Christmas is about family, and that’s what we’re talking about on this episode of the Today’s Homeowner Radio Show.

Danny Lipford shows off his Handy Andy collection
Danny’s office features a collection of Handy Andy tool sets.

Remembering Handy Andy — and Relaxed Rules

Do you remember the Handy Andy tool set? It featured real tools for small aspiring construction workers to get their start. Among those aspiring home improvers was me!

Watch this throwback video featuring that Handy Andy set — which isn’t just a childhood memory because I’ve been collecting them for years. And you wouldn’t believe what they packed in kids’ toy sets several decades ago.

Joe knows something about those days with, shall we say, relaxed rules: sitting in the back of the car, wearing no seatbelt, with his Dad smoking with the windows up and the long ride to his relatives’ house.

Home Depot carpenter's pencil with Santa Claus face carving

Reflecting on a Talented Stranger’s Gift

If you follow the Today’s Homeowner Facebook page, you may have read about a special gift I received 12 years ago, when a mysterious gentleman stopped by Today’s Homeowner studios and gave one of his favorite possessions: a carpenter pencil from The Home Depot, modified to look like Santa Claus!

You can learn more about this talented man here and here.

Sandy Burrows and her family
Today’s Homeowner Superfan Sandy Burrows watches the show with. her grandchildren.

Enjoying Today’s Homeowner as a Family

Finally, I’m so pleased to hear about TH fans watching our TV show as a family. That’s something Sandy Burrows, of Massachusetts, does when her grandkids come to visit.

It’s good that her grandkids can see how easy home improvement is, from an early age. And how fun it can be when you do it with family. Happy Holidays, Sandy!

Also on this episode:

  • Affordable kitchen flooring options to replace (yes, really) carpet
  • TH fan Ben shares a woodworking tip he’s been using for over 50 years
  • Today’s Homeowner alumnus Lloyd, from Season 24’s ’80s Kitchen Update episodes, visits
  • Learn Danny’s wrapping paper pick-up pet peeve
  • Our winter home maintenance tips, sponsored by The Home Depot

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    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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