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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!

    4-Season Greenhouse | Bathroom Lighting to Make You Look Good | Crack-Proof Concrete

    4-Season Greenhouse | Bathroom Lighting to Make You Look Good | Crack-Proof Concrete

    SHOW NOTES:

    Just about time to wrap up gardening for the year. But if you had a greenhouse, you can extend your gardening well into the Fall! Plus, you can start back up even earlier next spring. We’ll share the best DIY Greenhouse Kits to hook you up with a 4-season crop of veggies.

    When you flick on the bathroom light first thing in the morning, do you scare yourself? That frightening reflection may not actually be all you – just bad bathroom lighting. We’ll share tips to help you improve your natural glow.

    Is painting a fireplace ever a good idea? We walk you through the pros and cons.

    Before winter arrives, it’s time to make sure your outdoor concrete surfaces are protected from cracks, worn-out surfaces and stains. We’ll share an easy way to do just that.

    Plus, answers to your home improvement questions:

    Russ from Iowa needs to replace a casement window and wants to know if he can put double windows instead.

    Valerie from Arizona wants to know if she can fix a cracked ceramic tile without replacing the entire floor.

    Ricky from Nebraska is trying to figure out what is attacking his lilac and crabapple tree. We offer him and effective, safe pesticide solution.

    Lynn from Delaware wants to know how to stop a water leak coming in where two water pipes are joined in her basement. We share a simple DIY fix using epoxy rated for plastic.

    Lori from Tennessee wants to know how to fix a concrete floor crack.

    David wants to know if he should insulate his garage after he puts AC in his garage for the first time.

    Ellie from Wisconsin needs to know where to start with installing wall shelving in her new home’s bathroom.

    Steve is wanting to rip out some shag carpeting and replace it with engineered planks into his RV

    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
    Best Replacement Windows | Fun Ideas for Leftover Paint | Pre-Winter To-Do’s

    Best Replacement Windows | Fun Ideas for Leftover Paint | Pre-Winter To-Do’s

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    Buying new replacement windows can be confusing. But if you learn how to read a single label that’s required for every new window, finding the best window becomes instantly simplified. We walk you through what to look for.

    Leftover paint can feel like a headache when every other aspect of a project is done. But with a little imagination and creative flair, we share ideas to use paint that is left over to give your home extra appeal…and have lots of fun in the process.

    A firewood pile can become a termite buffet if the firewood mixes with moisture or is stacked too close to the structures on your property.  We’ll share tips for the best way to store firewood so it's ready to deliver the most heat when you need it.

    Fall is the perfect season to take on key home improvements and do home maintenance that can help avoid serious issues that can happen in colder weather. We share a pre-winter checklist to help.

    Plus, answers to your home improvement questions:

    Sue from Rhode Island is looking for solution to get a paint stain off of her deck.

    Isaac in Washington wants to know if radon is a problem for his home that’s built as a slab on grade.

    Hope from Illinois wants to build a fence but is concerned about the moisture in her yard.

    Abraham in New Jersey wants to know if he can save on air conditioning if he ventilates his attic.

    Judith in Arkansas wants to know the cause of crack in her brick wall and know how to fix it.

    Charley in is asking if it's time for him to move from two water heaters to a single tankless one.

    Ken has a tree that is growing next to his foundation he is concerned about.

    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
    Best Gutter Guards | New Options for Insulation | Shocking Termite Trouble

    Best Gutter Guards | New Options for Insulation | Shocking Termite Trouble

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    As we head into Fall, it’s a good time to assess your home’s insulation needs. Most homes simply don’t have enough and that results in higher than necessary heating bills as well as a very uncomfortable space. We’ll share a new insulation product that’ll allow you to get the insulation job done fast and safe.

    Fall is also the time of year when beautiful foliage assembles into a rotted rooftop mess when gutters get clogged! We’ll explain how a clogged gutter can lead to everything from washed out landscaping to a seriously damaged foundation. Plus, we look at the most popular gutter guards and talk about what works and gutter guards to avoid.

    Termites typically show up in Spring but one homeowner learned the hard way that’s not always the case. Find out what happened when thousands of termite wings were discovered near a basement window and how to get rid of termites.

    Construction adhesive can be a handy product for heavy duty projects like gluing a mirror to a wall or house numbers to brick, and many similar situations. But while it’s super strong it is also super messy. Now there’s a new double-sided construction adhesive tape can hold 300 lbs with no mess.

    Plus, answers to your home improvement questions:

    Rebecca from Kansas wants to know how to get a drywall look on top of wood paneling.


    Chet from Michigan is curious if you can put a radiant barrier as insulation.

    Mindy from Kentucky is asking if she can get rid of linoleum flooring.

    Ron is having a mouse problem in his walls.

    Cheryl is calling about dealing with a deck being built over a concrete patio that is broken up by a tree root.

    Roxanne from Ontario wants to fix a leak on her roof of her upper duplex.

    David from South Dakota wants to know if he must caulk in between the J-channel and window frame.

    Rose Marie in New Jersey is having a hard time with her garage door lightbulb going out and wants to know how to fix 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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    • 37 min
    College Rental Red Flags | Hardest to Kill Houseplants | DIY Drywall Repair

    College Rental Red Flags | Hardest to Kill Houseplants | DIY Drywall Repair

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    College parents beware, we are about to enter “silly season” when real estate agents press young, inexperienced students to sign leases that are chock full of ridiculous requirements, and stiff fines and fees that anyone renting outside of a college town would find ludicrous. We’ll tell you what to look for to prepare your young renters from these predatory practices.

    As the end of summer approaches, it'll soon be time to bring the green inside with houseplants. But if you feel like you never had a green thumb, fear not! We can help get you on the path to redemption and forgiveness with our list of the top 5 healthiest and hardest to kill houseplants.

    Are cracks, holes, and nail pops taking away from your otherwise well-maintained walls? We share DIY Tips to fix them yourself for good.

    Plus, answers to your home improvement questions including:

    Caitlin moved into a fabulous old house and would love to resurface a beautiful clawfoot tub. We share her options.

    Fred in Iowa wants to know how to stop mold odors that are building up in his daughter’s bathroom.

    Betty wants to know how to stop mold from growing in her closet. We walk her though how to know if she’s really seeing mold or something else.

    Diane wants to turn her backyard deck into a walk-in closet. We explain why that is a really bad idea!


    Caulking a bathtub is a job that has to be repeated often – unless you know our tricks of the trade to make it last. We walk Vern though that project.

    Mary wants to paint her fireplace and needs to know how to get it done right so that the paint doesn’t peel off.

    Steve wants to know how to fill gaps in his driveway that were cause by expansion joints that have worn away.

    Mario needs guidance on replacing an old metal window with a glass block replacement style window.

    Plus, answers to your home improvement questions.
    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
    Are Replacement Windows Worth it | Pro Painting Tips | At-Home Office Organization

    Are Replacement Windows Worth it | Pro Painting Tips | At-Home Office Organization

    SHOW NOTES:

    With fall approaching, and you might be wondering if replacing old or drafty windows is a wise move.  We walk you through 7 key questions to ask yourself to determine if this project is right for you.

    Painting seems like a simple DIY project but that’s exactly why it is even more frustrating than ever when your painting project comes out badly. We’ll share pro painting tips to help.

    As we head into pandemic season two, many Americans will continue to work from home fueling the need for more home office space. If you are ready to set up a new more organized space for your work life, we’ll share tips on furniture and organizers you can build yourself.

    Plus, answers to your home improvement questions:

    Beverly wants to add vinyl siding to a shed and needs to know the best way to attach it. Tom shares a key trick of the trade to make sure the vinyl is secure but won’t expand and cause the vinyl siding to warp when the sun hits it.

    Abe needs help solving a plumbing mystery that causes the water in one toilet to gurgle and drain when another toilet is flushed!

    Anna took down a tree that was full of carpenter ants and wants to know if needs to be worried about the carpenter ants destroying her home!

    Stuart needs to know how to select the right LED bulb to match the wattage of an old incandescent bulb he’s replacing.

    Nancy needs to know the easiest way to remove a popcorn celling.

    Bob is dealing with the aftermath of a really bad laminate floor installation.

    Brian is building a new house and wants to know if using spray foam insulation will cause his roof shingles to buckle.

    Laura is remodeling her kitchen in an old house wants to know how to reinforce the floor to support heavy new appliances.

    Eric’s home is smoke damaged and he needs help getting rid of the smoke odor.


    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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    • 37 min
    Pet Friendly Floors | DIY Exterior Painting Tips | Easiest Way to Budget for Home Maintenance

    Pet Friendly Floors | DIY Exterior Painting Tips | Easiest Way to Budget for Home Maintenance

    SHOW NOTES:

    Your house is your biggest investment – but how much, exactly, should you set aside for the cost of home maintenance? We share a simple formula to help you determine what that is.

    Floors need to handle wear and tear and be easy to clean. But when you have pets, that durability raises to a whole new level! We’ll share what you need to know to choose pet friendly floors that can handle that kind of traffic.

    Painting the exterior of your home is one of the most important types of home maintenance. And while many homeowners choose to hire a painting contractor, new technology in paint sprayers makes this one project you may be able to tackle yourself.

    Plus, answers to your home improvement questions.

    Joe from Iowa isn’t happy with his deck and asks if it should be repaired or replaced with composite decking? We walk him through the pros and cons.

    Linda from Florida needs a really tough paint for the floor of an airport hangar! We share options for concrete finish that can take the punishment.

    Don in Illinois needs help fixing a sinking foundation in his very old farmhouse.

    Bonnie in Pennsylvania has a sagging driveway to repair and wants to know how to fill in the low spots or if she needs to tear it out and start again.

    Darren from Virginia want to save water by routing rainwater from a barrel to help fill his toilet.

    Kay in Arkansas wants to know how to make a plain masonry wall look more appealing.

    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

Customer Reviews

4.1 out of 5
111 Ratings

111 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!

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.

CNJKevin ,

Great for new homeowners!

I listen to their hits on WCBS 880 AM in the NYC market. I was so glad to find their podcast and I’m regular listener. Both became more relevant for me as a purchased my first home!

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