Surprise Siding & Creating an Antique Flower Pot

Today’s Homeowner Radio

Wood substitute board made from wood fiber and cement (DepositPhotos)

A homeowner had a pleasant surprise when she found fiber cement siding or Hardie Board hiding under vinyl. What she needs to do now to make the Hardie board look good as new.

And we’ve all seen that black dust that builds up on door hinges. What household item you can use to quickly erase it.

Plus, Joe has a simple solution to create an antique look on new clay pots.


Listener Questions

danny lipford and joe truini

Cleaning Black Dust Off of Door Hinges
Kim from Missouri asks, “We put up new hinges and over a period of time, there is this black dust like stuff on the doors where the hinges are. Any good way to clean that off? I have tried wiping it and it smears.”

The Correct Way to Install Attic Insulation
Genie from Florida asks, “We live in Florida. Since we use air conditioning instead of heat, does the attic insulation still go paper toward the ceiling? I was told by a company that makes the stuff to put it paper up because it should be paper towards heat. Please help me with the correct answer because I have to do this myself and cannot afford to make a mistake.

Surprise Hardie Board Shingles
Bill from Oregon asks, “My deck is peeling very badly. I have scraped as much as I can. I bought paint remover but haven’t used it yet. Based on your experience can I put it on and brush it and then power spray the remover off.”

Surprise Hardie Board Shingles
Sally from Alabama asks, “Do you have instructions on installing Hardie board shingles? We are planning to treat the Hardie board and paint and then hang cedar shakes on the front.”

The Pond Creating Process
Bea from Alabama asks, “How do I go about building a pool for a 4-tier fountain. I want the pool/pond to be about 12 ft wide X 2 ft High. I know I’m asking a lot just don’t really know where to start. I’ll help is greatly appreciated.”


Simple Solutions

joe truini

Instant Antique Flowerpots
Instantly age new clay pots by applying an antique glaze.

Protect Wood Lawn Furniture
Extend the life of wooden lawn chairs and tables by sealing the ends of the legs with epoxy glue.


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Painting “Pros” Shenanigans

The Today’s Homeowner team showing off their paintings during the last shenanigans event.

Products Mentioned

Miracle-Gro

Simpson Strong Tie

James Hardie





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  • Official Comment:


    Thomas Boni Says:
    June 26th, 2019 at 9:14 am

    Hi, Gerry,
    There are a few techniques; one is to stretch a piece of rubber band over the end of the screwdriver (for Phillips head screws).
    For slot screws, you can use a hack saw to re-cut or deepen the slot.
    Good luck!



  • Gerry Carnevale Says:
    June 25th, 2019 at 4:53 pm

    Joe gave a tip on how to remove a screw whose head is stripped. Can you refresh my memory on that? Thanks.

    Gerry


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Surprise Siding & Creating an Antique Flower Pot