How to Stop Condensation Inside Windows

If your home suffers from drippy, wet condensation on the inside of windows during cold weather, you’ve probably noticed it can make a real mess of everything below.  In the 20 years I spent as a professional home inspector, I’ve noticed all sorts of so-called DIY “solutions” for this problem, from rolled up towels strategically…

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DIY Tips to Clean Mold

TOM: Coast to coast and floorboards to shingles, this is The Money Pit Home Improvement Show. I’m Tom Kraeutler. LESLIE: And I’m Leslie Segrete. TOM: Happy Fall. We hope that you are tackling lots of fun home improvement projects this weekend. And if it’s not fun, well, maybe we can help you out. So give…

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Smoke Odor in Home? Best Way to Remove

LESLIE: James in Georgia is on the line with a new home that’s coming with a stinky scent. Got a smoke odor in home? Tell us what’s going on. JAMES: Just got a home that had obviously been smoked in, not only cigarettes but cigars from the previous owner. LESLIE: Bleh. TOM: Bleh. Yuck. JAMES:…

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How To Insulate Ducts | Video

If your heating and air conditioning ducts aren’t insulated, you’re losing money by letting hot air leak out in the winter and cold air leak out in the summer. Luckily, insulating ducts is an easy, inexpensive project you can finish in an afternoon. Here’s what you’ll need to insulate your ducts: TOOLS & MATERIALS Tape…

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How-to Get Rid of Excessive Dust in Your Home

LESLIE: Joe in New York is on the line and looking for some help with excessive dust in his home. How can we help? JOE: I seem to have a problem with excessive dust in the house. I know I dry-dust the wood floors every week and there’s a significant accumulation of dust on the…

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How to Prevent Bathroom Mold

LESLIE: Chris in Colorado is on the line wanting to prevent bathroom mold. Tell us about it. CHRIS: Well, I have tenants living in a rental of mine and as it turns out, I think there were several people using the shower downstairs. And subsequently, we’ve got a lot of mold on the walls. They’re…

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Musty Odor in Home on Concrete Slab

LESLIE: Mary in Virginia, welcome to The Money Pit. What can we do for you today? MARY: I’m looking to purchase a home that has a slab foundation. And when I went in, I kind of smelled a musty, mildew-y odor. And I’m just wondering, how would you know that water is coming up from…

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How to Get Rid of Cigarette Smell

LESLIE: Alright. Now we’ve got William from Texas on the line with a question about cigarette smell. William, welcome to The Money Pit. What can we help you with today? WILLIAM: Well, my daughter bought a house. And the person that she bought the house from smokes cigarettes. And the house – when you walk…

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