Episode #2085: Small Kitchen Solutions | Restoring Outdoor Furniture | Eco-Friendly Flooring | Paver Patios

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Small-time kitchens can be tough neighbourhoods to work in. But a few modest revises can do small kitchens feel bigger and work better. Tom& Leslie share gratuities in today’s Smart Spending Tip.If you’re thinking about getting your outdoor furniture out for the heated months ahead, opportunities are after an part winter in storage — it’ll be gazing a lot worse for wear! We’ll have tips to get your outdoor furniture clean and spruced up for the season.Today, it’s easier than ever to be eco-friendly. But when it comes to choosing eco-friendly storeys for your home, understanding how the concoction is produced is key. We’ll tell you what to look for.Are you planning to create a relaxing paver brick patio space to enjoy the sunshine as the warm climate comings? We step you through how to create an amazing paver patio from scratch- OR by paving over an existing patio.

Plus, answers to your home better a matter of, roofing material options, wainscoting walls, removing wax from skin-deeps, gratuities for installing siding over existing siding , installing a brand-new tub.

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EPISODE # 2085: Tiny Kitchen Solutions | Restoring Outdoor Furniture | Eco-Friendly Flooring | Paver Patios

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: What are you planning this weekend? This era? Next weekend? Next week? If it’s a project that you’d like to get done around your live, a project that you would like to do to create your best home ever or at least your best home for the coming week or two, we would like to help. Give us a call and we will answer your questions, we will make suggestions, we will come up with doctrines that perhaps you hadn’t thought of to help you improve the cavity you call “home.” The number here is 1-888-MONEY-PIT, 888 -6 66 -3 974. Or you can post your questions at MoneyPit.com.

Coming up on today’s show, we’re going to talk firstly about small kitchens. You know, they can be very tough neighbourhoods to work in but a few modest updates can make it feel bigger and work better. We’ll have tips to do really that, in today’s Smart Spending Tip.

LESLIE: And if you’re thinking about getting your outdoor furniture out for the heated months onward, opportunities are after an entire winter in storage, it’s going to be seem worse for the wear. So we’re going to have some tips on how you can get it spruced up for the season.

TOM: And today, it’s easier than ever to be eco-friendly. But when it comes to choosing eco-friendly floors for your dwelling, you need to understand how the make is produced. We’ll tell you what to look for.

LESLIE: And if you’ve got some projects in memory where a staple gun can help, we’re giving away one today, very lucky you. It’s the Arrow E2 1 Cordless Electric Staple Gun, along with a afford of staples. And it’s worth 50 bucks.

TOM: Get out to one listener drawn at random, so represent that you. Give us a bawl, right now, with your home betterment questions at 1-888-MONEY-PIT.

Let’s get to it. Leslie, who’s first?

LESLIE: Ellie in Florida, you’ve came The Money Pit. How can we help you today?

ELLIE: Yes. I just recently moved to Florida and the house I bought, the liquid softener is broken because- I believe it’s because they had it outside the dwelling. Every other house in my society has them in the garage. And mine, they- for some reason, the water line is on the opposite side of the house, in the garage. So, it would be a- I believe it would be a major thing to have the water line produced from one slope of the house to the other so I could have it inside.

And Sears tells me that I can have it put outside but you have to have some kind of protective covering. Lowe’s tells me that they don’t sell any that go outdoors. And a private plumbing company is telling me that they have one that- to put outside, exclusively. And other people are saying you don’t even need one, to go- don’t even bother the expenditure. So, I don’t know what to do.

TOM: So, first of all, the question is: do it is necessary to a spray softener or not?

ELLIE: Right. I’ve gazed online and I look the pros and cons.

TOM: Right. Well, if you- if you’re acquainted to a liquid softener and you eliminate it, you may find that you don’t like that experience. You certainly could bypass the liquid softener just to see if you like the water.

Is the ocean city water?

ELLIE: Well, it’s not well water. So does that aim it is city water? I don’t know.

TOM: Yeah, it’s city water. If it’s city water, you probably do not need a sea softener.

ELLIE: Well, I was- I suppose no. I don’t think it is city water because people in Ocala, I think they told me that they don’t needed most; they have city water. I could be wrong; I’m not sure. But everybody in this development says you need it.

TOM: Ellie, the first thing you want to do is figure out if you’ve get city liquid. If you do, it’s going to be treated. If you’ve got well water, then you do need, probably, a ocean conditioner, as well as to have the irrigate measured to make sure that it’s safe. And that’s something that should be done on an occasional basis.

Now, in terms of the pens, in the light of the fact that you’re in Florida and we’re not concerned about freezing pipings, I wouldn’t be too concerned about putting it outside. I would want to have it enclosed. Now, how do you do that? Well, you either implementation one that’s rated to be outside- and perhaps your- the water-treatment company- the plumbing fellowship has one that has such a certification, that’s designed for interior or exterior use and that’s fine. And if not, you’re going to have to construct something or have something framed or perhaps pick up a small removed or something of that quality where the rig could be protected from the weather.

But I guess the first thing you need to do is determine whether or not you need it and regulate what kind of water supply you have. If it’s well water, get onto tested. You can even have the hardness tested. You’ll know exactly what you’re dealing with. And if it’s city water, then I think you can try bypassing the system you have right now and see if you like it.

I hope that helps you out. Ellie, thanks so much for announcing us at 888 -MONEY-PIT.

LESLIE: Time to talk to Phillip in Rhode Island about a roofing question. What can we do for you?

PHILLIP: Well, in Rhode Island, in my place in Jamestown, there’s a lot of beautiful, red cedar-shingled lives. And I only placed brand-new, red-cedar shingles on my house, on my roof. I noticed some of the houses age beautifully. Like when I- what I make in beautifully is they age darker red and sometimes little bits of black or streaks of black and red and deep, deep red. And some of them don’t age that highway. It’s like- and I’m just wondering if you guys know anything about how to get them to senility the highway I are to be able to. I don’t want them to age light; I want them to age darker red.

TOM: Yeah, we don’t ever get to choose how we age, right? And that are applicable to our shingles, as well.

So when you choose red cedar, that gets darker over season and it will turn to a very dark gray, normally, as it’s exposed to sunlight. I guess it’s possible that it is able to apply a grime to the cedar shingles, even though they’re roofing shingles, but most people don’t do that.

So, what the hell is commonly get calls about, when it comes to cedar, is how to not to have- how to prevent them from coming darker. And one style to do that ought to oust the duct across the ridge of the ceiling. Or if you don’t have a vent there, you can essentially do the same thing with a strip of copper.

If you were to overlay the crest of the ceiling with, say, a 12 -inch-wide strip of copper- so half goes on one side and half goes on the other- what happens is as rainwater strikes that, it exhausts some of the copper. And that acts as a mild mildicide and helps to keep the roof shingles cleanse and frustrates algae growth.

PHILLIP: Oh. But it still- then they wouldn’t age dark; they’d stay lighter.

TOM: It would be less likely to get as dark and they certainly wouldn’t grow an algae. Perhaps you may have noticed that sometimes when you look at houses, specially around chimneys that have metal twinkling, you’ll learn colors streaks at the lower end of the chimney. That’s for the same reason. What happens is that metal blinking handouts some of its copper and then cleanses that area under the chimney. That’s why it gets streaky there. But if you do it across the whole peak of the ceiling, then it will sort of clean-living evenly.

PHILLIP: It’ll clean even. But I’m looking for that age-old looking: the kind of the darker-shingle aged ogle, the darker color. And I guess it’s precisely up to Mother Nature is what you’re saying.

TOM: It really is.


TOM: It really is.

PHILLIP: I appreciate it. Thanks very much, you guys.

TOM: You’re welcome. Good luck with that projection. Thanks so much for announcing us at 888 -MONEY-PIT.

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LESLIE: That’s right. It’s the Arrow E2 1 Cordless Electric Staple Gun. And it is a must-have tool for any DIYer or woodworker or even pro out there. You’ve got a battery life of up to three hours and you can fire as numerous as 1,000 staples on a single blame. That is a lot of projects.

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TOM: That Cordless Electric Staple Gun from Arrow going out to one caller drawn at random. You’ve got to call us, though, with a dwelling progress question. You just can’t call and say, “I want to win the loot, ” because we want you involved in this program and we want to hear about the projects you’re doing. So, for those that announcement, those that write at MoneyPit.com, we will draw one name and send out that staple-gun package worth 50 bucks to one listener at random.

LESLIE: Linda, you’ve went The Money Pit. How can we help you today?

LINDA: We had a new kitchen floor installed about a week-and-a-half ago. It was a middle-of-the-road-grade sheet vinyl. And a couple of hours after the installers left, we were moving stuff back in. And we moved the refrigerator and it gashed it a couple of times. And the flooring has a 15 -year warranty, so they said they would status that and supersede it or patch it or whatever. But then, two days after that, my eight-month-old puppy got a hold of the seam and ripped it in various targets and also took a couple of globs out of the middle of the floor.

TOM: Oh, boy.

LINDA: So, I called the gal- the rep- back and she advocated going with an LVT click-it tile- comfort vinyl tile.


LINDA: And I was just wondering what you guys pondered as- if that would be a viable option, chiefly because of the dog. I really don’t know.

And another thing is she was saying that they would probably install it right over the flooring that they just put down, so that would mean we have the subfloor, my age-old floor, the brand-new floor and then this tile on top of it.

LESLIE: It’s a storey sandwich.

LINDA: Yeah.

TOM: First of all, whether or not you can threw it on top of old coatings of storey is genuinely a manufacturer specification. It’s not unusual.

For example, when you put down laminate storey, that always sits on top of whatever is underneath it, because it kind of moves. So it might be that it’s perfectly fine.

LINDA: Right.

TOM: Luxury vinyl tile is probably road more durable than expanse vinyl. Sheet vinyl tends to be really soft, so I’m not at all surprised that it got torn up time by moving the refrigerator back and forth. I mean you would think that if you’re in the flooring-design business, that that would be sort of a standard. Like if your kitchen floor can’t handle a refrigerator being flattened backward and forward, “youre supposed to” shouldn’t is in accordance with the business.

LINDA: Right.

TOM: But regrettably, a great deal of those sheet makes are very, particularly soft and can easily tear. It’s a damned good thing that you got your claim in, though, before the dog ripped the rest of it up. Because otherwise, they may not have had any interest in helping you.

But I do study a tile is going to be a somewhat durable alternative. I wouldn’t be too concerned about putting it on top of the aged floor as long as it’s permitted by the manufacturer’s installation educations, which you certainly should urging the government to- for a follow of so that you can review.

LINDA: OK. Alright. Well, thanks very much. I appreciate it.

TOM: Alright, Linda. I hope you adore that puppy. It’s costing you a good deal of money.

LINDA: Yeah, we do. We do. Alright. Thank you.

LESLIE: Well, small-scale kitchens can be tough arranges working together with but a few modest modernizes can make it feel bigger and work better for you. We’re going to have some tips to do that, in today’s Smart Spending Tip presented by Bank of America Cash Rewards Credit Card.

Well, small-time kitchens, they might be cozy but opening them up might not involve a whole lot of expenditure. First, you’ve got to look for ways to add natural daybreak by removing window coverings. With kitchens, you really don’t need them there.

TOM: Yeah. And adding a skylight can open up the ceiling to more light-headed and sort of visually expand the space. But you don’t need a major creation project to accomplish that. Precisely supplemented a type of skylight called a “sun tunnel.” It’s a round skylight. You provided it in the ceiling with a tube that feeds down to the ceiling, where you’ll have a light diffuser. And mostly, it’s mirrored on the inside so it can throw a lot of natural light right where you need it.

LESLIE: Now, another idea is to remove any soffits that you have above cabinet ministers. This establishes the impression of space by allowing the eye to follow a wider ceiling. Now, you can also consider removing the cabinet openings or supplanting them with glass-fronted doorways. And that’s going to help give the room some depth.

Another trick here is you can also opt for larger storey tiles. While this might voice counterintuitive, small-time storey tiles, they do make a room feel smaller. So, bigger, wider, longer, it’s going to meet that kitchen feel just as big.

TOM: And by the way, despite their tiny immensity, small kitchens do have some advantages, one of which is that the small space draws for a very efficient working triangle. You’re not spending a lot of meter marching between the refrigerator and the stove and the kitchen subside, so you kind of save vigor. And if you want to splurge for better-quality information, like closets or high-end countertops, the smaller size fixes that a much more cheap option.

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LESLIE: Now we’ve get Sparky in Georgia on the line with, fittingly, an electrical question. What can we do for you?

SPARKY: Hi. I’m in a prewired residence that has RG59 coaxial cable coming into each room. I need to replace that now with RG6, which is a thicker coaxial cable. What is the best way of going through to supplant all those?

TOM: Well, generally, whenever you want to rewire anything in a house, it doesn’t always make sense to remove what’s there. What you’ll generally do is cut it back. And you’ll time basically – you’re going to run the brand-new cable as if you were putting it in for the first time. Of track, because the house is already up, it’s tricky to do this to run it through walls and stuff but you would use wire snakes to do this. And sometimes, if the cable is loose in the wall, you can actually attach the new cable to the old-fashioned cable and pull it through at the same time.

Sometimes you can get away with that but it mostly takes a lot of skill to run brand-new cables in a house that’s already up. And that’s pretty much the channel you get it on. The rebut is: any behavior you are eligible to. So, if your cable is loose and you can pull one end up and confine the other end to it so that you’re kind of drawing it all the way through, you do that. If you can’t do that because it’s hammered in place, then what you might do is to sort of snip off the ends, stow it apart in the wall and pass a new cable next to it. But mostly, it’s a bit of a tricky place and you try to get it done any lane you can.

SPARKY: I gotcha. Very good. You’ve been helpful. Thank you very much.

TOM: Alright. Good luck with that assignment. Thanks so much for calling us at 888 -MONEY-PIT.

LESLIE: Now we’ve get Melanie in California on the line with a decorating question. What can we do for you today?

MELANIE: I have untreated( inaudible) troublesome yearn throughout the house. I would like to continue into an 8×12 shower with the same. Is this the best application for the bathroom or will untreated wood hold up to condensation?

LESLIE: Now , where are you seeing this? On the walls? On the ceiling?

MELANIE: Oh, well, I’d like to do the whole bathroom. Yes, walls and ceiling.

TOM: I would say, Leslie, that knotty- untreated, knotty yearn is a really bad idea for a bathroom.


TOM: I actually do have a bathroom that’s got yearn wainscoting but it’s totally shut. And it goes up about halfway up the wall. I would definitely not placed unfinished timber in a bathroom because it’s going to soak up the moisture. It’s going to grow mold or mildew and time is not going to look right. You can’t clean it, either. So, a bad mind for the ceiling.

That said, if you like the regard of lumber, there are many ceiling-tile commodities that do inspect a lot like wood.

MELANIE: OK. We’re restraint. We’re in a small area, so we’re restriction as far as hardwares go and paneling. We’ve checked out our local equipment places. And where’s the best place to find, oh, say, ceiling paneling and …?

LESLIE: Well , now, a clever, inventive project- which, you know, you might be able to source online and perhaps you haven’t looked at some of this in the regional arranges to you- would be a laminate flooring that’s a board that looks like a troublesome pine so that we could implement that in the same application that you’re talking about. But it’s made to withstand high-moisture situations because it’s a produced concoction and not a natural product.

MELANIE: Sure, sure.

LESLIE: And that, because it’s sold in timbers, if you do have to order it online or if somebody has to order it from the merchant immediately through your neighbourhood stores, it sends actually easily because of its package. And being board size, you’re not going to have a hard time going it in, rather than a sheet product.

MELANIE: Oh, OK. Very good. And I think that would look far better than a membrane commodity. We just- I think that’s why I don’t care- the wainscoting or coating, how do you enunciate that?

LESLIE: Oh, absolutely.

MELANIE: Is that …?

LESLIE: I say wainscoting but I think everyone says it every path they feel like. Tomato, tomato.

MELANIE: OK. It’s merely very attractive. But we need to do this complete, up the walls.

TOM: You don’t have to. You “il be going” partly up the walls and then trim off the top edge of it.

MELANIE: Hmm. And then would- OK.

TOM: It depends on what gaze you’re going for. For example, Leslie, you’ve often given the suggestion that you can take an aged door, turn it on its area and that could be a wainscoting.

LESLIE: Mm-hmm. That works out beautifully, especially because it gives you the paneling sort of built right into the door. The only issue there is that anywhere you’ve got an electrical outlet or something that might protrude from the wall, you’re going to have to bump that out to accommodate the extra thickness of the door. Not a big deal but it’s an additional step.

MELANIE: Boy, it sure is. Oh, boy. OK. Well , thank you for coming in. That’s a lot to think about and I really like that plank-flooring idea. That was a thought that never even intersected my mind, so- nor my husband’s.

TOM: Alright. Well, good luck with that project.

MELANIE: Thank you so much. And thank you for taking my call.

TOM: You’re very welcome. Thanks so much for announcing us at 888 -MONEY-PIT.

LESLIE: Head to Pennsylvania where Mike has a question about a bathtub. What can we help you with?

MIKE: I have an aged, steel bathtub that’s actually rusting out. And had a few quotes on having it refinished versus – you are familiar with, there’s business out there that’ll put vinyl implants and all. Or is it better merely to have it rent out and settled a brand-new tub in?

TOM: I would vote for having it rent out and putting in a brand-new tub, because I don’t think that you’re going to be able to refinish it and be happy with that. Most of the refinishing- if it’s done professionally, it can be OK. But soldier, I’ll tell you what, it’s an excessively large-scale assignment, it’s a highly muddled campaign. They have to use some quite coarse compounds to prep that bathtub and get it ready for the brand-new finish. And then the brand-new finishes are certainly not going to see last as long as the original finish.

So I think it’s probably a good option for either a new tub or you were able to do sort of a bathtub slip. There are firms out there that stir sets that fit inside the existing tub. Priced , not so coincidentally, just slightly less than tearing out the tub and starting from scratch.

LESLIE: Right. But it’s done in a day.

MIKE: Alright. I precisely- I appreciate that. Thanks for your time.

TOM: Alright. Good luck with that project. Thanks so much for calling us at 888 -MONEY-PIT.

LESLIE: Well, your outdoor furniture, it can last year after year if you give it a good cleaning each season. So here’s what you’ll need to do to get it into influence for the summer days ahead.

TOM: Now, if you’ve got plastic outdoor furniture, you want to mix up a little dish soap, some borax, and a 1/2 -cup of peroxide into a gallon of ocean. Let that combination sit for about 10 to 15 times and then use it to scrub all that outdoor plastic furniture with a nylon cover before you rinse it super well.

LESLIE: Now, if you have wood furniture, you want to start by throwing it a good once-over for restore needs. You want to make sure that all sections are securely fastened to the frame. And then you want to check to see that all connection stages are sturdy, the legs are strong and the finish isn’t flaking off. Once you’ve got a good assessment, completely clean that furniture. Get those surfaces empty with a soap-and-water mixture. But you’ve got to let it baked thoroughly.

TOM: Now, if the finish on your lumber needs a little rejuvenation, it’s a good time to refinish it. And the best way to do that is to sand off the existing paint or discolour to the point where you start to see a little bit of fresh timber. Then you can apply a new stain that would use a solid-color stain or an exterior colour. And that will give you a really, super-saturated color that’s going to instantaneously update your outdoor decor.

LESLIE: Carol in Mississippi, you’ve went The Money Pit. What can we do for you today?

CAROL: I have a floor that’s sinking in the hallway and the kitchen and I was just trying to find out what’s the best way to repair that and what type of wood should it be repaired with.

TOM: So do you have any idea, Carol, as to what’s stimulate the storey to subside?

CAROL: I don’t know if it’s the foundation. I don’t know if it’s the foundation, because it’s in Mississippi and there’s lots of moisture there. And for some reason, the dwellings there really look rundown and stuff. And I always- and I did experimenting time because it’s so moist there. But the house is really, very old, so I have no idea what’s beginning it.

TOM: Is the flooring a wood flooring?

CAROL: Yes, it is.

TOM: And is it over a crawlspace?

CAROL: No, it’s not over a crawlspace.

TOM: Is it over a basement?

CAROL: No, it’s not over a cellar. It’s on the foundation part of it.

TOM: Yeah. OK. Look, there’s only really three types of floor organizes. You’re either going to have – your mansion is going to be built on a slab, which symbolizes it’s on concrete or it’s going to be on a wood-framed floor, which is either going to be over a crawlspace or over a cellar. I’m trying to figure out what kind of storey structure you have.

CAROL: OK. It’s up off the anchor a little bit.

TOM: That’s a crawlspace. So what has to happen, Carol, is somebody has to go into the crawl and get under that area and “ve been looking for” and appreciate what’s going on. If you have a lot of sweat, you could have some decomposed beams there. And if that’s the speciman, there is a requirement to repaired. That can’t- well, it’s very difficult to do that from the top side; you would do that from the bottom side. And then formerly you know what the cause of the sagging is, then you’ll know how to approach it.

But let’s say that you’ve felt there was a beam that was crumbled. Well, what would happen in that case is you would set a new light next to it. So if one bad storey joist, you’d kept another one next to it, maybe even one next to that so you’d kind of sandwich the bad beam in between the two good radiations. And that they are able to straighten that out.

Once the structure is restored, then you can go in from the top side and fixing any remaining crumble, like if it was the timber- plywood- subfloor or something of that quality. But you’ve got to start with the structure, which is what’s underneath there, to figure out why this slump has resulted and why such areas has settled in. And once that’s re-supported, then you can move to the top side.

Does that make sense?

CAROL: Make-up a lot of impression. Thank you.

TOM: Alright, Carol. Good luck with that job and thanks so much for calling us at 888 -MONEY-PIT.

Well, if you’ve got a question about your dwelling, we’ll do our best to give you the answer, plus maybe some tools to help get the job done.

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TOM: That Arrow E2 1 Electric Staple Gun, with a supply of staples, is worth 50 bucks and going out to one listener proceeded at random. If you want to triumph it, you’ve got to be in it by announcing us with your residence progress question at 888 -MONEY-PIT or affixing your question to MoneyPit.com.

LESLIE: Jacob in Arkansas is on the line with a hit in the garage. Tell us what’s going on.

JACOB: My wife and I has already been bought a new house and there’s a sound above the garage. It’s more cosmetic where it gets no- none of the carry. But it goes through the brick and the mortar and so I was wondering if there’s a certain kind of putty or method I can crowd this in so the liquid doesn’t get inside of it.

TOM: Yeah. And that’s exactly what you want to do. Now, mind you, the brick is also going to be porous, it is therefore will still get wet. But if you want to stop water from getting in there, most importantly freezing and forming the fissure worse, what I would recommend you do is to seal that fracture with a clearly defined silicone caulk.

Now, when you buy the silicone, Jacob, you can buy it in a large tube or a small tube. If it’s time that one crack, I would just buy a small tube. But here’s the deception: when you chipped the tip of that tube, you want to cut it so you have a very small hole there that the caulk won’t kind of come out in a big glob. You can always make it big. But of course, once you cut it, you can’t make it any smaller. So then get up on a ladder, do real close to that.

And sometimes, with silicone, it’s moderately thick, specially if it’s cold. You may have to really constrict it to get it to come out. But it doesn’t clean up with soap and water, so exactly try to kind of lay it on there nice and even. That’ll stop the water from falling into the crack and you should be good to go.

JACOB: Awesome. Thank you, guys.

TOM: You’re welcome, Jacob. Thanks so much for calling us at 888 -MONEY-PIT.

LESLIE: Well, if you like to save money and you don’t like to waste water, you’re probably an environmentally-responsible shopper. But when it comes to shopping for floors, knowing how the flooring is compiled is key to knowing if it’s actually an eco-friendly choice.

Here’s what you need to look for.

TOM: Now, first, there are two types of floors that are generally considered to be the most eco-friendly. First, there’s cork. It’s a good option for a good deal of reasons. It’s sustainable, it’s beautiful, it lasts a very long time and it’s quiet. And it’s the best for allergy sufferers.

The flooring is made from the bark of the cork-oak tree, which is stripped every 9 years and then stretches back and inflicts no impair upon the tree. And pest govern or fertilizers are rarely used in the farming of stopper trees. And that waste cork can also be regularly recycled, so it’s great all the way around.

LESLIE: Yeah. Now, other options is bamboo. Bamboo floorings, they’re manufactured from the bamboo flora, which is a type of grass. And that realises them super sustainable.

Bamboo changes at a crazy-fast rate, faster than trees. And it contacts maturity in as little as 5 years, which is why bamboo is one of the most eco-friendly flooring commodities available.

TOM: But the other advantage of bamboo, Leslie, is that it’s super hard-handed. I make strand bamboo is actually about twice as hard-bitten as red oak, which is why bamboo flooring is not just a matter sustainable but it’s too super durable. So, a great choice all the way around.

So if you want to go eco-friendly, you should be looking at bamboo storeys and stopper storeys. You exactly can’t go wrong.

LESLIE: Sandy in Texas is on the line and needs some help with a carpet question. What’s going on?

SANDY: Well, I had a Scentsy, one of those little things that uses sizzling wax. And my granddaughter knocked the Scentsy over onto the carpet and part of it splashed on my Henredon chair, which is upholstered.


SANDY: And I didn’t- haven’t done anything hitherto because I don’t know really how to go about cleaning that.

LESLIE: Good. Well, the first thing you just wanted to do- and this is- it’s kind of an easy choose. You just have to make sure you haven’t previously scratched at it or chafed it or anything. Take a brown paper bag and an iron. And you just wanted to positioned the cast-iron on a high setting without steam. And set the paper bag over the wax and then iron. And the wax will melt but then stick to the paper bag and you’ll be able to peel it right off.

SANDY: Well, that’s awesome. OK, brown paper bag with a hot iron not on steam.

LESLIE: No steam.

SANDY: Just hot cotton and impounded it on there for a few minutes and it will pluck it out.

LESLIE: Yeah, you don’t want to sit it on there too long, because you don’t want to burn it through.

SANDY: OK, yeah. Right.

LESLIE: So you want to kind of simply hold the dark-brown paper bag, then kept the iron on top and then shift it around, moving to a clean percentage on the pouch as you get more of the wax onto the bag. This style you’re not respreading the wax.

TOM: So the bag kind of acts as the suck medium now. That’s like the paper towel, right, Leslie?

LESLIE: Exactly.

TOM: It robs into it. OK, got it. Great trick.

SANDY: That wonderful performance. Thank you so much.

TOM: You’re welcome, Sandy. Thanks so much for calling us at 888 -MONEY-PIT.

LESLIE: Dennis in Alaska is on the line with some questions about building a new residence. What can we help you with?

DENNIS: Hey, that is some jazzy music you’ve got on hold.

TOM: Alright. We’re glad you enjoy it, Dennis. What’s going on?

DENNIS: I just finished improving a ranch-style home and I did the regular adhere make, 2×6 fiberglass insulation, T1-11 outside. But my question is- I’m going to leant some cedar-log siding on it and I thoughts I might fur the outside, get a few more Rs out of it. And I’m kind of concerned about maybe catching moisture between the inside vapor railing. And if I use blue-blooded card or some type of foam insulation on the outside, I didn’t want to trap water inside the wall. And I to be expected that established sense.

TOM: Well, so you basically exploited T1-11 as the sheathing but that’s a finished siding type of a product. That’s not designed to be a sheathing. Are you sure you symbolized T1-11 when you said that? Because it has sort of horizontal trenches in it.

DENNIS: Yeah, it was just a temporary sheathing is all.

TOM: Yeah, because for many structures, that is the siding. But OK. So you want to know how to cover that? Well, I would frame tar paper on it or I would place vapor obstruction on it, like Tyvek. And then I would set the blue board over that.

DENNIS: Vapor impediment and then Tyvek and then the blue board. OK. Yeah, I was just concerned about catching sweat inside the wall.

TOM: Yeah, I wouldn’t made the foam right against it because that’s going to be like support rinses against it. No, you just wanted to introduced the sweat obstruction against the wood.

DENNIS: So, do I it is necessary employed any type of a- some type of drainage on the bottom of the wall then or …?

TOM: Well , not for off-color board , no. What you would do is you framed the vapor hindrance up and then you leant the foam on it and you append it with long claws that are flat-headed. They look like super-long roofing nails.

DENNIS: Right.

TOM: And they have other special hooks for it, alright? And then you could put your furring strips over that and your siding on top of it.

DENNIS: Oh, OK. So you don’t actually butt it up to the furring airstrips; you gave the furring strips right over it.

TOM: Right. Accurately. That’s the highway I would do it. I backed a live that course and that was 30 years ago. Hasn’t revealed yet.

DENNIS: Good fairly then. That’s my assignment for this coming summer.

LESLIE: Tim in New Jersey contacted out and here’s his question: “I recently inherited a mansion that has not been occupied in over 5 years. The energy is questionable in two of the areas. I’m not sure about HVAC. And there has been water in the basement. Floors, walls and ceiling, they glance good but the ceiling has three mantles on it. Should I try to repair it or get rid of it as-is? I’m not a handy person and I don’t have a big budget.”

TOM: You have a lot going on. I make the good news is you didn’t have to pay for the house. It’s never a bad thing when you inherit a mansion, even if it is a true-to-life money pit. But Tim , nothing of the things that you mentioned are really impossible. If the basic foundation and enclose and the ceiling are intact, everything else is fixable.

Now, even if they are these things can be fixed, it’s also a question of fiscals, it’s a question of skills and time. And if the project is too much for you, you should consider selling the home as-is but don’t pass it apart. The troubles you mentioned are entirely repairable for a lot less than the value of the residence, even that dry basement. I would prioritize. And if you need some assistance doing that, have a home inspection done. Those guys are experts at determining where the real issues are and give you some good, independent, professional advice on what to do first, second and so on.

LESLIE: Alright. Good luck with that project.

TOM: Well, if house a porch is on your to-do list for outpouring, we’ve got some tricks of the trade for the project that can help. Leslie shares those items, in today’s edition of Leslie’s Last Word.

And Leslie, we can’t wait to get outside. A new porch is a great place to invest some of that time.

LESLIE: Oh, my gosh, absolutely. It’s a great place to loosen. It’s a wonderful spot in your garden to get out of your home and safely socialize with your friends. So, you are familiar with, your friends outside of your bubble.

So let’s get to work on creating a relaxing paver-brick patio space. Alright. And guess what, guys? This paver-brick patio is definitely a DIY-capable project. So we’ve got some gratuities now that are going to help you get the project done.

First of all, in the realm of DIY-patio likelihoods, brick, natural stone, plaster pavers, these are the main paving hand-pickeds in information. Now, all three collections are installed in sand, with irregularly-shaped natural stone being the biggest challenge to work with, as it’s kind of like making a huge outdoor jigsaw puzzle but with much heavier portions. But still doable.

Now, figuring out the organization is the next step. You’re going to need to assess your seat that you want to kept this in. You want to make sure you’ve got required drainage. Now, a good trick of the trade is to use some rope to outline the shape of the terrace that you’re going for. And you are eligible to even go ahead and set up some of your furniture inside that roped-off area. That’s unquestionably going to give you a feel for how much infinite you’re going to have to enjoy that terrace formerly it’s done, rather than getting to that spot and being like, “Oh , no. I didn’t leave enough space for X.” So do the prep wield so you know you’re ready.

Now, the most common paver-patio mistake comes from not properly prepping the base. So “youre supposed to” take your time. Properly excavate, stage, row the patio domain for long-lasting, trip-proof results. Once that’s done, computing the porch bricks, that’s the enjoyable place. There are so many contours, forms, blueprint blueprints to choose from. If you do some probes online, you’re going to find some really beautiful things that you can create with some very basic, determined pavers that are not challenging. So, clearly do some research because you can really make it beautiful.

Now, if you’ve already got a patio but you want to update the seem of the pavers, Pavestone makes a special paver brick called Milano. It’s half the thickness of a regular brick and it installs readily right on top of the age-old terrace. And it looks absolutely amazing once it’s done.

TOM: This is The Money Pit Home Improvement Show. Coming up next time on the programme, in even the cleanest of residences mold can find sneaky residences to hide. But not from us. We’re going to share tips on how to stop mold from taking hold of your home, 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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