Today’s Homeowner Radio

A homeowner had a pleasant surprise when she found fiber cement siding or Hardie Board hiding under vinyl. What she needs to do now to make the Hardie board look good as new.

And we’ve all seen that black dust that builds up on door hinges. What household item you can use to quickly erase it.

Plus, Joe has a simple solution to create an antique look on new clay pots.

Listener Questions

Cleaning Black Dust Off of Door Hinges

Kim from Missouri asks, “We put up new hinges and over a period of time, there is this black dust like stuff on the doors where the hinges are. Any good way to clean that off? I have tried wiping it and it smears.”

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The Correct Way to Install Attic Insulation
Genie from Florida asks, “We live in Florida. Since we use air conditioning instead of heat, does the attic insulation still go paper toward the ceiling? I was told by a company that makes the stuff to put it paper up because it should be paper towards heat. Please help me with the correct answer because I have to do this myself and cannot afford to make a mistake.

Surprise Hardie Board Shingles
Bill from Oregon asks, “My deck is peeling very badly. I have scraped as much as I can. I bought paint remover but haven’t used it yet. Based on your experience can I put it on and brush it and then power spray the remover off.”

Surprise Hardie Board Shingles
Sally from Alabama asks, “Do you have instructions on installing Hardie board shingles? We are planning to treat the Hardie board and paint and then hang cedar shakes on the front.”

The Pond Creating Process
Bea from Alabama asks, “How do I go about building a pool for a 4-tier fountain. I want the pool/pond to be about 12 ft wide X 2 ft High. I know I’m asking a lot just don’t really know where to start. I’ll help is greatly appreciated.”

Simple Solutions

Instant Antique Flowerpots
Instantly age new clay pots by applying an antique glaze.

Protect Wood Lawn Furniture
Extend the life of wooden lawn chairs and tables by sealing the ends of the legs with epoxy glue.

Best New Products

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Painting “Pros” Shenanigans

The Today’s Homeowner team showing off their paintings during the last shenanigans event.

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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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