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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
still from episode #704, season 7 of Ask This Old House

Original Air Date: Week of 10/23/08

Landscaping contractor Roger Cook helps two homeowners repair the damage done to their lawn when a new well was installed. Then Roger, along with general contractor Tom Silva, plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey, and host Kevin O'Connor ask, "What is it?" Then, Tom shows a homeowner how to make a piece of curved stair molding with some red oak and a few simple power tools.

Repairing a severely damaged front lawn

Roger helped two homeowners repair a front lawn that was severely damaged after a crew installed a new water well. During the installation, two large trucks had driven onto the lawn, leaving behind compacted ruts, stone dust and gravel all over the yard. To repair the tire ruts, Roger stripped the grass with a sod-cutter, set it aside, and roto-tilled the soil underneath to relieve compaction. He then placed the sod back on top. Next, he used shovels to remove the gravel and stone dust in other parts of the yard and replaced it all with new topsoil. With the yard repaired and ready for new grass seed, Roger turned his attention to the ugly wellhead sticking up in the yard. To hide it, Roger covered it with a fake rock and surrounded it with other real rocks and mulch, creating a new garden bed for perennials.

Where to find it?

The roto-tillers and sod cutter used in this project can be rented at most tool rental centers.
The fake boulder that Roger used to cover the wellhead is manufactured by:

Artificial Rock Outlet
(888) 578-7771
www.artificialrockoutlet.com

What is it?

The guys try to guess the intended purpose of an unusual-looking product.
Roger showed a battery-powered device used to ripple water in a birdbath, which attracts birds and prevents the breeding of mosquitoes.

Where to find it?

Water Wiggler
Allied Precision Industries, Inc.
800-627-6179

Making your own curved molding

Tom helped a homeowner recreate an original curved stair molding that had broken apart when he replaced his oak stair treads. To make the molding, Tom traced the curved part of the stair riser onto some paper and transferred it onto a thin piece of plywood, which he used as a template. Tom cut the template using a jigsaw and fine-tuned it with a small belt sander. Tom then mounted the plywood template onto some straight pieces of oak and cut along the template using a jigsaw mounted upside-down. To create the profile of the "scotia" molding, Tom used a router with a cove bit.
Plywood, oak and fast-setting glue can all be found at your local woodworking store or home center.

The type of fast-setting glue that Tom used is called "cyanoacrylate" and can be found at most woodworking and hardware stores.

The flexible scotia molding that Tom showed in the loft is available from:

Anderson & McQuaid Millwork
170 Fawcett St
Cambridge, MA 02138
800-640-3250
www.andersonmcquaid.com
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
Landscaping contractor Roger Cook shows a pair of homeowners how to transplant a large, mature tree to their front yard. Then Roger, along with...… more
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