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Danny Lipford being interviewed on television

Homefront Radio Goes on the Road to Nashville

Danny and I had a blast recently at the Woodcraft National Sales Conference and Vendor Trade Show in Nashville. We broadcast our Homefront radio program from the show, and saw a lot of cool tools. Read on to find out more.

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Wood platform under clothes washer and dryer

Washing Machine Blues

No doubt you’ve heard the phrase, “Don’t sweat the small stuff,” but sometimes it’s the little things that drive you crazy. Case in point, some friends of mine recently moved into an older home. When it came time to install the washer and dryer, however, there was a slight problem. Read on to find out more.

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Today's Homeowner cast and crew at IBS

Top 10 Picks from the 2011 International Builders’ Show

The 2011 International Builders’ Show has come and gone, but not before I had a chance to walk the floors and take a look at all the amazing new products being offered to the building industry. Read on to find out my top 10 picks from this year’s show.

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Installing vinyl siding on a home

Vinyl Siding to the Rescue!

I’ve been slowly converting my house to be as maintenance-free as possible, and one of the best moves was to cut into a piece of the plastic pie and install vinyl over all the wood surfaces outside. Read on to find out why I’m glad I did!

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Reusing and Recycling Plastic Containers

Reusing and Recycling Plastic Containers

I always get a real kick out of creative ways to re-use items, especially when it comes to doing arts and crafts with my daughter. For example, we’ve converted plastic jugs into bird feeders, piggy banks and even giant sand scoops. Plastic containers can also be recycled and made into building materials such as fencing and composite decking. Read on to find out more.

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15 Favorites from 2010 IBS

15 Favorites from the 2010 International Builders’ Show

From cool tools to handy appliances, we saw it all at the 2010 International Builders’ Show in Las Vegas. Here’s my list of 15 impressive products that really stood out in four days on the floor at the show. Read on to find out more about my “fifteen faves” from IBS.

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When It Rains, It Drips

When It Rains, It Drips

Don’t you just love it when you get an unexpected surprise? Unless, of course, it’s like the surprise I got this weekend. It was one of those cold, gray, dull, rainy weekends that make you want to just stay in bed. I looked over and water was dripping out of the wall cabinets. Somewhere, somehow the roof was leaking. Read on to find out more.

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Frost and ice on window pane

How to Winterize Your Home

Winterizing your home is just a fancy way of saying you’re making it more energy efficient. here are my top seven suggestions that you should think about doing to help protect your home against Old Man Winter and make the colder temps more tolerable. Read on to find out more.

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