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Listener Questions: Alesha and Nick in Minneapolis

Honest Home Podcast, Season 1

Today we answered several questions from listeners Alesha and Nick who live in an older home in Minneapolis. Topics covered: Hardwood floors, asbestos, paint stripping, and more hardwood floors. They even supplied our W.hat T.he Fail for the week: placing trim around boiler baseboard heaters.

Resources

EPA information about asbestos in the home

Twin Cities based testing lab

Profile blade for a paint scraper

Profile blade for a paint scraper

 

Toe nailing diagram.

 

 

 

W.hat T.he F.ail

A previous owner placed pine trim board over the top of the baseboard heaters. This is an aesthetic choice, but not a usual one, and it does cause the wood to dry out quite a bit.

Pine trim installed around and above a baseboard heater.

 

All About Ice Dams

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...

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...

Honest Home Podcast – The Launch

After many years of being podcast enthusiasts, Christopher and I are excited to announce the launch of our very own podcast! The Honest Home Podcast is an educational podcast about home maintenance. We cover typical seasonal and preventative maintenance looks like,...

Radon 101

  This week we talk about radon - what it is, where it comes from, how to measure it, and how to mitigate. The State of Minnesota recently enacted a law requiring licensure for radon measurement professionals, and as a part of that licensure, Christopher has to...

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...

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...
Before and after cleaning view of an AC unit

Central Air Unit Maintenance

Hey, guess what? It's hot and humid in Minnesota during the summer! Crazy, right?! Anyway, we know that routine cleaning and maintenance of things that we operate by pushing a magic button on the wall are tasks that slip by us all too easily, so we're here to remind...
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...
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...
Shelves of glassware

Storage

Most of us have a lot of stuff. A great deal of that stuff is useful, but that doesn’t mean it has to be immediately accessible at all times. In this episode we take a verbal stroll through the home and discuss the many storage options available for the variety of...
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