Wall protection option No. 1: plaster drywall to reduce damage
Tired of repairing drywall? Try these reinforcement methods. (depositphotos.com)

On this Week’s Podcast: Wall Protection

We all love our pets; they are family, after all. But given the chance, they could destroy your home. That’s why homes with fur babies could use some wall protection.  

A listener just moved from a home with plaster walls, to a new home with drywall — and her dogs are still not used to this transition.

She has three German Shepards who just months ago were used to bouncing off the walls. Now, they’re either going through them, leaving grime on them, or leaving behind scratch marks.

The homeowner wants to know if there is anything she can do to the walls to prevent future damage. 

One wall protection option that may be a little too late for her, but is an option if you are planning a new home, is to get good-quality drywall. 

Wall protection option No. 2: Danny Lipford patches a mudroom's drywall

We recommend Gold Bond Hi-Abuse XP board from National Gypsum. Hi-Abuse is mold and moisture resistant and features a specially formulated core to provide greater resistance to surface indentation and abuse.

Another wall protection option is to go with good-quality paint. Eggshell paint is a more durable option, and a lot of folks tend to lean toward a semigloss finish to make the surface easier to clean.

Wainscotting on the walls would also provide protection from the dogs and enhance the room’s style. Click here for three decorative designs. 

While traditionally wooden, you also could find wainscoting made from PVC material, which would clean up even better!

Also in this week’s podcast:

  • Water damage can be tricky because you likely don’t know about it until the damage is visible. That’s what happened to one homeowner who is doing everything she can to prevent her wood siding from rotting.
  • Ditch the gas can! We’ll tell you about a battery-operated lawnmower that can out-cut gas-guzzling competitors.
  • One of our biggest contests is in full swing right now! Find out how you can become the winner of a brand new Backyard Paradise
  • Did you know you can fight pesky mold on every exterior surface of your home without a ladder? We’ll talk about how you can fight the fungus easier and safer.
  • And Joe has a Simple Solution for carpet cleaning using an item from your medicine cabinet.

Question of the Week

Jon from Georgia writes, “I have low water pressure in my home. Will installing a larger pipe from the meter (out by the street) to the house increase my water pressure?”

DIY Project of the week

Yard full of clover
Finding a four-leaf clover is said to bring good luck, but a lawn full of clover doesn’t indicate a wealth of fortune. (DepositPhotos)

How to Get Rid of Clover Naturally

Many homeowners want to know how to get rid of patches of clover in their yards, but the elimination process can be time-consuming, and some of the herbicides contain chemicals that can damage the grass. 

Instead of using a chemical-laden herbicide, here are several natural methods you can try.

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Danny Lipford

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, TodaysHomeowner.com, and Checking In With Chelsea, a décor and lifestyle blog.

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