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- Episode #426
Original Air Date: Week of April 1, 2006
Plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey visits a homeowner in Kansas to help install a mini-split air conditioning system. Then, Richard, along with general contractor Tom Silva, landscaping contractor Roger Cook, and host Kevin O'Connor ask, "What is it?" Then, Roger helps a homeowner "wake up the lawn" in preparation for spring by using a de-thatching machine.
Installing a mini-split air conditioning system
Richard heads to Kansas to help a pair of homeowners install an air-conditioning system. The main house has central air-conditioning but the system cannot be expanded to cool a recently-built addition. So, Richard recommends a "mini-split" air conditioner that doesn't require any ductwork and will operate independently of the home's main HVAC system. The mini-split system consists of two main components, a condenser/compressor unit that is located on the outside of the house, and an air-handler unit on the inside. This system is quieter than a window air-conditioner because the noisiest parts of the system are located on the outside of the house.
Where to Find It
Richard installed a "Mr. Slim" mini-split air conditioning system manufactured by:
Installation assistance was provided by:
C.M. Mose & Son Heating & Cooling
What is it?
The guys try to guess the intended purpose of an unusual-looking object.
Where to Find It
Roger showed a strobe light used for evicting squirrels and raccoons from attics and crawlspaces.
De-thatching a lawn
TRoger visits a homeowner to help him prepare his lawn for spring. Roger recommends removing a built-up layer of organic material on the surface of the lawn called "thatch." Thatch can be removed with a hand tool called a "thatch rake," but this process can be time consuming. Roger recommends using a gasoline-powered "de-thatcher," also known as a "power rake." It has a series of spinning blades that quickly break up and loosen the thatch layer. The organic material on the surface of the lawn can then easily be raked up and removed. De-thatching also loosens the top layer of soil, so Roger recommends adding grass seed to any bare spots to help the lawn thicken.
Where to Find It
De-thatching machines (also called "power rakes") are available for rental at your local home center or rental center.
- 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
- 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