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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

Original Air Date: Week of December 27, 2007

Landscaping contractor Roger Cook helps a homeowner install a new vinyl fence. Then host Kevin O'Connor heads to Omaha, Nebraska, where he helps install a protective epoxy coating on a homeowner's garage floor.

Installing a vinyl fence

Roger and fencing contractor Mike McLaughlin helped a homeowner install a new vinyl fence in his backyard. Like a wood fence, each 8-foot section of the vinyl fence is made up of tongue-and-groove vertical slats with top and bottom rails that slide into mortises in the posts. Roger and Mike began the installation by establishing the location and height of the fence using a string and line level. Next, they marked the locations for each of the post-holes with spray paint. Roger dug the first hole near a neighbor’s driveway using a manual post-hole digger, so as to not damage the driveway. They set the first post into the hole at the appropriate height, checked for plumb, and filled the hole with concrete. For the remaining holes, Roger and the homeowner used a gas-powered auger to speed up the process. They set the first panel in place and secured it to the first post with screws. Next, they set the second post in place, secured it, and filled the hole with concrete. They did the same thing for the rest of the fence, making sure each post stayed plumb and each panel remained level. The final step was to insert decorative "spindles" on top of each panel and attach caps to the top of the posts.

Where to find it?

The vinyl fence was manufactured and installed by:

Mike McLaughlin
PRO Fence Co.
835 Woburn Street
Wilmington, MA 01887
(781) 933-1234

The other supplies for this project, including concrete and post hole diggers, are available at most home centers and tool rental companies.

Installing an epoxy coating on a garage floor

Kevin traveled to Omaha, Nebraska to help an antique car enthusiast put a protective epoxy coating on his garage floor. After determining that the concrete did not have a previous sealer, they used a degreaser to remove any existing oil and grease from the concrete. Next, they used an "acid etching" solution to abrade the surface so the epoxy would adhere properly. Once the floor had dried, they mixed the 2-part epoxy together, waited 30 minutes for it to set-up, then applied it directly to the floor with paint brushes and rollers. The next day, they applied a second coat and added decorative flakes into the wet epoxy to hide the cracks and give an attractive appearance to the floor.

Where to find it?

The epoxy coating and acid etching solution are sold together as a kit. It is manufactured by:

Quikrete Epoxy Garage Floor Coating
Manufacturer: Valspar
1191 Wheeling Rd
Wheeling, IL 60090
(800) 845-9061

The degreasing liquid was Krud Kutter (800-466-7126,
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
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