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The Money Pit Home Improvement Podcast

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Does your home ever feel like “a Money Pit?” It doesn’t have to be that way! We’re Tom Kraeutler and Leslie Segrete, hosts of The Money Pit Podcast. For us, a money pit is not a disaster – it’s a home you love! Whether you’re dealing with a repair or dreaming about a reno, consider us your coach, helper or home improvement therapist for all things remodeling, decor or fix up! From bathrooms to basements, demolition to décor and gardening to garages, we share non-biased expertise to help you tackle your to-do’s with confidence. Taking care of a home can be a combination of love, pride and heart-stopping fear - but we promise to help you plan, save you money and spare you from snafus. Join us for new episodes every Monday and Thursday, just in time to plan your next home improvement adventure!

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New York, NY

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Does your home ever feel like “a Money Pit?” It doesn’t have to be that way! We’re Tom Kraeutler and Leslie Segrete, hosts of The Money Pit Podcast. For us, a money pit is not a disaster – it’s a home you love! Whether you’re dealing with a repair or dreaming about a reno, consider us your coach, helper or home improvement therapist for all things remodeling, decor or fix up! From bathrooms to basements, demolition to décor and gardening to garages, we share non-biased expertise to help you tackle your to-do’s with confidence. Taking care of a home can be a combination of love, pride and heart-stopping fear - but we promise to help you plan, save you money and spare you from snafus. Join us for new episodes every Monday and Thursday, just in time to plan your next home improvement adventure!

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#2416 – The Buzz About Backyard Bee Hives | Cool Roofs Lower A/C Costs | Home Staging That Sells

5/23/2024
SHOW NOTES: Today, we explore a special type of roof that helps keep your home cool. We'll also discuss the buzz around backyard honeybee hives and, if you're hosting an open house, how to stage your home to attract buyers. Whether it's a renovation, repair, or home décor, listen in for more expert tips and inspiration to help with your next home improvement project! - Bee Hives: Backyard bee hives are all the buzzy for producing homemade honey and beeswax. - Cool Roofs: Keep cool and save on energy costs with cool roof technology. - Home Staging: Market your home to interested buyers with these important home staging tips. Q & A: - Lighting: Pete wants to install can lights on the first floor. An electrician would be more experienced in fishing wiring through the ceiling, laying out the lights, and getting power to the lines and switches. - Siding: What is the best way to seal and protect cedar siding on Lynne’s old house? Boiled linseed oil or a solid color stain are two good options for UV and weather protection. - Level Flooring: A crack in the concrete slab has widened and the floor is dipping. Rachel needs a structural engineer to see if it’s a structural or cosmetic issue. - Busted Plumbing: A rogue raccoon busted the water line! We advise Brian to hire a public adjuster to have the repairs covered by insurance and done correctly. - Basement Water: Mary paid a lot of money to a shameless contractor after getting water in her basement. We offer tips on improving the exterior drainage to keep things dry. - Dimmer Lights: Richard is looking for a floor or table lamp with a dimmer switch. He can buy a regular lamp instead and plug it into a dimmer switch outlet. ASK A QUESTION: Need help with your own home improvement or décor question? We’d love to help! Call the show 24/7 at 888-MONEY-PIT (888-666-3974) or post your question here: https://www.moneypit.com/ask. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Duration:00:38:54

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#2415 – Dirty Secrets: Hidden Germs in Your Home | Finding Homes for Foster Kids | Easy-Care Shrubs

5/20/2024
SHOW NOTES: In today’s show, we'll uncover how to find and eliminate hidden germs in your home. Then, learn about a home improvement company dedicated to finding permanent homes for children in foster care. And if your landscaping is giving you a headache, we've got tips on choosing hassle-free shrubs. We’re here to help with all your DIY projects, so listen in for more answers to your home improvement questions! - House Cleaning: Keep your home healthy and clean by finding germs that are hiding in plain sight. - Safe Homes: This home improvement company is dedicated to finding safe, forever homes for foster kids. - Easy-Care Shrubs: Sprucing up your outdoor space is easy with low-maintenance shrubs. Q & A: - Garage Construction: Sandy needs suggestions for building a new garage. An architect could design ideas that fit her home and the surrounding neighborhood. - Electrical Wiring: Gary wants to change one existing light to two fixtures on either side of the bathroom mirror. It’s an easy project for an electrician to split the wiring. - Floor Stains: There are pet stains and odors in Merilyn’s wood floors. She gets tips on how to sand, vacuum, stain, and finish the floors to hide the stains and seal the odors. - Insulation: White moldy areas are appearing on the radiant barrier insulation in Ed’s attic. We explain to Ed why it’s not very effective and could be trapping moisture. - Tile Floor: Is there a way to fill cracks and chips in a tile floor and refinish the surface? It may not be worth the time and effort, so Margaret should consider replacing the tile or installing a laminate floor over it. - Cracked Bathtub: Tim’s new bathtub already has two cracks. It’s a big job to remove it, but using a fiberglass repair product from an auto shop could buy him some time. - Home Addition: Joan wants to add an enclosed space over the patio for her cats. It’s a large project and she should consult a professional to design the proper specifications to build an addition. - GFCI Outlets: John wants to install GFCI bathroom outlets. Rather than remove the existing outlets that are tiled in place, he can make the entire circuit in the electrical panel ground fault-protected. ASK A QUESTION: Need help with your own home improvement or décor question? We’d love to help! Call the show 24/7 at 888-MONEY-PIT (888-666-3974) or post your question here: https://www.moneypit.com/ask. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Duration:00:38:55

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#2414 – Waste Not: Water-Saving Fixtures | Undercover Living and Storage Space | Best Lawnmowers

5/16/2024
SHOW NOTES: Get ready for summer with water-saving solutions and outdoor living tips! Discover new plumbing fixtures to effortlessly reduce water usage, expand your living space by creating a dry, clean area under your deck, and get top picks for lawnmowers. Whatever your home improvement project may be, listen in for all the advice you need! - Saving Water: Saving water is made easier with water-saving plumbing fixtures. - Underdeck Space: Find out how to gain dry, usable living and storage space under an elevated deck. - Lawn Mowers: New rankings reveal the best lawnmowers that make the cut with Consumer Reports. Q & A: - Lawn Care: Just one area of grass is not growing or getting green. Deb should have soil samples tested to see if that part of the lawn needs different seeds, fertilizer, or care. - Carpenter Bees: Carpenter bees are boring through Steve’s wood joists. He can either treat the surface and seal the holes or replace the wood with synthetic material that the bees won’t eat. - HVAC: Carl is concerned about recent changes in HVAC refrigerants. We have details about the new eco-friendly alternatives that are replacing Freon. - Bath Remodel: Who should Macey contact to do a bathroom remodel? We suggest finding experienced professionals and getting multiple estimates for the exact work she wants done. - Peeling Paint: Paint is peeling on Ray’s ceiling, probably due to adhesive problems from prior layers of paint. He must use a paint stripper before priming and repainting. - Structural Issue: Erin thinks her slab house needs to be releveled. A structural engineer can diagnose the problem and how it should be fixed. - Cabinets: Are there cabinets made with non-chemical materials? Steven should look for cabinetry that meets CARB 2 standards. - Sump Pump: Renee’s sump pump wasn’t coming on, then filling with water and making gurgling sounds. We have tips about air in the line and how to improve the drainage around the house. - Squeaky Floor: Will Donna’s squeaky floor be an issue for a homebuyer? It’s not a structural issue but it is annoying, so we explain how to stop the squeak. ASK A QUESTION: Need help with your own home improvement or décor question? We’d love to help! Call the show 24/7 at 888-MONEY-PIT (888-666-3974) or post your question here: https://www.moneypit.com/ask. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Duration:00:39:24

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#2413 – Solid Choices for Most Durable Countertops | Useable Underdeck Space | Asphalt Driveway Tips

5/13/2024
SHOW NOTES: Today’s show is all about making the most of your home's spaces! First, we'll discuss choosing durable, low-maintenance kitchen countertops. Then, we'll explore making use of the area under your second-story deck with under-deck drainage systems. And if your asphalt driveway is worn out, we have expert replacement tips. Save time, money, and effort with answers to these and other home improvement questions! - Countertops: Busy kitchens require the most durable countertop materials that are easy to maintain. - Underdeck Space: Make the most of unused living space under your second-story deck. - Driveway Repair: Get tips on replacing an asphalt driveway that’s showing wear and tear. Q & A: - Deck Stain: Pauline’s stained deck is already looking worn again. She should apply an oil-based primer and a solid deck stain with more pigmentation that will last longer. - Garage Door: There’s dry rot around the garage door’s wood header. Dave needs to build a temporary wall to hold up the roof while replacing the header. - Skylight: Will installing a skylight interfere with viewing the TV screen clearly? Ginny’s tubular fixtures will point light downward, so it shouldn’t be an issue. - Driveway Repair: Scott’s old aggregate stone driveway is starting to crumble. It would be hard to repair that rough surface and we suggest replacing the driveway instead. - Patio Furniture: Lucy needs to clean the patio furniture that was left outside. She gets tips on the best way to clean different surfaces and materials. - Windows: Edwin is renovating his 1875 post and beam house and needs advice on keeping the aesthetics of the old windows with energy-efficient replacement windows. - Ridge Vents: Are ridge vents really necessary? Mary doesn’t like them, but learns they’re doing what’s needed to provide ventilation and prevent moisture in the attic. - Water Heater: Mary can’t replace the electric water heater with a tankless model, but she can switch to an electric heat pump water heater instead. - French Doors: Is there a way to seal the bottom of French doors to keep rainwater out? David should concentrate on solving his drainage problems to divert water away. ASK A QUESTION: Need help with your own home improvement or décor question? We’d love to help! Call the show 24/7 at 888-MONEY-PIT (888-666-3974) or post your question here: https://www.moneypit.com/ask. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Duration:00:39:36

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#2412 – Deck Check: Tips to Avoid a Deck Collapse | Water Quality and Taste | Stormproof Metal Roofs

5/9/2024
SHOW NOTES: Today’s show shines a spotlight on home safety! First, learn what to check to prevent deck collapses, and then discover how to protect your home’s water quality. Finally, find out why metal roofs are your best bet against severe weather. Get answers to these and other home improvement questions on this Money Pit episode! - Deck Collapse: Safeguard your outdoor fun with a five-step DIY checkup to avoid a deck collapse. - Water Quality: Learn how to maintain high-quality water that’s clean, safe, and tastes great. - Metal Roofs: Ride out the storm with a metal roof that stands up to severe weather. Q & A: - Crown Molding: Tracy has questions on how to install crown molding. It’s a difficult carpentry job but using DIY foam molding makes it easy to cut, install, and paint over. - Foundation Moisture: Glen found water in his crawlspace and gets tips to improve the grading, gutters, and downspouts to keep water away from the foundation. - Water Heater: It takes too long for the water to get hot because of the distance between the water heater and Loretta’s bathroom. We suggest installing a hot water recirculating system with a timer. - Chimney: Nothing has solved a persistent damp spot on the bedroom wall next to Richard’s chimney. He should try using a vapor-permeable masonry sealer on the brick. - Renovating Tips: Kay needs advice on what to check in a home that’s been vacant. She should start by hiring a home inspector to give an overall assessment of what’s needed. - Smoke Odors: John’s tenant smoked and the smell permeates everything! We’ve got advice for deep cleaning and sealing all the surfaces to get rid of the smoke odor. - Patio Surface: What kind of base should Linda use for a combination patio and carport? A reinforced poured concrete slab would be the most permanent and durable. - Pool Deck: What’s the best way to repair cracks around a concrete pool deck? We recommend that Michael use a DIY crack seal product from Quikrete. - Mold on Brick: Is there an easy way to remove mold from brick without damaging the mortar? Judy can spray on a slow-working mildewcide and let it sit to clean the mold. ASK A QUESTION: Need help with your own home improvement or décor question? We’d love to help! Call the show 24/7 at 888-MONEY-PIT (888-666-3974) or post your question here: https://www.moneypit.com/ask. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Duration:00:39:18

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#2411 – Green Standard: Choosing Green Products | Rooms for Growing Kids | DIY Marble Countertops

5/6/2024
SHOW NOTES: In this home improvement episode, find out what defines a truly green product, get tips on designing a room that grows with your child, and discover how to create a stunning countertop in a weekend without breaking the bank. Plus, get answers to questions from homeowners just like you for more DIY projects! - Green Products: Go beyond the labels and learn what defines truly green products for your home. - Kids’ Rooms: Design space-saving rooms that can adapt to your growing kids. - Countertops: Create a marvelous marble countertop in a weekend. Q & A: - Basement Flooring: Colin’s basement concrete floor is uneven. He could use a floor leveling compound but it’s possible to compensate slight unevenness with new flooring. - Hot Water: It takes a while for the water to get hot. There are advantages to a tankless water heater, but Sharon should consider a bypass valve to recirculate hot water through the pipes. - Exterior Crawlspace: Chad needs to seal the crawlspace under his modular home against animals. We’ve got tips for securely installing PVC lattice to a frame structure. - Squeaky Floor: Nancy learns how to stop squeaks in the floor by using long drywall screws alongside nails in the subfloor to prevent movement. - Roof Leaks: Ice dams under the roof shingles caused leaks in Mary’s home. The damage should be covered by insurance and she needs to contact a public adjuster to be sure the repairs are done right. - Water Heater: Mike needs to keep draining residue from his water heater. He gets tips on how to speed up the process and buying an affordable water softener. - Bathroom Leak: There’s water on the ceiling from the upstairs bathroom. Kirsten should check the shower pan and wall tiles for cracks or gaps in the seams or grout. - Crawlspace: How should the surface of a crawlspace be sealed? Keith should overlap plastic sheeting on the dirt and up the walls to prevent moisture from seeping up. ASK A QUESTION: Need help with your own home improvement or décor question? We’d love to help! Call the show 24/7 at 888-MONEY-PIT (888-666-3974) or post your question here: https://www.moneypit.com/ask. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Duration:00:38:48

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#2410 – Shady Business: Cleaning Window Shades | Underdeck Drainage Systems | Simple Landscape Plans

5/2/2024
SHOW NOTES: In this show, get expert advice on creating a simple landscaping plan to transform your outdoor space, maximizing your deck's potential by installing an under-deck drainage system, and cleaning delicate window shades without risking damage. Plus, stay tuned for answers to more home improvement questions to create your best home ever! Window Shades: Get tips on how to clean delicate window shades without damaging them. Underdeck Drainage: Add dry, usable outdoor space with an underdeck drainage system. Landscaping: Design a stunningly simple landscaping plan for your home, lifestyle, and budget. Q & A: Driveway Repair: Water is pooling in sunken areas of the driveway. Joe can use a blacktop patching product and then reseal the whole surface. Moisture: To reduce moisture building up on interior walls, Laura should run the A/C consistently, direct bathroom and kitchen vents outside, improve exterior drainage, and install a whole-house dehumidifier. Creaky Floor: Kevin’s floor is creaking under the tiles. He gets info on how to find the movement from the basement and use shims to tap into the floor gaps from underneath. Noisy Pipes: There’s a loud banging in the basement whenever the water is used. Nicole learns it may be water hammer or the well pump going on and off. Electrical Wiring: Jay’s electrician said he could just split the circuits and use an arc fault breaker instead of replacing all the old wiring. We confirm that’s excellent advice. Roofing: Should Tina remove the old roof shingles before installing a metal roof? We agree it’s a bad idea to leave the shingles because of the heat factor. Concrete Stains: Is there a way for Garland to remove battery acid stains on his garage floor? We recommend covering the garage floor with epoxy paint. Wall Paint: Diane wants advice on applying a Venetian plaster effect to her walls. It’s a unique look that may take practice and we suggest using it on a focal wall. Sump Pump: Bob has questions about a sump pump that runs through the carport. He should install a check valve so water can’t back up and a curtain drain to direct the water. ASK A QUESTION: Need help with your own home improvement or décor question? We’d love to help! Call the show 24/7 at 888-MONEY-PIT (888-666-3974) or post your question here: https://www.moneypit.com/ask. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Duration:00:39:37

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#2409 – Glass Garden: Building a Greenhouse | Types of Cleaning Products | Soil Tests for Lush Lawns

4/29/2024
SHOW NOTES: Today, get ready to level up your home and garden game as we discuss the advantages of building a greenhouse for year-round gardening and understanding the distinctions between cleaners, sanitizers, and disinfectants to keep your home clean and germ-free. You’ll also get advice on testing and adjusting your soil for a lush, green lawn that will be the talk of the neighborhood. Don't miss out on these and lots more essential home improvement solutions! - Greenhouse: Get tips for building a backyard greenhouse for a year-round crop of fresh vegetables. - Cleaning Products: Clean, sanitize, deodorize: which cleaning product does what? - Lawn Care: Test your soil for a lush lawn that will make the neighbors green with envy. Q & A: - Well Water: Susan’s not sure if she needs a water softener or a filter for her well water. Getting a complete water test done will show what kind of treatment is needed. - House Beams: Joel wants to remove the center load-bearing beam so he can lower the ceiling, but it’s one of the most difficult projects to do so the roof won’t collapse. - Chimney Vent: Esther’s new furnace was vented outside instead of through the chimney. She gets advice on how to have a direct duct outside for her water heater, too. - Basement Smells: There’s a persistent musty smell in Ted’s finished basement. We recommend installing a whole-house dehumidifier and improving the outside drainage. - Wood Kitchen Walls: Janet gets some ideas on how to give her kitchen a rustic country style with beadboard, wood plank, or vinyl plank flooring adhered to the walls. - Water Heater: Some strange sounds are coming from James’ water heater! We discuss why pipes make noise as the water heats up and how to look for potential leaks. - Old Electrical Wiring: Judy was told that her old knob and tube wiring is not a concern. It’s actually unsafe and can’t be grounded, so it should be disabled and replaced. - Installing a Bathroom: Phillip has a poured concrete house and wants to install a bathroom. There are two ways it can be done because of the solid walls and floors. ASK A QUESTION: Need help with your own home improvement or décor question? We’d love to help! Call the show 24/7 at 888-MONEY-PIT (888-666-3974) or post your question here: https://www.moneypit.com/ask. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Duration:00:39:39

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#2408 – Handle with Care: Storing Flammable Liquids | Build a Stone Garden Wall | Retiling Bathrooms

4/25/2024
SHOW NOTES: In today's episode, we've got you covered from garden to garage! We’ll guide you through tips for building a sturdy stone garden wall, ensuring your bathroom re-tiling lasts with proper underlayment, and safely storing flammable liquids to avoid garage fire hazards. Tune in for essential advice to upgrade and safeguard your home! - Flammable Liquids: Storing flammable liquids safely is key to avoiding fire hazards in your garage. - Garden Walls: Get rock-solid tips for building a stone garden wall that lasts. - Bathroom Tiles: Learn essential steps for waterproofing bathroom tiles to avoid damage and moisture. Q & A: - Shower Doors: Is there a way to repel water and prevent spots on glass shower doors? We recommend a product Randy can use, plus a squeegee to wipe down the surface. - House Odors: A funky odor in the house is getting worse. Donna already cleaned everything and took up the carpets, but priming and painting the walls may help. - Toilet Stains: Axel has been trying to remove a stubborn ring stain in the toilet. A gentle pumice stone can remove it, along with a hydrochloric acid cleaner. - Firepit: The flame on Steve’s new natural gas firepit isn’t very high. Modifying the gas burner can be dangerous, so he should have a plumber check the gas pressure and contact the manufacturer. - Lighting: Laura’s compact fluorescent bulbs keep blowing out. They should last a long time, so they may be defective and she should consider buying LED bulbs instead. - Backsplash: Bills is looking for the best material for a backsplash behind his stove. A solid stone surface that’s cut around the exhaust fan would be easy to install and clean. - Shower Plumbing: Lynne’s shower is leaking through the ceiling below. We share tips on checking for a crack in the shower pan and caulking all the seams and fixtures. - Insulation: Does Mark need to ventilate his attic after adding spray foam insulation? We’ll explain why he doesn’t need additional ventilation. - Basement Floor: Amy’s not sure how to cover the dirt basement floor in her farmhouse. She should test for radon first before deciding what comes next. - Pool Deck: Will a concrete pool deck crack under the weight of an aquaponic garden tank? It weighs about as much as several people, so Patrick’s deck should be okay. - Electrical Panel: We have answers for Heidi, who has questions about a new electrical panel that was installed outside, with a subpanel inside. - Garage Doors: Is there a way to restore the finish of faded aluminum garage doors? Marlene can paint them after sanding the surface and applying a metal primer. ASK A QUESTION: Need help with your own home improvement or décor question? We’d love to help! Call the show 24/7 at 888-MONEY-PIT (888-666-3974) or post your question here: https://www.moneypit.com/ask. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Duration:00:39:42

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#2407 – A New Spin: How to Deep Clean Your Washing Machine | Grow a Pizza Garden | Garage Workspace

4/22/2024
SHOW NOTES: Transform your home and garden with expert tips on today's episode! We start with strategies for optimizing your garage workspace for DIY projects, then serve up ideas for creating your own pizza garden to grow your favorite fresh toppings. Finally, learn the importance of deep cleaning your washing machine from dirt and odors and hear answers to more home improvement questions! - Washing Machine: Put a new spin on laundry day by deep cleaning your washing machine to banish dirt and odors. - Gardening: If you want to spice up your gardening projects, nothing tops growing a delicious pizza garden. - Garage Space: Get tips for creating an efficient garage workspace to make every DIYer more productive. Q & A: - Porch Railing: Karen wants to add a railing to her porch and is concerned about it being sturdy enough. She gets tips on using the right screws and where to attach it. - Insulation: Mike’s old house has no insulation inside the brick walls. He should seal any drafts, add attic insulation, and install rigid insulation board and new drywall inside. - Popcorn Ceiling: Removing a popcorn ceiling can be a mess, but Laurie gets suggestions on how to wet and scrape the surface without damaging the ceiling. - Water Softener: Ellie seeks advice on replacing her water softener that’s outside the home. We recommend testing the water and getting a model that’s rated for exterior use. - Landscaping: There are hills and sinkholes in the lawn above the septic tank. Heavy equipment may crush the pipes, so Chris should use a wheelbarrow to add topsoil and level out the lawn. - Windows: The original windows in a historic home are very drafty. Jim can add weatherstripping or temporary caulk, or find a company that makes replacement windows to match the old style. - Microwave: The light under Frieda’s old microwave above the stove keeps burning out. We discuss several possible causes, but it may be time to replace the appliance. - Plumbing Odors: Sewer odors are coming from the bathroom sink, tub, and shower. Gary gets tips on how to scrub the drains with oxygenated bleach to clean out the biogases and bacteria. - Hardwood Floor: Jennifer is installing hardwood flooring and gets information on placing it parallel to the longest walls and measuring the room to avoid narrow cuts. ASK A QUESTION: Need help with your own home improvement or décor question? We’d love to help! Call the show 24/7 at 888-MONEY-PIT (888-666-3974) or post your question here: https://www.moneypit.com/ask. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Duration:00:38:26

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#2406 – Brush Up on Tips to Paint Like a Pro | Is Your Home Too Airtight? | Front Doors Add Value

4/18/2024
SHOW NOTES: In this episode, we cover a trio of crucial home improvement topics. First, we share top painting tips to achieve a flawless finish. Next, we discuss maintaining healthy indoor air quality without sacrificing energy efficiency. Finally, learn about installing a front door that looks great and increases your home's value and security. Tune in for these and other answers to questions from homeowners like you! - Painting Tips: Avoid painting predicaments by brushing up on these tips to paint like a pro. - Ventilation: Energy efficiency is great, but can your home be too airtight for healthy living? - Front Doors: Learn how to install a welcoming front door that provides curb appeal, value, and security to your home. Q & A: - Garage Trim: Mice and water are coming in through gaps in the corners of Dawn’s garage doors. We recommend replacing the vertical pieces of weatherstripping to seal the spaces. - Bathroom Renovation: Is it a good idea to flip the toilet and the shower on a cement slab? Scott learns it’s a massive renovation job that’s not worth the expense and effort. - Water Quality: The cold water from only one faucet has a sickening taste. Nancy should report it to the water company and have the water tested. - Ceiling Drywall: Kenny can see the outline of the studs behind his ceiling. It’s called ghosting and he gets tips on what causes it and how to hide it. - Wood Flooring: George gets advice on installing hardwood flooring in his family room, including how to prep the subfloor and paying attention to the pattern of the boards. - Electrical Outlets: When Belinda installs new GFCI outlets, do they need their own circuit breakers? We explain why it’s not necessary and how to use an outlet tester. - HVAC: It would be a shame for Steve to remove his efficient and comfortable steam heat radiators, but he can still add a ducted air conditioning system. - Granite Countertops: How often should granite countertops be sealed? Every two or three years is recommended, but Dave can use some recommended DIY products. ASK A QUESTION: Need help with your own home improvement or décor question? We’d love to help! Call the show 24/7 at 888-MONEY-PIT (888-666-3974) or post your question here: https://www.moneypit.com/ask. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Duration:00:38:47

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#2405 – A Cut Above the Rest: Lawn Mowing Tips | Long-Lasting Metal Roofs | Better Hardwood Flooring

4/15/2024
SHOW NOTES: In this podcast episode, we debunk a popular but misguided lawn care strategy for mowing your grass. We’ll also discuss why metal roofs are winning over homeowners by promising protection for decades, then delve into advancements in hardwood flooring. Tune in for insights on tackling your home improvement projects with expert guidance! - Lawn Care: Follow these mowing tips to ensure a healthy lawn that is a cut above the rest. - Metal Roofs: Steel the show by installing a metal roof for durability, style, and energy efficiency. - Hardwood Floors: Easy-to-install hardwood flooring brings beauty and value to a home. Q & A: - Brick Adhesive: Debbie is struggling to remove glue around her brick fireplace. There’s no way to do it without ruining the surface, so we suggest installing new plasterboard over the brick. - Attic Ventilation: Paul has a tile roof with gable vents and a roof-mounted AC unit. We discuss his best options for attic ventilation. - Hardwood Floors: What’s the best way to refinish a worn hardwood floor? Joyce gets tips on lightly sanding the surface and applying an oil-based polyurethane. - Plywood Siding: Dennis has T1-11 siding and wants to change it. He can simply install Tyvek and HardiePlank siding right over the old siding. - Exterior Paint: The paint is peeling and flaking off Donna’s cedar shingles. She must pressure wash and scrape off the old layers of paint, then use an oil-based primer for good adhesion before repainting the cedar siding. - Sink Finish: Matthew has one sink flange that corrodes every time it’s replaced. It’s an odd problem that may be caused by the water acidity and the quality of the flange finish. - Insect Screening: Flies are coming in under the edges of a barn roof. Diane should install screening over any vent openings and have a professional apply pesticide for flies. - Heated Tile Floor: How should electric heating be installed under a tile bathroom floor? Tim gets advice on subfloor options and piping for the heated floor system. - Roof Vents: Debra has ceiling stains directly under the roof vent pipes. It’s easy to replace any flashing and rubber boots that are deteriorated and cracked. ASK A QUESTION: Need help with your own home improvement or décor question? We’d love to help! Call the show 24/7 at 888-MONEY-PIT (888-666-3974) or post your question here: https://www.moneypit.com/ask. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Duration:00:37:47

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#2404 – Flush Out Bathroom Germs | Patio Paver Perfection That Lasts | How to Restore Rotted Wood

4/11/2024
SHOW NOTES: In this one-stop shop for all things home improvement, we’ll tackle the war against bathroom germs, explore the art of building a paver patio that lasts, reveal expert tips for restoring rotted wood, and answer more questions from callers. Whether you're a seasoned DIY enthusiast or a novice homeowner, this episode has something for everyone! - Bathroom Germs: Experts are flush with ideas on the best way to stop the spread of bathroom germs. - Paver Patio: Get some tricks of the trade on building a paver patio that will last for years to come. - Rotted Wood: When wet weather leads to rotted wood, learn how to restore and rebuild the damaged areas. Q & A: - Windows: Amy thinks her windows are discolored from water damage, but it’s probably normal fading from sun and rain. Sanding and exterior polyurethane can restore the finish. - Shower Plumbing: The shower temperature changes whenever the toilet flushes. Brad needs to install a pressure balance valve to regulate the mix of hot and cold water. - Pest Control: Ick! Kelly wants to get rid of bugs, slugs, and rodents. She must seal any gaps, remove any food that may attract rodents, and hire a professional for general pesticide treatment. - Mortar Repair: The mortar is breaking apart between the doorframes and limestone of Steve’s home. He gets tips on removing the loose mortar and how to repoint those areas. - Tree Roots: Large tree roots in Kevin’s yard are a problem. We suggest covering them with natural landscaping solutions like mulch, soil, or groundcover plants. - Electrical Outlets: Pat has questions about installing GFCI outlets in his kitchen. They’re good to have and we explain how they work and how he can do it. - Sealing Concrete: Past flooding left cracks in Bonnie’s basement floor. She can use silicone caulk to seal them and add a two-part epoxy product over the surface. - Plumbing Noise: Robert’s new faucet is making a trumpet sound! He get tips on checking the washer and aerator for obstructions before having to replace the faucet. - Ventilation: After reshingling his roof, Ken gets advice about removing the power vent, adding ridge vents, and completely opening the soffits to improve ventilation. ASK A QUESTION: Need help with your own home improvement or décor question? We’d love to help! Call the show 24/7 at 888-MONEY-PIT (888-666-3974) or post your question here: https://www.moneypit.com/ask. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Duration:00:38:24

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#2403 – Green Thumbs Up: DIY Raised Garden Beds | Maximize Garage Potential | Vacuum Troubleshooting

4/8/2024
SHOW NOTES: Get the practical advice you need in this episode, with tips on constructing a raised garden bed, optimizing garage space, and troubleshooting vacuum issues. From gardening to storage to cleaning, we’ve got tips to help homeowners with these and other home improvement questions! - Raised Garden Bed: Get tips on building a raised garden bed for the perfect DIY project. - Garage Space: A new survey reveals how homeowners are optimizing garage space in creative ways. - Vacuum Repairs: Find out what to do when your vacuum cleaner’s suction sucks. Q & A: - Crack Over Stairs: Anne is worried that cracks above her stairs are caused by her house shifting. She needs a home inspector who specializes in structural issues. - Drain Pipe: The cast iron drain pipe under Dan’s basement floor keeps clogging. He can get it relined with a fiberglass sleeve without having to remove the pipe. - Rusty Bathtub: Can an old rusty cast iron tub be restored? Margaret could have it reglazed by a professional, but it may be better to just replace the tub. - Window Replacement: What should be included in the cost of window replacement? Michael gets advice on quality indicators, measurements, and more. - Basement HVAC: Mark has questions about the radiant heating above his basement ceiling. We’ve got suggestions about drop ceilings and disconnecting the heating. - Shower Plumbing: Jackie is replacing an old tub with a tile shower. She’ll need to have a plumber reroute a new diverter valve. - Garage Door: Scott’s garage doors freeze when snow melts off the cars. New rubber gaskets that won’t stick to ice and installing garage floor tiles that drain will help the problem. - Hardwood Floors: What is the best way to maintain new hardwood floors? We’ve got concerns about steam cleaning and suggest checking the manufacturer’s instructions. ASK A QUESTION: Need help with your own home improvement or décor question? We’d love to help! Call the show 24/7 at 888-MONEY-PIT (888-666-3974) or post your question here: https://www.moneypit.com/ask. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Duration:00:37:39

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#2402 – Outside Oasis: 5 Tips for Outdoor Living Space | What to Ask Contractors | Choosing Tile

4/4/2024
SHOW NOTES: Today’s show has tips for crafting your perfect outdoor living space, asking key questions before hiring a contractor, and choosing the best tile for your next project. Whether your DIY project is indoors or outdoors, we’ve got the answers you need for all your home improvement questions! - Outdoor Living: Follow these 5 tips for creating the perfect outdoor living space. - Hiring Contractors: Choose wisely by asking these 5 key questions before hiring a home improvement professional. - Choosing Tile: Learn how to pick the best type of tile for your project. Q & A: - HVAC Water: Gail’s boiler provides both the heat and the hot water. She needs to find out how to set the mixing valve so the shower water won’t be too hot. - Bathroom Vent: Mike wonders about connecting his bathroom fan vent to the plumbing vent. He can’t do that, but we’ve got tips on how to run the exhaust vent to the outside. - Plumbing: A cracked waste pipe flooded the basement. Helen should file an insurance claim and hire a remediation company to clean up the sewage damage. - Foundation Cracks: Pat has multiple big cracks in his foundation walls. He’ll need a structural engineer to address the problem and design the proper repairs. - Odors: Mason can’t find the source of odors in his home. We have a few ideas and give him tips on steam cleaning the carpets and priming and painting the walls to seal them. - Textured Wall Prep: Dave wants to tile over a textured bathroom wall. Sanding the surface will give him better adhesion to glue the tile right over it. - Kitchen Cabinet Lazy Susan: The top shelf of an old kitchen cabinet carousel has dropped. Marge gets advice on how to find parts and try to repair it. ASK A QUESTION: Need help with your own home improvement or décor question? We’d love to help! Call the show 24/7 at 888-MONEY-PIT (888-666-3974) or post your question here: https://www.moneypit.com/ask. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Duration:00:35:24

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#2401 – Shed the Clutter with a Backyard Storage Shed | Window Repair Checklist | Retailer’s DIY Day

4/1/2024
SHOW NOTES: In this show, learn how to conquer clutter with a storage shed, decide between window repair versus replacement, and get expert advice and resources from a DIY guru and a leading retailer. Plus, we’ve got answers to lots more questions for all your home improvement projects! - Storage Shed: Shed your outdoor clutter by building a backyard storage shed. - Window Repair: This checklist helps you see clearly whether to repair or replace your windows. - DIY Expert Advice: HGTV star and home improvement retailer offer advice for DIY projects. Plus, answers to your home improvement questions. - Mold: Karen has gotten some bad advice about mold on the basement walls. She must have samples tested to discover the correct mitigation plan to treat the mold. - Water Heater: What’s the best kind of water heater for a large family? Mike should consider a tankless water heater to save energy and provide hot water instantly. - Drafty Windows: Cold wind is blowing through Joyce’s apartment windows. She can seal the drafts by using shrink film or a temporary caulk. - Jacuzzi Drain: A caustic cleaner burned the tub surface when Barry tried to clear the clogged drain. We have suggestions for different products that are better to use. - Front Door: Rick just wants to replace his front door rather than the entire transom. We discuss the challenges and carpentry needed for the exact entry door replacement. - Foundation Repair: Brenda’s poured cement basement walls are starting to crumble. She should hire a structural engineer to inspect the foundation and determine the best repair specifications. ASK A QUESTION: Need help with your own home improvement or décor question? We’d love to help! Call the show 24/7 at 888-MONEY-PIT (888-666-3974) or post your question here: https://www.moneypit.com/ask. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Duration:00:38:15

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#2400 – Cheap Chic: Affordable Apartment Décor | Front Yard Landscaping | Uninsured Contractor Risks

3/28/2024
SHOW NOTES: Get budget-friendly apartment decorating ideas, add curb appeal with low-cost landscaping tips, and avoid the risks of hiring uninsured contractors with inspiration and information on today’s home improvement episode! Plus, listen in for answers to additional caller questions on a range of DIY projects. - Apartment Décor: Get affordable apartment décor ideas to fit your budget and save your security deposit. - Front Yard Landscaping: Create a welcome entry and add curb appeal with low-cost landscaping tips. - Uninsured Contractors: If you’re hiring a contractor, protect yourself from liability by confirming they’re insured. Q & A: - Floor Tile Grout: Grout keeps chipping out from one area of Karen’s tile floor. She needs to remove it again and check to see if the surface is unstable. - Red Cedar Roof: Phillip loves the way red cedar shingles age on other houses, but there’s no way to be sure how his own cedar shingles will darken over time unless he stains them. - Structural Support: Trish wants to open up her kitchen, but it’s a big project to remove the load-bearing wall. We offer ideas on other ways to make the rooms look larger. - Drywall Cracks: It’s not uncommon to have drywall cracks over doorways, but Brian needs advice on how to sand, tape, and spackle the wall so the cracks won’t return. - Pouring Concrete: After cutting down a tree and grinding the stump, Bobbie wants to extend her sidewalk. She should rake out the sawdust and reinforce the hole with stone before pouring cement so it won’t crack. - Fireplace: Two fireplaces and two chimneys are bringing smoke into Mike’s house. He should ask a chimney expert about improving the chimney draft. - Wood Bathroom Décor: Should Melanie extend her untreated rustic knotty pine walls into her bathroom? It’s not a good idea, but there are better options that look like wood. - Garbage Disposer: What size garbage disposer should Brandon get? We recommend a 1/2 to 3/4 HP model that he can install with basic plumbing and electrical skills. - Radon: Should Sandra have her home tested for radon? We discuss using a DIY test, how to read the results, and guidelines for remediation if it’s needed. ASK A QUESTION: Need help with your own home improvement or décor question? We’d love to help! Call the show 24/7 at 888-MONEY-PIT (888-666-3974) or post your question here: https://www.moneypit.com/ask. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Duration:00:37:24

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#2399 – Flower Power: Planting Spring Bulbs | Freeing Stuck Windows | Best Mulch Practices

3/25/2024
SHOW NOTES: We’re sharing springtime secrets in this show, with tips for planting bulbs for a beautiful garden, breaking free of stuck windows to let the fresh air in, and protecting trees and shrubs with proper mulching. Spring forward and get home improvement info to last all year as we answer your timely questions! - Spring Bulbs: Think flower power and plan ahead for spring by planting bulbs now. - Stuck Windows: Break free of stuck windows with these easy tips. - Mulch: Learn the right way to use mulch for insulating trees and shrubs. Q & A: - New Deck: Does Theresa really need to wait before staining her new wood deck? We explain why it’s necessary to allow fresh lumber to dry out and season before staining. - Flooring: What kind of flooring can David use over his concrete slab? Engineered hardwood, engineered vinyl plans, and laminate are all good floating floor options. - Cleaning Corian: Sharon’s porous Corian countertop is getting stained from water from the sink. We recommend some soft cleansers that she can try for this common problem. - Water Heater: An old electric water heater is starting to leak and David is thinking about a tankless model. He should consider getting more efficient natural gas installed or using an electric heat pump water heater. - Concrete Repair: Annie’s concrete front porch is crumbling, but there are Quikrete products that can adhere to the old concrete and provide a smooth and durable surface. - Sewer Pipe: Linda is worried about replacing a cast iron sewer pipe that’s corroded and cracked. We assure her that any cracks can be easily sealed with silicone caulk. - Grout Cleaning: How can Joe clean the ceramic tile kitchen grout? He gets tips on using grout cleaners and grout strippers. - Floor Nails: Tammy has one floor nail that keeps popping up! It’s a common problem but easy to solve by removing the nail and replacing it with a trim screw. - Water Heater: Are stains coming from Kim’s old water heater or from the water line? It does need to be replaced, and we give her some efficient options to choose from. ASK A QUESTION: Need help with your own home improvement or décor question? We’d love to help! Call the show 24/7 at 888-MONEY-PIT (888-666-3974) or post your question here: https://www.moneypit.com/ask. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Duration:00:37:21

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#2398 – Critter Control: Preventing Wildlife Damage | Storing Unused Paint | How to Check Gutters

3/21/2024
SHOW NOTES: Get tips on safeguarding your yard against wildlife damage, preserving your leftover paint for future projects, and avoiding water damage by checking your gutters in today’s featured topics! Plus, get answers to even more home improvement questions for your next DIY adventures! - Wildlife Damage: Get critter control tips to prevent wildlife damage to your yard and garden. - Unused Paint: Extend the life of leftover paint by storing it the right way. - Checking Gutters: Avoid water damage by checking gutters to ensure they’re flowing freely. Q & A: - Insects: With earwigs under the siding and crickets in the basement, Tara needs to call a pest control professional to apply pesticides to solve both problems. - Countertops: Dave gets tips on removing his kitchen sink and reinforcing the wood supports under the countertop. - Driveway Drainage: Water is pooling in Dot’s driveway. We have advice on installing a curtain drain along the side of the driveway to redirect the water. - Painting: Joyce wants to cover smoke damage from a propane fireplace. She should first clean the surfaces well with TSP, then use an oil-based primer and latex paint. - HVAC Water: There’s no hot water coming through Frank’s baseboard heating. An HVAC contractor should check the temperature sensor and the circulator controls. - Basement Moisture: The concrete block walls in Nick’s basement continue to absorb moisture, but improving the drainage around the foundation will solve the problem. ASK A QUESTION: Need help with your own home improvement or décor question? We’d love to help! Call the show 24/7 at 888-MONEY-PIT (888-666-3974) or post your question here: https://www.moneypit.com/ask. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Duration:00:34:06

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#2397 – Pour Judgement: Is Your Drinking Water Safe? | Planning a Fence | Smart Laundry Tips

3/18/2024
SHOW NOTES: In this show, homeowners get advice on how to ensure their drinking water is safe, how to plan the right kind of fence, and how to save money on laundry day! With tips on everything from repairs to renovations and everything in between, we’re here to answer all your home improvement questions! - Water Quality: Determining whether your drinking water is safe is a matter of pour judgement. - Planning a Fence: Good fences make good neighbors as long as you plan them properly. - Laundry Tips: Learn how to clean up on savings with efficient laundry tips. Q & A: - Gardening: Where should you locate a raised garden bed? Cynthia should plant her garden in full sun, on the side of the house with southern exposure. - Hardwood Floor Damage: There’s a swollen area where water leaked onto Heather’s hardwood floor. It would be hard to match the stain, but she can use some of the original flooring from a hidden area to replace the damaged piece. - Cedar Walls: Cedar walls in Brian’s home have darkened around his pictures. He can sand and stain the walls or simply hide the discoloration with similar wall hangings. - Flies: Ick! Karen has cluster flies coming from the heat registers in her floor. They’re common, but we suggest hiring a pest control professional who can use the right pesticides. - Roof Replacement: Mark gets tips about installing metal roofing on his low-slope roof. - HVAC Duct Cleaning: Is it worth having your HVAC ducts cleaned? We explain why it’s more important for Sherry to invest in good-quality filters and replace them regularly. ASK A QUESTION: Need help with your own home improvement or décor question? We’d love to help! Call the show 24/7 at 888-MONEY-PIT (888-666-3974) or post your question here: https://www.moneypit.com/ask. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Duration:00:38:09