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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
ask this old house episode eight hundred seventeen of season eight

Original Air Date: Week of 01/28/10

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. Then Richard, along with landscaping contractor Roger Cook, host Kevin O'Connor, and general contractor Tom Silva ask, "What is it?" Afterward, Tom helps a homeowner eliminate a mysterious leak in her living room ceiling.

Installing a Ductless Air Conditioner in a Garage Workshop
Richard traveled to Tampa, Florida to help a homeowner find a cooling solution for his garage. The homeowner used the garage as a workshop in the summer months, but said that it was too hot and humid in there to work comfortably. To solve the problem, Richard and local expert David Zimmerman installed a "mini-split" air conditioner. The system uses no ductwork. Instead, an air-handler unit is mounted inside on a wall, and the condenser unit is mounted outside.

Where to Find It?
Richard and a local expert installed a ductless "mini-split" air conditioner in a garage workshop.

Manufacturer: Mitsubishi Electric (model "Mr. Slim")
HVAC Advanced Products Division
800-433-4822

Installer: David Zimmerman
Zimmerman's Air Conditioning & Heating, Inc.
1013 Greenbriar Drive
Brandon, FL 33511
813-389-2269

Additional assistance was provided by:
Ryan Hansen, electrician
Hansen Electric, Inc.
813-434-6041

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

Where to find it?
Roger showed a flexible paper towel rack that attaches to metal surfaces using magnets. It was manufactured by:

InterDesign
This unit may be discontinued, but similar models are available.

Eliminating a Mysterious Leak
Tom helped a homeowner eliminate a mysterious leak that was causing damage to the plaster ceiling in her downstairs office. He determined that rainwater was getting inside the wall from upstairs, through a gap between an exterior window and the vinyl siding. To stop the leak, Tom used a polymer-based caulking designed for exterior applications, filling all gaps between the window trim and siding.

Tom used a high-tech caulking specifically made for exterior roofing and siding applications.

Manufacturer: GeoCel Corp.
800-348-7615

Ladders and staging planks were supplied by:

Lynn Ladder & Scaffolding Co., Inc.
800-225-2510

Viewer Tips
Tom and Kevin shared a viewer tip that makes it easier to cope crown molding using painter's masking tape.

Where to Find It?
Painter's masking tape and coping saws are available at home centers and hardware stores.
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
General contractor Tom Silva helps a homeowner install new aluminum gutters and downspouts. … more