The Money Pit Home Improvement Podcast

Tom Kraeutler & Leslie Segrete

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!

Upgraded Gutters | Healthier Insulation | Waterproofing Shower Windows | Ep #2243
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Upgraded Gutters | Healthier Insulation | Waterproofing Shower Windows | Ep #2243
SHOW NOTES: Upgraded Gutters: Find out how installing and maintaining better gutters help manage water drainage and prevent damage inside and outside your home. Healthier Insulation: Indoor air quality begins with healthy products inside your walls. We share info on safe, reliable, and convenient fiberglass insulation. Shower Windows: Old homes often have shower windows. Learn how to keep bathroom window interiors dry to avoid the spread of moisture and mold.  Plus, answers to your home improvement questions. Vinyl Flooring: Angela is tempted to paint her old vinyl floor that’s gotten yellow, but we explain why it’s not a good idea and suggest some affordable flooring options. HVAC Systems: How can you reduce excessive indoor dust? We’ve got tips for Joe on upgrading his HVAC filters and installing a whole-house electronic air cleaner. Shower Inserts: That lime green fiberglass shower insert has got to go, but Peg’s not sure if it should be reglazed or removed. We’ll tell her the better option to update her bathroom. Flagpoles: What’s the best way to fly your flag if you’re having trouble attaching a flagpole? Tom explains what Linda should do to reinforce a flagpole bracket outside her door. Wildlife Pests: How much wood could a woodchuck chuck? Al’s not sure, but they’re digging deep holes that are destroying his property. We’ve got a suggestion on how to humanely remove and relocate some wildlife pests. Contractor Problems: After a home fire, Beth has been scammed by a contractor she hired and wants to know what to do. This may be a situation that requires legal action. Water Sensors: Do water sensors really work? Doug learns why they’re worth the investment to detect leaks and frozen pipes.   Do you have a home improvement or decor question? Call the show 24/7 at 888-MONEY-PIT (888-666-3974) or post your question here. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Preparing for Storm Season | Hard-to-Paint Surfaces | Composting Tips | Ep #2242
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Preparing for Storm Season | Hard-to-Paint Surfaces | Composting Tips | Ep #2242
SHOW NOTES: Storm Preparation: Is your home prepared for storm season? Take some important steps to avoid damage and power failure when severe weather strikes. Painting Challenges: Some surfaces, such as vinyl siding and cast-iron tubs, can be hard to paint. We’ve got advice on refinishing difficult surfaces. Composting Tips: Fall is a great time to use all those grass clippings and leaves to start a compost pile. Find out what’s needed and how to do it.  Plus, answers to your home improvement questions. Fire Pits: Is a homemade fire pit better than a metal version that may get rusty? Katherine is deciding between buying a metal fire pit that’s convenient and can last for several years or building a fire pit with bricks or pavers using DIY kits. Roofing: Should you remove existing roof shingles before installing a metal roof? Metal roofs are a great investment, but we’ve got advice for Craig about the advantages of removing the existing layers first. Tree Roots: Massive tree roots are making it hard to build a backyard deck. We have two suggestions for Nancy on how to design her deck or remove the roots. Spiders: Will can’t get rid of the daddy long-leg spiders in his garage. Tom has a few ideas on natural insecticides, cleaning out nests, and using traps to keep spiders away. Jacuzzi Bathtub: What can be done with a jacuzzi bathtub that has mold in the pipes and a fading finish? Robin learns some simple DIY solutions to clean out the plumbing and jets, but reglazing the tub won’t be that easy. Insulation: How effective are radiant barriers in deflecting heat? We discuss insulation and ridge venting tips with Steve to help him save energy. Heated Flooring: Donna is looking for the best heated flooring for her home. We have helpful info about the conveniences of radiant floor heating systems. Exhaust Fans: What causes mold around a bathroom exhaust fan? Eric finds out how to prevent this common problem with better ways to control moisture and humidity in the room.   Do you have a home improvement or decor question? Call the show 24/7 at 888-MONEY-PIT (888-666-3974) or post your question here. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
DIY or Hire a Pro? | House Insulation | Time Spent on Home Maintenance | Ep #2241
Sep 19 2022
DIY or Hire a Pro? | House Insulation | Time Spent on Home Maintenance | Ep #2241
SHOW NOTES: Hiring a Contractor: Should you DIY or hire a pro for your home project? Learn how to decide whether doing it yourself is a good idea. House Insulation: Adding insulation is the best way to save on home heating and cooling costs. Find out new options to make it an easier DIY project. Home Maintenance: Do all those home maintenance projects seem like they never end? Here’s how much time most homeowners spend doing them each year.  Plus, answers to your home improvement questions. Mold and Mildew: There’s a musty odor in Gail’s house after it rains and she’s not sure how to detect mold. We’ll tell her how to prevent moisture with better ventilation, dehumidification, and drainage. Windows: Can old casement windows be replaced with double-hung windows? Russ finds out the challenges of what’s involved. Driveway: What are the best options for fixing a driveway with cracks? We’ve got advice for Karen on what to use to repair most of her driveway and how to replace the sagging apron. Water Heater: A tankless water heater and a hot water recirculation system can be just what Charlie needs for his large home that is sometimes vacant. Find out the advantages of replacing his two existing water heaters.   Do you have a home improvement or decor question? Call the show 24/7 at 888-MONEY-PIT (888-666-3974) or post your question here. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Trex Transcend Deck Kit Tips | Hot Water Recirculating Pumps | Air Purifiers | Ep #2240
Sep 15 2022
Trex Transcend Deck Kit Tips | Hot Water Recirculating Pumps | Air Purifiers | Ep #2240
SHOW NOTES: Building a Deck: If you’re planning to build a new composite deck this fall, we’ve got tips on the Trex Transcend Deck Kit to make it an easy DIY project. Hot Water Recirculating Pumps: Tired of waiting for the water to heat up for your morning shower? Learn how to save time, money, and water with a hot water recirculating pump. Air Purifiers: When it comes to odors in your home, you want to eliminate them rather than just cover them up. Find out the advantages of using an effective air purifier.  Plus, answers to your home improvement questions. Shelving: Shelving provides stylish space for storing and displaying things, but what’s the best way to hang shelves? We’ve got tips for Ellie on how to properly anchor shelves for the weight they’re supporting. Insulation: Do radiant barriers used with insulation in the attic really help to reduce temperatures? Marcus learns that they can be a good option that does work but must be installed properly. Cracked Concrete Floor: Lori has some fairly minor cracks in her concrete flooring and finds out how to easily patch them with some DIY products. Central Vacuum System: What can cause condensation and water to build up in the pipes of a central vacuum system? We explain to Sean where the moisture is coming from and how to insulate the vacuum pipes. Garage Floor Stains: Winston has stains on his cement garage floor that won’t come out. Tom has a suggestion on how to resurface the porous floor with an epoxy coating. Gardening: The grapevines in George’s garden are turning brown and the grapes are falling off. A fungal disease is probably the culprit but can be treated with a fungicide. Vinyl Siding: Installing vinyl siding on a shed is Beverly’s next DIY project, but she’s not sure whether to use screws or nails. We tell her the best type of fastener and how to make sure the vinyl siding doesn’t buckle. Laminate Flooring: Can you close the seams on laminate flooring that’s starting to separate? When a floating floor isn’t installed right, Rich’s only option will be to take it apart and replace it.   Do you have a home improvement or decor question? Call the show 24/7 at 888-MONEY-PIT (888-666-3974) or post your question here. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
DIY Childproofing Tips | Paying for Home Renovations | How to Repair Concrete | Ep #2239
Sep 12 2022
DIY Childproofing Tips | Paying for Home Renovations | How to Repair Concrete | Ep #2239
SHOW NOTES: Childproofing: Are you overlooking ways to keep your child safe at home? We’ve got some important and easy childproofing tips. Home Renovation Costs: It may be easier to renovate an old home rather than buy a new one, but home renovation costs can be expensive. Hear some advice on how to pay for your home projects. Concrete Repair: Chipped, cracked, or worn-out concrete is a common problem that often needs repeated repairs. We’ll tell you how to fix concrete the right way the first time so you won’t have to do it over again.  Plus, answers to your home improvement questions. Fencing: Hope needs a fenced-in yard for her dogs but wonders what fence material is best for ground that’s near a creek. We suggest an attractive choice and how to set the fence posts so water won’t be a problem. Heating: Would a heat pump in Robert’s home that already has electric baseboard heat, good insulation, and thermal windows be even more efficient in keeping things warm? We’ll discuss the best use of a heat pump and how to coordinate it with other options. Wet Basement: After a torrential rainstorm, Lynn discovers water gushing around the pipe into her basement. We’ve got DIY advice on how to seal the weak area of the wall and ways to divert water away from the house. Windows: A large old single-pane window isn’t very energy-efficient. Darryl finds out some window improvement options, including installing a new double-pane window, using solar shades or UV coating, and adding insulation. Wasps: Of all the outdoor pests at Gail’s house, the wasps are the worst and keep building nests on her home siding. Sticky traps and natural repellents can help keep the wasps under control.   Do you have a home improvement or decor question? Call the show 24/7 at 888-MONEY-PIT (888-666-3974) or post your question here. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Insulating Your Attic | Patio Heater Options | Buying a Foreclosed Home | Ep #2238
Sep 8 2022
Insulating Your Attic | Patio Heater Options | Buying a Foreclosed Home | Ep #2238
SHOW NOTES: Attic Insulation: Did you know attic insulation is the single most cost-effective way to keep your home comfy and cut energy costs? Find out how to insulate your house from the top down. Patio Heaters: Would you like to enjoy your outdoor living space even after the weather turns chillier? Learn about some great patio heater options to extend your outdoor entertainment season. Foreclosed Homes: With home prices so expensive, you may be tempted to buy a foreclosed home to get a deal. We’ll discuss the pros and cons of buying foreclosed properties.  Plus, answers to your home improvement questions. Building a Dock: Composite decking materials are durable and long-lasting, but are they the best choice for building a dock at a Florida waterfront home? We’ve got some advice for Dennis on the benefits and downsides to consider. Roofing: Will a tarp help prevent heavy snow buildup on a log cabin roof in winter weather? LaDonna learns how effective a tarp may be and what other options to consider for removing snow from her roof. Insulation: Chandler wants to use spray foam insulation in his attic but is worried about overheating and shortening the life of his roof shingles. We address his concerns and explain why it shouldn’t pose a problem. Cedar Siding: Is it better to paint or stain cedar shingle siding that’s starting to fade? Cindy finds out why a solid stain may look better and last longer than paint, with less maintenance. Light Fixtures: What’s causing the bulbs in a light fixture to flicker when the hot water is turned on? We enlighten Russ on why this odd issue may be happening when his hot water heater kicks in. Squeaky Floors: An old house with wood floors has its charms, but Amanda’s squeaking floor isn’t one of them. We offer step-by-step DIY tips on how to find the source of the noise and tighten those floor joists. Leaking Faucets: When old spigots outside the house start to leak, should they be repaired or replaced? We’ve got info for Tom about some DIY plumbing repair kits that can help with this common problem. Damp Clothes Dryer: Sherry has noticed that clothes left in the dryer are coming out damp, even after they’ve been completely dried. Condensation may be the issue and we tell her some ways to try dehumidifying the area. Termites: Termites in Glen’s Florida home are becoming pesky pests. We discuss whether the pest control company’s recommendation for Borax insulation in the attic will be effective in controlling them.   Do you have a home improvement or decor question? Call the show 24/7 at 888-MONEY-PIT (888-666-3974) or post your question here. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Smart Homes Made Easy | Improved Insulation | Optimizing Small Home Office Space | Ep #2237
Sep 5 2022
Smart Homes Made Easy | Improved Insulation | Optimizing Small Home Office Space | Ep #2237
SHOW NOTES: Smart Home Devices: How hard is it to create a smart home? We’ll look at popular new devices to make your home smarter, safer, more convenient, more energy-efficient, and more fun! Improved Insulation: Installing fiberglass insulation is now easier and less itchy with a new product that’s strong, yet soft as cotton. Find out what it is, just in time to insulate your home for fall and winter. Home Office Space: Working from home in a small space can be a challenge. We’ve got ideas on how to organize and optimize any area for a home office.  Plus, answers to your home improvement questions. Wet Basement: Beverly’s wet basement doesn’t need a French drain; it just requires an easy fix with improved outside drainage to keep the water away. We’ll tell her what to try to keep the basement dry. Insect Stains: The swarm of flies outside Mike’s house is leaving stains all over the siding that are hard to clean off. We’ve got suggestions on a treatment to apply to help clean the siding and how to keep on top of the fly problem. Flooring Options: Finding bedroom flooring to match the flooring in other rooms of Char’s home is a challenging design issue. Comparing floor samples might help her decide. Water Heater Problem: Is one water heater enough to direct hot water to the far side of a large home? Stewart may want to decide between installing a second water heater or a hot water recirculating system. Painting Over a Stain: After Sarah’s roof leak was fixed, it left a ceiling stain that paint won’t cover. Priming it first will help her get the yellow ceiling white again. Brick Wall Cracks: What’s causing the long, wide vertical crack in a brick wall behind Jim’s garage? He’ll need a structural engineer to see if it’s an active or inactive crack and a contractor to make the right repairs. Popcorn Ceiling: Dirty popcorn ceilings can’t really be cleaned; they must be repainted or removed instead. We’ve got step-by-step advice for Margaret on how to update her old ceiling.   Do you have a home improvement or decor question? Call the show 24/7 at 888-MONEY-PIT (888-666-3974) or post your question here. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Planning a Bathroom Remodel | Disposal of Used Building Materials | DIY Paint Spraying | Ep #2236
Sep 1 2022
Planning a Bathroom Remodel | Disposal of Used Building Materials | DIY Paint Spraying | Ep #2236
SHOW NOTES: Bathroom Remodel: Are you planning a bathroom remodel? We’ve got important tips to stay on schedule and on budget while reducing stress. Disposal of Used Building Materials: Once you’ve finished that renovation project, how do you get rid of old appliances and used materials? Here are some helpful suggestions. Paint Spraying: If you’re tackling a big painting project, an airless paint sprayer can help you get the job done in a third of the time. Find out our recommendations to make your next DIY painting project easier. Plus, answers to your home improvement questions. Paneling: The 1970s called and they want their wood paneling back! Ashley finds out how to remove old paneling from her walls, insulate the space behind it, and install moisture-resistant drywall in its place. Composite Decking: Can you replace old decking with Trex materials installed on an existing deck frame? Mike learns it can easily be done, but what to check for when ripping up the current deck. Roof Preservation: How reliable is a product that claims to seal and rejuvenate roof shingles so that they’ll last longer? Debbie finds out about a cost-saving way to extend the life of her roof and how it works. Cracked Patio: When you need to repair cracks on a cement stamped patio, are you able to match the color of the cement? We explain to Tom that it’s important to fill the cracks but why clear caulk may be his best option. Toilet Stains: What’s causing the dirty ring to keep reappearing in Cindy’s toilets, no matter how often she cleans them? We’ve got tips on some products that help eliminate toilet stains. Flooring Adhesive: Vito has some used flooring that he wants to install in his bathroom, but it won’t stick. We have advice on flooring adhesive and how to apply it. Crawlspace: Is there an easier way to remove excess dirt under the crawlspace of a house? Bowen’s considering a tough job that must be done by hand and finds out some concerns about exposing too much of the home’s footings.   Do you have a home improvement or decor question? Call the show 24/7 at 888-MONEY-PIT (888-666-3974) or post your question here. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Planning a Home Addition | Standby Generators | Worst Mold-Causing Household Item | Ep #2235
Aug 29 2022
Planning a Home Addition | Standby Generators | Worst Mold-Causing Household Item | Ep #2235
SHOW NOTES: Home Additions: If you need a bigger home for your growing family, a home addition may be your best option. Here’s how to plan a home expansion. Standby Generators: Losing power is a common headache after seasonal storms, but a reliable standby generator will keep the lights on and ensure your HVAC and appliances are up and running. We’ve got recommendations. Preventing Mold: This common household item is one of the biggest causes of mold. Find out what it is and how to keep mold at bay. Plus, answers to your home improvement questions. Water Heater: What’s that leak under the hot water heater in Michael’s garage? It’s probably just the pressure relief valve, but it may still be time to replace the old water heater. Termite Trouble: Heather’s about to buy a home, but a termite tunnel was found in the garage. We’ve got advice about termite inspection and who should pay for any termite damage and treatment. Indoor/Outdoor Carpet: Does indoor/outdoor carpeting in a screened-in porch require an underlayer to prevent moisture? Tom has a unique suggestion on a product that Kendall could use. Deck Stain: Phyllis asks if she really needs to wait six months before staining the deck she just replaced. Find out why treated lumber needs some time before stain is applied. Lightbulbs: Fluorescent vs. LED and watts vs. lumens: Stuart wants to know the pros, cons, and differences when choosing among different types of lightbulbs. Cooling the Attic: When Mary replaces her old shingles with an architectural roof, should she remove the attic fan? Tom recommends cooling the attic with a ridge vent instead. Sliding Patio Doors: Hardened grit in the sliding door is making it difficult for Tracy to open and close. We’ve got tips on the best ways to clean out the gunk and keep things moving smoothly. Houseflies: There’s more than just air coming from the ducts in Nels’ house; the furnace is blowing out flies, too. He needs to find and eliminate the nest.   Do you have a home improvement or decor question? Call the show 24/7 at 888-MONEY-PIT (888-666-3974) or post your question here. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Designing a Social Front Yard | Easy Deck Makeover | Tree Stump Removal | Ep #2234
Aug 25 2022
Designing a Social Front Yard | Easy Deck Makeover | Tree Stump Removal | Ep #2234
SHOW NOTES: Social Front Yard: Want to expand your outdoor living space? Try designing an inviting social front yard where you can relax and entertain. Deck Makeover: If your deck is ready to be replaced or updated, you’ll want to check out a great composite deck kit that makes it an easy DIY project. Tree Stump Removal: Taking down trees means dealing with the stumps that are left behind. Find out your options for removing tree stumps.  Plus, answers to your home improvement questions. Removing a Wall: Can tearing down a wall between two rooms be a DIY project or do you need a contractor? Tom gives Sharon some advice on what to consider and how much of the work she can do herself. Staining a Deck: When prepping a deck to be stained, should it only be cleaned or should you sand it, too? Howard finds out what to do to make his deck stain last longer. HVAC Problems: Rose is having trouble heating and cooling a room addition, but learns about a ductless HVAC system that offers the perfect solution to keep things comfortable. Mold Issues: Why is mold taking over Dan’s pole building? We explain what is causing the mold to grow, how to properly treat it, and ways to prevent it. Home Humidity: A new heat pump isn’t removing the humidity in Pat’s home, but what she really needs is a dehumidifier. We’ve got tips on the types of home dehumidifiers she can consider. Damp Basement: After replacing an outside downspout with a cement splash block, Kevin’s having problems with moisture in his basement. Tom advises him on how to move the water away by extending the downspout or using underground piping. Garage Flooring: Are there good flooring products that can be used in a garage and will stay in place? Dan learns about some great floating tile systems that are designed for garage floors.   Do you have a home improvement or decor question? Call the show 24/7 at 888-MONEY-PIT (888-666-3974) or post your question here. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Most Annoying Neighbors | Limiting Heat in Your Home | Foundation Cracks | Ep #2233
Aug 22 2022
Most Annoying Neighbors | Limiting Heat in Your Home | Foundation Cracks | Ep #2233
SHOW NOTES: Problem Neighbors: If you think your neighbors are annoying, you’re not alone! Find out the most common neighbor complaints. Cooling Your Home: Cooling your home starts with keeping the heat outside. We’ve got tips on how to adjust the temperature. Foundation Cracks: Cracks in your home are common, but when are they serious? Learn what causes them and when to worry.  Plus, answers to your home improvement questions. Ceiling Cracks: What should Jamie do to fix cracks in the ceiling that keep returning? Tom offers step-by-step advice. Metal Roofing: Patrick is ready to change his roof but wants to know if metal roofing is worth the cost. There are advantages that can make it worthwhile. Old Bathtubs: What’s the best way to restore an old bathtub and add a showerhead? Caitlin learns how to get it re-enameled and plumb up the piping. Preserving a Porch: Ray likes his big wraparound porch but it wasn’t previously maintained. Tom gives him some info on how to preserve it with stain. HVAC Issues: The air conditioning cools every room in Stephanie’s house except the master bedroom. We have suggestions on how to make the HVAC more efficient. Well System: What is causing air pockets in David’s well water system? Problems with the pressure tank may be causing his explosive faucets. Rodents: Chipmunks may be cute, but not when they and other pests are getting into Linda’s steel shed. Here’s how to fill the gaps to keep wildlife out. Pet Hair: Man’s best friend is constantly shedding and David needs advice on how to keep the floors and carpeting clean. We’ve got suggestions on how to keep the dog hair under control.   Do you have a home improvement or decor question? Call the show 24/7 at 888-MONEY-PIT (888-666-3974) or post your question here. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Healthy Home Ventilation | Restoring Old Concrete | Painting Your Shed | Ep #2232
Aug 18 2022
Healthy Home Ventilation | Restoring Old Concrete | Painting Your Shed | Ep #2232
SHOW NOTES: Home Ventilation: Is your energy-efficient so airtight, it’s unhealthy? Proper ventilation will keep the fresh air flowing so you can breathe easier. Concrete Repair: Trying to repair old concrete by covering it with a new layer doesn’t work. We’ll let you know the best way to resurface worn-out concrete. Painting Your Shed: Does your backyard shed need sprucing up? Painting your shed is an easy DIY project you can do before storing summer stuff away.  Plus, answers to your home improvement questions. Home Insulation: Carol’s raised house is hot in summer and cold in winter, but adding insulation may be all that’s needed. Tom explains how to keep things comfortable. Pest Control: When a surplus of spiders sets up camp around the yard, things can get creepy. Tom advises Ben on how to eliminate the nests and control the pests. Universal Bath Design: Having a bathroom that’s accessible for everyone is important for homeowners of all ages and abilities. We share info with Tracy on designing a bathroom to assist with special needs and where to find recommendations and resources. Linoleum Flooring: Chad wants to know if it’s worth trying to patch an old and damaged linoleum floor. Find out why flooring replacement may be a better option.  Patio Cover: Annette is ready to finally get the patio cover she’s always wanted, but it may require some modifications to her low-pitch roof. We suggest who to speak with to get the architectural specs she needs. Pool Decking: Cool deck coating is easier on your bare feet when walking around the pool on a hot day, but Gloria says it can be hard to clean. We let her know what product to look for. Electrical Upgrade: Is it really necessary to install a new electrical panel to power up appliances in an older home? Jason gets good news about adding the new circuits that he needs. Water Conditioner: Do you need a water softener or a water conditioner for your home? Howard learns about the right product to treat the lime and scale in his water.   Do you have a home improvement or decor question? Call the show 24/7 at 888-MONEY-PIT (888-666-3974) or post your question here. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Storage Sheds with Style | Concrete Craft Projects | Removing Ivy from Exterior Walls | Ep #2231
Aug 15 2022
Storage Sheds with Style | Concrete Craft Projects | Removing Ivy from Exterior Walls | Ep #2231
SHOW NOTES: Storage Sheds: Need a new shed to gain some outside storage? Get ideas to suit your style and budget. Concrete Crafts: Who knew you could be creative with concrete? We’ve got info about fun and easy craft projects you can create with concrete. Removing Ivy: Ivy may look lovely, but it can damage your home’s exterior and attract pests. Here’s how to remove ivy and prevent it from taking root again.  Plus, answers to your home improvement questions. Underground Roofs: Replacing the large roof on a unique underground home may be a challenge. Stan finds out which professionals he should speak with to design specs for the job. Basement Flooring: Should Mary install new carpeting in her basement or are there other flooring products she should use instead? We offer tips on better options for basement flooring. Garage Door Openers: When Bob’s garage door opener stops working, he wants to know if he should get a surge protector for the circuit board. Tom thinks it’s unusual but trusts the brand he’s considering. Floor Joists: Does an old kitchen floor need to be reinforced to support the weight of appliances? Tom tells Laura how to prevent sagging floors. Converting to a Gas Dryer: How hard is it to run a gas line to convert from an electric dryer to a gas model? Abram finds out it’s not difficult but should be done by a professional to avoid dangerous risks. Home Addition: When is a deck renovation really a home addition? Tom answers Diane’s questions about adding a closet and laundry room off her bedroom. Cedar Deck: After Tom builds a new cedar deck, we offer steps on how to preserve it. Shallow Roofs: What materials should you use on a shallow roof? Charlene finds out what she should use to replace the existing asphalt shingles on her roof with a shallow pitch.   Do you have a home improvement or decor question? Call the show 24/7 at 888-MONEY-PIT (888-666-3974) or post your question here. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Keep Your Yard Beautiful While Conserving Water | Decorative Ceilings | Easy and Affordable Terrazzo Flooring | Ep #2230
Aug 11 2022
Keep Your Yard Beautiful While Conserving Water | Decorative Ceilings | Easy and Affordable Terrazzo Flooring | Ep #2230
SHOW NOTES: Conserving Water in Your Yard: Can you have a healthy yard while conserving water? Here’s how to keep it growing through dry conditions. Decorative Ceilings: When adding architectural details to a room, don’t forget to look up! We’ve got tips on creating an eye-catching decorative ceiling. Terrazzo Flooring: Love traditional Terrazzo flooring but can’t afford the cost? Find out about an affordable alternative that offers the same beautiful look.  Plus, answers to your home improvement questions. Toilet Noises: Why is Kathy’s toilet squealing when she runs her washing machine? Tom has ideas about what’s causing the noisy plumbing. Concrete Walkway Gaps: Are the spacers in your concrete walkway starting to deteriorate? Here’s what Robert found out about filling the gaps. Smoke Smells: Did the former homeowners leave behind the stench of smoke? William learns how to clear the air and get rid of smoke smells. HVAC Odors: When the air conditioning comes on, Jeff’s wife detects strange odors in their house. Cleaning ducts and replacing filters may do the trick. Refinishing a Patio: Portions of Grace’s beautiful concrete and brick patio are starting to pop up and turn colors. We’ve got tips on restoring her patio and preserving the pattern. Bathroom Walls: Besides tile, what are some other options for finishing a bathroom wall? Janet may want to consider a bathroom surround. Chimney Repair: After having her chimneys repaired, Lisa is advised to get them resealed, too. But Tom’s not so sure it’s necessary.   Do you have a home improvement or decor question? Call the show 24/7 at 888-MONEY-PIT (888-666-3974) or post your question here. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Keeping Comfortable with South-Facing Windows | Composite Materials to Resurface Your Deck | Protecting Yourself During Tick Season | Ep #2229
Aug 8 2022
Keeping Comfortable with South-Facing Windows | Composite Materials to Resurface Your Deck | Protecting Yourself During Tick Season | Ep #2229
SHOW NOTES: Energy-Efficient Windows: South-facing windows feel toasty in winter but can make you swelter in summer. Here’s how to feel comfy all year. Composite Decking Materials: Your existing deck may be solid but still need resurfacing. We’ve got info about composite decking materials that are easy to install and maintain. Protection from Ticks: Summer is the peak season for disease-carrying ticks. Find out how to protect yourself before they bite. Plus, answers to your home improvement questions. Caring for a Wood Swing Set: Do you have a wood playground or swing that’s getting dark and dingey? Tom has info for Erin on how to clean and brighten the surface of her pressure-treated wood. Installing a Koi Pond: Lee has questions about creating a custom koi pond. We’ve got answers on how to build it and what kind of forms and liners to use. Covering Ceiling Tiles: What are the options for covering a stained tile ceiling in a three-season porch? Kathleen learns more about how to use the faux tin ceiling she wants. PEX Piping: Is there a risk of rodents chewing through newly installed PEX piping? Dave finds out how likely it is. Painting a Deck Ceiling: After power washing the wood ceiling on her deck, Blair wants to know whether it’s better to repaint it with oil or latex paint. Find out which is the better choice. Moisture in a Laminate Floor: What causes water to seep up through laminate flooring over a concrete slab? We advise Michelle on how to improve drainage and reduce moisture that may damage the floor. Refinishing Kitchen Cabinets: Bob has sturdy old kitchen cabinets that he wants to strip and refinish. We have tips on what products and tools to use and how to do it. Heat Pumps: Is a heat pump the best way to reduce humidity in your home? Pat learns some better options and what the ideal indoor humidity should be. Condensation on Brick Surfaces: When Bruce finds white frost on his home’s bricks, he gets tips on sealing the chimney to prevent moisture and condensation. Cast Iron Tub Sounds: What’s the loud snapping sound that Sherry hears after using her cast iron tub? Tom calms her fears. Do you have a home improvement or decor question? Call the show 24/7 at 888-MONEY-PIT (888-666-3974) or post your question here. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Child-Proofing Your Home | Making Drafty Old Windows More Energy-Efficient | Tips for Upgrading Your Front Door | Ep #2228
Aug 4 2022
Child-Proofing Your Home | Making Drafty Old Windows More Energy-Efficient | Tips for Upgrading Your Front Door | Ep #2228
SHOW NOTES: Child-Proofing Your Home: Are you overlooking ways to child-proof your home? Remember these important DIY tips for keeping your kids safe in every room. Energy-Efficient Windows: If you’ve got drafty old windows, there are ways to make them more energy-efficient without replacing them. Find out the best options for restoring windows in an older home. Upgrading Your Front Door: Making a good first impression begins with having a great front door. Here’s what to consider when choosing a new front door that will add value and style to your home.  Plus, answers to your home improvement questions. Musty Odors in a Vacant Home: Mary wants to know what could cause musty odors in a vacant home she’s purchasing that is built on a slab foundation. We’ve got ideas on how to clear the air once she moves in. Installing Flooring Over a Heated Concrete Slab: What kind of flooring should be used in a home with radiant heat? Tom gives some advice to Russ about radiant heat-compliant flooring products. Cleaning Brick Stains: Removing mortar stains on exterior brick requires careful cleaning. We have suggestions for Gail on how to clean brick surfaces without damaging them. Home Construction: What should you look out for when buying a home built in the 1960s? Tom talks with Phyllis about the quality of home construction in the ‘60s. Removing Smoke Odors: Beautiful exposed brick walls inside a home are holding onto the smell of smoke. We let Jeff know what to do when cleaning fails to solve the stinky problem. Replacing a Hot Water Heater: Eva is concerned about replacing the hot water heater that’s installed on an upper floor in her home. Tom has suggestions on how to affordably replace it with the best type of hot water heater. Caulking a Bathtub: Is there a trick to recaulking a bathtub? We confirm a great suggestion that Vernon remembers about the best way to apply bathroom caulk. Concrete Driveway and Pressure-Treated Deck: Bill wants to know if his new concrete driveway needs to be sealed and what to do about the sap coming out of his new pressure-treated wood deck. Tom offers tips on how to care for both. Do you have a home improvement or decor question? Call the show 24/7 at 888-MONEY-PIT (888-666-3974) or post your question here. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Drought-Resistant Grass Saves Water and Keeps Your Lawn Green | Granite Countertops for a Fraction of the Cost | Finding an Interior Designer to Create Your Dream Home |Ep #2227
Aug 1 2022
Drought-Resistant Grass Saves Water and Keeps Your Lawn Green | Granite Countertops for a Fraction of the Cost | Finding an Interior Designer to Create Your Dream Home |Ep #2227
SHOW NOTES: Tired of watching water and money go down the drain to keep your lawn lush? Find out about drought-resistant grass to make your side of the fence greener. Love the look but can’t afford the cost of granite countertops? We’ve got info about an amazing product that applies easily and gives outstanding, realistic results on any surface. Thinking of redecorating your home but don’t know where to begin? It may be time to consult with an interior designer.  Plus, answers to your home improvement questions. Problems with Contractors: What should you do when a contractor does poor work or leaves a job unfinished? Tom offers advice to Oralee about next steps after she loses money on an incompetent brick mason. Clogged Pipes: After installing a new water heater, Louis still has low water pressure and suspects a broken or blocked pipe. Tom discusses the best replacement for galvanized pipes that tend to clog. Tree Roots and Foundations: Can pear trees do damage if they’re planted near a home? We ease Lynn’s concerns about her concrete foundation. Window Mold and Mildew: Condensation in vinyl double-paned windows can cause problems with mold and mildew. Don may need to maintain or replace some windows and reduce the humidity in his home. Granite Countertops: What are some good options for refinishing an old laminate countertop in Frankie’s kitchen? Check out this amazing DIY product that provides the look and feel of granite. Bathroom Cleaning Products: Charles wants to know what cleaning product he should use for his bathroom tile and other surfaces. Do you have a home improvement or decor question? Call the show 24/7 at 888-MONEY-PIT (888-666-3974) or post your question here. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Stylish Lighting Updates | Help Plants Thrive with Micro Irrigation | Staying Prepared for Emergencies and Storms | Ep # 2226
Jul 28 2022
Stylish Lighting Updates | Help Plants Thrive with Micro Irrigation | Staying Prepared for Emergencies and Storms | Ep # 2226
SHOW NOTES: Stylish Lighting Updates: If you want to create a new look in any room, pendant lights are a bright idea! We’ve got tips on installing energy-efficient pendant lighting as an easy DIY design solution. Best Irrigation for Hot Weather Gardening: Micro Irrigation can help with the big problem of helping plants thrive in hot weather. Here’s what to know about directing water right where you need it most. How to Prep for a Storm: Are you prepared if unexpected severe weather strikes? Get tips on what to have to keep your home, car, and workplace ready for any emergency. Plus, answers to your home improvement questions. Removing Carpet Glue: Removing exterior carpet that’s been glued down is a sticky situation. Maria gets advice from Tom about pulling up carpeting on an outside step and refinishing the surface. Leaky Storm Shelter: Storm shelters are meant to offer protection from the elements. Jack finds out what to do about a shelter roof that’s leaking. Tile Fireplace: Susan wants to remove tile around her fireplace hearth and paint the bricks. We’ve got info about painting over the tile instead. Cracked Tile Floor: If floor tiles crack and you can’t find the same kind, should they be repaired or replaced? We offer Dan some suggestions on why tiles crack and how to get creative when replacing them. Building a Deck Step: Steve wants to add a step to make it easier to enter his cabin from the deck. Tom has advice on how large the step should be. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Easy Makeovers for Old Patios | Preventing Mold and Mildew in Bathrooms | How to Store Leftover Paint | Ep #2224
Jul 21 2022
Easy Makeovers for Old Patios | Preventing Mold and Mildew in Bathrooms | How to Store Leftover Paint | Ep #2224
Show Notes: If your outdoor concrete patio is old, worn, or cracked, there’s an easy way to give it a new look with pavers that can be installed right over the existing surface. We’ll give you the info you need for this DIY project. Cleaning bathroom mold and mildew is a chore you can avoid with a few easy preventive steps. Find out how to keep mold away with these smart bathroom ventilation tips. Leftover paint can be great for touchups and new projects, but how can you tell if it’s still good to use? We’ve got tips on how to properly store leftover paint so it will last. Plus, answers to your home improvement questions. Painting Vinyl Siding: Is there a good way to paint vinyl siding? David learns what kind of exterior paint to use and how to apply it so he can change the color of his home. Foggy Glass Doors: Condensation between the panes of an insulated glass door can ruin the view. We’ve got advice for Pam on how to clear things up. Site-Built vs. Modular Home Construction: Michael wants to know which is the better home building option. We share the pros and cons of both traditional site-built construction and modular homes.  Silencing a Squeaky Door: Squeaky doors can be annoying, especially when oil and new hinges don’t do the trick. Sandy finds out another way to silence a persistent problem with upgraded hinges. Solar Panel Installation: Rick is looking for advice on installing solar panels on his property instead of on his roof. Tom shares some concerns about the true savings of solar panels and what to be aware of when researching different companies. Basement Foundation Cracks: Significant cracks in basement walls have Dixie concerned, and for good reason. Tom offers info on when a structural engineer is needed and what to do next. Do you have a home improvement or decor question? Call the show 24/7 at 888-MONEY-PIT (888-666-3974) or post your question here. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Landscaping for Above Ground Pools | Building Blocks for Fire Pits | Vinyl Fencing Pros and Cons | Ep #2223
Jul 18 2022
Landscaping for Above Ground Pools | Building Blocks for Fire Pits | Vinyl Fencing Pros and Cons | Ep #2223
Show Notes: Above ground pools can be a fun addition to your backyard space. But the site of a 4-foot tall, 24-foot-wide bathtub in the middle of your entertaining space doesn’t always add to the outdoor décor! We share tips to make above ground pools an attractive and affordable addition to your backyard space. We love sitting around the fire pit on a cool summer evening. But if you don’t have a fire pit, building one is now as easy as stacking blocks. We’ll tell you about a system of modular rustic building blocks that can be assembled to create firepits, plants and more. Vinyl fencing has become more and more popular as an alternative to traditional wood fencing. But is it really worth the extra cost? We’ll walk you thought the pros and the cons of vinyl vs wood fences. Plus, answers to your home improvement questions. Retaining Walls: Tom, helps Alex figure out the easiest way to build a retaining wall by using interlocking blocks instead of wood. Replacement Windows: Elie wants to know the most energy efficient materials for a replacement window. Rust Stains: Doug needs help to prevent rust stains from forming on his pool and patio areas. Getting Rid of Woodchucks: Darlene is dealing with a major population of wood chicks that are destroying her garden. Best Soft Floor: Casey needs help choosing the best floor for her special needs son. Find out why we recommend cork flooring. Cleaning Wood Floors: Margaret wants our recommendation for the best floor cleaners for wood floors. Bad Electrical Outlets: Steve needs a solution for a number of ungrounded electrical outlets in his home. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices