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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

Original Air Date: Week of December 16, 2006

General contractor Tom Silva shows host Kevin O'Connor how to replace damaged cedar clapboards on the exterior of a house. Then Kevin and Tom, along with landscaping contractor Roger Cook and plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey ask, "What is it?" Then, Roger and chainsaw expert Tim Ard show a homeowner how to fell trees safely using a chainsaw.

Replacing damaged clapboard siding
Tom and Kevin head outside the barn to repair some cedar clapboard siding on an old house. Tom shows some nails that have popped out because they weren't digging into the wood sheathing beneath, so he pulls them out and replaces them with new stainless steel ring-shank nails driven in at an angle for better holding power. Tom also shows Kevin some individual clapboards in need of replacement.

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

Where to Find It
Tom shows a two-wheeled dolly used for easily transporting long extension ladders.

Ladder Dolly (model HD02)
Manufacturer: American Innovations Corp.

Felling Trees Safely
Roger and chainsaw safety expert Tim Ard show a homeowner how to fell trees in his backyard. First, Tim shows the proper apparel, which includes head, ear and eye protection. Tim also shows special pants called "chaps," which contain ballistic nylon that protects legs against accidental contact with the chainsaw. Roger also recommends sturdy boots and gloves. Tim shows the saw's safety features, which include a throttle interlock, chain catch, and chain brake. Roger starts the chainsaw by setting it on the ground and placing his foot in the rear handle to help hold it in place during start-up. Before cutting down a tree, it is important to identify nearby obstacles, including overhead wires and trees, and also plan an escape route. Tim explains how to check which way the tree is leaning and where to make the cut. He shows how to make an open-faced notch so the tree will fall in the desired direction. He then makes a hinge cut on the back side of the tree, causing it to fall. Once the tree is on the ground, Roger and Tim then show how to safely remove the limbs and cut the tree into smaller sections. Tim shows how to use plastic wedges when making some cuts. This will keep the wood from binding on the chainsaw's blade, which can cause the saw to kick back toward the operator.

Where to Find It
Roger was joined by a chainsaw safety expert.
Tim Ard
Forest Applications Training, Inc.
P.O. Box 1048
Hiram, GA 30141

The chainsaws used by Tim and Roger were provided by:
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
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