Home Improvement Blog?

By: Danny Lipford

I keep getting asked, “When are you starting a blog?” … Well, I thought I would give it a try.

Why Blog? That’s how I respond to the first question, “Why would I have a blog?” I never started out to be a TV guy either, but the experience has been fantastic. Being on TV has given me the chance to encounter homeowners all over the country. I’m hoping this blog will be a great place to share ideas and comments I receive from those homeowners. Besides, I’ve always wanted to write a little about what goes on behind the scenes of Today’s Homeowner® as well as the fun at The Early Show on CBS and The Weather Channel.

But don’t be shy. I’ve been told that a blog is a great way to start conversations. If you’ve got something you’ve been dying to say leave a comment. There’s a good chance your comment will influence my next post.

I’ve been getting pretty excited about todayshomeowner.com. Sure, TV is great, but great stuff can happen on the web too. We’ve already answered tons of personal requests for help. While we can’t answer them all, we plan to answer the ones we miss with detailed articles, tons of new videos, and tips from experts in different fields. Feel free to drop off your questions too.

Hey, help me out, what would you like to read most in a blog like this?

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  • DRPIPE Says:
    August 17th, 2016 at 9:38 am

    Pre-finished hardwood is a great option,rent the hammer and air compressor and the prefinished wood is very close to tile in price.It goes down fast and dust free.Floating Laminate flooring is the other choice, its like legos and a cheap miter saw will work hand or power.
    Make sure the water is 100% gone.I have seen water in places that were thought to be dry but mold started growing. so have the area checked with a meter or infrared scan.You can find people in your area, if not I can refer people for you.



  • Bob Fortune Says:
    November 18th, 2014 at 11:11 am

    Hey Danny, you are doing a great job. I love your show and lately your website has been a real help for me. I’m a homeowner with a house constructed in the 90s. We didn’t work on the insolation back then, now since winters are approaching, I would want some suggestions from you how I can go about it. There is very limited woodwork in the house.



  • Sabbir Says:
    September 5th, 2014 at 11:38 am

    Nice blog. Helps people need to know home improvement facts. Many thanks.



  • greg mayer Says:
    August 24th, 2014 at 1:18 pm

    Danny’s thank you so much for your great post. I am highly appreciate to you informative article about home improvement. I have get 100% clearance about home improvement.



  • Michael Says:
    August 13th, 2014 at 1:27 am

    I think Insulation is the big issue. I know for a fact That the houses could use some better insulation. When we remodel the rental apartment or our part of the basement I plan on ripping it down to the studs and putting in really good insulation. I’m sure it will pay off long-term.



  • Atlanta Handyman Says:
    June 17th, 2009 at 9:36 pm

    I have heard a lot of people mentioning sealing driveways, decks, fences, etc. Is it possible to seal a tile floor in an indoor kitchen? I would like to prevent the grout from soaking up spills and stains. Any ideas?



  • Diane D. Says:
    March 20th, 2009 at 7:58 pm

    I am looking for advise on how to replace a broken stem in a tub faucet. Part of the stem came out and the other part is still in the pipe. I’ve replaced these stem’s often but have never had one to break in half. Desperate.



  • John Says:
    February 21st, 2009 at 3:38 pm

    Hi Danny – I just watched your show on kitchen upgrades and really enjoyed it. My wife and I did our kitchen recently and I was really surprised at the number of opportunities to get huge results for low dollars. This may not be the place for all the details, but we did our kitchen for under $9000. That’s not pocket change, but includes what looks like a redo of everything but the floor. Skyline cabinet treatment, granite, stainless appliances, wine fridge, sink, faucet, disposal, tumbled marble backsplash, the works. Two tricks that helped alot. 1) I built 5 boxes that allowed me to reconfigure, but reuse, most of my old kitchen cabinets and bought new doors to get a new look. 2) I shopped for appliances in February and March when the new products are being released and bought new or display models of the prior years appliances and save roughly 40%.
    This was a project that started out as – “Honey, we need a new oven”. I had never built a cabinet before in my life. A friend showed me how easy it was to build a face frame and box and I did the all the cabinet work with a $100 portable table saw, a pocket screw jig, and a nailer.
    I was amazed at how I got cabinet maker results from supplies and tools you can buy at Home Depot (also got a great deal there on some appliances). People can’t spot the new homemade cabinets from the custom cabinets that came with the house. Too bad I can’t show the before and after pictures. It’s less than $2500 for this kitchen without the granite and appliances.



  • Perry Degener Says:
    August 11th, 2008 at 10:37 am

    I need to install concrete piers and columns to support a second story addition. Has anyone used those “elephant feet” concrete tubes with the broad plastic base as a way to install concrete support columns>?



  • tim mueller Says:
    June 2nd, 2008 at 10:07 am

    hello, i have a 70″s modular home that i want to replace a few windows in. it has vinyl siding. am not sure if the old windows have a nailing strip or not. is there a way to remove the windows without taking the siding off? any help?



  • Barbara Voyles Says:
    February 1st, 2008 at 1:22 pm

    A few days ago I emailed a question on by-pass doors. As of this date I have only received a response the question had been received. I want to replace bi-fold doors in a very small bedroom with the bi-pass door on the closet. I had seen this done on HGTV. I still need to know the process. The “HOW TOO’s”.



  • John Cannamela Says:
    January 15th, 2008 at 9:33 pm

    I put in “steel building ridge vent” on google and got many sites with your desciption. it sounds like the ridge vent was an option in which case the paperwork may not be on the original print.The 10 foot vent gats installed equally spaced and yes it may leak but you need air under the vent.You also should have louvers for the lower part of the building.I’m no expert I just read a handfull of sites. sorry if this didn’t help.



  • amber applegate Says:
    December 31st, 2007 at 4:24 pm

    HELP! I am desperate! I just purchased a US Steel building kit. We are almost finished putting it together and are now stuck on the ridge vents. There were lousy instructions concerning how they work and how to put them up. We see how to mount them but there is much more to this than the blue prints say. I can not get my salesman to return phone calls at all. I have been on the internet trying to find out about ridge vents but nothing can answer the questions we have about them.

    Ok bear with me. The building is metal as I said. The ridge CAPS on the top of the roof? does the ridge VENT go on top of these caps? Also there is insulation under all the siding and roof structure. So once we mount the ridge vents, then what? Are we supposed to now cut thru the ridge caps and the insulation to make them open to get air flow to work? Nothing tells us what to do?

    Or do we leave the ridge CAPS off where the ten foot ridge vents (there are two of them) sit on the roof? I have even had two licensed contractors over that are neighbors but never worked on steel buildings look at the plans and they can’t figure it out either.

    I take it the “THROAT” is the opening inside the ridge vent that the chain that I pull from inside the building will open and close?? don’t laugh. I am serious. I don’t know.

    Also, if the “throat” is open, what keeps rain from coming inside during the rain season? I live in the PNW and we get rain! I need ventilation year round.

    this is very discouraging. The salesman said any idiot could put this building up in three days. Well we have been on it for over a month so we must be really stupid.

    We are almost there…IF we can figure out how these ridge vents go up and how to get them open from the inside, ie. cut the insulation and ridge caps or what??
    Thank you for listening and hopefully HELP!!



  • John Cannamela Says:
    October 19th, 2007 at 6:20 am

    Pre-finished hardwood is a great option,rent the hammer and air compressor and the prefinished wood is very close to tile in price.It goes down fast and dust free.Floating Laminate flooring is the other choice, its like legos and a cheap miter saw will work hand or power.
    Make sure the water is 100% gone.I have seen water in places that were thought to be dry but mold started growing. so have the area checked with a meter or infrared scan.You can find people in your area, if not I can refer people for you.
    John Cannamela
    http://www.infraredsurvey.com



  • Deb T Says:
    October 9th, 2007 at 10:34 pm

    I am looking for advice for flooring in a lower level of our split level home. We had a flooding problem not covered by insurance. My carpeting had to be taken up, for whatever reason carpet tacks & tile adhesive were liberally applied.l. My first choice to clean&stain with a decorative stencil. However..I am seeking ideas that might be easier since I am doing all the labor, and am recovering from a ten year illness that has left me thankfully alive, but not as strong as I would like to think I am. If the adhesive isnt totally removed or the floor isnt properly prepared, the entire job could be a bust..ceramic tile is I guess the next option but I have no experience in doing this. HELP:)



  • Dave Chegash Says:
    August 26th, 2007 at 2:30 pm

    I hope you can help me or at least steer me in the right direction. My sump pump runs all year long and the water exits into a small patch of trees. The water tends to build up in there especially during the winter and spring months. I thought of a pond but I don’t have a lot of room between the house and the trees. Do you have any ideas or can you point me in the right direction to someone who could help? Thanks.



  • Jennifer Walker Says:
    August 2nd, 2007 at 11:20 pm

    Welcome to the blog world! I’m sure we’ll be turning to the site for some home improvement tips when we move into our new house in the next few weeks.


  • Official Comment:


    Danny Lipford Says:
    August 1st, 2007 at 8:32 pm

    Hi Dean,
    Thanks for the comment. I will get in the groove soon with regular entries. There is so much I am exposed to across the country and such great homeowners.Also I’ll be posting a few pictures from time to time.
    Danny



  • Dean Says:
    July 25th, 2007 at 4:46 pm

    Hey Danny,

    Great looking site and congrats on the new blog. I’m adding it to my reading list.

    Dean


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    Jenn Says:
    July 20th, 2007 at 9:06 am

    Carol,

    I believe you are referring to eliminating water stains on a ceiling with “popcorn” texture. Here’s a link to a clip covering that topic, you’ll also find a few comments about it within the “producer’s notes” in the same link.

    10 Common Interior Repairs

    Hope this helps and thanks for watching!



  • carol turner Says:
    July 19th, 2007 at 4:08 pm

    i just saw part of your weather station spot
    where you showed how to repair a stucco ceiling inside the house. I cannot find a clip on that repair. HELP 7/19/07 2.45pm cdt


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