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Episode #826, Season 8 of ATOH
two people repairing a loose stair rail

Original Air Date: Week of 04/01/2010

Plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey helps a homeowner replace his leaky outdoor faucet. Then, up in the loft, landscaping contractor Roger Cook shows host Kevin O'Connor how to sharpen a lawn mower blade properly. Afterward, Richard, Roger, and Kevin, along with general contractor Tom Silva ask, "What is it?" Then Tom and Kevin build custom shelving for a walk-in closet.

Replacing a Leaky Outdoor Faucet
Richard helped a homeowner replace a leaky outdoor faucet. He determined that the faucet likely had a washer in need of replacing. However, because the homeowner lived in an area with below-freezing temperatures in the winter, Richard recommended replacing the faucet altogether with a "frost-proof" model to avoid damage from freezing. The washer inside the frost-proof unit is located on the inside of the building, so water is never exposed to freezing outside temperatures.

Where to Find It?
Frost-proof outdoor faucets are available at hardware stores, home centers, and plumbing supply houses.

Sharpening a Lawn Mower Blade
Up in the loft, Roger showed Kevin how to safely remove and sharpen a lawn mower blade using a file, a bench grinder, and a sharpening stone attachment that works with an electric drill.

Where to Find It?
Sharpening accessories of all types are available at hardware stores and home centers.

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 capture dust created when cutting holes using a drill and hole saw. It is manufactured by:

Drill-Kleen

Building and Installing Closet Shelving
Tom and Kevin built and installed cabinets and shelving for a walk-in closet. The cabinets were made from birch plywood and assembled using rabbets and dado joints reinforced with screws. To maximize storage in the new cabinets, Tom installed special hardware for garments and shoes including a fixed closet rod, slide-out pants and shoe racks, and a counter-balanced system that allows for easy access to clothes that are stored up high.

Where to Find It?
Birch plywood can be found at most home centers and professional lumberyards.

The "wardrobe lift" hardware was supplied by:

Hafele
800-423-3531

The hardware for the shoe rack and pants rack ("Komplement" brand) is available from:
Ikea
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
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