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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
Original Air Date: Week of October 13, 2005
General contractor Tom Silva quiets a homeowner's squeaky stairs and replaces a broken baluster. Then Tom, along with plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey, landscaping contractor Roger Cook, and host Kevin O'Connor ask, "What is it?" Then, Richard helps a homeowner prevent a damaging flood by installing an automatic shut-off valve for her washing machine.
Quieting creaky stairs
Tom quiets a creaky old staircase by inserting wooden shims between the risers and treads where they attach to the stringers beneath. He secures the shims using polyurethane glue and trim screws, hiding the heads of each screw with wood putty and stain to match the color of the staircase. To repair the broken baluster, Tom uses a self-made jig to hold the two pieces in place while he drills holes into each. For this, he uses a plunge router with a collar and straight-cutting bit. He then connects the two broken pieces with a length of wooden dowel and glue. Finally, Tom reattaches the repaired baluster using finish nails.
Where to Find It: Plunge router
Hitachi Koki Co., Ltd.
Polyurethane glue: The Gorilla Glue Company
Trim screws, finish nails and wooden dowels are available at your local home center.
Static cling solution
Roger showed a set of rubber balls used to soften clothes and keep them from sticking together in the dryer due to static cling.
Where to Find It: Dryer rubberballs
Nellie's Dryerballs by Batten Industries®
Installing an electric shut-off valve for a washing machine
Richard installs an electric shut-off valve that's specially designed for washing machines. The valve takes the water pressure off of the machine's hoses when it's not in use, thereby preventing the hoses from bursting. Richard begins by closing the water shut-offs and removing the hoses. He then connects the new valve to the shut-offs using CPVC pipe and fittings. He then secures the valve to the wall using hollow wall anchors and screws. He then reattaches the hoses, opens the shut-off valves, and plugs the power cord into a nearby receptacle. Finally, Richard places a leak sensor underneath the machine that will cause the valve to close in the event the machine itself springs a leak during a wash cycle.
Where to Find It: Automatic shutoff valve
Valve: Model #A2C-M1
Retro-fit installation kit: Model KA2-BD
Manufacturer: Watts Regulator Company
- Episode #401
- Repairing a mortared stone walkway, patching an oak floor… more