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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
Original Air Date: Week of March 4, 2006
Up in the loft, plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey shows host Kevin O'Connor how to repair damaged threads on a radiator using a drill and "tap." Then, landscaping contractor Roger Cook helps a homeowner solve a grading problem that is causing wood rot on the side of her house. Then Richard and Kevin, along with general contractor Tom Silva and host Kevin O'Connor ask, "What is it?" Afterward, Tom shows Kevin how to stabilize a wobbly newel post. Then, Kevin and a tub refinisher help a homeowner refinish her old cast-iron bathtub and make it look like new.
Repairing stripped threads on a cast-iron radiator
Richard shows Kevin how to repair the stripped threads on a cast-iron steam radiator. Richard explains that fittings used in plumbing applications have a special type of tapered thread known as "National Pipe Thread" (NPT). Since the threads on the radiator are severely damaged, Richard must first drill a larger hole in the radiator. Once the hole is drilled, he uses a ¼" "pipe tap" to form new threads inside the radiator. Finally, he applies pipe dope and threads-in a bushing that reduces the larger hole to the original size.
Where to Find It
Richard used a ¼" NPT pipe tap manufactured by:
Air vents, bushings, drill bits and pipe dope can be purchased at your local home center or plumbing supply store.
Fixing a grading problem
Roger helps a homeowner fix a grading problem that is causing the wood above her home's foundation to rot. The house is downhill from her neighbor's and erosion has caused soil from her neighbor's yard to wash onto her property. The result is damp soil in contact with the wood on her house. Roger's solution is to remove all soil within 8" of the sidewall shingles. Next, using pressure-treated lumber, Roger builds a small retaining wall to prevent her neighbor's soil from washing down onto her property again. Roger also uses a length of PVC pipe to extend one of her gutter downspouts to direct water away from the house. Finally, he lays crushed stone on top of the pipe and all exposed soil. This will hide the pipe and also help prevent water from splashing onto the house during a rainstorm.
Where to Find It
Pressure treated lumber, crushed stone, and PVC pipe can be purchased at your local home center or landscape supply center.
What Is It?
Richard showed a plunger that uses compressed CO2 cartridges to clear clogged drains.
Where to Find It
M.A.G. Engineering & Manufacturing Co., Inc.
Stabilizing a wobbly newel post
Tom shows Kevin how to stabilize a wobbly newel post. One method involves using a kit designed for attaching a post to the floor or landing using j-brackets and specially-cut baseboard mouldings. Tom also showed how to add extra screws or lumber underneath the stairs to help stabilize the post. He also showed how to tighten the post from above using countersunk lag bolts and bungs to hide the bolt heads.
Where to Find It
Tom showed a kit for fastening a newel post to the floor or landing using brackets and pre-mitered mouldings:
4J's Post Mounting System manufactured by Conifer Products, Inc.
The lag bolts Tom used are manufactured by:
Refinishing an old cast-iron bathtub
Kevin and bathtub refinisher Jack Donaruma show a homeowner how to refinish her old cast-iron bathtub to look like new. Jack begins by removing all old caulking and soap on the porcelain surface of the tub. He then washes the tub down with an acid cleaner. He then applies an acid etching paste to rough up the surface to accept primer and paint. He then spray-paints the tub using an automotive-type paint that will last for several years.
Where to Find It
Tub Refinisher: Jack Donaruma
Donaruma Fiberglass & Porcelain Repair
P.O. Box 189
Hudson, MA 01749
- 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
- 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