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LESLIE: Sharon in Georgia, you’ve got The Cash Pit.
How can we aid you right now?

SHARON: Hi. I am murtaamaan wall
it’s between two rooms. And I questioned if I might do it alone – no
I’ve expertise at all – or if I’ve – it is something I want

Tom: Perhaps, perhaps not.

LESLIE: It depends. What's on the wall? Is it

TOM: Yeah.

SHARON: Yeah. How do you say that?

Tom: Properly, where is this wall? To start with what
what kind of house do you’ve got? What shape is your home? Is it a colony? Ranch?

SHARON: I’ve – what do you name it – bi-level,
where are the upstairs and downstairs elements?

TOM: Two-tiered? ALRIGHT. Alright. And the place is the wall?

SHARON: The wall – it's two bedrooms and the wall is
right between two bedrooms.

Tom: Hmm, so it's one-way
the home and the again wall of the house or is it perpendicular?

SHARON: It's perpendicular.

TOM: It's in all probability not a retaining wall; that is mine
invisible analysis. I could possibly be incorrect, but in all probability not. As a result of
often on two levels, the solely retaining wall is the center wall, which falls
center, parallel to the front and back partitions of the house.

However even that stated what you are able to do, like
Do-it-yourself thing, do you tear and get on it. However
keep in mind, upon getting completed that, Sharon, you’ll have – you will
take a look at the piping, you also take a look at the heating ducts
taking a look at wiring, not to point out what you are going to do
have to restore all this plasterboard. So there's a variety of it.

SHARON: Oh, actually? I assumed I could possibly be
do it your self; I actually needed to do the undertaking myself. It simply appears like it

Tom: Properly, look, you are able to do it your self. We don’t
You need to develop into a do-it-yourself installer, okay?
work for your self. What might you do …

SHARON: I'm apprehensive about that part of the.

Tom: Yeah, what you can do is break down all the drywall.
It's straightforward to do. However as soon as once more, if…

LESLIE: Yeah, take away the upholstery, take it down

Tom: Sure. Perhaps should you get it finished, you’ll be able to
if the carpenter has come, pull the wall out and have the electrician run

SHARON: All right. Properly, I just needed an professional
recommendation on that.

Tom: Okay.

SHARON: I'm glad you informed me earlier than I acquired in
in the middle of it.

Tom: Precisely. Thank you a lot for calling us

Now we’ve Ben in Arizona dealing with arachnophobia.
What occurs to these spiders?

BEN: Oh,
not very much. They appear to overtake our yard. I can reduce they usually
just scatter in all places. I kill 30 to 50 of them each time

TOM: Tee
Do you could have any concept what sort of spider it is?

BEN: Hey.
They call it – what I've heard, they name them "the tree of spiders". And not so
have no idea what they are – really what they’re referred to as or not. But they are
brown they usually type of have black stripes over their backs. And some
they’re smaller than – some seem like they will get 2 inches in diameter
or so, one thing like that.

There are really a couple of things you are able to do when making an attempt to control these –
the spider inhabitants of those wolves. First issues to do on your personal
House owners should attempt to remove their breeding grounds. And in these areas you
There are shrubs, ivy, grass or some plant that is proper up the house. Wood
piles, lumber piles, rock piles are all locations where these spiders can nest.

the handiest method to eliminate them is to use a pesticide. Now you’ll be able to
Both do it yourself or you’ll be able to hire knowledgeable. If you need to do it your self,
there’s pesticide dust which you could buy in many locations; I do know it’s
out there on Amazon. It's referred to as EcoEXEMPT D – the letter D – EcoEXEMPT D
Dust. And it's an natural, plant-based insecticide that's prepared to use. And it is
also for pets, which is necessary.

to inform you if I had youngsters and I had so many issues, I in all probability would
it was first executed by knowledgeable and then followed by mine
do-it-yourself pest management after. Because the products that professionals use are
simply rather more efficient. And they’re completely protected in the event that they apply them
educated professional according to label directions. Does it make sense?


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Janet in Illinois is working on a terrace venture. How we may help you

have ordered the material for the flooring cowl and it is going to be
waterproof and with a patio under it. And we wish to cease
under so we will do canister lights and / or some
a ceiling fan. And questioned what can be the greatest product to end

To make it waterproof, prevent it from all types of water, whether it's rain or snow,
to get under that.

Properly, the prime product goes to do this. So we just want to finish it that approach
appears nicer than displaying a tree out of a frame.

However is this exposed to the climate from the aspect? I perceive you’re
by putting the ceiling at the prime, but whether it has sides or is possible
to blow wind and rain?

it’s potential that the wind and rain are blowing so yes we would like it.

Tom: So
you need a top quality product that may close and shield the wood.

So inside
in that case, Leslie, I feel I'd go together with monochrome stains, cover stains.

Yeah. But I feel you’re first in search of a roofing material,
right, aside from wood?

Proper. Sure.

TOM: Oh,
the roof? Roof base?


Tom: How
about AZEK?


TOM: Yeah, A-Z-E-Okay. Yeah, AZEK is a extruded PVC product that is
out there in quite a lot of finishes. It’s synthetic so it does not rot
no need for paint.


Tom: So
in case you visit and take a look at lots of sheet products…

Yeah. I guess there's a pearl board or one thing that looks like it
or roof panel.



It may be really fantastic.

Right. However the surface of the lid additionally wants protection. In order to –
I might use a strong shade stain on that floor.

Alright. Sounds great.

Alright. Congratulations on the challenge. Thanks a lot for calling us

Jason, of Delaware, is on the line and wishes assist with an electrical upgrade to get his money. Inform me what it’s
to be continued.

Hey. Let's see. We purchased an older house: in all probability like 1940, 1950. It's a
a terrific house, little question about it. We thought we might have a gaggle
issues: we thought we had to substitute the roof, we thought
the foundation had to be replaced. However that's quite a bit
somebody constructed a home and by no means lived in it.

Tom: Me
we expect we obtained to the "but" station. The whole lot is nice, however what happens?

Nevertheless, the circuit breaker field is outdated. And the complete value of alternative – rental
licensed and professional contractor and each – or electrician
it – prices us about $ 5,000.

Alright. Why do you say it's outdated? What's mistaken with that?

JASON: That's it
100 amp field.


And you may't run greater than two airs
air conditioners in the home collectively

TOM: Please
respiratory. I have excellent news for you, okay?

What is that?

TOM: You
you don't have central air, proper? Do you employ window models?

Window models.

TOM: You
no need for a new panel. 100 amps is excess of enough energy to drive
that house. What do you want…

Until you propose to make these updates.

Yeah. You need some new circuits which might be easier to use.


TOM: You
see why you compass
those breakers are because of it
regardless of which circuit these air conditioners are related to, it attracts extra energy
one circuit can handle.

Now most
For instance, circuits that go to bedrooms are 15 amp circuits. You set in the air
air conditioner or two within 15 amps, it comes with a pop up, particularly the older one
an air conditioner that isn’t as power environment friendly as it turns on
increases power. And when you have these two air conditioners on
similar circuit, it isn’t potential which you could drive it
if you need to.

What are you
whether or not you’re including new circles. So that you add a new circuit that's only for it
air conditioner from the point of installation to the panel. Put it on
my very own 15 amp circuit and there it is; you’re prepared. Not $ 5,000 on a brand new one

See this
is another example – when the electricians are available and assemble you and them
provides you a worth for the work you don't actually need. 100 amps is a
a whole lot of power. I think in a house that’s in all probability fuel heated – is it true? Its


Tom: So
you might have a fuel powered house so you could have fuel warmth, fuel range, fuel water
heater. You understand, for those who pulled 30 amps when everyone was operating it
house, I might be stunned. So you don't need a new field; you need extra circuits.

ALRIGHT. Nicely, thanks, guys, so much.

Canine could be a man's or lady's greatest pal, however they’re not often
your greatest pal in your yard.

It’s true.

Tom: Me
signifies that pets can actually cause havoc with their foot visitors

Yeah. Making an attempt to develop grass on a dog-made path is often a must
uphill battle. So attempt putting in a rocky walkway on those paths as an alternative. Now,
your canine can nonetheless run the means you want it whereas having fun with that lovely stone
the natural allure of the walkway.

you may go for exhausting patterning and restrict your puppy to that area
traditional or electrical fence. Stone and masonry are straightforward to clean. And like
As an added bonus, they prevent your dog from digging holes and pulling filth

Now, when you can't deliver your self to hold your dog away from his beloved grass,
change to a variety that is extra durable for foot and paw visitors, corresponding to
Bermuda grass or Kentucky blue grass.

if the drawback is canine spots – naked patches brought on by dog ​​byproducts
– Properly, it’s your decision to contemplate planting a clover lawn. It stands
better than what your pet leaves again – so their backs back – so to converse.

LESLIE: Laura in South Carolina is
simply with out having fun with the taste of the popcorn ceiling. Inform us what's going on

LAURA: Properly, the tree fell
the roof of our home, which triggered the roof to crack in the bed room.

TOM: Yep. Mm-hmm.

LAURA: And we've received the roof
fastened and all those things fastened and all. And so we redid plaster
and plaster on the ceiling. But we will't match popcorn to you
might or might not inform you that there was damage. And we don't know what to do.

Tom: How did you attempt to fix it

LAURA: Properly, we took – we plastered
it first. We removed the half that had truly come by way of the roof and
put new – new roof up.

TOM: Yep. Yeah.

LAURA: After which our plaster
crack because there were two cracks with an edge
the tree was all the method to the center of the roof.

TOM: Right.

LAURA: And so we have been advised that
after which we tried to use the popcorn texture you get at Lowen's or at house

LESLIE: In a sprig can?

LAURA: And you – sure,
little – no, we tried the spray, however it was so, so messy. And then we acquired
a can of it – a small tank of it – the place you employ putty knives or
painting brush?

TOM: Proper.

LAURA: And tried to put it up
but no – it seems terrible; the water seems to be dripping or excessive

TOM: Right.

LAURA: And it simply doesn't reply
at all, and we don't know what to do.

Tom: So that you made the insurance
requirement of this deed of God?

LAURA: Oh, yeah.

Tom: Did you?

LAURA: It wasn't actually a deed
God; it was a lifeless tree from a neighbor's house that fell.

TOM: Oh, okay. However it does
insurance coverage, proper?

LAURA: Yeah, the insurance coverage lasted

Tom: So why didn't they go to all
approach and restore only the roof? If this was one thing to cowl
insurance and also you had a popcorn roof and you deserve it
returned why they didn't simply pay for painters to come alongside
popcorn roofer and simply describes the entire thing?

LAURA: Nicely, it was type of
a mistake on our half as a result of there was a gentleman who lives
who is the contractor we acquired. And then he made the outdoors
and most of the inside but did not finish that part.

Tom: Okay. Properly, stay and
study. I mean, you’ll be able to in all probability go back to them, but see in case you are actually in love
popcorn on the roof? Because most individuals aren’t; most of the calls we obtain
popcorn ceiling is how to eliminate it.


LESLIE: How to eliminate it.

Tom: So, an alternative choice right here is
simply eliminate what's on the market and reconcile all of it.

LAURA: Exactly.

Tom: And you can do it. It isn’t
really so exhausting to do. Dampen the ceiling – you should use pump-up
sprayer puts somewhat water spray on it: not terrible, not much, but
just enough to suppress it. Then you possibly can scrape the popcorn using the package
with a knife or gypsum board, resembling a punctuation mark?

LAURA: Proper.

Tom: And also you get it off
the entire roof that method. And then the entire thing is primed and then you definitely paint
it's a flat paint because it doesn't mirror mild when it hits
flat paint. And it often mixes fairly properly.

So when you're not glad
repair – as a result of it seems to be like you’re using the right products. And if
it doesn't look right to you and you may't get the entire roof back,
so why not eliminate the remaining popcorn and just go together with it
popcorn-free ceiling?

LAURA: Sure, it may be
greatest – but I didn't understand how troublesome it might be to remove this roof, so we did
didn't want to start something we didn't know if we might cease like …

TOM: Sure, it's not straightforward, however it's
additionally not terrible. So, that's – I feel that's your greatest strategy.

LAURA: Yes, that seems like it’s
can be our solely choice at this level. Alright. Properly, thank you very much. I
I recognize it.

Tom: Nicely, you’re most welcome.
Congratulations on the venture. Thank you a lot for calling us at 888-MONEY-PIT,

You understand, I don't know if Laura is
did this, but when you have something you possibly can depart insurance coverage
To guard what you are promoting – coverage, I ought to say – you actually need to
get a public moderator for entry. As a result of public moderators be just right for you,
not an insurance coverage company. They work at a proportion of the requirement. They are
we are all the time in search of greater than an insurance coverage company adjuster.

And this can be a good example
the sort of factor they wouldn't miss. They don’t seem to be inserted into popcorn
roof restore; they embrace the measurement of a giant price range quantity
factor to be returned, changed utterly. And in the event you do it on the means
like this venture, it is going to be extra outstanding.

And another lesson, I feel, Laura
discovered never to rent a pleasant man who lives round the corner to do
challenge anytime – get sufficient money for it and let knowledgeable do it. It isn’t
part-time job.

LESLIE: Hey. And it could possibly never finish
nicely when using neighbor help.

TOM: Proper.

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Maryann in Virginia is on the line with the roof challenge. What can we do
you at present?

We had a horrible wind sale right here a few month in the past and it just brought about havoc
roof. There were a variety of unfastened tiles and…

What kind of roof do you’ve, Maryann?

Is it an asphalt roof proper now?

Asphalt roofing arm? ALRIGHT. Yeah, you stated the tiles; I simply need to be sure we do
knew what shingles you had, OK?

Yeah. Right. And there is rather like one layer of shingles and so on
that I actually have – the ceiling is simply 17 years previous and I know that simply from the yr
We stay there for the 16 years that we get these winds. And
I would really like to know what can be a great roof to substitute this or
ought to we put one other roof or metallic roof?

ALRIGHT. So, sort of a multi-part query.

Everyone, I would really like to ask you ways long do you wait to stay in the home, Maryann?

Oh, good moment.

Like an excellent time like the entire life of a brand new roof?


ALRIGHT. So, right here's what I recommend. First, in case you are going to be
home for a very long time, we all the time advocate eradicating the first layer of shingles,
not to put one other layer. And why: in case you put the second flooring
shingles, as a result of the first layer is under, tends to act like a sort
the warmth sink. And since it stays hotter and hotter longer, it's quicker
evaporates the oils and numerous supplies which might be in the shingles and trigger
they fail quicker. So the colder the roof, the better. Take the first one
layer of shingles.

so long as you have got to be sure that the ceiling shouldn’t be going to explode, it is high
windproof shingles that you could purchase.

And at Owens Corning, they make a really engaging, type of dimension-looking
The asphalt roofline I would like to say goes up to 120 Miles. So me – an hour. I
would start on their web site. But you undoubtedly need a sunroof
shingles which are made to stand up to robust winds.

there are even some who hold larger gusts of wind there should you say for instance that you are
in Miami-Dade County. However I don't assume you have got to be so crazy.

Alright. Properly, thanks very a lot.

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Yeah. Just think about a pop-up trailer cheated with the greatest bedding and
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Steven in South Carolina is consistent with a water heater that seems to be leaking. And it is
just four months previous so it's not good. Inform us what's going on.

Leslie, I think about myself a grasp of residence decoration.


And I put this new water heater on the renter I’ve – for lease
unit / terraced home. And I went there the other day and observed that the strain aid valve was leaking slowly. I cannot think about
why it leaks.

Nicely, Steven, there could also be two reasons for this leak: the first is that you simply
you could have a nasty strain aid valve; the different is that the water heater just isn’t
work properly and it really will increase the strain. And like
in consequence, the valve does exactly what it’s meant to do, that’s, to open it
upwards if the valve strain exceeds – or the tank strain exceeds
150 kilos. So what’s it? That's the query.

And me
wouldn’t advocate that you simply do this undertaking your self. However I feel the first one
The thing I might do is probably substitute the valve and see if it continues


TOM: The
Another thing you’ll be able to attempt to do is attempt to give somewhat give
water from it. As a result of it’s already leaking,
it in all probability gained't get any worse. We by no means, ever ask individuals to do it
it’s because typically there’s little filth or leach in the water
garbage that’s inside your home's plumbing system can truly do it
leakage worse. But when it already leaks quite badly, I'll open it
shut the small valve lever lever on the aspect of the valve that
relieves strain – a number of occasions. Simply let the water explode from it and
see if it resets.

But if it does
continues, then there is something fallacious with the water heater and it does
its a job.

Properly, let me ask you this. What – I put it the approach it was
installed 10, 12 years in the past. And it's simply scorching water out, chilly water in. And
isn't there some type of diaphragm valve or something that can go
newer water heaters?

right – no, ok? You might be talking a few water hammer arrestor, but that has nothing to do
water heater strain. A water heater is a tool that has
designed to work by itself. It is designed to warmth and provide water
water in your family system. And particularly if it doesn't
right, for this valve, it is going to open and prevent it

So, no.
The water heater just isn’t meant to leak, and if it leaks, there’s something
improper – both a nasty valve or a nasty water heater – and you have to get there
at the backside.

thank you on your insight.

Alright. Congratulations on the challenge.

Yes, hopefully. Hope it really works for me.

Alright. I'm positive it’s going to come. Steven, thank you so much for calling us

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Pat in South Dakota is in keeping with a painting undertaking. How we will help

PAT: Might you
do you repaint the vinyl page?

Tom: Yes.
Voit maalata vinyylin uudelleen – maalaat sen alun perin, ei edes
maalataan se uudelleen. Mutta kerron teille tämän: kun maalaat, sinun täytyy tehdä
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stated, in the event you’re going to do the repainting or you’re going to paint it, you
want to just remember to use a product that’s designed specifically for vinyl
siding. And I might only use a product from a prime model like Benjamin Moore or
Sherwin-Williams. They each have their very own line of vinyl-siding paint. Niin
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that ultimately you’re going to have to repaint it.

That was what I wondering. Thank you so much.

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LESLIE: Properly, for those who’ve received
wall-to-wall carpeting at residence, you recognize that with youngsters, pets and simply common
household visitors, that may all lead to your carpeting getting pretty dingy
wanting very quickly.

Now, fortuitously, it’s not onerous to
steam-clean them yourself. This is something that you can do, at the very least as soon as a
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assist them last longer, as properly. As a result of the number-one cause that carpets wear
out is dust. It’s like sandpaper that will get ground into that carpet each time
you walk on it. And then that breaks down the fibers.

TOM: I am all the time amazed with what a
nice job a steam cleaner can do. You already know, I’ve had youngsters in school. And when
it will get to the end of the yr and it’s time to move out, that carpet has not
been touched for nine months. The last time it was clear was once they moved in
and now they’re shifting out and it’s just totally gross, as a result of you’ll be able to never
nail them down to transfer stuff out of the method. And I inform you what, yearly I
assume I’m going to have to purchase carpet for this place, as a result of it just seems so
terrible. And but I lease a steam cleaner and all of it comes up.

So, steam cleaners do an awesome job at
that heavy-duty cleaning. And such as you say, that dust is absolutely what wears down
these carpet fibers. So in the event you hold your carpet properly vacuumed, you steam-clean
annually, it’s going to final a very long time and hold your house feeling and
wanting recent.

Alright. Now we’ve received Charles on the line.

what’s going on at your cash pit?

We’re in North Central Louisiana and we rise up in the 90s with the high
humidity. But specifically, my house was inbuilt ‘91 and I’ve acquired good
insulation in my attic: the roll-type insulation. About 8 inches of it. And then
we put another three inches of blown insulation on it.

What the
drawback is is I don’t have any sort of airflow to really pull the warmth out of
my attic. I have an enormous vent on the north end of the roofline and I have two
turbines and that’s it. There are not any, I feel – what do you call them, soffit
vents or one thing that usually you see beneath the edge of your roofline? Päällä
the – yeah, I don’t have any of these so I’m wondering, would that assist my
state of affairs some? And in that case, how do I determine what number of I want and the way to area

TOM: So,
here’s how you add further air flow to a roof that’s configured like the
one that you simply’ve described. The most effective sort of insulation is, actually, soffit
venting mixed with ridge venting. So soffit venting is at the overhang and
ridge venting is at the peak. Now, since you don’t have soffits, there’s a
sort of a vent referred to as a “roof-edge vent” or a “soffit-edge vent” that
primarily extends the roofline only about 2 or three inches and supplies an
consumption vent for air to get in proper beneath these shingles.

So in case you
have been to add the roof-edge vent after which combine that with a continuous ridge
vent, you’d have the sort of stream that you actually need. So what occurs is
as the wind hits the roof, it pushes up, it depressurizes that ridge, it’ll
pull air out from the ridge vent whereas pushing air in from those soffit vents
that we just talked about. And that may do rather a lot to cooling that attic area.

Now, these
turbines that you simply described, in case you get the ridge and the drip-edge vents
put in, I might take away the generators because they’re simply going to get in the
method. They’ll interrupt that airflow that we’re making an attempt to establish the sample

Yeah, this ridge vent you’re speaking, I’m going to have to have them redo the
ridge factor. It’s a shingle-type roof. Going to have to have them redo that?

Yeah, you’re going to have to do some carpentry work here. The ridge vent is
fairly straightforward because you possibly can minimize right via the roof shingles, at the prime
peak, and fasten the ridge vent right on prime of that. And it’s a reasonably
watertight fit. The soffit drip-edge vent, that’s somewhat bit extra
difficult. You’d have to take aside the first couple of rows of shingles to
get that in.

Alright. Nicely, I respect the info and I’m going to check out
that stuff and then start wanting round for a great contractor that can do this
for …

Alright. Thanks so much for calling The Cash Pit.

You possibly can
attain us anytime 24 hours a day, 7 days every week proper right here at 888-MONEY-PIT.

Up next,
might your home use just a little extra shine? Get in on the design development that’s
making a comeback: lacquer. We’re going to inform you how, after this.

Making good houses higher, this is The Money Pit Residence Improvement Show. I’m Tom

And I’m Leslie Segrete.

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TOM: And
in the event you’ve acquired a house enchancment question, you possibly can call us at 888-MONEY-PIT or
submit it to, which is what Jim did. And he’s acquired a question about
cleaning wooden kitchen cabinets.

That’s right. Jim writes: “What product would you advocate for cleaning wooden
kitchen cupboards? We simply bought a brand new home and the cabinets are a light-white
oak they usually’re very dirty with grease, hand grime and cigarette-smoke residue.”

TOM: That’s
like the trifecta there.

Yeah, critically.

TOM: Grease,
grime and cigarette smoke.

Nicely, I’ll
inform you what, you have got to begin with a soap. However the drawback is you possibly can’t get
too wet with those cupboards, since you might rot the wood.

So, I
would begin with Murphy’s Oil Soap. If it’s an excellent, dependable wooden cleaner,
you’re going to discover it to be very efficient at pulling a whole lot of that out of
there. But simply don’t use loads of water with it. You possibly can dip a washcloth into
the Murphy’s Cleaning soap, wipe the cabinets down, rinse the washcloth, wipe them again
and so on, so that you simply’re not likely kind of sloshing that water on there. Ja
that’s going to do a superb job of taking a whole lot of that out there.

another great product, though, is WD-40, which has a ton of household uses. Mutta
you solely need to use it as spot remedy. In the event you’ve acquired some specific areas in
these cupboards that you simply just can’t get clear, attempt a bit squirt of WD-40,
especially if there’s adhesive on it from sticky shelf paper or one thing of
that nature. It works rather well.

Yeah. All of this can be a great start. And in the event you’re not proud of the completed
look, keep in mind at this point, you’ve kind of achieved the prep to start portray.
In order that’ll be the first step but cleaning actually is a good way to see what you’ve
acquired and determine where you need to go.

Nicely, adore it or hate it, the 80s are back. And whether or not you’re sporting
acid-washed denim or not, the most trendy place to maintain your garments is a
lacquered dresser or chest of drawers. And the sheen doesn’t have to stop
there. Leslie has received some concepts, in as we speak’s version of Leslie’s Final Word.


Yeah, that lacquer look is popping up again. But wooden that’s finished with
lacquer does want proper prep. That features sanding and sealing.

earlier than you apply that lacquer, clean completely with a tack material. Then use
only aerosol-spray lacquer and shield that working area with drop cloths,
newspaper. And please just remember to work in a well-ventilated area.

Now, you’re
going to need to apply the lacquer slowly and evenly. And also you’ve acquired to maintain
the can about 18 inches from the floor of the challenge. Any further away than
that and that lacquer can orange-peel and type of give a dimpled appearance on
the floor. Nearer than that is going to cause you to have an excessive amount of lacquer
build up and you’re going to get runs or sags.

Now, as
you’re employed, overlap the lacquer spray patterns slightly. You want several thin
coats to offer you that high-gloss look, as opposed to a couple of heavy coats
immediately. Be sure to comply with these directions and dry utterly in
between the coats.

lastly, while lacquer can be utilized on most woods, you can’t use it on mahogany
or rosewood, just because those woods are just too oily. And that’s going to
bleed via the finish and it’s not going to final. It can also’t be used over
sure finishes, together with oil-based stains and lots of wooden fillers. So that you’ve
acquired to ensure you’re putting it on the proper surface.

But belief
me, should you do, lacquer is beautiful. I really like the super shine. It makes colors look
really saturated and it’s implausible even in sudden places, like a handrail
or a banister in your stairwell. Implausible. Use it correctly and adore it.

TOM: This
is The Money Pit House Enchancment Show. Arising subsequent time on the program,
older windows are tougher than charming once they get stuck shut or
even caught open. If that sounds familiar and you’re fascinated by updating
these home windows, we’re going to have ideas for how one can work on getting them
unstuck without inflicting extra damage, on the very next edition of The Money Pit.

I’m Tom

And I’m Leslie Segrete.

Keep in mind, you can do it yourself …

However you don’t have to do it alone.


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