Immediately’s House 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 straightforward technique to take away acorns out of your yard. (Adobe Inventory/matzaball, Getty Photos 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 Huge by Putting in LVT Your self

Man's arms installing luxury vinyl tile on a floor
Acquired a good funds? It can save you lots of by putting in luxurious vinyl tile your self. (3 Echoes Content Studio)

Luxurious vinyl tile is a superb choice for householders in search of a sturdy, waterproof, and easy-to-clean flooring choice.

Additionally, it’s probably the most inexpensive flooring choices, making it a fantastic 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. ft of vinyl plank flooring put in. Nevertheless, you should purchase luxurious vinyl for $2.50-$4 per sq. foot at The House Depot.

So, in the event 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 slicing it tight in opposition to a wall. All floating flooring require an growth house — 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 you’ll want to safe the shoe molding to the baseboard. 

Observe the instructions precisely concerning any underlayment. Relying on the kind you purchase, the underlayment might already be connected. 

Watch: 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 could cause gaps in crown molding. (Chris Vogler)

That is the primary winter that Chris in Alabama has spent in his new 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 right the problem? If the gaps are stuffed will it trigger the molding to buckle when it will get hotter?” he asks.

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

These gaps will often shut on their very own as soon as hotter climate comes again round. When you’ve got some gaps which can be 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 an alternative of utilizing conventional caulk, rigorously 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 but it surely received’t be as deep or as noticeable. 

Hour 2

Hearken to study the straightforward technique to take away acorns out of your yard, why a glass cooktop can shatter, what it is advisable to 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 is usually a tough process, however with some persistence and the precise instruments, you will get the job carried out. (matzaball, Getty Photos Signature)

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

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

Right here’s what you should utilize to take away 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 include 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 might be expensive, so see in the event you can hire one, or rent a landscaper who owns one to make use of in your yard. 

To remove this drawback sooner or later, stop 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 remedies can stop acorn manufacturing, however solely an expert arborist ought to apply them.

Take into accout — eradicating acorns might be time-consuming and also you may must repeat it as new acorns fall. All the time put on security gear to guard your self from falling acorns and concentrate on 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 adjustments, improper set up and manufacturing defects. (Adobe Inventory)

A house owner says the tempered glass on his gasoline cooktop instantly shattered the opposite day, although it 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 well shatter unexpectedly for a number of causes. Among the most typical causes of tempered glass shattering embody:

  • Improper set up: If the cooktop is just not put in appropriately, it may well put stress on the glass and trigger it to shatter. As an example, if the countertop is overlapping the cooktop, it might put some stress on the highest, finally inflicting it to shatter. 
  • Thermal stress: If the cooktop or the glass is uncovered to fast adjustments in temperature, corresponding to from a sizzling pot being positioned on a chilly cooktop or vice versa, it may well 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 may name an expert to switch the glass cooktop, but it surely could be costly. Take into account changing it with a range that doesn’t have a glass cooktop. 

To forestall a glass cooktop from shattering, comply with the following tips:

  • Don’t place a sizzling 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 might trigger the glass to shatter.
  • Use cookware with flat bottoms to distribute warmth evenly and stop warping or bending.
  • Don’t slide cookware throughout the cooktop, as it may well scratch or chip the glass.
  • Do =n’t place heavy objects, corresponding to forged iron pans or stress cookers, on the cooktop as they will trigger influence injury.
  • Clear the cooktop often with a gentle detergent and a non-abrasive sponge or material to take away any grime, 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 well trigger the glass to overheat and shatter.
  • All the time comply with the producer’s directions for the care and use of your cooktop.

Overlaying Terracotta Tile

Terracotta tile on a kitchen floor
Terracotta tile might be chilly to the contact, which will not be snug for some folks, particularly in the course of the winter. (Michelle West)

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

“The floor is simply too exhausting, very uncomfortable!” she says. “Can we’ve got extra snug flooring put in on high? It looks as if removing will probably 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 clean, even floor for putting in one other kind of flooring over it.

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

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

  1. Vinyl flooring: Vinyl flooring might be put in over the prevailing tiles and is sturdy and simple to scrub.
  2. Engineered hardwood flooring: Engineered hardwood flooring might be put in over the prevailing tiles and supply a heat and pure look.
  3. Laminate flooring: Laminate flooring may also be put in over the prevailing tiles and is on the market in lots of types and colours.
  4. Floating ground: A floating ground is a sort of flooring that’s not connected to the subfloor, this sort of flooring might be put in over the terracotta tiles and might be made of various supplies like laminate, engineered hardwood, or cork.

Seek the advice of with an expert flooring specialist to find out the most suitable choice on your particular state of affairs.

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

Pool-Toy Plumbing Instrument — Earlier than repairing most plumbing clogs, you could first take away any standing water. Now, you can 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’ll be able to squirt it right into a bucket, bathroom or tub. That is nice for sink clogs, bathroom clogs, or when you have a malfunctioning washer that has water standing within the tub. 

Watch: Take away Standing Water From a Clogged Sink

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

Paint Display Saver — When utilizing paint from a beforehand opened can, it’s finest to cross the paint by a filter to display screen 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 a lot too slowly. As an alternative, use a chunk of vinyl insect screening. Minimize the display screen about 12 or 14in. sq., safe it to a brand new, clear paint can with three small spring clamps, after which pour the outdated paint by the display screen. When carried out, rinse out the display screen with a backyard hose and put it aside for the following paint job.

Watch: Filter Paint Utilizing a Window Display

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