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- Episode #526
- Building a Workbench and What Is It?… more
- Episode #525
Original Air Date: Week of March 22, 2007
Landscaping contractor Roger Cook shows two young homeowners how to mow and edge their front lawn properly. Then Roger, along with host Kevin O'Connor, plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey and general contractor Tom Silva ask, "What is it?" Afterward, Richard shows Kevin how to repair and maintain electric water heaters. Then, Tom helps a homeowner repair a broken stair tread using a new type of wooden dowel.
Lawn Mowing and Edging Basics
Roger showed a young couple the proper methods for mowing and edging a lawn. The lawn had some thin, bare spots; Roger determined that it had been mowed too short in the past, causing it to dry out. He also noticed that the tips of the grass blades were ragged, which can be caused by a dull lawn mower blade and result in disease.
Where to find it
The gas-powered lawn mower and electric string trimmer were supplied by:
The Toro Company
For more information on string trimmers, see:
on the ThisOldHouse.com
What is it?
The guys try to guess the intended purpose of an unusual-looking tool.
Where to Find It?
Concrete vibrators can be rented at your local power tool rental center.
Repairing and maintaining electric water heaters
Up in the loft, Richard showed Kevin a few ways to maintain and repair electric water heaters. Most electric water heaters have two electric elements to heat the water. The elements are controlled by thermostats mounted onto the tank. If an electric water heater is not providing hot water, Richard recommends first verifying that the unit is receiving electricity and then checking the "ECO," or Emergency Cut Off. The ECO acts like a circuit breaker, preventing the unit from overheating if the thermostats malfunction.
Where to Find It?
Electric water heaters and replacement parts supplied by:
Electric water heaters and replacement parts can also be purchased at your local home center or plumbing supply house.
Repairing a broken stair tread
Tom helped a homeowner repair a broken stair tread. The tread had a crack near the front edge that ran along its length. To repair the crack, Tom recommended using a new type of wooden dowel. The dowels have a series of "steps" that help to hold the pieces of wood together. Since the stair treads were made of red oak, Tom selected a dowel made of the same type of wood.Where to Find ItTom used a special type of wooden dowel to repair the stair tread. The dowel was "stepped" and required the use of a special drill bit.
Manufacturer: Miller Dowel Company
- 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
- 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