Ask Danny — answers to your home improvement questions

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Danny Lipford is among the country’s most sought-after home improvement experts.
The seasoned remodeling contractor and media personality served as the home improvement expert for CBS’s “The Early Show” and The Weather Channel for over a decade and has made more than 180 national television appearances on “Fox & Friends,” “Inside Edition,” “Morning Express with Robin Meade,” Fox Business Channel, Rachael Ray and more.
He travels the country making appearances as a brand ambassador and spokesperson, and each year contributes expertise to hundreds of popular magazines and online media outlets.


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  • Lori Davis Says:
    October 21st, 2018 at 10:27 am

    Hi I have a small two bedroom single story home in Illinois. I am a single Grandmother raising my Grandchild. When I purchased the home 9 years ago it was a small1 bedroom I had a bedroom and a living room added since that addition I have had a significant leak where the existing structure meets the addition the leak is just at both ends going up about 2 feet it is damaging the walls. Depending on the angle of the rain sometimes it pours in and sometimes a small leak with a lot of bubbling. The contractor who did this is no longer works in the business. I did have a roofer come overlook at it 2 years ago he sealed up the seam it did not solve the issue. At this point I don’t know what to do I can’t afford a new roof and I was told it doesn’t need a new roof but that the seam was not placed properly That it needed to be overlapping. I would appreciate any advice you could give me on this matter?

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    Thomas Boni Says:
    July 8th, 2018 at 3:47 pm

    Hi, Frankie,
    Sand, add bonding primer and then add quality acrylic latex paint to the area. It will expand and contract.
    Good luck with your project!

  • Frankie Churchwell Says:
    June 19th, 2018 at 9:27 am

    I am not wanting to put in a backsplash in my kitchen but there is a very small–maybe 1/2 inch space between my kitchen sink and the window above that the paint tends to peel and chip. What can I do there as far as sealing it down that will stop that? Thanks.

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    Thomas Boni Says:
    July 8th, 2018 at 3:27 pm

    Hi, Joe,
    Use a packable soil. And fill in as much as necessary to keep the water away from your house. Topping it with a small rock or gravel should discourage any erosion.
    Good luck!

  • Joe Says:
    June 16th, 2018 at 8:04 am

    I have a porch attached to my house. Ive noticed some settling under the porch, and some water running towards the house. I need to add some fill to raise grade so it slopes away from the house. Any recommendations on what to use? I talked to someone from a gravel company. He recommended using class 5 to get proper slope, then put down plastic and decorative rock over that. Keep in mind I have about 30″ between bottom of porch and ground level next to house. Not alot of space to work.

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    Thomas Boni Says:
    July 8th, 2018 at 3:20 pm

    Hi, Rose,

    Danny says, “I can understand your frustration; this happens a lot. The best thing to use to block out that rust would be a shellac based primer. I would suggest B-I-N from Zinsser.
    We recommend that a lot because that really does help.

    Good luck!”

    May 24th, 2018 at 8:53 am

    Hello I am repainting a bathroom and the outside drywall corner is rusted and bleeding thru the paint. I sanded it all off and put a 2 coats of kilz on and waited 4 days and the rust is coming back again. What can I apply to stop the rust from bleeding thru. I am using water base paint in the bathroom and do not want to paint over until I know the rust will not bleed thru. Thank you in advance for the help. Some one told me to use white out over the rust. Have you ever heard of using this.

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    Thomas Boni Says:
    July 8th, 2018 at 12:00 am

    Hi, Dan,

    Danny says, “I would suggest replacing the middle post since it has that much rot damage and you can reattach the loose brick flooring by using an exterior construction adhesive.

    “I would suggest using long coated deck screws to attach the columns to the wood above.”

    Good luck!

  • Dan Says:
    April 16th, 2018 at 12:06 pm

    Hello..we have an Illinois ranch house with a covered front porch with a brick floor that is up one step from ground level..the roof overhang is supported by three 6″ X 6″ rough sawn cedar posts that are painted white and are resting on the brick flooring…the middle post has rotted up about 6″ from bottom..I have driven wooden wedges in from the sides to support the post and it doesnt seem to be anchored at the top..just the weight of overhang is holding it / them in place ?? Also, the corner of the brick support wall has a medium size vertical crack in it where it appears to have shifted somewhat..Several of the flooring bricks, on the same corner have lost mortar underneath them as well..thanks for any help / solutions…

  • Eleanor High Says:
    April 4th, 2018 at 12:32 pm

    I need to reconnect the sink stopper to the open-close lever. Can you give general info. re: connection? Thanks.

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    Thomas Boni Says:
    July 8th, 2018 at 2:46 pm

    Hi, Abraham,
    Many times voids like this are a result of tree roots deteriorating over time. They can also be created by rainwater channeling under the slab and washing out the water.

    Either way, the void needs to be filled with compacted clay or crushed stone.

    Good luck!

  • Abraham Weiss Says:
    March 19th, 2018 at 6:59 pm

    I live in Michigan where sinkholes are not common. This past Friday a large (2×3) section in my driveway fell in. There appears to be a void almost two feet deep that stretches several feet in different directions. The area beneath the void was soft enough so, that a four foot metal pole could easily probe the ground (which was moist) at the bottom of the void with ease for the full length of the pole (ran out of pole after that). A plumber took a look and was “stumped,” he could not locate any pipes or water source in the area of the void. I have someone willing to repave the area but I am worried that there is an underlying issue which is not resolved. Should I contact someone and if so who?

  • Rick Hunley Says:
    March 7th, 2018 at 8:22 pm

    If you re grout your bathroom and mix sealer in with the grout do you still need to put grout sealer on it

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