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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

Original Air Date: Week of January 3, 2007

Plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey helps a homeowner control the temperature of her radiators, which are overheating the rooms upstairs. Then Richard, along with host Kevin O'Connor, general contractor Tom Silva and landscaping contractor Roger Cook ask, "What is it?" Then, Tom helps a homeowner squeeze a new refrigerator into an opening that’s just a little too small. Finally, Roger shares a tip from a viewer on how to tame a tangle of bungee cords.

Installing thermostatic radiator valves on hydronic radiators

Richard helped a homeowner whose hot-water radiators were overheating several rooms upstairs. To fix the problem, Richard installed thermostatic radiator valves (TRV’s) on each of the upstairs radiators. TRV’s have temperature-sensing "heads" and increase or decrease the flow of hot water to each radiator, helping to regulate the temperature of each room. Because the radiators had covers on them, Richard also installed “remote” sensors on the outside of each radiator cover.

Where to find it?

Richard installed thermostatic radiator valves (TRV's) with remote sensors.

Manufacturer: Oventrop Corp.
P.O. Box 789
29 Kripes Road
East Granby, CT 06026
Telephone (+1) 86 04 13 91 73

What is it?

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

Where to find it?

Tom showed a tool for cutting holes for downspouts in aluminum gutters.

Gutter Outlet Punch
Manufacturer: Malco Products, Inc.
PO Box 400
14080 State Highway 55 NW
Annandale, MN 55302
(800) 596-3494

Making a refrigerator fit into an opening that is too small

Tom helped a pair of homeowners with a refrigerator that was a little too wide for an existing opening in their kitchen. They needed another " to make it fit, so Tom cut away the existing " wallboard to the right of the refrigerator and replaced it with 1/8" "Masonite," also called "tempered hardboard."

Where to find it?

"Masonite," also called "tempered hardboard," is available at any home center or lumberyard.

Viewer tip

Roger shared a tip sent in by a viewer on how to store bungee cords. Rather than leave them in a tangled mess, the homeowner suggested using a short length of 4" PVC pipe to hook the cords onto.

Where to find it?

Lightweight 4" PVC pipe is available at any home center or plumbing supply house.
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
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