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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

Original Air Date: Week of January 10, 2008

Plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey helps a homeowner with a smelly dishwasher. Then Richard, along with landscaping contractor Roger Cook, host Kevin O’Connor and general contractor Tom Silva ask, "What is it?" Roger heads to Iowa to help a homeowner transplant a rose bush. Afterward, up in the loft, Tom shows Kevin the proper way to change a circular saw blade.

How to Repair a Smelly Dishwasher

Richard helped a homeowner who complained of a bad odor coming from inside his dishwasher. Richard determined that dirty discharge water was seeping back into the dishwasher past the check valve and collecting in the sump area. To fix the problem and prevent it from happening again, Richard replaced the discharge hose, but this time he created a “high loop.” Mounting the hose high underneath the kitchen counter will prevent discharge water from seeping back inside the dishwasher.

Dishwasher Hose
Manufacturer: Whirlpool
303 Upton Drive
St. Joseph, MI 49085

Supplier: Atlantic Appliance Parts
350 Washington St
Quincy, MA 02169
(617) 773-1600


Roger showed a foot-powered device used for splitting logs into firewood.

Log Splitter (model# LSF-001)
Suppier: Quality Craft Ltd.
#301, 17750 – 65A Avenue
Surrey, British Columbia,
Canada, V3S 5N4
(800) 459-4409

How to Transplant a Rosebush

Roger went to Iowa to help a homeowner transplant a rosebush from her front yard to her back yard. First, Roger pruned the bush by cutting each of the long stems in half. Next, he dug the rosebush out, being careful not to harm the roots. With the bush removed, Roger covered the root ball with burlap and carried it to the back yard. To prepare the new location, Roger first dug a hole 2-3 times the width of the root ball and twice as deep. He then poured compost into the hole and mixed it with the existing soil. Roger then put the rosebush into the hole, being careful to plant it at the same height as it was in its old location. To help promote root growth, Roger added some fertilizer to a bucket of water and poured it into the hole, before adding the rest of the soil. Finally, Roger recommended 2-3 inches of mulch on top of the soil and a "rose cone" to protect the bush during the cold winter months. Later, up in the loft, Roger gave some additional tips on preparing rosebushes for winter.

Compost, fertilizer and "rose cones" are available at most nurseries, garden centers and home centers.

How to Change a Circular Saw Blade

Up in the loft, Tom showed Kevin the proper way to change a circular saw blade. Circular saw blades of all types are available at any hardware store or home center.
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