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Tom: Coast to the coast and floorboards for shingles, this is The Money Pit Residence Improvement Show. I'm Tom KRAEUTLER.

LESLIE: And I'm Leslie Segreti.

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Hello, we're coming this hour, we're speaking about winter storms and the injury they're abandoning. As a result of regardless that most of this injury might be obvious, resembling when a tree falls on your home, there are additionally many hidden injury that may happen. And it begins to look ugly on his head for several months or typically even years later. So we’ve got some recommendations on easy methods to give your home an excellent verify after the winter to ensure there are not any seen or invisible injury.

LESLIE: And have you hesitated to cope with a portray challenge as a result of Have you ever had hassle landing in good shade? Nicely, we share the secrets of choosing this good shade combination.

TOM: And when you’ve got a completed or unfinished cellar or perhaps a crawl area, it's all the time difficult to maintain this area dry, so we

LESLIE: But an important factor is that we're here speaking to you. So name us, tell us what you're doing. We're right here to help. Whether you’re painting, renovating a kitchen or building an entire home, we are right here for you.

TOM: 1-888-MONEY-PIT, 888-666-3974.

Come on. Leslie, who's first?

LESLIE: To Windsor, Ontario, north, the place Richard is having fun, he also has therapeutic problems. It looks like all issues will not be higher in Canada. They still have residence improvement issues. What is occurring?

RICHARD: We reside in a ranch with a crawl area. And the crawl area might be about Four meters deep and – 3, 3½, Four meters deep. And inside the crawl area, on the northern walls of the insole, it has cried on the tile inside the bottom walls. So at the least there’s some crying tile that gets water. My question is extra outdoors the home with no crying tiles. And the nation's terrain just isn’t quite optimum within the course of the street.

TOM: Optimal for drainage?

RICHARD: So it's soiled, but not ultimate. So I have a question that the water comes down, saying, when the waves overflow or rain protects the inspiration of the wall and the overall circle, wouldn’t it be advisable to create some pond liner or different thicker materials that will not permit the water to accumulate so much across the perimeter?

Tom: Yeah, I understand your question. You're principally in search of a strategy to maintain water far from the inspiration that’s sensible. Nevertheless, I’ll inform you, although chances are you’ll not have optimum drainage from the perspective of the location, a lot of the water affecting the foundations is water that comes out of the ceiling, drains and out of the fluids. That's why it's going to be the simplest option to control it

Often, if you wish to decide how properly your home does it, you need to make a mental image of how much a roof will come from every downspout. And we are wanting somewhere round 400 – 600 square meters or as much as 800 square meters of roof floor per cam. If it is greater than that, the pins will in all probability be undersized and may easily come full. The opposite thing is, in fact, to ensure they’re clear. And an important thing is to take a look at where they end.

US and Canadian contractors now have a very dangerous case of taking them down and just turning them to the bottom of some inches and let them run right into a splash block that can be a few ft long. In the event you attempt to hold your foundation dry, nevertheless, the water wants Four, 5, 6 meters from the inspiration, as a result of then it should go right down to the ground and never utterly saturate the ground proper round your home. And managing that discharge is the most secure and quickest and easiest and least expensive option to maintain moisture.

In fact, we might speak about sewer drains and all types of things, however I don't assume it's essential. Because I discovered that a lot of the water issues, which I have seen, all of years, when I’ve made this proposal, and in the course of the 20 years, once I was knowledgeable house inspector, virtually all of them could be solved by managing – better administration – gutters and down pipes. It's very easy.

I typically have hassle assuring that individuals are so simple, nevertheless it actually is, have you learnt? Should you hold the water out of this foundation's circle, which will get the roof off, you will notice nice variations in the circumstances that you simply watch.

RICHARD: Nicely, thank you. Sure, I guess the most important drawback area is one huge, lengthy valley. And during these heavy rains, this space will solely overflow.

TOM: Proper.

RICHARD: I feel I might set up a copper box – with my very own downtime right here or perhaps a couple of splash protectors or one thing. I'm unsure.

Tom: I do know what you're talking about. So there are specific roof buildings that should not have sufficient area for a boiler or channel that’s giant enough. So, what you might do is do one thing, or you possibly can just put it deeper into the eaves. Commonplace troughs are 4-inch Okay-style gutters. I, in my house, once I lost my soldier, I had a roof rocket with a 6 inch Okay-style. And I knew it was going to handle more water, however I used to be additionally affected by the fact that darn issues by no means get clogged because the pins are so much greater.

And another factor you may do on this roof is you’ll be able to put the dealers larger on the valley. And the changer is just like a – consider it as angular iron, however it's product of aluminum. It is often like a drip drop that you simply use over doors. And you place it on the roof, and you principally seal its asphalt and some screws with rubber sheets, so – and punch it on the roof burner, place it right there. And then if you consider it, as a result of the water you described as the move of water drops to the roof, it hits this changer, it begins to unfold further on the roof. So it gets into totally different elements of the boiler system than just one corner where it all the time overflows

RICHARD: Oh, very informative. I really respect it. Many thanks.

Tom: Okay. Nicely, good luck with the challenge. We recognize you logging in from Windsor, Ontario.

LESLIE: The Gloria of Massachusetts is with a raffle and is on the lookout for help in the basement toilet. What can we do for you?

GLORIA: I’ve a type of soapstone, old style [sub tubs] (ph). It really works properly. No leakage. However what we do – my brother, Roger, recycles cans, and typically he will get a whole lot of cemented soil. And so, I keep in mind one of the packages, somebody stated they needed to place a small, simply regular carpet. And also you stated it wasn't good because it might get the molds.

Tom: So that you just want one thing small – stand in front of a sink sort?

GLORIA: Yeah, something like that, yes

TOM: Yeah. I want to use a foam mat or – there are loads of totally different carpets which are out like those you set in front of the kitchen sink which might be thick and gentle and made of foam. And that's okay. It provides you some aid in your ft. You simply don't need to put the carpet down because whenever you put the carpet down there’s loads of water. And it may possibly get molds and get allergens that get there. It helps the growth of mud mite and the like. But any sort of vinyl mat would work properly.

Additionally they have flooring tiles made for garages which are a kind of rubber and have holes. They usually lock together the large items of the puzzle. You will get a few of them. But nothing but the carpet is sweet.

GLORIA: OK. So did you say foam or vinyl mat?

TOM: Yep. So, vinyl mat. In my home, in my kitchen, we’ve a 2 foot 3-foot-thick carpet that provides your ft a bit of simpler when you’re principally standing in entrance of the kitchen. And I think about it as a result of it is product of rubbery foam. And there is no stress if you're on it, and you may just decide it up and wash it off and it's good to go.

GLORIA: OK. But the backside would still be rubber, like vinyl (remarkable)?

Tom: No, it's – it's rubber, it's vinyl, it's foam. It's just – look, nothing more than the carpet works, Gloria, OK?


Tom: All but the carpet okay?


Tom: Good luck. Thank you a lot for calling us at 1-888-MONEY-PIT.

LESLIE: You've tuned The Money Pit House Improvement Radio into the air and on-line at MoneyPit.com. Call us. We want to hear what you’re working on. Whether or not it's an enormous venture or a small undertaking, we're right here to earn a hand.

TOM: 888-666-3974.

Subsequent, huge storms can depart a lot apparent structural injury. But there may additionally be hidden damages that may later turn out to be excessive prices. The subsequent Professional Undertaking introduced by HomeAdvisor.com has recommendations on how one can examine your home for injury that is giant and small, seen and invisible.

Enhancing a Good Residence, This is The Money Pit House Improvement Show. I'm Tom KRAEUTLER.

LESLIE: And I'm Leslie Segreti.

TOM: We want to hear what you’re engaged on or planning for the approaching days, together with spring tasks, right? I imply, it's virtually time to get out and work with outside jobs like patios and decks. Call us now at 1-888-MONEY-PIT, featuring HomeAdvisor, a fast and straightforward solution to find the proper professional for any house venture, be it a small repair or a serious improve.

LESLIE: Tom Arizona, you’ve the cash. How can we assist you as we speak?

TOM ARIZONA: Speak to me about this "stainless steel" that stains: chrome steel units and easy methods to clean them.

TOM: Yeah. Chrome steel and its stains, right?

TOM ARIZONA: Oh, yi-yi.

TOM: Yeah. You recognize that everybody thinks it is indestructible and all the time stays lovely and silvery. However it is indestructible, however it doesn’t remain lovely. It’s used much in business kitchens for an excellent purpose: as a result of it is extremely, very sturdy. But if you would like it to look shiny like chrome on a regular basis, it just gained't happen. So, you need to accept it.

It's like when you’ve got copper – we had somebody who referred to as once and stated, "I can't hold my copper gutter without green." “People pay for it. It's called "patina." It's a natural way to turn copper. “And stainless, it will become discolored and it will become discolored and you will have to polish it probably more than you want. But it's just the way it rolls.


LESLIE: That's for sure. And it is interesting because some devices have turned to stainless fingerprints because it is amazing how fast stainless steel gets fingerprint y. And one thing I didn't know what I should get before I got a stainless refrigerator is that you can't put a magnet on it. So it's like all the fun things you've put on your kids, it's useless. You can't set any of these things. In fact, some of the manufacturers now put their magnetic support on stainless so you can do it.

Tom: That would be a big problem in my house. I do not think I've seen the refrigerator door after communication.

LESLIE: Okay? It is true, but there are special products for cleaning stainless steel. It is important that when you clean the stainless steel, wipe it out of stainless stainless steel, as you can then scratch it and cause a strange rotating pattern. I think it's gorgeous and I think it's worth the job. So, it's just something you have to deal with, unfortunately.

TOM ARIZONA: What products would you suggest or process?

LESLIE: The one I really like will be wiped out and called Weiman. It is W-e-i-m-a. I know you get it at Walmart or Bed Bath & Beyond. You can get it in the shower, you can get it wiped. I think it just wipes it out the easiest to handle. You can also get extra fluids and use regular rags when you're done. But I think the most important thing is to use a stainless steel product and you'll find that you have good success with it

TOM ARIZONA: OK. Is there any polishing that can prevent you from staining again right away?

Tom: I don't think so because you can't keep it to keep it clean in the sense. So I think it's just wiping it regularly. It's a more maintenance problem, Tom.

TOM ARIZONA: OK. Many thanks.

TOM: Good luck to the project. Thank you so much for calling us at 888-MONEY-PIT.

LESLIE: Well, big weather phenomena, such as snowstorms, leave much obvious structural damage. But there may also be hidden damages that will later become high costs. We now have tips on how to follow the house after the storm, in the Pro Project presented by HomeAdvisor.com

TOM: OK, first we talk about foundations. If there is plenty of water after melting snow, it can cause the home base to deteriorate and eventually even fail. So check your foundation carefully both outdoors and indoors, looking for areas that are cracked or bulging.

LESLIE: Next, you need to identify flooding electrical equipment. Now everything that has been underwater should definitely be replaced. This also includes outlets, equipment, and large system machines such as your oven. Impurities in the water can damage these sensitive components, resulting in malfunctions and then electrical shocks. So you have to be careful.

TOM: Can not tell you how many times I've seen people that these circuits become wet and think they can just use them. But, if they have been underwater, they need to be replaced.

And we also have to talk about high winds, right? Because they can take a big charge on your home's external skin. And it can cause damage in many areas, so check out your house everywhere. You can check it with a loose siding, a metal structure and a soffit that may have loosened. Pay special attention to this ceiling because rain can run under roof coverings and cause leaks. So, if you loosen a flashing around the chimneys and HVAC vents, such a thing can lead to some quite significant leakage issues.

LESLIE: There are some post-storm fixes that you can deal with alone. But for bigger and broader problems it is best to call a professional. And it's the Pro Project of today, presented by HomeAdvisor.com. With HomeAdvisor, you can get the best-rated home service professionals in your area, read reviews and book appointments online, all for free.

TOM: HomeAdvisor makes it fast and easy to hire the best local professionals

LESLIE: Kim in Missouri is on the line and is on the job table.

KIM: Earlier this year I renewed my bathroom and I had a new vanity, and I had a black one – it was a black granite countertop.

TOM: Yep.

KIM: And for some reason one of the handles – it is a faucet – looks almost hard water or hard water. I can't get it out. It's almost rough. Nothing else on the worktop looks like. I've tried everything, and I'm afraid that I destroyed it. But do you have any suggestions for me?

Tom: I wonder if it's a manufacturing error, Leslie.

LESLIE: I mean it could be fine. So tell us where this is exactly?

KIM: It's basically the right faucet – the right faucet – the bottom and the right handle and bottom of the faucet. I've tried all those things that they recommend. I bought it in a big box.


KIM: I've tried all those things that they recommend there. I have tried – I have not tried anything abrasive. And the rest of the counter looks good, but these two areas aren't just coming out.

TOM: Do you think this is something that paints this special surface, not just an error in the original material. Is this right?

KIM: Yes, I think about it because I don't remember it when they first installed it. But a week or two after I saw it.

LESLIE: Have you tried white vinegar?

KIM: Yes.

LESLIE: You, OK. Because it is usually – if it is hard water stain or some kind of mineral water, it will be a trick.

KIM: And I'm really afraid to try a lot of things because they said you could damage granite if you use the wrong cleaning agent.

TOM: You mentioned this to be installed. Have you thought of contacting the original installers or the company you worked with? Because they can use some of the products you don't have. And it sounds like you have tried all the basic, over-the-counter-type approaches here that you might need a professional who comes in and fix it for you.

KIM: OK. I could try it. I went to the original big-box store and went to the wards where – where I bought this.

The people who made my bathroom said, "What did you clean up with this?" And they showed me that it didn't seem to work. And they would even – I even read an article that should use something like a non-abrasive cloth like Ivory. I've tried it, but like I said, it looks good when it's wet, but when it dries, it will come back.

TOM: Yeah. What could be that – maybe you've worn some paint. And when you do it, stains will get in stone. So I suspect that this will be something you need for professional help.

So I wouldn't – even if it wasn't the store you bought it, there will be companies out there who specialize in granite cleaning and polishing, because anyone who has such surfaces at home – I think when you bought it originally, you think : “Well, it's a natural material. I never have to do anything with it. “But the truth is that they often need expulsions and are shut down from time to time.

And so I think what I would do in this regard, because you've tried all the basic things you can try. I would just like to get a professional to fix this for you.

KIM: Oh, thank you very much. Because I said I was just afraid that I would have destroyed this entire desktop for this one small area.

TOM: Yeah. Well, you can, if you go on. That's why I think you've tried everything that makes sense so you can try. And I'd get a website like HomeAdvisor.com and I find a professional in a particular area. Read reviews, look for someone who sounds good and gives them a picture.

KIM: I had no idea where to go. Thank you. I'm trying so much.

Tom: Good luck. Thank you so much for calling us at 888-MONEY-PIT.

LESLIE: Hey, are you hesitant to handle a paint project because you had trouble landing in this perfect color? Then we want to share some tips on the right color, just the gate,

TOM: Good Home Improvement, this is The Money Pit Home Improvement Show. I'm Tom KRAEUTLER.

LESLIE: And I'm Leslie Segreti.

Tom: What are you working on? Home Improvement? Remodeling? Repair Project? The Real Dilemma? Wondering to design a project in the spring? Call us right now. We would like to help you get started or find out what goes wrong and how to fix it. The number is 1-888-MONEY-PIT, which HomeAdvisor will present. Find out what it costs to do a home project before you hire a professional and immediately book one of HomeAdvisor's best professionals for free.

LESLIE: Well, painting is the easiest and cheapest way to completely change the look of your room. But unfortunately it's still something that many do for themselves.

Now the main reason is: too much good. The colors in the painting center of the local home centers can really make the head.

Tom: Really true. But if you can prevent yourself from falling into the rainbow of paint marks, you will notice that the new paint layer can do wonders to cheer up a tired room. To talk about this is Kevin O & # 39; s Connor, the host of this Old House of TV.

Welcome, Kevin.

KEVIN: Hey, guys.

TOM: So why do people always get the feeling of a deer-in-the-headlight when they think about choosing a paint color?

KEVIN: Have you ever seen a paint wheel? 19659002] Tom: Yeah, it's overwhelming.

LESLIE: Which one? I have a dozen.

KEVIN: Are They Not All 300 Color? Four or five?

LESLIE: Beautiful.

KEVIN: No, far too much. Leslie, you're so right: it's overwhelming. And if you are a guy, you are at a greater disadvantage because you are probably color blind than me.

And I think one reason is many choices, as you say. But what decision you make, you live with it for a long time. You don't want to paint your wall every year, so you have to choose the right color.

Even though this feels overwhelming, it is an inexpensive and effective way to make a big change.

Tom: What are some tips for picking the perfect color?

KEVIN: Well, I think I have to understand that color is basically a style. And styles are trends. They come and go, right? Always think about what trends you are seeing right now. And, as it turns out, gray is some kind, for some reason a great trend. People use gray everywhere, with different grayscale colors. So it's good to know.

LESLIE: Fifty.

KEVIN: Yeah.

TOM: Exactly

KEVIN: I've seen it something else, I suspect.

So it is good to know that there are trends there. You may want to look for them to make you feel that your work will be modern and well received. One caution is that, of course, because it is a trend, trends change. So you may have to really change with future trends.

TOM: Yep.

LESLIE: Or use this trendy color for smarter or smaller applications so that if it changes or if its ring, it's easier and more manageable

KEVIN: Well, you can definitely think of accents and small places where you can dress in the room with only one color. And think about some of the beautiful details that many rooms have or can add.

Roofing is a good way to present color. Wainscoting is a beautiful architectural detail. We often think of it as white or white, but why not give it its own color? It's not the whole room, but you can bring some of these trendy colors through these things.

LESLIE: And I think one of the biggest trends this year – and we've seen it repeated throughout this year and next year – is that the trend is to paint the color of the wall by sorting the same color in your family, perhaps shading which is darker and has a different gloss, only to bring that color a little more in a pungent or strong way.

KEVIN: We have worked for a number of designers who have done just that. And quite frankly, many times we just leave decisions to the designers because they really know what they're doing. But just as you said, Leslie, the color of the wall is – call it "bluish color" and then the cut is a kind of lighter, slightly different color from blue. And the roof, maybe again, drop it down to another sound or two.

And to my surprise, I would have thought, “Oh, this is a very busy room. This will not work. “Right, it has a very good effect.

LESLIE: Soothing

Tom: What about the colors outside it? Is it true that the contrasts are attractive?

KEVIN: Well, one of the things that designers always talked to us is this idea of ​​complementary colors. And what this means if you look at the colors with a color ring, you choose one color from one side and then look at the other side of the color ring and it would be a complementary color.

For example, red and green are on opposite sides of that color wheel. Now it may sound a little Christmas if you think, "Oh, I paint the room in red and green." But it doesn't have to be just a bold red or a bold green; You could think of sage green on the walls and then the cabinets can be a dark cherry with reddish tones. In this situation, you use this idea in complementary colors.

Tom: What if you have inspired something else in the environment, something you have at home? Maybe it's a curtain, pillow; Maybe it's a magazine, some colors that you really find, resonate well with you and want to match it. Are you trying to match it with paper samples or is it a better way?

KEVIN: Well, it's a good place to start. You know, take some kind of feature in the house you love. And again, we work with designers who are doing this all the time and say, "It will be the centerpiece there." And you may not need to replicate it perfectly, but want to play it.

And the good news is that if you go to home centers, the paint mixing technique is now so sophisticated that you can quite bring in all the color – its curtain, pillow, the color of another paint – and give it to them. And they can do a really good job by matching that color or giving you a tone or two out of this color so you can now play this feature you want to play.

LESLIE: And I think another interesting technology point is that so many paint manufacturers are on their website – or have applications where you can download a picture of your room and then apply paint colors to so-called applications so you can see

KEVIN: Imagine an old process Looking at the room and putting some paint on the wall at a small angle or something, and then trying to imagine what the whole room looks like and make all these big decisions. Well, keep going today and do exactly what you said, Leslie: take a picture and paint your room in practice. A boy who really gives you the feet to make these decisions without having to do all the messy work when the paint can go out and put it on the wall.

But I say it's a pretty good method, too – it's really getting it up on the wall. Get out of the small, small paint spikes if you can. Use a much larger paint circle or take the wall part – 3 × 5, 4 × 8 – and paint it so that you can see it in the room, see how it adapts to light in the morning, in the evening,

TOM: Good advice. Kevin O & # 39; Connor TV's Old House, thank you very much for stopping at The Money Pit

KEVIN: My joy, guys.

LESLIE: Alright. Request the current season for this old house and request this old house with PBS. For a step-by-step video of local lists and many ordinary home improvement projects, visit ThisOldHouse.com

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LESLIE: Ruth Michiganissa on saanut ikkunakysymyksen. What can we do for you?

RUTH: My windows fogged up and they had condensation on them, on the centers of them, as well as when it was really cold two years ago. I actually had frost on the inside of the window. And I didn’t know what’s wrong with the windows. What do we need to do with them? They were put in new about 25 years ago.

LESLIE: OK. So that could be the problem: the age factor. So now, when you say you see frost and condensation, is that on the interior side? Or are you sort of seeing it in between the two panes of glass?

RUTH: On the interior.

LESLIE: OK. So, generally, what’s happening is that the thermal seal – the gas that’s in between those two panes of glass that regulates that temperature difference – when you’re starting to see condensation or when you see freezing on the interior, that means that the gas that was in between those two panes isn’t there anymore. So you’re not getting that thermal space in there to block that heat or the coolness transfer. And that can happen because there is a seal within the windows that eventually will fail. It’s not guaranteed to fail but a window that’s 25 years old, it’s a good chance that that’s no longer functioning for you.

And I think at this point, that’s not something that’s really worth repairing or you should look into a replacement window for that, which could be super affordable. You can find some great prices out there. And then you’ll be able to get one that’s truly thermal-pane and help you with all of your cool-transferring situations.

RUTH: OK. So I may have to replace my windows is what you’re saying, rather than try to repair them.

TOM: Well, that’s right. Once the window seal fails, it’s not repairable. Now, generally, it doesn’t result in a huge energy loss. It’s mostly inconvenient because, as you’ve learned, they’ll condense and fog. But if you want it to go away, you have to replace the windows. It’s not repairable.

RUTH: OK. But you’re saying it doesn’t necessarily reduce the insulation factor, huh?

TOM: It does, to a certain extent. It’s certainly not as efficient as a new window. But are you going to get a return on investment by replacing that window that’s going to equal the amount of energy you saved? Probably not or certainly not for a long time.

RUTH: OK. That’s what – I was wondering about that, too. OK. That’s been very helpful. I wasn’t sure what was wrong and I was wondering whether replacements would be the best option or not.

TOM: Well, now you know. Thanks so much for calling us at 888-MONEY-PIT.

Well, if you have a finished or even an unfinished basement or maybe even a crawlspace, it’s always a challenge to keep that space dry. And with all that moisture, those spaces can be breeding grounds for mold and a variety of allergens. So, taking steps to stem that moisture is important. And one product that can help you do just that is called E•Z Breathe.

LESLIE: Now, E•Z Breathe is a ventilation system that takes moisture out of the air and then improves indoor-air quality by helping remove odors, allergens, chemicals, mold spores, dander, soil gases, all manners of indoor-air pollutants.

Now, it works by exhausting the stale air from below-grade spaces, as well as the contaminants and moisture that come with it. And then it replaces it with fresh air, thereby creating a healthier atmosphere.

TOM: Yeah. And as a result, E•Z Breathe customers report they have less coughing, less sneezing and a decrease in allergy and asthma triggers. Plus, the product helps balance temperatures by keeping the air moving and not allowing for stagnant spaces.

You can learn more about E•Z Breathe – the healthy, happy home people – at EZBreathe.com or call 866-822-7328. Again, that’s EZBreathe – B-r-e-a-t-h-e –.com or 866-822-7328.

LESLIE: Ian in North Carolina is on the line and wants to build a recording studio. We might be able to help with that.

IAN: Well, I am – it’s kind of a bucket-list project. I was given my grandmother’s old house and they built on an extension to the house and I’m trying to convert it into just that: a semi-professional recording studio. And I’ve done a little research on this acoustic-foam stuff but it’s ridiculously expensive. And I’m trying to figure out a different method to basically achieve the same effect.

TOM: First of all, if you want to soundproof a room in a residential home, you have to use materials that are specifically designed to do that. Probably the least expensive way to do it is with a material called “soundproof drywall” or “sound-resistant drywall.” There’s a couple of totally different brands that sell this product. However primarily, what you’d do is you’d put a second layer of drywall over the prevailing layer. And this new drywall has sound-resistant capabilities to it or qualities to it so it absorbs the sound and keeps it good and quiet.

Where the rubber meets the street with that is at the penetrations to the wall. So if there’s a light-weight, an outlet or a change, there are some very specific steps it’s a must to absorb these areas to soundproof them. And there’s a putty that needs to be installed round it. It’s fairly involved. However that’s the least costly solution to in all probability – to do that.

You recognize, usually, when you could have sound-resistant development, you have got type of a wall inside a wall so that the 2 partitions are usually not touching each other.

IAN: Like floating?

TOM: Yeah, type of like floating. Like a non-bearing wall.

IAN: Right, proper. OK.

TOM: But you possibly can do this to the partitions and the ceilings however then, what do you do concerning the flooring?

IAN: Right. OK.

TOM: So, check out soundproof drywall and see if that sort of will get you closer to the place you need to go on this, OK?

IAN: That sounds great. Thanks so much.

LESLIE: Alright. Thanks a lot for calling The Money Pit.

Hey, is replacing your home windows a do-it-yourself challenge? We’ll have the answer, next.

TOM: Making good houses better, welcome again to The Money Pit Residence Improvement Show. I’m Tom Kraeutler.

LESLIE: And I’m Leslie Segrete.

TOM: Here that will help you with your house improvement tasks. Give us a call, proper now, at 888-MONEY-PIT introduced by HomeAdvisor, the quick and straightforward solution to find the perfect residence service execs in your space. You possibly can read evaluations and guide appointments on-line, all at no cost.

LESLIE: However you’ve received two execs here, right now, so publish your inquiries to the Group part, identical to Rick from Crystal Springs, Mississippi did.

Now, Rick writes: “I want to know if putting in replacement windows is a do-it-yourself job. I’ve got a brick house with the original aluminum frame, single-pane windows and they’re super cold and drafty.”

TOM: Ah, yes. We know precisely what you’re speaking about with that type of window, Rick. It’s a depressing window. I want it was never invented. They’re very, very chilly and drafty and there’s nothing you are able to do with them.

Now, to your question about whether changing these home windows is DIY or not, I say this: you realize, in case you have a standard, double-hung window – wood window inside a – with perhaps some storm windows on it – I imply that’s sort of the typical kind of replacement-window setup – that you simply probably might do it your self for those who’re a really useful individual.

Nevertheless, with these metallic windows in a brick home, I say not as a result of there’s truly a bit of reconstruction that needs to be achieved. As a result of if that is the type of window I’m eager about, you really don’t have a standard window jamb. And in consequence, that should be constructed as a part of the window-replacement challenge.

So, I’d say that this type of job in all probability isn’t do-it-yourself, even for any person that’s useful, since you don’t need to get it mistaken. You’re going to have leaks that may get behind these home windows, into that brick wall, and that would rot the exterior structure of your property. So I might advocate you name a pro to get that challenge completed, Rick.

LESLIE: Alright. Next up, Karen in Maine writes: “I just removed horribly ugly wallpaper from the kitchen and living room.”

I don’t know. It wasn’t …

TOM: Oh, wait. But how does she really feel about it?

LESLIE: It wasn’t so dangerous. I do love wallpaper.

Alright. But she writes: “To my pleasant surprise, underneath is beautiful, natural, real finished, real wood paneling underneath. Most of the glue dried, which makes it easy to remove, but some is stuck pretty well. I’ve been using vinegar and water to soak and scrape the rest. Is there anything I should do to the paneling before I apply Liquid Gold or Murphy’s Oil Soap to it?”

TOM: Hmm. That’s a superb question. If she’s received that on there, because that was – she additionally stated that was what was there before it was papered over, that’s in all probability why it’s coming off so simply. As a result of it sounds to me like she’s getting away fairly straightforward on this as a result of, sometimes, getting rid of that paste is a real mess.

Now, because you will have real wooden paneling, I might marvel why you’re not just going to frivolously sand off the rest of that glue, proper? I mean why scrape it? Should you scratch by means of a number of the stain, you possibly can simply restain it and then refinish it or put the finish on prime of that.

Whenever you speak about Liquid Gold or Murphy’s Oil Cleaning soap, that’s type of a cloth used to scrub wood however it’s not likely a wood end. So, you might have to refinish that. I might assume that a mild sanding might be a great way to go. And in case you occur to cut by means of a darkish stain, you possibly can all the time restain. And then you definitely put a coat of, say, polyurethane on that. And with the walls, you would in all probability – you need to use water-based polyurethane, a satin finish. It’ll dry quick, it’ll seal it in nice. It’ll be tremendous straightforward to wash going forward, proper?

I don’t assume she should hold wetting these partitions down, Leslie. What do you assume?

LESLIE: No, I don’t assume there really is a need. And you may put a gorgeous end on it that looks actually natural but will assist preserve the look of that wooden. And that’s in all probability one of the simplest ways to go.

TOM: This is The Money Pit House Enchancment Present. Thanks a lot for spending this part of your February day with us. We hope we’ve given you some ideas and ideas for inspiration, perhaps to avoid some perspiration whenever you’re fascinated with getting those tasks accomplished around your home.

If something comes to thoughts and also you weren’t capable of get into the present as we speak, you’ll be able to all the time name us, 24/7, at 888-MONEY-PIT. And we’ll grab that message and return that call the subsequent time we are within the studio. And naturally, you can too publish your questions to our Facebook page at Fb.com/TheMoneyPit or to The Money Pit’s Group page at MoneyPit.com. Plenty of methods to succeed in out to us for the options you want on your residence tasks.

I’m Tom Kraeutler.

LESLIE: And I’m Leslie Segrete.

TOM: Keep in mind, you can do it your self …

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


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