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 now with your home improvement question. Call us now with your do-it-yourself dilemma. Soup to nuts, floorboards to shingles, from rugs to bugs, we're here to help you with your home improvement projects, your home maintenance projects, your do-it-yourself dilemmas. Pick up the phone right now and call us at 1-888-MONEY-PIT. 888-666-3974.
Hey, you got any skeletons in your closet?
TOM: Well, it's Halloween so of course I'm talking about Halloween (Leslie chuckles) skeletons. How about clutter? If your family is like most, certainly if it's like mine, closet space is coveted.
LESLIE: High commodity?
TOM: (chuckling) Hot commodity. Very costly. Very limited edition. (Leslie chuckles) So that's why, this hour, we're going to give you some tips on ways that you can free up some space in your closet and make room so that you can really organize yourself.
LESLIE: And since it is Halloween, like Tom mentioned, also this hour, you know I always seem to be the victim of Halloween pranksters. I think it's because I pick on the school kids that hang out near my house. I should probably learn to hold my tongue (Tom chuckles) but, you know, bad for me; good for you guys because I've totally learned some tricks to cleaning up all of those eggs and toilet paper that seem to find their way to my home this time of year.
TOM: Plus, when was the last time you took a look under the hood? The stove vent hood, that is. You know, it gets pretty darn grimy and nasty under there and it can definitely be a fire hazard. This is Fire Prevention Month so we're going to give you some tips on how to get it clean and staying safe.
LESLIE: And also, it wouldn't be The Money Pit without a prize giveaway. We have something great for all of those DIY-ers who love to pack heat. That's right. We've got a power tool arsenal for you because one caller today is going to win a brand new Ryobi, four-piece combo kit with those fantastic new lithium ion batteries. It's worth 260 bucks. So this is a huge prize but you've got to be in it to win it so pick up those phones.
TOM: Call us right now at 1-888-MONEY-PIT. 888-666-3974. You must have a home improvement question and be willing to come on the air and ask us to qualify for that great prize this hour. We're giving away the Ryobi four-piece combo kit with lithium ion batteries; worth 260 bucks.
Leslie, who's first?
LESLIE: Lynn in Rhode Island's got cleaning on the brain. How can we help? What's dirty?
LYNN: (chuckling) Well, the shower tiles, you know, occasionally get that mold on them.
TOM and LESLIE: Mm-hmm.
LYNN: And I was wondering - someone once told me half Clorox, half water; which seemed to work well. But I wondered if that's safe for the tiles or not.
TOM: Oh, you definitely can't hurt the tiles.
LESLIE: You can hurt your hands first.
TOM: Yeah. You're going to get your hands irritated and it might be tough to breathe in there but you're not going to hurt your tiles.
You know, if you do that once a year it'll really get in there and do a good cleaning, brightening job that would do it. But seriously, you have to have a very well-ventilated area and you have to use rubber gloves and certainly want to protect your eyes because you don't want to get that solution into your eyes or under your skin. One of the ways that you might want to think about doing this though is getting a spray bottle and filling it up - I don't know if I'd go 50/50 but I might go 25 percent bleach and 75 percent water - spraying it on there; letting it sit for a few minutes and then rinsing it off. It will brighten them up quite nicely.
LESLIE: Mm-hmm. And at this point, Lynn, once you get that grout to a clean enough state that makes you happy, if it's super-bright and you're happy with its progress, go ahead and put a sealer on that grout because that's going to make it far more resistant to staining and cut your work down.
LYNN: Oh, OK. What type of sealer?
TOM: Silicone sealer. A silicone grout sealer.
LYNN: Oh, OK.
LESLIE: And you can even find an applicator in the home center, Lynn, that looks almost like a nail polish bottle with like a roll-y foam sponge on top. You just put the silicone grout sealer in there and then you can roll it on in between the - on grout lines so you don't have to worry about getting it everywhere.
TOM: Yeah, all the guys that are listening going, 'Oh, yeah, yeah. I know what that is.'
LESLIE: They're like, 'I know that one.' (Tom and Lynn laugh) 'The nail polish bottle.'
LESLIE: Well, thank you very much. That's very helpful.
TOM: You're welcome, Lynn. Thanks so much for calling us at 888-MONEY-PIT.
LESLIE: Alright, we've got Jos