Kathie Lee & Hoda: Ask Lou Manfredini Home Repair Questions
Lou Manfredini, The Today Show contributor and host of the syndicated show House Smarts, joined Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda to give you some home repair tips as they answered your emails on home repair questions, including renewing kitchen cabinets, hair clogs, fixing odors in your sink and digital thermostats.
Kathie Lee & Hoda: Renewing Your Kitchen Cabinets
I can’t afford to put new wood cabinets in my kitchen, any idea on how to renew them?
Lou said this is an awesome secret of the antique world. It is a product called Howard Restor-A-Finish and it works terrifically well on kitchen cabinets. He said it comes in many colors. Take a steel wool and go with the grain and you are giving the wood a facial.
Kathie Lee & Hoda: Fixing Hair Clogs
What is the best solution to use for hair clogging in the shower drain?
Lou said your number one problem is with hair for clogging. He said to take the stopper out and the drain pulls out. He then used The Drain Claw, which is a piece of wire with a piece of Velcro on the end and it pulls it out and the claw is reusable.
Kathie Lee & Hoda: Getting Rid Of That Odor In Your Sink
There is an odor coming from my bathroom sinks! I tried baking soda and peroxide followed by boiling water and it didn’t help. Please help!
Lou said there is a trap that holds water and bacteria forms on the outside of the drain above the water. He said to take a little Pine-Sol and pour it down in there and take a pipe cleaner and put it down in the drain and scrub it up and down and clean all the sides.
Kathie Lee & Hoda: Digital Thermostats
I just moved into a new house that has an old broken thermostat. My question is can I change it to a digital thermostat easily or does it require a professional to do the switch?
Lou said it is very easy. He said by installing a programmable thermostat you can save up to 20% on your energy bills. He said there are colored wires on the old thermostat that you can hook right up to the new thermostat and you can start programming your heat.