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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
ask this old house episode eight hundred twenty one of season eight

Original Air Date: Week of 02/25/2010

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. Then, up in the loft, Richard and Kevin, along with general contractor Tom Silva and landscaping contractor Roger Cook ask, "What is it?" Afterward, Roger and Kevin discuss propane-fueled mosquito traps and how to keep them working properly. Then Tom helps a homeowner install exterior trim against a very uneven stone chimney.

Installing a Hybrid Electric Water Heater
Richard and Kevin traveled to Virginia to help a homeowner replace an aging electric water heater with a new, more efficient one. The new water heater uses heat pump technology, where heat is extracted from the surrounding air and used to heat the water inside the storage tank. Installation is similar to a standard electric water heater, except that a drain is needed to collect and discharge condensation, a byproduct of the heat pump.

Where to Find It?
The heat pump water heater is manufactured by:

General Electric (GE)
888-443-4394

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

Where to Find It?
Richard showed an electric device used for cleaning and polishing shoes. It is available from:

The Sharper Image
877-714-7444

Choosing & Maintaining Mosquito Traps
Up in the loft, Roger and Kevin discussed how propane-fueled mosquito traps work and how to maintain them for maximum effectiveness.

Where to Find It?
The mosquito traps that Roger showed were manufactured by Mosquito Magnet (www.mosquitomagnet.com) and were supplied by:

Pure Pest Management, LLC
Weston, MA 02493
774-270-0532

Installing Exterior Trim Against a Stone Chimney
Tom helped a homeowner install PVC exterior trim against an irregularly shaped stone chimney. The homeowner was re-siding his house and wanted each piece of siding to butt against trim rather than the chimney itself. To make the trim fit tightly against the chimney, Tom used a combination of methods. For the first piece, Tom scribed a line using a compass and cut along the line using a jigsaw. For the second piece, Tom pressed malleable lead flashing against the chimney and attached the trim on top of it. For the third piece, instead of cutting the trim to fit the chimney, Tom cut a slot in chimney so that he could slide a piece of trim behind it.

Where to Find It?
Lead flashing, tarpaper, caulk and PVC trim boards are available at home centers and professional lumberyards.
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
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