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. There are no dumb questions on this program. Great stories that happen to other people, yes, but no dumb questions. (Leslie chuckles) So call us now at 1-888-MONEY-PIT. We’re here to help you get through those do-it-yourself dilemmas. We’re here to help you get the job done. 888-666-3974.
Hey, it is a popular time of year for inside paint jobs. That’s one project we’ll talk about today and why not? Just a coat of paint can change the whole attitude of a room. There’s nothing worse than a room with a bad attitude, Leslie.
LESLIE: (chuckling) I think we mean, you know, that a room can give you a bad attitude if you don’t like it.
TOM: (chuckling) Absolutely. So we’ll give you a few tips for painting during the cooler months in just a bit.
LESLIE: Yeah, you know there are a lot of great low or no-VOC paint options available in stores now and maybe your home renovation includes some plans to use green materials. You want to make sure you know what makes something truly green. There is no widely accepted standard and lots of companies are jumping on this green bandwagon and we’re going to tell you what to keep in mind so you make sure you’re actually buying something that’s truly green.
TOM: Plus, should you use your ceiling fan in the wintertime? Well, you absolutely should. It can actually keep you warmer. How is that possible, you ask? We’re going to tell you just a bit later in the show.
LESLIE: And if you’re looking for a new way to cook your holiday turkey, we have got it for you. We are giving away the Orion cooker. It’s worth 149 bucks and it’s sort of a cross between – I mean this really is the only way I can describe it – a cross between a grill and an oven and it cooks a great meal in an incredibly short amount of time. Super cool prize.
TOM: We used one the other night to cook a four-pound chicken. I’ve got to tell you, the meat was falling off the bone. It was fabulous.
LESLIE: How long did it take; four-pound chicken?
TOM: Took an hour.
LESLIE: Even for a four-pound chicken?
TOM: Yep, hour. You have to cook it slow. You don’t want to go too fast. And it was absolutely falling off the bone. It was really, really good.
LESLIE: How fantastic.
TOM: So, if you would like to win that Orion cooker, pick up the phone right now and call us at 1-888-MONEY-PIT. You must have a home improvement question and be willing to come on the air and ask us. 888 …
LESLIE: I’m going to call in …
TOM: You can’t.
LESLIE: … and I’m going to ask to come over for dinner.
TOM: 888-666-3974. Who’s first?
LESLIE: Looks like John in Maryland is looking for some new windows. How can we help you with the process?
JOHN: Yeah, I have an older home that I’m trying to refurbish and it does have some really inefficient double-hung wooden windows that are leaking. They’re very inefficient to start with. I’m trying to buy some new ones but I’m wondering how to measure for the new ones; the replacement windows. Do you measure from the outside edge of the glass or the outside of the actual wooden frame of the window or …?
TOM: No, here’s what you do. Now, imagine that if you’re going to put these replacement windows in you’re going to remove the sashes. That’s the part that slides up and down.
LESLIE: The operable pieces.
TOM: So the new window basically goes from inside jamb to inside jamb; side to side and top to bottom. So that’s how you measure it. But what I would recommend you do is choose the window first; go to the home center or the window company and get the specific instructions on how they want you to measure windows because they’re going to tell you exactly where to put that tape and how much wiggle room to give yourself because generally you’re going to order a size that’s maybe a
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