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For over a decade, expert hosts Tom Kraeutler and Leslie Segrete have fielded every home improvement, home decor, or home repair question imaginable. Your Calls, Our Answers features the best calls from their nationally syndicated home improvement radio show The Money Pit.

Tom Kraeutler & Leslie Segrete


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    Removing Rust Stains From Countertops

    Play Episode Listen Later May 31, 2021 1:46

    Find tips for removing rust stains from countertops and other surfaces. Learn about products for removing calcium, lime, and rust deposits. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Window Treatments Mask Broken Seals

    Play Episode Listen Later May 30, 2021 2:09

    Find out the quickest and cheapest fix for broken window seals. These seals cannot be repaired, and curtains can hide the stained, cracked seals. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    How to Select New Flooring: Carpet vs Laminate

    Play Episode Listen Later May 29, 2021 2:25

    Learn about the positives and negatives of installing new carpet on a concrete slab versus installing laminate flooring. Get tips on installing laminate flooring and finding reputable retailers. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Dishwasher Buildup Cleaning

    Play Episode Listen Later May 28, 2021 2:44

    Get tips on cleaning soap buildup on your stainless steel dishwasher door. Using a slightly abrasive cleaning agent on a damp cloth can eliminate soap buildup. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    How to Repair Loose Roof Shingles

    Play Episode Listen Later May 27, 2021 2:39

    Loose roof shingles that don't seal well can cause roof leaks to occur. Get tips on the best way to repair loose roof shingles once and for all. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Build and Tile a Shower Stall

    Play Episode Listen Later May 26, 2021 2:48

    Learn how to build and tile a shower stall. Find out the steps to creating your own custom tiled shower stall, including demolition, plumbing, and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    How Effective is Waterproofing Paint for the Basement?

    Play Episode Listen Later May 25, 2021 3:04

    Find out why waterproofing paint is only part of the solution to a wet basement. Get tips on improving the outdoor drainage conditions around the foundation of your home to keep water away from your basement walls. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    How to Fix a Bubbling Laminate Pergo Floor

    Play Episode Listen Later May 24, 2021 3:08

    Laminate floors offer easy installation, but can be tough to fix if they bubble and buckle. Learn what options exist for fixing a Pergo laminate floor, and discover tricks for avoiding moisture-related problems in the first place.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Creaking Pipes: How to Find Source

    Play Episode Listen Later May 23, 2021 3:33

    Learn how to locate the source of creaking pipes. Find out how many noises from pipes are harmless and caused by ordinary expansion and contraction. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    How to Paint a Popcorn Ceiling

    Play Episode Listen Later May 22, 2021 2:21

    Find out how to paint a popcorn ceiling. Get tips on using a special foam roller cover meant especially for this type of ceiling. Also learn how to remove a popcorn ceiling and use a flat paint to minimize any remaining bumps. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Installing a Fence In Wet Ground

    Play Episode Listen Later May 21, 2021 2:04

    Installing a fence in a water-prone yard requires special preparation and materials. Learn how to securely put up a chain-link fence in moist dirt that's prone to flooding. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    How to Repair Dents in Door Frames

    Play Episode Listen Later May 20, 2021 2:31

    Find out how to repair dents in wood door frames. Get tips on using wood filler to make the repair. Also learn why you might want to consider installing corner guards to protect the wood from future damage. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Cleaning Auto Grease From a Garage Floor

    Play Episode Listen Later May 19, 2021 2:21

    Learn what it takes to clean grease from a garage floor and restore its appearance - and whether or not it's a DIY project.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Whole House Humidifier: DIY or Not?

    Play Episode Listen Later May 18, 2021 2:32

    The right whole house humidifier can improve comfort for every room in your home. But is installing one a DIY project? Get tips on best humidifier for your home. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    How to Remove Paint from Brick

    Play Episode Listen Later May 17, 2021 4:27

    Find out how to get paint off brick. Get tips on using a product called the Taginator, a biodegradable graffiti remover for masonry, to remove the paint. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    How Do I Clean White Film Deposited From Fireplace?

    Play Episode Listen Later May 16, 2021 1:44

    Discover chemical and non-chemical ways to remove stubborn carbon fireplace residue, and learn why standard glass cleaner won't do the trick.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    How to Make Cabinets a Lighter Color

    Play Episode Listen Later May 15, 2021 2:49

    Find out how to make cabinets a lighter color. Get tips on using a stain remover called Rock Miracle. Also learn why you should use a non-yellowing topcoat. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Exterior Mildew Removal

    Play Episode Listen Later May 14, 2021 3:03

    Get tips on removing exterior mildew on your home's roof or porch. Learn which products can eliminate mildew and buildup on your exterior surfaces. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Long Crack in Concrete Porch

    Play Episode Listen Later May 13, 2021 4:01

    Get a step-by-step solution for a long crack in a concrete porch, and learn how to paint it when it's done. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Garbage Disposal Slowing Down Drain

    Play Episode Listen Later May 12, 2021 2:30

    Learn why it is normal for the drain in your kitchen sink to run more slowly when you use a garbage disposal certified for septic. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Moss in Yard: Killing It

    Play Episode Listen Later May 11, 2021 2:15

    Discover the the pros and cons of various weed and moss killers. Also, learn how to protect other nearby vegetation when attempting to kill backyard moss.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Underground Spring Causing Soggy Backyard

    Play Episode Listen Later May 10, 2021 2:44

    Find out why it's not worth trying to redirect water from an underground spring that is causing wetness in your backyard. If the puddling area is small, you should just live with it. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Removing Glued Tiles from Your Floor

    Play Episode Listen Later May 9, 2021 2:24

    Learn the best way to remove glues tiles from you floor without damaging the baseboard. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    How to Find Leak in Shower

    Play Episode Listen Later May 8, 2021 2:38

    Find out how to locate a leak in your shower. Learn how to test the shower pan to see if there's a leak in it. Get tips on removing the old caulk and recaulking the seams of the shower with mold-resistant caulk to seal out leaks. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Easy Fix for Vinyl Tiles Won't Stick?

    Play Episode Listen Later May 7, 2021 3:03

    Learn what options exist for vinyl tiles that keep coming up off the floor, including one that gives you an whole new floor without the hassle of removing the old one. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Options for a Durable Garage Floor

    Play Episode Listen Later May 6, 2021 1:57

    Find out what type of garage flooring will stand up to the heavy wear and tear of having cars driving over it. Get tips on looking into floating tile floor systems specifically made for garage floors. They snap together so there's no glue involved. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    How to Keep Tree Roots Out of a Drain Field

    Play Episode Listen Later May 5, 2021 2:45

    Find out how to keep tree roots out of a drain field. Get tips on renting a cutter and trenching around the drain field to sever the roots from the tree so they die off. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Dishwasher Detergent Residue: What Can You Do?

    Play Episode Listen Later May 4, 2021 2:41

    Find out how to get rid of hard water deposits on your dishes and glassware. Try changing your dishwashing detergent for a quick fix. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Repair Cracks in Mortar: How to Color-Match

    Play Episode Listen Later May 3, 2021 2:18

    Find out why you should not use caulk to repair a big crack in mortar. Get tips on checking out a company called Davis Colors to find a mortar mixed with dye to give you the look that you want. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Deck Restore by Synta

    Play Episode Listen Later May 2, 2021 4:00

    Find out whether Deck Restore from Synta is a good product for an old, weathered deck. Learn why you should first test the product on a small section of the deck. Get tips on restoring a deck by flipping over deteriorated boards. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Major Crack in Exterior Wall

    Play Episode Listen Later May 1, 2021 4:06

    Find out why you should have a structural engineer do an inspection on the crack in your exterior wall. That way, you can assure a future potential buyer that the crack was repaired according to an engineer's specifications. Also get tips on leveling Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Getting Rid of Termites: DIY or Not?

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 30, 2021 1:54

    Find out whether over-the-counter pesticides can help a termite infestation, or if calling an exterminator is always necessary.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Toilet Won't Flush Completely

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 29, 2021 2:47

    Find out how to solve the problem of a toilet that won't flush completely. Consider getting the Champ, a power-flush toilet from American Standard with a completely new bowl design that’s virtually clog-proof. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Septic Tank Cleaning Tips

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 28, 2021 1:48

    Find out why you should have your septic tanks pumped and cleaned about every five years. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Should My Vapor Barrier Be Covered in Moisture?

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 27, 2021 2:51

    A quick glance at a vapor barrier shows you just how much moisture is present in your home. Get tips for further reducing the humidity in your crawlspace and your home.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Seasonal Effects on Sewage Systems

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 26, 2021 2:02

    Learn how certain seasonal conditions can effect your sewage system. Find out how what causes unpleasant odors from your sewage system. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Convert a Garage into a Spa or Pool Room

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 25, 2021 3:57

    Learn how to convert a garage into a spa or pool room. Find out how to install moisture resistant drywall that inhibits the growth of mold. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Cleaning Bathroom Mold

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 24, 2021 2:09

    Get tips on cleaning mold in your bathroom. Find out how proper ventilation in your bathroom can prevent potentially toxic mold from growing in your home. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Metal Roof for a Tool Shed

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 23, 2021 3:26

    Find out why a metal roof is a durable choice for a tool shed. Get tips on using corrugated metal, which will last for the lifetime of your shed. Learn why a metal roof on a tool shed won't really improve your home's value over an asphalt Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Dishwasher Fills With Water Between Loads

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 22, 2021 2:31

    A dishwasher that fills with water when it runs is different than one that fills between cleanings. Find out which step to take to solve the problem of water mysteriously appearing between loads.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Fixing Whistling Pipes

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 21, 2021 3:08

    Get tips on fixing your whistling pipes. Find out why your pipes might be making so much noise. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    How to Cover Stain in Popcorn Ceiling

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 20, 2021 2:34

    Bothered by a mark in your ceiling left by a leak that has been repaired? Find out some tips on how to cover stain in popcorn ceiling. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    How to Clean Patio

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 19, 2021 1:44

    Get tips to clean a patio of moss, mildews, mold and algae in a way that will not harm landscaping or pets. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Pet Odor in Carpets

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 18, 2021 2:10

    Tips on how to get rid of pet odors in your carpet. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    How to Repair a Cracked Concrete Floor

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 17, 2021 1:48

    Find out how to repair cracks in a concrete floor. Get tips on using flowable urethane to fix wide cracks and silicone or epoxy patching compound for narrower cracks. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Replace a Sump Pump

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 16, 2021 4:35

    Learn how replacing a sump pump can stop an overflowing aerator tank problem. Find out how replacing the sump pump may be your only option after you have tried fixing everything else. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    How to Preserve Older Patio

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 15, 2021 2:01

    Find out how to preserve a patio that is several decades old. Get tips on resurfacing the floor with an epoxy patching compound. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Choosing Construction Materials for a Shed

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 14, 2021 2:38

    Find out how to go about choosing construction materials for an outdoor shed. Get tips on checking with your local zoning ordinace before you put up your structure. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    How to Caulk a Faucet

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 13, 2021 3:32

    Find out how to caulk a sink faucet. Get tips on using DAP kitchen and bath caulk with Microban in it. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Fixing a Leaky Skylight

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 12, 2021 3:39

    Sometimes the solution to a leaky skylight is as simple as diverting water away from it. Learn how to create a DIY diverter that pushes precipitation around the light, rather than over it.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    How to Touch Up Scratched Kitchen Cabinets

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 11, 2021 2:59

    Have a ding, dent or scratch in your kitchen cabinets? Learn a trick of the trade for making the blemish disappear. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

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