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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

    • May 8, 2023 LATEST EPISODE
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    Cost-Conscious Kitchen Cabinet Makeovers | Roof Rejuvenation: New Life from the Top Down | Get Mosquitoes to Buzz Off | Ep #2307

    Play Episode Listen Later May 8, 2023 37:24

    SHOW NOTES: Kitchen Cabinets: Should you replace, reface, or refinish your kitchen cabinets? Find out budget-friendly options. Roof Restoration: Dried-out shingles? This rejuvenation treatment can extend the life of your old roof. Mosquitoes: Avoid unwelcome backyard barbecue bites and get mosquitoes to buzz off with these easy steps.  Plus, answers to your home improvement questions. Inground Pool: Dorothy doesn't want her inground pool anymore. We discuss what's involved in having it filled and how to use the space. Bathroom Ventilation: Milt has no ventilation in his bathrooms. We have info on installing bathroom exhaust fans and humidistat controls. Shower Leaks: Water leaks are coming from the upstairs shower. Kirsten should follow these steps to track down where the leak is coming from and fill the gaps. Carpenter Bees: Thousands of carpenter bees are drilling into Jim's log cabin! He needs a new pest control professional who will use the right product to keep bees away. Cleaning Brick: What's the easiest way to clean mold and mildew from brick without damaging the mortar? We recommend that Judy use a slow-acting mildewcide product and perhaps a gentle pressure wash. Driveway Cracks: Todd wants to repair his cracked driveway. We tell him which product will adhere to the concrete so he can easily refinish the driveway surface. Brick Walls: Debbie discovered brick behind the drywall, but it was attached with glue. Heat guns and adhesive softeners will probably damage the brick, so she may need to add furring strips and a new layer of drywall to cover it up again.   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

    From Driveway to Doorstep: Bright Ideas for Lightscaping | Peel Away the Past: 4 DIY Steps for Removing Wallpaper | Replacement Window Labels Decoded | Ep #2306

    Play Episode Listen Later May 4, 2023 37:15

    SHOW NOTES: Lightscaping Ideas: Get bright ideas for lightscaping to add safety, security, and style to your home's exterior. Wallpaper Removal: Peeling off old wallpaper is an unappealing task. Find out four steps to make wallpaper removal easier. Buying Windows: Window shopping? Learn how to decode window labels and certifications for energy efficiency.  Plus, answers to your home improvement questions. Reducing Moisture: How to reduce moisture and prevent mildew on walls? Laura gets tips on running her AC, using fans that vent outside, checking drainage, and installing a whole-house dehumidifier. Replacing Flooring: David wants to replace his old kitchen linoleum floor. We suggest luxury vinyl plank flooring that's durable and offers a variety of styles. Wall Designs: Diane likes the look of Venetian plaster walls. She may want to practice the technique before making it a focal accent wall in her room. HVAC System: Is Trane a good brand of furnace? We assure Hugo it's a fine choice for replacing his 30-year-old furnace. Pest Control: Bugs and slugs and mice – oh my! Kelly needs some general pest control treatment from a professional exterminator to get rid of bugs and rodents. Cedar Siding Repair: It's not so cute when a teething puppy gnaws the cedar siding. Lee can either use a wood epoxy putty to repair the corners or replace the damaged shingles. Discolored Windows: Is water damage staining the bottom and sides of Amy's windows? We think it's normal oxidation and offer advice on some DIY fixes. Bathroom Mold: Edward is cleaning and repainting his bathroom to eliminate mold. We have advice on protecting his family from product fumes. Roofing: Can a metal roof be installed over existing roof shingles? Tina learns it's a bad idea that can trap heat and increase energy costs. Building a Patio: What is the best surface for building a patio and carport? A solid, level concrete slab would be Linda's best option.   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. Sponsored in part by Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

    Grill Prep 101: Get Your BBQ Ready | Wind-Resistant Roofing That Won't Budge | Pillow Talk: Trending Bedroom Designs on Pinterest | Ep #2305

    Play Episode Listen Later May 1, 2023 37:53

    SHOW NOTES: Preparing Your Grill: Getting fired up for BBQ season? Take these steps to prep your grill. Wind-Resistant Roofing: Roof shingles can get blown away by strong winds. Check out wind-resistant roofing that will stay put in the storm. Bedroom Designs: If you suffer from pin-somnia, these trending bedroom designs on Pinterest may be the cure.  Plus, answers to your home improvement questions. Shower Valve: Oops! David cut the drywall for his shower valve a bit too wide, but using a goof plate for oversized holes will help him cover the space. Mold Removal: Karen discovered mold from floor to ceiling behind the wallpaper in her basement. We suggest having the mold tested before deciding on a mitigation plan. Bats: Tommy has bats in his belfry – or at least in his attic! The most humane solution is to find where they're getting in and install a one-way bat door to keep the bats out. Log Cabin: Deborah's renovating a log house and needs to refill the chinking. She'll have to experiment to find the best binding ingredients. Attic Ventilation: Can Conrad install a solar attic fan over his garage and leave the ridge vent on the rest of the house? We'll discuss the pros and cons. Painting Over Stains: What prep work is needed before painting a ceiling with smoke damage? Joyce can use TSP to remove the soot stains, then use an oil-based primer before covering with latex paint. Rust in Water: Carol is searching for a product to help with the rust in her water. We advise her to use CLR to clean the rust stains from her bath fixtures.   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

    Safe Cleaning without Toxic Chemicals | Picture-Perfect Photos to Sell Your Home | Flower Power: Add Instant Color to Your Garden | Ep #2304

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 27, 2023 37:37

    SHOW NOTES: Safer Cleaning Solutions: Avoid spring cleaning chemical hazards by using healthier and safer cleaning products. Selling Your Home: Web appeal has become the new curb appeal when listing your home online, so use photos that home buyers want to see. Planting Flowers: Don't have the patience for seeds to sprout? Add instant color to your garden with the right live flowering plants.  Plus, answers to your home improvement questions. HVAC Cleaning: Mike got some questionable suggestions for cleaning his HVAC vents. All he needs are good, efficient filters and a DIY coil cleaner. Fuse Box: Heidi wanted her electrical system upgraded but it wasn't done right. Another electrician should finish the job and move the electrical panel indoors. Water Leak Detector: Is installing a water leak detector in a vacation home worth it? It can definitely prevent damage and Jay should look for a model that works with a well water system. Cleaning Wood Floors: Should you steam clean hardwood flooring? We advise Judy to use caution and follow the manufacturer's recommendations. Roof Repair: The home seller made fraudulent claims about the condition of Patrick's roof and should be held liable for replacing it. Carpenter Bees: An exterminator did nothing to prevent carpenter bees from returning to Louise's back deck. We suggest looking for a new professional that offers better treatment and a reasonable guarantee. LED Lighting: Darrell can't figure out why his new LED lights are causing static on his radio speakers. We're puzzled, too, but we'll try to find a solution. Chimney Leak: How in the world could cardboard and duct tape stop an unused chimney from leaking? They can't! Kristine must either remove the chimney and patch the roof or install proper flashing. Concrete Floor: Craig is enclosing an exterior porch and wants to add flooring, but should first use a patching compound to repair the cracked areas of the concrete. Well Water: Does Susan need a water softener or a carbon filter for her well water? She must get the water tested to find out what kind of treatment to use.   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

    Rock Your Garden with a Stone Wall | Batten Down the Hatches with Storm Shutters | Prime Time: The #1 Painting Tip | Ep #2303

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 24, 2023 37:18

    SHOW NOTES: Stone Garden Wall: Learn how to beautify your garden with a strong and stylish stone wall. Storm Shutters: Find out how storm shutters can protect your home from strong sun and wild winds. Painting Prep: Any successful paint job starts with one important step. We'll share this painting primer.  Plus, answers to your home improvement questions. Carpenter Bees: Busy carpenter bees are drilling lots of holes in Steve's house. We suggest covering or replacing the wood with synthetic materials. Microwave Oven: The light in Freida's old microwave oven keeps burning out. It may be a loose connection, a voltage problem, or time to replace the microwave. Aquaponic Garden: Patrick is concerned about the weight of his aquaponic garden on the concrete slab near his pool. We do the math and it should be fine.  Structural Cracks: Are the ceiling cracks in an old home a structural issue? Anne is worried that her house is shifting, so she should have it checked by a home inspector. Water Damage: A destructive raccoon busted the water line and now part of the house is sinking. Brian needs to hire a public adjuster and file an insurance claim. Painting Cedar Shingles: Old paint is peeling off the cedar shingles. We tell Donna how to scrape, sand, and prime the surface before repainting. Noisy Plumbing: It sounds like a trumpet going off every time Robert turns on the hot water! It could be a faulty washer or a blocked aerator in the faucet.   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

    Tiny Pool, Big Fun: Trending Spool Pools | Make Every Drop Count with a Rain Barrel | The Pane Game: Choosing the Right Windows | Ep #2302

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 20, 2023 36:47

    SHOW NOTES: Spool Pools: Find out how trending spool pools offer the benefits of a pool and a spa in one compact space. Rain Barrels: Take advantage of spring showers by using a rain barrel to keep your garden happily hydrated through summer dry spells. Choosing Windows: Going window shopping? Learn how to choose between single-, double-, and triple-pane windows.  Plus, answers to your home improvement questions. Textured Walls: Dave wonders how to prep his textured bathroom walls so he can add tile. Some sanding will allow better adhesion as long as the tiles lay flat. Sewer Pipes: Does a corroded sewer pipe need repair? Cast iron is very durable and Linda should just seal any common cracks with silicone caulk. Moisture Barriers: Does Jim need to add a moisture barrier inside his remodeled walls? Typical insulation already includes it, so he's all set. Concrete Sidewalk: After having a tree removed, Bobbie wants to extend the sidewalk. She needs to rake out the area and add stone before pouring the concrete. Woodpeckers: Persistent woodpeckers are pecking holes in Terry's chimney. We've got DIY tips on using pie plates and plastic strips to keep them away. Florescent Bulbs: Why do Laura's compact florescent bulbs keep burning out? They may just be a bad batch, but LED bulbs would work even better. Window Installation: It looks like Steve's contractor didn't measure and install his new windows properly. He'll need to file a complaint to get them done right. Water Softener: Does Ellie need a water softener and can it be installed outside? First, she should check her water source and have it tested, then look into getting a model that's rated for exterior use and keep it sheltered. Landscaping: Sinkholes and hills have formed over a new septic tank. Chris must be careful not to crush the pipes with any heavy equipment, so he should fill and reseed the lawn by hand. Repainting Garage Doors: Marlene's metal garage doors are starting to fade. Sanding, using a metal primer, and adding a topcoat of paint will restore them. Slab Foundation: Cracks are forming in various places around Erin's home, which is on a slab foundation. We suggest having a structural engineer diagnose the issue to see if the cracks are structural.    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

    Uncover Hidden Savings with an Energy Audit | Don't Get Blown Away: Wind-Resistant Roof Shingles | Dust Bunnies Beware: Spring Cleaning Tips | Ep #2301

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 17, 2023 39:10

    SHOW NOTES: Energy Audit: Learn how an energy audit finds ways to make your home more energy-efficient and save money on utility bills. Roof Shingles: Strong winds can cause serious roof damage. Find out about wind-resistant roof shingles that can protect your home from storms. House Cleaning: Does it seem like the dust in your home never goes away? Get tips for how to easily clean better and sneeze less. Plus, answers to your home improvement questions. Home Foundation: Brenda's concrete basement walls are starting to crumble. She needs a structural engineer to determine what a contractor must do to repair the foundation. Pet-Proof Flooring: Pet ferrets have taken a toll on Bruce's carpeting. We recommend engineered vinyl plank flooring that's waterproof and durable. Concrete Repair: Can you repair a piece of broken brick and mortar? Bob should use concrete adhesive and cover the crack to re-stucco the area. Woodpeckers: Knock, knock! Woodpeckers are drilling for insects outside Bruce's house. We've got DIY tips to treat for bugs and keep woodpeckers away. Popcorn Ceilings: What is the best way to remove popcorn ceilings? It can be a messy project, but Laura learns a wet scraping method to make it easier. Clogged Toilet: The toilet is making a bubbling sound and has to be flushed twice. Barbara should try using a toilet auger to clear the obstruction. Skylights: Will a skylight make the room too bright and cause glare? It shouldn't be a problem since Ginny's tubular skylights will direct sunlight straight down.   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

    Hammering Down Gender Bias in Home Improvement | Wood You Believe It? How to Choose Deck Lumber | Solutions for a Damp-Free Bathroom | Ep #2300

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 13, 2023 38:06

    SHOW NOTES: Women in Home Improvement: Women are taking on more DIY home improvement projects than ever before, so why does gender bias persist? Deck Materials: Wood is the most popular choice for decks, but what type of lumber should you use? We'll discuss several kinds of wood for decking. Bathroom Moisture: Tired of dealing with a damp and moldy bathroom? Get tips on how to get rid of bathroom moisture.  Plus, answers to your home improvement questions. Soundproofing: Marilyn doesn't want to listen in on her neighbors' conversations! We've got tips for soundproofing the walls, outlets, and other openings. Home Remodeling Value: How can you market improvements you've done when selling your home? Mike can say it's newly remodeled and offer an inventory of the updates he's done. Floor Nails: One nail keeps popping up from the wood floor. Tammy needs to use a trim screw that won't move as the floor expands and contracts. Water Heater: It's time for David to replace his old electric water heater. Switching to natural gas would be best, but he can also consider a standard electric heater with a timer or an efficient heat pump water heater. Squeaky Floors: Nancy wants to fix a squeaky subfloor before installing new hardwood flooring. We tell her how to find the floor joists and stop the squeak. Painting Siding: Should you paint vinyl siding if you hate the color? We tell Van it's not a good idea because it won't last long and offer suggestions to improve the look.   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

    Termite Terminator: Keep Your House Off the Menu | 4 Hot Design Trends for Spring | 5 Ways to Save on Painting Projects | Ep #2299

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 10, 2023 39:32

    SHOW NOTES: Termites: Termite damage doesn't have to be inevitable. Learn how to keep your home off the menu. Design Trends: Spring into the new season with these 4 interior design trends for a fresh, new look. Painting Tips: There's more to painting than just picking the color. Here are 5 things to save time and money on your next painting project.   Plus, answers to your home improvement questions. Removing Stains: Spilled candle wax on the carpet and upholstery can be a sticky situation. Sandy learns a simple trick for removing wax stains. Installing a Bathroom: Phillip wants to add a half bathroom in a space with concrete floors and walls. He'll need a jackhammer to dig things out. Duct Cleaning: Is it worth having your HVAC ducts cleaned? We tell Sherry she's better off using good quality filters and changing them more often. Insulation: Pros and cons of 2x6s vs. 2x4s for exterior walls? Ron will save money by using 2x4s and adding spray foam insulation that's more efficient. Bathroom Exhaust Fan: Why is the bathroom still steamed up? Diane needs to check that the exhaust fan is venting outside and consider installing a fan with a humidistat. Water Heaters: Mike has questions about draining sediment from his water heater. We have tips on doing it faster and recommend getting an electronic water softener. Metal Roofing: Is a long-lasting metal roof worth the expense? It can add value to a home, but Debbie may not get a full ROI if she's moving anytime soon. Property Vandalism: Tenants caused intentional damage to Bonnie's rental property. We advise her to press criminal charges and make an insurance claim.   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

    Cooking Up an Outdoor Kitchen | Get the Dirt on Garden Prep | No Pain, No Grain: Refinishing Hardwood Floors | Ep #2298

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 6, 2023 38:59

    SHOW NOTES: Outdoor Kitchens: Cooking up plans for an outdoor kitchen? Get the recipe for successfully designing a great outdoor dining space. Spring Gardening: The best soil produces the best gardens in bloom. We've got all the dirt on how to prep for springtime gardening. Hardwood Floors: Refinishing hardwood floors can be worth the effort. Learn how to restore the shine.   Plus, answers to your home improvement questions. Exterior Painting: Barry keeps repainting the arbor outside his house. He should make sure the surface is scraped clean and use an oil-based primer and paint. Radon Testing: Are radon tests necessary? We agree it's a good idea and tell Sandra how radon testing and remediation are done. Shower Floor: The floor under a fiberglass tub squeaks whenever Jeff showers. The tub probably wasn't installed correctly, but the problem is more annoying than structural. Heating System: Should Amber convert from hot water baseboard heat to electric baseboard heat? We warn her it will be very expensive and suggest getting a new oil unit with zoned heating and controllable thermostats instead. Laminate Flooring: Do you need special underlayment for laminate flooring? Joe should see what type of underlayment is recommended by the manufacturer.  Garden Beds: Where is the best location for a raised garden bed? Courtney should look for a wide open space with no obstructions and full sun.   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

    Top Spring Home Projects | How Are Your HOA Fees Being Used? | Keeping Paper Towels in Your Fridge | Ep #2297

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 3, 2023 39:43

    SHOW NOTES: Spring Home Projects: Is your home ready for spring? Find out the essential home projects to tackle first. HOA Fees: Are you sure that the HOA fees you pay are being used as they should? Learn the tough questions you need to ask your homeowners association. Refrigerator Tips: Do you know why it's helpful to keep paper towels in your fridge? We've got tips on how to use them.  Plus, answers to your home improvement questions. Sliding Doors: Why is there moisture and ice in the bottom track of sliding doors? We have tips for Sherry on checking the door alignment and looking for gaps that may need weatherstripping. Concrete Basement Floor: What is the best way to level a concrete basement floor? Depending on how uneven it is, Colin can use a floor-leveling compound. Cleaning Granite Countertops: Janet wants to know how to clean and maintain her new granite countertops. She'll need to use a cleaning product that's safe for granite and be sure to reseal and polish the countertops regularly. Painting Cement: It seems like Eddie's cement stairs are always peeling and need to be repainted. We advise him to strip off the old paint and use long-lasting epoxy-based masonry paint instead. Bathroom Windows: Christine needs ideas for the window in the bathroom she's remodeling. We suggest some options for installing a new privacy window. Tub Refinishing: Is it better to refinish, reline, or replace an old tub that's rusting? Mike may be better off installing a new bathtub unless he wants to do a tub insert. Leaking Ridge Vent: When the rain blows sideways, the ridge vent leaks on Ted's roof. We recommend installing a new ridge vent that has built-in weather protection.   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

    Mold's Secret Hiding Spaces | Backyard Decks: DIY or Hire a Pro? | Shocking Truths about Circuit Breakers | Ep #2296

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 30, 2023 39:27

    SHOW NOTES: Mold Removal: Even the cleanest of homes can have hidden mold. Here's what to do if you find it. Building a Deck: Is building a deck a DIY project or should you hire a pro? Find out how to decide. Circuit Breakers: How do circuit breakers keep you safe and what should you do if they keep tripping? We'll explain how they work.  Plus, answers to your home improvement questions. Radon Mitigation System: There's water outside Benjamin's radon system pipe. It's probably pulling up moisture along with the gases, so he needs to improve the drainage outside his house. Plumbing: Jackie has questions about diverting the plumbing when replacing an old tub with a tile shower. She should install a pressure-balanced shower valve to reroute the pipes. Cleaning Grout: What's the best product to clean the grout in a ceramic tile floor? We suggest that Joe use a stripper instead of a cleaner and then apply a grout sealer. Laminate Flooring: Robin wants to install laminate flooring without having to remove the cabinets and appliances. We remind her to raise the feet on the appliances to avoid locking them in place and give suggestions on transitioning between spaces. Water Heater: Rust from an old oil-fired water heater is making the hot water discolored. It's time for Kim to consider a new heat pump water heater that will be more efficient. Cedar Planking Walls: When Brian moves pictures that hang on his cedar planking walls, he sees how faded the wall is around them. He can either sand and stain the cedar or stop moving the pictures to hide the color.   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. Sponsored in part by Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

    Dry Up Your Soggy Yard | Native Plants to Attract Birds | The Best Time to Water Houseplants | Ep #2295

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 27, 2023 40:04

    SHOW NOTES: Yard Drainage: When melting snow and spring showers leave a soggy mess, here's how to dry up your yard. Attracting Birds: If you like to hear the sound of chirping birds, find out how to attract birds to your yard with these native plants. Houseplant Care: The best way to keep your houseplants healthy is to water them properly. Get tips on knowing when it's time to water those plants.  Plus, answers to your home improvement questions. Clogged Toilet: When Beth flushes the toilet, the water rises up to the rim and then empties slowly. Sounds like she needs a plumber to drain a partial clog. Basement Floor Crack: Mike is worried about a crack across one end of the floor. It's not the foundation and we'll tell him about a DIY concrete repair. House Sounds: What is that mysterious banging sound? Depending on the cause, Gerry learns she may need to tune up her boiler or get a water hammer arrestor. Buckled Floor: Should a new engineered hardwood floor be buckling? We tell Matthew it's not acceptable and advise him to report it to his home builder and home warranty company while it's still covered. Window Shutters: Can you install window shutters over vinyl siding? Ruth finds out it's a common DIY project using special fasteners.   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

    Can You Guess the Germiest Place in Your Kitchen? | Seed vs. Sod for a Lush Lawn | Filthy Screen Cleaning | Ep #2294

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 23, 2023 41:15

    SHOW NOTES: Kitchen Cleaning: Are you sure your kitchen is really clean? You'll never guess where the most germs are hiding! Seed vs. Sod: Should you use seed or sod to get the lush, green lawn you want? We share the pros and cons of each. Screen Cleaning: Before opening your windows, follow these tips to clean those dirty screens and let the fresh air in.  Plus, answers to your home improvement questions. Kitchen Remodeling: Mark wants advice on buying budget kitchen cabinets for a DIY kitchen remodeling project. We share info on where he can find quality cabinets that are affordable and easy to install. Tile Floor Grout: The grout is chipping around the bathroom floor tiles and may have been mixed incorrectly. Karen should have it removed and regrouted again. Repairing Wall Cracks: Brian keeps trying to cover a crack in the bedroom wall, but we tell him the right way to sand, tape, and spackle the area so the crack won't return. Water Heater: Hot water from the electric water heater doesn't last very long. It's probably one of the heating elements that's not working and Ruth should check the continuity on both coils. Insect Control: Ick! Tara's got earwigs under the siding and crickets in the basement. She needs to have a pest control service do a general spraying to solve both problems. Window Replacement: Is it better to use new construction windows or replacement windows? Nick learns that replacement windows are a more economical and practical option and how to check for energy efficiency. New Flooring: Can luxury vinyl plank flooring be installed over a laminate floor that's glued down? Bob can do that as long as the surface is flat and solid and should be mindful of transition areas. Tub Reglazing: What is the best way to refinish an old cast iron tub that's rusted? Reglazing it can be a messy job and Margaret should consider having it removed. Heat Pump Water Heater: Will an energy-efficient heat pump water heater affect the air temperature in the house? It won't impact the air in Karl's basement, but it will have a big impact on reducing his utility bills.   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

    Millennial Home Buying Report | Multitasking with an HGTV Expert | Babyproofing Basics You Need to Know | Ep #2293

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 20, 2023 39:29

    SHOW NOTES: Home Buying: Find out how millennials are buying their first homes in a tough real estate market. Home Improvement Advice: If you think tackling one home improvement project is tough, join our conversation with a popular HGTV expert about doing multiple projects at once. Babyproofing: If you've got a baby on the way, it's time to start babyproofing your home! Here are important steps to keep babies safe.  Plus, answers to your home improvement questions. Water Use: With no condensate pump draining from his tankless water heater, Sergio is collecting the water in a bucket and wonders about reusing it for his garden. We agree there's no reason not to. Basement Mold: Is it really mold in the basement? Judy is thinking of using a service that claims she needs to have mold removed, but she's being misled. Bathroom Vent: When the bathroom vent stopped working, Mike discovered it was not vented through the roof and is thinking of redirecting it. We tell him how to vent it properly. Deck Stain: Paula wants a combination deck stain and sealer to match the house trim. She's got lots of choices with a good quality solid color stain that will last longer.    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

    Does Your Vacuum Really Suck? | Fences Even the Neighbors Love | Deck Danger Alert | Ep #2292

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 16, 2023 39:17

    SHOW NOTES: Super Power Your Vac: Is your vacuum just not doing the job, and just when you need it for spring cleaning? We've got tips for DIY vacuum repairs. Building a Fence: Good fences make good neighbors, but only if it's done well. Find out how to put up a fence even the neighbors will love. Deck Safety: Is your deck safe for outdoor entertaining? Now is the time to look for signs of potential dangers.  Plus, answers to your home improvement questions. Heating an Old Home: Beverly is freezing on the first floor of her historic home. With no easy way to access the crawlspace and poorly placed heating ducts, we suggest adding supplemental heat by adding electric baseboard heating. Smart Thermostats: Jeff's bedroom gets a lot warmer than the other rooms in his condo, where the thermostat is located. Installing a smart thermostat with separate sensors should even things out. Sealing Drafts: What is the best way to stop drafts coming through windows, doors, and cabinets? We give Anne advice on how to seal and insulate the gaps. Driveway Replacement: Can you pour a concrete driveway on top of an existing asphalt driveway? It's not a good idea, and Ray will have to excavate the old driveway and build up the surface before pouring concrete. Electrical and Plumbing: Karen has lots of questions on how she should be checking her circuit breakers and water meter. We agree it's good to check them regularly and tell her how to do it. Vapor Barriers: Do you need to add a vapor barrier on the interior walls of a new garage? The vapor barrier Jessie has on the exterior is enough and extra layers may trap moisture inside the 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

    Does Your Water Smell Like Rotten Eggs? | Keep Cozy with an Amazing Smart HVAC System | 4 Best Washing Machine Features | Ep #2291

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 13, 2023 39:39

    SHOW NOTES: Water Odors: Does your water smell like rotten eggs? Learn the reasons why and how to stop the stink. HVAC System: A smart new system can monitor HVAC maintenance and much more. We've got all the details on this great smart home option. Washing Machines: When shopping for a new washing machine, you get what you pay for. Find out the four best features to look for.  Plus, answers to your home improvement questions. Thermostat: Should you be replacing your old thermostat? Carl must be sure he gets the right thermostat for a heat pump and have it installed correctly. Window Drafts: Brrrrr! Belinda is freezing from the drafts through her apartment windows. We suggest easy ways to use shrink film or interior caulk weatherstripping to keep out the wind. Cedar Shingles: Phillip loves the look of red cedar shingles that darken over time, but it's up to Mother Nature to get the look he wants. Flooring: How should you retile an unlevel floor? Jan can use a floor-leveling compound or just level the appliances and other items in uneven areas. Energy Savings: What is a home energy audit and how much does it cost? We advise Rob to start with his local utility company or someone not connected with a repair service, and tell him some of the tests that can be done. Bathroom Walls: Can untreated knotty pine be used for bathroom walls and ceilings? We explain to Melanie why it's a bad idea but suggest products that can give her a similar look. Metal Roof: The metal roof on the sunroom gets so noisy when it rains! Bela can make things quieter by adding plywood decking, an ice and water shield, and asphalt shingles.   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

    Is Solar Energy Worth It? | Stop Waiting for Hot Showers! | The Draftiest Spot You're Forgetting to Seal | Ep #2290

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 9, 2023 38:46

    SHOW NOTES: Solar Energy: Is solar energy right for your home? Learn 5 reasons why it's worth going solar. Hot Water: Tired of waiting for the shower to get hot enough? Here's how to get hot water faster and with less waste. Sealing Drafts: Are you still feeling a draft, no matter how much weatherstripping and insulation you've used? There's a spot you probably missed.  Plus, answers to your home improvement questions. Flooring: Ann wants to install ceramic tile flooring that looks like wood. It's a popular choice with lots of good options for style, color, and texture. Structural Issues: In his rush to buy a home, Jason overlooked a hump in the main beam that's making the floor sag. He needs a structural engineer to examine the problem and determine the right way to fix it. Drywall Cracks: A random earthquake caused a long crack across the wall and ceiling. Nicole gets tips on using perforated drywall tape and spackle to repair it. Chimney: What is the best way to seal a chimney to prevent drafts? It can be done, but we suggest that Jim install a removable damper on top of the chimney liner. Squeaky Floors: Can you fix a squeaky floor without removing the carpeting? We tell Kenneth how to find the floor joists and use galvanized nails to stop the squeak. Sink Odors: What's that stinky odor coming from the bathroom sink? Cindy should use a bottle brush to scrub scummy buildup inside the pipes. Driveway Repairs: How should you repair pitted areas of a concrete driveway? We recommend an epoxy-based concrete patching product that Rich can use. Granite Countertops: Pauline is seeing white mineral deposits on her granite countertops. We've got a recipe for a homemade granite cleaner to use before having them resealed. Shower Mold: John has tried everything he can think of to prevent mold around the shower door. We give him a few more steps to take to keep mildew away.   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

    Kitchen Staging That Sells | Top Reasons for Home Improvement | Light Scaping Offers New Night Views | Ep #2289

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 6, 2023 39:23

    SHOW NOTES: Home Staging: Selling your home? These kitchen staging tips will help close the deal. Home Improvement Projects: Lifestyle needs are the leading reason for home improvement. Find out more from a recent survey. Landscape Lighting: The best light scaping offers safety and security around your home. Here's how landscape lighting will improve your nighttime view.  Plus, answers to your home improvement questions. Lawn Maintenance: What is the best way to reseed your lawn? After Adrian's lawn was destroyed by pests, he should kill off the weeds and old grass, then use the best type of seed for his area to plant new growth. Sealing a Deck: Should you seal a deck after staining it? If Dawn used a good quality solid stain, it should last a few years without being sealed. Heating Efficiency: Chris wants to know whether a pellet stove or heat pump is more efficient. We discuss the pros and cons of each and how it's used. Heated Tile Flooring: The in-floor heating caused cracks in a bathroom tile floor. We recommend a membrane with a built-in heating system that June should use instead. Heat Pump: Jim had two different heat pumps fail, and expensive repairs were poorly done. He'd be better off getting a newer, more efficient model of heat pump or a gas furnace. Adjusting a Boiler: Gail needs to adjust her boiler so the water won't get too hot, but then it reduces the heat in her home. She needs a mixing valve to add cold water to the hot water without affecting her heating.   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

    Laundry Day Made Easier | Refurbishing Old Radiators | Get Your Rental Security Deposit Back | Ep #2288

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 2, 2023 38:32

    SHOW NOTES: Laundry Room: Doing the laundry is less of a chore with a well-designed laundry room. Here are things to consider when planning that place. Cast Iron Radiators: You can't beat cast iron radiators for adding both comfort and charm to old homes. We've got ideas for refurbishing old radiators. Rental Deposit: When your lease ends, how can you be sure to get your security deposit back? Make your rental look its best with these 5 tips.  Plus, answers to your home improvement questions. Refinishing Old Wood: Susan wants to refinish the old wood that was behind the sheetrock of her walls. She'll need to sand, seal, and stain the wood pieces before adding varnish. Installing a Steam Room: Can you convert a shower into a steam room? It's a great idea that will add value to Victor's home and we offer info about a steam shower generator. Insulating a Roof: After a peaked roof is installed over a flat roof, should you add insulation? We agree Monica can add insulation and remind her to have enough ventilation, too. Structural Support: Brendan bought a home that's raised on piers and was made level after sagging in the middle. Should he add sand to prevent further erosion? He'd be better off installing gutters to direct water away from the foundation. Electrical Wiring: Does electrical wiring need to be replaced when a new electrical box, outlets, and switches are installed? As long as it's not old knob and tube wiring and it's been wired correctly, Christine can leave it alone. Laminate Flooring: Frazier is putting laminate flooring over terracotta Mexican pavers. Floating floors with foam underlayment attached should be easy to install and keep things level. Crawlspace: Is it a good idea to dig out a crawlspace to make more room? We warn Sara it's a bad move because the soil can shift and undermine the house foundation. Light Switches: Russ says his three-way light switch has stopped working correctly. The failure can be at any point and it's a good idea to have an electrician trace the wiring.   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. Sponsored in part by Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

    Cool Tips to Organize Your Freezer | Stop Shoveling Your Driveway! | Easy Fixes for Squeaky Stairs and Rickety Railings | Ep #2287

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 27, 2023 39:24

    SHOW NOTES: Freezer Storage: Find the foods you want and stop food waste with these freezer organizing tips. Snow Removal: Tired of shoveling snow off your driveway? Find out the pros and cons of heated driveways. Stairs and Railings: Squeaky stairs and rickety railings are easy to fix with these DIY steps.  Plus, answers to your home improvement questions. Water Heater Repairs: Joe's tankless water heater is still under warranty but he's having trouble getting it repaired. He should contact the manufacturer directly to find a contractor in his area. Wall Cracks: Leslie thinks her home is settling after a wall was torn down from an adjacent house. We have info about making sure the surrounding soil is solid and how to repair common wall cracks. Roof Leaks: David can't find the leak that's coming from under the old solar water heating system on his roof. We've got tips on locating the path of the roof leak and suggest installing a new tankless heater. Circuit Breakers: A newly installed dehumidifier stops working and floods the basement after tripping the circuit breaker. Kayla can easily install an additional circuit to boost her 100-amp service. Installing a Fence: What is the best way to pour a cement foundation for a fence when there's water in the ground? We explain to Vincent how far down he should dig and how to displace the groundwater with cement. Drain Odors: There's a strange odor coming from the drains in Barbara's kitchen and bathroom. It's probably biogases from decaying debris, but a bleach solution can make things fresh again. Soundproofing: Ian wants to build a recording studio and needs soundproofing suggestions. The easiest and cheapest option is to add a layer of sound-resistant drywall all around the room. Floor Tiles: Ellen says her bathroom floor tiles are moving and the grout is falling apart. That means the tiles were not adhered properly and she'll either need to remove and replace them or install a layer of laminate flooring over 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

    7 Home Upgrades for Under $1,000 | The Right Way to Fix Cracked Plaster Walls | Is Your Garage Door Frozen Shut? | Ep #2286

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 23, 2023 38:58

    SHOW NOTES: Affordable Home Projects: Home upgrades can be expensive, but we've got 7 affordable home improvement projects that cost less than $1,000. Plaster Walls: Older homes have plaster walls instead of drywall, and cracks are common. Learn the right way to repair cracks in plaster walls. Garage Doors: Parking your car in the garage keeps snow and ice off the vehicle, but what happens if your garage door is frozen shut? Try these tips.  Plus, answers to your home improvement questions. Frozen Pipes: Would a recirculating hot water system prevent pipes from freezing inside Julie's old home? A better solution would be to blow insulation inside the walls to insulate the pipes. Tile Grout: Rust is seeping through the grout in a tile shower. The simplest thing Bill can do is replace it with some epoxy grout. Cleaning Laminate Flooring: Debra wants to know how to remove dried nail polish that spilled without damaging the laminate floor. Carefully using a small amount of nail polish remover should be fine. Wet Basement: Moisture in the basement is causing a bad odor throughout the house. Ed needs to improve the outside drainage, install a dehumidifier, and remove any paneling and carpet where bacteria may be lingering. Drain Odors: Joyce has a bad smell coming from her bathroom sink. She can kill bacteria by filling the sink with a bleach solution to run into the overflow holes or taking the trap apart and cleaning it well. Deck Tiles: The anti-slip coating on the deck is starting to wear off. Laura should check out the attractive composite tiles she can use to cover the deck instead. Clogged Toilet: Beth says the water in the toilet bowl is filling all the way to the top and emptying slowly. Sounds like a partial clog that needs to be cleared by a plumber. Sump Pump: Louis wants to know if his sump pump should be routed outside his house rather than into the sewer line. He's correct and we recommend draining it at least 4 to 6 feet away from the foundation. Toilet Bowl Ring: A mysterious persistent black ring keeps returning in just one of Sparky's toilets. We suspect there may be something different about the porcelain finish of that bowl and he might have to replace the toilet.   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

    Power Up with the Right Generator | DIY Furniture Repair Tips | Fight the Cold in Your Apartment | Ep #2285

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 20, 2023 39:09

    SHOW NOTES: Generators: Lost power? When storms make the lights go out, power up by choosing the right generator for your home. Furniture Repair: Dings, dents, scratches, and stains are easy to fix with these DIY furniture repair tips. Heating Costs: Even if you're a renter and not a homeowner, there are ways to heat your apartment more efficiently and save on energy bills.  Plus, answers to your home improvement questions. Countertop Materials: Iris wants to upgrade her kitchen countertops. Quartz needs less maintenance than marble or granite and offers more options. Egress Windows: Can a basement egress window be too high from the floor? We give James advice on finding safe and convenient egress window products. Fireplace Noise: Why are howling and whistling noises coming from a new gas fireplace? We think Sharon should contact the manufacturer about issues with the venting through the roof. Dishwasher Repairs: The dishes aren't drying in Jackie's dishwasher and mold is building up in the machine. The heating element probably failed and it may be cheaper to replace the dishwasher rather than repair it. Bathroom Addition: Adam wants to install a second bathroom and has questions about the plumbing. We offer ideas on how to run the water supply. Radon: Is radon a potential hazard for a house on a slab foundation? Only if the radon level is very high in the soil, and we explain to Kathy how to have the home tested for radon.   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

    Bright Ideas for Kitchen Lighting | Should You Be Using a Heat Pump? | Home Improvement in Under 30 Minutes | Ep #2284

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 16, 2023 38:45

    SHOW NOTES: Kitchen Lighting: Get some bright ideas for the 3 types of lighting you need in your kitchen. Heat Pumps: Heat pumps can be a popular, energy-efficient choice, but are they right for your home? DIY Home Improvements: Don't have enough time for home improvements? Here are some quick DIY home projects you can do in less than 30 minutes.  Plus, answers to your home improvement questions. Radon: Are there any DIY radon mitigation systems available to save on costs? Adam learns that radon levels can vary, how a radon mitigation system works, and why it's hard to install it yourself. Wall Primer: Rust stains are leeching through the plaster after a rusty tool was used. Laura should use an oil-based primer to cover and seal it before using a topcoat of paint. Construction: Is it better to use wood framing or ICF blocks to construct a new house? We tell Tim about the advantages of insulating concrete forms that make them a better choice. Heating: Michelle wants to close off unused rooms in a big house to save on heating. We recommend installing a DIY smart thermostat with wireless sensors to control the temperature in separate rooms. Attic Ventilation: Will installing an attic ventilator help to cool the attic by circulating air correctly? As long as Scott has the right kind of ridge vents and the soffit vents are unobstructed, he won't need it for good ventilation. Water Heater: When is a long, hot bath too hot? Dean should be careful not to set the temperature of his gas water heater any higher than 110-120 degrees and consider installing a tankless water heater. Insulation: Carol wonders what type of insulation to use for the living space in a pole building. Her best option would be spray foam insulation to fill the gaps and seal out drafts. Plumbing: Brad has different water temperatures coming from different bathroom faucets. Since the water pressure is fine, it sounds like some valves are clogged or only partially open and he has to figure out where.   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. Sponsored in part by Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

    DIY Drywall Repairs | Light Up a Dark Closet | Hot Water Efficiency | Ep #2283

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 13, 2023 39:01

    SHOW NOTES: Drywall Repairs: Learn how to fix drywall cracks, holes, and nail pops with these DIY tips. Closet Lighting: Upgraded closet lighting makes it easier to find things and stay organized. Here's how to brighten up dark closets. Hot Water: Hot water is convenient but comes at a cost. Find out how to keep your hot water flowing more efficiently.  Plus, answers to your home improvement questions. Garbage Disposal: What is the best size garbage disposal and how hard is it to install? We recommend that Brandon gets a ½ to ¾ HP unit for better performance, which can be installed with basic plumbing and electrical skills. Drain Odors: Terry has a bad odor coming from one bathroom sink. She needs to take apart the drain and use a bleach solution to thoroughly clean the drain and sink. Stuck Windows: Why are otherwise good windows so hard to open? Mayer should open up the window trim to check if they've been installed too tightly. Ventilation: Lisa wonders if she should leave her bathroom exhaust fan running all the time. We suggest installing a humidistat timer or an air-to-air heat exchanger to improve the ventilation. Clogged Drain: A caustic drain cleaner burned the surface of Barry's jacuzzi tub. We have info on a better product to clear clogged drain lines. Ceiling Leak: Pat has a ceiling leak coming from a dryer roof vent. Her contractor should install a different type of roof vent and check the flashing around it. Bathroom Heater: Should you repair or replace a bathroom heater when the fan stops working? The unit can overheat, so it's safer for Darrell to replace the whole thing and make sure it vents outside rather than into the attic. Drafty Windows: Joyce hasn't been able to stop drafts coming through her windows. We explain how to use shrink-film or temporary sealant caulk to keep out the cold. HVAC Systems: After removing his steam heat radiators, Steve wants to install a ducted HVAC system. We suggest restoring the steam heat and using a high-velocity, low-volume duct system for air conditioning.   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

    Outdoor Spaces Buyers Want | How to Paint Tough Surfaces | 5 DIY Plumbing Projects | Ep #2282

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 9, 2023 39:08

    SHOW NOTES: Outdoor Living Spaces: Planning a backyard project? Check out the outdoor living spaces that buyers want most. Painting Tips: Paint is an easy way to create a new look, but how do you get paint to stick to tough surfaces? We've got some tips. DIY Plumbing: Unless it's an emergency, you may not need to call a plumber. Here are 5 DIY plumbing projects you should know.  Plus, answers to your home improvement questions. Roofing: Can roof sheathing be installed right on top of old barn boards? Catherine may need to add an underlayment, but if the boards are solid, that should be fine. Driveway Mold: Mold keeps coming back on a shaded area of David's driveway. We recommend using a mildewcide product that has a lasting residual effect. Floor Beams: Wendy is tearing up an old floor right down to the beams. We have advice on installing additional beams and plywood to lend more support. Door Replacement: When replacing a front door, do you have to replace the entire transom around it? Rick learns why it's harder to only change the door. Flooring: Laura is worried that her shaking appliances will ruin the new laminate flooring. We've got tips on leveling the machines and using special padding. Water Heater: Should you replace an electric water heater with a tankless model? A 240-volt timer would be better at helping Ken save on his water heating bills. HVAC Condensation: Condensation from an HVAC system is dripping into Gail's crawlspace. She needs to have the contractor install it properly with a condensate pump to direct the moisture outside. Insulation: Can you ever have too much insulation? We help Brad figure out how to finish and insulate the attic in a Cape Cod-style 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

    Best Insulation Options | Save by Living Simply | Water-Saving Plumbing Fixtures | Ep #2281

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 6, 2023 39:11

    SHOW NOTES: Types of Insulation: Find out how to identify the best insulation options for your house to cut costs and improve comfort. Saving Space: You don't need to downsize to save space. We've got tips on living more simply and affordably. Saving Water: Installing the right plumbing fixtures makes it easy to save water and money. Here's what to look for.  Plus, answers to your home improvement questions. Replacement Windows: Are triple-pane windows better than double-pane? ENERGY STAR-rated double-pane replacement windows should be efficient enough for Jane Ellen's home. Structural Issues: The front wall of Richard's home has been bowed for decades. It hasn't been a problem, but he needs a structural engineer to assess it before he ever tries to sell the house. Garage Doors: The garage door is not operating properly and shimmies when it opens and closes. The ball-bearing door rollers are failing and it would be best for Nancy to replace the garage door and opener. Subflooring: A leaky toilet rotted the bathroom subfloor in Chris' home. We've got tips on the best way to replace the subfloor and adhere new flooring. Kitchen Renovation: Joan wants to know where to begin with a kitchen renovation. Planning makes perfect and we suggest visiting a home center or speaking with a kitchen and bath designer to get ideas. Foundation Walls: The paint on Jodi's cement block foundation is starting to peel because of the surrounding moisture. She must either strip off the paint or have a mason attach wire mesh and re-stucco the foundation. Gas Connection: Should Ken hook up a gas stove by using the same gas regulators as the water heater and furnace? That's not a good idea because the pressures could be different, and he should call a professional to do the job. Painting Tile: Can you paint over outdated bathroom tile? Christine can, but it's an extensive process that requires an oil-based primer. She might try decorating around the tile colors instead.   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

    Space-Saving Kitchen Islands | Eye-Catching Driveway Markers | Easy DYI De-Icer Recipe | Ep #2280

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 2, 2023 60:00

    SHOW NOTES: Kitchen Island Design: Add extra food prep space with a versatile kitchen island that's affordable and user-friendly. Driveway Markers: Get ideas for eye-catching driveway markers to add curb appeal and increase home safety. De-Icing Tips: Find out how to quickly thaw a frozen windshield with this easy DIY solution. Plus, answers to your home improvement questions. Home Addition ROI: Finished basement or second-floor addition: which one offers a better ROI? We think Matthew's home will gain more value by adding bedrooms and bathrooms on a second floor. Rodents: Kathryn wonders if an ultrasonic device would help control the mice in her basement. Along with baits and poison, it would be more effective to eliminate nesting areas, plug up any openings, and avoid leaving any food or water in the house or garage that could attract pests. Gutters: Joe's roof shingles don't extend far enough to direct water into the gutters. We suggest using a flat bar to pry up the edges and insert flashing under the shingles to create a bridge to the gutters. Countertops: Is there a way to remove scratches in a Corian countertop? Gayla can try a deep cleaning product to make them less obvious or have a professional lightly sand and repolish the surface. Deck Cleaning: What's the best way to clean algae and mold from a pressure-treated wood deck and a stone patio? Bill needs a pressure washer with a bleach solution to remove the stains. Wallpaper Removal: Jan wants to remove a layer of wallpaper liner without damaging the drywall. If it's adhered well, she should be able to add a textured surface right over it. Fascia Board: Is it possible to remove a rotted fascia board without removing the spacer and gutter? It will all need to come off, but then Derwin can replace the wood fascia with a cellular PVC board that will last without rotting. Dry Rot: What causes dry rot and how to tell if you have it? Joan learns there's no such thing as dry rot, only wet wood that dries out and starts to decay. Shower Renovation: Is flashing needed around a prefabricated shower stall base to prevent moisture issues? Randy should be fine installing the pan over the backer board and adhering tile directly onto the board.   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

    Take a Virtual Tour to Find Wasted Energy | Dangerous Furniture Puts Kids at Risk | Setting a Household Repair Budget | Ep #2279

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 30, 2023 40:02

    SHOW NOTES: Energy Savings: This virtual tool can identify wasted energy in your home and provide info on ways to save. Child Safety: Unstable furniture injures or kills thousands of kids each year. This law is aimed at protecting children's lives. Household Budget: How much do you need for annual home repairs and maintenance? Get tips on planning a home improvement budget.  Plus, answers to your home improvement questions. Grout: Is it a good idea to use white grout? Christine was told it's not, but it depends on the type of grout and how grout is sealed and maintained. Electrical Fuses: Strings of Christmas lights blew the fuses in Dan's historic house. LED lights would be brighter and more cost-effective, plus allow him to hang multiple strands. Kitchen Remodel: Dot checks in with us to give an update on how well her kitchen remodeling project turned out. Asbestos Tiles: Are asbestos tile floors a health hazard? We assure Justin that it's fine to leave the intact tiles alone, level needed areas with a self-leveling compound, and install new vinyl or laminate flooring over them. Porch Renovation: Marla wants to screen in the porch of her old house. But working around the 22 supporting columns makes it a huge project that will modify the architectural style. Prefabricated Construction: John wants to know if prefabricated construction is the best option for building a guest house. We agree it offers lots of advantages, including faster turnaround and better quality control. Gutter Guards: What are the best kind of gutter guards for keeping out leaves? We suggest that Risa look into gutter guards with a thin mesh and do her research on contractors. HVAC Condensation: Is that ceiling stain coming from a leaky roof or an air-conditioning unit in the attic? It's probably HVAC condensation during the humid months, so Mike just needs to prime and repaint the stain to see if it returns. Staining a Deck: Jeanie is trying to find a deck stain that doesn't need to be redone every year. We recommend using a solid color, solvent-based stain that will last longer. 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

    Cleaning Hacks for Busy Parents | Money-Saving Dishwashers | Sneaky Wall Drafts | Ep #2278

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 26, 2023 40:17

    SHOW NOTES: House Cleaning: Keeping things clean with a house full of kids is a challenge. We've got helpful tips for busy parents. Dishwashers: Are ENERGY STAR-rated dishwashers worth it? Find out how to save money and energy by installing the right dishwasher. Wall Drafts: Where is that draft coming from? Besides windows, sneaky openings in walls can be letting cold air through.  Plus, answers to your home improvement questions. Crawlspace Vents: Are crawlspace vents really necessary and should you close them? They're mandated by building code and Chris gets tips on when to keep crawlspace vents open or closed to control moisture. Kitchen Renovation: Elaine wants to renovate her mid-century kitchen. We'll discuss the pros and cons of opening up some walls and updating the cabinets. Attic Ventilation: Should a flat roof have more ventilation? It can be harder to circulate air with a flat roof, but the vents Ken already has should be enough. Windows: Amy gets condensation inside the windows every winter. She can start by taking steps to reduce the humidity inside her house, but she'll eventually need to install better-insulated windows. Bathroom Subfloor: Large tiles on the bathroom floor are starting to crack and crumble because they're less flexible over the uneven subfloor. George has to tear out the tiles and install a new subfloor or mud underlayment before adding new tiles. Cleaning Old Walls: Susan wants to know how to clean, restore, and maintain her unfinished hardwood pine walls. We suggest sanding them by hand to even out the color, then adding an oil-based stain before sealing the surface. Basement Flooring: What kind of basement flooring should be used to replace the moldy carpet? Richard's best options are to install laminate flooring or engineered hardwood flooring over a vapor barrier. Wallpaper Removal: Sue is tired of the wallpaper in every room of her house. We've got hints on using fabric softener or laundry starch to loosen the wallpaper glue before pulling it off and scraping the 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

    Top 10 Dream Kitchen Features | Better TV Viewing | Avoiding Electric Sticker Shock | Ep #2277

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 23, 2023 40:16

    SHOW NOTES: Kitchen Features: Designing a dream kitchen? Find out the top 10 kitchen features that homeowners want. Television Tips: Make TV time more enjoyable by using the best settings for picture and sound quality. Here's how to adjust your TV. Energy Savings: Avoid electric bill sticker shock by following these tips to save energy and money each month.  Plus, answers to your home improvement questions. Insulation: Should Andy be adding insulation to keep his home warmer? Old insulation can start to settle and sag, so he could add two overlapping layers to insulate better. Settling Home: Renee is worried that a cracked support beam will shift her walls and chimney. Releveling a settling house can impact wires and plumbing, too, and she needs to contact her HOA for structural repairs. Drywall: Why is the drywall separating at the seams and how can it be repaired? The cause is probably shrinking and movement, but Mike gets some easy DIY tips on how to patch, prime, and paint the seams. Plumbing: The hot water in just one of the faucets is suddenly turning cold. It sounds like a bad valve, so Susan can replace that faucet set and see about installing a pressure-balancing valve to keep the water temperature even. Driveway Cracks: Jim keeps patching cracks in his concrete driveway every winter. Instead of adding more concrete, he should use an epoxy patching compound that will adhere properly. Mold: Laurie thinks mold in the basement drywall and insulation is causing allergies and other issues. She needs to replace the carpeting with tile or laminate flooring, check drainage around the house, and add an air filtration system or air cleaner to breathe easier. Water Sediment: Well water is leaving clay residue in the kitchen and bathroom faucets. It shouldn't be too hard for Paul to install a whole-house sediment filter to clear up the water. Wall Cracks: It's common to have cracked walls in an old house. We give Jan some step-by-step instructions on the right way to repair the cracks in her 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

    Stop Loading Your Dishwasher the Wrong Way! | Top Pro Painting Secrets | Snow Survival Checklist | Ep #2276

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 19, 2023 40:17

    SHOW NOTES: Loading Your Dishwasher: Are you loading your dishwasher the wrong way? Here's how to make sure your dishwasher is cleaning as efficiently as possible. Painting Tips: Painting professionals know how to save paint, time, and effort while getting the best results. We'll share some helpful painting secrets. Snowstorm Preparation: Are you prepared for snowstorms this season? Find out tips and tools for clearing away snow and ice.  Plus, answers to your home improvement questions. Ceiling Renovation: Mary wants to remove the ceiling joists to create a cathedral ceiling in her seasonal home. A project like this may have structural effects, so she needs an architect or structural engineer to spec it out safely. Retaining Wall: Drainage pipes by Terry's retaining wall are sending mud down his driveway. He has to decide whether to regrade the area and rebuild the retaining wall, redirect the downspouts, or keep cleaning the driveway. Pet Stains and Odors: A tenant's puppy has left stains and odors in the carpet of Carol's rental home. She can try neutralizing the area with an odor-removal product or replace the flooring with tile, laminate, or stain-resistant carpeting. Ceiling Leaks: A flood in the upstairs apartment leaked through Kevin's kitchen light fixture and the ceiling is stained and bowed. Mold won't be a problem if the leak is fixed, but we've got advice on what to do if the ceiling gets wet again. Soundproofing: Catherine can actually hear her neighbors two houses down through an I-beam in her basement! Framing the beam and attaching soundproofing drywall should keep things private again. Toilet Stains: What's the best way to clean stubborn lime deposit stains in the toilet? Pete gets tips on how to carefully try abrasives, muriatic acid, or a paste of vinegar and baking soda. Dryer Vents: Clara wonders how to clean the lint from a long dryer duct vent. We recommend a handy tool to easily remove the lint buildup and prevent a fire hazard.  Concrete Patio Stains: A new concrete patio wasn't sealed and now has leaf stains. It's not too late for Jeff to scrub, dry, and use a vapor-permeable concrete sealer to keep the patio clean. Pest Control: Squirrels chewing through the roof are making Kathy nuts! She needs to use a humane cage to trap and release any that have gotten inside, then fill the holes and spread mothballs along the eaves to keep squirrels away.   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

    New Year, New Hue: Trending Colors for 2023 | Hiring a Cleaning Service on a Budget | DIY Tips to Beat the Winter Blues | Ep #2275

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 16, 2023 39:41

    SHOW NOTES: Paint Colors: If you're starting the new year with a new look for your home, find out how to choose the best paint colors for every room. House Cleaning: Are you ready to get help cleaning the house? Here's how to hire a cleaning service while saving money and effort. Winter Blues: When dreary winter days get you down, these tips can lift your spirits and brighten things up throughout your home.  Plus, answers to your home improvement questions. Leaking Shower: A leaking shower is soaking the bathroom subflooring. We've got tips on whether Maria needs to replace the shower pan or reseal gaps in the grout. Composite Decking: Is it worth replacing an old wood deck with composite decking? Carl learns the advantages of using durable composite materials that are easy to install and maintain. Refinishing Furniture: Ruth has a beautiful custom solid oak table, but she may need a professional for the work involved in refinishing the wood furniture. Cold Floors: That concrete basement floor is too cold, but Jay can install an insulated subfloor to put over it to warm things up. Home Warranties: After just one year, problems keep popping up in a newly constructed home. Tina should hire a home inspector, document the issues, and contact the home warranty company to ensure coverage. House Foundation: Solid concrete vs. cinderblock foundation? Moisture can penetrate any type of foundation, but Steve can keep things dry by improving drainage outside the house. Cracked Bath Liner: Stephanie's noticing small cracks in her acrylic bathtub liner. Superficial cracks in the surface of the glaze can be hidden by applying a layer of car wax. 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

    Breaking Down Walls | Stop Sending Heat Up the Chimney! | Simplify to Save Space | Ep #2274

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 12, 2023 40:03

    SHOW NOTES: Removing Walls: Open up your floor plan by removing walls – even load-bearing ones – without bringing the house down. Gas Fireplaces: Stop sending heat up the chimney! We've got the advantages of installing a direct vent gas fireplace. Space Organization: Not ready to downsize? Simplifying your home allows you to save more and stress less without sacrificing space.  Plus, answers to your home improvement questions. Toilet Condensation: Cold water in the toilet plus warm and humid indoor air is causing condensation on the outside of the toilet. Ilene can get a toilet insulating kit or have a plumber add a hot water line to warm the water. Vertical Siding: Greg is curious about hanging vinyl siding vertically instead of horizontally. It's a viable option as long as the siding is rated for vertical installation and the correct backing is used. Adding Insulation: It's time to add attic insulation to Barb's older home. We explain how standards have changed and why insulation that settles and sags is less efficient. Concrete Driveway Repair: A triangular area of Tim's concrete driveway has cracked and dropped. If it can't be removed, he can use an epoxy concrete repair product to create a patch. How to Choose Siding: When an unused garage is turned into an addition, what siding material should be used to match the brick and cedar exterior? We have suggestions on using plank shingles and how to choose a siding color. Plumbing: What should you look for when turning on water that's been turned off for a long time? Keith gets step-by-step tips on how to get the water running again and how to check for leaks. Flooring: After her pets ruined the carpet and floor, LuAnn is ready to install new flooring. She'll want to use an oil-based product to prime and seal the subfloor before installing a new wood floor over it. Blown-In Insulation: Dave needs to insulate his brick balloon frame home. The ceiling space under the attic is most important, and then the walls. Blown-in insulation with an infrared camera is the best way to insulate the cavities. Preventing Mice: How can you keep mice away from a seasonal home? Sarah should be sure to leave out no food, seal all holes and cracks, avoid nesting areas, and apply rodenticide to eliminate mice.   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

    Top 5 Houseplants on TikTok | Trendy Kitchen Backsplashes | How to Find Termite Damage in Cold Weather | Ep #2273

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 9, 2023 39:47

    SHOW NOTES: Houseplants: TikTok users reveal their top 5 favorite houseplants. Find out what they are and why they're so popular. Kitchen Backsplashes: Kitchen trends come and go. Here are the kitchen backsplashes that are currently making a splash of their own. Termites: Termite damage can be hard to identify in cold weather. We'll tell you what to look for.  Plus, answers to your home improvement questions. Roofing: There's one bald spot on the roof after it snows and Kathy is concerned about heat loss. It's probably caused by warm air from the dryer exhaust duct or a gap in the insulation. HVAC: Tom's heat pump system is running constantly and can't heat the house enough. He needs a professional to do a heat loss analysis and see if the ductwork is designed and installed properly. Bathroom Caulk: Mary is trying to remove the caulk around her bathtub. We offer tips on how to soften the caulk to scrape it out and the best way to apply new bathtub caulk. Solar Panels: Should solar panels be installed on an older roof? We suggest that Lawrence consider the ROI of solar panels and if it's worth replacing the roof before it's necessary. Garage Door Openers: Laura doesn't have the garage door openers for her garage or the code for the keypad. If she finds the model number, she can contact the manufacturer to get programming instructions and new remote controls. Popcorn Ceilings: The popcorn ceiling in the bathroom got wet and now it's flaking off. If Trent wants to remove the popcorn ceiling, that's the way to go, or else he can use a brush to clean it off and spray on textured patching material before repainting the surface. Energy Savings: Are solar panels or windmills a good way to lower electric bills? We advise Cindy to get info about government or utility company rebate programs that could make energy efficiency more cost-effective. Electrical: The three-way switches are not working properly in some of Mark's rooms. He should have an electrician trace the wiring to make sure it was hooked up correctly.   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

    Keep Your Car from Getting Snowbound | Best Whole-House Humidifiers | Power Outage Survival Tips | Ep #2272

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 5, 2023 39:40

    SHOW NOTES: Winter Car Care: Learn how to keep your car from getting snowbound when winter weather sets in. Humidifiers: If the dry air in your home has you waking up parched, here's how to choose the best whole-house humidifier to keep things comfortable. Power Outages: What should you do when the lights unexpectedly go out? We've got tips on surviving a power outage.  Plus, answers to your home improvement questions. Replacing a Driveway: You can't put an asphalt driveway over a concrete driveway, so Donna will need to either remove the old driveway and add layers of new blacktop asphalt or use a product to resurface the existing concrete driveway. House Settling: Wall cracks, sticking doors, and popping nails are common, but it could be an issue if they're happening all at once. AJ should have a home inspector or structural engineer check to see if it's an active problem. Stuck Window: The wood window over the kitchen sink is getting harder to open and close. There are ways to repair the window but it would be a lot easier for Marcia to install a replacement window instead. Heating a Garage: Henry says it's expensive to heat the garage with a natural gas heater, but an electric heater would be less efficient and cost even more. We suggest improving the insulation and using a kerosene heater when he needs it. Countertops: What's that loud banging noise coming from Nadine's kitchen countertop? The expansion and contraction of the walls and plumbing may be the cause if the countertop was installed too tightly. Insulation: Should you use open-cell or closed-cell spray foam insulation? They're both equally effective, but Kevin should use closed-cell insulation in areas exposed to moisture. Drainage: Downspouts and drainage pipes in Shawnee's yard are working fine, except for one small spot that stays wet. We don't think it's enough of a problem to be worth doing major repairs. Driveway Seams: The expansion joint is separating between sections of Ed's concrete driveway. We've got a simple solution to fill and seal the gap. Shower Installation: With four sons, Cheryl wants to convert the bathtub into a shower. If standard prefabricated shower pans are too big for the small space, she could try shopping for the compact shower pans sold for RVs.   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

    New Year's Resolutions for Your Home | Are Your Rental Possessions Protected? | Get Your Sticky Doors Unstuck | Ep #2271

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 2, 2023 39:59

    SHOW NOTES: Home Improvement: New Year's resolutions are for home improvement as well as self-improvement! Find out the best resolutions that are worth keeping. Renter's Insurance: If disaster strikes, are the contents of your rental home protected? The right renter's insurance offers some peace of mind. Sticking Doors: If your doors need an extra push to open and close, you need these simple sticky door solutions.                        Plus, answers to your home improvement questions. Kitchen Cabinets: Soffits over the kitchen cabinets look outdated, but opening the space attracts dust and taller cabinets are inconvenient! Nancy can either paint the soffits to blend with the cabinets or install a convenient pull-down system to make her cabinet storage more accessible. Driveway Repair: When driveway blacktop starts to crumble, should the driveway be patched or resurfaced? Bruce needs a latex patching compound that will adhere properly to fill the holes, then a topcoat to cover it. Countertop Stains: Corian countertops in the bathroom are turning yellow around the faucets and drainers. When sanding and cleansing don't work. Sharon gets tips on making a paste to bleach and lighten the stains. Doorway Cracks: Ralph wants to know what's causing cracks in the corners of the doorways and how to fix them. It's common for cracks to appear when there is movement around openings, but some fiberglass tape and spackle should repair them before he primes and repaints. HVAC Filters: Jeannie is worried that filthy filters and ducts are making her friend sick. An inspector should check for mold and other issues that the landlord may need to address to improve the air quality. Roofing: Should the edges of tar paper be covering the roof ridge vents? Jeff learns that it was overlooked and he needs to cut the tar paper to provide proper ventilation in the attic. Painting: The new layer of paint is starting to bubble and Catherine's contractor just wants to paint over it again. She'll want him to pull off the paint instead and prep the surface the right way before adding a new coat of latex paint.   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

    Grow Fresh Winter Veggies in a Container Garden | Quiet Down Annoying Outside Noises | Add New Pizzazz with an Old Fireplace Mantel | Ep #2270

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 29, 2022 40:17

    SHOW NOTES: Container Gardens: Craving fresh veggies in winter? Save money and eat healthy all year by growing vegetables in a container garden. Soundproofing: Find out how to avoid sleepless nights and distractions at home by blocking out all those annoying outside noises. Decorating Ideas: Repurposing an old fireplace mantel can add a great focal point to your home décor, even if you don't have a real fireplace.  Plus, answers to your home improvement questions. Bathroom Remodeling: What are the best materials for remodeling a bathroom? Jim can either use a simple and affordable DIY shower liner or gut and renovate the bathroom with a waterproof shower kit that can be customized. Bathroom Flooring: Bathroom flooring can take a beating with young boys at home. Michelle should look into tile, laminate, or water-resistant fabricated flooring that's durable, cleanable, and won't absorb moisture and stains. Fireplace Cleaning: Do you really need to have your fireplace cleaned annually? It depends on how much John is using it, since fireplaces should be cleaned once for each cord of wood that's burned. Water Heaters: Should Colleen replace her old conventional water heaters with tankless models? Electric tankless water heaters aren't very efficient, so we suggest either a heat pump or a great new water heater with outstanding features. Window Replacement: The seals in old dual-pane tinted windows are starting to fail. George should replace them with ENERGY STAR-rated windows that have the right glass and the right coating to reduce his air conditioning costs. Sagging Floor: A broken beam under the house is making the kitchen floor sag. Diana learns about installing a new beam next to the existing one to shore it up instead of trying to raise the house. Faded Wood Floors: After pulling up an area rug, Ty saw the sun damage that faded the wood floor around it. If he's patient, time will fade the darker flooring to match and he won't have to strip and refinish the whole floor. Cold Floors: How can you warm up the flooring above an unheated crawlspace? By adding insulation to the pipes and the floor joists, Christine will see an amazing difference.   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

    5 Ways to Redecorate on a Budget | Clear Cabinet Clutter | Slippery Sidewalk Solutions | Ep #2269

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 26, 2022 39:17

    SHOW NOTES: Home Redecorating: Get tips on how to save money while redecorating your home on a budget. Organizing Cabinets: Having an organized pantry makes it easier to find things, saving you time, space, and money. Get tips on clearing storage clutter. Slippery Sidewalks: Learn the best ways to avoid slipping on icy sidewalks and prevent damage to walkways and steps.  Plus, answers to your home improvement questions. Patio Covers: Janet wants to build a patio cover but isn't sure how to attach it to the house. We suggest installing a removable patio awning instead, which offers more advantages. Brick Siding: Is there an alternative to extending the brick siding when raising the upper floor of a house? We give Joe some options for siding materials he can use instead that will complement the brick. Contractor Issues: When a gutter installation job wasn't done right, Eve's not sure how to handle the problem with the contractor. We've got tips on how to divert the water from the roof and options for next steps. Heating: Joan has a small outbuilding that she wants to heat and use as a craft space. It should be easy to run a gas line for a small furnace and add insulation to the shed. Sagging Floor: Moisture and humidity are making the wood flooring in a crawlspace buckle. Luke finds out about using a vapor barrier, venting, and proper drainage to keep things dry, plus other things to look for. Efflorescence: After stopping the water from pooling under her home's foundation, Leta still has a powdery grey film on her wood floors. It's simple to clean up those mineral salt deposits with a vinegar solution. Drainage: How are you supposed to drain water away from your house when it's built at the bottom of a steeply sloped property? John will need to intercept the water with a curtain drain in the soil to redirect it down the hill.   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

    Are You Using the Wrong Firewood? | Preventing and Paying for Expensive Ice Damage | Get Rid of Hidden Bacteria and Viruses in Your Home | Ep #2268

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 22, 2022 39:04

    SHOW NOTES: Firewood: Find out how to choose the right kind of firewood for comfort and safety before lighting up that fireplace. Ice Dams: Melting ice on your roof can cause expensive damage. Learn how to prevent ice dams and how to get your insurance to pay for repairs. Disinfecting Your Home: ‘Tis the season for all kinds of nasty germs and viruses! We've got the best ways to clean and disinfect your home effectively.  Plus, answers to your home improvement questions. Refinishing Wood Floors: Is there an easy way to refinish hardwood floors that are dull but not damaged? Jamie just needs to do a light sanding with a floor buffer to remove some old finish before applying a new coat of urethane. Wood Stove: Melana is installing a wood stove but wants to be sure it won't damage the new electrical behind it. She must make sure the stove is placed far enough from the walls and add a heat shield behind it. Heated Driveway: Installing a heated driveway would be a big help when there's lots of snow! Dylan gets info about outdoor radiant heating systems that are available, but they can also be expensive to operate. Wood Trim: There is worn and damaged woodwork throughout the home Paula is selling. It will be easier and less expensive to fill, prime, and repaint the damaged areas of molding than to replace it all. Cold Floors: John's getting cold feet in the small room over a cinderblock crawlspace. He can either break through the wall to add access for insulation or add a layer of insulated subfloor in the room. Garbage Disposal: Every time Eden turns on the garbage disposal, it backs up gunk into the other drain of her double sink. She needs to clear the obstruction in the main drain line by blocking the disposal drain while plunging the other 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

    The Important Window Label You Need to Read | Avoid These Mistakes When Selling Your Home | Is Vampire Power Sucking Your Energy? | Ep #2267

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 19, 2022 39:54

    SHOW NOTES: Window Shopping: If you're shopping for new windows, you need to know how to read this important label. Home-Selling Mistakes: When selling your home, avoid these kitchen trends that will scare off buyers. Saving Energy: Some appliances can run on standby power even when they're off, wasting energy and costing you money. Here's what to do. Plus, answers to your home improvement questions. Fireplace Drafts: There are drafts blowing in all around Susan's manufactured fireplace. We'll tell her how to see if it's installed correctly and how to stop some of the drafts. Metal Siding Repair: Wade is fighting the insurance company to have his storm-damaged steel siding replaced appropriately. We explain why he should get a public adjuster to make sure the job is done right. Shower Odors: Phew! There's a foul odor coming from the shower in Heidi's basement. We suggest using a Borax solution to scrub inside the drain and installing a humidistat timer to make sure the fans are venting long enough. Driveway Drainage: When it rains, it pours…right down the driveway and flooding the front of Rob's shop. We've got step-by-step instructions on adding a culvert across the driveway to intercept and drain the water runoff. Home Maintenance: Greg wants to be sure he's keeping up with maintenance on his new home. We talk about the most important systems to check. Roof Leaks: Cindy's corrugated metal roof keeps leaking around the screws and gaskets. Her best options are to add another layer of roof with an ice and water shield in between or to remove the original roof and start over. Home Heating: Will installing a drop ceiling help with heating a home with high ceilings? We agree that it will and encourage Kerry to add insulation on top of the ceiling, too. Uneven Floor: A dip in the floor of an old house is starting to twist the stairs. Deb finds out it would be easier to change the staircase than to raise the 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

    Affordable Ways to Take Kitchen Cabinets from Drab to Fab | Keep Santa Safe with a Chimney Liner! | How to Remove the Top 6 Stubborn Tile Stains | Ep #2266

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 15, 2022 40:06

    SHOW NOTES: Refinishing Kitchen Cabinets: Find out affordable DIY options to refinish drab kitchen cabinets. Chimney Safety: Before starting a cozy fire this season, see if you need a chimney liner to keep things safe. Tile Stain Removal: Cleaning tile floors can be challenging, but we've got tips on how to remove the most stubborn tile stains.  Plus, answers to your home improvement questions. Attic Space: Limited access to the attic makes it impossible to install insulation. We'll tell Mark how to cut the drywall to make the attic openings bigger. Air Cleaners: Too much dust? Ann learns an electronic air cleaner for her HVAC system will be more effective than fiberglass filters for reducing the dust and pollen in her home. Driveway Stains: Tom's truck left oil stains on his unsealed concrete driveway. He can use TSP to clean the driveway stains without having to pressure wash. Hot Water Pressure: Brrrrr! Elsie gets a jolt each time her hot water turns cold in the shower. She needs a new pressure-balanced valve to maintain the water temperature. Bathroom Condensation: There's lots of moisture in the bathrooms, even with vented exhaust fans and dampers. We advise Eddie to install a humidistat timer to keep the air moving long enough to dry things out. Carpet Cleaning: Yuck! It looks like mold is growing on the carpeting on Sue's concrete slab porch. We think it's just algae that can be cleared up by using a steam cleaner. Asbestos Siding: Iron in the well water has left an unappealing golden glow on the asbestos concrete siding. Using TSP to clean it won't be enough and Louis will have to paint the siding to cover the stains. Plaster Walls: Cynthia's got questions about the plaster walls in her old house from 1896. We explain the history of wall materials through the years. Painting Cabinets: What's the best way to paint wood bathroom cabinets that have been stained? Carol gets step-by-step tips on refinishing the cabinets and what products to use.   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

    9 Rules That Tenants Break | Water Heater Emergencies | Why Smart Thermostats are a Brilliant Idea | Ep #2265

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 12, 2022 39:50

    SHOW NOTES: Tenant Rules: Do you know the 9 rules that tenants are most likely to break? Here's what both landlords and renters need to know. Water Heaters: When that old water heater starts to leak, it could lead to expensive emergency repairs. Know when it's time for a new water heater. Smart Thermostats: Keeping warm, saving energy, and reducing heating bills is made easy by installing a smart thermostat.  Plus, answers to your home improvement questions. Water Pressure: The hot water pressure in Sam's old house is fine everywhere except in the bathtub. Those old steel pipes could be clogged with rust or he may just need a new faucet or valve. Energy-Efficient Windows: Drafty windows are driving up the utility bills in Linda's rental home. We'll tell her how to use shrink film and weatherstripping caulk to make the windows more energy-efficient. Toilet Water: Darren is installing a 265-gallon rain barrel for his toilet water and has questions about filtering and water pressure. We've got some helpful answers. Wood Flooring: How can you level a subfloor to install hardwood flooring over it? We give Diane some info on carpentry solutions and applying a liquid floor leveling compound. Roofing Tools: After working on a number of roofs, Mark has some interesting ideas for innovative tools that can make it easier to remove roofing shingles. Concrete Repair: A concrete keeps cracking on Leah's entryway and porch. There are plenty of products that will adhere and repair the concrete. Stone Walls: Dennis needs to know what kind of mortar to use for old stone walls that are two feet thick. We'll tell him about the right mortar mix for stonework.   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

    Best Way to Warm Up a Chilly Room | 4 Terrific Tub Tune-ups | The Dangers of Gutters Gone Bad | Ep #2264

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 8, 2022 39:57

    SHOW NOTES: Gutter Maintenance: Faulty gutters can cause expensive damage all around your home. Learn how to keep your gutters in shape. Space Heaters: Want to warm up that chilly room? These space-age space heaters offer the perfect solution. Bathtub Refinishing: Tired of seeing that ring around the bathtub? We've got 4 refinishing ideas for a tub that needs a good scrub.  Plus, answers to your home improvement questions. Contractors: Is there a way to handle pushy contractors with bad attitudes? We offer Rita a suggestion on how to find the best home improvement contractors. Pavers: George wants to know the best way to lock concrete pavers in place. He gets tips on how much space he needs and using a flexible patio border edging. Wood Paneling: There's dark wood paneling throughout Dena's house. We tell her how to clean, sand, and prime the paneling before painting it over. Bathroom Exhaust Fan: Condensation drips down the bathroom walls every time Brian uses the shower. He should get a more powerful exhaust fan that vents outside the house and be sure it runs long enough. Window Drafts: It's freezing in Renea's apartment! We've got tips on using weatherstripping caulk and shrink film to seal the drafts around windows and sliding doors. Hard Water: Even with a water softener system, mineral deposits are causing spots when Clair washes the cars. It's time to have the water softener checked and serviced again. Wallpaper Removal: Is there an easy way to remove layers of wallpaper? We tell Thomas how to cut, moisten, and loosen the paste or rent a wallpaper steamer. Cleaning Garage Floors: Laurie's garage floor is coated with layers of oil and grease. Her best bet is to power wash it with a TSP solution, then add an epoxy finish. Stone Countertops: Is there a maintenance-free natural stone countertop? Quartz and concrete are good alternatives to granite, but Ross will still need to give them some amount of care.   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

    Are Your Pipes in Danger of Freezing? | Sleep Soundly with a Better Mattress | Remodel Your Bathroom in Time for Holiday Guests | Ep #2263

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 5, 2022 39:50

    SHOW NOTES: Frozen Pipes: Frozen pipes that break are a winter worry that can cause expensive damage. Find out how to keep your pipes from freezing. Choosing a Mattress: The right mattress can help you sleep soundly and avoid an aching back. Learn what to look for when mattress shopping. DIY Bathroom Remodel: Want to remodel your bathroom in time for the holidays? It can be done with these DIY tips.  Plus, answers to your home improvement questions. New Flooring: Do you need to strip a stained concrete floor before installing a new floor over it? Ted's got lots of DIY options for floating flooring that doesn't require any prep work. Old Wiring: Sandra's house has very old knob and tube wiring and she's starting to update her kitchen. Brittle, ungrounded wiring can be dangerous, so it's time to update the electrical system. Fireplace Cleaning: How do you clean the creosote in a wood-burning fireplace? Bill gets suggestions on what to use depending on how much soot there is, plus safety advice on proper venting. Sealing Concrete: The vinyl siding on Peggy's home goes all the way down to the concrete slab and traps moisture. It's nearly impossible to seal, so she'll need to remove some of the bottom siding and install rubberized flashing. Storm Windows: Should single-pane double-hung windows be replaced with insulated windows? Upgrading his storm windows may be all that Ron needs to do. Garage Flooring: There's a low spot in the garage floor where water pools and freezes. Mona can try a patching compound to level the floor or modular garage flooring tiles to provide drainage and traction. Painting Doors: The layers of paint on Mark's exterior metal door keep curling. He'll have to remove the door, then strip, sand, and prime it so a new coat of paint can adhere properly. Cement Repair: An area of the porch that's been cemented over keeps breaking off. Denise should use a patching product for better adhesion instead of adding cement on top of cement.   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

    The Price of Home Projects | Hassle-Free Wallpaper Removal | Recycle After Raking: Composting Leaves | Ep #2262

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 1, 2022 39:39

    SHOW NOTES: Home Improvement Costs: What are the most popular home renovation projects and what do they cost? How to budget for remodels and repairs. Wallpaper Removal: Getting rid of outdated wallpaper can be a chore, but we've got tips on making wallpaper removal less of a hassle. Composting Leaves: Once all those fall leaves have been raked up, don't just drag them to the curb. Find out how to compost leaves for next year's garden.  Plus, answers to your home improvement questions. Electrical Wiring: An old home has a mix of old and new outlets and wiring. Lisa learns why it's always safer to update electrical wiring and outlets and keep things grounded. Updating Formica: Mark needs to make his dark Formica countertop lighter. We offer info on a great product that gives the beautiful look of granite. Wood Countertop: Anne wants to install an undermount sink with a hardwood kitchen countertop. We caution her that wood is hard to maintain and suggest some easier alternatives. Exterior Paint: Why does exterior paint keep bubbling and chipping even after the siding was primed? The previous paint job may not have been done properly, so Dana will have to strip the surface and use a bonding primer, then repaint. Cleaning Windows: Is there a lazy way to clean windows? Marie will still need some effort to avoid streaking and clouding on the windows. Metal Roofing: Where can you find information about the different grades of metal roofing? Joe learns about a helpful website with lots of details on why metal roofs are a good investment. Plumbing: Mary will be installing a whole house water filter but doesn't know where the underground lines are. We tell her where to look for the location of the main water valve inside her home, where the filter will be attached. Sink Insulation: Is there a way to insulate a kitchen sink to keep standing water warm? Jim may need to get creative with spray foam insulation or an insulating blanket. Wet Basement: After a long drought, Cindy is suddenly getting moisture in her basement when it rains. She'll need to check the drainage in her gutters, downspouts, and grading around the house to solve the problem. Cabinet Hardware: The selection of doorknobs and cabinet hardware that Russell has found is disappointing. We've got tips on finding more variety through cabinet hardware websites to update his kitchen.   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

    Improve Your Driveway Approach | Heat Up Those Chilly Spaces | Trash Talk: DIY Garbage Disposal Fixes | Ep #2261

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 28, 2022 40:15

    SHOW NOTES: Driveway Stains: Tired of coming home to a worn-out driveway? Get ways to clean and seal driveway surfaces. Space Heaters: Chilly rooms are an age-old problem, but space-age space heaters offer the perfect solution. Garbage Disposals: Has your garbage disposal gotten its fill of holiday leftovers? We've got DIY tips on how to clear the jam safely and get it running again.  Plus, answers to your home improvement questions. Repairing Stone and Brick: Mindy has multiple areas in her porch, steps, and brick that need repair. We have recommendations on what to use to restore the surfaces. Wood Siding: Can faded Western Red Cedar siding be restored or should it be replaced with pine siding? Mike will need to use solid stain either way, but unless it's deteriorated, keeping the cedar siding is the more durable option. Tile Grout: The grout around the ceramic tiles looks dull and chalky. We give Joyce DIY tips on how to easily carve out the top layer of the old grout, then apply and seal new grout in its place. Weather Stripping: Jim is trying to get his doors to fit more tightly against the weather stripping. The easiest solution may be to adjust the lock strike plate to press the door in more firmly. Drainage Systems: The builder of Jill's new home recommends installing a double set of drainage systems, but is it overkill? We agree it's the right thing to do, and offer tips on grading, downspouts, and gutters. Painting: What is the proper order to paint the walls and baseboards in a room? Using masking tape to protect the edges, Jake should paint the trim first and then the walls. Insulation: Why is it always hotter or colder upstairs than in the rest of the house? Linda should add some blown-in insulation and cover her whole house fan in winter. Crawl Space: Why should you install a plastic vapor barrier and close the vents in a basement crawl space? Floyd learns how they help in preventing basement moisture.   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

    Leaky Roof? Know When to Repair or Replace It | Washers and Dryers Can Be a Dangerous Duo | Heat Pumps for Frigid Weather | Ep #2260

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 24, 2022 40:02

    SHOW NOTES: Roofing: Find out whether it's time to repair or replace that old, leaky roof and how to make roof shingles last. Washers and Dryers: Washers and dryers can cause leaks and fires if they're not properly maintained. Here's what to do. Heat Pumps: When temperatures plummet, you'll want an energy-efficient heat pump system to improve comfort and air quality in your home. Know what to look for.  Plus, answers to your home improvement questions. Soundproofing: Is your upstairs neighbor a ceiling stomper? Hopefully the noisy neighbor will agree to add soundproofing to the flooring while Tony uses soft goods to absorb the echo in his own apartment. HVAC: Gina has been advised to upgrade to a high-efficiency boiler with a direct vent system. We agree it's worth the higher cost, which will be offset by rebates and energy savings, plus added home value. Concrete Repair: Need to fix cracks in a stamped concrete patio? Scott gets tips on how to color silicone caulk to match the existing concrete. Garage Insulation: Is it a good idea to insulate a detached garage? It's worth adding spray foam insulation and fiberglass wallboard in case Christine decides to heat the garage in the future. Concrete Block Stains: The leaky cellar windows have been replaced and the problem stopped, but Ross still has stains on the concrete block wall. It should be easy to remove the efflorescence with a wire brush and apply concrete paint. Water Heater: Yuck! Lots of gunk came out of the old water heater when it was emptied. Gwen gets advice on draining the new water heater regularly to keep hard water mineral deposits from settling at the bottom. Refinishing Concrete: David's concrete patio has gotten faded from the sun. We suggest some products for cleaning, staining, and refinishing the patio to make it attractive and durable. Sealing Gaps: There's a recurring gap between the bottom doorsill and the concrete walkway behind Julianne's house. We'll tell her how to apply epoxy repair cement that will work better than the silicone caulking she's been using.   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

    Hard-to-Kill House Plants | Self-Storing Window Screens that Disappear | Cut Hot Water Heating Costs | Ep #2259

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 21, 2022 39:56

    SHOW NOTES: Hard-to-Kill House Plants: Find out the easiest to care for indoor house plants to bring live greenery inside your home and keep them thriving all winter long! Disappearing Window Screens: Storing your window screens is a lot easier with an innovative new product from Pella Windows that offers convenience and a beautiful view. Hot Water Heating: High energy costs got you down? We've got 5 ways to save energy and reduce your hot water heating bills  Plus, answers to your home improvement questions. Soundproofing: Want to block out the sounds of those noisy upstairs neighbors? We have two suggestions for Gloria on how to soundproof her ceiling to muffle those loud footsteps. Patching Concrete: What's the best way to patch the concrete driveway near a garage? John gets a recommendation on a product that makes it fast, easy, and durable. Cleaning Siding: Water runoff from the narrow gutters is staining the aluminum siding of Patricia's home. Cleaning products may help, but it might really be an erosion of the siding finish that needs painting instead. Insulation: Blown-in insulation around the ceiling AC ducts has gotten compressed over time. Robert gets tips on whether to remove the old insulation and start over or add more insulation to supplement what's there. Windows: Old steel-framed windows that are screwed into brick walls are hard to repair. Deanne is better off hiring a professional who can measure and install replacement windows that will fit just right. Basement Walls: Brenda wants to know the best wall materials to use when renovating her basement. She should leave space between the concrete block wall and the framing to allow moisture to evaporate and use fiberglass-faced drywall. Propane Stove: How can Glen replace a wood-burning stove with a propane heat stove? He gets info on installing a propane burner and converting from natural gas. Sinking Concrete: A poured concrete slab for a porch is sinking because the sand wasn't packed properly. Charles will have to break up the slab and fill the space before pouring new concrete. Countertops: Sam's Formica kitchen countertop expands and contracts, pulling away from the wall. We offer tips on adding a foam backer rod to fill the gap and using caulk so she can install a backsplash.   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

    Fireplace Safety | Energy-Saving Window Treatments | Winterize Your Sprinkler System | Ep #2258

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 17, 2022 40:04

    SHOW NOTES: Fireplace Safety: Fireplaces are a common cause of home heating fires. Learn how to maintain your fireplace to stay safe and warm. Window Treatments: The right window treatments can save you money on energy bills while adding style to your home. Find out the best options. Sprinkler Systems: Winterizing your sprinkler system now can prevent big repairs when spring arrives. We'll discuss three ways to winterize your system.  Plus, answers to your home improvement questions. Insulation: Dan converted his back porch and wants to insulate the floor but has limited access to the tight space underneath. His only options may be having someone spray foam insulation or digging out a crawlspace. Painting: A contractor did a poor job spray painting Anna's doors with the wrong kind of paint. She'll need to start over by using a citrus-based product to remove the paint, then using an oil-based primer and good-quality paint to do it right. Wood Paneling: What's the best way to cover up dark wood paneling in a 1970s-era home? David can either try to remove the paneling without damaging the drywall or paint the paneling with a matte finish to brighten it up. Glue Removal: The carpet in Sylvia's old kitchen is glued to the subfloor and she wants to replace it with hardwood flooring. A citrus adhesive remover will soften the glue so she can even it out and then she can add a new layer of subfloor. Bathroom Floor: Alfred would like to install a commercial-style floor covering that rises up a few inches of his bathroom walls. It may be costly, but he would need to have a shower pan built for the entire bathroom and then cover it with tile. Windows: The tall, narrow windows in Marlise's house aren't supposed to open, but they've slid down into the frame and left big gaps at the top. She'll have to find a way to slide the windows back up and secure them in place. Columns: The porch columns in front of an old house are starting to rot again after being replaced once before. We tell Carol how to protect the columns from water damage and what to know about reinforcing the support. Water Pressure: It's not that funny when Brad's son flushes the toilet and the water in the shower gets cold. He'll want to install a pressure balance valve in the shower to regulate the water temperature.   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

    Environmentally-Friendly Concrete | High Tech Space Heaters | Stopping Stink Bugs | Ep #2257

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 14, 2022 40:26

    SHOW NOTES: Environmentally-Friendly Concrete: A new carbon-eating concrete will make truly green buildings possible.We'll discuss this new earth-friendly construction material. Space Heaters: Would you like to warm up a chilly area of your home? We share innovations in space heaters that can increase your comfort like never before. Stink Bugs: It's stink bug season, when these creepy pests try to head indoors. We'll share tips on how to keep stink bugs from invading your home.  Plus, answers to your home improvement questions. Hard Water: What is the best system to use if you've got hard water in your home? We'll tell Brian why a traditional salt-based water conditioner is better than a salt-free type to treat his whole house. Cement Stains: The uncovered portion of Linda's cement porch is peeling and looks terrible. We suggest a product she can use that's quick, easy, durable, and much more attractive than repainting the cement surface. Roofing: Randy wants to know if his metal roof is ventilated well enough after the contractor removed some vents. We reassure him that it should be fine with the proper insulation and venting already in place. Countertops: Is it possible to smooth down the surface of a countertop with a leathered texture? Ann finds out that a granite countertop would be easier to replace, but she may be able to refinish a laminate surface. Home Improvement ROI: Tom wants to know how to calculate the return on investment of home improvements. We discuss the cost vs. value analysis to determine ROI. Water Heaters: Is a tankless water heater a good option? Pete finds out that tankless water heaters are dependable, affordable, and offer high energy efficiency. Windows: Should you try to repair old double-pane windows that won't open or close properly anymore? Donna would be better off replacing her 20-year-old windows instead of trying costly or ineffective repairs. Heating: Bob is trying to decide between natural gas heat or oil heat. With oil prices rising, natural gas heat is a good option that's more efficient and more affordable, with rebates and free utility installation often available. Pocket Doors: The sliding pocket doors in James' bathroom are starting to wear out. We'll share tips on how to lubricate the rollers or remove the doors to replace the mechanisms. Concrete Stains: Trees are dropping acorns that are staining the concrete driveway. Gail will need a bleach solution and a scrub brush to stay ahead of the dark stains. 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

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