Today’s Homeowner Radio Show | April 11, 2020

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Today’s Homeowner Radio

Danny Lipford and Joe Truini


Listener Questions

 

Motion Sensor Light
Troubleshooting faulty motion sensor lights.

Faulty Floodlights

Tom replaced 4 sets of outdoor floodlights with LED bulbs.  Now, when the motion sensor is activated,  he is experiencing the lights flashing instead of constant light.

Tom’s lights seem to have a mind of their own, one reason for that is his bulbs may have a bad diode.

Also, he could try switching the bulbs in each fixture to see if the problem is in the socket, then he would just need to switch out the sockets.


Spray Foam
Vents in a spray foam house should be sealed off.

To Vent or Not to Vent

Edward wants to know if he needs open vents in the ceiling and a return filter in the attic.  He just recently bought a 6-year-old home with a sealed attic and spray foam insulation.

The biggest advantage to applying spray foam insulation to the rafters in your attic is that you’ll be creating a more energy-efficient envelope around your home, which means you’ll be spending a lot less energy and dollars on heating and cooling.

Any gable, soffit, louver, or power vents in the attic will need to be removed or sealed shut.  This is because the entire attic will be turned into a conditioned space.

Ventilation like a range or bathroom fans do still need to be pushed through to the outside.


 
Plastering Drywall
Tired of repairing drywall? Try these reinforcement methods. (Deposit Photos)

Protecting Walls from Pets

Leanna’s sheetrock walls are taking daily beatings from her dogs. She wants to know if there is a protective paint product that can stand up to her pets. 

We recommend Gold Bond Hi-Abuse XP board from National Gypsum. Hi-Abuse is mold and moisture resistant and features a specially formulated core to provide greater resistance to surface indentation and abuse.

Another option is to go with good quality paint. Eggshell paint is a more durable option, and a lot of folks tend to lean towards a semigloss finish to make the surface easier to clean.

Wainscotting on the walls would also provide protection from the dogs and enhance the style of the room. Click here to see three decorative designs.


 

rotting wood

Identifying Water Damage

Gloria replaced her 22-year-old wood siding 12-years ago.  Now she’s noticing some of the wood is beginning to rot.  

We always recommend to prime every surface of the wood.  In Gloria’s situation water may be getting behind the boards, causing them to rot.

Gloria needs to reach out to a recommended local roofer. Having a professional come out and look at her roof should be inexpensive, and a trained eye should be able to identify the issue right away.


Simple Solution

 

Shaving cream and a razor
Use shaving cream to clean carpet stains.

Shaving Cream Carpet Cleaning Trick

You can remove most carpet stains with ordinary shaving cream. 

Danny Lipford laying ceramic tile floors in a bathroom
Create your own tile alignment tool

Homemade Tile Alignment Tool

When tiling a floor, it’s important to set all the tiles flush and even to prevent a raised edge or lip that would be uncomfortable underfoot or possibly cause a tripping hazard. To ensure a flush installation, make a simple alignment tool from a 10- to a 12-in.-long piece of 2×6. 


Best New Products

Lose the Gas Can This Mowing Season

It’s lawn mowing season – and you need a mower that will work just as hard as you do, if not harder.  The EGO “Select Cut” Cordless Electric Walk Behind Self-Propelled Mower’s touch drive system puts total control of the machine into the palm of your hand.  


Products Mentioned

EGO

Quikrete

National Gypsum

Wet & Forget

Broan

NuTone

 

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