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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
Ask This Old House episode one-hundred and twelve of season seven

Original Air Date: Week of 12/18/2008

Landscaping contractor Roger Cook helps a pair of homeowners break apart and remove a large boulder in their backyard. Then Roger, along with host Kevin O'Connor, plumbing & heating expert Richard Trethewey and general contractor Tom Silva ask, "What is it?" Next, Richard helps two homeowners secure their loose pipes inside a shower wall and Tom shares a viewer tip about getting a secure grip on a hammer.

Removing a large boulder

Roger helped a pair of homeowner remove a large boulder from their backyard that stood in the way of the new retaining wall they were planning to build. Roger first attempted to split the rock into smaller pieces using "feathers and wedges" and a sledgehammer. After a few attempts, and little success, Roger switched to a much larger compressor-driven hammer to drive bigger feathers and wedges into the stone, which worked much better.

Where to find it?

Feathers and wedges, as well as compressor-driven drills and hammers, are available at some equipment rental centers and masonry supply yards.

What is it?

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

Where to find it?

Tom showed a device used to protect a roof from high winds during a hurricane. It is manufactured by:
Storm-Proof Roof
TriCord Hurricane Holdings
1201 East 33rd Street
Tulsa, Oklahoma 74105
800-738-1200
Storm-Proof Roof

Securing shaky shower pipes

Richard helped a pair of homeowners secure loose water supply pipes inside a shower wall. The pipes were not properly fastened to the framing inside the wall, so Richard suggested cutting into the wall and securing the pipes. Rather than damage the tile wall inside the shower, Richard cut into the wall on the opposite side, inside a closet. After cutting a hole large enough in the drywall to gain access, Richard screwed a piece of wood called "blocking" inside the wall and secured the pipes to it using pipe straps and screws. To cover the hole, Richard used a plastic cover with spring-loaded clips.

Richard covered the hole in the drywall using a spring-loaded plastic cover.

SpringFit Access Panel
Manufacturer: Watts Regulator Co.
815 Chestnut St
North Andover, MA 01845
(978) 688-1811
Watts Regulator Co.

Viewer Tip

Kevin and Tom showed a viewer tip on improving the grip on a hammer by using tennis racket "re-grip" or "over-grip."

Where to find it?

Tennis racket "re-grip" and "over-grip" are available at sporting goods stores. Tom demonstrated the tip using a Dunlop Hydramax overgrip.
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
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