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Episode #826, Season 8 of ATOH
Plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey helps a homeowner replace his leaky outdoor faucet… more
Episode #825, Season 8 of ATOH
General contractor Tom Silva helps a homeowner repair a wobbly newel post at the bottom of a staircase… more
Episode #824, Season 8 of ATOH
Landscaping contractor Roger Cook visits a nature center to learn how to attract many different species of birds… more
Episode #823, Season 8 of TOH
Landscaping contractor Roger Cook shows a homeowner how to use and maintain string trimmers… more
Episode #822, Season 8 of ATOH
Landscaping contractor Roger Cook helps a homeowner revive a damaged lawn… more
Episode #821, Season 8 of ATOH
Host Kevin O'Connor and plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey head to Virginia to help a homeowner replace his old, electric water heater with a heat pump water heater that uses much less electricity… more
Episode #820, Season 8 of ATOH
Plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey and general contractor Tom Silva head to Detroit to help a homeowner remodel her kitchen with new appliances… more
Episode #819, Season 8 of ATOH
General contractor Tom Silva helps a homeowner replace the broken sash locks on his vinyl windows… more
Episode #818, Season 8 of ATOH
General contractor Tom Silva helps a pair of homeowners in Houston, Texas install crown molding in their bedroom using an innovative fastening system… more
Episode #817, Season 8 of ATOH
Plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey heads to Tampa, Florida to help a homeowner cool off his garage workshop with a ductless air conditioning system… more
Episode #816, Season 8 of ATOH
Landscaping contractor Roger Cook helps a homeowner conserve water by installing an innovative rainwater collection system… more
Episode #815, Season 8 of ATOH
Plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey helps a homeowner update the look of her bathroom by installing a new vanity cabinet, countertop, and sink… more
Episode #814, Season 8 of ATOH
General contractor Tom Silva helps a homeowner dress up an old fireplace by installing a new mantle and marble hearth… more
Episode #813, Season 8 of ATOH
Plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey heads to Tampa, Florida to help two homeowners repair their broken water softener… more
Episode #812, Season 8 of ATOH
Landscaping contractor Roger Cook helps a pair of homeowners improve the appearance of an unsightly concrete retaining wall… more
Episode #811, Season 8 of ATOH
General contractor Tom Silva and host Kevin O'Connor show how to build and install new laminate kitchen countertops… more
Episode #810, Season 8 of ATOH
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Episode #809, Season 8 of ATOH
Landscaping contractor Roger Cook visits Harvard University to learn about their new organic lawn-care program… more
Episode #808, Season 8 of ATOH
General contractor Tom Silva and host Kevin O'Connor build a basic picnic table using common framing lumber… more
Episode #807, Season 8 of ATOH
This episode is all about saving energy at home… more
Episode #806, Season 8 of ATOH
Landscaping contractor Roger Cook joins plant expert Carrie Kelly at a nursery to learn about container gardening.… more
Episode #805, Season 8 of ATOH
General contractor Tom Silva helps a pair of homeowners install a new siding glass door… more
Episode #803, Season 8 of ATOH
Landscaping contractor Roger Cook travels to Baltimore, where he helps transform a small urban backyard into a pleasant outdoor living space… more
Episode #802, Season 8 of ATOH
Host Kevin O'Connor teams up with an electrician to install a home intercom system. Then Kevin, along with… more
Episode #801, Season 8 of ATOH
Landscaping contractor Roger Cook kicks off our 8th season by helping a homeowner build a cozy campfire pit...… more
Episode #804, Season 8 of ATOH
tom and a homeowner check the newly installed house gutters

Original Air Date: Week of 10/29/2009

General contractor Tom Silva helps a homeowner install new aluminum gutters and downspouts. Then Tom, along with host Kevin O'Connor, plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey and landscaping contractor Roger Cook ask, "What is it?" Afterward, Richard helps a homeowner install a new energy-efficient clothes washer and dryer.

Installing aluminum gutters

Tom helped a homeowner install new aluminum gutters on her home. Tom chose heavy-duty "K-style" gutters. First, he cut a hole for a downspout using a hole-saw in a drill. Next, he attached the end caps using caulking and a crimp tool. Then, he attached an inside "box miter" and joined the two gutter sections together using caulking and rivets. Tom then fastened the gutters to the fascia board using aluminum "hidden hangers," making sure to pitch the gutter toward the downspout. Lastly, Tom fastened the downspout to the house and dug a trench for a pipe that will carry the water away from the home's foundation.

Where to find it?

.032 inch gauge aluminum "K-style" gutters, installation tools and accessories are available at professional building supply centers, including:
Harvey Building Products

What is it?

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

Where to find it?

Tom showed an inflatable damper that blocks room air from escaping up through a chimney.
Draftstoppe™ Fireplace Plug from Battic Door

Installing a new washer and dryer

Richard helped a homeowner install a new washer and dryer in a basement laundry area. First, they removed the "transport bolts" that secure and protect the drum inside of the washing machine. Next, they leveled the top of the washer and adjusted the leveling feet as necessary. They used stainless steel braided hoses for the hot and cold water supply connections. Next, Richard installed the wastewater discharge line between the washing machine and the "standpipe." Then Richard connected the gas line to the dryer using black steel piping. Finally, he ran galvanized steel pipe for the dryer vent to the outside of the building and the installation was complete.

Where to find it?

Washing machine hoses, gas pipes and 4" galvanized vent ducts can be found at most hardware stores and home centers.