67 episodes

Inspiring you to decorate, improve, and maintain your home with DIY, without compromising your wallet, the environment, or style.

The Thrift Diving Podcast Serena Appiah

    • Leisure
    • 4.7 • 23 Ratings

Inspiring you to decorate, improve, and maintain your home with DIY, without compromising your wallet, the environment, or style.

    Bug Infestations in Your Home! - #67

    Bug Infestations in Your Home! - #67

    This week I discovered a bean weevil bug infestation in my pantry--GASP!--thanks to a bad batch of beans given to us. Unfortunately, I didn't discover the bugs until they took over my pantry! In this episode, I'm talking about bug infestation prevention and clean-up! How do YOU prevent bug infestations? Have you ever discovered an insect infestation in your home? What happened and how did you get rid of it? Let's chat about it!

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    WANT TO LEARN TO USE POWER TOOLS? I'm creating an online power tools 101 course to help you get over the fear and intimidating of using tools to become empowered with power tools! Sign up here for more info! https://thriftdiving.com/tools

    Bean Weevils Pests
    Video of what a bean weevil looks like.
    Episodes Mentioned
    Termites, Carpet Beetles, Bed Bugs--OH MY! - #9Products Mentioned
    Diatomaceous Earth (food grade)Oxo food storage containers

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    • 39 min
    How to Make a "Truth or Dare" Giant Jenga Game! - #66

    How to Make a "Truth or Dare" Giant Jenga Game! - #66

    Spring is here and summer is on the way! In this episode, I'm walking you through how to easily make a "Truth or Dare" giant Jenga game set, which can be played indoors or outdoors! Grab your 2'x4' pieces of wood, a jigsaw, vinyl, Cricut machine, and some fun "truth" questions and "dares"! I'll share with you how to add a little twist to a conventional Jenga game. :)

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    Blog post and YouTube tutorial: COMING SOON!

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    • 41 min
    Never Ignore a Water Leak Again! - #65

    Never Ignore a Water Leak Again! - #65

    It doesn't matter if you're a renter or a homeowner: water leaks can cause damage to your personal property and your home! Sometimes we overlook the severity of water leaks for several reasons, but they're too important not to address. In this episode, we're going to talk about why people ignore water leaks, where they come from, and how to prevent or minimize damage from water leaks.

    Listen to Episode #15: MOLD! Is Your Home Making You Sick?

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    Products Mentioned:


    Leak BugsHoneywell Lyric (and related products)
    Articles Referenced:

    https://ipropertymanagement.com/research/water-damage-statistics


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    • 43 min
    Who Says You Can't be OLD and DIY?! - #64

    Who Says You Can't be OLD and DIY?! - #64

    I had a thought this week, "It would suck to get old and not be able to DIY anymore." It got me thinking about why home and garden companies don't market very much to Gen X'ers and Baby Boomers (especially women!), when the groups are more likely to have the time and income to afford to buy the tools and materials needed for DIY and home improvement projects. If we're not being marketed to, does that also mean that we're not in mind when they design these tools and products? As we age, if we have more physical limitations, will there be tools and products that can accommodate our arthritic hands, bad eyes, and achy knees and back? In this episode, I'll also share some of my favorite tools and products that are easier to use if you have any of those physical limitations!

    Read the blog post: 10 Pain Free Tools for the DIY Baby Boomer.

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    WANT TO LEARN TO USE POWER TOOLS? I'm creating an online power tools 101 course to help you get over the fear and intimidating of using tools to become empowered with power tools! Sign up here for more info! https://thriftdiving.com/tools

    Articles Referenced:

    https://bobcutmag.com/2022/03/26/home-depots-target-market-demographics/
    https://querysprout.com/home-depot-target-market-demographics/
    https://nypost.com/2019/06/06/millennial-dads-have-pathetic-diy-skills-compared-to-baby-boomers/
    https://www.businessinsider.com/typical-home-depot-shopper-demographic-middle-aged-white-man-2021-8


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    • 41 min
    When Professionals Make Mistakes -- What NOT To Do! - #63

    When Professionals Make Mistakes -- What NOT To Do! - #63

    What happens when you hire a professional to do a job for you and they--GASP!--make a mistake?? Well, professionals are human, too, and they make mistakes, just as a novice DIYer can make a mistake. But there are some things you should do and should not do once a professional you hired has made a mistake. Here's now not to freak out.

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    Links Mentioned:
    Watch my entire "she shed" series on my YouTube channel HERE.See how I installed my own electrical wiring.

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    • 49 min
    Why is Gardening is SO Expensive?! - #62

    Why is Gardening is SO Expensive?! - #62

    Got any money-saving gardening tips? In this episode, I'm sharing a few tips on gardening (things I've learned along the way during my few short years of gardening), including talking about how much money I've spent building a garden in the front of my "she shed." (HINT: It hasn't been cheap!).

    Click to send me an email or send the email to serena@thriftdiving.com.

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    WANT TO LEARN TO USE POWER TOOLS? I'm creating an online power tools 101 course to help you get over the fear and intimidating of using tools to become empowered with power tools! Sign up here for more info! https://thriftdiving.com/tools

    Links Mentioned:
    Join the Troy-Bilt #YardGames Challenge! Sign up here to win prices for doing yard work! Enter your name and email to participate.Plant I mentioned: Creeping Phlox
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    • 40 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
23 Ratings

23 Ratings

Pursey Sledge ,

Thrift Diving

I absolutely love Serena. She starts out in episode one saying how her voice is horrible but, I absolutely love her voice. Her voice is very relaxing and she just sounds like someone you can carry a conversation with… a friend. She talks about her voice being harsh and scratching but, I don’t see that at all sometimes it does seem like is a little bit of a sore throat but, doesn’t sound bad. I just think she’s the most clever person I’ve seen, there’s nothing she won’t dry.

Fun1894 ,

Episode 61

Good content but lost stars for mentioning T#%^p name. A billion other examples she could’ve said.

tammy590 ,

Port Tools

Serena, I love your You Tube Channel and was so happy to find your podcast! I listened to the excellent interview of the Schoolies and today episode #12 on power tools! This was exactly what I needed to get started! I do have a peer drill and was asking for a mitre saw for Mother’s Day but now may wait on that one. This was amazing and thorough and not too long. It got me through my 2 mile walk! Thanks also for all the tools and accessories links!

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