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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
Original Air Date: Week of February 1, 2007
General contractor Tom Silva heads to Sacramento, California to help a pair of homeowners patch a hole in their vinyl kitchen floor. Then Tom, along with host Kevin O'Connor, landscaping contractor Roger Cook and plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey ask, "What is it?" Then, Roger heads to Las Vegas, Nevada to help a homeowner repair a leaky in-ground sprinkler system.
Patching a damaged vinyl floor
Tom helps a pair of Sacramento homeowners repair a damaged section of vinyl flooring in their kitchen using a remnant left over from the original installation. Tom explains that the floor's "pattern" repeats itself every few feet, so he begins by laying the remnant over the damaged area, being careful to match the pattern with the surrounding floor. He tapes the remnant on top of the existing floor and cuts out the patch along the simulated grout lines. This allows him to cut both the new piece and old piece at the same time, ensuring a perfect fit. Tom uses the straight side of a notched trowel as a straightedge to guide the utility knife's blade along the grout lines. He then uses a wide-blade knife to pry up the old piece of flooring and scrape away the old adhesive. He then uses the notched trowel to apply new adhesive. Tom inserts the new patch and rolls it flat using a special flooring roller, being careful to wipe up all of the glue that has squeezed out of the seam. Finally, Tom seals the seams of the patch with a special seam-sealer which will keep water out when cleaning the floor.
Where to Find It
The vinyl flooring and high-gloss seam coating kit (item no. S-595) are manufactured by:
Technical assistance was provided by:
Apollo Distributing Company
Notched trowels, vinyl flooring adhesive, rollers, and seam-sealer kits can all be purchased at your local home center.
What is it?
The guys try to guess the intended purpose of an unusual-looking item.
Where to Find It
Roger showed plastic balls, sometimes called "bio-balls," used to grow beneficial bacteria in an outdoor pond's filter. They are manufactured by Sunterra.
Repairing a leaking in-ground sprinkler system
Roger helps a Las Vegas homeowner repair his leaking in-ground sprinkler system. The homeowner has three "zones" in his backyard that control water to different areas of the lawn. The homeowner had noticed puddles of water around some of the sprinkler heads and also water filling up an underground box that contains the system's "solenoid" valves. The valves allow water to flow to the sprinkler heads and are controlled by an electric timer. Roger determines that each of the valves is leaking due to a worn-out diaphragm. These diaphragms make a watertight seal between each valve's "bonnet" and valve body, and also double as a "plunger" that goes up and down allowing water to flow through the valve to the sprinkler heads. Roger removes each of the valve's bonnets and replaces the diaphragm. Finally, he recommends installing a new type of electronic sprinkler control system which will save the homeowner even more water by using local weather data to determine when the lawn needs to be watered.
Where to Find It
Roger replaced the diaphragm gaskets on three Hardie 205T solenoid valves. The 205T valve is an older model originally manufactured by James Hardie Irrigration. That company was purchased by The Toro Company in 1996 and replacement parts are now manufactured by Irritrol, a division of The Toro Company (part #100232-H).
Roger also installed a Smart Dial Controller (retrofit module model #SD-MOD) that uses local weather data to control when the sprinklers operate. A rain sensor, which prevents the sprinkler system from operating during rainfall, is also available for this unit (model #RS-1000).
- 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
- 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