Conflicting Contractors & Eliminating Paint Odors

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Today’s Homeowner Radio

A husband wants to celebrate his wife’s cookbook with brand-new floors. But, he’s getting conflicting reports from contractors. What he could look for that will give him the edge during negotiations.

Also, how do you get a lingering paint smell out of a room that has no windows? A common household item may just do the trick.

Plus, Joe has a way to work smart not hard when you need to remove a rug from a room.


Listener Questions

Paint Smell Won’t Leave My House
Dennis from Indiana – “I recently painted a small bathroom and used an oil-based primer but used a latex finish paint. We had a strong paint odor immediately and three weeks later still have a lingering paint smell. Any tricks you can offer to get the smell to go away.”

Kitchen Cabinet Colors
Donna from Florida – “I have white kitchen cabinets. The last homeowners painted around all the knobs and now they are wearing down and after a week become black around knobs. What can I do to fix this?”

Conflicting Contractors
Joe from Washington – “Wants to put in new pergo outlast floors throughout the home. One contractor says I have to even out the entire home first. Another says that’s not true. Who to trust?”

What Can I Use to Level Concrete
Teri from Florida – “Need an idea on how to level a concrete pad that was added next to an original concrete pad. My dad added a den to the back of our childhood home and the additional concrete is not the same level as the original patio pad. Should I try a leveling product?”

Moisture Found Inside New Windows
Dexter from Indiana – “I have new windows in my home. Where the windows meet there is about one half to three-quarters inch moister on the inside. My humidity shows to be around 34%. Is this from a poor seal or poor insulation between the frames?”

Pocket Door Pros and Cons
Dan from California – “We have an older house with lath & plaster walls whose design allows those entering the house or in the living room see down a hall to the bedrooms and den. There was a standard door in the opening which was removed years ago. The frame is still in place. Due to an odd configuration, there is one wall that could house a pocket door for privacy when people are in the living room.”


Simple Solutions

Rug Removal
To make it easier to remove a large area rug from a room, roll the rug diagonally from one corner toward the opposite corner.

Spice Jar Perch
Try this tip for organizing small spice jars.


Best New Products

MPX Aluminum Multi-Position Ladder

Are your gutters out of reach, or is your vaulted ceiling way too high to paint? Several simple Do it yourself projects can be put on the back burner just because they’re out of reach. That’s where the 18 Foot MPX Aluminum Multi-Position Ladder comes in with its lighter, stronger and easier to operate design.


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Conflicting Contractors & Eliminating Paint Odors