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TOM: Coast to coast and floorboards to shingles
this is The Money Pit House Enchancment Show. Tom Kraeutler

LESLIE: And I'm Leslie Segrete.

TOM: On an attractive spring weekend, we're here to
make it easier to take your property improvement tasks, your décor tasks, your
outside dwelling, kitchen transforming, tub updating, sprinkler tuning. Whatever
challenge is in your do-do record, we'd love to assist you get it achieved, particularly if
you've received questions, what'd you do, what happens first, how to
hire a pro. “Can I do it myself?” Decide up the telephone and let's start a
dialog. The number is 1-888-MONEY-PIT, 888-666-3974

Arising on As we speak's Show, are you in search of a
fun and straightforward spring venture that may add some immediate curb attraction to your
area? We 're going to have five that' s good.

LESLIE: And have you ever opened an electrical invoice
and been Shocked? Nicely, you're considering,
all that electrical energy going? ”We're going to share recommendations on a brand new product that
may help you figure out a whole lot of you utilizing your electrical energy and how

TOM: And as you go searching your house, are cracks
and holes and nail pops taking away out of your otherwise well-maintained area?
It may be simply freely giving your property's age. We're going to have some recommendations on
how to repair these, as soon as and for all, simply forward.

LESLIE: And when you're doing all of your share of spring
cleaning, we're gifting away a fantastic software that may help blast filth and dirt. it's
the new Greenworks 1,800-PSI Electrical Strain Washer. It’s out there at Lowe’s
for $ 169 however we've acquired one to give away, right now, to one fortunate listener who
calls in with their house improvement question. So give us a name at 888-MONEY-PIT.

TOM: 888-666-3974. Let's get right to it. Leslie,
who’s first?

LESLIE: Kelly in
In Texas, you've acquired The Cash Pit.

KELLY: Yeah, I
have a Craftsman-style residence and it has ridge vents. But I had an power audit
just this spring and the power audit stated, "Kelly, you don't have any soff
vents in your – around your eaves. ”

TOM: Yeah. Hmm

KELLY: Nicely, I don
really have eaves. All of my roof ends in these uncovered rafters. It does have
Gables and they also stated, “You need to vent this house. Your home – your attic
not properly ventilated because you don’t have any method for the air to get in
the underside. ”

TOM: OK. So you haven’t any soffit. Is that right?

KELLY: That's right

TOM: So right here's the answer, OK? There's a kind of
vent referred to as a drip-edge vent. And what a drip-edge vent does is it essential
extends the roof line by all about about 2 inches. And that 2 inch turns into an
overhang at the edge of the soffit.

So, in the event you go to the web site for – it’s
the Air Vent Corporation – take a look at the product choice there. Take a look at
the Drip-Edge Vent and also you'll see precisely what I mean.

the bottom course of shingles and perhaps even putting two shingles as an alternative,
since you 're going to have a bodily prolong the roof
of inches. However carried out right, you’ll set up that soffit that you simply don’t have and
you gained't notice it from the surface. So you're not going to physically discover
a difference within the type of your home but you’ll

KELLY: OK. Recognize it.

Tom: You're welcome. Good luck with that undertaking. Thanks so

LESLIE: Now we've been talking about us at 888-MONEY-PIT.
obtained Lavonne in Iowa on the line with a floor-Refinishing query.

have 1,350 sq. ft of engineered-Hardwood flooring. It has been refinished
twice and you realize what? It’s wanting pretty robust. And I would like to Refinish it
once more and I've considered doing a gel with a lacquer excessive of it. however
I’m afraid if I sand it any extra,

TOM: You understand, it’s
very uncommon that you simply 've been in a position to refinish it as soon as. Engineered floors have factory-applied finishes they usually
very troublesome to refinish

One thing I can
recommend, Lavonne, is that this. Is the floor physically damaged or is it really just

LAVONNE: You realize
what? There’s some physical injury, like the place I had
my Christmas tree, right? The ring, the place it – because it was a really thick
poly is it, I feel.

Tom: Right.

LAVONNE: And then
there’s scratches in fact.

TOM: OK. Nicely,
right here’s what you possibly can do. What might you do for a Sander but
a flooring buffer. And you get a flooring buffer with a sanding display. So it’s a
very high quality display that takes the place of the buffing pads. And it’ll
take off just the highest of the floor finish and type of uninteresting it out and
clean it out. After which it’s prime of that, you’ll be able to Refinish it. So it doesn
actually sand the wood;


TOM: And that
could be enough for you to get a brand new end to take. But I’ve acquired to inform you,
you must simply rely your blessings due to the 2 and now
perhaps 3 times, with engineered you 're actually far out what it' s designed
to do.

LAVONNE: I do know.
And you recognize what? I’ve priced out excessive of it, engineered,
because to the – is the out of the
this – out of the roof. And to lay excessive of it,
is that sensible to lay another engineered excessive of it?

TOM: But that
stated, I don’t perceive why someone needs to cost you a lot to take out
what's there. It isn’t hooked up to the ground Underneath. It’s not glued down
is it?

LAVONNE: You already know
what? That's what I don't know.

Tom: In Now
instances, you wouldn't glue down the engineered flooring; it will float. And so if it’s
floating, all you’d do to remove it
circular noticed to the thickness of the ground, you'd put a bunch of cuts across
the floor in a grid-like sample, you start prying it up and throwing it away.
The one thing that's onerous to get is the place it gets to the sides beneath the
molding. However it shouldn't be that huge deal of take up engineered flooring, as

That stated, there's
no cause you possibly can put a second layer over that

LAVONNE: So would
you lay one thing in between?

TOM: Yeah, it’s
all the time floated; engineered all the time floats. And plenty of engineered hardwoods

LAVONNE: We're type of cushiony.
enthusiastic about – we're going to record the home. It’s a 5,800-square-foot home.
It is just my husband and I rattling round on this factor and so –
you want to do one thing…

Tom: Properly, in case you
going to record the house, you're never going to return an investment by changing the
flooring. My advice is to sand floors
display, put one other coat of urethane on it and then put the “For Sale” check in
the front yard, OK?

LAVONNE: Alright.
Thank you very much.

TOM: Good luck
with that venture.

LESLIE: You’re tuned to The Cash Pit House
Improvement Radio Present on air and on-line at Give us a name at
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TOM: Just forward, we've received five fast and straightforward
makeovers you can do to give your house immediate curb attraction. And that’s all

Making good houses higher, welcome again to The
Money Pit Residence Enchancment Show. I'm Tom Kraeutler.

LESLIE: And I'm Leslie Segrete.

Properly, it’s officially the spring-cleaning season
and it 's time to blast away
winter. So, we're freely giving an awesome device to assist you do exactly that. It’s the
new Greenworks 1,800-PSI Electrical Strain Washer. And it’s obtainable at Lowe’s
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Tom: Yeah, this can be a useful gizmo. It's super
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of all, its cleansing power. It obtained a 13-amp motor and that delivers 1.1
gallons of water a minute. So, that plenty of water. It comes with 5
quick-connect nozzles they usually store on board, which I really like because these
nozzles are really easy to lose. But with the quick-connect and the Onboard
storage, that’s just good. And this manner, you possibly can choose the right nozzle
for no matter you’re cleaning.

LESLIE: Yeah. The other thing that I like is that
it has an onboard cleaning soap tank, also, it makes it really easy to add the
detergent. And the detergent actually helps you with lots of those cleaning
tasks, just like the driveway and the deck, patios, walkways, your siding. you

Now, you're going to find the Greenworks 1,800-PSI
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LESLIE: Tim in Virginia is dealing with some caught
windows. Inform us what's happening.

TIM: Hi. Run into a problem lots of occasions, with a few of the
older houses that i have, with the windows. For some cause, they are painted
shut or nailed shut. But I 'd like to understand how, in addition to
some of these home windows are condensation already in them. Next to replacing them, what can I do to
resolve that drawback?

TOM: Alright. Two separate points. To begin with, I presume
we’re talking about previous, wooden home windows
being painted shut?

TOM: You're going to need three things. You're going to
want for putty knife, wood block and hammer

Right here’s what you do. To begin with, you’re taking the putty knife
sash and the body, all the best way
around, as many locations as you’ll be able to. Wherever you will get that in there, wiggle
it in there, that may free it up.

it’s the prime of the sash
rap. We 're truly driving the window down as in the event you' re making an attempt to close it
extra. Do that’s each side, is both ends. And what that fast rap does is it
tends to break the seam that's sticking it to the edges. So should you run
the putty knife round, give it a fast rap

A lot of people attempt to get their palms beneath the window and
push up. That tends to pull the wood frame of the window Apart. But should you give
it is shot down, which is somewhat counterintuitive,

Now that you’re coping with that
are thermal-pane and the seals are
failed, can't do anything about that. Once they’re failed, they’re failed. and
these windows would have to be replaced if

TIM: OK, OK. Alright. I’ll definitely put that to use,
in all probability inside the next week or so, with the brand new unit that I just purchased.

TOM: Nicely, everyone knows curb attraction is king
good concept for spring fix-ups, with the longer days and the hotter
climate we're all having fun with this time of yr. So, if you need some concepts where
to begin, we've acquired an inventory of 5 fast and straightforward makeovers that you could take
on this weekend.

LESLIE: Yeah. To start with, let's speak about your front
door. Now, the primary focus for curb attraction, so you need to be sure
that it sparkles with welcome. You possibly can repaint the floor,
substitute the hardware – the knobs, the Locks – touch up all the encompassing
trim. That's a really easy record of fix-ups that may just increase these first

TOM: Now, the subsequent factor you are able to do is accessorize. you
need to freshen your own home impression with an up-to-date doormat
a trendy handle plate or perhaps a brand-new mailbox.
You may additionally think about adding a small container backyard. I imply it may be
as simple as a couple of containers proper around the door. Add some brilliant, inexperienced
bushes like arborvitaes and perhaps some flowering crops. It actually makes a

LESLIE: Now, next, let's speak about lighting. You’ve got it
Be sure to received a well-lit pathway and you are able to do that with a very simple
lighting package. In case you are in search of drained, you possibly can exchange
these fixtures with trendy classics that perhaps have the wattage you want it

Subsequent, go forward and spruce up your panorama by including some
seasonal colour. You recognize it doesn't have to be all over the place; it can be strategic
plantings that add curiosity and create focal factors. You additionally need to ensure
that you are native to your climate zone and which are
extra drought-resistant.

TOM: Finally, hold that lawn lush. For green all through the
season, ensure you reseed your patents and fertilize them. and
In case you are dealing with Weeds, just apply Bonide's Weed B Gon and be certain it
water that new panorama with sprinklers, driven by a
digital timer. That's how to assist you to create a really water-wise routine, not
waste plenty of water and guarantee that the grass gets just what it needs to grow

LESLIE: Next up, we've obtained Pat in Georgia who wants some
help with a cleansing undertaking.

PAT: I’ve granite counter tops. And I’m questioning if
there is an advantage to the store-bought Cleaners versus Do-it-yourself
cleaner. And what would the do-it-yourself Cleaner do?

TOM: So I assume you’ve gotten a recipe for a do-it-yourself

PAT: No, I don.

TOM: For those who occur to run throughout one that you simply like, inform us
about it as a result of I’ve not discovered one. But I’ll say that the business
Cleaners are often very well-developed and designed to offer you a
longer-term protection than you will get out of something that you may

There's an internet site referred to as that makes a speciality of
most of these merchandise. And our listeners have all the time had good success with

But the factor about granite is a whole lot of people buy them.
and assume, Properly, it’s stone. I’m not going to do the job.

TOM: It really is. And in the event you don't keep on the prime of it, it
gets fairly nasty-looking. So, you are going to have to spend money on some common
cleaning and I might identical to to purchase an excellent quality product from a very good model

TOM: Good luck with that undertaking

TOM: Good luck with that venture. Thanks a lot for
calling us at 888-MONEY-PIT

LESLIE: Richard in Ohio resides
in a reasonably drafty home. Be a part of the membership. Tell me what's happening.

RICHARD: Insulation contractor
came and blew cellulose insulation within the walls. Left loads of voids in it
which induced pressured drafts. I had infrared-camera work finished and the floors are
like 31 degrees and about 45 levels waist-high. And I can’t seem to work out
what's happening right here or what to do about it. Nevertheless, I found a Physics instructor
that restores previous houses. She advised me that if in case you have a loss
– insulated wall – it is going to trigger a pressured draft. [Be creating] (ph) quite a

TOM: Properly, perhaps, perhaps not however
here’s the factor. To begin with, you had blown-in
insulation completed and also you followed by an infrared-camera
inspection. I'm guessing you probably did that right after the installer was achieved
right? You did this later to work out why it was still chilly in
the house?


TOM: Yeah. And it’s very troublesome
to install blown-in
insulation in a wall and do it appropriately, so we've heard this before.
The perfect installers will take a long time to get it right in the correct.
They put in the suitable sum of money and get it in every bay
then they use an infrared digital camera to work out if they've missed anything. so
it sounds to me like now we've acquired a real mess in the outdoors wall. We don't

Let's set that apart for right now
and different two essential fundamentals. Primary is the attic. You need it
Just remember to have enough
insulation in your attic because in case you can lure the
warmth from escaping from the attic,

Within the attics of Ohio, the place you're
situated at you no less than 15 to 20 inches of fiberglass insulation. Most individuals don't have that much. But that’s what the
Division of Power would advocate. So when you don't have that a lot
insulation, the first thing

The second thing – you talked about
You're on a crawlspace. Your flooring has obtained to be insulated. Again, unfaced
fiberglass batts. If it's a regular 2 × 10 flooring joist, you want to fill that up
with a full 10 inches of insulation. Two areas which might be accessible and straightforward to do
entry – you're type of halfway there.

Now, what are we going to do about
the Exterior wall? Nicely, in need of taking it apart, we're not going to simply
clear up this drawback with a blown-in. When you had an insulation firm that would
they are often in a position to fill it in. However that’s going to be
costly and I don't know that you simply're going to get a very good return on

So what I might recommend you do
every thing else that you are able to do to stop the drafts. So meaning sealing around home windows and
doors and retailers and lightweight switches, particularly, to

After which from a adorning
perspective, fairly often – Leslie, you leap proper in as a result of I’ve heard you
advocate heavy drapes over these windows, too, to attempt to short-circuit these
drafts which might be type of falling around the windows.

LESLIE: Yeah. And you can do it
kind of two-fold. You realize, we now have drafty
windows. Sadly, the earlier house owners put in
not the greatest of home windows they usually have been poorly installed. So, in need of doing
main venture right here, I’ve gotten artistic. I’ve finished a kind of double-lined
material shade that up towards the glass portion of the window itself. And I’ll
draw those down through the colder occasions. After which I’ve a heavier drape that I
use it in the winter, as properly, that i’ll simply close up to make certain
that i'm maintaining these drafts out.

Additionally, when you've obtained baseboard heating in that room
blocking those baseboards. Your furniture – you've acquired to draw back from the
partitions. Take into consideration giving it some air, just kind of circulate the heat around
the room a bit of bit higher. However really, heavy fabrics, heavy draperies, that

TOM: Richard, I hope that recommendation
helps you out.

LESLIE: Hey, have you ever opened an electrical bill and
questioned the place the heck all that electrical energy is going to? Properly, there's a brand new
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TOM: Making good houses better, welcome again to The Money
Pit House Improvement Present. Tom Kraeutler

LESLIE: And I'm Leslie Segrete

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Hey, Leslie, talking about needing a pro, I understand
there was a dishwasher incident at Casa Segrete this week.

LESLIE: Yeah. It's an ongoing factor that I would like to decide
your mind is.

So, usually, I mean you will depart for the studio so
early in the morning, at three:30 am, four:00 am in the morning

TOM: Right

LESLIE: So I don’t all the time empty the dishwasher


LESLIE: So, come weekend time, I’m going to empty the dishwasher
and I have found that there’s a drawback with the sink / dishwasher space feels
damp. And I'm like, That's really weird. And I assumed perhaps as I'm emptying
something, I used to be – water overflowed. So the subsequent night time, I made positive that once I

TOM: Proper

LESLIE: And all the Sudden, I hear it and very similar to I placed on the dishwasher, I stood there and watched it for a bit.
thought, water is simply type of pouring out of that left nook.


LESLIE: And so, I turn off the cycle. I truly let it
finish. I just put a Tupperware underneath there; I'm not going to lie. I collected
the water as greatest I might. I simply kind of rolled in.

But I cleaned off the gasket,
there's an excellent there. That each one appears to be working and now I don't know if I
just should substitute the there.

TOM: Properly, it is probably not the seal at all. As a result of what
it can be by means of the drain
contained in the dishwasher or it might have an effect on the float contained in the dishwasher. and
if they get clogged with food particles, the bottom of the dishwasher truly
overflows. So it's identical to making an attempt to stop a leak in a dam or

LESLIE: It isn’t like rain that goes in every path and
like wind-driven rain.

Tom: Right. It might truly be filling up. So I might
Take a look once more at the bottom of the dishwasher. And typically, you
have to sort of look. It is exhausting to see. You could want a light-weight. But take an excellent
arduous look in there. And typically, a few of the washer

LESLIE: Actually?

TOM: And I’ll offer you a bit trick of the trade. For those who
can you get it and you’re wondering,
tiny portals and stuff, ”grab a wet / dry vacuum. Put it on the smallest nozzle
and then use that suck all of the particles proper on the market. You are able to do that
with a dishwasher. You possibly can additionally do it with a drain that's clogged, by the
method, too. Doesn't harm a thing. And then attempt it once more.

LESLIE: Yeah. Because I went in there and I cleaned the
gasket to ensure that was sealing correctly. After which all these little
gunk Collectors Beneath the elements, I took that each one out, I rinsed all
those off.

TOM: Yes

LESLIE: I was taking a look at every single half
might get to and simply take away. But I didn't take into consideration going as far as all of

TOM: Yep. That could be what's happening. So, give it a

LESLIE: So get in the dishwasher

TOM: There you go.

LESLIE: The Cash Pit, climb

TOM: You've obtained to de-gunk the whole lot.

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LESLIE: Have you ever opened an electric invoice and questioned
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TOM: Yeah. It is referred to as the Sense Residence Power Monitor and I
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However it’s fairly superb. It really works type of like a health
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power it’s utilizing. So, you’ll be able to work out where the juice is going and you

Now, the set up is pretty simple. it
installs to your own home electric panel after which it Screens all that
This is going to let you see exactly
what's happening. And it will probably even inform you how a lot it costs every day, Weekly and
even a month-to-month charge in your dishwasher or your dishwasher
or your refrigerator. It principally tracks every thing. And also you may even be
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LESLIE: Yeah. Sense can also be going to aid you take care of
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For instance, within the Sense app
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alerts to inform you if the coffee maker, for some purpose, nonetheless happens to be

Now, you’ll be able to make it easier to avoid problems by figuring out
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it becomes a problem, because it may well look for uncommon patterns like, say, your
fridge that is operating due to its filter is clogged or sump
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LESLIE: Up next, are you observing partitions filled with
cracks, dings or nail pops? Nicely, drywall repairs are a standard headache for
householders but straightforward for a professional to handle. We’re going to inform you what's concerned,

TOM: Making good houses better, welcome back to The Cash
Pit House Improvement Present. Tom Kraeutler

LESLIE: And I'm Leslie Segrete. What's
happening in your home? We’re right here to enable you to get these tasks achieved. The
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LESLIE: Teddy in Oregon is dealing
with a wet foundation.

TEDDY: Nicely, I’m Blessed with
rain and clay soil right here in western Oregon. And I’ve a crawlspace that’s moist.

And so I did find a crack in.

TOM: Properly, yes and no. Concrete
Foundations and brick Foundations are very porous. The truth that you’ve a
crack doesn´t mean that the one means water is getting by means of. What this
does imply is that you’ve approach too much

So what do you want to do very properly
that’s what the perimeter so that
soil slopes away from the house. And much more necessary than that is to clear
your gutter system and prolong these downspouts away from the home. That's
really important. In the event you do this, you will see that that a massive distinction
that is the amount of water that’s moving into the area
properly and Frankly, quite shortly.

TEDDY: Oh, OK. I consider that the
gutter system is all – has pipes out to the road

TOM: Yep. You want to be certain

LESLIE: Mm-hmm. Especially for those who’ve
obtained something underground which you could't monitor or see if it, in reality,
free-flowing. You've obtained to be sure that it is truly going someplace, it’s
related. Because of the small quantity of clog can produce an enormous amount of

TEDDY: Oh, OK. ALRIGHT. So, I’ll work

Now, proper now, I’ve – I was all
no, that gained't do you any
good. ”So, I put a fan on either end – one blowing in and one blowing out – so
it might go out within the vents

TOM: But look, the solution right here
it isn’t to attempt to find the Moisture that's there; it’s to cease it from
going there within the first place. So that you need to comply with our recommendation on this, which
is the perimeter of the drainage circumstances at the foundation.
There's advice on how to do that on-line at It’s one of the now


TOM: Good luck with that venture.
Thanks a lot for calling us at 888-MONEY-PIT.

LESLIE: Nicely, right here’s a challenge that execs and non-pros have
to cope with on a regular basis and especially this time of yr. I’m speaking about
spring cleansing. You recognize, this really is the time of yr we reap the benefits of
a very good, robust cleaning system to eliminate all of that winter’s dust and
grime. And it simply so occurs that we have now an awesome prize this hour to help
you do exactly that. It’s the brand new Greenworks 1,800-PSI Electrical Strain Washer
and it’s obtainable at Lowe’s for 169 bucks.

TOM: Yep. Great tool. Very enjoyable to use. Numerous cleansing
energy. Thirteen-amp motor delivers over a gallon of water a minute. It’s obtained
5 quick-connect nozzles that store on board; you’re never going to lose

So take into consideration all the issues you might do with this: your driveway,
your deck, your patios, your walkways, your siding or even washing your automotive. I
mean my favorite thing to do across the automotive is to clean those rims, as a result of
they’re simply unimaginable to do some other approach. But with a strain washer, they
come out like they only got here off the lot.

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LESLIE: Craig in Pennsylvania is
on the road with a flooring query. How can we provide help to immediately?

CRAIG: I had an exterior concrete
porch and I enclosed it. And I’m making an attempt to make it a part of the home now. But
the floor itself, I stated, is concrete. It’s all cracked and it’s breaking apart.
Is there some straightforward means or some way I can clean it out or do something with it
to make it appear to be an inside room now to this part of the home?

TOM: Absolutely. To start with, if
the surface is deteriorated, you’re going to have to use a patching compound on
it. And I might advocate the premixed QUIKRETE Concrete Patch Compound. It
is available in a bathtub and you merely apply it to the surface. You possibly can fill in all of
those areas which are deteriorated; you’ll be able to fill over the cracks.

And the rationale you’re using a
patching compound is as a result of it’s designed specifically to stick to the
concrete. For those who use common concrete, you’re going to have a problem with that
as a result of it gained’t stick; it’ll simply cut up off again. Alright? However for those who use a
concrete patching compound, it’s going to adhere.

CRAIG: Thanks very much.

TOM: Nicely, drywall repairs are
in all probability some of the widespread residence upkeep chores that we’ve to tackle
as householders. But in case you don’t do them right, you’re going to be doing them
repeatedly and again. So, to keep away from those pitfalls, it helps to have a pro
and also you’ve received to plan rigorously. We’re going to share some recommendations on how to do
simply that, in as we speak’s Pro Challenge introduced by

LESLIE: Now, the three commonest
varieties of repairs wanted are nail pops, holes and cracks. Now, DIYers that take
on these tasks typically discover themselves doing them again and again, because
the cracks or the holes maintain coming back. However execs just seem to get them right
the primary time. However there are some key tips here.

Now, to begin with, let’s speak
about nail pops. These outcome from a nail that has loosened and started to again
its means out of the drywall. However tapping them back in isn’t enough to forestall a
repeat. As an alternative, execs are including a further fastener on prime of the unfastened one
and that secures it in place. After which they spackle and sand to make that
whole repair nearly invisible.

TOM: Now, repairing wall or
ceiling cracks is another type of tough job. One of the simplest ways to repair a wall or
ceiling crack is to use a robust, perforated drywall tape. It’s often yellow
and has type of a mesh look to it. It’s obtained giant squares and virtually seems to be sort
of like netting.

Now, a pro goes to apply this
first and that’s going to bridge the gap within the crack. And then they use a
skilled hand to spackle over the tape. And it takes multiple thin coats, so it
could possibly be sanded, primed and painted in just a day or two. Most commonly, DIYers
make the error of placing an excessive amount of spackle on. And even the spackle seems
terrible or they have to sand the heck out of it and it simply will get everywhere in the
place. So that’s why the pros have the talents to get that accomplished in a really brief

LESLIE: Now, filling holes in drywall, that’s type of a
greater job. For that, you’re going to want a scrap of drywall, a leftover piece
of window screening, some joint compound and some widespread instruments.

Now, execs are going to know the easiest way to patch a gap is
to minimize the opening to match the patch and not the opposite method around, even when it means
that you simply’ve obtained to make that gap slightly bit greater. Subsequent, they’re going to
apply two or three skinny coats of spackle. And as soon as painted, that hole is not any

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LESLIE: Properly, outside lighting is in full swing as we all
spend extra time outdoors. However the correct lighting does extra than simply brighten
the area. We’re going to inform you how to add low-voltage lights for dramatic
results, when The Money Pit continues.

TOM: Making good houses higher, welcome again to The Money
Pit House Improvement Present. I’m Tom Kraeutler.

LESLIE: And I’m Leslie Segrete.

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LESLIE: Alright. Properly, everyone appears to have this warmer
climate and staying outdoor on their minds, with these questions we’re seeing
online. So, Robin in New Jersey posted: “Does my wooden deck want to be sealed
yearly?” Properly, I mean it shouldn’t should you’re taking pretty respectable care of
it, I might hope.

Proper, Tom?

TOM: Properly, yeah. And in addition, in the event you’re utilizing good merchandise
and you’re following good process in truly applying this sealer appropriately
or stain. If it’s in actually dangerous shape, Robin, the one choice you might want to
contemplate is replacing the decking and the railing with composite. Should you do
that, you’re never going to have to seal or stain once more.

Now, you possibly can depart the structure, right? If it’s all
pressure-treated, it’s secure, the construction’s not rotted, it’s properly hooked up
to the home – that’s really necessary because we hear about deck collapses
each summer time, because they draw back from the house. But if the construction is
good, you might pull off those boards and exchange just those. We call it a “deck
makeover.” It’s lots inexpensive than doing all the deck from scratch
and it really seems to be absolutely beautiful. So that’s undoubtedly a very good choice for

However for those who do want to stain it again, simply ensure you
strip off all that previous sealer before you apply the brand new coat. It ought to final you
three to 5 years.

Now, if you need your backyard landscaping to actually stand
out, the secret is the very delicate and dramatic look that low-voltage lighting can
deliver. Leslie has recommendations on how to obtain just that, in at present’s edition of
Leslie’s Final Word.

And you’re an enormous fan of low-voltage lighting, right?

LESLIE: You realize, I’m. It truly is so simple to set up
and it may well make such an enormous difference in an outside area. It doesn’t value a
lot to operate and it really is a confidence booster as far as a do-it-yourself
undertaking goes. You really just have to know where you’re starting and know where
you’re going and discover a fixture you like. So, to begin, you really have to
gauge how a lot lighting you want and the way lengthy you want that investment to final.
Now, the shorter you stay in your present residence, the easier the lighting plan
must be.

Now, the subsequent query is: the place do you set these lights?
Nicely, there are a number of straightforward outdoor-landscaping lighting methods that all the time
deliver lovely effects at night time. To start with, you want to mimic some
downlighting. You’re making an attempt to create mild that comes from above. That may
provide the feeling of pure mild that you simply get if you’re sitting in the
moonlight. And it can be additionally used as security lighting for pathways, driveways
and stairs. However downlighting can be an effective approach to mild decks and accent
paths and flower beds. It all is determined by the fixture, the dimensions, the size, the
placement. But that’s one effect you need from one sort of lighting fixture.

One other is uplighting. Now, that’s going to add depth to
your timber, the landscaping and any house features by lighting it from under.
And that creates a dramatic effect. In case you place lights at an angle, the
texture of the fence and the walls can be accented. But you need to avoid
putting these lights anyplace where you’re going to get a glare and have
problem seeing some areas of the area.

And I feel an alternative choice is backlighting. Now,
silhouetting an object of interest – like a tree, a shrub – towards another lit
surface, it’s a very lovely, oblique lighting effect. And you obtain it
by angling the sunshine towards a wall or a fence behind that object. These are a
couple of tips that the professionals are going to use to really create a totally and
superbly lit yard.

Now, you’ll be able to set up low-voltage lighting techniques as a result of
they don’t require in depth electrical information. However you might have to ensure that
you comply with all of those installation tips. Also, bear in mind you’re
going to get what you pay for. So, some of those outdoor-landscaping lighting
sets can run as low as $50 however they could not climate properly they usually can not often
final more than a few years.

So just purchaser beware. Decide one thing you want, decide
something durable. And keep in mind, it’s a undertaking referred to as “lightscaping,” so have
some fun, enjoy the mild and spend extra evenings outdoor.

TOM: This is The Cash Pit House Enchancment Present. Arising
subsequent time on this system, if you open your windows to usher in recent air,
does a bunch of noise include it? Nicely, This
Previous House landscaping contractor Roger Prepare dinner goes to be by with a
natural answer for some peace and quiet.

I’m Tom Kraeutler.

LESLIE: And I’m Leslie Segrete.

TOM: Keep in mind, you can do it yourself …

LESLIE: But you don’t have to do it alone.


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