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Home Fix It Show

Saturday 9AM-12PM

Dave Baker

Home Fix It Show with Dave Baker

Resident household repair and home improvement expert, Dave Baker provides tips and advice on planning, building and fixing up around the house.   He rounds out his "toolbox of knowledge" by inviting home repair experts to answer any and all home improvement questions. 

For more information on Dave's appearances, guests, and more, visit his website: Thehomefixitpage.com, and be sure to check out his blog!
Grab your hammer and join the show! If you want to get the inside scoop on what's new in home improvement or if you're a 'do-it-yourselfer', you'll be listening to the Home Fix-It Show Saturday mornings from 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m.
Guess what appeared in my mother’s house last week.  That’s right.   My brother. While these factoids aren’t really about him per se, they are close enough… Did you know…  Cockroaches can live without their heads for up to a week, eventually dying of thirst.  So can my brother…  The roach can live for up to a month without food.  The cockroach has him there, my brother once went almost 3 hours…  Cockroaches can run at a speed of 3 miles per hour, which is just about the average walking speed of a human.  If you can get them off the couch and walking…  Cockroaches have been found to be one of the top asthma triggering allergens in the home.  Second is my brother…  Roaches can hold their breath for as long as 40 minutes.  So can my brother but only when he doesn’t get his way… Bonus segment. Want to remove the cockroach from your premises.  These ideas may help… Identify all cracks, crevices and holes. These are places that harbor cockroaches. Seal as many of these holes and cracks as possible. Fill the rest of the holes with boric powder. Boric Powder is easily available and is relatively safe. Remember that cockroaches are attracted to greasy surfaces and wetness. Make sure your kitchen surfaces are clean, non-greasy and dry. Repair any leakages so you eliminate wetness. There are a variety of pesticides available to kill cockroaches. Some of these are fairly long lasting and some are safe to use around pets and small children. I have found that it is easiest to entrust a pest control company with the job of getting rid of a cockroach infestation. It ensures that you are not stuck with the hassle of sourcing and storing the pesticides at home. Plus the Pest control companies generally have fixed schedules and ensure that the treatment is done at regular intervals so you do not have a repeat infestation.
  Q – Since we have been enjoying spring since the middle of January I was thinking about getting a head start on a project I need to do this year – re-painting my deck chairs. Is this a difficult thing to do? Robert in Loganville A - Fortunately, refinishing your metal deck/patio furniture is easier than you think, and it will make a world of difference when it comes to enjoying your backyard. Here is the play by play on making your metal furniture look spiffy again:  - Remove all the rubber tips from the legs and cushions.  - Wash and rinse the furniture thoroughly using a mild detergent.  - With a wire brush, scrape off all the rust and the loose flakes of paint.  If you have places with paint 'bubbling' up on the furniture use a screwdriver to remove the bump then wire brush it clean.  Get it all nice and smooth. Now the fun part. Paint or spray the furniture with rust-resistant paint.  If the furniture is really corroded you may want to use a rust-resistant primer first.  -         Note - you don't have to use black.  What were once 4 black chairs and 2 black end tables on my deck are now 2 red chairs, 2 yellow chairs, and two tables with a color that is in the blue family, I think. Now just let it dry – up to 24 hours for each coat depending on weather and paint instructions. Then replace rubber tips and cushions and bingo – new patio/deck furniture. If you take the time to do the proper preparation, your job may well last a couple three years. And with the nice weather we have been having, you will have a jump on all the other decks in your neighborhood. Smart play there, Robert.
  Q – I am having, maybe, an issue with water coming through my slab in my living room.  The carpet is starting to show signs of moisture and is damp, but there are no signs of leaking in the ceiling or the walls. Do slab floors leak?  What should we do here? Mary in Lawrenceville A – Yes Mary, unfortunately slab floors do leak.  I know this because of the following statement: “It is the life’s mission of concrete to crack.” Things that crack will eventually leak, thus a cement slab floor that cracks will leak. It sounds like you caught it early, but one of the things you do not want to do is procrastinate.  More on that later… Ha – just kidding. The fact that your carpet is already damp from a source that you can’t spot is actually a good sign – it is telling you there is something wrong.  It is giving you the opportunity to do something before the situation gets worse. What could be worse?   Well that dampness, no matter where it comes from, can easily spread between the slab and the carpet pad, will also lead to mold – which is as bad as it can get. So you will need to find, first of all, a foundation repair company (check out the TheHomeFixItPage.com) and then perhaps depending on the condition of the floor, a flooring company. The inspection from a foundation company should be free, and the rest will depend on the severity of your problem. So to answer the big question, one unexplained damp equals a leak.  Get on it… Good luck!
  Q – I think I have black mold in the wall between my bathroom and the kitchen.  I used a mold detection kit I got from the hardware store and it tested positive for mold. Should I move out of the house? Samantha in Stone Mountain A – Whoa there ma’am.  First of all let’s look at the info you provided. You think you have black mold in the wall.  How would you know that?  You bought a mold detection kit at the hardware store and it tested positive. Here is a tidbit of useful info. Every mold test sold at the hardware store worth its weight in petri dishes should test positive for mold. Every time. Mold is always in the air, no matter how clean you think your house is, unless you are living in a hermetically sealed lab.  It is everywhere.  Fact of life. So you can kind of throw that out the window (there is mold in the air outside too). Now I am not trying to make light of what could be a serious situation, just trying to calm you a bit. If you want a better look at what is in the wall between your bathroom and your kitchen, put on a cloth respirator and knock a hole in the wall between your bathroom and your kitchen. Think of it this way – if you do have black mold they will knock a huge hole in that wall to aid in the clean-up, so you aren’t doing anything that won’t be done anyway.  If you don’t have it, a hole, even a big hole in drywall is an easy fix. But you really should call in a mold expert.  They will give you better readings and have better solutions.  Some of the better mold guys can even do the repairs themselves, which is nice – they can get started immediately. A really good mold guy won’t stop there.  They will tell you why you have mold issues, no matter what kind of mold they find.  That is the real key to getting your problem fixed. Fixing the after-math of the problem without fixing what caused the problem is as good as doing nothing at all. I wouldn’t wait around to get the procedure started though.  A serious mold issue can be dangerous. Should you move out?  If it helps your mental well-being go to a hotel until the mold guy shows up and gives you a real evaluation.

News

  • A 22-year-old police officer died in Oklahoma on Monday morning after he and a man exchanged gunfire when the man ran during a traffic stop Sunday night, Tecumseh police said. >> Read more trending news The officer, identified as 22-year-old Justin Terney, died of his injuries. The suspected gunman remained hospitalized Monday morning. Tecumseh Assistant Police Chief J.R. Kidney said Terney was shot multiple times after stopping a vehicle around 11:30 p.m. Sunday near the intersection of Benson Park Road and Gordon Cooper Drive. Kidney said Terney was working with dispatchers to verify information given by one of the vehicle’s passengers, a man, after becoming suspicious that he might have been giving Terney false information. As dispatchers were telling Terney that it appeared the man had an active warrant for his arrest, the man ran from the stopped vehicle and toward nearby woods, Kidney said. Terney fired a stun gun at the man. “The (stun gun) doesn’t have any effect on (the suspect) and he continues running through a wooded area, over a fence,” Kidney said. “About 25 yards inside that fence area, the officer and the suspect both exchanged gunfire.” Authorities took both the suspect, whose identity was not immediately known, and Terney to a hospital, where Terney underwent surgery for hours overnight. Kidney confirmed that Terney, who had been shot about three times, died Monday morning. The suspected gunman remained in intensive care with four gunshot wounds, according to KFOR. Terney joined Tecumseh’s police force about a year ago. “My department’s not doing good,” Kidney said Monday morning, adding that in the 22 years he has been with the department and the 38 years the chief has been with the department, this is the first officer-involved shooting for Tecumseh police. “We haven’t had to live through this yet,” he said. “We need everybody to rally around and support us.”
  • A woman fought off a knife-wielding man who broke into her southeast Atlanta home Saturday night. Adrien Gass said she was terrified when the man burst into her home on Memorial Drive and chased her with a knife. 'I said, 'I have money.' He said, 'I don't want no money. I want the car and I want your life.' And I said, 'Not today,'' Gass said. The mother of three told Channel 2's Matt Johnson that she threw a piece of furniture at the intruder, who chased her down the hall. 'I know he's bleeding because I attacked him,' she said. Gass said she locked herself in a bedroom. The attacker kept kicking the door and it hit her in the mouth while she held on to it. 'All my might, yes. I would not let that door go,' she said. Gass said she escaped by jumping out a window and the intruder left with nothing. 'I lifted up the window and pushed out and ran as fast as I could to the neighbor's house,' she said. Atlanta police said just three minutes earlier, a quarter of a mile away on Allendale Drive, someone carjacked a husband and wife at gunpoint. 'He was in the car, got the keys and gone,' Tris Siciginanosaid. Siciginano said the thief stole her husband's car and she believes the two crimes are related. 'It was too much in one night and the descriptions are so close,' she said. Police have not said if the crimes are related, but neighbors said they are staying vigilant. No arrests have been made.
  • Police have found no evidence that the man who killed four people in London last week was associated with the Islamic State group or al-Qaida, a senior British counterterrorism officer said Monday. Deputy Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu of the Metropolitan Police said Westminster attacker Khalid Masood clearly had 'an interest in jihad,' but police have no indication he discussed his attack plans with others. Basu, who also serves as Britain's senior national coordinator for counterterrorism policing, said Wednesday's attack — in which Masood ran down pedestrians on London's Westminster Bridge before fatally stabbing a policeman guarding Parliament — 'appears to be based on low-sophistication, low-tech, low-cost techniques copied from other attacks.' Masood was shot dead by police after his deadly rampage, which police have revealed lasted just 82 seconds. Police believe Masood — a 52-year-old Briton with convictions for violence who had spent several years in Saudi Arabia — acted alone, but are trying to determine whether others helped inspire or direct his actions. Detectives on Monday continued to question a 30-year-old man arrested Sunday and a 58-year-old man arrested shortly after Wednesday's attack. Both were detained in the central England city of Birmingham, where Masood had recently lived. Prime Minister Theresa May said last week that Masood was 'a peripheral figure' in an investigation into violent extremism some years ago. But Basu said he was not a 'subject of interest' for counterterrorism police or the intelligence services before last week's attack. Masood was born Adrian Elms, but changed his name in 2005, suggesting a conversion to Islam. His mother, Janet Ajao, said Monday she was 'deeply shocked, saddened and numbed' by his murderous actions. In a statement released through the police, Ajao said that 'since discovering that it was my son that was responsible I have shed many tears for the people caught up in this horrendous incident.' Basu said there was no sign Masood was radicalized during one of his stints in prison, the last of which was in 2003. 'I know when, where and how Masood committed his atrocities, but now I need to know why,' Basu said. 'Most importantly, so do the victims and families.' As Basu appealed for anyone who spoke to Masood on the day of the attack to come forward, the British government repeated calls for tech companies to give police and intelligence services access to encrypted messages exchanged by terrorism suspects. Masood used the messaging service WhatsApp just before he began his attack. Home Secretary Amber Rudd said Sunday that such services must not 'provide a secret place for terrorists to communicate with each other.' Tech companies have strongly resisted previous calls to create back-doors into encrypted messaging, arguing that to do so would compromise the secure communications underpinning everything from shopping to tax returns to online banking. Rudd is due to hold a previously scheduled meeting with internet companies on Thursday. Prime Minister Theresa May's spokesman, James Slack, said tech firms 'should be helping us more' to prevent terrorism. 'The ball is now in their court,' he said. Slack said that if agreement was not reached with the companies, the government 'rules nothing out,' including legislation. Meanwhile, the families of the dead and injured set about the difficult task of going on with their lives. The family of an American victim expressed gratitude Monday for the kindness of strangers as they insisted some good would come from the tragedy. A dozen members of Kurt W. Cochran's family gathered to face the media, sharing their shock and sense of loss. Cochran, from Utah, was on the last day of a European trip celebrating his 25th wedding anniversary when he was killed on Westminster Bridge. Cochran's wife, Melissa, suffered a broken leg and rib and a cut head, but is steadily improving. The family offered profuse thanks to first responders, British and American authorities and people who had sent notes, prayer and donations. 'Last night we were speaking as a family about all this, and it was unanimous that none of us harbor any ill will or harsh feelings towards this,' said Sarah McFarland, Melissa Cochran's sister. 'So we love our brother. We love what he brought to the world, and we feel like that this situation is going to bring many good things to the world.' ___ Jonathan Shenfield contributed to this story.