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The Straight Poo About Sewers

The Straight Poo About Sewers

The Straight Poo About Sewers

Honest Home Podcast, Season 1

 

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 fascinating things. We also address the perennial question: What should I work on first in my new home?? 

Resources:
Fatbergs
Map of the St. Paul Sand Rock Sewers
Someone who has gone through the great effort to compile a history of sewers – totally neat rabbit hole (so to speak?)

 

Radon 101

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 complete several hours of continuing education a year. In this episode he shares some of the things he learned at his last class.

Additional resources:

CDC Radon Facts
State of Minnesota Radon Resources
Our Radon Facts Page
Rachel Malmberg and A Breath of Hope 

Central Air Unit Maintenance

Central Air Unit Maintenance

Central Air Unit Maintenance

Honest Home Podcast, Season 1

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 you of what you need to do to ensure your AC unit is in tip-top shape this summer.

For those of you who also appreciate visuals, we found a rather straight-forward video that covers some of what we discuss in the episode.

Electricity!

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 electrical problems we’ve found on inspections.

Additional Resources:

Electrical test kit – including inductive voltage meter
All about GFCIs
Deeper dive into amps, watts, volts, and ohms

Our own personal W.hat T.he F.ail / homeowner problem.

Painting 101

Painting 101

Painting is something most homeowners feel they can tackle on their own. If you’ve never painted before, or you just want to get some tips from an expert, we’ll talk you through tools and technique in this week’s episode. Also: Theresa has a revelation that emphasizes the value of enunciation!

Tools

  • Brush for cutting – anywhere between 2 1/2″ – 3″ – really depends on your hand size and strength
  • Drops – plastic or canvas, but try to get at least one drop that is “paint proof” – plastic that won’t let spilled paint seep through to the floor. Accidents happen!
  • Roller frame for holding the paint roller
  • Handle for the roller frame – you can even get extendable ones that let you adjust to the amount of space you’re working in and the wall height
  • Roller – reusable or single-use. Christopher’s preferred single-use are Contractor First 3/8″ nap for most wall types.
  • Tray and tray liners
  • Paint cup – this style will save your hand a lot of pain!
  • Step stool
  • Paint tool – we said 5-in-1 but they have up to 14-in-1!!
  • Edger tool and pads

Process

  1. Clean – wipe down walls and woodwork with TSP
  2. Spackle! (no toothpaste!)
  3. Remove all switch plates and outlet covers. Tape over switches and outlet faces for added security. Tip: tape screws to the plate so they don’t get lost!
  4. Tape – remember to tape as much as you feel necessary in order to paint with confidence.
  5. Cut around all edges, frame around outlets and switches, windows, doors, etc.
  6. Paint! Roll the paint on using the N method – from left to right you apply the paint up, diagonal down, then up again. And then you fill in right to left, and run across once more left to right!
  7. Cut again using the edger pad to ensure a good solid line. Don’t let the edging dry down too much before applying the final coat of paint or you’ll end up with a distinct line.

We’ll be doing some painting in our home soon, so we’ll try getting some video of the process to add to this page! When we get that video, we’ll post it here and to our Facebook feed!