Costly DIY Mistakes and Listener Questions
First off – The Handyguys welcome listeners from RFC Radio and give them a brief background on The Handyguys.
Costly DIY Mistakes
This week we talk about the most costly mistake a DIYer can make when finishing a basementâ€”not taking care of potential water issues before finishing your basement. Water can damage your belongings and your newly finished wall and flooring and can cause mold, rot and decay. The Handyguys provide some tips to ensure your basement will stay dry. Even if you are not finishing your basement, check out the podcast tips and keep your basement dry!
Ideally, water penetration is prevented from the outside of your foundation wall. The most common contributor of a damp or wet basement is improper grading around your house. If the ground around your house slopes toward your house then water will likely find its way into your basement. Fix the grading and you can prevent most water problems. Another common contributor to water in the basement are short downspouts that empty water to close to the foundation. You should extend your downspouts at least four feet to six feet from your house.
The Handyguys then address a question left as a comment on our show about window repair.
Hi, My husband and I have been searching the net looking for an answer. Our home has vinyl windows they are probably at least 15 yrs. old. So this year in the last 4 months they have started to literally explode. So far 4 of them. We were actually home when one went tonight, it sounded like an explosion, we thought someone threw a brick at our house. After looking around sure enough it had happened again. We can’t figure this out. They are double pane, argon gas filled. No real pattern, sometimes its the inside pane (1) and sometimes the outside pane (3). Can you by any chance tell us whats going on? I am going to call the insurance agent tomorrow but I don’t know if they will cover something like this. any ideas would be most appreciated.
Thank you Bonnie
The Handyguys address this very odd issue and give some suggestions for Bonnie. Listen to the podcast for details.
HE Furnace Vent
Another fan write us ad asked about critters getting into the vents for their new High Efficiency furnace.
Just had a 95% high efficient furnace installed with the vent going out the side of my home (PVC pipe).
My concern is that a small animal could crawl into it?
Should it have some sort on grate on it? It is only @ 2 feet from the ground.
Diane – The way your vents are installed is normal. We do have some suggestions if critters become an issue or you are concerned. Listen to the podcast for details and discussion.
The Handyguys wrap up the show with a brief discussion of dryer vent cleaning. This should be an additional item for our Spring Home Inspection Checklist that was discussed during show 57. Do you clean your dryer vents? Any tips you would like to share with other listeners? Leave a comment.