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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

Original Air Date: Week of March 6, 2008

Landscaping contractor Roger Cook shows host Kevin O’Connor how to improve a lawn using a “slice seeder.” Next, plumbing contractor Richard Trethewey and general contractor Tom Silva share a tip from a viewer on how to drive a nail in a tight spot. Afterward, Kevin is joined in the loft by a real estate specialist for some tips on preparing a home for sale. Finally, Richard visits a homeowner to help fix a water leak in her living room ceiling.

Overseeding a lawn using a slice seeder

Roger and Kevin work on improving a lawn with several bare patches using a power "slice seeder." This machine has a "hopper" that holds grass seed. The seed drops down into the bottom of the machine where it’s buried just below the top of the soil. This gives the seed good contact with the soil without the need for hand raking or de-thatching.

Where to find it?

Slice-seeders are available at many rental centers. The one that Roger used is manufactured by:

Ryan (Mataway Overseeder model #544873B)
Commercial Grounds Care, Inc:
One Bob-Cat Lane
Johnson Creek, WI 53038

Viewer tip

Richard demonstrated a tip on how to hammer nails in hard-to-reach places using a length of plumbing supply tubing and a carriage bolt.

Where to find it?

Carriage bolts and plumbing supply tubes are available at any hardware store or home center.

A similar tool, called a "Gutter Nail Driver," is manufactured by:

Malco Products, Inc.
PO Box 400
14080 State Highway 55 NW
Annandale, MN 55302-0400

Preparing a home for sale

Kevin and a real estate specialist discuss how to prepare a house for sale. They discuss inexpensive kitchen improvements like adding fresh paint and hardware to kitchen cabinets, a new sink faucet, and under-cabinet lighting. They also discuss how basic landscape improvements can dramatically improve the "curb appeal" of a home. Finally, they review why it may be a good idea for a home seller to have a professional home inspection done before putting the house on the market in order to avoid any last-minute surprises.

Where to find it?

Real estate specialist Robert Schwartz is from Century 21

Finding and fixing a mysterious plumbing leak

Richard helped a homeowner with a mysterious leak that caused a water stain on the foyer ceiling. First, Richard went to the upstairs bathroom and inspected the bathtub and toilet. He also looked at the floor tile and shower door. He then decided to open up the ceiling below to help determine the source of the leak. Using a reciprocating saw, Richard cut out a large, square piece of drywall just below the bathtub and toilet. With the ceiling opened up, Richard determined that neither the toilet nor bathtub drains were leaking. Back upstairs, Richard discovered that water was leaking around the shower door and down through the floor. To fix the problem, Richard installed a "door sweep" on the shower door to prevent water from escaping. He then removed some old tile grout around the base of the tub and applied a bead of silicone caulking, making a watertight seal. Finally, Richard replaced the ceiling drywall below and the repair was complete.

Where to find it?

The new shower door sweep was provided by:

Banner Glass Shelmar
187 Water Street
Wakefield, MA 01880-2527

To repair the ceiling, Richard used drywall and joint compound, which are available at any home center or lumberyard.

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
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