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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
Episode seven-hundred ten, Season seven of ask this old house

Original Air Date: Week of 12/04/2008

Plumbing & heating expert Richard Trethewey heads to Indianapolis to help a pair of homeowners install a whole-house water filter. Then Richard, along with general contractor Tom Silva, landscaping contractor Roger Cook, and host Kevin O'Connor ask, "What is it?" Then Tom helps a homeowner repair a hole in a rubber roof and Richard shares a viewer tip for cutting PVC pipe without a saw.

Installing a whole-house water filter

Richard helps a pair of homeowners in Indianapolis by installing a new whole-house water filter. The homeowners experienced rust and sediment in their plumbing fixtures, so Richard selected a filter cartridge that filters out rust, sediment and chlorine. Installing the filter required cutting into copper piping in an area in which it would have been difficult to solder, so rather than use a propane torch and sweat fittings, Richard used a new type of "push fitting" that requires no soldering.

Where to find it?

Whole house water filters are available at your local home center.

The water filter that Richard installed is manufactured by:
General Electric (model #GXWH35F)
(800) 848-7620
www.geappliances.com/smartwater
Available at: The Home Depot

Richard used push-fittings that required no soldering:
SharkBite Plumbing Fittings
Cash-Acme
2400 7th Avenue S.W.
Cullman, AL 35055
(877) 700-4242
SharkBite

What is it?

The guys try to guess the intended purpose of an unusual-looking product.

Where to find it?

Tom showed a pair of telescoping objects with yellow foam balls that are used to align a trailer with a trailer hitch. It is manufactured by:
Valley Industries Hitch Aligner
1313 South Stockton Street
Lodi, CA 95240
Valley Industries

Repairing a leaky rubber roof

Tom helped a pair of homeowners repair a hole in their rubber roof that was causing water to leak into the ceiling below. The hole was caused by a metal ladder that had been bolted to the roof. Tom cut the rubber roof using a utility knife and removed the old, metal bracket and the damaged fiberboard substrate underneath. Next, Tom installed a new piece of fiberboard, fastened it with new screws and washers, and covered it with a new piece of rubber roofing held down with contact cement and a special "lap sealant."

Rubber roofing supplies are available at some lumberyards and building supply houses, such as:
Harvey Industries, Inc.
400 Main Street
Waltham, MA 02451
781-899-3500
Harvey Industries

Viewer Tip

Richard demonstrates a tip sent in by a viewer using a piece of string to cut PVC pipe.
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
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