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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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    • 4.2 • 150 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!

    Space-Saving Small Bathroom Makeovers | Choosing HVAC Filters | Stand-Out Driveway Markers

    Space-Saving Small Bathroom Makeovers | Choosing HVAC Filters | Stand-Out Driveway Markers

    SHOW NOTES:
    In this home improvement episode, we’ll tackle small bathroom makeovers to save space and add style, give tips on selecting the best HVAC filters for optimal air quality, and discuss how driveway markers can enhance safety and curb appeal. Tune in for expert insights and answers to more homeowner questions!
    - Bathroom Makeover: Make every inch count with a space-saving small bathroom makeover.
    - HVAC Filters: Breathe easy by choosing the right HVAC filter to clear the air of springtime allergens.
    - Driveway Markers: Make your house stand out with a driveway marker that adds safety and curb appeal.
     
    Q & A:
    - Windows: Condensation and foggy windows are signs that the thermal seal is failing on old windows. Ruth would be better off replacing the windows instead of repairing them.
    - Sliding Doors: Cold drafts are blowing through Anthony’s old sliding glass doors. Newer sliding doors would be better insulated and curtains can block the cold glass.
    - Countertops: Diane wants to refinish her original Formica laminate countertops We recommend a DIY product that can create the look of a stone surface in a weekend.
    - Fireplace Moisture: David gets advice on installing flashing so that water from the roof will be diverted around the chimney.
    - Bath Mat Adhesive: Kimberly can’t remove a mat that’s stuck to the bottom of the tub. WD-40 or a citrus-based adhesive remover may help, but the tub surface could get damaged in the process.
    - Concrete Repair: Charlie’s painted concrete patio is flaking and pitted. He needs to pressure wash and scrape it first, then repair the concrete before using an epoxy paint. 
    - Refinishing Old Walls: Susan uncovered wood under the sheetrock of her old home. We’ve got tips on how to sand, stain, and seal the wood with a flat varnish.
     
    ASK A QUESTION:
    Need help with your own home improvement or décor question? We’d love to help! Call the show 24/7 at 888-MONEY-PIT (888-666-3974) or post your question here: https://www.moneypit.com/ask.
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    • 37 min
    Playing with Fire: Fireplace Hazards | Safe Cleaning Products | Uninsured Contractor Risks

    Playing with Fire: Fireplace Hazards | Safe Cleaning Products | Uninsured Contractor Risks

    SHOW NOTES:
    This home improvement episode is all about safety, including common fire hazards associated with fireplaces and stoves, options for safe cleaning products, and the risks of hiring uninsured contractors. Listen to hear more about these and other callers’ questions to keep your home safe, sound, and comfortable!
    - Fireplace and Wood Stove Safety: Learn how fireplaces and wood-burning stoves can be dangerous causes of house fires.
    - Safe Cleaning Products: Get tips for choosing cleaning products with safer ingredients.
    - Uninsured Contractors: Find out how hiring uninsured or unlicensed contractors poses risks that are your responsibility.
     
    Q & A:
    - Laminate Flooring: The seams in Judy’s Pergo laminate floor are bubbling up, either from moisture or after being installed incorrectly, and the floor will need to be redone.
    - Gutter Guards: John’s gutter is overflowing, even with gutter guards installed. The water may be running too fast down a steep roof and washing over the guards, but he should check to see if they need to be replaced.
    - Painting Tile: Can outdated bathroom tile be painted over? Chris gets tips on how to do it, but it may not last long and she may want to decorate around the tile colors for now.
    - Wet Basement: There is condensation in the outlets and an odor coming from Ed’s basement. We offer info on improving exterior drainage, installing a dehumidifier, and removing carpeting and paneling that are harboring moisture-related bacteria.
    - Dishwasher Clog: The bottom of the dishwasher fills with water after it runs. Mary needs a plumber to locate the obstruction in the plumbing line.
    - Blocked Toilet: When Beth flushes the toilet, the water rises to the rim and then goes down slowly. A plumber can clear the partial clog that’s somewhere beyond the drain.
    - Cracked Concrete: A crack in Mike’s concrete slab floor is not structural, so it can easily be repaired with a cement patching compound.
    - HVAC Condensation: Gail’s contractor has moisture from her HVAC system dripping directly into the crawlspace. She needs to install a condensate pump to direct the water outside the house.
    - Structural Insulation: Brad is boxing out the eaves behind the knee wall in an upstairs bedroom and finds out where to install additional insulation.
      
    ASK A QUESTION:
    Need help with your own home improvement or décor question? We’d love to help! Call the show 24/7 at 888-MONEY-PIT (888-666-3974) or post your question here: https://www.moneypit.com/ask.
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    • 37 min
    Crystal Clear: Window Cleaning Tips | High-Efficiency Washers and Dryers | Basement Bedrooms

    Crystal Clear: Window Cleaning Tips | High-Efficiency Washers and Dryers | Basement Bedrooms

    SHOW NOTES:
    Join us as we reveal the pro secrets to crystal-clear windows, the benefits of high-efficiency washers and dryers, and the potential of basement bedrooms! If you’re seeking the answers to these or other home improvement challenges from today’s callers, we’re here to help!
    - Cleaning Windows: Get crystal clear results with tips on the best way to clean windows.
    - Washers and Dryers: Find out whether high-efficiency washers and dryers are worth the additional cost.
    - Basement Bedrooms: Adding a basement bedroom can be a good idea, as long as it complies with building safety codes.
     
    Q & A:
    - HVAC Filters: What kind of filter should Sandra use for her furnace? You get what you pay for, and high-quality filters provide better filtration to trap more allergens.
    - Cracked Concrete: Roy has a crack in the driveway slab near his garage. Mud jacking will work to replace that area by filling in the low spots and tamping down a solid base.
    - Countertop Repair: Is there a way to repair scratches in a Corian countertop? Gayla gets info about products to clean and restore the countertop finish, or having the surface lightly sanded and polished.
    - Water Heater: James noticed moisture inside his water heater, but no leak. It’s probably normal condensation, but we share tips on installing a timer and how to adjust the water temperature.
    - Fireplace: Keith wants to update the look of his red brick fireplace and hearth. We offer some ideas such as applying a stone veneer, tiles, or paint in complementary colors.
    - Smoke Odors: A burning pot on the stove created smoke throughout Margie’s home and she can’t get rid of the awful smoke smell. She may need a company that specializes in fire and smoke cleanup.
    - Gutters: Can the rotted fascia board be removed without having to take apart everything? Derwin can’t avoid it, but it’s a good opportunity to replace the wood with another product.
    - Wallpaper Removal: Jan found a paper lining behind her wallpaper and is concerned about damaging the sheetrock. If the paper is adhered well, she can add texture over it.
    - Toilet Stain: Sparky can’t figure out why only one toilet keeps getting a black ring. He can try CLR to clean it, but there may be something different about that toilet’s porcelain finish.
     
    ASK A QUESTION:
    Need help with your own home improvement or décor question? We’d love to help! Call the show 24/7 at 888-MONEY-PIT (888-666-3974) or post your question here: https://www.moneypit.com/ask.
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    • 38 min
    Baby on Board: Babyproofing Your Home | Removing Red Wine Stains | Heated Driveways

    Baby on Board: Babyproofing Your Home | Removing Red Wine Stains | Heated Driveways

    SHOW NOTES:
    In this episode, learn about three kinds of safety tips: keeping kids safe by babyproofing your home, keeping fabrics and surfaces safe from red wine stains, and keeping your back safe by installing a heated driveway to eliminate snow shoveling! Plus, hear answers to a wide range of additional homeowner questions from Money Pit callers!
    - Child Safety: Baby on the way? Keep kids safe with important tips for babyproofing your home.
    - Stain Removal: After a merlot mishap or a cabernet crisis, here’s how to remove red wine stains.
    - Heated Driveways: If you’ve had enough of shoveling snow, you may want to invest in a heated driveway.
     
    Q & A:
    - Floor Beams: Wendy’s renovating her old house and gets advice on how to add support to the beams and plywood under her kitchen floor.
    - Driveway Mold: Mold keeps growing in the shady area of the driveway. We suggest a mildewcide product with a residual effect that David can easily apply.
    - Crawlspace Moisture: Irena’s house is on a slope, with rainwater coming into the crawlspace. We explain how to install a French drain to intercept the runoff and redirect the water around the house.
    - Heating and Cooling: The upstairs rooms are too hot and the downstairs rooms are too cold! Jessie should check the airflow at all the registers and return ducts, adjust the dampers, and consider adding a supplemental system.
    - Cleaning Tile: Old bathroom tile has lost its shine. Sherry’s tiles may actually have a matte finish without a glaze, but we have tips for cleaning the tiles to improve their appearance.
    - Light Dimmers: Why do the lights flicker when they’re dimmed? Tim should make sure the LED bulbs are listed as dimmable and look into a certain line of dimmer switches.
    - Electrical Spark: Ming’s automatic closet door light sometimes sparks. That’s an immediate fire hazard that needs to be replaced immediately!
    - Service Contracts: Who’s responsible for water lines that run from the street to your home? Manny shouldn’t be fooled by the scare tactics he gets in the mail for unnecessary service contracts.
    - Vandalism: A former tenant poured cement down the drains of Bonnie’s rental property! The repairs would be covered by insurance, but that’s vandalism that also warrants criminal charges.
     
    ASK A QUESTION:
    Need help with your own home improvement or décor question? We’d love to help! Call the show 24/7 at 888-MONEY-PIT (888-666-3974) or post your question here: https://www.moneypit.com/ask.
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    • 36 min
    Dirty Secrets: How Often to Wash Towels | Toughest Hardwood Floors | Severe Weather Threats

    Dirty Secrets: How Often to Wash Towels | Toughest Hardwood Floors | Severe Weather Threats

    SHOW NOTES:
    Join us as we discuss some helpful homeowner essentials, like how often you should be washing your germy towels, selecting the toughest hardwood flooring, and keeping severe weather worries at bay! Get answers to these and more home improvement questions in our latest podcast episode.
    - Washing Towels: Find out some dirty secrets about bath towels and how often they should be washed.
    - Hardwood Floors: Ratings reveal the toughest types of hardwood flooring.
    - Severe Weather: Homeowners share their leading concerns about severe weather damage.
     
    Q & A:
    - New Construction: Are there lemon laws for new homes? Tina gets advice on reporting home warranty issues and hiring a home inspector to examine the problems.
    - Garage Floor Repair: Mike’s got cracks in his slab garage floor. We’ve got tips for using a crack filler and sealer, then recoating the floor to give it a beautiful finish.
    - Roof Leak: Rain is blowing through the roof dryer vents into Pat’s house. We discuss changing the type of roof vent and how to check the flashing around the vent.
    - Smart Switches: Phillip is having a hard time finding smart switches to fit the wiring in his home. We suggest a product line that offers sophisticated smart home controls and good tech support.
    - Wood Siding: What’s the best way to fill gaps in wood siding? Jennifer gets info about using steel wool, caulk, or spray foam insulation before priming and painting the area.
    - Insulation: When does an old house need more insulation? Barb can add unfaced fiberglass batting on top of and perpendicular to existing insulation that’s flat and sagging.
    - Home Additions: Matthew wants to increase the square footage of his ranch home. Adding a second floor would probably offer a better ROI than a basement.
    - Deck Stain: Can Paula stain and seal her deck with one product? Exterior deck stains do both and we recommend choosing a good quality solid stain that will last longer.
    - Dishwasher Repair: Jackie’s dishwasher stopped drying the dishes and mold is starting to build up. The heating element must have failed, but it may be better to replace the dishwasher than to repair it.
     
    ASK A QUESTION:
    Need help with your own home improvement or décor question? We’d love to help! Call the show 24/7 at 888-MONEY-PIT (888-666-3974) or post your question here: https://www.moneypit.com/ask.
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    • 38 min
    Renter’s Regret: Beware a Costly Loophole | Finding Replacement Tiles | How to Spot Termites

    Renter’s Regret: Beware a Costly Loophole | Finding Replacement Tiles | How to Spot Termites

    SHOW NOTES:
    Learn how to insure, restore, and spot more in this episode about avoiding costly renter’s insurance pitfalls, repairing and replacing tiles, and finding termites in your home. All this and much more home improvement help in today’s episode!
    - Renter’s Insurance: Beware this costly loophole in your renter’s insurance and stay protected.
    - Replacing Tiles: Get tips for repairing or replacing hard-to-find tiles.
    - Termites: Learn how to spot termites in any season before they make themselves at home.
     
    Q & A:
    - Bathroom Ventilation: Lisa’s not sure if her bathroom exhaust fan is working. We suggest asking her HVAC contractor about proper air exchange and installing a humidistat timer.
    - Foundation: Steve wonders if a solid concrete foundation is better than cinderblock walls, but moisture issues are simple to address with proper drainage outside the home.
    - HVAC Condensation: Should there be condensation on a high-efficiency HVAC system? Jean should have the HVAC serviced annually and check how it’s supposed to pump out moisture.
    - Chimney Removal: How hard would it be to remove two abandoned chimneys in John’s old home? It’s a messy project that’s not for the faint of heart, but it can be done.
    - Mold: Robin is worried about moisture causing mold in her bathroom exhaust vent. It may actually be dirt she’s seeing, but we have tips on running the vent fan longer.
    - Water Heater: Tony says the cold water line leading into his water heater feels hot, but we think it’s just conductive heat from inside the heater that’s warming the pipe.
    - Running Toilet: The toilet keeps running several times a day. Patty learns it’s an easy and inexpensive fix to replace the fill and flush valves inside the toilet tank.
    - Bathroom Grout: Rust from the screws is seeping through the bathroom tile grout. Bill should remove it and replace it with epoxy grout.
    - Central Air Conditioning: Can a new central air conditioning system be attached to existing ductwork? It depends on the design and size of the home and how far the air needs to travel without wasting energy.  
     
    ASK A QUESTION:
    Need help with your own home improvement or décor question? We’d love to help! Call the show 24/7 at 888-MONEY-PIT (888-666-3974) or post your question here: https://www.moneypit.com/ask.
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    • 38 min

Customer Reviews

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150 Ratings

150 Ratings

J the mom ,

Long Time Listener

Money Pit is a must listen podcast. At least for me it is. I’m all about DIY. There are many components to owning a home or helping some else with theirs. Every topic you can think of is covered here. The advice given is spot on. Looking for guidance on your home this is the place. Thanks guys!! Love the show!!

tourwdw ,

Tom and Leslie are fantastic and welcoming

I got into the home improvement kick during the pandemic and then sold my house I completely renovated for a smaller one to renovate as well - but increased my commute. I discovered Tom and Leslie after my wife suggested I find some podcasts to listen to on my drive to and from work. What can I say - Tom and Leslie are practical, informative, and know their stuff.

It has been about 2 months since I discovered them and they have both confirmed things I already knew and taught me some new things. I listen to them weekly and appreciate both their planned tips and the questions they answer.

Crystlfrey ,

Not bad

I’ve been listening for about two days and i find this show pretty good. I wanted to find a show that helped me learn to build or DIY projects. So far it seems to help and if you go to their vlog they write articles on it also. Overall great listen for anyone who wants to fix up their home!

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