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In Hour 1, we share listener tips about the right way to observe rats in attics, supply options to invasive floor cowl and extra.
Monitoring Rats within the Attic
Through the July 30 present, Chris Welsh in Florida referred to as to ask about eliminating the odor of rat urine in his attic. He wished to put in new insulation and requested us if he needed to take away the previous soiled insulation earlier than he put within the new insulation.
We informed Chris that since it has been just a few years and the odor continues to be there, plus he is about to put in new insulation, he must eliminate the soiled insulation. Whereas it might disappear over time, there aren’t any ensures. Plus, this may very well be his solely likelihood to take it off, as a result of as soon as the brand new insulation is put in, it is going to be there for good.
Hearken to the “Soiled Isolation” phase on the July 2 episode of the July 30 episode of the Owners Radio Podcast As we speak.
One in all our listeners, Dean, heard this and referred to as with this tip: Use a black gentle to search out mouse urine within the attic.
This can be a good tip as a result of it’s typically troublesome to see how widespread a rat infestation is by odor alone.
In line with chemist Anne Marie Helmenstine, Ph.D., urine glows beneath black gentle primarily as a result of it accommodates the ingredient phosphorus. Phosphorus glows yellowish-green within the presence of oxygen, with or with out black gentle, however the gentle supplies extra power that makes chemiluminescence simpler to see.
The black gentle additionally works nicely for locating pet urine. So when you have a cat downside not maintaining its enterprise within the litter field, use a black gentle to search out urine spots.
Water Dripping from Vary Hood
Water was continually dripping from the hood in David Henderson’s kitchen. He spent some huge cash on paper towels to absorb drips on the range.
Air flow ducts to the skin of the home, he maintains a gentle temperature inside, and the brand new roof he simply put in made no distinction.
“I have been beating my mind to search out out,” stated David. “I’m 69 years previous and have lived in many homes in my life however have by no means seen this earlier than.”
More often than not, when the vent pipe drips water down by way of the attain hood, it means condensation isn’t forming on the skin however on the within.
Set up some insulating duct wrap on the pipe to attenuate the temperature distinction within the pipe and within the attic. For the reason that pipe is already in place, get the roll sort, not the cylinder. That manner you do not have to take away the pipe to slip the insulation over it.
This may cease dripping and additionally, you will drastically scale back your paper towel price range!
Controlling Jasmine Asiatic
Sue needs to know: How can I eliminate the Asian jasmine that is taking up our garden?
“It has unfold from neighbors on each facet of us. The fascinating factor is that the duty by no means ends and we’re too previous to cope with it. Assist!” Sue stated
Asian jasmine is a perennial evergreen vine that makes a ravishing floor cowl, however is extremely invasive.
First, attempt to minimize proper on the mattress, and management it with a string trimmer.
We do not advocate utilizing herbicides typically, however you might want them on this case. Reduce so far as you’ll be able to, then spray the herbicide.
For those who do not wish to use a herbicide, spray it with dwelling and backyard vinegar.
At 2 o’clock
In Hour 2, discover ways to paint unfinished cupboards your self, when to color partitions in a brand new dwelling and extra.
Unfinished Wardrobe Portray
One caller wished his unfinished wardrobe professionally painted, however the professionals had given him an “outrageous” estimate.
“Can I do it myself, and what sort of sprayer ought to I get?” he requested.
It is fairly a bit of labor to complete the wardrobe your self, however the finish consequence may be very satisfying.
For the reason that cupboard is unfinished, you do not have to fret about eradicating the previous paint.
Mainly, that is what you should do.
- Sand the cabinet in order that the paint sticks.
- Clean all imperfections with water putty or an epoxy coating
- Cupboard prime with bond primer
- Apply two coats of acrylic latex paint with a semi-gloss or eggshell coating
If you wish to use a sprayer, use a excessive quantity, low strain paint sprayer. We advocate the Earlex Tremendous End Max HVLP Sprayer.
For an in depth information on the right way to paint kitchen cupboards, learn Portray Kitchen Cupboards: The best way to Do It Proper.
Ought to You Wait to Paint in a New Dwelling?
Robert Lang in Kentucky just lately bought his first dwelling—a model new constructing accomplished in February 2022.
“I wish to paint the inside not solely to vary the colour however to make use of a greater paint grade. I’ve learn that I’ve to attend earlier than portray. If that is true, how lengthy ought to I wait? Do I must let the home end earlier than I attempt portray? ‘ Robert requested.
There is no cause to attend to color on a newly constructed dwelling. There is no such thing as a manner of figuring out how a lot settling or growth and contraction will happen.
There are such a lot of elements that may have an effect on it, comparable to how moist the framing was throughout the constructing course of or what number of screws had been used in comparison with nails.
If there will probably be a settlement, it’s going to in all probability not seem for at the very least 5 years.
Go forward and construct your personal dwelling. Simply make certain the partitions are good and clear earlier than you paint them.
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Paint can suggestions — Once you carry dwelling a gallon of freshly shaken paint, take away it instantly and clear the underside of all paint caps.
Then, stir —don’t shake — the paint earlier than making use of it.
And if you’re executed portray, place wax paper or plastic wrap over the can earlier than tapping on the lid.
This may seal within the air, free the can of dry, flaky paint chips, and hold the underside of the lid clear.
Watch: Suggestions for Cleansing and Sealing Paint Cans
Screws Keep Tight — Machine screws have an annoying tendency to loosen over time. This is the right way to forestall that from occurring:
- Brush a small quantity of clear nail hardener onto the screw threads earlier than tightening the screws.
- As soon as the hardener dries, it’s going to lock the screws in place and forestall them from loosening, however you’ll be able to nonetheless take away the screws, if essential.
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