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Does your home ever feel like “a Money Pit?”  It doesn’t have to be that way!  We’re Tom Kraeutler and Leslie Segrete, hosts of The Money Pit Podcast. For us, a money pit is not a disaster – it’s a home you love! Whether you’re dealing with a repair or dreaming about a reno, consider us your coach, helper or home improvement therapist for all things remodeling, decor or fix up! From bathrooms to basements, demolition to décor and gardening to garages, we share non-biased expertise to help you tackle your to-do’s with confidence. Taking care of a home can be a combination of love, pride and heart-stopping fear - but we promise to help you plan, save you money and spare you from snafus. Join us for new episodes every Monday and Thursday, just in time to plan your next home improvement adventure!

The Money Pit Home Improvement Podcast Tom Kraeutler & Leslie Segrete

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    • 4.1 • 115 Ratings

Does your home ever feel like “a Money Pit?”  It doesn’t have to be that way!  We’re Tom Kraeutler and Leslie Segrete, hosts of The Money Pit Podcast. For us, a money pit is not a disaster – it’s a home you love! Whether you’re dealing with a repair or dreaming about a reno, consider us your coach, helper or home improvement therapist for all things remodeling, decor or fix up! From bathrooms to basements, demolition to décor and gardening to garages, we share non-biased expertise to help you tackle your to-do’s with confidence. Taking care of a home can be a combination of love, pride and heart-stopping fear - but we promise to help you plan, save you money and spare you from snafus. Join us for new episodes every Monday and Thursday, just in time to plan your next home improvement adventure!

    Fast and Simple Way to Tile a Backsplash | Easiest Way to Mow Your Lawn | Building the Perfect Fire Pit

    Fast and Simple Way to Tile a Backsplash | Easiest Way to Mow Your Lawn | Building the Perfect Fire Pit

    SHOW NOTES:

    If you’ve ever taken on a tiling project, you may know that it’s messy and can take DAYS to wait for the adhesive to set, before you can grout. We’ll show you a trick of the trade to install tile that’s a lot less messy and far faster.

    Do you think the best way to save time and energy cutting the grass is to set the mower as low as possible so you won’t have to mow that often? Well, you might be surprised to find out that can actually end up being MORE work in the long run! Find out why and what length to cut the lawn in Spring, Summer and Fall (and yes, it changes for each season!)

    If you’d love build a firepit, patio or outdoor kitchen, we show you really easy ways to get those projects done by stacking precast, concrete blocks. 

    Plus, answers to your home improvement questions:

    Cheryl in Virginia has a concrete porch that is starting to come apart and wants to know the easiest way to repair.

    We’ve got a great solution for Dan from Tennessee who is having carpenter bees eat his way through his fascia board. 

    Norma in Delaware wants to update her bath by adding a one-piece shower panel.

    Marty from Mississippi is looking for the best product is to match and seal his brick and mortar wall.

    We help Eleanor in Virginia with easy ways to clean algae off her composite decking


    Stewart from Rhode Island wants to know the best replacement for an oil-fired water heater.

    Sheila in Oklahoma is looking for recommendations on countertop paints and whether they work well.

    Ben from Illinois wants to know how to painting a popcorn ceiling.

    Do you have a home improvement or decor question? Call the show 24/7 at 888-MONEY-PIT (888-666-3974) or post your question here.
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    • 39 min
    Deck Staining Tips | Solutions to Prevent Pool Drowning | Filters that Prevent AC Breakdowns

    Deck Staining Tips | Solutions to Prevent Pool Drowning | Filters that Prevent AC Breakdowns

    SHOW NOTES:

    Staining a wood deck is a popular summer project. We share how to get that project done in a weekend, plus we review new high efficiency airless paint sprayers that can cut project time by as much as a third. 

    Summer marks the riskiest time of year for pool drownings, the leading cause of death to young children! We share a pool safety approach called layers of protection, the best way to backup parental supervision and keep kids safe.

    Now that the AC season is in full swing, have you thought about changing your air filter? If you have a forced air system, that filter plays an important role in keeping your cooling system operational. We’ll explain why and highlight a new type of filter that can keep your system clean for a full year.

    Plus, answers to your home improvement questions:

    Pam from Missouri wants to install an automatic sensor onto her dimmer light.

    Dan wants to know how to deflect heat from his tin roof.

    Heather in Texas needs help getting rid of black mold in her bathroom.

    Max called in asking, what the best joist size for composite decking?

    Lorrain from Vermont has an ant invasion in her home.

    Brandon in California is having water hammer issues with his shower.

    Pat from Iowa wants to know the best way to paint aluminum siding.

    Bob in Tennessee wants to know if cell service is impacted by a metal roof.

    Mary from Wisconsin wants to know an alternative to rubber back carpeting for her basement.

    Do you have a home improvement or decor question? Call the show 24/7 at 888-MONEY-PIT (888-666-3974) or post your question here.
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    • 39 min
    Upgrading Your DIY Workspace | Top Reasons AC’s Quit | DIY Front Door Tips

    Upgrading Your DIY Workspace | Top Reasons AC’s Quit | DIY Front Door Tips

    SHOW NOTES:

    Are you a do-it-yourselfer but need a better do-it-yourself workspace? We show you how to create a productive and efficient garage workspace to handle projects big and small.

    If your AC is going to go on the fritz… it’s going to happen on the hottest day of the year. We review the top reasons AC systems decide to quit and what you can do to restore the cool.


    Replacing your front door is a project that can increase both your home’s value and its curb appeal. Find out how best to get that project done.

    Plus, answers to your home improvement questions:

    Anthony in New York wants to know how to repair a chimney that is losing its stucco.

    Mia from Iowa is looking for the best way to remove glued outdoor carpeting from her deck.

    Kevin in Georgia needs help getting rid of carpenter bees that are destroying his screened-in porch.

    Sally wants know if there is a fix for double pane windows that are fogging up between the panes.

    John from Maryland is looking for a side venting gas water to reduce the space his current one takes up.

    Fonda in South Dakota needs ideas on how to makeover her patio while she is redoing her backyard space.

    Do you have a home improvement or decor question? Call the show 24/7 at 888-MONEY-PIT (888-666-3974) or post your question here.
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    • 39 min
    Pre-Summer Checklist for Outdoor Living Spaces | Spotting Roof Leaks Before they Happen | Free-up Stuck Windows

    Pre-Summer Checklist for Outdoor Living Spaces | Spotting Roof Leaks Before they Happen | Free-up Stuck Windows

    SHOW NOTES:

    You may be ready for summer, but is your outdoor living space ready, too? We’ve got a pre-summer checklist to make sure your house is good to go for the season ahead!

    Heavy spring rains can find their way through your roof. That’s why now is the perfect time for a roof inspection. We’ll share how to do just that, without climbing a ladder!

    And now that we have windows open more often, are you noticing that yours are not easy to GET open and closed? It could be a sign that they weren’t installed right. We explain the fix.

    Plus, answers to your home improvement questions:

    Shirley from Nebraska hard water has caused her to replace her water heater four times in twenty eight years and wants to know what the solution is.

    Jason has noisy plumbing that only happens in his master bathroom tub.


    Shirley in Oregon has some concerns about fire safety with solar panels on her roof.

    Mike from Wisconsin wants to know how to restore a field stone foundation.

    Carol in Arkansas has a commode that isn’t draining properly.

    Mary from Maryland has wood bees destroying her porch.

    Russell in Texas has pre-hung doors that aren’t lining up with the frame.

    Jan from Texas wants to swap her shower drain with her toilet drain.

    Randy in Idaho has a cracked foundation that is an inch and a half wide and needs advice on how to repair it.

    Jenni from North Dakota wants to know how to move a lilac bush.

    Do you have a home improvement or decor question? Call the show 24/7 at 888-MONEY-PIT (888-666-3974) or post your question here.
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    • 38 min
    Leak-Proof Skylights | Pet Proof Flooring | How to Build a Fence that Lasts

    Leak-Proof Skylights | Pet Proof Flooring | How to Build a Fence that Lasts

    SHOW NOTES:


    Skylights let in lots of light but some let in leaks leak more than others. We’ll tell which ones leak the most and share a tip the easiest way to add a skylight to your home in just 2-hours or less.

    If you’ve got any furry family members, it’s smart to think about which flooring types might hold up best in the face of scratchy paws, accidents and excessive shedding! We review the best options.

    They say good fences make good neighbors but how exactly do you build a good fence? We’ve got the solution for fences that stand the test of time.

    Plus, answers to your home improvement questions:

    Holly from Kansas has a banging noise coming from her new washing machine.

    Bill in Florida needs some tips on removing cigarette smell from a house.

    Nancy from Michigan needs the recipe for deck cleaning soap.

    Michael in Florida has a pool deck that is starting to crack.

    Daniel form California is concerned about using the proper sealer on his new travertine flooring.

    Pat in Hawaii is curious about prepping her roof for fibrous aluminum paint.

    Rob from Iowa need help getting rid bed bugs they picked up on vacation.

    Michelle in California spilled glue on her floor and needs help getting it up.

    Brian from Ohio is dealing with a settling house and wants to know if he should re-square it.

    Erica in Illinois has peeling walls and ceiling paint that is starting to wreck havoc in her home.

    Do you have a home improvement or decor question? Call the show 24/7 at 888-MONEY-PIT (888-666-3974) or post your question here.
     
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    • 38 min
    Avoiding Buyers Remorse | Roof Treatment that Extends Shingle Life | Green Product or Not? How to Tell

    Avoiding Buyers Remorse | Roof Treatment that Extends Shingle Life | Green Product or Not? How to Tell

    SHOW NOTES:

    According to the new survey, over 60% of homebuyers experience "Buyer’s Remorse" after the sale! We'll share the most common regrets and how to avoid them. 

    If your roof is more than 10 or 15 years old, you might be thinking that it’ll need replacement soon. Maybe not, we’ll share a new product that can add 5 years of life to your roof with a single treatment.

    Also ahead, buying green is all the rage today but did you ever wonder what makes a product truly green? There are actually a lot of factors and just as many false claims of “greenness.” We will help sort the ones that count.

    Plus, answers to your home improvement questions:

    Mary in Massachusetts is wonder if she can close her ridge vent.


    Mathew from Texas has an issue with his sink flange.

    Debra in Pennsylvania wants to know why she needs to replace her rubber flashing?

    Tim from New York wants an easier fix to repair sink cracks.

    Donna needs help cleaning showers.


    Vincent in Delaware is concerned about the cracking in his home.


    Carolyn from Iowa wants to know how to brighten up quartz flooring?

    Randy in Ohio needs the best stain for a freshly built deck.

    Sharon from Tennessee wants to how to choose the right water heater.


    Do you have a home improvement or decor question? Call the show 24/7 at 888-MONEY-PIT (888-666-3974) or post your question here.
     
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    • 38 min

Customer Reviews

4.1 out of 5
115 Ratings

115 Ratings

anonymousdetroit ,

Feels a little like an infomercial

I probably won’t stop listening. I’ve learned things along the way. However the questions and answers feel targeted to fit a particular product they just happen to recommend. They are not eco-conscious. The amount of plastic products they recommend is infuriating to me!

Candrus1980! ,

Always a Great Listen

I love this show! I learn so much from it. I recommend this podcast to anyone who likes to take care of their spaces. 🥰

Sixflagsguy ,

Great listen to learn more about homes and different products

I love listening to The Money Pit! It’s shows are very informative and provide a plethora of knowledge about homes and different conditions/products. It’s something easy to listen to that is informative and can help make my home safer and well maintained.

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