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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


Original Air Date: Week of December 13, 2007

Landscaping contractor Roger Cook replaces the cracked flagstone on a set of front steps with bluestone. Then Roger, along with host Kevin O'Connor, general contractor Tom Silva, and plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey ask, "What is it?" Then, Richard visits a serious cook and helps her replace her old electric stove with a new gas range.

How to Improve Front Steps with Bluestone

Roger helped a homeowner repair and improve an old set of front steps. The steps were made up of bricks and flagstone. Over time, some of the bricks and stones had popped loose, creating a safety hazard and an eyesore. To repair the steps and make them more attractive, Roger decided to remove the flagstone pieces and replace them with three large pieces of bluestone. First, they carefully removed the flagstone with a hammer and chisel. Once the stones were removed, Roger removed two old layers of mortar using an electric rotary hammer and chisel, exposing a concrete base underneath. Roger then mixed up new mortar in a wheelbarrow and applied a “bonding agent” to the bottom of the new bluestone. He then applied a new bed of mortar over the concrete base and laid the bluestone, bringing the top of it flush with the surrounding brick. Once the bluestone was in place, Roger mixed up another batch of mortar, which he packed into the joints. Finally, he replaced a few loose bricks and the installation was complete.

Mortar Mix: QuikreteOne Securities Centre
3490 Piedmont Road
Suite 1300
Atlanta, GA 30305
404-634-9100

Bluestone cut-to-size:
Martignetti Enterprises
29 High Street
Woburn, MA 01801
781-935-6677

Bonding Agent: Bond All Exterior Mortar Additive: Add Mix-21 Umaco, Inc.
60 Rear Newhall Street
Lowell, MA 01852
Ph: 978-453-8881
Fax: 978-453-2416

Rotary Hammer:
Bosch ToolsWhat Is It?

Roger showed an electronic device used to deter deer from eating landscaping plants.

Electronic Deer Repellent
Manufacturer: Havahart (model #5250)
69 N. Locust St
Lititz, PA 17543
800-800-1819

How to Install a Propane Kitchen Stove

Richard and a local contractor helped a homeowner replace her old electric stove with a new gas range. Natural gas was not available at the house, so a propane tank and supply pipes were installed. With the tank placed outside of the house, Richard drilled holes for the new pipes, which carry propane from the tank to the stove. To attach the lengths of pipe together, an electric pipe-threading machine was used. Pipe dope was applied to the threads and the pipes were joined together will black steel fittings. Pipe hangers were then installed and the contractor did a pressure test to check for leaks. Richard made the final connections and the installation was complete.

Installation assistance: Eastern Propane & Oil
28 Industrial Way
Rochester, NH 03867
800-523-5237

Technical assistance: Propane Education & Research Council
1140 Connecticut Ave. NW, Suite 1075
Washington, DC 20036
202-452-8975 or 888-963-7372

Jenn-Air Double Oven Freestanding Range (model number JGR8890ADP):

Jenn Air
800-536-6247
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
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