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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
Original Air Date: Week of December 15, 2005
Landscaping contractor Roger Cook and host Kevin O'Connor bundle up and head outside for a few lessons on the different types of snowthrowers and how to use them properly. Back in the barn loft, Roger and Kevin, along with plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey and general contractor Tom Silva ask, "What is it?" Then, Tom makes a housecall to help a homeowner replace an old, drafty exterior door with a new pre-hung, energy-efficient unit.
Landscaping contractor Roger Cook and host Kevin O'Connor head outside for some lessons on 1 and 2-stage snowthrowers and their safe use. Roger explains that "single" stage machines use a rubber auger that both scoops and shoots the snow. He says a single-stage machine is good for use on asphalt, but bad on loose gravel because the gravel can get thrown—a potentially dangerous situation. Roger says the "double" stage machine uses an auger with metal blades to scoop the snow and an impeller that throws it. 2-stage machines also have adjustable skids on the bottom so the machine can be used safely on gravel. It also has a joystick for controlling the direction of the discharge chute. Roger also shows "shear pins" used in 2-stage machines that protect the transmission in the event an object gets clogged in the machine's auger. He also recommends never putting one's hand in the chute to remove a clog because it can cause a serious injury. Both the 1 and 2-stage machines have manual and electric start features.
Where to Find It
1-stage snowthrower (model # S295):
Manufactured by MTD
2-stage snowthrower: Toro (model # 828 LXE)
Manufactured by: The Toro Company
Toro snowthrower supplied by:
Granz Turf Depot
What is it?
The guys try to guess the intended purpose of an unusual-looking product.
Where to Find It
General contractor Tom Silva shows a product for coiling up loose cables.
Cable Disk cable organizer Manufactured by: Cleverline
Available at: The Container Store
Installing a new exterior door
General contractor Tom Silva helped a homeowner replace her old steel door with a new, energy-efficient unit. The homeowner had already purchased the new door, so she and Tom got to work removing the old door by first removing the screws and then prying the old unit out using hammers and pry-bars. With the old door and jam removed, Tom then installed a piece of "Z-flashing" in the top of the rough opening to keep out water. He then slid the new pre-hung door into the opening and found he needed to grind down part of the existing sill in order to make it fit. Once that was done, Tom had the homeowner run a fat bead of caulk all around the rough opening. Then, they slid the new unit into the opening and checked the threshold for level. Tom then shimmed and fastened the hinge-side of the jam to the rough opening, then did the same thing on the other side. He then installed the lockset and recommended the homeowner apply more caulking around the perimeter of the unit and under the threshold. Later, up in the loft, Tom showed some additional tips on shimming a door plumb and level.
Where to Find It
Pre-hung exterior doors are available at your local home center.
- 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
- Repairing a mortared stone walkway, patching an oak floor… more