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Episode #526
Building a Workbench and What Is It?… more
Episode #525
Lawn Mowing and Edging Basics, What is it?, Repairing and maintaining electric water heaters, Repairing a broken stair tread … more
Episode #524
Replacing a damaged mailbox post,Repointing Brickwork … more
Episode #523
Installing a new radiator/towel bar warmer, What is it?, Controlling crabgrass … more
Episode #522
Replacing a corroded shut-off valve with a "compression" fitting, What is it?, Selecting and planting "climbing" roses … more
Episode #521
Installing composite decking with hidden fasteners, Quieting a noisy steam radiator… more
Episode #520
Replacing a Shub, What is it?, Installing a roof-mounted attic fan… more
Episode #519
Refinishing cast-iron radiators, Installing a standby electric generator… more
Episode #518
Patching a damaged vinyl floor, What is it?, Repairing a leaking in-ground sprinkler system… more
Episode #517
Shopping for and installing wall-to-wall carpet, What is it?, Table saw safety… more
Episode #516
Removing an overgrown Juniper bush, Coiling an extension cord, Replacing a pop-up assembly in a pedestal sink … more
Episode #515
Clearing clogged drains, What is it?, Install Kitchen Cabinets… more
Episode #514
Prune a willow tree, fix a hot-water heater… more
Episode #513
Mulching, Sash Balancers … more
Episode #512
Shower Valve, Recycling Batteries … more
Episode #511
Cedar Clapboards, Chainsaw Etiquette … more
Episode #510
Kitchen Backsplash, Installing Sod … more
Episode #509
Child safety, What is It?, Installing a sump pump… more
Episode #508
Maintaining stone countertops, what is it?, Installing a chain link fence… more
Episode #507
Home Energy Audit, what is it?, Removing a toilet seat with corroded bolts… more
Episode #506
Rebuilding a small exterior deck and stairs.… more
Episode #505

Original Air Date: Week of November 2, 2006

Landscaping contractor Roger Cook and host Kevin O'Connor plant flower bulbs outside the barn. Then, up in the loft, general contractor Tom Silva shows Kevin how to makes straight rip cuts with a circular saw using a customized jig. Then Tom, Kevin, Roger and plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey ask, "What is it?" Afterward, Richard helps a homeowner eliminate the water hammer noise from his pipes by installing shock suppressors.

Planting flower bulbs in fall
Roger joins Kevin outside the barn to plant bulbs. Roger shows Kevin how to select both early and late-blooming varieties in order to get a wide variety of colorful flowers throughout spring. For planting, Roger decides on a "natural" look for placement of the flowers by planting the bulbs in clusters around the garden. Compost and bulb fertilizer are mixed into the soil in order to help the flowers keep coming back season after season. To keep the bulbs from freezing in the winter, Roger lays leaves on top of the soil to act as mulch, which will insulate the soil. Roger also shows Kevin how to "force" some bulbs into blooming faster by planting them in indoor containers.

Where to Find It
Bulbs can be purchased at any home center, garden center, or nursery. The bulbs that Roger planted were supplied by:
Mahoney's Garden Center

Making straight rip cuts with a circular saw
Tom shows Kevin how to make rip cuts on a circular saw using a straightedge. He also shows how to make a custom plywood jig to help make straight rip cuts even easier.

Where to Find It
Tommy showed a self-clamping straightedge used for making rip cuts with a circular saw.

Clamp 'N Tool Guide manufactured by: Griset Industries, Inc.

What is it?
The guys try to guess the intended purpose of an unusual-looking object.

Where to Find It
Tom showed a large, pink foam device used to insulate the top of a set of pull-down attic stairs.
PINKCap Attic Stair Insulator
Manufacturer: Owens Corning

What is it?
Richard helped a homeowner install water hammers arrestors for his washing machine. The washing machine was causing a loud banging sound in the pipes whenever it stopped filling with water. To eliminate the noise, Richard installed water hammer arrestors on both the hot and cold water supply lines. Each of these devices has a pressurized diaphragm that absorbs the shock when time the washing machine stops its fill cycle.

Where to Find It
Richard installed two water arrestors on a washing machine.Mini-Trol Water Hammer Arrestor
Manufacturer: Amtrol Inc.
Episode #504
Installing garage storage cabinets, What is it?, Installing a ceiling fan… more
Episode #503
Installing a new shower base, Installing a rain barrel… more
Episode #502
Replacing a clogged faucet aerator, Selecting houseplants, Quieting a squeaky subfloor under carpet… more
Episode #501
Repairing a bathroom door, planting a bamboo privacy screen, what is it?… more