Today’s Homeowner Radio Show for December 6, 2014

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Here are some of the highlights from the December 6, 2014, Today’s Homeowner with Danny Lipford radio show.

Questions Answered on This Week’s Show

Linda in PA
We are adding a front porch to our brick rancher and adding a gable roof. Would a “keystone vent” look appropriate with the shakes on the gable?

Be sure to check out the photos of Linda’s gable roof addition on our Featured Photos page!

Larry in TX
I’m dealing with a popcorn ceiling that was painted. What type and brand of chemical stripping product can be used to help remove it now?

Linda in GA
I have a broken tile concrete porch with brick around the face. The brick is separating from the concrete. How can I fill this space between the concrete and brick?

Kip in MN
With winter coming, is there anything special I need to do for my standby generator? I would hate to have a power outage and the generator fail to kick in.

Monica in WV
I have a small throw rug in my kitchen in front of the sink that, no matter what I try, won’t stay in place. Any tricks to stopping a wandering rug?

Dorothy in AL
Whenever I drain my tub, water seeps out from under the toilet, but when I flush the toilet, it works just fine. What could be the cause?

Stephen in CA
I have a 1950′s Ranch home with detached garage. There only 3 joists (~20′ – 2×4) in the garage running side to side. Each of them is cracking at knot holes. What is the best way to strengthen/fix (sister another 2×4, or bolt 3″x2″ steel angle and bolt together)?

Carolyn in TN
Can you suggest a good way to get rid of raccoons?

Terry in GA
I have to roof leak on my home, and the roof is metal. I’ve tried all kinds of stuff to stop the leak but it only stops it for about a year. What can I use to stop it without putting on a whole new roof? It only has about an 8 inch pitch.

Ahmed in MI
I have a question about replacing my pressure relief valve for my gas water heater. It is leaking so I must replace it. I see that there are different types of psi for pressure relief valves, from 15 all the way to 175. How do I know which I need? Do I just choose?

Janine in MT
My husband and I are retired and, frankly, starting to show our age. Each year we find it more difficult getting our Christmas decorations out of the attic. Our drop-down staircase is in the garage. Can we build a staircase in the garage or is there a better option than those rickety steps?

Guests on This Week’s Show

Master plumber, Ed del Grande, discusses water heater pressure relief valves, and lawn and garden writer Julie Day-Jones discusses how to grow camellias.

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