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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
Original Air Date: Week of February 4, 2006
Landscaping contractor Roger Cook shows a homeowner how to transplant a spruce tree that was originally planted too close to her house. Then Roger, along with plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey, general contractor Tom Silva, and host Kevin O'Connor ask, "What is it?" Then, Tom heads off to Seattle to help a homeowner extend a staircase handrail using a new type of fastening system.
Transplanting a white spruce tree
Roger helps a homeowner transplant a white spruce tree that has grown up against the house. Roger proposes moving the tree to the backyard where it will benefit from more sunlight and can grow unobstructed. They begin by carefully digging out the tree, creating a root ball with a diameter that is 10 times larger than the diameter of the trunk. They wrap the root ball in burlap and load the tree onto a tree dolly. They then dig a hole in the backyard that is twice as wide as the tree's root ball and slightly shallower. They then lower the tree into the hole and remove the burlap. Before backfilling with loam, they add a little starter fertilizer to give the tree a healthy start. Roger then ties the tree to a couple of wooden stakes with plastic cable to keep the tree upright until the roots become established.
Where to Find It
Roger showed a type of plastic cable used for "staking" the tree.
ProLock® Chain-lock Tree Tie
Manufacturer: Dimex Corporation800-334-3776
What is it?
The guys try to guess the intended purpose of an unusual-looking object.
Where to Find It
Tom showed an antique device used for setting the angle of a handsaw's teeth after it's been sharpened. This tool is not available for purchase and was loaned to us by:
Midwest Tool Collectors Association
A newer version of this tool (SKU no. SS7) is available from:
Great Neck Saw
Extending a staircase handrail
Tom visits a homeowner in Seattle to help him extend a handrail on his staircase. The handrail will extend several inches and then curve and connect onto a newel post. After cutting the necessary handrail pieces to length on a miter saw, Tom connects them together using a new type of fastening system that uses a spinning magnet to tighten fasteners that are hidden inside the rail.
Where to Find It
Tom showed a new type of fastening system called Invis® that uses a spinning magnet to tighten hidden fasteners. It is manufactured by:
Invis North America, Inc.
The same fastening system (including the handrail jig) is also available from the manufacturer of the wooden stair rail parts. This manufacturer refers to the system as the "EasAlign" system. For more information, visit:
- 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
- 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