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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 t… Continue Reading >>
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! << Show Less
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Deck Brighteners that Work | Safer Playground Surfaces | Solutions for Hard to Clean Spaces | Ep #2210 SHOW NOTES:
This is a great time of year to give wood decks, trim or fencing a spruce up. We’ll give you tips on how to pick the perfect stain or brightener to have it fixed up for the season ahead.
When kids hit the playground, safety is the last thing on their minds – but it really needs to be the first thing on our minds when we are creating these spaces. We’ve got guidelines to help.
Do you have areas around your house that are just ridiculously difficult to clean? We share tips for cleaning some of the most difficult spaces.
Plus, answers to your home improvement questions:
Luke from Illinois wants to know if he can put a metal roof on top of shingles.

Sabrina in Washington has newly poured grout that is already cracking.
Mark from South Carolina wants to know the pros and cons of close cell vs. open cell insulation.
Clyde from Missouri wants to know if an electric tankless water heater exist?

Elvis in Texas needs help replacing Kitec plumbing.

Donna from North Carolina needs to fix squeaky floors.

Frank in Massachusetts has paint coming off his cedar siding.
Carol from Texas wants to know if you can put a stain on pressure treated wood?
Do you have a home improvement or decor question? Call the show 24/7 at 888-MONEY-PIT (888-666-3974) or post your question here. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
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Clutter Busting Tips | Green Up Your Lawn for Spring | Termites vs. Rot: What’s Eating Your House | Ep #2198 SHOW NOTES:
How’s that Spring cleaning going? A cluttered home can definitely leave you feeling stressed. But clearing the deck of clutter is not something that has to take a huge commitment of time. We’ve got 5 clutter busting tips that can help
Are you green with envy over your neighbor’s lush lawn? We’ll help you catch up with Spring lawn care tips to get started on a healthy green lawn.
Got Rot? Or is that Termites! Damaged wood can detract from your home’s value. But to make the fix, you first have to know the cause. Learn how to tell what’s been eating your home and make it go away for good.
Plus, answers to your home improvement questions:
Peter from Maryland needs a solution for cracks in hardwood floors.
Pam in Missouri has recessed lighting and wants to know if it’s smart to stock up on lightbulbs needed for these fixers, or just replace them.
John from Wisconsin is move a washer and dryer in his spare bedroom and wants to know install the venting.
Lynne in Colorado wants to know how to repair a leaking shower. 
Tim from Virginia how to fix painted windows that stick.

Joyce in Rhode Island needs to know how remove a smoke odor from her apartment.
Mark from West Virginia is wondering if he can install a metal roof over asphalt shingles or does he need to remove the old roof first.
Amy in Iowa wants to know if she should test for radon before installing a basement floor.
Scott from Michigan has a garage door that keeps freezing to the ground.
Ellie in Florida wants to know if it’s worth it to keep her water softener.
Jim from Ohio has a high water table even though he has a subsurface draining system.
Do you have a home improvement or decor question? Call the show 24/7 at 888-MONEY-PIT (888-666-3974) or post your question here. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
3 Kitchen Remodels Under $1,000 | Deck vs. Patio | Spot and Stop Roof Leaks | Ep #2221 Show Notes:
We’ve got 3 low-cost kitchen renos you can get done for well under a thousand bucks to add style and convenience without draining your bank account!
Creating an outdoor living space is a popular home improvement project. But what’s best for your home: a deck or a patio? We’ll walk you through the options.
You don’t think too much about your roof until it leaks. Then its ALL you can think about. We’ll share tips to spot small problems before they become big ones.
Plus, answers to your home improvement questions.
Cedar may be rot resistant but its not rot proof. We help Beverly select the best stain for her cedar covered patio.
Taking on home improvement project can lead to lots of surprises, but Nils discovered a huge snakeskin when taking on his, along with a whole host of insects. Tom offers tips to avoid infestations, and the best pesticides to use.
Mercedes needs help dealing with roof leaks caused by nail holes that were mistaken made inside metal flashing. We share the best way to repair a roof for a permanent fix.
John needs tips to increase the output of solar panels, that have become dirty due to pollen and tree droppings.
Popcorn ceilings may have been popular a long time ago but now they’re a big pain! Leslie shares tips on how to remove a popcorn ceiling.
Brian needs help with a septic system that seems to be creating a sink hole! Tom quickly nails down the problem and provides the solution.
Mil needs a solution for repairing a cracked shower pan. Tom shares a trick of the trade to set a shower pan and make sure it never cracks again.
Do you have a home improvement or decor question? Call the show 24/7 at 888-MONEY-PIT (888-666-3974) or post your question here. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Creating a Safe Outdoor Space for Pets | Building a Deck with an Easy DIY Kit | Tips for Deer-Proofing Your Yard | Ep #2225 Show Notes:

Pets enjoy outdoor living, too, and need a safe space to have fun. Here are four suggestions on ways to protect your pets and give you peace of mind while enjoying your yard with your furry friends.

Building a deck is one of the best ways to expand your outdoor living space. This DIY project is made even easier with a great deck kit on the market.
Are hungry deer destroying your garden? We’ve got tips on how to prevent deer from turning your yard into a buffet.
Plus, answers to your home improvement questions about:

Kitchen Flooring: It may be better to replace a worn-out kitchen floor that’s past it’s prime instead of trying to restore it. Tom has suggestions about durable new flooring products for Harry in Delaware.

Ceiling Stains: Long after a leak stops, you may still have ugly water stains on your ceiling. Pat gets advice on how to cover up the water damage on her drywall ceiling.

Rotted Wood Under a New Roof: What happens when a new roof is installed over rotted wood? Dave needs info on addressing structural repairs that were neglected when his new roof was installed.

Treating an Outdoor Wood Playset: Erin’s pressure-treated wood playset is turning black and starting to crack. Tom offers details about wood cleaning products and stains to help protect and restore it again.

Flagstone Walkways: Can you install a flagstone walkway on top of a concrete slab? We give Will some tips on how to do it and what to use.
Do you have a home improvement or decor question? Call the show 24/7 at 888-MONEY-PIT (888-666-3974) or post your question here.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Easy Makeovers for Old Patios | Preventing Mold and Mildew in Bathrooms | How to Store Leftover Paint | Ep #2224 Show Notes:
If your outdoor concrete patio is old, worn, or cracked, there’s an easy way to give it a new look with pavers that can be installed right over the existing surface. We’ll give you the info you need for this DIY project.
Cleaning bathroom mold and mildew is a chore you can avoid with a few easy preventive steps. Find out how to keep mold away with these smart bathroom ventilation tips.
Leftover paint can be great for touchups and new projects, but how can you tell if it’s still good to use? We’ve got tips on how to properly store leftover paint so it will last.
Plus, answers to your home improvement questions.

Painting Vinyl Siding: Is there a good way to paint vinyl siding? David learns what kind of exterior paint to use and how to apply it so he can change the color of his home.

Foggy Glass Doors: Condensation between the panes of an insulated glass door can ruin the view. We’ve got advice for Pam on how to clear things up.

Site-Built vs. Modular Home Construction: Michael wants to know which is the better home building option. We share the pros and cons of both traditional site-built construction and modular homes. 

Silencing a Squeaky Door: Squeaky doors can be annoying, especially when oil and new hinges don’t do the trick. Sandy finds out another way to silence a persistent problem with upgraded hinges.

Solar Panel Installation: Rick is looking for advice on installing solar panels on his property instead of on his roof. Tom shares some concerns about the true savings of solar panels and what to be aware of when researching different companies.

Basement Foundation Cracks: Significant cracks in basement walls have Dixie concerned, and for good reason. Tom offers info on when a structural engineer is needed and what to do next.
Do you have a home improvement or decor question? Call the show 24/7 at 888-MONEY-PIT (888-666-3974) or post your question here. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Deck Brighteners that Work | Safer Playground Surfaces | Solutions for Hard to Clean Spaces | Ep #2210 SHOW NOTES:
This is a great time of year to give wood decks, trim or fencing a spruce up. We’ll give you tips on how to pick the perfect stain or brightener to have it fixed up for the season ahead.
When kids hit the playground, safety is the last thing on their minds – but it really needs to be the first thing on our minds when we are creating these spaces. We’ve got guidelines to help.
Do you have areas around your house that are just ridiculously difficult to clean? We share tips for cleaning some of the most difficult spaces.
Plus, answers to your home improvement questions:
Luke from Illinois wants to know if he can put a metal roof on top of shingles.

Sabrina in Washington has newly poured grout that is already cracking.
Mark from South Carolina wants to know the pros and cons of close cell vs. open cell insulation.
Clyde from Missouri wants to know if an electric tankless water heater exist?

Elvis in Texas needs help replacing Kitec plumbing.

Donna from North Carolina needs to fix squeaky floors.

Frank in Massachusetts has paint coming off his cedar siding.
Carol from Texas wants to know if you can put a stain on pressure treated wood?
Do you have a home improvement or decor question? Call the show 24/7 at 888-MONEY-PIT (888-666-3974) or post your question here. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Easy Way to Extend the Life of Your Roof | How to Get Your House Hurricane Ready | Best Air Filters for Allergy Sufferers SHOW NOTES:
The summer season with its intense heat can be really rough on your roof. We share a way to protect, restore flexibility and extend your roof life by 5 years.

Hurricane season is here and researchers predict 19 big storms! We’ll help you make sure your house is ready.
Having trouble with allergies? It’s important you have a filter that can truly catch the dust, dirt and pollen that makes its way onto your lungs! We’ll share a new type of HVAC filter that is so effective, it’ll last for an entire year.
Plus, answers to your home improvement questions:
Catherine from Arizona needs help laying new sod and making sure is survives the super-hot climate.
Steve in Tennessee is running out of hot water! We help nail down why his electric water heater may be failing after only 5 years.
Angelo from Florida wants to know how to prep fiberglass window shutters that have faded for a new paint job. 
Mary in Alaska has is considering going to tankless water heater and wants to learn more about them.
Do you have a home improvement or decor question? Call the show 24/7 at 888-MONEY-PIT (888-666-3974) or post your question here. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Child-Proofing Your Home | Making Drafty Old Windows More Energy-Efficient | Tips for Upgrading Your Front Door | Ep #2228 SHOW NOTES:

Child-Proofing Your Home: Are you overlooking ways to child-proof your home? Remember these important DIY tips for keeping your kids safe in every room.

Energy-Efficient Windows: If you’ve got drafty old windows, there are ways to make them more energy-efficient without replacing them. Find out the best options for restoring windows in an older home.

Upgrading Your Front Door: Making a good first impression begins with having a great front door. Here’s what to consider when choosing a new front door that will add value and style to your home.
 Plus, answers to your home improvement questions.

Musty Odors in a Vacant Home: Mary wants to know what could cause musty odors in a vacant home she’s purchasing that is built on a slab foundation. We’ve got ideas on how to clear the air once she moves in.

Installing Flooring Over a Heated Concrete Slab: What kind of flooring should be used in a home with radiant heat? Tom gives some advice to Russ about radiant heat-compliant flooring products.

Cleaning Brick Stains: Removing mortar stains on exterior brick requires careful cleaning. We have suggestions for Gail on how to clean brick surfaces without damaging them.

Home Construction: What should you look out for when buying a home built in the 1960s? Tom talks with Phyllis about the quality of home construction in the ‘60s.

Removing Smoke Odors: Beautiful exposed brick walls inside a home are holding onto the smell of smoke. We let Jeff know what to do when cleaning fails to solve the stinky problem.

Replacing a Hot Water Heater: Eva is concerned about replacing the hot water heater that’s installed on an upper floor in her home. Tom has suggestions on how to affordably replace it with the best type of hot water heater.

Caulking a Bathtub: Is there a trick to recaulking a bathtub? We confirm a great suggestion that Vernon remembers about the best way to apply bathroom caulk.

Concrete Driveway and Pressure-Treated Deck: Bill wants to know if his new concrete driveway needs to be sealed and what to do about the sap coming out of his new pressure-treated wood deck. Tom offers tips on how to care for both.
Do you have a home improvement or decor question? Call the show 24/7 at 888-MONEY-PIT (888-666-3974) or post your question here. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Pre-Summer Checklist for Outdoor Living Spaces | Spotting Roof Leaks Before they Happen | Free-up Stuck Windows | Ep #2213 SHOW NOTES:
You may be ready for summer, but is your outdoor living space ready, too? We’ve got a pre-summer checklist to make sure your house is good to go for the season ahead!
Heavy spring rains can find their way through your roof. That’s why now is the perfect time for a roof inspection. We’ll share how to do just that, without climbing a ladder!
And now that we have windows open more often, are you noticing that yours are not easy to GET open and closed? It could be a sign that they weren’t installed right. We explain the fix.
Plus, answers to your home improvement questions:
Shirley from Nebraska hard water has caused her to replace her water heater four times in twenty eight years and wants to know what the solution is.
Jason has noisy plumbing that only happens in his master bathroom tub.

Shirley in Oregon has some concerns about fire safety with solar panels on her roof.
Mike from Wisconsin wants to know how to restore a field stone foundation.
Carol in Arkansas has a commode that isn’t draining properly.
Mary from Maryland has wood bees destroying her porch.
Russell in Texas has pre-hung doors that aren’t lining up with the frame.
Jan from Texas wants to swap her shower drain with her toilet drain.
Randy in Idaho has a cracked foundation that is an inch and a half wide and needs advice on how to repair it.
Jenni from North Dakota wants to know how to move a lilac bush.
Do you have a home improvement or decor question? Call the show 24/7 at 888-MONEY-PIT (888-666-3974) or post your question here. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Sprinkler Set-Up for Greenest Lawns | 5 Tips for Fantastic Fences | How to Avoid Fungus-Growing Mulch! | Ep #2199 SHOW NOTES:
If you're hoping for a lush, green lawn, now is the perfect time to set up your sprinkler system for success. We’ll explain how to dial it in for water efficiency and effectiveness.

Building a fence is a great way to improve your home’s curb appeal, home value and keep out the wildlife. Whether it’s a project you want to do yourself – or one you’d plan to hire out for – we’ll share 5 tips to help make sure your fence project is a success!
Mulch is an important element to any spring garden or landscape plans, but how much mulch is too much mulch? We’ll share tips, including an important caution about one popular type of mulch to avoid - because can grow fungus that sticks to your house and your car and be almost impossible to get rid of!
Plus, answers to your home improvement questions:
Heidi in North Carolina wants to know if she should move her main fuse panel inside.
Mike from Minnesota is trying to vent his dryer more efficiently.
Donna in Washington needs to clean cedar siding that is starting to chip.
Dennis from Wyoming asks if he can install green board behind a thermoplastic shower wall.
Judy in Tennessee wants to know the best way to care for hardwood flooring.
Doug from Virginia needs to clean spray foam insulation off Vinyl Siding.
Ted has a musty smell in his finished basement.
Joyce in Missouri wants to know what product to use to refinish hardwood floor.
Do you have a home improvement or decor question? Call the show 24/7 at 888-MONEY-PIT (888-666-3974) or post your question here. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
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