Today’s Homeowner Radio

Garages and Attics, when not properly ventilated or insulated can cause nearby rooms to get toasty in the summertime. Listen to learn about some great options you can consider if you need to cool off a room.

Chelsea Lipford-Wolf Checks in, updating us on her new bathroom addition and explains how DIY friendly it can be to install Dutch Doors.

And, Joe has a simple solution that will give new life to some of your used soda or water bottles.

Listener Questions

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Ventilating a Garage

Brent in Oklahoma says, “We have a 30’X40’garage attached to a walkout basement. The garage is cinder block construction with a flat 4” thick concrete roof that doubles as an uncovered patio for the ground floor. The garage is hot and humid in the summer and cold in the winter. The top patio surface is painted. What is the best sealer for this surface? How can I best insulate the painter garage? It was built in the 1960s.”

Widening a Doorway for an ADA Toilet

Rosalind in Texas says, “How to install an ADA approved toilet? how to take a frame off a door to widen it for a person in a wheelchair?”

Cooling off a Bedroom

Peggy in South Carolina says, “My bedroom is above my garage with an insulated ceiling. It’s really hot in the room all summer which 9-months of the year are. Would it help keep it cooler if I put a white reflective Foam core insulation on the ceiling onto of the drywall? I have this product on my garage door already and it helped the temp. in the garage.”

Resurfacing a Cracked Driveway

George in Florida says, “We’re fixing up our house to put it on the market so we’ve been working on “Curb Appeal” projects like painting the front door and landscaping to attract buyers. The problem is our driveway looks terrible. It has tiny cracks all over and places that look like the cement has “peeled away.” I don’t want to paint it because I know that won’t last in this climate. Any ideas or specific mix from Quikrete that may help me in this situation?”

Adding a Wall Mounted Exhaust Fan

Kay in Colorado says, “My home was built in 1958. Vaulted ceilings so no attic. I would like to have an exhaust fan installed in the bathroom. The breaker box is outside of the bathroom window. What kind of contractor would I need to use? I would hope it would vent through the roof. I do have a small window above the tub but I’m short making it difficult for me to reach.”

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DIY Dutch Doors

Chelsea Lipford-Wolf checks in with Danny and Joe to talk about building dutch doors from scratch. She installed one to a backyard shed using an Easy Gate Kit. Listen to learn how you can do this to one of your doorways.

Simple Solutions

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Homemade Lawn Sprinkler

Here’s how to convert an empty soda bottle into a makeshift lawn sprinkler.

Excess Glue Scoop

After gluing together woodworking projects, there’s always a little glue that squeezes out at the joint. Instead of wiping it away with a cloth, try this.

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Danny Lipford


Danny Lipford is a home improvement expert and television personality who started his remodeling business, Lipford Construction, at the age of 21 in Mobile, Alabama. He gained national recognition as the host of the nationally syndicated television show, Today's Homeowner with Danny Lipford, which started as a small cable show in Mobile. Danny's expertise in home improvement has also led him to be a contributor to popular magazines and websites and the go-to source for advice on everything related to the home. He has made over 200 national television appearances and served as the home improvement expert for CBS's The Early Show and The Weather Channel for over a decade. Danny is also the founder of 3 Echoes Content Studio,, and Checking In With Chelsea, a décor and lifestyle blog.

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