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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
Planting flower bulbs in fall, making straight rip cuts with a circular saw, what is it?… more
Episode #504
Installing garage storage cabinets, What is it?, Installing a ceiling fan… more
Episode #503


Original Air Date: Week of October 19, 2006

Plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey helps a homeowner begin to remodel his bathroom by installing a new acrylic shower base. Back in the loft, Tom demonstrates the proper way to install backerboard and tile around a new shower base. Then, landscaping contractor Roger Cook helps a homeowner save water by installing a rain barrel to catch rainwater from the roof.

Installing a new shower base
Richard helped a homeowner remove a "vintage" 1970's yellow shower enclosure and replace it with a new acrylic shower base. They removed the old shower stall with a reciprocating saw, hammers and pry bars. Richard also used the reciprocating saw to cut the PVC drainpipe underneath. Once the old shower stall was gone and the wall's framing was exposed, Richard measured the rough opening to make sure the new base would fit. The new base was slightly deeper than the old one, so he had to cut away some of the floor tile to accommodate the new base. Richard also discovered a plumbing vent pipe in the wall that prevented the new shower base from sitting tight up against the wall's studs. To remedy the situation, he screwed narrow strips of plywood to the studs to allow the new base to be fastened securely. He then cut a new hole in the sub floor to accommodate the new drainpipe. Before permanently installing the new base, Richard attached the new drain assembly. He then inserted the base into the rough opening and used a spirit level and wooden shims to ensure that the base was level in all directions. Once it was level, he drilled pilot holes in the base's nailing flange and used water resistant deck screws to fasten the base to the studs. Finally, Richard relocated and installed a new PVC drain trap from the basement underneath and the installation was complete.

Where to Find It
Faucet aerators are available at your local home center or plumbing supply house.

Installing a rain barrel
Roger helped a homeowner use rainwater from her roof for irrigation by installing a rain barrel. The barrel was made of oak and was once used for storing whiskey. It had been modified with a brass fitting on top for accepting the rainwater from a gutter downspout and it had a spigot on the bottom for connecting a soaker hose. To prevent the barrel from rotting on the bottom, Roger set the barrel on concrete "barrel blocks." The next step was to connect the barrel to the downspout. The barrel came with a plastic diverter that mounts on the aluminum downspout. When the barrel becomes full, excess rainwater will be diverted back into lower section of the downspout. Roger attached the diverter to the downspout using metal gutter screws. He then modified the bottom section of the downspout using a template and cut an opening using metal-cutting shears. Roger then secured the remainder of the downspout to the house with a gutter strap and screws. He then attached a hose to the diverter that will supply water to the barrel. Finally, he connects the soaker hose to the barrel and the installation is complete.

Where to Find It
Roger installed a recycled oak whiskey barrel that was modified to collect rainwater for irrigating plants.

Manufacturer: Aaron's Rain Barrels
978-790-1816
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