On this week’s radio present, some excellent news on the house enchancment horizon, plus some suggestions for portray and tips on how to repair a bowed stud.

House Enchancment Information

Lumber costs are falling after months of worth will increase. (elenaleonova, Getty Photographs Signature)

Excellent news on the house enchancment entrance! Lumber costs are beginning to fall.

At first of the yr, the value of lumber was $1,112 per thousand board toes, and as of June 23, the value has fallen to $617 per thousand board toes, in response to the Chicago Mercantile Trade.

So, for those who’ve been fascinated by changing a fence or constructing a deck, there’s some hope in sight.

However, there’s additionally extra to remember. In case you’re planning a undertaking, you’ll must order issues nicely prematurely. The lead occasions on some frequent supplies might take lots longer than you assume. 

The common supply time for supplies elevated in Could to 85 days, in response to the Institute for Provide Administration’s newest manufacturing report.

Joe is putting in a bay window, and he ordered it just a few weeks in the past and it’s supposed to come back in on the finish of July. (They didn’t inform him the yr so we’re assuming it’s subsequent month!)

So, if you wish to full a brand new undertaking this yr or purchase a brand new equipment, don’t put it off! 

Skip to [00:28] for the complete section on the At present’s House owner Radio Present.

The Secret to Vanishing Brushstrokes

It’s attainable to get the look of airbrushed painted cupboards whereas utilizing a paintbrush. (3 Echoes Content material Studio)

Right here’s a portray tip from this At present’s House owner TV episode on tips on how to make brush marks disappear. 

Add an additive like Flood Floetrol Latex Paint Additive to your paint. Add a bit of bit to the paint and it does an incredible job of night out the brushstrokes. 

Additionally, don’t skimp on an inexpensive foam brush. Purchase a good-quality brush that may final a very long time. 

Skip to [52:09] for the complete section on the At present’s House owner Radio Present.

Tips on how to Straighten a Bowed Stud

In case you discover a bowed stud after eradicating drywall, you’ll be able to repair it with out eradicating the entire board. (Pancaketom)

Gordon Lipinski in Akron, Ohio is in the course of a significant tub renovation. He ripped out an outdated bathtub to interchange it with a big bathe.

Nevertheless, when he went to put in the cement backer board to the 2-by-4 wall body, he discovered that one stud is bowed out barely, making it unattainable to set the backer board flat in opposition to the wall.

“There’s no straightforward method to take away the bowed stud now, so ought to I shim out the opposite 4 studs or is there some method to straighten out the bowed stud?” he asks.

To repair this so the backer board is stage in opposition to the stud, use a cordless noticed to vertically minimize the stud alongside the bowed space.

Earlier than you narrow, pop a line from prime to backside. It will get it again in step with the wall.

Skip to [54:05] for the complete section on the At present’s House owner Radio Present.

Across the Yard

Closeup of a pressure washer shooting out water on a deck during a cleaning.
Make deck dust and buildup disappear with the swipe of a strain washer wand. (DepositPhotos)

In case you love creating or bettering outside areas like I do, you understand how irritating it may be once they begin to get dingy and soiled. 

It’s inevitable, that pergola, deck or paver patio you constructed will finally begin to collect dust and mildew till it appears to be like outdated and drained — stealing the enjoyment you used to really feel each time you checked out your creation. 

With the swipe of a strain washer wand, your deck or patio can go from cruddy to scrub in minutes. 

So listed here are some tricks to make the job sooner and extra environment friendly. 

  • First, select the proper cleansing answer. In case you’re utilizing the strain wand to use it, ensure the components is “strain washer protected.” Something containing bleach can injury the pump in your machine. Nevertheless, for those who want bleach, apply it individually with a pump-up sprayer. 
  • Subsequent, select the proper tip. Most strain washers include quite a lot of suggestions starting from a slender level to a broad fan sample. The finer the sample the larger the prospect of doing injury to softer surfaces like wooden. Person a wider tip for a fence or deck than you’d for a patio or driveway. 
  • Lastly, get some good equipment. One in all my favorites is the cleansing disc that snaps onto the wand rather than the strain tip. Contained in the disc there are two effective suggestions that spin in a circle to scrub giant, flat areas quick. Plus, there’s much less probability of leaving streaks behind whenever you’re completed. 

Skip to [34:12] for the complete section on the At present’s House owner Radio Present.

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