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DIY’rs are ramping up their projects this Outpouring with 84% planning to take on even tougher activities in 2021 than last year! We’ll share tips on a implement arrangement that can help you get there, with a reliable battery system that works on DOZENS of dominance and lawn and plot tools.Do you enjoying hanging out in your ground or patio but would love to have a bit more privacy? We share landscaping tips and quirks to create private backyard hideawaysIf you have a plumbing project to tackle, one type of pipe is very easy to work with and trying to save you lots of money. That is, as the mice don’t get to it firstly! We’ll tell you how to keep mice apart from PEX pipe.With Spring cyclones on the way, including a whole house surge protector can help prevent against some serious electrical damage. We explain where this fits in your electrical organization, how it drives and why is not a project you should do yourself.
Plus, answers to your residence improvement a matter of: sealing granite countertops, lay ducted heating system, patching a concrete driveway, lay ice& water shield to your roof.
Do you have a home improvement or decoration question? Call the show 24/7 at 888 -MONEY-PIT ( 888 -6 66 -3 974) or post your question here.
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: Now to assist you get ready for your springtime home improvement projects. Gosh, we waited so long for this weather to turn around again. And now that it’s starting to get warm, I can’t wait to get outside- I’m sure you can’t wait to get outside, Leslie- and you at home. If you’ve got a project you’d like to get done outside or inside- we’ll make a special exception- we are to be able love to help. Help yourself first by picking up the phone and calling us with those questions at 1-888-MONEY-PIT or berth that question at MoneyPit.com.
Coming up on today’s show, thanks in part to the pandemic, more people are taking on DIY projects around the home than ever before. And in fact, one study goes to show that of those that did a project last year, 84 percent are considering taking on an even tougher one this year. So, we’re going to share tips-off on a implement organization that allows you to get there, with a reliable artillery arrangement that works on dozens of ability and lawn-and-garden tools.
LESLIE: And we’re going to look ahead to spring projects. Do you experience hanging out in your backyard but perhaps you’re thinking you need a bit more privacy? You know, we all deplete a lot of time out in the ground last year, so I think we’ve noticed that maybe the neighbors have their eyes on us, as well. So we’re going to share some landscaping tips-off to create private backyard hideaways.
TOM: And one type of plumbing pipe is very easy to work with and it can save you lots of money, that is as long as the mice don’t get to it first. We’re going to tell you how to keep mice away from PEX pipe.
LESLIE: But first, we’re now to assist you with the projects you want to get done. From showers to basements and demolition to decor, we’re going to share professional tips to help you tackle your to-dos with confidence.
TOM: So, help yourself first. Call us, right now, at 1-888-MONEY-PIT, 888 -6 66 -3 974.
LESLIE: Heading to the Northwest of Montana where Dave is on the line who’s got a question about sealing countertops. Well, how can we help you?
DAVE: I have granite countertops myself and I’ve talked to the people that install granite countertops around here. And they all say, “It’s a rock-and-roll. It doesn’t need to be sealed.” And they have no product that they’ll sell me. I approximate maybe they want to come into my house and do it themselves but …
TOM: Yeah. Well, I want my own experience- and Leslie, you can share yours. But my experience has been that granite does, in fact, is essential to shut, especially when foods like chocolate or tomato sauce or things like that come spilled on them, because they stain. They had proved to be very- they assimilate the dyes of those discolours. And so, the sealants on the granite- yeah, it’s stone but it doesn’t mean it’s not going to absorb whatever descends upon it. So, yeah, I think it does need to be shut. And sure, there’s do-it-yourself sealing concoctions and there’s professional sealing produces. But it’s clearly a surface area that is required to be sealed.
LESLIE: They are supposed to be resealed. And the lighter the emblazon, the more often they are supposed to be shut. Granite is a harder surface than marble, so it requires a different type of sealant and a different sort of type of frequency to sealing. I don’t do my granite countertops as often as I should. I’ve had them in the house 16 years; I’ve probably closed them three times. I ponder the recommendation is every 2 to 3 years. And I notice little recognizes where it does chipping out or the things where the sealant’s wearing.
But Tom is right. If it’s a lighter complexion, you need to make sure that it remains sealed always, because petroleum and sauces and wine-coloured will discolour the heck out of it if it’s not shut properly.
TOM: I envisage the secret is to choose a granite top that looks like oil and sauces and wine-coloured. And then you’re kind of embraced, right?
DAVE: Yeah, yeah. So, got something- some kind of a product that you recommend that has a certain additive, a certain chemical makeup that would be best to use? Because I’m not going to pay these people a good deal of fund to come out every marry years. I’ve had it done probably 2 or 3 times in the last 10 years. And so, it “ve been told” it does need to be done if they’re coming out to my neighbourhood to do it.
TOM: So, there are a lot of business makes that are perfect for do-it-yourselfers. One is called Granite Gold. The product’s been around a long time.
I don’t know if- what you’ve been using, Leslie. Have you done this yourself or you’ve hired somebody to do it?
LESLIE: No. I have the company that installed the granite all those years ago come and do it. And they always reprimand me for not doing it sooner.
TOM: Of route, because they need the work.
TOM: But you can be the justice of that. There’s a lot of consumer products that are available that would do a penalty racket. If nothing else, for maintaining it before you having it professionally done. I don’t think there’s anything to be lost by doing it yourself. You could pick up a bottle of Granite Gold for 20, 25 bucks and probably do your entire tops.
DAVE: Well, I’ll look into that.
TOM: Alright. Well, listen, good luck with that campaign. Thanks so much for announcing us. It’s a good question. A bunch of folks are confused by that, so we’re happy to address it.
LESLIE: Now we’re taking a call from Lou Ann who’s dealing with a flooring concern. What’s going on?
LOU ANN: Well, I had a hallway carpet when I moved here but my cat got sick and he started peeing.
TOM: Uh-oh. Oh, boy.
LOU ANN: Yeah, all over the carpet.
LOU ANN: So, I removed the carpet, I cleaned the plywood flooring and then I drew it with KILZ, which is supposed to kill the smell.
TOM: Mm-hmm. OK. Yeah. Mm-hmm.
LOU ANN: Now, my bird-dog proceeds urinate in one recognize every night. And I’m going to have someone come in next week. They’re putting down the – you know that plastic or whatever they put underneath? And I’m getting hardwood.
TOM: OK. So, you’re kind of a glutton for reward now. You obstruct improving the floors and the pets deter breaking them on you.
Here’s what I would do. I would take up the old-time floor and I would prime the subfloor again, only because this is the time to do that.
LOU ANN: OK.
TOM: You did it right the first time. I just think you should do it again because, this room, if there’s anything left over from the pets, this will help to seal it in. And it won’t be nearly as bad as if you didn’t do it. So, before that brand-new storey goes down, I think it’s a smart-alecky doctrine to primary the old storey again.
I would use- KILZ was a fine product. I would- if you had a choice, I would use the oil-based or the solvent-based version of that. Because it comes latex and it comes solvent-based. The solvent-based is a little tougher and gives you a better shut than the water-based.
LOU ANN: Well, to be honest, it was the petroleum base.
TOM: Oh, good.
LOU ANN: I didn’t know it.
TOM: Well, you did the right decision.
LOU ANN: It was winter and I’m putting it on.
TOM: Yeah. Yeah, that’s a good hypothesi, if you have a problem with a pet like that, is to prime that surface because it does get saturated. And it’s the best way to seal it in permanently.
So good luck with that job, Lou Ann, and maybe it is essential to do a little work civilize the pets, right?
LOU ANN: Oh. Well, thank you, too, so very much.
TOM: You’re welcome.
LESLIE: Taking a local call from Steve in New York who’s dealing with a heating question. What’s going on?
STEVE: I used to have a steam heating system in my house, with the old radiators.
STEVE: My house is probably from the 1890 s. And I was thinking about- the radiators have been removed and I’ve been heating with time a direct-vent heat system, one of them gas wall groups. And I was thinking about trying to leant pressured air in the chamber of representatives but I have no way to get through the bottom of the first floor to the second floor, because I have sill plates in the wall. I was wondering if you’ve got any ideas what I can do for a heat plan instead of putting steam back in here. Because I’d like to framed central air in the house, too.
TOM: Right. So, you want to have a ducted system where you could have heat and air.
TOM: And you say that you used to have these steam radiators, but you took those out? That’s kind of a shame, because steam radiators and steam heat, in general, is a jolly warm and wonderful method to heat a house.
STEVE: Well, I still have the radiators downstairs and I could situate them back in. That was my other question, very. Should I just go back to the steam radiators and a steam boiler and just forget the air condition?
TOM: To rehabilitate the steam-heating system, you would have the benefit of warm, moist and cozy heat in the winter. Your air-conditioning system would be a separate ducted system.
Now, there’s two ways to do this. You can be utilized a traditional ducting organization, which would run in through your walls. Or you say it’s difficult, of course, because of the behavior the walls are framed now. But in a number of cases- I know I have a house that’s a little bit older than yours. And when I put in air conditioning, we were able to run the pipes in closets and targets like that, so they weren’t relatively so obvious, without going through the walls itself.
But there’s another system I’d like you to look into called SpacePak, spelled P-a-k. S-p-a-c-e-P-a-k.com. SpacePak.com. This is a system that is a high-velocity, low-volume design. So, the ducts of a SpacePak structure are only 31/2 -inch or so tubes. And they can be inside wall and floor holes very easily. You don’t have to have the large-scale canals. And what they do is they move air through at a faster speed. That’s why they’re announced “high-velocity.” And they are also do a very good job of cooling the place. So that’s another option for you in terms of coming air conditioning. But again, it’s a separate system than the heating system that you have now.
And of course, the third option is just to go with ducts the whole way and putting in a forced-air system. It won’t be as comfortable as the hot water but it would be less expensive than two systems. But you’re going to have to find a very talented HVAC contractor that understands this is an age-old, historic dwelling and they can’t just go tearing things wide open. He’s got to be creative and tactical about how he gets the ducts into each place in the house.
STEVE: Do you recommend baseboard electric heat at all?
TOM: No. It will cost you an arm and a leg, especially in New York. It’s the very most expensive way to heat a house.
STEVE: OK. I pictured the electrical baseboard came down in price but I approximate I’m wrong on that.
TOM: It’s not the baseboard that comes down in expenditure. The equipment is cheap; it’s the energy that costs you an arm and a leg. OK?
STEVE: Yeah, yeah, yeah. I thought they were cheaper to run today. I predict I’m wrong.
TOM: Yeah. No. Alright, Steve. Good luck with that projection. Thanks so much better for announcing us at 888 -MONEY-PIT.
STEVE: Yeah, thanks. Bye.
LESLIE: You know, thanks in part to the pandemic, more beings are taking on DIY projects around the house than ever before. And a recent study done by Axiom showed that of those that did research projects in 2020, 84 percent are considering more challenging residence improvement projects this year.
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LESLIE: Alright. Heading out to Vegas. We’ve went Mary on the line. What’s going on at your money excavation?
MARY: I can’t accept how much fund I’m spending on my house to maintain it.
MARY: I would never get that out of a sale or would I?
TOM: Well, it depends. What’s going on, right now, that you’re trying to deal with?
MARY: I it is necessary made a brand-new ceiling on my house.
MARY: I was basically given a choice by a roofer of the utilization of sparkler and snow newspaper, the liquid and frost …?
TOM: Mm-hmm. It’s announced “ice-and-water shield.”
MARY: There was a 15 -pound tar paper. That’s no good.
MARY: Thirty-pound tar paper or rubber.
TOM: OK. First of all, what kind of roof do you have? Is it- what kind of material?
MARY: It’s Mexican tiles.
TOM: It’s tiles. OK. And why are you coming a new ceiling? Had the tiles deteriorated?
MARY: They’ve been blowing off.
TOM: They’ve been blowing off. OK. They’ve been blowing off in such numerals that replacing the ceiling is the only option? I know that there’s more repair here than you want to.
The reason I’m asking these questions is I’m trying to make sure that the guy’s not just selling you a ceiling that you really don’t need. Because if the tiles are blowing off, then it sounds like they need repair; they may not need replacement.
In terms of the issues, it concerns me because the options that they’re giving you, I’m sure they’re attaching enormously different price tags associated with them. And all of them are not really that much different, in areas of what the cost would be.
First of all, ice-and-water shield would be rare to use in an environment like Nevada, because it’s more common in the north. And what it does is it stops icicles from wording and- well, it doesn’t stop them from wording. If icicles do form and you get a backup of melted blizzard going back up under the tile, then it’ll stop it from leaking into the house. But in your environment, that’s pretty rare.
Secondly, the distinctions between 30 -pound felt and 15 -pound felt is not very much in terms of expense. And that’s just the tar newspaper that moves underneath the shingles. More to the point is what kind of roof shingles are we going to put on this home? Are we going to applied brand-new tile back on or are we going to go with an asphalt shingle?
And you can have asphalt shingles today that actually are styled to look like the tile that you had now. And if they’re installed properly, they actually look pretty darn good. So, those are the kinds of options that I would be concerned about.
MARY: Asphalt tiles?
TOM: No, asphalt shingles. It’s a standard roof shingle but if you inspect, there’s a type of shingle called a “dimensional shingle” that ogles a good deal like the old-time ceramic tile that you’re going to be removing. Has that same clay pigment to it. And the route it’s improved, it has an edge that creates a shadow path, that gives people the visual impression of penetration. It’s another option for you.
So I would start with this. First of all, reevaluate why you want to replace this ceiling. The happening that you’ve went roof tiles that are blowing off, those has to be repairable. And it wouldn’t consequently call for a whole brand-new ceiling. If you are going to replace the roof, then “youve had” some different options, which would be more to the point of what’s going to go on the sort of the top-facing side and not what’s underneath it. Because I don’t fantasize the expense of ice-and-water shield or 30 -pound or 15 -pound asphalt tar paper is going to make a big difference in the overall job that has to be done. It’s largely labour and a small one of the purposes of that is materials.
So I would follow by establish if you really want to tear off that whole tile roof. Because in most cases, those tile roofs can last indefinitely if they’re well-maintained.
MARY: I understand. So you’re saying that ice-and-water is not …
TOM: Not conventional for Las Vegas, yes. I want how much wintertime snowfall do you get?
MARY: Well, when it sprinkles, I don’t are willing to leak.
TOM: The ice-and-water shield is not what stops the whole roof from divulging. Now, there are some cases- like in communities where hurricanes are common like down, say, in Miami- where they cover the entire ceiling with ice-and-water shield. But in the other 99.9 percent of the country, ice-and-water shield is only used during the roof side. And the specific characteristics- it’s designed to stop sparkler dams.
They exclusively ground “theyre using” it in communities like Miami is because if you were to have a hurricane that blew off large cases of- a significant portion of your ceiling shingles, the house could stay in- could remain watertight for some period of time and hopefully give you a chance to replace the ceiling before it starts to leak.
MARY: OK. How about the rubber base?
TOM: Well, I’m not quite sure what kind of rubber roofing you’re talking about. But normally, rubber roofs are used on flat ceilings. And I’m sure, if you have a tile roof, it’s not flat.
MARY: Oh, I demand it waterproof.
TOM: Well, a tile roof is advisable to waterproof. That’s not- the waterproofing is not in the underlayment as much as it’s in the surface shingle that you choose.
I would talk to some more roofers, because I don’t think you’re get the full opportunity here to understand the options. It sounds like they’re trying to dazzle you with the details, Leslie, but I don’t feel she’s going the full scope now. So I are endeavouring to get some more estimates.
Alright? I hope that helps and good luck with that assignment. If “youve had” more questions, contribute us a call back.
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LESLIE: Now we’ve got Steve from Arkansas on the line. How can we help you?
STEVE: The sea heater. We came just a regular, old-fashioned kind that they’ve realized for years.
STEVE: When we moved in in’ 96, it was there and we’re still here. And this thing that’s supposed to go out in 15 years is still making fine. But I was in- the downstairs is a complete second storey, basement-style underground with concrete walls.
STEVE: And I didn’t want it to blow up or anything.
TOM: Yeah, yeah.
STEVE: Because I’ve even heard that they blow a fuse through the roof, which in my bag would be the living room floor, where my spouse “wouldve been” when I’d be sounding up through the storey. Do I need to get in there and change it and cease waiting on it to happen?
TOM: Well, first of all, is it a gas sea heater or electrical? What have you got?
TOM: I think that that machine has provided that home well for you and the prior owner.
TOM: And if it was me, I is certainly modernize it. I would oust it because why take a chance? It’s of that senility where it’s probably going to leak at some object and you don’t need that kind of a mess, an emergency to deal with.
TOM: So I is certainly recommend that you supersede it. New water heaters today are more efficient, extremely. You could also consider a tankless liquid heater, if you chose. So “youve had” options now.
STEVE: We’re not obsessed pretty much about the cost. We just wondered, how long do these things last-place? Because I’ve only listened 15 years and we just can’t get over how long this one’s lasted.
TOM: Yeah. I envision the warranties on irrigate heaters anywhere from, I guess, 5, 10 or 15 times. So when you get a water heater that’s 25, 26 years old, I think it’s high time to replace it.
STEVE: I know. Well, I pictured maybe it might be a good one if it’s lasted this long. I’m afraid to replace it, you know? The brand-new one might be as well. No guarantees in life.
TOM: That’s right, Steve. Good luck with that assignment. Thanks for calling us.
LESLIE: Well, experiencing a relaxing afternoon in your own backyard really is one of the best parts of has become a homeowner. But have you ever felt that maybe your neighbors are getting an eyeful every single time you’re out there? If you do feel that way, it’s a good suggestion to create a more private area.
TOM: Yeah. And not only is it immense for you, it adds appreciate to your residence. Because a new canvas of real-estate agents found that 48 percent of home buyers “re looking for” dwellings with privacy fences. And there’s lots of very natural ways to do that, with screening alternatives that both look great and take you out of the public eye.
LESLIE: Yeah. And I remember when homeowners “ve been thinking about” privacy screening, they assume that you need a barricade to get that project done. But “thats a lot” of natural routes that you can do that. And they do, sometimes, I feel a better activity than a barricade itself.
Now, a line of evergreen trees or even arborvitae, they can provide year-round seclusion even better than a barrier can, because there’s no municipal to limit how high-pitched that tree can stretch. But if you were to put in a barricade, they’re going to tell you, “Oh, you can’t disappear taller than 6 paws, ” or whatever that hamlet code is.
TOM: Yeah. And you’ve got to get a permit and you’ve got to pay for the permit and you’ve got to get the inspection. So, yeah.
LESLIE: And then you get the ugly side.
TOM: That’s right. You get the ugly back, because you’re ought to have the good side face out.
Luckily, trees don’t have a bad line-up. They look great all the way around. Arborvitae is a good choice because it doesn’t need snipping to keep its full determine from top to bottom. And it can handle a wide range of growing conditions. We recently superseded all our old-time fences with a green-giant arborvitae. And that mixture we chose because it will not be eaten by deer. Our old shrubs were going decimated by deer.
And boy, from the day we put them in, I understand the deer path up to them and they’re like, “Nah, I don’t think so.” And they move on.
LESLIE: They’re like, “Wait, what the hell happened? This used to be our favorite distinguish to eat at.”
Now, you can also look into trees as an option. But if you’ve came power cable above your screen, you don’t want to mess with trees that are so big that they’ll end up growing into those cables. So you have to pay attention to their width at maturity. The spacing between the stems when you plant them should equal grown-up width.
While the ideal growing conditions vary by species, one thing about all these evergreens that they have in common is they cherish the sun. So you need to make sure that wherever they are in your ground, they get at least 6 hours of direct sunlight a era. And then you’ll find that the foliage is going to remain full, it’s going to keep the privacy intact, they’re going to look beautifully dark-green all time long.
TOM: Now, if you want to get a sense of privacy right away, hand-picked specimens that are at least 6 paws towering with green foliage and terribly moist seed lumps. They’ll reach, generally, about 15 feet or more when they’re mature. And there is a requirement to planted far enough apart so they’ll be touching when they’re fully grown.
And trimming likewise helps determine what you plant. Now, if you require a natural wall of privacy immediately, go for the arborvitae over the evergreen trees. These can develop 1 to 2 paws every year and they can be easily determined into a neat, elegant fence. Or they can be left to grow naturally to enjoy year-round.
LESLIE: Now we’re heading to New Hampshire. Sarah is on the line. How can we help you?
SARAH: I bought a seasonal home in Maine. So I can only be there 6 months out of the year, because you need a ferrying to get over there.
TOM: OK. Oh, boy.
SARAH: And I want to make sure I’m not going mouse during the year when I’m not there, the 6 months that I’m not there.
TOM: OK. Alright.
SARAH: So, what’s the best thing to do?
TOM: Well, a couple of things. First of all, don’t store food where the mice can get to it. And that planneds, of course , not remaining things at ground level, performing sure meat is in sturdy receptacles if it is. If you have any small punctures around the foundation perimeter, cracks in the foundation or seat between the foundation and the siding, those are good to seal up. And you can do that just by sticking sword coat in the holes.
Avoid creating nesting neighbourhoods. So if you have mounds of firewood against the chamber of representatives or any kind of high-pitched brush, stuff like that is another reason for mouse to kind of shape themselves at home.
And finally, I would put down some rodenticide, some d-CON or a product like that, especially in the lower levels of the house. I don’t know if you have a basement or a crawlspace but that’s generally where the mouse start. And then they will eat that and take it back to the nest and that will take care of, at least, some of them.
So I think it’s precisely a process of good maintenance and not yielding them an opportunity to have food there that they want to stay around longer for.
SARAH: Well, unfortunately, the owner before me, all his grove is piled up underneath the hall. So I’m hoping that’s not an entertainment for them.
And the other thing is he did insulate underneath the residence. So I’m hoping that’s a deterrent. I don’t think they like the insulation. Is that remedy?
TOM: No, actually, they affection insularity. I’ve seen mice that will pull apart sections of insulation to make a warm nest.
SARAH: Oh , no.
TOM: Yeah, they’re quite energy-efficient souls, you are familiar with? They like their isolation. But listen, I think it’s good that they isolated the floor, because it moves it much more comfortable for you.
So, those are the kinds of things. But listen, I wouldn’t worry about it unless “youve got a problem”. And if it truly goes bad, you can call a professional and they can deploy some additional tactics, OK?
SARAH: Alrighty. Well, thanks an ugly lot. I regard your time.
TOM: Alright. Enjoy that vacation home. Thanks for calling us.
SARAH: I shall. Thank you. Bye-bye.
LESLIE: Mike in Louisiana is on the line with a few questions about concrete. What’s happening to it?
MIKE: I have a crack in my footing and I was wondering what would be the best way to stop it.
TOM: So is this a basement foundation or a crawlspace footing? What’s it was like?
MIKE: I have it on a slab. I don’t have a cellar or nothing. It’s simply a fissure in the concrete. Vanishes pretty much all the way across on one cease of the house.
TOM: OK. So does it- is it the flooring or do you see it from the outside? Where are we seeing this?
MIKE: Just in the storey. I just see it in the flooring. I don’t see it on the side. Looked at it twice on the outside and I haven’t seen it.
TOM: Alright. So that might not be part of the foundation. Because when you have a slab-on-grade house, the storey domain itself is actually not part of the foundation; merely the bound is. So, that’s a somewhat standard rift amend. What you want to do is go to a home center and pick up a QUIKRETE- Q-U-I-K-R-E-T-E- epoxy-based or patching deepen. And that is something that you can apply to the crack.
There’s a number of different types of this. Some of it comes in a tube that you can apply with a caulk gun and others you mix up. But it has to be a patching fabric because the- otherwise, it won’t stick to the aged concrete. Then what you do is clean out that fracture, you apply the patch, let it dry and you’re good to go.
MIKE: OK. I appreciate it.
TOM: You’re welcome. Good luck with that project. Thanks, again, for calling us at 888 -MONEY-PIT.
LESLIE: Well, if you’re building brand-new or remodeling a dwelling, one type of plumbing pipe has become very popular. In fact, more popular than any other over the last decade. And that’s cross-linked polyethylene and that’s more commonly known as PEX.
Now, PEX, it’s resilient. So that does it really easy to snake down through walls or floor cavities. You don’t have to solder it together, that are actually draws it much safer to work with. And it’s about 60 -percent cheaper than copper plumbing.
But there is a downside you’ve got to be aware of. Mice, for some reason, find this piping super-duper luscious. It’s like their favorite yummy plow. But that can lead to a lot of water damage.
TOM: Yeah. So, if you have PEX water-supply strings, precisely be aware that mice can chew through them. And make sure you make quick steps to prevent a rodent infestation before it happens. We’re not saying don’t use it, because there’s a lot of certainly positive concludes to use it. But just be kept in mind that that is a weakness. And if you do appreciate any infestation, make sure you take care of it right away.
We’ve came step-by-step gratuities on how to keep mice and rats away, on our upright titled “How to Get Rid of Mice.” And that’s on MoneyPit.com. Just sought for it.
LESLIE: Heading to Minnesota where Beth is doing some work in the lavatory. And you demand some toilet assist. What’s going on?
BETH: Toilet hindered loping. The water restrained running into it, so I decided to install a new complete valve and flapper. And I assessed everything and I followed the instructions and I did solve the original problem. But now I developed a new one. When I flush it, the liquid goes into the bowl OK, except now anything in the container goes to the top of the bowl, virtually to the rim. And then when the cistern itself is filled, then the bowl goes down slowly and it reddens but then it exclusively leaves a little water in the bowl.
So I called the manufacturer and talked to them. He said, “Well, try immersing it because it might be a clog.” So I did that. I tried hot water and bleach to see if I could get that if it is a clog. And good-for-nothing has worked. And I don’t know what to do. I give up.
LESLIE: I mean that’s what happens, normally, in a impediment is it’ll fill to the top and then the tank will crowd and then it’ll- the suction pressure will really return everything down.
TOM: Yeah. And the ones that are the trickiest to diagnose is when you have a partial clog where you have some ocean that’s getting past but not a lot. So I wonder if something is lodged in either the bait of the toilet or the line beyond that. And actually, the next step is to have a plumber come out and do a drain-cleaning on that.
I’ll tell you a funny story about how this happens if my adolescents were younger. We had a toilet that was clogged in a downstairs bathroom and I- outside this shower, we had a willow tree. And I knew that the willow-tree springs used to get into the plumbing line, so I immediately assumed that that was what it was. And I went outside and excavate up my ground and detected the tube cleanout, which was a couple of feet below the surface. And I snaked one method and snaked the other way and I couldn’t find any clog.
So, I recalled, “Well, maybe it’s between the tube fragment and the toilet.” So I made the decision to pull the toilet off. And don’t you know that when I did that, I turned it over and noticed something off-color in the bottom of the toilet. And of course, you’re not supposed to have anything off-color in a ceramic bathroom. It turned out to be a little toy telephone that one of my babies had plunged down there that was letting just enough water through to trick us.
And so you never know what’s going to be in there. And if you have a partial obstruction like that, that could explain for what’s happening.
BETH: OK. Well, the only thing I can do then is to get a plumber?
TOM: Yep. You don’t require a carpenter, that’s for sure.
Beth, thanks so much for calling us at 888 -MONEY-PIT.
LESLIE: Janice contacted out to us through Facebook. Now, Janice writes: “I’m interested in getting a whole-house surge protector that can help me evaded blackouts. What do I need to know beforehand? ”
TOM: Well, first of all, Janice, the surge protector itself is not going to necessarily help you eschewed blackouts. What it will assist you avoided is damaging gadgets and wiring in your room, because the surge protector does precisely that: it interrupts any rise of electricity before the remainder of the electronics can be damaged.
Now, there’s different levels of surge protectors. Generally, utility companies do have, you are familiar with, sort of industrial-sized surge protectors that can protect the wires going into your home. But in terms of inside the house, you can use a whole-house surge protector, which does installed in your main electrical board or sometimes attaches to the surpas or slope of it.
Definitely not , not a DIY project. Because if you know anything about the inside of electrical boards, even when the breakers are off there’s live wires coming in there. So, don’t do it yourself. But a whole-house surge protector is one option.
And then, the second thing is to use a surge protector at the maneuver itself. So, surge protectors that protect, for example, your printers or your computers or your television sets. And those will protect those individual items.
I had a situation now , not with me but with a neighbor who got hit with a lightning strike. And it made out, I envision, two air conditioners, her cable and there was something else. And I was fine. But really by luck, by happenstance, she lost all of that nonsense with the lightning strike that wasn’t even discernible. It must have happened. Nobody identified it but it surely fried everything in the process.
LESLIE: I convey remember, we had that tornado and I lost my dryer.
TOM: Oh, yeah. That’s right.
LESLIE: So , now it’s like everything is on surge protectors in the chamber of representatives. It’s like you just have to be careful, because you never know when it’s going to happen or if it’s going to happen.
TOM: Yeah. And if you want to protect yourself from blackouts, then you really need to have a whole-house generator. And that’s going to turn the dominance back on when the practicality goes off.
LESLIE: Right. And that’s a whole different question and project.
TOM: That’s right.
LESLIE: Alright. Now we’re going to take a question from Tyler who says, “Is there a DIY solution for rid ourselves of ants or do I need an exterminator? ”
TOM: Well, there are a lot of things you can do yourself or try yourself, I remember, is the most important word.
For example, borax. It’s a very good insecticide for ants. You can spray some borax around where they seem to be coming through and see if it has an effect. If you’re looking for an even cheaper, less toxic solution for ants, you can find it in your local produce aisle because a little of heap leaves are really help to keep those ants away. And if you crave a good over-the-counter pesticide, you can try TERRO.
Now, if the ants are relentless and they keep coming again and again and again, you really need to turn to a pro. And you shouldn’t be skittish about that, because the pesticides that are used today are much safer than the ones they had years ago. They’re designed to work on a single bug that’s bothering you and are very effective in stirring them go away for good.
I went through pretty much all of these steps not too long ago. I think it was last summer for my mama, because she was coming ants on her kitchen countertop. And we would clean them up and then we would use over-the-counter baits and use some borax and some this and some that. And we braked them down but they are only retained coming. So, eventually, I called an exterminator. And he articulated the right amount of substance, which was a gel in this case, just where it needed. And we didn’t realize a single one for the rest of the year.
LESLIE: The good proportion is, though, if you’re seeing the defects, it conveys the warm forecast in the spring is finally here.
TOM: That’s right.
LESLIE: So let’s be positive.
TOM: You “re listening to” The Money Pit Home Improvement Show. And hey, people, we are so perceptive that you’re doing just that. And we hope that we’re bringing value to your dwelling, price to you and saving you some time and some stress as you take on these projects. These are fun things to do. These are stress-relievers. These construction your space better. And we are so pleased to be able to help you do merely that.
Remember, a couple of ways to reach out to us with those questions. Of track, 888 -MONEY-PIT or berth your questions on MoneyPit.com or on Facebook.com/ TheMoneyPit.
That’s all the time we have for today, though. 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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