is a great time to stock up on the ultra-concentrated refill cod, more, because you’ll be set for the entire winter season.
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LESLIE: Greg from Iowa is on the line- is looking for some home maintenance tips-off. How can we help you?
GREG: I bought my brand-new mansion, new construction, eight years ago and- I’ll be honest, a little embarrassing but I’ve really done zero residence maintenance since. Other than modifying the breeze filters every once in a while, I’ve done zero dwelling upkeep thing.
TOM: Well, that’s why you bought a new house.
GREG: Yeah, exactly.
TOM: But alas, it’s time to take on a few programmes, huh? What’s going on in the chamber of representatives now?
GREG: No, there’s nothing wrong. It was just more of general maintenance that needs to happen and I simply don’t know what to do.
TOM: So, general maintenance- so, first of all, when it gets chilly like it is now, it’s time for you to do some heating-system maintenance. Now, what kind of fuel do you have? Do you have gas- natural gas?
TOM: So it’s important to have your heating system serviced. You apparently have not done that for eight years; you’re well overdue. The conclude for that is even though when you turn the heat on, it comes on and accommodates heat to your home, it could be doing so inefficiently or at the worst, it could be doing so dangerously. So, every fall, you need to have your heating system scavenged and serviced to make sure it’s drive properly. And then in the summer, you’ll have your air-conditioning system serviced for the same reasons: not so much the hazard but more importantly the efficiency. So, the issue is two things you should be doing right now.
And when your HVAC technician comes, he’ll probably likewise take a look at the ocean heater because sometimes, the burners are able to obtain coated with rusty. Because natural gas is very astringent when it burns. So that’s the kind of thing that you probably need to do right away.
The other upkeep chores are really going to depend on kind of what’s going in the house. If you’ve got a toilet that openings or pass all the time, then you were able to need replenish or flush valves. If you’ve get coat that’s cracking or rind, you could need decorate. But the mechanical upkeep, I suppose, is very important because that’s potentially dangerous. Does that make sense?
GREG: It does.
TOM: Now, are you seeing anything that you think needs attention?
GREG: No , nothing much. It’s time then- I think we’ve had a pretty lucky eight years and there’s been no crises at all, so …
LESLIE: You’d better be knocking on a piece of lumber right now.
GREG: Right. It’s about time to get it maintained, I guess. Get some maintenance done to the HVAC, yes?
LESLIE: Yeah. And you know what’s something you probably don’t consider is your dryer vent. You know the exhaust duct behind your dryer that exits to the outside of your home? A lot of parties don’t think to clean that because lint does go out there and then gets to the outside. And it can get stuck and it can get caught and you should be cleaning that at least formerly a year, probably twice a year.
GREG: Do I have to pull out the dryer to do that?
LESLIE: Yes. So you draw the dryer away from the wall. There is a product called- it’s a- Gardus LintEater is one of the ones that we’ve employed, Tom and I. And you actually applied it through the departure duct on the exterior of the house and you sort of twist it through with a drill-driver motor. But you have to be very careful and there’s a certain direction you have to threw it in. But it goes through and the amount of stuff that comes out- I mean it’s – you’ve never seen so much junk.
GREG: Well, definitely. Well, thanks for helping for the tips-off. Anything else that comes up? Anything else you can think of, that is, or are those the biggies?
TOM: Ah, there’s so much to be done. I believed to be just need to be aware. But take care of those mechanical things because that’s where you can get yourself in trouble, OK?
GREG: Alright. Thanks a lot.
TOM: Alright. Good luck with that job. Thanks so much better for announcing us at 888 -MONEY-PIT.
LESLIE: Well, some of the hardest working and more beautiful faces in any dwelling are the storeys. And there’s no better source for durable and stylish flooring than Lumber Liquidators.
TOM: Well , now, Lumber Liquidators is going forward as LL Flooring. And what’s more, the company has added a suite of digital implements and assistances are in place to manufacture the shopping ordeal better than ever before. That’s why we’re pleased to welcome the president and CEO, Charles Tyson, to join us now.
CHARLES: Hey, Tom and Leslie. Thank you for asking for inviting me on and letting me spend some time with you and hopefully refuting some questions. I hope your listeners think about how to make their residences absolutely fantastic.
TOM: So, talk to us about how Lumber Liquidators is now LL Flooring and how the company has been working to further improve how people can shop for flooring.
CHARLES: Yeah, we’ve been working on this for a while now. You know, clearly, as we think about our position in the marketplace as a specialty retailer, we want our brand to be pondering of “what were doing”, which is selling top-quality floorings, having a really high-touch experience with our stupendous auctions associates. We have a very broad assortment. We have over 450 -Aquality storeys, whether it’s wood flooring or vinyl flooring. And we’ve actually expanded our digital implements to help customers through their acquisition pilgrimage in flooring.
And so we really felt that we need a call that is reflective of what we do as a great retailer. And we don’t sell lumber and we’re not a liquidator. And so, we’re piloting LL Flooring in around 20 places this year to help- really help customers better understand what we do in the marketplace.
LESLIE: There’s so much that you guys bring and I really feel like you’re showcasing so much of the latest directions, different colours, different fabrics. What are you participating? Because I feel like the flooring industry and the design end of it is just changing so much. What’s popular? What’s trending right now? What are you considering?
CHARLES: Yeah. That’s a great question, Leslie. I think that the flooring business has really advanced over the last 5 years where- when people were doing a project in the home, they didn’t consider flooring because it was too complex. And the technology is, particularly with click mechanisms, is allowing for a much easier installation, which is allowing flooring to be part of that broader home remodeling assignment with a good value of being able to do the terminated job.
But from a wording and veer view, there’s a lot of European influences that ought to have spurting through. You view a lot more of the wide timbers. We carry product that’s up to 7 inches wide and 8 paws long, 10 paws long. So, very varied than the 23/4 councils that you accompanied 5 or 6 years ago.
Colors. Color is just so important and it’s moved so far away from only the dark dark-browns or the light-headed oaks. And of course, you witness the grey-headeds moving through in home decor and it’s really important in terms of how it’s driving tendency in flooring.
But then the European appears: the white oaks “re coming”. So we really look throughout the world for what’s going to be the future of home decor and how do we think about color palettes or how do we think about finishes.
And then the second thing, from a pattern position, is functionality. Young houses, they want to use the whole home. And so, their living rooms aren’t these chambers that precisely are for formal sitting anymore; they’re action offices. And so, waterproof flooring, water-resistant flooring so that whether you’ve get babies, whether you’ve got young children spilling water, flooding the liquor, real easy to clean up. And merely- the floor gapes just as vibrant tomorrow as it did yesterday.
So, we’re genuinely looking at how do we producing layout and gape and functionality into the marketplace in a particularly cost-effective method. And we’ve pioneered some new makes recently. One is our Bellawood Manhattan Chevron. And it’s precisely a fabulous-looking product but we designed it in a way that allows people to do really easy installation. If they’re a DIYer or if there is a requirement to an invest, we can arrange to do installation, as well.
TOM: Charles, I envisage one of the things that sort of hangs folks up when they’re trying to make a decision on a product like flooring is sort of the analysis paralysis with so many selections. You guys have got 400 storages and more across the country. How do you help buyers narrow down what the best flooring application is for their specific operation?
CHARLES: Yeah, that’s a great question, Tom. So if you go out onto LL Flooring, we’ve made some tools to try and help kinfolks really imagine what it is we do. We have a product called the Floor Finder that’s only a few quick questions. And it are essentially help you narrow down onto the type of storeys that are likely to be right for you.
We then have an item called the Picture It tool. And it’s perfectly so much fun. You can take a picture of any room in your residence and you can download any commodity from our website. And you’re actually going to see that floor in the exact room that you want to do. And again, this is new technology. Our average customer downloads multiple floorings, so we know that they’re trying to figure out exactly what’s the freedom style, what’s the claim look for them.
We offer free samples online. You can go online. You don’t have to go to a collect but you can certainly go to a accumulate and pick up samples so that you can come home and lay those tests out. You can look at the Picture It tool. And what we’re trying to do is make it really easy for you to make a good decision, from a flooring view, and certainly understand up-front, before you become that big asset, that the floor is going to turn out the way that you really expect it to from a look-and-feel perspective.
And then, of course, there are some customers who said this is a daunting project. We’re able to offer installation business, to come in and do the handiwork. In this COVID environment, if you don’t want to go to a store, we can arrange for bringing. And we even have a process now online called Virtual Sales, where you can actually click a chest and do live video with a sales-team member in a store. And they’ll walk you through all the samples that “were having”. We can then send the tests to your home.
And so, particularly for those tribes that are at risk in this COVID environment, we’ve come up with a total end-to-end solution without even having to visit a storage. And we’re really excited with some of the feedback that we’re coming from patrons, of how supportive they’re finding that. And for some in this difficult time, they want to work on the home but they too want to protect themselves.
LESLIE: I mean you’re certainly obligating it super easy for kinfolks to find the claim flooring, the most beautiful flooring, the segment that they’re going to desire. So, kudos to you guys for procreating it easy in this super-weird environment we’re all dealing with this year.
CHARLES: Yeah, you know it. But I don’t want to forget the fact that we’ve got real experts, whether it’s in our order core or in our collects. And so, if you get stuck with a project, we’re going to be there to help you. And you can either call a store, you could go in and visit one of our store-flooring consultants. A lot of parties will come in with photographs of their flooring assignment. And simple things like underlayment. How is the floor prep ready for the brand-new flooring? And our crews are there to help you , not just at the- we don’t want to really sell you a storey. We get so excited when our clients come in at the end of a project and they fetching pictures in or they send in photographs of their finished floor.
And that’s why we’re different. We’re a retailer. We want to give you tools to make it easy. But if you is stuck, whether it’s a pro who needs that special section of make to finish a dwelling campaign or our installers who are highly qualified to help customers through it or our in-store or online service personnel, the team that “were having”, they’re flooring professionals. That’s all we do. We don’t sell furniture. We merely sell flooring and we want to make it a great experience for our customers.
TOM: Well, I’ve had been many personal experiences with the kinfolks in my neighbourhood Lumber Liquidators , now LL Flooring, storage. And I’ve got to tell you, they actually know their stuff. I’ve thrown some really difficult questions at them. I have a very old house, over 130 years old. I have a exceedingly ascent flooring that I wanted to kept a floor down. And we had a long, detailed, technological discussion about just how to level that flooring, how far the floor-leveling compound makes that you guys furnish will go. And I was very impressed by their knowledge.
And I’ve since done two projects for family members with your produces and both of them were just absolutely amazing. The before-and-after changes came out so, so well.
And I imagine tribes is likely to be daunted by the process of putting down a floor but boy, has it gotten a little better with the click-lock technology. Charles, the first laminate floor I put down was a tiled flooring. It was 2-foot-square tiles that looked like stone. And it was back in the day when you had to physically glue and fix every single tile to the next one. And it made me so long, I said to myself, “Oh, my gosh, this laminate-floor stuff, it’s never going to go anywhere like this, ” because it merely took so long.
And then, all of a sudden, we’ve got the click-lock technology. You’re snapping these timbers together and you can do a entire room, certainly, in really a few cases hours, even if you don’t do it every day. And every one of the products that you guys put out has that kind of quality and expertise that comes behind it. And I think that’s why you’ve been so successful and will continue to be very successful under the brand-new brand name of LL Flooring.
Take a look at their website: LLFlooring.com. Take a look at all of the digital implements that Charles talked about. If you need a floor in your dwelling, if you’d like to refresh your gap, there is a solution for you waiting at LLFlooring.com.
Charles Tyson, the CEO and chairperson, thank you so much for stopping by The Money Pit and continued good luck with all of this exciting growth.
CHARLES: Thanks, Tom and Leslie. I appreciate it and we look forward to seeing kinfolks coming in. And hoping that we really make their homes look beautiful with a awesome selection of floors.
So, again, appreciate having me on.
LESLIE: Charles Tyson, thanks so much better for stopping by The Money Pit.
Well, if you’d like to pick up some more storage cavity, flooring your attic can be a good option but it needs to be done cautiously. Because doing so the wrong way means that you could weaken the structure, squash the isolation or find yourself with one hoof embed securely through the sheetrock ceiling below and your paw jiggling in whatever bedroom is just underneath it.
Now, the key to a successful attic-flooring project is to complete the project without damaging the roof or the storey formation or weakening the attic isolation. So, first, you need to know what kind of roof organization you have. Is it made from trusses or from conventional log?
TOM: Yeah, that’s really important because if the roof organization was designed with prefabricated trusses, your attic was certainly not designed for storage. But having said that, there is a possible solution. If you can keep the storage load to a minimum, you may be able to build a storage platform above the separation by attach some subsidizing beams to the sides of the truss and then putting flooring in between that. Now, you can also use a prefabricated attic-floor kit that’s designed to work on trusses and likewise will heighten that attic flooring above the insulation.
Now, if your dwelling was established with standard, conventional log, the health risks of making structural injury is less but you still need to be sensible when you install the floor. Now, the radiations you’ll be installing the subflooring on are actually ceiling joists. They is in favour of drywall ceiling below and they are not designed to be strong enough to support a flooring laden with, say, your old-fashioned, rusty barbell collect. You’ve got to be sensible about what you put on top of it.
LESLIE: Yeah. And another thing you’ve got to think about is your home’s energy efficiency, which is almost always going to suffer when you alter that attic infinite to storage. Now, since most attics are going to need about 16 inches or more of insularity, the isolation is always thicker than those ceiling joists or truss. And as such, supplementing a storey can cause that insulation to compress and that’s going to reduce the efficiency of the fiberglass insulation.
So, a good solution here is to add flooring to an orbit really around that attic-door opening, just sort of immediately around it where you can easily access it. This route, you can pick up some storage gap without disturbing that insulation through the rest of the attic, which is very important for your home.
TOM: Yep. And there’s one more tip that they are able to originate the project easier. You know, the flooring does not have to be made of plywood, because movement big-hearted, heavy, 4×8 membranes of plywood up to an unfinished attic is kind of like trying to fit a square peg into a round flaw. So, to become the job easier, chipped the plywood membrane first in half longwise- lengthwise- so you’ll be having two 2×8 pieces of plywood, which will be a lot easier to handle.
If you’d like more tips-off on such projects, we’ve got a great article on MoneyPit.com. Just examine “Money Pit” and “attic flooring” and we’re sure it will come right up in your Google rummage window.
Well, if your home feels a bit big and you’re planning to move, placing the home before those potential purchasers show up can help create a very positive first impression. But this almost always involves going rid of a lot of what acquired your dwelling army in the first place. Staging, though, is the key and Leslie explains how to get that done, in today’s edition of Leslie’s Last Word.
LESLIE: Yeah. First of all, you’ve got to understand that most of these dwelling purchasers coming to see your house are leaving their space because it’s become too small for them. Exactly looks just like you. You run out of spots, so you’ve got to go a little bigger.
Now, if your dwelling is cluttered, if it’s got too much furniture or knickknacks only pouring out of every crevice and cranny, it’s actually not going to be very appealing to those potential purchasers who are coming from an equally-crowded space.
Now, another common mistake a seller is going to make is expecting that potential home customers are going to share their own sense of decoration and vogue. And that’s probably not going to happen. So if you happen to adore huge relic armoires from 1920 or anything else that doesn’t feel neutral, do rid of it so that this way, the home buyers can really imagine their own stuff in your opening. I symbolize it’s always shocking to me when I extend look at a home with the children and the sons are like, “( inaudible) So we get the pool table? ” “No, you get nothing of the stuff, guys.” You’ve got to imagine that you get the place empty and then your material goes in. So if it seems like people are going to have a hard time because you’ve got too much stuff around, come rid of some of it.
Now, keep in mind a lot of these possible buyers, chaps, are nosy by nature and they are able to- and I convey it- they will open every cupboard, they’ll look in the wardrobes. They really open up stuff that they shouldn’t be opening in the first place when they tour a belonging. So made to ensure that your staging efforts include emptying out those closets and wardrobes so that they look spacious and inviting to new purchasers. They don’t have to be totally empty but maybe about 50 -percent full of what you’ve already came in there, so that it seems super organized and particularly spacious and sort of inspiring to that person, like, “Ooh, I are also welcome to have my towels look fantastic in there.”
And for much of the same reasons, guys, you want to limit your wall adornments to fewer and larger articles of artwork. And include a few strategically-placed mirrors. That’s going to expand the feel of the room and indicate the room’s best assets.
Now, formerly you’ve cleared out that space, it’s OK to accessorize what you’ve got left but limit this to uncluttered groupings of no more than two or three parts. And I always go for peculiar figures when I group components together. It precisely- I don’t know. I ever feel like three and then the fourth one’s me. I don’t know why. I have always are of the view that, so stick to the peculiar numbers.
TOM: I think it’s interesting that- and I don’t know if everyone in the audience recognizes this. But placing is what you do professionally. You don’t stage homes for sale but you place television sets for the best possible appearance, the best color, the best decor, the best spacing. As the skill head for Good Morning America, you’re doing this every single day. And a lot of what you do to actually stage a TV place is what we’re talking about doing for your own individual home. The guiding principle apply, right?
LESLIE: It really does. And it’s interesting because when I do the things for video, I have to imagine what it is in that big make of what the camera determines. So I can place something beautifully but then if I don’t take a look at what the camera is looking at and genuinely procreate that part appear tighten and beautiful, it’s not is gonna work. So it’s the same thing: tight and beautiful. And that’s what you want in your home.
TOM: This is The Money Pit Home Improvement Show. Coming up next time on the programme, if you’re budgeting for the months onward, you might be thinking about cutting back on home maintenance. That is never a good intuition but we’re going to share with you how much you should be spending to take care of the dwelling that takes care of you, on the very next Money Pit.
I’m Tom Kraeutler.
LESLIE: And I’m Leslie Segrete.
TOM: Remember, you can do it yourself …
LESLIE: But you don’t “re going to have to” do it alone.
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