LESLIE: Eleanor in Florida, you’ve got The Money Pit. How can we help you today with some goose repellents?
ELEANOR: My son has a house in South Carolina that has a floating dock on a pond in the backyard.
ELEANOR: And the geese love to do their business on that deck that …
TOM: I’ll bet they do.
ELEANOR: And we wondered what he could do to let them go somewhere else.
TOM: Sounds like you need some goose repellants. Well, look, there’s three different sort of categories of goose repellants. There’s chemical and I honestly don’t know a lot about that. There’s also sound, which can annoy the heck out of your neighbors. There’s different types of motion-activated alarms, so to speak. Some of them sound like gunshots, some of them are like a horn. And when the geese land or fly in the path of the motion detection, it goes off. And then the third one, I would call them sort of “ornaments.” And we often recommend – for example, with woodpeckers, hanging on the house shiny pie plates and things like that that spin in the breeze. Well, they actually have different types of ornaments. You can find them, for example, on Amazon.com. And you could find the ones that have the best ratings. And essentially, what they are are sort of discs that spin around and they’re shiny and they kind of annoy the birds. And then they kind of stay away from it. But that’s kind of really the three categories that folks use to try to minimize the amount of geese. They can be a real problem, so I don’t envy what you guys are going through. But that’s kind of what you’ve got to do to try to deal with them. You can either use a sound device, you can use chemical goose repellants or you could use one of these ornaments that basically deter them from landing. OK?
ELEANOR: We got pie plates.
TOM: Alright. Well, start with that. Good luck with that project. Thanks so much for calling us at 888-MONEY-PIT.
my boy is redoing an old house and he installed new fiberglass insulation where needed but put 1 inch Styrofoam on the outside then new siding (not vinyl ) my question is I want to (build) a smaller house unless of course I find an appropriate used one I think it would be better to put 1 inch Styrofoam on the inside then put the drywall over it,,it will keep the warm in better and the final stop for the cold before getting to the drywall,,tighter ,less air leaks and a vapor barrier, he believes its better on the outside ,,which is better?, ( but his house is 3 times easier to heat now at least a two thirds less fuel BIG DIFFERNCE