Are you ready for a brand-new moisten machine? We’ll take a look at the most popular features and help you decide which meet the best washing machine for your laundry needs.
For 55 years, ShopVac has been helping Americans with clean ups that household vacs could never hope to handle. Now this iconic brand has a brand-new owner and some very exciting plans for the future. We hear from the brand-new CEO.
And did you know that the average Americans receives a tax pay of about $2,800? We figured, there are a lot of projects you can get done for that kind of money so today we’ll start a brand-new succession in partnership with HART Tools called Tax Refund Projects!
Do you have a boring bathroom but no horses to spruce it up? There’s a lot you can do on the cheap with paint. We share tips-off for stenciling and more.
Plus, provide answers to your residence betterment questions about energy star rebates, amending a sluggish dryer, temporary caulk for spaces, restoring a stained bathtub, eliminating mice from your home, safety options for your home.
Do you have a home improvement or decoration question? Call the show 24/7 at 888 -MONEY-PIT ( 888 -6 66 -3 974) or post your question here.
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 take on the projects you’d like to get done to create your best home ever. How can we help? What do it is necessary to? Where are you stuck? Give us a announcement. We’d love to chat. The multitude is 1-888-MONEY-PIT. You can also post your questions at MoneyPit.com.
Coming up on today’s episode, are you ready for a brand-new soap machine? Well, if “youre ever”, you’re going to find out very quickly that there are dozens- I imply dozens- of pieces now that are available. And it becomes a really confusing process to know what is the best feature adjusted for you, because the more features the more fund you’re going to pay. We’re going to get into that and give you some really clear advice on what you should be looking for and what you might just just wanted to skip.
LESLIE: And for 55 times, Shop-Vac has been helping Americans with cleanups that household vacs could never hope to handle. Now this iconic brand has a new proprietor and some very exciting plans for the future. We’re going to hear from the new CEO.
TOM: And hey, guys, did you know that the average American receives a tax rebate of about $2,800? We figured there’s a lot of projects that you can get done with that kind of money. So, what do we do? We’re going to start a new sequence called the “Tax Refund Project.”
LESLIE: I adoration it. Now, this line is presented by HART Tools, which you’ll find alone at Walmart. And our first topic is kitchen renos. We’re going to share five simple modernizes that can make a big impact and get done for less than the average tax refund.
TOM: But most importantly, we are here for you. We know that taking care of a home can be a combination of love, pride and some heart-stopping fear. But we promise to help you plan, help you save some money and spare you from snafu. So, if you’d like to participate, you can do that by announcement us with those questions at 1-888-MONEY-PIT or announcing them on MoneyPit.com.
Because that’s kind of where we’re different. We actually are experts in this space. We’ve been doing this a long time and direction before we decided to talk about it on the radio. And we affection helping you. The digit, again, is 1-888-MONEY-PIT.
LESLIE: We’ve got Cindy in Michigan on the line who wants to talk about reducing energy costs. How can we help you?
CINDY: Is there a way to lower your electrical invoices by making your own electricity? I’ve heard of solar panels and windmills and seems like they expenditure a great deal of money to get them going. And I’m wondering, is it actually workable, financially, to do something like that?
TOM: Yeah. Well, first of all, the most effective way to cut those energy costs- and specially if we’re talking about heating and cooling force- is to improve the energy efficiency of your residence. And the single most important way or easiest mode to do that is by improving insulation. It’s amazing how many parties simply don’t have enough insulation. And in a state like Michigan, you’re certainly going to want to have 15 to 20 inches of insulation in your attic.
Now, as to your question about generating your own power, there are some platforms that are run by state governments and by practicality suppliers that include different sorts of rebates and different sorts of purchase- I don’t want to say intrigues but sort of plans for getting that material to your house.
So, for example, in my part of the country, the government has offers where you don’t actually pay for the initial installation there. You partner with an vigour company that does the installation of solar panels. And then, as it generates energy, you get to keep some of that and some of that goes back to the utility company and eventually, it pays off the cost of that facility. So I would analyse solar programs in your field and rebates that might be available. Start with the utility companies and go from there.
Because if there’s a favorable curriculum, that’s the only way it constructs them cost-effective. You are chastise in that a lot of these things are very expensive and don’t make a lot of financial feel. But if there’s rebate money available- either locally, at the country statu or federally- it does make sense.
CINDY: OK. So you would just call your energy company then?
TOM: I would start there, with your practicality busines, or simply do some study online for bonus that are available in your field. OK, Cindy?
CINDY: Alright. Thank you.
TOM: You’re very welcome. Good luck with that project.
LESLIE: Robert in North Carolina is on the line and is dealing with a dryer that- guess what?- time is not drying. That’s the worst. Tell us what’s going on.
ROBERT: Well, I’ve got a dryer; it’s about 5 or 6 years old. And here, lately, for about the past 6 or 8 months, it’s taken sometimes 3 cycles/seconds to dry a medium-to-large size load of clothes.
TOM: Oh, that makes no sense.
ROBERT: Yeah. And the heating element was replaced maybe a year-and-a-half, 2 years ago. We only don’t know what’s going on with it.
TOM: Do you get good airflow when the dryer fees, where it’s pushing warm air out the exhaust duct?
ROBERT: Yeah. I get up to the roof one time when it was stream and it was coming out of there reasonably nice and the breeze was warm.
TOM: You really may have discovered one difficulty. When you take a dryer vent and you push it up against gravity- and so it’s driving all the way up to the roof from, I presume, the second floor- a dryer is not really designed to do that. And I know that a lot of days, kinfolks install them that action but trying to force that hot air to go up all of that length to the roof can sometimes be problematic.
Look, if your dryer’s not heating properly, there’s only a few things that could be starting that. One is the heating element. So, let’s presume that this is working properly, although it certainly seems- sounds like it’s not. There could be multiple heating elements and one could be burned out. This is a reason you feel some warm air.
The next thing is the ductwork and you want to make sure that that’s clean. Not simply the external ductwork but even internally. Sometimes, if you get something stuck in the internal ductwork in the dryer, that can block some of the airflow itself.
TOM: And the other thing that can happen is sometimes it can overheat and then cycle. So, if it’s overheating, what’ll happen is it’ll get really hot and then it’ll overheat and the heating element will go off. And then it’ll cool down and then it’ll come on again, it’ll get really hot and it’ll go off. And that kind of cycling of a thermostat can be a problem, as well.
I aim at this degree, it chimes to me like you’ve done almost everything that you can do on your own. You might want to either supersede it or get wise serviced.
How aged is the dryer?
ROBERT: Probably no more than six years.
TOM: Yeah, well, you know, 6 to 8 years is no longer a awfully short time for a dryer. So, you might want to think about replacing it or get a pro to fix it. Because I think it’s probably one of those three things that’s starting the issue.
ROBERT: Yeah. And another thing, it’s got about between 20, 25 paws of- it has the corrugated duct. And we were thinking about changing that to the smooth, stovepipe kind of duct. Would that cure, also?
TOM: Where is this 20, 25 paws? You signify from the discharge port all the way up to the attic where it fulfills?
TOM: That’s a long way and certainly, a solid metal passage is going to be better. Can you go up into the attic and then go sort of across the attic floor and down towards the soffit and lay a volcano right there?
ROBERT: It’s possible. It’s exactly a single-story house, so I’m sure I could do that. But the laundry room is in the middle of the house.
TOM: I’ve got to tell you, even if you had that showing perfectly, three- ranging this thing for three quantities to cool one load of drapes sounds like it’s something else and not definitely totally venting.
ROBERT: OK. Yeah, we were thinking about- simply don’t think it’s worth it to call somebody out there to fix it. We’ve got- we acquired a somewhat respectable dryer. We know someone that runs a childcare midst and uses the one we’re thinking about getting. And they run it 5, 6 times a day and they’ve had theirs for 3 years.
TOM: I think that induces feel. Regrettably, these products today are almost expendable because the cost of repair is so high. I will give you one other suggestion. There’s a website called RepairClinic.com that’s pretty good at helping you identify problems with devices and then selling you the areas you need to fix it.
So, you may want to take a look at that. They have a little tool there where you can put in your sit number and it’ll walk you through the scenarios. And who knows? It might be a common difficulty with that particular model.
Good luck with that activity. Thanks so much for announcing us at 888 -MONEY-PIT.
LESLIE: Joyce in Massachusetts, you’ve went The Money Pit. What can we do for you today?
JOYCE: I have nine spaces and we had someone caulk the windows where the window sills- because we live in Boston and the freezing breath has been blowing in. I want to know how I can shut them up, because it didn’t do one iota thing for the gentlemen caulking the nine windows.
TOM: Didn’t do any good, huh? And did he caulk them from the outside or from within?
JOYCE: From the inside, because this is an apartment building. And what- we’re on the seventh floor and we have windows going on different directions. And so I’m trying to find out what is the easiest way to prevent the coldnes from blowing in, because it’s unbearable.
TOM: OK. Since you’re on the seventh floor, I presume that you don’t use your windows – you would never use your openings for disaster egress. Do any of them going to see a fire escape or anything like that?
JOYCE: No , no.
TOM: OK. So, there’s two things that you can do here, one of which is you can use a shrivel movie. It’s a clear, plastic wrap that you cut to fit the size of the window. You append it with a double-face- clear double-face tape that comes with it. And then you use your mane dryer to heat it and it becomes very taut and clear so it doesn’t obstruct the view.
JOYCE: What about weather-stripping, like brave felt?
TOM: Well, that’s all possible but there’s another option. And the reason I asked you if you needed to use your windows for egress is because I was going to recommend temporary weather-stripping.
Now, there’s a caulk that’s like a weather-stripping sealant but it’s a temporary sealant, OK? So the direction this works is you essentially caulk your spaces slammed. You caulk all the seams in the window, where they slither up and down, with this clear, temporary caulk. And then what happens is in the spring, you can actually grab the edge of this caulk and peel it right off. It comes off like a clear, rubbery divest. And it enables you to basically seal your spaces shut in the winter and then recover them in the spring.
JOYCE: Thank you very much. And I enjoy your curriculum immensely.
TOM: Alright. Good luck with that job. Thanks so much better for announcing us at 888 -MONEY-PIT.
Well, if you’re in the market for a brand-new soap machine today, you’re going to be presented with dozens of possible aspects. And as more peculiarities are added to the machines, the cost goes up, so …
TOM: Yeah. So to help you shrink those options, Consumer Reports recommends that you choose high-performing washers that fit your budget and then consider pieces that include accessibility or some that save time.
LESLIE: Yeah. Now, based on their measures, these four are drawing the most sense. First of all, automatic dispensers. This aspect is designed to dispense detergent, bleach, fabric softener, whatever you like to use, at the best time and the right amounts. And today, some of the washing machines are truly supported several months’ worth of detergent. So that’s a big time-saver.
Another is automatic temperature control. Rather than simply desegregating hot and cold water in preset amounts, automobile temperature regulate adjusts the spray to the optimal temperature for whatever setting you’ve selected.
TOM: Now, the next one they recommend is the extra rinse cycle. I saw this was really interesting, because all types of soaping machines use a great deal little liquid than they used to. And most brand-new washers have an extra rinse cycle. And it can really help you if your bark is sensitive to detergent residue. Because if you think about it, since we’re using less irrigate, you’re not going so much better of a rinse, right?
LESLIE: Oh, that’s true.
TOM: So this gives people that extra bathe. And it also assistances wash away pet hair and other stubborn messes.
And ultimately, stainless-steel tubs. Emphatically a indicate of stability. These can weather the higher spin accelerations considerably better than plastic. And they can take out more sea and they can actually trimmed your drying time.
So there you have it: four things to think about if you’re shopping for a brand-new cleanse machine, thanks to the kinfolks at Consumer Reports.
LESLIE: Barry in Tennessee needs some assist with his Jacuzzi. What can we do for you?
BARRY: Well, what the hell happened was the deplete went stopped up. So I made some Crystal Drano and spouted it and it got on the tub itself. And it burnt all the way around the drain. I mean it’s burnt plastic. So I was wondering, is there a road to get that back to looking brand-new or do I simply have to replace the whole tub?
TOM: Well, regrettably, you’ve chemically shattered the tub by abusing caustic pump cleans. We truly don’t like corrosive pump cleaners for reasons just like this. They don’t certainly employment very well to begin with. And what happens is you end up overusing them or pouring them and I’ve seen them defrosted bathtubs and defrosted plastic before. There’s a brand-new drain-cleaning product on the market right now that I’ve just come across and it’s phenomenal. It’s announced DRAIN-FX. The website is DRAINFX.com.
And essentially what this is is for under $20, you’re purchasing what’s, in essence, a pressing washer for your choked drain lines. You secured this up to the sink faucet. It has a long tube that you can run hot water down. You descent this into the trap and then you turn the water on and it blasts the blockages away.
It’s under 20 bucks. Check it out at DRAINFX.com. You should have one in your toolbox because you never know when this is going to happen. And examine, you could save yourself not only the hassle of a clogged hose but in your bag, the hassle of potentially replacing a bathtub or learning been like living with the terrible blots that have resulted.
Do not use corrosive exhaustion cleansers on these faces. Take a look at DRAIN-FX. It’s a much better option.
Barry, thanks so much for calling us at 888 -MONEY-PIT.
LESLIE: Angela in Missouri, you’ve get The Money Pit. How can we help you today?
ANGELA: I am buying a beautiful 1940 s residence. It’s two storeys with a basement and I was just wondering you guys’ considers on the second floor. Basically, there’s a very tiny staircase that goes up to the second floor and I’m worried about if there was a fire, something that blocked the stairway. Are there products out there that you can purchase- well, yeah, I don’t know, a roll-down ladder or some kind of alarm or something? What do you guys know about that?
TOM: Sure. There’s all sorts of things. In terms of egress, if you have just the staircase and you miss another option, you were able to ever get a ladder that- it’s like a order ladder that fastens over the window and you drop it down the outside wall of your mansion. Trouble to those used, though, is that in- from a practical matter, in a fuel, if “youve had” black cigarette filling the house it’s really hard to find that ladder and specified it up.
LESLIE: Some of them are actually built into window-box legions that look like a decorative window box that you can attach to the exterior of your home. And it would be right outside of the window. But then again, that’s not really ideal if it’s a kid’s room.
ANGELA: Right, right. Yeah. And that’s- it’s time me and two children and we all have our own office, so …
TOM: So I would make sure that you have a good-quality smoke-alarm system. You know, if you can afford to use one that’s centrally observed, I think that’s best because now you know the system- the home is being observed 24/7. And you were able to computed carbon-monoxide protection to that and even flood protection to that and temperature the protection provided by that all in the same system.
ANGELA: Is there some kind of system that- I don’t want to have to hard-wire it in the chamber of representatives. But is there a plan that maybe employs Bluetooth or some things that have to talk to each other?
TOM: Yes. If “youve had” hardwired smoke detectors now- so if you have a detector that’s already wired- not battery-powered but hardwired – you can replace that with a Nest Protect. And the Nest is the brand, Protect is the detector. And the Nest Protect is a combining dual-technology smoke detector, so it works for both with a photoelectric sensor and an ionization sensor, which basically entails it’ll detect smolder fires and show fervors but it also protects you against carbon monoxide.
Now, what I like about this system is if you also install it with the Nest Thermostat, if either of those things happening again- if you had a fire or you had a carbon-monoxide alert- it are really turn the thermostat off, which is important. Because if it’s carbon monoxide, the most likely source in the home is the furnace or the boiler, depending on what kind of system you have. And if you have a fire, rolling that furnace during the fire helps to spread the smoke.
You certainly can set it yourself. It’s not difficult. Nest provisions great instruction on how to do that. In fact, I precisely superseded- I have a centrally monitored plan in my home but I decided- we likewise had, kind of as a redundant plan, two hardwired detectors: one on the first floor, one on the second floor. I’ve exactly ousted those with the Nest Protect. And I’m really happy with it. I think it’s a really good system and exactly gives me some lent peace of mind.
ANGELA: OK. Well , thank you for coming in. That’s a great idea. I think that’s the room I’m going to go.
TOM: Alright, Angela. Good luck with that campaign. Thanks so much better for announcing us at 888 -MONEY-PIT.
Well, there’s a rare grade of renown for concoctions whose brand names become synonymous with what the fuck is do.
For example, you may ask for a Xerox copy or grab a Kleenex or use Cellulose tape to make a repair. But for cleanup of large-hearted soaked and dry mess around the house or the garage, the tool you be returned to is a Shop-Vac.
LESLIE: And for 55 times, Shop-Vacs have been helping Americans with cleanups household vacs could never hope to handle. So with us to talk about the latest changes for Shop-Vac and new innovations to come is Gary DuBoff, Shop-Vac’s Group President and CEO.
GARY: Hi, guys. How are you?
TOM: We’re excellent.
So, Shop-Vac is one of those produces that really defines the action, right? I intend when you have a big mess, “youre telling”, “I need my Shop-Vac.” And the problem is that people call tools Shop-Vacs that even are not Shop-Vacs. So that’s why I want to induce the point that this is the original Shop-Vac and you guys have been building them for 55 years. And now you’ve got a lot of exciting mutates happening. So, tell us about it.
GARY: Yeah, we do. Actually, we made over the business on December 23 rd and it was purchased by a division of GreatStar Tools U.S.A. by the name of Hangzhou Equipment Holdings. And for those not familiar with GreatStar- and I wouldn’t expect a lot of people are- GreatStar is really one of the largest manufacturers of hand tools in the world. They are the largest producer in all of Asia and they’ve gave fairly heavily in the United Position in- with quite a few brands.
But as of December 23 rd, we bought the assets of the former Shop-Vac Corporation and we’re reopening and hopefully we- bigger and more efficient than ever.
TOM: So talk to us about some of the products that Shop-Vac is known for. Obviously, it’s the vacuum but what is the particular type of vacuum or size of vacuum-clean or various types of vacuum-cleans that make that brand so popular?
GARY: Yeah, there are a number of different SKUs but- and a number of different simulations. But they differ anywhere from, you are familiar with, a small one that you are eligible to really be maintained in your car if you’d like to, that’s a couple gallons, all the way up to really large vacuum-cleans that handle a lot of spray and 16 -gallon cans. And again, there’s everything in between.
But Shop-Vac, to your point, is really- they only the innovators in the heavy-duty vacuum-system category. And it’s people that are active in workshops and garages and plants, anywhere that you really had necessitating applications. And regrettably, in September of 2020, they closed their doors. But the good news is we’re back and we’re going to be providing patrons with what we think are very reliable and trusted produces that we’ve been selling for more than 55 years.
LESLIE: Now, with this new acquisition, do you think that most of the products will be manufactured overseas? Or are we looking at sort of a combination of U.S.-based and overseas-based?
GARY: We are really happy to say that the embed that we’ve always had in Williamsport, Pennsylvania is open now. It will remain open. We raise a number of our vacs right there. Many of the large ones, actually. So, from 10 – and 12 -gallon on up are produced in Pennsylvania. They ever have been and they will continue to be produced there.
LESLIE: That’s great.
GARY: We do have flowers in China and Vietnam, as well. And we will continue to form some concoctions there. A spate of the smallest vacs are made overseas but it will be a hybrid, just like you mentioned, Leslie. We’ll oblige produces in both areas.
TOM: And as you mentioned, GreatStar is very well-established in the tool business. Some of the labels that you may be familiar with are Arrow Fastener, for example, or Pony and Jorgensen wood-working clamps and Goldblatt concrete and drywall and masonry tools and even Prime-Line Produce, which constructs insurance equipment. So, this companionship has been expanding and doing well and making good-quality products in the U.S. for a long time.
GARY: GreatStar is a- they’re a really huge fellowship but they’ve got a really strong track record of acquiring very well-known American legacy hardware and tool symbols. And the firebrands that you just mentioned- Pony Jorgensen, Goldblatt, Arrow Fastener, Prime-Line Commodity- these are now all in the GreatStar portfolio.
And we are really pleased that the symbol, Shop-Vac, is now in our portfolio, as well. We are very excited about it. We think it’s something that we can bring a lot of innovation to the category and a category that really needs to be innovated. It’s been a little bit stale for a while but we’re roused about the changes that can be made.
And we’re beholding, from the customer perspective, a huge need in the marketplace. “Theres not” that countless manufacturers of wet/ dry vac. And to see someone like Shop-Vac potentially go out of business, it was upsetting to us and we think it’s very iconic for that. We’re thrilled that we can bring it back.
LESLIE: That’s really great that you’re able to keep these really well-known American brands, that are so synonymous with penalty tools and simply helping all of these DIYers out there- to support their efforts to really retain their position and only find their way back is fantastic.
TOM: I examined the Shop-Vacs being distributed in Walmart. Just last week, I was down in the tool aisle. What other hardware and home center retailers are you going to be using for delivery?
GARY: We’re going to be in all the major home centers, all the major big-box retailers. One of the things that we do a really good job at is rationing. Our goal is to be able to offer the concoction wherever consumer interests is ready to buy. So if it’s online, we’ll be online. If it’s in a big-box home improvement store, we’ll be there. If it’s in a hardware store, we’ll be there, as well. So, we’re stimulated about the spread and we’re really excited about the symbol itself. It’s iconic and we’re stimulated that it’s going to be here for a long, long time.
TOM: Well, we’re provoked for you, Gary. Thank you so much for stopping by The Money Pit. Fifty-five years this symbol has been available and I’m sure it’s going to be around for numerous, many more under your brand-new leadership.
Gary DuBoff, the CEO of Shop-Vac, thanks so much better for stopping by The Money Pit.
GARY: Guys, thanks for having me.
TOM: Well, guys, did you know that over the last 3 years, the average tax refund was over 2,800 horses? And for DIYers, that wants some newfound fund to take over projects designed to you may have been putting off.
LESLIE: Well, to assist you acquire the best use of your hard-earned windfall, we’ve put together a series of projects that will add value to your residence and get done without blowing your tax-refund budget. Today’s Tax Refund Project is presented by HART Tools, accessible exclusively at Walmart.
TOM: And today’s project is kitchen renovation.
Now, examine, kitchen renos can easily cost tens of thousands of dollars but they don’t have to. And here’s why: there are simple revises that fix big-hearted bang. So, here’s our top five.
First, fling the floorings. New flooring alone can totally vary the glance of a kitchen. And floors today are very easily lay. You know, between the traffic from family and babies and tiny accidents and bigger floodlights, though, kitchens are a challenging environment. So, there’s a wide variety, though, of beautiful, inexpensive and durable storeys that are also 100 -percent waterproof. So, look for products like EVP or engineered vinyl timber, which looks like wood, invests easily and is completely waterproof.
LESLIE: Next up, let’s talk about the cabinets. Now, if your cabinets are in good shape but maybe you don’t merely affection their finish or something, to be maintained. You are truly depict your kitchen cabinets. It’s a great option. It’s a good cost-saver. In fact, solid-color closets are more popular than ever right now. You merely have to be sure that you select a high-bond primer and a good-quality paint. This channel, you’re going to get professional develops that will stick to that really highly-used surface.
Now, another big spot you can look at in the kitchen is the countertop. I want these genuinely become the piece top of your entire kitchen motif. And deepening the countertop is a simple way to make a big change.
Now, bar materials can run so much better in premium as they do in style. But there are many that can be done within the budget of the average tax refund. You can choose between an inexpensive laminate or go for more costly options like granite, quartz or another solid-surfacing material. And if you’ve got a budget makeover, you can also resurface laminate crests with varnishes that have been specifically designed to employed a new finish on an age-old laminate transcend. And they’re pretty easy to do and they’re extremely user-friendly. So, lots of options to change this big surface in your kitchen space.
TOM: Now, whether you’re changing the countertop or not, you could also easily only swap out the faucet. There are a wide variety of faucet wordings, in the neighborhood of just maybe a couple hundred horses, that will allow you to amp up that kitchen vogue. Simply look for kitchen faucets that have the EPA’s WaterSense seal. That means they are going to use less liquid and not give up performance.
And lastly, add some bling. Bling always obligates everything look better. And when we’re talking about bling in the kitchen, we’re talking about the kitchen-cabinet hardware. It’s the simplest of kitchen-reno activities but the small changes- like new door directs, new drawer pullings- these can make a big impact in the overall looking of the kitchen.
LESLIE: And that’s today’s Tax Refund Tip presented by HART Tools, available exclusively at Walmart. Do it with HART. Learn more at HARTTools.com, where you’ll too find step-by-step plans for dozens of fun projects.
TOM: Hey, including one that’ll look great in your freshly reno’d kitchen: the bulletin-board organizer, a beautiful way to help manage the mayhem of family life. Check it out at HARTTools.com.
LESLIE: Getty, you’ve got The Money Pit. What can we do for you today?
GETTY: Oh, hi. My uncle is struggling with a mouse problem.
GETTY: And he wants to get rid of them the old-fashioned way but his wife doesn’t want them to be injured or killed or anything.
LESLIE: That’s a hard one.
GETTY: Yeah. So they’re trying to figure out a highway of, I don’t know, get caught or keeping them out of the house, nonsense like that.
TOM: So, what I would suggest is that, first of all, you try to mouse-proof your room as far as is possible. So, by make that, you need to seal all the gaps that may surround the exterior, most commonly around where pipings and things “re coming” the walls.
Secondly, you want to avoid anything that creates a nesting website or the regions where the mouse can sort of dig into. For example, a common one might be firewood piled close to the house and that sort of thing, high-pitched grass. So you want to try to draw that as un-mouse-friendly as possible.
Next, you want to look at moisture sources and food beginnings that are inside the house. So, for example, I’ve seen tribes develop mouse troubles because they have domesticated meat- in the big, heavy pet-food bags- perhaps sitting on the garage floor where the mouse decide they’re going to cut their own door into the side of that suitcase and help themselves. So, you want to make sure that any type of food source is off the ground, up on shelves and in rodent-proof containers, metal containers.
TOM: You has the potential to throw in- now, see, she doesn’t want to kill them. So pretty much any other way to get rid of these things is going to remove- “re going to kill” them. You could use bait depots where they’ll- does she merely not trying to kill them or she doesn’t want them to die in the chamber of representatives? Because it’s a penalty quality, you are familiar with? If “youre using” a enticement depot, they usually take the bait and go outside while that material goes to work.
TOM: I can understand her perhaps not wanting to use mousetraps, because that can get kind of messy and gross. But I would suggest you try to utter your home as rodent-resistant as possible. We’ve got a great article on how to do that. It’s announced “Beating the Rat Race.” It’s on MoneyPit.com. But I do think that if “youre going to” a permanent solution, you’re going to end up having to use some rodenticides, as well.
GETTY: OK. I think that’d be a fair idea. She’s wanting to catch them all and make them down the road somewhere.
LESLIE: Oh, geez.
TOM: You’re not going to catch them. They’re somewhat fast.
TOM: Alright. Good luck with that projection. Thanks so much better for calling us at 888 -MONEY-PIT.
GETTY: Thank you.
TOM: Libby has reached out to us at Facebook.com/ TheMoneyPit.
LESLIE: That’s right. Libby says, “When I even my toilet, a very loud sound is heard coming from the vanity and sometimes the shower pump. Several plumbers have advised to break the wall and access the pipe.”
There’s got to be an easier way.
TOM: I consider plumbers ever begins with the most destructive programme first.
LESLIE: I know. “First, we’re going to break down this wall. You have no access panel. We’re going in.”
TOM: If you’ve get murmuring racket, that is because you’ve got some sort of obstruction in the plumbing system. And there’s a couple of ways to deal with that without having to break down walls.
First of all, if it’s a piping that you can’t access, you can always access your drainpipes from the roof. Well , not you. A professional would go up on your ceiling and run it down to clear the drainpipe. And if there’s a question as to where the clog is, you can also run a camera down there. They’re really small these days. They will pinpoint exactly what’s there and they’ll know exactly how to get to it, hopefully, without ruin any walls in the process.
LESLIE: And Libby, next time if, say, they do have to break open that bathroom wall or some wall, make sure they leant an access board in. So if something ever happens again, they’re just removing a little bit of the wall that’s made to purposely be removed. So, restrain that in mind.
TOM: Well, do you have a enduring lavatory but not so many horses to spruce it up? There’s actually quite a bit that you can do inexpensively and readily with paint. Leslie has got the how-to, in today’s edition of Leslie’s Last Word.
Leslie? Paint has got to be your favorite DIY product, because there’s so much you can do.
LESLIE: For sure. And I cherish refreshing a gap with a new depict pigment. It’s a lot of amusing, it’s inexpensive and it’s easy to do. And you can definitely do it yourself. And indeed, there is no less of an expensive road that you can transform a bathroom gap. Genuinely, any opening. So let’s talk about paint. Here’s some thoughts that’ll help you get started.
Now, you can stencil the ceiling. And you’re like, “What? Ceiling? Stencil a ceiling? ” Yes, it’s a cavity that a lot of people often just say, “OK. Go in ceiling grey. Da-da-da. There’s my grey ceiling.” But you can pick a contrasting pigment or something that’s a slightly different shade in kind of a more ecru or a warmer shade of grey that’s sort of time off one fragment. And you can stencil on a motif there that unexpectedly becomes this beautiful focal point.
You can also paint your ceiling a different dye, guys. You can go the same color as the wall. You can go now a beautiful glow that’s really lovely for when you’re putting on makeup. So don’t just stop at white. You can do awesome substance with the ceiling.
Now, you can create some really fun vibes or theatre, whatever it was possible to, by picking a daring complexion for those working walls. And you can think about hues that are really hyper-saturated, sort of deep off-colors, super-saturated grays, terracotta sounds, turquoise. Whatever color you like, just go for that super-saturated tone of it without being too dark, if that utters smell. Just take a look at those cards.
Now, if you’ve got a little imagination and a paintbrush, you could paint a mural. I convey it could be simple. It could be ornate. It could be whatever you miss it to be and whatever your skill set will allow. It could even only be a taped-out pattern. Whatever it is, whatever your comfort level is, you can create a great focal wall in your soap room with your own creative talents.
And when it comes to a ostentation, you can replace it. You can do different things. But hinder what you’ve got and maybe open it a makeover. Paint it. New hardware. All kinds of things that you can do to obligate your vanity that you’ve got become a whole different character in the space.
Just make sure you use super-durable paint. Oil-based, if you can get it, actually is most effective in those moist shower environments, high humidity. It’s easier to clean. You’ve got to have a lot of good breathing in the seat if you’re working with an oil-based paint. They’re not available everywhere but they’re obviously the appropriate tool for the job.
So, give some depict. Take some time. Put on your depict invests and have a great time changing that bathroom.
TOM: This is The Money Pit Home Improvement Show. Coming up next time on the program, we’re going to look ahead to spring programmes, because it’s roughly now, finally. And the project we have in mind is privacy. We’re talking about your backyard. If you enjoy hanging out there but you’d like a little more of that privacy, we’re going to share some landscaping gratuities to create a private backyard lair, 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 make love alone.
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