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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

Original Air Date: Week of January 21, 2006

Up in the loft, general contractor Tom Silva shows host Kevin O'Connor several different types of hammers and how to use them properly. Then, plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey helps a homeowner repair a pressure-assisted toilet. Tom then gives Kevin some lessons on how to patch a large hole in a wall using veneer plaster and blueboard.

Choosing and using hammers
Tom and Kevin answer a viewer's question about choosing and using hammers. Tom shows some different types including framing, shingling, and brick hammers. He also talks about the different head sizes and materials used in the handles. Tom then gives Kevin a lesson on the proper way to grip and swing a hammer.

Where to Find It
Some of the hammers shown were manufactured by the following companies:


Plumb® manufactured by: Cooper Hand Tools


Douglas Tool, Inc.

Repairing a pressure-assisted toilet
Richard helps a homeowner repair a pressure-assisted toilet that is making a loud thumping sound. He determines that a temporary drop in water pressure is causing the problem and that a new "pressure regulator" inside the toilet tank will eliminate the noise. Richard first shuts off the water supply to the toilet. He then removes the tank from the bowl and takes the flush unit out. He then replaces the pressure regulator on the flush unit and reinstalls everything back inside the tank.

Where to Find It
The flushing mechanism of the pressure-assisted toilet (model number 503) and pressure regulator are manufactured by:
A division of Sloan Valve Company

Repairing a plastered wall
Tom shows Kevin how to repair a large hole in a plastered wall. Instead of patching the hole with regular wallboard and joint compound, Tom uses a different type of gypsum wallboard product called "blueboard." The blueboard is designed to accept a skim coat of "veneer" plaster. Tom first cuts a square piece of blueboard slightly large than the hole. Then, after tracing around the patch onto the wall, Tom uses a wallboard saw to cut the hole a bit larger so that the patch will fit. He then screws two short pieces of 1x3 lumber behind the plaster wall so that he'll have a backer to screw the blueboard patch onto. He then applies fiberglass mesh tape all around the perimeter of the patch and applies plaster over the entire surface, bringing it flush with the rest of the wall.

Where to Find It
Uni-Kal® Veneer Plaster
Manufacturer: National Gypsum Company

Blueboard is available at some lumberyards and home centers.
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
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