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LESLIE: And I'm Leslie Segreti.

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BRUCE: Properly, we now have a house that has obtained it
cedar-shake siding it. And it is superbly aged, but the spikes have just lately been
realized that between the lower vibrations the place they assemble, they sow defects
crawls completely with good shingles. They usually look by means of the drill
That good stone will get into this damp, small fault.

TOM: Wow. Properly, it smells. And also you're proper:
They're in search of meals. That's why an ankle peck as a result of he's making an attempt

So one factor may be to handle siding to cease
these faults are such that they will get there. Another thing that always works and –
however it’s sort of annoying. And that’s, for those who, round
siding, can cling some tin tops which might be such a flop breeze, perhaps in.
an space the place they love such a church. Or another factor that looks like
scare them for those who take black – huge, black, plastic –
trash bag, like an enormous Hefty bag, and reduce it into strips, however a sort of leaves
it is undamaged in order that it reflects them. And
I feel you need to break their habit, Bruce. And these two ideas can do it.

If you want to attempt one thing pure but – if
You needed to combine a scorching sauce or decide up an oversized bottle
grocery store and blend it with some water, put it in a pumping garden-syringe and
Spray Siding – Be certain that when it's achieved it gained't
Dye Siding – They Get One Taste From It, They Don't Return To Something
more of these bugs. I can assure it.

So there are a couple of ways to try to appeal to
they have a tendency to interrupt their means. In any other case they go
Proceed with such a simple meal underneath the cedar lips

BRUCE: I'm not so wild that I made the house
odor like a robust bouillabaisse. I've tried pöllekuvia, glass fiber

TOM: Yeah.

BRUCE: They've truly sat there, typically,

Tom: "Right there!"

LESLIE: They’re so horrible.

the breeze. Have a suggestion for a sideline remedy that isn’t the precise one
so obvious to our house guests?

Tom: Properly, look, Bruce, for those who don't need to attempt
scorching sauce – and I personally would give it a picture as a result of I feel it is
will probably be very reasonably priced and I don't assume it can keep round, do
The whole house smells like a restaurant – there are two different things
Perhaps you need to assume. Fowl • B • There’s an ankle killer with
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Line Tin Pie Plates And Plastic Hefty Luggage Type Of Wafting In
wind. However they have used quite a lot of balloons and snares which are advantageous
shiny, that's sort of freaks. But they say that when
chicks have left the siding, you possibly can remove them. So don't speak

And there are also some chemical repellents
nuts, though I have to say I haven't seen excellent evaluations
them. It appears to be 50/50 and they are costly.

So it is where we are with it. are
I received into a sort of tempo, and I feel you may need to tolerate some
engaging decorations if you work with it. However I gave them a
Shot because they don’t seem to be very costly and you have nothing to lose.

BRUCE: Nicely, I've tried spray guns and it really works
Once I'm house. But I inform you that I feel I started the cycle once we did
put the suet out. And plainly the animals are starting to demand equal elements
and fiber.

TOM: Yes.

BRUCE: So we stopped making suet and it went
down, however it's still right here.

TOM: Yep.

BRUCE: So thanks to your council. I respect

Tom: Okay. Congratulations, Bruce. thanks lots
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LESLIE: Tennessee Donna has obtained a cool visitor house. Let's

What's up, Donna?

DONNA: We now have been on this capacity – in this capacity –
two and a half years. And once we purchased the property, the guest house
there were tenants. They usually moved slightly over a yr and a half in the past. Nevertheless,
The house has a very funky odor, which as an alternative evaporates over time
increasingly widespread. The odor is greatest described as precise
In Cologne so it's not very nice

LESLIE: Stale Cologne. It's fascinating as a result of usually
Once you get a cool odor in a state that isn’t typically used, it is often
do something about not getting the sink down into the water and the lure dries
and the sewage gases come again. So you will get a funky sewer odor, but Cologne? Are you positive about the house

DONNA: We made all of the carpets in the house.
And there wasn't so much; it was just in the bedroom and toilet.
the remainder of the flooring are wood and tiles.

Tom: Have you completed a painting yet?

before we purchased the house, so i wasn't. After the tenants
moved out, cleaned the house completely. Truly we modified every thing
gear, all such. But I haven't painted it once more.

Tom: I have to inform you that typically once you home
it’s empty, typically a bit boring. Are you utilizing heating


TOM: Sure. So that you get more moisture and typically there could be
be scents. So if it's not likely large, I don't assume I do
can be nervous too much about it. You're doing the fitting factor. Vet carpet. In case you are not
painted and painted, I recommend another step
is to ensure you get to the walls. Because there’s something within the partitions,
it prevents it.

DONNA: Mm-hmm. What kind of primer?

TOM: Nicely, you should use an alkyd primer that’s
water-based primer, or you should use an oil-based primer: one thing KILZ
or B-I-N or one of the Behr merchandise. However the primer is an adhesive that does
paints and fixes also absorbed into the walls

DONNA: OK. So if it is a paint, then the primer might
in truth…

TOM: Right. Actually, typically it is advised individuals
once they have rugs
very aromatic, in order that the plywood flooring can also be coated before they put the new carpet back on


TOM: Because in some instances soak by means of the mat

DONNA: OK. Excellent

TOM: Good luck to the undertaking, Donna. Thanks so
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LESLIE: Bruce Tennessee has some bushy associates
– And I imply some ferret-haired associates and I need help with flooring.
What is occurring?

BRUCE: Yeah, yeah. I’ve seven ferrets
Take a hard line to the carpet. And I need to exchange it, and I assumed:

Tom: Seven ferrets, huh?


BRUCE: Something like that, yeah. Some concepts,

Tom: Positive. Properly, I imply – yeah, you're principally
In search of a pet-resistant flooring and excludes pure hardwood and
In fact the carpet. However you’re completely satisfied to know so much about synthesis

One who comes to thoughts is known as "made vinyl."
it is among the latest flooring merchandise available on the market. And I have
inform me, this factor is basically superb because it seems to be quite real
factor. It seems to be identical to a tree. They’ve simply carried out so properly with know-how
The again is made from vinyl plank that it ends out wanting identical to
like a real deal. And it’s also quite reasonably priced. So, you may need to take it
Take a look at the merchandise out there in that EVP family.

One other is considered laminate. But I
guess if I considered laminate in comparison with EVP, I might in all probability go together with EVP
as a result of it is 100% waterproof. And I feel it might be just a little extra
resistant. You possibly can go to a place like Lumber Liquidators
showrooms and take a look at some samples. I feel you're stunned
how good this thing is. And it will definitely be one thing
might take a variety of punishment. It takes both put on and tear
In fact, it won’t deteriorate in any approach if it will get wet.

BRUCE: What kind of set up we're speaking about

Tom: It's just about DIY. You might hire knowledgeable.
However it has a tongue-groove seam. It's a type of lockout, like most
these products do. It's floating, so that you don't have to attach it. You
Principally go to the sting of the sting. When you’ve got a base plate molding, I'd go inside
about ¼ – three/eight inch backside plate molding, depart a bit gap and canopy


Tom: However it's fairly straightforward to do. You will need to
Ensure the floor is fairly flat. If in case you have plenty of bumps and waves
There are specific tolerances on the ground that every producer determines
these merchandise. Ensure you are inside these tolerances. But I feel
Should you take a look at EVP flooring, it can be a superb answer for you
and your ferret.

And I'll inform you that that is the primary time
by no means acquired a question a few ferret-resistant flooring

BRUCE: I feel one of the reasons I had
vinyl or laminate – I've seen some pals – is – the assumption
or not, there are many good ferret Facebook groups. And there’s
hundreds of us who speak forwards and backwards. And I feel I've seen some individuals
that vinyl or laminate and such heat and give it somewhat bend
up the sides, after which put the mould perhaps 1/8 inch from the floor or
something and give it virtually a bath impact in the room

Tom: Do you imply it bends? I wouldn't


Tom: Nah, I feel you're asking for hassle. There’s
not a flooring producer who ensures it. It's simply designed to be
put in flat. Individuals are artistic with such items, but that’s for positive

BRUCE: That's what I feel. That's why I do
needed to ask you. I assumed you knew, nevertheless it's simply that –
I feel individuals thought that pet-resistance or splash-proofing is ours

TOM: Yep. I hear you.

BRUCE: OK. I'm in search of it. And also you stated Lumber
There are also liquidators, right?

Tom: Yeah, they have it. It's EVP – designed
vinyl plank.

BRUCE: Sounds Good.

Tom: Good luck. Thanks very a lot for calling us

BRUCE: Thank you, sir.

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LESLIE: Janet in South Carolina is working within the kitchen
transformation. How can we enable you to?

JANET: I have a kitchen. It's not a really giant kitchen
The partitions have been painted several occasions and not the most effective paintings. So I
have determined so as to add some type of wooden as such to provide it a country
I really feel like I really like it, across the kitchen wall. And I was
I’m wondering should you might recommend me one thing I might use? I’ve had individuals
Proposes beadboard, wainscot-type disc. Might you recommend something to me

LESLIE: We’re talking about your rustic fashion as a result of it is there
so many various methods to interpret it. And beadboard is a good way to do a …
actually basic, more rural look, particularly should you paint it in white gloss.
It's simply often actually clean. But in case you are on the lookout for extra –
You understand, something extra natural or aged wooden, there are methods to do it

JANET: That's it. I need to go for a light-weight, pure wanting
wood. Not too mild because the cupboards are a lighter shade within the wood.

LESLIE: Nicely, what you are able to do is get your self – and
This might be a nice end. You’ll be able to take a look at the ground – wood board
flooring. And you will get somebody with a white, rustic, beach-side wash
it. And you may even go to the vinyl flooring as a result of it is going to be tremendous
straightforward to install. And you may set up the discs immediately on the wall. And also you
can do it with glue, you can do it with double-sided tape. There’s
in so many various ways you possibly can connect it to the wall by weight
the product itself. And it – should you put it on whereas the planks are operating
vertically or horizontally, which may give a unique rustic look

Now I feel like you need to go to the ground with a ceiling
With this. Is this right?

JANET: That's right. I need to. Now I’ve cabinets

LESLIE: Nicely, I feel it's OK since you're often
perhaps handles 18 inches of area up. And it really isn't
terrible. You’ll be able to maintain it painted and just adorn it there
some very clear basket or something simply offer you just a little bit
additional space for storing, plus a bit of to cover it. But I feel that beadboard
is a wonderful concept and could be very straightforward to do yourself.

Utilizing a wood flooring product, whether vinyl or real
tree, there is a firm – Tom, is it Timberchic, it’s my identify?

TOM: Sure. Mm-hmm. It is right.

LESLIE: They usually make real pieces of pieces,
virtually like a veneer. And you can hook up with the walls. But I've finished it
with its VCR: that vinyl tile that looks like a picket board. I’ve executed it
The HGTV program is displayed on numerous surfaces, horizontally on the wall. And
who provides an incredible, rustic look. So it depends upon what your interpretation is
rustic is

JANET: OK, OK. Would you recommend now – would you recommend
additionally put it on the cupboard? Or you might have indicated you’ve left it
painted? Or can I cowl it too?

LESLIE: You possibly can. In case you are positive – should you use a
wood flooring product, you in all probability get two or three
items with out cuts. In case you are making beadboard,
It’s something that it is advisable to minimize to the exact peak and placed on
there. It is dependent upon how much you see on the floor and what you are feeling
good. I feel if you will do it, make it full. However in case you are
unsure about your talents or it's too excessive or you possibly can't actually see it,
Then I feel there are different methods to cover it with some decorative equipment

JANET: OK. I understand. Good good. Properly thanks

Tom: You're welcome, Janet. Thanks very much for calling us

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LESLIE: Tom, you’re
acquired some huge cash. How can we aid you at the moment?

There are new sewers going to the house. And I feel put it
drains for sewers. Now the neighbor has splash protectors which are just like me
boat. However he has the same pitch ceiling as I have – a 4/12 pitch
Roof and gutters are the same. They're inclined. And he had actual happiness
with that. I've seen it for 20 years and never have any problems with the leaves
and accumulating goods.

Now the seller
says you don't need slopes. He stated his variety is flat. And I just marvel if
it is true. Want a breast or not?

TOM: Yes
housing cover with inclined or inclined neighbor. And what
The vendor sells your home is flat and not tilted. Is that proper?

proper. I'm going to get a 6 inch measurement so the backside can be 2 inches

Tom: The one one
The problem that I have seen into drains, is when you might have a very robust rain
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and bounces and just goes on. I consider you’ve a small one
or its flat in all probability gained't make an enormous difference
but i feel you need some subject. I feel whether it is utterly flat, it will possibly run
again and in the direction of the house, perhaps perhaps even get into fascia. So I
you assume you’re considerably quick. I don't need to make an enormous distinction

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LESLIE: Properly, the kitchen is one place in the home the place most
we spend a whole lot of time. And that is underestimation; I feel like we’re
all the time in our kitchen, at all times. But in case you feel like you
Kitchen cupboards are dated, drab, boring, it's in all probability not your favourite room
grasp in.

Now the excellent news is that there are some choices
getting a new look with out breaking the bank. These choices are for instance
transforming cupboards or just ending. We've obtained recommendation from all three.

TOM: Yep. So first
simply take a look at the difference. Alternative is, in fact, just that you simply tore it
out, you begin once more. Change whenever you need to redefine – it's the underside
Line – or when present bins are actually junky and decomposing.

just return the cupboards to new doors and bins and home equipment.
It can be less expensive, however it could possibly really make it fairly dramatic
differ from breaking the bank.

LESLIE: How are you
Define if your kitchen is certainly a must have? Nicely, you need to be
glad with the prevailing configuration, because the return won’t change
or add new cabinets. And the cabinets must be of top of the range, structurally
speaking. For example, there isn’t a level within the closet

TOM: Yep. And ending a
The cabinet might be probably the most value efficient transfer because it is painted or
restaining is an effective DIY undertaking that produces good results. And
The course of the cabinet colours, corresponding to gray and white and blues, painting is
A cheap choice that can really give the kitchen a contemporary look simply.

LESLIE: Ann in North Dakota
cash per hour. How can we aid you?

ANN: I stay in that home
is over 100 years previous and has an open staircase. The problem is
is a bedroom that is above the staircase and subsequent to it on the prime. And
Part of that bedroom is roughly and then a totally open staircase. And I
is a large crack that develops in an open space. And this area is
extends approximately 6 meters from the load-supporting wall.

I don't know if I can
fix it or if i have to put a help beam or connector or one thing underneath it
because this area is sort of worrying. I have two cracks
about three/eight inch and pretty lengthy.

Tom: So, Ann, these new cracks

ANN: It has all the time been broken, but
It has been a hairline for a few years.

Tom: Oh, boy.

ANN: And then we have been large

Tom: How long ago was the flood?

ANN: It was & # 39; 97. After which
the nation has moved since then. Since then, the floods have been cracks
greater. It was & # 39; 97.

TOM: When there are cracks within the walls
and foundations and such things, we all the time need to find out if they are
lively or inactive. As a result of frankly all houses have cracks. In case you inform me
that during the last 20 years this crack has opened up from the hairline
3/8 inch, it may be lively. I'm not convinced but, but I’m
fearful that you simply in all probability ought to have looked at it

What I would really like you to do is go
web site
American Residence Inspector; it's ASHI –
A-S-H-I – .com. Discover a residence supervisor from your space – there’s a zip code
sorting software – it’s a member of ASHI. And speak about two or three of them
and find one who focuses on such structural points and show them
the. And see if we will discover out, based mostly on this assessment, whether or not
this is an lively, continuous state of affairs or only a crack in an previous plaster wall
it have to be strengthened.

It isn’t uncommon for previous houses
they’ve plenty of cracks and especially around the staircase, as a result of only
The best way houses have been developed is totally different from immediately. And so,
it isn’t a rare space for the event of cracks. But I feel we’ve to
Outline – on your personal widespread sense, if nothing else – is that this
is lively and operating or something that is really historic. Makes it

ANN: It definitely does.

TOM: Alright, Ann. Congratulations on your venture.
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MARY: My home is 70 years previous. Over time, it needed to be
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shingles, however I do not like the crevice opening (noise difference). It is like
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TOM: No. It does precisely what it’s going to do and
what it has to do, Mary. We all know that we all grew up in houses that have been
roughly ventilated. But if the attic is completely ventilated, it ought to
be the identical as the surface temperature. It isn’t a conditional state; it is
absolute. So the heat is trapped on the ground degree you could have
insulation, however brush removing is designed to offer air out of the attic the place it’s
most probably to go away.

So, for instance, if the home is totally ventilated,
the wind blows over the roof, it drops the comb and
pull the air out of the attic from that area. It pulls moisture
in winter; it draws warmth in the summer.

And the other half are soffit openings within the projection.
These work collectively to properly cowl the roof. So you’re never
experienced a properly ventilated attic, however that's what the ridge air flow openings
is to do. And I don't change them because for those who do, you're going
to Ask Several Questions.

Number one, you’ve gotten moisture that accumulates
attic. And what this does is to make the insulation a lot much less efficient. When you
provides only 2% moisture to the glass fiber insulation, it loses a few third
its resistance to warmth loss. Secondly, in summer time you could have too much
warmth, which can make the home that rather more costly. So, I wouldn''t
do a factor

MARY: Oops OK. I was curious. I’m not thrilled with it however I
guess I’ve to stay with it.

TOM: Yep. Get used to it. It's doing its job, Mary,

MARY: Thank you

TOM: Good luck with that challenge. Thanks a lot
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And it may add some value.

Now, if it's properly accomplished, in fact – and in accordance
to the True Value Guide, which is on, Landscaping costs are
going to range pretty extensively. But now householders are going to report spending
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LESLIE: Yeah, that may be a big selection but I mean
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To begin with, the only largest factor within the challenge
value of the brand new landscaping installation. In case your
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Now, skilled landscapers can advise you on
what crops take the longest to mature and may have you plant those first.
They’ll provide help to provide you with a plan to kind of spread this out over time.

TOM: This manner, it’ll all are available good and green at
the same time.

Now, you also need to determine if you need a garden.
Now, a lawn’s not expensive to put in initially but it will possibly take extra money in
the long term, when it comes to water, time and labor. And the identical goes for gardens.
It’s greatest to plant that area now – it’s greatest to plan that area now, I should
say – so that you don’t end up planting a lawn which may later must be torn up
for a backyard. That may simply be type of a wasted effort.

LESLIE: Now, an alternative choice is xeriscaping. Now,
this can be a fashion of landscaping that utilizes crops, shrubs, groundcovers and
rocks that want little or no water to thrive. The price of installing a xeriscape
yard is usually greater than simply planting grass and flowers, since you’re
getting specialized crops and things. However the upkeep and water prices are
stored low and that’s by design.

TOM: Now, it’s also essential to plan area for
patios or decks, even if you don’t construct them instantly. Outside dwelling, it’s
by no means been more common. So now’s undoubtedly the time to determine what your
future outdoor-living room may appear to be, even if constructing it out is, say, a
yr or two off.

LESLIE: Mm-hmm. It’s all the time good to be considering
what that next step is for that outside area.

And eventually, maybe an important factor for
a healthy way forward for your landscape is water and irrigation. Now, this is the
time to put in a sprinkler system. You possibly can degree the ground to keep away from runoff.
And planning which crops, shrubs or flowers are going to get kind of
water are all precautions which will take more time and money within the brief time period.
However these are the things that’s going to provide your garden and backyard the most effective
probability to thrive.

TOM: And by the best way, in the event you discover planning all this
out is type of overwhelming, one thing you possibly can contemplate doing is to hire a
landscape architect.

Now, identical to an architect that designs a house,
landscape architects do the identical thing for landscapes they usually might be properly value
the small investment. Once we moved into our residence, it had been within the household
for a lot of, a few years however my household before me didn’t actually do an entire lot of
landscaping. And we type of needed to deliver all of it together, so I used a
landscape architect. And I’ve received to inform you what, 20, 25 years later, it
still appears nearly as good because the day we put it down. So I acquired loads of worth out of
getting that good planning recommendation up front.

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LESLIE: Up subsequent, condo and city dwelling doesn’t
mean you’ve received to overlook out on homegrown fruits and veggies. We’re going to
inform you how you’ll be capable of take pleasure in your personal bountiful harvest, with recommendations on
condo gardening, next.

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LESLIE: And I’m Leslie Segrete.

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LESLIE: And head on over to the place you
can publish your questions on no matter it’s that you’re presently tackling at
your home. And I’ve received a publish here from Jack who writes: “We personal a 1920-era
tract house with floor-structure points in both the bathtub and the kitchen. The
house is in need of an entire and main rework with new kitchen and tub.
What are one of the best steps to take to ensure we plan for the correct work to be completed
the fitting method?”

TOM: Nicely, that feels like a very cool challenge.
You’re right to be frightened about beginning this and ending it the proper means.
Since there are some considerations concerning the construction, I feel your greatest first step
is to get the assistance of an architect.

You understand, architects are excellent assets to
assist with laying out the spaces of the undertaking. And this manner, relating to
hiring the contractor, you already know exactly what the venture’s going to
entail. What most individuals do is the reverse: they bring about within the contractor first
and then they get all types of various ideas they usually get confused and all
the contractors are bidding on totally different tasks. And it actually makes it onerous
to type of examine apples to apples.

And the architect can even help with planning for
those tough areas, as well as those rooms like kitchens and baths. They usually’re
going to have some good recommendation on find out how to proceed with any work that requires
structural points, including checking by a civil engineer.

A very good place to start out finding an architect is with
skilled organizations like, say, the American Institute of Architects,
which presents particular certifications in lots of areas for its members.

So, a very cool undertaking. Good luck and make sure to
share the finished work with us.

LESLIE: Jack, can’t wait to see that. Good luck,

TOM: Properly, it’s that point of yr once we get to
trade in our snow shovels for a rake and get to work on a garden. However in case you’re
brief on area, there are nonetheless ways to train that green thumb. Leslie has
some particulars, in right now’s version of Leslie’s Final Phrase.


LESLIE: Yeah. This can be a development that I really like and I’m
seeing these vertical-wall gardens popping up in all places: airport lounges,
buying malls, eating places, TV exhibits, nightclubs. They’re all over the place they usually’re

Now, wall gardens, they might help soften an
condominium that perhaps has a rough edge to it or may feel too trendy. You possibly can
additionally use a trellis or a grid and plant any type of vine to offer you that very same
wall-climbing vertical garden.

Now, right here’s another concept: a group backyard.
Individuals are reworking unused pieces of land of their neighborhood into
gourmand gardens of recent produce. It’s a good way to get to know your
neighbors, as a result of everyone takes a turn at tending to the backyard. And
everyone reaps the rewards of the harvest. Numerous methods to really feel like you’re
type of a gardener/outdoors individual in an city setting.

Roof gardens are also gaining reputation. Not solely
are they a good way to create city microclimates however additionally they can create an
oasis in the city.

Lastly, hanging pots are back. When you ask me,
they by no means went anyplace; they’ve simply kind of changed of their fashion and the
sort of crops that you simply put in them. But these hanging potted crops might be
held on a balcony or a porch. And you may put anything in them, like
strawberries, tomatoes, lovely flowers, vines. All issues are beautiful. And
when you can convey any type of inexperienced outdoorsy-ness to your condominium area or
your tiny, little outside area in no matter apartment-living state of affairs you’re
in, we’re completely happy that will help you achieve this.

If you need some more ideas, simply head on over to You’re going to seek out an archive filled with gardening ideas for houses
and flats.

TOM: This is The Money Pit House Enchancment Show.
Arising subsequent time on this system, do you want a shady structure that brings
type and rest to your backyard landscape? Properly, a pergola is an ideal
challenge to do exactly that. We’ll have some ideas and recommendation on the right way to get that
completed in your backyard, on the very subsequent edition of The Money Pit.

I’m Tom Kraeutler.

LESLIE: And I’m Leslie Segrete.

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

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


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