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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
Original Air Date: Week of November 29, 2007
Landscaping contractor Roger Cook is on a special mission to pick the perfect Christmas tree at a local tree farm. Later, up in the loft, Roger shares a few tips for keeping Christmas trees healthy throughout the holiday season. Then Roger, host Kevin O'Connor, plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey and general contractor Tom Silva try to answer the question, "What is it?" Afterward, Tom heads to Florida to show a homeowner the proper way to caulk a leaky window.
Picking a Christmas tree
Roger visits a local Christmas tree farm where several different varieties of trees are grown. Roger examines a Douglas Fir, Balsam Fir, and Concolor Fir (also called a White Fir), but ultimately he selects a Fraser Fir for its strong branches and unique coloring. Later, up in the loft, Roger gives some tips on watering a freshly-cut tree.
Where to find it?
Roger visited a local Christmas tree farm:
155 Kendall Hill Rd.
Sterling, MA 01564
More information on Christmas trees can be found at the following websites:
Massachusetts Christmas Tree Association
National Christmas Tree Association
What is it?
The guys try to guess the intended purpose of an unusual-looking product.
Where to find it?
Kevin showed an antique "burglar alarm" system that would fire a shot of gun-powder if a door was opened. It was patented in 1857 by Simeon Coon (patent no. 18,236).
Richard showed Kevin safety equipment necessary for home improvement jobs including eye, ear and lung protection.
Where to find it?
Safety supplies are available at any hardware store or home center. The equipment that Richard showed is sold under the brand AOSafety and was supplied by:
5457 West 79th Street
Indianapolis, IN 46268
Caulking a leaky window
Tom visited a homeowner in Florida who had a problem with rainwater leaking around window, causing damage to his interior wall. On the outside of the house, Tom discovered that the caulk that was applied to seal the joint between the masonry wall and window had failed. To repair the leak, Tom and the homeowner scraped away the old caulking. They then re-caulked the window using an acrylic-latex caulk with a silicone additive. Tom chose this type of caulk because it’s flexible, paintable and waterproof. To smooth and shape the caulking, Tom used a wet finger to form a concave shape to the bead of caulk, which will help shed water.
Where to find it?
Paint scrapers, 5-in-1 tools, and caulking are available at any hardware store or home center.
- Episode #608
- Improving a muddy backyard, Choosing space heaters, Preventing condensation in a bathroom fan… more
- 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