Episode #2087: Easy Clean Garage Floors | Fun Closet Cleaning Hacks | Trends in Kitchen Design | Reupholstering Furniture

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Over the winter, garages get pretty gross. Between the stuff that never quite goes put away from last-place autumn — to the dirt that drips off your car- the floorings can be a real mess. We’ll highlight the best garage floor mixtures that are easy to clean.Given that over the last year we’re all been we’ve all been munching out a great deal less, the kitchen has become an even more important ” centre” of the home- and that’s impacting the mode we chill menu. We’ll spotlit new trends in these all-important appliances, simply ahead.If “youre ever” longing for a new look at home but don’t have the funds to go all out, reupholstering the furniture you have can do the trick. For a fraction of the cost of buying new, you can change the entire glance of your apartment. We’ll share what slice work best and what fabric can create a lasting new look with this DIY project.Spring is a good season for closet cleaning and but if you have a lot of supplementaries, it can be hard to find neighbourhoods to keep all of that unionized. Did you know that you can use kitchen components to organize your bedroom closet? We’ll share those sentiments.

Plus, answers to your dwelling progress questions, installing baseboard trim, deck stain options, purchasing new central air sections, isolating a cathedral roof, best air filters for eliminating odors .

Do you have a home improvement or decor question? Call the show 24/7 at 888 -MONEY-PIT ( 888 -6 66 -3 974) or post your question now.

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EPISODE # 2087: Easy Clean Garage Floors | Fun Closet Cleaning Hacks | Recent developments in Kitchen Design | Reupholstering Furniture

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: And we are here to help you take on home betters, decoration, fixing projects around your room, your residence, your suite, your condo, your yurt, your tent. Whatever you live in, wherever you call home, if you’ve went questions to make it more comfy, more energy-efficient, want to save some coin on research projects, give us a call at 888 -MONEY-PIT. You can call us, 24/7, at that multitude: 888 -6 66 -3 974. Or you can post your questions at MoneyPit.com, because that’s what we do. We answer your questions.

Coming up on today’s show, over the winter, garages get kind of gross. I symbolize between the stuff that never relatively goes put away from last-place twilight, to all the drip from the salt and clay that comes off the cars, the floors can sometimes turn in to be a real mess. So we’re going to highlight some garage-floor solutions you might want to consider for spring that are easy to clean.

LESLIE: And given that over the last year we’ve all been gobbling out a great deal less, the kitchen has become an even more important hub of our home. And that’s truly affecting the behavior that we refrigerate our meat. So we’re going to highlight new trends in these all-important appliances, just ahead.

TOM: Hey, guys, if you are ready for a new look at home but don’t have the funds to go all out, why not think about reupholstering your furniture? You can do it for a fraction of the cost of buying new and you can change the entire review of your area. We’re going to share what articles work best and what fabrics can create a lasting new look with this DIY project.

LESLIE: And when you listen to The Money Pit, you get huge admonition, you get help with all your assignments. But you also get a chance to triumph the tools to get the projects done. And today, we’re giving away the HART 20 -Volt Cordless 4-Tool Combo Kit. It’s a great prize.

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LESLIE: Kyle in Iowa needs some help installing some trim. Tell us what you’re working on.

KYLE: We really lay in some new Willamette wood floors a duet weeks ago and we decided to rip out all the aged- construction sites decorate that comes with the newer homes and …

TOM: Baseboard molding?

KYLE: Yeah, the baseboard molding. And we’ve decided to upgrade to- I think it’s about a 51/4 -inch tall, virtually 1/2 -inch-thick baseboard, to kind of upgrade the look around the house.

And I’m time having a hard time. I’m using my buddy’s miter examined and it’s not towering sufficient to do a horizontal slash for my outside angles. And every time I sit it horizontally and try to tilt the miter witnessed to cut it, there’s no real clamping mechanism on it to hold the boards in place. And each time I propagandize the miter heard into it, it moves it really slight sufficient to where my tilts for when I try to do a scarfing or an outside region- it really kind of pushes my inclinations off on it just a little and it’s stirring the process harder.

TOM: Well, let me ask you this: when you’re reaching your baseboard slashes for an inside corner, are you mitering it?

KYLE: For the inside angle, I’m doing a cope.

TOM: Oh, good. OK. That’s what I was concerned about.

KYLE: And the coping turns out to be easier than the outside areas for me, so …

TOM: Now, actually, when you do the outside corner, the only part of the miter that’s got to be perfect is the top edge of that council. As long as you have a straight line, if you end up taking up a little bit too much wood on the inside of that slouse , nobody is ever going to see that. In fact, many times, when I’m doing these kinds of a angle, I’ll sometimes cope out the back of the miter cut, take a little bit extra meat out of that so that it kind of gets out of the way and I can attract it together really nicely, tightly at the reces. As long as I have a crisp line that plucks together on the angle, then I’m happy with that.

I understand you’ve went challenges with your implements. I’m not going to be able to give you a answer, because you don’t have the right tools. What “youve been” need is a compound miter visit that’s sort of half miter envisioned, half radial-arm looked. And that will give you the exact capabilities that you’re looking for. But to do this by hand with a regular hand-miter casket is just going to be a challenge.

KYLE: So, it’d be easier maybe to try to find someone to borrow a combination one from?

TOM: I think so. Yep. Yeah, you’ll be very happy. Because it sounds like you’ve got the skills. If you know how to cope a seam, then you’ve got the skills.

And for those that have no idea what we’re talking about, when you put up baseboard molding or any kind of molding or even crown molding in a house, you don’t cut a 45 -degree angle much like you would for a word-painting make. You actually put one piece in entire and square it to the wall and the other piece, you cut that 45 as if it was going to be a miter but you take a coping appreciate and cut off the back of all of that timber, except for that crisp front that’s on the breast of the slant of the miter. When you push that together, you get what appears to be a perfect, mitered slouse but it’s actually not; it’s actually a butt joint but it looks like a miter.

And it’s the best way to work with trim because it allows you to work with a mansion that’s not quite straight-from-the-shoulder, because none of them are. And the other trick is I like to cut those cards just a little bit longer than what you need, because then it articulates added pressing on the seam and produces it together nice and tightly.

So I think you’re on the right road. You exactly need to get some better tools to assist you got to get, OK?

KYLE: OK. Thank you, guys.

TOM: Good luck, Kyle.

LESLIE: Now we’ve came Paula from Arkansas on the line. How can we help you?

PAULA: Well, I was looking for a sealer for my deck but I likewise required it discoloured. I don’t crave it looking like the grove- the original lumber. I think it’s pine. And I’d like to have it- something to accord the decorate of our home.


PAULA: I’d like a discoloration and a sealer all in one, if that’s possible.

TOM: Yeah. Well, first of all, you don’t have to buy these things separate, because exterior discolours are just that: they are sealers and stains in one. What you need to know about it, Paula, is that you’re going to have different selects on the transparency or the translucence of the stain itself. Because you can buy clear blot, which is just that- it doesn’t have any color- or you can buy semi-transparent, which is sort of a medium quantity. Or you can buy solid complexion, which is completely opaque. Although the grain will show through, you won’t have any differentiation in gradation. Semi-transparent will give you some differentiation.

So you want to buy a good-quality exterior stain. I would recommend solid colouring because it lasts a lot longer. And in terms of which complexion you choose, there’s lots of options. You can get a cedar, you can get a redwood, you can get sort of a nice sort of charcoal gray. All the major manufacturers have a good selection of shades with that product.

Most importantly, “youre supposed to” do a good job on the prep. You’ll follow the manufacturer’s directions. But generally, you’re going to want to pressure-wash the floor and wait a couple of eras of sunny condition so it bone-dries out really nicely. And then you can apply the solid-color stain after that, OK?

PAULA: OK. So this is a stain and a sealer?

TOM: It’s a blot. It’s an exterior discoloration. Don’t get confused by looking for two makes, OK? It’s one concoction: exterior deck discoloration. It shuts and discolorations together, OK?

PAULA: OK. I was trying to disorient you but I approximate I can’t.

TOM: Nope. Nope. Try harder.

PAULA: I don’t want to.

TOM: Good luck. Thanks so much for calling us at 1-888-MONEY-PIT.

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LESLIE: Now I’ve came Andy in New Jersey on the line with an insularity question. How can we help you today?

ANDY: I included on an addition- an enclosed hall- to the back of my rancher. It’s a 12 x24 addition. And so, first, it was just a porch. And now, we’re enclosing it and trying to make it part of the house. So, the issues to I have was about isolating the ceiling. Because what it is- it has a gambreled( ph) roof on it. And it comes out of the house 14 feet to the back door and it’s 24 paws wide.

And then there’s an -Aframe, OK, that goes on top. So I call it a “great gambreled( ph) roof.” I don’t know if I’m consuming the liberty lingo but- so the insularity in the ceiling on the two sides, OK, it’s like a arched ceiling, I guess you might say. See, the rafters are 2×8 and then they drop into the eaves. So, I’m not sure about the ventilation of the roof.

TOM: So that’s what we call a “cathedral ceiling.”

ANDY: Right. But it exclusively comes up that far for about 8 feet.

TOM: Right. It’s like a partial cathedral, so part of it’s flat and part of it is cathedral. Is that remedy?

ANDY: Yes. It comes up- yeah, it comes up right along the rafters of the ceiling for about 8 feet and then it trims right across.

TOM: OK. So let me give you some suggestions.

So, first of all, unrelated to your question, you just mentioned that you constructed this addition on a hall. Does the porch have a proper foundation?

ANDY: Well , no, I’m sorry, we improved the whole porch there as a porch.

TOM: Oh, it was all part of it. OK, penalize. Because a lot of times, we realize folks that take aged foyers and try to turn them into additions and they don’t got a right footings. Because before we introduced coin in this, we want to make sure you had a good foundation.

Now, in terms of insulating the cathedral slouse, the direction you do that is if you have a 2×8 cathedral, roof-rafter kind of span, you can only positioned 51/2 inches of isolation in that. You need to leave the balance of the space for ventilation, as you’ve mentioned. And you are going to need to make sure that you have ventilation at the top and too towards the bottom of that.

Now, depending on how it’s configured and how it meets with the lower gradient or the praise region, you need to figure out a acces for aura to move above that insularity and get up underneath between the insulation and the rafter and out.

Now, another way to do this is to not use fiberglass at all. What you could do is use spray-foam insulation- Icynene Spray-Foam Insulation. I did this in my house. And in fact, I just got an assessment of how well the dwelling was insulated equated- or how energy-efficient the dwelling was is comparable to my neighborhood. And it started up to being in the top 19 percentage of the neighborhood for insulation, which I thought was quite an accomplishment because my home was constructed 125 year ago. It’s not like we began a house that was building in the year 2000. This is a 125 -year-old house. It’s in the top 20 percentage of the most isolated dwellings in the field because I worked Icynene Spray-Foam Insulation.

And if you use the spray-foam insulation, you don’t need to ventilate. Basically, you’re changing that area from an unconditioned gap to a conditioned space. You can spray up right against the underside of the roof sheathing and case the whole thing in sud and it’ll be far better segregated than you could ever get with the fiberglass. Because let’s face it: we like to see R-3 0, R-4 0 in terms of insulation ability. But all you can get is R-1 9 because you can only get 51/2 inches of isolation in there.

ANDY: Alright. Thank you very much for your help.

TOM: Yep. Good luck with that programme. Thanks so much for announcing us at 888 -MONEY-PIT.

LESLIE: Well, over the winter, garages can get pretty gross. You know, between the stuff that never fairly comes put aside precisely from the drop-off, to the dirt that’s dripping off of your gondola, that flooring can be a real mess. And because most are concrete, they’re pretty tough to clean.

TOM: And that’s why sprucing up your garage flooring is a really great spring project. Now, there are a couple of ways to go: membranes or encompass, in particular.

Now, finishings include discolorations and flooring draw and epoxy paint and sealants. They’re generally easy to apply. If they’re well done, they can provide for a very attractive surface that’s much easier to keep clean. We have used the Daich Coatings one, for example, because it’s durable, it’s beautiful and it’s really easy to apply.

LESLIE: Now, veils are garage-floor options that are much tougher than a coating and they can be more expensive, as well.

Now, most garage-floor coverings are either rugs or they can be interlocking tiles. Both can be super easy to install and the tile, in particular, looks very attractive. And the tile too tends to add a 1/4 -inch or so of height to that storey, so you’re going to lose a bit of space. So, you want to make sure that, you know, you’ve got the clearance for it if you have any weird storage. But that computed elevation truly facilitates because whatever dribbles off the car is going to properly drain away and not puddle on the floor itself.

TOM: Yeah. My favorite part of a garage-floor project like this is it also forces you to empty your entire garage and clean it at the same time.

Hey, we’ve got a really popular post on the home page of MoneyPit.com designation “Garage Floors: Paint, Tile or Mat, ” where we walk you through all of the details.

LESLIE: Karen in Arizona is on the line with an air-conditioning question. How can we help you today?

KAREN: Yeah, I was just curious which is a better preference between the Ruud and the Trane. I need four groups. I “re going to have to” replace them all.

TOM: Yeah, it’s a good question. I would look at a couple of things.

First of all, they’re both good brands. So I would look at the efficiency rating for all of the units. I would look at the warranties for the units and I also would make sure that you have selected your HVAC contractor carefully. Because a lot of the effectiveness in these systems rely heavily on the quality of the facility. So, we do want to be very careful about who’s installing it. Make sure the pipes are all sealed and that kind of stuff. Because if not, you’re going to have inefficiencies as you use the system as hour goes on.

But they’re both great symbols, so I think you can’t go wrong either way. Just make sure when you’re comparing apples to apples that you make sure they each have the same efficiencies and warranties.

KAREN: Well, you said something about ducts.

TOM: Yeah, the canal arrangement that feeds the breeze to the different apartments, you want to make sure those passages are properly installed and that they’re shut. Because a lot of terms, where canals are participated, especially in older homes, those intersections are not sealed properly and a lot of aura discloses out there. So the interesting thing like that “ve got a big” impact on efficiency of the system.

KAREN: OK. And the other question is- I have a pet-boarding business and I’m trying to use some sort of air filter that will get- will take up smells. Do you know if any are better than others? Because I framed the Oreck and another brand in the feline room and I going to be able reeked cats.

TOM: Yeah, I bet. That certainly would be the test of any HVAC- any filtration system.

Well, look, the best filtration arrangements are truly designed more for dust than for odor. Nonetheless, I is a well-known fact that 3M has one that has a charcoal base to it that is far more efficient at making odors out than just about anything else out there. And so- is this a forced-air system that you would have for that area, as well?

KAREN: No, this is just- like I had gone into one pet-boarding place and I smelled urine really bad and I concluded, “This isn’t going to make it, this arrange, because of the urine.” And then the government has four filters that were sitting on the wall, exactly- they kind of was like a mini-Oreck. They is currently in the wall, hung on the wall, just like the size of perhaps 1 paw by 11/2 feet. A little rectangle? And they genuinely made the smell out and I don’t know which symbol she used.

LESLIE: Now, Karen, I judge the question that you’re having in determine something that is going to work well for you is that we really want to make sure that we find you something that works from a commercial position: something that’s uttered for a business like yours, which “ve got a lot” of animal odors.

And there’s a company out there announced Air Oasis and that’s their website: AirOasis.com. And if you click on their Commercial section, you’ll find that they’ve went business aura purifiers and breeze sanitizers that are carbon-based and they will really reduce a lot of this odor and bacteria and viruses and VOCs.

So I would check them out and there might be something that would work well for you there.

KAREN: Alright. Yeah, that’d be good. It might help for smokers, too. I don’t smoke but in case the gathering is listening. So, OK, I will go to Air Oasis. Thank you so much.

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

Well, over the last year, soul has been turned upside-down and adjusting to the brand-new normal has magnified some of the shortcomings of existing home design. But it’s likewise dug some new opportunities.

LESLIE: Yeah. And given that we’re eating out far less, the kitchen has become a more important hub of the chamber of representatives. And one of the most significant changes has been in the area of meat storage and preparation.

TOM: With us to talk about new trends in refrigeration, that makes all that possible, is Steve Kleber. Steve is the president of K& A, a PR and sell house that specializes in home building makes. He’s likewise the immediate past president of the National Kitchen& Bath Association Center for Kitchen& Bath Education and Research and one of our go-to professionals for trends in the home scheme space.

Welcome, Steve.

STEVE: Thank you, Tom and Leslie.

TOM: So, you did a recent essay that I saw fascinating. You announced it “Cool Refrigeration Trend for Healthier Living.” And you talked about that the most successful kitchen appliances, through time, have always addressed a changing of life-styles and a changing of civilization. And that’s been the case, you point out, since the fabrication of the refrigerator, right? And I didn’t know this story. So talk about that early refrigerator and what it was a reaction to.

STEVE: Sure. The first fully-electric refrigerator was introduced around 1913. That was just before World War I. And you might imagine we were having massive food shortages during that time. It wasn’t until after the struggle, around 1918- which, by the way, was the same time as our last pandemic- that refrigerators would start to become mass-produced.

LESLIE: So, fast forward 100 years to today. We’re in a pandemic statu. Everybody has sort of reevaluated the needs of the house and their lifestyles to accommodate this changing situation. You know, we’re unquestionably accompanying some tends surface, like health and wellness, representing sure you have the right supplies at home, fridge-to-table kind of thing and a antique plea, remedy?

STEVE: That’s right. Fridges have unquestionably become the new cool. People are stocking up on groceries that’ll last-place a week or more. And they want to make sure that they have appliances that are going to keep those fresh fruits and vegetables fresh.

TOM: How is that changing refrigerator design, Steve? Are the sizings of the refrigerators changing? Is the internal layout changing?

STEVE: Not much is changing in terms of the size and layout because, obviously, the gadgets need to fit into standard seats in kitchen. So, instead, technology is being brought in. There is a new, French three-door refrigerator made by Beko that has brought out an Active Fresh Blue Light technology. It plies ongoing photosynthesis. It actually emulates the light-colored exertion of the sunbathe so that it retains nutrients and retains the natural spices in your fresh fruits and vegetables.

TOM: That’s really interesting.

Now, another aspect of healthy living, speaking of fruits and vegetables, is to be able to grow and enjoy those fresh veggies and herbs and spices at home. And that’s not always possible. We received a big surge in the garden-variety- home plot- undertaking this past spring and summer, when the pandemic touch. But those that were kind of left out would have been the city gardeners. And now, you say there’s a brand-new commodity that actually does that for urban gardeners, even if they can’t get a plot of land?

STEVE: That’s right. You can espouse your internal gardener. There’s an gizmo called the Urban Cultivator Residential. And it’s an all-in-one home garden appliance that allows homeowners to enjoy fresh herbs, micrograins and veggies year-round. The unit is preprogrammed to be able to regulate water, light, humidity. And it actually fits into the space of a conventional dishwasher.

TOM: Wow. It’s like a fully-automated mini-greenhouse.

LESLIE: It really is amazing. And it’s funny when we talk about all these sort of modern breakthroughs, to sort of help you with things that were so traditional, we’re seeing such a tide for this feeling of nostalgia. Are you noticing that makes are producing that sort of comforting feel to the appliance design, as well?

STEVE: That’s right. When you talk about vintage, of course, my spirit always comes to wine. And just like food preservation, people who collect vintage wine want to keep those accumulated properly, as well. The privilege humidity so that the stopper isn’t bone-dry out and the right temperature and less pulse. Filters for UV light-headed. Everything to keep that wine-colored prolonged. Because, after all, what’s aged is new again.

TOM: So, Steve, where do you see this all going? I mean we considered some statistics that suggested that 90 percent of those that did dwelling improvement projects during the course of its pandemic are planning to continue jobs even after vaccines are widely distributed. Do you think we’re going to continue to see this level of innovation as we get further past what’s been an incredibly difficult year for so many?

STEVE: It has been a difficult year, of course, but it has been a great season for the dwelling construction industry. After all, beings have been at home and the house down the street has been an increase in ethic, which is exactly the opposite of what happened during our last-place receding. So parties are feeling good about their dwellings. They’ve expended fund on Peloton and Wayfair to deliver new produces into the home. And the next thing that they want to do is to improve it, to make sure that the kitchen fits their lifestyle as the new centre of the home and as well, to take care of outdoor living.

TOM: Steve Kleber, the president of K& A , thank you for coming in for stopping by The Money Pit.

If you’d like to learn more about Steve’s work, you can go to KleberAndAssociates.com. You can also visit Beko.com to better understand the refrigerator that Steve mentioned. That’s B-e-k-o. Or for the gardening make, the Urban Cultivator, just go to UrbanCultivator.net/ Kitchen-Cultivator.

Steve, thank you again and have a great day.

STEVE: Thank you, Tom. Thank you, Leslie.

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LESLIE: Joe in Illinois, you’ve got The Money Pit. How can we help you today?

JOE: I have a single-story house that’s get hot water. I’ve got a boiler with a hot-water heat baseboard. And about eight years ago, I had air- central air conditioning installed.


JOE: And when they did all that, they feed all the trunk threads up in the attic, positioned all my registers in the ceiling.

TOM: Yep. Mm-hmm.

JOE: And now the problem I have is during wintertime, I’m getting condensation. I’ll go around and shut those registers off but it’s not 100 -percent shut-off on those registries, of course. And I’m getting condensation that’s forming up in my trunk indication and I’m getting condensation dribble out of my cross-files, which- I’m starting to get some water discolours on my ceiling, around my cross-files, from this.

TOM: Alright. So you have an energy problem. The difficulty is that those registers are so cold that when the warm, moist breeze from the chamber of representatives strikes them, it compresses. And so, it is necessary to added isolation in the opening above that. You should be required to shield in or around those pipes. You may need to wrap those pipes with additional insularity. You need to keep those passages warmer and frankly, the bigger problem is one that you can’t consider. If it’s that freezing at your ceiling, you’re probably losing a good deal of heat through that ceiling. So, I would get up in that attic cavity and take a look.

In your areas of the country, having 15 to 20 inches of isolation is not unheard of and it is certainly a good idea.

JOE: Well, mostly, I know when they gave it in there, they laid those case orders right on top. I’ve get like 20 inches of blow fiberglass and they laid those stem rows. I need to peel that fiberglass back, inter those stalk directions and segregate all around that real good.

TOM: I believe it would make a lot of sense.

JOE: Audio good, then.

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

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LESLIE: Alright. First of all, why upholstery? Well, it’s actually a lot easier than it examines. And upholstery is one of those projects where you think it’s far more challenging than it actually is. You get nervous and then you chicken out. Do not chicken out. I reproduced: do not.

Here you go. You’ve got to think of an upholstery assignment like wrapping a knack. It’s that simple. And with the right tools and textiles, if you make a mistake you can remove and restart that area.

TOM: Now, to assure your success, let’s talk about the best kinds of furniture to reupholster, peculiarly if it’s your first programme. I means that you don’t want to start with a couch. That would be way boosted. But “thats a lot” easier novice upholstery projects that you can use to build your DIY skill set.

For example, my daughter is super handy. She only took a really old stool that was covered with tons of draw. So she deprived it and refinished it and then she upholstered the seat with a radiant, new fabric. It came out great.

So, Leslie, you’ve done a lot of projects like this. What are some of your favorite simple chassis to do?

LESLIE: Yeah. And I think that’s important. You hammered it right there. You have to start with simple appearances and simple constitutes, because they are simply going to give you the least amount of difficulty.

Now, you can easily re-cover a dining chair if it has a removable posterior cushion. You can custom-make a headboard, maybe an ottoman. You know those little cube-style posteriors or those- even those sitting/ storage cubes? You can custom-make corkboards, benches. The listing actually goes on and on. If you can remove the cushion or get to the underside, it’s really easy to do. You’ve got to precisely be able to see where that fabric is stapled to the frame and you’ve got the green light to go for it.

TOM: Now, let’s talk a bit about fabric. What is the best kind of fabric to work with? Are there some cloths that you should stay away from?

LESLIE: Yeah. You know, it’s important when you’re picking the fabric, especially as a fledgling to upholstery activities, because not all textiles are created equal. You want to stay away from any fabric that’s actually stretchy or perhaps has a directional grain, like velvet. People don’t realize that when you touch velvet one path, it examines a certain tone and when you graze it the other- so if you’re not paying attention to how it’s put on, it can look actually tricky.

Instead, you want to go for heavyweight cottons or a cotton-based fabric. They’re going to stay where you want them, they’re going to wear well and they are easily trimmed and they acquire staples well. And these are all key factors for the purposes of an upholstery project.

Also, try to stay away from a crazy blueprint, anything that’s going to require matching or cause issues if you don’t pluck it accurately the right way as you’re stapling it. You don’t crave a wonky blueprint on the fabric, because then you’re going to feel sad about the project.

TOM: Alright. Now, let’s talk about some basic tools that you’re going to need. So, for any upholstery project you need a few key ones. HART Tools makes a great staple grease-gun. That’s a afforded. You’re also going to need a super-sharp scissor. But get one that’s designed simply for fabric; it chips much better. Get, also, a fabric tape measure and a tool to remove staples and too a cement gun.

LESLIE: Yeah. And with that scissor, when you get a fabric scissor, rightfully merely use it for fabric. Once you trimmed article, it varies the path that scissor reductions. So make it a fabric scissor and keep it that way.

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TOM: Yeah. And I was looking at HARTTools.com. They have plans for picture formulates and centerpieces and even a modern wood chair, upon which you can use your newfound abilities to create some beautiful DIY cushions.

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LESLIE: Ashley in Georgia needs a bathroom window-covering solution. And she writes: “We enjoy your podcast and we need some suggestion for a dwelling we’ve precisely purchased. The shower has a grove opening inside the tub/ shower expanse. The last-place owners would just hang a second shower curtain up with a retention pole. And this could work for us, as we primarily use it as a soap for our young son, who loves to sprinkle, but we wanted to know if you had any suggestions to reach the window more waterproof.”

Well, that’s a touchy blot to have a wood-framed window and a grove window at all. Short of replacing it with something that’s vinyl, you can – “youve been” do need to protect it. So you want to make sure, if you’re putting any sort of blind or any sort of roller shade, that it is a vinyl or a raincoat material.

You can actually take a shower curtain and you were able to sew it to look like a more cute drapery. Or you can fold it to make it look like a tint and sort of attach it to a ballast or affix it to the tension rod. Think of fun ways and means to oblige that very practical solution seek better.

TOM: And you know what, Ashley? I know you’re concerned about the fact that the lumber is getting wet. But as long as that space bone-dries, going moisten is not going to have a long-term affect. You want to make sure, nonetheless, that you have proper ventilation in that shower. A mint of hours, especially with the older bathrooms, if they had a window, they didn’t have a ventilation fan. And that’s obviously something we would recommend.

You could have it on a humidistat it is therefore always stays on while there’s humidity and humidity in the air. And it will go off as soon as all of that has cleared out. Because if you can obstruct that humidity down, you’re going to find it’s a lot easier to clean-living that lavatory. You won’t get nearly as much mold growth, particularly in the grout of that tile wall.

LESLIE: Alright. Good point, Tom.

Ashley, good luck with that bathroom campaign. Enjoy the brand-new mansion. And remember, let the little guy splash. It’s all going to be fine.

TOM: Well, outpouring is a good season for closet-cleaning. But if you’ve got a lot of accessories, it might be a little hard to find regions to keep all that organized. The solution might be to repurpose some of your common household parts. Leslie explains the options, in today’s edition of Leslie’s Last Word.


LESLIE: Now, these are really merely going to work if you’ve went various or you’re not exercising that kitchen implement that are frequently, because now we go, guys.

A rolling pin? It certainly runs magnificent for bracelet storage. I mean I have rallied so many weird bracelets over the years that I like and I wear on and off. So, I framed them on a rolling pin. It keeps them organized. I can get them on and off readily and I can see everything I have.

Now, shower peals, you can use those. Put them on a hanger and you can hang scarves, ties, belts, all kinds of stuff on it. And that hangs right in your wardrobe. And grab a muffin tin. You can even buy small-scale ones at the accumulate and you can threw little bangles in there: bolts, earrings. You can use them to accumulate cufflinks, bind pins, sort your give change.

All these different things are abruptly going to determine your drawers a lot nicer to look at and you’ll are finding stuff.

Now, those toilet-paper flattens that you toss? Those are a perfect way to keep your close-fisteds, stockings, whatever you use, from going snagged in your lingerie drawer. You simply go them up inside the tube and then you label the outside of the tube. You can do this with socks so that you’re not mixing up a fleet one and a black one. And you are eligible to simply write on it: nude pantyhose, whatever; regulate pinnacles, whatever. Whatever you’ve came. This course, you can easily find them.

And eventually, a corkboard succeeds huge. If you’ve got some cute, decorative move bolts, it’s a recreation course to hang garb jewelry, like necklaces. And this practice, you can easily find them. You can make sure you’re having a quick time of meet the title accessory for the day. And it maintains things organized.

And remember, if you haven’t worn it in 6 months, donate it. Get rid of some of the stuff so you have room to enjoy what you have.

TOM: Great ideas.

Coming up next time on the program, while new-home soaks have nearly redoubled in length over the last 30 times, most older-home lavatories, well, they’re simply about 5×8. Now, ripping out the walls to increase space is an option but it’s not the only one. We’re going to share ways to use that room to its fullest capability, 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 “re going to have to” make love alone.


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