EP164: The Angry Mama, Deck Upgrades, Painting Metal Roofs, Contractor Workloads

 

SEGMENT 1: The Angry Mama

0:00 – 7:36

Cleaning the microwave is usually never fun. But Betsy’s “Angry Mama” makes it easy . . . and, if you can believe it . . . a little entertaining!

SEGMENT 2: Deck Upgrades

7:37 — 18:58

We talk about decks all the time. But usually, we’re focused on the coating that will make it look and function the best. This time, we’re looking at some DIY upgrades to help you take your deck to the next level.

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SEGMENT 3: Painting Metal Roofs

19:00 – 32:10

It’s one of those projects that seems way too complicated for the average person. Yet, the materials needed are basic and with a little care, it’s definitely something you can do yourself!

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SEGMENT 4: Contractor Workload Update

32:11 – 39:28

With everything that happened regarding COVID-19, what does it look like when it comes to hiring a contractor? We’ve got the scoop!

EP155: Quarantine Prep for Projects, Deck Questions, & Renovation Loans

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Segment 1: Quarantine Prep for Projects

We’ve been getting a lot of questions about prep work people can do now, with the supplies they have on hand, for a project they’ll do when they can go out again. We got the most common project questions.

Segment 2: Deck Questions

We also know that a lot of people have been thinking about doing their deck, now that the weather has shown us some warmer, sunny days. But there are a few things to consider before you just jump right in.

Segments 3 & 4: Renovation Loans

There’s a special loan out there for people looking to buy a house that may need a bit of fixing up. We have never heard of it before and we’re guessing a lot of other people haven’t either! Jen Aalderink and Amanda Lehman from Stockton Mortgage fill us in on the details of this special loan and exactly how it works.

EP119: Paint For Front Doors, Home Buyers Need to Know, Types of Tile, and Quick Clean Tips

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Segment 1: Paint For Front Doors

Nothing adds curb appeal like a great looking front door. And when it comes to front door paint, choosing the right one can make or break the project. No one wants their new paint to peel off in a couple weeks.

Benjamin Moore has a great new front door paint called Aura Grand Entrance. It comes in a satin or high gloss and can be made in any color. And because it’s Aura, it covers like a dream.

Next week we’ll talk about how to choose a front door color and the right way to paint it.

Segments 2: Home Buyers Need to Know

We’ve been hearing for a while now that there is a shortage of homes on the market. If you are a seller, that’s great! It means more for your home. If you are a buyer, it’s less great. It means you could wind up paying more than the asking price.

Sue Prins and Ginger Herman of Sue Prins Five Star Real Estate give us some things we need to know if we plan to buy a house.

Segment 3: Types of Tile

Choosing tile can be a bit confusing. Some tile can only be used in certain areas. And there are things to consider…like in floor heating….so toasty! To help us make a better choice, Nick Sargent from Johnson Carpet One drop by to walk us through the options.

Segment 4: Quick Clean Tips

Big furry dogs mean big furry messes. And when the big furry dog is a Saint Bernard, that means there’s also the drool factor.

Betsy has learned a few tricks to deal with these problems.

  1. Vinegar and Dawn dish soap in a pump up wallpaper sprayer
  2. Seam Ripper to get rid of hair wrapped around brush roller (I use the more expensive, heavy duty one)
  3. Clean your vacuum filter!! It will make your vacuum run like new!
  4. Credit card or gift card as a scraper to remove dried on drool from windows and glass. According to Dan it also works on car windows
  5. Fur-Zoff Pet Hair Remover works like a DREAM in the car! No more dog hair stuck in the carpet!

 

EP107: 10 Cleaning Habits, Sara & Sun Pen, and Tulip Time

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Segment 1: 10 Things People With Clean Houses Always Do

We recently came across an article from HGTV called “10 Things People With Clean Houses Always Do.” Some of these are things you may already do, but some of them may be things that have never crossed your mind. We were only able to cover a few but you can find the entire list here!

Segments 2 & 3: Sara and Sun Pen

Blogger Sara Pen and her husband, Sun, are getting ready to tackle an exterior repaint project. They have a number of different, very dated, substrates to cover. They stopped by so we could answer all of their burning questions before they start the project.

You can follow their journey on Sara’s blog or follow Sara on Instagram: saraowenpen.

Segment 4: Tulip Time

Spring must be here because Tulip Time is just around the corner! Tulip Time Executive Director, Gwen Auwerda, stops in two give us a brief history of Tulip Time and to tell us what’s in store for this year’s 90th anniversary. Check the website for more information.

EP106: Wait on Those Decks, AC with Service Professor, Staying Safe During Spring Clean-ups, Making Your Own Barnwood

On today’s show we talk with Brad Krause from Service Professor about the best time to put in a new air conditioner.  We’re also in the studio with Physical Therapist, Bill Winter to discuss some simple ways to stay safe (and un-injured!!) during those Spring clean-up projects. And before we call it quits for another week, we share one of our favorite projects of the year (so far!). Basically, we tested a number of methods for aging wood. And we had tremendous success!

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Segment 4: Make Your Own Barnwood

EP94: Tool Belt History, Hiring a Contractor, and Baking Soda Super Hero!

For some reason, most of us associate tool belts with guys. And more specifically, construction workers. But did you know its origin is actually as a piece of female jewelry? Even back in the times of Ancient Rome, it was a piece of jewelry that served a purpose. And ladies, you can take a cue from Fendi and make it a fashion statement!

And we’re lucky enough to have Jon DeGraaf, Owner and President of Jon DeGraaf Painting, sit down and discuss steps we should take when hiring a contractor. Now, we talk about a painting contractor, but this information is good for ANY type of contractor you hire!

And, if you happen to be looking for a painting contractor, we can help! Call any RepcoLite or Port City Paints or stop in. You can also fill out the form on our webpage and we’ll email the names and contact information of painters in your area who would be PERFECT for your project!

And last, but certainly not least, is a segment dedicated to the super hero in your kitchen cabinet: baking soda! It has tons of cleaning and deodorizing uses, but it will also go a long ways to keeping your stomach in check with certain foods and drinks. It really should be wearing a cape!

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