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The Money Pit is a nationally syndicated, call-in radio show & podcast that helps listeners with their home improvement and decor projects. Expert DIY'rs Tom Kraeutler and Leslie Segrete entertain, educate and inspire listeners with an encyclopedic knowledge that just plain fun to listen to! With th…

Tom Kraeutler & Leslie Segrete


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    Latest episodes from The Money Pit Home Improvement Podcast

    Preventing Burglars and Break-Downs During Summer Vacations | Solutions to Stop Weeds | Easy AC Tips for Hottest Days | Ep #2218

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 29, 2022 39:56

    SHOW NOTES: Are you getting ready to take a vacation this summer? From burglars to break downs, we've got tips to help take care of your house while your away! If your lawn is full of weeds, don't just pull them before you pay attention to what's causing the problem. We'll share how to “read” your weeds just ahead. As we move into the “dog days” of summer, we've got tips to help keep your AC chugging along through the hottest days of summer. Plus, answers to your home improvement questions: Helen in Arizona is having an issue with bubbling paint on her wall. Mike from Arkansas has a leaky upstairs window when it rains and thinks it's due to the soffit. Debbie in Ontario needs to know how to fill cracks on a cement patio. Randy from Texas has a deck that has wood that is starting to shrink due to moisture. Susan in California wants to know if she has to resurface her driveway or just replace it entirely. Ken from Texas want to know if he should add a ductless air conditioning system to his home. Sharon in Ohio has a furnace that is pulling sewer gas from her sump pump. Pat from Nebraska has a 5 year old dishwasher that won't work anymore. 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

    Easy Way to Extend the Life of Your Roof | How to Get Your House Hurricane Ready | Best Air Filters for Allergy Sufferers

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 27, 2022 39:15

    SHOW NOTES: The summer season with its intense heat can be really rough on your roof. We share a way to protect, restore flexibility and extend your roof life by 5 years. Hurricane season is here and researchers predict 19 big storms! We'll help you make sure your house is ready. Having trouble with allergies? It's important you have a filter that can truly catch the dust, dirt and pollen that makes its way onto your lungs! We'll share a new type of HVAC filter that is so effective, it'll last for an entire year. Plus, answers to your home improvement questions: Catherine from Arizona needs help laying new sod and making sure is survives the super-hot climate. Steve in Tennessee is running out of hot water! We help nail down why his electric water heater may be failing after only 5 years. Angelo from Florida wants to know how to prep fiberglass window shutters that have faded for a new paint job.  Mary in Alaska has is considering going to tankless water heater and wants to learn more about 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

    Fast and Simple Way to Tile a Backsplash | Easiest Way to Mow Your Lawn | Building the Perfect Fire Pit | Ep #2216

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 23, 2022 39:20

    SHOW NOTES: If you've ever taken on a tiling project, you may know that it's messy and can take DAYS to wait for the adhesive to set, before you can grout. We'll show you a trick of the trade to install tile that's a lot less messy and far faster. Do you think the best way to save time and energy cutting the grass is to set the mower as low as possible so you won't have to mow that often? Well, you might be surprised to find out that can actually end up being MORE work in the long run! Find out why and what length to cut the lawn in Spring, Summer and Fall (and yes, it changes for each season!) If you'd love build a firepit, patio or outdoor kitchen, we show you really easy ways to get those projects done by stacking precast, concrete blocks.  Plus, answers to your home improvement questions: Cheryl in Virginia has a concrete porch that is starting to come apart and wants to know the easiest way to repair. We've got a great solution for Dan from Tennessee who is having carpenter bees eat his way through his fascia board.  Norma in Delaware wants to update her bath by adding a one-piece shower panel. Marty from Mississippi is looking for the best product is to match and seal his brick and mortar wall. We help Eleanor in Virginia with easy ways to clean algae off her composite decking Stewart from Rhode Island wants to know the best replacement for an oil-fired water heater. Sheila in Oklahoma is looking for recommendations on countertop paints and whether they work well. Ben from Illinois wants to know how to painting a popcorn 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

    Deck Staining Tips | Solutions to Prevent Pool Drowning | Filters that Prevent AC Breakdowns | Ep #2215

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 20, 2022 39:07

    SHOW NOTES: Staining a wood deck is a popular summer project. We share how to get that project done in a weekend, plus we review new high efficiency airless paint sprayers that can cut project time by as much as a third.  Summer marks the riskiest time of year for pool drownings, the leading cause of death to young children! We share a pool safety approach called layers of protection, the best way to backup parental supervision and keep kids safe. Now that the AC season is in full swing, have you thought about changing your air filter? If you have a forced air system, that filter plays an important role in keeping your cooling system operational. We'll explain why and highlight a new type of filter that can keep your system clean for a full year. Plus, answers to your home improvement questions: Pam from Missouri wants to install an automatic sensor onto her dimmer light. Dan wants to know how to deflect heat from his tin roof. Heather in Texas needs help getting rid of black mold in her bathroom. Max called in asking, what the best joist size for composite decking? Lorrain from Vermont has an ant invasion in her home. Brandon in California is having water hammer issues with his shower. Pat from Iowa wants to know the best way to paint aluminum siding. Bob in Tennessee wants to know if cell service is impacted by a metal roof. Mary from Wisconsin wants to know an alternative to rubber back carpeting for her basement. 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

    Upgrading Your DIY Workspace | Top Reasons AC's Quit | DIY Front Door Tips | Ep #2214

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 16, 2022 39:28

    SHOW NOTES: Are you a do-it-yourselfer but need a better do-it-yourself workspace? We show you how to create a productive and efficient garage workspace to handle projects big and small. If your AC is going to go on the fritz… it's going to happen on the hottest day of the year. We review the top reasons AC systems decide to quit and what you can do to restore the cool. Replacing your front door is a project that can increase both your home's value and its curb appeal. Find out how best to get that project done. Plus, answers to your home improvement questions: Anthony in New York wants to know how to repair a chimney that is losing its stucco. Mia from Iowa is looking for the best way to remove glued outdoor carpeting from her deck. Kevin in Georgia needs help getting rid of carpenter bees that are destroying his screened-in porch. Sally wants know if there is a fix for double pane windows that are fogging up between the panes. John from Maryland is looking for a side venting gas water to reduce the space his current one takes up. Fonda in South Dakota needs ideas on how to makeover her patio while she is redoing her backyard space. 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

    Pre-Summer Checklist for Outdoor Living Spaces | Spotting Roof Leaks Before they Happen | Free-up Stuck Windows | Ep #2213

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 13, 2022 38:51

    SHOW NOTES: You may be ready for summer, but is your outdoor living space ready, too? We've got a pre-summer checklist to make sure your house is good to go for the season ahead! Heavy spring rains can find their way through your roof. That's why now is the perfect time for a roof inspection. We'll share how to do just that, without climbing a ladder! And now that we have windows open more often, are you noticing that yours are not easy to GET open and closed? It could be a sign that they weren't installed right. We explain the fix. Plus, answers to your home improvement questions: Shirley from Nebraska hard water has caused her to replace her water heater four times in twenty eight years and wants to know what the solution is. Jason has noisy plumbing that only happens in his master bathroom tub. Shirley in Oregon has some concerns about fire safety with solar panels on her roof. Mike from Wisconsin wants to know how to restore a field stone foundation. Carol in Arkansas has a commode that isn't draining properly. Mary from Maryland has wood bees destroying her porch. Russell in Texas has pre-hung doors that aren't lining up with the frame. Jan from Texas wants to swap her shower drain with her toilet drain. Randy in Idaho has a cracked foundation that is an inch and a half wide and needs advice on how to repair it. Jenni from North Dakota wants to know how to move a lilac bush. 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

    Leak-Proof Skylights | Pet Proof Flooring | How to Build a Fence that Lasts | Ep #2212

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 9, 2022 38:30

    SHOW NOTES: Skylights let in lots of light but some let in leaks leak more than others. We'll tell which ones leak the most and share a tip the easiest way to add a skylight to your home in just 2-hours or less. If you've got any furry family members, it's smart to think about which flooring types might hold up best in the face of scratchy paws, accidents and excessive shedding! We review the best options. They say good fences make good neighbors but how exactly do you build a good fence? We've got the solution for fences that stand the test of time. Plus, answers to your home improvement questions: Holly from Kansas has a banging noise coming from her new washing machine. Bill in Florida needs some tips on removing cigarette smell from a house. Nancy from Michigan needs the recipe for deck cleaning soap. Michael in Florida has a pool deck that is starting to crack. Daniel form California is concerned about using the proper sealer on his new travertine flooring. Pat in Hawaii is curious about prepping her roof for fibrous aluminum paint. Rob from Iowa need help getting rid bed bugs they picked up on vacation. Michelle in California spilled glue on her floor and needs help getting it up. Brian from Ohio is dealing with a settling house and wants to know if he should re-square it. Erica in Illinois has peeling walls and ceiling paint that is starting to wreck havoc in her home. 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

    Avoiding Buyers Remorse | Roof Treatment that Extends Shingle Life | Green Product or Not? How to Tell | Ep #2211

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 6, 2022 38:43

    SHOW NOTES: According to the new survey, over 60% of homebuyers experience "Buyer's Remorse" after the sale! We'll share the most common regrets and how to avoid them.  If your roof is more than 10 or 15 years old, you might be thinking that it'll need replacement soon. Maybe not, we'll share a new product that can add 5 years of life to your roof with a single treatment. Also ahead, buying green is all the rage today but did you ever wonder what makes a product truly green? There are actually a lot of factors and just as many false claims of “greenness.” We will help sort the ones that count. Plus, answers to your home improvement questions: Mary in Massachusetts is wonder if she can close her ridge vent. Mathew from Texas has an issue with his sink flange. Debra in Pennsylvania wants to know why she needs to replace her rubber flashing? Tim from New York wants an easier fix to repair sink cracks. Donna needs help cleaning showers. Vincent in Delaware is concerned about the cracking in his home. Carolyn from Iowa wants to know how to brighten up quartz flooring? Randy in Ohio needs the best stain for a freshly built deck. Sharon from Tennessee wants to how to choose the right water heater. 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

    Deck Brighteners that Work | Safer Playground Surfaces | Solutions for Hard to Clean Spaces | Ep #2210

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 2, 2022 39:57

    SHOW NOTES: This is a great time of year to give wood decks, trim or fencing a spruce up. We'll give you tips on how to pick the perfect stain or brightener to have it fixed up for the season ahead. When kids hit the playground, safety is the last thing on their minds – but it really needs to be the first thing on our minds when we are creating these spaces. We've got guidelines to help. Do you have areas around your house that are just ridiculously difficult to clean? We share tips for cleaning some of the most difficult spaces. Plus, answers to your home improvement questions: Luke from Illinois wants to know if he can put a metal roof on top of shingles. Sabrina in Washington has newly poured grout that is already cracking. Mark from South Carolina wants to know the pros and cons of close cell vs. open cell insulation. Clyde from Missouri wants to know if an electric tankless water heater exist? Elvis in Texas needs help replacing Kitec plumbing. Donna from North Carolina needs to fix squeaky floors. Frank in Massachusetts has paint coming off his cedar siding. Carol from Texas wants to know if you can put a stain on pressure treated wood? 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

    Allergy Season | Most Dangerous DIY Tools | Make Painting Projects Easy | Ep #2209

    Play Episode Listen Later May 30, 2022 38:34

    SHOW NOTES: Have you been sneezing a lot lately? The allergy season is in full bloom and may last longer than usual. We share the best filters to keep allergens away. We love to celebrate the DIY spirit but as your DIY coaches we want to make sure you're always careful when taking on those projects! Find out about a new study that details which home improving tools cause the most injuries - and here's a hint - they're NOT power tools! Are you ready to take on a big painting project this holiday weekend, like maybe painting the entire exterior of your house? As challenging as that may sound, its actually totally doable. We'll share tips on tools that make the job a lot easier. Plus, answers to your home improvement questions: Sherlynn From Delaware has a leaky water pipe for her pool pipe. Sam in Louisiana is concerned about knob and tube wiring and how it might affect his insulation. Ella from Arkansas wants to know if putting new roofing layer over mold will have an affect on her allergies. Barb in Illinois is having a problem with hot water stopping mid-usage. Charlotte from Louisiana wants to expand her patio to divert water from pooling in her yard. Bryce in North Carolina needs to repair the ceiling in his bathroom with sheet plastic. Krista from Vermont has low water pressure from her shared well. Tim in Arizona is curious if it's worth it to insulate a garage.   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

    Natural In-Ground Pools | New-Tech Waterproof Flooring | How to Attach a Flag | Ep #2208

    Play Episode Listen Later May 26, 2022 38:40

    SHOW NOTES: If you'd love to have a backyard swimming spot, we share a cool option over traditional chlorine pools; natural in-ground pools that are pond-like, gorgeous and earth-friendly options.  Looking for a new floor that's beautiful, durable and totally waterproof? We found it! It's called Duravana and made using stone hybrid technology. We'll share more about this affordable new flooring technology. Memorial Day Weekend is here. And along with barbecues and pool openings, we honor the service and sacrifices of our troops. That's why now is a good time to display your patriotism by flying the flag. We'll share tips, including how to attach flagpole brackets to a wide variety of siding materials.   Plus, answers to your home improvement questions: Roy wants to know the best way to put in a walkway for his yard and if it's a DIY project? Michelle in Alabama is having a mold issue just above her baseboard. Sage from New York is having a minute long delay for his outside faucet to turn on. Selena in Tennessee wants to know if she needs to replace her supply price if she is replacing all of her drainpipes. Moshe from Ohio wants to know if there is a caulking silicone that will last longer than a year. Andrea in Ontario has black mold behind her sink that she can't get rid of. Anthony from New York has a stucco chimney that is starting to break off. Heidi in North Carolina wants to know if she can move the fuse box inside and how to find someone to finish converting a sub panel. Carol from Oregon has rusty well water corroding her toilets. Margaret in Virginia has a rusty cast iron tub she would like to restore.   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

    Best Outdoor Kitchen Brick | Protect Your Windows from Birds | Best Power-washing Sealer | Ep #2207

    Play Episode Listen Later May 23, 2022 39:10

    SHOW NOTES: Building an outdoor kitchen may be on your “someday” list. But someday could be today thanks to a new type of very affordable modular brick. Find out how building a complete outdoor kitchen could be as easy as stacking blocks. It's always nice to hear the sounds of birds around your home - unless it's he sound of a bird crashing into your window! Bird strikes are surprisingly common. We'll share tips on how to protect your feathered friends. If your Spring Cleaning includes power washing stained concrete surfaces, we'll share a sealer you can use to protect against a wide variety of stains and more. Plus, answers to your home improvement questions: Mike in Vermont needs advice to deal with his deck stain that is starting to peel. Dana has picture windows where the glazing is starting to come undone. John from Virginia wants to know what he can do to hide the rust on his standing seam metal roof. Joan in Montana is looking to make an enclosed addition to her home and wants tips for building it. Jeff from South Carolina has a feral cat problem terrorizing his backyard. Renee in Delaware has a sump pump that's making some worrisome noises and wants to know what the cause might be. 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

    Landscaped Privacy Screens | Best Woods for New Deck | Catch Leaks-in-the-Making | Ep #2206

    Play Episode Listen Later May 19, 2022 38:38

    SHOW NOTES: Want to enjoy a relaxing afternoon in your backyard but keep OUT of the public eye? Tom and Leslie share the best ways to plant privacy screens as a natural option over fencing. Building a new deck is a great way to start really enjoying your outdoor spaces, but what exactly is the right TYPE of wood to use? We walk you through the four most common options to help you chose the best decking at a great price. By the time most of us spot a roof leak, the water is usually dripping through a ceiling somewhere. But roof leaks actually start forming a LOT earlier than that. Find out how to catch leaks-in-the-making. Plus, answers to your home improvement questions: Justina needs help identifying whether she has carpenter ants or termites. Paul from Hawaii needs help getting rid of a strong mildew smell under a granite countertop sink. Eloise in North Carolina has a problem with squirrels eating away on her home. Ken from North Dakota needs advice on how to choose the best attic vents for his house. Debbie in Arkansas wants to know how to remove liquid nails from exposed brick walls. 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

    How to Build a Butterfly Garden | Big Paint Projects Made Easy | Fun Spring Flooring Trends | Ep #2205

    Play Episode Listen Later May 16, 2022 38:50

    SHOW NOTES: Are you ready to take on a big paint project this Spring like a deck, a fence or even the entire exterior of your house? It's become a lot easier to do. We walk you through new high-efficiency airless paint sprayers.  Right about now we are in the middle of the Spring flooring season, a time when new products, patterns and colors emerge and establish trends for years to come. We'll share insight on what's new, what's next and what's trending in flooring for the season. Butterflies are one of the best parts of spring and summer and attracting them to your means you'll have an army of pollinators working hard in your garden. We share the top 5 flowers that will encourage them to make your home, their home. Plus, answers to your home improvement questions: Alan from Tennessee has a cracked driveway he needs to patch. Jane in Washington DC needs a eco-friendly, non-toxic rug. Tonya from North Carolina has a door sill and jamb that is starting to rot. Kirk in California wants to know how to preserve an older patio. Kimberly from Texas needs to repair a leak in her metal roof. John in Florida wants to know the best product for weatherstripping fiberglass double doors. Pat from Iowa is wondering if it's possible to paint aluminum siding? 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

    Easiest Way to Build Your Outdoor Kitchen | DIY Storm Prevention | Best Anti-Slip Product | Ep #2204

    Play Episode Listen Later May 12, 2022 38:16

    SHOW NOTES: Outdoor kitchens have never been more popular -- but cooking and dining outside require special recipes of their own. We'll have tips for easiest way to build an amazing outdoor kitchen. Spring storms can turn everyday objects into projectiles that can-do serious damage to your home. Learn how a DIY inspection that can help you spot small repairs before they grow into big problems. Did you know that slips and falls cause more than 1 million visits to the emergency room each year? We'll share a super durable new anti-slip products that can make both indoor and outdoor surfaces safer and more attractive. Plus, answers to your home improvement questions: Kelly from Texas wants to know how to properly vent his attic. Dawn in Florida is curious how to retexture her ceiling. Charles from Ohio needs durable landscaping that can handle his dogs. Cynthia in New York wants to know what the correct price should be for waterproofing. Olen from North Carolina is wondering if PEX or ONIX piping is better for his radiant flooring. Judy in Florida has wants to restore her laminate countertop. David from Texas has rotting wood siding towards the bottom of his house and needs a replacement. Gayla in Washington is looking for cooling solutions for her home. 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

    Fast Start to a Healthy Green Lawn | State of the Pro Report | Deck Staining Tips | Ep #2203

    Play Episode Listen Later May 9, 2022 39:01

    SHOW NOTES: Are you green with envy over your neighbor's lush lawn? We'll share tips to help you catch up and get started on a healthy green lawn. In their first ever State of the Pro Report, Lowes polled their pros to learn which projects are in demand for 2022, shifts in projects being completed by DIY vs. Pros. The result offer a great roadmap for both pros and the consumers who are planning projects this year Spring cleaning isn't just for indoor rooms. Now is also the time to spruce up a favorite outdoor room—your deck, we share deck cleaning tips. Plus, answers to your home improvement questions: Rob in Iowa has a cedar trim deck that he is trying to paint and is considered about the boards not matching the rest of the deck. Sandy from Pennsylvania is trying to figure out which is the best type of garage to build with her colonial. Steven in Texas is looking for a formaldehyde and VOC free kitchen cabinets. Merilyn from Louisiana found pet stains under her carpeting and needs advice cleaning them. Gary in Hawaii wants to split electricity between two fixtures. Hugo wants to know the best HVAC to replace his 30 year old one. 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

    How to Add 5 Years to Roof Life Without Replacement | Smartest Outdoor Projects for Home Value | Best Backup Heat | Ep #2202

    Play Episode Listen Later May 5, 2022 38:46

    SHOW NOTES: If your roof is more than 10 or 15 years old, we share a new product that can add 5 years of life to your roof with a single treatment. Are you planning a project to improve your outdoor living but want to be sure the project makes your home more valuable? We'll share the details on a project that can deliver years of enjoyment along with great ROI when it comes time to sell. If you've lost heat this past winter and thinking about installing a backup system, we've got recommendations for the best backup heat options – especially when the power goes out. Plus, answers to your home improvement questions: Dave in Kansas needs a recommendation on a good kitchen floor. Marie needs design advice about slab kitchen cabinet doors. Scott in Iowa wants to know what he needs to do before painting over loose plaster. Anne has a crack on her front porch she needs help fixing. Robert from Washington has rust spots forming on his stainless steel appliances. Teddie in Oregon is dealing with a wet crawlspace and foundation. Jeff in Iowa needs a solution for a toilet that empties bowls in two bathrooms when flushed. Deb from Wyoming has one patch of grass that doesn't grow properly like the rest of her lawn. Bill and Gene from Missouri wants to know how thick to make a new concrete floor and what the best finish is. 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

    Roof Inspection Time | Working With Contractors During Inflation | Laundry Room Hazards | Ep #2201

    Play Episode Listen Later May 2, 2022 39:18

    SHOW NOTES: Winter's harsh winds, snow, and ice can weaken your roof, allowing heavy spring rains to seep through. That's why now is the perfect time for a roof inspection. We show you how! Just last month, the average national price for regular gas reached its highest price EVER!!! That strain is impacting the costs of home improvement. We'll share tips on how to work with contractors during these unusual times. The laundry room might seem safe enough, but anywhere there's extreme heat and lots of water, there's potential for trouble. We'll walk you through the most common trouble spots and tell you how to prevent leaks, fires and breakdowns. Plus, answers to your home improvement questions: George in Iowa needs advice on making sealing a deck a one-time job. Tina from Tennessee is considering a install a metal roof on top of asphalt shingles. Mark in Oregon has an old hardwood floor he wants to restore. Margie from Delaware wants to know if she should lay plastic vapor barrier underneath her house to reduce moisture. Chuck in Rhode Island needs advice to get rid of blood stain from carpeting. Louise from Texas is having a hard time removing and cleaning a vine from her wall. Allen in Idaho has a cracked foundation that is still cracking after being filled with epoxy. Dan from Pennsylvania needs a way to clear out clogs in his cast iron plumbing.   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

    Quick Colorful Gardens | Bright Ideas for Under Cabinet lighting | Earth-Friendly Improvements That Save Money | Ep #2200

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 28, 2022 39:03

    SHOW NOTES: Are you looking forward to having a colorful Spring flower garden? We share tips on the quickest way to get those bright colors blooming, no matter where you live.  If you find that your cakes are salty and your meatloaf is sweet –you might need better lighting in your kitchen! We'll share tips to brighten the space – and maybe even make you a better cook! We highlight some of our favorite earth-friendly home improvement ideas this hour, to help you save energy, water and money! Plus, answers to your home improvement questions: Lee has cement board siding that needs repairs after getting scratched up by a new puppy. Laura in Mississippi needs tips to keep moisture levels to a minimum in her home. Lester from Tennessee wants to deal with squeaky carpeted floor. Diane in Tennessee wants to know how she should apply Venetian Plaster to her entertainment space. Dottie from Oregon wants to know what the best concrete stain to use. Dean in Pennsylvania needs help insulating a basement. Colleen from Texas wants a product recommendation for resurfacing a dock. Ralph in Missouri needs advice installing cathedral ceilings. 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

    Sprinkler Set-Up for Greenest Lawns | 5 Tips for Fantastic Fences | How to Avoid Fungus-Growing Mulch! | Ep #2199

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 25, 2022 38:57

    SHOW NOTES: If you're hoping for a lush, green lawn, now is the perfect time to set up your sprinkler system for success. We'll explain how to dial it in for water efficiency and effectiveness. Building a fence is a great way to improve your home's curb appeal, home value and keep out the wildlife. Whether it's a project you want to do yourself – or one you'd plan to hire out for – we'll share 5 tips to help make sure your fence project is a success! Mulch is an important element to any spring garden or landscape plans, but how much mulch is too much mulch? We'll share tips, including an important caution about one popular type of mulch to avoid - because can grow fungus that sticks to your house and your car and be almost impossible to get rid of! Plus, answers to your home improvement questions: Heidi in North Carolina wants to know if she should move her main fuse panel inside. Mike from Minnesota is trying to vent his dryer more efficiently. Donna in Washington needs to clean cedar siding that is starting to chip. Dennis from Wyoming asks if he can install green board behind a thermoplastic shower wall. Judy in Tennessee wants to know the best way to care for hardwood flooring. Doug from Virginia needs to clean spray foam insulation off Vinyl Siding. Ted has a musty smell in his finished basement. Joyce in Missouri wants to know what product to use to refinish hardwood floor. 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

    Clutter Busting Tips | Green Up Your Lawn for Spring | Termites vs. Rot: What's Eating Your House | Ep #2198

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 21, 2022 39:29

    SHOW NOTES: How's that Spring cleaning going? A cluttered home can definitely leave you feeling stressed. But clearing the deck of clutter is not something that has to take a huge commitment of time. We've got 5 clutter busting tips that can help Are you green with envy over your neighbor's lush lawn? We'll help you catch up with Spring lawn care tips to get started on a healthy green lawn. Got Rot? Or is that Termites! Damaged wood can detract from your home's value. But to make the fix, you first have to know the cause. Learn how to tell what's been eating your home and make it go away for good. Plus, answers to your home improvement questions: Peter from Maryland needs a solution for cracks in hardwood floors. Pam in Missouri has recessed lighting and wants to know if it's smart to stock up on lightbulbs needed for these fixers, or just replace them. John from Wisconsin is move a washer and dryer in his spare bedroom and wants to know install the venting. Lynne in Colorado wants to know how to repair a leaking shower.  Tim from Virginia how to fix painted windows that stick. Joyce in Rhode Island needs to know how remove a smoke odor from her apartment. Mark from West Virginia is wondering if he can install a metal roof over asphalt shingles or does he need to remove the old roof first. Amy in Iowa wants to know if she should test for radon before installing a basement floor. Scott from Michigan has a garage door that keeps freezing to the ground. Ellie in Florida wants to know if it's worth it to keep her water softener. Jim from Ohio has a high water table even though he has a subsurface draining system. 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

    Kid-Friendly Gardens | Roof Replacement Options | Pet-Proof Decorating Ideas | Ep #2197

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 18, 2022 40:26

    SHOW NOTES:  Looking for family-friendly outdoor activities for you and your little ones? Creating a kid-friendly garden is a great way to get the whole family involved in a fun project! We share some ideas to get started. Spring is a great time to evaluate your roof before big storms happen. If it looks like it's ready for replacement, don't plan on that big expense just yet. Tom & Leslie share a much less expensive way to extend its life. Are messy pets creating a decorating dilemma? Are you afraid that anything you buy will be ruined by your well-meaning pooch? We'll have tips to help you get the best of both worlds. Plus, answers to your home improvement questions: Karen in Pennsylvania has mold behind wallpaper and needs to get rid of it. Mark from Nevada has radiant heat in his house that has been poorly installed. Kristine in Washington has a leaky opening in her chimney. Glen wants to know how to properly put in a dryer duct. Dewey wants to know how to get rid of a sewage leak smell in his basement apartment. Judy wants to know the best way to clean hardwood floors. Gary from Virginia has an odor coming from his bathroom plumbing after he takes a shower.   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

    Deck Design Disasters | 10 Most Hated Cleaning Chores! | Hidden Cost of New Appliances | Ep #2196

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 14, 2022 40:03

    SHOW NOTES: Are you ready to add a deck to your backyard for the warmer weather ahead? One simple yet surprisingly simple deck design mistake can lead to a disastrous deck collapse! Find out what's needed to stay safe and secure. Spring cleaning is not the most popular project but did you there's now a Top 10 List for the Most Hated Cleaning Jobs? We'll share the chores most people would like to avoid. If you're ready to shop for new appliances, did you know there are actually TWO price tags you need to consider? We'll share what second less obvious price tag is all about. Plus, answers to your home improvement questions: James from Delaware has a whistling sound coming from his 4-year-old water heater. Helen in Massachusetts had a plumbing leak in her basement and now wants to know what kind of flooring to use to replace the carpeting. Andres from Tennessee is trying to relocate his air intake and thermostat from a bedroom. Kelly needs to get rid of insects and rodents in her basement. Rich in Illinois is calling about the best way to treat his older cedar siding. Esther from South Dakota wants to buy a new furnace and is wondering if she can use her existing chimney as a way to get the vent pipe up through the roof? Dan has white powder forming on his 3-year-old brick home. Janet in South Carolina needs a suggestion for a rustic wooden look on her kitchen walls. Joel from Arkansas wants to move a beam that has become an eye soar in his home. 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

    Spool Pool: Perfect Fit For Small Spaces | Best Filters for Allergies | Restore a Driveway in a Weekend | Ep #2195

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 11, 2022 39:01

    SHOW NOTES: If you'd love to have a backyard pool but are short of backyard space, I have two words for you: Spool Pool! Learn how to combine the benefits of a pool and spa in one very refreshing backyard feature. Breathing allergy-free air inside your home is more important than ever this time of year. We'll share ways to make sure the air INSIDE your home is as clean as possible to avoid all that allergy misery! Is your driveway worn, chipped or suffer from nasty oil stains? Tom & Leslie walk you through a low-cost driveway makeover to clean up stains and restore the surface in a single weekend for a fresh start this Spring! Plus, answers to your home improvement questions: Pat from New Hampshire wants to know how to restore foundation cracks along with floor cracks in his garage wall. Todd in Utah needs tips insulating his workspace in the garage with a spray foam insulation. Karen from Pennsylvania has mold behind her wallpaper wants to know what the best way to remove mold. Greg in Arizona needs help to extending a metal roof. Dorothy from Tennessee wants to know how she can repurpose an inground pool. 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

    Big Impact Low-Cost Decorating Hacks | Step-by-Step Firepit Build | Building a Deck: DIY or Go Pro? | Ep #2194

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 7, 2022 39:12

    SHOW NOTES: Refreshing your home with new décor for the season is fun – but sometimes the costs add up! If you're not sure if your budget is ready to handle the hit, we've got 5 hacks to help save lots of money decorating your home sweet home. Backyard fire pits are a popular project for Spring – and build one is a project you can do yourself! We walk you through, step-by-step and block-by-block! Adding a backyard deck is one sure-fire way to increase your home's living space. But is building a deck a DIY project or one you should hire out? We sort out the pros and cons and help you make the best choice. Plus, answers to your home improvement questions: John wants to know if Spray Foam insulation is the right choice for his Florida home. Ruth in Delaware wants to know why her electric water heater that doesn't last even after replacing the elements. Woodpeckers are attacking Bruce's home in Arizona! We share an amazingly simple hack that will keep woodpeckers away for good! Bobbie in Ohio cut down a tree and wants to know how to install a sidewalk over the roots. Mike has a home with two fireplaces that are not drafting out properly. Freida has a microwave under light that keeps burning out regularly and wants to know the cause. Jim from Illinois has drafty original windows in his 100-year-old home and wants to stop drafts without replacing the windows. Marleen in Montana wants to restore her faded garage doors. Louise from Delaware has a deck on her backdoor that is under attack by carpenter bees. 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

    Energy Savers that Sell Homes Faster | Latest Smart Home Product Tech| Easy Ways for Warm Floors | Ep #2193

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 4, 2022 39:31

    SHOW NOTES: If you've you made energy saving improvements to your home, those improvements could just help you sell your home even more quickly than the competition. We'll explain how to capture this added value. Throughout the pandemic, smart home products have become more popular as more people than ever are working from home and using their living spaces in new ways. We'll share the latest innovations. There is nothing worse than stepping foot on a cold icy floor! We share the best ways to add heat to those floors and never feel frozen feet again.  Plus, answers to your home improvement questions: Kyle in Iowa wants to upgrade his base board molding but needs a better tool for the job. Sandy from Texas needs remove hot wax off an upholstered chair. David in Arkansas needs more info about geothermal water heater into his electric home. Sandra wants to know if she should have a radon test and what to do if the levels are high? George from Pennsylvania wants to know if he should replace the compressor of his water heater or the whole unit? Rose Marie in New Jersey wants to know the best lightbulb for a garage door.   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

    Amazing Low-Cost Granite Countertops | Engineered Hardwood Floors | Best Paint? Latex vs. Oil | Ep #2192

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 31, 2022 39:20

    SHOW NOTES: Adding a beautiful new granite top is a great way to add a little luxury to your kitchen, but granite or stone tops are expensive! We'll share a less costly alternative that looks just as good. If you love the look of real hardwood but don't have the budget to manage it, Engineered Hardwood may be a perfect solution. We'll explain the options. When you take on a painting project, latex paint is the way to go most of the time – but not always. We explain when oil-based paint is the best choice and why - even though the clean-up is a little harder. Plus, get answers to your home improvement questions: Debra from Tennessee asks if using dry lock in the basement is the best way to stop leaks. Murray in Illinois needs advice replacing his natural gas water heater.  Stacey from Minnesota wants to know if she can use mortar and limewash to fill in the gaps on her brick fireplace. Phillip in Rhode Island wants to know how to get red cedar shingles to age darker. Marty is asking why she isn't getting hot water fast enough to her bathroom. Jan in South Dakota wants to know how to level a concrete floor. Vincent from Texas wants to know how to fix a collapsing chain link fence in an area that floods easily. Debbie in Delaware is looking for the best way to repair a popcorn ceiling that is not adhering properly. Jacob from Arizona needs help repairing a crack on the garage 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

    Features Home Buyers Hate | Energy Saving Tips for Appliances | Best Spring Flowers for Your Region | Ep #2191

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 28, 2022 39:13

    SHOW NOTES: Planning on selling your home this spring while the market is still hot? Some home features are pretty much guaranteed to turn-off buyers. We'll share what to avoid or to change before the first potential buyer shows up. Did you know that your appliances may be quietly draining electricity - all day, every day - even when they are turned off? We'll share solutions to save all that wasted money. Plus, can't wait for all those spring flowers to bloom? We help, with tips on how to get a color-filled garden going immediately, no matter where you live Plus, answers to your home improvement questions: Jeff in Iowa needs help improving his water pressure after installing a low flow shower head. Kelly from South Dakota needs help removing wallpaper that is removing some of the drywall behind her. Wayne in Iowa has an odor in his bathroom and wants to know how to get rid of it. Melanie from California wants to know if untreated pine wood will hold up in the bathroom. Aaron in South Dakota wants to seal off a second fireplace chimney in his home. Lynn from North Carolina wants to know if reducing the moisture in her partially finished basement is a DIY project. Geddie in Arkansas wants to know how to prevent mice from getting into his home and how to deal with them humanely. Josh wants to know what the cause of a bathroom water stain might be.  Patrice likes the look of LED lights but not the cords that come with them, is there a way for her to hide 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

    Spring Deck Prep | Affordable Updates to Boost Home Office Productivity | Tax Deductible Improvements | Ep #2190

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 24, 2022 39:11

    SHOW NOTES: With Spring just ahead, is your deck ready? Sun, rain and even insects can damage your deck's surface, but a good finish can help keep Mother Nature from ruining your deck surface. Tom & Leslie walk you through the project. These days, we spend more time than ever in home offices. We'll share a couple simple and affordable updates to make your home office space comfortable and productive. It's almost tax time again – while we're not tax experts we DO have a pretty good handle on which improvements are tax deductible and will share suggestions. Plus, answers to your home improvement questions: Karen in Nebraska has bathroom tile that is has grout falling out of it. Dave from Arizona has a kitchen sink that was installed into his countertop that is starting to fall into the countertop. Nicole needs a solution for returning her grout to its bright white color. Brian from Iowa has a crack in his bedroom wall that's keeps coming back and needs a permanent solution. Ruth in Michigan wants to know if she can put shutters over her vinyl siding and if so how to do it. Tom from Missouri has a garage that was pulled away from his house and wants to know restore it to the way it was. Trish in New Jersey wants to know if it's worth it to move a load bearing wall. Donna from Tennessee has an odor in her guest home that won't go away and needs a solution. Steve in Arizona has a gas firepit that is lacking in heat, what can he do to make the fire a little stronger. Dot from Wisconsin wants to know how to put a trench into and drain her driveway. 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

    Storm-Proof Your Roof for Spring | Best Filters for Allergy Sufferers | Toughest Eco-Friendly Floors | Ep #2189

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 21, 2022 39:18

    SHOW NOTES: Spring is the season of big rainstorms. We'll have tips on how to make sure your roof is ready for the deluge! Prevent sneezing by replacing air condition filters before allergy season kicks in! Before allergy season kicks in, it's a good idea to replace the air filter in your heating and cooling system. We'll share a nifty little device that costs about a dollar and reminds you exactly when that needs to happen. When it comes to floors, it's easier than ever to be eco-friendly. We'll share options for beautiful, durable and earth-friendly floors. Plus, answers to your home improvement questions: Gerry in Massachusetts has a bang that randomly occurring in her house's plumbing. Mike from Louisiana noticed a crack on his floor the needs to be repaired. Theresa in South Carolina has a basement that floods after a heavy rain. David from Arkansas wants some more information about geothermal water heaters. Carol in Mississippi has a kitchen floor that is sinking into her crawl space and needs to figure out why and how to solve it. Cody from Texas wants to know if it's worth it to buy an insulated door or put in foam sheets between his garage door. Margaret in Virginia has a rusty cast iron tub and wants to know what she would have to do to restore it. Jim from Pennsylvania wants to know the advantages of metal roof over typical shingle roofs. 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

    Lighting Up Your Landscape | Underdeck Ceilings | Learning Your Homes History | Ep #2188

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 17, 2022 38:49

    SHOW NOTES: If you'd like to step up the look of your home's exterior, a good lighting design can help. We'll share tips on what you need to know to get that project done. Spaces under decks can be dark, dirty wastelands. But if your deck is a 2nd story, there are lots of ways to add an underdeck ceiling that drains rainwater passing through and really cleans up the look below. If you live in an old house, finding out when your house was built, who lived there, and what changes happened over the years can be a fun and fascinating journey. We'll share tips on how you can do just that. Plus, answers to your home improvement questions: Dreema from West Virginia has a crack in her load-bearing center wall that is spreading to other rooms and wants to know if she should call a contractor or an engineer for advice on how to fix it. Robert in North Carolina is having a dryer that is not drying even after two or three loads. Betty from Texas needs a permanent solution to cracks in her door frame. Joe in Illinois is having condensation on his central air system and needs to know how to prevent this. Cindy from Delaware has dual sinks that occasional give off a strong sewage smell. Bud in Oregon needs to how to replace a lighting fixture. Pauline from New Jersey needs to clean a mineral deposit from a granite countertop. Mike in Pennsylvania has a steel tub that is rusting out and wants to know if he should refinish it or just rip it out. Tammy from Missouri gets a buzzing from her breaker every time she turns on her new furnace. 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

    Shocking Features New Home Buyers Expect | Baby Proofing Checklist | Tips for Tile Projects | Ep #2187

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 14, 2022 39:23

    SHOW NOTES: The Spring real estate market is heating up with buyers eager to upgrade to a new home. But the features they're looking for have changed – a lot! We'll share what today's home buyers are hot on. Is your family growing? BEFORE you hear the pitter patter of little feet – It's smart to make sure home sweet home is safe as can be. We share the 9 best ways to baby-proof your money pit. If you're thinking about taking on a tile project, choosing the right look is only a part of the project. We'll have tips on how to choose the best TYPE of tile for your project. Plus, answer your home improvement questions: Marla in Louisiana wants to know how to convert her porch into enclosed living space. Perry wants to know the proper way to put a metal roof on his house. Christina from Montana wants to know the most cost-effective solution for bringing natural light into a bathroom. Michael in North Carolina is a new homeowner who wants to know if cracks in his foundation are a big problem. Tara from Pennsylvania need a solution to get rid of with earwigs and crickets. Barry spilled caustic drain cleaners on his tub and wants to know if he needs to replace the tub now. Tammy in Tennessee wants to know they best fasteners to use when installing new gutters so they don't fall off. Joe from Kentucky has spots on her porcelain tub and wants to know how to fix and cover them up.   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

    Best Way to Buy Windows | Disposers that Destroy Food Waste | Duct Cleaning Tricks | Ep #2186

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 10, 2022 38:05

    SHOW NOTES: Are ready to update your windows? You may find that it is one pretty confusing experience! We'll share a simple trick that makes it easy to compare windows and pick the best ones for your home. A garbage disposer is one of those products that - once you own it - you'll never want to be without it again! We'll share a few key features that can make all the difference. A dryer exhaust duct has to be properly installed to avoid lint build up that can lead to a fire. But sometimes this is easier said than done! We have some tricks of the trade that can help and share an ingenious tool to help keep your ducts clean. Plus, we share answers to lots of home improvement questions like:. Marilyn needs a soundproofing solution for a condominium. Mike from Arkansas wants to know if house is considered newly remodeled or not? Cindy in California wants to know how to make her stovetop more fire safe. Jim from Arkansas wants advice on remove a chimney that's no longer needed. Laurel in Pennsylvania needs a solution to smelly sink drains. James from Illinois wants to know how to convert his two-prong outlets to three-prong outlets. 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

    Garage Door Do-Overs | Simple Trick to Calc Home Care Costs | Stainless Steel Appliance Wraps | Your Q & A | Ep #2185

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 7, 2022 39:26

    SHOW NOTES: One of the biggest security holes in any home is the garage door. Find out how to make sure your garage door is set up to keep your home safe from intruders, and safe for kid going in and out too! Your house is your biggest investment. But how much should you set aside for home repair and maintenance? Learn a simple formula to help you know what to budget. Stainless steel appliances can be beautiful but costly. We share a DIY trick to get that same stainless steel look for less. Plus, answers to your home improvement questions: Kelly in South Dakota is having trouble getting an oil stain off cement floor. Mike from Iowa has a problem with how his bathroom vents into his attic. Jane in Pennsylvania needs help finding covers for base board heating Dave from Ohio has uninsulated drywall seams that pop and crack in the winter. Robin in Oregon is having a lot of moisture and mold build up in her bathroom. Nicole from Illinois has a crack caused by earthquake damage. Don in Pennsylvania has a question about LED lighting in his kitchen. Maria from Delaware wants to know how to paint over paneling. Anthony in Tennessee needs a DIY solution for putting a bunk bed in his RV. J.W. From Georgia wants to put a wood burning stove into his coal burning stove. 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

    Brighten Up Your Kitchen | Top Places We Waste Energy | Easy Tub Restoration | Ep #2184

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 3, 2022 38:49

    SHOW NOTES: If you'd love to add more light to your kitchen, we share a new window trend that aims to do just that, in a very unusual way. Have you ever been surprised by a big electric bill? Find out the most common places energy is wasted. If your bathtub has a worn-out finish, replacing the tub could require a major renovation of your entire bath. We highlight far less costly options to consider. Plus, answers to your home improvement questions: Rich from West Virginia wants to know if he can spackle over the tape on his drywall. Britt in California needs tips on installing a skylight. Mark from South Carolina wants to know how to determine if he has hard water in his house. Cecily in Iowa needs to know how to paint over water stains on wallpaper. Hugh from North Carolina has a beach house that he wants to soundproof. Anne wants to know who to call to install a tin ceiling. Michael in North Carolina has a noisy water heater. Debby from Texas needs to know the best prep for painting a carpeted cement floor. 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

    Weekend Kitchen Projects | Appliance Break Down Cheat Sheet | Must Have Washing Machine Features | Ep #2183

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 28, 2022 40:03

    SHOW NOTES: If you're thinking about updating your kitchen but are concerned about the costs, we're going to have tips on easy updates you can do over a weekend that can totally transform your space without the hassles. And it's an age-old dilemma when your appliances break down: Fix ‘em, or replace them altogether? Our cheat sheet can help you save money and make the right choice.  Plus, are you ready for a new washing machine? We'll have tips to help you figure out which features are worth paying for and which you should skip. Plus, answers to your home improvement questions: Mayer from New Jersey has sticky Anderson windows that won't open fully. Gail in Canada has a furnace that is dumping water into her crawl space soil. Scott from Georgia wants to know if he can install an attic ventilator even though he already has a ridge vent. Lisa in Michigan wants to know if her exhaust fan is for the whole house or just her bathroom. John from North Carolina is asking what the best spray foam insulation for his home is. June in Alaska has cracks in her bathroom ceramic tile and needs a solution. Bill in Texas has a problem with rusty grout in his tile shower. Jackie from Florida has a problem with her whirlpool dishwasher not working and have mold build up. Mike in Arkansas wants to know if he can combine the bath vent and the exhaust vent.   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

    How to Pick the Perfect Kitchen Cabinets | Easy Fix for Clogged Showers | Secret to Streak Free Windows | Ep #2182

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 24, 2022 38:15

    SHOW NOTES: Ready for new kitchen cabinets? We'll tell you how to choose new cabinets that'll step up the space and not blow the budget. If you've ever stepped into a shower hoping for a strong flow - only to find a less than inspiring trickle, you know poor water pressure can be frustrating. But the power of a good shower may not be out of reach. We'll share how to restore the flow We could all use a little more sunshine this time of year…spotless windows can help! We've got tips on how to clean your windows like a pro, and you won't even need any paper towels. Plus, answers to your home improvement questions: Jan in California wants to know if she can put texture over backer paper. Bill from Tennessee needs advice for cleaning a pressure treated deck that is starting to turn black. Beth in Minnesota has a partially clogged toilet that she can't fix. Darwin from Texas wants to know how to remove a rotted facia board without taking apart his gutter. Kathy in Delaware wants to know what is the best gutter option. Ed from Delaware has moisture in his basement that is producing an odor he can't get rid of. Jerry in Massachusetts has a bang coming through her house and can't seem to identify the source. Dave from West Virginia has questions about what type of water heater is best for him. Laura in Connecticut has a washing machine that is moving around too much. Brad from Pennsylvania wants to know if he should remove the insolation in a knee wall.   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

    Thawing Frozen Feet | Upgrading the Porcelain Throne | Inspecting Older Chimneys Ep #2181

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 21, 2022 40:14

    SHOW NOTES: Are your feet feeling freezing tile floors in the morning? Tired of having icy toes no matter how many layers of socks you have on? There is an easy and reliable solution that can restore feeling to those frozen feet. If you've got an older home, you probably have an older chimney and those can be unsafe. We'll walk you through the best options for improvement. Here's an idea we can get behind: better toilet seats. From comfier to cleaner, there are plenty of affordable upgrades out there for your throne.    Plus, answers to your home improvement questions: Mary in Massachusetts has a dishwasher that keeps backing up. Ian from North Carolina wants a cheap solution for soundproofing. Lulu in Delaware needs help installing a drip edge on her roof. Pete in Wisconsin is having an issue with his garage door opening unevenly. Paul from Texas wants to know if he can run two water heaters in series. Charlotte needs to know the best way to fix leaky windows. Lori in Pennsylvania wants to know the best option for a countertop. Jeffery from Wisconsin that will repair cracks with a caulk that will blend in. Dan in Washington is want to convert a garage into a Bed and Breakfast and wants to know what kind of city ordinances he should be aware of.   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

    Secrets to Small Bath Storage | Mastering Mattress Shopping | Smart Window Coverings | Ep #2180

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 17, 2022 39:33

    SHOW NOTES: If your bathroom is short on space we share easy ways for a small bathroom a makeover that makes every inch count.  February is the best month to buy a mattress but figuring out the best deal for a comfortable place to lay your head is super confusing. We share what to look for - for a good night's rest. Using window coverings strategically can help you stay warmer, or even cooler in the summer. We share smart ways to use your window coverings to spruce up your space without the need to be replaced. Plus, answers to your home improvement questions: Caesar in Chicago is looking for a DIY solution insulating around his washer and dryer. Rosalie wants some advice on installing an elevator in her home. Tom from Texas needs help choosing between a tankless and tank-in water heater. Ken in Wisconsin having a problem with ice-damning. Sharaine from Colorado wants to know the best way to deal with mold and mildew. Jacob in Kentucky needs a solution for water coming out too hot throughout his home. Zelda from North Carolina is wondering what's a good option bathroom floor that isn't laminate or tile. Deb in Illinois wants to know the pros and cons to a modular home. 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

    Are Replacement Windows Worth It? | How to Hang Heavy Stuff on Drywall | Why Junk Drawers Start Fires | Ep #2179

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 14, 2022 40:24

    SHOW NOTES: Have you been feeling drafts all winter long and wondering if replacing old or drafty windows is a wise move? 7 key questions can help determine if this project is right for you. If you need to hang something heavy on a wall, it's always best to connect into wood studs. But if you can't find one, new fasteners may allow you to connect directly to the drywall. We share how to choose the right anchor for the job. One item that is probably floating around your junk draw right now is causing homes to go up in flames. We'll share an important safety tip. Plus, answers to your home improvement questions: Gayla from California is trying to repair scratches in her Corian countertop. Randy in Arkansas wants to know if he can use a large vacuum to quickly remove old insulation in his home. Margie from Maryland needs to get rid of a smoke smell in her house. Dave wants to know how to remove a carpet without damaging the floor underneath. Tim from Minnesota is looking for a dimmer for LED lights. Laura in Connecticut is asking for the best primer to use on rust stains. Dave wants to put a cast iron insert into his fireplace and wants to know if it's safe and DIY. Michelle from Pennsylvania wants a more efficient heating system in her home. John how to fix a toilet not flushing properly. Terry in Ohio says after replacing his hot water heater the a water has a rotten egg smell. 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

    Amazing Drop Ceilings | How to Stop Tripping Circuits | Easy Way to Avoid Unsafe Products | Ep #2178

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 10, 2022 39:28

    SHOW NOTES: If you've been thinking about a remodeling project and wondering what to do with your ceiling, a drop ceiling is probably not on your list! But these ceilings are not just the boring flat large tiles we've grown up with. We'll share some amazing transformations that are possible with the newest innovations in these ceilings. You probably don't think much about your home's electrical panel until a circuit trips – and then you have to! Tripped circuits may be a sign your panel is ready for an upgrade, or just point to the need for a much less expensive repair. We'll explain how to keep the power on for less. Hundreds of unsafe products get recalled each year. But with so many recalls, how do you know if you have recalled products in your own home? We'll tell you about a free product recall website that can help. Plus, answers to your home improvement questions: Larry needs advice what to do about a bad contractor who did what sounds like pretty lousy work on his new home. Jan in Kansas wants to know how to fix cracks in her sheetrock walls that run from her dining room to her kitchen. Howard from Texas has a collapsing retaining wall that needs an immediate repair. Karen in Nebraska wants to know how to set up a timer for her front lights. James from Minnesota wants to know how to tell the age of a water heater. William in Texas has a crack in his double paned window and wants to know the best way to fix it. Mary from Missouri wants to know if she can install central air conditioning using existing duct work. David in Maryland need tips to clean mold from her driveway and stop it from coming back. 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

    Avoiding Laundry Room Dangers | Hidden Costs of Buying Appliances | Simple Siding Repairs | Ep #2177

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 7, 2022 40:23

    SHOW NOTES: The laundry room might seem safe enough, but anywhere there's extreme heat and lots of water, there's potential for trouble. We'll walk you through the most common laundry room trouble spots and tell you how to prevent leaks, fires and breakdowns. If you are ready to shop for new appliances, there are two price tags you need to consider. The first is the price you pay and the second is the cost to operate that appliance. We'll share tips on how the easy way to determine both and avoid surprise expenses. Winter weather can take a toll your home's siding. We share simple siding repairs to restore missing, loose pieces plus how to get rid a season of dirt and grime for a fresh start come Spring. Plus, answers to your home improvement questions: Alvin has a home with serious structural settlement and wants to know if repair is a DIY project, and how to should be done. Darlene in Arizona is wants to know how to repair loose vinyl floor tiles in a laundry room. Greg from Tennessee want to know if you can put a metal roof on top of a shingle roof. Christine in Arkansas is asking if she can paint over some unfortunately colored tile in her bathroom. Mike in Vermont wants to know the best heated flooring he can install. Cumi from Wisconsin needs to remove black mold in her rental. Judy in Arkansas has a laminate floor that is bubbling up and doesn't want to replace it, how can she repair it. Terry from Washington has an ice dam and is wondering how he can alleviate it. Kathy from Arkansas is curious about if Radon is a concern on a slab floor. 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

    Best Basement Bathrooms | Decoding Lumber: How to Get What You Pay For | Easy Trick to Estimate Home Care Costs | Ep #2176

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 3, 2022 39:29

    SHOW NOTES: Adding a basement bathroom can make the space more useable and but below grade bathrooms need special designs in order to drain. We'll share what you need to know to make sure your bathroom will “go with the flow”. When you ask for a 2x4 at the local lumber yard, did you now that the wood they give you actually measures a lot less? These days it's not always easy to get what you pay for – and that includes buying lumber. We share why and how make sure your money goes as far as it can when buying materials. Wondering how much it costs to maintain a house? We share a simple formula to lay out what you should you budget for the cost of home repair and maintenance. Plus, answers to your home improvement questions: Nadine in Iowa has an unusually noisy countertop. Tyler from Indiana wants to know if he should do a full basement remodel to sell his house. Don in Illinois has a slippery sidewalk and wants to know if he can put a sealer on the sidewalk to give it more traction. Sandra from North Carolina wants to know if high quality air filters are worth the expense. Randy in Arkansas wants to replace the tub and install a handicap shower kit. Jessica from Missouri has a floor that has settled in the middle and needs tips on how to repair it. Barry is looking for the best air filter for his HVAC. Jane Ellen in Pennsylvania wants to know if double-pane or triple-pane windows are most efficient for her part of the country. 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

    Are You Making These Painting Mistakes? | Best Way to Remove Carpet | Simple Shower Drain Cleaning Solution | Ep #2715

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 31, 2022 40:36

    SHOW NOTES: If you are planning to make the switch from carpet to one of the many beautiful solid surface floors, getting the old carpet torn out can be a hassle. Worse, it can reveal problems that need to be fixed before the new floor can be installed. We'll share how prep for your new floor like a pro. When it comes to maintaining your home, painting is a project that's among the most basic of DIY projects. But it's also a project that can go terribly wrong if you don't take just three steps before your start. Learn how to avoid the most common painting mistakes. Ever had a bath or shower drain get clogged due to long hair getting stuck in it? we'll share a $5 solution that's so handy, you'll want to start using it on all your sinks and showers. Plus, answers to your home improvement questions: Jennifer in Maryland needs a solution how to fill in a gap in siding. Kenny from Mississippi wants to know the best insulation for a tin roof. Penny in Illinois wants to know how to stop frost coming in through where her gas meter connects into her home. Trent's wants to know how to remove a popcorn ceiling that is falling apart. Peter in Florida lost power in his bathroom and wants to know what's causing his circuit to trip. Joyce from Alabama has a bathroom sink odor and needs a solution. Margie in Delaware found some stained wood under her carpet and wants to know how to repair them. James from Texas has a sudden issue with a water odor after getting a new water heater. Bela in Delaware wants to put architectural shingles on his aluminum roof to reduce the drainage noise. Jeff from Missouri failed to put a sealer on his patio and wants to know how he can retroactively fix this. 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

    Are Natural Stone Countertops Worth It? | Removing Wallpaper with Ease | Pet Friendly Flooring | Ep #2174

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 27, 2022 39:51

    SHOW NOTES: Natural stone countertops are beautiful but also require a ton of maintenance to keep them looking as good. We sort out whether these attractive kitchen surfaces are worth the hassle, along with some equally attractive but easier to care for alternatives. If getting rid of old wallpaper stands between you and your dream room, we can help! Learn the right steps to remove wallpaper quickly and easily. If you're a pet-lover and taking on new decor or remodeling projects, we've share tips for the best pet friendly floor and walls surfaces. Plus, answers to your home improvement questions: Dave from California needs a recommendation for the best solar batteries for his new home. Dana in Georgia wants to know if mold in her home is an issue and how she can remove it. Jeff from Massachusetts wants to know the best insulation for a basement.  Sylvia in Pennsylvania is curious if he can heat his terrazzo floor. Sparky from Georgia is replacing coaxial cable and is looking for the best possible way to do it. Anne in North Dakota has a hair line crack that has been growing over time and needs to find out if its active or not, and how best to fix it. Dennis from Michigan wants to know how to get hot water to his bathroom more quickly. Kathleen in Texas needs to know how well epoxy garage flooring works. Sue from Ohio is looking for products to keep ice and snow off her wheelchair ramp without damaging it. George in Colorado wants to if it's necessary to clear the snow off his roof? 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

    Roof Check: How to Know if It's Got to Go | Space Saving Closet Makeovers | Energy Audits That Save Big Bucks | Ep # 2713

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 24, 2022 40:36

    SHOW NOTES: Winter is rough on roofs so now is a good time to plan for any roof work that might be needed to be done come spring. We'll share tips for a DIY roof check to know if a roof needs to be repaired or replaced - in today's Smart Spending Tip. Got closets busting at the seams? We've got steps for a simple closet makeover that takes less than an hour or two to get done and will help you find the space you need.  If you'd like to make your home more energy efficient, a home energy audit is a great place to start. We'll share how details to get this done, and highlight a DIY option, just ahead. Say goodbye to the dark days of winter with the best lighting for your home. We share the bulbs and fixtures that deliver the brightest outlook for the days ahead. Plus, answers to your home improvement questions: Risa from Oregon needs a good gutter guard recommendation. John in Missouri is building a guest home and wants to know if it's better to start from scratch or if he should use a prefab. Kathy from Massachusetts has chimney that is turning to dust and wants to know what she can do about it. Jim in Ohio wants to know his options for insulating his basement as well as noise-proof it. Fran from Tennessee needs a replacement for her French door. Chad in Iowa wants to prevent moisture in his bay windows. Cindy from Michigan wants to know her options for generating her own power to cut down on her bills. Sparky in Georgia has a water ring problem in one of his bathrooms that keeps coming back. Laura from South Carolina is installing anti-slip deck paint and is concerned about damaging the deck. Jack in Nebraska is putting a new floor into his basement and wants to know if he can put down engineered wood flooring. 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

    30-Minute Home Improvement Hacks | Some Smoke Detectors Won't Spot Fires | Heating Tips for Renters | Ep #2172

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 20, 2022 39:49

    SHOW NOTES: Want to tackle a home improvement project but don't have much time? Tom & Leslie share 5 fast hacks that take 30 minute or LESS to complete. Plus share a full list of 30 more home improvements you can do in under 30 minutes! Home fire risk goes up in the winter, but did you know that not all smoke detectors work with every type of fire? We'll explain how to choose the best smoke detectors to make sure you're protected. If you're a renter, we share tips to help you save money heating your apartment that'll make you a lot more comfortable and won't require any major changes to your place, or risk losing your security deposit! Radon is a soil gas that is present under homes and can put your health at risk. We share how to know if radon levels are high in your area and what to do if they are.   Plus, answers to your home improvement questions: Andrea in Pennsylvania has a sloping floor in her bathroom and doesn't know how to fix it. David from Ohio is having a hard time keeping paint from peeling off his siding. Renee in Texas wants advice on repairing structural cracks in her townhouse. Linda from Rhode Island needs a good paint for her stone basement wall. Gary from Georgia wants to know how to harvest rainwater. Tony in Iowa has a cold water line that feels hot to touch. Patty from Illinois has a toilet that's driving up her water bill and wants to how she can resolve this.   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

    Need to Know Solar Solutions | Décor Secrets for Bigger Spaces | Tips for Winter Tree Trimming | Ep #2171

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 17, 2022 40:11

    SHOW NOTES: Thinking adding solar power to your home can reduce electricity costs? Not all panels deliver the same amount of electricity. Tom & Leslie explain which options deliver the most power and best savings. And if you like homes that feel bigger than they are, there's a new trend in what's known as a broken or semi-open floor plan beginning to catch on. Well top-line those details. With half of the winter behind us, it's time to think about making sure your outdoor trees will bloom this spring. We've got tips on keeping trees alive through winter. Plus, answers to these home improvement questions: Pat in South Dakota wants to know more about vinyl flooring she's looking to install on her first floor. Phillip from Massachusetts is replacing his cape cod roof and wants to know his options and if he should put in an ice guard. Carolyn down in Florida needs advice on repainting her metal garage door. Eric in Michigan is asking if gutters are needed if your home is on a concrete slab? Debs from Pennsylvania wants to know how to clean the ring around the drain of a sink. Mike in Arizona wants to know the best options are for replacing his old cedar siding. Lynn from Illinois how to replace a mailbox that is rusted and stuck in her brick. Rebecca in Tennessee wants to know how to repair a crack in her limestone chimney. Susan from Texas wants to know what kind of treatment should be done on a water well. Lydia in Maryland wants to know what is the best type of insulation she should put in her house. 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

    Itch-Free Insulation | Super Commercial Stoves for Kitchens | How to De-Tox Your Mattress | Ep #2170

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 13, 2022 40:08

    SHOW NOTES: Improving your insulation is the easiest and least expensive way to get comfortable and save money. To help, Tom & Leslie review the most popular types of insulation – including a new “itch-free” fiberglass insulation plus another that's fire resistant to over 2000 degrees! A serious commercial stove can boost both your cooking powers, and your home's resale value. We'll share what you need to know if you're looking for one of these brawny commercial beauties in your kitchen. And are you laying your head down on a bed of bacteria every night? We have tips to help de-tox your mattress to keep IT clean and YOU, healthy. Plus how to spot and get rid of bedbugs. Plus, answers to these home improvement questions: Joan in California is ready for a kitchen remodel and doesn't know where to start! Kirk from North Dakota is ready to convert incandescent bulbs to LED's and needs to know how lumens compares to light bulb wattage. Jody in Delaware needs help fixing a foundation with dry lock that is peeling off. Robert in North Dakota wants to know what the best way to heat a big space. Carol from Ohio has a cutting project and needs to know what's the best blade to cut a door with. Louis in Pennsylvania needs tips to choose the best replacement water heater. 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

    Winter Bird Attraction | New Year New Studio Space | Sink Odors | Ep #2169

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 10, 2022 40:16

    SHOW NOTES: Do you enjoy watching birds visit your yard in warmer weather, but miss them in the winter? Tom & Leslie share tips to help attract visits from your fine feathered friends all year long: even in the cold months! Need a workshop, maker space, sewing center or other studio space? We share tricks for carving out room for your past time using hidden space you may not even know you have! Cold floors can be very uncomfortable and raise your heating costs. We identify the top causes of cold floors and the easiest ways to warm those surfaces, and your feet! Got a smelly sink? We solve that one too with a hack that can help. Plus, here's one for the rule-breakers out there. Leslie shares design rules that are worth breaking with amazing results. Plus, answers to your home improvement questions: We help Kayla in Iowa who has a dehumidifier that keeps tripping her circuit breaker.  Tom gives Manny from Rhode Island some money-saving advice about service contracts offered for water lines. Ellen in New York is working on a new floor and wants to know if she has to remove vinyl tile to install a new engineered hardwood floor. Jonathan from Tennessee wants to now the best way to insulate and heat his garage so he can use it as a work space all year long. Ever fix a crack in a wall or ceiling only to have it reappear over and over again? Linda has and gets a one-and-done solution from our expert hosts! Martin in Wisconsin wants to know if it's possible to remove a load bearing wall to create more open space in her home. Devron from Missouri learns why the best way to make her home more energy efficient is to start with an energy audit. Tom & Leslie share several options to get it done. Steve in Illinois needs a gut check on an estimate for new windows. Tom and Leslie review the project and offer a checklist to use that'll make sure he gets the best quality windows and the best price. Danuza from Georgia loves her fireplace so much she wants to know if she can open the back side to make double sided. Justin in Montana has smelly bath water he can't find the source of. Expert host Tom Kraeutler, points to the problem instantly – and it's not the bathroom at all that's causing 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

    Beware Falling Icicles | Picking the Right Paint | Easy Furniture Fixes | Ep #2168

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 6, 2022 39:22

    SHOW NOTES: Icicles may be attractive, but they're an early warning of some potentially serious roof leaks. Learn how to stop the leaks caused by ice dams and even get your homeowners insurance company to pay for a new roof! Painting is the easiest and least expensive way to completely change the look of a room. But many DIYers struggle when it comes to picking the best color for their project! We'll share simple tips to help chose the perfect paint colors Did your furniture pick up a little extra wear and tear over the holidays? We've got hacks to fix water rings, dings and dents. Plus, answers to your home improvement questions: Joel from Michigan wants to know choose the best stud finder? Nancy in Arkansas needs help to fill a gap in hardwood floor and her front door threshold. Ken has wants to know what's best way to repair water damaged sheetrock and wants to know if it's a DIY project. Karen in Tennessee wants to know how to keep her house warm during the night using her thermal pane windows. Tony from Montana needs repairing a crumbling foundation. Kathryn in Colorado is having a mice problem in her unfinished downstairs and wants to know if the ultrasonic plugins work. Ben from Illinois how to prevent lime discharge pipe on his water heater. Nancy in Massachusetts has a garage door that isn't closing properly. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

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