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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
ask this old house episode eight hundred twenty-two of season eight

Original Air Date: Week of 03/04/2010

Landscaping contractor Roger Cook helps a homeowner revive a damaged lawn. Then, up in the loft, general contractor Tom Silva shows host Kevin O'Connor how to build a simple utility cart out of plywood. Next, plumbing & heating expert Richard Trethewey helps a homeowner fix a clogged kitchen sink drain.

Reviving a Damaged Lawn
Roger helped a homeowner repair portions of his lawn damaged by "snow mold," a fungal disease that can occur in winter from excess moisture and fertilizer. To repair the damaged sections of the lawn, Roger removed the dead grass and loosened the top of the soil using a steel rake. Next, he applied a starter fertilizer using a spreader. He then applied new grass seed and a layer of compost. Finally, he watered the newly-seeded lawn. When Roger returned six months later, he found a healthy and well-established lawn.

Where to Find It?
Fertilizer, grass seed and compost are available at many home and garden centers.

Building a Utility Cart
Up in the loft, Tom showed Kevin how to build a simple utility cart suitable for transporting tools and supplies in a basement, garage, or workshop. Tom cut the pieces for the cart from ¾" AC plywood using a circular saw and straightedge, and he used a 1" diameter hardwood dowel for the handle. He then assembled the pieces using pocket screws and added casters to the bottom.

Where to Find It?
The pocket screws and jig Tom used are manufactured by:

Kreg Tool Company
800-447-8638

Double-locking swivel casters are available online and at woodworking supply stores, including:

Woodcraft Supply, LLC
800-225-1153

Plywood and wooden dowels are available at most home centers and professional lumberyards.

Repairing a Clogged Kitchen Sink Drain
Richard helped a homeowner fix his clogged kitchen sink. Water had been draining very slowly from the sink's basin and the homeowner could not clear the clog with a plumbing snake. Upon disassembling the drain underneath the sink, Richard discovered that the clog was inside a "sanitary tee," a PVC fitting that connects the tailpiece under the sink to the p-trap. The fitting had a "diverter" inside, which caused food waste to accumulate and create a clog. To solve the problem, Richard replaced the PVC fitting with a metal one, which did not have a diverter.

Where to Find It?
Sanitary tees are available at hardware stores, home centers and plumbing supply houses.
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
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