Is inflation of materials killing your budget? Keeping Cool and Deferred Maintenance - Around the House® Home Improvement: Expert Advice for your Home

Episode 1364

Is inflation of materials killing your budget? Keeping Cool and Deferred Maintenance

In this weeks mid-week special we talk about the heat wave, how inflation is slowing home improvement and upcoming projects for Eric G and Caroline B. We even talk a little bit about caulking! All this and MORE in this weeks episode.

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[00:00:25] Intro: house.

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[00:00:36] Intro: This beautiful middle of the week body.

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[00:00:43] Eric Goranson: a little juice. There we go. Juiced like, uh, like baseball in the 1990s juice or just little excited, little excited.

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[00:00:54] Eric Goranson: Okay. Rights. okay.

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[00:00:59] Intro: Oh, [00:01:00] yeah. I'm at the end

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[00:01:01] Intro: depleting

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[00:01:11] Caroline Blazovsky: it's hot. It's a good time to talk about HVAC, cuz everybody's, HVAC's gonna be blowing out. You know, you're gonna be some parts gonna be seizing up when you've got 102 times, you know, it's

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[00:01:22] Eric Goranson: happen.

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[00:01:40] Eric Goranson: And all of a sudden you got that thing running, running an Olympic marathon, cuz it's 102 out. And that's when it quits

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[00:02:01] Eric Goranson: Yep. So that means Wednesday tomorrow. Yep. That's how it works. That's how it works. So yeah. No it's tough. And, and you guys got the humidity with it too, don't you? Oh, we've got everything

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[00:02:21] Caroline Blazovsky: Like what? 59.

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[00:02:24] Eric Goranson: Yeah. We're I mean, we're, I think we're gonna be eighties and nineties all week, so we're not too bad out here. Pretty dry. So not gonna complain about it. Not gonna complain about it. Considering last year we got. Burned to a crisp in, in June and July. So I guess we all

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[00:02:37] Caroline Blazovsky: we've had it pretty lucky.

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[00:02:42] Eric Goranson: cool. Oh man. No kidding. So yeah guys, if, uh, you know, heating and cooling systems, by the way, if you're looking to replace yours out there, Those things have gone up so much over the last year or two, and I'm talking like 25, 30%.

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[00:03:13] Eric Goranson: right. Oh man. Sorry. Hey, I saw actually speaking of. I actually saw a news story over on CNBC on their personal finance thing. It was a study. They did, it said 43% of homeowners have delayed home improvement and maintenance due to inflation. And I'm like, that makes sense. I just

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[00:03:40] Caroline Blazovsky: The economy is bad. The stock market is down. So all those people who up get their money on the stock market, nobody wants to do anything. .

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[00:03:49] Eric Goranson: Cause they're, well, they're looking at their 401ks. They're looking at that stock portfolio and going, man, it's been a rough year, right?

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[00:04:15] Eric Goranson: Mm. And. That is interesting and nearly 43% strongly or 28.4% somewhat agree that inflation has caused them to delay planned home improvement and maintenance projects. Oh, they're gonna come

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[00:04:29] Caroline Blazovsky: us. Yeah. They're gonna look for DIY. So come on guys. We'll give you some basic

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[00:04:38] Eric Goranson: Yeah.

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[00:04:40] Eric Goranson: Good point. I mean, you can look at our school systems around here in, in where, where I live here in the Portland Metro area, there was about 20 years that everybody went into deferred maintenance mode and nobody did anything and it's cost them three or four times to do the work now.

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[00:05:14] Caroline Blazovsky: take the, can I haven't heard that saying in a while, kicking the

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[00:05:18] Eric Goranson: Pulling it, pulling it out of the way back machine, right. well, it, it just gets expensive, you know, it just climb expensive. So, you know, try to be careful out there and, and, you know, things like the heating and cooling system and I mean, My neighbor, I feel bad for them. They bought this house last year and they were they're on the flag lot behind me.

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[00:06:02] Eric Goranson: So they're gonna have to, to do that. And I feel bad because not only they're gonna have to dig that up probably and either repair it or do the whole thing, they should do the whole thing. Cuz even the old homeowners there, we're doing patch repairs and see old polypipe. So it's the old black polypipe from the seventies.

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[00:06:22] Caroline Blazovsky: asphalt, this is the time of year guys. It's time to do the driveway. So either you gotta do, you know, ceiling is good this time of year. There's a lot of good coupons out there. So if you're looking to do, you know, just completely repave or if you're looking to do ceiling, you gotta get that done before fall.

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[00:06:40] Eric Goranson: job. Absolutely. Get those sealed up so that water doesn't get down there and tear up the base and have a pothole. And a big crack. That's how they work. Yeah. Oh yeah. Well, like, I feel bad for my neighbors, cuz it's not like we share a waterline down there, so they're gonna have to eat that whole cost.

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[00:07:14] Eric Goranson: Sometimes it can go down and bore. Like when they put gas into this house in the nineties, they didn't tear up the whole front. Right. They did the directional boring to do it. Well here they can't because they, they scanned, they did a ground penetrating radar to see, and there's such big boulders down there that they can't.

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[00:07:51] Caroline Blazovsky: Be surprised projects. That's where you have to watch cuz all of a sudden something comes up and it's never.

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[00:08:10] Eric Goranson: Mm-hmm you start checking off a lot of those big boxes, which are the expensive ones. Right? Exactly.

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[00:08:28] Caroline Blazovsky: There's always these popup projects. I just don't anticipate.

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[00:08:49] Eric Goranson: And they're like, uh, that's code. Sorry. Good. Really? Oh, that's what Eric told. There we go. That was me talking to the power department. [00:09:00] oh yeah. But you know, sometimes those battles are, are, are impossible to win. You just have to shrug your shoulder and go, okay. Got it. Not how I want to do it, but that's what it is.

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[00:09:12] Caroline Blazovsky: So what else? You've got good stuff coming up this week, by the way.

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[00:09:29] Eric Goranson: Yeah.

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[00:09:37] Intro: splinter. Yeah,

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[00:09:56] Eric Goranson: Right? So we talk about that so much. [00:10:00] And, uh, we're gonna dive into load bearing walls, kind of what you should be looking for to see if you have a load bearing wall, cuz it's always a grand debate of what a load bearing wall is. Absolutely.

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[00:10:16] Eric Goranson: Oh yeah. It happens. It happens.

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[00:10:38] Eric Goranson: Whoa, that's a big compliment. I know we got Joe Gardner coming on. Joe Lampe. Woo. Talk and gardening. This is gonna be a great,

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[00:10:56] Eric Goranson: ever, ever he's got that. And then of course his podcast for [00:11:00] gardening as well.

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[00:11:01] Caroline Blazovsky: real deal. He knows gardening guys. So if you have any questions about gardening, you should tune in cuz he answers them all pretty much.

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[00:11:23] Eric Goranson: And, and, uh, and of course I got meetings in the morning, so I won't be hitting it hard by what drink

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[00:11:33] Eric Goranson: You know, I'll be honest. I didn't because for a number of reasons, um, I'd been drinking in pubs since I was 15, probably.

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[00:12:03] Eric Goranson: And they were really upset when I went in there for my 21st birthday celebration, because I went in there on my 21st birthday and they went. You've been coming here for like

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[00:12:17] Eric Goranson: exactly. Nobody ever ID me, you know? And so they were, they were very kind of upset with me that I.

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[00:12:29] Caroline Blazovsky: so much more lax back then. I mean, I would go buy kegs with some fake ID and I obviously did not look 21. I mean, I looked like I was 60 and they didn't care different time. Well,

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[00:12:44] Eric Goranson: When I was in high school, they had an 18, 18 drinking age. Oh, oh. So there you go. You know, I mean, I could drink in high school technically if I went over into Idaho. So it wasn't that big of a deal back on the day. It's a lot different. Now.

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[00:13:02] Caroline Blazovsky: Buttery nipples. Do you remember butter? You know what a buttery nip is? Oh,

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[00:13:22] Intro: do you remember what you did on your 21st birthday?

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[00:13:34] Intro: drinking for 60 prior. So it was like, yeah. You know, you were 21 again. I, since you were like 14

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[00:13:46] Eric Goranson: So got it outta the way and then went, all right, we're gonna keep this a little more, dialed back, little more dialed back.

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[00:14:04] Eric Goranson: oh yeah, you were having the, the silly things you were having the, so probably diving into the, the long island ice teas and yeah.

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[00:14:13] Intro: thing.

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[00:14:16] Caroline Blazovsky: this crazy shots and stuff.

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[00:14:19] Eric Goranson: Yes, good times. But yeah. Yeah. So anyways, we've got a lot going on this summer and, uh, excitement, uh, getting ready to go to Florida for a couple weeks here in a few weeks, gotta be down there for the Southeastern building conference.

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[00:14:48] Caroline Blazovsky: give a shout out and we're gonna do a little more when my mom does her project, but Sako is giving my mom for her problem.

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[00:15:11] Eric Goranson: Nice. Yeah. I love our friends over at Saco. Those guys are great. So thank

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[00:15:15] Caroline Blazovsky: Thank you guys. And we will let you know how it goes.

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[00:15:37] Eric Goranson: It's a good little conversation we had with, I

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[00:15:54] Caroline Blazovsky: And so they said, it's perfect for that. That's what it's designed to do. And so, and they so graciously [00:16:00] offered. I mean, they just said, Hey, we'll send her some out to her. I thought that was really sweet. Yeah. So thank you guys. Yeah, those guys

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[00:16:11] Eric Goranson: So they've been good people, so it's good stuff. I use it around the house here. Uh, for my project. So it works out well, and it's so much better than that stuff that you can get at the, uh, regular home improvement store that, uh, doesn't stretch as much and tends to pull off and fall off. So

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[00:16:28] Caroline Blazovsky: It's two inches. That's pretty big.

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[00:16:41] Caroline Blazovsky: coming up. Don't you doors going in? So Eric's gonna be partying in Florida and I'm gonna be doing projects, projects left right in center.

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[00:17:12] Eric Goranson: Cause you've got a big project from going with a, with a patio, like a paver patio to a deck above it, with doors going in. You've got a lot going on over there. Yeah.

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[00:17:29] Eric Goranson: Yeah.

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[00:17:47] Eric Goranson: Yeah, no,

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[00:17:49] Intro: liking it guys.

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[00:18:03] Caroline Blazovsky: I'm jealous cuz we don't really have it here in the Northeast, but Eric's got a whole boatload haha.

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[00:18:17] Eric Goranson: It's good stuff. So next year, we'll get you out here, Caroline. Oh, I wanna go up for the race.

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[00:18:22] Caroline Blazovsky: love it. I think it's a lot of fun. It's so much more fun than, I don't know.

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[00:18:28] Eric Goranson: Yeah, I think so too. I think so, too. All right, everybody. I'm Eric G and I'm Caroline B.

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