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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


Original Air Date: Week of March 18, 2006

Plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey helps a homeowner select and install a new dishwasher. Then, Richard, along with general contractor Tom Silva, landscaping contractor Roger Cook and host Kevin O'Connor ask, "What is it?" Then, up in the loft, Tom shows Kevin how to sharpen wood chisels using different types of sharpening stones. Then, Roger and Kevin head outside for some lessons on proper use of lawn spreaders.

Replacing an old dishwasher
Richard visits a homeowner with an old dishwasher that needs to be replaced. Together, they go to a local home center where an expert explains the features of several different models. After selecting a dishwasher, they head back to the house to install it. Richard begins by disconnecting the water, drain, and electrical connections and removing the old dishwasher. He then determines he must re-route the water supply line so that the new, larger dishwasher will fit in the cabinet recess. After connecting the new water supply line and electrical cable, Richard connects the dishwasher's new drain line to an opening in the sink's garbage disposer. He then fastens the dishwasher to the underside of the counter with brackets and screws and the installation is complete.

Where to Find It
Richard and the homeowner visited a Home Depot store to select the dishwasher.

The dishwasher they selected (model no. LDF7810ST) was manufactured by:
LG Electronics
201-816-2000

What is it?
Up in the loft, Tom shows Kevin how to sharpen wood chisels using different types of sharpening stones.

Where to Find It
Water Vroom Surface Cleaning Guide (model no. EXA150)
Manufacturer: DeVilbiss Air Power Company
800-888-2468

Sharpening a wood chisel
Up in the loft, Tom shows Kevin how to sharpen wood chisels using different types of sharpening stones.

Where to Find It
A wide variety of sharpening stones exist in many sizes and price categories. Some are made of natural stone while others are synthetic. Some very expensive ones use diamonds that do the sharpening. Most stones use oil or water as a lubricant.

Tom showed a diamond-impregnated sharpener that uses water as a lubricant:
DuoSharp® Diamond Sharpener manufactured by: Diamond Machining Technology, Inc. (DMT)
800-666-4368

Tom also showed an inexpensive, synthetic sharpening stone that uses oil as a lubricant: Economy Tool & Knife Sharpener (Combination Benchstone)
Norton Abrasives

These and other types of sharpening stones are available at your local home center or woodworking store.

Tom also showed a device that holds a chisel at the correct angle for sharpening.
Chisel/Plane Blade Sharpener (model no. 809)
General Tools Manufacturing Co.
212-431-6100

Using lawn spreaders
Roger and Kevin head outside for a few lessons on the proper use of lawn spreaders. Spreaders are useful for adding the precise amount of certain lawn treatments like herbicide, lime, and fertilizer or for sowing new grass seed. Roger first shows a "drop" spreader, which simply drops material directly below the spreader. Roger also demonstrates a "broadcast" spreader, which uses an impeller to throw the material in a wider pattern. He mentions that, regardless of the type of spreader used, it is important to set the flow lever to the appropriate setting as indicated on the bag of material. Roger also mentions that walking at a uniform pace and holding the spreader at the correct angle will help ensure that the spreader distributes the proper amount of material.

Where to Find It
The red broadcast spreader is manufactured by:
Earthway Products
574-848-7491

The green drop and broadcast spreaders are manufactured by:
Scotts Company
888-270-3714

Spreaders, lime, fertilizer and grass seed can all be purchased at your local home center or nursery.
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
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