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A highlight from Fix It 101 | Open Topic - February 2023
"Quick fixes and big projects even major renovations. You can join the conversation, send an email to fix it one O one at MPB online dot org. How are you guys doing this morning? You know, I'm pretty good and I have a suggestion on a project an easy fix. Already? Yeah. Yeah, because I want to encourage every listener. To walk around your house and open every window. Okay. Because we don't do that a lot. Yes. I want you to open your window. Raise it up. Make sure it stays up. Put it back down and lock it. That's neat. That's a good idea. I opened hours this weekend because of the weather was fair. We were able to open our windows up. We even put a box fan in one of them to kind of pull through, you know, kind of push. And that's a good I've done that. That's a good idea. My wife always wants to turn the air conditioning off during this time. I like to keep it blowing through. Just push everything now. We're going to air position in the neighborhood. And she says, oh, we're just wasting air conditioning. I'm like, no, we're throwing all this old air out. There you go. Yeah, air change. Right. Yeah, but we don't do that. And then the inspector comes along and opens the window and it doesn't work right. And then we're the bad guys. That's right. If you would just go around and open your windows on a regular basis, you would help out the home in space. That includes the older homes with the painted window shape. There's something called egress. Egress, exactly. Meaning, how do we get out if we can not get out through the doorway? Right. So if we go to our window in an emergency, and it will not open, obviously we can break it and do a lot of stuff that is not as safe as raising that window. A great, great idea. Cool. A couple minutes raise it, close it. And you know that let's talk about some of the issues I found with windows. They're not even in the cell. You know, they'll be sitting caddy wumpus as mama would say. And so that means the track is off on one side. Right. Well, raise them up. It'll be a double sash and will raise it up in the top sash come false. I hate those. Yeah. God, I hate that. The balance is wore out. The balance is wore out. So it'll come crashing down. Okay, okay. So let's say we have that issue. What do you do? When that happens, let's say you can order a new a new balance pack. Okay, so this is something a person can do. It's very simple. Now, there's all kind of different windows. Right. Okay, you got vinyl. You got metal clad. You got vinyl clad, blah, blah, blah. And it's over 1150 years old. It might be wood. If you have the double hung with a balance on each side, they snap out, you put the new ones in, it's a very simple process. Yeah. Yeah. So you want to, and another thing that we find is that we'll raise that lower sash and you let go of it and it comes slamming back down. Yep. Little fingers. Oh, I didn't think about it. Yes, it can. Oh, little fingers. So you can repair that with a kit. Okay, like a kit, you can buy that will put the spring back in the Windows. You pull the others out, put the new end, hook your window onto it. Really? Yeah. Okay. All right. Yeah. So you can do that. And then also what will happen is that the weather stripping gets does a dry rot. Oh, yeah. And so you'll have, at the base of the window, that dry rot. And so when we try to raise it, because it hasn't been raised in ten years. It just rips apart. The weather stripping. I got it. Because it's dry. And that will let water in. Let's say you're in. Gotcha. Now everybody run around and open up that crazy radio lady. I'm supposed to open my window. Well, because it was nice this weekend. The wife gave me the job of it's been a few months that we've been indoors now. And we actually had a decent weekend to be able to do stuff. So I was asked to take the carpets out the rugs out and wash them. I usually do this about once every 6 months. I took them out. I put them on our deck. And our pressure wash them. And it is. Did you just love that pressure wash? I love the pressure washer. But I'm telling you, if you've got a rug, we have a fireplace in our home. We have dogs. There's money yard. It's just a million to one things, and you can use the carpet cleaner only so many times. And it just doesn't take it out right. Well, I take them out. I put them on the deck so that when you pressure wash them, the water can go through. Go through. So it doesn't puddle. You can hang them on a fence too. Yeah, you can do that too. If you've got some horses and two by four, you can hang them up on that. Now Pam is not going to do that alone because rocks are heavy. They are. Well, and the trick to that is that if you can move it always remember, you can move it dry. You just can't move it wet. So you remember you've got to get it dry before you pick it back up. So that's a chore that I did this weekend, but the payoff, man, the payoff when you put that rug back in there after you've pressure washed it. It looks brand new. See, what happens to me? I'll do that and bring that road back in and my cat comes in and vomits right in the middle of it. There's that vomit word again. This is two weeks ago. We've seen to get that out. Anyway, got a coast here. A coast. A email here from the coast. I'm new to the Gulf Coast. My House is white vinyl siding. That's out there everywhere. How do I clean it? And how do I prevent regrowth of the yuck on the side of it? Thanks Linda. I think a lot of us who've seen, especially vinyl signing on the north side of your home typically, you're going to see some, it's a green mold to me. It just looks like algae or mold or whatever. It's not corroborated. Microbial growth is what it is. But anyway, we will say there's several way to clean this and the things that use the most force are at least needed in this particular thing. Vinyl siding doesn't need a lot to clean. It should and then rinse it. And my favorite thing is you think I'm going to say Ken chromium, but I'm actually going to say what it and forget it. Forget it for this. I think for that application. A listener gave us that information a couple of years ago. And I use it for that specific purpose on my house. And folks, and I know you hear that. That is a
A highlight from #169: Reflections on Half our Lives Online (and Half Offline)
"We're talking about life before and after the Internet and our experiences as early influencers. We're also sharing our book report for big magic by Elizabeth Gilbert. All right. This is one of my favorite subjects. I feel like we were born in one of the most interesting times in history because we were the last generation of children who were raised completely off the Internet. We didn't have a home computer until I think I was in high school when we got it ish. I think it was maybe like AOL Internet was like the sort of thing that used your homes phone line, so if you picked up the phone, which there were no cell phones, by the way. If you picked up the phone and someone was using the Internet, I was like, you know, that type of vibe we had very, very limited access to Internet. There also wasn't a lot to do on the Internet. I would go on aim and talk to like two people from my church or whatever to a little boys. And that was about it, you know what I mean? And it's like, how's your day? How's your day? What are you doing? Okay, bye. It was not a very active space for me. And we went from that. I didn't have a phone until I was in, I was an adult. I was out of college. And how old were you when you got your first phone? I think I had one in high school, but it was not have Internet. It was just like you could call. Yeah, I don't even think it had texting. No, I remember specifically texting was like when I was like 23 because I remember when it was new. So there's so many things that change is actually very wild to reflect on. Smartphones are a big one. I got like the very first version of the iPhone and I was so proud of it like I've never been proud of any piece of tech in my life and I swear to God it couldn't do anything. Like apps weren't even a thing yet. It was pretty much an iPod that was also a phone and I was just like this is so cool. I can just like listen to the postal service all day long on my phone on my phone. And take really, really, really low quality pictures. Like we had no idea that in just ten years that we would have like 8 photo apps and that also photos like phone photos would become like for many purposes just as good as camera photos, which is mind-blowing. And for me, like the invention of FaceTime, I'm a big face timer. Yeah, I love it. It just makes me feel like we're living in the future every single time, because when we were children, every movie had some version of FaceTime and that was like the future. And I feel like that's like the one thing that really came through. It was just as it was predicted to be. Also the invention of digital cameras. I've talked about before. My first business was like trying to be a wedding photographer in my early 20s and I shot almost everything on film, which is so terrifying now and hard to imagine, but I actually took a long time for digital cameras to rise up to the level of a film camera and at first it just wasn't there. So yeah, pretty much all tech that you can think of has changed so much and it's just fun like we were raised. I tried to explain to my kids the other day that we watched the same TV shows every morning because that was what was on a certain time and you could only watch one choice and then we had videotapes of certain cartoons and ours were like recorded from TV and we also had this like VHS tape of a carnival cruise ship like an ad of like trying to get you to take a carnival cruise and to this day I have it like almost memorized because we watched it so many times. I actually want to know if they still have it 'cause I would love to watch it one last time. But anyway, obviously the world has changed so much and all millennial people can relate with this to some degree because to some degree there's a big span of ages for millennial people, but at least the Internet was still developing when you were a child. If you had it in your home, it's still probably wasn't like as much of an effect as it is on children now. So anyway, we're just going to reflect on the differences and then also just like how breaking crazy it is that we became Internet personalities. So like I just have to stay up front like I got a lot of message yesterday saying like you shouldn't use the word influencer. Like people have a thing with the word influencer and the reason why I say it is because it's just common terminology right now and like I don't care and I just think no one should care like who cares. So let's just like not let that be a thing like I get it that the word it's like a little bit has a little bit of like a mocking tone if you think about it in a certain way because it is a little bit silly but at the same time it is pretty freaking accurate to what it's you know trying to communicate. I think of myself as a blogger. I do too. People on YouTube think of themselves as vloggers or YouTubers but I feel like saying influencers one way to include everyone so for me it's instead of saying like you know if you blog or you vlog or you're on Instagram or you know I could say that each and every time but I feel like that's kind of tedious and annoying and I feel like the best word at least right now that I can think of is influencer and it includes everyone who might be doing any of these things. So yeah, like I get it why it's not like the perfect term but also like who cares and I stand by that like I don't care. So we're just going to say it and we're just not going to care. And I think that's like keeping up with the changing terminology and all of the many changes is a part of our job. It's like a huge part of our job. You can not do what we do and resist change. It is a very important part. So, okay, I wanted to first before we get into it. Explain so we grew up in the pre Internet world in I call it the magazine era where it was like magazines were freaking everything. If you wanted to get inspired, if you wanted to read about a famous person, if you wanted to know what was cool or like anything, like I would head to Barnes and noble and get a Frappuccino and read magazines. And that was for a long time, even in my early 20s, it was like that. I did not start using the Internet as a daily tool until I was about 25 years old, which is hard to believe. Yeah, everyone was asking. I don't know. What our aim name was like AOL instant messenger. I think his aim, the same thing. And I don't remember mine, do you remember yours? I don't think I ever had that. I honestly was very not against. I just did not get into social media until it was really a thing and way past the time to begin. I don't know why, just like chat rooms and things like that never appealed to me. I think as I am such a loner, so I mostly use the Internet for like buying things like shopping or looking things up on Wikipedia or stuff like that. Schoolwork stuff, you know. I did have a MySpace. I did have that. Yeah.
A highlight from 364: Six Ways I No Longer Struggle in My Home
"Welcome to a slob comes clean the podcast. I am Dana K white. I share my personal D.C. process as I figure out ways to keep my own home under control. I share the truth about cleaning and organizing strategies that actually work in real life for real people. People who don't love, cleaning and organizing. Thanks for joining me today. This is podcast number 360 four, I think, right? Yes. 360 four, and I am calling it 6 things I don't struggle with anymore in my home. Because last week or recently, if I said the number, then it was last week. If I didn't say the number, then it was recently. I did a podcast on 6 ways that I still struggle in my home. And I thought, well, let's do another one on ways that I don't struggle anymore. Things that legitimately are not hard. Like they used to be. So I just want to remind you, also, you know, I have books, right? So I am an author. I have three books, traditionally published that are out there, organizing for the rest of us decluttering at the speed of life and how to manage your home without losing your mind. They're available wherever books are sold as well as in most public libraries. So I highly recommend if you are completely overwhelmed, it's getting to be the end of January might be the beginning of February at the time this comes out. But if you're just so overwhelmed and you're like, I. Get one of the books, right? Listen to it. Listen to decluttering at the speed of life. The audiobook and work as you go. That will give you the process for your whole house changing your whole house and clutter. So what are some things that I don't struggle with anymore? I don't struggle with the desire to sell things. I once upon a time was an eBay seller at the same time, I was a garage sale buyer, I would buy all kinds of things to sell them on eBay, and I did pretty well, and at the time we needed the money. Like I don't fault anyone for selling on eBay. I know there are some people who are like, oh, just don't do that. No, that's bad for clutter. It is bad for clutter. I mean, it is bad for clutter. And yet, there was a time where we needed that money. And so that's what I did. I would buy things at garage sales, kids clothes, small little things, whatever. I would sell it on eBay. And yet, also, that's the thing that sent me over the edge and made me start an anonymous slab blog back in 2009. So it's not like there's not a downside. I mean, there is a downside. And that's the clutter that happens. So I know a lot about selling. I know that it's a lot of work to sell. It's selling your clutter is not free money. Like, it's just not. It is a ton of work. Figuring out
A highlight from Fix It 101 | Basic Skills
"It's winter. It is winter again. And here that clip from Groundhog Day. Right. Well, this Groundhog Day, again. So if he sees a shout out, tell me, what's the thing? If he sees a shadow, then we have what 6 more weeks of winter. Who knows what we've had so far? 70 and 20. In the same day. Right. So we're currently in a winter moment. Right. We'll go back to spring. Good spring next week. I think we're in the 70s. Friday, Friday is going to be pretty decent right now over the weekend. So that's nice. That's good. Because it's my birthday. Well, it is winter today. Today? No, but next week. Oh, okay, okay. I wanted to go ahead and mention it. Right, so we don't forget. So you don't forget. This made my birthday. Didn't you just? No, mine's September. Always, thank you. Now, I'm an Aquarius. That explains a lot, actually. Well, here we go. Yeah. So yeah, this weekend I took advantage of the couple of days of spring that we had and went out and got some stuff in washed the deck. It was like I decided this year, I'm not going to get the pressure washer anywhere near the deck. Nice. Just going to use. We've trained him well. He's learned. So when instead of past few years, I've used house wash. I decided to go a different route this year just to try because I hear people talking about on the show all the time. So I just got the was outdoor bleach construction bleach. This is what I got. Just the regular stuff. I'm so disappointed to say it on her face. Just talked about Pam knew that he was going to say the rest of your program. You were going to do Kung fu. Well, see, there's something that you said that I couldn't do the chromium. I thought about the every time I went to go poorer, my bleach. And the reason why is that, you know, I do so many of my DIY home projects to see the end result. You just wanted to gratification. You just a typical man who wants instant gratification. I think I'm correct on this. Does not the bleach increase the likelihood that it's coming down that is coming back soon. I'm now changed the PH balance when we're talking about it in the Woods. So you're going to have to use that bleach so much is going to break that wood down in your deck is going to fall. Now, okay. Let me go ahead and say. Because you didn't use my solution. This one. Somebody please call. So we can get on another subject. Is that I wanted to use the bleach because you said that would make me wait like 30 minutes. Serious. That's exactly what I was talking about. Oh, my dude, bleach. One in four bleach, one quarter bleach, sure. And put that on there and boom white. And it goes, it goes away in about 6 weeks. It's going to be back. And it's going to be worse. And then you get to do it again. Right. So anyway. Over. But it looks like brand new brush teeth out there. I mean, it's gorgeous. It's really, really good. Yeah. Right now. The Pam's all mad at me for cleaning my damn trying to get up with my resentment. It'll be good for Jason today. Do you know how literally had a text message from a listener yesterday asking me
A highlight from #168: Design your Dream Home- Deep Dive
"Choose a color scheme, create mood boards and grow into an ever evolving aesthetic as you update your home. I am so excited to do this episode. So one of the reasons why we started this deep dive series is because as we were on episode one 68 now, as we have built a bigger library, it's become kind of challenging to refer back to all the different like it's like, I know I've talked about this before, but I don't know when or where. So in this episode, we're gonna kind of combine everything like all of our advice about designing a dream home into one mega episode that you can re listen to it next time, your movie, I act like that's like a normal thing that everyone's like, oh, just, you know, the next time you get a new pair of shoes or you move. Anyway. Some people move a lot. Yeah. Some people live a lot more than us. I mean, it really depends on that's true. That's true. When I was in my 20s, I moved every 6 months to a new apartment, so she's a mover. Yeah, I definitely have realized that I'm a serial mover. I don't want to be, but it is true. Okay, so anyway, we are going to go through 7 steps to design your dream home and I honestly recommend doing all 7 if you are, let's say that you're a person who's moving, a person who's buying your first home, and this is also for someone who you have a home that you like it, but you don't love it. Like you feel like it's just not personalized in the way, you know, the way that you dream of it being. Anyone in any of those situations can use this. I think it works for your first apartment and it can also work for your quote unquote forever home. Even though we don't believe in forever homes, no, we don't. But also, I don't know if we have anyone who listens who's very young, you know, they're like, I haven't bought my first home yet, or moved into my first home that's going to be longer term. I don't really know if anyone listening is that young. But I will say, I feel like a lot of these tips to you could apply them to different areas of art. Let's say fashion. And I just think it's like a fun hobby to get excited about different things and even homes that you're never going to live in, but you study it and it's just fun. I feel that way about fashion and other things too, where it's like there's certain things that I'm just never going to wear or buy, but I still like to know about what designers are coming out with and how the construction is just like different things. It's like fun to learn. Yeah. So now that you mention it, I see that completely. That is interesting. Yeah, I think this will be fun. You could also use this if you are designing one room. You can do this whole process for just one room too. But my thing is, I like to do it when I'm moving if I can before I buy anything because when you move, it seems like that's like the highest concentration of necessary purchases quickly and it's easy to make mistakes and so especially the part about the color scheme. It's just so handy and so helpful. Yeah, I was recently at a family dinner over the holidays and someone who I hadn't seen in ten years was there and they were reminding me that I had a lime green painted kitchen in one of my first apartments, which is so funny and it had so many colors, which I love it. I love it. I stand by it. But I think that, you know, that is a problem when you just like love everything, but you buy something that's very specific and then you love something else and you try to decorate a different way and then you feel like you have to replace everything all the time. I think that's the problem. So when I started doing the color scheme, I specifically remember it was very life-changing. Have you ever done a color scheme? Yeah, kind of. I mean, yeah. I would say yes. Okay. But I don't think I have quite as bad of like fomo as you in life generally. Because I do feel like that's a piece of it with design, 'cause I do have its Tom, of course. So I think everyone has it some, where we'll talk about this more, but you start to put things on your pin board that are really not like they're kind of wild cards, but you love them. And then, I don't know, I think sometimes it can be really hard to kind of decipher or wade through what should be in my home versus what can I just admire and I maybe don't need to paint my house that color or buy that certain couch because it's just not going to make sense, but I can still admire it, you know? Right. Yeah, yeah, no, I think that that's very true. I think that you're more decisive and you're more just like generally okay with like you kind of have more of a, I don't care. It's all good. I invited you. And I don't have that at all. So, okay. All right, so let's jump into the tips. I've tried to put these in order. The first tip is to let the home speak to you. And here's what I mean by that. So every home that you're going to move into has an era when it was built and it has natural strengths and natural weaknesses or challenges. So I think it's really important to research the type of home that you have and find the sort of to fall in love with it. I know it's not always maybe possible for like if you're moving into a home that just like wasn't the home you would have picked at all like you had a different thing in mind, but this home had a better location or a better price or a hundred other reasons. Was available. There wasn't anything else. Yeah. But I think it's very, very important to just like do whatever you can to get interested in the way your home was meant to be. The arrow is built in the style of architecture. You can really fall down a rabbit hole. So there's homes that are more flexible. Like if you're moving into an apartment building that is sort of like, say, it's a two bedroom apartment with one bathroom and an open kitchen. And it's pretty vanilla. That is like a very, very flexible style of home and like the style home I live in now that's a 90s mcmansion. It's also very flexible because it's like kind of like no one cares. Like you don't have to honor the history of it. I think you can sort of figure out what style and what era they were trying to emulate when they built it, but that's about the closest you can get. And then there's other homes like a like a mid century home that was built in like the 50s or the 60s or a historic home and if you move into one of those, it could be sort of like your swimming against a lazy river if you try to decorate it in a completely different style than what it was meant to be, you might not be happy with the result and it might turn out bad. So yeah, I think that's one thing that I think so I was on the, you know, that Instagram account that's like Zillow gone wild. Yes. You know, I always see what's on there, I guess the algorithm is funny. It is, yeah, but they had a really beautiful home yesterday that it's a Frank Lloyd Wright, one of the last homes that he designed. It's like the circular home. I'm sure you can do it. Oh my gosh. Anyway, it's for sale. And it's very expensive as you can imagine, so obviously I would never buy it. It's not something in my budget. I was just looking at it, but the thing I kept thinking as I was looking at it, other than what a breathtakingly beautiful home, I would love to stay there as for an Airbnb experience.
A highlight from 363: Six Ways I Still Struggle in My Home
"Welcome to a slab chems clean the podcast, I am Dana K white. I share my personal D slob education process. As I figure out ways to keep my own home under control, I share the truth about cleaning and organizing strategies that actually work in real life for real people, people who don't love, cleaning and organizing. Thanks for joining me today. This is podcast number 360 three. And I think I'm going to call it 6 ways I still struggle in my home. I hear from a lot of people to tell me that strangely. I mean, not strangely, I get it, but they feel like this is weird that this is the thing that actually is most helpful to me, but I also understand feeling that it's weird, but also that it actually is helpful. They will tell me one of the things that helps me the most is finding out that this is a lifelong struggle. It feels like that shouldn't be encouraging, right? The reason why it's encouraging to discover or learn or accept that this is a lifelong struggle is that it doesn't mean when I struggle again that it didn't work. That I'm not better than I was before. I'm not cured, okay? It's kind of the difference between, I don't know, I don't know if I want to compare it to this because I'm not in any way saying that this compares. I'm just saying versus a sickness that you get over versus a chronic condition that you deal with for the rest of your life. You know what I mean? It's realizing, oh, okay, this is something that will always be a challenge for me, okay? Knowing that it's a struggle, the reason people say that it's encouraging for them is that they realize, okay, then there's no failure. There's no moment of, well, that didn't work. Either there's no hope for me or I just have to come up with a whole new way to do this, which is the way I used to think too, right? Like I would start to do okay for a while. I would see some improvement in my home. Life would happen. It would go back to being a disaster and I would be like, well, oh well, that didn't work. I'm going to come up with a whole new plan while I would spend a lot of time working on those plans. And not actually working on my house. And anyway, knowing it's a struggle is encouraging. So the goal of this is this podcast today is not for you to be like, oh, that's bad news. So it's never going to be completely cured and going away. I mean, even though it feels like that's what you want, I want this to be encouraging. Because with all of these struggles, I'm going to say, and this is how I deal with it. But I do want you to know, I still struggle. With a lot of the same things that I struggled with in the beginning. And now I know what to do. But that doesn't mean it's not a struggle anymore. Okay?
A highlight from Fix It 101 | Now Hiring
"How are you guys doing this morning, Pam, Jeff? Well, you know, it was pretty good till I got ready to walk out the door. Yeah. Oh, you figured out how cold rainy it was. Well, no. It's that wind. The wind is something, but it was something on the floor when I was getting ready to leave. You know, I broke down and bought myself a steam mop. Oh, cool, yeah. Yeah, clean my foot, you know, because I've got four animals. Right. And one of them that just really enjoys bringing dead things in. So I knew I had animal guts all over the place. So I'm gonna go back. And somebody gave me a gift certificate for one of the big box stores. Right. All right. So I get this. This weekend while I'm watching the football games because I love playoff football. In the commercials, I get up and stain mop a little section. Right. It's a great way to get a project done, you know, because I wasn't going to watch the commercials. Now, we'll watch them just see mopping 30 seconds at a time. 30 seconds, and I mean my floor by Sunday Night looked incredible. Brand new. Wow. Everything. Awesome. And so this morning, I'm so proud of myself. I'm walking. I'm loading my car up, and I stepped in vomit. And I was like, really? I thought I had a bad morning. Really? Okay. Were your shoes on or off? No, thank God they were on. And I did that kind of thing, you know? Or you don't fall, but I thought I had a bad morning, but from now on, we're going to refer to that as stuff. Stay there. Well, you know, I got up at 5 o'clock this morning, took the grandbabies to school, got in the truck at about 5 minutes till 7, so I can wait in traffic for 45 minutes. 40 5 minutes. We need more people moving to Madison. Please come on. So then I get in my truck, it's Ronan. I'm warming everything up for him. And I've got a tire that says it has 12 pounds of air. Oh, no. 12? Yeah. So I have to have them to school by 7 30. I have to be here by 9. I don't have time to go get a tire fixed. So of course I pull in the gas station after I drop them off, that air pump's not working. Of course. So then I go find another one and now so the truck set down. It takes quarters and you can't find those. It's got 19 pounds of air in it. So it'll be flat by the time I get it. Let me get out of here. Yeah. Yeah. So Pam, are you good at changing tire? Absolutely not. My battles and that's just not one of them. Really? That's amazing. I have been to your garage and there's not a tool in there that you don't own. And anything in there, I can't imagine you can't fix and you won't change a tire? Nope. Okay. Well, it's just a strength thing. Yeah. No, I get it. It's more than, you know, just being able to turn those lugs and I just know I'm not going to do it. I'm going to pay somebody to do that. Your daddy didn't tell you. It's Stan, don't it? That'll help you stand on that. My nose when I fall off. It was like my roof, you know, I'm not going to roof a house either, but I got my roof put on. Right, that's true. Partially, we're going to we've got some questions on this flat roof, but yeah, I upgraded to those bullet boots, Jeff. What is that? It's a hard shell. So it fits over the sleeve and there's no rubber though. Oh, okay. Yeah, it's metal. Yeah. Interesting. The whole way. Upgraded to the bullet button. Good. And by the way, she's not talking about a thing that goes on to her feet. This is actually on the roof. And it goes over the holes in the roof. It goes over your plumbing vents. Right. And so, and just for folks where you're consumers. When you're getting ready to get a new roof on, consider those things, ask them about the flashing, one of the things that I budgeted was I knew because my House is so old that when they started pulling up my roof and pulling out those nails, that they were going to be some one 6 slats that were going to have to be replaced. They will allow so much, but then they're going to charge you for everything over that. So I knew that I had to budget so much over what the insurance company was going to pay so that I could get just, you know, I didn't want any surprises and other words. And boy, they were pulling some decking up. And it's right at the flashing areas. Right. Wow. Same thing we find on the show all the time. People call it. We got a quick question in that I've got to get it in here real quick. One of the folks that work here came and asked, why in my bathroom? I've got a double vanity double vanity. And one sink. One side of that double vanity. Will the water will get hot? On one side. And it won't get quite as hot on the other side. Of the double vanity, why would that be? Here's a little goblin between the sinks that's eaten up all the hot water. I don't know. That's awful strange. I wonder if the valve underneath is not turned all the way on. Well, that's what that would be for both, wouldn't it? Well, no, no. Java? It was another part of the question, too, as far as like, he was talking about why on one section of the house that his kitchen, his kitchen hairs, face melting water, will come out of the tap. And then in the bathroom, the bathtub, it's lukewarm. So he's getting multiple temperatures and pressures in different parts of the house and he gets his question was like, what makes that so? Say, I wonder if it's distance from the water heater? It could be, it could also be if you've got two water heaters, you got one that's not working right. Yeah, but I mean, in the, in the vanity, where they're side by side. Well, yeah, yeah. I'm going with Pam, maybe the maybe the hot side is not turned on all the way. I don't own all the way. You're not getting enough pressure through there. Or we could have debris. Yep. And they are on the tip. We could have debris. I'm almost liking to breathe better.
How to Solved Your Paper Clutter Problem!
"This is number two ninety nine and i am calling it. Are you guys ready for this. I solved my problem with an exclamation point at the end right. I mean like this is a big deal for me to be talking about paper and actually saying the words. I solved my problem. If you've been around a while you know what a big deal this says. Because i have been talking about decluttering cleaning organizing blah blah blah for twelve years now on the internet About six years into that. I read some books. Okay which are all about the decluttering process. I did not say a word about paper. I don't believe in the first book and then the publisher told me. I had to talk about paper in the second book and i was like fine and i basically answered it the way that i answer people which is okay. I had significantly reduced paper to where it was not this monster in my home anymore. Okay so i was not overwhelmed by paper. But i wanna talk about it because i didn't have a an amazing system. You know to keep it just completely solved. I had significantly reduced. And i'll talk through briefly. What those things are even. I've talked about him before the things that i recommend for the people who are just completely overwhelmed. And you need to hear how. I've solved it today but you also go okay. I my brain is gonna take while to jump from that place where i am right now. This place where. I am right now to that place in the future where it solved when i feel like there's just paper on every surface coming out of okay i get it okay. So i'm going to talk about that. Because i do think there's a lot of value in that simply just saying it's okay to reduce paper but i have. I mean i feel pretty confident saying i have solved my paper
PRO TALK With Smart-Technology Experts Aaron Stallings and Mike Oh
"So i have to be honest. I had never heard that term home integrator until maybe a couple of months ago when podcast listener road in to describe the role for the rest of us who may be unfamiliar. Can you please tell us what you guys do. Michael do you wanna go first. Yeah absolutely happy to happy to jump in so a home technology integrator as it's developed over the years to be somebody that knew. Let's say hi fi in stereos but that's twenty years ago and fast forward 'til now and everything is technology in the home right. I mean and especially the last year with coverted. We've we've all lived at home and we've all experienced poor wifi. We've all experienced like outdoor you know people want to listen to audio outdoors and they may or may not have speakers lesions and so. Our job is to integrate all that technology technology into the home experience into the the the experience of living in that place. you know in his best As as we can you know as the client wants it and of course within budget and with all the other components and people that have to be involved in project we really just try to execute that vision and so what kind of things are people asking you to to integrate aaron. It's really runs. The gamut depending on the size of the home be the homeowners their comfort level oftentimes two different homeowners different users. That system have different needs and different. You know comfort level so for residential generally you can almost expect there's gonna be some element of lighting control. Perhaps even a little bit of lighting design as well lots of recommendations for -tective lighting fixtures and layouts. And what have you and anything audiovisual related on this. Every home has some type of at least a tv and these days with with You know people being so familiar with solutions like the sonos Which is know. Really the industry at this point streaming Is something that's just again. It's kind of hard for the course even on isn't particularly that interested in you know they'll have guessed or children of someone who who want that capability
How to Make a Resume and Get Your Dream Job
"I wanted to have helium this episode because she made a resume that stood out in kind of a bonkers way. It's the best resume i've ever seen in my life. And she is willing. She's volunteered to come on here. And teach you all how to make this resume. So here's what the resume looked like. It was colorful. It had her picture on it. Which i find that very helpful to just like. Remember the person you know when you're looking at a sea of resumes. They can start to like all blend together and peoples credentials. Honestly like yes. You're gonna look for minimum requirements. But they're not gonna stand out. Maybe in the way that it feels to you. So i think having like a little bit of visual there was really strong. And then the other thing she de i was her second interview so emma did her first interview and i did. Her second interview is an in person interview. And we actually lunch at this. Adorable restaurant in nashville. That's close now are are. I know we went there. A bunch of it was called little octopus. If you're wondering it was really just anyway way to derail in the first five minutes so anyway she came to the interview. It was my first time to meet her. It was her first time to meet me. We sat down for lunch. We were making your small talk and she slid across the table. This booklet to me and so this wasn't her resume. Her resume was cute and designed kind of similarly. But this was more of a presentation. That an i was interviewing her. I didn't ask her to prepare a presentation. All it was normally as you know people show up an answer my questions so i was blown away to be honest when i saw this and what was in the little it was kind of like maybe would you say like seven pages or Ages seven and it was bound together with just a ring so is very simple and it looked gray kind of fit with the brand of a beautiful mess. Which i think is very important. If you're applying for a creative position you can show in this way that you're a creative person. You have creative abilities which is very impressive. And in any way what. The book contained was kind of like some ideas and plans that she had for what she could do in this position and what she could do with our company and i think here's an important thing to understand about it even if the ideas that she shared with me in. That first interview didn't really apply to the position. It didn't matter. She was showing me that she had ideas and that she was excited to bring ideas to the table. So don't get so focused on whether or not your ideas are perfect but just frigging bring some.
PRO TALK With Remodeler Mike Patterson
"Welcomes the fine home building. Pro-talk podcast a regular discussion with building industry professionals. This is senior editor. Patrick mccomb today on joined by remodeler. Fine homebuilding contributor. J elsie live presenter and russian motorcycle rider mike patterson. We're going to have to talk more about that later right man. It's really nice to have you on the show. We've known each other for years going back to jail. See live in 'oughts. Yeah what's it's great to have you. Thanks for doing this. can you. please tell me what you do Your remodeler gaithersburg maryland. For a long time. Can you talk about your business. Food clients are. What kind of projects did that kind of stuff. So we are our small shopowners myself from the office so And i had gone. It'll show we do much work to do. I was eating nine. You presented work. You do is spur for architects architect. Really work as one outlay Smart work is designed not And so i worked with her any for twenty years A lot of words you get. I worked holdouts belts for almost two years ago. What made you put your tolls down. Was it physically or was it some other reason about I'm sixty seven now. We'll be twenty seven shortly so wearing belsen at long just takes toll on you. Back of neck out and But also just sort of the point where. I was kind of limited in what i could do. I had had some is in years prior to the crash at work yourself always using yes
The Best Pizza and Architect David Applebaum, Architect of the Stars
"In caroline some improvement every nikkei g. and caroline's got a piece of pizza because we all went out and got pizza. We gotta introduce our friend our guest today. David applebaum architect of stars. Hello brother i to carolina. Be an era jian. David doesn't rhyme so there. We go david a so. We gotta talk a little bit of minute. We've got to get some pizza credit here because you know last segment last hour. We're talking pizzas kind of the side discussion and we all got our pizzas here. Then as you could tell caroline's working on hers as we talk so hungry. I had to pop one in myself. Awesome the play along. Eric is under the delusion that oregon according to bloomberg makes the best feats now. David knows the northeast. He knows new york come on. You've really telling me that new york new jersey doesn't make the best pizza or they make the best taylor. Ham thing is new york. Has their style pizza. Chicago has their style pizza. When you get up to the west coast out here. We have the best of everyone's pizzas. That's my hock damon. Oh yes because. I've got pizza from nineteen forty seven people de lorenzo's. We know how to make pizza new jersey. You make a pie. It's tomato pie extra cheese on the bottom sauce. Him atop thin crust. Sorry cheeses are the bottom because if the pizza is made in nineteen forty nine. It's great. I talked sitting at a box since one thousand nine hundred forty nine. So yeah. that's thanks. There's such poor losers like deny
PRO TALK With Garage Outfitter Aaron Cash
"Thanks very much for being on the show. It's a pleasure to see you patrick. Thanks for having me. It's a pleasure. Thank you are the fourth or fifth canadian. We've had on the show so you're doing a great job the represent your country. Thank you for being on my pleasure. It's great to be here. Can you please talk about your business. You have a franchise Garage outfitting business. And can you talk about how that got started. And how many franchisees there are and where they're located in basically how it works the star. Yeah absolutely so Garage living was started in two thousand and five as an independent single entity. company We had Focus on on simply Doing garage organization for customers in our local market and that business grew and in two thousand and fourteen we franchise the concept and we now have thirty four locations with twenty eight Across the us and six across canada and since we started we've completed over twenty thousand garage projects. That's incredible to me so interesting. Did you have an interesting construction before you started this company. How did it come about so. I've always been interested in construction and building I consider myself handy but don't have a background in in any specific trade or carpentry. More just doing projects with my my my dad at at the category at his cabin I have a business background and This was an opportunity that came about You know at the time when we started. Hgtv was like splitting and there was so much. Focus on home improvement and diy and increasing real real estate values in flipping houses and the big box retailers. Were opening a store a day across north america. And you know garages were were really. That forgotten are a space in the home that was getting very little attention and had a ton of potential.
Interview With Jeff Devlin, Host of Stone House Revival
"Welcome to around the house or their achieved caroline be. We've got a fun episode ahead. we've got my friend. Jeff devlin stonehouse revival. Welcome to around the house my friend. Hey how we doing good brother good so good to hear your voice man. It feels like it was. It's been a decade since we've seen each other but it's a little over a year right so think about it. I call you know we. We talk about your dog years being like ten years back kobe years or one year seems like ten years against the whole thing. It seems like so crazy that you know everything. Shut down the way. Shut down and people not as much getting face to face now. We're all like let's talk. Let's let's you know go here. Let's go do this where all. I'm almost tired of seeing people when i saw you. It was like day of the day of crashing for the cove stuff shutting down. Because i was over there for that trade. Show in your neck of the woods. And you're up to see me. And i appreciate that and the next day we did the show and i got out of there the next day and all of a sudden i get a text at the hotels closing and the casinos closing in better. Get to the airport. It was literally felt. Like i was running with the explosion behind me in the movie. You trying to get to the airport. It was it was crazy. And you know what's weird is when it first happened. It was weird in that. In my opinion it was weird. Because i think i wanted a little bit of a break so kobe was almost like an excuse. It was like ok cool. We get a weekend off here. We can catch up. You know but you're just thinking it's going to be one weekend off in all is good and the whole term. Be careful what you wish for. It's so true because then the next thing you know you're like way we're gonna i'm a month in and this isn't lightning up. This isn't doing this and then i'm like wow okay.
Are You Ready for Hurricane or Fire Season?
"Well today. I wanted to talk a little bit about storm. Prep and we talk about this from time to time. But we're kinda getting into the season of it. Now we're watching a tropical storm hurricane. Come up the You know west coast of florida heading up that going to cruise up to east coast. We've got Wildfire season that is full swing out on the west coast and who knows what tornadoes and things happen across the central part of the us. We've got a lot of different storm's going think it's going to be an active summer sore. You ready for that now. Ready can mean a lot of different things. If you're in a area where you've got hurricane coming. Maybe you need to have that generator. She you can power up and if you're down for a week or two you've got power to to run that you've got enough fuel. You get generator. You keep that food fresh. Maybe even the house cool. If you've got a big enough one and the same goes out on the west coast you know rocky mountains west because with fire season you're gonna see a lot more power outages and rolling blackouts. You're going to see more of that. I mean hack we just about. We're running out of power out here just in the pacific northwest because we had a huge wave. Last week that he wave well that could have caused rolling blackouts. Had win with that. We could have been out of power for awhile so you would have wanted to have of course water you would of course wanted to have a backup power system but think about this. Are you ready for all that. You know things that i want you to think about our your precious most prized belongings. Are they in a place that if someone came up to you and said you got a half hour to get out of your house. Could you get them in the back of your car easily. Are they in a good spot for that. Make sure they're in a good spot for that
How to Bond With Your Home When It Doesn't Come Instantly
"You're listening to the beautiful. Must podcast episode is about how to bond with your home when it doesn't come instantly it can take months or even years to have that home feeling when you walk through the door. Keeleys here with me today. Filling in for emma howson summer off for maternity. Leave i ask you join me on this episode. Because she also had a slow bond in her home. It's normal to have feelings of doubts or feelings of letdown or even regret when you first move into a home it makes sense when you think about it because buying a home is one of life's biggest decisions change is hard and when you first move in. It's often the ugliest houses ever going to look. It might even smell weird. So it's all normal. Maybe you miss your old home wherever it is. Sometimes it just takes time to bond with your new home. If you're not expecting this reaction it can feel weird. It can even feel wrong. I know that. I struggled with feeling ungrateful at one point. So hopefully this episode will help anyone who's going through the awkward transition to feel normal and give you some practical tips for how to make your new house feel like a home as fast as possible
Controlling Humidity in Your Home With Marc Marchillo From Aprilaire
"Welcome to around with energy and carolina. Be your moment proven source and healthy home source every single weekend. Thanks for joining us. I'm eric carolina. Y'all heard good man. It is a wonderful day and we've got a fun show ahead with markman chiloe. We have him from april air. Welcome to around the house blow as happy to be here. I'm mark 'em ateya. We're going to talk a little bit about healthy air in your home. And i know there's probably so much to learn from from both of you guys today because you guys are much more the experts with this today. Let's talk a little bit about april. Eric has man. You guys have a good thing going over there. We i mean we are the originators. We started in nineteen thirty eight. You believe that. Nineteen thirty eight. We got gig. Used to be called research products and a few really cool things. Like we invented. And patented the whole home humidifier. That was a good one. Smart came up with the first pleaded filter. So we've been really doing a lot of stuff for a lot of years and we are basically the you know. The indoor air quality product authority of in america is a cool cool company at. I love what we do and we all know to now because of covid Whether people like it or not. But it's really forced indoor air quality to the forefront right and we realized how important it is now Even though people like you and i were educating people long before covid now it seems like everybody's on board that we have to do something. Yeah you're right carolyn. I mean the industry is really taken a shift. It's now sort of being pulled by the consumer. I mean consumers understand is not an indoor air quality accessory. it's an indoor air quality. Necessity industry are sort of being pulled by the homeowners. Because homeowners are super smart. I mean think about it a year and a half to sit on line in their house doing nothing researching stuff so so contractors need to be smart as the customers now. And that's where this indoor air quality thing is just taken off