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Episode #726, Season 7 of ATOH
Plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey helps a homeowner repair a leaking PVC drain trap underneath his kitchen sink...… more
Episode #725, Season 7 of ATOH
Host Kevin O'Connor and an electrician help a homeowner install a new ventilation fan in her bathroom...… more
Episode #724, Season 7 of ATOH
General contractor Tom Silva helps a homeowner install a new garage door...… more
Episode #723, Season 7 of ATOH
General contractor Tom Silva helps a homeowner prepare his concrete basement walls for finished wallboard...… more
Episode #722, Season 7 of ATOH
Plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey helps install a new type of "zoning" control for her forced-air heating and cooling system… more
Episode #721, Season 7 of ATOH
Plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey helps a homeowner install a new "dual flush" water-saving toilet… more
Episode #720, Season 7 of ATOH
Our annual "kids" episode features family-friendly projects that parents and kids can build together!… more
Episode #719, Season 7 of ATOH
Plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey helps a homeowner quiet his banging pipes by installing a water hammer shock suppressor...… more
Episode #718, Season 7 of ATOH
Landscape contractor Roger Cook shows a homeowner how to prune her neglected crabapple tree properly.… more
Episode #717, Season 7 of ATOH
General contractor Tom Silva helps a homeowner clean, stain and seal his mahogany backyard deck… more
Episode #716, Season 7 of ATOH
Plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey helps a homeowner convert a claw foot bathtub into a shower… more
Episode #715, Season 7 of ATOH
This special episode is dedicated to making the most out of your existing kitchen cabinets.… more
Episode #714, Season 7 of ATOH
Landscaping contractor Roger Cook helps a homeowner in Charleston, South Carolina fix a sagging wooden gate...… more
Episode #713, Season 7 of ATOH
Plumbing & heating expert Richard Trethewey and host Kevin O'Connor replace an old tank-type water heater with a new, energy-efficient "tankless" unit...… more
Episode #712, Season 7 of ATOH
Landscaping contractor Roger Cook helps a pair of homeowners break apart and remove a large boulder...… more
Episode #711, Season 7 of ATOH
General contractor Tom Silva helps a homeowner repair a very dangerous deck...… more
Episode #710, Season 7 of ATOH
Plumbing & heating expert Richard Trethewey heads to Indianapolis...… more
Episode #709, Season 7 of ATOH
Landscaping contractor Roger Cook helps a pair of homeowners build a retaining wall using pressure-treated timbers...… more
Episode #708, Season 7 of ATOH
General contractor Tom Silva helps a homeowner prepare a shower enclosure for tile using a new type of waterproofing system...… more
Episode #707, Season 7 of ATOH
This episode has many tips for making your home more energy efficient...… more
Episode #706, Season 7 of ATOH
Up in the loft, general contractor Tom Silva shows host Kevin O’Connor how to repair damaged laminate countertops...… more
Episode #705, Season 7 of ATOH
Landscaping contractor Roger Cook helps a homeowner transplant a giant Rhododendron bush...… more
Episode #704, Season 7 of ATOH
Landscaping contractor Roger Cook helps two homeowners repair the damage done to their lawn...… more
Episode #703, Season 7 of ATOH
Host Kevin O'Connor travels to Nashville, where he helps a pair of homeowners brighten up their kitchen. Then...… more
Episode #702, Season 7 of ATOH
still from ask this old house episode #702 from season 7

Original Air Date: Week of 10/09/08

Landscaping contractor Roger Cook shows a pair of homeowners how to transplant a large, mature tree to their front yard. Then Roger, along with host Kevin O'Connor, plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey and general contractor Tom Silva ask, "What is it?" Then, Richard helps two homeowners sleep better at night by quieting their noisy heating system.

Transplanting a large, mature tree

Roger helped two homeowners who recently removed a large red maple tree from their front yard. The tree provided shade and brilliant colors in the fall, but it was unsafe and had to be removed. Rather than plant a small, young tree, which would take many years to grow, Roger suggested transplanting a mature tree. After grinding the stump of the old tree, Roger took the homeowners to a local tree farm to select a new tree. The homeowner selected a flowering tree called an "aristocrat pear." To prepare the large tree for transporting, Roger used a "tree spade," which dug the tree out from below the roots and loaded it onto a truck. At the new location, Roger decided to plant the new tree farther away from the house and dug a hole about 10-feet in diameter and 5-feet deep using an excavator. Next, the tree spade lowered the tree into the new hole. Soil was then was added around the tree and the spades were carefully removed. With the spades gone, Roger raked the soil around the tree and added root stimulant and water.

Where to find it?

A tree-spade is a professional piece of machinery and can be found through a garden center, arborist, or tree service.

The tree that the homeowners selected and the tree spade that Roger used were both provided by:

Acorn Tree
513 Codman Hill road
Boxborough, MA 01719
(978) 635-0409

What is it?

The guys try to guess the intended purpose of an unusual-looking product.
Roger showed a plastic device used to keep squirrels from climbing onto your house via a power line.

Where to find it?

Critter Guard, Inc.
1101 Lakeview / Suite G
Columbia, MO 65201
573-256-2110
www.critterguard.org

Quieting a noisy hot-water heating system
Richard helped a pair of homeowners quiet their noisy hot water heating system, which was keeping them awake at night. Richard removed the cover from a convector in their bedroom and determined that the noise was being caused from copper pipes expanding as they heat up and rubbing against the wood floor and framing in the basement. To fix the problem, Richard installed plastic sleeves called "mickeys," which support the copper heating pipes and isolate them from any wood.

What to find it?

"Mickeys" can be found at most home centers and plumbing supply houses.

Viewer Tip: Tom showed a tip from a viewer on how to clean up glue squeeze-out from an inside corner using a plastic straw to scoop up the glue.

Where to find it?
Plastic straws are available at most grocery stores.
Episode #701, Season 7 of ATOH
ATOH kicks off with Tom Silva preventing a garage roof from collapsing by replacing a rotting support post, Then Tom, along with...… more