A little bit on coat goes a long way, specially when implementing the new 2021 Color of the Time! If you are looking to refresh your cavity, this year’s color can open up a ton of possibilities. We’ll share what it is and decor meanings on where to use it.
With a little work, a garage can be a great place to find space for storage, formation, planes and projections- if it’s warm and heated. We’ll share tips to help you seal up and save.
Treating slippery sidewalks with sidewalk salt will cause ice to melt, but the wrong kind of salt can also cause sidewalk surfaces to collapse. Listen for a recipe for safe sidewalk salt that won’t damage concrete.
Plus, answers to your home increase questions, turning your shower into a vapour bath, replacing patio doorways, best road to unclog a drop drainage, garage entrance repair, laminate floor repair.
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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 are here to help you take on the new time with projects that you’d like to get done in your dwelling. If it’s a big project, a small project, a decor assignment, a mend assignment, a fix-it project- whatever kind of project it is and you need some assistant, you have a question, you want to solve a problem, you demand a solution to a decoration predicament, I promise not aimed at contributing to that. Leslie will, though. She imparts much better decor advice. But if it’s a amend, I probably could step in. Whatever it is, give us a bawl because this is about helping you have your best home ever. The crowd here is 1-888-MONEY-PIT or you can post your questions to MoneyPit.com.
Coming up on today’s show, you know, a little bit of draw extends a long way, extremely when implementing the brand-new Color of the Year. Yes, it has been selected. And if you’re looking to refresh your infinite this year, this year’s color is absolutely open up a ton of possibilities. We’ll tell you what that is, in time a bit.
LESLIE: And with a little work, a garage can be a great place to find space for storing things, organizing trash, your craftsmanships, your programmes, whatever it is if it’s warm and heated, that is. You can experience that seat all year round. So we’re going to share some tips-off to help you seal up and save, in today’s Smart Spending Tip.
TOM: And treating slick sidewalks with sidewalk salt will cause the ice to defrost. But the wrong kind of salt can also guarantee that you will be calling us in a couple of months to say, “How do I fix my sidewalks? Because they’re all disintegrated and have little excavations in them and they’re broken up.” Yes, the wrong salt can utterly destroy a sidewalk. We’ll make sure to give you the title opinion to get those sidewalks safe without destroying them in the process.
LESLIE: But first, we’re ready to grab our implements and get to work on your home. What campaigns are you guys working on? What do you want to start? What do you need help with? Whatever it is, “were here to” lend a hand.
TOM: The multitude here is 1-888-MONEY-PIT, 888 -6 66 -3 974.
LESLIE: Heading out to New Jersey where John has some issues going on in the attic. Tell us about it.
JOHN: I have the intermission up on top of my ceiling. It’s discloses, comes down into the attic. And I have a little container up there. And sometimes, I don’t get up there in time and it’s kind of messing up my ceiling.
TOM: Well, that’s not good.
JOHN: Well, I’ve gone up there and I’ve had that they are able of- I forget what you call it. You spray it and it’s like a rubber whatever. I’ve scattered all around the metal flashing and it’s still spilling. I don’t receive any defects anywhere else. There’s no missing shingles. I don’t know what else it could be.
TOM: OK. So let me- clarify for me: when you call this an “attic breather” or “vent, ” what are we talking about? Is it a square depression in your roof with a expres over it? Is it a ridge expres that goes down the pinnacle of the ceiling? Or are you talking about the plumbing vent that comes up through the ceiling?
JOHN: No. It’s nearly up in the- about midway. There’s one on one side of the ceiling and one on the other.
TOM: OK. So it’s like a square ventilate?
JOHN: Right. And there’s no- the opening- it’s on an tilt but I don’t know if it’s fairly of an angle when the wind drives the sprinkle in a certain direction.
TOM: Yeah. That’s what I was thinking. You may have some wind-driven rain in now. And what my suggestion is necessary to you is – you have a ridge that goes down sort of the- like a peak of the roof that goes down the midriff of the house?
JOHN: No. It disappears across. It extends horizontally.
TOM: What various kinds of roof style do you have? Is this a standard Colonial house or- what is it? A ranch?
JOHN: Big ranch.
TOM: OK. So here’s what I would do. You may very well be getting wind-driven rain inside that. What I might indicate is- that’s actually not the best kind of vent. And there’s an opportunity for you to improve your breathing here in your attic gap, which’ll actually make it cooler in the summertime and drier in the wintertime, which acquires your insularity more effective.
And to do that, what I would do is I would remove those square volcanoes, patch the hole and re-shingle over that. And I would change that with a ridge ventilate that goes down most of the peak of the roof. The ridge vent’s not likely to leak if it’s properly installed. And that will open up that cavity to more breathing, which will have the benefits that we talked about.
JOHN: Wow. OK, OK. That’s my next project.
TOM: Thanks so much for announcing us at 888 -MONEY-PIT.
LESLIE: Judy in Arkansas is on the line with a flooring that’s coming apart. Tell us what’s happening.
JUDY: Well, it’s been down about 13 times. It’s like a $5,000 storey is what it rate us. A thousand-square-foot apartment. It’s Pergo. We have some strata that have kind of bubbled up a little bit. Is there any action to fix this? I don’t intend to replace it, OK?
TOM: So, you say the seams have bubbled up on laminate floor? So, they’re pressing together and sort of pushing up?
JUDY: Yeah, precisely a little bit. I have some additional cartons out there but not enough to fix all of this.
TOM: Yeah. If that’s happening, though- if that’s happening on a wide-scale basis, then I suspect something was done incorrectly in the installation.
A couple of things to remember about laminate storey. First of all, the floor that it goes down on top of has to be quite flat. It’s got a very low tolerance to floors that are even the least bit out of level, that have any kind of jolts or rolls in it. Furthermore, if it’s put on too tight so that it doesn’t have enough room to expand and contract, then you can see that floorings will fasten up. They’ll press in because they’re expanding and they’ll push up and have those seams come apart. So those are the things that you really need to look into with this.
I would get your contractor back and have them address this, because that certainly should not have happened once that storey was put down.
JUDY: Even 13 or 14 years out?
TOM: It certainly shouldn’t have happened.
JUDY: Do you think it could be moisture?
TOM: It could be. It could be moisture-related. Have you had an excess amount of humidity recently when this started to happen?
JUDY: No. Uh-uh. Not at all.
LESLIE: Yeah. But it could just be consistent moisture from the hydroscopic quality of the concrete over time.
TOM: Yeah. It could be.
JUDY: And the house is about 30 years old.
TOM: How long ago did it start to come up?
JUDY: It’s been going on. We’ve been noticing smudges off and on for a while.
TOM: Well, Leslie’s correct. It could is a good one be moisture-related if it’s going to- if it’s that frequent and it laid down flat for all the other times up to that.
JUDY: OK. There’s nothing else I can do?
TOM: No. You can’t fix something like that, Judy. Unfortunately, you have to replace it. Well, what I would do if I ousted it, I would be very careful about setting the humidity in the concrete to make sure it’s not wetter than what car manufacturers accept. And furthermore, I’ll give you a trick of the trade, which is that even though the laminate floors today are lock-together-type segments, you can add glue to those seams, as well. And that gives you a more permanent protection against this happening again.
JUDY: OK. Well, thank you.
TOM: You’re welcome, Judy. Thanks so much for calling us at 888 -MONEY-PIT.
LESLIE: Pete in Wisconsin is on the line with a garage-door problem. What’s going on at your coin oppose?
PETE: Well, I’m a principally do-it-yourselfer but I do call the professionals and have them come in when needed. I set a steel, shielded garage entrance about three years ago, perhaps 4 now. And drove just fine until most recently. It sounds like it’s binding when I- when it’s still going in the up stance. And I moved it like 50 periods trying to find where it’s binding. I’m not discovering any situate where it’s rubbing on the way or anything else but it sure is making a noise like it is. And as I watch it, it sees as if one place may be going up slightly higher than the other. Any intuitions, people?
TOM: Pete, can you disconnect the garage-door opener from the door itself?
PETE: I can and I have.
TOM: OK. And once the garage-door opener is undone, can you open and close the garage door smoothly and evenly with no binding whatsoever?
PETE: There is less binding but there is still some. You can tell that there’s still a loading on one side, it kind of feels like.
TOM: So it voices to me like maybe the roller demeanours are shot on some part of the door. Because there’s those roller brings that fit inside the track and they facilitate move the door up and down. And if something is stuck, if one of those endures is not turning, it’s going to jam on that one side and they’ll sort of fight itself and it’ll try to come up crooked. And that might be what’s causing this.
I would disconnect the garage-door opener from the scenario and work on getting the door to operate nice and smoothly.
TOM: If it’s binding- if you are interested in it’s binding or uneven without the garage-door opener attached to it, then that’s the heart of the problem right there.
PETE: OK. Do you think that would solve the appearance that one side is being raised? I imagine it would.
TOM: You entail raised more than the other side? One slope comes up firstly?
TOM: Yeah. Because if the side that’s staying down is attaching, then there’s a drag on that, so it’s going to try to push the door up crookedly.
PETE: Wonderful. Well, I think you may have determined my difficulty. I’m going to go check those rollers and make certain that those are all good. And if I need to replace any of those, those are relatively inexpensive. So the money pit isn’t so bad tonight, it looks like.
TOM: Alright, Pete. Good luck with that campaign. Thanks so much for announcing us at 888 -MONEY-PIT.
LESLIE: Well, the 2021 Pantone Color of the Time excerpt is not just one color but it’s two shades: Eventual Gray and Illuminating Yellow. I actually cherish these two complexions together.
Now, the colourings, they seem totally opposite but these were intentionally chosen to create a balance of strength and optimism, two characteristics that are needed as we enter this brave, new year. I mean you guys, 2020, placed it behind us; 2021 is going to be awesome.
Now, gray, which is already a popular neutral in so many accommodations and homes- and it really does been talking to that color’s resilient qualities. Now, the Ultimate Gray is a way to extend that feeling of backbone into something that’s enduring, rock-solid, resilient and reflective. And Illuminating Yellow was the unexpected popping of dye that brought in a different element. Yellow is associated with optimism, sunshine that accompanieds applaud, positivity, gratitude. All of this during a go that invention is taking place.
So, a lot of exciting and invigorating kind of flakes now to these two large emblazons. So, thanks, Pantone.
TOM: So, they pretty much mixed the practical and rock-solid with heated and confident, which is just like us.
LESLIE: I’ll give you that.
Alright. Now, we’ve went Diane in Massachusetts on the line with a noise question. What’s going on at your fund crater?
DIANE: Sided the house 12 years ago and I had blown-in insulation put in 3 years. And the house is noisy. I can sounds a humming. It’s annoying. It’s a buzzing. I don’t know why, after doing all of this enclose the house and trying to keep it warm, I would sounds a humming, a resonance in the house.
TOM: Well, I’ll tell you what: there’s got to be a reasonablenes for this and it’s going to make some real detective work to figure it out. I’ll give you an example from my own residence. You know, we recently had mentioned earlier on this reveal- put in spray-foam insulation and sealed up the attic. It’s never been warmer in the house as a result of it. But in one part of the house, it still was technically a conditioned attic. So by code, we were required to leave some volcanoes in that attic. Now, it intent up that it was so tight in that attic seat, even with the vent, that whenever the wind blew, we’d get this really weird, almost like haunting sound.
You know when you were a kid and you are able to- made an aged bottle and you blew across the top of it and it made a big, deep audio with it?
TOM: Like a big jug? Well, that’s what it sounds like when the aura blows across this vent-hole. And it makes a really weird sort of vibrating resonated in that part of the house. Until I figured it out, I was certainly scratching my head.
So there’s always a ground for this. In our event, it was a vent. In your case, it could be plumbing. Very often, we get rackets in homes that are sourced from plumbing. Sometimes when you run hot or cold water, pipes will expand or contract and motive sort of like a creaking chime that will vibrate through the part period of the piping and amplify itself as a result. It could be electrical. If there’s channels or panel cartons in those parts of the house, they clearly should be inspected to make sure that nothing is disintegrating inside that electrical area.
There’s nothing about adding blown-in insulation that will cause a noise, so the source must be somewhere else that you’re going to have to dig into a bit more, Diane, before you’ll know what to do about it. But I would trust your tendencies. If you’re hearing it, it obviously exists. Sometimes, parties think they’re starting nuts. But I’ve got to tell you, there’s a intellect for that but it’s clearly going to take some detective work to get to the bottom of it.
DIANE: OK. You coming over?
TOM: Alright. Well, you turn in the chocolate and next time I’m up in Massachusetts, we’ll stop by. Thanks so much for announcing us at 888 -MONEY-PIT.
LESLIE: Victor in Massachusetts, you’ve came The Money Pit. How can we help you today?
VICTOR: I’m considering frame the walk-in shower a shower steam room.
VICTOR: I had the house- our home built in 2007 and at that time, I called your depict for advice on bathroom tiles and tankless hot-water system. That worked out perfect for your advice.
TOM: Oh, good. So we got that right.
VICTOR: Yeah, you did. Got it all perfectly right. OK.
TOM: How big is this shower that you want to turn into a vapour bath?
VICTOR: Eight by five.
TOM: Alright. Perfect, perfect. So, it’s definitely a good activity. It’s going to add some quality to your house and make a nice, beautiful area for you to enjoy. And you can do that by adding a steam-shower generator.
Now, these generators are very small: about the size of a briefcase. Take a look at the generators from Mr. Steam- MrSteam.com. These people are the leaders in this space.
TOM: And they give you all the information there, on the website, on how to do this. But you are eligible to basically locate this steam generator. You don’t even “re going to have to” applied it in the shower. It can be up to 60 feet down. And then when you call- they have all the authorities. And when you call for steam, it comes on, it generates the steam and comes right through the ports that you will install into that shower cavity. It truly sounds like a perfect setup for something like this.
VICTOR: Is that M-i-s-t-e-r or Mr.- M-r?
TOM: Mr.- M-r-S-t-e-a-m.com. MrSteam.com. Check it out. They’ve got all the information right there. It’s a great product.
VICTOR: So, overall, the notion is OK to do?
VICTOR: OK, great.
TOM: That’s precisely the room you want to have to do something like this. Fantastic opportunity. I would go for it.
VICTOR: Thank you so much.
TOM: Thanks so much for announcing us at 888 -MONEY-PIT.
LESLIE: Barbara from Massachusetts is on the line and has a sink situation. What’s going on with your house?
BARBARA: Well, on a previous curriculum, you mentioned a produce that really works on impediment ditches. I have a specified tub in the cellar. The irrigate doesn’t go down. And I didn’t get the name of the product that you spoke about really works.
TOM: Well, Barbara, there’s a number of ways to do that. I’m going to presume you’ve tried a plunger?
BARBARA: Yes. But you mentioned that the produce really operates. And of course, when I went to the box store, “theyre saying”, “Well, they all “says hes” run. Try to find out the name.”
TOM: Well, I’m not quite sure exactly what product you’re referring to but I will tell you this: probably the most effective way to clear those clots is with something called a “hand auger, ” which is basically kind of a snake-like device that get inserted into the drain and will clear whatever is blocking it.
Now, if this is a sink that’s backed up, the other thing that you can do is to simply disassemble the catch. That’s the U-shape pipe that’s underneath. Because a lot of durations, that net itself gets blocked and that’s very easy to clean out by hand. If that doesn’t work, then you put the auger into the rest of the piping and just sort of feed it down as far as it will go.
And the handwriting augers often come with a crank-like mechanism so you can sort of spin it as you go and try to find the source of that block. If you positioned the entire auger in, though, and you don’t find the causes of it, then it might be time to call a plumber. I know in my own home, for example, the last time I had a clog I put an auger down it that was 25 paws long and it simply wasn’t long enough. And so I intent up calling a friend of mine, who’s in the plumbing business, that had a 100 -foot auger and we were able to find it and clear it and move on from there.
But an auger is the right tool to clear that drainage, OK?
BARBARA: Oh, very good. Thank you.
LESLIE: Joe in Ohio is on the line with a blower-motor question. What’s going on at your coin cavity?
JOE: I was listening to another dwelling better reveal locally and they had an electrical- suburban electrical contractor on there. And he said that you could let your furnace blower feed invariably. He said that because the capacitor suctions up a lot of electricity in order to start the motor, that it- I approximate if it’s cycling on and off regularly, that you are able to save on energy by allow it operate constantly.
TOM: I would disagree with that and here’s why: those blower machines, that uses most of the electricity it takes to run the furnace. Now, if the blower is cycling on or off, that’s a whole different trouble. That means that the thermostat is not operating properly, the system’s not sized right. There’s other things that justification that. We call that “short-cycling.”
You’re not going to hurt the blower machine by stream it but I think you’ll find that you’re going to drive up your electrical expense by doing that. We know parties that, for example, love to heat their residences with a wood stove. But because it’s hard to distribute the wood stove’s warmth throughout the house, they’ll turn on the wood stove and then too turn on the blower on the on sentiment- not the automobile primacy; turn it to the on statu- and use that blower’s system and the pipes to basically move the hot around the house.
So, you’re not hurting the blower, because it’s got bearings and it’s not designed to run indefinitely. But you might be driving up your electrical rates. Does that make sense?
JOE: I wondered about it because- like you say about the short-cycling, I’ve had someone check the furnace and it cycles like about every five minutes and when it’s really cold outside. But they said- they came out and checked it and said that that was normal or that was the way it was meant to operate.
TOM: Yeah. Five minutes resonates extremely quick. I would find that to be strange for that to be normal.
TOM: So, that’s all I can tell you. It clangs too immediate to me. It sounds like a short-cycle situation. That’s probably the more important thing for you to address.
JOE: Alright. Well, perhaps I’ll check with another one then.
TOM: Good luck with that activity and thanks so much better for calling us at 888 -MONEY-PIT.
Well, with a little work, a garage can be a great place to find some seat for storage and administration and craftsmanships and activities if it’s warm and heated, that is. Plus, if you add some better isolation and weather-stripping, it is likely to be drive down the cost of heating your part dwelling. We’ve get tips-off to do simply that, in today’s Smart Spending Tip, presented by Bank of America Cash Rewards Credit Card.
LESLIE: Well, your garage wasn’t meant to be a living space, so it doesn’t have nearly as much insulation as the rest of your mansion does. In actuality, the wall shared by the garage and your home’s interior is pretty much it. So you’ve got to do a little garage winterizing to keep your home warm and your time in the garage bearable.
TOM: Now, for starters, you can stop those big sketches get in around the garage door by checking the weather-stripping at the two sides and the top of the door and add a new gasket along the bottom to help seal out the text of the proposed, as well. As a rule of thumb, if you can see light getting in around or under the door, then the drafts are streaming straight-from-the-shoulder in with it.
LESLIE: Now, the door guiding from the garage to your residence should also get some notice. You have to make sure that it’s shut and weather-stripped to prevent air from coming in. You know, you want to stop all those aura leaks.
And next, you’ve got to think about adding insulation to your garage’s ceiling. It’s going to meet that opening warmer working together with if a cold-weather projection is in store.
TOM: Now, builders are usually not required to insulate any drywall and walls that are not covered between the house and the garage. So, if you’ve got some open walls like this, think about adding insulation and the drywall, which will likewise make it easier to finish them in the future.
Now, once that’s done, you have a lot of alternatives when it comes to heat. I use a seat heater in a garage that’s 20 x30. It operates perfectly. “Thats a lot” of options in electric, natural gas or kerosene. And you will find that brand-new opening a very comfortable place to take over jobs all wintertime long.
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LESLIE: Alright. Now we’ve came Monica on the line with a roofing question. Tell us what’s going on.
MONICA: Yes. My daughter had just acquired a home and primarily, apparently the house had a flat roof. And then they gave a heyday roof over the top of it. I was just wondering if on that flat ceiling- if you should go into that seat and isolate over that flat roof.
TOM: It’s a good question. So, first of all, the idea of covering a flat ceiling with a pitched roof is not exceptional. Tribes do that for a number of reasons, both architecturally because they like the appearance of the pitched roof and because they’re just sick and tired of dealing with flat ceilings and the divulges that can happen more frequently as a result of them.
Now, typically, you would have insulated inside that ceiling for the purposes of the flat ceiling. So, therefore, there’s no reason you cannot computed added isolation over that. You could do something as easy as laying fiberglass batts right on top of that roof: side-by-side unfaced fiberglass. It would compute added insulation to that space.
MONICA: Oh, that was what I was wondering. That would help keep some of the hot from getting on the tarring of the flat roof and help cool the lower level, right?
TOM: Well, yeah. I imply it would- most importantly, it’s going to keep the heat or the coolness inside the house. So, yeah, it will help separate some of that hot. And there should also be breathing in that new pitched roof. That will be necessary for the insulation to work well.
MONICA: I think that- the house is actually a three-layer house. Both roofs, apparently, were flat and they peaked both of them.
TOM: What you can do in that situation is you can add a ridge duct to the peak and you can add some ceiling ventilates lower on the roof and that will improve the ventilation dramatically.
Monica, thanks so much for calling us at 888 -MONEY-PIT.
LESLIE: Dan in Rhode Island is on the line with some sort of leaky-window issue. What’s going on?
DAN: I had an issue with the- there was water leaking inside the top of my space. It was a real rainy day.
DAN: But I did notice that on the outside of the house, where the ditches were prepared to was rotting apart. So there was pretty much a flaw there and it seemed like the irrigate might have been getting in and then seeping into the house.
TOM: So that’s entirely possible. Just because you happened to see it come in the top of the window doesn’t meant that’s the source of it. It’s most likely the flashing.
Now, from your description, it sounds like you may have had an prevented trough that backed up and sprinkled irrigate kind of behind it, decomposed out the fascia that it would have been attached to. That maybe could have been a source for irrigate infiltration. Or that could just be coincidental and there could be an issue with the blinking around the window.
What kind of siding do you have on the house?
DAN: It’s actually a- it’s a lumber placing. I’m not sure the characteristics of it. But it’s not like a cedar shingle. It’s something a lot older. The mansion was built in 1960 s.
TOM: OK. But it’s some sort of a shingle?
TOM: Well, here’s what I would do. I would cook the sewer and the fascia, right? That’s an easy thing to do. And then I would monitor and see if it still continues to happen. If it does continue to happen, then what I would do is I would remove the backing in various regions of the top and sides of the window and merely reflash the whole thing.
It’s kind of hard to do this sort of in chips or cases. You’ve got to really do the whole thing or not do it at all. So, that’s the best way to approach it. Let’s do the easy thing firstly to see if that actually does it, which is that gutter replacement. And then if not, we can start to dig a little deeper into it until we get to the bottom of it.
You know, if you do get that gutter secured- or even if you don’t, frankly- there’s another thing you could try and that is to go outside with a garden hose and don’t blast it but perhaps take- if you have a jet on the end of it, make that off. But is letting the irrigate roll over the window from the top. Go up about a paw or two above the window and dry the siding down as if it was just drenched in a big rainstorm. And see if that causes spray inside. That might also give you the evidence that there could be a problem with the flashing and not the channel or in addition to the gutter, OK?
DAN: Yeah. Now that you mentioned the blink, maybe it does make sense. Because they actually have- it looks like a piece of vinyl, perhaps, that is- it’s like a U-shape. It catches the top of the replacement window and it get from within, over the top of the window and then to the outside.
TOM: Right. Music like what we call a “J-channel.”
DAN: From the inside, it looks like the character J but then if you kind of croak- if you look at it from the outside, the whole piece is probably like a U-shape.
DAN: I would say that sits right on top.
TOM: You might be talking about either the J-channel or a drip line. But either way, those are all part of the flashing plan. And if that space is divulging when you do your hose evaluation, then you’ve got to kind of disassemble that and applied it back along with good flashing all around, OK?
DAN: Alright. Thank you very much.
TOM: You’re welcome. Thanks so much for announcing us at 1-888-MONEY-PIT.
LESLIE: Well, have you had to take on any slippery sidewalks this winter? If so, here is a tip that can help you from having to call us for sidewalk-repair advice come springtime.
Now, to treat your slippery sidewalks with sidewalk salt, sure, it’s going to cause the ice to melt. But if you pick the wrong kind of salt, you can actually cause the surface to shatter. So, unless you want to spend the first days of outpouring specifying faults in the sidewalk, it’s smart to use a salt that’s not going to corrode the concrete skin-deep of any sidewalk, driveway, porch, whatever it is.
Now, the best sidewalk salt is made from potassium chloride. And this type of sidewalk salt is going to softened sparkler but not shatter the concrete surface the way that so-called rock salt or things that are known as sodium chloride is definitely going to.
TOM: It’s too better for pets that can pick it up and get laid their paws and it can irritate them, as well.
So, for best solutions, I always intimate you pick up the potassium chloride early in the season, combination it with playground beach and then continue a equip collected near each entry to your dwelling. The beach is going to provide immediate traction for the icy faces while the potassium chloride gets to work melting that ice without demolish your sidewalk in the process.
LESLIE: Fran in Tennessee is on the line and her French opening has developed rot. What gone on?
FRAN: Well, we live in a 150 -year-old house. And over the years, as we moved in here, we’ve done amends and modernise some things. And we had a French door put in the breakfast nook. It’s covered in a metal flashing around the outside. But we didn’t recognise, at the outset, that it was a composite doorway. And over the years, it has developed- flood blight is the one thing I can – you are familiar with, it has just fallen away at the bottom, about 6 to 8 inches up. We flooded the door with a 4×8 bit of plywood to keep rain off of it but we don’t know what to do. Is it repairable or would it be best really to oust the entire door?
TOM: This is screaming replacement to me.
FRAN: I was afraid you were going to say that.
TOM: Well, listen, you’ve already covered it with a sheet of plywood. So I symbolize if you called me and you told me, “Listen, I’ve got a hole in my entrance because it’s decomposed out and it’s a few inches from the bottom, ” I would tell you there’s different substances that you can use to fill those decomposed pits back in with that are sort of like compressing a hole. There’s two-part epoxy patching textiles, you mix them together, you introduced it in there, you sand it and then you can prime it and depict it. You can use auto-body putty for stuff like that, too. And you press it in there, let it dry. Again, sand it, cover it and you’re good to go.
But at this item, it resounds to me like this door has given you all the years of service it has to offer and I would think about coming a brand-new entrance. And I would tell you solely, Fran, to be addressed the brand-new fiberglass introduction openings that are out there, because they could look like a painted entrance or they could look like a beautiful, grove door. There’s lots of qualities of that fiberglass today where it looks pretty damned good. And the nice thing about it is it’s altogether impervious to water and it’s five or six times more energy-efficient than wood.
FRAN: It does and expressed appreciation for for talking with me. I appreciate it.
TOM: I hope that helps you out. Thanks so much for announcing us at 888 -MONEY-PIT.
LESLIE: Vincent announced a question online and he writes: “What rating should indoor-air filters have? Many intake filters don’t list the MERV rating.”
TOM: Ah, yes. So, MERV stands for minimum efficiency reporting importance. It’s a standard. It guides from 1 to 20. The higher the rating, “the worlds largest” the filter’s effectiveness.
Now, it generally doesn’t take more than a few dollars per filter to rush a few tiers higher on that MERV spectrum, so I would say, as a rule of thumb, go with a micro-allergen filter. It typically has a MERV score of at least about 11. If you really want to hone in on more than simply ratings, there’s a entire row of Filtrete air filters that can weed out another type of specks, depending on your planned ensue, including substance like abbreviate odors or allergens.
So, a lot of alternatives but make sure you look at that MERV score. It should be at least 11.
LESLIE: And that’ll have you breathing easy just in time for springtime, when all of those allergies start kicking up. So it’ll help you out a lot.
TOM: Well, a chaotic dwelling can leave you feeling a bit stymie but most shambles have a lot in common. Leslie has get gratuities to ward off that messiness, in today’s edition of Leslie’s Last Word.
Leslie? Help us clean up our ordinance, will you?
LESLIE: Yeah. You know anything? When it comes to messy homes, most of them are dealt with retroactively. That is you cleanse the house once that clutter performs. But the key to an organized residence is to proactively obstruct shambles from forming in the first place.
So, be taken into consideration that age-old saying: a neighbourhood for everything and everything in its place. I know it’s corny but it’s really true, you guys. Now, one of the reasons why things pile up on your bars and counters and storeys is that they have no home, so they don’t know where to go to. So, you’ve got to assess what items are always out of region or underfoot and cause or alter storage to include those. Maybe you need to make it more visible or easier to reach so that those odds and ends end up where they belong and not just sort of wherever they feel like.
Next, you’ve got to play jumble cop. Dollar buckets and freebies? Sure they’re fun but are you really going to use that nonsense? And do you need to buy that journal when you can borrow it from the library? Do you have magazines piling up? Well, you can download the digital edition instead. That’s super supportive. And you want to assess all unneeded items before you producing them through the front door.
Now, a great rule of thumb: for every item that comes into your home, one’s got to go out. That entails cleaning out before birthday gatherings or the holidays. I do this every time. I feel like my kids- I don’t know why they haven’t figured out the sorcery of the season, because I’m always like, “We’ve got to- this cabinet. We’ve got to get some more chamber in here.” Nobody seems to understand why. They’re like, “Oh, this inspections overflowing. Wait until next week. We’re going to be in a real jam.” So you’ve got to really think about it. Be tactical. Clean out when you know more things are coming in.
And the same thing- if you’re departing apparel patronizing, do you need it? Do you have area for it? Be disposed of a bunch of substance before you add more stuff in or really don’t get the new stuff.
And eventually, beware of nostalgia. Tossing little kids’ artwork, it’s tough. But stopping all of it actually becomes a burden. Consider taking a picture of the boy with the thing they’ve created and then gently getting rid of the item itself. And the photos really are a great way to document cherished playthings, newborn drapes, all of the things that aren’t true-life family heirlooms.
I’m telling you my son, Henry, is like this with every single thing. He’s like, “This little, insignificant substance animal. Would you take my slide with it before you constitute me donate it? ” I’m like, “Dude, you’re 27. ” He’s not, actually, but that’s how is with all his stuff.
TOM: But you’ll probably still be having those the talks with him when he is 27.
LESLIE: When he is 27.
TOM: This is The Money Pit Home Improvement Show. Thank you so much better for spend this part of your date with us. Coming up next time on the programme, hanging ponderous draws or mirrors is a challenge because you don’t want them to come crashing down. But no matter what surface you’re dealing with, we are going to share a tried-and-true way to secure those wall hangings safely, 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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