Fall is the perfect time to tackle that fix-up project or DIY project you’ve been looking to complete before winter hits. If you’ve been looking to fix that leaky roof, etch a great gift for your family member for the holidays, get your dishes clean and sanitized before your out of town guests arrive for Thanksgiving and more, you’re in luck! Home improvement expert and The Money Pit co-host Tom Kraeutler joined me for an interview this week to dish on his top fix-up projects and DIY projects and the must have products you need to complete them!
Candace Rose: Fall is such a great time for fix-up projects. Do you have any fun DIY projects you can share with us?
Tom Kraeutler: “There’s lots of fun things that you can do. We call this the Goldilocks season because it’s not too hot and it’s not too cold.
Here’s a project that we did earlier today – check out this glassware (please see video above for details) it was etched using a new tool from Dremel. It’s called the VRT1. This is a vacuum powered rotary tool that totally cuts out the cleanup. In this case if you have glass fibers that are coming off the work or if you have dust from drywall or wood (maybe you’re sanding) it’s going to collect all of that into the Shop-Vac attachment and basically goes right into a standard Shop-Vac and pulls all of that dust and debris off of your work surface so it makes it really, really clean and easy to work. It’s a very inexpensive tool (only $29) and it really does a terrific job.
For our bigger projects, maybe you’re doing a drywall repair, the RotoZip RotoSaw has a dust vault attachment where the dust collection is built right into it, so the dust again never gets into the air. Both of these tools are great for tackling projects around your house without getting into a big mess. It lets you work cleaner and easier.
Now if you are tackling projects, you’re probably going to need a good adhesive. The Gorilla Heavy Duty Construction Adhesive works really well for all sorts of projects because basically it’s designed to be long lasting, all surface and all purpose. It’s going to replace all the other adhesives that you have in your house. Maybe you’re building a wreath like the one we built for a door, or we took a desk, old recycled lumber and then applied it to a steel desk or even marble or tile. It works for subfloor, drywall, landscaping, even brick. It’s completely paintable and VOC low odor. It works inside and out. It’s really a terrific all in one product.
Fall is also associated with very rough weather and if your roof has been a persistent problem with leakage, here’s a way to avoid all of that – this is a roofing underling product called Grace Ice and Water Shield. The way it works is it goes underneath your roof shingles right against the roof deck. It basically seals and protects the roof from water intrusion. If water were to get into the roof – say go under the shingles or if the shingles were to blow off in a storm, this membrane basically stops the water from getting through and into the roof (be sure to watch Tom Kraeutler give an example of how to use this product in the video above).
Here’s one other project that you might want to think about tackling this time of year, if you ever had to wait for hot water in the morning because maybe your master bedroom is so far away from the water heater that it takes a long time for the water to get hot, here’s a way to stop that – Watts Hot Water Recirculating System includes a pump which mounts on top of your water heater via flex connections, then a sensor valve which mounts in the bathroom as far away from the water heater as possible. Now once these two things are together they sort of talk to each other, they recirculate the hot water throughout the entire house, so you’ll never wait for hot water again. It’s timer based so it can come on just when you need it. It’s available at the Home Depot for $199. It actually saves you about 15,000 gallons of water every single year. It only costs a a nickel a day to operate.
Finally, with all of the guests that come to visit us this time of year we want to make sure that our appliances are super clean and working well. Glisten is a great product to use for that, starting with the Glisten Dishwasher Magic. This is a terrific product because basically what it does is it cuts out all that crud that gets left behind your dishwasher. It’s going to both clean and disinfect it, so we’re talking about hard water stains and food particles on all that odor. You simply take the Dishwasher Magic, you put it in the dishwasher rack, you run the cycle and it does the work for you. It’s part of a full line of products from Glisten because these folks really are the machine cleaning experts and essentially you can have a product that cleans your garbage disposal (with the Glisten Disposer Care Foaming Cleaner), there’s also one for the microwave and one for the washing machine. It really works super, super well. In fact the Dishwasher Magic is the only EPA registered dishwasher cleaner and disinfectant.
More information on all of these products are on our website at MoneyPit.com. If your audience has a question about their home, they can also call our national radio show 24/7 at 1-888-Money-Pit.”