Water damage on common building materials like gypsum board, fiberboard and paper can lead to black mold, or Stachybotrys chartarum.
Homeowners often spot it following moisture from condensation, flooding and water leaks. While black mold is unsightly, it’s also unhealthy, releasing spores that cause respiratory problems.
During this week’s Today’s Homeowner Radio Show, we’ll talk about that and other common problems, such as how to prevent condensation from building up on AC vents in the ceiling, and how to remove moss from pavers.
- [6:28] Danny and Joe plan a fishing trip
- [8:35] Joe talks about the new Broan SurfaceShield Bath Vent Fan
- [15:53] A funny story about shrimp
- [19:33] How to remove moss from pavers
- [28:23] Best New Product: Milwaukee M18 FUEL 16 in. Chainsaw
- [30:41] How to clear paint from woodwork and preserve the original maple finish
- [34:09] How to prevent condensation from building up on A/C vents in the ceiling
- [39:24] Around the Yard segment sponsored by Pavestone
- [41:56] What to do about burping toilets
- [55:33] Simple Solution: How to neatly paint a window without using masking tape
- [56:36] The proper way to take care of black mold and dispose of it
- [58:00] Tips for repairing walls after tearing out wallpaper
- [59:57] What to do when one portion of a slab is poured incorrectly
- [1:11:11] Our thoughts on gutter guards
- [1:33:19] How to stain the concrete countertop on an outdoor kitchen
- [1:36:12] Tips for repainting a garage floor
- [1:37:58] What to do about a sagging bulletin board
- [1:43:06] Simple Solution: How to easily cut insulation
Around the Yard
As the weather cools down, our attention begins to turn away from growing lawns toward dealing with leaves. Here are several tips to simplify this dreaded chore.
For starters, don’t break your back scooping up a handful of leaves at a time. Instead, rake the leaves onto a tarp so you can move a massive pile of leaves at once.
If you need to bag your leaves, use a smaller piece of tarp with 3-foot dowels taped to each end to make a large scoop that can then be funneled into the bag.
Speaking of bags, nobody wants to wrestle with them to get them to stay in the can or to get them out of the can once they’re full. Here are a couple of tips:
Before you start, drill half-inch holes in the bottom and sides of the can. This will prevent a vacuum from forming as the bag fills with leaves and forces out the air between it and the can.
Another idea to make the job easier is to use an old bicycle inner tube like a giant rubber band to secure your leaf bag around the top of the garbage can to keep it in place.
This Around The Yard segment is brought to you by Pavestone.
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