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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
Original Air Date: Week of January 24, 2008
Landscaping contractor Roger Cook heads to Oregon to help a homeowner improve her lawn, starting with a simple soil test. Next, Roger, along with host Kevin O'Connor, general contractor Tom Silva and plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey ask, "What is it?" Then, Richard and Kevin visit a local homecenter to identify several different types of water supply pipes.
Improving a lawn
Roger traveled to Oregon to help a homeowner with a lawn that had many bare spots and weeds. To improve the lawn, Roger started by mowing the entire lawn very short, using a bag to gather the clippings. Next, he used a power "dethatcher" to remove thatch and help loosen up the top layer of soil. Then Roger used a "core aerator" to remove 3" plugs of soil, allowing water, air and fertilizer get down to the lawn’s roots. Next, Roger spread a layer of compost over the top of the entire lawn to improve the soil and help with drainage. With the compost raked in, Roger used the results of the soil test to determine what type of fertilizer to use and how often to apply it. With fertilizer applied over the entire lawn, Roger applied a blend of new grass seed and raked it in. This will help fill in the bare spots, crowd out weeds, and improve the overall appearance of the lawn.
Where to find it?
Soil testing is a critical part of gardening and landscaping. Many state universities have county extension programs that offer soil testing and analysis for a small fee.
Technical assistance for this project was provided by:
7907 State St.
Salem, Oregon 97301
Soil analysis was provided by Oregon State University (cropandsoil.oregonstate.edu/services) and The University of Georgia (aesl.ces.uga.edu).
Power dethatching and aerating machines are available for rent at many rental centers, home centers and hardware stores.
Compost, seed and fertilizer are available at garden centers, nurseries and home centers.
What is it?
The guys try to guess the intended purpose of an unusual-looking product.
Where to find it?
Tom showed a "quirrel proof" birdfeeder.
Manufacturer: Liberty Products, Inc.
P.O. Box 95
Allendale, MI 49401
Water Supply Piping
Richard and Kevin visited a local home center where Richard explained the different options available for water supply piping including galvanized steel, copper, CPVC, and PEX. He also showed some different types of fittings used to join pipes together.
Where to find it?
Water supply pipes and fittings are available at any hardware store, home center or plumbing supply house.
- 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
- 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