Now is the season for many things and regrettably one of those is the fire season. There are more smoke and carbon monoxide gas incidents in these next couple months than any other time of its first year. Tom& Leslie highlight new smart home technology that can help keep you safe.Getting ready to refresh your dwelling with some brand-new decor? Not sure if your budget is ready to handle the hit? We’ll share 5 ways to save lots of money decorating your residence sugary home in today’s Smart Spending Tip precisely ahead.
Did you know that according to the CDC, many of us are not cleansing and sanitizing our homes the right way? We’ll share a simple gratuity that are able make sure you’re getting rid of bacteria and viruses and other all the hard faces in your house.
It’s pretty well-known that poinsettia buds, while beautiful, can be dangerous if eaten. But it is about to change that other holiday buds are actually far more toxic. We share tips-off to keep you and your pets safe.
Plus, provide answers to your dwelling progress questions about, tiling over a countertop repairing vinyl flooring, filling in a concrete porch, installing a wood stove properly.
Do you have a home improvement or decor question? Call the show 24/7 at 888 -MONEY-PIT ( 888 -6 66 -3 974) or post your question now.
TOM: Coast to coast and floorboards to shingles, this is The Money Pit Home Improvement Show. I’m Tom Kraeutler.
LESLIE: And I’m Leslie Segrete.
TOM:’ Tis the season, parties. It’s the season for coming your mansion heated and comfy and friendly and enjoyable so that when your 10 best friends or family members come over- because that’s all you’re allowed to have these days – you are eligible to have a neat seat for them to enjoy your dwelling, your bubble. I mean that’s certainly what our dwellings are these days; they’re our bubbles. We’re spending so much time in our homes and we need to improve them, to make sure that we can continue to enjoy them. That includes lending a lot of space and concluding them nicer to look at. So whatever project in that area you would like to take on, let us know. We are here to help.
If you’ve got a project you’re planning for the brand-new year, give us a call at 1-888-MONEY-PIT. Whatever is on your to-do list, swing it on over to ours by getting in contact with us at MoneyPit.com.
Coming up on today’s show, one of the things that this is the season for, which I envision most kinfolks don’t know, is that this is actually the flaming season. You know, there are more smoke and carbon-monoxide incidents in these next couple of months than any other time in the year. So we thought it was a good time to highlight some new smart-home technology that’s available in smoke and CO detectors to keep you safe.
LESLIE: And are you getting ready to refresh your dwelling with some brand-new decoration? Maybe you’re not sure if your budget is ready to handle that hit. We’re going to share five ways to save lots of money decorating your home-sweet-home in today’s Smart Spending Tip, exactly ahead.
TOM: And did you know that according to the CDC specifications, many of us are just not scavenging and disinfecting our dwellings in the right way? We’re going to share a simple tip that are able make sure you’re get rid of both bacteria and viruses on all the hard skin-deeps in your house.
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LESLIE: Cheryl in Texas, you’ve came The Money Pit. How can we help you?
CHERYL: I have some countertops that are plywood. I only obtained a residence recently and I’m planning to do a total remodel in about a year. But right now, the countertops are plywood. And so I missed new ideas to put one over the countertops so that I don’t have water damage to the plywood and- plus something that looks nice. And I was wondering if you might have an idea.
LESLIE: Well, there’s a lot of different options, of course, at a variety of price tops. And if you’re looking for something that’s just going to be temporary but still stylish and functional, probably your quickest and most DIY and affordable alternative could be tile.
Now, that’s going to be something that you could easily do on your own. And there’s a lot of different picks to keep you within a variety of price moments. And that, generally, can look certainly, really great. The other options are laminate countertops, which you can get precut at the local home middle. And that simply depends on how much of a operate you need and how much actual piercing to fit to size that you have to get.
But those are probably going to be your two most inexpensive. I suppose with tile, it genuinely gives you an opportunity to make it genuinely stylish and your own and something that you can feel proud of doing yourself and lasts you through the long haul, until you’re ready to do a major remodel.
CHERYL: OK. And what do you frequently adhere the tile with? I’m not really much of a DIY person but I’m sure- I ponder I could do it. But I was just various kinds of strange, with the irrigate, what clings that tile and excludes that countertop protected?
TOM: So there’s two options. There’s tile mastic, which is sort of like a cement that you trowel onto the plywood and you fasten the tiles onto that. And then there’s a tile matting that’s like a two-sided adhesive mat that you glue that down to the wood surface, in your lawsuit, and you peel off a backing and you can stick the tiles right on top of that. So there’s a couple of ways to do that. If you can find the matted, what’s interesting about that is you can grout straight off. If you use the mastic, you’ve got to let it cool overnight and then you can grout.
CHERYL: OK. I like those plans. OK. Thank you so much.
TOM: Good luck with that job. Thanks so much better for calling us at 888 -MONEY-PIT.
LESLIE: Mike in Pennsylvania is on the line with a flooring question. How can we help you today?
MIKE: My kitchen floor is vinyl with a got a couple of dings. And there were- things have been plunged over times. So it’s broken the outer close and the pitch-black is showing through the underlayment or whatever.
So, a couple of options- and I’ve had event with sticky-back tiles on a- on the laundry-room concrete storey. I’ve too settled ceramic tile down in a foyer with the plaster card and so forth. And what I’m thinking- in my kitchen, if I went with the ceramic, then I’ve got a problem with putting the cement council down plus the ceramic tile. And I’d have to cut some entrances. My question is: say I make the easy way out, would sticky-back tiles work over a vinyl flooring?
TOM: I judge probably not only too well. I’ve got another option for you. Have you considered laminate flooring? Are you familiar with it?
MIKE: Yeah, yeah.
TOM: So, laminate flooring is perfect for this situation because you can lay it down right over the old-fashioned vinyl or you could pull the vinyl up if you choose to. It doesn’t have to be glued down. The councils simply lock together. The tongue and the trench seam of the laminate boards, whether they’re divests or whether they’re square boards, will fasten together.
And then, virtually, it will just sit on top of that storey. You’ll leave about a 1/4 -inch room between the edge of the laminate and the flooring. You can use a piece of shoe molding to cover that between the baseboard molding and the laminate itself. And it doesn’t take up a lot of room. Not as much room as putting down – you mentioned the patron committee and the tile and so on. It’s exclusively going to take up about a 1/4 -inch or so.
Now, I’ve had laminate floor in my kitchen for roughly 20 times and you could hardly discover any wear or tear on it at all. You’d be hard-pressed to find any threadbare provinces. It’s really incredibly durable stuff.
MIKE: So there’s no grout or anything? They just interlock, mostly, like a tongue and groove, right?
TOM: No. And the thing is you could find laminates that look like stone tile. You can find them that look like ceramic tile or marble and you could find them that look like hardwood floor. They’re absolutely beautiful and they’re super durable, so I think that’s the best solution for your situation.
Mike, thanks so much for calling us at 888 -MONEY-PIT.
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LESLIE: Very true-life, very true.
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LESLIE: I enjoy that show.
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LESLIE: Yeah. I intend it’s truly a great prize. Worth that 49 horses and then some. And it’s going to go out to one listener who’s altogether extorted at random. If you’d like to win it, you’ve got to be in it, guys. So contribute us a call at 888 -MONEY-PIT, affix your question at MoneyPit.com. Whatever it is, reach out to us so we can help you get great implements and of course, give you a hand.
Ann in Missouri, you’ve went The Money Pit. What can we do for you tonight?
ANN: I bought a modular home that sits on a foot. And the people that lived in it before we did had it kind of fixed up like a living expanse. Well, where reference is bought it, we degutted the whole thing and noticed that while we were degutting it, when the rain came, it would submerge. So we excavate out around the basement but we left an canopy on the top part of my mother-in-law house and got it all finished. And the last couple of years, when it sprinkles, sea comes in and my entirety flooring- my beautiful flooring- is just lashed up and ruined.
TOM: So is this flooring – you mentioned that you delve around the foundation. Not quite sure why you did that because it probably wasn’t necessary. But is the water coming into a lower level, like a cellar grade, or is the water coming in around this ceiling- this awning roof?
ANN: I’m not sure. I thought it was coming around the basement so I attracted it out, tarred the whole thing except for that area. And it doesn’t leak anywhere else but that area where the awning is at now. And I noticed that there is a crack between the house and the actual concrete of the awning.
TOM: You say crack. You signified between the roof, where the awning affixes or do you convey at the foundation level?
ANN: At the foundation level.
TOM: OK, yeah. That’s announced “rotation.” What happens is those concrete stoops pull away from the walls and they rotate.
Look, if this is caused by water- if this water infiltration is caused by a basement leakage or foot leakage, you’re not going to seal your room well enough to stop that from happening no matter how much tar you put on the foundation. So what I want you to do is to go to our website at MoneyPit.com. And on the home page, there’s an article about how to stop a cellar from disclosing that feet you through this step by step.
But conceptually, what you’re going to do is regrade the foundation perimeter to make sure all that soil that you took out is tamped , now, well and packed in neat and close-fisted around the foundation. We want it to slope down about 6 inches over 4 feet.
And secondly, we want to know that you have troughs on the house, they’re clean, they’re free-flowing and the downspouts are discharging out 4 to 6 hoofs- not inches, paw- away from the foundation. If you keep the water from the roof and the natural rainfall away from that foundation, you won’t get any leakage into that area. It’s precisely not going to happen.
So do that first and see if the discloses continue. If they continue, then we’ve got to look for another source. But I want you to get the most obvious one out of the way first.
Ann, thanks for calling 888 -MONEY-PIT.
LESLIE: Well, dwelling flame and carbon-monoxide happens spike during the colder winter months, which compiles now a really great time to update your fume and carbon-monoxide detectors.
TOM: Yep. And there’s now a brand-new one out from First Alert you should definitely know about. It’s the First Alert Connected Safety 2-in-1 Smoke and Carbon-Monoxide Alarm. It’s got a lot of immense features and the first one that I think is so cool is that it’s both compatible with Ring and Z-Wave. That conveys if you have a Ring security system or anything that’s Z-Wave compatible, which is every smart-home system out there, this will integrate with it and it will give you an early warning of either a barrage or a carbon-monoxide emergency.
LESLIE: Yeah. It’s wireless and battery-operated and it’s huge for older homes as it doesn’t require any rewiring to install it.
Now, alarm systems aspects state-of-the-art, 2-in-1 protection to help protect against the threats of both cigarette and carbon monoxide.
TOM: And I likewise learned that these consternations are interconnected. And what that means, in smoke-detector speak, is if one goes off, they all go over. So no matter where you are in the house, you’re going to hear this detector.
It’s likewise very affordable. You’ll find it in retailers nationwide, including Amazon and Lowe’s, for $49.99. So, under 50 horses. A really smart smart-home investment.
LESLIE: Doug in Oregon is on the line with a few questions about drywall. What gone on at your fund pit?
DOUG: I had a flood in my house. Wiped out the whole inside. Get to the point where the sheetrock goes on. They came in, framed sheetrock in. Now I have a crack in one wall in the ceiling, in the front room and in the kitchen. And they’re telling me I have structural problems but I had the chamber of representatives …
TOM: Who’s telling you that, Doug?
DOUG: The contractor, the sheetrock companionship. But I had the house inspected, to have it refinanced, and we do not have a structural problem.
TOM: So the drywall fellowship, in an effort to get out of having to fix this sound, has basically told you that you have structural problems and therefore, it’s not their responsibility to fix it? Is that kind of where we’re going with this?
DOUG: That’s correct.
TOM: Yeah, sounds like it. Listen, if you’ve get structural difficulties, that would have been picked up probably before the drywall was included. And I don’t buy it. It’s more likely that the drywall seams have to be replaced.
Now, the cracks that are forming there, you are well aware, they probably need to be done in a different way. So, for example, if you get a drywall hit because you’ve came walls that are expanding and contracting, it’s frequent that what you want to do is softly sand that and then use a fiberglass videotape on top of that cracked neighbourhood , not the paper tape. Because the paper tape is not highly accept to that kind of movement but the fiberglass videotape is. It’s sort of like a mesh tape where the spackle actually presses right through it.
Are you construing any other evidence of structural progress in your home, except for these drywall sounds?
DOUG: Not at all. In fact, the house is in Lake Havasu City, Arizona and the house was built on a slab. When they came in- demolish that room or whatever, they tilled up the laminated floor in three bedrooms and there’s no cracks in the floors or anything.
TOM: Yeah. It’s unlikely that you’ve got a structural problem. I think this sounds much more like a handiwork problem, Doug. And I spur you to go back and get those people to make a service call and fix it up. They’re going to cause you a lot more aggravation by chasing a possible structural publish. Because if I thought that was the event, I’d tell you to hire a professional home inspector or an technologist. And then you’re going to be into hundreds of dollars of inspection fees time because these guys are being a bit lazy about should be going and depositing the crack.
DOUG: They won’t come back. I’ve even offered to pick them up, producing them to my house, take them back to a patronize, pay for a cab “re coming out”, pay for a taxi to take them back and they won’t come back.
TOM: Well, that’s even more evidence that they don’t know what they’re talking about. I guess you’ve gone – you’ve always get options to pursue them in small-claims court. But frankly, to repair those rifts, it probably wouldn’t be worth it. You might just want to go to a website, like HomeAdvisor.com, and find a pro that’s been highly referred by folks in your area and maybe just get them to do the amend for you.
DOUG: Yeah. Just rather than going through an attorney or whatever. I’d probably-[ funds ahead]( ph) simply to go ahead and have it repaired.
TOM: Yep, probably. That’s the sad truth of a small project like that.
DOUG: Well, it was a big project. I mean they did walls, ceilings, everything. The home is actually gutted.
TOM: Well, listen, all you can do is really pass on the information about the fact that these chaps weren’t very professional, by way of a review either online or on a site like HomeAdvisor, for example.
TOM: Pass it on and protect other kinfolks from acquiring the same mistake.
DOUG: Now, if I do take them to small-claims court, I’m going to have certain kinds of an sign or whatever I’m going to be needing. So I need to have person come in there and actually inspect it?
TOM: Yeah, you probably are. And you may have to have them testify for you. But the thing is, I wouldn’t go through all that until perhap you constitute your- well, I shouldn’t be giving you legal advice. But I would take photographs of it. I would bring it to court. And if the judge decides that you need to have an expert, then you just ask for a continuance to get that done. But maybe simply taking the pictures in- they are not able even is an indication and you get a judgement against them.
DOUG: Yes, that’s true-blue, very. Well, I revalue everything you’ve had to say.
TOM: Yeah, alright. Well, I hope that helps. Sorry that happened to you, Doug.
LESLIE: Jennifer in Missouri, you’ve got The Money Pit. What can we do for you today?
JENNIFER: I have a rental mansion that is a basement home and it has a concrete terrace that is rather large, probably around 12 -feet long by 8-foot wide. The live has been constructed several years ago and over the course of time, the concrete terrace has gone opposed, it looks a lot like, from the use of rock-and-roll salt to defrost the ice and snow off of it. And I didn’t know- merely because of the size of the terrace, I’m guessing it’s going to be quite costly to change it. I didn’t know if I had any other options?
TOM: Yeah, you do. And this is a perfect scenario for this. QUIKRETE makes a product called Concrete Resurfacer. And it’s specifically designed for situations like this. You were applicable this resurfacer to the entire slab and it’s designed to stick to it and fill in those pockmarks and those little gaps. And it will give it a whole new look. It’ll look like a brand-new slab but it will resurface it completely.
JENNIFER: Wow. That’s great. What is it called?
TOM: It’s made by QUIKRETE and it’s called a Concrete Resurfacer. It’s basically a mixture of poured-in cement and sand and polymers. And the polymers and the other supplements basically rectified it up so it can stick to the original concrete.
There is a preparation. You have to pressure-wash it firstly to get it nice and clean. But once you apply this, you can basically squeegee it or trowel it on and you can use a touch finish so it gets that nice, sort of slip-resistant finish when you’re all done.
JENNIFER: Well, that’s huge story. I didn’t recognise “theres nothing” like that. So, thank you.
TOM: Specifically designed for this project.
Alright. Well, good luck with that projection. Thanks so much better for announcing us at 888 -MONEY-PIT.
LESLIE: Francis in Michigan is on the line with a wood-burning stove question. What are you working on?
FRANCIS: Oh, I’m time contemplating installing a wood burner in a three-season room with a couple of sliding-glass doors. And it would go in the area. So, one of the walls has a couple of windows partway up that are like awning windows. And then, on the other wall, there’d be the stationary part of the sliding-glass door in the angle. And I was thinking about maybe installing a wood burner in that corner. And I wondered if there’s any restrictions, as far as how far away from the glass you would have to settled the stove.
TOM: Yeah, there’s surely restrictions. Now, would that window be behind the stave or really various kinds of off to the side of the stove?
FRANCIS: Well, the stave would be in the corner sort of diagonally. The stove is actually not a very large wood burner. It’s a Vermont Casting one that I viewed that- it’s longer than it is wide. And it would sit in the corner, so the long side would come out into the room and then it would be diagonally against the corners.
TOM: OK. So, rule of thumb that you need 3 foot of clearance between any one of the purposes of that stove and the wall, on both sides. You can build in a heat shield, which is sort of a shield that constructs- stands away from the wall and it creates sort of a convective loop-the-loop where air moves behind it and keeps the wall cooler.
Now, what I don’t know is how this is going to impact your windows and your slider, because I genuinely don’t know exactly what the shape of the room is from your description. The other concern is I don’t know if the slider has a vinyl frame. If it does, vinyl softens terribly quickly when exposed to radiant heat. So you could soften some of the door of the frame.
So I think you need to be really careful about the position of this stave. You need to follow the NFPA- the National Fire Protection Association- recommendations. So I would definitely get some advice from a professional on this that can actually see your physical setup and tell you how to accomplish this, because the rule of thumb is 3 feet. If you can keep the 3 paws of opening between the back of that stove and your slider or your space, I think you’ll probably be OK. But I suspect that’s going to really push it out in the office. Maybe you don’t want to do that. So I think we have to figure out how we’re going to meet the safety standards here without affecting the combustible parts of your home or the windows or that slider.
FRANCIS: Yeah, that’s why I just wanted to just ask that question to you before I got too excited about doing development projects and …
TOM: You may be able to do it fine but that’s the issue. You start with 3 hoofs, then you kind of work back from there depending on what kind of fire protection you can kind of build into it, Francis.
FRANCIS: Consider the glass the same as you would a regular wall.
FRANCIS: Especially because of the vinyl enclose around the window.
TOM: Yep. On the door.
FRANCIS: I see ours is actually vinyl, so …
TOM: Yeah. You know, one burning decoration I ever used to see, in the years I was a home inspector, was vinyl surfacing that was burned or softened because the gas grill was too close or the charcoal grill was too close to it and that beaming hot really reached across- in some cases 5, 6, 7 paws- and burned the siding. And you could see it all shrunk and defrosted, had sort of a halo gist. So, vinyl will soften jolly freely and you surely need to have the suitable spacing there to make this work.
Francis, thanks so much better for calling us at 888 -MONEY-PIT.
Well, one of the most exciting things about owning a new residence is decorating it. But if you rush into decorating and you start buying furniture, that can mean you’re spawning alternatives that you might last-minute dejection. So, instead, we think it’s smart to have a plan.
Right, Leslie? You’ve got to have a plan.
LESLIE: Yeah. There are spaces that you can help make sure that you stick with a tolerable budget and then save some money.
So, first of all, spread out those expensive buys. Now, if you’re buying a number of high-ticket parts, like a couch and a bed, you don’t have to get them all at once. Make a roster of the pieces that you need to buy and then prioritize the degree in which you purchase them.
Also, think about avoiding trendy design picks that are most likely going to go out of style. So, before you plunk down all your fund on a really crazy-patterned couch, think about whether or not you’re going to like that in 5 years and if it’s worth that deplete. Likewise, splurge on your criticals. Now, classic cases are certainly worth investing in. You can always cover the trends with inexpensive residence accents.
Also, you want to try decorating around a statement piece. Let one piece actually fix the office, whether it’s a piece of furniture, artwork, even a carpet. Choosing something to be the focal point is a great idea and then design around that piece.
Also, you’ve got a lot of stuff in your residence already, guys, right? Look at it. Think about it. Repurpose what you already have. Maybe you’ve got some leftover paint from an old project or accent bits that can be refreshed. Maybe you can give your couch a new life by reupholstering it instead of buying a new one. This is all announced “upcycling” and it really is an excellent approach to maximizing your decorating dollars.
TOM: Yeah, immense tip.
Now, if you’re moving into a new seat, you generally have a lot of energy and a lot of decorating energy and you want to make a lot of hand-pickeds. Well, we recommend you precisely push the interval button and wait at least 2 or 3 months before uttering those large-hearted purchases. Why? Because one of two things is going to happen: either you’re going to get used to the aged decoration and alter some of your furnishings around and discover, hey, it’s not so bad or the desire to decorate is going to increase. You’re going to take on the project anyway but by waiting, you’ll have a much better idea of what you really want to spend that coin on.
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LESLIE: Reach out to us with your residence betterment question and we’re going to give you the answer, plus a chance to win implements to get the number of jobs done.
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It’s going to heat up fast. We adore that it’s drip-resistant. And it’s certainly – you’ve got a assure grip there, so you can adjust how much glue is spurting out. So you’re not going to waste any, you’re not going to get burned, you’re not going to get glue all over the place. Super easy to use. A enormous, easy-to-pull, oversized initiation. Use it for anything from upholstery projections, home repair campaigns. All kinds of stuff you will reach for this glue gun for, I promise.
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LESLIE: Well, we’re all doing our best to keep our homes clean-living and safe from viruses and bacteria these days. But did you know that germs can conceal beneath dirt and grease on the surfaces, where those antiseptics only can’t reach them? Well, that’s why the Center for Disease Control is reminding us that we need to clean before we disinfect.
TOM: Yeah. And here’s why. And I think this is a great example. Imagine you’re baking a cake, right? There’s a good chance your kitchen counter is covered in residue from eggs and flour and carbohydrate and scatters and all kinds of stuff. This can easily lead to Salmonella contamination, which can attain you pretty sick.
Now, to eliminate the risk, it’s important to clean-living the counter firstly with an all-purpose cleaner- like Simple Green, for example- to remove the visible grime. And then you use the disinfectant to eliminate any hovering germs.
Now, the same applies to greasy messes and grease on the stave. You ever want to clean-living or remove that grease first and then disinfect. Because otherwise, you could be leaving a seam of bacteria or a coating of viruses concealing under the grease, that were likely to never even come in contact with your disinfectant.
LESLIE: Yeah. Now, next, you want to remember that not all antiseptics are equal. So be sure that you’re following the label directions for suitable sterilizing procedures, especially when it comes to something called “dwell time.” Now, abide term is the amount of time that a antiseptic has to stay on that surface in order to effectively kill those germs. And get this: it can be anywhere between 2 and 10 instants. It’s not just a quick spritz and you’re done. It needs to sit there and do its job.
TOM: I was talking with my friend, Jeff, who runs Simple Green. And he made a great point. How many times have we gone into restaurants and the staff is getting the counter sort of ready for you? What do they do? They spray it with a disinfectant and then they instantly announce, “Your table is ready, ” and you are set. But there is just no way the table is really safe at that moment. It has to go on wet and it has to sit there full-time to kill anything that the previous diners left behind, let alone the fact that it should have been cleaned first.
And that’s why we use Simple Green around our live, on the counters and the storeys and stuff, because it does a really good job cleanup those faces. And you can get a lot out of it. It has a 1:30 dilution ratio so that, for example, if you’re time doing light-footed cleansing, 1 gallon of Simple Green mostly gives people 30 gallons of cleaner pretty much. Or if you’re doing something that’s really, really dirty, you can actually make it 1:10.
So this way, you get the job done properly. You get all of that grease, all of that mess face-lift first and then you cleanse it. Plus, it passes to me that these disinfectants are getting harder and harder to find these days, so that means you can use less of them because you did all the cleaning firstly. And even less than if you were trying to use a cleaner/ antiseptic, because those are getting hard to find. But if you really cleaned it first and you then precisely spritz on a disinfectant on top of that, you cause it are participating in the proper abide day, you’re pretty much good to go.
LESLIE: Alright, guys. If you require some more tips, check out SimpleGreen.com. They’ve came various posts and videos on specific topics, to help you understand the best way to keep your family safe from all of these pathogens.
Now we’re going to chat with Diana in Arkansas who’s got a super-old house that’s acting a little strangely. What’s going on?
DIANA: My husband says that there is a main beam underneath this house that is broken. And it is allowing it to settle in my kitchen. My refrigerator has made a definite index and it’s not more far away from that rafter. How would we go about creating this house or whatever and changing that ray?
TOM: OK. So if you have a interrupted beam, the path that that type of mend is generally done is – first of all, if the ray is just cracked and we are ready to various kinds of strengthening it so it doesn’t resolve or move, what will often happen is a contractor will frame a new rafter next to it and bolt it to the age-old light. That’s called a “sister beam.” And in that way, you’re not really replacing it as much as you’re exactly kind of beefing it up. And that’s a smarter practice to do that because, frankly, there’s no make by simply taking it out.
Now, if the chamber of representatives has rectified, you may or may not want to do anything to try to raise those beams. Generally, we recommend you don’t cause the flooring because everything’s connected to it- the walls and the hoses and the plumbing and the electrical wires- so you various kinds of leave it in place.
But reinforcing that ray in place is the best way to affect that. And that’s a, you know , not a abysmally involved task but you can’t time have anybody do it. You need to have a contractor that really knows what they’re doing, because you’re going to want to get those rafters on both sides. You’re going to want to make sure that if there’s any strata in there, that they have to be over a stack, for example, where there’s support. And then you have to have shafts that go all the way through, from the new beam into the age-old light and back to the brand-new beam on the other side, and then sort of bolted together. And then that’s going to make a really strong repair and reinforcement.
Do you know why that rafter cracked in the first place?
DIANA: No. I have no idea. The home was initially time a four-room house and then it has been is built around and is built around and built on.
DIANA: And so I has got no idea. Supposedly …
TOM: Might have bounced a structural gradation there. Well, I think that by- strengthening that beam is the right way to do it.
LESLIE: Gabriella in Chicago has written us to say, “I live in an apartment with hot-water steam heat. The depict on the wall above one of the units is peeling and has dark specks that look like mold. Is that caused by the heating unit? If so, what can I do to fix it or stop saying that from happening? ”
TOM: A lot of tribes construe those discolours and automatically assume that they’re mold but they’re not. They’re actually far from it.
What you are seeing, Gabriella, is simply this: it’s dirt. And here’s why. As that radiator warms up, you have air that convects upward against a cold wall, right, because heat rises. So that air that’s convecting upward, that loop of sort of warm air rising, is depositing some of the clay that’s in the air on the walls. And over meter- months, years- it demonstrates as stains.
So , not are concerned about mold. Only a little bit of cleanup and you will be good to go.
LESLIE: Well, that’s a super easy fixture and I hope far more simple than you expected.
TOM: Well, it’s pretty well known that poinsettia heydays, while absolutely beautiful this time of year, can be very dangerous if they’re eaten. Well, it also turns out that there’s some other holiday grows you’ve got to watch out for because they’re actually even more toxic. Leslie has tips to keep you and your domesticateds safe, in today’s edition of Leslie’s Last Word.
LESLIE: Yeah. You know, you’ve got to keep your holiday free of emergencies. And by maintenance a few holiday embeds out of contact or maybe even out of your live altogether, you could shunned those disasters. So let’s talk about these vacation embeds that really aren’t so great if your kids or your domesticateds get their hands on them or most importantly, gobbles them.
So, holly. It’s got prickly leaves and sometimes that’s enough to keep everybody away from them. But just don’t leave any room for error when it comes to this holiday plant, because spending exactly one or two of the berries can cause a potbelly ache. And dining as few as 20 holly berries are to be able cause death. So merely don’t employed them anywhere where the children or the pets can reach them.
Now, mistletoe is another misleading vacation embed. Departs hand in hand with tale. I entail everybody is like, “Ooh, mistletoe, smoochy-smoochy.” Well , not in 2020. Just no mistletoe absolutely. But with mistletoe, you can also get things like nausea, diarrhea, blood-pressure issues and sometimes even fatalities if the berries of the mistletoe are snacked, which is all the more reason to keep that mistletoe hung acces up high. Get it apart. Put it by the ceiling, above the doorway where it belongs. Don’t kept it anywhere where anybody can grab it.
Now, these are beautiful grows for the holiday season. It’s amaryllis and paper whites, too called “narcissus.” The amaryllis is the long, sort of stem with the large-scale red-faced or the large-hearted white and red-and-white buds. They’re so beautiful. And the narcissus are those small-scale, paper-white grows that stink just so beautiful. Those guys, they can cause a mind arrhythmia and tremors if that bulb is grasped. And domesticateds are especially susceptible to these flowers, so keep them far away from any hungry or strange swine in your house.
Now, if you even think that one of these plants was eaten, call the local Poison Control Center. Plan to be asked the name of the plant, as well as the exact parts and if you know the amount of it that was consumed. Likewise be prepared to provide the approximate meter when it was eaten, the age of the person, the force, the condition. There’s too Poison Control for animals, so call them. All of this info is vital in you to do suitable care in the event of a holiday-plant emergency.
Once, I had a holly seed that my puppy ate two leaves of. I must be given to insert peroxide into her speak to utter her regurgitation. It was a big ordeal but it was potentially super perilous. So, are drawn up. Keep those Poison Control lists handy. And if you can, exactly decorate with the artificial ones or exactly restrain things out of contact, OK?
TOM: Can I say it was very kind of you not to tell everyone that I was the one that had sent you the holiday weed?
LESLIE: Shh. Shh. Why you got to do that to yourself?
TOM: Well, I didn’t realize that your domesticateds would get into it. But now we all know what not to do.
This is The Money Pit Home Improvement Show. Coming up next time on the programme, are you having a little trouble getting to sleep at night because of outside sounds? Whether it’s traffic noise, the set , boisterou neighbours or loud plumbing, we’re going to have tips to help you get back your peace and quiet, on the very next edition of The Money Pit.
I’m Tom Kraeutler.
LESLIE: And I’m Leslie Segrete.
TOM: Remember, you can do it yourself …
LESLIE: But you don’t have to get it on alone.
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