In Hour 1 of the Today’s Homeowner Radio Podcast, should you put new shingles over old ones? Plus, how to unclog a stubborn sink once and for all.
Listen to Hour 2 to learn how to remove tile from drywall and insert a window into a door.
Should You Put New Shingles Over Old Ones?
Sometimes, we here at Today’s Homeowner can act as a mediator for married couples when home problems arise. Couples often disagree about the solution to fixing a home problem and come to us for a definitive answer.
Such is the case with Kimberly Bell. She and her husband have differing opinions on how to fix their leaky roof. Her husband put new shingles over the old shingles, but Kimberly thinks that’s a bad idea. She wants him to take off the old shingles to see if the plywood is damaged and if so, replace it.
She also asks, “Doesn’t it put more weight on the roof?”
Our verdict: Kimberly is right. Putting new shingles over existing ones adds a lot more weight, and it might be too much for the roof to handle.
Also, adding new shingles over existing ones voids the manufacturer’s warranty.
Like Kimberly suspects, there could be some damaged decking that you can’t see unless you remove the shingles. Many people do this and have no issue, but in the long run, you’re better off pulling of the shingles to see if there’s any damage.
When replacing a roof, have it built to FORTIFIED Roof standards — beyond-code construction that’s designed to strengthen roofs to withstand hurricanes, high winds, hail, and severe thunderstorms.
Also, a FORTIFIED designation may qualify you for financial incentives, like insurance discounts, tax credits or lower deductibles.
Unclogging a Sink For Good
June Thomas is at her wit’s end over her kitchen sink.
Her two-bowl kitchen sink drains very slowly. On the side with the garbage disposal, a half-full sink of water takes over a minute to drain! Worse yet, she says the other side of the sink takes nearly as long.
She’s tried everything — pumping out the septic tank, using a septic tank cleaner every month, and treating the sink drain with salt, baking soda, vinegar, and hot water. None of these remedies have made a difference!
Now, June’s asking what else can she can do before calling a plumber?
We can feel her frustration! The solution to this involves spending some time under your sink.
Whenever you have a slow draining sink, it’s typically a clog somewhere down the line — not enough to stop the flow of water entirely just enough to slow it down.
The problem isn’t in the septic tank. If the septic tank is full, you’ll have water coming up from all water sources in the house, not just one sink.
Get under the sink, remove the U-shaped trap, and run a snake into the straight drain pipe going into the wall.
Whatever you do, don’t pour a lot of caustic chemicals down the drain. Even some that require a licensed plumber to buy don’t work, and the smell is awful.
These harsh chemicals can eat through plastic pipes. And, if you plunge after pouring these chemicals, they could splash up and harm your eyes and skin.
As a preventive measure, makes sure everyone in your household knows how to use a garbage disposal. Feed any food particles into your disposal a little at a time, only use cold water. The cold water helps fast and oils solidify, so they’re easier for the garbage disposal to grind and will move through the drain faster.
In Hour 2 of the Today’s Homeowner Radio Podcast, learn how to remove tile from drywall and insert a window into a door.
Removing Tile From Drywall
A caller needs some advice on removing tile around a fireplace. When he applies enough pressure on the tile to remove it, the drywall comes off with it.
“Can I remove the drywall and put the fiberboard on top of the studs?” he asks. “I just don’t want to ruin anything.”
There’s no way to remove tile from drywall without removing the drywall.
Taking all of the drywall off was easier than trying to chisel away at the tile.
Use a reciprocating saw to cut the tile from the wall. Cut the blade so that when it’s fully extended, it’s only about an inch long. This prevents the saw from puncturing the other side of the wall.
Cut along the grout and remove manageable sections one at a time. Then install a new cement backer board.
Now you have a blank slate to install ceramic, porcelain tile, marble, just about anything that will make a statement on what’s usually the focal point of a room.
Inserting a Window on a Door
Marie Juneau in California wants a door with a window in it. She wants to know if she can put a window in her door herself, or should she just buy a door that already has one.
You can buy a glass door insert and install it yourself. The double-paned glass window is already assembled and the frame is insulated.
Pease Doors has many shapes and sizes to choose from. Their frames fit most door brands and they’re sold in kits with everything you need to install it yourself.
These glass inserts don’t open up for ventilation, so if you’re wanting to let the fresh air in, install a screen door outside. If you don’t want to add an extra door, consider a retractable screen. These screens roll up and tuck away into a housing unit on the side of the frame.
In the Aisles of Home Depot
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Half-Lid Painting Tip — Over the years, I’ve shared more than 500 Simple Solutions and many of them have to do with painting specifically painting neatly. Here’s a tip that came in from John a listener from Clancy, Montana, on how to paint neatly from a can when using a paintbrush.
Start by taking a lid from an old discarded can of paint and cutting the lid in half using a pair of aviation snips.
Then, tap the half lid onto the paint can.
Now, when you dip your brush into the paint, you can very easily and neatly strike off the excess paint by running the bristles against the edge of the half lid.
Watch: Eliminate Paint Drip With This Lid Hack
How to Remove Scuffs with a Tennis Ball — All you need to remove scuff marks from floors is a fuzzy new tennis ball.
Simply take the tennis ball and rub the scuff mark. The fuzzy exterior of the ball will easily erase any black marks made by the heels of shoes and boots.
And for extra convenience, use a utility knife to cut an X into the ball, then stick the ball onto the end of your broom handle. Then, it’ll be there whenever you need it.
By the way, this trick can be used on all hard-surface floors, including wood, tile, laminate, and even vinyl.
Watch: How to Remove Scuffs with a Tennis Ball
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