Here are some of the highlights from the September 26, 2009, Homefront with Danny Lipford radio show.
Guests on This Week’s Show
In our Straight From the Pros segment, Eric Liskey, senior garden editor for Better Homes & Gardens magazine, gave some timely tips on lawn preparation for the fall season. Be sure to check out all the information on the Better Homes & Gardens website, as well as tips from our lawn and garden enthusiast, Julie Day, at Around the Yard.
We also took a moment to examine the current state of the real estate market with veteran real estate agent, author, and radio host Tamara Dorris from Sacramento, California. Tamara shared her thoughts on where the market is heading and when the right time to buy and sell is or will be! You can get more insight from Tamara at InLoveWithSacto.com.
How to Hire a Contractor
Throughout the show, Danny and Allen shared some tips compiled by the FTC on hiring a contractor, including red flags to look for that can lead to rip-offs. A less than reputable contractor:
- Solicits business door-to-door.
- Offers you discounts.
- Just happens to have leftover material from another job.
- Only accepts cash payments.
- Asks you to get the required permits.
- Asks you to pay for the entire job up-front.
- Only has a mobile phone number.
When hiring a contractor, remember to ask:
- How long they have been in business?
- Are they licensed and have proper insurance?
- Will they provide a list of references?
And, make sure you receive a written contract that clearly spells out the who, what, where, and cost of your project.
Questions Answered on This Week’s Show
Questions that were emailed to us and answered on this week’s show included:
Your built-in workbench plans were right on. My question is, can I use 1/2 ” plywood for the braces and bench top instead of 3/4″?
While you could get by with ½” plywood, the bench wouldn’t be nearly as sturdy. If you do, put braces on every stud to give the top more support.
I read an article in a magazine regarding how to repair a window sill. You mentioned digging out the rotten wood and mixing a small batch of auto body filler. How can I find more information about it?
The information you are looking for can be found on our website at How to Repair Rotten Wood.
I have oak kitchen cabinets. I was thinking of painting them white. Is that doable?
You can paint over wood cabinets that have a natural finish, just be sure to clean, lightly sand, and prime them with a stain blocking oil based primer first. The only problem you might run into is that since oak has a pronounced open grain, unless the grain was filled when the cabinets were finished, it could prevent the paint from producing a completely smooth surface. You can find general guidelines on painting your cabinets on our website at How to Paint Kitchen Cabinets and Kitchen Cabinet Upgrade.
We also received calls from all over the Unites States on topics including:
- Installing a GFCI outlet in a home with no grounding.
- Methods for removing wallpaper.
- Adding additional stories onto an existing home.
- Removing paint from a concrete driveway.
- The effectiveness of jointing sand with stone pavers.