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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
Ask This Old House Episode eight hundred eleven of season eight

Original Air Date: Week of 12/17/2009

General contractor Tom Silva and host Kevin O'Connor show how to build and install new laminate kitchen countertops. Then Tom and Kevin, along with landscaping contractor Roger Cook and plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey ask, "What is it?" Next, Roger helps a homeowner create a clean border between a garden bed and a lawn using steel edging.

Building and installing a laminate countertop
Tom and Kevin remove and replace an old laminate kitchen countertop. The old laminate was glued onto a particleboard substrate in a factory and was damaged due to water and faulty installation. Instead of particleboard, Tom decided to use AC grade fir plywood as a substrate because it will hold up better to moisture. After scribing the plywood to the walls and cutting it to the proper size, Tom attached the laminate to the plywood using contact cement and a "j-roller" to eliminate any bubbles under the laminate. With the laminate glued to the plywood, Tom trimmed the edges flush using a small router and a bearing-guided bit, commonly called a "laminate trimmer." With the countertop installed, Tom set the sink into the opening and the installation was complete.

Where to find it?
Laminate installation tools and contact cement can be found at most home centers.

The laminate that Tom installed was manufactured by:

Formica (color #3510 grass)
800-FORMICA

What is it?
The guys try to guess the intended purpose of an unusual-looking product.

Where to find it?
Tom showed an automatic swimming pool cleaner manufactured by Leisure Vac (www.leisurevac.com).

Installing steel edging around a garden bed
Roger helped a homeowner eliminate and prevent grass from growing in his juniper bed. For prevention, Roger used a "half-moon edger" to create an air space between the grass and juniper. He then installed steel edging, which is held in place with steel stakes. To eliminate the existing grass in the juniper bed, Roger applied a systemic herbicide called "glyphosate" using a foam paintbrush on each individual grass plant, being careful not to touch the surrounding juniper plants.

Roger installed steel edging, which is available at professional landscape supply centers, including:

Shemin Landscape Supply Center
781-861-1111

Roger used a systemic herbicide to kill the grass plants in the juniper bed.

Roundup Weed & Grass Killer
Manufacturer: The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company
877-SMGROWS
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
General contractor Tom Silva helps a homeowner install new aluminum gutters and downspouts. … more