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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
contractor showing homeowners how to set up a dust barrier system using spring loaded poles

Original Air Date: Week of 01/21/2010

Landscaping contractor Roger Cook helps a homeowner conserve water by installing an innovative rainwater collection system. Then Roger, along with host Kevin O'Connor, plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey, and general contractor Tom Silva ask, "What is it?" Then Tom helps a pair of homeowners connect two rooms in their home by removing an interior load-bearing wall.

Removing an Interior Load-Bearing Wall
Tom helped a pair of homeowners remove a large section of an interior wall to create an opening that connects the living room and office area. Up in the attic, Tom showed that the wall was load-bearing because it was supporting the weight of several ceiling joists from two sides of the house. Before cutting into it, Tom built temporary supports on each side of the wall using framing lumber. Next, he cut out the new opening using a reciprocating saw, being careful not to damage the surrounding plaster. Tom then built a header for the top of the new opening to support the ceiling joists that had been supported by studs.

Where to find it?
Tom used a dust-barrier system that uses spring-loaded poles and plastic sheeting to keep dust inside the work area and away from the rest of the house.

Manufacturer: ZipWall Barrier System Products
800-718-2255

Tom used a reciprocating saw to cut through plaster, studs and nails.
Manufacturer: Hitachi Power Tools (model #CR13VBY)
800-706-7337

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

Where to find it?
Tom showed a flexible rubber pad that attaches to the head of a hammer to protect delicate woodwork when removing nails.

Zadok Hammer Pad
717-629-1380
Installing a Rainwater Collection System
Roger helped a homeowner install a system for collecting and storing large amounts of rainwater for irrigating backyard plants. The system includes a large pillow that is filled with water from the home's gutter downspouts. When water is needed for irrigation, an electric pump is activated, which creates enough water pressure to run sprinklers attached to a garden hose.

Roger installed a rainwater collection system. It is manufactured by:
The Original Rainwater Pillow®
770-853-9918

Additional installation support was provided by:

Michael Santos
Bristol Home Maintenance
781-762-2553
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
General contractor Tom Silva helps a homeowner install new aluminum gutters and downspouts. … more