With the holidays fast approaching (can you believe Thanksgiving is just a little over a week away?) you may be thinking of updating the look of your home. Today’s homeowner and remodeling contractor, Danny Lipford joined me recently to discuss how you can update the look and feel of your home, the must have tool you need to get the job done and a simple DIY trick that will transform your carriage lights!
Candace Rose: What are some of the top innovations every home needs, especially the garage?
Danny Lipford: “Well, I’ll tell you what…there’s a lot of things going on in the garage these days. People are using the garage for a lot of different reasons, and one of the things we’ve done in this particular garage (please see video above for details) is make it a lot quieter for these homeowners. Up until a week ago they had the loudest garage door opener I think I’ve ever heard, and it’s been changed out for the state of the art Genie Screw Drive Operator. You can tell right away that it’s much quieter than most garage door openers. It has a number of features, it’s powered by a 140 volt DC system, and it has this cool little thing here on top of the remote. The green light indicates that it is successfully closed, and it closed properly. But if you drove off, and you got down the road just a bit and you notice it’s a red light and an alarm is going off…it means something happened to the operation and the closing of the door so the close comfort type of feature on this is great to be able to know your garage door is closed because it’s one of those things that gives you a peace of mind. Also, if the power goes out and you have a power outage, it has a battery back up that ensures that it will close properly. Genie has really figured it out and are at the top of the game to have it quiet and have the performance to be able to operate any kind of door really does make a lot of sense for your garage. It also has a wireless keypad entry on the outside to allow entry in and out without having to use the remote.”
Candace Rose: What are some of the biggest changes you’re seeing in tools these days?
Danny Lipford: “Well, without a doubt, there’s a lot of changes there and it seems like there’s quite a trend for manufacturers to make one tool that will take the place of several tools- that’s what Stanley did with the TinTec, basically this is an adjustable ratcheting wrench that allows you to use this instead of a 27 piece socket set. Plus, you know how it is, Candace, you’ll lose those different sockets…and the one that you really need, you just don’t have. Also, you have to worry about whether it’s a metric or whether it’s a standard sized volt. You don’t have to worry about that because of the adjustability of it. You put it right on, tighten it where you need it and it’ll work just like any good quality wrench. It has a limited lifetime warranty, but the cool thing is it’s only $29.95, so it makes an ideal gift idea.”
Candace Rose: Do you have any other gift ideas for the home?
Danny Lipford: “I’ve got a fun one here, especially if you’re a college football fan, or you have one on your list. This is something that I think a lot of. This is Auburn University logo, but you can get 36 other logos of universities other than this in the NuTone College Pride collection. It comes with a doorbell and a door chime, but not just any door chime- this is actually a customizable mp3 player, that you can put up to 40 songs or sounds on this and you can control it. Whether it randomly picks the songs or whether it’s five or 10 or 15 seconds. I have two girls that go to Auburn, so I had to put this particular song on this one- it’s the fight song. So every time you score a touchdown, you go out there and push the doorbell! You can customize it with music or with almost anything; with the NuTone College Pride collection you can go with just the doorbell, just the chimes for $109. I think it’s just a fun, fun gift there.”
Candace Rose: I’m all about DIY these days. What are some simple projects I can complete for the holidays?
Danny Lipford: “Painting is something that’s always good, but people may think of painting as a living room or a bedroom or the foyer in the house. Something fun that you can do is dress up the front of your house by removing the carriage lights that you may have next to your front door and may be a bit weathered. All you have to do is take those down, remove the glass or cover the glass up and there’s a number of different spray paints that are available now- nickel finish, copper finish, even an old world look you can attain with a hammered finish. You can completely transform the look of those light fixtures with only $5 or $6.
While you’re at it why not finish that front door by painting or putting a new coat of Polyurethane on it to make it really look nice and welcoming for all of the guests that might be coming over during the holiday season.”
Candace Rose: Well, thank you so much, Danny! Where can we go for more information on everything you mentioned?
Danny Lipford: “Well, thank you as well. You can drop by my website at TodaysHomeOwner.com for information on everything we looked at today and a whole lot more.”