The Money Pit Home Improvement Podcast

By Tom Kraeutler & Leslie Segrete

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

Episode Date
Worth it to Replace Heating? | Top Hidden Home Buying Hazards | Stop Insulation Leaks | Ep #2138
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SHOW NOTES: Are you living with the heating system that was in your house when you bought it? Old furnaces and boilers can be inefficient. We help you figure out if a replacement or conversion to another tup of heat is worth it. If you’ve shopped for a house in what’s been a crazy market, you probably spent more than you wanted to. That leaves little for hidden home repairs that can cost you big bucks. We identify the top home buying hazards to watch out for. 90% of homes in America are wasting energy dollars due to a lack of adequate insulation. We’ll share where all that lost energy is going and how to cut the waste and increase comfort. Plus, answers to your home improvement questions. Keri from Nebraska wants to know whether to go upstairs or downstairs with her new bathroom. Kevin from Ohio needs help dealing with ants taking over his property. Rochelle from Nebraska need to replace her facia board and replace gutters Ed from Arkansas is asking if it’s safe to use coal in a regular fireplace. Kumar from Delaware is having a crack issue in his new concrete foundation and wants to know how to fix it. Sherry from Georgia is trying refresh and re-stain an old wooden dresser. Joe from Delaware wants to know more about metal roofing. Natalie from Wisconsin wants to know if she can repair her vinyl windows or if she has to look for new ones. Do you have a home improvement or decor question? Call the show 24/7 at 888-MONEY-PIT (888-666-3974) or post your question here.   Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Sep 24, 2021
Easy Ways for Renters to Reduce Heating Cost | Quick Fix for Splintery Decks | DIY Driveway Restoration | Ep #2137
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SHOW NOTES: For renters, heat is a big expense you might feel you can’t change. We’ll share tips to save money heating your apartment that won’t require any major changes and make you a lot more comfortable. Do have a deck with cracked or splintery boards that needs a refresh? We share tips on the easiest way to repair deck boards and re-stain the deck for the season ahead. Is your driveway worn, chipped or suffering from nasty oil stains? We’ve got a sure-fire solution to clean up driveway stains for good and restore the surface. We’ve all watched the horrible fires that have consumed the west. As more homes are built in wildfire-prone areas, consumers are selecting building materials differently, including insulation. We highlight the new trend and the more fire-resistant products that should be considered. Plus, answers to your home improvement questions. Joe from NY is having an excessive dust problem and wants to know if it is caused by his heating system. Angela from Georgia wanted to know if it’s possible to paint over a vinyl floor in his kitchen. Richard from California wants to know if he can repair water damaged drywall. Linda from Rhode Island is having a hard time adding a flagpole to her home. Brian needs help dealing with yellow jackets being attached to cat food he puts out. Sam from Indiana has cedar fencing he is about to plant and wants to know if he should stain the fence to prevent rot. Laura from South Dakota needs help with a leaky basement caused by heavy rain. Do you have a home improvement or decor question? Call the show 24/7 at 888-MONEY-PIT (888-666-3974) or post your question here. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Sep 20, 2021
4-Season Greenhouse | Bathroom Lighting to Make You Look Good | Crack-Proof Concrete | Ep #2136
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SHOW NOTES: Just about time to wrap up gardening for the year. But if you had a greenhouse, you can extend your gardening well into the Fall! Plus, you can start back up even earlier next spring. We’ll share the best DIY Greenhouse Kits to hook you up with a 4-season crop of veggies. When you flick on the bathroom light first thing in the morning, do you scare yourself? That frightening reflection may not actually be all you – just bad bathroom lighting. We’ll share tips to help you improve your natural glow. Is painting a fireplace ever a good idea? We walk you through the pros and cons. Before winter arrives, it’s time to make sure your outdoor concrete surfaces are protected from cracks, worn-out surfaces and stains. We’ll share an easy way to do just that. Plus, answers to your home improvement questions: Russ from Iowa needs to replace a casement window and wants to know if he can put double windows instead. Valerie from Arizona wants to know if she can fix a cracked ceramic tile without replacing the entire floor. Ricky from Nebraska is trying to figure out what is attacking his lilac and crabapple tree. We offer him and effective, safe pesticide solution. Lynn from Delaware wants to know how to stop a water leak coming in where two water pipes are joined in her basement. We share a simple DIY fix using epoxy rated for plastic. Lori from Tennessee wants to know how to fix a concrete floor crack. David wants to know if he should insulate his garage after he puts AC in his garage for the first time. Ellie from Wisconsin needs to know where to start with installing wall shelving in her new home’s bathroom. Steve is wanting to rip out some shag carpeting and replace it with engineered planks into his RV Do you have a home improvement or decor question? Call the show 24/7 at 888-MONEY-PIT (888-666-3974) or post your question here. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Sep 16, 2021
Best Replacement Windows | Fun Ideas for Leftover Paint | Pre-Winter To-Do’s | Ep #2135
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SHOW NOTES: Buying new replacement windows can be confusing. But if you learn how to read a single label that’s required for every new window, finding the best window becomes instantly simplified. We walk you through what to look for. Leftover paint can feel like a headache when every other aspect of a project is done. But with a little imagination and creative flair, we share ideas to use paint that is left over to give your home extra appeal…and have lots of fun in the process. A firewood pile can become a termite buffet if the firewood mixes with moisture or is stacked too close to the structures on your property.  We’ll share tips for the best way to store firewood so it's ready to deliver the most heat when you need it. Fall is the perfect season to take on key home improvements and do home maintenance that can help avoid serious issues that can happen in colder weather. We share a pre-winter checklist to help. Plus, answers to your home improvement questions: Sue from Rhode Island is looking for solution to get a paint stain off of her deck. Isaac in Washington wants to know if radon is a problem for his home that’s built as a slab on grade. Hope from Illinois wants to build a fence but is concerned about the moisture in her yard. Abraham in New Jersey wants to know if he can save on air conditioning if he ventilates his attic. Judith in Arkansas wants to know the cause of crack in her brick wall and know how to fix it. Charley in is asking if it's time for him to move from two water heaters to a single tankless one. Ken has a tree that is growing next to his foundation he is concerned about. Do you have a home improvement or decor question? Call the show 24/7 at 888-MONEY-PIT (888-666-3974) or post your question here. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Sep 13, 2021
Best Gutter Guards | New Options for Insulation | Shocking Termite Trouble | Ep #2134
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SHOW NOTES: As we head into Fall, it’s a good time to assess your home’s insulation needs. Most homes simply don’t have enough and that results in higher than necessary heating bills as well as a very uncomfortable space. We’ll share a new insulation product that’ll allow you to get the insulation job done fast and safe. Fall is also the time of year when beautiful foliage assembles into a rotted rooftop mess when gutters get clogged! We’ll explain how a clogged gutter can lead to everything from washed out landscaping to a seriously damaged foundation. Plus, we look at the most popular gutter guards and talk about what works and gutter guards to avoid. Termites typically show up in Spring but one homeowner learned the hard way that’s not always the case. Find out what happened when thousands of termite wings were discovered near a basement window and how to get rid of termites. Construction adhesive can be a handy product for heavy duty projects like gluing a mirror to a wall or house numbers to brick, and many similar situations. But while it’s super strong it is also super messy. Now there’s a new double-sided construction adhesive tape can hold 300 lbs with no mess. Plus, answers to your home improvement questions: Rebecca from Kansas wants to know how to get a drywall look on top of wood paneling. Chet from Michigan is curious if you can put a radiant barrier as insulation. Mindy from Kentucky is asking if she can get rid of linoleum flooring. Ron is having a mouse problem in his walls. Cheryl is calling about dealing with a deck being built over a concrete patio that is broken up by a tree root. Roxanne from Ontario wants to fix a leak on her roof of her upper duplex. David from South Dakota wants to know if he must caulk in between the J-channel and window frame. Rose Marie in New Jersey is having a hard time with her garage door lightbulb going out and wants to know how to fix it. Do you have a home improvement or decor question? Call the show 24/7 at 888-MONEY-PIT (888-666-3974) or post your question here. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Sep 09, 2021
College Rental Red Flags | Hardest to Kill Houseplants | DIY Drywall Repair| EP #2133
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SHOW NOTES: College parents beware, we are about to enter “silly season” when real estate agents press young, inexperienced students to sign leases that are chock full of ridiculous requirements, and stiff fines and fees that anyone renting outside of a college town would find ludicrous. We’ll tell you what to look for to prepare your young renters from these predatory practices. As the end of summer approaches, it'll soon be time to bring the green inside with houseplants. But if you feel like you never had a green thumb, fear not! We can help get you on the path to redemption and forgiveness with our list of the top 5 healthiest and hardest to kill houseplants. Are cracks, holes, and nail pops taking away from your otherwise well-maintained walls? We share DIY Tips to fix them yourself for good. Plus, answers to your home improvement questions including: Caitlin moved into a fabulous old house and would love to resurface a beautiful clawfoot tub. We share her options. Fred in Iowa wants to know how to stop mold odors that are building up in his daughter’s bathroom. Betty wants to know how to stop mold from growing in her closet. We walk her though how to know if she’s really seeing mold or something else. Diane wants to turn her backyard deck into a walk-in closet. We explain why that is a really bad idea! Caulking a bathtub is a job that has to be repeated often – unless you know our tricks of the trade to make it last. We walk Vern though that project. Mary wants to paint her fireplace and needs to know how to get it done right so that the paint doesn’t peel off. Steve wants to know how to fill gaps in his driveway that were cause by expansion joints that have worn away. Mario needs guidance on replacing an old metal window with a glass block replacement style window. Plus, answers to your home improvement questions. Do you have a home improvement or decor question? Call the show 24/7 at 888-MONEY-PIT (888-666-3974) or post your question here. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Sep 06, 2021
Are Replacement Windows Worth it | Pro Painting Tips | At-Home Office Organization | EP #2132
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SHOW NOTES: With fall approaching, and you might be wondering if replacing old or drafty windows is a wise move.  We walk you through 7 key questions to ask yourself to determine if this project is right for you. Painting seems like a simple DIY project but that’s exactly why it is even more frustrating than ever when your painting project comes out badly. We’ll share pro painting tips to help. As we head into pandemic season two, many Americans will continue to work from home fueling the need for more home office space. If you are ready to set up a new more organized space for your work life, we’ll share tips on furniture and organizers you can build yourself. Plus, answers to your home improvement questions: Beverly wants to add vinyl siding to a shed and needs to know the best way to attach it. Tom shares a key trick of the trade to make sure the vinyl is secure but won’t expand and cause the vinyl siding to warp when the sun hits it. Abe needs help solving a plumbing mystery that causes the water in one toilet to gurgle and drain when another toilet is flushed! Anna took down a tree that was full of carpenter ants and wants to know if needs to be worried about the carpenter ants destroying her home! Stuart needs to know how to select the right LED bulb to match the wattage of an old incandescent bulb he’s replacing. Nancy needs to know the easiest way to remove a popcorn celling. Bob is dealing with the aftermath of a really bad laminate floor installation. Brian is building a new house and wants to know if using spray foam insulation will cause his roof shingles to buckle. Laura is remodeling her kitchen in an old house wants to know how to reinforce the floor to support heavy new appliances. Eric’s home is smoke damaged and he needs help getting rid of the smoke odor. Do you have a home improvement or decor question? Call the show 24/7 at 888-MONEY-PIT (888-666-3974) or post your question here. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Sep 02, 2021
Pet Friendly Floors | DIY Exterior Painting Tips | Easiest Way to Budget for Home Maintenance | Ep # 2131
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SHOW NOTES: Your house is your biggest investment – but how much, exactly, should you set aside for the cost of home maintenance? We share a simple formula to help you determine what that is. Floors need to handle wear and tear and be easy to clean. But when you have pets, that durability raises to a whole new level! We’ll share what you need to know to choose pet friendly floors that can handle that kind of traffic. Painting the exterior of your home is one of the most important types of home maintenance. And while many homeowners choose to hire a painting contractor, new technology in paint sprayers makes this one project you may be able to tackle yourself. Plus, answers to your home improvement questions. Joe from Iowa isn’t happy with his deck and asks if it should be repaired or replaced with composite decking? We walk him through the pros and cons. Linda from Florida needs a really tough paint for the floor of an airport hangar! We share options for concrete finish that can take the punishment. Don in Illinois needs help fixing a sinking foundation in his very old farmhouse. Bonnie in Pennsylvania has a sagging driveway to repair and wants to know how to fill in the low spots or if she needs to tear it out and start again. Darren from Virginia want to save water by routing rainwater from a barrel to help fill his toilet. Kay in Arkansas wants to know how to make a plain masonry wall look more appealing. Do you have a home improvement or decor question? Call the show 24/7 at 888-MONEY-PIT (888-666-3974) or post your question here. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Aug 30, 2021
Stopping Shower Shock: How to End Cold Water Blasts! | Garage Dangers You Didn’t See Coming | DIY Driveway Resurfacing Tips | Episode #2130
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SHOW NOTES: (Episode Summary, and Links) Have you ever taken a shower and received a blast of water that was freezing cold or scalding hot? That’s what we call shower shock! Tom explains exactly why this happens and how to stop the shower-shock for good. By now, garages are usually a mess of toys, tools and toxins like lawn chemicals and paints – all of which are too close to each other for comfort. We share garage organization solutions that can help. If you’ve ever tried to repair old, worn-out concrete by covering it with new concrete only to find it didn’t last, we’ll share a solution that will, and delivers a beautiful new finish in just a few hours. Plus, answers to your home improvement questions: John in Maryland wants to reno a small bathroom that contains the home’s water heater. He’s looking for a recommendation on the smallest possible water heater that will do the job. Phyllis from New Jersey is buying a home built in the 1960’s and want to know what repairs to expect in an older home. Tom taps his 20-year’s worth of experience as a home inspector to share useful tips about homes built in that era. Charlie in Tennessee wants to expand his kitchen and wants to know how to tell if his wall is a load bearing wall before he rips it out! Michelle in Iowa wants to build a firepit out of brick and needs a recommendation for the best type of mortar to use for her project. Charlene from Louisiana has a low slope roof in bad shape and wants to know if she can replace it with a metal roof. Randy from Maryland wants to stain a brand-new deck build from pressure-treated lumber and wants to know if he should do this right away or wait a year. Margaret wants to know how to get rid of popcorn ceilings. Eve in Delaware wants to get rid of a smoke smell from her studio apartment.   Do you have a home improvement or decor question? Call the show 24/7 at 888-MONEY-PIT (888-666-3974) or post your question here. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Aug 26, 2021
Instagram Worthy Kitchen Cabinet Painting | Glamping Getaways | Avoiding Laundry Room Disaster | Episode #2129
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SHOW NOTES: Painting your kitchen cabinets is one of the most popular ways to update a kitchen. But can this DIY project deliver the same level of beauty and durability of a factory applied finish? It can - if we get the painting steps right! Tom & Leslie walk you through what you need to know to get Instagram worthy results!  If a vacation home is out of reach… you might want to consider GLAMPING instead! Glamping is short for “glamor camping” and we’ll share tips on how to do just that by converting a camper or trailer into a comfortable getaway that comes home with you after every vacation. The laundry room might seem safe enough, but anywhere there’s extreme heat and lots of water, there’s potential for trouble. We’ll walk you through the most common laundry room hazards and tell you how to prevent leaks, fires and breakdowns. Plus, answers to your home improvement questions. James from Virginia wants to know how difficult it would be to install a ceiling fan in a house with no lighting fixtures. Laura from Connecticut is wondering how to reinforce her sagging kitchen floor. Steve from Pennsylvania wants to build new steps to his porch and needs to know how to figure out how deep to make the treads. Tammy from Pennsylvania wants to know how to fix uneven hot and cold water in her bathroom shower. Marvin from Rhode Island is asking is it cost effective to use blown-in insulation on for an older home? Kathy from Arkansas has some concerns about how to test for radon in a slab home. Ashwani from Illinois is wondering if there is something he can do to deal with tree roots starting to get exposed on his lawn. Do you have a home improvement or decor question? Call the show 24/7 at 888-MONEY-PIT (888-666-3974) or post your question here. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Aug 23, 2021
DIY Adirondack Chairs | Picking the Right Primer | High Tech Paint Sprayers | Episode #2128
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SHOW NOTES: Buying new lawn furniture this summer was a challenge due to the disruption of the pandemic. That's why now may be a good time to build your own. We’ll help by walking you through how to build one of the most iconic pieces of outdoor furniture, the Adirondack chair, including a source for detailed step-by-step plans to build your own Adirondack Chair. If you’ve taken on paint projects, you may know that using a primer is the first step to making sure your paint project comes out exactly as planned. But you may not know that there are key differences between the type of primer you select from your project – especially if it includes painting the kitchen or bath. We’ll fill you in on the best primer for trim and cabinet painting to use and why, just ahead.  If you’re planning a painting project like painting a fence, deck, or the outside of your home, you won’t need to hire a pro. New technology in high efficiency airless paint sprayers makes this an easy DIY project. We explain how the sprayers work, and why using one is 3 times faster than using a paint roller. Plus, answers to your home improvement questions. Sean from Texas is having a problem with his central vacuum system leaking condensation. Norma from Delaware wants to know, how to determine if she has enough water pressure for a multi-head shower in her bathroom. Thomas in Tennessee is asking about how to reduce moisture in a basement. Eva from North Carolina wants to know her options for replacing a water heater located on her third floor and is debating about a tankless one. Vernon from Colorado asks how to re-caulk a bathtub? Thurman from Arkansas wants to learn how to install a window in a load-bearing wall. Lauren from Florida is concerned about lead paint in her house. Doug in Rhode Island wants to know if he can consolidate his kitchen and bathroom exhaust ducts? Do you have a home improvement or decor question? Call the show 24/7 at 888-MONEY-PIT (888-666-3974) or post your question here. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Aug 19, 2021
Post Pandemic Home Buyer Demands | No Mess Tip for Tile Installation | Best Pet-Proof Flooring | Episode #2127
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SHOW NOTES: Post pandemic, 65 percent of people house hunting demand one feature more than any other. The pandemic has changed a lot about how we buy things and that includes what we look for in a new home! We share the list of new home buyer demands. If you’ve ever taken on a tiling project, you may know that some of the more inconvenient parts of the project are that it’s messy and takes DAYS because you have to wait for the adhesive to set, before you can grout. We’ll show you a trick of the trade to install tile that’s a lot less messy and far faster. If you’re ready for a new floor and have pets, it’s smart to choose the best pet resistant flooring  to stand up to the wear and tear our pets can dish out. Plus, answers to your home improvement questions. Bill in Florida is trying to get rid of a smoker’s stench throughout his house. Pat in Michigan wants to know how to hide water stains on her ceiling without repainting the whole thing. Lee wants to know how to install a koi pond. Stewart wants to know when in your home’s lifetime should you replace insulation? Michelle in Minnesota wants to know deal with moisture coming up from her laminate floor. Carl in Maryland asks what’s causing his toilet to make a high pitch whistling noise? Pat from Arkansas asks, why doesn’t my heat pump dehumidify? Daniel needs to know why his water has a rotten egg smell. Kathy calls asking how to clean grease off a garage floor. Do you have a home improvement or decor question? Call the show 24/7 at 888-MONEY-PIT (888-666-3974) or post your question here.   Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Aug 16, 2021
Garage Doors that Pay for Themselves | DIY Fence Tips | Easy Fix for Leaking Ducts | Ep #2126
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SHOW NOTES: Replacing your garage door can be a simple and affordable project that delivers a 94% return on investment when the house is sold. Get tips on the many styles, colors and designs for garage doors and how to choose from and how to a garage door that rights for you. As the saying goes, good fences make great neighbors. But as simple as it seems, adding a fence is something many DIY’rs get wrong. We’ll walk you tips for picking out the best fence so you can get it right, the first time. If you’ve been dealing with expensive cooling bills, stuffy room or a dusty house, the problem may be your duct system. Learn how to check your ducts for leaks and fix them fast. Plus, answers to your home improvement questions. Tracy in Texas wants to know how to get started with a universally designed bathroom. Tyler asks how to deal with moles that are tearing up his lawn Janet in Georgia is wondering when the best time to stain a wood deck would be. Ian from Vancouver wants to know if there is a tip to nailing hardwood floor when you get close to the wall. Carol in Texas is wondering how to restore her sloped driveway without digging it out completely. Robert in Michigan asks if there is any composite material that can keep from fading. Judy in Florida wants to know how to refurbish her laminate countertop. Ed in Tennessee is trying to refurbish a crawlspace for his pets and wants to know what concerns he should have. Do you have a home improvement or decor question? Call the show 24/7 at 888-MONEY-PIT (888-666-3974) or post your question here. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Aug 12, 2021
Consumer Reports Top Toilets for ’21 | Best Options to Buy for New Homes | Restoring Worn Bathtub Finishes | Ep #2125
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SHOW NOTES: Consumer Reports is out with the Top Toilets for 2021!  We will flush out the details – including the very unusual way they test toilets using plastic balls, screws and sponges to simulate the real thing!  If you’re buying a new home, you’ll have lots of options to choose from. But many of these don’t really have to be done when the house is being built. We’ll tell you which upgrades make sense to buy from the builder, and which you can get done on your own – and often save a lot of expense in the process. Bathtubs can last a lifetime, but their finishes won’t! The good news is you don’t have to get rid of the whole tub just because of a worn finish. We’ll layout DIY and pro-options to restore the finish and brighten up your bathroom space.   Plus, answers to your home improvement questions. Amanda is asking how to stop floor squeaks in her 100-year-old home. James wants to know how to set an above ground pool into his deck? Terri from Pennsylvania is asking why are her gutters always overflow, even though they are clean? Case from Oklahoma wants to know how to prioritize projects in new home as well as why there is a surge in lumber prices? Rosie wants to know her options for a fogged replacement window with a bad seal. Terry from Tennessee wants to know the best preservative to put on raw wood for a porch? Carol from California asks how to insulate the house from underneath her floor. Dale from Wisconsin needs help figuring out what is causing his metal roof to leak and how to fix it. Do you have a home improvement or decor question? Call the show 24/7 at 888-MONEY-PIT (888-666-3974) or post your question here. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Aug 09, 2021
Finding Hidden Storage Space | Clear Dirty House Air | Avoiding Deck Disasters | Ep #2124
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SHOW NOTES: Do you need more storage space? Who doesn’t! We’ll explain the many nooks and crannies where storage space hides that you may never have thought of! Breathing fresh clean air inside your home is more important today than ever. But during these hot “dog days” of summer, you don’t have to throw open windows and let in hot humid air to get it! We’ll share easy ways to make sure the air INSIDE your home is as clean as possible. Adding a backyard deck is one sure-fire way to increase your home's living space. But if you’re not careful, there’s easy ways to make costly mistakes. We’ll show you what you’ll need to avoid. Plus, answers to your home improvement questions including: Mike is working on an interesting historic restoration and wants to know how to seal shower walls to prevent rusting. Cindy from Ohio wants tips for restoring the color of original cedar siding. Mike in Pennsylvania to figure out how to replace big, decorative columns on his porch with something more modern and appealing. Patrilla from Louisiana wants to know if she can put flooring over linoleum flooring instead of pulling out the old one. John is asking when is the best time to paint in extreme temperatures? Suzanne from Ohio is wondering the best way to deal with a shower curtain rod that keeps coming out of her drywall. Matt from Ohio wants help solving a mold problem in his bathroom.   Do you have a home improvement or decor question? Call the show 24/7 at 888-MONEY-PIT (888-666-3974) or post your question here. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Aug 05, 2021
Stop These Drowning Dangers for Kids | Be Great at Garage Sales | You Q & A on Kitchens, Laundry Rooms, Baths & More | EP #2123
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Show notes: Every summer, the #1 danger for children is drowning! Tom & Leslie share a pool safety system you can put in place to help makes sure that tragedy never strikes close to home. It’s National Garage Sales Day and that time of year when millions of folks transform their garages and yards into a storefront to get rid of the junk they no longer want! whether you need to clear garage clutter or maybe make a few bucks, or both, we’ll have tips to help your garage sale go smoothly, including how to protect your privacy and how to price your treasures!  If you’ve ever tried to repair cracked, deteriorated concrete like on a sidewalk, driveway or garage floor – you might have found that those repairs have to be made to the same spots over and over again. We’ll share a way to do these once and have them stick. Plus, answers to your home improvement questions: Justin from VA needs to know the best options for a laundry room floor. Margie in OH needs deep cleaning advice for kitchen cabinets. Judy in Missouri needs help figuring out the source of a roof leak. Courtney in Texas asks how to totally remove the smelly cigarette stink left by a previous homeowner. Taylor In North Dakota wants to know how to seal a leaking duct system that’s driving up her air conditioning costs. Lin in Missouri is needs to know how to stop a pear tree that is breaking through her foundation. Peg from RI wants to redecorate her bathroom but is stuck with an ugly shower insert. We share some designer tricks to work around it. Do you have a home improvement or decor question? Call the show 24/7 at 888-MONEY-PIT (888-666-3974) or post your question here. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Aug 02, 2021
5 Budget Friendly Décor Do-Overs | Best & Worst Markets for 1st Time Homebuyers | Transparent Window Screens | Episode #2122
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SHOW NOTES: Want to refresh your home with new décor but aren’t sure if your budget is ready to handle the hit. We’ll share 5 ways to save lots of money decorating your home sweet home. The real estate market is very hot and for first time home buyers, that makes it even tougher to find an affordable house. We’ll share new data on the best and worst markets for first time buyers. Window screens let fresh air into your home, while keeping pesky bugs out! If yours aren’t doing the job, we’ll tell you about new technology options in invisible screening that does just that and a whole lot more. If you’ve ever had to do deal with an uneven concrete walkway that’s causing people to trip, the solution may be easier than you think. We’ll share the best fix. Plus, answers to your home improvement questions about: Sherri from TN needs help with strange dryer problem. Her machine generates moisture when the load is finished. Tim from Michigan has a 2nd floor deck and wants to know how to install fiberglass floor to prevent leaks to the space below. Leah from CA needs a solution for an air conditioner that is constantly leaking Freon Michael from CA wants to know if it’s possible to purchase gutters and leaders from a home center to do the job himself or hire a gutter company to install seamless gutters, which are more expensive.  Jim in PA is having difficulty getting rid of hard water calcium deposits out of his water heater asks what’s the best way to clean out a calcium deposit in his water heater? Butch from AK lives downhill from his neighbors and needs help stopping rainwater runoff from getting into his garage. Do you have a home improvement or decor question? Call the show 24/7 at 888-MONEY-PIT (888-666-3974) or post your question here. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jul 29, 2021
Pool Buying Pitfalls to Avoid | What You Must Know Before Buying Lumber | Disasters NOT Covered by Home Insurance | Ep #2122
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SHOW NOTES: During summer’s hottest months, buying a pool may seem like a pretty good idea. But several pool pitfalls that can lead to a real financial soaking. Tom & Leslie share dos and don’ts. If you’ve ever picked up lumber for a project that measure 2 by anything (like 2x4, 2x8 and so on) did you ever notice that the wood actually measures a lot less? We’ll share what happens to all that missing wood you thought you were paying for. Homeowners insurance is an important way to protect yourself from financial disaster. But you might be surprised to learn the most common things that are NOT covered. We share how to make sure your totally covered. One incredibly common home improvement tool sends hundreds of people to emergency rooms every year. Learn what this is and how to stay safe Plus, answers to your home improvement questions: Bill is trying to decide between a concrete patio or wood deck and wants to know how much to budget for the project and which one lasts longer? Lorraine needs help getting rid of ants which are attacking her outdoor space. Beverly wants to know how the best way to clean a fence. Robert is ready to take on building a retaining wall - Options for retaining wall blocks and tips for building a successful one. Jenny wants to know how to know how to install a handicap accessible bath chair in a shower. William needs to know how to remove mold that forming in a vacation cabin. Steve wants to know if adding insulation under vinyl siding actually really helps save energy. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jul 26, 2021
Keep Lawns Healthy in Extreme Heat | Fast Fix for Clogged Drains| Herbs with Healing Power | Grill Cleaning Secrets | Episode #2120
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SHOW NOTES: Learn how to keep your lawn green and healthy through the hottest months of the summer, plus how to handle droughts or water restrictions. Drain clogs can be a real hassle – but they don’t have to be complicated to free up. We’ll share quick solutions to get things flowing. If you love to grow herbs in your garden for cooking, many of the most popular also can be used as herbal medicines. We’ll share a few of the most popular If your gas grill needs a mid-season grill cleaning? The same char broiling grill action that flavors ribs, chicken, steaks and burgers all summer long can really cause problems if you don't stop and do a thorough grill cleaning once in a while. We walk you through the steps. Plus, answers to your home improvement questions: Jeff is looking for the easiest way to clean out the shower drain. Dixie needs a step-by-step walkthrough of how to handle repair of major cracks in a foundation. Spray foam insulation vs. blown-in. Max wants to know if spray foam insulation is more efficient than blown-in insulation Pam asks if it’s worth fixing insulated glass on a door or should you just replace the whole door? Joe is trying to figure out the cause of some pretty big leaks around his chimney. Kathleen would like to know if she can install faux tin ceiling tiles on a vaulted ceiling. Midas is adding new flooring and want to know how to create the transition between floors in two rooms when one floor is higher than the other. Diane is asking where is the best place to add insulation in a house? Mercedes needs advice on repairing a metal roof. Do you have a home improvement or decor question? Call the show 24/7 at 888-MONEY-PIT (888-666-3974) or post your question here. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jul 22, 2021
Cheap Kitchen Makeovers | Paver Brick Patio Makeovers | Getting Rid of Ticks | Ep #2119
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SHOW NOTES: Most kitchen renos are expensive. But there’s actually a lot you can do yourself over a single weekend that can deliver a big impact without a big budget. We share a checklist of low-cost kitchen remodeling projects that deliver the biggest impact. If your patio is worn, weathered or even cracked, we’ll share how to do a makeover using a new type of paver brick designed for remodeling that any DIY’r can accomplish in just a couple of hours. The hottest part of the summer always brings out the most bugs – including disease-carrying tics! We’ll explain the best ways to stop ticks from taking a bite out of your summer fun. Plus, answers to your home improvement questions: Tom wants to know to clean and paint a pocket door. Marianne wants to know if her floor tile might possibly contain asbestos. Steve is dealing with a leaky water heater. We share a new technology in water heaters that include a water heater that automatic shut offs if a leak is detected. Elanor wants to know how best to remove algae and clean Trex decking. Gordon needs a solution to stop leaks getting into his garage. Beverly wants to know the best way to repair and repaint rotted wood posts. Mike has spotted some cracked roof shingles and wants to know if it’s time to replace the entire roof. Do you have a home improvement or decor question? Call the show 24/7 at 888-MONEY-PIT (888-666-3974) or post your question here. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jul 19, 2021
Best Deck Ceilings | How to Get Rid of Ivy | Foundation Cracks: Major or Minor? | Ep #2118
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SHOW NOTES: Spaces under outdoor decks can be dark, dirty wastelands! But with a deck ceiling, you can drain the rain and clean up the look below. We walk you through build-from-scratch and manufactured options to create a dry hangout space below an overhead decks. Finding a foundation crack can be quite disturbing, but not all cracks spell disaster! We’ll share how to sort out the minor from the major, and what to do if you find yourself unsure of what you’ve got. You may think of Ivy as a way to make your home look distinguished – but did you know it can also wreak serious havoc on your siding and cause major carpenter ant problems? We’ll have tips on the best way to get rid of ivy and manage those creepy vines. Plus, answers to your home improvement questions: Courtney wants to know how to get rid of tree roots so she can build a new patio. Larry needs to know how to replace his concrete driveway. Lucille is trying to seal a hole to repair a cracked fiberglass tub. John asks if cleaning solar panels improves their efficiency. Peg wants to know how to repair, restore or replace the spacers between patio sections. Marge is looking for the best way to repair a broken kitchen cabinet shelf. Do you have a home improvement or decor question? Call the show 24/7 at 888-MONEY-PIT (888-666-3974) or post your question here.   Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jul 15, 2021
Affordable Kitchen Countertops | Keep Mosquitos Away | 10 Terrible Décor Choices | Millennials Blowing Their Reno Budgets | Ep #2117
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Show notes: On a warm summer evening, there’s nothing better than sitting out on the porch… until the mosquitoes arrive! We’ve got tips on retractable screens to keep pesky pests away. Some home décor can practically guarantee you’ll lose money selling a home. We share the top 10 worst décor choices to avoid at all costs! The pandemic drove a surge of home buying from millennials, but it turns out that nearly half blew their renovation budgets within the first year! We dig into why this happened and what the home buying economy looks like going forward. Plus, answers to your home improvement questions about: Best options for affordable kitchen countertops How paint your front door and make it last Replacing a 15-year-old roof that should have lasted longer Right way to assess and repair foundation cracks Best way to repair or replace rotted wood trim behind gutters. Do you have a home improvement or decor question? Call the show 24/7 at 888-MONEY-PIT (888-666-3974) or post your question here! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jul 12, 2021
Green Home Upgrades that Add Value | Tile Backsplashes You Can DIY | Does Solar Really Save Money? | Ep #2116
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Show notes: Have you made energy saving improvements that upped your home’s “green” factor? Those improvements can help you sell your home quickly and for top dollar. Tom & Leslie explain why and share tips to create your own green home improvement inventory. Kitchen backsplashes are a great way to keep the walls behind your counters clean – but they can also be a fun and affordable project to do yourself! We walk you through how to create your own kitchen backsplash with tile. And you may know what good case of sun burn can do to your skin, but have you ever thought about what those harsh rays can do to your home? Sunlight can fade furniture and floors, raise energy costs. We’ll tell you about a way you can block out just the damaging rays while still enjoying the sunshine. Plus, answers to your home improvement questions about: Is it better to use stain or paint on an outdoor deck? How do you know if it’s worth the cost to upgrade your homes air conditioning and heating system? What are the benefits of a metal roof and is installing one a DIY project? Best way to tile a shower floor so that it is totally leak-proof How to repair loose concrete on a porch Restoring water pressure in a home with a well pump Repairing cracked ceramic tiles that are on top of a concrete floor. Do you have a home improvement or decor question? Call the show 24/7 at 888-MONEY-PIT (888-666-3974) or post your question here! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jul 08, 2021
Air Conditioning Trick Delivers Instant Savings | Top DIY Painting Mistakes | Stopping Summer Allergies | Ep #2115
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SHOW NOTES: Do you feel like your A/C just isn’t doing the job it should? We’ll share a trick of the trade you can use to test your air conditioning, so you’ll know exactly how well it’s performing, or if it’s wasting your cold hard cash. Painting is a project that’s among the most basic of DIY projects, and one most homeowners are happy to tackle themselves. But it’s also a project that can go terribly wrong if you don’t take just three steps before you start. We’ll share important painting tips. Do summertime allergies have you hacking and sneezing on even the sunniest of days? We’ll share five things you can do inside your home to breathe easy all summer long. Does having a solar energy system really improve the value of your home? Solar energy sellers will universally say yes, but we think otherwise and explain why.   Plus, answers to your home improvement questions about: How to deal with high humidity and moisture in your home? What might be the reason why your exterior door isn’t quite sealed? What product to use when resurfacing a concrete driveway? Is it smart to replace an oil-fired water heater with an electric one? How to change your two prong outlets to three prongs? How to apply wood paneling to your wall for a rustic style? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jul 05, 2021
Stopping a Deck Collapse | Summer Pet Safety | Utility Incentives that Cut Energy Costs | Ep #2114
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SHOW NOTES: Every summer deck collapses are tragically common. We’ll share the top 5 reasons decks fall down along with tips on how to do a safety check your own deck. If your last electric bill a real shocker you’ll be happy to hear that utility companies are required to offer programs to help you save money and use LESS of their product! We’ll have advice on how to best take advantage of that savings. For family pets, the backyard is a place to relax, burn off some energy, and play with friends, human and furry. We’ll share 4 tips to help improve your outdoor space to keep pets safe in summer and their humans happy. Laundry is always a chore but it’s even worse when your washer and dryer are located a floor below or above the place where those dirty clothes are first dropped! We share how to effectively move your laundry from a floor below and place it right where it needs to go.  Plus, answers to your home improvement questions about: Value of adding a whole house fan. How to fix peeling Vinyl flooring? Are perma-boots the best way to fix roof leaks caused by flashing? Who should you call for drain cleaning? How to prevent your septic tank from causing a sinkhole? Can trees have an impact on your foundation and what should you look out for? Why does your fridge keep tripping your circuits? Best way to clean your oven-door glass? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jul 01, 2021
Revamping Kitchen Layouts | Creating Hummingbird Hangouts | DIY Fence Fix-Ups | EP #2113
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SHOW NOTES: Want to update your kitchen this summer? Updating the layout at the same time can deliver updated functionality and flow. Tom & Leslie share tips for kitchen layouts that bring in some new feng-shui and make the space more functional.  Are you bracing for you next big cooling bill of the summer? We’ll highlight new technology that can keep you cool and cut your costs at the same time. A great looking fence can improve your home’s curb appeal and add to your home’s value. But if the fence hasn’t been well maintained, it can have the opposite effect! We walk you through how to stain a fence and make it last!  If you enjoy watching hummingbirds in summer, the best way to attract them to your yard is to feed them. Leslie shares the do's and don'ts of making your own delicious sugar water homemade hummingbird food! Plus, we share answers to your home improvement questions about: How to brighten up a dirty and stained garage floor. Options for adding slip resistant paint surfaces. How to choose the best low-maintenance replacement window. How to adjust a door that swells and sticks. Is your roof full of green moss or algae? We share a cool trick to clear the algae using just a single strip of copper flashing! Do you have a home improvement or decor question? Call the show 24/7 at 888-MONEY-PIT (888-666-3974) or post your question here. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jun 28, 2021
Stump Removal Made Easy | Perfect Paint Colors for Exterior Projects | Cooling Tips for Renters | EP #2112
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Show Notes: A tree in your landscape can be a thing of beauty. But after it’s gone, the stump left behind - not so much. We show you easy ways to get rid of stumps for very little cost. Planning on painting your home this summer. Choosing the right colors can make a huge impact on its appearance and value. We’ll share tips for picking the perfect paint colors for outside projects. If you’re a renter, you might think there’s not much you can do to cut summer cooling bills and stay comfortable. Not true! There are lots of low cost to no cost things you can do to stay comfortable and stop wasting money. Plus, answers to your home improvement questions about: Best way to remove and replace old tile floor grout. How to paint a popcorn ceiling (including what to do if you’ve removed all those clumps of popcorn!) Best way to restore dead or dying spots in a sod lawn. Most efficient way to insulate an old and drafty house. Advice for replacing a leaking sliding door with a French door. Does noisy plumbing signal a big repair a problem? Sneaky ways to find out how old your house really is. How to pick the most durable outdoor furniture. Do you have a home improvement or decor question? Call the show 24/7 at 888-MONEY-PIT (888-666-3974) or post your question here. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jun 24, 2021
Sneaky Spots to Store Keys | Popular Pandemic Projects | Filing Insurance Claims for Storm Damage | Best Outdoor Appliances| EP #2111
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Show Notes: Want to outsmart would-be burglars with more than just a fake rock. Tom and Leslie share the sneakiest hiding spots to store house keys outside. Wondering what projects were popular during the pandemic? We highlight the most popular YouTube videos about projects people were making with just a bag of concrete. Have summer storms damage your roof? Find out how to get your insurance company to pay for a complete roof replacement. If you love outdoor cooking, we highlight the best outdoor kitchen features to add on a budget to enjoy all season long.  Plus, we answer home improvement questions about. Tips for adding an attic stair access to a garage ceiling. Best way to remove adhesive from a brick surface. Ideas for fixing a drainage problem that’s causing flooding around and under a home. DIY addition? Important steps to take before attempting to build an addition yourself. Paint or aluminum wrap? Best way to finish exterior trim to stop rot and avoid long-term maintenance. Do you have a home improvement or decor question? Call the show 24/7 at 888-MONEY-PIT (888-666-3974) or post your question here. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jun 21, 2021
Best Budget Kitchen Cabinets| DIY Backyard Water Features | Time Saving Tips for Paint Projects | EP#2110
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Are your kitchen cabinets tired and worn? Tom and Leslie tell you how to choose new cabinets that’ll step up the space and not blow the budget. If you’re thinking about an outdoor project, and love the sound of a babbling brook, we’re going to tell you how to create your very own water feature for your yard Ready to take on an outdoor paint project? We’ll highlight new paint sprayers that makes paint projects quick and easy. Plus, answers to your home improvement questions about. Options for adding GFCI’s to bathrooms that don’t have them. How to repair exposed rebar around your pool? Tricks for finding the source of a window leak Tips for humane ways to get rid of squirrels who have made a home in your home! How to reduce condensation in basements How to seal and preserve a brick chimney? Is it less expensive to build or buy wall shelves? Do you have a home improvement or decor question? Call the show 24/7 at 888-MONEY-PIT (888-666-3974) or post your question here. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jun 17, 2021
Backyard Deck Blunders | Bathroom Reno Design Tips| Electric Panel Updates | Enchanted Gardens| EP #2109
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Show Notes: Backyard decks can bring added value to your home but costly mistakes can quickly take that away. Get tips on building the best deck for your yard. Bathrooms renos are one where you need to get the design decisions done right, the first time to stay on schedule and on budget! We’ll walk you through what you need to know. Do you experience tripped circuits a little more often than you’d like?   We’ll share FIVE signs you might need an electric panel upgrade to stay safe and keep the lights on!  Garden gnomes are making their way from punchlines to potted plants. And they’re not the only surprise trend in the latest enchanted yards and gardens! We share a few ideas to get you started. Plus, answers to your home improvement questions about: ·     What are some good basement flooring options? ·     How and when to use the services of your town’s professional engineers to diagnose a flooding problem under your house. ·     How to fix unwanted odors from your sump pump? ·     How effective are low-e (Low-Emittance) Windows? ·     Can you reglaze ceramic tile? ·     Best way to stain a new deck? ·     How to fix walls in a log home? Do you have a home improvement or decor question? Call the show 24/7 at 888-MONEY-PIT (888-666-3974) or post your question here. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jun 14, 2021
Mosquitoes Be Gone | Stone Counter Pros and Cons | Preventing Tip-Over Accidents | EP # 2018
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Mosquitoes can really suck the fun out of your summer activities, that’s why we are sharing some tips on how to get rid of mosquitoes for good. Stone countertops are a great addition to any kitchen, but we’ll give you some important factors to consider before installing them. Tip over accidents are an overlooked danger to your children. We have some preventative tips to make sure your kids aren’t put in danger. Plus, answers to your home improvement questions about: What to look for in window replacements? How to deal with vandalism to your property?  How do fix bathtub cracks? Why a fresh painted wall might be peeling? When is the best time to seal your tile? What to do know about comfort height toilets? How to kill and prevent bathroom mold? Do you have a home improvement or decor question? Call the show 24/7 at 888-MONEY-PIT (888-666-3974) or post your question here. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jun 10, 2021
Get Roof Ready for Summer Storms | Smart Ways to Hire Pros | Stopping Shower Leaks | Cut Big Cooling Bills | Ep# 2107
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Show notes: Summer sun and storms can cause serious damage to your roof. Find out how to spot and stop leaks before they happen. Ever wonder if you’re overpaying a contractor? Tom and Leslie get smart strategies for hiring pros from leading Economist Meisha Fisher of ANGI. A leaking shower can end up being one of the most expensive pluming leaks to repair. Find out how the right shower drain can prevent this from ever happened to you. Are costly cooling bills cutting into your monthly budget? Find out the easy fix for a common mistake that causes bills to get out of control. Plus, answers to your home improvement questions: How to paint fiberglass shutters? What’s the best way to restore damaged concrete? How to stop air conditioners that blow breakers? How to refinish original hardwood flooring? How to pick the best water heater for your family? Exterior trim: paint or wrap with aluminum? Do you have a home improvement or decor question? Call the show 24/7 at 888-MONEY-PIT (888-666-3974) or post your question here. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jun 07, 2021
DIY Fire Pits | Fast Patio Facelifts | Floors that Make Rooms Look Big | Ep #2106
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Show notes: Find out how to step up your outdoor living space with step-by-step tips on how to can build your very own fire pit. Has your patio seen better days? We share easy and exciting ways to breathe new life into those crusty concrete patios.  Small spaces can make your home feel cramped, but with the right floor, the space can instantly feel bigger. Find out the best hardwood floor patterns to open up a room. Want to step up the deck around your swimming pool? We share stain that stand up to wet environments. Plus, answers to your home improvement questions about: What is the best way to replace an asphalt driveway? How to repair contracting siding? How to repair water pressure caused by a shared well? Are wall cracks a serious problem? Easy fix sticky sliding doors How to keep Squirrels from taking over the bird feeder Best way to insulate a garage for a year-round workspace. How to stop basement floor leaks for good. Do you have a home improvement or decor question? Call the show 24/7 at 888-MONEY-PIT (888-666-3974) or post your question here. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jun 03, 2021
Make Your Home Break-in Proof | Fixing Uneven Floors | Stop Shower Leaks for Good | EP# 2105
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Show notes: Security cameras can protect our homes during our vacation but only with the right placement. Tom and Leslie share strategies yo get the best camera coverage of your home.  If you want to start your remodeling project on a level playing field, you first need to start from a level floor. Find out the simplest ways to fix up a floor that is out of whack to get your remodeling project off on the right foot.  One of the most expensive home repairs is repairing a leaky shower stall. This is one problem you will never have to deal with if your shower is built right to begin with. We walk you through the key to a totally leak-proof bath reno.   Are messy pets creating a decorating dilemma? Are you afraid that anything you buy will be ruined by your well-meaning pooch? Leslie has tips to help you get the best of both worlds and stop your pet from taking over your style. Plus, answers to your home improvement questions: How to put in new windows into an existing opening? What to do about electrical arcs? How to approach water in a crawl space? How to deal with black mold? Ways to deal with tree roots. What do to prevent leaky vents? Is it worth using a masonry sealer on your chimney? How to get rid of efflorescence? Should you remove your shingles when putting on a metal roof? Do you have a home improvement or decor question? Call the show 24/7 at 888-MONEY-PIT (888-666-3974) or post your question here. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
May 31, 2021
DIY Arbors and Pergolas | Restoring Rotting Wood | Water Saving Tips EP# 2104
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Show notes: Looking for an easy DIY way to spruce up the backyard? Arbors and Pergolas are a great feature to add to any yard -- AND you can build one yourself! Tom and Leslie give some tips and explain the differences between them. Rotted wood on your windows, doors, columns or any exterior surface can be expensive to replace - but you can save money by restoring the wood instead! We’ll walk you through what products to use as well as how to use them.  Summer time makes saving water more important than ever. But rather than rely on your kids and family to use less water, we will walk you through some great fixtures that can do the water saving for you. Plus, answers to your home improvement questions about: How to install crown molding? Fixing windows with sash cords? Can you paint vinyl sidings? When should you use a ridge vent? What are your options when replacing a driveway? Is it possible to restore the gloss on a porcelain bathtub? How to get rid of Moles in your yard? Do you have a home improvement or decor question? Call the show 24/7 at 888-MONEY-PIT (888-666-3974) or post your question here. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
May 27, 2021
Building Spool Pools | Spring Pruning Secrets | Waterproofing Showers | Flooring Over Concrete | Ep # 2103
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Show Notes: If you'd love to have a backyard pool but can't afford it, don't have the time to care for it or you’re just short of backyard space? We have two words for you: Spool Pool! Tom and Leslie share tips on how you can combine the benefits of a pool and spa in one very refreshing backyard feature. Pruning trees and shrubs is one of the top outdoor tasks for spring. We share best ways to encourage lush new growth, improve air circulation and clear away dead branches that are a safety hazard. Ceramic tile showers are usually thought of as waterproof. But the truth is that unless the waterproofing UNDER the tile is correctly installed, that show can develop slow leak is that can go on for years and cause thousands of dollars of damage. We’ll review the best way to build a shower, so it never, ever leaks. If your home has concrete floors, you might think that installing full thickness hardwood flooring is just not possible because moisture from the concrete would cause the flooring to warp. We review a new product that gives you the flooring you want and while saving time and money. Plus, answers to your home improvement questions like: How to deal with water heater exhaust?  Tips to trap and release feral cats. Solutions to cracked patios How to deal with discolored water? How to remove water stains on hardwood? How to spot hard-to-find roof leaks? How to patch a cracked porch? What is the best way to stain hardwood flooring? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
May 24, 2021
Easy Deck Do-Overs | Outdoor Cooking Innovations | Butterfly Gardens | Ep #2102
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Show Notes: Summertime is finally here which means more time out on the deck. Tom and Leslie walk you through the step-by-step staining tips for a finish that’ll last you years. Looking to step up your outdoor kitchen? We highlight the latest trends in outdoor cooking, including smokers, wood-fire pizza ovens, cast-iron cookery and outdoor rotisseries to kick up your outdoor cooking and entertaining game. Butterflies are one of the best parts of spring and summer and attracting them means you’ll have an army of pollinators working hard in your garden. We share the top 5 flowers that will encourage butterflies to make your home, their home. Plus, answers to your home improvement questions including: Is it better to reseal your deck or convert to composite? How to prevent moisture from rising in your crawl space? What are the benefits to metal roofs? Tips on how to clean your showers. How to remove stains from your driveway? What is the best way to remove carpet glue? What is the best way to improve attic ventilation? How to refinish a really old deck? Is it necessary to replace the anode rod in a hot water heater?   Do you have a home improvement or decor question? Call the show 24/7 at 888-MONEY-PIT (888-666-3974) or post your question here.   Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
May 20, 2021
DIY Outdoor Kitchen | LL Flooring Steps Up Pro Services | Eco-Friendly Paint Stripping | Ep# 2101
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Show Notes: Outdoor kitchens are more popular than ever. We’ll share a system you can use to construct it yourself that’s as easy as stacking blocks. If a new floor is in your project plans for this Spring, LL Flooring has developed digital tools for both DIY'rs and Pros. We talk with CEO Charles Tyson to learn how these new tools and services will help make sure the job comes up exactly as planned Stripping paint off a surface can be a difficult and very messy project. We’ll share a new low-odor, environmentally safe paint and varnish remover designed to remove multiple layers in just one application. Plus, answers to your home improvement questions like, how to deal with skylight leaks, address seller disclosure issues, how to get rid of pesky carpenter bees, how to install chimney liners, offer up some cheap kitchen remodels, and how to clean and seal grout.  Do you have a home improvement or decor question? Call the show 24/7 at 888-MONEY-PIT (888-666-3974) or post your question here. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
May 17, 2021
DIY Fire Pits | Stopping Gutter Clogs | Fastest Way to Paint a Fence | Ep# 2100
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Show notes: Built-in, backyard firepits are really hot right now. With just a bit of planning you can build a firepit yourself. We tell you how. And with spring rainstorms in full swing, now is a good time to evaluate, repair or replace your gutters. If yours are in bad shape, serious structural problems can result. We’ll tell you what to look for when choosing a gutter company. If you’re painting project a fence, deck or the outside of your home, you won’t need to hire a pro. New technology in High Efficiency Airless (HEA) paint sprayers makes this an easy DIY project. We explain how the sprayers work, and why using one is 3 times faster than even using a paint roller. Plus, answers to your home improvement questions about best material to build new ventilated soffits around your house, evaluating and repairing cracks in your foundation, best options for painting concrete floors, fast fix for squeaky floors, best way to run a dryer vent, repairing a leaking foundation, how to eliminate termites and repairing leaking underground pool pipes. Do you have a home improvement or decor question? Call the show 24/7 at 888-MONEY-PIT (888-666-3974) or post your question here. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
May 13, 2021
How to Plant a Pizza Garden | Warm Bathroom Floors | Distressed Durable Hardwood Floors | Ep #2099
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Show notes: A pizza garden is a fun way to get the whole family involved in gardening. Kids get a kick out of growing their own food and then being able to eat it. This is also a great way for parents to sneak in some veggies. We’ll walk you through exactly what you’ll need to grow your own pizza – right in your backyard. When you pop out of bed in the morning and head for that first shower of the day, there’s nothing nicer than stepping on a heated, warmed tile floor to “soften the blow” of the start of your day! Well, if you are a DIYr or pro, for as little as $525 bucks you can purchase all the components needed to create a warm tile floor. If you’d like to add hardwood floors to your home, there’s a new style of prefinished hardwood flooring collection out where the boards have been shaped using wire brushing, scraping, and cross-hatching surfacing techniques that gives them a classic seaside look to the floors from the moment they’ve been installed. Move over, tomatoes! Growing fruits and herbs for drinks is a fun new approach to backyard gardens…and spring is the perfect time to get it going Plus, answers to your home improvement questions about stopping leaks in flat roofs, best insulation, leveling sagging floors, dealing with carpenter bees, fix for doors that swell, adding 2nd layers of siding, tearing out a deck and how to stop gurgling toilets. Do you have a home improvement or decor question? Call the show 24/7 at 888-MONEY-PIT (888-666-3974) or post your question here. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
May 10, 2021
4 Easy Projects to Boost Curb Appeal | Easiest Fix for Rot |Finding Hidden Storm Damage | Ep #2098
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Show notes: The Spring real estate market is well underway and more urban dwellers than ever heading to the suburbs for space and tranquility. If you’re ready to sell your home, we’ll share 4 easy projects you can do in a weekend to boost curb appeal and land a buyer quicker than the competition. If you have ever had a major storm hit your house, you know that a home which is usually safe, sound, secure and dry can quickly turn into a leaking mess. That’s why when the storm passes, it’s important to give it a thorough inspection for storm damage. We walk you through. Rot happens, and when it does the longer you wait to repair it, the faster it gets worse. There’s really no need to put it off because products now exist that can restore the strength to weak rotted wood. We’ll share those details, just ahead. Plus, answers to your home improvement questions about replacing 1950’s wiring, fixing oven pilot lights, repairing drywall, cleaning concrete, getting rid of mold, painting tips for floors, painting a brick fireplace and refinishing kitchen cabinets. Do you have a home improvement or decor question? Call the show 24/7 at 888-MONEY-PIT (888-666-3974) or post your question here. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
May 06, 2021
Spring Cleaning Made Easy | Easy Fix for Rotted Wood | Best Garage Doors | Get Rid of Gnats (Ep #2097)
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Episode notes... There’s a lot of focus on Spring cleaning this time of year but rather than treat this like one big dusty holiday, we’ve found it easier to set yourself up for success with a 12-month cleaning calendar that breaks cleanup shores into small, very actionable projects. And if you love the look of your wood windows, door and trim, but spotted rot that set in over the long-wet winter, we’ll share an easy way you can restore rotted wood that’s quick, easy and a lot less expensive that replacing it. If your family is like most, you probably use the garage as much as your front door for access and security. But if your door is old and worn, it could not only be unsafe, it could also be providing easy access for intruders when you are away. We’ll have tips to update, just ahead.  Your outdoor party can be ruined in a flash if guests find themselves constantly swatting away swarms of relentless, little gnats flying around your guests’ heads by the thousands. We reveal how to not get bugged by gnats! Plus, answers to your home improvement questions, options for filling in an unwanted swimming pool, fixing faucets, quieting down loud heating system noises, fixing peeling paint, best insulation: batt or blown-in, and removing rust 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 podcastchoices.com/adchoices
May 03, 2021
Small Space Gardening | Weed Free Lawns | Leak Proof Showers (Ep #2096)
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Show notes... Did you know one dandelion plant can make up to 15,000 weed seeds? If you want to win the battle against these green invaders, we share tips on how to tackle stopping weeds for the entire season. If you’ve ever remodeled a bathroom, one of the most difficult areas to get right is the shower. We’ll share a kit that takes all the guess work out of that project for leak proof showers. Apartment living has its advantages but a yard of your own is not typically one of them. But that’s no reason to give up on the idea of your very own garden. We’ll share tips to help you create a bountiful small space garden. If you are tired of having to cut your lawn all season long, artificial turf may be the solution. We walk you through the pros and cons, including installation and costs. Plus, answers to your home improvement questions about how to dehumidify a damp basement, finding a kitchen cabinet paint with low VOC’s, best return on investment for a garage renovation, updating super old wiring and best insulation for converting a small building to a workout space. Do you have a home improvement or decor question? Call the show 24/7 at 888-MONEY-PIT (888-666-3974) or post your question here. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Apr 29, 2021
Spring Cleaning Garage | Building a DIY Deck | Make Wall Cracks Disappear (Ep #2095)
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Show notes... Have you ever noticed that over the winter, garages always seem to get smaller as stuff piles up? That’s why now is a great time to make the garage your first big Spring-cleaning project! We’ll show you how to get it done in 4 steps! Building a backyard deck is one sure-fire way to increase your home’s living space for the warmer months as well as add to your home’s value. But can it be a DIY project, or one that always needs a pro. We walk you through the pros and cons of a DIY deck build just ahead. Have you ever had a wall or ceiling crack that you’ve fixed, once or twice but just seems to crack all over again? We’ll share an easy DIY tip that will let you repair it once and for all just ahead. Plus, answers to your home improvement questions, about getting rid of washer/dryer vibrations, installing a closet rod, cleaning bathroom mold, repairing basement floor cracks and how to repair plumbing roof flashing. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Apr 26, 2021
Outdoor Home Office | Rainwater Collection for Gardens | Selling Your Home in Spring (Ep 2094)
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Show notes... If you’ve been working from home and ready to get out of the spare bedroom, basement or carved-out closet you call an office, we’re going to walk you through everything you need to know to set up a productive, comfortable outdoor home office OUTSIDE that it’ll keep you close to nature and the comforts of home at the same time. Spring may have sent a lot of rain your way…but if you have a rainwater collection system at your house… you can use those downpours to keep your lawn and garden happily hydrated well into summer’s dry spells. We show you how! If you’re thinking about buying a home this Spring, you might be interested to know that home buyer interests are changing in a very big way. We’ll break it down with tips on how to make sure your home brings the highest value in this new market. Plus, answers to your home improvement questions, about replacing a shingle roof with a metal roof, how to clean a granite countertop, insulating attic space, best product to paint a dock, eliminating drafty windows, repairing a leaky chimney, rules for updating electrical panels. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Apr 22, 2021
Earth Day Ideas for Saving Money | Pro Painting Secrets | Hardwood Flooring Innovations | Your Q & A (Ep #2093)
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Show Notes: Earth Day is just about here, and a perfect time to talk about our favorite tricks of the trade for saving water, energy and money at the same time. Painting is a popular spring project and one that can be made a LOT easier if you know just a few painting tricks that pros use every day. We’ll share those trade secrets coming up. Few home improvements bring more beauty and value to a home than adding a hardwood floor. We share tips on advances in hardwood flooring that make this product easier to install. Plus, answers to your home improvement questions about, installing a porch handrail, stopping water hammer, whether or not you need to remove paneling, converting a deck into a 3 seasons room, water heaters, tankless or conventional? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Apr 19, 2021
Planting Spring Bulbs | Labor Saving Tips for Laundry Rooms | Easy Repairs for Rotted Wood | Your Q & A (Ep #2092)
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Show Notes: Nothing signals the start of spring better than those fresh blooms like daffodils and tulips in full color! But if you want to enjoy those beautiful spring blooms, you need to plant bulbs now. We’ll share tips just ahead. With all the rainy, wet Spring weather ahead, repairing rotted wood on your windows, doors or wood columns may be on your to-do list. We’re going to make those projects a lot simpler with tips on how to easily restore damaged wood. Once the weather warms and kids spend more time outside, you may be spending more time INSIDE doing loads and loads of laundry! We’ve got a few tips to help you get your laundry room organized and save money! Plus, answers to your home improvement questions, about hiring a contractor, eliminating carpenter bees, installing GFI switches, replacing a HVAC system with geothermal. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Apr 15, 2021
Episode #2091: Building a Raised Garden Bed | Home Energy Audits | Avoiding Home Buying Remorse | Your Q & A
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Show Notes: Last year was one of the biggest ever for home gardening and this Spring many are already getting those plants in the ground. If you’re ready to find your inner green thumb, the best way to may not be to dig down but to build up, by constructing a raised bed! We’ll show you how. You probably know improving the energy efficiency of your home means you’ll spend a lot less money heating and cooling your home. But it’s not always easy to know which improvements that give you the best return in your energy saving investments. A home energy audit can help. We explain how – just ahead. A new survey shows that 1 in 4 Americans purchasing a home are experiencing buyer’s remorse. We’ll share tips to help make sure the next home you purchase doesn’t end in disappointment. Ready to pick up a shovel and get digging in your yard for a garden or landscape project? There’s one really important thing to do FIRST. We’ll share that tip. Plus, answers to your home improvement questions, about removing spray insulation on siding, installing basement flooring, safety when you have a septic field, requirements for safe well water. Do you have a home improvement or decor question? Call the show 24/7 at 888-MONEY-PIT (888-666-3974) or post your question here. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Apr 12, 2021
Episode #2090: Save Time Cutting Grass | Tips for Paint & Primer | Home Office Renos | Your Q & A
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Show Notes: If you think the best way to save time and energy cutting the grass is to set the mower as low as possible so you won’t have to mow that often, you might be surprised to find out that can end up being MORE work in the long run. We’ll share why, just ahead. We all love the look of a freshly painted room, but the getting ready part? Not so much! New paint and primer products promise to save you a big step in the process, but do they really do both? We explain where it works and where it won’t! Who would have thought a year ago that one of the most important considerations for a home office is your zoom background! We’ll share reno tips for home office re-do’s just ahead. Before your pet ventures out to roll around in the grass, we share tips to keep your pets safe and spaces green. Plus, answers to your home improvement questions, about repairing a rotted door, installing appliances before flooring, installing a mixing valve, best gutter covers for a home, preparing a deck for painting. Do you have a home improvement or decor question? Call the show 24/7 at 888-MONEY-PIT (888-666-3974) or post your question here. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Apr 08, 2021
Episode #2089: Buying a Rental Home | Tips for Terrazzo Floors | Garage Door Do-Overs | Your Q & A
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Show notes: Buying a single-family home to rent out has always been a popular approach for investors. Now however, investors are buying homes they plan to split into multiple rental units. We’ll share how to know if this makes economic sense for you. If you love the look of terrazzo floors but not the cost, we’ll share a new product that uses real stone to provides a terrazzo finish for concrete surfaces at a fraction of the price. Plus, if your family is like most, you probably use the garage as much as your front door for access and security. But if your garage door is old and worn, it could not only be unsafe, it could also be providing easy access for intruders when you are away. Replacing it is a big job best done by a pro. We’ll tell you what you need to know. Taking shorts, swimsuits and light jackets out of storage is a great way to start your spring – but it can turn into a huge disappointment if you find that they’ve been ravaged by insects or moths. Leslie’s shares a timeless solution you can build yourself. Plus, answers to your home improvement questions, tips on removing a popcorn ceiling, upgrading windows in your home, cleaning and eliminating black mold, installing a bathroom in the basement. Do you have a home improvement or decor question? Call the show 24/7 at 888-MONEY-PIT (888-666-3974) or post your question here. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Apr 05, 2021
Episode #2088: Keeping Wildlife Out of Your Garden | Big Ideas for Small Baths | Stopping Closet Clutter | Your Q & A
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Show notes: Buying a single-family home to rent out has always been a popular approach for investors. Now however, investors are buying homes they plan to split into multiple rental units. We’ll share how to know if this makes economic sense for you. If you love the look of terrazzo floors but not the cost, we’ll share a new product that uses real stone to provides a terrazzo finish for concrete surfaces at a fraction of the price. Plus, if your family is like most, you probably use the garage as much as your front door for access and security. But if your garage door is old and worn, it could not only be unsafe, it could also be providing easy access for intruders when you are away. Replacing it is a big job best done by a pro. We’ll tell you what you need to know. Taking shorts, swimsuits and light jackets out of storage is a great way to start your spring – but it can turn into a huge disappointment if you find that they’ve been ravaged by insects or moths. Leslie’s shares a timeless solution you can build yourself. VURBL Station: https://vurbl.com/station/7J5ymLuI7J1/ Plus, answers to your home improvement questions, tips on removing a popcorn ceiling, upgrading windows in your home, cleaning and eliminating black mold, installing a bathroom in the basement. Do you have a home improvement or decor question? Call the show 24/7 at 888-MONEY-PIT (888-666-3974) or post your question here. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Apr 01, 2021
Episode #2087: Easy Clean Garage Floors | Fun Closet Cleaning Hacks | Trends in Kitchen Design | Reupholstering Furniture
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SHOW NOTES: Over the winter, garages get pretty gross. Between the stuff that never quite gets put away from last fall -- to the dirt that drips off your car – the floors can be a real mess. We’ll highlight the best garage floor solutions that are easy to clean. Given that over the last year we’re all been we’ve all been eating out a lot less, the kitchen has become an even more important "hub" of the home – and that’s impacting the way we refrigerate food. We’ll highlight new trends in these all-important appliances, just ahead. If you are longing for a new look at home but don’t have the funds to go all out, reupholstering the furniture you have can do the trick. For a fraction of the cost of buying new, you can change the entire look of your room. We’ll share what pieces work best and what fabric can create a lasting new look with this DIY project. Spring is a good season for closet cleaning and but if you have a lot of accessories, it can be hard to find places to keep all of that organized. Did you know that you can use kitchen items to organize your bedroom closet? We’ll share those ideas. Plus, answers to your home improvement questions, installing baseboard trim, deck stain options, purchasing new central air units, insulating a cathedral roof, best air filters for eliminating odors. Do you have a home improvement or decor question? Call the show 24/7 at 888-MONEY-PIT (888-666-3974) or post your question here. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Mar 29, 2021
Episode # 2086: 4 Beautiful Bath Upgrades Under $200 | DIY Mold Cleanups | Avoid Losing Security Deposits | Soundproofing Between Floors
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SHOW NOTES: You can flush away a pile of cash upgrading your bathroom. Luckily, you don’t have to. We’ve got 4 low-cost ways to spruce up your space for under $200 bucks! Even the cleanest of homes can have mold, and we’re not just talking about what you might find in last week’s leftovers! We share the surprising places mold can hid and what to do you do when you find it. When you move into an apartment, you’ll be expected to pay a damage security deposit. Getting it back, may not be quite so easy. We’ll tell you how to protect yourself from a landlord who wants to use your deposit unfairly. If the kids running upstairs make it tough for you to get any work done downstairs, we’ve got sound proofing tips to restore family harmony. Plus, answers to your home improvement questions on eliminating bio gas odors, stopping woodpeckers from damaging our chimney, repairing cracks in cement siding, removing wallpaper with destroying the walls underneath. Do you have a home improvement or decor question? Call the show 24/7 at 888-MONEY-PIT (888-666-3974) or post your question here. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Mar 25, 2021
Episode #2085: Small Kitchen Solutions | Restoring Outdoor Furniture | Eco-Friendly Flooring | Paver Patios
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In this episode: Small kitchens can be tough places to work in. But a few modest updates can make small kitchens feel bigger and work better. Tom & Leslie share tips in today’s Smart Spending Tip. If you’re thinking about getting your outdoor furniture out for the warm months ahead, chances are after an entire winter in storage -- it’ll be looking a lot worse for wear! We’ll have tips to get your outdoor furniture clean and spruced up for the season. Today, it’s easier than ever to be eco-friendly. But when it comes to choosing eco-friendly floors for your home, understanding how the product is produced is key. We’ll tell you what to look for. Are you planning to create a relaxing paver brick patio space to enjoy the sunshine as the warm weather approaches? We walk you through how to create an amazing paver patio from scratch – OR by paving over an existing patio. Plus, answers to your home improvement questions about, roofing material options, wainscoting walls, removing wax from surfaces, tips for installing siding over existing siding, installing a new tub. Do you have a home improvement or decor question? Call the show 24/7 at 888-MONEY-PIT (888-666-3974) or post your question here. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Mar 22, 2021
Episode #2084: Best Ways to Build a Shed | Granite Countertops |Avoiding Termite Trouble | Fast Fixes for Cracked Walls
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In this episode: Building a Shed is a fun DIY project. But did you know that whether the shed is wood, steel or vinyl, just ONE step can mean the difference between a shed that lasts for a season and one that can last decades. We share that tip plus the best options for shed storage. Nothing keeps your home looking updated better than a current kitchen. If you’re thinking about switching out old kitchen countertops for granite, we’ll have design tips to help. In the 20 years Tom spent as a professional home inspector, he often told his clients there are three kinds of houses: Those that HAD a termite problem, those that HAVE a termite problem, and those that WILL GET a termite problem!We’ve got solutions for keeping termites…and their costly damage… away from YOUR home.  Before we had walls made of drywall, we had walls made of plaster. Now, many homes have walls made of plaster cracks! We’ll tell you how to fix those plaster flaws – the easy way. Plus, answers to your home improvement questions. Using your new home warrantee, repairing a cracked garage floor, installing outdoor shutters, repair a tear linoleum flooring, installing smart switches, landscaping over a septic field. Do you have a home improvement or decor question? Call the show 24/7 at 888-MONEY-PIT (888-666-3974) or post your question here. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Mar 18, 2021
Episode #2083: Driveway Do-overs | Easy Deck Restoration | Spring Cleaning Hacks | Space Heating Solutions
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Show Notes: As we say goodbye to winter, now is a good time to take a look at your driveway to see what winter’s road salt left behind. We walk you through options for driveway sealing, resurfacing or replacement and share a key detail on the type of asphalt that lasts the longest. Are you dreaming of relaxing on your deck in the warm days ahead, but have a deck that looks more like a nightmare? We can fix that with tips for a deck makeover that you’ll be able to get done for LESS than the average refund the IRS may be sending your way this spring - in today’s Tax Refund Project Tip, presented by HART TOOLS, available exclusively at WALMART. And as the first day of spring approaches, we get you ready with room-by-room Spring cleaning tips to make sure your home is spick and span. If you’re still feeling a chill, we share tips for selecting the best type of space heater. Plus, answers to your home improvement questions about: Refinishing furniture, installing a subfloor in basement, installing an under deck ceiling, installing an exhaust fan to prevent bathroom mold. Do you have a home improvement or decor question? Call the show 24/7 at 888-MONEY-PIT (888-666-3974) or post your question here. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Mar 15, 2021
Episode #2082: Best Battery System for Power Tools | Creating Backyard Privacy | Preventing Mice from Damaging Plumbing | Surge Protection
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DIY’rs are ramping up their projects this Spring with 84% planning to take on even tougher projects in 2021 than last year! We’ll share tips on a tool system that can help you get there, with a reliable battery system that works on DOZENS of power and lawn and garden tools. Do you enjoying hanging out in your yard or patio but would love to have a bit more privacy? We share landscaping tips and tricks to create private backyard hideaways If you have a plumbing project to tackle, one type of pipe is very easy to work with and can save you lots of money. That is, as the mice don’t get to it first! We’ll tell you how to keep mice away from PEX pipe. With Spring storms on the way, adding a whole house surge protector can help prevent against some serious electrical damage. We explain where this fits in your electrical system, how it works and why is not a project you should do yourself. Plus, answers to your home improvement questions about: sealing granite countertops, installing ducted heating system, patching a concrete driveway, installing ice & water shield to your roof. Do you have a home improvement or decor question? Call the show 24/7 at 888-MONEY-PIT (888-666-3974) or post your question here. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Mar 11, 2021
Episode #2081: Best Features in New Washers | ShopVac Relaunches Iconic Brand | Fun Projects You Can Do with a Tax Refund | Your Q & A
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Are you ready for a new washing machine? We’ll take a look at the most popular features and help you decide which make the best washing machine for your laundry needs. For 55 years, ShopVac has been helping Americans with clean ups that household vacs could never hope to handle. Now this iconic brand has a new owner and some very exciting plans for the future. We hear from the new CEO. And did you know that the average Americans receives a tax refund of about $2,800? We figured, there are a lot of projects you can get done for that kind of money so today we’ll start a new series in partnership with HART Tools called Tax Refund Projects! Do you have a boring bathroom but no bucks to spruce it up? There’s a lot you can do on the cheap with paint. We share tips for stenciling and more. Plus, answers to your home improvement questions about energy star rebates, repairing a slow dryer, temporary caulk for windows, repairing a stained tub, eliminating mice from your home, safety options for your home. Do you have a home improvement or decor question? Call the show 24/7 at 888-MONEY-PIT (888-666-3974) or post your question here. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Mar 08, 2021
Episode #2080: Stopping Noisy Plumbing | Fast Fix for Loose Wallpaper | Solutions for Smelly Water | Your Q & A
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Hearing crazy house sounds from your home’s plumbing, water heater or heating systems? We explain the cause of all that racket and teach you which types of sounds spell trouble and which can be ignored. If there’s one thing in our home we want to be pure and fresh every time we reach for it -- it’s our water! But that’s not always the case. We’ll explain how to offset the smelly water odor – and hopefully get rid of it altogether. If your vintage home has some vintage wallpaper that’s peeling, we’ll have some tips on quick fixes to help you preserve the past. Have you ever spotted water droplets of even ice INSIDE your windowpanes? Bad seals can cause that problem. We share options for the easiest window repairs. Plus, answers to your home improvement questions about removing weights from older windows, repairing nail pops on drywall, installing soapstone, sealing chimney flashing, repairing a foundation crack, improving water pressure. Do you have a home improvement or decor question? Call the show 24/7 at 888-MONEY-PIT (888-666-3974) or post your question here. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Mar 04, 2021
Episode #2079: Low-Voltage Landscape Lighting | Automatic Pet Doors | Kitchen Cabinet Organization | Your Q & A
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While most folks focus on how their landscape looks they may not be as focused on their “LIGHT” scape! With the right combination of outdoor low-voltage lighting, there’s a whole new view awaiting you. We’ll walk you through the options. And also, ahead, if you’re a dog lover, getting up at all hours of the day or night to let your pooch out is not always very convenient. Now there’s a new type of automatic pet door on the market that gets built right into your home’s exterior door. We’ll share this new innovation that lets your pooches go in and out whenever they please. We’ll also share some tips on avoiding identify theft - a growing crime that can impact your ability to buy a home, especially if someone pretending to you ruins your credit. There’s a new government resource that can help victims. A disorganized kitchen pantry can make it difficult to find what you are looking for, add to the prep time for meals, and might even lead you to add things to the shopping list you already have! We’ve got easy ways to clear the clutter with pantry designs that deliver spacious and orderly food storage Plus, answers to your home improvement questions about, installing a whole house generator, testing for radon, collecting rainwater, repairing and exhaust fan, hiring a home inspector before buying a home. Do you have a home improvement or decor question? Call the show 24/7 at 888-MONEY-PIT (888-666-3974) or post your question here. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Mar 01, 2021
Episode #2078: Quick Ideas for Curb Appeal | Top Home Repair Mistakes | Cleanups for Driveways & Walks | Your Q & A
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When it comes to the topic of home improvement, there’s often more bad advice than sage wisdom – and that bad advice spreads like wildfire! We tackle some of the most common tales, share quick how-to tips and help you separate fact from home repair fiction. If you wanted to sell your home today, there are 5 décor elements that will keep buyers from ever pulling up to the curb. We share those and what a survey of the nation’s top real estate agents say you’ll need to do in a post pandemic world to assure a quick sale at the best price. Were you making dumb mistakes about charging your SMART devices? We’ve got tips on how simple changes to how you charge those devices that can save money. If you’d like to do some early spring cleanup of your walks and driveways, we share simple solutions to get rid of rust stains, as well as stains from moss and dirt! Plus, answers to your home improvement questions, replacing knob and tube wiring, ventilating a hot tub in a sunroom and bathroom, eliminating grub worms from your lawn, refinishing a wood floor, repairing peeling 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 podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Feb 25, 2021
Episode #2077: Paint Colors that say Wow | Top 5 Projects for ROI | Easy Fix for Noisy Radiators | Best Floors for Damp Places
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Picking the perfect paint color is a great way to brighten up any room but finding that wow color really makes the magic happen. We’ve got tips on the best paint colors to spark both a brighter space and a better mood! If you have hot water heat, you know that radiators can be nice and comfy in cold months. But if air gets stuck in that system, radiators can ping, bang and become cold as ice! The fixes are pretty simple –we’ll share tips for fine-tuning your noisy heat. Wood floors are beautiful but they’re not always the best choice in damp locations like bathrooms, laundry rooms, or basements.  We’ll have an overview of 100% waterproof floors that look like wood and work no matter how wet the space gets. If you’ve always though that kitchen and bath remodels add the most value to your home – you’ll be surprised to learn the much simpler projects that actually deliver the highest return on investment. We feature the top 5 and a bath reno isn’t even close! Plus, answers to your home improvement questions about a clogged dishwasher, repairing a cracked foundation, broken seals on windows, chimney crickets. Do you have a home improvement or decor question? Call the show 24/7 at 888-MONEY-PIT (888-666-3974) or post your question here. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Feb 22, 2021
Episode #2076: Kitchen Spruce Ups for Renters | Secret Code for Best Air Filters | Power Plan for Black Outs | Your Q & A
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If you’re a renter, you may think you’re stuck with your kitchen. Not so! We’ll share 5 non-destructive spruce ups for your rental space that can be done without wrecking your security deposit! Filters for your heating and cooling system can help remove dust and make it a bit easier to breath. But with so many to choose from, which type really does the best job? We teach you how to decode the ratings to find the best air filter, just in time for the Spring allergy season. Power outages can strike without warning – especially with winter winds and spring storms. We got a plan for you to power through when your power is down. Filtered pitchers improve water taste and quality but take an effort to keep filled. We explore options in whole house water filter systems that treat all water in the house, right from the tap. Plus, answers to your home improvement questions about using Trex decking, removing or painting wallpaper, installing blown in insulation, remove a tub mat, installing a blower on fireplace, steps to building a modular home. Do you have a home improvement or decor question? Call the show 24/7 at 888-MONEY-PIT (888-666-3974) or post your question here.   Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Feb 18, 2021
Episode # 2075: Farmhouse Décor Secrets | Removing Popcorn Ceilings | Baby Proofing | Basement Bedroom Renos
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Farmhouse décor is more popular than ever. Tom & Leslie help you get started with ideas for eco-friendly farmhouse fix ups. Is your family growing? Before you hear the pitter patter of little feet – It’s smart to make sure home sweet home is safe as can be for kids. We’ve got everything you need to know about baby proofing your money pit, coming up. While many young adults return home to save money, a basement may be a good choice for a bedroom and a bit of privacy. But building codes demand some special requirements for sleeping spaces below grade. We explain why and help you determine if basement bedroom renovations make sense for your home. ·Want to get rid of popcorn ceilings? If you’re tired of flakes falling on your face, food, and clothes, or just grossed out by the dust and dirt it collects, we explain the easiest ways to make popcorn ceilings disappear. Plus, answers to your home improvement questions, replacing older windows, heating your home with a wood stove, floor patching before installing engineered flooring,hiring a home inspector. Do you have a home improvement or decor question? Call the show 24/7 at 888-MONEY-PIT (888-666-3974) or post your question here. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Feb 15, 2021
Episode #2074: Energy Star Dryers Really Save Money? | Best Hack for Clean Windows | Choosing Comfy Sheets | Your Q & A
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High-efficiency washers are on the rise, and Energy Star-certified dryers can cut energy by an impressive 25% -- BUT are these more efficient (and more expensive) washers and dryers a smart buy? We could all use a little more sunshine this time of year…spotless windows can help! We’ve got tips on how to clean your windows like a pro, and you won’t even need any paper towels. Has Valentine’s Day got you feeling extra romantic? Wondering what the best quality SHEETS are to cuddle up in? We’ve got pros and cons of every material from Egyptian cotton to bamboo, in today’s Smart Spending Tip. Winter is the most common time of year for house fires. We hear from leading experts on the best way to know if your smoke detectors are really working, and will cover all types of fires, from slow burning smolders to fast flash fires. Plus, answers to your home improvement questions, lighting timers, leaking light fixtures, leveling your floor for vinyl installation, installing shelving, adding additional insulation to walls. Do you have a home improvement or decor question? Call the show 24/7 at 888-MONEY-PIT (888-666-3974) or post your question here. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Feb 12, 2021
Episode #2073 Bright Ideas for Kitchen Lighting | Recipes for Natural Cleaners | Easy-to-Avoid Winter Hazards | Your Q&A
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If there’s one room you’d like to be bright and cheery, it’s the kitchen! We’ll have tips on kitchen lighting to keep that space looking bright – even when it’s dark outside. If you enjoy a glass or two of wine during these long chilly winter days - we’ll share a few simple stain cleaning solutions for any “merlot mishaps” that may happen along the way. And if you’ve been chipping away at a lot of ice this winter, we’ll have a trick of the trade to help make it disappear, especially when it freezes a garage door shut. Spring may still be weeks away but don’t let these dreary days of winter drag you down! We share a few dollar-wise winter home improvement projects can spruce up your home and your spirits! Plus, answers to your home improvement questions about, a bald spot on a roof, repairing hard water from a well, eliminating pests, mice & rats from entering your home, cleaning mold from walls, stopping ice dams, repairing a noisy countertop. Do you have a home improvement or decor question? Call the show 24/7 at 888-MONEY-PIT (888-666-3974) or post your question here. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Feb 08, 2021
Episode #2072: Most Durable Hardwood Floors | Fixing Hard to Find Tile | Winter Wood Stove Safety | Hart Tool Giveaway!
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If you’ve ever thought of adding hardwood floors to your home, you might be surprised to know that some hardwoods are, well, not as hard as others! We’ll have tips on how to choose the toughest hardwoods for maximum durability in today’s Smart Spending Tip. Tiles are beautiful and decorative elements for floors and walls but finding replacements when one or two cracks can seem near impossible. We’ll share tips for repairing or replacing hard to find tiles. Did you know that over 350,000 house fires happen each year with a big portion caused by faulty fireplaces and wood burning stoves? We’ll tell you what you need to know to keep safe. Plus, we have a great giveaway today courtesy of our new sponsor Hart Tools!!One listener drawn at random will win a HART 20-Volt Cordless 4-Tool Combo kit to give away worth $178! HART Tools are well made, versatile and available exclusively at Walmart. To qualify, call in your home improvement question to 888-MONEY PIT!   Plus, answers to your home improvement questions about, cleaning wood walls, home odors, decks, removing wallpaper, installing a whole house air filtering system.   Do you have a home improvement or decor question? Call the show 24/7 at 888-MONEY-PIT (888-666-3974) or post your question here. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Feb 04, 2021
Official Trailer: The Money Pit Home Improvement Podcast
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Whether you’re dealing with a repair or dreaming about a reno, hosts Tom Kraeutler and Leslie Segrete serve as your coach, helper or home improvement therapist for all things remodeling, decor or fix up! From bathrooms to basements, and gardening to garages, you’ll get expert advice to help you tackle your to-do’s with confidence, and have a little fun along the way! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Feb 02, 2021
Episode #2071: Décor Trends for 2021 | Attracting Winter Birds | Design Tips for Couples | Your Q & A
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In 2020 millions of us took on projects to INVEST in the NEST! Now that well we’re into the new year, there’s no sign that trend is slowing down. We’ll highlight the next big décor trends for 2021 including the best choices for indoor greenery, in today’s Smart Spending Tip. If you think maintaining YOUR money pit is a hassle… just consider what it takes to keep the PEOPLE’S house running! For starters, just painting the exterior takes 570 gallons of paint. We share a few fun facts about what it takes to maintain the White House and the team of trade pros that get it done. Winter birds can brighten up a dreary outdoor view. We walk you through the best kinds of bird feeders and food, to bring some life and color to your backyard by attracting a variety of winter birds. If there’s one thing that can bring an end to warm fuzzies and fireworks, it’s when a couple tries to agree on home design! Designing for him and her doesn’t have to involve so much sacrifice. We share a few design ideas for marriage harmony, Plus, answers to your home improvement questions about repairing a cracked foundation, removing stains from a corian countertop, installing ice & water shield on your roof, rehang a front door to align, preventing shingles from changing colors. Do you have a home improvement or decor question? Call the show 24/7 at 888-MONEY-PIT (888-666-3974) or post your question here. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Feb 01, 2021
Episode #2070: Toasty & Warm In-Floor Heating | Cleaning Tile Grout | Insurance Tips for Renters | Your Q & A
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In floor heating is one of the best and most comfortable ways to heat a house. We walk you through 3 options to add radiant heating in both new and existing homes. If you rent a house or apartment, there’s an insurance loophole that can cost tenants big if your home was damaged by a flood or fire. We share a simple solution to keep you protected. We get a lot of questions about how to clean tile grout – which always seem to look great the day it’s put in and then quickly turns to dirty and drab! We’ll share a solution that can restore the new-grout brightness. Termites are easy to spot in the spring and summer, but these same house hungry insects get a lot hard to spot when weather turns cold. We’ll share a home inspectors’ trick-of-the-trade for finding termites before they eat you out of house and home, even in winter. If mice have found a home in YOUR home this winter, we share 3 ways to keep mice out year-round Plus, answers to your home improvement questions about, adding insulation to an addition, choosing air filters, cleaning rusty grout in a bathroom, venting for a new water heater. Do you have a home improvement or decor question? Call the show 24/7 at 888-MONEY-PIT (888-666-3974) or post your question here. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jan 28, 2021
Episode #2069: 30 Fix-ups You Can Do in 30 Minutes | Toughest Tile for Floors | Avoiding Chemical Compounds | Your Q & A
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Would you like to do a better job of taking care of your home but just don’t have the time? We’ve got 30 home repairs you can do in 30 minutes or less!  Tile is a timeless and durable choice for a floor but aside from the look, choosing the best TYPE of tile is the only way to make sure that beautiful floor lasts. We’ll share tips to help you choose the best tile and save in today’s Smart Spending Tip. Did you know that with every breath you take, you may be inhaling not only clean fresh air, but also VOC’s that can impact your health. We’ve got tips to help you understand and avoid volatile organic compounds. Good lighting is key to a happy home. We share tips on how to brighten your spaces with the best lighting for every type of activity. Plus, answers to your home improvement questions about, removing a popcorn ceiling, installing energy efficient windows, idea renovations for a small kitchen, repairing a sagging wood floor. Do you have a home improvement or decor question? Call the show 24/7 at 888-MONEY-PIT (888-666-3974) or post your question here. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jan 25, 2021
Episode #2068: Window Replacement: Is it Worth it? | Hanging Heavy Pictures | Easy Fix for Oven Temps | Your Q & A
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If you’ve been feeling winter drafts whip through your windows, we walk you through a simple checklist to help you figure out if benefits of replacement windows are worth the cost. There’s nothing worse than hanging a heavy picture only to have it come crashing down! We’ll share a tried-and-true way to secure your wall hangings safely. Do some of your meals come out HALF baked? Don’t blame the cook, blame the oven. We’ll explain why all oven temperatures can vary and how to fix the problem. Plus, answers to your home improvement questions about replacing a skylight, soundproofing a room, realigning interior doors, tiling a fireplace surround. Do you have a home improvement or decor question? Call the show 24/7 at 888-MONEY-PIT (888-666-3974) or post your question here. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jan 21, 2021
Episode # 2067: 2021 Color of the Year Sooths Spirits | Garage Organization | Recipe to End Slippery Sidewalks | Your Q & A
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A little bit on paint goes a long way, especially when you apply the new 2021 Color of the Year! If you are looking to refresh your space, this year’s color can open up a ton of possibilities. We’ll share what it is and décor ideas on where to use it. With a little work, a garage can be a great place to find space for storage, organization, crafts and projects – if it’s warm and heated. We’ll share tips to help you seal up and save. Treating slippery sidewalks with sidewalk salt will cause ice to melt, but the wrong kind of salt can also cause sidewalk surfaces to disintegrate. Listen for a recipe for safe sidewalk salt that won’t damage concrete. Plus, answers to your home improvement questions, turning your shower into a steam room, replacing patio doors, best way to unclog a sink drain, garage door repair, laminate floor repair. Do you have a home improvement or decor question? Call the show 24/7 at 888-MONEY-PIT (888-666-3974) or post your question here. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jan 18, 2021
Episode #2066: Bright Laundry Room Renos | Filters for the Freshest Water | How to Lower Insurance Costs | Your Q&A
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Does your laundry room feels dark, cluttered and disorganized and maybe even a bit dangerous? We’ve got tips for safe laundry room renos that will brighten your space and put everything in its place! If you’d like to enjoy fresh water from every faucet in your house, a whole house water filter can do that just as it comes into the house – bringing you crisp, clean water from every tap in your home. We’ll share the best options for a fresh water supply. If you live in a home with a fireplace, you’re probably using it a lot during these cold months. But did you know your fireplace your fireplace can drive up your insurance costs? We explain why and how to lower that expense. Plus, answers to your home improvement questions about ,applying epoxy to a garage floor, installing your own central air conditioning, cleaning mold off a roof, best way to lay a tile floor, installing a ceiling fan. Do you have a home improvement or decor question? Call the show 24/7 at 888-MONEY-PIT (888-666-3974) or post your question here. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jan 14, 2021
Episode #2065: This Kitchen Lighting Makes Better Cooks | Best Way to Clean Indoor Air | Home Improvement Hacks | Your Q & A
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The right combination of kitchen lighting can beautify your space while improving the functionality of work areas. We highlight the best kitchen lighting options for ambient, task, and accent lighting in today’s Smart Spending Tip. We hear a lot these days about ways to make sure the air inside our homes is clean – but unfortunately a lot of that advice is just plain wrong! We talk with expert Jeff May, author of My House is Killing Me, on what we’re doing right - and what we’re doing wrong to breathe easy inside our homes. We love home improvement hacks that that help us get stuff done and share 4 to save time while fixing up your space. If you’re hit with a big winter storm and don’t have your car tucked away in a garage… it’s always a pain to clear the snow and ice off your car. Get 4 quick tips to remove ice and snow. Plus, answers to your home improvement questions about, installing floor registers, fixing cracked drywall and patio gaps, preparing for HVAC installation in a basement. Do you have a home improvement or decor question? Call the show 24/7 at 888-MONEY-PIT (888-666-3974) or post your question here. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jan 11, 2021
Episode #2064: Two Ways to Get Warm Floors | DIY Pick-Me-Ups for Winter | Best Firewood | Projects for the New Year | Your Q & A
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Tired of chilly floors? Adding radiant heat to your home’s floor can provide a for a very comfortable and energy efficient home, not to mention stopping the shock of setting foot on a cold floor first thing in the morning! We highlight two systems that can work for both new and existing homes.  Are you tired of feeling, well, tired? For many people, these shorter and colder days can bring on a case of the blues that can impact your mood, focus and energy. We’ve got easy DIY pick-me-ups to beat the blues and raise your spirit! Want to get the most out of the hassle and expense of getting firewood? All that hard work that can be undone all too easily if you don’t store the firewood properly before tossing it into your fireplace. We’ll tell you how. Plus, we ask what is on YOUR to do list for the New Year. Whether you’re dealing with a repair or dreaming about a reno, we dig in to serve as your coach, helper or home improvement therapist for all things remodeling, decor or fix up!  Plus, we answer your home improvement questions about, replacing flush valve on toilet, installing gutter guards, programming a garage door, replacing a kitchen window. Do you have a home improvement or decor question? Call the show 24/7 at 888-MONEY-PIT (888-666-3974) or post your question here.   Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jan 07, 2021
Episode #2063: How to Winterize Your Garage | How to Make Insurance Companies Pay for Winter Damage | Tips for Counter Cleaning | Your Q & A
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If you are busting at the seams and looking for some getaway space for crafts or projects, a heated garage may do the trick. This was a project Tom took on during the quarantine and he share tips on the easiest ways for you to warm up this workspace at your home. Americans have been taking on home improvement in record numbers. But as we improve our homes, should we also be improving our insurance policies to make sure they’re protected from fires, floods and other disasters? Tom & Leslie talk to an expert attorney who specializes in helping homeowners fight insurance companies that try to avoid paying claims for the very damage you bought insurance for in the first place! Cleaning the counters might be something you do multiple times a day without much thought. We show you how to keep counters clean longer — so you can spend less time wiping them down Plus, answers to your home improvement questions about installing energy star windows, repairing a buckled wood floor, types of insulation to use in your attic. Do you have a home improvement or decor question? Call the show 24/7 at 888-MONEY-PIT (888-666-3974) or post your question here. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jan 04, 2021
Episode #2062: Smart Water Heaters | Stopping Ice Dams | Easy Winter Hacks for Snow and Ice | Your Q & A
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If you have an electric water heater, you probably know all too well it's also the most expensive way to get hot water. Smart home technology has now arrived providing options for water heaters that not only cost less to operate but include built-in leak protection to stop floods. If your roof starts to leak when the snow starts to melt, – you might have a common problem known as an ice dam, we’ll have tips to melt this problem away – and an important tip on how to get your insurance company to pay for the fix. Plus, we’ve got 3 handy hacks to help deal with snow and ice this winter, including a recipe for a homemade deicer you can mix-up whenever it’s needed in today’s Smart Spending Tip. Plus, answers to your home improvement questions about, installing gutters, using Dricore to help moisture, installing grab bars, installing a tankless hot water heater. Do you have a home improvement or decor question? Call the show 24/7 at 888-MONEY-PIT (888-666-3974) or post your question here. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Dec 31, 2020
Episode #2061: Best Filters for Clean Air | Smart Home Products That Protect | New Flood-Proof Water Heaters | Your Q&A
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Thanks to the pandemic, getting fresh clean air inside your home is more important than ever. But you don’t have to throw open windows in frigid weather. We’ll share ways to makes sure the air INSIDE your home is as clean as possible in today’s Smart Spending Tip. With so many folks spending a lot of time at home these days, it’s a great time to think about how smart home products can make our homes more convenient and safer. We’ll share some new ways to do just that.  A leaking water heater can lead to pretty major flood damage. But now there’s a new water heater on the market that detects leaks and automatically shuts off the water supply stopping serious flooding before it even starts. We’ll share the update. Plus, answers to your home improvement questions about, venting a garage, radiator repairs, heating unused rooms Do you have a home improvement or decor question? Call the show 24/7 at 888-MONEY-PIT (888-666-3974) or post your question here. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Dec 28, 2020
Episode #2060: Top 5 DIY Pandemic Projects | Sound-Proofing | Best Veggies that Grow Indoors | Your Q&A
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According to a new survey by Travelers, 75% of Americans have been taking on home improvement projects since the quarantine began – and I’d venture a guess that this is more activity than the home improvement industry has seen in decades. We’re going to take a look at the top 5 projects folks are taking on in just a bit. Are outside noises disturbing your sleep or work? You can minimize those sounds. Whether it’s traffic noise, the train, noisy neighbors or loud plumbing, we’ll have tips to help you get back your peace and quiet. The colder it gets the more expensive it is to pick up fresh herbs and veggies. But you can have fresh, healthy foods year-round by growing your own with veggie container gardens! We’ll tell you the plants that grow best in cold weather and more just ahead. Home fires peak in the winter. We’ll highlight a new type of “smart” fire and carbon monoxide detector that’s wireless and interconnected to keep your home safe, even when you are not home. Plus, answers to your home improvement questions about, eliminating mice, repairing loose floor tile, cleaning a fireplace hearth, resetting a 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 podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Dec 24, 2020
Episode #2059: 5 Ways to Save on Home Décor | Smart Smoke Detectors | Do’s & Don’ts for Using Disinfectants
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·        Now is the season for many things and unfortunately one of those is the fire season. There are more smoke and carbon monoxide incidents in these next couple months than any other time of the year. Tom & Leslie highlight new smart home technology that can help keep you safe. Getting ready to refresh your home with some new décor? Not sure if your budget is ready to handle the hit? We’ll share 5 ways to save lots of money decorating your home sweet home in today’s Smart Spending Tip just ahead. Did you know that according to the CDC, many of us are not cleaning and disinfecting our homes the right way? We’ll share a simple tip that can help make sure you’re getting rid of bacteria and viruses and other all the hard surfaces in your house. It’s pretty well-known that poinsettia flowers, while beautiful, can be dangerous if eaten. But it turns out that other holiday flowers are actually far more toxic. We share tips to keep you and your pets safe. Plus, answers to your home improvement questions about, tiling over a countertop repairing vinyl flooring, filling in a concrete patio, installing a wood stove properly. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Dec 21, 2020
Episode #2058: How to Pick the Best Firewood | When to Upgrade Your Furnace | Fun Advances in Artificial Trees | Your Q & A
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A warm fire from a wood stove or fireplace adds comfort and to a chilly winter day. But did you know that not all firewood delivers the same level of heat. We’ll share tips on how to select the best firewood for comfort and safety, coming up.  Whether your furnace is shot or you’re ready for a more efficient upgrade, a new furnace should never be an impulse buy. But too often, that’s exactly what does happen – especially if your furnace gives out in the middle of winter! We’ll explain how to shop furnaces the smart way. Tis’the season – the season for selecting a Christmas tree. But if you’re a family who always goes for the real tree, you might be surprised to learn how much a fake tree can also look like the real thing – we’ll share tips from our holiday tree buying guide, including some fun new lighting options. If you own an old house with chilly, drafty walls – adding insulation can seem like a difficult job. We share tricks of the trade to insulate finished walls without damaging walls in the process. Plus, answers to your home improvement questions about, Installing a new front door, how to replace a leaky shower pan, correct drainage problems, correct way to repaint bathroom cabinets Do you have a home improvement or decor question? Call the show 24/7 at 888-MONEY-PIT (888-666-3974) or post your question here.   Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Dec 17, 2020
Episode #2057: Attic Renos | Green Improvements That Sell Homes Faster | Icicles and Ice Dams | Your Q & A
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Space is at a premium these days and one area not to overlook is UP, the attic! We highlight several ways to take advantage of the attic space overhead, including how to plan for ceiling height, stairs, heating, cooling and décor.   If you think back over the years, have you made energy saving or other improvements to your home that upped its “green” factor? Those green home improvements could just help you sell your home more quickly than the competition. Tom & Leslie tell you why, just ahead in today’s Smart Spending Tip. Icicles look very pretty hanging from the edge of your roof this time of year… but did you know they may signal a potential problem with your roof that can cause pretty major leaks? We’ll have tips on how to prevent ice dams (and the leaks they cause!) After spending so much time at home recently, you’d like to change up your décor but your budget is already strained! There are ways to stretch that budget, along with your creative “muscles”, to create a place you’ll be proud to call home – just by repurposing what you have, or perhaps items your collect from friends or family Plus, answers to your home improvement questions about, repairing floorboards, preparing walls for painting, replace windows, best way to heat a small cabin. Do you have a home improvement or decor question? Call the show 24/7 at 888-MONEY-PIT (888-666-3974) or post your question here. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Dec 14, 2020
Episode #2056: Best Budget for Home Upkeep | Buying a Home With a Partner | Secrets to Tool Organization | Your Q & A
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If you’ve been thinking about investing in a home but don’t have the funds to go it alone, buying a home with a partner can be an option. Tom and Leslie walk you through the steps you should consider before making that big purchase. If you are tightening your belt, you may be thinking about slashing your home maintenance budget. That could be a BIG mistake, we’ll explain why. Do you ever feel like you’re always having trouble finding the tool you’re looking for? If your workshop or craft space is cluttered, disorganized, maybe even overflowing, a standard toolbox might not be cutting it for you. We’ll have helpful tips for tool organization coming up. Plus, answers to your home improvement questions about, options for insulating your attic, installing a marble countertop, how to add speckles to garage epoxy floor, repairing a flat roof, eliminating roaches. Do you have a home improvement or decor question? Call the show 24/7 at 888-MONEY-PIT (888-666-3974) or post your question here.   Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Dec 10, 2020
Episode #2055: Smart Flooring Choices for Fall | How to Floor Your Attic | Disinfectants That Kill COVID-19 | Your Q & A
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Fall is the flooring season and with dozens of products and an infinite number of designs, we’re going to share some tips and new digital tools to help you find the perfect floor choice for your home. We’re all cleaning and disinfecting more than ever before now and with the holidays coming up, that’s only going to get more intense. Well share tips on a really handy Disinfectant that cleans, disinfects and deodorizes in one step and is also effective against the COVID 19 virus on hard non-porous surfaces. If you’re finding you need more storage room in your house, your attic may be an option – but only if it has a solid floor. We’ll share tips on the best way to add floor space without impacting your home structure, or insulation. If your home feels small and your planning to move -- staging the home before potential buyers show up can help to create a positive first impression. But this almost always involves getting rid of a lot of what made your home crowded in the first place. Staging is the key. We explain how Plus, answers to your home improvement questions about, installing a railing, finding your roof leak, maintaining a new home. Do you have a home improvement or decor question? Call the show 24/7 at 888-MONEY-PIT (888-666-3974) or post your question here. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Dec 07, 2020
Episode #2054: How to End Wall & Ceiling Cracks | Best Snow Blowers | Cutting Electric Bills Down to Size | Your Q&A
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If your walls are showing cracks, holes or nail pops – we’ve got tips to get them back in shape once and for all. Plus… If you’re tired of shoveling after every storm --  a snow blower can do it for you! But they’re not one-size-fits-all – we’ll tell you how to choose the best snow blower for the job Have you ever been surprised by a big electric bill? We’ll share the most common places energy is wasted – in today’s Smart Spending Tip Thinking about purchasing a home from another era? It’s actually possible to predict what might need work – based only on the age! We’ll share the common repairs by house age. Plus, answers to your home improvement questions about, eliminating hard water, squeaky hardwood floors, repairing trim that has been scraped by animals, venting your appliances. Do you have a home improvement or decor question? Call the show 24/7 at 888-MONEY-PIT (888-666-3974) or post your question here. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Dec 03, 2020
Episode #2053: Easy Fixes for Holiday Lights | Simple Fun Weekend-Sized Projects | How to Secure Home Before Holiday Travel
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Are you preparing to deck your halls this holiday season…and maybe even your windows, doors and trees? Make sure your holiday lights are working before you spend hours stringing and hanging them. We’ve got fast, free and easy holiday light fixes Home projects have never been more popular than they have over the last few months of the pandemic. But DIY doesn’t mean you need a full shop full of tools to tackle. We’ll share fun, smaller projects that you can get done with staplers, glue guns and simple materials around the home. Before you set out to travel this holiday season it’s important to make sure your home is safe and secure – ESPECIALLY your garage. We’ll share why the garage door can be a vulnerable point of entry for burglars… and what steps to take to secure it, coming up. Toy-making elves are popular during the holidays, so why not give your kids the tools – literally – to make some unique toys and projects of their own? How to keep young hands, brains and imaginations busy with a fun and practical take on building blocks. Plus, answers to your home improvement questions about, best caulk to use for windows, repairing decorative columns, eliminating bathroom moisture, insulating a cathedral ceiling Do you have a home improvement or decor question? Call the show 24/7 at 888-MONEY-PIT (888-666-3974) or post your question here. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Nov 30, 2020
Episode #2052: Keys to a Perfect Paint Project | Easy Fix for Stuck Garbage Disposals | Odor Free Solution for Stink Bugs
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When it comes to maintaining your home, painting is a project that’s among the most basic of DIY projects, and one which most homeowners are happy to tackle themselves. But it’s also a project that can go terribly wrong if you don’t take just three steps before you start. One appliance that you may own and you’ll never want to be without again is your garbage disposer. But during the holidays, disposers get jammed more than any other time in the year. If that happens to you, there’s no need to pay a plumber double time and a half! We’ll tell you about a super easy way to get it back in action. With the holidays upon us, adding a festive touch to your windows is a great way to spread holiday cheer – but you need to make sure you know how to attach those decorations WITHOUT damaging window frames. We’ll share some non-destructive decorating secrets. Fall is the season when stink bugs start really showing up in your house. However, there’s one thing you should never do to get rid of them. We’ll share that tip Plus, answers to your home improvement questions about., installing a laminate floor over concrete, using recap to repair concrete, air filtration systems, paneling options, remove wallpaper,leveling a garage floor, drainage issues. Do you have a home improvement or decor question? Call the show 24/7 at 888-MONEY-PIT (888-666-3974) or post your question here. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Nov 26, 2020
Episode #2051: EVP Floors | Safer Cleaners | Updating a Mattress | Cleaning Fireplace Screens | Your Q & A
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Do you love the look of a classic parkway floor with an intricate Chevron pattern. We’ll share a new way affordable to add that hand-crafted look to your home. For the last few months we’ve all been cleaning our homes a lot more than we had before the pandemic. But with all those cleaning products, did you ever wonder if you were exposing yourself to toxic chemicals in the process? We’ll share a better cleaning option If you are thinking of updating your bedroom with a new mattress or furniture, we’ll have tips to make sure your purchase results in a better night’s sleep. If you’d like to enjoy the warm glow of fireplace this winter, you’d better make sure the screens are clean to start. Leslie has the details. Plus, answers to your home improvement questions, installing a whole house fan, texturing a wall, poor drainage issues affecting foundation. Do you have a home improvement or decor question? Call the show 24/7 at 888-MONEY-PIT (888-666-3974) or post your question here. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Nov 23, 2020
Episode #2050: Easy Leaf Composting | Roof Repair or Replace | Dirty Dish Do-overs | Your Q & A
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Do you love the colorful trees of fall but dread dragging piles of leaves to the curb – maybe not so much? We’ve got a better idea – why not compost those leaves so they can benefit next year’s garden. Tom and Leslie share tips. Now that we are moving into the roughest weather season of the year, it’s a good time to plan for roof repairs or a replacement that might be needed to be done to keep your home nice and dry. But what’s the smartest way to go: repair or replace? We’re going to tell you what you need to know to make that determination. With all the holiday meals happening now, have you noticed that when you run your dishwasher, are dishes coming out dirtier than when they went in? Get tips for keeping your dishwasher working properly. Plus, answers to your home improvement questions about, choosing a countertop for an undermount sink, toilet blockages, vinyl siding repair process, installing a tankless hot water heater. Do you have a home improvement or decor question? Call the show 24/7 at 888-MONEY-PIT (888-666-3974) or post your question here. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Nov 19, 2020
Episode #2049: Making Leftovers Last | Better Tool Organization | Refinishing Hardwood Floors | Most Efficient Heating
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Did you ever notice that some leftovers seem to last a long time and other turns shades of green is an instant? Tom & Leslie explain why that happens and what you can do to make sure your leftovers last. Plus, answers to your home improvement questions. EPISODE SUMMARY: Did you ever notice that some leftovers seem to last a long time and other turns shades of green is an instant? Tom & Leslie explain why that happens and what you can do to make sure your leftovers last. Do you ever feel like you’re always having trouble finding the tool you’re looking for? If your workshop or craft space is cluttered, disorganized, maybe even overflowing, a standard toolbox might not be cutting it for you. Get helpful tips for tool organization. Hardwood floors are great to have but if yours are worn, how do you know if they can be refinished? Well share tips for a floor redo that doesn’t involve hiring pros with massive sanding machines that turn you home into a wooden “dust bowl.” Heating and cooling is one of the biggest expenses of owning a home. We look atone type of system that provides heating, central air conditioning and hot water at over four times the efficiency of any furnace on the market Plus, answers to your home improvement questions about... removing wallpaper and installing wainscotting, repair peeling bathroom paint, steps to installing a tile floor, waterproofing a basement floor.     Do you have a home improvement or decor question? Call the show 24/7 at 888-MONEY-PIT (888-666-3974) or post your question here. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Nov 16, 2020
Episode #2048: Germ Free Faucets | Avoiding Frozen Pipe Bursts | Best Garage Heaters | Painting Kitchen Cabinets
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We’re all trying to avoid germs more than ever and motion-activated faucets are good for cutting down the spread of germs in public restrooms – but are they a healthy fit for your home? Tom and Leslie share the options With freezing weather ahead, now is a good time to make sure a frozen, broken water pipe DOES NOT turn the INSIDE of your home into a Winter Wonderland! One very special type of valve can stop this from happen to you. We’ll explain how. What’s the difference between a garage and a home workshop or gym that you can use year-round? Often as little as twenty or thirty degrees! We’ve got tips to help heat your garage so you can find more useable space. If you’d like to paint your kitchen cabinets, there’s one very special primer that can make the difference between paint that sticks and paint that flakes away! We’ll share the solution. Plus, answers to your home improvement questions about, natural way to clean windows, painting a refrigerator, eliminating geese, repairing a concrete driveway, refinishing brick on a fireplace. Do you have a home improvement or decor question? Call the show 24/7 at 888-MONEY-PIT (888-666-3974) or post your question here. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Nov 12, 2020
Episode # 2047: No Stress Closet Organization | Shocking Gutter Guard Pricing Scams | Planting Flower Bulbs | Your Q & A
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If your closet is looking a little messy -- closet organization may be in order, but that’s one project that ranks right up there with dental work as something to look forward to. We’ll have step-by-step, or shall we say “shelf-by shelf” tips to make this job easy to tackle. Have you ever considered adding gutter guards to end clogged gutters once in for all? Well don’t take another step until you hear about the results if a survey done by Ask the Builder which gathered actual costs from consumers across the nation. The numbers will FLOOR you! They range from a few dollars - all the way up to 90 dollars a foot! - in many cases for the exact same product! Tim Carter did the review and joins us with the results. If you’d like to have the best flower garden ever come Spring, Fall is the time to take an important first step – planting bulbs. Well help set you up for success when the weather turns warm again. Did you know that the sheets you sleep on can have a big impact on whether or not you get a full night’s sleep? Leslie has tips on the best bedding for getting some shut-eye. Plus, answers to your home improvement questions, about insulating a sink, eliminating knob and tube wiring, temporary caulk weatherstripping for windows. Do you have a home improvement or decor question? Call the show 24/7 at 888-MONEY-PIT (888-666-3974) or post your question here. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Nov 09, 2020
Episode #2046: Fall Pro Painting Tips | Adding Security Lighting | Top Fall Hazards at Home | Stopping Mold
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Fall is the perfect time for outdoor painting but taking on an entire home is a big project that requires proper planning, preparation and tools. Tom and Leslie share pro tips to help you get the project home. Plus… As the days get shorter and the night gets longer, it’s a good time to think about adding security lighting to your home. And this is a job, surprisingly, that you may be able to do yourself.  You might not even realize it, but one of the most common home accidents is a fall. We’ll have tips to help you avoid the slips and falls! Have you ever spotted fuzzy white growth on a basement wall and wondered if it was mold? We share how to tell for sure. Plus, answers to your home improvement questions about, installing soffit vents, eliminated squirrels in the attic, repair shower pan and doors, removing adhesive from floors. Do you have a home improvement or decor question? Call the show 24/7 at 888-MONEY-PIT (888-666-3974) or post your question here. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Nov 05, 2020
Episode # 2045: Easiest House Plants | Keeping Septic Systems Flowing | Winterizing Sprinkler Systems | Decorating Entryways
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If you love the look of greenery around the outside your house but seem to have only a black thumb when it comes to getting greenery to flourish inside your home, we have a solution. And, it may not be a homeowner’s favorite thing to do, but if you have a septic tank -- taking care of it is crucial to avoid a very big mess. We’ll have tips on how to keep your septic system happy If you are lucky enough to have a sprinkler system for your lawn, now is the time when that system needs to be winterized. You don’t want to see what happens when it’s NOT -- trust me – it happened to me once and it’s a real mess! We’ll explain what needs to happen to avoid a frozen mess just ahead. Your entryway serves as a perfect place to show off your love of the season, even if you are not going to be hosting big gatherings this year. We’ve got a few ideas to hopefully inspire you. Plus, answers to your home improvement questions about, adjusting doors, heating a garage, blown in attic insulation, re roofing. Do you have a home improvement or decor question? Call the show 24/7 at 888-MONEY-PIT (888-666-3974) or post your question here Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Nov 02, 2020
Episode # 2044: Options for Garage Heating | Attractive Accessible Design | Ways to Stop Window Drafts
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There’s a good chance there’s one room in your home that’s eating up your heat – and your heating budget, your garage. Stay tuned for tips on adding energy efficiency to this chilly space.  Whether you’re a young Mom with her hands full, or taking care of an aging parent, universally designed products make life so much easier and safer. We share why universal design works for all homes and all ages later on. Plus, have you checked your WINDOWS lately? Listen up for a checklist for you to make sure your windows are still as energy efficient as they were the day there were installed. Plus, answers to your home improvement questions about, installing a water softener, leveling a floor, eliminating fruit flies, insulating ducts, getting stains out of a cement garage floor. Do you have a home improvement or decor question? Call the show 24/7 at 888-MONEY-PIT (888-666-3974) or post your question here Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Oct 29, 2020
Episode #2043: Never Wait for Hot Water Again | Disposing Hazardous Trash | Getting Your Lawn Ready For Winter
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If you’ve ever stepped into the shower first thing in the morning and received a blast of icy cold water, you know it’s not best way to wake up! New technology in water heaters can prevent this by circulating hot water to bathrooms, BEFORE you need it! We’ll share how to stop this “shower shock” ounce and for all. Plus… If you’re tackling fall clean ups around the house -- getting rid of trash is easy, but getting rid of hazardous trash, not so much. We have tips on the easiest ways to purge your home and garage of things like old paint, pesticides and more just ahead. Fall is the perfect time to get your lawn ready for winter, and a bright green spring and summer next year. We’ll share a handy 4-step checklist to help you do just that. The most common laundry room disaster is a broken washer supply hose and it can cause thousands of gallons of water to flood your home! Learn one simple switch that can stop this from happening to you! Plus, answers to your home improvement questions about, repairing a leaky skylight, repurposing carpeting, eliminating spiders, hiring an architect in order to age in place. Do you have a home improvement or decor question? Call the show 24/7 at 888-MONEY-PIT (888-666-3974) or post your question here Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Oct 26, 2020
Episode #2042: Easy Leaf Cleanup | Beautiful Bath Sweepstakes | Avoiding Chimney Cleaning Rip-offs | Your Questions
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Are the leaves beginning to pile up around your home, do you dread all the raking and leaf cleanup? We’ve got tips to speed up your leaf removal so you can get back to enjoying the beautiful weather. It’s fireplace season, which means getting your chimney cleaned is a job that’s needed. But unfortunately, it can also lead to chimney contractors offering false advice in the hopes of getting even more money out of your wallet. We’ll sort out the facts from all that SMOKE. If you’ve got a plan for keeping your family safe during extreme weather -- great! But have you thought about how you’ll keep your most important records safe when you may need them most? We’ll share tips on the most disaster proof strong boxes and safes. Would like to step up your bath before the holidays? You can WIN fixtures, faucets and more from Riverbend Home.com in our new “Beautiful Bath Sweepstakes!” We are giving away $3,500 in bath products from brands like American Standard, Grohe and DXV all available RiberbendHome.com. Enter once a day. Plus, answers to your home improvement questions about, repairing cracks in your basement floor, caulking a tub, installing a back flow preventor, realigning a door. Do you have a home improvement or decor question? Call the show 24/7 at 888-MONEY-PIT (888-666-3974) or post your question here. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Oct 22, 2020
Episode #2041: Easy 1-Weekend Projects | Hassle Free Yard Cleanup | Colorful Wall Coverings | Best Flooring by Room
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If you’re a home improving weekend warrior, we’ve got tips on easy “all-in-one-weekend” home improvement projects that are so easy on your schedule you can fit them in after your Saturday morning coffee and still have enough time for a leisurely dinner Sunday! Plus… Fall is a great time to get your lawn, garden and landscape ready for winter and a quick comeback next spring. But to do that, you need great quality tools. We’ll introduce you to a line of cordless products -- including blowers, and even chain saws that are affordable and TRULY work just as well as gas-powered tools without the smells and hassles of maintaining them. If you want to give your walls a new look – we’ve got tips on wall coverings that can add interest and color to your décor. Tips on the best type of flooring for every room in the house. We announce a new way to win bathroom faucets and fixtures in the Riverbend Beautiful Bath Giveaway, and we’re giving away sets of sturdy bar clamps from Pony Jorgensen to help with all your home projects.   Plus, answers to your home improvement questions, leveling a floor, gutter repair, turning a sauna into a shower, repairing HVAC returns. Do you have a home improvement or decor question? Call the show 24/7 at 888-MONEY-PIT (888-666-3974) or post your question here. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Oct 19, 2020
Episode #2040: Deer-Proof Landscapes | Draft-Stopping Window Shades | Hacks to Stop Wall Cracks
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Fall may not be the season for planting a new garden but it is definitely the season for planting new trees and bushes – and that’s a project we’re taking on here at The Money Pit to keep the deer away from the apparently very tasty bushes we have now. We share tips on why this is the best option for a deer-resistant landscape and how to make sure the job is a success. Plus… Do cracks in the walls on your home mean you’re headed toward an expensive repair? We’ll share how to know plus a hack to fix plaster cracks so they won’t open again. As the chilly drafts start to find their way to your home, did you know that one type of window coverings can actually help to “warm up” your windows? We’ll walk you through that toasty option. We’re really excited today to launch a new sweepstakes with the folks at RiverbendHome.com. It’s called the Riverbend Home Beautiful Bath Sweepstakes and we are giving away $3,500 in bath products from brands like American Standard and Grohe, all available Riverbend Home.  All this, and answers to your home improvement questions about removing candlewax from a deck, installing trim/baseboard, French drain installation, repair split siding. Do you have a home improvement or decor question? Call the show 24/7 at 888-MONEY-PIT (888-666-3974) or post your question here Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Oct 15, 2020
Episode #2039: Best Paint Colors for Home Value | Bright Choices for Bath Lighting Avoiding Hidden Costs for Home Remodels
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A fresh coat of paint can do wonders for the sale of your house. But using right colors can actually help sell your home faster! Tom & Leslie share the most profitable colors for Kitchen and Bath. Plus… Plus, a pressure washer can make short work of that last round of outdoor cleaning. We’ve got advice to consider when buying one. If you’re planning a home improvement project, discovering hidden costs mid-project can really ramp up the stress! We’ll share some of those money-drains and tell you how to prepare. The right lighting can really make a big difference in your bathroom. We share the best bathroom lighting choices for LED bulbs that make you look your best – even first thing in the morning! Plus, answers to your home improvement questions about, replacing a hot water heater, cleaning shower grout, eliminating squeaks from wood floors. Do you have a home improvement or decor question? Call the show 24/7 at 888-MONEY-PIT (888-666-3974) or post your question here. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Oct 12, 2020
Episode #2038: Switching to Fall Vegetable Gardens | Simple Energy Saving Solutions | Best Water Filters | Garage Organization for Fall
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Summer’s come to an end, but your fresh supply of veggies doesn’t have to. In this episode Tom & Leslie tips to how to turn your summer vegetable garden into a fall vegetable garden. Plus… Plus, as the temps go down the cost of heating your home goes up! We’ll share a few simple steps you can take around your home to reduce energy use and save money too! If you are ready for a healthy alternative to the cost and all the waste of bottled water– we’ll review water filters that can be installed in your homes plumbing system that’ll deliver great tasting water at a tiny fraction of the cost of buying bottled. Trying to fit your car in your garage? What a concept! Get handy tips for garage organization that can make it happen. Plus, answers to your home improvement questions about, hiring a private insurance adjustor, cleaning your washing machine, repairing a popcorn ceiling, how to choose gutters, dryer venting. Do you have a home improvement or decor question? Call the show 24/7 at 888-MONEY-PIT (888-666-3974) or post your question here. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Oct 08, 2020
Episode #2037: Small Bath Solutions that Add Space | Kitchens that Cut Cleaning Time | Safer Space Heaters | Tips for First Time Renters
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From single sinks to limited square footage, smaller bathrooms often leave much to be desired. But you don’t have to make a bathroom bigger to make it better. Tom & Leslie share tips expand your bath without emptying your wallet. Plus… Do you ever feel like you spend as much time cleaning your kitchen as cooking in it? Well, we’ve got tips on how you can put all of that to rest by creating a low maintenance kitchen! With the chilly weather setting in, do you have an area in your house that just never seems to get warm? Space heaters may be a solution – IF they’re used safely. We’ll tell you how to shop for a space heater that can supplement your whole home heat and without driving up utility expense. If you are getting ready to rent an apartment, there are many things to consider outside of just the 4 walls. Find out what you need to know before you rent to make the best choice in where you live. Plus, answers to your home improvement questions about, applying epoxy floor in basement, converting to a wood stove, repairing ceiling cracks. Do you have a home improvement or decor question? Call the show 24/7 at 888-MONEY-PIT (888-666-3974) or post your question here. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Oct 05, 2020
Episode #2036: Fun Fall Flooring Ideas | Secret to Finding Replacement Tiles | Storing Screens | Make Leftover Paint Last
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Did you know that Fall is the busiest season of the year for flooring projects? Well, it turns out that flooring is not being used for just floors anymore. Designers are using floor materials in some very unexpected and beautiful ways. Tom & Leslie have tips for this trending project. Plus… Pretty soon it’ll be time to take out your window screens for the season. Before that happens there’s one thing, you’ll need to do to make sure they last though winter storage and are good to go next spring. We’ll share that step, just ahead. Ceramic tiles are durable and easy to care for, but what happens if one breaks and you can’t find a replacement? We’ll share some fast fixups for tile projects. Are you saving half-filled cans of leftover paint from a project? We’ll share step by step tips for storing paintthat’ll make it last TWICE what the manufacturers say it should. Plus, answers to your home improvement questions about, installing a vapor barrier, choosing a kitchen sink, repairing pool steps, improving driveway drainage. Do you have a home improvement or decor question? Call the show 24/7 at 888-MONEY-PIT (888-666-3974) or post your question here. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Oct 01, 2020
Episode #2035: Non-Toxic DIY Lawn Care | Getting Driveways Ready for Winter | Preventing Cool Weather Allergies
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Fall is the season to work on getting your lawn ready for next year but can doing so expose you to toxic chemicals? Tom & Leslie share a better path toward a healthy and green using non-toxic, easy to apply lawn care products. Plus… Fall is also a good time to get your driveway ready for winter. Get DIY tips to fix driveway cracks, patch holes and seal the surface for a fraction of the cost of hiring a pro. Is dust, pollen and other allergens making your life a sneezing, sniffling mess? Does it get worse when you start to seal your home up for the cold weather? Learn the ONE thing you can do to help reduce allergens. Are ready for some healthy home décor? We’ve got all-natural decorating ideas to bring the colors and smells of autumn into your home. Options for homes without gutters to stop erosion and flooding. Plus, answers to your home improvement questions about, installing windows in a garden shed, best siding options, removing tile grout, eliminating spiders, how to solve the problem of hot water taking so long to heat up. Do you have a home improvement or decor question? Call the show 24/7 at 888-MONEY-PIT (888-666-3974) or post your question here Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Sep 28, 2020
Episode #2034: Garage Organization | Winter-Ready Fireplace | Best Replacement Furnaces
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With cooler weather ahead, now is a great time to get your chimney ready for a roaring fire. Tom and Leslie share tips and ideas to make sure your chimney is clean and safe for a season of toasty fires. Plus… Whether your old furnace is ready for replacement or you want a more efficient upgrade, a new furnace should never be an impulse buy.  But too many times, that’s exactly what does happen – especially if your furnace gives out in the middle of winter! We’ll have tips to help you make the smart choice when it comes to a new furnace. Garages are unique places to get organized because they are one of the only spot in your home where tools, toys and toxins, like pesticides, get stored side by side. We’ll share some tips for better garage organization. Plus, answers to your home improvement questions about, adding electric heating to a basement, best fencing options, refinishing kitchen cabinets. Do you have a home improvement or decor question? Call the show 24/7 at 888-MONEY-PIT (888-666-3974) or post your question here. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Sep 24, 2020
Episode #2033: Best Kitchen Lighting | Are Foreclosed Homes Worth Buying? | Insulation that Saves the Most Energy
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If your pancakes are salty and your meatloaf is sweet – you might not be lacking cooking skills but the right lighting in your kitchen! Tom & Leslie share tips for top task lighting. Plus… With U.S. home prices still rising, is buying a home that’s been foreclosed a good deal? We’ll share the pros and cons. If you’d like your home to be more energy efficient you first need to do is to stop wasting the energy you already have. Insulation is the key– IF it’s added to the right spaces. We’ll share key spaces where insulation does the most good. As weather turns cold, mice look for spaces inside your house to keep warm and fed! Learn how to stop mice from moving in for the winter. Plus, answers to your home improvement questions about, getting rid of mice, collecting rain water, repairing a cracked drywall ceiling, getting paint off a brick façade. Do you have a home improvement or decor question? Call the show 24/7 at 888-MONEY-PIT (888-666-3974) or post your question here. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Sep 21, 2020
Episode #2032: Planning a Perfect kitchen Makeover | Easy Fix for Concrete Cracks | Smoke Free Stove Hood Tune-Ups
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New kitchens consistently deliver the best return on your remodeling investment. But how do actually you get started on planning such a major makeover? Tom & Leslie share tips to help you cook up a perfect plan! Plus…  Have you ever tried to fix a crack in a concrete step, or porch or sidewalk only to have it open right back up again? We’ll share some easy ways to make these repairs and make them last. Your stove’s exhaust vent hood is there for every cooking adventure, but it rarely gets any attention (except during a smoky kitchen incident!). Learn how simple it is to keep your vent hood in tip-top shape. Have you ever tried to clean a stain on your vinyl floor that seem impossible to get out? It may not be a stain at all! Tom & Leslie share why these mysterious and permanent discolorations occur and what options you have for dealing with them. Plus, answers to your home improvement questions about, refinishing outdoor rusted furniture, how to clean siding, hiring a home inspector before purchasing a house, repointing a brick façade. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Sep 17, 2020
Episode #2031: Easy Fix for Squeaky Floors | How to Know if Your Water is Safe | Best Floors for Bathrooms
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Squeaking floors are one of life’s little annoyances, but do they signal a structural problem below? Tom & Leslie have the answer plus step-by-squeaky-step tips to make them go away for good. Plus… You drink it, you cook with it, you bathe in it…but are you sure it’s safe? Tap water can be deceiving, because it looks and tastes harmless even when it’s not – which is why it’s a good idea to test it to find out – we’ll tell you how. Wood floors are beautiful but they’re not always the best choice in damp locations like bathrooms, laundry rooms, or basements.  We’ll have an overview of what will work. Low water pressure can lead to lousy showers. We walk you through the possible causes including some you can fix yourself. Plus, answers to your home improvement questions about, repairing plaster ceilings, replacing a bathroom vent fan, getting rid of spiders, best paint for a garage door, removing carpet from a concrete floor, installing a french drain. Do you have a home improvement or decor question? Call the show 24/7 at 888-MONEY-PIT (888-666-3974) or post your question here. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Sep 14, 2020
Episode #2030: DIY or Go Pro? How to Know|Top Home Improvement Myths| This Insulation Checkup Saves Money
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DIY or Go Pro? If you want to tackle a project yourself, we’ll be the first ones to cheer you on. But how do you know when hiring a pro is the best way to go? We’ll tell you how to think it all through before you pick up a hammer. Plus… When it comes to home improvement, there are a lot of myths that cost DIYrs a lot of money. We’ll tackle 4 common MYTH-STAKES. Cold weather is not far off making now the perfect time to check out your insulation. We’ll tell you how much you really need. Butcher block counters are beautiful but are they safe? We’ll share secrets to finishing butcher block with risking E.coli and other harmful situations. Plus, answers to your home improvement questions about, hiring an architect for addition project, installing ice & water shield under roofing, realign doors, getting estimates for a painting project, best options for a covered patio roof. Do you have a home improvement or decor question? Call the show 24/7 at 888-MONEY-PIT (888-666-3974) or post your question here. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Sep 10, 2020
Episode #2029: How to Add Attic Flooring | Easy Way to Get Rid of Tree Stumps | New Service Provides Expert Help for DIYrs
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Adding flooring to your attic can make it a perfect place for storage. But doing so the wrong way means that you could weaken your structure, squash your insulation, or find yourself with one foot planted firmly through the ceiling below! Tom & Leslie share tips on attic flooring that works well. Wouldn’t it be nice to have home experts available by phone or chat whenever you need them to walk you through a project? We tell you about a new subscription service that puts knowledgeable, impartial experts just a call or click away to give you the answers you need. With all the recent summer storms, did you need to have a tree or two taken down? What about the STUMP? We’ll share 4 easy options to make it disappear. Plus, answers to your home improvement questions about, removing vinyl tile, installing a new thermostat, foundation moisture, sealing drafts in your home. Do you have a home improvement or decor question? Call the show 24/7 at 888-MONEY-PIT (888-666-3974) or post your question here. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Sep 07, 2020
Episode #2028: Low-Cost Kitchen Makeovers | DIY Ways to Resurface Concrete | Getting Gutters Ready for Fall
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Kitchens renos can be costly but updating dated, drab and dull cabinets doesn’t have to be. Tom and Leslie walk you through options to replaced, refaced or just refinish kitchen cabinets and save a ton of money! Plus, concrete is a pretty permanent building material but if yours looks pitted or cracked, we’ve got a great solution for resurfacing concrete that you can do yourself with amazing results. Now that we have reached September, it’s a good time to make sure your gutters are ready for the fall season ahead. We’ll walk you through the step by step and to make sure things keep flowing smoothly. Plus, answers to your home improvement questions about, repairing a leaky toilet, cleaning garage floor of grease, caulking windows, cleaning ceiling mold safely Do you have a home improvement or decor question? Call the show 24/7 at 888-MONEY-PIT (888-666-3974) or post your question here. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Sep 03, 2020
Episode #2027: Maintaining a Lush Green Lawn | Low Cost Ways to Keep Cool | Open Concept Living
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Having a hard time maintaining a lush green lawn in the heat of summer. Tom & Leslie share you need to know to make it past the brown and back to green. Are cooling costs driving up your electric bills? Get tips for low cost to no cost ways to keep you cool during these hottest days of the summer season. If you’d like your home to feel open and airy but don’t have the budget for a major remodel, we’ve got smart tips to help open up the space without emptying your bank account in the process. For all the cutting-edge design ideas out there, most of us still follow unwritten design rules. We’ve got ideas for shaking up status quo and making big design statements.  Plus, answers to your home improvement questions about, painting a fireplace for the first time, striping kitchen cabinets, eliminating mold in a building with sheetrock, painting trim white, hiring a home inspector or engineer to find cause of cracking foundation. Do you have a home improvement or decor question? Call the show 24/7 at 888-MONEY-PIT (888-666-3974) or post your question here. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Aug 31, 2020
Episode #2026: Garage Floor Do-overs | Make Your Own Outdoor Movie Screen | End of Summer Fix Ups | DIY House Painting
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Now is a good time to plan end of season projects to set you up for the cooler months ahead. We’ve got 4 projects that will save you time, money and help avoid costly repairs when colder weather prevails. Plus, garages get a workout in the Fall and Winter, which is why now is a great time to fix up the garage floor. We’ll have tips on the best way to get this done using epoxy paint. Painting the exterior is a job that needs to get done every 5 to 10 years and if your house is ready for that project, we’ll share a few pro house painting tips help. Can you imagine a breezy summer evening in your backyard, fireflies dancing around, and you’re watching your favorite movie? You can, by building your own backyard movie screen! We’ll tell you how! Plus, answers to your home improvement questions about, siding installation, replacing a picture window, repair basement walls to eliminate water coming in, Do you have a home improvement or decor question? Call the show 24/7 at 888-MONEY-PIT (888-666-3974) or post your question here. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Aug 27, 2020
Episode #2025: Preserving Garden Veggies for Winter | How to Build-in a Grill | Easy End-of-Summer Fix-ups | Simple Way to Stop Slippery Sidewalks
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If you've been enjoying a garden harvest this summer and would like to extend the goodness of all year long, preserving your fresh veggies is the way to do it. We'll walk you through 3 options for preserving your harvest! Plus... It’s a great time of year for outdoor projects and if you want to step up your space, we’ve got tips on the easiest and most affordable way to create grill surrounds, fire pits, benches and more by simply stacking blocks. Sidewalks can get slippery, but not if you treat those sidewalks with a simple coating. Tips on a concrete treatment that protects you and loved ones from falls, coming up. Temperatures are nice now, but in a few months, you’ll want nothing less than to have to bundle up, head outdoors and deal with a home improvement problem in the dead of winter. We’ve got a few easy fix-ups you can take on now that can potentially save you a major repair hassle later. Plus, answers to your home improvement questions about, hiring an engineer, roof underlayment products, eliminating chipmunks, energy saving windows, installing attic insulation, relocating downspouts to eliminate flooding. Do you have a home improvement or decor question? Call the show 24/7 at 888-MONEY-PIT (888-666-3974) or post your question here Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Aug 24, 2020
Episode #2024: Pet Proof Décor | How to Add Pendant Lights | Stop Bathtub Caulk from Getting Gross!
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When you decide to bring home a family pet, there can be lots of changes. Your home decor, however, shouldn’t be one of them! If you’re pondering any decorating or improvement projects, we’ll have tips to help make them pet-friendly. Plus, Whether it's around your sink, between your tub, shower and tile walls – nasty, worn caulk has got to go. We’ve got DIY tips on how to get this job done the easy way. Changing up lighting can give a new look to any room! We’ve got tips on installing energy efficient pendant lights for an easy DIY update. When it comes to outside cleaning, a pressure washer is one tool that gets the job done. We’ll share how to pick the perfect pressure washer for all of your cleaning projects. Plus, answers to your home improvement questions about, soundproofing a basement, staining a deck, getting rid of carpenter bees, prepping a door before repainting. Do you have a home improvement or decor question? Call the show 24/7 at 888-MONEY-PIT (888-666-3974) or post your question here. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Aug 20, 2020
Episode #2023: Fun Ways to Use Leftover Paint | 3 Ways to Stop Summer Break-ins | Save Money on Stone Countertops | Laundry Hazards that Hurt Kids
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If you’re sitting on a stash of leftover latex paint, you have a gold mine when it comes to home decorating. With a little imagination and creative flair, you can use paint leftovers to give your home extra appeal and have lots of fun in the process. Get the tips. Would you believe that nearly a QUARTER of all residential break-ins happen through a first-floor window? Learn how to keep your home safe from burglaries. Stone countertops are both popular AND expensive. But we’ve got a trick of the trade to share on how to get a granite counter makeover WITHOUT spending a lot. One laundry hazard is responsible for 32,000 calls to poison control. We’ll share how to keep kids safe. Plus, answers to your home improvement questions, about hiring a public insurance adjuster, installing spray foam insulation, choosing a kitchen sink, repairing a stove that doesn’t heat quickly. Do you have a home improvement or decor question? Call the show 24/7 at 888-MONEY-PIT (888-666-3974) or post your question here.   Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Aug 17, 2020
Episode #2022: Bath Updates Under $100 | Attic Remodeling | Mudroom Makeovers | Fix for Shaky Washers
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Improving your bathroom is one of best ways to add value and appeal to your home. But if you think those improvements have to be costly, think again – there are plenty of ways to give your bathroom a lift without breaking the bank. We share bath updates you can get done for under $100 bucks. If you’re looking for more storage space, finishing an attic is a popular remodeling project that delivers a great ROI - IF it’s done right. We’ll walk you through the options. Entryways like mudrooms and foyers are used by every member of the family, not to mention houseguests. We’ll share cool organization ideas for getting all those shoes, umbrellas and jackets off the floor.  Get tips on the least expensive ways to replace a bathroom floor. Find out how to stop a high-efficiency washing machine from vibrating across the floor. Plus, answers to your home improvement questions about, universal bathroom design, getting rid of carpenter bees, replacement window options, refinishing a tub, roof options for flat roof Do you have a home improvement or decor question? Call the show 24/7 at 888-MONEY-PIT (888-666-3974) or post your question here.   Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Aug 13, 2020
Episode #2021: Home Inspections for Sellers | Refinishing Wood Floors | Improvements Earn Insurance Discounts | Finding Antique Hardware
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If you’re hoping to sell your home, one of the most nerve-racking parts of that process for sellers is the home inspection. Tom & Leslie share tips to set you up for success in that part of the transaction. Hardwood floors are one of the most desirable floors around for both durability and the value they add to a home. But the finishes do wear and hardwood floors then need to be sanded and refinished. We’ll have tips on how to get that project done. And we’re all about helping you find ways to save money, and that includes your homeowner’s insurance. Well, it turns out some small improvements can help cut insurance costs down to size. We’ll share those tips just ahead. Step-by-step tips for refinishing bedroom using lacquer for a high gloss style. Tips on how to find replacement parts for old doorknobs and locks. Plus, answers to your home improvement questions about, repairing leaky roofs, fixing drywall pops, installing porch carpet, repairing dips in a driveway, basement leaks. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Aug 10, 2020
Episode #2020: Spool Pool Solution for Small Yards | Best Storm Shutters | Top Painting Mistake | Cleaning Composite Decks
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If you'd love to have a backyard pool but can't afford it, don't have the time to care for it or you’re just short of backyard space, we have two words for you: Spool Pool! Tom & Leslie share tips on how you can combine the benefits of a pool and spa in one very refreshing backyard feature. Plus… Decorative window shutters are an attractive addition to your home’s exterior, but they won’t do a thing to actually protect your windows. For that job, you’ll need STORM shutters. We’ll share the options. Paint offers one of the easiest and least expensive ways to transform a space. And it seems so easy, right? Well it is, unless you make one very common painting mistake. Get that secret to painting success just ahead. Plus, answers to your home improvement questions about a fix for missing return air ducts, getting stains off composite decks, repairing plaster walls, benefits of an energy audit, rebuilding the “guts” of a 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 podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Aug 06, 2020
Episode #2019: Kids Home Alone? How to Handle Home Emergencies | Digital Tools for Home Projects | Simple Summer Electrical Updates | Hiring an Interior Designer
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Do you have kids that are old enough to stay home alone? Just because kids may be at an age to stay home alone, that might not prepare them to handle a home-related emergency. We’ll have a checklist on what they need to know to do, just ahead. Plus In the OLDEN DAYS when you needed to hire a contractor, you use to ask friends or flip through though the phone book. Today it’s a lot easier to find home service pros. We’ll pry open the digital toolbox and share some tips and tricks. Summer is a season when we put a lot of stress on our electrical systems. We’ll share three projects that can help make sure your wiring is safe and up for the job. Are you thinking about updating a room but don’t know where to begin? Interior designers help to facilitate your ideas, making your dream home a reality. We share tips on how to find and hire an interior designer that can really understand what you’re looking for and bring great ideas to the table. Plus, answers to your home improvement questions about, converting electric line to gas, hiring an electrician for small repairs, attic spray insulation, preparing walls before painting. Do you have a home improvement or decor question? Call the show 24/7 at 888-MONEY-PIT (888-666-3974) or post your question here. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Aug 03, 2020
Episode #2018: Keeping Lawns Healthy in Summer | Solar Pool Solutions | How to Select Tile | Hacks for Ceiling Fans in Summer
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This time of year, limits on outdoor water use and lead to lawns that look like a dry wasteland! Tom & Leslie tell you what you need to know to conserve water and still have a beautiful lawn during a drought, including the one thing to never do if you want That lawn to come back quickly. Plus… If you are lucky enough to have a built-in pool, you may not feel quite as lucky when you have the pay to pay the bills to heat that pool. We’ll tell you how you can use a FREE energy source to heat your pool and extend the swimming season. If you’re thinking about taking on a tile project this, choosing the right look is only a part of the project. We’ll have tips on how to choose the best TYPE of tile for your project. And we settle a bet on which way ceiling fans should be spinning in summer (they’re reversible!) Plus, answers to your home improvement questions about, insulating under a house, eliminating thousand leg spiders, determining foundation cracks, venting an attic, when to stain a new deck. Do you have a home improvement or decor question? Call the show 24/7 at 888-MONEY-PIT (888-666-3974) or post your question here. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jul 30, 2020
Episode #2017: Building Amazing Sheds | Summer Projects for Kids | Easy Grill Cleaning | Stopping Storm Damage
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Are you overflowing with yard tools, pool toys, lawn chairs or kid bikes? Then you might ready to build a Shed! Whether you want to store the overflow or create the perfect man cave or a she shed -- Shed projects are more popular than EVER! We’ll have pro tips to help you do it right. Have you ever noticed that summer rainstorms can be really stir up some damage? Between the blackouts and the lightning, electrical damage, leaks and flood are not all that uncommon. We’ll have tips on what you should be doing to make sure your house is storm ready. And after a couple of months of heavy grilling, your gas grill may need an extreme makeover of its own. We will have tips for a simple mid-season grill cleaning to step up the sizzle! With more time at home, finding activities to keep the kids busy and productive can be a challenge. But that makes now an opportune time to teach them a few home improvement skills with home improvement projects kids love being a part of. We’ll share some ideas. Plus, answers to your home improvement questions about, installing a metal roof, getting rid of bees, cork flooring options, cleaning worn ceramic tile, cleaning a wood deck. Do you have a home improvement or decor question? Call the show 24/7 at 888-MONEY-PIT (888-666-3974) or post your question here. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jul 27, 2020
Episode #2016: DIY or Go Pro? | Defeating Deer Damage | Easy to Install Motion Activated Lights | Easy Solutions for Hard Water
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When it comes to home renos, are you a DIY or Go Pro kind of home improver? A new survey reveals how many DIYrs are actually doing home projects vs hiring prosand an interesting trend among the youngest home improvers. Plus… Does your yard double as an all-you-can-eat buffet for deer and wildlife?We’ve got some humane ideas for stopping all the chomping. Motion detector spotlights are a great addition to your home for both convenience and security. Thanks to LED technology, they are easy to install than ever and some don’t even have to be wired. We’ll share the brightest security options All the high-end products in the world can’t undo the effects of hard water on your hair, clothes and dishes.Find out which water softeners can help. Plus, answers to your home improvement questions about, replacing a flat roof with decking, proper installation of AC window units, eliminating pet odors, installing a pocket door, septic system inspections. Do you have a home improvement or decor question? Call the show 24/7 at 888-MONEY-PIT (888-666-3974) or post your question here. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jul 23, 2020
Episode #2015: Summer Energy Savings | Easy Green Remodeling | DIY Upholstered Headboard
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If you’re feeling like your home could use a boost in its cooling power, adding awindow air conditioner unit may be the solution. We’ve got tips on how to find the right size unit for your house and how to avoid a key installation mistake that can drive up cooling costs. There’s an old saying that good fences make great neighbors – that is if you can get the fence built! We’ll have some fence building tips to make that project a lot easier. Going green can help you save energy, but a new survey shows it can also bring you more green when you sell your home – we’ll share these eco-friendly remodeling tips, just ahead. If you’ve ever bought a custom upholstered headboard you know that they can be pricey but making one on your own doesn’t cost a lot of money and is super easy to tackle in a surprisingly short amount of time. Leslie walks you through the project. Plus, answers to your home improvement questions about, unclogging a slow tub drain, installing a coy pond, cleaning terrazzo floors, repairing a dishwasher, footings for deck posts. Do you have a home improvement or decor question? Call the show 24/7 at 888-MONEY-PIT (888-666-3974) or post your question here. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jul 20, 2020
Episode #2014: Lux Options for Small Patios | Low to No Cost Improvements to Lower Cooling Costs | Simple Home Security
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Creating a beautiful living space outdoors doesn’t require walls or a ceiling, just a beautiful floor. We’ve got tips on how to create the perfect patio. Plus… Now that we’re knee deep in the AC season, we’re also knee-deep in high electric bills! We’ve got 5 low-cost and no-cost improvements you can make to lower cooling costs with giving up comfort. Plus, do you know the easiest door to break into for any house? It’s usually the garage door! We’ll tell you why and share the surprisingly simple home securitysteps you can take to secure that entry. Can you ever have too much closet space? If it comes at the expense of a small bedroom – maybe! We work through the numbers and share tips to get the most closet space from tight quarters. Plus, answers to your home improvement questions about, installing a curtain drain, best composite decking, repairing trim, regulating shower 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 podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jul 16, 2020
Episode # 2013: Kitchen Renos Under $1,000 | Apartment Décor | Hands Free Ways to Save Water | Plus Your Questions
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Remodeling your kitchen is a project that adds value to your home, but it can also get pretty expensive. We’ve got 3 kitchen renos you can get done for under a thousand bucks to add style and convenience without draining your bank account! Plus… Moving into an apartment doesn’t mean you need to sacrifice your décor desires. We’ll have simple apartment decorating ideas that will make your apartment feel like home AND still make sure you get that security deposit back at the end of your lease. Saving water becomes more and more important this time of year. But rather than rely on your kids and family to use less water, WaterSense fixtures can actually do the water saving for you! We’ll tell you how to find faucets, toilets, showers and sprinklers that can do the job, without wasting water. Dishwashers make life easier, but could your dishwasher be shortening the life of the dishes it’s cleaning? We share 4 things never to place in that marvelous cleaning machine. Plus, answers to your home improvement questions about, eliminating smoke odors, installing proper drainage behind a retaining wall, eliminating weeds, installing an indoor pool, repair or replace a leaky roof Do you have a home improvement or decor question? Call the show 24/7 at 888-MONEY-PIT (888-666-3974) or post your question here Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jul 13, 2020
Episode #2012: Porch Popularity Surges | Keeping Lawns Healthy During Drought | Solution for Stinky Dishwashers | How to Find & Fix Roof Leaks
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Porches are the perfect space to enjoy the outdoors, relax and even visit with neighbors from a socially acceptable distance! This may be why front porches are making a big comeback and we’ve got tips on how you can make the most of yours! Plus… With generally blistering heat across the nation, are you wondering how to avoid having your yard turn into a dead, dry wasteland? We’ll have the tips on how you can conserve water, restore dead patches and still have a beautiful lawn in summer including the ONE thing you should never do! Have you ever found a leak after a major rainstorm but just can’t seem to pinpoint where it’s coming from? We’ll share some tricks of the trade to help you find the sources of roof leaks BEFORE they lead to any serious damage. Dishwashers do a great job of cleaning your dishes but dishwashers can turn stinky quickly if they are not properly maintained. We walk you through that project.  Plus, answers to your home improvement questions, about installing a dedicated electrical outlet, making an attic space livable, repairing a popcorn ceiling, getting rid of grubs in your lawn, repairing a sticking door. Do you have a home improvement or decor question? Call the show 24/7 at 888-MONEY-PIT (888-666-3974) or post your question here. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jul 09, 2020
Episode # 2011: Tips for Tackling Multiple Projects | Energy Saving Windows | Uses for Leftover Paint
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Is your to-do list getting longer every day? Get tips for tackling several projects at once and save money at the same time! Plus If you’ve ever installed ceramic tile, you know that one of the hassles is dealing with the adhesive. Now there’s a much simpler way to install tile – and it can be done without glue, and lets you grout immediately. Is this the year you’re ready to replace leaky or drafty windows? With so many competing claims of efficiency, it can be difficult to select windows that work well and save you money. Get tips on the best way to get that project done and be able to enjoy year-round energy savings. if you do a lot of home improving you are likely to have a collection of leftover paint – and with a little imagination and creative flair, we show you uses for leftover paint to give your home extra appeal. Plus, answers to your home improvement questions about, roof repair, finding the leak, cleaning adhesive off the floor, repairing a tub crack, keeping pesty squirrels out of birdhouses, preparing soil for a lawn. Do you have a home improvement or decor question? Call the show 24/7 at 888-MONEY-PIT (888-666-3974) or post your question here. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jul 06, 2020
Episode #2010: Building Raised Garden Walls | Free-Up Sticking Doors | How to Finish Your Front Door | Upcycling Reno Leftovers
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With all the humidity, it’s that time of year when doors swell and get stuck in their openings. We’ve got the easy fix for sticking doors. Plus. Before you can add the new you have to get rid of the old – and that can often be a costly part of any home renovation. We’ll share tips to help lighten the load and cut demolition costs And we’ll have the how to on a fun garden project – building a raised landscaping wall that useful for creating a ring around a tree or raised garden wall to dress up the front of your home. Ready to step up your home’s first impression? We walk you through how-to fix up your wood floors with a fresh coat of finish. Plus, answers to your home improvement questions, about building a firepit, replacing baseboard heating covers, cleaning jacuzzi jets, leveling floors, how prevent basement flooding by correcting surround of foundation. Do you have a home improvement or decor question? Call the show 24/7 at 888-MONEY-PIT (888-666-3974) or post your question here. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jul 02, 2020
Episode #2009: Selling a Home During COVID-19 | Lawn and Garden How-to’s | Stopping Basement Floods | Kitchen Backsplashes with Tile
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This can be a challenging time for many things and that includes selling your house! If you are planning to do that this summer, Tom and Leslie share the key improvements that need to get done first to nail a quick sale at the highest possible price. Plus… This summer, most of us will be spending more time at home and enjoying our outdoor spaces. And for DIY’rs, there’s more interest than ever in updating and maintaining lawns. We get expert tips to help from the team at Troy-Built, a company that’s has been around since 1927 -- when they invented the first gas powered rototiller (and if you are a gardener you are probably sure glad they did!)  Wet basements are a problem all across the United States, in every climate and every type of home. But while many people think that fixing leaky or damp basement is expensive and complicated – it’s NOT! The easy fix is just ahead. One fun kitchen project that can deliver a big impact AND get done in a single weekend, is a new kitchen backsplash. We share ideas on how to do that with tile. Plus, we answer your home improvement questions about, replacing shower parts, eliminating basement moisture, determining roof leaks, removing moss from your roof. Do you have a home improvement or decor question? Call the show 24/7 at 888-MONEY-PIT (888-666-3974) or post your question here Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jun 29, 2020
Episode #2008: Renting Tips for First Timers | Picking the Perfect Garden Shovel | ZERO Maintenance Building Materials | Quick Fixes for Concrete Cracks
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Renting your first apartment is a big step that’s both exciting and terrifying all at the same time! Tom & Leslie share expert tips on what to look for before signing a lease to make sure you get all your security deposits back. Plus.. If you love gardening and landscaping, you might not think there’s much new to know about one of the most common landscaping tools – the shovel. Well, all shovels are not created equal, we’ll explain how they’re made and how to spot a good shovel from a piece of junk. If your concrete sidewalks, steps or patio are showing signs of cracks – now would be a great time to get those sealed up while the weather is warm. We’ll have tips on how to what products really stick meaning you won’t have to make the repair again and again, and which won’t – just ahead. When it comes to choosing materials for home improvements, building materials that need little to ZERO maintenance is definitely the preferred way to go! We share tips for products that virtually take care of themselves. Plus, answers to your home improvement questions, about eliminating mold from decks, kitchen cabinets, determining if a bearing wall is holding up your design plans, broken seals on windows, which type of paint is best for which project. Do you have a home improvement or decor question? Call the show 24/7 at 888-MONEY-PIT (888-666-3974) or post your question here. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jun 24, 2020
Episode #2007: Preventing Summer Blackouts | DIY Stone Finishes for Worn Kitchen Countertops | Keep Kids Safe Around Electrical Outlets | Creating Beautiful Outdoor Rooms
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With summer thunderstorms, blackouts are becoming more common – which is why now is a good time to think about adding a whole house generator. The costs have come down and the convenience can’t be beat. We’ll share the options and how to find the right size unit for your home just ahead If you’re looking for an easy and inexpensive way to transform the look of your kitchen, applying a decorative stone surface to your countertop can do just that. We talk with an expert that’s spent decades developing these DIY finishes for countertops, floors and even pool decks. Childproof or tamper resistant outlets have come a long way, and they can help keep kids safe in the home – but even adults from a dangerous accident, we’ll explain the updates. Make the most of our outdoor living space by really turning it into a spare room. We walk you through some really easy and fun ways to do just that! Plus, answers to your home improvement questions about, painting porch posts, basement floor options, getting rid of squirrels, repair or replace wood deck, resurface or rip out asphalt driveway. Do you have a home improvement or decor question? Call the show 24/7 at 888-MONEY-PIT (888-666-3974) or post your question here. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jun 23, 2020
Episode #2006: How-to Set Up Your Pool for Safety | DIY Tips for New Blinds | Easy Projects to Increase Home Value
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Summer marks the riskiest time of year for pool drownings, which is actually the leading cause of death to young children! In this episode, expert hosts Tom & Leslie explain the best way to backup parental supervision and keep kids safe. It’s a pool safety approach called layers of protection. Plus… Replacing your front door is a project that can increase your home’s value and increase its curb appeal. We’ll share tips on how to get that project done. If you’re ready for an easy indoor décor project, adding new blinds can be just that. But when you measure your windows to order, there are two mounting options to consider; inside vs outside mount. Both look great but one may be a better choice for you. We’ll tell you how to decide. Plus, answers to your home improvement questions about, things to consider before purchasing a house, preparing a small garden in your backyard, best flooring for a garage, installing dimmer switches, toilet replacement. Do you have a home improvement or decor question? Call the show 24/7 at 888-MONEY-PIT (888-666-3974) or post your question here. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jun 18, 2020
Episode #2005: Most Violated Building Codes | Easy Fix for Cracked Walks | Spool Pools
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Building codes exist to keep your family safe, but only if you or your contractor follow them! Tom & Leslie have tips on how to avoid the THREE most commonly violated codes. Plus, if you’ve noticed that your walks, porches or patios look a bit worn – we’ll tell you how to resurface those at a fraction of the cost of replacement. Do you have a small backyard and looking to make the most of your minimal outdoor living space? One trendy addition can make a huge difference. Plus, answers to your home improvement questions about, cutting down a tree, installing a handicapped ramp, repairing a shower pan, whether or not to get a home inspection before purchasing a home. Do you have a home improvement or decor question? Call the show 24/7 at 888-MONEY-PIT (888-666-3974) or post your question here. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jun 15, 2020
Episode #2004: Right-Sized AC | Solutions for Smelly Water | How to Fly the Flag
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Are you ready to buy a bigger and better air conditioner to keep cool this summer? Well, you may be surprised to learn that bigger is not always better for your comfort. We’ll have tips on how to pick the best one for your home. Plus… Smelly water is a common complaint among homeowners, for good reason: No one wants to drink, cook or clean with water that smells like rotten eggs. We highlight the causes and cure. Summer gives us lots of opportunities to display the red, white and blue. Memorial Day just passed, July 4th is ahead and this weekend we celebrate Flag Day! We’ve got some tips to help you hang and display your flag. Plus, answers to your home improvement questions about how to install brick pavers, repairing a linoleum floor, getting rid of termites, dryer venting options, is solar energy worth it? Do you have a home improvement or decor question? Call the show 24/7 at 888-MONEY-PIT (888-666-3974) or post your question here. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jun 11, 2020
Episode #2003 Best Backyard Deck Designs | Solving House Noises | Eco-Furniture from Reclaimed Lumber
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The right deck design can make your home appear larger than it is – which is why adding a backyard deck can actually increase your home’s value. Tom & Leslie have tips on how to choose a deck design that works for you. Plus… Squeaks, creaks, drips, bangs and hisses – are all noises your house makes, but have you ever wondered what’s behind them? We’ll tell you how to sniff out and silence the most common house noises and whether those noises might signal a bigger problem needing a fix. Do you want to contribute to a sustainable environment and maybe even save a few bucks along the way? If your answer to those questions is “Yes,” then reclaimed lumber may be the perfect fit for your next home improvement project! Plus, answers to your home improvement questions about, installing molding, which plants are good for shady areas, cleaning rust stains off a patio, shifting foundation, installing a whole house dehumidifier. Do you have a home improvement or decor question? Call the show 24/7 at 888-MONEY-PIT (888-666-3974) or post your question here. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jun 08, 2020
Episode #2002: Build Your Own Fire Pit | Planting a Pollinator Garden | AC Tune Ups | Healthy Lawns in Hot Summers
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It’s a great time of year for outdoor living and if you want to step up your space, we’ve got tips on how you can build your very own fire pit!  Want a garden that not only looks good, but also serves an important purpose? Bees, hummingbirds and butterflies are all pollinators and play a big role in plant reproduction. Tom & Leslie have tips on how you can create a pollinator garden to give these creatures a place to carry out their good work! Are you ready to fire up your AC to keep cool and comfortable this summer? Well, there are three things you should do FIRST to make sure your system is good to go for the warm season ahead. When summer heat sets in, your lawn may suffer. We have tips on how to keep lawns healthy through summer drought. Plus, answers to your home improvement questions about, whether or not to replace plumbing supply lines, preparing your roof for a metal roof installation, repair cracking grout, refinishing bar stools, getting rid of feral cats Do you have a home improvement or decor question? Call the show 24/7 at 888-MONEY-PIT (888-666-3974) or post your question here. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jun 04, 2020
Episode #2001: Easy Garage Organization | How to Hang Pictures Without Holes | 5 Questions to Ask a Contractor Post COVID-19 | Avoiding Home Repair Re-dos
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Are you ready to do one final cleanup of your garage before the summer kicks into full swing? Tom & Leslie share simple garage organization tips, plus: Have you needed to crank your AC yet? If not - great because there are 3 things you should do first - to make sure it’s set to keep you cool and comfortable all Summer long. The pandemic has changed the way we do many things, and that is certainly true when it comes to how we find and choose contractors to take on the projects we don’t want to do ourselves. We’ll share 5 questions to ask your contractor. If you’d like hang some photos or shelves, but prefer to avoid creating holes in your walls – we’ll walk you through how to hang pictures without holes do just that without damaging your walls. Feel like your home improvement headaches are on repeat? We’ve got tips to avoid the how-to déjà vu by doing them right the first time around.  Plus, answers to your home improvement questions about , cleaning a brick fireplace wall, how to polish marble, eliminating bees, repair or replace a dishwasher, steps for eliminating paint from peeling. Do you have a home improvement or decor question? Call the show 24/7 at 888-MONEY-PIT (888-666-3974) or post your question here. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jun 01, 2020
Episode #2000: 30 Minute Home Improvement Hacks | Best Doggy Doors | Kid Safe Window Treatments | Your Questions
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This is a big episode for The Money Pit. Its show #2,000 and we can’t thank you enough for allowing us to help you make your home the best they can possibly be! Not all home imp projects require an entire weekend to get done! We’ve got 3 -30-minute home improvement hacks that can help you save time, energy and make your space look great! Do you love your dog -- but not so much having to get up in the middle of the night to let the dog out? We have tips on how to install a pet door that your pet can actually open, close and LOCK themselves – without human intervention or risk of unwanted wildlife using that same entry! New window treatments are a fast way to stepping up the décor in any room. But if that if you’re working in a child’s room, it’s important to choose a design that keep kids safe. We’ll share tips, just ahead. Plus, answers to your home improvement questions about, hot water heater valve replacement, eliminating ants, peeling paint, tracing electrical wiring, best coating for tile floors. Do you have a home improvement or decor question? Call the show 24/7 at 888-MONEY-PIT (888-666-3974) or post your question here. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
May 28, 2020
Episode #1999: Painting Plastic Playgrounds | Quick Fixes for Home Repairs | Cordless Chainsaw Reviews
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Do you have an old, faded plastic playset in your backyard? By giving it a coat of fresh paint, you can bring it back to life – it’s easy IF you use the right materials. We’ll walk through this project. Plus… With all the time we’re spending at home these days, the wear and tear shows on us, as well as our houses! And when stuff breaks, we need to be able to find the right glue to fix it fast and sometimes, that can be a real challenge. We’ll share tips on a new product that can set you up for an easy, reliable fix. If you need to cut a tree, firewood, or even landscape timbers, a chain saw can make quick work of that project. But while gas chain saws are costly, noisy to use, and require a big commitment every year to keep them clean and running well -- cordless chain saws can deliver just as much power without the hassles. We’ll share tips on what to look for when choosing a cordless chainsaw. Taking your off-season clothing out of storage and turn into a huge disappointment if you find that they have been ravaged by insects or moths. Leslie's got a timeless solution you can build yourself. Plus, answers to your home improvement questions, installing central air conditioning, cleaning moss from a roof, replacing a worn roof and installing ridge vents, prepare cement flooring for epoxy. Do you have a home improvement or decor question? Call the show 24/7 at 888-MONEY-PIT (888-666-3974) or post your question here. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
May 25, 2020
Episode #1998: How to Grow Herbal Medicines | Buzz on Backyard Honeybee Hives | Resurfacing Worn/Pitted Concrete
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Want to grow your own home remedies, right in your backyard? Well walk you through easy to grow herbs for surprisingly effective herbal medicines. Plus… Backyard honeybee hives are becoming a huge trend. We’ll tell you what all the buzz is about coming up. Over the winter – the combination of road salt and freezing weather, can do some real damage to concrete steps, walks, patios or driveways leaving them looking old, worn and just plain dull. We’ll review a solution to restore cracked concrete surfaces that’s easy to do. Plus, answers to your home improvement questions about painting outdoor wood columns, getting rid of carpenter bees, cleaning mold from tubs and sink backsplash, best way to venting an attic, stain options for a cedar deck, and ideas for basement flooring. Do you have a home improvement or decor question? Call the show 24/7 at 888-MONEY-PIT (888-666-3974) or post your question here. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
May 20, 2020
Episode #1997: Why Quarantines Make Allergies Worse | Easy to Build Fire Pits | Tricks for Cleaning Shades
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Have you noticed that your allergies are particularly bad this year? Well it turns out that quarantines can actually make allergies worse! Learn why from one of the nation's best experts on indoor air quality. Plus, learn some places allergens hide we guarantee you never would have thought of! Also in this episode. Want to improve your outdoor space by adding an outdoor kitchen, fire pit, grill enclosure, planters or even a bench? We share a way to do that which is as easy as stacking blocks! If you threw open your windows for fresh air and then choked on the dust that came off…you may have noticed your shades need a bit of attention! When it comes to Spring cleaning, cellular or pleated shades often get ignored because they’re delicate. Tom & Leslie share tricks-of-the-trade to clean shades without damaging them. If you’re moving into a new house soon, painting is one really important thing to do after you buy it and before you move in. Plus, as the saying goes, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably isn’t! We share a painting product that manufacturers claimed to last decades – but doesn’t. Plus, a new class of durable deck painting products that come as close to those claims as possible, and can drastically improve the look of old, worn decks and docks. All that along with answers to your home improvement questions about, repairing a sump pump, purchasing chemical free cabinets, installing radiant flooring, plans for garage conversion. Do you have a home improvement or decor question? Call the show 24/7 at 888-MONEY-PIT (888-666-3974) or post your question here. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
May 17, 2020
Episode #1996: How to Pick the Perfect Landscape Plants | Best Paint Sprayers | Fixing Plaster Cracks | Your Questions
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If you’ve been sprucing up your landscaping, avoiding high-maintenance plants that require constant pruning or suffer from pest problems is key. We’ve got tips on how to select a reliable, trouble free shrubs to spruce up your outdoor living spaces and your outlook! Plus, going green in your kitchen isn’t limited to veggies -- earth-friendly countertops can lend plenty of green as well. We’ll share which materials are Mother Nature’s favorites, coming up. Painting is one of the most popular projects right now, but painting outside places like walls, garage doors, decks and fences can be particularly challenging. We tested a new line of a new paint sprayers that make those projects easier and will let you know what we found. Have you ever had a cracked wall that needs fixing over and over again? This can be even worse when the cracked wall is made of plaster. We’ll share a neat piece of hardware that cost pennies and can stop those cracks once and for all.   Plus, answers to your home improvement questions about, repairing a cracked foundation wall, insulating a garage ceiling, cleaning cement off a garage floor, replacing a patio door, options for ventilating an attic, restoring a quartz countertop. Do you have a home improvement or decor question? Call the show 24/7 at 888-MONEY-PIT (888-666-3974) or post your question here.   Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
May 14, 2020
Episode #1995: Small Space Veggie Gardening | End Dirty Dish Do-Overs | DIY Kits to Grow Lawns | How to Stop Dogs from Digging
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Having a small yard or living in an apartment is no reason to give up on the idea of your very own garden, though. Urban and other small space gardeners are making use of containers and vertical space to grow crops like tomatoes, radishes, lettuce and other greens — we’ll show you how. Plus… ·        There are many, many things for your home that can be delivered in a box. A beautiful lawn however, is not one of them! But now there’s a service that delivers everything you need to grow a beautiful and earth friendly lawn – in a BOX! We’ll explain. ·        Have you ever pulled out gross dishes at the end of a dishwasher cycle that remained layered with last night’s dinner? The problem might be the way the machine is loaded. Get tips to end dirty dish do-overs! ·        Is your dog’s favorite pastime digging holes in the yard?  Well, your favorite pastime DOES NOT have to include filling them!  Learn how to stop dogs from doing their own form of landscaping. Plus, answers to your home improvement questions about, eliminating flies, repairing tub cracks, installing ice & water shield, building a garage foundation, fixing a squeaky floor. Do you have a home improvement or decor question? Call the show 24/7 at 888-MONEY-PIT (888-666-3974) or post your question here. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
May 11, 2020
Episode # 1994: Cooking Up Outdoor Kitchens | Spring Cleaning for Decks & Patios | Weekend Mailbox Makeovers
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Outdoor living spaces have never been more popular -- and that includes outdoor kitchens. But cooking and dining outside require special recipes of their own. Tom and Leslie have tips for designing an amazing outdoor kitchen. Plus… Spring cleaning isn’t just for indoor rooms. Now is also the time to spruce up a favorite outdoor room—your deck, we’ll have some deck cleaning tips later on in the show. Between bad weather, and more deliberate forms of vandalism, mailboxes can take a real beating! We’ll have tips on how to how to build a mailbox that can stand the test of time. Plus, answers to your home improvement questions about, eliminating odors from wood floors, painting a bathroom, cleaning rust stains from a toilet, creating a decorative wall, gutter guards are they worth it? exterior brick options. Do you have a home improvement or decor question? Call the show 24/7 at 888-MONEY-PIT (888-666-3974) or post your question here. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
May 07, 2020
Episode #1993: New Spring Flooring Trends | Window Coverings Without Leaving Home | Natural Pest Control Solutions
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If you’d like to take on one home décor project that you can really spruce up a room, new blinds are the ticket. Not only do they make your place look better, they can save you energy in both winter and summer. Tom & Leslie share how you can get this entire project done, without ever leaving home! Also ahead… ·        While most of us have been hunkered down inside for weeks, the wear and tear on your house may be more evident than ever. New floors can help give you a fresh start and installing most is a DIY project. We’ll highlight the most popular spring flooring trends to inspire your creative spirit. ·        Spring is officially here…which means bugs are on their way. But you don’t need to fill your home with unhealthy chemicals just to get rid of them. Coming up, natural pest control solutions that are effective, and more importantly, safe. Plus, answers to your home improvement questions about, installing spray foam insulation, countertop options, eliminating flies, and tree roots. Do you have a home improvement or decor question? Call the show 24/7 at 888-MONEY-PIT (888-666-3974) or post your question here. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
May 04, 2020
Episode # 1992: Creating Kid Friendly Gardens | Tips for Cleaning Hardwood Floors | Painting Hacks to Save Time & Brushes
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With the weather finally getting nicer, are you thinking of family-friendly outdoor activities for you and your little ones? Creating a kid-friendly garden is a great way to get the whole family involved in a fun project. Tom & Leslie tell you how to get things growing! Plus, Of all the cleaning questions we get, how to clean a hardwood floor takes the lead. It’s a tough spot to keep clean with all the dirt that gets tracked in, and it’s also one where you can’t use a lot of water without potentially ruining the wood floor itself. We’ll have tips to get those floors squeaky clean. And if you’re taking on a painting project while stuck at home, don’t toss that used paintbrush. We’ll share easy tips to get it clean and save yourself the hassles on buying new one. Bathtub vs Shower Stall: If you're thinking about bath remodeling, we look into which one gives you the best ROI. Plus, answers to your home improvement questions about clearing clogged pipes, painting over water stains, filing in log cabin cracks, applying a deck stain that doesn’t fade, skylight options, fixing low water pressure, repairing an asphalt driveway and more! Do you have a home improvement or decor question? Call the show 24/7 at 888-MONEY-PIT (888-666-3974) or post your question here. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Apr 30, 2020
Episode #1991: Spring Cleaning for Outdoor Furniture | Best Cleaning Tips for Wood Floors | High-Tech Paint that Wipes Clean
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When it’s time to pull out your outdoor furniture, it’s also time to give it a good cleaning! Tom & Leslie have tips on how best to clean and prepare the furniture so it’s ready for a fresh start this Spring, plus.... ·        There’s nothing that wears out a floor faster than the dirt and grime that everyone drags in on their feet. But cleaning wood floors is a challenge because wood absorbs moisture and can warp or twist or grow mold if it gets too wet. We’ll have tips on how do keep those hardwood floors clean without damaging them. ·        And if you have been getting just a bit tired of staring at your walls while we’re all stuck at home with this quarantine, painting a room is really the easiest way to spruce things up. There’s a new high-tech paint that makes interior painting easier than ever. We’ll share that tip. Plus, answers to your home improvement questions about, fix a creaking roof, eliminating carpenter bees, installing yard drainage, insulating a garage, painting vinyl siding, avoid peeling deck 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 podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Apr 27, 2020
Episode #1990: Building a Garden Wall | Tips for Game Rooms | Cordless String Trimmers
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Well, the quarantine has not been good for many industries but the Wall Street Journal reports that one is actually doing quite well. Any guesses? It’s the JIGSAW PUZZLE INDUSTRY! If you’ve caught a case of cabin fever, then adding a game room may be the answer you’re searching for stay at home entertainment! Tom & Leslie tell you how to get this project started. Plus… ·       Building a garden wall is a project that that’s fun to build on a beautiful Spring day—We’ll share tips on how to build a stone wall that will stand the test of time. ·       If your lawn and garden need a trim around the bed or fence, a string trimmer is a great tool to help you do just that. But if you use it wrong, even more weeds might grow. We’ll have tips. Plus, answers to your home improvement questions about preparing wood windows for painting, refinishing engineered wood floors, installing plaster ceilings, removing adhesive from wood flooring, are solar panels safe, repair a foundation that is sinking.                                                                                                     Do you have a home improvement or decor question? Call the show 24/7 at 888-MONEY-PIT (888-666-3974) or post your question here. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Apr 23, 2020
Episode #1989: Deep Clean Tips for Washers | The Easy Way to Mow Lawns | EPA Bans Freon – How to Stay Cool
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Could germs actually be lurking in your laundry? It may seem counterintuitive, but for the health, safety and cleanliness of your family, it’s important to actually wash your washing machine. Tom & Leslie tell you how to deep clean your machines, just ahead. Plus... Summer is only a few weeks away when air conditioning will be a big part of our comfort plan. But when it comes to AC, the refrigerant that we’ve relied on for decades, known as “freon” has now been banned by the EPA! We’ll talk through your options for a cool and comfortable home. It may not be your favorite household chore – but mowing your lawn is an important part of making sure it looks good and stays healthy. But there is a right and wrong way to cut your grass. We’ll share that tip. And can repairing a cracked foundation be a DIY project? The answer is – Maybe! We’ll share what you can do to fix a foundation crack, and let you know when it’s time to call in a pro. Plus get answers to your home improvement questions about, installing a pressure balancing valve, steam clean carpets to eliminate odors, repairing bathroom faucets, clean adhesive from tile floor. Do you have a home improvement or decor question? Call the show 24/7 at 888-MONEY-PIT (888-666-3974) or post your question here. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Apr 20, 2020
Episode #1988: DIY Pizza Gardens | Key Ingredient for a Healthy Home | Upcycling Redos
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If one of your favorite foods (or your kid’s favorite!) is pizza, imagine being able to grow all of your favorite pizza toppings right in your backyard? You can if you grow your own Pizza Garden. We’ll share tips on how to do just that. Plus For a home to be healthy, it has to breathe. That’s why ventilation is important! But if your home is energy efficient it - could potentially be too airtight for healthy living? They CAN and often DO require extra ventilation to maintain a healthy indoor air environment. Tom & Leslie share how insert just the right amount of fresh air without driving up energy costs. If one of your favorite foods (or your kid’s favorite!) is pizza, imagine being able to grow all of your favorite pizza toppings right in your backyard? You can if you grow your own Pizza Garden. We’ll share tips on how to do just that. And with all the time we’ve been spending at home these days, there’s lots and lots of cleaning going on. We’ll share tips on earth-friendly cleaning products that are effective and safe. And if you are ready for a redo, we’ll have tips on how to upcycle old furniture and accent pieces you no longer use to create a fresh new décor for any room in your home. Plus, answers to your home improvement questions about, chimney liners, repairing loose shingles, electrical sub panel installation, buying new windows, bath remodeling, new options in LED lighting. Do you have a home improvement or decor question? Call the show 24/7 at 888-MONEY-PIT (888-666-3974) or post your question here. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Apr 16, 2020
Episode #1987: DIY Landscape Plans for Instant Curb Appeal | How to Choose a Disinfectant that Works | Great Garage Storage Ideas
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Whether you have a green thumb or need to hire out the job, sprucing up your landscaping is a great way to step up your landscaping. Tom & Leslie have tips on how you can create a simple landscape plan to for a beautiful exterior to your home. Plus…  Flu season is upon us and along with all the concerns we have about viruses, do you know the difference between a cleaner, sanitizer and disinfectant? We’ll tell you what you need to know to make sure your home is safe. Garages are spaces where most of us store everything BUT a car! However, these are also places where toys and toxins are often stored side-by side. We’ll have tips to keep this space cleaned, organized and safe. And for those that don’t have garages, we’ll tell you exactly what you need to do to build or buy a storage shed and get it set up for maximum efficiency, Plus, answers to your home improvement questions about, eliminating carpenter ants, squeaky wood floors, venting dryers, cleaning vinyl siding. Do you have a home improvement or decor question? Call the show 24/7 at 888-MONEY-PIT (888-666-3974) or post your question here. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Apr 13, 2020
Episode #1986: Tiling Tips for Truly Waterproof Bath Walls | How to Fix a Sucky Vacuum | Best Smoke Detector for Families with Kids
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Re-tiling a bathroom is a great way to update the look, function and feel of this space. But if you want to make it last, it’s what goes UNDER the tile that counts. Tom & Leslie share what you need to know. Also… Now that it’s Spring cleaning season, the #1 tool you need to work and work well is your vacuum! If yours just doesn’t have the sucking power it used to – we share troubleshooting tips to get it back in action. Did you know that less than half of all households have the recommended number of smoke and carbon monoxide alarms? We’ll share an update on new detectors that include voice and location alerts for both smoke or carbon monoxide – designed to wake kids better than just alarms, and that have batteries which last for the life of the alarm! Foundation cracks can be a serious problem, but the repair can make it worse if it comes from a contractor instead of a design pro. We’ll walk you through the steps to assess a foundation crack and the steps need to make sure it gets fixed right and doesn’t impact your home’s value. Plus, answers to your home improvement questions about, rusty water elimination, leveling a cement floor, stains in sinks, venting a bathroom, cleaning bathroom grout Do you have a home improvement or decor question? Call the show 24/7 at 888-MONEY-PIT (888-666-3974) or post your question here. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Apr 09, 2020
Episode #1985: Pet-Friendly Back Yards | DIY Greenhouses | How to Plan the Perfect Deck | Easy Grout Cleaning
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As you start to spend more time outside, it’s a good time make sure your yard is pet-friendly and safe. We’ll share tips on the must have elements to keep your pets happy, plus the surprisingly common plants to avoid because they can make your dog sick!  just ahead. Plus, ideas on… How to build a greenhouse to help you get a jump on Spring gardening and assure a steady supply of veggies until Fall. We’ll share some DIY options that you can set up in as little as a couple hours. ·        Adding a backyard deck is a great way to increase your home's living space and increase its value. We’ll help you get started with a check list to help you plan the perfect project. ·        If your Spring cleaning includes dirty tile grout, we’ll share secrets to getting back brighter than ever. ·        Plus, answers to your home improvement questions about, electrical fixture replacement, bathroom mold elimination, energy audits, microwave replacement, caulking windows Do you have a home improvement or decor question? Call the show 24/7 at 888-MONEY-PIT (888-666-3974) or post your question here. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Apr 06, 2020
Episode #1984: Spring into Cleaning with Streak Free Windows | How to Hire a Contractor | When to Replace Your Electric Panel
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If you’re looking for a good place to start your Spring cleaning, windows can be just that. Tom & Leslie share tips on a streak free cleaner you can mix yourself. Plus: ·        If you’re planning on hiring a pro to help get a project done, there’s one extra thing you might want to check before pressing go: making sure you’re not liable if a worker gets hurt at your home! We’ll share how to check that your contractor has the right insurance. ·        Have you noticed that your home seems to trip circuits breakers or fuses more than usual? This might mean it’s time to upgrade your circuit or maybe the entire panel. We’ll share how to know if it’s time for a power upgrade. ·        Laminate flooring is a great, budget friendly option to hardwood. But floor installation is key for a clean look. Get tips to make sure the new floor stays new as long as possible! ·        Plus, answers to your home improvement questions, programmable thermostat installation, replacing a roof, deck options, squeaky floor fixes, granite sealing. Do you have a home improvement or decor question? Call the show 24/7 at 888-MONEY-PIT (888-666-3974) or post your question here.   Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Apr 02, 2020
Need-to-Know Advice for Buying Renters’ Insurance, Last-Minute Touches for Your Holiday Party, and DIY Tips for Watching Your Home When You’re Gone
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Wintertime is when most home fires occur - so if you’re a renter, the time to insure your possessions is now. Discover a few small upgrades that pay off big for houseguests. Learn how to install and customize a security system before you head out Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Apr 01, 2020
Episode #1983: Keeping Kids Safe Outside | Earth-Friendly Disinfectants You Mix Yourself | Stopping Sun Damage
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Spring is a season where we like to get kids busy outside, especially since they have been cooped up indoors most of the winter. But warmer weather is also the most dangerous time of year for child-aged accidents. In this episode, Tom & Leslie have smart safety tips for this potentially hazardous season. Plus… Learn a very earth-friendly way to clean and disinfect surfaces though your house like countertops, walls and floors to eliminate the risk of viruses hanging out. You may know what good case of sunburn can do to your skin, but have you ever thought about what those harsh rays can do to your home? Sunlight can fade furniture and floors, raise energy costs. We’ll tell you about a way you can shut out the damaging rays with just the push of a button. If you are considering selling your home in the next few months, begin now with some easy updates to your curb appeal. We share easy ideas to get that done. Plus, answers to your home improvement questions about, venting a dryer, painting a log cabin, installing a whole house generator, installing vinyl tile, installing a ridge vent Do you have a home improvement or decor question? Call the show 24/7 at 888-MONEY-PIT (888-666-3974) or post your question here. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Mar 30, 2020
Episode #1982: 5-Step Deck Safety Check | Easy Spring Energy Savers | Preventing Basement Floods | Crack Repair 101
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If you’ve got a deck, warmer weather means BBQ’s and parties may be just ahead. But before the crowd arrives, Tom & Leslie share FIVE SIGNS to watch for that could signal your deck may be ready to collapse! Plus: ·        Now that it is Spring, it’s like the Goldilocks season – not too hot and not too cold to tackle just about any project inside or out. We’re going to start you off with some easy updates to save money on heating, cooling and lighting just ahead. ·        Spring rains combined with power outages can lead to basement floods! We’ll share tips on a new system that provides complete protection, even when the power goes out. ·        When does a crack go from being a minor problem, to a major hassle? We’ll share tips on how to know what to do when you spot cracks in your walls or ceilings. ·        Plus, answers to your home improvement questions about, best flooring to use in a kitchen, repair plaster walls, modifying a gas fire pit, stop Woodpeckers attacking a house, and more. Do you have a home improvement or decor question? Call the show 24/7 at 888-MONEY-PIT (888-666-3974) or post your question here. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Mar 26, 2020
Episode #1981: 'Check Engine' Lights for Homes | Cordless Lawn Tools | Easy Screen Cleaning
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Wouldn’t it be nice if your house could tell you when it’s about to break down – BEFORE it actually breaks down? Well, that technology exists today! It’s called predictive maintenance and is sort of like a check engine light for your car! Tom & Leslie tell you all about it – plus Nothing says Spring like throwing open the windows and breathing some fresh Spring air! But if your screens are filthy, you just might be sucking in something not quite so fresh! We’ll share a formula for quick and easy screen cleaning just ahead!  Battery powered tools are more popular than ever, but can they really compete when it comes to lawn & garden tools like mowers and chainsaws? We’ll dig in to the answer. Plus, answers to your home improvement questions about, installing marble countertops, replace water softener line, cleaning adhesive off concrete, installing a vapor barrier, adding insulation to ceiling in addition. Do you have a home improvement or decor question? Call the show 24/7 at 888-MONEY-PIT (888-666-3974) or post your question here. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Mar 23, 2020
Episode # 1980: DIY Mold Clean Ups | How to Kill Viruses at Home | Best Mulch for Your Spring Plants
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As we move closer to spring, we move closer to spring storms which can bring on MOLD! But is getting rid of mold a DIY project or one that requires the specialized skills of a Pro? The answer is – it depends. We’ll share DIY tips to help clear the air, just ahead. Plus:    And with all the concerns now about viruses it’s a good time to think about the products we to disinfect our homes, because all disinfectants are not created equal. We’ll share tips on a product that is hospital grade and earth friendly. And if you are planning some for some early Spring plants, mulch is a great insulator – but put on too much, and you’ll suffocate the growth. We’ll walk you through the best practices, in a little bit. Plus, answers to your home improvement questions, should you purchase a service contract for your water heater, how to remove wall paneling, repairing a burn in countertop, building raised beds, choosing an efficient AC unit, clearing drains of clogs. Do you have a home improvement or decor question? Call the show 24/7 at 888-MONEY-PIT (888-666-3974) or post your question here. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Mar 19, 2020
Episode #1979: DIY Deck Projects | Decorating Long Rooms | Solutions for Small Electric Panels
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Adding a backyard deck is one sure-fire way to increase your home’s living space but is building a deck a DIY project? Tom & Leslie share some guidelines. Plus… Do you have really long room in your home that’s about as appealing to decorate as a bowling alley? Learn a few painting tricks and furniture tweaks for the layout, that will leave you with a room that feels cozy and comfortable. Do your electrical circuit breakers of fuses trip more than they should? If so, it may be your electrical service panel isn’t up to snuff. We walk you through five signs that show when it’s time to UPGRADE your service panel for your safety – and your sanity! Plus, answers to your home improvement questions about, installing a trench drain, eliminating sink odors, stopping squeaky wood floors, repairing bowing basement walls, cleaning rusty tub stains, clean tips for wood paneling, installing an installing a programmable thermostat. Do you have a home improvement or decor question? Call the show 24/7 at 888-MONEY-PIT (888-666-3974) or post your question here. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Mar 16, 2020
Episode #1978: Decorating Kids Rooms | Fix for Soggy Yards | Best Way to Add Basement Floor
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Whether you’re creating a kid’s room for a new arrival or updating a space for kids who insist they’re not little anymore, working on a child’s room can be a fun, creative adventure. Tom and Leslie walk through the key design considerations for this important space. Plus… Spring showers and melting snow can leave your yard a soggy mess. We show you how to dry up those wet and soggy yards so you can enjoy them all spring and summer long. Basements are one place that get damp and can become hard to finish. But an ingenious new floor product can put some distance between you and the damp – we’ll share that tip. Plus, answers to your home improvement questions including, clothes dryer that don’t dry, cracked door frames, installing split ductless heating and A/C, pros of laminate flooring, water damaged ceilings,  cleaning rusty water stains and plaster wall repair. Do you have a home improvement or decor question? Call the show 24/7 at 888-MONEY-PIT (888-666-3974) or post your question here. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Mar 12, 2020
Episode # 1977: Eco-Friendly Floors | Fixing Wall & Ceiling Cracks | Cordless Lawn Tools
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Today, it’s easier than ever to be eco-friendly. But when it comes to choosing eco-friendly floors for your home, understanding how the product is produced is key. Tom & Leslie explain what to look for. Plus: ·        As you look around your home, are cracks, holes, and nail pops taking away from your otherwise well-maintained space? away your home’s age? Tips on how to fix them yourself. ·        It may still be chilly out, but Spring is ahead which makes now is a good time to think about investing in a much better alternative, a new cordless lawnmower. We’ll highlight new cordless technology so advanced it can run a lawnmower for 60 minutes on a single charge and is self-propelled! Plus, answers to your home improvement questions about, fastening an awning to a brick building, choosing an AC unit, eliminating rust stains from well water, installing a bed in a truck, eliminating crickets and other bugs in the home, eliminating moisture in the bathroom. Do you have a home improvement or decor question? Call the show 24/7 at 888-MONEY-PIT (888-666-3974) or post your question here Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Mar 09, 2020
Episode #1976: Hardwood Access Walls | Tips to Keep Circuit Breakers from Blowing | How to Know Your House Age
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If you love the look of hardwood on your floors, you might not realize that this same product can be used to create a beautiful accent wall. Tom and Leslie have tips for this project, plus: Has this ever happened to you…you’re in the middle of drying your hair and the power goes out! Well, circuit breakers trip for a reason… we’ll tell you WHY these devices keep you safe and WHAT to do if they keep tripping. If you know the age of your home, you can stay ahead of problems common to its vintage, we’ll explain the many ways to figure out how old your house is and what to expect given the decade it was built. Plus, answers to your home improvement questions about pin holes in copper lines, using epoxy on basement floors, securing staircases, installing dimmer switches, removing wall paneling. Do you have a home improvement or decor question? Call the show 24/7 at 888-MONEY-PIT (888-666-3974) or post your question here. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Mar 05, 2020
Episode # 1975: Easy Kitchen Countertop Updates | Biggest Mistake in Bedroom Remodeling | New Phone Booths Offer Privacy & Comfort
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Kitchen countertops are often the most heavily used work surfaces in the home. But did you know that with a few changes, you can make those surfaces work harder for you instead of the other way around? Tom & Leslie share THREE ways to improve countertops to make them easier to use. Plus… A new survey by Lending Tree show single women are far outpacing men in homeownership. We’ll share those surprising stats and explore the reasons behind the trend. Turning your master bedroom into a luxurious master suite is generally a great way to add value and style. But a common bedroom remodeling mistake can make the effort worthless! We’ll walk you through what to do to spike up both the luxury and the value just ahead. Phone booths have become a thing of the past but a new type of phone booth has emerged that has major companies, malls and rec spaces giving this a 2nd look. We’ll share the cool new designs you’ll start to see popping up. Plus, answers to your home improvement questions about, eliminating basement mold, temporary fix for leaky windows, insulating a garage door, shifting foundations, space heater efficiency, engineered wood flooring in a basement. Do you have a home improvement or decor question? Call the show 24/7 at 888-MONEY-PIT (888-666-3974) or post your question here. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Mar 02, 2020
Episode #1974: Worst Home Décor Choices Ever | Step Up to a New Deck | Best New Floors for Spring
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As the saying goes, beauty is in the eyes of the beholder and that’s certainly true when it comes to the choices Americans make in home décor. Tom & Leslie share results of a new survey where Americans voted on the worst home décor choices in the last 50 years – and yes, we have a winner! All that plus, If building a new deck is a project for your Spring to-do list, learn the ups and downs of building deck steps, which are often built to be unsafe! You’ll learn how to how to make sure they’re solid and safe. If you’re ready for new flooring, now’s a great time, with many manufacturers holding early Spring sales. But with dozens of choices in both real and look alike hardwood, how do you know what floor will perform best for your home? We’ll share the options, money saving tips and more to help you figure it all out. Plus, answers to your home improvement questions about, kitchen lighting options, deck sealers, required GFI outlets in kitchen, skylight options, installing a whole house air filter, fixing nail pops, replacing a bathroom fan. Do you have a home improvement or decor question? Call the show 24/7 at 888-MONEY-PIT (888-666-3974) or post your question here. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Feb 27, 2020
Episode #1973: Garage Door Makeovers | Heated Driveways | Luxury Toilet Seats Under $200
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If your family is like most, you probably use the garage as much as your front door for access and security. But if your door is old and worn, it could not only be unsafe, it could also be providing easy access for intruders when you are away. Learn tips to update your garage door, plus...        Would you do anything to avoid shoveling snow again? We’ve got a serious driveway solution for anyone who’s had enough shoveling for one lifetime.       Here’s an idea we can get behind: Better toilet seats. From comfier to cleaner, there are plenty of affordable upgrades out there for your throne. We’ll highlight some of the latest innovations Plus, answers to your home improvement questions about, repairing cracks in a concrete driveway, installing baseboard trim, removing wallpaper, how to test a house for radon gas , changing over from oil to gas heat, how to fix a sticking front door. Do you have a home improvement or decor question? Call the show 24/7 at 888-MONEY-PIT (888-666-3974) or post your question here. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Feb 24, 2020
Episode # 1972: 7 Home Remodeling Projects Under $1,000 | Quick Fix for Cracked Walls | Money Saving Heating Tips for Renters
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Do you have champagne home makeover dreams on a beer budget? We’ve got tips on 7 home remodeling projects you can do with less than a thousand bucks, coming up.  Plaster walls are common in older homes – but cracks are almost as common after decades of settling. We’ll share a trick of the trade to make repairing those plaster cracks easy and fast. And, just because you are a renter, doesn’t mean you can’t make changes to cut heating costs in your home or apartment. We’ve got solutions to solve your energy problems… including some that you can even take with you when it’s time to move on! Plus, answers to your home improvement questions about cutting a shelf to fit wall space, installing a vent duct, removing ugly wallpaper, repairing wall cracks, and getting rid of hot water heater noises, and more. Do you have a home improvement or decor question? Call the show 24/7 at 888-MONEY-PIT (888-666-3974) or post your question here. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Feb 20, 2020
Episode #1971: Easy Furniture Fixes | Bathtub Refinish or Replace | Best Bed Sheets for Comfort and Cost
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If you’ve got an active household, your furniture is likely to take a few hits from time to time - especially if you have kids! We’ve got tips to make water rings, dings, dents and scratches disappear, plus…   We all know power tools can hurt you in an instant, but are yours causing slow, serious harm over time? We’ll highlight a health risk among DIYers that’s got medical experts talking.  Bathtubs can last a lifetime, but their finishes won’t! The good news is you don’t have to get rid of the whole tub just because of a worn finish. We’ll have tub refinishing tips. Plus, answers to your home improvement questions about, window replacement options, eliminating trash odors, installing a proper tile floor, paint peeling off walls after a few months, installing chain link fence post, modular home installation.. Do you have a home improvement or decor question? Call the show 24/7 at 888-MONEY-PIT (888-666-3974) or post your question here. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Feb 17, 2020
Episode #1970: Kitchen Lighting Tips | Best Generators | 30 Minute Home Improvements
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If there’s one room you’d like to be bright and cheery, it’s the kitchen! We’ll have tips on lighting to keep that space looking bright – even when it’s dark outside. Plus… If winter storms and the power outages, they bring have you considering a generator, we’ve got tips to help you pick the best type of generator for your home.  Ready to take on some home improvement projects, but don’t feel you have the time? Not possible! We’ll highlight several projects you can get done in 30 minutes or less! Plus, answers to your home improvement questions about, storm door heat build up, copper pipes used in a flooring heating system, discharge of a sump pump, ways to lower energy costs, types of lighting for a garage door, installing a wood burning stove where one never existed. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Feb 13, 2020
Episode #1969: High-Tech New Home Products for 2020 | Best Insulation to Cut Heating Bills | Fun Kitchen Backsplashes You Can DIY in a Weekend
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Shower heads with built in speakers, water heaters that detect leaks, and kitchen faucets you can talk and hand showers that deliver aromatherapy to were just some of the many cool new home products we spotted at the 2020 International Builders Show. We’ll have a full report, plus: If you’ve been feeling the chill of high heating bills, the best way to lower costs and warm things up is by adding extra insulation.  We’ll share the areas of your home where insulation delivers the best ROI, and the very common insulation mistake that many home improvers make that ruins your energy efficiency. Is your kitchen backsplash falling behind the times? Adding a new one can be a fun DIY project you could tackle in a weekend.  We’ll share backsplash ideas and materials are up-and-coming, affordable, and fun. Plus, answers to your home improvement questions about, a sinking kitchen floor, patching a popcorn ceiling, repairing electric water heater lines, what products to use to clean deck and stones, removing wallpaper, sealers for concrete porch installing ceramic faux wood tiles. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Feb 10, 2020
Episode #1968: Cordless Lawn Mower Review | Tips for Stylish & Safe Stairs | Snow-Free Driveways & Walks
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It may still be chilly out, but Spring is ahead and a time we can look forward to warm weather, birds chirping - and the sounds and smells of loud gas-powered lawn equipment! Get tips on a new battery technology that can deliver plenty of lawn mowing power, without the hassle. Plus… ·        A gorgeous banister and a dramatic new post can add a stylish look to your stairs. But years of manhandling can lead to shaky stairs and loose railings. Learn the easy fix. ·        If you’ve been chipping away a lot of ice this winter, we’ll have a trick of the trade to help make it disappear, especially when it freezes a garage door shut. Plus, answers to your home improvement questions about installing compact fluorescent lighting, repairing a crumbling foundation, adding heat to an addition, metal roof advantages, eliminating sink odors, when to add insulation to the attic and what anti slip paint to use on decks... Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Feb 06, 2020
Episode #1967: Creative Kitchen Islands | Roof Color Trends | Easy Fix for Dusty House | Building a Driveway Marker
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Need some extra prep space in your kitchen? Tom & Leslie share tips for adding kitchen islands, even in small spaces, and more including: How to upcycle furniture for your kitchen island, including which pieces make the best islands and a trick for having a kitchen island you can move out of the way when the extra space is not needed.When you think of your roof – you don’t necessarily think of designer colors – but color is where it’s at when it comes to your roof.  We highlight the best roof color trends for 2020. Got a dusty house? Get tips on the easiest way to reduce dust build up automatically and cleaning tricks to make even more dust disappear. Building a driveway marker can be a fun and practical DIY project that can step up your curb appeal and improve home safety. Learn a few DIY tips for building that project. Plus, get answers to home improvement questions about getting rid of mice in your attic, installing ceiling lights without holes, hiring an electrician for GFI installation, tiling over asbestos floors, best way to install gutters and keep them clean, insulating crawlspaces, uneven heat in the home. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Feb 03, 2020
Episode # 1966: Pro Painting Secrets | Easy Ways to Downsize | Water Savings Made Easy
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Have you ever had a paint project that didn’t dry right, wouldn’t cover a stain or peeled off faster than it should have? Tom & Leslie share tips for painting success and more including: Pro painting secrets to avoid brush marks, prevent spills, cut down on the number of trips back to the paint can, stop paint from bleeding through masking tape, and reducing the number of coats of paint you need for a project. Downsizing is a big trend these days – but if living small isn’t for you, get tips on ways to make life simpler – and more affordable – without shrinking your space.  Saving water is important for your budget and the environment. But rather than rely on your kids and family to use less water, learn how updating your plumbing fixtures can actually do the water saving for you! Plus, get answers to home improvement questions about replacing steel window wells, repairing plaster walls, removing leak stains on basement walls, fixing cracked concrete driveways, and restoring shower walls, installing whole house water filters, and more. Do you have a home improvement or decor question? Call the show 24/7 at 888-MONEY-PIT (888-666-3974) or post your question here Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jan 30, 2020
Episode #1965: Window Tips for Brighter Kitchens | Stopping Cable Clutter | Preventing Winter Emergencies
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If you’d love to add more light to your kitchen, there is a new window trend emerging that aims to do just that and in a very unusual way. Tom & Leslie share that tip, plus: The real winter is just beginning, so make sure that your car has an emergency kit at the ready. Get tips on how to properly stock it. Do you ever feel like no matter what you do, you just can’t get your house to be warm enough? We’ve got solutions for heating even the coldest rooms. Do you have a bathroom with tile colors that are decades old? Get makeover tips to update the space without a major makeover Do you have a home improvement or decor question? Call the show 24/7 at 888-MONEY-PIT (888-666-3974) or post your question here. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jan 27, 2020
Episode #1964: Quick Closet Organization | Least Expensive Electric Heat | Fire Safety Solutions
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Got closets that are busting at the seams? We’ve got steps for a simple closet makeover that takes less than an hour or two to get done and will help you find the space you need. Plus: calls about, hiring a professional home inspector when buying a home, cleaning dryer vent and lime deposits, eliminating squirrels in the attic, and removing wallpaper. Keeping heating costs down is usually a lot easier for home heated with gas or oil than for those heated by electricity. We’ll share how new efficiencies in heat pump technology are changing this for the better. You might think a working smoke detector will protect your home and family from a fire. But while that system can provide a critical alert, find out how adding a home sprinkler system could stop the home from actually burning to the ground.  Plus, answers to your questions about best paint, snow blower, cleaning dryer vents, hiring a Professional Home Inspector, eliminating water hammer, and squirrels from the attic, repairing dented wood flooring, removing wallpaper. Do you have a home improvement or decor question? Call the show 24/7 at 888-MONEY-PIT (888-666-3974) or post your question here. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jan 23, 2020
Episode #1963: How to Budget for Home Projects | Low Cost Granite Countertops | Repurposing Old Furniture
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Do you have a list of projects to get done but concerned you won’t be able to handle any surprises that come up once walls and floors are all torn up? We teach you how to manage a home improvement project budget that plans for all the possibilities. Plus: Whether your roof leaks, heat goes out or fridge is on the fritz, unexpected repairs are a part of owning a home. We share tips for setting a realistic household budget help you handle the surprises and the expense of emergency repairs.  Stone countertops are both popular AND expensive. But we’ve got a DIY trick of the trade to share on how to get a granite counter makeover WITHOUT spending a lot. As the saying goes, don’t judge a book by its cover – and that applies to old furniture too! We share DIY tips on furniture refinishing and upholstery that can create statement pieces out of furniture that’s old and weathered, or that once faded into the background. Plus, answers to your questions about best layout for a kitchen, bath remodeling, fixing garage doors, dealing with chilly rooms and more. 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. https://www.moneypit.com/question-submission/.   Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jan 20, 2020
Episode #1962: Best Ways to Insulate | Fix vs Replace Busted Appliances | Lighting to Beat Winter Blues
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Tired of paying high heating bills? Get tips on the best ways to use insulation to lower heating costs, plus ways to brighten your home in these dark winter days, when to fix vs replace an appliance that breaks down. In this episode:  Insulation is the single most effective way to reduce home heating costs. But with so many insulation options to choose and so many places to add insulation, Tom & Leslie walk you through how to know makes the most sense for your unique home. Are you tired of feeling, well, tired? Winter blues can bring you down this time of years - but we’ve got easy DIY pick-me-ups for your home that will help raise your spirit and make you home look great, just ahead this! And it’s an age-old dilemma when your appliances break down, is it better to make the repair or throw them out and start over? Our cheat sheet will help you make the right choice every time. Learn how to stop snow and ice from freezing at the end of your roof, forming ice dams and collapsing gutters. Plus answers to your home improvement questions about installing a support beam, getting rid of pet odors, how to compare wood stoves stopping a leaking toilet part , insulating a crawl space, and more. 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. https://www.moneypit.com/question-submission/. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jan 16, 2020
Episode #1961: Smart Space Heaters | Faux Stainless Steel | How to Grow Winter Veggies at Home
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Space heaters are a popular way to stay warm in winter but they’re also a leading cause of home fires. In this episode Tom & Leslie have smart strategies to stay safe, along with tips for growing veggies at home though winter, and a cool idea to update the look of your appliances, including.  Stainless steel is still a popular choice for kitchen appliances, but very costly. If your dishwasher or refrigerator still work great but need a new look, learn how this affordable faux stainless steel can transform them into shining beauties, including an application trick that make it super easy to apply. If you are missing your usual supply of fresh veggies that are available in warmer weather, we’ve got tips for by growing fresh vegetables indoors that can keep you with a steady supply of veggies from now until Spring. Mice love to move indoors when it turns cold, which is why they can which make your house their winter getaway! We share tips to help keep furry creatures away. You’ll be amazed at what they can actually chew through! Plus, answers to questions, about fixing stuck windows, building a retaining wall, water puddling around house, easy way to remove caulk from a tub, replacing a garage door opener, installing crown molding and more. Do you have a home improvement or decor question? Call the show 24/7 at 888-MONEY-PIT (888-666-3974) or post your question here. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jan 13, 2020
Episode #1960: Stop Roof Leaks | Fix for Ice Dams | Attracting Winter Birds | Creating Hobby Space
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When the weather outside is frightful, icicles are NOT so delightful and could lead to big roof leaks. In this episode, Tom & Leslie have tips, plus ideas on how to attract winter birds and smart strategies to carve out space for hobbies, including: The 3 most popular types of roof that stand up to winter’s harsh weather and the one element that is often left out of a roof replacement and leads to major winter leak damage. Learn how to bring life and color to your backyard by attracting a variety of winter birds with the right kind of bird feeder and food. Whether you enjoy crafts, woodwork or working on a car, find out how to organize your workspace for efficiency including the single biggest mistake DIY’rs make when setting up workspaces. Plus, answers to your home improvement questions about leaking light fixtures, best stain resistant grout, cleaning moss from a roof, painting vinyl siding and more. Do you have a home improvement or decor question? Call the show 24/7 at 888-MONEY-PIT (888-666-3974) or post your question here. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jan 09, 2020
Episode #1959: Doggy Doors | Recipe for Sidewalk Salt that Won’t Destroy Concrete | $20 Solution to Increase Hot Water
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Tired of having to walk to dog at all hours of the winter day? Tom & Leslie walk though the best options in doggy doors, plus dish out the best recipe to make sidewalk ice disappear with destroying concrete and share a $20 improvement that will provide more hot water. Adding a doggy door lets your pooch walk him or herself! Learn how to pick the right door (there’s at least 4 types!), get it properly installed and teach your pet to use. Learn the best way to burglar proof your pet door so skinny burglars don’t try and slip inside! Wondering why your walks look worn and pitted after every winter? Traditional rock salt works, but it’s extremely corrosive to surfaces and leaves concrete pitted and worn. Tom & Leslie share a recipe for a non-corrosive deicer that won’t harm your sidewalks or your indoor floors when it’s tracked into the house. It’s also a lot safer for pets! Find out why your water heater has to work harder in cold temperatures and how a $20 DIY project can make your hot water last a lot longer. Plus, answers to questions about countertop refinishing, sealing drafty windows, heating a garage, leaky roofs and finishing a basement and more. Do you have a home improvement or decor question? Call the show 24/7 at 888-MONEY-PIT (888-666-3974) or post your question here. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jan 06, 2020
Episode #1958: Low Cost to No Cost Remodels | Keeping Projects on Track | Best Way to Divide a Room
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Want your new place to look good, but your budget looks pretty bad? Tom and Leslie have tips for makeovers that require little to absolutely NO cash. Plus: Have you ever thought about adding solar panels to your home? Hearing lots of promises on how much money you’ll save? Tom shares the “creative math” some solar companies use to make the deal looks a lot better than it really is. If you’re just starting out in your first home or apartment, Tom & Leslie share ways to stretch your budget, along with your creative “muscles”, to create a place you’ll be proud to call home. Ever feel like you start projects but just can’t finish them? A recent survey shows more homeowners are taking on DIY projects, but more than half of DIY’rs have unfinished tasks – with almost 20% reporting they have 5 or more projects they need to complete! Get tips for planning a project you can actually get done, along with ideas for creating a realistic budget, and the smartest way to purchase home improvement supplies. Learn how to turn one big room into two smaller rooms by building a partition wall, a fairly basic DIY project that you can do with just a few steps. Plus answers to questions about adding in-floor heating and how to clean dryer ducts, fixing sticking doors, preventing plumbing problems, lowering heating cost and more! Do you have a home improvement or decor question? Call the show 24/7 at 888-MONEY-PIT (888-666-3974) or post your question here. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jan 03, 2020
Episode #1957: Best Garage Heaters | Fix for Doors that Stick | Tips for Upcycling Furniture
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With winter temperatures at record lows across the country – a heated garage might sound pretty good to you! Tom & Leslie have garage heating options, solutions for doors that stick and ways to save money by upcycling furniture. Plus, answers to your home improvement questions. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jan 01, 2020
Episode #1956: How to Avoid a Dusty House | Renters Insurance that Protects | Preventing Household Poisoning
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Are you tired of having to dust all the time, or always sneezing? Tom & Leslie share tips to get you breathing easier, share tips on renter’s insurance must-haves and poison prevention - plus, answer your home improvement questions Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Dec 30, 2019
Episode #1955: How to Add Vintage Charm | Best Attic Insulation | Is Design Build Better?
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Do you have a newer house that lacks the vintage charm of an older classic home? Tom & Leslie have tips to add vintage classics to any age home, plus tips for the best attic insulation option and answers to your home improvement questions including Leveling a house, ideas on remodeling , Heating house efficiently, proper way to prepare for painting and many other questions. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Dec 25, 2019
Episode #1954: Creating a DIY Home Theater | Avoiding Christmas Tree Bugs | Wallpaper Renaissance
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Get DIY tips to help you turn a ho-hum space into a home theater. Find out how to avoid creepy Christmas tree bugs that may have attached themselves to your holiday tree and learn home wallpaper is making a big comeback. Plus, answers to your home improvement questions about hiring an insurance adjuster, fixing cracks in stucco , solving sink problems, and solutions for hot water shortage and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Dec 23, 2019
Episode #1953: Holiday Décor for Doors | Handiest Tools | Fixing Steps and Railings
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Are you jumping into holiday décor? Tom & Leslie share tips for door décor, plus highlight handy American made tools and offer tips to fix weak or broken steps and railings before holiday guests arrive. Plus, answers to your home improvement questions.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Dec 18, 2019
Episode #1952: DIY Disasters | Hanging Heavy Pictures | Winter Ready Checklist
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Did you ever start a home improvement project only to have it all go terribly wrong? Tom & Leslie share tips to save your project, and your pride. Plus, how to securely hang heavy pictures, a winter ready checklist and the answers to your home improvement questions. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Dec 16, 2019
Fix for Stuck Disposers | Smart Smoke Detectors that Talk | Picking Perfect Holiday Trees
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Ready to shop for a fresh holiday tree? Tom & Leslie share secrets for choosing one that can last the season, offer fast fixes for stuck garbage disposers, highlight new smoke detector technology plus answer your home improvement questions. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Dec 11, 2019
How to Hire a Handyman | Electrical Mystery Solved | Tips to Buy Snow Blowers
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Got some small projects to get done before the holidays? Tom & Leslie share tips for hiring a handyman, solve electrical problems and offer tips for those shopping for snowblowers, plus answer your questions to 888-MONEY PIT. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Dec 09, 2019
Window Inserts that Stop Drafts | How-to Save on Carpet | Quick Crack Repairs
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Are winter drafts sailing through your windows but you’re not ready for the expense, time or hassle of replacing them? Tom & Leslie share new option that’s easy to install, cuts drafts by 80% and is affordable. Plus, answers to your home improvement questions. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Dec 04, 2019
Prevent Frozen Pipe Breaks | Space Saving Bathrooms | Removing Wallpaper
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As temperatures drop, are your water pipes ready to stand up to the cold? Tom & Leslie share tips to stop frozen pipes, plus easy space-saving bath remodeling and the 4-step plan to remove wallpaper. Plus, answers to your home improvement questions. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Dec 02, 2019
Stop Chimney Fires | How-to Buy the Perfect Mattress | Thanksgiving Table Décor
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Are you looking forward to a winter full of enjoying a roaring fireplace? Well, you’d better make sure your chimney is up for the challenge. Tom & Leslie have tips to keep your home safe and sound, plus answer your home improvement questions. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Nov 27, 2019
Best Smoke & Carbon Monoxide Detectors | Direct Vent Fireplaces | Hardiest House Plants for Winter
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Now that we are in full on heating season, Smoke and Carbon Monoxide alarms are crucial for home safety – but many are not properly installed or maintained. Tom & Leslie have tips to keep you safe, plus answers to your questions Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Nov 25, 2019
Simple Home Staging | Green Cleaners | Kitchen Fire Safety
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Tom & Leslie share home staging secrets to fast sales, introduce a new concept in green cleaning products, offer kitchen fire safety tips and answer your questions. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Nov 20, 2019
Garage Door Do-Overs | Basement Fix-ups | Solutions for Stink Bugs
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Got a garage door that’s not making a very good first impression for your home? Tom & Leslie share tips on doors that are made better, look better and are more secure than ever before. Plus, answer your questions Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Nov 18, 2019
Drop Ceilings Deliver a Dramatic New Look
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If you’ve been thinking about a remodeling project and wondering what to do with your ceiling – I’ll bet there’s one type you’ve totally ruled out – a drop ceiling. Tom & Leslie share why you might want to give these easy to install tiles a 2nd look plus, answer your home improvement questions Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Nov 13, 2019
High-Tech Faucets That Help Keep Your Home Germ-Free
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If you’re hoping to avoid the flu in the coming months, hands-free, motion-activated faucets may be a healthy fit for your home. Tom & Leslie share how to choose one that’ll will work for your space, plus answer your home improvement questions. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Nov 11, 2019
How to Hire Pro Surveyors
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If you want to take on just about any outdoor project like building a patio, deck, fence or adding a room, you need to know the exact dimensions of your lot. Tom & Leslie have tips for hiring surveyors that can help, plus answers to your home improvement questions. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Nov 06, 2019
Fence Building Tips to Step Up Curb Appeal
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Building a fence is a great way to improve your home’s curb appeal, home value and keep out the wildlife. Tom & Leslie have tips to help you get started. Plus, answers to your home improvement questions. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Nov 04, 2019
Keeping Kids Safe Online
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With the internet touching practically every aspect of kids’ lives, keeping them safe online is an important topic for many parents. Tom & Leslie have tips for a stress-free easy-to-install solution, plus, answers to your home improvement questions. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Oct 30, 2019
Perfect Fall Outdoor Projects
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Fall is actually the perfect time to take on big projects that will add enjoyment next spring and for many years to come like building a deck or patio. Tom & Leslie share tips, plus, answer your home improvement questions. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Oct 28, 2019
Now's a Good Time To Repair your Driveway
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If your concrete walks and driveway are looking worn, now’s a good time to restore those surfaces before snow and ice starts to fall. We’ll share an easy DIY way to do just that, Plus answers to your questions. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Oct 23, 2019
Are heating costs sending a chill down your spine
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Are heating costs sending a chill down your spine, even when your house is warm! Tom & Leslie have tips for spending less on heating Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Oct 21, 2019
Preventing Heating Snafus
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As heating systems kick on, heating problems kick in. Tom & Leslie share tips to keep systems safe, and saving money, plus answers to your home improvement questions. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Oct 16, 2019
Fall is Fire Season: Here’s How to Stay Safe
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Fall is an amazing season for beautiful colors but as the heating season kicks in, so do the risks of fire. Tom and Leslie highlight fire prevention risks you haven’t thought of and share tips to stay safe. Plus, answers to your home improvement questions. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Oct 14, 2019
Home Improvement You Must Do Right Now
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Did you know there was one EASY home improvement that can prevent cracked foundation, rotting siding and leaky roofs? Tom & Leslie share that key tip, plus answer your home improvement questions Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Oct 09, 2019
Fast Free Energy Saving Tips
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Are you looking for fast, free ways to save on energy around your home this winter? Tom & Leslie share ten ways you can do that, plus answers to your home improvement questions. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Oct 07, 2019
Smart Heating Tune-Ups for Seasonal Savings
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As Summer turns to Fall, it’s time to get your heating system serviced to make sure the system remains safe and efficient. Tom & Leslie explain the key components to include, plus, answers to your home improvement questions. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Oct 02, 2019
Big Tips for Small Baths
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From single sinks to limited square footage, smaller bathrooms often leave much to be desired. But you don’t have to make a bathroom bigger to make it better. Tom & Leslie share tips, plus, answers to your home improvement questions. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Sep 30, 2019
Money Saving Painting Tips for Fall
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Want to step up your curb appeal for Fall? Painting is the single easiest way to do that. Tom & Leslie share money saving tricks that can help you get this job done quickly and efficiently. Plus, answers to your home improvement questions. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Sep 25, 2019
Simple Hurricane Survival Tips
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The most active part of hurricane season is upon us, and no one’s more vulnerable than seniors – especially if they live alone. Tom & Leslie have tips to keep senior citizens in your life safe from weather emergencies. Plus, answers to your home improvement questions. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Sep 23, 2019
Best Fall Flooring Choices for Your Home
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With so many new types to choose from, how do you know what’s right for you? Tom & Leslie share easy steps to help you choose, plus answer your home improvement questions. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Sep 18, 2019
How to Mold-Proof and Clean Outdoor Furniture
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As outdoor living season starts to come to a close, the time has come for your outdoor furniture to go into hibernation. But before you pack it up Tom & Leslie share tips to help you clean it up. Plus, get answers to your home improvement questions. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Sep 16, 2019
Fast Fixes to Step Up Home Value
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If you’re planning to put your home on the market, getting it ready is no small feat. Tom & Leslie share a few quick and easy inexpensive projects that will attract buyer s add immediate value. Plus, answers to your home improvement questions. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Sep 11, 2019
Smart Ideas for Saving Money with Smart Homes
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Smart houses are big on convenience but often require a big budget – unless of course you take the DIY approach! Tom & Leslie share money-saving ideas plus answer your home improvement questions. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Sep 09, 2019
Easy End of Summer Projects
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As summer roles to a close - now is the perfect time to take on a few easy projects that’ll help avoid bigger, colder headaches as the weather changes. Tom & Leslie share projects that deliver the best bang for your buck. Plus, answer your home improvement questions Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Sep 04, 2019
3 Ways to Extend the Outdoor Living into Fall
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Just because it starting to cool off and get dark earlier doesn’t mean you have to cut back on outdoor entertaining. Tom & Leslie have tips on THREE ways you can extend the use of your outdoor space. Plus, answers to your home improvement questions. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Sep 02, 2019
Budget Bathroom Remodels
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Bathroom remodels provide one of the best returns on investments when it comes time to sell, but only if they’re properly planned. Tom & Leslie have tips to keep costs in line and to keep bathroom downtime to a minimum! Plus, answers to your home improvement questions. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Aug 28, 2019
Break Stuck Windows Free without Breaking Windows!
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Older windows are more challenging than charming when they get stuck shut – or stuck open! Toom & Leslie have tips for breaking stuck windows free -- without breaking windows in the process, plus answers to your home improvement questions. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Aug 26, 2019
How to Prevent Pet Damage to Your Lawn
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Dogs may be a man’s best friend, but they’re rarely a YARD’s best friend. Tom & Leslie share tips to prevent pet damage, plus answer your home improvement questions. Plus, answers to your home improvement questions Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Aug 21, 2019
How to Make Dirty Grout Disappear
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Grout never ever seems to be as clean as the day it’s put down, but besides the dirt, grout can harbor harmful microbes and mold. Tom and Leslie share pro solutions for sparkling clean tile floors plus answer to your home improvement questions. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Aug 19, 2019
Secrets to Summer Lawn Care
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The “dog days of summer” can wreak havoc on an otherwise healthy lawn, especially if you live in a community with water restrictions. Tom and Leslie share tips to keep lawns alive even when they turn brown, plus, answers to your home improvement questions. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Aug 14, 2019
Staying Safe from Summer Ticks
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Summer is peak season for tics that can carry dangerous diseases. Tom & Leslie share surprising ways ticks hitch a ride and how to avoid bites, plus answer your home improvement questions Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Aug 12, 2019
How to Hire a Great Designer
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Thinking about updating a room but don’t know where to begin? Interior designers help to facilitate your ideas, making your dream home a reality. Toom & Leslie share tip to help you find the best pro for your project, plus answer your home improvement questions  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Aug 07, 2019
Summer Storm Safety
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With the long, humid “dog days” of summer ahead, we can expect to see more sever summer storms. Tom & Leslie have tips to help you stay safe and keep your home in good shape when storms hit, plus, answers to your home improvement questions. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Aug 05, 2019
Easy Lighting Updates for Kitchens
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Want to add a new look to your kitchen over just a weekend? Then just change up the lighting! Tom & Leslie have tips on installing energy efficient pendant lights for an easy DIY update, plus, answers to your home improvement questions. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jul 31, 2019
Low-Water Lawns that Survive Drought
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This time of year, homeowners grow pretty tired of paying the water bill to keep their lawns looking lush. Tom & Leslie share solutions to growing a drought resistant lawn, plus answer your home improvement questions. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jul 29, 2019
Cool Solutions for Sizzling Summers
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Don’t wait for the hottest summer day to find out there’s a problem with your air conditioning! Tom & Leslie have tips to keep it up and running all summer long, plus, answers to your home improvement questions Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jul 22, 2019
How to Get Rid of Bees and Wasps with Getting Stung!
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Take the sting out of summer activities by knowing how to avoid bees and wasps. Tom & Leslie share strategies to safely clear these pesky pests, plus, answers to your home improvement questions. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jul 17, 2019
Homemade Tick Repellants to Keep Kids Safe
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Warm weather means kids are spending more and more time outside, but tics are doing the same. Tom & Leslie share tips stay clear – including a homemade tic repellant that really works, along with answers to your home improvement questions. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jul 17, 2019
Kid’s Home Alone? What They Need to Know First
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Just because kids may be old enough to stay home alone, they may not be able to handle a home related emergency. Tom & Leslie share an important checklist plus answer your home improvement questions Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jul 15, 2019
Paver Patio Makeovers for Concrete Slabs
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If you have an old worn concrete patio but would prefer to have a beautiful paver patio instead, Tom & Leslie share an easy to do this without needing to tear up all that old concrete. Plus, answers to your home improvement questions. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jul 10, 2019
Grill Secrets to Step up the Sizzle
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And after a couple of months of heavy grilling, your gas grill may need an extreme makeover of its own. Tom & Leslie have tips for a simple mid-season grill cleaning to step up the sizzle! Plus, answers to your home improvement questions. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jul 08, 2019
How to Avoid Summertime Electrical Dangers
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Summer is a season when we put a lot of stress on our electrical systems. Tom & Leslie share three pro projects that can help make sure your wiring is up for the job. Plus, answers to your home improvement questions Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jul 03, 2019
Best Questions to Ask Your Contractor
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If you are planning a project that requires the skills of a pro, its important you find a contractor you can trust, that does good work and one that you get along well with! Tom & Leslie share what questions to ask when hiring a pro, plus answer to your home improvement questions. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jul 01, 2019
Don’t Let Furnishings Fade Away
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Harsh and direct sunlight can fade furniture and floors, not to mention raise energy costs. Tom & Leslie tell you about a way you can shut out the damaging rays with the push of a button. Plus, answers to your home improvement questions. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jun 26, 2019
Money Saving Tips for Thirsty Lawns
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As weather gets warmer, your lawn needs more water to stay green – which also leads to a LOT of wasted water. Tom & Leslie share tips to help you cut water costs without losing a luscious lawn in the process. Plus, answers to your home improvement questions. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jun 24, 2019
Stop Summer Electricity Fails and Keep the AC Flowing
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Summer is a season when we put a lot of demands on our electrical systems. Tom & Leslie share tips on how to stop blowing breakers so the AC keeps flowing and the lights stay on, plus answer your home improvement questions Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jun 19, 2019
Stopping Summer Power Outages
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Summer is a season when we put a lot of demands on our electrical systems. Tom & Leslie share tips on how to stop blowing breakers so the AC keeps flowing and the lights stay on, plus answer your home improvement questions. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jun 17, 2019
Living Big in Small Spaces
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Want to live in a home that’s well built, uses less energy and needs need’s less maintenance? Tom & Leslie share tips on why pre-fab homes may be the way to go. Plus, answers to your home improvement questions. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jun 12, 2019
Cooking up a New Kitchen for Inside and Out
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Ready for a new space to cook up the family meals? Tom & Leslie have tips for new indoor and outdoor kitchens, plus, answers to your home improvement questions. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jun 10, 2019
Great Garden Ideas for Early Summer Planting
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Are you itching to get your garden growing but wondering what you should start to plant NOW? Tom & Leslie have TIPS on a few plants suited for early summer planting and late summer eating, plus answers to your home improvement questions. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jun 05, 2019
Make sure your home stays safe and secure
2577
Did you struggle to stay comfortable last summer? If so, now’s a great time for an AC upgrade to improve comfort AND efficiency. We’ll have A/C upgrade tips to help you keep cool without breaking the bank Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jun 03, 2019
How to Contract with a Contractor
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Are you planning to hire a pro to help you with a project this spring? Tom & Leslie say good communication is the key to a good outcome. Learn what needs to be spelled out in your contract to make sure the jobs gets done right, plus answers to your home improvement questions Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
May 28, 2019
Water Quality How-To’s, Natural Pools and Keeping Wildlife out of Gardens
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The warmer it gets the more water we drink and if you’re concerned about water quality and taste, Tom & Leslie highlight a couple of easy steps you can take to protect the water in your own home, plus, answers to your home improvement questions Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
May 27, 2019
The Money Pit Broadcasts from the Top Products Pavilion at the 2019 National Hardware Show
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Learn all about the National Hardware Show and get inside info on the home improvement trends for spring Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
May 22, 2019
The Money Pit Broadcasts from the 2019 National Hardware Show
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Learn all about the National Hardware Show and get inside info on the home improvement trends for spring Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
May 20, 2019
Water Saving Solutions in Time for Summer
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Summer is a season where water gets wasted – lots of it! Tom & Leslie share how new fixtures & faucets can actually do the water saving for you, saving hundreds of dollars every single year! Plus, get answers to your home improvement questions. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
May 15, 2019
Toughest Easy-Clean Kitchen Countertops & More
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Kitchens may be the busiest room in your house and the countertop need to be able to take all the wear and tear. Tom & Leslie share tips on how to pick the most durable and easiest to clean tops, plus answer your home improvement questions. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
May 13, 2019
5 Fast Ways to Add Instant Curb Appeal & More
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Looking for a fun and easy spring project to add instant curb appeal to your home? Tom & Leslie share FIVE that’ll do just that. Plus answers to your home improvement questions Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
May 08, 2019
How Save Money Moving & More
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If you’re getting ready to move to a new home or apartment, key steps taken now can save time, hassle and lots of cash. Tom and Leslie share tips plus answer your home improvement questions. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
May 06, 2019
Earth-Friendly Home Improvement Ideas
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Tom & Leslie share earth-friendly home improvement ideas this hour, to help you save energy, water and money. Plus learn how to spot storm damage before it causes major leaks, and get the answers to your home improvement questions. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Apr 29, 2019
Good Fences Make Good Neighbors
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Good fences make good neighbors but how exactly do you build a good fence? Well, for us that’s the kind you won’t have to build over and over again because it gets destroyed by rot, termites and carpenter ants! Tom & Leslie share solutions, plus answers to your home improvement questions Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Apr 24, 2019
Fastest Way to Get Bright Spring Blooms
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Are you ready to see more signs of spring? So are we! Tom & Leslie share tips to jump start your garden and get those flowers blooming –plus answers to your home improvement questions. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Apr 24, 2019
Kitchen Cleaning Tips for Better Air Quality
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Kitchen may be where the heart is but if you don’t keep it clean, it can also be a source of pollution got your home! Tom and Leslie share cleaning tips to freshen the air, plus offer tips on backyard projects, garage safety and answers to your home improvement questions. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Apr 22, 2019
Quick Kitchen Cabinet Solutions
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Quick Kitchen Cabinet Solutions Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Apr 17, 2019
4 Secrets to a Lush Green Lawn
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Have you tried to grow lush green lawn but feel like you’re losing the battle to bald spots and weeds? Tom and Leslie share 4 key tips to make sure your lawn thrives, plus, answer your home improvement questions. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Apr 15, 2019
Junk Drawer Fire Dangers You Need to Know
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Did you know one very common household item found in most junk drawers can cause a serious fire? Tom and Leslie share safety tips. Plus get Spring cleaning secrets to power through outside projects and answers to your home improvement questions. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Apr 10, 2019
Easy Window Cleaning Tips & More
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Let the sun shine through with easy DIY window cleaning tips, including a recipe for a solution you can make yourself for just pennies. Plus, expert grout cleaning tips, solid advice for building a shed and answers to your home improvement questions. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Apr 08, 2019
Porches Become Popular Again
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Remember the days when we all sat outside, chatted with neighbors and enjoyed a nice, cold drink on a porch? You may get another chance! Porches are making a HUGE comeback. Tom & Leslie share the details, plus answer your home improvement questions. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Apr 03, 2019
How to Keep Wildlife Away from Gardens
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Deer and rabbits are a sign of spring – but maybe not a WELCOME one if they’re in your garden! Tom & Leslie share tips to keep these intruders away, plus answers to your home improvement questions. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Apr 01, 2019
Finding Space in Small Kitchen
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Small kitchens can be tough places to work in. But a few modest updates can make it feel bigger and work better. Tom & Leslie have tips, plus, answers to your home improvement questions. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Mar 27, 2019
Affordable Apartment Décor
2582
Ready to move to a new apartment? Tom & Leslie have simple decorating ideas to make your apartment feel like home and make sure you get that security deposit back at the end of your lease. Plus, answers to your home improvement questions. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Mar 25, 2019
Super-Efficient Heating and Cooling
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We spend more money heating and cooling our homes than just about any other expense. Tom and Leslie share new system that provides four times the efficiency of any other system on the market. Plus, answers to your home improvement questions. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Mar 20, 2019
Downsizing for Empty Nesters
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Are you an empty nester looking to downsize?  Find out why droves of older Americans are trading in all that extra space for a cozy, low-budget, tiny homes. Plus, get answers to your home improvement questions. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Mar 18, 2019
Top Home Improvement Trends for Spring
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As the weather warms, the kickoff of the home improvement season gets closer – millions of homeowners are thinking about their next big project. Tom & Leslie highlight the innovations that will have the biggest impact on American housing, plus answer your home improvement questions. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Mar 13, 2019
Best Projects NOT to Do
2615
If you’re looking for projects that add value to your home, there are many you might do, but almost as many you should avoid! Tom & Leslie help sort out the ones to avoid, plus answer your home improvement questions. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Mar 11, 2019
Secret Sauce for Laundry Room Remodels
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Remodeling a laundry room is a very popular project that can make laundry a lot easier. But even though it’s a small space, it requires big planning and several types of pros to get it done. Tom and Leslie share the secrets to success, plus answer your home improvement questions. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Mar 04, 2019
Getting the Perfect “Light-Scape” for Your Home
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Most consumers focus on how their landscape looks but not on their “LIGHT” scape! Tom & Leslie share tips to get a whole new nighttime view with the right combo of exterior lighting, plus answer your home improvement questions. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Feb 28, 2019
Mixed Metal Design Trends for Kitchens
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Planning a kitchen re-do? Tom & Leslie provide tips to infuse energy into your kitchen by using mixed metal finishes for appliance, faucets and countertops. Plus, get answers to your home improvement questions. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Feb 27, 2019
Tile Trends from Gritty to Chic
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Ready to step up indoor décor with a new tile project? Tom & Leslie have tips on hot new tile trends using materials including wood, plaster, resin and steel Plus, get answer to your home improvement questions.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Feb 25, 2019
Least Expensive Way to Heat a House
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When it comes to heating your home, there are many choices in heating fuel -- but not all are efficient?  Tom & Leslie help sort the differences between oil, gas, propane and electric heat to find out which delivers the best energy efficiency, plus answer your home improvement questions.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Feb 20, 2019
Avoiding Winter Wind Damage
2583
Winter storms can cause obvious structural damage but there can also be hidden damage that turns into big expenses later on. Tom & Leslie have tips on how to check your house for both the visible and Invisible.  Plus, answers to your home improvement questions.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Feb 18, 2019
Best Paint Colors for Brighter Moods
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Feel the winter doldrums? Tom & Leslie share ideas on the best paint colors to spark a better mood and a brighter space.  Plus, get answers to your home improvement questions. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Feb 13, 2019
Cool Kitchen Renos for Renters
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If you’re a renter,and hate your kitchen, you may think there’s not a whole lot you can do about it! Tom & Leslie share 5 kitchen fix ups that won’t break your security deposit, plus answers to your home improvement questions.   Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Feb 11, 2019
Simple Storage Hacks
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Did you know that ONE household item can help rid of clutter? Tom & Leslie share a slew of simple storage hacks, plus answer your home improvement questions. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Feb 06, 2019
Silencing Noisy Houses
2585
Does your house have annoying squeaks, bangs and thuds – even in the middle of the night?  Tom & Leslie share tricks figuring out where the sounds are coming, plus answer your home improvement question.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Feb 04, 2019
NASCAR Legend Jeff Gordon Talks About His Home Improvements, Keeping Termites Away, Choosing the Right Vacuum and more
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NASCAR superstar Jeff Gordon joins Money Pit hosts Tom and Leslie to talk about his own money pit and the home improvements he’s made, along with his biggest challenge when it comes to home projects. Plus, April showers are on their way – which means Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Feb 01, 2019
How to Stop House Fires for Good
2583
Winter is a particularly busy time for home fires – but a home sprinkler system can stop almost all of them. Tom & Leslie share tips on adding home sprinkler systems, plus answers to your home improvement questions.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jan 30, 2019
Take a Shock Out of Electricity Bills
2583
This time of winter, electricity that keeps heating systems humming can spike electricity bills?  Tom & Leslie have 4 tips for big savings that won’t require you to put on lots of sweaters!  Plus, answers to your home improvement questions. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jan 28, 2019
Big Storage Tips for Small Space
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If you’re one of the many scaling back to smaller spaces, finding enough storage space requires some creative thinking!  Tom & Leslie share 4 ways to find space where none seems to exist, plus answer your home improvement questions.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jan 23, 2019
Is Your Mattress Making Your Sick
2615
Are you laying your head down on a bed of bacteria every night?  Tom & Leslie have tips to de-tox your mattress, plus answers to your home improvement questions.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jan 21, 2019
Feed Your Creative Spirit: Tips to Find Hidden Studio Space
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Need some room to feed your creative spirit but can’t find it in your existing space?  Tom & Leslie share tips for uncovering hidden space for crafts, woodwork, arts and more, plus answer your home improvement questions.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jan 16, 2019
How to Stop Ice Dam Damage Cold
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Heavy snow fall followed by warm days can allow ice dams and serious leaks to occur.  Tom & Leslie tell you how to stop the leaks and even get costs covered by insurance – plus answer your questions!  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jan 14, 2019
Protect Pets from Frigid Temps
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As temperatures drop, people add layers, but pets need protection too.  Tom & Leslie share tips on how to create heated pet spaces, inside and out, plus answers your home improvement questions.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jan 09, 2019
DIY Solar Systems that Save
2772
Adding a solar energy system is generally not thought of as a DIY project, but there’s no reason it can’t be.  Tom & Leslie share tips on how to cut the cost of adding solar by 40% or more, plus answer your home improvement questions.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jan 07, 2019
How to Get Ready for Any Storm
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Have you ever noticed that when storms are predicted, people get a little crazy with the last-minute prep? Tom & Leslie have tips to make sure you are ready for any storm plus, answers to your home improvement questions.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jan 02, 2019
New Year’s Resolutions for Your Home
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Ready to rock in the New Year with a fresh set of to-dos for your money pit?  Tom & Leslie share New Year’s resolutions for your home that are easy to keep, plus, answer your home improvement questions.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Dec 31, 2018
How to Save Money Heating Your Apartment
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If your renting a chilly apartment to save money, don’t waste it on high utility bills!  Tom & Leslie have a list of ways you can cut those heating costs, plus answer your home improvement questions.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Dec 26, 2018
Protecting Kids from Identity Theft
2584
A new report shows more than 1 million children have been victims of identity theft. Tom & Leslie highlight 3 ways to spot the fraud, plus answer your home improvement questions.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Dec 24, 2018
Apps to Help with Quick Holiday Decluttering Tips
2615
With the holiday’s ahead, do you need to declutter?  Tom & Leslie review apps that help you quickly sell what you no longer want for some spare holiday cash, plus answer your home improvement questions.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Dec 19, 2018
Space Heater Solutions for Safety & Efficiency
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Space heaters may be a solution for drafty rooms, but choosing the wrong one can be costly or dangerous. Tom & Leslie share low-cost solutions, plus answer your home improvement questions.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Dec 17, 2018
How NOT to Do-it-Yourself
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Wondering how NOT to DIY?  Tom and Leslie share the top 5 most common remodeling mistakes – after this.  Plus, answers to your home improvement questions.  Presented by Bumblejax. Create stunning wall art for your home. Use promo code "moneypit" to save 25%. Visit: https://www.bumblejax.com. . Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Dec 12, 2018
Home Repairs for New Homeowners
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Most homeowners know that keeping up with home repairs can be expensive but a new study shows first time homeowners are totally unprepared for that eventuality.  Tom and Leslie have tips, plus, answers to your home improvement questions. Presented by Bumblejax. Create stunning wall art for your home. Use promo code "moneypit" to save 25%. Visit: https://www.bumblejax.com. . Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Dec 10, 2018
How to Burglar Proof Your Home for the Holidays
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It's the most wonderful time of the year - for burglars!  The FBI says nearly 400,000 burglaries occur in the last two months of the year.  Tom & Leslie share tips to keep your home safe and secure, plus answer your home improvement questions.  Presented by Bumblejax. Create stunning wall art for your home. Use promo code "moneypit" to save 25%. Visit: https://www.bumblejax.com. . Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Dec 05, 2018
3 Smart Heating Solutions
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As temperatures drop, home heating bills starting to run out of control. Tom & Leslie share 3 ways you can cut those heating costs and get comfortable, plus answers to your home improvement questions. Presented by Bumblejax. Create stunning wall art for your home. Use promo code "moneypit" to save 25%. Visit: https://www.bumblejax.com. . Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Dec 03, 2018
Amazing Holiday Parties on a Shoestring
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Want to throw an amazing party on a tight budget. Tom & Leslie have strategies to help you to take that party the extra mile without going into debt.  Plus, answers to your home improvement questions.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Nov 28, 2018
Repair or Replace? How to Know if Your Roof Needs to Go
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Your roof weathers every storm, protects your home’s structure and keeps you warm and dry. But it won’t last forever.  Tom & Leslie tell you what you need to know – when your roofs’ gotta go.  Plus, answer to your home improvement questions.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Nov 26, 2018
How to Hide Cords & Wires, and Your Calls
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Do you have gorgeous wall-mounted, high definition flat screen TV surrounded by ugly, exposed cables and wires? Tom & Leslie tell you how to make the mess disappear, plus answer home improvement questions.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Nov 21, 2018
Weakest Link in Home Security & Your Calls
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Vacation season here and the time of year when burglars like to strike!  Tom & Leslie have tips how to secure one of the weakest entry points to your house, your garage!  Plus, answers to your home improvement questions.   Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Nov 19, 2018
Picking out The Perfect Paint Brush & More
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Do you spend more time picking out paint, then picking out the paint brush? Tom and Leslie help you choose a brush that won’t leave marks, waste paint or leave bristles in wet paint, plus answer your home improvement questions! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Nov 14, 2018
Easy Ways to Stop Tub & Shower Leaks, and More
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Leaking tubs and showers can be a real mess to deal with, but can actually be an easy fix.  Tom & Leslie tell you how, plus answer your home improvement questions.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Nov 12, 2018
Avoiding Poison Paint Strippers
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DIY’rs often turn to paint strippers for projects, but one class of paint strippers can be so dangerous, it’s caused the deaths of those who used them! Tom & Leslie tell you how to stay safe, plus answer your home improvement questions. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Nov 07, 2018
DIY Tips to Clean Mold
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A wet fall brings the potential for a dangerous invader to your house this winter: mold! Tom & Leslie have DIY tips on mold cleanup is a DIY project plus answers to your home improvement questions. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Nov 05, 2018
How to Hunt Down Drafts
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Now that temps have dropped, are you feeling the chill – like through your walls and windows and doors? Tom & Leslie share tips to find and fix sneaky drafts plus, answers to your home improvement questions.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Oct 31, 2018
4 Things to Know Before Building a Shed
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With fall in full swing, you may be finding that between the patio furniture, lawn mowers and kid’s bikes – you might be ready to build a shed.  Tom & Leslie share tips for that project, plus answers to your home improvement questions.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Oct 29, 2018
Live from This Old NET-ZERO House – Part 1
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The Money Pit hits the road for a visit with the team at This Old House as they remodel a 100-year-old home in Jamestown, RI to create all the energy it needs to run.  Listen and learn as these craftsmen redefine energy efficiency for a new generation  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Oct 22, 2018
Fall Design Trends
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Fall is one of the most popular times of the year for home décor. Tom & Leslie highlight new design trends like using flooring on walls and more, plus answer your home improvement questions.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Oct 17, 2018
Live from This Old NET-ZERO House – Part 2
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The Money Pit hits the road for a visit with the team at This Old House as they transform a 100-year old summer home into a year-round, net-zero energy efficient masterpiece.  Master Carpenter Norm Abram joins Tom to talk about 40 season on the air and the lucky job that gave him his start.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Oct 17, 2018
How to Dry Up Damp Spaces
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Did all that summer rain find its way to places it shouldn’t be, like your basement?  Tom & Leslie have easy solutions to dry up damp spaces - plus, answers to your home improvement questions.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Oct 15, 2018
Easy Tricks for Picking Paint Colors
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Have you ever found yourself stuck in a home center aisle to trying to pick the perfect paint color from a tiny swatch?  Tom & Leslie have tips to make the process easier, plus answers to your questions  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Oct 10, 2018
Home Décor for Homework Spaces
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If homework time in your house a constant battle of wills – Tom & Leslie have easy design tips to add focus and fun, plus, answers to your home improvement questions. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Oct 08, 2018
How to Stop Drafts Cold!
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Chilly drafts makes us reach for the thermostat more than we should and waste a ton of energy in the process.  Tom & Leslie have tips on how to track down and seal off every draft in the house – plus, answers to your home improvement questions.   Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Oct 03, 2018
Kid Proof Floors & More
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Do you need a floor that can take toy drops, high-chairs sliding back and forth and spills from every sticky substance imaginable? Tom & Leslie highlight floors that can stand up to that and more, plus answers to your home improvement questions. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Oct 01, 2018
How to be Storm-Ready for the Storm-Season
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September marks National Readiness Month. Tom & Leslie help make sure your home is ready for whatever Mother Nature has in mind with and easy to follow 3-step check list, plus answer your home improvement questions.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Sep 26, 2018
Best Options for Good Gutters
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Gutters do much more than keep water off your head going in and out of your house – they can prevent major structural problems and even wood destroying insects like ants and termites!  Tom & Leslie walk you through the best options, plus answer your home improvement questions.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Sep 24, 2018
Solutions for Squeaky Floors
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Squeaking floors are one of life’s little annoyances, but do they signal a structural problem?  Tom & Leslie have the answer plus step-by-squeaky-step tips to make them go away for good, and along with answers to your home improvement questions.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Sep 19, 2018
Laundry Room Remodels
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Laundry rooms are a heartbeat of the home, but remodeling requires careful planning to make sure plumbing, electrical work and carpentry don’t blow the budget.  Tom & Leslie have tips, plus answers to your home improvement questions.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Sep 17, 2018
Décor Planning for a Kid’s Room
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Whether you’re creating a kids room for a new arrival or updating a space for kids who insist they’re not little anymore, Tom & Leslie have tips to help you get the most from this mini-makeover. Plus, answers to your home improvement questions. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Sep 12, 2018
Do-Overs: Solutions for Potholes, Cracks and Stains
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Sep 10, 2018
Smart Smoke Detectors Save Lives and Play Music!
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Smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are some of the most important safety products to have in any home.  Now, however, they can also become part of your entertainment system because we talk about  the first smoke and carbon monoxide (CO) alarm with a superior home speaker and built-in Amazon Alexa. Plus, answers to your home improvement questions. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Sep 05, 2018
Affordable Hardwood Flooring
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Few surfaces take ore wear and tear in a home than the floors. Tom & Leslie have tips on engineered hardwood flooring that is super durable, but much less expensive that solid hardwood, plus answers to your home questions.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Sep 03, 2018
Garage Door Do Overs
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When you look at your home, does the garage door rank as the most boring surface you see?  Tom & Leslie have tips on how to pick the perfect garage door for style, color and durability. Plus, answers to your questions.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Aug 29, 2018
Turning Summer Gardens into Fall Vegetables
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Summer’s coming to an end, but your fresh supply of veggies doesn’t have to!  Tom & Leslie have tips to turn your summer vegetable garden into a fall vegetable garden.  Plus, answers to your questions.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Aug 27, 2018