Today’s Homeowner Radio Show | July 18, 2020

Concrete is a durable building material that lasts decades and decades, but that doesn’t make it indestructible.

Over time, surfaces exposed to the elements 24-7 wear away; cracks can develop and whole chunks can fall out.

And some homeowners may wonder how to tackle concrete repairs when that does happen. After all, the structure itself may be intact, but there are some problems, here and there, that need attention.

That’s just one of the topics on this week’s Today’s Homeowner Radio Show.

  • [2:05] Discussing paint and stain additives such as mildewcides, insecticides and brush-stroke eliminators
  • [6:06] ‘What’s the best way to remove rotten, cedar shingles?’
  • [17:00] ‘My porch swing has been exposed to the hot afternoon sun. I need to refinish it, but which varnish should I use?’
  • [21:40] ‘I stripped off my dining room table’s finish and sanded it down to bare wood. But I’m not sure what to do next. Help!’
  • [28:25] Best New Products: Samsung High-Efficiency Top-Load Washer
  • [31:05] ‘How do we fix our improperly placed flashing shield?’
  • [39:23] ‘My concrete steps have some chunks and chips missing. What can I do about them?’
  • [41:59] ‘How do you replace expansion joints in a driveway?’
  • [49:54] Simple Solution: How to make an inexpensive landing pad in front of a shed door
  • [55:03] ‘I have a sulfur smell in the water heater. What can I do about it?’
  • [56:40] ‘What can I do to remove scuff marks on my composite kitchen floor?’
  • [58:05] How to cut the bottoms off mason jars for crafting
  • [1:01:58] ‘What can I do to get rid of moles and smooth out my yard?’
  • [1:08:18] ‘I’m shopping for two new window air conditioners. … and was told to look for the EER or SEER number. What is that and what exactly should I be looking for?’
  • [1:11:02] ‘The rubber backing from my throw rugs is stuck to the ceramic tile floor — how can I remove it?’
  • [1:12:43] ‘What is the best product to clean the outside of the gutters?’
  • [1:15:31] ‘The wood siding on my home is dirty and turning green. What’s the best cleanser to use to wash my siding?’
  • [1:23:54] ‘We had new vinyl installed in our bathrooms and kitchen. I told the contractor that 1/4″ underlayment would need to be installed … instead, they used some sort of trowel-on compound that quickly set into a smooth gray surface.…Bubbles appeared along the joints of the underlayment … What might be done to remedy this situation?’
  • [1:34:25] ‘I heard you talking about mulch the other day and how it’s best to buy it in bulk if you need a lot of it. Well, I need a lot, but I’m not sure how much to order. Help!’
  • [1:37:31] Creating usable storage space in an attic without negatively affecting the insulation.
  • [1:44:31] Simple Solution: A great way to store driver bits using a fishing accessory

Quikrete Q&A

Scott from South Carolina writes, “My wife and I are renovating a mid-fifties home and I’ve hit a snag with repairing the front porch.

“The concrete steps have some chunks and chips missing. I know that the repairs aren’t deep enough for regular concrete … but I don’t know what else would work.”

Danny: “Scott, that’s a very common problem. Not only do you need something with some strength for steps, but working a cement-type material onto a vertical surface like the side of those steps can really be a challenge unless it’s designed for that kind of application.

“Fortunately for you, Quikrete has a product that’s perfect for that situation. Their Polymer Modified Structural Repair is a rapid-setting, high-strength repair material designed for vertical and horizontal structural concrete repairs. 

“What makes it great for step repair is that you can sculpt it to match the contour of the existing surface. And because it sets quickly, you don’t have to build complicated forms to contain it on the sides of the steps.

“It also comes in a homeowner-friendly 20-pound bucket so you can do a little at a time to wrap up your repair.”

You can find out more at

Buying Mulch: How Much?

Quick Method: If you’re wondering how much mulch you need, just know that one cubic yard of mulch covers about 100 square feet of ground to a depth of 3 inches. So, if you have 600 square feet to cover, you’ll need six cubic yards of mulch.

Math Method: To calculate how many cubic yards of mulch are required to cover a planting bed, start by multiplying the length of the bed by its width to find the total number of square feet.

Next, multiply the square footage by the desired depth to get the total number of cubic feet. Then, divide the number of cubic feet by 27 to find out how many cubic yards of mulch you’ll need.

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