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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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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!

    Upgraded Gutters | Healthier Insulation | Waterproofing Shower Windows

    Upgraded Gutters | Healthier Insulation | Waterproofing Shower Windows

    SHOW NOTES:


    Upgraded Gutters: Find out how installing and maintaining better gutters help manage water drainage and prevent damage inside and outside your home.


    Healthier Insulation: Indoor air quality begins with healthy products inside your walls. We share info on safe, reliable, and convenient fiberglass insulation.


    Shower Windows: Old homes often have shower windows. Learn how to keep bathroom window interiors dry to avoid the spread of moisture and mold.

     Plus, answers to your home improvement questions.


    Vinyl Flooring: Angela is tempted to paint her old vinyl floor that’s gotten yellow, but we explain why it’s not a good idea and suggest some affordable flooring options.


    HVAC Systems: How can you reduce excessive indoor dust? We’ve got tips for Joe on upgrading his HVAC filters and installing a whole-house electronic air cleaner.


    Shower Inserts: That lime green fiberglass shower insert has got to go, but Peg’s not sure if it should be reglazed or removed. We’ll tell her the better option to update her bathroom.


    Flagpoles: What’s the best way to fly your flag if you’re having trouble attaching a flagpole? Tom explains what Linda should do to reinforce a flagpole bracket outside her door.


    Wildlife Pests: How much wood could a woodchuck chuck? Al’s not sure, but they’re digging deep holes that are destroying his property. We’ve got a suggestion on how to humanely remove and relocate some wildlife pests.


    Contractor Problems: After a home fire, Beth has been scammed by a contractor she hired and wants to know what to do. This may be a situation that requires legal action.


    Water Sensors: Do water sensors really work? Doug learns why they’re worth the investment to detect leaks and frozen pipes.

     
    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
    Preparing for Storm Season | Hard-to-Paint Surfaces | Composting Tips

    Preparing for Storm Season | Hard-to-Paint Surfaces | Composting Tips

    SHOW NOTES:


    Storm Preparation: Is your home prepared for storm season? Take some important steps to avoid damage and power failure when severe weather strikes.


    Painting Challenges: Some surfaces, such as vinyl siding and cast-iron tubs, can be hard to paint. We’ve got advice on refinishing difficult surfaces.


    Composting Tips: Fall is a great time to use all those grass clippings and leaves to start a compost pile. Find out what’s needed and how to do it.

     Plus, answers to your home improvement questions.


    Fire Pits: Is a homemade fire pit better than a metal version that may get rusty? Katherine is deciding between buying a metal fire pit that’s convenient and can last for several years or building a fire pit with bricks or pavers using DIY kits.


    Roofing: Should you remove existing roof shingles before installing a metal roof? Metal roofs are a great investment, but we’ve got advice for Craig about the advantages of removing the existing layers first.


    Tree Roots: Massive tree roots are making it hard to build a backyard deck. We have two suggestions for Nancy on how to design her deck or remove the roots.


    Spiders: Will can’t get rid of the daddy long-leg spiders in his garage. Tom has a few ideas on natural insecticides, cleaning out nests, and using traps to keep spiders away.


    Jacuzzi Bathtub: What can be done with a jacuzzi bathtub that has mold in the pipes and a fading finish? Robin learns some simple DIY solutions to clean out the plumbing and jets, but reglazing the tub won’t be that easy.


    Insulation: How effective are radiant barriers in deflecting heat? We discuss insulation and ridge venting tips with Steve to help him save energy.


    Heated Flooring: Donna is looking for the best heated flooring for her home. We have helpful info about the conveniences of radiant floor heating systems.


    Exhaust Fans: What causes mold around a bathroom exhaust fan? Eric finds out how to prevent this common problem with better ways to control moisture and humidity in the room.

     
    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
    DIY or Hire a Pro? | House Insulation | Time Spent on Home Maintenance

    DIY or Hire a Pro? | House Insulation | Time Spent on Home Maintenance

    SHOW NOTES:


    Hiring a Contractor: Should you DIY or hire a pro for your home project? Learn how to decide whether doing it yourself is a good idea.


    House Insulation: Adding insulation is the best way to save on home heating and cooling costs. Find out new options to make it an easier DIY project.


    Home Maintenance: Do all those home maintenance projects seem like they never end? Here’s how much time most homeowners spend doing them each year.

     Plus, answers to your home improvement questions.


    Mold and Mildew: There’s a musty odor in Gail’s house after it rains and she’s not sure how to detect mold. We’ll tell her how to prevent moisture with better ventilation, dehumidification, and drainage.


    Windows: Can old casement windows be replaced with double-hung windows? Russ finds out the challenges of what’s involved.


    Driveway: What are the best options for fixing a driveway with cracks? We’ve got advice for Karen on what to use to repair most of her driveway and how to replace the sagging apron.


    Water Heater: A tankless water heater and a hot water recirculation system can be just what Charlie needs for his large home that is sometimes vacant. Find out the advantages of replacing his two existing water heaters.

     
    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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    • 41 min
    Trex Transcend Deck Kit Tips | Hot Water Recirculating Pumps | Air Purifiers

    Trex Transcend Deck Kit Tips | Hot Water Recirculating Pumps | Air Purifiers

    SHOW NOTES:


    Building a Deck: If you’re planning to build a new composite deck this fall, we’ve got tips on the Trex Transcend Deck Kit to make it an easy DIY project.


    Hot Water Recirculating Pumps: Tired of waiting for the water to heat up for your morning shower? Learn how to save time, money, and water with a hot water recirculating pump.


    Air Purifiers: When it comes to odors in your home, you want to eliminate them rather than just cover them up. Find out the advantages of using an effective air purifier.

     Plus, answers to your home improvement questions.


    Shelving: Shelving provides stylish space for storing and displaying things, but what’s the best way to hang shelves? We’ve got tips for Ellie on how to properly anchor shelves for the weight they’re supporting.


    Insulation: Do radiant barriers used with insulation in the attic really help to reduce temperatures? Marcus learns that they can be a good option that does work but must be installed properly.


    Cracked Concrete Floor: Lori has some fairly minor cracks in her concrete flooring and finds out how to easily patch them with some DIY products.


    Central Vacuum System: What can cause condensation and water to build up in the pipes of a central vacuum system? We explain to Sean where the moisture is coming from and how to insulate the vacuum pipes.


    Garage Floor Stains: Winston has stains on his cement garage floor that won’t come out. Tom has a suggestion on how to resurface the porous floor with an epoxy coating.


    Gardening: The grapevines in George’s garden are turning brown and the grapes are falling off. A fungal disease is probably the culprit but can be treated with a fungicide.


    Vinyl Siding: Installing vinyl siding on a shed is Beverly’s next DIY project, but she’s not sure whether to use screws or nails. We tell her the best type of fastener and how to make sure the vinyl siding doesn’t buckle.


    Laminate Flooring: Can you close the seams on laminate flooring that’s starting to separate? When a floating floor isn’t installed right, Rich’s only option will be to take it apart and replace it.

     
    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
    DIY Childproofing Tips | Paying for Home Renovations | How to Repair Concrete

    DIY Childproofing Tips | Paying for Home Renovations | How to Repair Concrete

    SHOW NOTES:


    Childproofing: Are you overlooking ways to keep your child safe at home? We’ve got some important and easy childproofing tips.


    Home Renovation Costs: It may be easier to renovate an old home rather than buy a new one, but home renovation costs can be expensive. Hear some advice on how to pay for your home projects.


    Concrete Repair: Chipped, cracked, or worn-out concrete is a common problem that often needs repeated repairs. We’ll tell you how to fix concrete the right way the first time so you won’t have to do it over again.

     Plus, answers to your home improvement questions.


    Fencing: Hope needs a fenced-in yard for her dogs but wonders what fence material is best for ground that’s near a creek. We suggest an attractive choice and how to set the fence posts so water won’t be a problem.


    Heating: Would a heat pump in Robert’s home that already has electric baseboard heat, good insulation, and thermal windows be even more efficient in keeping things warm? We’ll discuss the best use of a heat pump and how to coordinate it with other options.


    Wet Basement: After a torrential rainstorm, Lynn discovers water gushing around the pipe into her basement. We’ve got DIY advice on how to seal the weak area of the wall and ways to divert water away from the house.


    Windows: A large old single-pane window isn’t very energy-efficient. Darryl finds out some window improvement options, including installing a new double-pane window, using solar shades or UV coating, and adding insulation.


    Wasps: Of all the outdoor pests at Gail’s house, the wasps are the worst and keep building nests on her home siding. Sticky traps and natural repellents can help keep the wasps under control.

     
    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
    Insulating Your Attic | Patio Heater Options | Buying a Foreclosed Home

    Insulating Your Attic | Patio Heater Options | Buying a Foreclosed Home

    SHOW NOTES:


    Attic Insulation: Did you know attic insulation is the single most cost-effective way to keep your home comfy and cut energy costs? Find out how to insulate your house from the top down.


    Patio Heaters: Would you like to enjoy your outdoor living space even after the weather turns chillier? Learn about some great patio heater options to extend your outdoor entertainment season.


    Foreclosed Homes: With home prices so expensive, you may be tempted to buy a foreclosed home to get a deal. We’ll discuss the pros and cons of buying foreclosed properties.

     Plus, answers to your home improvement questions.


    Building a Dock: Composite decking materials are durable and long-lasting, but are they the best choice for building a dock at a Florida waterfront home? We’ve got some advice for Dennis on the benefits and downsides to consider.


    Roofing: Will a tarp help prevent heavy snow buildup on a log cabin roof in winter weather? LaDonna learns how effective a tarp may be and what other options to consider for removing snow from her roof.


    Insulation: Chandler wants to use spray foam insulation in his attic but is worried about overheating and shortening the life of his roof shingles. We address his concerns and explain why it shouldn’t pose a problem.


    Cedar Siding: Is it better to paint or stain cedar shingle siding that’s starting to fade? Cindy finds out why a solid stain may look better and last longer than paint, with less maintenance.


    Light Fixtures: What’s causing the bulbs in a light fixture to flicker when the hot water is turned on? We enlighten Russ on why this odd issue may be happening when his hot water heater kicks in.


    Squeaky Floors: An old house with wood floors has its charms, but Amanda’s squeaking floor isn’t one of them. We offer step-by-step DIY tips on how to find the source of the noise and tighten those floor joists.


    Leaking Faucets: When old spigots outside the house start to leak, should they be repaired or replaced? We’ve got info for Tom about some DIY plumbing repair kits that can help with this common problem.


    Damp Clothes Dryer: Sherry has noticed that clothes left in the dryer are coming out damp, even after they’ve been completely dried. Condensation may be the issue and we tell her some ways to try dehumidifying the area.


    Termites: Termites in Glen’s Florida home are becoming pesky pests. We discuss whether the pest control company’s recommendation for Borax insulation in the attic will be effective in controlling them.

     
    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
117 Ratings

117 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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