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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.
 
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Freshly painted concrete looks great and easy to clean, but not long after it starts to blister or bubble. Listen to this week's podcast to learn how to remove it. Also on this episode: Preventing Weeds From Growing Through a Paver Patio Sealing a Wood Deck 4 Seasons of Home Ownership Summer Checklist Best New Product Get the same power as gas minu…
 
Home maintenance is a year-round event, but some tasks just make more sense to do in the summer. Listen to learn all about the top summer home maintenance projects! 10 Summer Home Must-Do List 1. Change AC & Heating System Filters 2. Flush Out AC Drain Line 3. Check for Loose Railings or Damage on Wooden Decks 4. Inspect Fencing & Gates for Damage …
 
Calcium can build up along pool coping like on a glass shower door. Listen to this week's podcast to learn how clean it and prevent it from coming back. Also on this episode: Banishing Weeds on a Brick Paver Patio How to Keep Concrete from Sweating Screening in a Single Patio Door Fixing Chips on Painted Cabinets Best New Product Samsung's new Smar…
 
A pergola roof protects you from pop-up storms, so you can extend your time outdoors. Learn how to install one on this week's podcast! Also in this episode: Solution for Cracks in a Sloped Vaulted Ceiling Cleaning a Popcorn Ceiling Recipe for Removing Oxidation on Vinyl Siding Keeping a Metal Roof Clean Best New Product Whether you want to protect …
 
Repointing is the process of renewing the pointing, or external mortar joints, in masonry construction. Learn more about it in this week's podcast! Best New Product LG's new convection oven with air fry capability saves on counter space and can cook for a crowd. Simple Solutions Epsom Salt in the Garden — Epsom salt is magnesium sulfate, which is r…
 
A pressure washer is a great cleaning tool because it uses water at high pressure to force away dirt and grime. But water at that pressure can also do damage to building materials. While these tools are great for concrete drives and vinyl siding... other surfaces require some though and care. Wood, hardboard and fiber cement siding can be cleaned w…
 
A wood deck is a wonderful place to spend a sunny afternoon, but that wood takes a beating from the weather, so from time to time it needs a little TLC. Rain, snow and the beating sun not only make a deck dirty, they can also break down the wood fibers. And changes in temperature make the wood continually expand and contract, leading to cracks. Wha…
 
Want to display your patriotism, team pride, or personality? Fly a flag on the front of your home! But first, you’ll need to install a flag holder. If you live in a house with wood siding, it’s pretty straightforward to do. But what about stucco homes? Listen to this week's podcast to learn how. Also on this episode: Painting Over Wallpaper Advice …
 
Homeowners have plenty of options to create their backyard paradise. A traditional concrete patio or wooden deck is simple and functional, or you can show off your style with something like a brick paver patio. But styles and trends change as the years go by, and nothing lasts forever. That's the concern for Vic, who lives in a 1970s home in Hickor…
 
Squirrels can be entertaining and they always seem to be the first in line at the bird feeders. But these furry little entertainers are NOT that friendly when it comes to your home. Squirrels are often responsible for damaged wood around your house where they chew through to gain access into the attic. They even chew up lead roofing pipes just to s…
 
When you spend the time and effort to make your house look good on the outside, you don’t want something like a dull, gray patio to take away from its beauty. Making concrete complement your home is easy. First, clean the concrete thoroughly. You can use specialized concrete cleaners or use a pressure washer to remove any trace of dirt, mold and mi…
 
Because they sit idle all winter, lawn mowers are often neglected tools. But taking care of a few maintenance chores early in the year will ensure that your mower works well for you all summer. First, check the air filter. If it's the paper type replace it. The foam type can be washed with soap and water. When it dries condition it with a drop or t…
 
Many of the cleaners we use for our bathrooms use bleach and other harsh chemicals to disinfect and cut through soap scum but this chore doesn’t have to be an assault on your sinuses. You can make a great cleaner that will disinfect and deodorize by simply mixing a one-to-one solution of vinegar and water in a spray bottle. Once clean and dry, coat…
 
Even great paint won’t stay on a house long if the surface isn’t properly prepared before it’s applied. So, a little extra work up front will save lots of work later. Paint won’t stick well on a dirty surface, so the first order of business is cleaning. Tri Sodium Phosphate mixed with water makes a great cleaner for painted surfaces, but be sure yo…
 
A dryer vent booster fan on a roof vent can save you money and time when doing laundry. Listen to this week's podcast to hear how. Also on this episode: Fixing a gap in concrete, Removing wrinkles from carpet, Brightening up a dark wood den, Setting a fence post, Best New Product The Defiant Wi-Fi and Bluetooth-enabled outdoor smart plug gives you …
 
Everyone knows you need sunscreen to protect your skin from the harmful UV rays of the sun. The same principle applies to a wooden fence; but instead of burning, the wood will turn gray, warp, crack or cup. The solution begins with a thorough cleaning. Use a detergent made especially for fences or decks and a pressure washer to remove the dirt, alg…
 
Almost every home has special trim work outside. From brick moulding around doors and windows, boards that outline the eaves, or exterior crown moulding ….this trim has a way of adding definition and style to a home. But, because these are wood pieces on the outside, they’re constantly under the barrage of Mother Nature. Both weather conditions and…
 
The difficult things about painting a door when it’s vertical are the drips and runs that always happen. If you take the door down and paint it horizontally, you solve that problem but that means you have to wait for one side of the door to dry before you can paint the other. The solution is a simple one. Drive two 3-inch screws into the bottom of …
 
We aren’t the only ones who get more active in warmer weather, so it’s no surprise when the ants go marching one-by-one across your kitchen countertop. You grab the ant spray, give them a blast or two and wind up throwing away food and cleaning up a toxic, smelly mess of insect spray. If that sounds familiar,there’s good news because there are safe…
 
Every Spring the hood of my truck turns yellow for several weeks because the pollen in the air is so thick. That's no fun for folks with hay fever and allergies but it also makes a mess of porches, patios and decks. The problem is that the pollen is so fine that sweeping or dusting only stirs it up to land somewhere else. The only answer is to wash…
 
Window screens seem to be a magnet for dust, dirt and cobwebs, but because they are also somewhat fragile, cleaning them can be a pain. The best way to do the job is to submerge them in soapy water. But how? Well, a child’s pool will work for smaller screens but for larger ones you can build your own pool. Nail four 2x4s together, each about 6 feet…
 
Lawn plug aerators are a great tool to get your yard looking its best. But before you start giving your lawn some breathing room, make sure your sprinklers won’t get damaged. Listen to this week’s podcast to learn how. Also on this episode: Repairing a Drywall Nail Pop, Getting Rid of Squirrels in an Attic, Solving Low Water Pressure in a Bathroom …
 
Before you fire up the grill this summer, be sure it’s clean. Not just to impress your guests, but to keep it safe. Grease build-up in a grill leads to those nasty flare-ups that are dangerous and can ruin a good steak. On a gas grill, that means first cleaning the drip pan and the shields over the burners. For a charcoal model emptying the old ash…
 
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