Today’s Homeowner Radio Show for April 18, 2015

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Here are some of the highlights from the April 18, 2015, Today’s Homeowner with Danny Lipford radio show.

Questions Answered on This Week’s Show

Trish – AL
I have a house at Orange Beach that is need of a new deck. What type of material would you recommend using? I am curious if the new composite decking material would be better than a wood deck. Do you know the difference in cost between wood and composite material?

Kathy – MO
We have a lake home with a small storage area (10×12) that we may use for guests/sleeping. We’d like to heat and cool it but want to avoid an in-wall unit. What are our other options?

Kelly – AL
My husband & I want to take down the rusty wrought-iron across our front porch and replace it with 8″x8′ columns. We need 2 whole columns and 2 – 1/2 columns but we are having trouble finding the 1/2 columns. Any suggestions? Also, what is the best/easiest way to secure them to the cement porch? We are do-it-yourselfers & want to tackle this ourselves.

Peggy – OH
recently our basement was flooded with rain water, our carpet man came and sucked all the water out, he used a disinfect as he worked, but now it has a little odor still in the carpet. what could we use to get that gone?? Thanks

Sameer – NJ
I am buying a new home from a national builder. They have a fireplace option for $6600. I do not need a fireplace but I have heard that it is a major item in determining home value. Can I get the home built and put in a fireplace later?

Kathryn – CA
I need to repair some exterior double garden door (6′). The kick plate rotted due to lack of paint on the bottom of the door. I saw in the past the center kick plate can be removed and replaced. It is that or new doors which I can’t afford. Your help is appreciated.

Tamra – MI
I’d like to install vinyl plank flooring in my basement, however, I’m not sure how to deal with an existing issue. It appears the original owner added a drain/sump system AFTER the house was built by trenching around the interior perimeter of the basement wall. When they replaced the concrete they left trowel grooves instead of floating it smooth. In addition it is higher in some places than others, such as the corners and where the floor meets the wall so the floor isn’t even around the perimeter. Do I have any options to deal with this problem without pouring an entirely new concrete floor? Can it be ground down to smooth and level the edges?

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