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Episode #426
Installing a mini-split air conditioning system, what is it?, de-thatching a lawn… more
Episode #425
Cutting ceramic and stone tile, installing a sump pump … more
Episode #424
Replacing an old dishwasher, what is it?, sharpening a wood chisel, using lawn spreaders… more
Episode #423
Replacing an interior "hollow-core" door with a new "solid-core" door, repairing a leaky kitchen faucet… more
Episode #422
Repairing stripped threads on a cast-iron radiator, fixing a grading problem, what is it?, stabilizing a wobbly newel post, refinishing an old cast-iron bathtub… more
Episode #421
Installing an instantaneous water heater, planting trees to save energy, installing cellulose insulation … more
Episode #420
Installing a granite driveway marker, what is it, repairing a hot water radiator system … more
Episode #419
Building a custom radiator cover, installing a steam humidifier in a forced-air heating system … more
Episode #418
Transplanting a white spruce tree, what is it?, extending a staircase handrail … more
Episode #417
Repairing a residential well, repairing a hole in vinyl siding … more
Episode #416
Choosing and using hammers, repairing a pressure-assisted toilet, repairing a plastered wall … more
Episode #415
Installing a low cost in-ground sprinkler system, what is it?, pouring a concrete footing for a deck … more
Episode #414
Installing a radon mitigation system, pruning an apple tree for fruit production… more
Episode #413
Installing a new vinyl floor, what is it?, preventing frozen pipes… more
Episode #412
Washing windows like a pro, what is it?, flushing an electric water heater… more
Episode #411
Snowthrowers, what is it?, where to find it… more
Episode #410
Pruning an overgrown privet hedge, installing a new basement laundry sink … more
Episode #409
Viewer tips, re-shingling a garage roof using asphalt-fiberglass shingles… more
Episode #408
Circular saw 101, what is it?, installing a new outdoor faucet using PEX, cabling an oak tree to prevent splitting… more
Episode #407
Removing and preventing moss, algae and lichen from a roof, what is it?, repairing a leaky water valve, planting shade-tolerant ground cover under a European Beech tree … more
Episode #406
Building a raised garden bed with landscape timbers, clearing a bathtub drain. … more
Episode #405
Caring for a rose bush, how to steady a wobbly toilet, plugging a basement water leak using hydraulic cement.… more
Episode #404
Repairing a flat wheelbarrow tire, repairing an aluminum rain gutter, viewer tips, installing a thermal expansion tank … more
Episode #403
Installing an under-sink water filter, planting a drought-resistant tree.… more
Episode #402
Quieting creaky stairs, static cling solution, and installing an electric shut-off valve for a washing machine … more
Episode #401

Original Air Date: Week of October 6, 2005

Our 4th season begins with a house call from landscaping contractor Roger Cook who helps a homeowner repair a loose flagstone in his mortared front walkway. Then Roger, along with general contractor Tom Silva, plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey, and host Kevin O'Connor ask, "What is it?" Then, Tom helps a handy homeowner patch a hardwood floor where an interior wall once stood.

Repairing a mortared stone walkway
Roger helps a homeowner repair a loose stone in his mortared front walkway. He first cleans the concrete base underneath the stone using a wet sponge and a wire brush and blows out any remaining debris using an air compressor. He then uses a concrete block adhesive to reattach the stone to the base. He then uses a tube of mortar joint repair to bond the sides of the stone with the surrounding mortar joints. Roger then adds a mixture of stone dust and sand to make the color of the new joint blend in with the old ones.

Where to Find It
Roger applied the mortar joint repair and concrete block adhesive with a caulking gun. Umaco Mortar Joint Repair and Umaco Block-Lock Adhesive
Umaco Products

Patching an oak floor
Tom helps a homeowner patch a hole in an oak floor where an interior wall once stood. He first removes part of the old strip flooring using a reciprocating saw, router, chisel and flat bar. He then inserts a piece of rosin paper that will act as a "release" between the oak floor and the subfloor beneath. He then patches the newly enlarged hole with new oak flooring and fastens the boards to the subfloor with a special flooring nailer and a rubber mallet. Finally, Tom stains the new flooring to match the old flooring using an oil-based stain.

Where to Find It: Plunge router
Porter-Cable Corporation

Flooring nailer: Porta-nails, Inc.

Stain: Minwax® Company

Oak flooring: Hunt Hardwood Floors, Inc.