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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
Original Air Date: Week of January 11, 2007
Up in the loft, plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey shows host Kevin O'Connor different methods for clearing clogged drains. Then Richard and Kevin, along with landscaping contractor Roger Cook and general contractor Tom Silva ask, "What is it?" Afterward, Tom helps a homeowner install new kitchen cabinets.
Clearing clogged drains
Richard shows Kevin several ways to clear a clogged drain. Chemical drain cleaners may clear a clog, but if they don't, the chemicals can actually sit inside a drainpipe for too long, causing damage to the pipe. Richard shows "enzyme" cleaners that work by eating and scouring the entire inside wall of the pipe. He also shows several "mechanical" means for clearing a clog, including plungers. Richard recommends actually "pulling" the clog free with a plunger rather than "pushing" it down further, which can make matters worse. He then shows a closet auger, a special snake for clearing clogged toilets that will not scratch the porcelain bowl. Regular hand snakes can be used in other drains like lavatory and kitchen sinks. For clogs in the "main" drainpipe, Richard shows an electric drain cleaner that uses a motor and cutter-heads which cut through clogs like tree roots that may have penetrated the pipe outside of the house.
Where to Find It
Drain-cleaning chemicals, enzyme cleaners, plungers, closet augers, snakes and electric drain machines are all available at your local home center.
The electric drain snake was rented at The Home Depot
What is it?
The guys try to guess the intended purpose of an unusual-looking tool.
Where to Find It
Tom showed a device used when pointing mortar in brickwork.
QLT Barrel Jointer (model #BJ850) manufactured by: Marshalltown Trowel Company
Installing kitchen cabinets
Tom helps a homeowner install a set of new kitchen cabinets. Before installing them, Tom takes all of the cabinets out of the boxes to inspect them. He finds a cracked panel in one cabinet, and also finds that the microwave cabinet is the wrong size. He tells the homeowner he will have to contact the cabinet company to get replacements. Together, they begin installing the rest of the cabinets by marking on the wall where they will be placed. Tom takes the total width of all the cabinets and makes a plumb line on the wall so he can reference from right to left. He then marks the height of each cabinet on the wall. Tom then determines where the studs are located and marks their locations on the back of the wall cabinets. He then drills holes in the backs of the cabinets for screws that will fasten the cabinets into the studs. A cabinet jack helps hold the upper cabinets into position while he fastens them to the wall. He also uses a level to check the alignment of the cabinets. Tom prefers "deck" screws for fastening because they are stronger than drywall screws. For the cabinet over the stove, Tom cuts a hole to accept the vent from the range hood. He then fastens it to the wall the same way as the first cabinet, but also screws the cabinets to each other for extra strength. Tom then uses a long level to make sure the faces of the cabinets are flush with each other. They're not, so Tom installs shims behind them to bring them into alignment. He then fastens the lower cabinets together before installing them onto the wall. He also transfers the locations for the electrical outlets to the cabinet backs and cuts them out with a jigsaw. Tom also uses shims to make sure the spaces between each of the lower cabinets are equal. Because the finished floor has not yet been installed, Tom installs filler strips on the floor to bring the cabinets up to the appropriate height. Tom then shims and screws the cabinets to the wall, again using a level to make sure the cabinet faces are flush with each other. Finally, He then installs the refrigerator cabinet and the installation is complete.
Where to Find It
The kitchen cabinets that Tom installed were purchased by the homeowner at the Boston Building Materials Resource Center.
Building Materials Resource Center
All of the tools and materials necessary for this project, including cabinet jacks, deck screws, levels, and shims, can be found at your local home center.
- 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
- 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