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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

Original Air Date: Week of March 01, 2007

Plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey helps a homeowner replace a corroded shut-off valve with a new one that doesn't require any soldering. Then Richard, along with host Kevin O'Connor, landscaping contractor Roger Cook and general contractor Tom Silva ask, "What is it?" Afterward, Roger helps a homeowner select the proper rose bushes and plant them so they will "climb" a two-rail fence.

Replacing a corroded shut-off valve with a compression fitting
Richard helps a homeowner with several corroded water shut-off valves in his basement. The homeowner wanted to replace them himself, but was nervous about using a soldering torch. Richard recommends a type of shut-off valve with "compression" fittings that do not require soldering. The valve is attached to the copper supply pipes by tightening a nut on each end, which compresses a "ferrule" onto the copper pipe, ensuring a watertight seal. They begin by draining the water out of the pipe. They then cut off the old valve with a hacksaw and install the new valve. What is it? The guys try to guess the intended purpose of an unusual-looking product. Where to Find It Richard showed a "basket-type pulling grip" used for pulling electrical cable through walls and conduit. It is manufactured by: Greenlee Textron Inc.

Selecting and planting climbing roses
Roger helps a homeowner select and plant roses alongside her newly-installed fence. They start by visiting a nursery and meet local rosarian Felicity Keen. Felicity shows several different types of roses and talks about the maintenance involved with each type. They settle on a climbing type called "garden sun." Each plant will spread out about 8-feet along each section of fence. Roger plants each one in the center of each fence rail section. They dig holes twice as wide and 6" deeper than each of the plants. They then add 6 inches of topsoil amended with peat moss, fertilizer and composted chicken manure to the bottom of each hole. This will ensure that the rose bushes will be planted level with the grade. They place the plants in the holes, backfill with the amended soil, and soak the roots with water. Roger then ties the plants with jute twine onto the fence rails to "train" them along the fence.

Where to Find It
Roger and the homeowner visited a local nursery where they saw many different varieties of roses.
Russell's Garden Center
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
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