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

LESLIE: And I'm Leslie Segreti.

Tom: Comfortable virtually spring. We would like to have fun early
here because spring is the start of the official residence enchancment interval,
Once we know that you’re in all probability a rare get out and get some things
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Hi, you’re on the lookout for projects that can add value
Residence? Properly, we're going to share those who don't and some who do just before.

LESLIE: And in addition ahead, hardwood floors have all the time been one
of the preferred options. But the new lookalike flooring produces hardwood
fashion price range. We share some new developments.

Tom: And if your property will get stiffened by progress
Family, the increase might be an enormous step. We're going to get some ideas
Design that area is certain it’ll serve you for a few years.

LESLIE: First we would like to know what you're working on
or what you’re planning or dreaming or all totally different
issues you consider the cash pit. Who, consider me
householders I perceive that we’re always enthusiastic about what subsequent, what
we will do how we will fix it. So let's assist. Okay, guys? Name us.

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

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

LESLIE: Andrew in North Carolina deals with piping
drawback. How can we assist you immediately?

ANDREW: I purchased the home about three years in the past. It was constructed


ANDREW: And two and a half baths. We purchased it – I had it
repeated with the whole bit of all trendy PVC, CPVC. And then one
Toilet – Whether or not you're utilizing the toilet, sink or bathe – typically
Hold your lips in tubes. Not uniform. No rhyme or rhythm. Then we had a new one
Septic tank was put in and I assumed perhaps if they modified it,
one thing modifications and it didn't change. And we still have this drawback. I
questioned what may be achieved to stop it.

TOM: Nicely, the noise inflicting the pipe noise is probably going to happen
valve not utterly closed. So this could possibly be a rest room filling
valve. When the toilet will get crammed, the valve is usually not
utterly shut. You get some type of vibration whereas the water continues to be shifting
and it may possibly trigger what is described as complicated. It
can solely be a vibration or it could possibly be something else someplace under the line
where you employ the sink or faucet or something else that is
operating water via the pipe. It has a nasty valve and it is

Is that this an inexpensive choice?

ANDREW: I understand that in the toilet, however what about
tub? For those who pull a cup of water, that's just how little it causes. That

Tom: Yeah, nicely, it is sensible, as a result of there’s
valves within the sink inside the faucets that this happens. So whether it is
would occur once you let the water out or when the bathroom is refilled, I would really like
simply exchange these valves. The rest room filling valve could be very straightforward to substitute
price range. In all probability about $ 10. Straightforward to do yourself. Sink Faucet, a
a bit extra money and never quite as straightforward, however it may be self-making
venture when you can sit beneath the cupboard to entry all the gear and
and faucets and so on.

But often the valve has noise and it's simple
repair. And the excellent news is that it has no dangerous effects on HVAC gear
system. So it's simply extra irritation that you could go away,
Andrew, should you change the valves it affects. ALRIGHT?

ANDREW: OK, so we modify the toilet valve and sink

Tom: It ought to do it.

ANDREW: OK. Nicely, we'll give it a attempt.

Tom: Okay, Andrew. Congratulations in your undertaking. Thanks so
a lot to invite us to 888-MONEY-PIT.

LESLIE: Now we've received a Sue line that needs help
remove wallpaper. Tell us what happens.

SUE: Properly, I reside in an older house with – everybody


SUE: And I'm really sick wallpaper.

TOM: Yeah. Also for a few years, wallpapers lots.
hey, Sue?

SUE: Sure, it’s.

LESLIE: Nicely, painter, wallpaper is coming again
huge approach. And large, bold patterns typically work apparently nicely
premises. However they could not all the time be what everyone needs.

Sue, tell me, is it paper or is it vinyl?

SUE: I feel it can be vinyl. Don't need it.

LESLIE: OK. Now, vinyl, you could have to rating
it only covers the wall first because vinyl stops anyway

Now I've accomplished this before, and it is dependent upon how you’re
truly set the paper and how long it has been and what it has been adopted
is. Was the plasterboard ready after that? All of it depends upon it
success price for removing wallpaper. But consider it or not – and it’s
undoubtedly value making an attempt; It doesn't all the time work, however it has been successful in many

SUE: Actually?

LESLIE: I do know it sounds crazy.

TOM: Works nicely.

LESLIE: However you possibly can combine a 1/3-cup softener
2/3 cup scorching water. Or you’ll be able to even do it – what’s it? – Laundry starch:
an equal amount of laundry starch and scorching water.

it ends up being a thicker consistency, so it keeps moisture
the wallpaper you need it to be, while the softener and water are a bit of

However you – when you use a plasticizer, you need
put it in a syringe, spritz that wallpaper, get it super-wet, let it sit
there 10 to 15 minutes. That wallpaper seems to begin
loosen and then peel it off. Start from scratch, work
approach. Chances are you’ll need a scraper to get it down and provides it
much elbow. However with laundry starch and scorching water, you’ll be able to put it
it’s a paint roller or sponge. Tremendous-wet partitions again, give it

And I began there before I started renting steam gear and
Get Loopy Chemical compounds. Begin and see your success price.

SUE: OK. It sounds easier than I assumed it might be.

Tom: Nicely, we're here. Thanks so much, Sue,
name us at 888-MONEY-PIT and good luck with this wallpaper undertaking.

SUE: Properly, thanks. I will in all probability begin it
in a couple of weeks

Tom: Good. After which we'll speak to you subsequent yr if you find yourself
prepared, OK?

SUE: No, no. Will probably be (remarkable). Thank you so

Tom: You're welcome.

LESLIE: Now we’ve got a Tim line that deals
a large crack within the driveway, inflicting some unevenness. Inform us what happens.

TIM: Properly, I’ve a concrete driveway. It’s Three inches thick;
I discovered it after I noticed a crack within the driveway. They usually dropped this
driveway on one – as much as width. They usually put it – it's in all probability 16 ft broad
they usually crashed it into 16 × 12-foot sections – it seems like fractures
in it as an alternative of the actual enlargement joints? And the place it goes to my drop –
ditch on my cupboard – it's on the spot – about 1 foot in the triangle – 1
foot 1 foot 1 foot – the place it has fallen.

And I'm making an attempt to discover some way to deliver this piece back
degree the remaining. I see this – I’ve already been sealed, however I put it
silicone alongside the joints to maintain potential erosion

Tom: How massive a bit has fallen? You stated – is it
cracked 1 foot 1 foot 1 foot?

TIM: Sure.

TOM: Might you dig it up?

TIM: No, I can't, as a result of it didn't break on a flat line.
It broke and fell down.

TOM: Yeah. As you recognize – I'll inform you what I’ve transgressed
sidewalks before half since I had to run the pipes under them after which
put them back in place with the rights the place they have been, and just a type of crammed
They are set to degree. So, it will be sweet for those who might unload it
concrete, but I feel you possibly can't. And now you have got to
pour new track

How thick is it – how far has it fallen?

TIM: Front – at its rear edge, it's still flat.
In entrance of it it has in all probability fallen about 3 inches.

TOM: OK. Nicely, not so dangerous. What you are going to do is
mixes epoxy-based, concrete restore product with good adhesion


Tom: And you then're going to put the second flooring.
And QUIKRETE – Q-U-I-Okay-R-E-T-E…


Tom: Yeah, you need to use a concrete combine that’s
has been made for repair. The distinction is that it grabs previous stuff. If
you employ a daily concrete mixture, it doesn't stick. But in case you use a patch,
then it stays closed. Additionally they have good step by step videos for them
The web site exhibits how to do this

TIM: OK. I might be better off just knocking it
piece – it's a bit – and fills it because it's not that huge piece

Tom: Yeah, you could be, because I would like to ensure it is
secure under. However they – there's a vinyl, concrete patch product
can be used in addition to this. And it’s designed to comply with what was there
before and crack once more. ALRIGHT?

TIM: I respect it.

TOM: Alright. Nicely, good luck with the venture. Thanks so
rather a lot by calling us at 888-MONEY-PIT.

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TOM: You’re nonetheless on the lookout for projects that add extra
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If Residence Solutions Stay, this is The Money Pit Residence
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LESLIE: And I'm Leslie Segreti.

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LESLIE: Margie in
Maryland wants help when the kitchen event has gone improper. What happened?

it happened – it's like the grill went badly in my home.


deer meat in a big saucepan. It was – it had a lid. And it
– I came out for a while and got here back and there was smoke in all places
my house. And we opened every thing; we opened all windows and doorways and every part
thence. And what I want is to learn how to eliminate the odor of smoke. It
is just disgusting; it's horrible.

And I – we are
did what we will. I'm washing – washer is a nasty nut. I simply
wash, wash, wash all. And we Febrezed furniture and – but my tree
furnishings I do not know what to do and the walls and painted woodwork.
Because the day it occurred, wash the ground with vinegar and water.
But it appears that evidently the longer it goes, the harder it is on the surfaces
that it touched. And I just need assistance to learn how to clear it,
especially wooden furnishings, walls and painted woodwork.

TOM: Nicely
furnishings, woodwork, I
Think of Murphy's oil soap
be a sensible choice. It is a delicate answer that smells nice and designed
Particularly for cleaning picket surfaces

suspects that a lot of the odors might be – as a result of
supplies which might be harder to clean, akin to materials, rugs, sofas, upholstery,
pillows, type of thing. And for them you actually have to have a
knowledgeable firm comes and cleans them. There are such corporations – I feel ServiceMaster is one in every of them
specialised in hearth and smoke cleaning and
water purification. They usually have the fitting gear with the best sort
chemical compounds, take odors out of such issues. What you’ll be able to do is
Clear those exhausting surfaces your self.

walls, combined with a quite weak TSP answer – trisodium phosphate. You possibly can choose it
up within the painting section of any ironmongery shop or house middle and wash
partitions down. ALRIGHT?

Thanks very much, very much. I really respect it.

Tom: In case you are
on the lookout for projects that convey added worth to your property, in some house renovations
discover, pay greater than others.

energy-efficient updates that deserve tax credit can definitely assist you to get monetary savings
a bunch of month-to-month regular invoices on the similar time. These embrace now
improvements resembling new home windows, heating units, insulation or perhaps a
a brand new photo voltaic power system will fulfill all the quite vital tax credits if
they’ve completed this yr.

LESLIE: Mm-hmm.
But do you understand what? Primary upkeep can also be a precedence. Because
neglecting small issues can lead to excessive costs later. And contemplate house
renovations that give you the best value when it's time to sell your own home,
reminiscent of add kitchens, loos, decks. All of them have a high return on funding.

Tom: Now
Don't Pay Improvements? Nicely, these enhancements are superb
private, like ornament. When you love your interior,
likelihood is the subsequent family won’t. So, enjoy the challenge once you do it. However
Until it is extremely neutral, it must come down when it's time to sell.
Sometimes, you have got to type the paint over all the gorgeous, burning orange
or what your favourite shade was, and just neutralize the whole

Another massive
The basic mistake is to make your home a lot better than all the things
surrounds it. So, for instance, in the event you stay in a house with two
Three bedroom houses and you determine that you are going to make an enormous addition
Add three extra bedrooms, you in all probability gained't get the complete worth
that. So you will have to keep within the neighborhood if you need
Get an excellent return on your funding.

LESLIE: Now, me
Think of another that many people are stunned whenever you add your own home
office. You really don't have a lot return on funding. It's nice
for you, the current condo that lives there and uses area as a result of
it is absolutely practical. However as a potential buyer, you could not see value
in that state. So in case you are going to add a house workplace and you are going to promote
Sooner or later, don't construct things. Use tight furniture that can be
moved or moved back to another state. Or perhaps combine a guest
a room with a home office. Simply make the area versatile when it’s
time to promote.

Tom: However should you do
you might have a undertaking you need to deploy and also you need assistance getting it
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LESLIE: Keith Delaware is in line
fireplace-decorating query. Tell us what occurs.

KEITH: I’ve a 2 × 2-foot chimney system, a concrete block with
terra-cotta flue fuel. And it's a storage. And the lounge aspect
The wall is a pink brick hearth with a width of 4 ft and flooring to ceiling. And
The hearth in entrance of additionally it is four meters vast and grabs about 6 within the room
legs. And its finish is the (exceptional) leg radius, like a
Popsicle stick

And we actually didn't – it was originally a wooden stove,
So there’s an eight inch chimney about 2 ft up the ground. We would like to change it
over some type of decorative stone. But because some of them are in all probability caught
on plasterboard, a part of fixing it to a concrete block, we take it down? Can we
fasten it? Will it stay? What do we do with a hearth? Should
are we making an attempt to scatter a number of the bricks and then put the stone on?

Tom: You're by no means going to use this hearth

KEITH: Nicely, it was initially a wood stove. There was
By no means a hearth. Lastly, we would like to put the wooden range back.

Tom: Nicely, in case you are going to put something again, you then
Don't need to destroy what's there.

KEITH: Is there some sort of product that’s thin sufficient
it doesn’t make it too massive and large in look once we cover it
some type of stone?

TOM: Keith, you understand the market is a product that is
fairly new. It's referred to as AirStone and
their web site is And it's an easy-to-use stone pile. You
you might want to take a look at it since you might actually join it


Tom: In reality, they’ve some photographs of some individuals
who have made some hearth merchandise on their website in their blog
within the part. [19659002] KEITH: We had considered portray it, but we really didn't
Care for a painted strategy. I feel we should always use muriatic acid and all
that it could cowl it correctly. We’re dedicated to changing it
It is a paint or stone. We're simply making an attempt to update the room and give it an up to date look and the brick is simply older, drained,
reddish colour

TOM: Proper. Now I don't need you to ignore that
Portray this room with an appropriate shade shade might change its look,
as properly. Proper now it feels like the fireside is concentrated.

But Leslie, if he needed to choose
some complementary colours
that you simply get all this collectively, I feel it might also have an effect on, don't you
Just assume?

LESLIE: I mean, it could actually, however brick enjoying like that
The prevailing position, you want to feel snug with the colours

Now, in purple, its colors complement
be in inexperienced / brown tones that work properly in shade
wheel. It really is determined by what aesthetics is and what look

And are you considering of utilizing slate or bluestone?
some kind of totally different strategy to mating

KEITH: We had considered it. Truly,
it will in all probability be a sensible choice as a result of it will be easier to sit down
range on prime

LESLIE: Proper. Just the fireside and the remaining
brick. And then that means – I'm unsure how close to the woodburn
But you possibly can do some fascinating flooring cushions for your self a bit

There are up to, I have seen – I'm unsure who's doing them, however I
have seen some bronze footwear, small benches that encompass the fireside,
which are upholstered and constructed within the hearth itself

KEITH: Oh, it's a neat concept.

LESLIE: As a result of it takes a lot area and you can
then use it

KEITH: Alright. These are nice ideas.

Thank you a lot for calling The Money Pit.

Properly, hardwood
nonetheless scorching, but some new and even exotic types and supplies will open up
underfoot. Are these flooring developments exactly what you’ve got been in search of? discovery
out, coming.

Tom: Good
better at house, welcome back to The Cash Pit House Improvement Show. I'm Tom

LESLIE: And I am
Leslie Segrete.

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LESLIE: Now we've received Joyce in Alabama on a line that has acquired
the query of the sink of sinking. What is occurring?

JOYCE: Properly, that is within the toilet. It's about 25 years
previous. It is a sort with three openings or overflows.
And the odor appears to be primarily due to it. It is a very nervous odor
and I came to this conclusion because I finally took the paper and crammed it
these gaps. And issues smelled a lot better in the toilet.

Tom: Properly, typically it occurs that you simply get some
bacteria that grow in that overflow lure. So what would I recommend to you
that is: fill the sink with scorching water and add bleach to it
and let the bleach slowly rinse over this overflow. And it gets bored
and hopefully it can kill this mould or micro organism.

Another factor you’ll be able to do is to take it
The toilet sink is separated and clean it with a bottle brush. Now some
The traps at the moment are only plastic. They’re straightforward to take away and put back collectively.
Typically the sink can clear it. And once more, you get it with biogas
who make up there. In case you clean it with a bleach answer that’s often made
issues odor a lot better in the toilet. OK, Joyce?

JOYCE: Okay. Many thanks.

TOM: You’re very welcome. Congratulations in your venture.
Thanks a lot for calling us at 888-MONEY-PIT.

LESLIE: Properly, hardwood flooring has long been in style
Choosing houses for the natural great thing about wood. There are numerous as we speak
New colors and finishes that assist maintain this traditional flooring fashion wanting

TOM: Wanting on the latest touchscreen tendencies, we
Welcome to this previous house host by Kevin O & # 39; Connor.

Welcome, Kevin.

KEVIN: Hey, guys. Great to be here.

TOM: So hardwood doesn't come out of favor at any time
However there are some new colors and wooden finishes that make it an indication

KEVIN: No, they definitely gained't go out of favor. Its
undoubtedly my favourite. I feel it's a basic selection, nevertheless it can be
a very trendy and really trendy look. And nowadays individuals are
Assume hardwood they usually assume colour.

Grey is definitely one of the crucial fashionable colours. We see it
on all sides, not just flooring. We see it with mural, cabinets,
furnishings, as well as floors. And whenever you assume grey, chances are you’ll be
shaking your head. "On the floor?" Properly, there's a sort of gray wash
deciduous timber. There are fantastic tiles manufactured from ceramics
wood panels to give the floor tile the looks. And so it’s
a lot of things you could play with colour and lately

TOM: And even in very darkish forests, we see a few of them.
Virtually opposites are engaging…

LESLIE: Like ebonized, even.

Tom: Okay, yes.

KEVIN: Typically it may make the room feel more
intimate. However it also provides a sort of exotic feeling because those who are darker
I feel we combine unique wooden species like Brazilian walnut and so forth

And once again it's color and style selection.

Tom: Now it was a variety of hardwood
oak and purple oak or white oak, right? And now there are so many hardwoods

KEVIN: There are such a lot of totally different sorts of hardwoods to select from,
not just oaks. You’ve gotten maples, you could have walnuts and you’re
even obtained some issues that are not technically wood.

You realize that bamboo could be very widespread. Individuals may think
It’s wood, however it is truly a very quick rising grass. It provides a
Trendy look. People who find themselves environmentally acutely aware like it as a result of it is
so quick growing. It is rather renewable and has an entire range of decisions
within the case of bamboo

I might say, nevertheless, that bamboo can reach a very wide selection
sustainability. How arduous the floor is probably number one
an indication of how sturdy the surface is. And bamboo, it can be as delicate as pine or
as onerous as a maple. All of it is determined by when it has been repaired and how it has been

Tom: It's a very superb materials. They make fabrics
out of bamboo in the present day.

KEVIN: They make a whole lot of bamboo at present.
And it has been around for hundreds of years and has been used in all places
world. It is now coming to america and our houses in great

LESLIE: And I feel with the material, it's essential as a result of
They’ve used it so much in exercise because it is so moisture


LESLIE: So I've seen rather a lot there.

I feel it's necessary to take a look at the tiles as a result of the tile is
nonetheless a very fashionable selection for flooring. And we see lots

KEVIN: Tile could be very sturdy, it's nice to clear. If
You've obtained a mudroom, boy, it's the perfect selection. And truly concerning the venture
that we are presently engaged on this
Previous home, we use a tile within the manger. It's truly a gray tone.

LESLIE: In fact.

Tom: There you go.

KEVIN: And it's made to appear to be wooden. So when actually
Take a look at it, it's in such an extended, rectangular type that it seems to be like
plank. Nevertheless it has all some great benefits of tile: such sturdiness, straightforward
clean up. Another factor we see – colors and
Totally different developments for fake wood are sizes. Individuals appear to use it
much larger tiles. At the least they come back.

Tom: Yeah, I considered small rooms, small tiles, however now it is
– I see small rooms with about 4 tiles, you already know?

KEVIN: Properly, it's fashion, so individuals do
decisions. However should you consider a much bigger tile, a few issues

TOM: Yeah.

KEVIN: So that you get a special look.

There are a few issues to take into consideration when utilizing
giant tiles, aside from types and developments, and its efficiency.

TOM: They gained't bend

KEVIN: They gained't bend

TOM: Would you like to be an excellent base. 19659002] KEVIN: Do you really need a good foundation because
The final thing you want is a crack tile. And the bigger tile with no good backside is

LESLIE: I imply, all of this actually makes carpets
look outdated. Has it gone utterly?

KEVIN: Oh, it's not likely gone utterly. We
There’s lots of carpet on the second flooring as a result of it is extremely cozy, at the very least
wall to wall. We’ve got seen a whole lot of what we now have put into homes and projects
working. Additionally used downstairs with accent mats. Totally different
the colors chances are you’ll deliver in several patterns. So I don't assume it is
Getting rid of the Pf carpet, however I feel we use it along with them
deciduous timber and tiles, in contrast to the one carpet angle,
wall to wall

LESLIE: Mm-hmm. And you realize what I really like as a development
The carpets within the space are carpets of the layering area. It simply makes me so glad. Why is one when
Can you’ve gotten two or three in the same place?

KEVIN: In case you might see a smile on Leslie's face to the appropriate

Tom: More is best, proper?

Kevin O & # 39; Connor, the host of this previous house of TV, thanks a lot for stopping The Cash Pit and
we are directing our information.

KEVIN: Thanks for receiving me. I have the pleasure.

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Next your property appears just a little tight
rising household? Have you ever sorted and organized and rearranged, but in the long run
did you determine you need more room? Then, adding a brand new addition is usually a
great motion. We're going to get some recommendations on how you’re going to secure the new area
will serve you for many years as featured in this week's Pro Venture Tip

Good House Enchancment, Welcome Again to Money Pit Residence
Enhancement display. I'm Tom KRAEUTLER.

LESLIE: And I'm Leslie Segreti.

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LESLIE: Byron in Arizona is on the road and has a question
about log home. How can we enable you to?

log cabin building and – eight inch logs. We're cold
local weather, 7,400 meters in peak and questioning if I should isolate the within
logs or if logs give sufficient heat to isolate the house

Tom: Properly, you
in case you are
building a log – the individuals will insulate those
logs. And sometimes, that’s by including furring strips and then
some kind of a sheet insulation, or a Dow foam
board-type insulation. And the opposite advantage to doing that’s it
wiring slightly bit easier; you don’t have to drill the logs to run the wires.

BYRON: OK. Yeah.
We have been hoping to maintain the window uncovered, only for seems to be, however we’d give you the option
to do with some planks or some planks or

TOM: Nicely, I feel
it is going to be warmer if you would like to simply depart it
uncooked for now, you may all the time go back and do the insulation later. Those logs
particularly since they are eight inches
thick. However I feel, usually, the building follow can be, in a very harsh
climate, to attempt to insulate the within of those partitions.

BYRON: I feel I’ll
take your recommendation and insulate after which, like I say, use some wooden planks to
make it look extra like go online the within.

TOM: Yeah,

BYRON: Alright.
Properly, thanks very much in your help.

TOM: Oh, you’re
very welcome. Thanks so much for calling us at 888-MONEY-PIT.

LESLIE: Nicely, including on a kitchen, a toilet, family room,
bedroom or research may be a good way to keep in your house and neighborhood for a
lot less expense and problem of selling your property after which shopping for the bigger
one. However it’s a venture that needs cautious planning to make it possible for it goes
smoothly. We’ve obtained recommendations on how to plan a stupendous, new addition that may
serve your family for years to come, in at this time’s Professional Venture introduced by

TOM: OK. So to get began, there are actually three issues
you want to think about. First, you need to dig out your house’s survey and evaluate
your property strains. That’s the space between your own home and the property
line. And it’s probably going to be restricted by native zoning legal guidelines. You need to
understand how close to the road your new addition may be and that’s going to
inform you how a lot area you actually have to work with.

LESLIE: Next up, planning makes good. Deliver on a design
professional to help ensure that the new addition enhances your present residence.
good architect or design-build professional may also help. Now, don’t simply think about how
you’re going to reside in your addition; additionally contemplate the way it architecturally
affects the look of your property from the surface and your property’s worth. Plus, it’s
quite a bit inexpensive to move walls around on paper than it is once that new
basis is about.

TOM: Now, as soon as the design is prepared, your pro is going to be
in a position to create a detailed set of drawings that listing every factor of the
challenge. We’re talking about exact measurements, to an inventory of materials and
additionally the products that may go into the house. Now, these are key because with a
set of rigorously developed plans in hand, you’re going to have the opportunity to seek bids
from qualified builders for the venture and know that each pro is actually
bidding apples to apples.

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LESLIE: Cheryl in Wisconsin has a question about heating.
How can we show you how to keep toasty?

CHERYL: I’ve a big space downstairs. It’s about one-third
– it’s 11×36 ft and about one-third of that we use for a eating and kitchen
area, primarily when we’ve got company.

TOM: OK. Mm-hmm.

CHERYL: And I’m not wanting to heat that entire area, simply
the world where we eat. And I used to be questioning if a type of oscillating area
heaters can be a good idea. One of many taller ones?

TOM: Properly, look, right here’s the thing. I feel your question is
about effectivity and most area heaters will not be very environment friendly. They’re solely
environment friendly when you’re going to do what you’re doing, which is – that is to
isolate the heat to just one very slender area of the house. However this can be a massive
space. If it’s 30-something ft lengthy, it could be arduous to do that. It’s
totally different if it’s like one individual bed room or one thing of that nature.

But I will say that, usually talking, they’re extra
costly to run than your heating system on a BTU basis: in other phrases,
comparing the price to create a BTU in your most important heating system versus the area

What sort of warmth do you will have? What sort of gasoline do you employ?

CHERYL: Natural fuel.

TOM: Yeah. Natural fuel is all the time going to be inexpensive
than electrical area heaters. However in case you’ve acquired an area that’s slightly bit
chilly and you want to simply supplement it on a restricted basis, like simply when
you’re utilizing that room for company or dining, I feel it’s OK. However there’s simply
not very much that – there’s not very a lot that’s environment friendly about using a
area heater.

CHERYL: Yeah. I used to be simply considering right close to the desk
in the space the place we eat.

TOM: Yeah. However solely in those limited circumstances, if you’re
using that area, do you need to use the area heater. You then’ll maintain the warmth
down the rest of the time?

CHERYL: Truly, our basement is so cold. When we now have
company, we really crank up the heat and the basement continues to be really cold. You
know, we stay in Wisconsin.

TOM: Yeah. So even when the heat’s up, it’s chilly.


TOM: So, when you’re simply utilizing it on a short lived foundation to
complement it only if you’re down there consuming, then I feel it’s in all probability
OK. However I feel your unique question: is it environment friendly? No, it’s simply not.

CHERYL: OK. That’s what I needed to know.

LESLIE: Thanks a lot for calling
The Cash Pit.

Hey, do you get stuck making an attempt to decide
the best colors in your portray undertaking? Nicely, we’re going to share ideas to
assist you get over the hump, after this.

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

LESLIE: And I’m Leslie Segrete.

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number is 888-666-3974. And that spells 888-MONEY-PIT, which is introduced by
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LESLIE: That’s proper. Doesn’t
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LESLIE: Alright. However when you’re
online, keep in mind to publish your questions to The Cash Pit’s Group web page, just
like Cheryl did. Now, Cheryl writes: “My den has a vaulted ceiling with uncovered
Styrofoam beams. They’re painted black and the ceiling is white and the partitions
are yellow. I’d like to paint the Styrofoam beams. What colour do you recommend?”

TOM: I feel so many individuals get
into this type of analysis paralysis when it comes to shade selection. So, what’s
an excellent place to get them started?

LESLIE: You’ve received to start
serious about what you like, what’s the temper of that room, how do you need to
feel if you’re in that area. That each one type of lends to how that shade
palette goes to shape up.

Now, because you’re immediately
addressing the beams, I’m assuming that you simply just like the white ceiling and the
yellow partitions. The beams, I really feel such as you’re getting such a stark transition
between the white ceiling and the black beams and the yellow wall. It’s very
graphic. And I don’t know that that’s the best really feel for a den. I mean perhaps it
is; I don’t know what your furnishing is.

But if there’s a Styrofoam beam
that desires to really feel like it’s an precise wood beam, I’d attempt to faux-finish it
or a minimum of give it extra of a pure, rustic-y, wood look or feel. And I
wouldn’t be afraid to attempt. You’ve obtained to keep in mind that you’re on the floor, the
beams are on the ceiling. It’s a cathedral ceiling, in order that they’re distant – or a
vaulted ceiling, quite, in order that they’re fairly distant from you. You possibly can fudge it
somewhat in creating this wood grain.

And now, to do so, you need to
decide type of a mid-tone on this wooden look that you simply’re making an attempt to replicate.
Paint that solidly onto the froth beam. And then take two totally different tones – a
lighter version and a darker model – and create the wood grain with that.
That’s going to offer you areas of shadow. That’s going to offer you areas of
depth and brightness and it’s going to feel real looking.

And there’s a couple of totally different
methods you can wood-grain. There’s a wood-graining software that’s product of
rubber, that looks like type of precut triangles that you simply dip in the paint and
then drag across the fabric. And it creates type of a wood-grain look. You
can move it into kind of semi-circular moves. You possibly can create a full circle to
give it a knot.

Now, one other approach is to use a chip brush. You’ll find those
at any of the home centers. They usually’re inexpensive, wood-handled brushes with
those very natural bristles on them. And I like to type of thread my fingers
by means of the bristles to create, you recognize, areas of non-bristles in the brush,
dip in there after which create a wooden grain.

I say attempt it. It’s a very good method. When you get a
cling of it, you’ll be able to actually make a very good look for the area and it’ll really feel more
homey, extra rustic, organic which is assume the look you want for the area. So
I say give that a go.

TOM: Next, we’ve obtained a submit from Libby in Staten Island who
says, “Once I flush my rest room, a very loud sound is heard coming from the vainness
and typically the bathe drain. Several plumbers have suggested to break the wall
to access the pipe. Can there be an obstruction in the vent pipe that could possibly be
cleared from the roof of the home?”

Most definitely yes, Libby. You’ll be able to undoubtedly clear it from
the roof of the home. And actually, there’s a difference between plumbers and
those which are involved in drain cleaning. The drain-cleaning corporations have
cameras that may see inside these pipes. They will access the pipe either from
the bottom or the basement and even the roof. And that may be a sensible method to clear
an obstruction. And so I might recommend that you simply name drain-cleaning corporations
and not plumbers to get it carried out without destroying the wall.

Plumbers could be so very damaging, Leslie.

LESLIE: I don’t assume they need to be however they can be. And
typically, it’s by way of no fault of their own and you simply can’t get to the

TOM: This is The Cash Pit Residence Improvement Show on air and
on-line at Are you getting ready for spring? We are. Assume ahead
to these projects that you really want to get accomplished and attain out to us, 24/7, at
888-MONEY-PIT or publish your question on The Cash Pit’s Facebook page at

For now, that’s all the time we now have. The show does continue
online, though.

I’m Tom Kraeutler.

LESLIE: And I’m Leslie Segrete.

TOM: Keep in mind, you’ll be able to do it your self …

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


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