Alternative menus

  • Can anyone point me to the right place to make up menus for different pages.

    We have different menus on the site dashboard, but thats not helpful when my template for every page is pulling the same header-default.php file

    Ex: I need the homepage to pull basically no menu items (just company logo) +navbar up top....and all subpages to pull the "header-default.php" with all menu items and navbar....

    is there php i can place in the template for the homepage to call up an alternative menu.php file? or should/can i edit the index.php to block the menu items...

    side question: is the homepage pulling template framework from the index.php file or the same template.php file all the other pages use?

    please help out your local non developer designer ;)