Hosts: Tom Kraeutler & Leslie Segrete
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TOM: Coast to coast and floorboards to shingles. This is The Money Pit Home Improvement Radio Show. I'm Tom Kraeutler.
LESLIE: And I'm Leslie Segrete.
TOM: Call us right now at 1-888-MONEY-PIT with your home improvement question, your do-it-yourself dilemma. Soup to nuts, floorboards to shingles, we are here to help you get the job done.
Hey, it's that time of year when ladders across the country are coming out of hiding so you can get up on the roof and clean out anything that's behind; stuck behind those gutters before the snow comes. And you know what? That means that the emergency rooms are going to get super busy because there's like 150,000 injuries from ladders every year. So we're going to give you some tips on how to use that ladder safely this hour.
LESLIE: Hey, here's a question for you. Have you checked your washing machine hoses lately? Well ...
TOM: Why, everyday before I go to work.
LESLIE: I know, right? (Tom laughs) I bet you probably haven't even thought about them in a long time. But you have to keep in mind that rubber hoses, they can get dry, brittle and then crack; sending all of that water that's meant to go into your machine everywhere else and then it will keep on coming. We're going to tell you what you can do to prevent that hose breakdown in just a little bit.
TOM: Oh, I learned it the way, you know?
LESLIE: Did you?
TOM: And I had a disastrous situation when I was in college and we were renting a house. I mean two feet of water in the basement ...
TOM: ... from a washer that just ran all day when the hoses broke. (Leslie chuckles) So, I've learned a few things since then. We'll share them with you in just a bit.
And if you haven't had time to get your caulking gun out yet, you might just better because it's time to leakproof windows and doors. There's actually something better than caulk that you can use to do just that. It's going to help you seal out the elements and cut down on those heating costs because, gosh, the fuel costs are so high this year already and we need to save a few bucks. We're going to give you some tips to help you do just that.
LESLIE: And also this hour, we're giving away a prize that's both for you and your pet dog or cat. That's right. It's an extreme weather pet door. It's worth 120 bucks and it will make you and your furry friend super happy.
TOM: So pet lovers, pick up the phone right now and call us at 1-888-MONEY-PIT. 888-666-3974.
LESLIE: Taking a call from John in New York about flooring. What can we do for you?
JOHN: Hey, how you doing, guys? Listen, I've got a little dilemma here. I'm going to be replacing a hardwood floor in a very small apartment in New York City and I'm going crazy because half the world is telling me - or most of the world is telling me a light hardwood floor would make it look bigger, because it's very small, the other place. And the other - but there's a few people, supposedly big shots, that say that's a fallacy and should get a very dark floor. So I'm a little jammed because this is like, you know, a very decision and I want the place to look as big as it can be. So what do I do?
LESLIE: Well, I think in addition to color of the floor you should consider the direction in which you run the planks.
LESLIE: You want them to run in the direction of the longest span of the room to make it feel as if it's larger.
JOHN: OK, got you.
LESLIE: And then ...
JOHN: Yeah, it is a rectangle. OK.
LESLIE: Yeah, so you want to sort of help elongate it in any direction you can, so do that with the planking direction. And then I think as far as color, hmm, you know, you want to go with a neutral tone so that it works with whatever paint or whatever decorating style your renter or you or whomever is in the space would enjoy. I kind of recently have been very prone to dark floors only because I think they're super stylish, I think it's a modern take on a wood floor ...
LESLIE: ... and I think it really works with a lot of decorating styles. And you don't have to go super dark like an ebony or a weng