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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 • 100 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!

    Spring Cleaning Made Easy | Easy Fix for Rotted Wood | Best Garage Doors | Get Rid of Gnats

    Spring Cleaning Made Easy | Easy Fix for Rotted Wood | Best Garage Doors | Get Rid of Gnats

    Episode notes...

    There’s a lot of focus on Spring cleaning this time of year but rather than treat this like one big dusty holiday, we’ve found it easier to set yourself up for success with a 12-month cleaning calendar that breaks cleanup shores into small, very actionable projects.

    And if you love the look of your wood windows, door and trim, but spotted rot that set in over the long-wet winter, we’ll share an easy way you can restore rotted wood that’s quick, easy and a lot less expensive that replacing it.

    If your family is like most, you probably use the garage as much as your front door for access and security. But if your door is old and worn, it could not only be unsafe, it could also be providing easy access for intruders when you are away. We’ll have tips to update, just ahead. 

    Your outdoor party can be ruined in a flash if guests find themselves constantly swatting away swarms of relentless, little gnats flying around your guests’ heads by the thousands. We reveal how to not get bugged by gnats!

    Plus, answers to your home improvement questions, options for filling in an unwanted swimming pool, fixing faucets, quieting down loud heating system noises, fixing peeling paint, best insulation: batt or blown-in, and removing rust stains.
    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
    Small Space Gardening | Weed Free Lawns | Leak Proof Showers

    Small Space Gardening | Weed Free Lawns | Leak Proof Showers

    Show notes...

    Did you know one dandelion plant can make up to 15,000 weed seeds? If you want to win the battle against these green invaders, we share tips on how to tackle stopping weeds for the entire season.

    If you’ve ever remodeled a bathroom, one of the most difficult areas to get right is the shower. We’ll share a kit that takes all the guess work out of that project for leak proof showers.

    Apartment living has its advantages but a yard of your own is not typically one of them. But that’s no reason to give up on the idea of your very own garden. We’ll share tips to help you create a bountiful small space garden.

    If you are tired of having to cut your lawn all season long, artificial turf may be the solution. We walk you through the pros and cons, including installation and costs.

    Plus, answers to your home improvement questions about how to dehumidify a damp basement, finding a kitchen cabinet paint with low VOC’s, best return on investment for a garage renovation, updating super old wiring and best insulation for converting a small building to a workout 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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    • 38 min
    Spring Cleaning Garage | Building a DIY Deck | Make Wall Cracks Disappear

    Spring Cleaning Garage | Building a DIY Deck | Make Wall Cracks Disappear

    Show notes...

    Have you ever noticed that over the winter, garages always seem to get smaller as stuff piles up? That’s why now is a great time to make the garage your first big Spring-cleaning project! We’ll show you how to get it done in 4 steps!

    Building a backyard deck is one sure-fire way to increase your home’s living space for the warmer months as well as add to your home’s value. But can it be a DIY project, or one that always needs a pro. We walk you through the pros and cons of a DIY deck build just ahead.

    Have you ever had a wall or ceiling crack that you’ve fixed, once or twice but just seems to crack all over again? We’ll share an easy DIY tip that will let you repair it once and for all just ahead.

    Plus, answers to your home improvement questions, about getting rid of washer/dryer vibrations, installing a closet rod, cleaning bathroom mold, repairing basement floor cracks and how to repair plumbing roof flashing.
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    • 39 min
    Outdoor Home Office | Rainwater Collection for Gardens | Selling Your Home in Spring

    Outdoor Home Office | Rainwater Collection for Gardens | Selling Your Home in Spring

    Show notes...

    If you’ve been working from home and ready to get out of the spare bedroom, basement or carved-out closet you call an office, we’re going to walk you through everything you need to know to set up a productive, comfortable outdoor home office OUTSIDE that it’ll keep you close to nature and the comforts of home at the same time.

    Spring may have sent a lot of rain your way…but if you have a rainwater collection system at your house… you can use those downpours to keep your lawn and garden happily hydrated well into summer’s dry spells. We show you how!

    If you’re thinking about buying a home this Spring, you might be interested to know that home buyer interests are changing in a very big way. We’ll break it down with tips on how to make sure your home brings the highest value in this new market.

    Plus, answers to your home improvement questions, about replacing a shingle roof with a metal roof, how to clean a granite countertop, insulating attic space, best product to paint a dock, eliminating drafty windows, repairing a leaky chimney, rules for updating electrical panels.
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    • 36 min
    Earth Day Ideas for Saving Money | Pro Painting Secrets | Hardwood Flooring Innovations | Your Q & A

    Earth Day Ideas for Saving Money | Pro Painting Secrets | Hardwood Flooring Innovations | Your Q & A

    Show Notes:

    Earth Day is just about here, and a perfect time to talk about our favorite tricks of the trade for saving water, energy and money at the same time.

    Painting is a popular spring project and one that can be made a LOT easier if you know just a few painting tricks that pros use every day. We’ll share those trade secrets coming up.

    Few home improvements bring more beauty and value to a home than adding a hardwood floor. We share tips on advances in hardwood flooring that make this product easier to install.

    Plus, answers to your home improvement questions about, installing a porch handrail, stopping water hammer, whether or not you need to remove paneling, converting a deck into a 3 seasons room, water heaters, tankless or conventional?
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    • 39 min
    Planting Spring Bulbs | Labor Saving Tips for Laundry Rooms | Easy Repairs for Rotted Wood | Your Q & A

    Planting Spring Bulbs | Labor Saving Tips for Laundry Rooms | Easy Repairs for Rotted Wood | Your Q & A

    Show Notes:

    Nothing signals the start of spring better than those fresh blooms like daffodils and tulips in full color! But if you want to enjoy those beautiful spring blooms, you need to plant bulbs now. We’ll share tips just ahead.

    With all the rainy, wet Spring weather ahead, repairing rotted wood on your windows, doors or wood columns may be on your to-do list. We’re going to make those projects a lot simpler with tips on how to easily restore damaged wood.

    Once the weather warms and kids spend more time outside, you may be spending more time INSIDE doing loads and loads of laundry! We’ve got a few tips to help you get your laundry room organized and save money!

    Plus, answers to your home improvement questions, about hiring a contractor, eliminating carpenter bees, installing GFI switches, replacing a HVAC system with geothermal.
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    • 38 min

Customer Reviews

4.1 out of 5
100 Ratings

100 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!

FalconInDC ,

Best I’ve found, but not great

Episodes are hit and miss - but I generally find at least a couple of nuggets in each one. A little ad heavy, but you gotta pay the bills somehow. Also indexes to cold climates and upper Midwest - which is not always the most helpful for those of us in hot climates. All in all, solid, but not a must listen.

SamScramwitch ,

Decent

Good show. Well put together. A lot of product advertisement but a lot of substance as well.

On the most recent episode they recommend Rust-oleum's "Restore" deck paint, which is the worst product on the market as many people are aware (look it up). Instead, I'd recommend SW's "SuperDeck."

Good show. Leslie's voice is hot too.

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