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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

Original Air Date: Week of February 7, 2008

General contractor Tom Silva shows a homeowner how to save energy and money by increasing the insulation in his attic. Then, landscaping contractor Roger Cook makes a dark walkway safer by adding low-voltage landscape lighting. Afterward, plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey helps a homeowner replace her old kitchen faucet.

Increasing attic insulation

Tom helped a homeowner make his house more energy-efficient by adding insulation in the attic. Initially, the attic had only about two inches of "rock wool" insulation between the joists. First, Tom filled up the joist bays with loose "cellulose" insulation and raked it level with the tops of the joists. Tom then added even more insulation by laying fiberglass insulation batts over the cellulose and perpendicular to the joists. To allow the homeowner to store items in the attic, Tom built a raised platform out of framing lumber and insulated underneath the platform with fiberglass batts.

Where to find it?

Tom installed 2' x 4' batts of un-faced fiberglass insulation, 9.5 inches thick. It provides an R-value of 30 and is manufactured by Owens Corning (

Both cellulose and fiberglass insulation can be purchased at most home centers and some building supply centers, such as:

KAMCO Supply Corp. of Boston
181 New Boston Street
Woburn, MA 01801

Installing landscape lighting

Roger and a landscape lighting installer helped a homeowner illuminate her front walkway with new "low-voltage" lighting. The homeowner's old lighting was powered by "line voltage," which is standard 110-volt household current. The old fixtures were also poorly-installed and dangerous. So, with the power disconnected and the old wiring and fixtures removed, Roger and the installer installed new low-voltage copper fixtures. The fixtures were connected to a transformer, which takes 110-volts and reduces it to 12-volts, making it a much safer system.

Where to find it?

Roger and a landscape lighting expert installed new low-voltage landscape lighting.

Installer: Mark Piantedosi
Commonwealth Landscape Lighting
309 Central St.
Acton, MA 01720
(978) 857-0164

Supplier: Larchmont Engineering
11 Larchmont Ln.
Lexington, MA 02420

Manufacturer: Nightscaping
Commonwealth Landscape Lighting
1705 E. Colton Ave.
Redlands, CA 92374
(800) 544-4840

Always consult with a licensed electrician before removing or working on existing landscape lighting, as it might be powered by "line voltage," which is 110-volt standard household current.

The electrician who disconnected the old light fixtures was:

Brian Bergeron
Bergeron Electric
103 Summer Ave.
Reading, MA 01867

Replacing an old kitchen faucet

Richard helped a homeowner replace her old, leaky kitchen faucet with a newer model that included a built-in sprayer. Richard first removed the old faucet and replaced the hot and cold water supply shut-off valves underneath the sink, which had been leaking. He then applied plumber's putty to the underside of the faucet and fastened the faucet to the sink. Finally, he connected the faucet to the newly-installed water shut-offs using rigid lavatory supply pipes and the installation was complete.

Where to find it?

Richard installed a new kitchen faucet with a pull-out sprayer.

Delta "Palo" faucet (model #467SSSD)
Manufacturer: Delta Faucet Company
55 E. 111th Street
Indianapolis, IN 46280
(800) 345-DELTA

Faucet purchased at:

Frank Webb's Bath Center
160 Middlesex Turnpike
Bedford, MA 01730
(781) 791-2550
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
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