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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
a man wearing safety goggles inspecting the bottom end of a string trimmer

Original Air Date: Week of 03/11/2010

Landscaping contractor Roger Cook shows a homeowner how to use and maintain string trimmers. Then, up in the loft, general contractor Tom Silva and host Kevin O'Connor discuss different types of woodworking clamps and their uses. Then Roger, Tom and Kevin join plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey to answer the question, "What is it?" Then, Kevin and a remediation team help a homeowner remove dangerous lead paint from her old house.

Choosing and Using String Trimmers
Roger showed a homeowner how to use string trimmers for a variety of landscaping chores. He also showed her how to reload string onto a trimmer's head. Roger then showed three trimmers that use different types of power: electric, gas, and liquid propane.

Where to Find It?
Gas and electric string trimmers and accessories are available at hardware stores and home centers.

The trimmer with the "Speed-Feed" quick-loading head is manufactured by:

Shindaiwa
877-986-7783

Roger showed a new type of string trimmer fueled by propane.

Propane Powered Eco Trimmer (product #ST025CS)
Manufacturer: LEHR
310-839-9009

Choosing and Using Clamps
Up in the loft, Tom and Kevin discussed several different types of clamps and their uses, including hand-screw clamps, bar clamps, pipe clamps, parallel clamps, C-clamps, miter clamps, spring clamps, edge clamps, band clamps, and quick clamps. Tom also showed how rubber surgical tubing and rubber bands can be used as clamps when light pressure is needed.

Where to Find It?
Clamps for all kinds of applications can be found at hardware stores, home centers, and woodworking supply stores, including:

Woodcraft Supply, LLC
800-535-4486

Rockler Woodworking & Hardware
800-279-4441

Manufacturers of clamps include:

The Stanley Works
800-262-2161

Bessey Tools
800-828-1004

Irwin Industrial Tool Company
800-GO-IRWIN

Adjustable Clamp Company (Jorgensen/Pony)
312-666-0640

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

Where to Find It?
Tom showed a device used to deter birds.

The Bird Spider
Manufacturer: Bird-B-Gone
800-392-6915

Lead Paint Remediation
Kevin met a homeowner who was concerned about lead paint. Many areas of her home had tested positive for lead, including windows and doors, painted baseboards and other trim, and crumbling plaster & lath walls. Kevin worked with a lead abatement crew to remove the lead paint using hand scrapers and chemical strippers. In some cases, however, the trim had to be replaced entirely. Walls with crumbling plaster or peeling paint were covered with new drywall.

Where To Find It?
The lead paint inspection was conducted by:

Panther Lead Paint Inspections
969 Washington Street
Braintree, 02184
781-849-7313

The lead paint abatement was performed by:

Ronald Peik
Alpine Environmental, Inc.
978-250-2740

For more information on lead paint, visit: www.epa.gov/lead
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
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