SOURCE: The Money Pit Home Improvement Radio Show

The Money Pit Home Improvement Radio Show

December 06, 2012 06:00 ET

The Money Pit Recommends Holiday Home Improvements for a Brighter New Year

Invest in Small Upgrades That Will Make All the Difference in 2013

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - Dec 6, 2012) - Even during the hectic holidays, homeowners should have a few improvements in mind. "Doing strategic upgrades now will make your home look great, impress your holiday guests, and help you save money in the new year," says Tom Kraeutler, home improvement expert and syndicated radio show host of The Money Pit. "Gift your home and your bottom line with improvements for safety, efficiency and convenience."

Kraeutler and co-host Leslie Segrete offer the following holiday home improvement wish list.

Guidance for holiday decorating and everyday chores
"Whether you're decking the halls or otherwise working with interior walls, you need to locate studs while avoiding pipes and wires," says Segrete. "Stanley Stud Sensors help you navigate wood and metal studs and live wires up to two inches below the surface." Choose from four models, including the Stud Sensor 300 with a backlit LCD screen, OnePass Center Find Technology, and a deep metal scan. Compare Stanley Stud Sensor features at

Six power tools in one
"Multitasking is a given these days, and you can put it to work for home projects with the Black & Decker Matrix," says Kraeutler. "This flexible tool's Quick Connect System has a lithium-powered base and attachments including a detail sander, jigsaw, oscillating tool, router, impact driver and trim saw." The Matrix holds power for up to 18 months, and its 11-position clutch provides extra control. See this multi-function tool in action at

Instant shine for silver and more
"During this busy season, give yourself the gift of time with the help of fast-action Tarn-X Tarnish Remover," says Segrete. "Just wipe and rinse to restore the sparkle of your favorite silver serving pieces and holiday tableware." Tarn-X is safe for use on sterling silver, silver plate, platinum, copper, gold and diamonds. Use it to restore your valuables for year-round enjoyment, and learn more at

Lock out identity and mail theft
"Mail theft is the leading cause of identity theft, especially during this season when so many checks and gift cards flood your mailbox," says Kraeutler. "Guard your mail and yourself with a secure locking mailbox from Mail Boss. The fishing-proof, galvanized steel design keeps intruders out and resists vandalism." Wall-mounted and curbside Mail Boss mailboxes feature a patented anti-pry latch locking mechanism. Find a local Mail Boss retailer at

Seamless sealing for painting projects
"If you're planning to repaint, use eXact Color Caulk for a perfectly matched finish and sturdy seal," advises Segrete. "It's designed to be mixed with whatever paint you're using, for long-lasting sealing that allows you to paint first, then caulk." eXact Color Caulk provides super-elastic sealing that won't crack or pull away from seams, trim, windows, doors or siding. It can also be mixed with latex wood stains and metallics. Find out more at

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