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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


Original Air Date: Week of January 5, 2005

Host Kevin O'Connor heads to Minneapolis, Minnesota to help a pair of homeowners who have discovered dangerous levels of radon gas in their finished basement. Then, up in the loft, Kevin shows a number of radon test kits available at home centers and local health departments. Then, landscaping contractor Roger Cook shows a homeowner how to prune his apple tree to produce healthy fruit.

Installing a radon mitigation system
Kevin visits a pair of homeowners in Minneapolis, Minnesota who are concerned about radon. The results of a radon test showed a high level of radon gas in the basement. Kevin meets Jack Bartholomew, Jr., a radon mitigation specialist who is installing an "active" radon mitigation system. The system consists of a pipe that is installed beneath the basement's concrete slab. A fan in the attic is connected to the pipe and pulls the radon gas from beneath the home's foundation before it can enter the basement.

Where to Find It
Radon Mitigation Specialist:
Jack Bartholomew, Jr.
Radon, Energy, and Ventilation
612-721-8762

Technical assistance provided by:
Joshua Kerber, Research Scientist Minnesota Dept. of Health, Indoor Air Unit
800-798-9050

Radon test kits are available at your local health department or home center.

Pruning an apple tree for fruit production
Landscaping contractor Roger Cook helps a homeowner prune his "golden delicious" apple tree so that it will bear fruit. They begin by visiting a local apple orchard to see what a properly-pruned apple tree looks like. They then return to the house to prune the homeowner's tree by first removing the branches that are rubbing against each other. Roger then opens up the center of the tree by removing smaller growth with "bypass" hand-pruners. Using a pole pruner and loppers, he then shapes the tree by removing additional branches, being careful to only remove a third of the tree. Roger then wraps the trunk with hardware cloth to prevent deer from rubbing against it, which can damage the tree's bark. He then says to remove grass around the tree and lay down mulch to reduce weeds and conserve water. For watering, Roger recommends using a "soaker hose." He also says to rake up the leaves each Fall instead of leaving them on the ground to prevent disease.

Where to Find It
Roger visited a nearby apple orchard:
Smolak Farms
978-682-6332

Other assistance was provided by:

Bartlett Tree Experts
800-969-5990
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
Repairing a mortared stone walkway, patching an oak floor… more