Need to know how to fix a leaky faucet, stop a squeak or paint your porch? No project or renovation job is too small for National Home Improvement Expert, Danny Lipford, and seasoned contractor and author, Joe Truini. Danny and Joe host the Today's Homeowner Podcast each week - sharing the latest tips and practical advice to help you have the best–looking house on the block. If you are looking for REAL solutions for REAL homeowners, the Today's Homeowner Podcast is the place for you.
It’s important to prepare for little disasters too so don’t wait until a pipe bursts to start looking for a plumber or wait until the power’s out to find an electrician. That’s not the time when you want to rely on the first listing you find when you open the Yellow Pages. That’s what the guys who charge big bucks for immediate service count on. You’re in a jam and they know it. Instead, plan ahead.
On this Week's Podcast: • How to refinish solid wooden doors worn down by too much sun • Snow is a concern for folks up north, and Joe’s got a tool that makes moving the white stuff much easier. • Want to remove particleboard glued to a concrete slab? A hammer and chisel just won’t cut it. Chelsea and Joe talk about a fast, easy way to get the job done. • How to use a garden hose to lay a curved or serpentine-shaped pathway Question of the Week: Delbert in Kentucky writes, "I have an old log home that I rebuilt around 1980. Some of the logs are dry rotting. Do you have any helpful hints that would help me in restoring these logs? "[They] were originally used in a log hotel in Aberdeen, Ohio and we brought them to Morningview, Kentucky in 1977. My wife and I worked and rebuilt our home and moved into the home in 1982.”
On this Week's Podcast: • Have you ever heard about Vog? If you live in Hawaii or anywhere near volcanic activity than you surely have. It's volcanic air pollution and a listener is getting advice for her brother who lives on Hawaii's big island. His tools were damaged from vog, listen to learn how he can get them back in good shape. • We tackle several questions from our hotline ranging from realigning a mailbox to creating a yoga/Tai Chi room filled with sand. • A homeowner has a problem with his dishwasher. Sometimes floor tiling can trap the appliance in place. Here's a trick to make room and not have to knock out the tile. • Joe has a Simple Solution that will ensure your firewood stays dry through the winter months. Question of the Week: Bill in Virginia writes, "I've heard you discuss on podcasts, the subject of damp crawlspaces. On my most recent annual pest inspection, a higher than normal moisture level was indicated under my home, and I have been provided 2 options by crawl space contractors. 1) Replace my foundation vents with self-opening ones and add fans in the crawl space, and 2) Seal up the vents and install a dehumidifier in the crawl space. I appreciate any lessons learned/advise you might be able to provide for my decision."
In this bonus episode, Danny talks to Jodi Marks, host of "Today’s Homeowner” TV’s Best New Products segment. Each week, Jodi shares some of the coolest new tools and gadgets you’ll find at The Home Depot. In this podcast, learn about Jodi’s construction background, her history with a fledgling HGTV Network and life growing up with a twin. Tune in for this deep dive into Jodi’s home improvement career!
Need a door that doesn't take up a bunch of space? A bi-fold door consists of two panels that are connected with leaf hinges. Because of this fact they take up half the space when they’re opened and they’re relatively easy to install.
On this Week's Podcast: • A homeowner needs to save lumber from his grandfather's house, but he’s having trouble pulling nails without damaging the wood. Joe suggests a unique tool that may be perfect for this job. •Have you ever had to replace a wax ring from a toilet? Danny and Joe recommend using something a little more up to date. • A listener's garage is built into a hill and everything inside is getting damp. Learn how she can dry out the garage without constantly running a dehumidifier. • Joe has a Simple Solution perfect for raking in the fall — here's a quick way to transport leaves away from the pile. Question of the Week: Andrea in Wisconsin writes, "I am remodeling my bathroom. I removed the ceramic tile from my wooden walls. I don't want to put tile up nor drywall. What can I use to cover the walls that would be great for my bathroom?"
You’ve decided you want your couch on the opposite wall now, and that tired, old easy chair is being relocated to the basement. But the dimples left in your carpet are even uglier than the chair, right? You don’t have to live with those ghosts of furniture past. Next time you’re trying to un-dimple carpet, try this.
You just might have a toilet with a slow leak and not even know it. But that leak is costing you extra money on your water bills and wasting a valuable resource. Listen to learn how you can check your toilet.
Did you know that 72 percent of the human body is made up of water? Water also plays a vital role in our health and well-being. So, it stands to reason that the purer the water we consume, the healthier the benefits. Listen to learn about the best filtering options on the market.
On this week's podcast: • We help a homeowner who is running granite all the way up to her 8-foot ceiling. She needs some advice when it comes to installing her range hood on that granite. • Vines can be beautiful but they sure are invasive. Danny and Joe help a homeowner with a non-toxic mixture that will limit vines from growing on his house. And: • Do you have black spots on your siding? If you do you are likely dealing with a fungus. How you can get rid of it and keep it off of your home. • Carrying carpet out of a home is never easy.. unless you follow this Simple Solution. Joe gives us you much simpler option for removing the carpet. Question of the Week: Madeline from Indiana writes, "We have a crawl space that has been waterproofed. What can I do around the outside of my foundation to help it stay dry?"
Area rugs and runners make great additions to hard surface floors like wood, laminate, and tile, but when they start sliding around they can really cause problems. How you can make a non-slip rug with a tub of clear silicone caulk.
Over time, concrete surfaces can start looking old, worn and dull. But a bigger concern is concrete that is slick, especially concrete steps. You can give your concrete a just-like-new finish with a textured acrylic concrete coating.
On this week's podcast: • A homeowner's hardwood floorboards look as if they're trying to escape from the house. They're buckling in every room. This is a moisture problem, listen to learn how to fix it. • A listener needs help sealing the envelope of their new home after being invaded by lovebugs. A few improvements he can make to keep mother nature outside. And: • Sprayed on ceilings are a headache to update. The key to painting them is simple... preparation. How you can prep a room to paint a sprayed ceiling like a pro. • Joe has a simple solution that will make cleaning up after a woodworking project a cinch. Question of the week: Bruce in Kentucky writes, "How did you vent the fireplace after removing the chimney and replacing the roof with a metal roof? I like the look of the metal roof."
In homes with forced-air heating, the ductwork is your lifeline to warmer air, so you want it to operate efficiently. Unfortunately many times these pipelines have leaks that cost you comfort and money, especially if they run through unheated spaces like a crawlspace, basement or attic. Listen for the proper way to inspect your system.
Changing out tub hardware is a great way to give your bathroom a new, updated look. But sometimes it's nearly impossible to remove a threaded tub faucet by hand, especially if it's been in place for years. Here is the solution.
After years of use and abuse, levels aren't always level and squares aren't true… especially the cheaper models. Before you throw them away let’s check out your tools to see if you can rely on the readings they give you.
On this week's podcast: • We're helping a homeowner that wants to screen in a porch. The job doesn't have to be intimidating and we'll talk about why. • Hear from a listener who just bought a house with a painted cast iron tub. The paint is peeling and needs to be updated. And: • Have you ever bought a can of WD-40 and it stopped working halfway through? There's a trick to get more out of a can that will save you a trip to the home store. • Joe has a simple solution to help drill several holes to the same depth. Question of the week: Rob writes, "Danny & Joe… I have @ 2 ft. of rotten fascia board in the middle of 20′ section. I also have a gutter over the entire span of the fascia. I’d like to replace the rotten section of the fascia board (I understand how to do that) without removing and re-hanging the gutter, but am trying to figure out how to cut the section of fascia board behind the gutter. Any suggestions? This project’s about 15 ft. off the ground and I’m working alone."
If you're brave enough to do your own maintenance on the roof you know it's a chore. Even if the work is simple, stabilizing yourself and your tools is a hassle but you can make it easier with these tips.
Painting lap siding is a chore because the horizontal seams make using a traditional roller difficult. Even if you are able to make it work, you have to go over the surface again with a brush to smooth out the roller's texture and coat the edge of each piece. Instead, try this.
When you need to kill a circuit to change a light fixture it's easy enough to flip breakers until the light goes off. But changing receptacles can be more tricky. You could plug in a lamp but you'll have to make several trips back and forth to the breaker box, unless you have a helper. Instead, try this.
On this week's podcast: • Packed down insulation isn’t going to be able to do what it’s designed to do. If you’re dealing with this problem you need to fluff it up! Find out how by using a tool from your garden shed. • Listen to learn about an easy and inexpensive way to prevent slips and falls from a slick deck. And: • The price of granite has gone down but the shopping experience still can be overwhelming. We talk to expert Tony Neylon about some of the things you should consider when you’re ready to buy a new countertop. • Joe has a simple solution that will give new life to an old wire brush. Question of the week: Joe from New York writes, “I have very cheap ceramic tiling in my kitchen…a few of which have become loose and/or cracked. I would like to install laminate flooring over the existing tile and avoid having to rip up all of the tile. I am not an expert doing this and was wondering what I need to do to ensure the job is done right.”
In this bonus episode, Danny spoke with painting expert Nick Slavik about all the tips and tricks of painting. Hear what to do and what not to do before you tackle your next painting project. Make sure you check out Nick's work at www.nickslavick.com
On this week's podcast: • We spoke with a listener about a DIY dumbwaiter installation video found on the Today’s Homeowner website. He is about to tackle this project himself. Danny and Joe talk about how he can get the job done. • A listener’s shower is covered with cement backer board. He needs it to be protected from moisture and is considering using pool paint. Listen to find out what he needs to complete this project like a pro. And: • Can you have a garbage disposal and a septic tank? There are several different ways to look at it, Danny and Joe give their suggestions. • Joe has a simple solution to help you hammer in nails without hurting your fingers. Question of the week: Brant from Iowa writes, My daughter took a red dry erase highlighter to the bathroom and has colored on the white grout. What is the best way to remove this and hopefully have white grout again?
Always try to remove wallpaper whenever possible, but sometimes it just isn’t feasible, whether it’s constraints in time, budget or both. Wallpaper can be painted over successfully, but there are a few things you need to do to make sure your paint job doesn’t come crashing down around you.
If you have unsightly rust stains on your concrete patio, driveway or sidewalk you know they’re not coming off with soap and water, but don’t panic…there is a solution that doesn’t call for special cleaning chemicals or tools because it’s completely safe and natural.
At some point, all sprinkler systems need to be repaired. This means you'll be doing a lot of work inside a wet hole in the ground. Listen to find out which tool you likely already have in your home that will simplify this messy job.
On this week's podcast: • Hear about a new method to kill weeds. This information surfaced after a homeowner accidentally created brown spots in her grass with bug spray. • We help a listener who is dealing with some water stains left on a newly refurbished piece of furniture. • A homeowner’s vinyl plank floor shrunk. Listen to hear what likely caused this problem. And: • Danny and Joe talk with longtime Creative Director and Producer of the Today’s Homeowner Television show, Scott Gardner. Hear about some of the obstacles the crew faced when taping the latest episode involving a recycled patio. • Joe has a simple solution that will help you make perfectly square crosscuts with your circular saw. Question of the week: Jackie from Pennsylvania writes, “I have a home built in the early 60s. The interior walls are made of a fiberboard that shows seams. Currently, they are wallpaper. The walls seem to absorb moisture when its damp outside and the house smells musty. I’d love to have drywall or wood walls but unsure if it’s safe to remove this fiberboard let alone the mess and dust. Any suggestions?”
On this week's podcast: • Listen for a number of tips that can help install just about anything on a ceramic or cultured marble wall. • A homeowner has rust forming on the drain in her cast iron tub. How she can approach this problem. And: • What to do when you have some crumbling on the concrete around your house. • Joe has a simple solution to help you clean off your ceiling using an item you can buy at the office store. Question of the week: Claire from Louisiana writes, “What is the best way to remove old construction adhesive from bricks?”
On this week's podcast: • We talk about necessary repairs you should consider if you have a gunite pool. • When is it safe to stain a deck. Danny has a simple tip using a drop of water that will help answer this question. And: • A head-scratcher. A caller has a mystery drip of water coming from his gutter. Danny and Joe introduce him to a couple of experiments that may find the source of the problem. • Joe has two simple solutions that will help get pet hair out of upholstered furniture. Question of the week: Barbara from Kansas writes, “My front entry door is installed too low. I tried putting the thinnest carpet mat in front, but it still does not clear the door. I have hardwood floors and my door is made out of wood. I’ve had this problem ever since I moved into my home in 2013. Can this be corrected and how much would it cost?”
On this week's podcast: • We discuss how to safely remove large mirrors. It’s a very slow and meticulous process that a homeowner is about to take on in his Oklahoma home. • A listener inherited a dingy steam shower from the home’s previous owners. Listen to hear how she can maintain the tiles inside the shower that are showing mold and discolored grout. And: • The troops rallied behind a listener with a hot wrought iron handrail. It’s always great to hear tips from you! The tips our listeners came up with to help a previous caller. • Joe has a simple solution that will help you clean your grill before your next cookout! Question of the week: Vincent from Pennsylvania says, “What is the best way or method to vent a bathroom fan? Through the roof or wall? I have seen in PA that there is a PVC pipe through the roof and then an elbow on it. Is that venting through the roof for a fan?”
On this week's podcast: • A listener from Michigan is honoring her mother who taught her how to sew by constructing a custom tabletop for sewing projects. However, the paint is beginning to lose its luster. Danny and Joe talk about why this may be happening and what she can do to fix it. • A homeowner wants to add a timeless look to her kitchen island with board and batten siding. Before she gets started she wants to familiarize herself with spacing measurements between the boards. And: • Listen to learn a great way to terrace a yard with a slope. • Joe has a simple solution on how to expertly spray paint small items and not have paint spray all over the place. Question of the week: Mary-Ann from Wisconsin writes, “How do you repair chips out of baseboards? This is from a 100yr house with a dark stain. Also, how do you remove grime from hand railing with the same dark stain? I really enjoy the show, and love taking on small repairs.”
On this week's podcast: • We offer some suggestions on how to get extra privacy on your deck. • A homeowner is having a problem with his air conditioner condensation line. We discuss a few HVAC maintenance tips And: • Danny helps a homeowner with their outdoor waterproof TV cabinet project. For a how-to video on this project click here. • Joe has a simple solution that will have you grabbing the pool noodle next time you need to strap something to the roof or trunk of your car or truck. Question of the week: Mark from Texas writes, “I am a huge fan of your show, got only was able to see it sometimes. I love that is on Prime now! We share a privacy fence with our neighbor in the backyard. They have a dog and we have a dog that likes to run beside the fence and bark at each other. Of course, there are bare spots where our dog turns around. When it is wet, our dog tracks in the mud. What do you suggest making it look nicer and reduce the mud getting tracked in? I’m sure many homeowners deal with this problem.”
On this week's podcast: • We’re talking about widening an existing doorway and the considerations to keep in mind when tackling this type of project. • A homeowner’s bedroom is right above a garage and it’s getting way too hot. We have a few tips on how she can keep her bedroom cool. And: • A caller has a bathroom with a vaulted ceiling and no exhaust. How she can get a fan inside that room. • Joe has a simple woodworking solution that will help you remove any excess glue before it soaks in. Question of the week: Mark asks, “I purchased a home that had baseboard heat fed by copper water lines to the heating unit. I removed all the baseboard heaters in favor of a heat pump for cooling and heating. There are hardwood floors throughout the house. Everywhere a copper pipe came through the floor there is a hole, size varying from about an inch to three inches. How can I repair those holes? I have some of the original hardwood floorings I salvaged from another remodel project from the house I can use.”
This bonus episode is the second part of a two-part series where Danny and Joe open up about their upbringings and what lead them to become two of the most trusted names in home improvement. In part two of the series, Joe interviews host Danny Lipford, giving you a deep dive into his life. Learn how Danny received his training in home remodeling, his short run as a band promoter, and the transition from the construction site to the television studio. Tune in for this exclusive take on Danny's life!
On this week's podcast, Danny and Joe discuss: • Joe’s son Chris calls into the Today’s Homeowner Hotline from Moscow, Russia. Chris provides a unique perspective on how different life and home improvement is compared to American culture. • How to repair a shed or home with rotted verticle wood siding. And: • What you can do to improve the look of a small concrete patio. • Joe has a simple solution that will keep paint from splattering on furniture using something straight from a kitchen drawer. Question of the week: Mary asks, “I have a vinyl wood plank floor that cracks when we walk on it. Is there a remedy other than taking it up and replacing it with something else?”
This bonus episode is the first of a two-part series where Danny and Joe open up about their upbringings and what lead them to become two of the most trusted names in home improvement. In part one of the series, Danny interviews his co-host Joe Truini, giving you a deep dive into his life. Discover what it was like to start a career in publishing, what Joe and Pez Candy have in common, and what lead him to his long career with Today's Homeowner. Tune in for this exclusive take on Joe's life!