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In this episode we tackle that seasonal foe, ice dams. We describe what causes ice dams, how to prevent and/or remove them safely, and take a look at the role your attic ventilation and insulation plays in the formation of ice dams.

We also discuss Zonolite, an insultation material used between the 1940s to mid 1980s that was found to contain asbestos.

For more information on the identification and mitigation of Zonolite, please visit: https://www.zonoliteatticinsulation.com/

Listener question: Shut-off valves

We go over why shut-off valves typically fail and give some recommendations for replacement

W.hat T.he F.ail: DIY spark arrestor

Don’t try to stop fire with flammable material.

Ice Dam Cause & Effect

Attic Insulation & Ventilation

Ball Valve

W.hat T.he F.ail

DIY spark arrestor made of flammable material

Factory spark arrestor made of non-flammable material

Home Owner Repairs vs Contractors

This week we look at what types of repairs are great for homeowners who want to really get into the work of maintaining their home, versus those instances when a contractor might be the best person for the job. We also discuss how to vet a contractor.   W.hat...
Fireplace with a wood burning insert

Fireplaces, Wood Stoves, and Chimneys

This week we dive into all things fire! Fireplaces, wood stoves, and chimneys all require regular maintenance in order to function properly and SAFELY! Now that the burning season is more or less over, this is the best time to have the fire-heat system in your home...

Patching Holes in Walls

This week we talk patching holes in walls! We cover both drywall and plaster patches, and go into detail about what tools and techniques can help you create seemingly seamless patches. *We are not sponsored by Home Depot - you can also find these items at most major...

Don’t Lock People In Your Basement

This week we address safe means of egress (the means of entering and exiting a location). We were jacked up on cookie dough and exhaustion, so we cover everything from fire safety to serial killers to tapping maples to make syrup! Resources: My Favorite Murder - one...
Electrical panel

Electricity!

Most of what we cover in this episode is: Electricity can kill you. Never hesitate calling a licensed electrician to handle the work for you. Having said that, we do cover some homeowner DIY basics - swapping out lights, switches, and outlets. We also discuss common...

Mystery Plants and Garden Planning

This week we tackle the perennial question: Do I let the landscaping grow in this first year I own my home, or do I change everything out right away? We cover plant identification, landscaping tips, how to remove dangerous/problem thorny interlopers, and garden...
Everyone Poops by Taro Gomi

The Straight Poo About Sewers

  Oh, yay! It's time to talk about sewers! Because of Taro Gomi's classic book, we all know that every home needs a way to manage waste. In this episode we talk about all types of sewers, what a sewer scope inspection will find, and talk about many gross and...

Emergency Podcast: Spring Thaw Water Management & Basement Flooding

Over the weekend, Central and Southern Minnesota got an additional 6-12" of heavy, wet snow. Now, two days later, it's starting to rain. Temps will be in the 30s with rain for the next 2-3 days. The potential for flooding is extremely high. That's why we've put...

The Homes of Our Lives

In this episode Christopher and Theresa walk down memory lane and discuss the homes they've owned, the deferred maintenance issues they faced in each home, and what they learned along the way. Also in this episode: door rot - what might cause it and how to address it!...

Working with kids

This week we talk about doing home improvement projects with young people - your own children, young relatives, any children you mentor who may want to learn some fix-it skills! We address safety, education, and all the benefits that children reap when they start...
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