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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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    • 4.3 • 163 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!

    Heat Pumps 2.0: New Energy-Efficient Heating | Water Saving Tips | Storm-Proof Metal Roofs

    Heat Pumps 2.0: New Energy-Efficient Heating | Water Saving Tips | Storm-Proof Metal Roofs

    SHOW NOTES:
    Join us today as we discuss how to save water outdoors during the scorching summer months and highlight the latest advancements that make heat pumps more efficient and cost-effective. We’ll also cover the benefits of metal roofing during an active storm season. Plus, get expert tips on managing lots more DIY home improvement projects!
    Heat Pumps: New heat pump technology offers energy-efficient heating for any climate.
    Water Saving Tips: Every drop counts when it comes to saving outdoor water on hot summer days.
    Metal Roofs: Weather the storm with a metal roof that will stand up to severe conditions.
     
    Q & A:
    Popcorn Ceiling: Can you clean a popcorn ceiling? Nancy should use a feather duster to get rid of dust and cobwebs, then give the ceiling a fresh coat of paint.
    Solar Panels: John is noticing the production is dropping on his dirty solar panels. He needs to climb up and use a high-pressure hose to clean the pollen off the panels.
    Moles: Moles are tearing up Michelle’s yard! We recommend treating the lawn to get rid of grubs so she can get rid of the moles.
    Landscaping: Alex’s home is located on a steep hill. He gets tips on building a retaining wall with specifications from a landscape engineer.
    Porch Odors: Anna’s unfinished, closed porch has a musty, moldy smell. She needs to pull out any insulation, clean the walls well, and let the space dry and air out completely.
    Electrical Outlet: An electrical outlet died but no breakers were tripped. Steve should have an electrician check the current and find where to repair a failure on the line.
    Woodchucks: Darlene is trying to keep woodchucks in check! She can discourage them by removing all woodpiles, spraying hot pepper or predator urine in their dens, and applying repellent to any plants they eat.
    Tree Roots: Ken is concerned about a tree growing next to the foundation of his home, in an area treated for termites. We recommend carefully cutting away the tree roots.
     
    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
    #2432 – Fault Lines: Checking Foundation Cracks | Prevent Pool Drownings | Textured Surface Repair

    #2432 – Fault Lines: Checking Foundation Cracks | Prevent Pool Drownings | Textured Surface Repair

    SHOW NOTES:
    In this show, we dive into pool safety, sharing crucial tips to prevent drownings with layers of protection. Then, we demystify foundation cracks, distinguishing between minor issues and major concerns. Plus, we reveal a quick fix for restoring textured walls and ceilings. And as always, we answer more DIY questions to turn your projects into successes!
    Foundation Cracks: Worried about foundation cracks? Get tips on knowing if they’re simple or serious.
    Pool Safety: Guard your kids against drowning with these important layers of pool protection.
    Textured Surfaces: Repairing textured walls and ceilings is made easy with this DIY product.
     
    Q & A:
    Stone Patio: Dean wants to fill the spaces in his flagstone patio, but mortar will crack from expansion and contraction.
    Concrete Repair: Linda has two porches on a concrete slab that’s starting to crack. She needs to use silicone caulk to seal out water and gets tips on matching the color.
    HVAC: Is there a way to direct cool basement air to the upper floors? Jeff learns why it’s not a good idea to circulate basement air that may have moisture and contaminants.
    Clothes Dryer: Sherry’s dryer does dry the clothes, but they get damp again if they’re left in the dryer overnight. It’s an odd issue that may be caused by humidity in the house.
    Roof Stains: Dan wants to know how to clean and prevent black streaks on his new roof. We suggest spraying the roof with an easy DIY cleaner and covering the roof ridge with copper flashing to prevent mildew.
    Cleaning Cabinets: How should Margie clean greasy residue from her kitchen cabinets? We recommend starting with a citrus grease remover.
    DIY Gutters: Is it hard to install your own gutters? Michael can definitely save money with this DIY project, but he’ll need to carefully join and attach the gutter sections.
    Humidity: Pat’s new heat pump is not removing the humidity from her home. A heat pump is not designed to do that, but she could consider getting a whole house dehumidifier.
    Woodburning Stoves: Which woodburning stoves are the most efficient? John gets advice on looking for the EPA performance standards for stoves.
     
    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
    Burglar Beware: Steps to Secure Your Home | Low-Cost Cooling | Preventive Roof Inspection

    Burglar Beware: Steps to Secure Your Home | Low-Cost Cooling | Preventive Roof Inspection

    SHOW NOTES:
    Today, get advice on summertime safety and comfort, including how to beat the summer heat with no-cost to low-cost tips to stay cool, protecting your home from summer roof damage with a DIY roof inspection, and guarding against home burglaries while you’re away on summer vacation. Plus, we’ve got more answers to home improvement questions so you can get your projects done right!
    Home Security: Lock down peace of mind with these steps to secure your home against break-ins.
    Cooling Tips: Get low-cost and no-cost tips for keeping your home cool and comfortable.
    Roof Inspection: Stop leaks before they happen with a DIY roof inspection.
     
    Q & A:
    Cleaning Brick: Gail wants to clean mortar off her exterior brick. We explain how to carefully use a wire brush or a drill attachment without damaging the brick.
    Deck Stain: The stain is wearing off on John’s deck planks and rails. He gets tips for prepping the surface and using a solid color deck stain that will last longer.
    Cleaning with Pets: Is there a solution for pet hair that gets all over? David needs to brush his dog often to remove the undercoat of hair and look for a powerful vacuum.
    Popcorn Ceiling: How can you clean a popcorn ceiling? You can’t, but Margaret finds out how to carefully remove the popcorn ceiling and paint it over.
    Bathroom Venting: Butch’s bathroom fan vents directly into the attic. We explain how to vent it outside through the siding or up through the roof.
    Chimney Repair: Lisa’s two chimneys were repaired and repointed, but should they be sealed, too? It’s probably not necessary if there are no leaks.
    Water Seepage: Water is coming into the garage from an uphill property. Butch gets advice on installing a curtain drain to divert the water.
    HVAC Leak: Leah has to keep boosting the Freon that leaks from her A/C unit. If she can’t find the source of the leak, she’ll need to consider replacing the system.
     
    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
    Custom Outdoor Building Blocks | Green Upgrades Add Home Value | Lush Lawn with Less Water

    Custom Outdoor Building Blocks | Green Upgrades Add Home Value | Lush Lawn with Less Water

    SHOW NOTES:
    Join us to learn how green home upgrades can enhance your selling price. Learn how to use convenient building blocks to create custom outdoor spaces, from patios to outdoor kitchens. Plus, find out how to keep your lawn lush without wasting water. And hear expert advice for more home improvement projects on your DIY list!
    Building Outdoor Structures: Custom building block kits make it easy and affordable to create patios, planters, benches, and more.
    Green Upgrades: Going green with the right eco-friendly upgrades can add value to your home.
    Lawn Care Savings: Get tips for growing a lush, green lawn while saving water and money.
     
    Q & A:
    Bidet Toilet: Is it a good idea to have a bidet? Patricia gets info on affordable ways to try out the benefits of a bidet by installing an add-on model.
    HVAC Options: Mini-split ductless A/C or conventional outdoor A/C unit? A split ductless system can be very efficient if Doug has a strategy on what he needs and how to place it.
    Wildlife Pests: Rena wants to stop raccoons from messing up her pool! Besides installing a fence and hiding things that will attract them, she can use a humane trap to catch and release them somewhere else.
    Plumbing Leak: Whenever the outdoor spigot is turned on, water comes up inside Andrew’s basement. We advise him to check for a valve that’s not sealed properly.
    Patio Stones: Darlene has gaps in her flagstone patio and some stones are popping up. She should reset the area to level it better and add crushed gravel between the stones.
    Cracked Plaster: Jules’ old home has lots of cracks in the plaster walls. We suggest adding a layer of new drywall over the walls instead of taking down the plaster.
    Bad Contractors: An incompetent brick mason did a lousy job and then stole $6,000. Oralee should look into pressing charges and taking the contractor to court.
    Foundation: The brick foundation of Ed’s Victorian home is starting to bow out. He needs to hire a structural engineer to determine how to repair it correctly.
    Heating System: Janey wants to upgrade her heating system before selling her home. A heat pump is affordable and efficient, but a good home inspector can tell her what’s really needed.
    Roofing: Joey needs tips on replacing an old roof with a metal roof. It’s a more expensive, long-term investment and he gets some step-by-step instructions.
     
    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
    Paint Tips to Enlarge Rooms | Flexible Living Spaces Do Double Duty | Fast Paint Sprayers

    Paint Tips to Enlarge Rooms | Flexible Living Spaces Do Double Duty | Fast Paint Sprayers

    SHOW NOTES:
    Join us as we reveal five expert paint tips to expand the feel of your smaller rooms. We’ll also chat about the importance of flexible living spaces in the modern home. And if you’re planning a painting project, we’ll share info about paint sprayers for quick, mess-free results. Let’s turn your to-do list into a done list with answers to these and other home improvement questions from today’s callers!
    Painting Tips: These 5 strategic painting tips can make small rooms look bigger.
    Flexible Living Spaces: Find out about the latest trends in flexible living spaces that do double or triple duty.
    Paint Sprayers: Powerful new DIY paint sprayers let you tackle paint projects faster and more efficiently.
     
    Q & A:
    Roof Leak: Judy’s roof was repaired and the underlayment is fine, but it’s still leaking. We suggest checking the boot and flashing around the plumbing vent pipe.
    Cleaning Porch: There are white mineral deposits on Tom’s aluminum porch struts. He can use a vinegar and water solution to clean the surface and should look for ways to dehumidify the space.
    Smoke Smell: The previous owner of Eve’s home was a heavy smoker. We suggest cleaning everything and using a good oil-based primer to seal the ceilings, walls, and floors to get rid of the smoke smell.
    Sinkhole: A sinkhole is developing over the edge of the septic system. Brian should have a septic inspector check for a failing septic field.
    Slow Drain: Mary’s bathtub drains slowly but the plumber can’t find the cause. She needs to hire a drain cleaning professional to find and clear the blockage.
    Deck Stain: What kind of stain should be used for a new deck? Randy should wait a while for the lumber to dry out, and then apply a solid color deck stain that lasts longer.
    Sink Odor: There’s a foul odor coming from the bathroom sink. We give Yvonne tips for taking apart and scrubbing the drain and trap to get rid of smelly bacteria and bio-gases. 
     
    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
    Dive into Savings: Affordable Pool Heating | Thrifty Home Décor | Motion Detection Lights

    Dive into Savings: Affordable Pool Heating | Thrifty Home Décor | Motion Detection Lights

    SHOW NOTES:
    In this episode, learn how to refresh your home decor affordably with five practical tips and get four strategies to reduce pool heating costs. Plus, find out the benefits of motion detector spotlights for enhanced home security and convenience. Listen in for answers to these and other home improvement questions on today’s show!
    Pool Heating: Dive into savings with tips to reduce pool heating costs.
    Home Decorating: Learn thrifty ways to refresh your home décor without breaking the bank.
    Motion Detector Lights: Discover the convenience and benefits of outdoor motion security lights.
     
    Q & A:
    Painting Siding: Can you paint aluminum siding? Pat gets tips for power washing and priming the surface for good adhesion before applying a topcoat of paint.
    Water Heater: Stewart needs advice about replacing his oil water heater with an electric water heater. It’s more expensive to buy but less expensive to run, especially if it has a timer.
    Lawn Care: Catherine wants to replace sod that never took root. She should start with a soil test to find out how to adjust the soil with the proper fertilizer and lawn care.
    Deck Stain: How can Gary clean a barbecue grease stain on his deck? If the wood has been stained before, he should use a stain stripper. If not, he needs a deck cleaner.
    Squirrels: Squirrels have chewed the bird feeder and chased the birds away. Priscella gets suggestions for keeping the squirrels away from the bird feeder.
    Log Cabin: Gary wants to stain the faded log cabin walls. He should start by cleaning the logs thoroughly, then decide whether to apply a clear sealant or a colored stain.
    Wood Floors: How can old pine and oak floors be safely cleaned? We recommend a natural cleaning product that Margaret can use without damaging the wood.
     
    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

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5
163 Ratings

163 Ratings

ddggrriisss ,

The Money Pit

Always have this show on, while sewing or working inside and outside the house. The broadcasters, Leslie and Tom, have pleasant voices and are very kind. Growing up with my dad, my best friend, was my joy in life. He was a chief in the navy, an electrician, carpenter and plumber.
I learned so much from him…. He’s in Heaven now, so I don’t have him to guide me along, with my money pit.. I have a great sense of pride, being a DIYer, it’s fun, and I save a so much money…
Every single episode of The Money Pit has so many tips, I learn constantly, and am also reassured that I did something right or when I didn’t… I couldn’t get alone without all the shared knowledge from the Tom and Leslie…. Dawn in CT

cole1592 ,

Good info but…

I love the show and the information, but the hosts act like they have no time for each called and are always trying to hurry everyone up on the call. It’s annoying and feels like a fake sense of time constraint just to get people off the phone. They talk so fast in their answer and don’t really care to get details when the caller offers. It would be nice if they acted like this was a real podcast and provided enough time for themselves to actually do it without it always feeling so rushed through.
Love the show, just wish it was a little differently run.

sharpy sharpstein ,

Love the tips and product recommendations

I’m a DIY landlord and rehabber and get a lot of good information from the podcast. Thanks moneypit!

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