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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

Original Air Date: Week of December 8, 2005

Landscaping contractor Roger Cook helps a pair of homeowners tame an overgrown privet hedge with some "rejuvenation pruning." Then, plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey helps a homeowner install a laundry sink in the basement of her new townhouse. Together, they run the copper pipes for the water supply, make the new PVC drain connection, and connect the plumbing vent.

Viewer Tips
Landscaping contractor Roger Cook helps a pair of homeowners get control of a privet hedge that has grown to be over 10 feet tall. He recommends "rejuvenation pruning" to reduce its overall size and allow more sunlight to reach the inside of the hedge. Roger begins on the sunny side of the hedge, using bypass loppers to remove some branches growing away from the main stems. This makes small holes for sunlight to reach the inside. Using bypass hand-pruners, Roger then tapers the hedge, making it narrower at the top. This will allow more sunlight to get into the base and will help to shed snow from the top of the hedge during the winter months.

Where to Find It
Step ladders manufactured by: Lynn Ladder & Scaffolding Co., Inc.

Some of the pruning tools were manufactured by:

Installing a new basement laundry sink
Plumbing and heating contractor Richard Trethewey helps a homeowner install a laundry sink in the basement of her new townhouse. First, he explains that the sink's drain must be higher than the main drainpipe so that gravity will allow water to drain freely. The main drainpipe is a little too high, so Richard puts concrete blocks underneath the sink to raise it up. He then cuts into the main drain line and installs a fitting that will receive both the pipe coming from the sink's drain and a pipe leading to a vent. After cutting and gluing together all of the PVC drain pipes, Richard installs the sink's faucet. He then cuts into the copper water supply lines and installs new shut-off valves that will supply hot and cold water to the sink's faucet. He then uses steel-braided hoses to make the final connections between the supply valves and the faucet.

Where to Find It
The "Utilatub" laundry sink was manufactured by:
Mustee & Sons, Inc.
Laundry sinks and all of the other materials needed for this project are available at your local home center or plumbing supply house.
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
Repairing a mortared stone walkway, patching an oak floor… more