What’s in your Toolbox?

On this week’s Ace on the House, Adam gives advice on leaky roofs and air compressors. He also talks about his dog, and rants about the Homeland Security color alert system.

Show Summary

Before hopping on the phones, Adam talks about what types of tools you should keep around the house. He also talks to a couple guys whose kids have destroyed door hinges and the carpet. Adam gives a quick update on his dog Molly, and brings The Professor in to help with some electrician advice.

Adam takes a call from someone with termites in the walls and a leaky roof. His advice is to get the house tented, and perhaps consider buying a new roof if it’s really so old. He also speaks with someone who works in Multimedia for Homeland Security, and goes on a rant about how ridiculous the color alert system is.

Other calls involve a discussion of Mike Holmes, who Adam says is at the very least a knowledgeable blowhard, and a guy with a splash back problem in his kitchen. Lastly, Adam discusses the advantages to having an air compressor in your home, and talks with a guy about the best way to handle day laborers.

Show Credits

Executive Producer: Donny Misraje
Associate Producer: Katie Levine
Show Summary: Matt Fondiler
Web Engineering: Sandy Ganz

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  • MK

    I really don’t know much about tools/building/construction but Ace on the House is still very interesting. I definitely hope Adam keeps up with this show.

    Keep up the good work

  • Aaron K.

    LOVE this show. Keep up the great work!

  • spamy

    Would love to have Gerhard Reinke (Josh Gardner) as a guest. I’m sure he has many insights into German construction. please please please get him on!

  • Kyle

    I’m a commercial electrician, but ive done enough residential in old relatives houses to know a cheap easy way to fix the ungrounded receptacle problem and still be safe. If you install a GFCI as the first outlet in the circuit, and make sure that only that outlet is grounded (and easy way to do this is to intercept the circuit right at the panel and install a GFCI right there) you can feed out of the load side of the GFCI and be covered as far as not having a ground due to the operation of how GFCI devices work. Have Adam call me!

    • JLV

      A standard 120VAC GFCI receptacle looks for current imbalance between phase and the grounded conductor (neutral). While having a ground would be nice, it is not critical for the GFCI to operate.

      Another option would be to use a GFCI circuit breaker in the breaker panel and then replace all of the receptacles with updated ones with ground.

      Either option will require the use of stickers on the replaced receptacles stating GFCI protected, no ground.

      • Ace of None

        I second that. GFCI doesn’t require a ground, so just replace the receptacle supplied by the home run with the GFCI and the rest with three prong receptacles. Easiest way to find the home run receptacle is the to turn off a circuit, find all the now de-energized receptacles and remove them and any splices, so that when you safe them off and turn the breaker back on, the only junction box with any energized wires will be the home run.

  • Hopper

    Great show. Heard a radio version here that focused on HVAC & dryer vents. That’s a subject you need to tackle Aceman. Important stuff. Bring in an expert if needed.

  • Ron

    What is the podcast feed URL? I use a podcast aggregator instead of iTunes


    • JP

      I had to subscribe via iTunes to get the actual feed URL, but here you go:


    • ahcast

      JP is correct, and all ACE shows have an RSS icon at the top right of the web page (usually). AotH does as well. You can right click to get the link or what ever the equivalent is on the Mac.


      • JP

        Thanks Sandy, my old work browser didn’t let me see the RSS icon.

  • Jim

    Get day laborers to save a buck and screw the local contractors out of a few bucks so they don’t eat at your favorite restaurant and it goes out of business and they put another Subway there. The day laborers spend their money to bring more relatives here illegally to do more cheap work and put more places out of business until the state is nothing more than a taco shop, a 99 cent store, and a carniceria on every corner, all run under the table. Hmm, ever wonder why there’s no tax money to fix the potholes?

    • Bobman

      HAHA, yeah, because the contractors don’t just hire illegal laborers anyway.

  • Kanaloa

    Jimmy, you’re bringing us all down with your heavy reality man.

  • Larry

    Ouch, with the digs on Fresno, and ouch on the digs on Mike Holmes. Please have Mike on as a guest you and him have a lot in common and are both the real deal. Fresno fucking loves you man I will be there again when you return. Dude, on a lighter note, your are knocking it out of the fucking park with all of your podcasts. You are the future of entertainment and we cannot get enough. By the way, fucking awesome choice for your news girl. Thank the lord Jesus Christ, she is perfect. Good things mother fucker YOU ARE THE MAN!

  • Nate

    Hey, listeners! Check out the wikipedia page for Ace on the House and update the description as necessary.


  • Max Girth

    The ethnic gentleman (brother) that called in with the electrical problem sounded suspiciously like Isaac Hayes, though his vocabulary was much larger.

  • Ras

    Will this be available on iTunes? – I can not find it there

  • martin

    ace on the house rocks!!! please keep the show going! and get it the fuck on!!!

  • Ima Furst

    Why no pimping out of the GIO Podcast for our brother Reginald, who laments not having listened to Loveline back when? It’s a massive celebration of classic Loveline. Sounds like he’d probably enjoy it. “giopodcast(dot)com”

  • alex

    Hey Ace, check out eye-fi SD cards for your camera. One time set up on the computer and your camera will automatically send ur pics to the computer via ur wifi network. No wires needed.

    • Caulksmen

      Dude that is fIng sweet! I’m buying one as we speak.

  • Smith

    Hello I am Miguel Smith I Really love to listen to this to this Brodcast and love the way they make jokes,this brodcast is really entertaining to me and I enjoy listening to it.

  • Reese

    I love this new podcast. Can’t wait to build some knowledge and tinker around. I’ll have you know I bought two hammers and a tape measure today.

  • Dustin from BC

    Interseting to hear someone else who thinks Mike Holmes is a bit blowhard. I work for a lumber supplier that has donated materials to some of his projects, never met him but I heard rumors of blowhardiness from co-workers who did. Probably very good at what he does, but I don’t think I’d want to work for him. And he’s not gay, has 3 kids. But I guess that doesn’t mean anything!

    Maybe he needs a recumbent bike to chill out on.

  • Kestrell

    Sandy or Donny,
    When posting the picture of the podcast (this is mostly for the main Adam Carolla Show), instead of just Adam and the guest, please get Alison in the picture too. I hardly see any beautiful women all day at work, so it would be a nice refresher to see Alison on a daily basis.

  • Rex

    What is the name of Bald Brian’s Father-in-Laws shop?

    The Hardware store that Adam got the palm nailer from?

    I want to check it out!

    • Bald Bryan

      Hi Rex,

      My father-in-law’s shop is called Westwood Power Tools and it’s on Sepulveda in Culver City. Check them out at http://www.WestwoodPowerTools.net


  • Ben

    Sooo happy that this Podcast is finally happening! Keep it up

  • Nate "the 24 ounce Hammer"

    Get it on!
    Hey Aceman, Any plans to come out to the East coast this year?
    I’d love to see a live show.

    I just discovered something about that bar that your DirectTV DVR insists on making you stare at for 5 seconds on the bottom of the screen everytime you rewind.

    You can get rid of that bar by hitting the play button twice.

    Didn’t know that till last night.
    That bar is so unnecessary.
    Keep on rockin Ace!!

  • Aristotlet

    After fixing up my old 100yo house I found that golf tees worked great when I had to fill holes from door hinges. All you have to do is put a nice coat of wood glue tap the tee into the hole cut off the end and drill a pilot hole and your done.

    GET IT ON!!!

  • Jordan Lightfoot

    Love the show Ace man! Your painted floors look really good!

  • Schmails

    Ace! Love the new podcast! It’s a great addition to the Carolla Broadcasting Network. Been listening a long time.

  • Rick

    Wow! I did get on the show. Thanks for the informative (and hilarious) gouge on air compressors, Ace. How about a picture of your garage plumbing you mentioned?

  • Hal

    How drunk was ACE, man he was speaking really slow and slurring his words.

  • MaNick

    Nice call on the hinge repair. I’m a pro remodeler and have learned to keep some cheap, take-out chopsticks on hand (you never know when you’ll need to get crafty with site lunches) anyhow, grab a drill bit just under the size of the diameter of the chopstick and ream out those old screw holes. Squirt some PVA glue into the holes and tap sections of the ‘stick into the holes. Cut them off once the glue sets (note that PVA “carpenter’s glue” cures faster and stronger under a bit of pressure) PRE-DRILL a pilot hole (always! Good comment from Ace and that is PROOF that the guy knows his shit) and set those screws in with a hand-held screwdriver (so as to not over-torque them).

    BTW… carpentry and sarcastic, caustic humor go hand in hand.

  • Stuart

    Re: Converting 2 prong electrical outlets to 3 prong.

    Swapping the receptacle without ensuring a ground is probably a bad idea.
    In some cases the metal box would be grounded and you can use that, but more often than not, you’re looking at running a new 3 conductor cable back to the panel. $$$$

    For Canadians, I believe its also illegal to do any electrical yourself now unless you happen to be an electrician. Be safe…

    • Stuart

      Err, Sorry, in Ontario, not Canada.. but check into it, I could be wrong.

  • Matt

    Love the tool suggestions, but please please please ACE, have one of your assistants write down all the tools a guy should have so we can take it to the home depot and not look like a wuss when someone comes to the house. Thanks – keep up the great work!

  • Dave Miller

    Today is the last day for no tax in CA and thru Adam’s click thru to Amazon. Just ordered Bosch palm router, Mikita 18v cordless circular saw, Bosch random orbital sander and accessories. Love Ace on the House.

  • Deetta Batz

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    The day laborer segment at the end was fucking hilarious.

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