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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
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Original Air Date: Week of 11/19/2009

It begins with general contractor Tom Silva helping a homeowner seal out drafts by installing weather-stripping on her front door. Then, up in the loft, host Kevin O'Connor is joined by residential energy expert Paul Scheckel to discuss several ways to monitor and save electricity. Next, plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey helps a homeowner determine the proper size for a new heating system by performing a comprehensive heat-loss analysis.

Weather-stripping an old wooden door

Tom helped a homeowner replace the weather-stripping on her old, wooden door. With the door removed and propped up on a stand, Tom used a router to cut a dado in the bottom of the door for new mechanical weather-stripping. When the door closes, the weather-stripping drops down, pressing itself tightly against the threshold and sealing out drafts. For the sides and top of the door opening, Tom replaced the existing kerf-mounted weather-stripping with some that was thicker, making a better seal when the door is closed.

Where to find it?

The mechanical weather-stripping installed on the bottom of the door is manufactured by:

National Guard Products
800-647-7874

The kerf-mounted foam weather-stripping is manufactured by:

Ultrafab, Inc.
585-924-2186

The router and jig that Tom used to cut the dado are manufactured by:

Festool USA
888-337-8600

Monitoring home energy usage

Up in the loft, energy expert Paul Scheckel and Kevin discussed ways to monitor energy usage around the house, including portable meters that plug into electrical outlets to measure electricity consumed by electronics and appliances. Paul also showed a whole-house electrical monitoring system, as well as several energy-saving power strips.

Where to find it?

Energy expert Paul Scheckel has over seventeen years experience as an energy efficiency specialist. He has visited thousands of homes educating people about energy efficiency, indoor air quality, and renewable energy options. His book, The Home Energy Diet, contains thorough research and many energy-saving suggestions. For more information or to purchase the book, please visit his website: nrgrev.com

Paul showed several devices used for monitoring and reducing electrical usage.

The single-appliance meters are manufactured by:

Stanley EnergyMeter
Model no. 77-028
800-262-2161

Watts-Up Electrical Meter
877-928-8701

The whole-house meters are manufactured by:

BlueLine Innnovations PowerCost Monitor
866-607-2583

T.E.D. The Energy Detective
800-959-5833

The whole-house electrical monitoring system that uses the internet to provide a "dashboard" showing electrical usage is manufactured by:

eMonitor by PowerHouse Dynamics
617-454-1011

The power strips designed to reduce "phantom power" are manufactured by:

Smart Strip
877-424-8758

APC Power-Saving Surge Protector
877-272-2722

Correctly sizing a boiler by performing a heat-loss calculation

Richard helped a homeowner determine the proper size of a new heating boiler for his home by using heat loss calculation software. The program determines the proper boiler size based on factors such as existing insulation, door and windows. Properly sizing the new boiler will help ensure that the homeowner uses the least amount of energy possible when heating his home.

Where to find it?

The software program that Richard used to size the boiler is manufactured by:

Wrightsoft
800 225-8697

The expert installation of the new high-efficiency boiler was performed by:

Barry Cullen
Comfort Technology
60 Florence Ave.
Norwood, MA 02062
781-762-4328
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
General contractor Tom Silva helps a homeowner install new aluminum gutters and downspouts. … more