Jeff and Stephanie Jones have a great house, but like most of our homes, it had a few issues. There were dings and dents on the outside that needed attention, some loose fence boards, and the pergola they loved so much was rapidly decaying. By using our 4 Seasons of Home Ownership summer checklist as a guide we were able help them address the problems one by one.

We also took care of some issues in musician Jeff’s energy-hogging office, where he often plays drums. We called in the experts to install a ductless AC unit from Carrier. And, adding Roxul stone wool insulation not only helped keep the area cooler, it also provided a sound barrier for Jeff’s drum sessions.

Repairing the Deck and Pergola

Once we started removing the deck boards, we realized the damage was more extensive than we thought. We ended up needing to replace all of the deck boards and several of the joists. Check out Three Key Steps for Wood Deck Maintenance and Repair for more info.

To protect the new deck boards from the constant flow of water, we had a piece of custom metal bent by a fabricator to act as a gutter between the roof and the pergola.

But, before we could install it, we had lots of vine chopping and lopping to do, as vines had grown over the roof.

The last chore was the addition of some skirting around the bottom of the deck to keep out Jeff’s unwanted nocturnal guests – opossums.

Cleaning the Outdoor Grill and Furniture

We made our way down the top 10 must-do items on the checklist, including cleaning the outdoor furniture and grill.

The pressure washer we used from Briggs & Stratton allowed us to adjust pressure settings, so we could move from delicate items like the grill and patio chairs to cleaning the posts on the pergola.

See How to Clean Outdoor Patio and Deck Furniture for more cleaning tips.

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By using our 4 Seasons of Home Ownership summer checklist as a guide, we’re able help Jeff and Stephanie Jones address some problems around their home, one by one. Here are a few things we did:

  • Repaired the deck and pergola
  • Trimmed overgrown vines
  • Cleaned the grill and outdoor furniture
  • Added stone wool insulation
  • Installed a ductless AC unit

Check out the 4 Seasons of Home Ownership: Summer 2017 episode article for more info.

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Danny Lipford


Danny Lipford is a home improvement expert and television personality who started his remodeling business, Lipford Construction, at the age of 21 in Mobile, Alabama. He gained national recognition as the host of the nationally syndicated television show, Today's Homeowner with Danny Lipford, which started as a small cable show in Mobile. Danny's expertise in home improvement has also led him to be a contributor to popular magazines and websites and the go-to source for advice on everything related to the home. He has made over 200 national television appearances and served as the home improvement expert for CBS's The Early Show and The Weather Channel for over a decade. Danny is also the founder of 3 Echoes Content Studio,, and Checking In With Chelsea, a décor and lifestyle blog.

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