Ask Danny Your Home Improvement Questions Live Online!

By: Ben Erickson

Home improvement expert Danny Lipford anwering questions on computer.

Here’s your chance to ask home improvement expert Danny Lipford those pesky home improvement questions you’ve been puzzling over and receive the answer live online.

To ask a question, or check out the Q&As with other homeowners, go to our
Live Online Chat page on Sunday, September 23, 2012, from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. Central Daylight Time (8-9 p.m. EDT).

In case you can’t make it while the event is going on, the questions and answers will be posted on the Live Chat page after the event is over. So what are you waiting for, get your questions ready for Danny now!

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  • Tamara Mitchell Says:
    July 1st, 2016 at 2:22 pm

    Danny, I love your show, watch it every week. My question is, I have a toilet that has one of those cork like things attached to the chain that pulls out the plug to let the water out into the toilet. So when I push down the handle, the water runs for just a second, and then the plug goes down right away and it does not let the right amount of water get to the toilet to properly flush. I can’t figure out what’s happening. Any ideas?
    Grateful for anything you can figure out. 🙂


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    Lindsay Hughes Says:
    June 20th, 2016 at 9:57 am

    Roberta, this is an old post. Please submit your question on the Ask Danny form at: http://www.todayshomeowner.com/contact/ask/



  • Roberta Peterson Says:
    June 19th, 2016 at 11:03 am

    I had to have a drip sewer system put in. The motor is loud and annoying. I can’t sleep at night or use my back yard now. How can I reduce the sound inexpensively because I am a retired lady on a fixed income now and can’t afford those fancy sound mats. The loud unit is approx 3 ft x3 ft square and 3 ft high. Kind of like an a.c. unit size. Please help because I am really upset about all this. Thank you



  • joyce livolsi Says:
    February 22nd, 2016 at 12:21 pm

    i recently moved from a 3 bedroom condo into a 2 room apt. as you can imagine space is a major issue at this point. space saver tips in general would be greatly appreciated. thank you



  • iVin Says:
    February 10th, 2016 at 10:51 am

    I have a raised concrete patio in my back yard. The patio has a rectangular opening on it. Can anyone tell me why this opening was made? There is no cover for the opening. Is this some kind of an crawl space and what is it used for?



  • Ms. Giles Says:
    December 27th, 2015 at 9:03 pm

    Have you and your team considered coming to Chicago to show case some problems in 80 years old grey stone houses?
    If you should decide to, contact me.

    In addition, have you written a book listing your repairs you mad and the specific materials and equipment you used to repair what was needed?

    Lastly, I know you can’t suggest any specific company but would you steer people with grey stone in a direction that would lead them to hire experienced craft man that are honest, knowledgeable about the job they are hired for.

    Respectfully,
    A grey stone owner



  • Ed Says:
    December 9th, 2015 at 2:42 pm

    I have a question about a vinyl siding install detail. I built a deck against my house and now at the deck floor line I have installed a J mold. I now need to install a partial width of siding to fill the gap between the existing siding above down into the J mold. The slice of siding is approx. 3 1/2′ high. A 3 1/2″ strip of cut siding is loose in the J mold. Is there a standard way of installing this detail. I can only think that I may need to cut some kind of strip to fill in behind the cut siding so it is not hanging loose straight down in the J mold. Any suggestions?
    Ed



  • jean potts Says:
    November 9th, 2015 at 11:27 am

    I need the wood surface of my elevated deck replaced. It over hangs an area under it that has a ceiling that is totally dry and in good shape — a narrow porch. I have talked to 3 contractors and none of them were going to wait before water sealing or staining.??? I am going to use 1 1/2 pressure treated pine to replace the 20 year old wood that is on there now.. Is Home Depot ‘s pressure treated pine KILN dried so the water proofing or stain can be done immediately? I am doing the research and am doubting all 3 of them.. Is the 1 1/4″ pine a good choice since my husband and I are 80 and don’t need a 50 year deck..



  • Joyce Says:
    November 8th, 2015 at 10:37 am

    In the winter, water drips around the bathroom ceiling fan. Condensation must be coming from the attic. Any suggestions to solve this problem. I have no idea of who I to contact that could fix a problem like this…so maybe it is something I could do. Thank you.



  • betty murphy Says:
    September 27th, 2015 at 9:37 am

    I have a modular house that has half a crawl space and half basement. The floors are insulated but for some reason the back of the house is cold but the front part is warm. I had a new heat pump put in last year ,old one died after 11 years. Had a 16 seer 9 hspf lennox system put in last year. But last winter same thing cold. The house in on the southside of VA and has 2×6 stud walls. Is it the insulation in the floor, or should i have the walls spray foamed in the crawl space? The crawl space is about 8 ft deep. Mostly it is my kitchen and laundry room that is cold.



  • cecil anderson Says:
    September 5th, 2015 at 5:26 pm

    I have both glasses broken in my cascade aluminium frame window. I can remove the sliding frame to take it in to have it replace the glass, but I do not how to take out the other side? I like to take both frames in to have the glass replace.



  • Sharon Napier Says:
    May 25th, 2015 at 12:49 pm

    Right now our ceiling and crown molding do not have cracks between them. However, when we turn the heat back on each winter the gaps come back between the ceiling and the crown molding and stay until we turn the heat off in the spring. We have trussets in the attic. What can be done to keep this from happening? We would like to get someone to come fix this before the mornings get too hot here.


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    Ben Erickson Says:
    March 28th, 2015 at 10:13 pm

    Hi Chrissy,
    The product we used to remove siding is called Wet & Forget Exterior mold and algae remover. You can find out more at http://www.wetandforget.com/



  • Chrissy League Says:
    March 28th, 2015 at 12:57 pm

    I watched your show today and wanted to know what it was that you sprayed on the siding to get rid of mold. I missed that part. I use 60 sec stuff but has bleach.



  • Jim Cathey Says:
    February 21st, 2015 at 10:24 am

    We are doing some remodeling, and I need to remove a 26 ft. Bearing wall. Will be leaving about 1 ft on each end to mount a beam of 2 2 by 8 nailed together. How many posts will be required?



  • Gwendolyn Wilkerson Says:
    February 8th, 2015 at 12:30 pm

    In order to keep water from coming in basement do I have to dig down to Foundation. I have two full baths and one kitchen do I have to use 1/2 inch pipe. Someone stole all the copper pipes out of the house.


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    Ben Erickson Says:
    February 1st, 2015 at 7:56 am

    Sandy,
    You can find the formula we used on the popcorn ceiling in the TV section of our site in our Small Bath Makeover episode article. You also might want to check out our articles and videos on the subject in the “More Information” links under that section of the article.



  • Sandy Says:
    February 1st, 2015 at 7:27 am

    I would like to get rid of all the popcorn ceilings in. Y family room and living room. I saw your show that you used a sprayer with a mix in it can you tell me what it was. Thanks



  • Fred smith Says:
    January 14th, 2015 at 9:08 pm

    hello I have one question about painting.
    What type of coating will not chalk exterior wall



  • wanda armour Says:
    January 10th, 2015 at 5:41 am

    I have been waiting for my friend to install tile in my bathroom its 84 sq.ft and now its been 45 days since I removed the old laminate flooring. I’ve been told I can do it myself. I also notice my sink vanity is coming away from the wall what kind of caulking can I get to seal it back to the wall. My vents upstairs aren’t allowing the air/heat to come thru the rooms downstairs are very comfortable should the ones upstairs be clean or what is causing this problem. My house is 15 yrs. old and being a single woman i feel im being overcharged to have this work done by someone, so im ready to take on the challenge. I also need insulation put in my house but was told I need the blow in type. I saw you install the kind you cut with a knife why can’t I use it I really need a lot of small things done around my hose and need professional help for my DYI projects


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    Ben Erickson Says:
    January 4th, 2015 at 1:14 pm

  • Julie Saindon Says:
    January 4th, 2015 at 10:00 am

    I just finished watching your program. A homeowner had not sealed her grout and the grout was dark brown when it should have been creamy beige. The program did not say what she cleaned her grout with. I have used several products with no luck. Can you please advise me on how to get it back to its original color. Can I clean it or do I have to regrout? Thank you so much!!!



  • Gloria davalos Says:
    November 22nd, 2014 at 8:41 am

    We installed a 4 ft tall novik vinyle rock across the front outside of our house horizontally.But the the bottom of the house which is cinder block which is the basement shows. Looks terrible. Its not all the same height. It starts right after the garage at 10 inches tall and conitues all the way across the house to the other end where it is about 2 ft tall. The previous owners put in insulation panels with concrete on them but concrete has cracked off making it look worse. Any ideas for a inexpensive easy fix? We just redid all siding and decks of our home so our funds are limited.



  • Dell Moody Says:
    October 24th, 2014 at 8:53 pm

    purchased a old house which has oil base paint in kitchen looks like someone put latex over the oil paint because it is flaking off. I have scraped flaking paint off and sanded some I need to prime but not sure what type primer to use oil base or water base whichever I use I would like to be able to use acrylic latex paint as a finish coat. which primer do I use



  • philo Says:
    October 19th, 2014 at 4:56 pm

    just saw the bath exhaust fan install over the tub/shower, I did one last year, if the fan runs while showering cold water drips off the cover and makes one jump!… so i leave it off until i`m finished….next time it will go in over the toilet….P.W.



  • Pat conley Says:
    September 13th, 2014 at 6:31 pm

    I have a simple question. Can I install wood flooring over the existing ceramic tile floor or do I have to take the tile up?



  • Sue Says:
    August 31st, 2014 at 12:47 pm

    Hi,
    We will be selling our home and need help doing something with our basement, which is a cellar and, as such, is not finished in any way. We have boulders as well as gravel floors.

    Sure could use some advise on how we can spruce it up to help sell our home.

    Thanks so much in advance.

    Sue



  • jerry Says:
    August 23rd, 2014 at 10:52 am

    danny I would like to know if it is possible to paint over vynal siding



  • Faye Long Says:
    August 21st, 2014 at 10:25 am

    Danny, I am enlarging my fish pond, after losing 15 large fish, I would like to build something over it for shade & to keep the neighbor’s leaves out of it. Someone suggested an arbor type structure with boat canvas. Any suggestions, thank you Faye



  • Deborah Fairchild Says:
    August 17th, 2014 at 10:07 am

    I purchased an LED security light which worked for about 5 months,then just stopped. I had it installed by an electrician so I figured it was the switch that died. I called a friend and bought another which he installed. It worked fine for a few days and then also stopped!
    It is mounted under an overhanging eve so I don’t think it’s water. What can I do?
    PS I love your show



  • Yvonne Says:
    August 17th, 2014 at 10:03 am

    Woke up this morning and had water leaking from my refrigerator water line. How do I fix it? I turned off the water, but need a solution. What should I do? Can I fix it myself or should I call a professional?



  • Vernon Williams Says:
    July 5th, 2014 at 6:50 pm

    Is it safe to apply reflective window film on double pane windows? We have heard in the past that it could possibly crack and window and release the gas inside so the window becomes cloudy. If this is not advisable, is there an alternative to block the Las Vegas desert sun – We get up to 117 degrees in the summertime. The window faces East.



  • Priscilla Frierson Says:
    June 23rd, 2014 at 11:31 am

    I add a rang top. Under it has two drawers for my eat wear like spoon and others. The depth to long and not able to put the drawers in again for now 2 years. I been in my home for 32 years and the cabinet been there since. I thought to shaves the drawers down or drop the track the drawers slide on. I measure it and it will leave a gap in the top or a space.


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    Ben Erickson Says:
    May 4th, 2014 at 7:28 pm

    Anna,
    Sorry to hear about your poison ivy problem. Read our article on the subject at http://www.todayshomeowner.com/poison-ivy-oak-and-sumac-understanding-the-itch/



  • Anna Says:
    May 4th, 2014 at 12:01 pm

    Hello,
    MY husband and I bought a Townhouse and found out we have poison ivy in our yard. My husband had more then a usual poison ivy rash, his was very severe and required many trips to his doctor. Is there anyway we can get rid of it? i was told its a weed and only be sprayed. how do you stay safe around it? can i ever plant in that area? Thanks,
    Anna



  • Mary Robinson Says:
    April 25th, 2014 at 8:53 pm

    Bath tub looks worn. Even though I clean it, still looks dirty. Is there anything I can do to make it look better without replacing the tub?



  • G. Richmond Says:
    April 19th, 2014 at 12:26 pm

    I love your show, especially things that are geared to things women can do!



  • Drew Says:
    March 8th, 2014 at 10:48 am

    Great thank you.


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    Ben Erickson Says:
    March 8th, 2014 at 10:30 am

    Drew,
    You can find out about the shower product in the episode article for Danny’s bathroom makeover at Master Bathroom Makeover, Part 2.



  • Drew Says:
    March 8th, 2014 at 5:04 am

    Hi Danny,
    When you remodeled your bathroom your wife used a product on the shower tiles to prevent mold and mildew. Please advise thank you.


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    Ben Erickson Says:
    February 16th, 2014 at 9:16 pm

    Donna,
    You can find out about the faux granite paint on the TV section of our website in the episode article for our Budget Kitchen Project show at http://www.todayshomeowner.com/television/2014/02/02/budget-kitchen-project/



  • Donna Thomas Says:
    February 16th, 2014 at 6:23 pm

    What is the product you used on the laminate counter tops to make it look like granite? Thx



  • Buddy Says:
    February 8th, 2014 at 9:31 am

    HiDanny,

    I installed a famtech dryer booster kit. Dryer stops

    booster stops couple minutes booster kicks back on without dryer running. Is this normal?

    Thank You Cheers



  • Nan Says:
    January 12th, 2014 at 12:50 pm

    Our house is 1868. Crawl space goes forever under our yard. When modern plumbing was installed. All we can do is set traps. And discard mice. As soon as you smell them. Out they go…being in the country ..there a some good mousers hunting some of them down for us…
    Have you tried. Foam? And very, very smal mesh screening?



  • Gene Lively Says:
    January 12th, 2014 at 6:09 am

    I have a 1940’s wood house on pier & beams. I get mice in my walls (mostly in cold weather) I can hear them & smell them if they die & my dog goes crazy because of them. I have had my carpenter fill holes from crawl space under floor & in the attic. Also, have had exterminator put poison in there, which causes the smell when they die. Is there anything else I can do?



  • Paula Kelly Says:
    January 4th, 2014 at 6:47 am

    I live in Jefferson Parish, Louisiana right outside of New Orleans. My home is 62 years old, and yes we survived Katrina. In 2012 we replaced our old leaky wooden windows with new ones. 13 windows, beautiful job. The company then wrapped our frames in aluminum. We were very excited, no more painting or scraping. WELL within the first 6 months the caulk was dirty, of course this is normal, we live in a damp area. But when we went to clean in our normal way, with bleach and a sprayer, it did not come clean. I called the company that installed and they were no help, blamed the climate. We have tried everything clr, tilex, clenser, metal cleaner, straight beach, 409, dawn, you name it I have tried it. Now I am not the smartest cookie but we have had and do have caulking around the exteria of our home and do not have this problem. I am now trying to notify the caulking company. Please advise as to what I can do, my beautiful windows are now ugly.


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    Ben Erickson Says:
    December 16th, 2013 at 11:31 am

    Hi Stacy,
    The solvent for most nail polish is lacquer thinner, though it might damage the carpet and can soften or blister paint and other finishes.



  • stacy tenney Says:
    December 8th, 2013 at 10:05 am

    Im in despreate need of help i need to know how i can remive fingernail polish off rugs i live in a place that will charge me 150per a square..please please help my 3year old got a hold of my fingernail polish there was over 50 bottles and i have tryed everything i can nothings working its also on the walls



  • MaryBaker Says:
    August 19th, 2013 at 10:09 am

    I have recently movd into a house wth 3 bathrooms and all the toilets have a dark ring around the inside of the bowl. How do I get rid o the dark ring without damaging the porcelin?



  • Roberta Wolfe Says:
    July 13th, 2013 at 9:37 am

    I have not used the Behr version of this product, however, I have used the Lowes version on my deck. I will have to say so far its been great. I love the finish on the floor of the deck. I did not use it on my rails of the deck, I wasnt sure I wanted a rough to the feel finish. I am glad I didnt put it on there. At the time I didnt know Behr had the same type product. I would think Behr is a great product you probably wont go wrong. I do suggest you power spray the flooring really good before you apply this. I had trouble with peeling etc. also on my deck floor, make sure it is clean clear of as much small debre as possible. THe Lowes product does fill in cracks etc. on the floor, and gives a smooth looking and to the feel finish. Good Luck



  • Nancy Smith Says:
    July 13th, 2013 at 5:44 am

    I recently saw the New Behr Premium Deckover at Home Depot…since the product we used for ever on our deck is no longer sold in the USA..I would like your opinion on it. I did google it and there are many negative comments on its performance. I would not want to spend $158 for the 5 gal., seeing how we have an a very large 2 deck surface and finds the product fails. We live in the North..with extreme cold..and in the summer the back deck gets heavy sun exposure. I need help deciding if this product is for us. ps. last yr we tried Hood and it did not hold up well.
    Please help us decide.
    Nan



  • Rick Ungaro Says:
    July 1st, 2013 at 1:28 pm

    Major Problem House. This house has more problems you can think about. No insulation, bad floor design, and just a start of head-aches I have to begin with. The biggest problem is disability and not able to afford trying to fix it myself. Just wondering how brave you are to call and ask about my bad things are with the place. You have to see it to believe it!



  • Nan Willis Says:
    March 3rd, 2013 at 5:28 am

    What is the right side of the stud wall to install a vapor barrier – in a pourder concrete basement?



  • Roberta Wolfe Says:
    February 1st, 2013 at 1:25 pm

    “Air-Stone (only at Lowes to my knowledge)

    I have seen Air Stone at my local Lowes,and read about it on line. I believe Lowes is the only one to carry this product.

    I want to put this air stone over my dark color brick in my living room. It looks as if would be fairly easy and my question is durability issues putting this over brick. Any suggestions on installing this product.

    What looks easy usually isnt……..and you dont always get the “Cons” on installation. Thank you



  • pat bosiger Says:
    January 13th, 2013 at 10:43 am

    I have heavy shade trees in the front yard and evergreens next to the house. The front door is centered in the middle of the house with 2 step cement pad, and rod iron railings. The windows are about 5 feet either side with a low to the ground evergreen.
    Seems like a 6 foot tall cylinder shaped evergreen should be between the steps in the windows. What I’d like to know is what evergreen fits that description and would do well in heavy shade. If you wish to see a picture I would be happy to provide one- I cannot figure out how to attach it.



  • Garrett watson Says:
    January 6th, 2013 at 9:11 am

    HELP,I have my washing machine in the kichen,when it drain it backs up in the sink,it drains slow. what should I do. snake it or chemical



  • Linda Long Says:
    November 17th, 2012 at 7:58 am

    What is the best way to cover up water stains on ceilings?



  • Joie Says:
    October 14th, 2012 at 8:15 am

    My tenant has cracks in her fiberglass tub. I’ve been told I can use a fiberglass resin to fix the problem. Is this something fairly easy to do or is there something better and easier I can use.



  • PawPower58 Says:
    October 13th, 2012 at 5:50 am

    I replaced my shower about a year ago. I started noticing mold mildew smell. After searching, I found that the shower pan wasn’t sealed between the wall and the pan. I fixed the leakage with tub and tile cauking. Am I going to have a seriour problem later down the road with rott. Thanks in advance.
    Pawpower58



  • Kathy Says:
    September 23rd, 2012 at 6:34 pm

    Oh please help me….My house was built in 1969 and built on a slab. On the ceiling in all the rooms the nails and beams show through, you can actually see the beams and nails which are dimples in the ceilings. My father checked the insulation and it’s dry, I also had a contract look at it and he didn’t know what would be causing the problem. We’ve changed the soffits and added vents in the roof as well as put on a new roof. I know you would think it would be caused by moisture but that doesn’t seem to be the problem. I’m so frustrated and upset that we can’t seem to find the cause and fix it. I’m hoping you can help me and give me some answers. Pleeease help me.



  • Brenda burch Says:
    September 23rd, 2012 at 9:52 am

    Can vinyl flooring be laid over ceramic tile? it is in good shape. What other alternative is there without taking up all the tile?



  • Ginnie Busey Says:
    September 21st, 2012 at 7:48 pm

    I live in a second floor condo unit, built in the mid-60’s.

    My downstairs neighbor is driving me crazy because there is no sound-proofing between the floors. Plus, my floors squeak which must drive him crazy.

    Can you solve this annoying and perplexing problem, and bring some peace to some otherwise nice retired people?



  • cindi eads Says:
    September 20th, 2012 at 2:10 am

    this house has an add-on room on a slab. we ran vents out to it and 2 heat runs and a cold air return. We STILL aren’t getting enough air/heat out there and have to use a wall heater-we spent all that money running the new runs etc… and still not working right. what is wrong!!!????



  • Thomas Leyne Says:
    September 19th, 2012 at 7:46 pm

    I have air condition pipes on the side of my house,from the condenser on the ground floor to the second floor that I would like to cover. Does anyone make a product that goes over the pipes???


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