Today’s Homeowner Radio Show | June 13, 2020

Trex decking, Rocky Harbor style, shown at eye level along with two chairs and a table
If your home gets plenty of sun and sea spray, which type of deck should you install? Listen to this week’s Today’s Homeowner Radio Show to find out.

Sometimes, you’ll have a home improvement in mind but can’t quite figure out the logistics to make it a reality. That’s the case for a number of fans on this week’s episode of the Today’s Homeowner Radio Show.

For instance, you smell mildew in the bathroom, but you’re not sure what to do about it. Or, you want to install a new deck, but you’re not sure which type you need: wood or composite? Or, you’d like to install a light fixture, but wonder whether it’s safe to do so when there’s radiant heating in the ceiling.

We’ll cover the answers to these and many other questions on this week’s episode of the Today’s Homeowner Radio Show.


  • [2:13] Four Seasons of Home Ownership — Your Summer Checklist
  • [16:56] ‘I want to replace the garage mud sill. How can I waterproof it?’
  • [28:24] Best New Product: LG InstaView Door-in-Door Refrigerator
  • [30:13] Solution for mildew smells in a bathroom and small holes in a tub
  • [39:31] ‘Which type of deck should I install: wood or composite?’
  • [42:49] ‘I’m adding a new outdoor faucet — how do I keep it from freezing?’
  • [44:54] Around the Yard — All About Gnats! (sponsored by Pavestone and Quikrete)
  • [49:21] Simple Solution: Add a “drip-edge” to a roof line to protect fascia
  • [55:03] ‘Can you install light fixtures near radiant heating?’
  • [56:53] ‘Which materials do I need to install underlayment over tile floors?’
  • [57:46] ‘My deck paint is peeling and there’s mold. What can I do?’
  • [59:57] ‘I have several windows with black stains growing between the glass panes. Help!’
  • [1:01:39] ‘Can plastic sheeting protect my basement walls from water?’
  • [1:09:39] ‘How can I use an oak church pew outside?’
  • [1:22:37] ‘How do I remove drops of latex paint off my brick steps?’
  • [1:27:35] ‘Help! What can I do for attic ventilation?’
  • [1:33:50] What to do about ticks
  • [1:37:41] ‘What is the best respirator for working with harsh chemicals?’
  • [1:44:33] Simple Solution: Safe, easy way to wash fruit and vegetables

Around the Yard

With summer’s warmer weather, many of us are spending more time outside. We’re also discovering that the warm weather can bring some undesirable guests: gnats.

If these pests are dive-bombing your backyard barbecue, here are some things you can do to make your yard less attractive to them:

  • Keep your garden free of mold, fungus, and rotting plant debris
  • Cover your trash cans, and keep fallen debris cleaned up
  • Occasionally rake or turn the mulch in your garden beds to allow soggy, moldy layers to dry out
  • When you water the lawn, do it in the morning to avoid overnight fungal growth and allow enough time between waterings for the top layer of soil to dry out
  • Standing water is also attractive to these pests, so check your gutters, drainage areas, or low spots and keep birdbaths and water features clean.
  • If an area of your garden or lawn is low and naturally damp, cover it with a thin layer of sand, usually an inch or less, to discourage gnats looking for moist soil

This Around The Yard segment is brought to you by Quikrete and Pavestone.


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