Today’s Homeowner Radio

During this broadcast, we’re sharing some of our favorite conversations we’ve had on Today’s Homeowner Radio with listeners over the last year. It’s a packed show from a Georgia woman’s plea for help after a carport transformation project turned into a budget breaker, to a basement wall fix in Ohio. Plus, Danny, Joe, and Dr. Drainage get the band back together to help a listener with a septic tank on a sloped yard.

Listener Questions

Danny Lipford hosts the “Today’s Homeowner Radio Show” with Joe Truini.

How to Brighten Up a Dark Room: Cathy from Georgia – “I begged my husband to enclose our carport to be a multi-purpose family room. The builders did a fine job, but I didn’t realize that even though we used every window space possible it is impossibly dark. There was only one light fixture in the middle and we used it for a fan/light. We bought three tall floor lamps but it is still depressing and dark. The two existing sides are cedar. We had the other two walls built (drywall). The ceiling is 10′ redwood. Would it help if I painted it white? I can’t afford an electrician to do pot lights or fixtures now (I have used all my husband’s budget). Any ideas?”

Brick Cleaning: Melody from Mississippi – “We have a new construction brick home (St. Lorraine is the brick color). When it rains, the mud splashes up on the bottom part of the brick. Now the bricks are slightly discolored. How can we clean them so the bricks will return to their original color?”

Foundation Walls Bowing: Bill from Ohio – “We have a bowed basement wall at an inch. Can we use carbon fiber strips to hold the wall or must we use steel beams?”

Carpet Care: Sam from New York – “I have a carpet that’s still in fairly good shape but it’s got some wrinkles in it. Is it feasible to re-stretch that and is it economically viable to do that?”

Rotted Deck Planks: Ken from Georgia – ” Several deck planks are rotted and need to be repaired. I don’t want to tear down the whole thing. Can I just cut out a section?”

Removing a Stain from Marble: Madeline from Florida – “Our cultured marble vanity has a dark yellow stain left behind from a metal shower-door frame. How can we remove this stain?”

Straight From the Pros

Talking with Dr. Drainage: We chat with Ryan Larsen, aka “Dr. Drainage”. Ryan Larsen is a civil engineer at NDS, Inc., which manufactures drainage products. He is also known as Dr. Drainage on YouTube as host of NDS’s series of educational videos about how to correctly use drainage products. Ryan joins us to answer a listener question.

Simple Solutions

Clean-Cut Bolts: Here’s how to shorten a machine bolt, threaded rod or carriage bolt, without messing up the threads.

Hot Tip for Removing Sticky Labels: It seems that most metal products come plastered with all sorts of glued-on labels and stickers. Peeling them off cleanly is nearly impossible, until now.

Best New Products

Show-and-Tell Faucet: Cooking is pretty much the definition of multi-tasking, so a kitchen faucet that makes that easier is a welcome addition. That’s what the Delta Allentown Pull-Down Sprayer Kitchen Faucet does.

Products Mentioned in This Broadcast


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Delta Allentown Pull-Down Kitchen Faucet

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Editorial Contributors
Danny Lipford

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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