EP214: In a Neighborhood Near You…

SEGMENT 1: Memorial Day

Dan flies solo and shares stories of families with fallen heroes. As we enjoy the festivities this weekend, let’s take pause to remember what Memorial Day represents.

SEGMENTS 2 & 3: Maintenance Free?

The maintenance-free promises of vinyl siding often come up short. Even vinyl needs regular maintenance such as cleaning and inspection. We talk about how to catch the problems your siding might be hiding and answer the age old question…can you paint it?

SEGMENT 4: Here Comes the Judge…

Tick magnet, Dan, is ditching the trails for neighborhood sidewalks… and what kind of Home Improvement Show would this be if he didn’t spend those walks noticing…and perhaps, judging the homes he passes? Luckily we have the solution to a common problem he is seeing.  

EP213: To Paint or Not to Paint

SEGMENT 1: Tick Explosion

Tick populations are exploding in Michigan! Warmer winters and bird migration have contributed to a rise in the tick population in west Michigan. We talk about a few simple ways to help protect your whole family this summer. 

SEGMENTS 2 & 3: Where Do You Stop?


Is painted trim right for you? We weigh the pros and cons of painting your trim and explain how to tackle this project yourself. We also discuss the growing trend of painting the trim colors other than white! The sky’s the limit for color but if you aren’t painting all the trim where do you start and stop? Tune in for an easy rule of thumb. 

SEGMENT 4: Junk Royalty

Dan is clearing out the barn! We know he’s not the only one with junk to get rid of so we thought we’d discuss all the options. Whether you need to hire a service to haul it away for you or just need to know where to take it, we’ve got you covered!

EP200: Feng Shui Your Space

SEGMENT 1: Celebrating 200 Episodes

We never thought we’d make it, but here we are . . . 200 Episodes! To celebrate we’ve pulled a number of interesting facts from a great article we found entitled 200 Awesome Facts About Everything!

SEGMENT 2: Humidity . . . Our Friend and Foe!

Our poor pets are being shocked by static electricity left and right! Humidity can cause a lot of issues, whether it’s too high or too low. We dig into ways you can achieve the “Goldilocks” zone. Plus we cover some important considerations when choosing your humidifier!

SEGMENT 3: Good Vibes

Everyone wants their home or their workspace to feel warm and comfortable. Today we discuss how to declutter and create “good vibes” with the ancient practice of Feng Shui. Will your home pass the Feng Shui quiz?

SEGMENT 4: First Comes Snow, Then Comes Water Damage

It looks like a winter wonderland out there right now, but those giant icicles out there could mean that ice dams are forming. Learn how ice dams form and how to prevent them from causing water damage in your home.

We talk about what you need to do and how often to make sure your tires are at the right pressure, no matter the season!

And we also mentioned a specific tire gauge that we love. Here’s a link:

EP199: Pet Safe Ice Melt, North Facing Rooms, and more!

SEGMENT 1: Keeping Our Pets Safe in the Winter

A lot of us have pets who love being out in the snow. But, there are some concerns–especially regarding the various ice melts we often use on our driveways. And unfortunately, not all “Pet-Safe” ice melts are created equal. We’ve got the info you need to help keep your pet safe and happy this winter!

SEGMENT 2: Scuff-X, Miracle Paint!

Scuff-X from Benjamin Moore is a paint we’ve spoken about many times on the show. But it’s still so remarkable . . . we can always find something new to say! Today we talk about how we’re seeing Scuff-X being used with great success on trim and cabinets.

SEGMENT 3: Choosing Colors for a North Facing Room

Color is light. And the quality, quantity, and even the angle light enters our rooms can dramatically affect the look and feel of the colors on our walls. Today we talk why choosing colors for a North facing room can be difficult and we’ve got some suggestions!

Grays That Don’t Lean Too Blue

Look for grays that lean beige:

  • Revere Pewter
  • Edgecomb Gray

Greens With a Hint of Blue

Look for a more balanced green, with equal parts yellow and blue.

  • Spring Valley
  • Desert Green

Beige That Actually Looks Beige!

The rule of thumb in a North facing room is to choose colors that are warmer than you think you should. Then, the cool tones in the light will bring them back into the zone you were hoping. For beige or a warm off-white, try these Benjamin Moore colors respectively:

  • Lenox Tan
  • Gentle Cream

SEGMENT 4: Maintaining the Right Tire Pressure

Keeping your tires at the right pressure is important! Not only for fuel economy, but for safety, handling, and even for preventing undue wear on the tires! 

We talk about what you need to do and how often to make sure your tires are at the right pressure, no matter the season!

And we also mentioned a specific tire gauge that we love. Here’s a link:

EP198: Winter Fun, Indoors and Out

SEGMENT 1: She’s a Huge Luger!

Hailey visited the Muskegon Winter Sports Complex this past Saturday and was blown away by all they had to offer in terms of outdoor winter fun! Besides ice skating, snow-shoeing, and cross country skiing, they also boast a luge track! Sadly, Hailey didn’t bring home the gold, but she still had a lot of fun! 

If you’re looking for something to do this winter, you’ve got to check out the Muskegon Winter Sports Complex!

SEGMENT 2: What’s Up With VOCs in Paint?

There are a lot of misconceptions out there when it comes to VOCs in paint. Search online for a few minutes and you’ll read a wide range of claims about the dangers. Unfortunately, a lot of that information is inaccurate. 

Today, we discuss what VOCs really are and how much they should impact your choice of paint. 

SEGMENT 3: Wally’s Treasures

Hailey spent last weekend on the luge track in Muskegon.  Dan chose something a little more his speed: a visit to an antique mall. However, this wasn’t just any antique mall! Wallys Treasures is absolutely huge, wonderfully curated, and reasonably priced. It was a great day of searching for hidden treasures and we can’t recommend it enough! 

Wally’s Treasures Antique Mall
1438 28th St. SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49508

SEGMENT 4: Choosing the Perfect Color in 2021

We’re all still dealing with the ongoing effects of COVID and for some of us, that means we’re just not comfortable coming into a store to browse and shop. For others, there are health issues that require them to be cautious.

If that’s you . . . or honestly, if you just don’t have the time to stand at the color display and try to find the right color . . . there are some solutions!

EP197: From Hex Signs to Barn Quilts

SEGMENT 1: Welcome Hailey!

We’re excited to introduce Hailey Johnson, jack-of-all-trades and now, pre-famous radio personality. Hailey’s got a background in everything from Art to Paint. And while that may not sound terribly all-encompassing . . . Hailey will assure you that it is.

SEGMENTS 2 & 3: From Hex Signs to Barn Quilts

Hex signs have a long, fascinating, and often misunderstood history. We dig into the tradition of barn decorating and the pitfalls of translation.


SEGMENT 4: Electronic Door Locks

Here’s a quick, 30-minute upgrade for your homes: install a keyless, electronic door lock! For anywhere from $50 to $300 you could go keyless on the main door of your home. It’s an incredibly convenient upgrade, easy to accomplish, and not too expensive. It might be the perfect Saturday project….