Tips for an Affordable, Low-Maintenance Home | Ep. 71

Trex Deck Railing
Trex Company has low-maintenance railing options for your front porch or deck.

Buying a home is most people’s biggest investment. That’s why it’s important to keep it low-maintenance and budget-friendly.

Listen to this week’s Today’s Homeowner Podcast to learn about affordable solutions to humidity under a house, affordable ways to fix up a rental house, and low-maintenance replacements for front porch railings.

  • [2:08] How to muffle a loud heat pump
  • [5:51] Best New Product: Nexgrill 5-burner gas grill with side burner
  • [6:58] Affordable solutions to humidity under a house
  • [11:20] UV lights in A/C systems: do they work?
  • [15:02] How to deal with smoking-related odors
  • [17:44] A creative way to block the sun from a deck
  • [18:51] Simple Solution: How to keep eyeglasses from fogging up while wearing a mask
  • [20:39] Affordable ways to fix up a rental house
  • [22:57] Low-maintenance replacements for front porch railings
  • [23:43] Tips for raising a ceiling
  • [24:59] Tips for DIY pest control
  • [29:07] Question of the Week: How to keep weeds off a patio

Simple Solutions

No-Fog Glasses — Here’s a simple, yet effective, way to prevent eyeglasses or safety glasses from fogging up when they’re worn with a dust mask. Coat the insides and outsides of both lenses with shaving cream. Rub the cream onto the lenses for several seconds, then rinse with cold water under a sink faucet. Dry the lenses and they should remain fog-free for several hours.

Auto-Watering Houseplants — Be sure your houseplants don’t die of thirst by making a slow-drip irrigation bottle. Take an empty 1-liter soda bottle, fill it with water, then drill a 1/8-inch hole through the cap. Turn the bottle upside down and press it neck first into the soil. Water will very slowly drip out to hydrate the plant. You can also use a wine bottle, by drilling a hole through the cork.

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Question of the Week

Q: We have a nice patio next to our house. Last year, we had some weeds in the paver joints. I scraped the weeds and soil out and then put poly sand on to fill the gaps. This year I am disappointed to see even more weeds. What is the best way to maintain our patio?

A: We hate to suggest using harsh chemicals, so one thing Chelsea does is pour hot tea on weeds in her driveaway. It kills them instantly and then you can easily pluck them.

There’s also a propane torch made for killing weeds. You also can sprinkle baking soda all over and wet the area.  


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