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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
ask this old house episode eight hundred thirteen of season eight

Original Air Date: Week of 12/31/2009

Plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey heads to Tampa, Florida to help two homeowners repair their broken water softener. Then Richard, along with host Kevin O'Connor, landscaping contractor Roger Cook, and general contractor Tom Silva ask, "What is it?" Next, Roger helps a homeowner repair and prevent deer damage to one of his evergreen trees. Then, up in the loft, Tom shares a viewer tip on how to reduce airborne dust while sanding.

Repairing a broken water softener
Richard and a local expert helped a pair of Florida homeowners repair a broken water softener. A plastic basket inside one of the tanks had ruptured, allowing "resin beads" to clog water pipes and fixtures inside the house. To fix the problem, they cleaned the inside of the tank and installed a new "control head" and resin beads.

Where to find it?
Technical support was provided by:

Cassidy Water Conditioning, Inc
2703 Airport Rd
Plant City, FL 33567
888-440-4542

Additional assistance was provided by:

Culligan Water Conditioning, Inc
39 Chelmsford St.
Lowell, MA 01851
800-428-8001

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

Where to find it?
Richard showed a self-cleaning cat litter box. It is manufactured by:

Litter-Robot
Automated Pet Care Products, Inc.
877-250-7729

Preventing deer damage to evergreens
Roger helped a homeowner prevent deer from eating his evergreens during the winter months by surrounding them with a barrier of "deer netting" attached to wooden stakes.

Deer netting is available at many home centers and garden centers.

Viewer Tip
Up in the loft, Tom shares a viewer tip on how to reduce airborne sanding dust by using a box fan and furnace filters.

Where to find it?
In addition to the viewer's tip for capturing sanding dust, Tom and Richard also showed a couple of commercially available air cleaners that perform the same function.

Air Cleaners:
Manufacturer: Shop Vac (model 103-00-00)

Power Carving Dust Collector (model #140605)

Both air cleaners are available at Woodcraft Supply, LLC.
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
General contractor Tom Silva helps a homeowner install new aluminum gutters and downspouts. … more