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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
two people attaching two pieces of wood using a drill driver

Original Air Date: Week of 03/25/2010

General contractor Tom Silva helps a homeowner repair a wobbly newel post at the bottom of a staircase. Then, up in the loft, plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey shows host Kevin O'Connor several methods for cutting rigid pipes and flexible tubing. Next, landscaping contractor Roger Cook visits an expert to learn how to reproduce plants from cuttings and by grafting.

Repairing a Wobbly Newel Post
Tom helped a homeowner repair a wobbly newel post. To stiffen the post, Tom secured it to one of the wooden stair treads using a special type of screw made for heavy-duty framing and carpentry applications. The long screw had a flat head and threads near the bottom of the shank. Using a spade bit, Tom created a shallow recess for the head of the screw to sit in. He then drilled a long, narrow hole to accept the screw's shank and threads. Once the screw was tightened, Tom covered the head of the screw with wood filler to hide it and the project was complete.

Where to Find It?
Tom used a special type of screw used for heavy-duty framing and carpentry applications.

HeadLok ® Heavy Duty Flathead Fastener
Manufacturer: FastenMaster
800-518-3569

Cutting Plumbing Pipes
Up in the loft, Richard showed Kevin some tools and techniques for cutting different types of plumbing pipe and tubing including copper, steel, PVC, PEX, and cast-iron.

Where to Find It?
Many types of cutters are available are hardware stores, home centers and plumbing supply houses.

The ratcheting tubing cutter (an "Autofeed Cutter," model no. 118) is manufactured by:

RIDGID
800-474-3443

Plant Propagation
Roger visited an arboretum to learn how to reproduce plant specimens. One method involves duplicating an existing plant by cutting a piece and forcing it to grow roots of its own. Another method, called grafting, involves cutting a piece from one plant and causing it to grow onto another plant's existing rootstock.

Where to Find It?
Roger visited a local arboretum to learn about plant propagation.

Jack Alexander, Plant Propagator
The Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University

The hormone rooting powder that Jack used on the cuttings is manufactured by:

Hormex
800-423-3636
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
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