At the moment’s Home-owner Radio Present Podcast | January 14, 2023

Split image of a shattered glass stove cooktop and a pile of acorns in a yard
This week, study why a glass cooktop can shatter and listen to the simple solution to take away acorns out of your yard. (Adobe Inventory/matzaball, Getty Pictures Signature)

Hour 1

Hear how a lot cash it can save you by putting in luxurious vinyl tile your self, what to do about thermal growth gaps in crown molding and extra.

Save Massive by Putting in LVT Your self

Man's arms installing luxury vinyl tile on a floor
Bought a good finances? It can save you a whole bunch by putting in luxurious vinyl tile your self. (3 Echoes Content Studio)

Luxurious vinyl tile is a good choice for householders searching for a sturdy, waterproof, and easy-to-clean flooring choice.

Additionally, it’s some of the inexpensive flooring choices, making it an incredible alternative for budget-conscious householders. Joe researched the prices and right here’s what he discovered: 

Most individuals pay on common $1,400 to have 200 sq. toes of vinyl plank flooring put in. Nonetheless, you should purchase luxurious vinyl for $2.50-$4 per sq. foot at The House Depot.

So, when you set up it your self, it might solely value you between $500-800. That’s a saving, on common, of $600-900 over a professionally put in job!

You don’t want any particular instruments to put in luxurious vinyl tile. A field cutter is all it takes to chop the tiles.

The primary mistake folks make when putting in is reducing it tight towards a wall. All floating flooring require an growth area — you’ll want wherever from 1 / 4 inch to half an inch. 

Run the posh vinyl tile as much as the baseboard and canopy the hole with shoe molding. Simply make sure to safe the shoe molding to the baseboard. 

Observe the instructions precisely relating to any underlayment. Relying on the sort you purchase, the underlayment might already be connected. 

Watch: The right way to Simply Set up Luxurious Vinyl Tile

What to Do About Gaps in Crown Molding

View of a top corner of a wall with crown molding that has a gap from thermal expansion
Modifications in humidity or temperature may cause gaps in crown molding. (Chris Vogler)

That is the primary winter that Chris has spent in his new Alabama dwelling, and he’s seeing the consequences of thermal growth.

Over the previous months, he says vital gaps have proven up within the crown molding all through the home.

“Ought to I ask my builder to appropriate the problem? If the gaps are crammed, will it trigger the molding to buckle when it will get hotter?” he asks.

It’s wonderful how a lot supplies in a house increase and contract, and doubtless nowhere is it extra evident than while you’re crown molding.

The excellent news is these gaps will normally shut on their very own as soon as hotter climate comes again round.

Nonetheless, when you have some gaps which are very pronounced, right here’s what you are able to do:

  • Nail it in place: Use a nail gun to safe the crown molding to the wall.
  • Fill it with caulk: As a substitute of utilizing conventional caulk, fastidiously apply an acrylic latex caulk. The trick is to barely feed it into the cracked space, in order that when it does shut again, it stays versatile. The hole will nonetheless seem nevertheless it gained’t be as deep or as noticeable. 

Hour 2

Hearken to study the simple solution to take away acorns out of your yard, why a glass cooktop can shatter, what you must do to cowl terracotta tile and extra.

Eliminating an Acorn Overload

Shot of hundreds of acorns on dead leaves
Eradicating acorns out of your yard generally is a tough activity, however with some endurance and the proper instruments, you may get the job carried out. (matzaball, Getty Pictures Signature)

That is nuts! A house owner says he has greater than 250,000 acorns in his entrance yard.

“In addition to raking, which I hate, how can I choose up the acorns? My self-propelled lawnmower doesn’t have the ability to choose them up. Is there a chunk of apparatus appropriate for the job?” he asks.

Right here’s what you should use to take away acorns from a yard:

  1. Leaf blower: A leaf blower can blow the acorns right into a pile, making them simpler to gather. Bonus tip: Use a tarp to comprise the acorns whereas blowing them, making cleanup even simpler!
  1. Garden vacuum: A garden vacuum can suck up acorns and take away them from the yard. These may be expensive, so see when you can hire one, or rent a landscaper who owns one to make use of in your yard. 

To get rid of this drawback sooner or later, forestall the acorns from falling within the first place. If doable, take away the tree or prune it in order that it doesn’t produce as many acorns.

Some chemical therapies can forestall acorn manufacturing, however solely knowledgeable arborist ought to apply them.

Have in mind — eradicating acorns may be time-consuming and also you would possibly must repeat it as new acorns fall.

At all times put on security gear to guard your self from falling acorns and pay attention to bugs or critters within the acorns or hiding within the tree.

‘Why Did My Glass Cooktop Shatter?’

Dirty, Damaged Shattered Induction Stove/Glass Cooktop in Kitchen
A glass stovetop can shatter for a number of causes, together with sudden temperature modifications, improper set up and manufacturing defects. (Adobe Inventory)

A house owner says the tempered glass on his gasoline cooktop immediately shattered the opposite day, although the equipment wasn’t on and he didn’t drop something onto it. 

“What would trigger that to occur?” he asks.

Tempered glass is designed to be sturdy and sturdy, however it may shatter unexpectedly for a number of causes.

A few of the commonest causes of tempered glass shattering embody:

  • Improper set up: If the cooktop is just not put in appropriately, it may put stress on the glass and trigger it to shatter. As an illustration, if the countertop is overlapping the cooktop, it might put some stress on the highest, ultimately inflicting it to shatter. 
  • Thermal stress: If the cooktop or the glass is uncovered to speedy modifications in temperature, equivalent to from a scorching pot being positioned on a chilly cooktop or vice versa, it may trigger thermal stress and trigger the glass to shatter.
  • Manufacturing defects: Typically, tempered glass can have manufacturing defects that make it extra vulnerable to shattering. If so, report it to the producer.

You’ll be able to name knowledgeable to switch the glass cooktop, nevertheless it may be costly. Take into account changing the equipment with a range that doesn’t have a glass cooktop. 

To forestall a glass cooktop from shattering, observe the following pointers:

  • Don’t place a scorching pot on a chilly cooktop or flip the cooktop on excessive and instantly place a chilly pot on it. This will trigger thermal stress and may trigger the glass to shatter.
  • Use cookware with flat bottoms to distribute warmth evenly and forestall warping or bending.
  • Don’t slide cookware throughout the cooktop, as it may scratch or chip the glass.
  • Don’t place heavy objects, equivalent to forged iron pans or strain cookers, on the cooktop as they will trigger influence injury.
  • Clear the cooktop repeatedly with a gentle detergent and a non-abrasive sponge or material to take away any filth, grime or stains.
  • Use a stovetop cowl to guard the cooktop from scratches or stains when not in use.
  • Don’t overheat the cooktop, as it may trigger the glass to overheat and shatter.
  • At all times observe the producer’s directions for the care and use of your cooktop.

Masking Terracotta Tile

Terracotta tile on a kitchen floor
Terracotta tile may be chilly to the contact, which will not be comfy for some folks, particularly throughout the winter. (Michelle West)

A house owner has terracotta tiles all through her second-floor California apartment.

“The floor is just too exhausting, very uncomfortable!” she says. “Can we’ve got extra comfy flooring put in on high? It looks as if elimination can be very costly, disruptive and noisy.”

As a result of conventional terracotta flooring has such an irregular floor, you’ll wish to apply a self-leveling underlayment to create a easy, even floor for putting in one other kind of flooring over it.

You would possibly run into the issue of elevating the ground top an excessive amount of to the place it may block home equipment from opening or make them not degree together with your cupboards and counters. Verify the peak of the brand new flooring to verify this gained’t occur after you’ve put in it.

There are a number of choices for protecting terracotta tiles, together with:

  1. Vinyl flooring: Vinyl flooring may be put in over the present tiles and is sturdy and straightforward to wash.
  2. Engineered hardwood flooring: Engineered hardwood flooring may be put in over the present tiles and supply a heat and pure look.
  3. Laminate flooring: Laminate flooring will also be put in over the present tiles and is accessible in lots of types and colours.
  4. Floating flooring: A floating flooring is a kind of flooring that isn’t connected to the subfloor, one of these flooring may be put in over the terracotta tiles and may be made of various supplies like laminate, engineered hardwood, or cork.

Seek the advice of with knowledgeable flooring specialist to find out the most suitable choice to your particular scenario.

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Joe Truini siphons standing water from a bathroom sink with a water toy
Have to take away standing water from a clogged sink? This toy doubles as a siphon pump! (3 Echoes Content Studio)

Pool-Toy Plumbing Software — Earlier than repairing most plumbing clogs, you should first take away any standing water. Now, you may use a sponge or moist/dry vac, however right here’s another choice: take a child’s water-squirting toy, generally referred to as a water blaster, and use it like a siphon pump. Merely place the nozzle of the toy into the water and draw again on the deal with to suck up the water. Then you may squirt it right into a bucket, rest room or tub. That is nice for sink clogs, rest room clogs, or when you have a malfunctioning washer that has water standing within the tub. 

Watch: The right way to Take away Standing Water From a Clogged Sink

filtering paint with a window screen
Filtering paint by means of a window display catches any impurities or particles. (3 Echoes Content Studio)

Paint Display screen Saver — When utilizing paint from a beforehand opened can, it’s finest to move the paint by means of a filter to display out dried paint chips and different small bits of particles. You should purchase disposable paint filters, however they’re flimsy, not reusable and the paint flows by means of a lot too slowly. As a substitute, use a chunk of vinyl insect screening. Minimize the display about 12 or 14in. sq., safe it to a brand new, clear paint can with three small spring clamps, after which pour the previous paint by means of the display. When carried out, rinse out the display with a backyard hose and reserve it for the subsequent paint job.

Watch: The right way to Filter Paint Utilizing a Window Display screen

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