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LESLIE: And I'm Leslie Segreti.

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The condo is step one in buying a house. However when it's great
Be your personal and perhaps somewhat ornament in case you are not cautious
You might find yourself in your security compensation once you go out. Are
Share some recommendations on low value interior design that looks good and not

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Let's go there. Leslie, who's first?

LESLIE: Robert in North Carolina is on line and is
offers with tumble dryer – guess what? – Not just dry. It's the worst.
Tell us what occurs.

ROBERT: I’ve a dryer; it is about 5 or 6 years
previous. And right here, lately, about six or eight months, it has been taken

TOM: It is unnecessary

ROBERT: Yeah. And the heating aspect was maybe replaced by a
yr and a half in the past. We simply don't know what's happening with it.

TOM: Get a superb airflow when the dryer goes the place it is
heats the air out of the exhaust pipe?

ROBERT: Yeah. I went to the roof once when it was
operating and it was popping out pretty good and the air was warm.

TOM: You’ll have discovered one drawback. Whenever you take
tumble dryer and press it towards gravity – and so it drives every part
The street up to the roof, I assume, on the second flooring – the dryer just isn’t actually
designed to do so. And I do know many occasions, individuals install them
method, however attempt to drive that scorching air to go all the best way to the roof
can typically be problematic.

If the dryer does not heat properly, there’s only a
a couple of things that would cause it. One is the heating factor. So, suppose
assume that this works properly despite the fact that it definitely appears – sounds
like it isn’t. There could also be several heating parts and one might burn
out. That is the rationale why you are feeling warm air.

The subsequent factor is the channel and also you need to be sure that
that it is clean. Not solely an external channel, however even internally.
Typically when you get one thing hanging on the inside of the dryer,


Tom: And one other factor that may occur can typically be
overheating after which cycle. So if it overheats what happens, it is going to come
actually scorching and then it overheats and the heating factor goes out. And
Then it cools down and then it comes once more, it's really scorching and it comes
go away. And such cycling of a thermostat can be a problem.

I mean in the meanwhile that feels like you’ve got achieved
Virtually every little thing you are able to do yourself. You could need to substitute

How previous is a dryer?

ROBERT: In all probability as much as six years.
terribly brief time for the tumble dryer. So, you may need to assume
its alternative or repair by knowledgeable. As a result of I feel it's in all probability one
these three things that cause the issue

ROBERT: Yeah. And the opposite thing is about 20,
25 ft – it has a waveguide. And we thought concerning the change
it is a clean, cooked channel. Wouldn’t it also help?

Tom: The place's this 20, 25 meters? You mean an outbreak
the gate all the time within the attic the place it discharges?


TOM: It's a great distance and undoubtedly a hard and fast metallic channel
can be higher. Can you go to the attic after which go type out the entire
the attic on the ground and down in the direction of sofit and install the valve there?

ROBERT: It's attainable. It's just a one-storey house, so I'm
certainly I might do it. However the laundry room is in the midst of the house.

Tom: I have to inform you even when you’ve got acquired this air flow
completely, three – this thing has three masses to dry one load
the clothes sound like it’s one thing else and not necessarily utterly ventilated.

ROBERT: OK. Sure, we thought – don't just assume
it's value calling somebody out to fix it. We’ve – we discovered a
pretty respectable dryer. We know somebody who cares for and makes use of a toddler care middle
we expect get it. They usually drive it 5, six occasions a day and
they’ve had three years.

TOM: I feel it is sensible. Sadly, these products
Nowadays, they’re virtually disposable, because the repair prices are so high. I’ll give
you second suggestion. There is a website referred to as
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So take a look at this. They’ve little
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LESLIE: Linda in Illinois, you might have the cash
Pit. How can we make it easier to right now?

LINDA: We bought a house next to our neighbor when
The person died and he had canine and a cat. He apparently allow them to use him

Tom: Oh no.

LINDA: Oh yeah

LESLIE: By no means an excellent thing

LINDA: And the odor of urine was actually dangerous. And
my husband took all the ground flooring and put it out, let it out.

Tom: You took the plywood flooring?

LINDA: Yeah.


LINDA: Like 1-inch disks or one thing.

TOM: Alright. It was in all probability one. Yeah, okay.

LINDA: Yes. And he needed to repair it


LINDA: So we put it outdoors, hoping for the air out
the odor of urine after which he put it again. And he put on a ¾-inch OSB.

TOM: Yeah.

LESLIE: Especially on a wet day.

LINDA: Yes. So you should purchase one thing
do you eliminate the scent?

LESLIE: I mean there are several issues
make. OSB – have you ever but placed on the actual flooring, or can you

LINDA: No. We needed to place the laminate on

LESLIE: OK. So earlier than you do it, decide it up

LINDA: Proper.

LESLIE: And what I might advocate – right here
because you're coping with one – now, Tom, they don't actually need
1-by, right? OSB might go straight on these flooring beams and
eliminate this…

Tom: No. You don't should put 1 again
however the issue is that you’ve already seemed on the drawback with OSB. And what
Leslie leads you to – what it is best to have completed all the best way
The floor is sweet for an oil-based primer as a result of it seals
wood. And now that you simply've placed on OSB, I'm afraid even for those who have been
was meant to make use of OSB, but the odor is by some means going by way of.

LESLIE: Right. So I feel to select up OSB,
Drag 1-by, put OSB down and eliminate 1 yr previous.

Tom: Properly, these animals have long gone, but theirs
The odor has unfold. And I feel for those who take that previous flooring – and
I know you have been making an attempt to save lots of a couple of bucks by placing it back. But in case you do
Both start it or substitute it with OSB, you’re a lot better

Linda, thanks a lot for calling us

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LESLIE: Okay. Now we’re
received Derwin in Texas, dealing with a fascia ship. Inform us what it is

DERWIN: I’ve a fascia
rotten. The best way it is set is a 1 x 4 circuit board
it’s nailed there after which 1 × 2 is nailed

TOM: Yep.

DERWIN: What –
and the gutter is nailed to 1 × 2 so 1 × 2 holds the boiler

Tom: I obtained it. Mm-hmm.

DERWIN: But the drop edge
– The edge that has been nailed to the higher edge is dripped, like a 2 × 2 drip. And
the top of the drop edge is nailed to the roof floor and thereafter
the opposite half is – comes into the sewer.

Tom: So what you need
Don't know how you can get a rotted fascia on board with out taking it apart

DERWIN: Right.

Tom: There isn’t any approach
surgically remove the casing; it’s like one part of the assembly.

DERWIN: Proper.

take the entire thing aside. Now it's not – it seems like a whole lot of work. Its
isn’t a huge venture to get to the sewer. You possibly can't do this
yourself because you don't need to bend it, so you’ll want to do it some assist
take the sewer out of one piece

opportunity here and that if you change fascian i don't put
wood entrance. What I want to do is use a product referred to as AZEK-A-Z-E-Okay.
This appears like wood, so it might appear to be an previous 1 × four you had, except
it is manufactured from mobile PVC. So, it cuts like a tree and it seems to be like a tree, but it is
never turned. So I undoubtedly recommend that this is an opportunity


TOM: Now, regardless of if
you set the spacer and the drain again because it was before. You
there isn’t any must be a spacer. You would put the drain proper
AZEK after which the roof just descend to the top of the boiler. It might be
be the most typical configuration for such a thing.

However if you’d like
the instrument and it only works higher as a result of it was before
What you can do is buy 1 × 6 AZEK, reduce it off with a 1½ inch tape, use it a
Area and use aside from – you have got 1 × 4 left and use it
the case and you have a tape with only one track.

DERWIN: So it cuts solely
like a tree.

TOM: Seems like wooden,
not slicing like a tree. Thank you so much for calling us

LESLIE: There are lots of individuals shifting to the condominium
step one to purchasing that house. Now you aren’t alone
Now, however you even have the power to point out your actually artistic aspect and
decoration. But whereas it’s typically not straightforward to seek out a cheap inside, you
can make it occur. Listed here are a couple of ideas that will help you get started.

First, it’s removable, detachable
wallpaper. I like it completely. I’m very obsessive about every little thing
Differing types of. In fact I are likely to go permanently, however just lately I added
relocate a type of peeling paper into the kitchen powder room. Its
principally the only toilet we now have on the first flooring. And so
ridiculously small that one roll of Target made the entire area.

And it's very straightforward to use. You simply need to
Apply rigorously, ensure you get the bubbles off.
But you’ll be able to hatch and relaxation and all types of things. And 20 bucks,
You have got a totally changed state.

Tom: You recognize, another thing you are able to do
You’ll be able to add an enormous mirror perhaps to your front room. For those who do, it can come
Not solely does area make it much larger, however it could additionally work as a bit
Very engaging wall ornament. Identical to the wallpaper concept, there's a ton
choices. We just returned from worldwide builders
Present. And Sterling, the Kohler line, is an entire new lighted line
Mirrors which are completely beautiful and really reasonably priced.

And you may put these mirrors up – lots of them
– Despite the holes within the walls. In case you go
outsized wall mirror, they will additionally lean towards the wall,
Reset the injury. And it opens up area utterly.

LESLIE: Mm-hmm. And don't be afraid to use
Several mirrors with comparable types but totally different sizes and shapes
a sort of mural for mirrors. It appears actually good.

Another enjoyable concept is to put a shoe pad on your own
in the hallway. I know it sounds strange, however it really isn't. I promise. Now,
The shoe rack works as an ornamental piece while saving
the condominium becomes soiled. Most flats have parquet flooring.
However for those who all have carpets like me, you actually have to consider individuals
bringing soiled footwear and getting their ft everywhere in the home
or condo. So the shoe rack says, "Hey, come in. Take off the shoes."
After which all include clear ft. It's a good way to cheat individuals

TOM: Now, Leslie, you're talking about detachable
wallpaper in the toilet. One other thing you possibly can think of if you end up
has a bathe curtain. It might also really add an enormous shade. And
Then type of match it perhaps somewhat tub rug and some sink ornament. You possibly can
also put some hanging signs there. And in the event you do something on the walls, do it
Ensure you are utilizing glue hangers designed for undamaged removing.

We have now an excellent message at
hold the inside with out damaging your wall and fixing your security
deposit. So you can see more ideas right there. And that is when it's time
you go out, depart the place nearly as good as you found it.

LESLIE: Jan In California there is a wallpaper
state of affairs. Tell us what occurs.

JAN: Hey. Deleted wallpaper and repapering for 50 years
And by no means run into where you’re taking the wallpaper off and it seems there’s
behind it’s paper. I have had some individuals telling me this can be a filler
For texturing, the wallpaper seems to be clean. And others inform me it’s
liner and it fills your complete wall with a pencil the place the wallpaper goes. I
don’t need to injury the underlying Sheetrock, so I'm slightly leery

Tom: So your finish recreation is getting right down to the plasterboard?

JAN: Nicely, it doesn't need to be if I can texture over it
there. Nevertheless it's virtually like paper, and I don't know if we will put Mutan and
all in it.

Tom: If it's okay, I don't understand why you couldn't
Texture over it. Do you need to use textured painting?

JAN: No, I need to use the texture I’ve had

Tom: Crucial thing here is whether the floor you’re
exposed is nicely hooked up to the plasterboard under. If it is properly closed, then
You possibly can go ahead and put the feel on. If not, your texture
might be there for a couple of months and it might begin falling in
lights up when the help paper pulls out. As long as it’s nicely closed, I will
Don't see any cause why you’ll be able to't go on it, January

JAN: OK. I recognize you and luxuriate in your program

TOM: Thank you so much for calling us at 888-MONEY-PIT.

LESLIE: Murray in
Illinois is on the line and wishes advice on shopping for a new water heater.
What can we enable you to?

MURRAY: My query is that I’ve a house full of girls and
Self and we’ve got a problem staying in scorching water.


MURRAY: I presently have 40 liters of natural fuel
the heater and I questioned if I might get you the boys' opinion. Rest room with them
The bathe is upstairs and we also have a washing machine.

And I questioned what you thought
instantaneous water heaters. I’ve seen some small, which it stated
three.three gallons per minute and I had no concept what the actual shower takes. And I
simply questioned what you thought about this supplement, perhaps
water heater

TOM: OK. So, to start with, we are fanless
water heating know-how. And so we consider that if there was a water heater
failed, it might be applicable to switch it.

In your case, you're speaking about supplementing, which is
just a little totally different since you need your water heating zone
two separate loops to complete. Because then you have got half
in the tank water heater and half on the tankless

The question that the water heater is situated at a distance
HVAC furnishings that you simply need to use most often won’t be
solved, it doesn’t matter what sort of water heater you’ve gotten due to the water
continue to journey on the similar distance. But in case you are fearful about beginning
from scorching water, it gained't happen on tankless; it just isn't.
And you purchase tankless in line with what number of loos you’ve gotten in your home and
There's loads of scorching water to keep everybody in these loos showered
so long as they need to keep there.

MURRAY: So that you just say – it's greatest to only substitute it
natural fuel, which i have, and i get the entire house tankless?

Tom: Yeah, exactly. How previous is what you’ve gotten now?

MURRAY: It's in all probability a guess, 5 or 6 years.

TOM: Yeah. So it's still pretty new. They often final approx
10. So that you've acquired a choice to make, you realize? If scorching is operating out
water, then perhaps it's value doing.

MURRAY: OK. I respect a lot assist. Thanks.

Tom: Okay, Murray. Congratulations. Thanks so much for enjoying
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LESLIE: Subsequent, storage doors are among the best
You can also make investments in case you buy the correct one. Ideas
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LESLIE: Tara in Pennsylvania is according to insects
question. How can we allow you to?

TARA: Hello. I simply thought we had numerous ear tags
it’s under our sideline. And it seems like they all the time exist and we
simply marvel what can we do to eliminate them? Is there something
attracts them there?

Tom: Properly, look, they're in all probability on the lookout for food
one thing descends to this siding and attracts them. Often when they’re
It isn’t so excessive that it is advisable to earn them. Like a trapping program
scale back the population. But if they’re up and crawling
constructing, I might in all probability go directly to the pesticide management program

College of California recommends pesticide
Spinosad-S-p-i-n-p-O-a-D. And there are a number of business products
are available to have it. And it ought to in all probability be the easiest way
Control them and stop them from returning and inspiring them to go
to catch another person's home.

TARA: It might be useful. Oh, to date
as bugs, we get crickets down in our basement …

LESLIE: Spider crickets. I'm not
positive. Little black crickets. However yearly they drive me crazy because of me
bed room is downstairs

TOM: Why don't you call a pest control, like Orkin,
and ask them to do exactly basic spraying for bugs? So you possibly can in all probability put it on
simply the correct pesticide at residence and round it safely and effectively
which reduces both issues – stop the ears and cease the circuses

TARA: Oh, it might be nice.

LESLIE: And you recognize what, Tara? The caverns we
to get them the place I stay in Lengthy Island, basement. And I all the time feel dangerous
when my sister and brother get drained as a result of they sleep in the air
The mattress in my cellar and I like: “Spider breaks are going to leap
you. “As a result of they’ve utterly expelled me. However when you take some tape
and put it solely across the room, when you are
ready for remedy, they often collect there. They usually're caught
Then you possibly can just decide it up and throw it within the morning.

TARA: Oh, that's a good suggestion. I only used some inside
spray every year once they come round, and then suck the crickets
always – lifeless crickets – in all places. And with them and smelly bugs

Tom: Yeah, I pull. Tara on the subject of selections
Would you go together with knowledgeable or use one
The Self-Self-Strategy, I all the time feel that in case you are involved in a pro program, they are
you employ much less pesticides than you employ yourself. And it’s
Take precisely the proper approach, good, to care for
drawback. I feel individuals are making an attempt to blow up too much
pesticides which might be in danger. makes
it’s affordable?

TARA: OK. Thanks rather a lot.

TOM: Good luck to the undertaking. Thanks so much for enjoying
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LESLIE: So garage water takes an enormous bundle
the entrance of the home. And should you change the door of this storage, the annual value
The Transforming Magazineshow report exhibits you will return over 80%
Investments that show that storage doors are delivered and are an incredible return

TOM: Yep. However it makes it much more essential
think about new storage doorways rigorously. Listed here are a number of the choices obtainable to this previous home host Kevin O & # 39; Connor.

Welcome, Kevin.

KEVIN: Hey, guys. Great to be right here.

Tom: So at the moment it's about ROI and enhancements
it delivers. And it is encouraging to see such constructive leads to the garage
doorways because they are some of the troublesome elements of the home.

KEVIN: They're for positive. Clearly, at any time
Upgrade, you've questioned what sort of refund you're going to get
The funding and the garage door are pretty good.

Once I consider a garage door, I might recommend that
There are two things you should contemplate. First, it should appear to be

TOM: Proper

KEVIN: Nevertheless it also needs to work proper. And when you assume
This, many people actually come via the garages as the primary entrance
our home because we drive the automotive into the storage after which we go straight
storage in the home. So that's something we're going to make use of properly

LESLIE: And I feel you actually have to think about how you’re
is going to use this storage door. How does it work? What kind of opener does
Do You Want? Is that this the first entrance? What you need to start to seem like
aside from its aesthetics when contemplating a new garage door?

KEVIN: Nicely, don't lower the aesthetics, proper? Because
Typically the storage door is the focus of what you see, right?

LESLIE: Nicely, it's clearly the highest of the record

KEVIN: I mean many homes – proper. It must look good
there. But you’re proper. You need to be sure this factor works

I feel the automatic storage door opener is nearly
important. Need to have the ability to maintain it pressed and press it
The storage door is open. Then there are three totally different opener
think about. There’s a chain-operated opener, screw drive or belt drive. And
they have totally different qualities.

Chain drive, they’re very powerful. They're good
heavy doors, however they are often quite noisy; They are older methods
and we hear them.

TOM: Yeah.

KEVIN: And it impacts individuals, especially in case you reside

Tom: It separates the entire house.

KEVIN: The whole house, exactly.

TOM: Yeah.

KEVIN: Screwdriving is sweet when you’ve got a one-piece door
and it is truly a tilt that basically opens up, in contrast to a door
one is the brakes and the rolls on the ceiling.

After which the belt drive is probably the quietest various
there. You pay a bit of premium for it, but in case you are
Involved about noise and vibration, belt drive is an effective solution to go.

TOM: We simply changed belt utilization and it was superb how

KEVIN: Do you might have a dwelling area above the garages?

TOM: No. However only – I can solely recognize it.

KEVIN: True:

Tom: Yeah, you actually have to concentrate when it goes
up and down because you don't hear it.

KEVIN: Absolutely

LESLIE: And I feel it's also necessary once you're
considering the kind of mechanism in your storage. You need to assume
– What sort of family are you? Do you want trendy luxury? Do you need to
to regulate it remotely? What’s all potential.

KEVIN: So, at present you’ll be able to have these methods
hooked so that – in fact you’ve got a automotive driver to work
open and shut it. However there are methods that will help you do this
you’ll depart the home or you’re very far from the home.

You recognize, you’re 20 kilometers from the motorway, you perceive
not closed to garage doors, your smartphone now has purposes
Say: "Oh, I want to close the garage door now" or even alarm. You possibly can set
It in order that if you will drive away and get a certain distance and you aren’t
closed the garage door, get somewhat Ping on your smartphone, saying, "Storage
the door shouldn’t be closed. Would you like to do it remotely? "

garage door security because as soon as
You have got the keys to the storage doors, they have to be correctly
maintained. So what is it essential to do about this?

KEVIN: Nicely, garage security has come a great distance
it’s a good factor. Because of course when this stuff are
By working yourself, you don't need something to break, you don't need to
your baby or pet might be injured in this course of.

And there are two primary examinations. It is, along
door doors, optical eye. And it principally sends a light-weight beam
over the opening in the doorway, in order that if something is in the best way it sends
The garage door is backed up. So verify that monthly. Truly
one thing in entrance of the optical eye and make sure the door stops


KEVIN: And secondly, you need to make it possible for
there’s a sensor in order that when the door falls, if it seems like resistance earlier
It’s closed, it goes back up. So set one thing like 2 × 4, about
half and half of the land so that the door can fall over it. And do
Be sure that when it hits the target, the door goes again. It blocks

TOM: Really dangerous concept.

TOM: Really dangerous concept. I do really feel like there a story behind

Kevin O’Connor, The Previous Home, great recommendation on how to ensure we’ve got a garage

KEVIN: All the time nice to be right here, guys.

LESLIE: Alright. This Previous House is a PBS. For local listings and step-by-step
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LESLIE: Now we've obtained Charlene in Tennessee with a Flooring

CHARLENE: Nicely, we constructed our home in 2006 and we bought
from the mill, solid-oak Hardwood planks that we have been going to put down for
flooring. And it 's 6 inches broad, tongue-and-groove.

Beneath that, we put
Advantech. It was a 50-year warranty and the mill informed us between that and the
tongue-and-groove strong oak to place 6 mil of plastic.

TOM: Alright. So what’s the problem we’re making an attempt to unravel

CHARLENE: The issue that we’re fixing is in a couple of areas,
one which is especially the bathtub and the other is the kitchen, there’s a squeaking
noise. It’s like you possibly can’t sneak in that area. It’ll make that noise.

TOM: So once you go on a weight loss plan, your husband can hear you
whenever you attempt to sneak into the kitchen to get to the refrigerator, huh?

CHARLENE: Yeah, one thing like that.

TOM: Alright. So, look, this has little to do with what is
underneath the floor and extra to do with just type of normal put on and tear and
enlargement and contraction. The rationale these floors are – these boards are
squeaking is as a result of they’re shifting. And so, what you could do is to tighten
them up.

Now, since it’s a finished flooring, you possibly can’t simply go
willy-nilly throwing nails and screws into it; you’ve received to be a bit of more
strategic. So what you need to do is locate the place where there’s a flooring joist
beneath. And you are able to do that with a stud finder.

And once you determine that spot, you drill small holes
by way of the floor and you employ what’s referred to as a “trim screw,” which is just a
little bit greater than a end nail. You screw via the completed flooring,
into the floor joist, and that may pull that flooring down and make it tighter
and scale back the quantity of movement that it’s able to. And that’s what’s going
to settle down your squeak. A bit of more durable to do when it’s a finished flooring but
that’s the best way to do it.

CHARLENE: OK. It sounds prefer it is perhaps a simple fix.

LESLIE: Hey, do you need to make your house extra appealing to
potential consumers but you’re really unsure where to start out? Nicely, a survey by
The Demand Institute revealed that so far as wish lists go, most owners
want power effectivity above anything.

TOM: Yep. And it makes complete sense. Electricity prices have
jumped by leaps and bounds the past 15 years, which explains why 51 % of
householders surveyed are wishing for an energy-use monitor that exhibits the place the
power and all that money goes. And one other 49 % would really like sensible
home equipment that can drive down utility payments.

LESLIE: With all that in mind, adding insulation,
eco-friendly home equipment and different smart-home know-how is more likely to increase your
residence’s attraction.

TOM: Yep. And it’s also going to save lots of you loads of cash on
utility bills, even between now and once you truly promote that house.

So, in case you want some recommendations on the place to start out with all these
energy-saving enhancements, give us a call, right now, at 1-888-MONEY-PIT.

LESLIE: Sue in Florida is on the road with a bathe that
doesn’t drain. Tell us about it.

SUE: Properly, we’re on the brink of shut on a home and after
the home inspection, we discovered that the water stands on the shower flooring and
doesn’t drain.

TOM: OK. So this came up through the residence inspection, Sue?

SUE: Yes.

TOM: Nicely, I might have the vendor repair this. What’s causing
se? Kuka tietää? Might be so simple as a clog, it might be something extra complicated,
like a broken pipe beneath the slab or a missing vent pipe. However that’s a
mechanical problem. And mechanical techniques often need to be in working-order
condition on the time of closing. So I might ask the seller to repair that. Ja
if they’re not going to restore it, to offer you a substantial credit score since you’re
going to should do the investigation to figure out what it’s and get it fastened
on your own.

And when drains are in floors and doubtless inside a slab
flooring, it might be very difficult. It might turn out to be costly.

Good luck with that challenge, Sue. Thanks so much for calling
us at 888-MONEY-PIT.

LESLIE: Hey, do you need to ensure that your property is protected
from the damaging effects of power surges? We’re going to have some tips to
assist you to do this, just forward.

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

LESLIE: And I’m Leslie Segrete.

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LESLIE: Alright. However these two execs are leaping into our
posts and our emails that we receive right here over at And now I’ve
acquired one from Jennifer in Ohio. Now, Jennifer writes: “Are there any problems
related to having a whole-house surge suppressor? Particular person surge
suppressors with backup battery and standby generator all working on the similar

That looks like an terrible lot of stuff.

TOM: That’s a variety of stuff. I imply Jennifer is pretty
critical about preserving her power flowing and ensuring we don’t injury any

You understand, in my experience, there can undoubtedly be
conflicts between particular person surge suppressors and battery backups. Often,
the battery backups at the moment have the suppression constructed into it. And that’s why
you should look into those technical particulars, Jennifer, and kind of the high-quality
print of your battery backups to determine if there’s going to be potential

One approach to keep away from the whole mess, for those who can afford the
upgrade, is just to install a whole-house generator. These turbines have come
down method in worth during the last 5 to 10 years. They usually really are the first
kind of line of defense towards power failures at the moment. You actually should take a
take a look at the present pricing on those and the installation prices. It was
you had to spend 15 or 20 grand for one among this stuff and now you will get
them – huge ones – for underneath 5. So, take a look at the new, whole-house

After which, in the event you’re going to put these individual
suppressors in, simply be sure to learn the manufacturer information very, very
rigorously because I do know there might be some conflicts.

LESLIE: Alright. Next up, Allison posted on – Allison is
from Chicago. She writes: “My home windows drip condensation every time it will get chilly
outdoors and leak down the wall under. What can I do to fix this?”

TOM: That’s a very widespread drawback, Allison, and it occurs
fairly often as a result of there’s simply too much moisture, too much humidity inside the
house, coupled with windows which might be simply not very properly insulated. They might
be previous windows, they could possibly be single-pane home windows, they might be thermal-pane
windows that haven’t any insulating fuel between. You actually have to take a look at the
complete kind of science behind it.

The easiest way to know what’s occurring is consider
the summer time, once you take a glass of chilly water or iced tea outdoors and also you get
all that moisture, all that condensation that types on the surface. That’s variety
of what’s occurring together with your home windows. That humidity inside the house is
touching the cold glass. It’s chilling the air. As air chills, it releases moisture
and the moisture is ending up on that tumbler.

So what do you do? Properly, to start with, you’re taking plenty of
steps to try to scale back that moisture. The simplest thing to do is to start out
outdoors. Take a look at your grading and your drainage. If the soil round your home
is just not sloping away, in case your gutters are clogged, if the downspouts are discharging
close to the inspiration, all of that additional water gets sucked into the inspiration.
And it’ll go up and launch as air – as moisture into the air and do all
types of things: trigger mould problems, trigger the condensation and so on.

Additionally, take a look at your fans – your vent fans – in your loos
and kitchens. Be sure that they’re outdoors – they’re venting outdoors and not
simply into the attic areas. And in basements, take a look at that prime humidity that
you’ve gotten down there. You possibly can add one thing like an E•Z Breathe system or a
dehumidifier to take that moisture out of the basement and get it outdoors. All
of this stuff will work collectively to scale back that vapor strain that fills
inside your home and goes up.

Now, the windows – we mentioned them earlier – in the event you’re ready
for upgrades because they’re simply not insulated, take into consideration changing them one
aspect at a time starting with the north, which is the coldest aspect. Ja tämä
method, you’ll scale back the condensation as you go.

LESLIE: Alright. I hope that helps you out, Allison. Ja
hopefully, you’re onto much less leaky windows occurring sooner or later. Ja se on
virtually spring, so let’s go together with that.

TOM: That is The Money Pit House Improvement Present. Hey, thank
you a lot for stopping by at this time. In the event you’ve received some house tasks on your
spring to-do listing, we’d love to hear about them. You’ll be able to name us, 24/7, at
1-888-MONEY-PIT or submit them to The Money Pit’s Facebook page at

I’m Tom Kraeutler.

LESLIE: And I’m Leslie Segrete.

TOM: Keep in mind, you are able to do it your self …

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


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