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Episode #926, Season 9 of ATOH
Landscaping contractor Roger Cook and host Kevin O'Connor head outside to do some yard clean-up … more
Episode #925, Season 9 of ATOH
General contractor Tom Silva helps a homeowner remove a vinyl kitchen floor… more
Episode #924, Season 9 of ATOH
Up in the workshop, general contractor Tom Silva and host Kevin O'Connor build a tool storage cabinet, perfect for any basement or garage… more
Episode #923, Season 9 of ATOH
Landscaping contractor Roger Cook and host Kevin O'Connor show some different methods and tools for splitting firewood… more
Episode #922, Season 9 of ATOH
Host Kevin O'Connor and general contractor Tom Silva demonstrate how to select and install antique and reproduction door hardware… more
Episode #921, Season 9 of ATOH
Plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey heads to Salt Lake City, Utah, where he and a local contractor install a new solar water heating syste… more
Episode #920, Season 9 of ATOH
Our road trip through America's heartland continues as host Kevin O'Connor travels to Little Rock, Arkansas to install an outdoor electrical outlet for a homeowner… more
Episode #919, Season 9 of ATOH
In the first episode of a two-part road trip through America's heartland, landscaping contractor Roger Cook helps a homeowner in Wichita, Kansas plant a narrow garden bed near her driveway… more
Episode #918, Season 9 of ATOH
Up in the workshop, expert painter Mark O'Lalor shows host Kevin O'Connor a few tricks and techniques for painting an interior wall… more
Episode #917, Season 9 of ATOH
Landscaping contractor Roger Cook shows host Kevin O'Connor a few ways to deal with rainwater from gutters and downspouts… more
Episode #916, Season 9 of ATOH
General contractor Tom Silva helps two homeowners complete the construction of their new backyard deck… more
Episode #915, Season 9 of ATOH
Landscaping contractor Roger Cook shows host Kevin O'Connor a few helpful techniques for mowing a lawn… more
Episode #914, Season 9 of ATOH
Plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey helps a homeowner install a second sink into an existing bathroom vanity… more
Episode #913, Season 9 of ATOH
Landscaping contractor Roger Cook and chainsaw expert Tim Ard demonstrate safe chainsaw use and a brand new way to sharpen chains… more
Episode #912, Season 9 of ATOH
Plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey helps a pair of homeowners reduce their utility bills by installing a new forced-air furnace and air conditioning system… more
Episode #911, Season 9 of ATOH
General contractor Tom Silva helps an old friend repair the loose carpeting on his staircase… more
Episode #910, Season 9 of ATOH
Plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey helps a homeowner heat his newly remodeled kitchen by installing hot water radiant tubing underneath the floor… more
Episode #909, Season 9 of ATOH
Landscaping contractor Roger Cook helps a homeowner repair an uneven stone patio… more
Episode #908, Season 9 of ATOH
General contractor Tom Silva helps a homeowner install a new energy-efficient storm door… more
Episode #907, Season 9 of ATOH
Landscaping contractor Roger Cook heads to Fargo, North Dakota, where he and a local crew help a homeowner build a new circular patio and fire pit… more
Episode #906, Season 9 of ATOH
Landscaping contractor Roger Cook and plant expert Carrie Kelly discuss different types of groundcover… more
Episode #905, Season 9 of ATOH
Landscaping contractor Roger Cook builds a raised garden bed that is accessible by wheelchair… more
Episode #904 of Season 9 of ATOH
General contractor Tom Silva helps a homeowner repair a rotted windowsill… more
Episode #903, Season 9 of ATOH
ask this old house episode nine-hundred and three of season nine

Original Air Date: Week of October 21, 2010

General contractor Tom Silva helps a homeowner find additional storage space by creating a new doorway into an unused attic. Then Tom, along with landscaping contractor Roger Cook, host Kevin O'Connor, and plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey ask, "What is it?" Afterward, Richard shares a viewer tip on how to create a faucet wrench from a standard PVC pipe. Then, Kevin and an electrician help a homeowner repair a broken doorbell.

Creating a new doorway into an unused attic

Tom helped a pair of homeowners gain storage space by creating a new doorway in a wall leading into an unused attic space. Tom started by cutting a small hole in the wall so that he could see exactly where to place the opening. He then cut away the plaster and lath and exterior sheathing and added some framing lumber to complete the rough opening. The homeowner wanted to recycle an old door, so Tom built a new jamb and installed it into the rough opening. He then installed the door into the new jamb and attached new trim around the opening.

Where to find it?

Reciprocating saws, routers, door-jambs, and framing lumber are available at home centers and hardware stores.

The molding used to create the new trim was supplied by:

Anderson & McQuaid Millwork
(800) 640-3250

Tom used an oscillating tool to cut the baseboard:

Fein Multimaster
800-441-9878

What is it?

The guys try to guess the intended purpose of an unusual-looking product.
Where to find it?

Richard showed a new type of toilet plunger manufactured by:

PlungeMAX
PF Waterworks
877-265-9777

Viewer Tips

Richard shared a tip from a homeowner on how to use a piece of plastic pipe to tighten the nuts on the underside of a sink faucet.

Richard showed how to cut notches in the end of a 1¼" plastic pipe and use it as a faucet wrench. He also showed a plastic wrench designed for tightening various sized nuts on the underside of bathroom and kitchen sinks. It is manufactured by:

Faucet & Sink Installer (model #2006) Manufacturer: RIDGID
Available at: The Home Depot

Installing a new doorbell

Kevin and electrician Steve Krasner helped a homeowner install a new doorbell for her front door. Steve found some old, abandoned wires from a previous doorbell inside the door casing. He then tested the wiring and an existing voltage transformer to make sure they could be reused for the new doorbell. Once the transformer and wiring were determined to be operational, Steve connected a new button and doorbell chime.

Where to find it?

Electrician: Steve Krasner
Only Connect, LLC
617-484-2828
Episode #902, Season 9 of ATOH
General contractor Tom Silva helps a homeowner install balusters on his new staircase… more
Episode #901, Season 9 of ATOH
Plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey kicks off the 9th season of Ask This Old House by helping a homeowner in Canada install a new kitchen sink… more