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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
Original Air Date: Week of Week of December 2, 2006
Host Kevin O'Connor and child safety expert Jeff Baril visit a homeowner to "childproof" her home. Then Kevin, along with general contractor Tom Silva, landscaping contractor Roger Cook, and plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey ask, "What is it?" Afterward, Richard helps a homeowner install a back-up sump pump that is powered by municipal water pressure instead of electricity.
Childproofing a home for safety.
Child safety expert Jeff Baril visits a homeowner to help make her home safer for her 9-month-old son. To prevent the child from opening kitchen cabinets, Jeff recommends safety latches for the doors and drawers. For the stove, he installs knob covers that prevent children from turning on the burners. For the electrical outlets, he installs a self-closing outlet cover that installs easily. On the second floor, Jeff installs a window guard that prevents children from falling out while still allowing the window to be open for ventilation. To prevent children from being strangled by window cords, Jeff installs cleats for the cords to be wrapped around. To keep a dresser from accidentally tipping forward, Jeff installs brackets that secure the dresser to the wall. To prevent children from falling down the stairs, Jeff recommends a safety gate at the top and bottom of the stairs to prevent access. Back in the loft, Jeff shows Kevin a type of strap used for securing larger furniture to the wall. He also shows a doorknob cover that prevents children from opening doors. Finally, Jeff shows Kevin a special latch that prevents a child from lifting a toilet seat lid.
Where to Find It
All of the child safety products Jeff demonstrated are available for purchase from:
Safe Beginnings, Inc.
Safe Beginnings also provides in-home childproofing consultations.
What is it?
The guys try to guess the intended purpose of an unusual-looking product.
Where to Find It
Roger shows a plastic tray designed to make it easier to pull mail out of a mailbox.
Quick Reach Tray Manufactured by KAPS, Inc.
Installing a water-powered backup sump pump.
Richard helps a homeowner who is worried about his sump pump not working in the event of a power outage. Richard recommends a "backup" sump pump that is powered by municipal water instead of electricity. When the primary pump fails, the backup pump kicks in. The pump uses 1 gallon of city water for every 2 gallons of water drawn out of the sump pit. Richard mounts the backup pump on a nearby wall, making sure that the float sits slightly above the float for the primary pump. That way, it will only activate when the primary pump fails and water rises in the sump pit. The backup pump requires a ¾" water supply line to power it, to Richard has to run new copper pipe over to the sump pit. Richard decides to tie the PVC discharge pipe for the backup pump into the existing discharge pipe for the primary pump using a "Y" fitting. Richard also installs a "check valve" on the backup pump's discharge pipe to make sure water never runs back down into the sump pit when the pump stops running.
Where to Find It
Tom shows a green plastic tool used for spacing exterior deck boards during installation.
Guardian backup sump pump (model #747H20) manufactured by: A.Y. McDonald Mfg. Co.
- 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
- 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