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Tom: Coast to the coast and floorboards for shingles, that is The
Cash Pit House Enchancment Show. I'm Tom KRAEUTLER.

LESLIE: And I'm Leslie Segreti.

Tom: We're here that will help you enhance your own home
tasks, your do-it-yourself issues. What challenge is in your activity record? I
assume that spring is about three weeks if my calculation is
right. So you realize that this means we're going to maneuver the full gear into them
house enchancment tasks. So when you’ve got one in your thoughts here
spring, call us now, quantity 1-888-MONEY-PIT, 888-666-3974. We love
Assist you to get began.

And speaking about getting began, coming to the present right now.
we’re going to speak about a challenge that’s now very fashionable, particularly.
And it's a laundry room makeover.

Nevertheless it's a singular venture, Leslie, because it is
a very small room however it wants lots of work. And it requires rather a lot of professionals. I
You imply you want a plumber, an electrician, a carpenter. It wants
cautious planning

So we're going to design ideas for the washroom

LESLIE: And here's an enormous spring venture. Wanting for
That shade shade greet your family and friends proper in front of you?
Properly, you’ll be able to improve this entrance with the right flower on the entrance and
plantings, create a very colourful welcome. We're going to share some ideas
how you are able to do it proper, coming.

TOM: Plus, have you made some foolish errors about downloading
sensible units? We’ve got some recommendations on how simple it is
routine can save you money

LESLIE: First we need to know what you’re engaged on
is getting ready for this spring season. Name us. Get ready. Get ready.
Maybe we’re simply talking about these spring enhancements to maintain the winter circumstances
off. It's all wishful considering, so name us. We want to give a hand.

Tom: I really like optimism. Is 1-888-MONEY-PIT

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

LESLIE: Gail is in Ontario. How can we allow you to
at this time?

GAIL: We simply had a strong power heaven and
Central air put in in our home. And I have a ranch-style home.
It's all isolated. They usually put in the oven's laundry room they usually have been
I received the condensate tube from the oven and the central air drips a
bucket crawl to ground. And the bucket has limestone.
And we’re contradictory about whether that is good or not.

Tom: So you say it drips into a bucket. Is this a drum
a pump like a fuel pump? Or is it just a bucket in the country

GAIL: Yeah, it's just a bucket with limestone. They
Reduce a hole in my plastic that runs by way of the backside of the crawl area and
they have a bucket – the place they reduce it. And yeah, the pipe is true
falls into the bucket, going by means of the limestone and into the ground.

Tom: They're principally just taking water –
under the vapor barrier. No, I don't assume it's a really God concept.
It's really careless. You need to do that – or
they need to be fitted with a extra condensed pump.

The condensate pump is now a small pump. It sits shut by
in the oven and near the air dealing with unit. After which the moisture goes into that pump.
And when it’s crammed, the float begins the pump after which pumps the condensate
often a transparent plastic tube or a small tube and then outside. So
You employ it principally outdoors your home in the similar approach you might release
the gutter. For example, in my home I’ve a condensate pump that discharges
the similar splash as my gutter down and it takes it outdoors the water.

I don't like the concept that it will just trample it
Crawlspace soil, which is closest to what they do right here.

GAIL: Yeah, I'll inform them it. Yeah. As I was – we have been
– It was actually annoying to us as a result of we don't assume it was an excellent factor
as a result of I feel of the water that goes there? It wins

TOM: Sure. No, intuition is in place, OK? So you name
Ontario, a Canadian contractor back and get him to fix it, OK?

GAIL: And thanks so much for calling me. Congratulations in your challenge.

Iowa needs assist with a small stream bathe. You’re in the actual Seinfeld trend
simply don't get a very good wash?

No. My house is a ranch in 1978. We’ve got lived right here for about 10 years. I have all the time been
good water – what I felt was a reasonably good water strain. There’s nonetheless
the unique showers and showers, so I made a decision to replace the whole lot
extra environmentally friendly goods. The bogs have been replaced, no problems. However
bathe heads, I put these low-flow showers, and it's like water
just barely – I naturally waited for some performance however water
is rather like falling from them.

Tom: Is this just
happens with one shower head, Jeff, or does it occur in several showers?


TOM: Two
shower heads, OK. So we will rule out all types of blockages because it wouldn't be
would happen to each at the similar time.

What sort
did you get there? Are you able to tell me the brand?

The primary was a house improvement model shower. The other one is
is Waterpik. It isn’t the highest finish – I assumed perhaps I just went
too low cost at first, so i went to the center of variety. It's been carried out – I
did not know i can perhaps update extra or just come again to the previous one

Tom: Yeah, once you do
Install a small movement protection and also you didn't have it earlier than, you're right
in that you’re going to get the energy of the shower down
you’re used to.

Now ought to
have enough water. And the reality that you simply don't realize it means
that you could be not have the right shower or in case you have one thing incorrect
installation. I want to exclude this throughout the debate
installation, close all obstructions, even if it is utterly potential.
And also you may need to take it off and look behind it and make sure it’s

But what I would really like
We advocate that you simply replace your bathe head to a nickname like Moen or
perhaps Delta. Because these guys spend rather a lot of time and quite a bit of money
design a jet head so that they don’t degrade performance
save water. One other thing is exploration
Water Sense. And it's like ENERGY STAR for units, nevertheless it's like
measuring water efficiency for taps and jets

undoubtedly give this experiment, because it is what I have now gone, take me so
long shower and foam and stuff, i might also use great move and…

TOM: Not going
work, right? Yeah.

JEFF: Then and
have you learnt? It takes bouquets. Yeah, yes, it doesn't do the trick. I'm going to
look costlier and see what it does for me.

TOM: Alright.
Yeah, you’ll be able to all the time take it again if it doesn't work. However look
First install, just to ensure. Ensure you haven’t any HVAC tape
who acquired caught there or one thing like that, OK?

JEFF: OK. vote
good. Thanks mates.

Tom: Okay. Good luck with this undertaking, Jeff. Thank you so
lots by calling us at 888-MONEY-PIT.

LESLIE: Lulu in Delaware. What can
are we doing to you as we speak?

LULU: Yeah, I observed this autumn that the brick wall was in entrance
the phases started to disintegrate. Lastly, I also paid attention to a
wet day and I stated, "Okay, there will be water in the drain." And me
I assumed perhaps – I have been in my house for three years, so I assumed perhaps
the gutters have to be re-attached. I had someone come out as a result of I saw some
the screws come out. And they also re-attached them to new screws. And then,
In fact extra rain came. Still operating – coming down. My brick front
the phases are spoiling very quickly. So I assumed, "OK, let me do more research."

Then I came upon about the edge of the drip. So I was like "Alright.
Is there an edge on this home or a ripped edge? “This was built
1950s, ”48. And so I crawled up – on the roof. IM afraid of heights.

TOM: Wow.

LULU: And I went there and there was dripping, nevertheless it was
flat. So I made a decision to get one of these T-drops, resembling the edges
come more – drip edge. And so I installed them beneath the edge.

TOM: So we're speaking about inserting an extra
blink under the shingles

LULU: Sure. I feel this could be a drawback. But
rains again. There’s nonetheless rainwater that goes into my steps
bit. It's additionally nicely…

TOM: OK. First, what does this roof seem like?
Has it received a slightly steep rise to it?

LULU: Like over 45 levels?

TOM: Sure. So when you’ve got a roof that is actually steep,
you end up getting an awesome inertia of such water

Are the gutters clogged after which leaking, or is there water
Can't get to a sewer that basically runs out?

LULATION: No. It's not blocked. We cleaned it.

Tom: It's Not Clogged? So it's not – they're not full
and leaking? They're just – it's water that’s simply missing the gutter.

LULU: Because I appear and feel it comes by means of
underneath the backside. And then I like – I try to perceive how it is

TOM: The best way that is potential if the gutter reaches
clogged, it may be backed up after which sorted out
the gutter. This typically happens. If it isn’t blocked, the water is
can't get there first. And I feel the strategy is true, but
It’s essential to be sure that a further extension of the roof coverings comes
the gutters are made sufficiently. So, if the shingles are put in appropriately,
they should cowl the boiler edge at the very least 2 inches.

LULU: I didn't put the shingles in.
greater than a drop edge. Like one other drop edge…

TOM: OK. Are a pair of shingles overlaying the edge of the boiler
inches or are they blank?

LULU: They are brief. They are…

Tom: Yeah. So it's clearly an issue then. Now, this dropping edge you set, you stated it was

LULU: Or metallic? I'm not – it's – I acquired it at house

Tom: I want to do in such a state of affairs
Four-inch aluminum flashes, OK? Comes on roll. Very reasonably priced. It's easier
work in case you reduce it into 4-legged strips. And I might work with it
underneath the shingles. It should go underneath the shingles after which over it
the rear edge of the cowl to make it actually work as a bridge. It’s essential to
Prolong the scope of that ring to the boiler because it sounds
Gutters are a bit of a shingle. And they’re never
works properly on this case. We’ve to get the water operating
shingles, then flashing after which drains. You need to be like that
creates such an extension. When you do, it ought to work properly.


Tom: Good luck. Thank you so much for calling us

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TOM: Next, add a brand new, properly designed and arranged
The laundry room is a extremely popular venture lately, which may do so much of laundry
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TOM: Making Good Houses Better, Welcome Back to Money Maintain
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LESLIE: And I'm Leslie Segreti.

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LESLIE: Now we’re
Gary acquired to Georgia on a line that desires to save lots of rainwater. What can
are we doing for you?

GARY: Yes, I do.
Spouse and I have rather a lot of grass in the water throughout the summer time. And in
Georgia, it's like drought climate. And we now have observed it
During this time – in these months – we have now quite a bit of water
home. And we needed to know we might create water
Tank to save lots of our home from the coming water.

Tom: Yeah, you
Certainly you possibly can acquire rainwater. You just want rainwater
assortment system. And there are rather a lot of trendy ones
in hand. Actually, we wrote this story on Should you go and enter "rainwater collection system" in the search box
see article.

It's a couple
What to remember when putting in it, however again, there's a wide range
collectors who are there. Some seem like they are traditional
barrels; there’s even one which exhibits the aspect of the barrel, which is a hose
Head on its backside. Thus, it collects water from liquids and
you then feed it from the hose

definitely a great system, a good suggestion. And there are a lot of options
and we encourage you to do it.

GARY: And is this
a simple venture I might in all probability do at the weekend?

TOM: Yeah,
clearly. You just have to put this. Yeah, you will have
– You could have to form your tears slightly to feed it, however it is undoubtedly
quite simple installation.

GARY: OK. Alright.
Many thanks.

Tom: You're
Welcome. Congratulations on your undertaking. Thank you a lot for calling us

is once more referred to as "rainwater collection system" and is online,
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LESLIE: Including New, Properly-Designed and Organized Laundry
The room has a very fashionable venture that can make the laundry simpler
and fewer annoying to do

TOM: True. However even if the laundry room makeover is usually a
A small-space transforming challenge, it requires intelligent design to get it accomplished
and a few highly skilled professionals assist deal with all electrical and water provide gear
work and carpentry. We've acquired ideas for doing this work in immediately's Professional
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LESLIE: Yeah. The first thing you must take into consideration is
location. Now you possibly can construct a washroom in one of the smallest cabinets
or as giant as a utility room, spare half or even a basement. But like
You assume via location opportunities, you need to think about things
The space between the laundry space and your bed room, as a result of that is the place
you do all this laundry. You’re taking the garments off, you’re
put them in the proper barrier. The larger the distance, the farther you get

Now it's good to think about the guys: the distance
utilities. Is there already entry to the HVAC in the laundry space and
the electrical connections you need? If not, how far they need
to journey to succeed in this state? Is there a method to use the tumble dryer exhaust
hole? What about fuel drying tumblers? Methods to get a fuel line

Now utility connections might be costly, so a
A spot that can be easily accessed can really affect these prices or

Tom: The subsequent factor is to consider the real state.
Is it sufficient for folding and storage and even ironing
laundry? What about all detergents and bleaching and drying plates
and stain removers and different laundry equipment? You recognize, so much of laundry
the rooms sit permanently on the machines, proper? So,
why don't you’re taking the alternative to seek out good amenities for all of these laundry amenities

I mean, the line is when you spend time
Sensible decisions now that you are planning a washroom challenge, it's going
assist deliver the undertaking on time and in finances. And it will set you up
With a space that may really serve your loved ones properly and do a laundry heck

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LESLIE: Erica in Pennsylvania is on the line
need to renovate the kitchen. How can we make it easier to with this undertaking?

ERICA: Nicely, the kitchen is here now. Once we
first bought this place, I had moved the fridge it was
totally different place. And I observed that the tile – there was no tile
underneath the flooring beneath the refrigerator. And now I'm able to continue
Refurbishment – putting in new cabinets and new flooring – however I feel: 'Do it
I need to put the flooring first or I need to put the cabinets first? ”

Tom: This can be a good query. So I – what type
above all. What variety of flooring are you setting?

ERICA: Nicely, what it is is a tile – a
linoleum sort tile. What We…

TOM: Proper. And we're talking – so we talked
ceramic tiles?

ERICA: No, we're talking about linoleum. But what
I need to substitute it with some laminates…

TOM: Laminate? ALRIGHT. Properly, the laminate is just not horrible
expensive, so I might in all probability, if I have been you, make the entire flooring.

And I mean you can save yourself a foot or two
Towards the wall, but to be trustworthy, I'll simply do the entire room, throw cupboards
up and name it a day.

ERICA: That's what I was questioning about. I assumed that the
would make a finer end result, however I assumed, "Was it like I should go?"

TOM: Yeah. I'd love to do it first. It's just – it's
a lot less surgical procedure as a result of in any other case you need to minimize all of them

ERICA: You're undoubtedly…

TOM: It's simpler to turn the cupboards on and
Drop them down on the flooring.


TOM: Alright? Properly, good luck with the undertaking.
Take a look at They’ve good costs

ERICA: Thank you very a lot. I recognize it.

LESLIE: Okay. Thank you a lot for calling The Money Pit.

Hiya, do you need to pop a colour to greet your mates and
family entrance door? Properly, why don't we make the entry on the right
Flowers and plantings really create a colorful welcome? Panorama professional Roger
Prepare dinner from this previous house is joining
We’ve got clues to do it right.

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Now we're going to help Budia in Oregon to keep away from hair removing
state of affairs

What occurs

BUD: I’ve 3
Banks 2 bulbs each, 4-foot-long mounted ceiling, constructed a
a field immediately over the hob. And in summer time, when the humidity is
Greater, if I get moisture there, it will possibly take some days before them
the lights activate reliably on the first reverse aspect of the change

in the winter once you burn a wood stove, which suggests I have a lower humidity
inside the home, if I'm cooking on the hob and do not turn on the lights
before, i get the similar drawback. Except when the moisture stops
There's 10, 15 minutes, then the lights start to come again
commonly and reliably.

So what I want
do not know when you’ve got acquired some recommendations before I get there and
begin wanting for methods to do something i need to know what i have to be
in store. Do something – lubricant, detergent or something – do
something with contacts or recommendations?

TOM: I gave

BUD: Yeah, me
also. I feel you're right.

Tom: I'd just be
abandon them. They don't sound protected to me. I'm not quite positive what precisely
they are going mistaken with them, but they should undoubtedly not behave like this. And
I want to fear that they’ll get worse and probably trigger a fireplace.

A 4-foot, double-loop fluorescent tube shouldn’t be very much. And so
I just need to take it for a challenge and exchange each one
them. I'm not making an attempt to vary the ballast, I'm not making an attempt to wash it, me
not making an attempt to do something like this. I simply need to exchange them. It's simply not

I needed to listen to, but that's a great thing, and it's in all probability cheaper for a very long time
Spend your $ eight, $ 10 per – 3 model new.

TOM: Precisely.

BUD: OK. I just
look for a superb time once I can do it with out breaking my neck.

Tom: It's all the time
necessary. Bud, thanks so much for calling us at 888-MONEY-PIT.

LESLIE: Nicely, the front yard creates a welcome in
your own home. And when it's time to sell, it's additionally an opportunity to do good
first impression for potential consumers.

Tom: Properly, that's right. Scale back the attraction is what drives individuals
and help your property visually stand out from the package deal. Listed here are some ideas that will help you
Make sure that your own home makes an incredible entrance. This previous house landscaping contractor Roger Prepare dinner.

Welcome, Roger.
Panorama venture planning. And I feel it's very true when you’re
try to create a design that provides the house the first massive one
impression. So what would you say are the keys that give your home a

ROGER: In the event you sell your home, you get it first
a minute that folks pull them to determine. I like this or me
just isn’t it? ”

TOM: Yeah. Or not, right?

ROGER: Very quick.

TOM: Yes. And it's more essential than that
as a result of many occasions we purchase flats online. If this picture
The house doesn’t create this impression, you have got misplaced the battle.

ROGER: Oh, you must keep in mind that you by no means get another
the probability to make an excellent first impression. And what you need to do is create

Now, for years, we’ve got carried out what is known as a "foundation."
planting ”because we’ve a basis that grabs the ground. Very,
Nowadays houses are a bit higher and also you don't need to align
Foundation for Crops. So you need to create one thing that is totally different
textures, totally different flowers, totally different colours and just invite individuals to rise up

LESLIE: Isn't it smart alongside a line
Your walkway, perhaps, a small shrub or a fantastic plantation?

ROGER: I need a shade because it just leads you
entrance door. And I even take this shade that you’ve
walkway and connect it to some pots or hanging baskets from the home.

TOM: Now, making a garden is something individuals typically like
make them behind their house. But is there a chance to create one

ROGER: You can do so much of different things
The house and all the things is dependent upon what you’re. Proper now it's referred to as
“Edible gardens” where you set crops reminiscent of blueberries and issues
can select for themselves. It’s also possible to do it in the yard.

The scope is infinite. You can do a lot

LESLIE: And I feel it's also essential to assume seasonally,
you recognize? So much on the market – with house gross sales, you could listing
your house in summer time after which in winter, you’re nonetheless making an attempt to sell
it. So it’s a must to ensure that no matter you do is both wanting
nice or replace it each season.

ROGER: No, you're right. It’s a must to be some
bones, a construction that will probably be there all through the season. After which, like
True gardeners, move the colour so that you’ve various things
flower all the time

TOM: And it's a good idea to additionally combine colors
and patterns so you will have a very rigorously formatted area?

ROGER: It's all the time nice to get things that complement each other
different. I put purple and yellow together, as a result of I'm a man and we

Tom: And they are your colour.

ROGER: Sure. And again, it's a personal matter. In case you are not
Promoting a house, you do that decor yourself. So use
The colors you want and the crops you are feeling are good for the setting.

Tom: And of course, like every part at residence, upkeep
is absolutely necessary. So how can we arrange these beds in a means
to scale back weeds and reduce upkeep?

ROGER: Properly, weeds – planting issues which are
grows full and keeps weeds down and molds the beds. It helps

What you need to do is to plant crops that do not exist
require rather a lot of work. Some hybrid tea roses are fairly fussy. They are
lovely but they’re fussy. You want crops which are going to develop and fill
and come again yr after yr. And now there are this stuff
Daylilies that bloom more than once, so it's fascinating. So you don't
it have to be replaced by another shade.

Tom: So, Roger, this looks like it could possibly be
an awesome undertaking, however additionally it is necessary to keep in mind that this is one thing
can build. We will start small and build a small area after which complete it
that each season, proper?

ROGER: Right. You possibly can transfer it the means you want. What
I tell folks that they lay the basics – bones – first after which gown up
from there. Or do one aspect, do one bed after which next yr, make one other bed and

Tom: Roger Prepare dinner, a man who all the time creates good

ROGER: You don't appear to know me nicely.

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LESLIE: Laura in South Carolina.
How can we aid you at this time?

LAURA: We now have a deck behind us,
About two years in the past you put on a product that makes it slip
structure? And the coating begins to chip in giant items, so we have been
I feel you're utilizing it on DECKOVER or OVERDECK, I feel it's referred to as?

And once we have been at House Depot, we came upon that they had
One thing else was an choice. They are truly foot-square tiles. They are
reminiscent of thick rubber that you simply use with adhesive to attach to the deck and
Then you definitely cowl the cowl this manner. My concern is when you apply for it
cowl that rotates wood?

Tom: Nicely, Laura, I don't know the rubber plates, but
there are polypropylene sheets or plastic plates or composite slabs which might be on prime
markets which might be designed to cover previous covers. And how these works are
sit on the deck board and often lock together. And some of them
are fairly engaging. The product is known as Coverdeck, which is dozens
Totally different colours and shapes and designs that can look really cool. And it is
won’t be slippery and it seems to be good.

I'm concerned, in case you are bonding to something underneath the tree
deck, I agree that something glued rubber tree is definitely allowed
underwater and it will definitely not evaporate. These composite
Tiles or plastic tiles are likely to have little room underneath them, which permits
tree breathes and dry. After which, really, this can be a drawback: for those who like
water towards it, you’ll get decay.
help you do this rubbery that
you're going to attach down.

LAURA: OK. So the glue is OK as long as there’s a gap or
some type of hole between the wood?

TOM: It 's OK to cowl it
dries out.

LAURA: OK, good. Alright.

Tom: You're welcome. Good luck with that challenge. Thanks so
nicely at calling us at 888-MONEY-PIT. I imply we
talking about telephones and tablets and laptops and extra. And today, there’s
pretty much one or two or three
reside in the house. However what you don’t love is what they're doing to your
electrical invoice.

LESLIE: Yeah. That is sort of superb, guys. Consider it or
not, 40 % of the electricity utilized by cellular units and
other residence electronics are consumed after those units are switched off. So,
whenever you've charged the gadget, don't simply unplug it from the charger; unplug
the charger from the wall socket. My youngsters by no means do that; they all the time depart the
charger still plugged in and just stroll away with the iPad. And I’m like, "Guys,
This is costing cash. ”They never consider me.

TOM: To that time, Leslie, in the event that they've acquired a hard time
remembering, there 's a bit bit easier method
Energy Strip

Now, some of the new will ones will sense when power
is flowing under about 30 watts they usually'll shut off the energy to the entire
Strip mechanically. That's sort of useful, type of kid-proof. You don’t have
to depend on them to assume to turn off the change. And that may undoubtedly
scale back the bills related to charging all these units.

So, good concept to actually take into consideration that should you’ve received quite a bit
of these units in your home. As a result of they could not look like much if you
just see that one little, say, transformer block at a time. However man, all together
they will add quite a bit of money to the value of your electricity each single

LESLIE: Lynn in Missouri is on the line and wishes some help
with a handrail. How can we aid you?

LYNN: I’m making an attempt to figure out the correct process to align
and have the ability to reduce the proper angle for the prime rail and a bottom rail between
two posts.

TOM: OK. So, are the posts degree? Are they straight?

LYNN: Properly, no, not precisely. See, what it’s is we took the
previous, picket stuff off and we’re changing it with vinyl. And so, principally, the
– some of the posts are type of warped a bit here, a bit of there.

TOM: Alright. So, here’s the means you do this. If the posts
have been straight, it will be lots easier as a result of, primarily, what you’d do
is you’d lay the railing on the stairs, put a degree – vertical degree – up
towards it. And as soon as it’s completely straight, use that to find out the reduce
line. Because that shall be, primarily, a vertical minimize.

Now, if the posts are usually not degree – they’re out of degree –
what I might do is I might take the railing and I might clamp it any means I
might to the aspect of the posts, even when it’s a bit sloppy, simply so it’s held
roughly in the place that you want and towards the aspect of the posts
with some massive – perhaps wood Jorgensen
clamps or bar clamps or something
like that.

And then you’ll be able to scribe, from the publish to the rail, with a
pencil that actual reduce. You hold the pencil – say, a carpenter’s pencil – flat
on the submit and then you definitely just principally drag it towards the rail. And then add
a bit of bit of additional area, perhaps make it a ¼-inch greater than that. Reduce it,
put it in place, see how the reduce appears. You possibly can regulate if you need to trim it a
little bit – I presume you’re utilizing a energy
miter box – and then you definitely’ll sort
of dial it in. But that’s the method to do it, OK?

LYNN: OK. Thank you very much.

TOM: Alright, Lynn. Completely happy to help. Good luck with that
challenge. Thanks a lot for calling us at 888-MONEY-PIT.

LESLIE: Hey, do you need extra closet area? Who doesn’t? Olemme
going to have the ideas for adding new closets to your area, subsequent.

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

LESLIE: And I’m Leslie Segrete.

TOM: Like to take your calls to 1-888-MONEY-PIT. You possibly can
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LESLIE: Properly, whatever it’s you’re engaged on, publish your
questions to The Money Pit’s Group web page, identical to Lindsay did. Now,
Lindsay writes: “Hello. We would not have a closet in our bed room. I need to build
one however I’m questioning how giant it ought to be. Any rule of thumb for figuring
this out?”

Nicely, how a lot stuff have you ever received?

TOM: Yeah, really. I feel your answer can be: as giant as
attainable, proper? Do you actually need to sleep in that room? Because then you definitely’d
really have some room for the closet.

LESLIE: The whole room ought to be the closet.

TOM: I’m guessing that Lindsay has an older house, as a result of it’s
commonplace to return across bedrooms with out closets. And that’s why armoires
have been used in eras previous to retailer garments and accessories: variety of an enormous,
structural square field with fancy trim that has enough room for you to hold
stuff and often a number of drawers in it, as nicely.

Now, it’s funny. You realize, for a few years, we didn’t see too
many of these that weren’t antiques. However now there’s, I don’t know, a dozen
totally different variations. In IKEA, in all probability much more, right? So, you’ve acquired some
good choices there in the event you go forward and buy an armoire.

But if you want to construct one in, closets are by no means a nasty
concept, particularly from the resale standpoint. In phrases of that measurement, though,
while we’ve by no means heard anybody complain a few closet that’s too massive, you do
have to type of stability your storage wants with the amount of sq. footage
your bedroom goes to lose.

So, closets are going so as to add worth but not if they scale back
the bed room to the measurement of the postage stamp, where you sort of need to, I don’t
know, walk sideways between the closet and the bed to get in every night time. Niin,
be affordable about it but I do assume it’s in all probability a good suggestion.

LESLIE: Alright. Subsequent up, we’ve received a publish right here from Vincent
who writes: “I’d like to scale back dust in my residence however when purchasing for filters,
I see so many it’s onerous to tell what’s good. Is there a simple approach to examine?”

TOM: Yeah, there’s. And also you’re proper: there are dozens and
dozens of differing types of filters on the market. And it is very important substitute
niitä. And lots of occasions, people simply don’t do it incessantly enough. I mean even the
cheap ones have to get replaced about each 4 weeks.

However what you need to look for known as the “MERV rating” –
M-E-R-V. Now, it’s stamped on every filter and it stands for Minimum Effectivity
Reporting Value. It’s a regular by which you’ll be able to examine all these filters. Sen
going to range from 1 as much as 20. And the greater the score, the higher the
filter’s effectiveness.

Now, it often doesn’t take various dollars in
filter prices to jump a number of grades up on that MERV spectrum. So, that’s all the time
a reasonably good investment. So I’d say as a rule of thumb, Vincent, you need to
go together with a micro-allergen filter, which often has a MERV score of at the least 11.

But if you wish to variety of hone in on more than simply
scores, there’s an entire line of filters out there that can weed out numerous
particles, depending in your meant end result, and even ones which might be
particularly designed to scale back odors or certain varieties of allergens. So it all
will depend on what you need to achieve. But that MERV score is the strategy to figure
out what one is going to be more environment friendly than the different.

LESLIE: Yeah. And now, I feel the flip aspect of all this is
that you simply assume it’s just the air filter helps control the high quality of air in
your home. It’s additionally serving to to regulate the quality of air that gets into the
equipment themselves. So your heating unit, your cooling unit is getting less
dust in all of the machinery itself, which can then help it operate rather more
effectively and rather more cleanly with out the potential for problems down the
street. And whenever you discover the filter that works, purchase a number of of them so you have got
it and also you’re prepared to vary them as typically as you’re imagined to.

TOM: That is The Cash Pit Residence Improvement Present on air and
online at Hey, for those who didn’t have the alternative to name in
at this time, you can do that, 24/7, to 1-888-MONEY-PIT because we are all the time standing
by to take those calls. And we’ll seize your message and name you back the
next time that we are in the studio. But for now, we’re just about out of
time so thanks, again, for being with us.

I’m Tom Kraeutler.

LESLIE: And I’m Leslie Segrete.

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

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


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