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Episode #626
Rebuilding a toilet tank, Lawn Watering, Building a simple bookcase… more
Episode #625
Installing a water pressure reducing valve, Choosing the best types of grass seed, What is it?, Installing crown molding on kitchen cabinets… more
Episode #624
Replacing broken tile, Cutting ceramic and stone tile, Installing glass tile on a kitchen backsplash… more
Episode #623
Overseeding a lawn using a slice seeder, Viewer tip, Preparing a home for sale, Finding and fixing a mysterious plumbing leak … more
Episode #622
Installing granite steps, Choosing "Keyless" Deadbolts, Replacing polybutylene water piping… more
Episode #621
Installing an old full-mortise lockset into a new door, Installing a pellet stove, Non-Gasoline Lawn Mowers… more
Episode #620
Building a soccer goal with PVC pipe, Building stilts, Building a sandbox… more
Episode #619
Increasing attic insulation, Installing landscape lighting, Replacing an old kitchen faucet… more
Episode #618
Installing a Water Softener, Installing fiber-cement siding … more
Episode #617
Improving a lawn, What is it?, Water Supply Piping… more
Episode #616
Replacing a leaky skylight, What is it?, Repairing a 3-way light switch… more
Episode #615
The ATOH crew repairs a smelly dishwasher, transplants a rosebush, changes a circular saw blade, and plays another exciting round of What Is It?… more
Episode #614
Installing thermostatic radiator valves on hydronic radiators, What is it?, Making a refrigerator fit into an opening that is too small, Viewer tip… more
Episode #613
Installing a vinyl fence, Installing an epoxy coating on a garage floor… more
Episode #612
Determining landscape grades, What is it?, Seeing inside walls, Repairing a bathtub drain that won't hold water… more
Episode #611
Improving front steps with bluestone, What is it?, Installing a propane kitchen stove… more
Episode #610
Diverting storm runoff to a "rain garden," What is it?, Refinishing a wood floor … more
Episode #609
Picking a Christmas tree, What is it?, Safety equipment, Caulking a leaky window… more
Episode #608

Original Air Date: Week of November 22, 2007

Landscaping contractor Roger Cook helps a young couple transform a muddy backyard into a low-maintenance play area for their two children. Then, up in the loft, plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey shows host Kevin O'Connor several different types of portable space heaters and offers suggestions on how to choose the right one. Then Roger, Kevin and Richard are joined by general contractor Tom Silva for the regular "What is it?" segment. Afterward, Tom helps a homeowner with a bathroom fan that drips water down into the room.

Removing a dangerous tree

Roger helped a pair of homeowners with a shaded backyard. Large trees prevented any grass from growing and, as a result, created a very muddy area where the children played. Since removing the trees was not an option, Roger chose to install bark mulch on one side of the yard for the kids to play on and crushed stone on the other side for a small patio area. He began the project by removing all the grass and weeds with hand tools. Next, he used a small roto-tiller to loosen up the soil so that he could rake the area flat. Once the yard was raked, Roger installed edging around the perimeter of the yard using pressure-treated lumber. Next, he used a flexible piece of 1x4 cedar to divide the yard into two sections – one for the mulch and one for the crushed stone. Roger then applied a layer of landscape fabric over the entire area to prevent weeds from growing and prevent mud. Next, he applied the mulch and stone and the project was finished.

Where to find it?

All of the materials for this project, including bark mulch, crushed stone, landscape fabric, and lumber, are available at any garden or home center.

Choosing space heaters

Richard showed Kevin several types of portable gas-powered and electric space heaters.

Where to find it?

The portable space heaters that Richard showed were supplied by the following companies:
(800) 788-5350

Holmes Products
(800) 284-3267

Mr. Heater Corp.
(800) 251-0001

What is it?

The guys try to guess the intended purpose of an unusual-looking product.

Where to find it?

Tom showed a device used for holding and aligning drawer slides while installing them inside a wood cabinet.

Drawer Slide Mounting Tool (model #NZ03)
Manufacturer: Kreg Tool Co.
201 Campus Drive
Huxley, IA 50124
(800) 447-8638

Preventing condensation in a bathroom fan
Tom helped a homeowner with a bathroom fan in the ceiling that was leaking water down into the room below. After inspecting the vent on the roof and determining that it was flashed properly, Tom looked in the attic and discovered that condensation was building up inside the flexible fan duct during the winter months. To fix the problem, Tom simply removed the old duct and installed an insulated duct. He also insulated the fan itself using rigid two-inch foam board.

Tom installed "MasterFlow" insulated flexible ductwork, manufactured by:

LL Building Products
Episode #607
Installing replacement windows, Heating water more efficiency, Home energy audit… more
Episode #606
Removing a dangerous tree, What is it?, Installing interior door trim… more
Episode #605
Repairing a jammed garbage disposer, What is it?, Stripping exterior paint, Drilling and notching in joists … more
Episode #604
Preventing floods, Removing and replacing foundation plants, What is it?, Fixing rotted wood with epoxy… more
Episode #603
Replacing a toilet flange, What is it?, Repairing cracked plaster, Viewer Tip… more
Episode #602
Carpentry squares, What is it?, Installing a patio using concrete bricks… more
Episode #601
Replacing a bathtub drain trap, What is it?, Repairing a cracked drywall ceiling… more