Welcome to The Money Pit Blogs!

Share ideas and learn about the latest in home improvement and décor from Tom and Leslie.

Money Pit Blogs

I'm a new listener going through all the podcasts.  I just bought a house built in 1921 and there are few things I want to change.  The previous owners painted the front entryway brick white. The only other brick on the house is the chimney. The chimney is red brick so I assume underneath the...

I adore your radio show and listen as often as I can.  Please help me with this question. I am planning on purchasing an additional refrigerator to put in my garage (I do a great deal of entertaining).  I have been told that I cannot do so as the garage is not insulated and my appliance will not...

Please help me with this.  When showering, if my husband flushes the toilet or runs water elsewhere, the temperature of the water changes.  What to do?ghall 10-19-07 10:28am There's nothing like receiving an unexpected blast of cold or hot water while showering to carve a knick into your...

I went to put on heat first time and got no heat from my gas powered boiler (water baseboard heating).  What is did get was water dripping from a pipe that is opened on the bottom with a bell shaped valve on top.  There is water all over floor.  Do you have any trouble-shooting tips for a non...

A friend is trying to interest my husband in a new process of building homes out of foam boards coated with thin layers of concrete.  Do you have any information and comments on this type of construction? joyceonwardh 9-8-07 5:19pm

It sounds like you are talking about Exterior Insulated Finish...

Hello Tom, love the show.  My problem is mice and rats are coming in from the street sewer system.  Thought I fixed the problem 8 years ago by cementing a certain area but seems to be another opening somewhere. Do you have any suggestions?  strum9 8-26-07 9:09am If you've ever thought you could...

I have been reading that metal roofs are about the same price as a good asphalt shingle roof. The advantage to metal roofs is they reflect the sun better and thus are more effective in reducing heating and cooling costs?  Please give me some advice on this subject.Lonnie 8-22-07 1:57pm Metal...

Tags: roof repair, roof replacement, roof layers, second layer, asphalt shingles, fiberglass shingles, tom kraeutler, the money pit

I am going to reshingle my roof. I have one layer of shingles down and was going to reshingle over top of them. Someone told me that when you put new shingles...

I have a major moisture problem with a home that is one block from Lake Michigan in South Haven, MI. I have a working sump pump below ground level and am still having rotting problems with the floor joists. A local contractor wants to staple plastic to the joists or lay it on the ground. Would...

We are remodeling our kitchen/pantry/laundry room.  Does it make sense to replace our electric clothes dryer with a natural gas dryer? We could have the plumber extend the gas line into the laundry room while the walls are opened up. Kjklax 7-24-07 7:30AM This makes total sense.  In general,...

We're planning a kitchen remodel this fall and have been having a hard time locating a contractor we were totally comfortable with.  The estimates are all over the block and we can't seem to be able to compare and contrast because every contractor has their own set of product selections,...

Hi!  About 4 years ago I completely remodeled the bathroom and picked a floor tile that I am not happy with.  Why? Because it has a flat -or non glossy- type finish and it shows every shoe scuff & gets dirty very quickly! Plus the color is an off-white which displays dirt easily and the color...

I want to tear off the paneling in a couple of rooms.  Having removed a piece of paneling I find several coats of paint peeling off of the walls.  Not all the paint is loose; some is still on and hard to scrape off. I want a smooth finish on the walls. Should I drywall over the painted surfaces...

What is the green mold growing in my basement?  It is growng on furniture, boxes, plastic tubs, etc.  I am afraid to even check all my videos.  What is this mold?  My landlord is bringing in inspectors tomorrow.  My landlord said that I should not be storing anything in the basement. However, I...

My lights flicker to the beat of a pumping sound whenever I flush the toilet, run faucets & use the shower. I'm thinking that there is a problem with my water pressure. I don't know much about plumbing. This is my first home and I've been in it for over two years. I'm hoping these are problems...

I'm shopping for a new roof and learning that there are a lot more choices for shingles these days. I've decided against using composite asphalt shingles. Natural slate and shake are out of the question for cost and safety reasons. I'm seriously considering synthetic slate or shake and like the...

While getting a home inspection done for a potential purchase, the inspector pointed out a light blue/grey mold throughout the attic, but he refused to extrapolate on the problem.  Could this be an expensive problem to fix?cdmerch 6-12-07 4:08pm Home inspectors should point out signs of...

What adds more value to a home a wooden deck or a patio of pavers?  We are making some improvements to our home over the next year and want to sell it once the market gets better.  Can you compare and contrast the two options as far as cost, labor, dyi-ability or contract it out, etc.? annasz...

After a season of heavy grilling last year, my gas grill needs an extreme makeover of its own. Do you have any tips for a mid-season grill cleaning? The same char broiling action that flavors ribs, chick, steaks and burgers you cook on grills all summer long, can really cause problems if you...

Hi Tom.  My parents are considering a new home in retirement community. My question is what are the pros and cons of a home built with particle board, and specifically OSB?  OSB was used throughout the house and my parents worried about the glue that the glue used could have negative health side...