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    LESLIE: Joan in Louisiana, you’ve got The Money Pit. How can we help you today?

    JOAN: Yeah, I didn’t quite back up far enough for my garage door to come down the right way.
    TOM: (laughing) OK. Alright.
    JOAN: It kind of buckled.
    JOAN: The other garage door is the old kind that has the springs and the roller.
    TOM: Alright.
    JOAN: So we’re wanting to replace both doors.
    TOM: OK.
    JOAN: OK, which would be the best? Like the steel – the steel insulated – or the steel insulation steel? Well, I realize what’s best but what do you think?
    TOM: Well, let me ask you a question, Joan. Is your garage heated or cooled?
    JOAN: No.
    TOM: Then why do you want to insulate it? You don’t have to insulate it. The insulation – and a garage is an unconditioned space; so the thermal barrier is the walls and the doors between the garage and the rest of the house; it’s not the garage door. So there’s really no reason to insulate the garage door. So take that out of the equation.
    JOAN: OK.
    TOM: You know what I always used to see people do when I was inspecting houses? They would hang a tennis ball from the ceiling of the garage …
    JOAN: Yes, I’ve seen that, too.
    TOM: … and they knew that when they drove in and the tennis ball hit the windshield it was time to stop. (chuckles)
    LESLIE: They were good.
    JOAN: Well, that will be our next deal once we get the new doors put up. Thank …
    TOM: (overlapping voices) Alright, new garage door and two new tennis balls for Joan. (Leslie chuckles) Thanks so much for calling us at 888-MONEY-PIT.

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