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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
Original Air Date: Week of December 20, 2007
Landscaping contractor Roger Cook shows host Kevin O'Connor several different ways to determine the grade, or pitch, of a landscape. Then, back in the loft, Roger and Kevin, along with general contractor Tom Silva and plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey ask, "What is it?" Then, Tom and Richard show Kevin different ways to "see" what's inside a wall. Finally, Richard helps a homeowner repair a bathtub that won’t hold water.
Determining Landscape Grades
Outside the barn, Roger shows Kevin a few different ways to check for level when doing landscaping projects. Level lines help establish the grade of the landscape, which is useful for projects like patios and fences. Roger shows different means of checking for level, including a "line level," which is a short sprit-level that attaches to a piece of string. Roger also shows a "water level," which is simply a piece of clear, plastic tubing filled with water. Finally, Roger shows a self-leveling "laser level" which projects a laser beam in a level plane onto a portable receiver; the receiver beeps when it is held level with the transmitter. Afterward, up in the loft, Tom shows Roger and Kevin how water levels are also useful for carpentry projects.
Where to find it?
Levels of all types can be purchased at your local home center or lumberyard. For more information, contact Empire Level (www.empirelevel.com) or Johnson Level & Tool Company (www.johnsonlevel.com/jl). What is it?
The guys try to guess the intended purpose of an unusual-looking product.
Where to find it?
Roger showed a coiled-device that works as a "gate" for electric fences. It is manufactured by Fi-Shock, Inc. (www.fishock.com).
Electric fence gates are available at many farm and ranch supply stores, including Tractor Supply Co. (877-872-7721, www.tractorsupply.com)
Seeing inside walls
Up in the loft, Richard and Tom show Kevin several ways to find out what might be inside a wall, including wires, pipes, insulation and framing. First, they look at electronic "stud finders," some of which will also show where pipes and wires are located. Next, Tom shows a small, fiber-optic scope that can be snaked inside a wall through a small hole. Finally, Richard shows a "thermal-imaging" or "infrared" camera that shows warm and cold spots on the surface of a wall, which is useful when trying to determine whether a wall is insulated or whether cold air is getting in the wall from outside.
Where to find it?
Manufacturer: Zircon Corporation 1580 Dell Avenue
Campbell, CA 95008
Flexible fiber-optic scope (RIDGID SeeSnake "Micro" model #25643):
Manufacturer: Ridge Tool Company
400 Clark Street
Elyria, OH 44035-6108
Manufacturer: FLIR Systems, Inc.
25 Esquire Rd.
North Billerica, MA 01862
Repairing a bathtub drain that won't hold water
Richard helped a homeowner with a bathtub that wouldn't hold water. He first removed the cover plate on the overflow "trip lever" and pulled out the linkage and "plunger" inside. With those parts removed, Richard found that water was seeping by the bottom of the plunger because it wasn't adjusted properly. To fix it, he adjusted the threaded linkage so that the plunger would drop down farther when engaged, preventing water from seeping by. Richard then reinstalled the linkage and plunger, attached the cover plate, and the repair was complete.
Where to find it?
The bath, waste and overflow unit that Richard repaired was manufactured by:
Gerber Plumbing Fixtures, LLC
4600 West Touhy Ave
Lincolnwood, IL 60712
- 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
- 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