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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


Original Air Date: Week of December 30, 2006

Landscaping contractor Roger Cook takes a homeowner shopping for mulch and shows her how to re-mulch and edge her garden beds. Then, general contractor Tom Silva shows a homeowner how to replace broken sash balancers in his double-hung windows.

Mulching garden beds
Roger and the homeowner went to a local farm that sells several varieties of mulch. They examined a few different types and Roger shared a rule-of-thumb for determining the quantity of mulch: one cubic yard of mulch will cover approximately 300 square feet with a 1-inch layer of mulch. They selected a "triple grind" pine bark mulch and had it delivered. Back at the house, Roger began by stripping the old mulch out of the garden beds. The old mulch was spread too thick and was preventing air and water from getting down to the roots of the plants. Once the old mulch was stripped from the beds, Roger demonstrated how to clean up the edge of the bed using a half-moon edger. They then added a 1" layer of new mulch to the bed. To prevent rot, Roger made sure that the mulch did not come into contact with the shrubs' trunks.

Where to Find It
Mulch, mulch forks, and half-moon edgers are available at your local nursery, garden center or home center.

Repairing a sash-balancer in a double-hung window
Tom helped a homeowner install a new sash-balancer in a 20-year old double-hung window. The bottom sash would not stay open because the cord connecting the spring balancer to the sash had broken. Tom removed the sash and balancer and discovered that finish nails had been driven into the balancer, causing it to fail. Tom solved the problem by installing replacement sash balancers on both the right and left side of the window.

Where to Find It
Tom installed replacement sash balancers for a window manufactured by:
Andersen Windows
888-888-7020

Supplier: Brockway-Smith Company (BROSCO)
800-225-7912
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
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