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Tom: Coast to the coast and floorboards for shingles, this is The Cash Pit House Improvement Present. I'm Tom KRAEUTLER.

LESLIE: And I'm Leslie Segreti.

Tom: Hey, what are you working on this February weekend? In case you are in your home, you’re in the suitable place because we are here that will help you get the job carried out. Help yourself first by calling us, right now, at 1-888-MONEY-PIT, 888-666-3974.

Coming this morning in case you are a tenant and also you hate your kitchen utterly or perhaps you are a home-owner with a really small kitchen-makeover price range – you understand, tenants might imagine there’s not a lot they will do in the kitchen they don't like . However we have now 5 recommendations on the tasks you can do to blast your area with out destroying your security deposit or clearing your checking account.

LESLIE: And in this chilly winter it’s typically troublesome to stay snug and maintain power payments in examine, ie for those who don't have sufficient insulation. Properly, regardless of the place you live, we're going to inform you how a lot insulation you want and the place you need it.

Tom: And blackouts can strike with out warning, particularly with all these winter winds and ice storms. Nevertheless, you need to be careful not to get caught at midnight and not using a plan. So we have now some recommendations on what you need to do during an influence outage, hold every thing in good situation so that it is high-quality when the facility comes on.

LESLIE: But most importantly, we're right here to speak to you. So name us, tell us what you’re working on or what you will do by working in your mint, and we’ll allow you to get all of the ducks in a row and get the undertaking off or

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

LESLIE: Dina in Iowa has a flooring masking question. How can we enable you to?

DINA: My husband and I – about 4, four years ago – made modifications in the kitchen.


DINA: And we went to the native Habitat for Humanity store and received – they’re like planks; They are flooring. And we installed them they usually appeared lovely. However over the previous few years things have fallen and pieces have come out. As in some places, it’s only a scratch here or there, however somewhere else there are some items. And luckily the ground has a brown-rock appearance, so some of them will not be noticeable. But there’s one that is fairly giant and whenever you begin looking, you possibly can see how many are.

So we will't return to the shop and get extra because it’s ReStore; they only have limited amounts. And really, changing every little thing that will probably be actually robust. Didn't I know when you have a option to repair this or ideas?

TOM: Nicely the standard of laminate flooring varies quite a bit and some are more sturdy than others. For those who aren't conscious, laminate flooring are just like laminate ranges, apart from probably the most part they are about 20 occasions extra sturdy

If you realize the ground producer – I don't know if it's attainable. Most producers actually have a sort of contact compound. It is sometimes in a tube – it seems to be like a toothpick – the place you’ll be able to really squeeze one thing and restore the ground and provide you with a colour that’s fairly close. When you don't have one, you may find one other one that’s close to this.

DINA: OK. I keep in mind wanting on the flooring. I don't keep in mind the identify, but I keep in mind that it was a serious nickname because we looked at it on-line to read it.


DINA: So I feel we’d have one or two squares somewhere; perhaps i can look back and call them. It's great info.

TOM: Yeah. If you are able to do that, I'll draw you to seek out that they have a flooring repair product. Because you're not the first one to drop one thing on the floor and have a chip.

LESLIE: You aren’t the final.

DINA: Proper. ALRIGHT. Properly thank you. That's good info. I didn't even think about wanting again on the company, so I'll do it.

TOM: You’re very welcome. Thank you very a lot for calling us at 888-MONEY-PIT and good luck with the challenge.

DINA: Thanks.

LESLIE: Corey in Kentucky. How can we provide help to at the moment?

COREY: Yeah, I had a question about the home I used to be shopping for.


COREY: And there is a massive drawback on the second flooring. It’s going to in all probability stop about 6 to eight inches; It seems literally like a bowl on the second flooring.


COREY: And yeah, it's fairly dangerous; it’s really noticeable. And the home was built through the civil conflict, so it's a very previous house. And it's an previous farmhouse.

TOM: Oops

COREY: And simply wondering how huge the correction can be? The development engineer stated it was high-quality, however…

Tom: Yeah, it's somewhere and gained't tear the house. Does it make it for you? It's really onerous to say…

LESLIE: Don't you are feeling better?

Tom: Yeah, until you really get to it.

COREY: Yeah.

TOM: A few issues you can do. To start with, Corey, have you had knowledgeable house inspector or an engineer to take a look at the home?

COREY: Yeah. I'm truly sotilaassa and I had a – a veteran coverage was certainly that the inspector went out and take a look at it. The inspected development engineer stated it was good in construction as a result of it was constructed with inexperienced wooden, however it contracted.


COREY: And he stated it was good, but when I needed to promote the home once more, I have to make it better so I might get what I paid for it.

TOM: Properly, respecting all the troopers and veterans and the buddies they despatched, undoubtedly he was a structural designer. You might be – you may name her, however it might be unlikely that they might ship such knowledgeable. They in all probability despatched a housing inspector who inspects all the things from houses that folks buy and have to lease.

I want to strongly – strongly emphasize – advocate that you’ve no less than knowledgeable inspector. These are associates who take a look at houses every single day, they usually really know find out how to type wheat from resins and find out if it's an enormous drawback or a small drawback. And in case you are really in this place, the aforementioned step is to negotiate with a structural designer.

Now, if there’s such a problem, if you’ll repair it – and it feels like you’re – It's essential that you simply do it right. And that’s that you simply work with an architect or an engineer to examine the property, truly specify the precise fixes that need to be finished, and assessment it after it's finished, and offer you a letter that's the best way you’re, so now you're the one . pedigree or proof that the issue has been recognized, evaluated and corrected appropriately. And you’ve got knowledgeable word – a licensed skilled – who will show it.

It will take you away from the accountable individual. You already know what I imply? Should you solely had a sloping flooring and you say, "Well, I'll fix it," it doesn't mean that you simply had to take a look at it prematurely, clarify precisely the way it ought to be strengthened, and ensure it was carried out proper. So in case you are critical, I'd get one other skilled to take a look at it and take a look at a specific drawback. It supports funding.

COREY: OK. Yeah, as a result of the house is fairly low cost and I might undoubtedly promote it for a better worth. So I was really exploring – it's 5 hectares of land and all the things, so I actually needed to get the house, but I didn't know if it was going to value me extra methods to fix the home than to purchase

Tom: Yeah. And it’s undoubtedly a cost-benefit evaluation that needs to be completed. I strongly advocate that you simply use $ 350 or what it costs if you wish to do an inspection.

For those who go to the American Residence Inspector's web site, it is ASHI-A-S-H-I – .org. There is a zip code locator. You can see ASHI certified members in your space. I want to use it as the primary record I call. Then work via the record and speak to the inspectors till you find someone who actually feels what he's doing and you're snug. And then rent this individual to guage the home.

COREY: OK. It sounds good.

Tom: Okay, Corey. Congratulations on your venture. Thanks so much for calling us at 1-888-MONEY-PIT.

COREY: Okay.

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TOM: And when you have got rented and you don’t own your personal kitchen, you could assume that you haven’t any choices for upgrades. We’re here to inform you that you are doing, and we’ll share a number of that could possibly be finished with out making a Deposit cost thereafter.

If Residence Options Stay, this is The Money Pit Residence Improvement Present. I'm Tom KRAEUTLER.

LESLIE: And I'm Leslie Segreti.

Tom: We'd love to listen to what you're working on or what you're going to do. Spring is simply around the corner. Have you considered the deck? Perhaps another outside dwelling improvements? Call us at 1-888-MONEY-PIT, at present featuring HomeAdvisor, where you will discover the best-rated house service professionals and e-book appointments online, all without spending a dime.

LESLIE: Barry Florida offers with HVAC. Inform us what occurs.

BARRY: Properly, I swapped the syringe kitchen sink. And I – on the similar time, I made the dishwasher and dishwasher work nicely, no drawback. Nevertheless, the sprayer has been there for 22 years. It wasn't just spraying. I assumed every little thing was blocked, so it was changed. And once I did, I obtained a new – once I start the water – not the sprayer, but the water – I get Bang-Bang-Bang like the air in the pipes. Nevertheless it has completed so for a few month, waking up all in the house.

So I assumed that perhaps I referred to as you as a good friend and would you please assist me to make clear – I'm pretty useful – what I have to do. Exchange the entire thing – and replaced it with the brand new one I bought from the ironmongery shop.

LESLIE: Barry, if you stated that the sound wakes up all over, does it happen alone or just once you use this sink?

BARRY: No, no. Only once you use water. My spouse informed me that once I rise up for espresso within the morning, I wake her up by turning water.

TOM: Now that you simply turn the water on or off?


Tom: On?

BARRY: All the time the water is there.

TOM: Hmm It is fascinating

BARRY: If I left it for 20 minutes, it will do it for 20 minutes constantly. That's why I don't assume it's air.

Tom: And on a regular basis. Yeah, yeah, I feel you’ve a nasty washer somewhere.

If it occurred if you sprayed it after which released it to show the water off, and you then blow that I might say that the water with a hammer, as a result of there’s a circulate of water within the pipes within the water. And once you cease spraying water, it strikes and squeezes the tubes.

BARRY: Ah, yeah.

TOM: It has one answer. But when it occurs just because you might have turned on the syringe, I feel the valve on the spray valve is dangerous and it in all probability vibrates somewhere there. This typically occurs with kitchen sinks. Should you raise the lever to show the sink, typically you get a kachunka-chunka-chunka-chunk (ph) -type sound.

BARRY: Yeah.

Tom: After which there's a nasty valve. And so I think that for those who simply change – you don't have to exchange the whole line but simply the handle half. Attempt to exchange it and verify if it is nonetheless there. I feel you will have a nasty man.

BARRY: You converse with a hand fan deal with

TOM: Proper. Yeah. And they’re interchangeable.

BARRY: OK. Okay, yes. Absolutely. ALRIGHT.

Tom: Okay, Barry. Give it an image.

BARRY: Nicely, I'm making an attempt. I didn't assume it was straightforward to repair it if it was a fix.

Tom: And that's our hope. Barry, thank you so much for calling us at 888-MONEY-PIT.

LESLIE: Properly, for those who're a tenant and also you're not glad together with your kitchen, you may assume you're pretty stuck with it. Nicely, it's not. You understand that we now have some simple however impressive tasks that you can do to replace your area with out chopping your finances or compromising your safety deposit.

First, you possibly can install a glue-backsplash peeling and sticking tile. It provides texture and curiosity. It doesn’t take any time and various primary DIY expertise.

One other factor you are able to do is vinyl base. And the remnants make a very great various to a smaller area. You possibly can place them on regional rugs, however they’re heavier and more durable. You’ll be able to reduce them to fit the area, making them a very great, short-term type for a small room, akin to a kitchen or a tub.

TOM: Another straightforward kitchen change is just to open the shelves or simply flip off the cupboard doors. Wood helps to warm up area and take your whole stuff in a traditional view, in our case it forces us to stay clean and tidy. Perhaps you too.

And eventually you’ll be able to simply change the cupboard hardware. You only get new bets. They are very low cost when it comes to improve, however additionally they affect the type of the kitchen.

For those who take out the doors or change the door handles, keep in mind where they got here from. What I need to do is put the masking tape on the door and the number on the tape so you don't write to the door. And this manner, when it's time to move, you possibly can simply put them back and everyone is glad. You're glad since you had a fantastic wanting kitchen once you lived there. And your landlord is glad as a result of he will get his cabinet back. It's a win-win.

This is the Money Pit House Improvement Present. We’re right here that will help you overcome the battle you might face together with your undertaking, your interior design problems. Name us now, or ship a question online at

LESLIE: Susan in Georgia is on a cleansing query. How can we provide help to at the moment?

SUSAN: Hello. My husband and I have bought a 1920s craft residence.


Tom: It's a fantastic residence.

SUSAN: Oh, it's nice. Properly, that's it. It has been ignored and all the interiors we’ve got to date uncovered are vintage heartwood pine.


SUSAN: And so my question isn’t just cleaning, it's triple. To start with, I have to wash it – it hasn't been cleaned for years – and what's one of the simplest ways to do it? In addition to – after I cleaned it, I assumed – what’s the easiest way to restore it – the wooden is dry – and keep it?

TOM: So whenever you say you need to restore, you need to fix these

SUSAN: Yes, me.


SUSAN: They’re – I imply they’re – an antique heartwood.

Tom: Yeah, they can be.

SUSAN: But as a result of there is something in the house – it had previous, exhausting coal, in order that they're just actually grungy.

TOM: mm-hmm.

LESLIE: In order that they're soiled.

Tom: Properly, I'd say clean it first; Then we all know how rather more work it’s a must to do.

Right, Leslie?


SUSAN: What do you clear with it?

TOM: Properly, as a result of it's a tree, you’ll be able to't use a lot moisture. However I'm making an attempt one thing like Murphy's oil soap.

SUSAN: And is it OK to make unfinished wood?

TOM: Yeah. Isn't it – it's in all probability some sort of ground in it, isn't it?

SUSAN: No, it's not

Tom: There's no end to it.

SUSAN: We truly – once we bought the home, that they had set a wallpaper for it.

TOM: A New Concept. If it is utterly unfinished, you must sand it. So I might begin from one half and gently grind it and see the place it goes. I want to use medium sand – like 100 sand – and take it from there.

Now I used to be gently sanding it by hand at first, simply to see what I was working on. If it seems like it really works for you, I might undoubtedly need to lease and even purchase – they're not that expensive – a vibrating grinding machine. And also you …

SUSAN: I'm really making an attempt to hone it in one area, which can be a water heater, and it did not work so properly. There’s a lot, I assume, tannic acid or – in it.

TOM: If you want to try to clean it with something that may be a little heavier, you’ll be able to attempt TSP.

SUSAN: Right.

TOM: But you should use trisodium phosphate, which you should purchase at house.

LESLIE: In a paint package deal

Tom: You combine it in water and it's fairly good to tug the stuff out – pulling off the stains. However I've by no means used it on raw wood. I don't understand why you couldn't give it an experiment.

SUSAN: Yeah. It's not – you already know I didn't find out about mineral-containing drinks or…

TOM: No, no, no, no, no, no, no. It does nothing but units it. I'm making an attempt TSP, but if it doesn't work, you simply need to sand this.

SUSAN: OK, that's okay.

Tom: And you will sand down sufficient by way of it.

SUSAN: Proper.

Tom: And when the sand that you are alleged to do is stain. it and it smoothes the color. So I want to use the Minwax stain – oil-based Minwax stain – and I need to shade it to clean out the colour. And then I might finish it with a clear end.

SUSAN: Good. You answered my question and I’m so glad that I spoke to you. I didn't understand that mineral-containing alcoholic beverages would set it up. So, thank you, guys, so much.

LESLIE: Bill Hawaii is a nasty tap.

Bill, inform us what's happening.

BILL: Once I activate the tap anyplace the house or I rinse the toilet, I hear – there is a high degree of grinning. And it doesn't appear to have an effect on what and the place the faucet, whether it’s scorching or cold or upstairs or downstairs. I get this beautiful noise or excessive tone in the piping.

LESLIE: Isn't it going after it has been happening for some time?

Bill: No. As long as I’ve a faucet

Now I went to the Web and one of the recommendations was that the water coming into the house was a strain regulator. So, a month in the past, I pulled and adjusted it a method and it acquired worse. So just yesterday I went and turned it the other method round, and now it seems better. Now it solely has a excessive quantity whenever you flip it on or off, but not during it. Is it attainable – something incorrect there?

TOM: Yeah. I mean, it's in all probability a strain regulator or perhaps a important water valve. And the rationale you’ve gotten such a robust noise is that the piping does a very good sound transmitter? So, when you get some noise down at its different end, it conveys the entire home. And the fact that that is constant, regardless of the place you’re in the home and what you set in, signifies that it ought to be the primary half, coming to the home, because it is the only tube that’s all the time there.

I feel you're there with a strain regulator. I want to contemplate replacing it and / or changing the primary valve as a result of I feel the sound is coming exactly as you’ve gotten simply described.

BILL: Alright. Hey, excellent. I respect it.

LESLIE: Okay. Thank you so much for calling The Money Pit.

Nicely so simple as it might appear to isolate, it's a venture that many do for themselves. We're going to inform you what it’s essential to do to get it next.

TOM: The place House Options Reside, This is The Money Pit Residence Enchancment Show. I'm Tom KRAEUTLER.

LESLIE: And I'm Leslie Segreti.

Tom: What do you do on this great winter weekend? If it's your home, you're in the proper place. All you need to do is decide up the telephone and name us at 1-888-MONEY-PIT. We get the solutions you’ll want to know by getting your venture proper for the first time.

LESLIE: Now we have now Maria in Delaware on a line that wants assist with a paneling / painting challenge.

You might have a new home and it obtained quite a bit, Maria,

MARIA: It definitely does. About 25 years in the past, the panels have been in all probability highly regarded, but I'm actually tired look to it. We tried to paint one room and sanded it a bit of, primed it and painted it. I'm wonderful, however my husband is just not, because you possibly can still see the grooves by means of the paint. So we questioned if there was a solution to maintain these grooves – perhaps it or whatever – however we didn't need to be stacked later or scatter and trigger extra issues than we have already got. So hopefully you already know some that we will do that without taking all the panels down.

LESLIE: Yeah. Every thing you will fill comes out identical to you assume. So, truly, it is best to both stand it on a ½ inch plasterboard or take the panel off and put the plasterboard on.

MARIA: OK. ½ inch plasterboard. So, how would this affect the form we’ve got? All this ought to be replaced in addition to around the home windows, all?

Tom: Yeah, you must pull it out.

That is what you may need to attempt first. , just take away the panels and see what's beneath it. Because underneath it can be a half-wall. And in case you are fortunate to seek out that the panels aren’t glued to these partitions, chances are you’ll just have the ability to restore the wall, draw nail holes, repair torn areas – or different injury, after which just paint the partitions once more.

MARIA: Sure, it was nailed. I see the nails in it.

Tom: Yeah, it often pulls out fairly easily. So I'd wish to – the very first thing I might do is pull it off the panel. Nothing you put on this panel – there's no approach to fill it as a result of I know what you're asking us to do. But there isn’t a strategy to do it because it goes cracking and dropping, and it seems to be worse than now.

Should you don't like the painted look and need to return to a clean wall, I'd take the panel down. Make it one wall at a time, one space at a time, till you get to it. And so you possibly can virtually not do any formwork work, as a result of often the stuff is minimize across the mould or you possibly can reduce the panels actually tight into the mould and depart it.

MARIA: OK. Thank you so much on your help.

TOM: You’re very welcome. Congratulations in your undertaking. Thank you so much for calling us at 888-MONEY-PIT.

LESLIE: Nicely, regardless of where you reside, it's onerous to remain snug and maintain a examine in your power payments in case you don't have enough insulation within the attic. The truth is that the majority of us not solely and more improve is nearly all the time a price efficient undertaking.

TOM: Sure. But as simple as it might appear to isolate, it's a undertaking that many do-it-yourselfers get improper. We’ve got to ensure that it does not happen to you, is the host of Kevin O Connor, the TV of this Previous Home.

Welcome, Kevin.

KEVIN: Hey, guys.

TOM: Now, insulation is among the building elements which are all the time out of sight and mind. This is, in fact, until you open the first season power bill. How a lot insulation do we’d like?

KEVIN: Properly, it's a very good question, and I feel it's a very good venture that may make individuals do it, but as you say, they need to get it proper. And how a lot you want is the first query. It will depend on where you reside.

So in warmer climate, you're on the lookout for one thing like R-38. And in a colder local weather that runs all the best way to R-49. Now these are the indications that may come to us from ENERGY STAR. And meaning – I feel this: R-38 – 49, it's about 10 to 16 inches of fiberglass insulation.

Tom: It's loads of insulation, and I feel most individuals, simply taking a look at their

KEVIN: Properly, they see that they could have insulation, however the rule of thumb is that the extra insulation is often better, so extra it.

LESLIE: Now, with Kevin's insertion fee in your attic, it's actually a really helpful challenge that could possibly be residence. But is it a self-project?

KEVIN: Oh, it's undoubtedly a do-it-yourself venture, whether you're adding insulation or simply adding insulation for the first time. Imagine, once you work within the attic, when you have nothing in these bays between the roof beams, these bats are designed to fit immediately into the middle of 16 inches. So you’ll be able to fill these bays and add insulation.

If it already exists, it’s a good suggestion to increase the quantity of isolation. The only tip I want to say is that you simply need to place another insulating layer perpendicular to the primary and to the respective roof beams, so that you simply cover all these openings.

LESLIE: And also you want insulation with a diameter,

KEVIN: Teet. As a result of it's actually a steam retarder and you don't want it in the fallacious place. So you need to just remember to use uninsulated insulation. Put it round, cover all these openings and cracks and pile it up.

Tom: Another thing to look out for is the luminaires, particularly these high hat hats that can illuminate the attic. Should you don’t have the suitable sort and cover them for insulation, it may trigger overheating.

KEVIN: It might. So there are principally two differing types: these which might be categorised for contact with the insulation and people that aren’t. You need to make sure that the jars or these embedded lights are estimated to be related. In the event you do not know, watch out and do not cowl them with insulation.

TOM: Now Kevin has added plenty of insulation to the attic, and we also have sufficient ventilation so we don't make the attic too scorching or too humid within the winter or too scorching in the summer. So I feel it's essential to be very careful, even if you need loads of isolation, not to block ventilation, right?

KEVIN: Right. Many of these attics are designed to be ventilated, as you say. And meaning the air enters by way of the soffit via the soffit valve, rises via the higher physique after which out of both the open valve or the ridge. And when you block them, you’ll not be going – the attic won’t do because it ought to. In order that they have cardboard plates that you should use, and actually you place the spacers in place to be sure that the insulation does not diminish any such ventilation.

LESLIE: Mm-hmm. What in case you have open areas or cracks the place chances are you’ll be leaking into the dwelling area and attic? How do you refill…?

KEVIN: Nicely, you need to fill all of the cracks as a lot as potential. You can do it by compacting or truly utilizing enlargement foam. You've seen these cans in the residence middle; You possibly can truly use them to fill these openings and cracks. Because it isn’t simply an R value, it also applies without movement. So air sealing is an effective method to go.

TOM: This might be the areas where the pipes come via the partitions or the wires come via the walls.

KEVIN: They're positive so as to add.

TOM: What is the difference between blown and previous insulation? It appears that evidently burnt insulation is nice as a result of it covers the entire and you don't have to worry about being placed so much. However because it covers every part you possibly can't get anyplace after you put in it.

KEVIN: Yeah. Blown insulation is great, as you say, because it covers all nooks and crannies. But imagine if you must go back to the place to do some work.

So for those who assume you will the best way to go.

TOM: And when it comes to storage, if you want to use the area. Good advice.

KEVIN: Thanks for having me.

LESLIE: Alright. You possibly can catch the current season of This Previous House and Ask This Previous Home on PBS. For local listings and some great articles on how one can enhance the power effectivity of your home and the insulation, as nicely, go to

TOM: And This Previous House is delivered to you on PBS by State Farm.

Hey, simply forward, don’t get stuck at the hours of darkness and not using a plan. We’ve obtained your power-outage survival ideas, after this.

Making good houses better, welcome back to The Cash Pit House Improvement Present. I’m Tom Kraeutler.

LESLIE: And I’m Leslie Segrete.

TOM: And we’re here that will help you with your property enchancment tasks, your do-it-yourself dilemmas or perhaps tasks that you simply’re planning to hire a professional to get accomplished. All nice questions to talk about. However assist yourself by giving us a name at 888-MONEY-PIT introduced by HomeAdvisor.

Should you do need new flooring, perhaps in your kitchen or rest room, performing some redo otherwise you want a brand new roof or perhaps you’re considering of doing a deck, all nice tasks that HomeAdvisor may help with. They’ll immediately match you with the correct professional for the job, free of charge.

LESLIE: Alright. Now we’re going to help Bud in Oregon keep away from a hair-raising electrical state of affairs.

What’s happening, Bud?

BUD: I’ve received 3 banks of the 2 bulbs every, 4-foot-long mounted up in the ceiling, built into a box immediately over my cooktop. And through the summertime, when the humidity is larger, if I get any moisture up there, it may possibly take typically days earlier than those lights will come on reliably on the primary flip of the change.

Now, within the winter, once I’m burning a wood range, which suggests I’ve received decrease humidity inside the home, if I’m cooking on the cooktop and don’t turn the lights on earlier than, I get the same drawback. Besides as quickly because the moisture stops going up there and I’ve obtained 10, 15 minutes, then the lights will start coming again on repeatedly and be reliable again.

So, what I have to know from you, for those who’ve received some ideas, is earlier than I rise up there and start in search of tips on how to do something, I need to know what I have to have in stock. Is there something – a lubricant, a cleanser or no matter – to do one thing with contacts or obtained any recommendations?

TOM: I might surrender on those fixtures.

BUD: Yeah, I might, too. I feel you’re right.

TOM: I might simply surrender on them. They don’t sound protected to me. I’m not fairly positive what exactly goes flawed with them however they definitely shouldn’t be behaving that means. And I might worry about them getting worse and probably inflicting a fireplace.

The cost of a 4-foot, dual-bulb fluorescent fixture isn’t very a lot in the present day. And so I might simply take this on as a challenge and exchange each one in every of them. I wouldn’t try to change the ballast out, I wouldn’t attempt to clear it, I wouldn’t try to do anything like that. I might simply substitute them. It’s simply not value it.

BUD: It’s not what I needed to listen to nevertheless it’s a great thing and it’s in all probability cheaper in the long run to spend the $eight, $10 per what you – put up 3 brand-new ones.

TOM: Precisely.

BUD: OK. I’ll simply search for a very good time once I can do it with out breaking my neck.

TOM: That’s all the time necessary. Bud, thanks a lot for calling us at 888-MONEY-PIT.

Nicely, we’ve all seen the information tales about whole towns with out power for days at a time. But if a strong storm leaves you without energy, what do you have to do? Or most significantly, what shouldn’t you do?

LESLIE: Yeah. To begin with, this can be a huge don’t: don’t use candles. You guys, it is advisable have some good flashlights round the house. You want brilliant LED bulbs. You need to hold them useful and all the time in the same spot. And keep in mind to verify these batteries typically.

TOM: Yeah, absolutely. I mean flashlights are a type of things that should you’ve obtained an previous flashlight, please, please, please just throw it away. The know-how is so totally different at the moment with LEDs. The batteries last quite a bit longer and the bulbs nearly by no means go out.

Now, one other factor to think about, if power goes out, is that you must energy down your home equipment. And don’t restart them till the electricity has been restored for a minimum of a few half-hour. Two reasons for that. Now, some home equipment – like if in case you have an influence failure in the summertime and also you’ve received air conditioners, nicely, you by no means need to turn the air conditioner on and on and off and off as a result of it might break the compressor. However secondly, in the event you wait slightly bit of time, it provides the utility firm the opportunity to reestablish the facility grid and type of stabilize it. And that avoids one other blackout.

I’ve seen many occasions the place the blackout occurred and then the facility comes again on and it goes proper again off. It’s prefer it tripped the circuit breaker or one thing, proper? So, simply give it a while to stabilize and then convey your home back up.

LESLIE: Now, right here’s another one. In case your power goes out, your fridge and freezer will truly maintain things cold for several days when you don’t open the fridge. So, attempt not to open the fridge and go searching and assume what it is you’re going to get. You already know, perhaps if you understand a storm is coming, take a quick picture of what’s in your fridge. And shut that door and don’t open it once more till you already know you need that orange juice and you understand precisely where it is. So, that’s an enormous no-no. Maintain that fridge door closed, you guys.

TOM: That is an awesome concept, taking a picture. Because we all type of wish to window store, right? Just sort of open the door and stare at it for a while.

Alright. And eventually, this is a vital safety tip. To avoid turning into a victim of carbon-monoxide poisoning – which happens each time there’s an enormous storm, it’s horrible – you never, ever need to run a gas-powered generator indoors or even in an open storage, because those fumes will find their means into the house.

And in addition, keep away from cooking with charcoal or propane. Similar purpose. In the event you do this in any enclosed area, these carbon-monoxide fumes will get back into the home and that could possibly be very, very dangerous.

So, hope that helps you out. And we truly hope you don’t need to use any of those ideas. But should you do, that should make it a lot more convenient to get by means of that blackout.

LESLIE: Arising, mould could be exhausting to diagnose. But once you see inexperienced, fuzzy stuff growing out of your packing containers, that’s pretty much a telltale sign. We’re going to inform you methods to eliminate mould the most secure means attainable, after this.

TOM: Making good houses higher, welcome back to The Money Pit Residence Enchancment Show. I’m Tom Kraeutler.

LESLIE: And I’m Leslie Segrete.

TOM: Give us a call, right now, on The Money Pit’s listener line with your house enchancment or décor question at 1-888-MONEY-PIT introduced by HomeAdvisor.

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TOM: Regardless of the kind of job, HomeAdvisor makes it quick and straightforward to hire the perfect local execs.

Alright. And speaking of execs, you’ve obtained a few execs proper here ready to deal with some questions that have been posted in The Cash Pit group.

So, Leslie, who’s up?

LESLIE: Alright. First up, we’ve acquired a publish right here from Noah. Now, Noah writes: “I have green mold growing in my basement. It’s on the furniture, boxes and plastic tubs. I’ve sealed all the vents from the basement to the first floor. I’m getting sick a lot lately. Do you think this is what’s causing it?”

TOM: You assume? I’ll inform you, that may be a great concern, as a result of we will’t make sure without seeing and confirming what you could have with a lab report but my first guess is that the inexperienced, fuzzy mould you see might be a probably toxic mould that’s referred to as Aspergillus. Now, beneath certain circumstances, this can be a sort of microfungus that, along with others which are comparable, we simply confer with as toxic-black mould. And beneath certain circumstances, it may produce mycotoxins which have an effect on human health. So should you’re respiration those spores, it will not be good.

So what I might do is I might get a radical inspection by a mould skilled. And I feel the first step is to do exactly that. Because till you understand what you could have, you don’t actually need to speculate on what must be executed about it.

However I will say this: once I say a mould skilled, I’m not talking a few basement waterproofing contractor and even any contractor. I’m talking about any person that simply does mould testing. Just that because you don’t need to have any conflicts. You maybe might discover a very good-quality house inspector that does mould testing, as properly. You possibly can go to the American Society of Residence Inspectors’ website. Put in your zip code, find a house inspector in your space. That’s at And this manner, you will discover anyone who’s really unbiased and give you the skilled recommendation that that you must know what to do about this.

But I wouldn’t ignore it. You realize, that’s undoubtedly a problem that may influence your well being. Perhaps it already is, perhaps it isn’t, however you’ve acquired to seek out out, OK?

LESLIE: Alright. Subsequent up, we’ve obtained a publish here from Francesca. Now, Francesca writes: “I bought my first home in 2017 and I don’t think the attic fan has stopped running yet. I went in the attic and adjusted the temp to 110. It was at 60. But this fan also has a humidity control. What should I have this setting at?”

TOM: Properly, my recommendation, to start with, is to only disconnect it, Francesca, and here’s why: as a result of attic fans have been extremely popular they usually have been quite common, particularly in an older house, to be put in. However it turns out they’re actually not probably the most environment friendly solution to vent an attic. The problem is that they may pull air not only from the attic however they’ll additionally pull it from your home. And so in the summertime, for example, they’ll steal air-conditioned air – or in your case, even heated air – which makes it costlier to warmth or cool that dwelling area.

We’ve received plenty of posts about this matter and associated subjects to this on our website at However I’d wish to recommend that you simply add a continuous ridge and soffit air flow system. This goes down the peak of the roof and on the overhang. And this manner, it really works, 24/7, to flush all that moisture and scorching air it doesn’t matter what time of the yr it’s.

LESLIE: Alright. Good recommendation. Ensure you deal with that so you can begin saving some cash.

TOM: You’re listening to The Money Pit Residence Improvement Present where we do house enchancment. That’s why it’s referred to as the Residence Enchancment Present. Hey, in case you couldn’t get in to us this hour, you possibly can call us anytime, 24/7, at 1-888-MONEY-PIT as a result of we never sleep. The strains are all the time open, able to take your calls. Once we’re not in the studio – a bit of tip: if we’re not within the studio once you call, we’ll truly call you again the subsequent time we are.

So, hope that we’ve helped you out with some ideas and recommendation for your home this week but that’s on a regular basis we now have.

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 should do it alone.


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