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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
Original Air Date: Week of December 22, 2005
Host Kevin O'Connor heads to southern California and meets with a local expert to learn about the proper tools techniques for window washing. Then back in the loft, Kevin, along with landscaping contractor Roger Cook, plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey, and general contractor Tom Silva ask, "What is it?" Then, Richard helps a pair of homeowners flush the sediment out of their aging electric water heater. Later, up in the loft, Richard demonstrates several water heater maintenance tips.
Host Kevin O'Connor heads to sunny southern California where he and a local expert help a homeowner learn how to wash windows like a professional. Window cleaning expert Garry Jalowka tells them that ordinary dishwashing detergent mixed with water works best because it doesn't evaporate quickly like ammonia-based cleaners do. He then shows how to get professional-quality results using different types and sizes of squeegees and rags.
Where to Find It
Window cleaning contractor:
Mr Window Cleaning
Lake Elsinore, CA 92530-7326
Technical assistance provided by:
International Window Cleaning Association
What is it?
The guys try to guess the intended purpose of an unusual-looking product.
Where to Find It
Tom showed a tube used for melting ice dams in an emergency.
Ice Viper Roof Ice Dam Melting Tube
Manufacturer: Ice Dam Removal Systems, Inc.
Flushing an electric water heater
Plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey helped a pair of homeowners flush sediment from their electric water heater. The water heater was 10 years old and had not been adequately maintained. Richard suggested draining the tank to remove the sediment, but warned that the tank might later leak due to its age. Richard flushed the tank using a hose connected to an electric pump which pulled the water and sediment from inside the tank to the outside of the house. Once the water ran clear, Richard added some water to the tank to stir up any remaining sediment on the bottom and then pumped it out again. A few weeks later, the homeowners reported that the tank had started leaking, just like Richard warned that it might. So, Richard replaced their water heater and brought the old one up into the loft for an autopsy, which revealed that corrosion inside the tank had caused it to leak.
Where to Find It
Replacement electric water heater (not shown), anode rods and electric elements provided by:
80 Felton St
Waltham, MA 02453
Replacement electric water heater (not shown) manufactured by:
- 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
- Repairing a mortared stone walkway, patching an oak floor… more