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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
man reaching up to install crown molding

Original Air Date: Week of 02/04/10

General contractor Tom Silva helps a pair of homeowners in Houston, Texas install crown molding in their bedroom using an innovative fastening system. Then Tom, along with host Kevin O'Connor, landscaping contractor Roger Cook, and plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey ask, "What is it?" Afterward, Roger and Kevin head outside to replace a rotting cedar fence post.

Installing Foam Crown Molding
Tom traveled to Houston, Texas to help a pair of homeowners dress up their bedroom ceiling by installing crown molding. Instead of wood, Tom used molding made out of polyurethane foam, which weighs less and is more dimensionally stable than wood. The molding also came with a special type of fastening system that requires no nails. Instead, plastic brackets are screwed into the top plate of the wall, up against the ceiling. The molding then snaps onto these brackets, making for an easy one-person job. For the corners, Tom used a compound miter saw and a special device used for transferring the angle of the corner directly to the saw for a perfect cut.

Where to Find It?
Tom installed crown molding made of polyurethane foam with special mounting brackets.

Manufacturer: Focal Point Products, Inc.

Molding: Classic Egg & Dart (product #23135) Mounting brackets: Quick Clips (product #21105)
800-662-5550

Tom used a special gauge that gave him a perfectly-bisected angle for each corner, which he was able to transfer directly to his compound miter saw.

FESTOOL
Miter saw: Kapex KS 120, product #561287.
Angle gauge: Miterfast Angle Transfer Device, product #494370.
888-337-8600

What Is It?
Tom showed a device that used an electric drill to remove nails from wood.

Where to Find It?
The Cordless Drill Nail Puller

Replacing a Rotted Fence Post
Roger and Kevin headed outside to replace a rotten cedar fence post. They removed the old post, being careful not to damage the surrounding fence. Roger then replaced it with another post that he obtained from a local supplier who had a few grey-colored, weathered-looking posts sitting outside. To firmly secure the new post in the ground and prevent premature rotting, Roger poured gravel and stone dust into the hole and packed it down tightly around the post. Kevin then fastened the surrounding fence to the new post and the project was complete. Afterward, Roger showed Kevin a way to repair a rotted fence post instead of replacing it using "mending plates."

Where to Find It?
Roger and Kevin replaced a rotting cedar fence post with a new one.

5x5 cedar fence post with "Gothic" profile
Supplier: Northeastern Fence & Supply Corp.
74 Broadway
Saugus, MA 01906
781-233-3324

In the loft, Roger showed Kevin steel mending plates for repairing a 4"x4" rotting fence post.

E-Z Mender™
Manufacturer: Simpson Strong-Tie Co., Inc.
800-999-5099
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
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