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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: We hope that we find you all the best. We hope that members find you relaxed and getting ready for the holidays onward. I expect that you are nesting with your friends and family in your tight, little bubble. And if you are thinking about manufacturing some positive developments- because, adult, home improvement has gone crazy this year since the quarantine’s started. Everybody’s fixing up their houses and that’s what we’re now to help you do. So if you’ve got some questions, you’ve got some projects in memory, you’d like to get started on something, give us help.
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So, coming up on today’s show, if you think back over its first year, have you made energy-saving or other types of improvements to your dwelling that may have upped its kind of light-green parts? You know, those environmentally-friendly, energy-saving type increases? Well, it turns out those improvements could actually help you sell your home more quickly than the competition. We’ll explain why and what you need to do to be ready, in today’s Smart Spending Tip.
LESLIE: And too ahead, icicles. They’re so wintery and they genuinely glance very pretty hanging from the edge of your ceiling this time of year. But did you know that they may signal a potential trouble going on with your roof that can cause reasonably major reveals? We’re going to have some gratuities on how you can prevent ice obstructions and the holes that they may cause.
TOM: And in most cases, usable room is at a premium these days and any opportunity to add more is definitely tempting. But one area not to ignore is up. We’re talking about the attic. We’re going to highlight several ways you can take advantage of the space overhead, in really a bit.
LESLIE: But more importantly, we want to know what’s going on at your money pit. Give us a call. Let us know what you are working on this anniversary season and how we can lend a hand. We’re standing by at 888 -MONEY-PIT.
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Let’s get to it. Leslie, who’s first?
LESLIE: Virgil in South Dakota, what can we do for you today?
VIRGIL: Hi. I’ve got an old residence that I am rehabilitating and rehabilitating and remodel. It’s over a century aged. And part of the process has been installation of a relatively high energy-efficient furnace.
VIRGIL: And I just got it started and was away from the residence for a while. Came back and everything was froze solid. The exhaust “ve developed” a plug of frost and the furnace would not run.
TOM: Ooh, that’s not good.
VIRGIL: No, that’s for sure. Anyway, the contractor that installed it rerouted the tube it is therefore would go through a scorching chamber instead of up in the attic.
VIRGIL: And so I have it starting above the lay-in ceiling over my shower. So I’ve get probably a paw to a foot-and-a-half of an inch-and-a-half exhaust pipe sticking out of the side of the house. And I’m wondering, am I going to have a problem with that? And if so, how can I prevent it from happening again?
TOM: Yeah. That’s a good question. In this situation, I would turn to the manufacturers, making sure that they’re- that you follow the recommended installation instructions for this type of a organisation. With a high-efficiency furnace, what happens is you take so much heat out of that exhaust gas that what’s left is mostly water vapor. Eighty percent of it or more is water vapor. And so that’s why you have to be able to have a behavior to deal with that.
Now, if that piping is still in heated neighbourhood, if it’s isolated, that’s going to stop the ice from structuring. But of course, it’s dangerous if it does figure because if you can’t exhaust the gas, then that’s going to shut down the furnace, which is a safety switch, basically.
TOM: So, I- to me, I would make sure first that I’ve- that the contractor has installed that showing consistent with the manufacturer’s recommendations, which I’m sure you can find on their website. There are very detailed instructions on that sort of thing. And secondly, I would just watch it now and visualize what happens. Time is going to tell.
VIRGIL: Kind of a vacation home and I’m not there for a good part of the time. So I can’t be out checking it.
TOM: Right, yeah. Do you have a smart thermostat for that home?
VIRGIL: No. There’s no internet there.
TOM: Ugh. That’s too bad. I was going to suggest that this would be a great application for a smart-alecky thermostat that can monitor the temperature in the chamber of representatives. This lane, you’ll know if it’s working or not.
VIRGIL: My other selection are likely to be if I put in one of those smart shops that turns on at 35 and off at 45. And if it turns on at 35, maybe one of the neighbours would look a twinkle red light or something.
TOM: See a sun, yeah. Accurately. Yeah.
Listen, I think that you need to work with the contractor and car manufacturers to figure out why this was – why this is happening. But I do is hypothesized that that ventilating has to run- be work through a scorching locality and it’s got to be better isolated. OK?
VIRGIL: Well, he did have it insulated and it was in the attic, which is totally unheated. So, he did move it down to a heated place. And I can even move the temperature up a little by lifting one of the tiles in the lay-in ceiling in the winter.
TOM: Alright. Well, good luck with that projection. Thanks so much for calling us at 888 -MONEY-PIT.
LESLIE: Marilyn, you’ve got The Money Pit. What can we do for you?
MARILYN: We are a military family. My husband’s in the military and I’m a stay-at-home mom to five teenagers and we home-school. And basically, in the past when we’ve moved, we’ve always bought a house and- basically, to believe … … that if you compensate yourself it’s better than someone else. However, we’re moving to Illinois this time and the property taxes are quite excruciatingly high. And we’re just trying to decide if it’s better to buy or to tariff this time.
TOM: So do you know how long your husband- well, first of all, thank you for your service and your family’s service. Do you know how long you will be in the Illinois area?
MARILYN: Well, it could be anywhere from two years to three, four, five. You never know with the military.
TOM: Because you know what the risk is if you buy a house and then it turns out you have to move again. If you can’t sell it or if you- if the market turns and it aims up not being worth whatever it is you paid off it, you could get underwater pretty quick on that. And so, in circumstances when you’re in the military, I think a lot of durations it does make sense to hire. Because the other thing is you don’t want to have to move out of there- “Now I need to carry two houses”- maybe find yourself has become a distant landlord to a property. Now, these are all difficult scenarios that you really want to avoid.
Have you spoken with your controller about the tax consequences of perhaps renting instead of buying? Because there may be some advantages there.
MARILYN: We haven’t more because we just found out a pair days ago, so …
TOM: And you know what? You can always rent firstly. Renting is a short-term commitment. I understand that moving is a hassle but you were able to ever rent first, get to know the area, get more comfy and then make a decision last-minute if it looks like you’re going to stay. You don’t have to do it all in once.
MARILYN: OK. I predict my ambivalence with that is that we have five small children. So I’d like to move as little as possible.
TOM: I would think that- better off selling it now, putting it on the market now. Maybe you’ll find a cooperative buyer who can delay the closing year until you guys are ready to move out. But I wouldn’t want to find you deposited not being able to get a buyer, “re running out of time”, while your family needs to move on to the new orientation. So I foresee a chick in a hand is worth two in the bush, as my daddy ever were saying. So I are endeavouring to gave that on world markets now and hopefully it’ll sell quickly and you’ll be able to take your time getting to the brand-new location.
And by the way, since I can imagine, with five adolescents, you find the house just chock full with material, the best way to get your house ready to sell- there’s a great article on our website at MoneyPit.com about this. But conceptually, what we’d like to see you do is to try to declutter as much as possible, acquire those areas look big and bright. Because anybody that’s going to buy your live is going to probably move in from, say, another multitude home or crowded suite. You want to make sure it looks like your stuff can- their stuff can fit in there. And then if you have any offices that are required to be repainted, only espouse neutral colourings for the reasons. Make it gaped open and inviting and that will help you sell the property as quickly as possible.
LESLIE: Heading out to Pennsylvania where Andrew has a question about permutation spaces. How can we help you?
ANDREW: I was calling because I had a house that was built like 1850 s. And I have 31 spaces in the house, straying anywhere from 32 inches to 58. Some of them are as big as 4 feet by 7 feet. And I’m going to be selling in five years and I was wondering how much equity in the windows replacing them would kind of add towards the house, if it was worth doing.
And because the house was 179,000, I placed an addition on it; I only got 6,000 back on it when it reappraised. And I just don’t want to stick a cluster of coin into something I don’t reckon I’ll recoup. And my question is- I have a bunch of estimates and contractors. And I was- so, anyway, I had a bunch of contractors and they all reach a great deal. But the windows are spilling really bad, so I’m sure it could recoup the cost by replacing them. And they wander- the estimates array from $22,000 to $39,000.
So I guess- how much is a fair price to pay? Does it matter who I have to do them? And how do you are well aware a good contractor, because they say- oh, they say different things? You know what I make? And what’s a good rating to pick on these windows? Should I go triple-pane glass or krypton gas?
TOM: Those are all really great questions. And let me sort of take them one at a time.
First of all, in terms of the cost, how many windows did you say you had? About 40 was it?
ANDREW: Thirty, thirty-one, thirty-two, something like that. I forget accurately, yeah.
TOM: Yeah. So what are we averaging now on a cost per opening? Is that around- did I do this right? Is it around 600 horses?
ANDREW: No, I have 30 windows. I had approximations as high as 39,000.
TOM: Oh, that’s crazy.
ANDREW: Yeah $ 39,000. I had some of them at like- I foresee the cheapest one was 22.
TOM: That sounds pretty crazy. So, appear, a marry things spring to mind. First of all, we want to try to find a way to do this as inexpensively as possible. There are windows that you can buy that are very expensive, that will have a very historic feel to them, but I think that’s not going to be for you.
So what I believed to be miss is that you want a good-quality, kind of minimum but serviceable position of space. And what I would tell you to do is to go to a major retailer like, for example, The Home Depot. I’ve bought a number of windows there over its first year- permutation windows- and I believe they have a evaluating work, as well, where they’ll come out and evaluate the windows for the order.
Now, you don’t have to do these all at once because you wanted to, say, perhaps do this yourself. You can do it yourself. It’s not terribly involved to do a permutation space. But I would start small-minded by maybe doing a couple of windows in one room till you kind of get the hang of it.
The way it toils is you pretty much take out the operable waistbands- I presume these are double-hung- so you’ll take out the bottom sash and the top waistband. The new opening will be built to fit right in what’s left over, basically. So the jambs of the window and the sill of the window and the head of the window, it’ll fit right inside of that. It will be attached to that, it’ll be caulked in place.
And then the persona that gets a little tricky, that you are not able have the tools for, is that most of the time the window companionships will do one more thing and that is they’ll wrap the sill and the edging outside with aluminum. And so that takes a bit of skill but you might be able to have a siding company come in and do that after the fact. Just do all the wrapping of the trim and the sills kind of en masse and you do all the installation on the windows. That’s, I repute, how I might start here. Because I think if you go direct to some of these opening business, where they’re trying to do it all themselves, I think this is going to be really expensive.
In calls of a better quality in window, how do you tell the difference? There’s a rating called the NFRC rating. It’s the National Fenestration Rating Council. And they have certain standards that they check, like UV transmittance, for example. There’s a number- I think there’s five or six different measures of energy efficiency. You get- the label is on the window. You can compare that against other spaces and try to make a decision from there. Does that make sense?
ANDREW: Alright. Hey, I really appreciate that.
TOM: You’ve got it, humankind. Take care. Good luck with that job. Thanks so much for announcing us at 888 -MONEY-PIT.
You know, that’s a scene that so many homeowners is still in, Leslie. They get these crazy rates where the lowest- the difference between the lowest- and the highest-price bid is twice as much. So, that’s why I ever say that some of these contractors you and not the job.
LESLIE: Oh, utterly. Are you kidding? Your neighborhood, how you’re dressed, all that stuff.
TOM: I want this guy’s got all these windows and he’s just trying to get it done right but he doesn’t want to spend a lot of money. The spaces that are available at home midsts are actually quite nice. Who do you think reaches them? Same windows that- same manufacturers that utter the more well-known brand.
LESLIE: And when you think about it, one of the residence centers is buying a far greater quantity of windows. They’re able to get you a better price.
TOM: Yeah. And they’re not going to be in business for long if they’re selling you junky spaces, right?
Well, if you’ve lived in your home for a number of years, you probably made some improvements to make it more energy-efficient or to cut back on some maintenance. Maybe you chose cloths, though, that were produced in a way that limits any negative impact to the environment. And that could be good news, because improvements like these can add to your home’s greenness and are now a valuable consideration for possible home buyers but only if they know about them.
LESLIE: Yeah. That’s why it’s smart to create a dark-green record of these elements. You want to list every progress that’s increased the home’s impact on Mother Earth.
Now, these could be new contraptions, faucets that use less spray, even Headed light bulbs that use less vitality. And don’t forget about building materials that last longer and then need less maintenance, like fiber-cement siding or even vinyl backing. Anything other than wood.
TOM: Well, that’s right. So here’s what you should do. Create a dark-green inventorying. Document every factor, roll it out and have that available for review by potential home purchasers. You can bet that the neighboring homes you’re vying against are not going to do this. And customers will be impressed and you might just get the sale, over emulating lives that are next door, because you took that step.
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LESLIE: Now we’re going to South Carolina where Caroline is on the phone with a few questions about oak flooring. What can we do for you today?
CAROLINE: I have an aged mansion building in 1940. Hardwood storeys. And I’ve got two approximately gap near the living-room door. And on into the hallway now, where each office convenes- the hallway is the center- I have this iron grate. It’s about 2 hoofs wide and 3 feet long and that’s where the return is for the heating and air-conditioning. And the lumber seems to be caving a little bit around that. And I was wondering, can he fasten that back as good as it- is it possible to fix that back as good as it was the way they built it in 1940? Or will there be a problem around the return?
TOM: Are you still employ that return? Is that still an active part of your heating-and-cooling system?
CAROLINE: It is.
TOM: So, yeah. Certainly, when you have worn-out oak floorboards, sometimes they’ll wear through or they’ll become insect-damaged. They absolutely can be rebuilt the same way they were when they were originally invested. It’s a bit of a ticklish carpentry job but it’s not extremely terribly difficult.
What the contractor has to do is he’ll cut out the old board. Typically, he’ll use a circular control, he’ll plunge-cut down the centre and then use a chisel to kind of break it out. And then putting the new committee in is a bit tricky, extremely if it’s tongue-and-groove, which the majority of them are. Because what you have to do is you have to cut the back of the flute section off so that you can sort of situated it in and overlap the older portion with that. Because you can’t use one that’s a full groove because, clearly, you can’t get it in there. It’s like trying to put in a perplex piece. But you trimmed the back of the trench feature off and then it becomes sort of a lap joint, you throw the brand-new committee in.
Now, if there’s one dicey part, it’s actually precisely in the finishing. I had a floor that was much like that where we had an old storey furnace that took up a big space in the middle of the apartment. And so we were able to formulated that out and actually positioned brand-new hardwood floor in there and sort of feather it, like almost like a digit brace with the original flooring. The floorings were different colours for a while because they had a natural finish on it. But over the course of about the next year, it sort of faded and darkened and then blended and now you could never tell the difference between the reparation and- the brand-new timber that was restored and the age-old timber that was there existing.
CAROLINE: OK. I need to have my house checked for termites, I think.
TOM: Thanks so much for calling us at 888 -MONEY-PIT.
LESLIE: Bob in Canada is on the line and needs some help with a make-up projection. How can we help you?
BOB: I have a drywall- regular drywall wall- that’s been painted, I’m assuming, with regular latex decorate. But what has happened is whoever depicted it Varathaned( ph) over it. So, I now have to try to figure out what’s the most efficient way to cover it and I’m thinking maybe you folks can tell me the best way to prepare the wall to either repaint it or wallpaper it.
TOM: You have Varathane on top of drywall?
BOB: Yes, sir.
LESLIE: So it’s like a super-shiny surface?
BOB: Yeah. What it was is they did all kinds of different, I guess, sponge depict and feathering dusting and all this other wildernes kind of paint. Actually, one wall, I really like it. It’s a mural but the yellowish- the Varathane over the years- I guess it was about 15 years ago they did it and the Varathane is really yellowed. So it’s now- the mural has got this yellowish whisker to it. If I could actually get the Varathane off without destroying the mural, I’d like that but I kind of “ve been given” trying different distinguishes here and there. And I’m realizing that painting over Varathane is tough.
TOM: Well, coating directly over it but what do you think, Leslie? As long as it’s get good adhesion, he could prime it?
LESLIE: Yeah. But I’m trying to think of a artistic lane to simply remove that urethane top membrane so that you can still get that mural and I …
TOM: That’s the decorator in you not wanting to let it go.
LESLIE: I know. I necessitate if he likes it, I want to figure out a method to make it stay. A one of the purposes of me would almost say reach out to a neighbourhood university that has an art-history or an art-restoration program.
TOM: Yeah, I was thinking the same thing. Yep, mm-hmm.
LESLIE: And find out what they might do because they’re able to remove beds of cover on masterpieces of design that are hundreds of years old and valuable beyond belief.
TOM: Yeah, I think that’s the red-hot ticket. You need- watch, you have to understand that the primer has different tones than the decorate. And so, if you try our best to depict it, I wouldn’t expect the colour to stick with that old finish. But if you used a good oil-based primer or solvent-based primer, you should get very good adhesion to that wall skin-deep. And then on top of that, formerly it dehydrates, then you could use a latex wall paint.
BOB: Ah. Well, I certainly will give that a shot. I really- expressed appreciation for exceedingly- it’s too bad about this mural because it’s the one wall in the whole house that we all agree it’s a really nice, fairly mural. But unfortunately, the Varathane is so yellowed. So perhaps I’ll call the University of Windsor here in Ontario and asking questions if they can help me out. Maybe they can give me a solution.
TOM: Yeah, precisely. Hey, maybe it’s a worthwhile decorating you have on there and they’ll be willing to restore it for you.
BOB: Well, you never know. Maybe that university student will someday become famous.
TOM: That’s right. Alright, Bob. Good luck with that project.
BOB: Thank you very much for acquiring my call.
TOM: It’s our solace. Thanks so much for calling us at 888 -MONEY-PIT.
LESLIE: Well, having snowfall on your ceiling and icicles on the eaves might look pretty but both could mean that you’ve got a problem.
Now, ponderous snowfalls followed by warmer dates often allow that ice to sort of dam up at the roof’s edge. And that’s going to block the melting snow from coming down and that can lead to some serious reveals inside your home.
TOM: Yeah. And it’s more common in attics that have a lack of insulation and likewise those that are not properly ventilated. So if you want to prevent ice dams, you need to be sure your roof has the ventilation and I would suggest good soffit and bank volcanoes and slew of insularity. And don’t tell it block the outside wall of your home. Make sure it has a baffle that sorts of media it down when it gets to the outside edge, so you get good airflow in the soffits and up under the sheathing and out the ridge.
Now, if you plan to replace your ceiling soon, you want to be sure to have the contractor invest ice-and-water shield. And that is a roofing product that becomes from the roof edge up about 3 hoofs for the purposes of the roof as sort of an extra layer of protection against ice dikes, because that’s where the sea seeps happen.
Now, if you live in a southern climate, an ice-and-water shield underlayment are to be able help protect you, as well. And it protects against divulges from ponderous, wind-driven rain like the type you might get during a hurricane. And seeing this crazy, active typhoon season we’ve only had, you know, this really is a good speculation that could help you out a lot.
Now, in that installation, you would put it over the part roof and then the shingles are installed on top of it, so it helps protect for the whole roofing surface.
TOM: Yeah. And this action, if the shingles get blown off, the ice-and-water shield is still attached and that protects your dwelling until you can get back to fixing it.
LESLIE: Jenny in Maryland is on the line with a squeaky flooring. What’s going on?
JENNY: I live in a one-bedroom apartment for 28 times. And I’m on the second floor and the accommodation above me is on the third floor and there’s a single household that moved in five years ago. And the floorboards are really yelping. I called the office manager and she told me- they came and checked the floorboards and she told me that they cannot be fixed. And I want to find out if they can be fixed.
TOM: Yeah, they can be fixed. Do you know what kind of floors are up there?
JENNY: They’re just like plywood, like wooden storeys. I want just…
TOM: Are they hardwood floors, by any chance?
JENNY: No , no , no , no.
TOM: Is it plywood that’s under carpet?
JENNY: Right, right. Exactly.
TOM: So, I recollect the answer is not that they can’t be fixed but she doesn’t want to fix it because here’s what has to happen. The conclude you get squeals in storeys is because the board is either rubbing against the ray below or it’s rubbing against another committee, if it’s the case of sort of multiple blankets of plywood in this scenario. Or the nail that was used to drive the- affix the plywood to the floor joist, sometimes the claw will loosen up and then rub in and out of the flooring joist and that are able to make a sound.
The solution in either occasion is to re-secure the subfloor and here’s how that has to happen the right way: that is to pull the carpet up and then to go, basically, rafter by beam and not nail but bolt the subfloor down to the floor joist below. Instead of using flooring claws, you would use, say, a 3-inch drywall jailer- a case-hardened screw. And mostly, that will secure that plywood and everything below it down to the floor joist. Doing that in every chamber where it’s squeaking will dramatically reduce the flooring flow and hence, drastically reduce the flooring squeaks.
JENNY: Well, I acknowledge your time.
TOM: Well, good luck with that campaign. Thanks so much for calling us at 888 -MONEY-PIT.
Well, in most homes, usable space is always at a premium, right? You never have enough of it. So, any opportunity to add more seat is definitely tempting, which is why the attic can be a great space for remodeling.
But the first thing you need to check is the meridian. You want to determine sort of that head-banging potential by quantify it from the flooring to the highest point. If it’s 7 feet or more, you’ll be able to walk comfortably down the centres of the attic and you can probably make a depart of it.
LESLIE: Yeah. Now, if this is a job that you want to take on, it is highly advisable to work with an architect or any other design pro to help you work through the issues and detail exactly what you need to get done.
TOM: Yeah. And beyond that basic scheme, you do need to plan on improving the attic flooring joists, for example, during the conversion by pretty much doubling them up. We call it “sistering” those joists. You kept the new one next to the age-old one. And if they’re properly installed, they can span over load-bearing walls and they can support a ordinary floor’s worth of traffic.
LESLIE: Yeah. Now, you too need to think about stairs. How are you coming up there? Now, if you can only get up there currently by maybe a ladder or a pull-down stairs, you’re going to need some office for a proper staircase for permanent access to that gap. And these do take over a lot of room.
Now, you’ll need about 14 feet or so of infinite to build a straight staircase and much less if you’re looking at some angular configurations.
TOM: Now, the other thing to think about is air conditioning. Hey, hot rises and believes me, it’s going to be as hot as heck up in that attic if you don’t deal with this. You need to have the right kind of heating and breathing and air-conditioning configuration. And it is not likely that you can add to what you already have. So you have to think about a separate system like, for example, a split-ductless system that could afford both heat and that all-important air conditioning up in that attic space.
LESLIE: Yeah. Now, when you’re in the attic, you might be noticing something called your “chimney” and think, “Woah, I never recognized this was here.” Well, it does get up to the roof somehow and generally, it’s right through your attic. So you have to figure out what other parts of this mechanical arrangement in your attic can be moved, what can stay there. And something like moving that volcano hose from your shower is a lot easier than rerouting that chimney or moving the part air handler. There’s a lot of stuff that you exactly kind of have to figure out how to work around.
TOM: And lastly, think about lighting. If you think about it, attic gaps are various kinds of hard-handed places to light because you don’t always have flat, horizontal walls , nor do “youve had” horizontal ceilings, right? You have these angular configurations. So you’ve got to figure out how are you going to light it. It might be a good opportunity for skylights or roof spaces and that sort of thing, because it clearly is a bit of a challenge.
But all in, it is a great space to remodel. It’s merely a difficult space to remodel. So, some of these things you can do yourself. But the best first step is to work with a pro to kind of lay out the issues and decide if it’s something you require fully done professionally or if you require perhaps the pro to handle specific areas of it.
For example, we spoke the ceiling stature. You know, precisely because the center beam is high enough, you may not be able to walk to the left or right, so you could have to put in a dormer. So one alternative might be to have the pro construct the dormer and then you do all the finish slog. You get the idea. But it’s emphatically not a opening to be overlooked.
LESLIE: Christy in Delaware is on the line. How can we help you today?
CHRISTY: I have a back porch that is on a concrete slab and I recently installed a hurricane door. It’s a 36 -inch opening and the bottom of the door has the built-in weather-stripping. But it was installed and everything’s fine but there’s pieces of that concrete slab, right where the door is, that over day has chipped apart and more specifically, in each of the corners. And I’m wondering, “whats being” I do to build it up, fill it in without having to buy a whole pouch of Sakrete?
TOM: So you’re going to want to use a patching combination on that. And you’re right: it’s not normal- it’s not a usual, pocketed concrete mingle. It’s made by the same manufacturers. Take a look at QUIKRETE- Q-U-I-K-R-E-T-E. They have a patching combination. And mostly, the difference is the patching deepens are designed to stick to the original concrete surface. So if you have some microchips or broken-out segments there, you can repair it with the patching deepen. And this practice, it’ll stay through the weather.
And in terms of that doorway that’s not striking properly, what you could do is put a extent on the outside of that door. They have opening expanses that attach to the outside. And they’re adjustable so that you can have one side be lower than the other. And some of them are rubber where you can actually move it- take a marker and mark the uneven concrete surface to the bottom of the door sweep and basically cut it to fit.
CHRISTY: Yeah. Because the problem that I’m having is little critters get into- slugs, crickets, that kind of thing- and it’s certainly not- it’s time the corners.
TOM: I would do both. I would patch the specific and if the door sweep is still not in constant contact, I would supersede it and then adjust it to fit.
CHRISTY: OK. Great.
TOM: Good luck with that campaign, Christy. Thanks so much for announcing us at 888 -MONEY-PIT.
LESLIE: Post your question, just like Louis in Rhode Island did who writes: “There are small moisture places on the steel funding beams in my vault. I’ve tried priming and drawing them with Rust-Oleum oil-based primer and depict. I don’t get irrigate in the cellar and I guide a dehumidifier in the summer months. Can you tell me what’s causing them and what do I do? ”
TOM: Yeah, well, it is a water problem but it’s a humidity difficulty more than anything. Further evidenced by the fact that you feel you have to run a dehumidifier in the summer.
So, what’s basically happening is you have warm, moist breeze in the vault and then the beam is colder. So, as the warm, moist aura rectifies against the light, it abbreviates and the water droplets start to form on the beam and then rust words as a result of that.
So, you do have a humidity issue, which means you have a moisture problem even though you don’t have puddles down there. So, you’ve got to start outside by improving the evaluating, cleansing the channels and get those downspouts away from the foundation at least 4 paws. You do those three things, this difficulty should go away.
LESLIE: Alright. That’s great advice, Tom.
Louis, good luck with your project.
TOM: Well, after spend so much time at home recently, you’d like to probably vary up your decor but perhaps your budget is already tightened. So what do you do? Well, how about a bit innovative brainstorming? Leslie has got some ideas to get you started, in today’s edition of Leslie’s Last Word.
LESLIE: Yeah, there are roads that you can do that by stretching your budget, along with having some imaginative muscles to create a place that you’re going to be so proud to call home. And you can do it by repurposing what you’ve came or maybe even obtaining some components from friends and family.
Now, the first step is to experiment with what you already have. You can have fun moving things around. You can even pull something from one area and test-drive it in another. And also think about experimenting with creating vignettes.
Now, I always use vignettes as sort of little areas of decor or a little spot where I create a moment with accessories. And I are happy to do that with unbalanced numbers of decorative entries. So, maybe three or five and it seems charming on top of a dresser. Or if you’ve got a dresser as a surface table in the living room and you keep your kids’ toys in it- that’s what I do- I’d do a little thing up there. So you can find cute spots.
Now, the key now, chaps, to not “re particularly concerned about” is pairing. Don’t worry about matching. Now, designers, for the essential points, we really don’t like locateds of furniture. We like to mix and competition things. As long as they’re in the same scale and their cloths can relate to one another and their finishes, as well, then it’s going to work fantastically. You do not need to get a designated of furniture. And you’ll still have something that sounds personal, homey, really great by time mingling and matching.
Now, you can also carry this idea into the bedroom by buying single membranes, pillowcases, imitations, things that are on sale. And then create a custom look for your bunked by mixing and according all of those emblazons and motifs. You simply have to think about what blueprints work well. A large-scale one with a small-scale one. Mix it up.
Now, also think about using some baskets. These are great for storage in small-minded infinites and the thread motif is going to add some natural quality and some warmth. And this is something that creations great in an apartment if you haven’t been able to paint the walls or you’ve got a lot of off-white and ointment in the infinite. Beautiful look to add in that natural composition there. And you can also get those baskets super cheap at those off-price collects. You can even find some yield baskets in different influences and sizings if you foreman to the flea markets.
Now, if you have just a little bit of imagination and a lot of willingness to bend some rules really a bit, there’s no reason why you can’t have a place that you love spending more time in. We’ve got more gratuities for plan decor on MoneyPit.com.
TOM: This is The Money Pit Home Improvement Show. Coming up next time on the program, whether your old-time furnace is shot or you want a more efficient upgrade, a brand-new furnace should never be an impulse buy. But too often, that is exactly what does happen, especially if your heating system passes out in the middle of winter. We’re going to explain how to shop for furnaces the smart-alecky path, 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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