Today’s Homeowner Radio Show | January 8, 2022

In today’s radio show, we are all about walls! Listen, and read along, for our solutions to common wall problems.

Danny Lipford and Chelsea Lipford Wolf remove wallpaper from a room
Many homeowners aren’t eager to remove wallpaper, but it’s actually pretty easy to do — with our recipe.

Recipe for Removing Wallpaper

Do you want a fresh wall color, but don’t want to paint over the wallpaper? Stripping wallpaper can be intimidating, but it’s actually easy to do.

This wallpaper stripper recipe mostly uses items that you already have at home! Watch the video to see how it’s done.

Homeowner's Lloyd and Amy Meyers kitchen during demo
After removing a galley rail and chair rail in this home, we patched any holes with joint compound.

Spackle vs. Joint Compound

Anni has been doing some drywall repair and she has plenty of leftover spackle. She’s wondering if spackle can be used interchangeably with joint compound.

Although it’s tempting to use spackle as opposed to joint compound for all drywall repairs because of its faster drying time, it’s best to stick with joint compound for a major repair.

Spackle is best used for smaller holes and hairline cracks. The dry time for joint compound is anywhere from 12 to 24 hours, but with this longer dry time, you get a stronger hold for your bigger fixes.

Removing a Kitchen Wall to Open Up Space

Many older homes have kitchens that are walled off from the living area. Removing a wall can make your home look more modern and feel more open and inviting.

However, not all walls can be removed. Take, for instance, a load-bearing wall. By its name, this type of wall literally bears the load of the weight of the house, meaning if it’s removed, your house could collapse.

Removing a load-bearing wall is not a DIY home project. Always consult with a structural engineer that routinely works with contractors or reach out to a local or the original manufacturer for advice.

To see how it’s done, watch this video here.

Skip to [30:14] for the full segment on the Today’s Homeowner Radio Show.

Also on this episode:

  • Calculating how many feet of lumber are in a log
  • Lightening a concrete driveway once it’s been tinted
  • Filling in countersunk screws on a wooden deck
  • Replacing termite-damaged flooring

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