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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
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Original Air Date: Week of October 28, 2010

General contractor Tom Silva helps a homeowner repair a rotted windowsill. Then Tom, along with host Kevin O'Connor, landscaping contractor Roger Cook, and plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey ask, "What is it?" Then, Roger shows Kevin a few gardening tools designed for people with limited mobility. Afterward, Richard helps a homeowner install an outdoor faucet.

Replacing a rotted windowsill

Tom helped a homeowner replace a windowsill that had rotted over time due to water and neglect. To remove the old windowsill, Tom first cut through the nails that held the sill to the side jambs and stool. Next, he cut away the sill with a reciprocating saw and pulled it free with a pry bar. Tom then built a new windowsill using Spanish cedar, a rot and insect resistant type of wood. With the new windowsill cut to fit, Tom pre-painted it to protect it from moisture and installed it with caulking, insulating foam, and finish nails.

Where to find it?

Spanish cedar is available at many professional lumberyards.

What is it?

The guys try to guess the intended purpose of an unusual-looking product.

Where to find it?

Kevin showed a putty-like substance used for cleaning crumbs and dirt from small crevices in electronics and automobile interiors.

CyberClean Cleaning Compound
800-364-3664

Gardening tools for people with limited mobility

Roger showed Kevin a few different types of garden tools designed for people with chronic pain or mobility problems. He demonstrated a rolling cart, a kneeler, digging tools, and some miscellaneous devices for improving ergonomics and extending one's reach into the garden without pain.

The tools and products shown in this segment, as well as many others designed for easier gardening, are sold by the following companies:

Life With Ease
800-966-5119

Lee Valley & Veritas
800-871-8158

Amazon

Installing an outdoor faucet

Richard helped a homeowner install a frost-proof outdoor faucet, designed not to freeze and rupture in the winter. Inside the basement, Richard determined that the best place to mount the faucet would be through a rim joist in an outer wall. After drilling a hole from outside, Richard inserted the faucet into the hole and screwed it in place. Next, Richard soldered a copper tee in a nearby cold water pipe and installed a new pipe between the tee and the new faucet.

Where to find it?

Frost-proof faucets and other plumbing supplies are available at most home centers, hardware stores, and plumbing supply houses.
Episode #903, Season 9 of ATOH
General contractor Tom Silva helps a homeowner find additional storage space by creating a new doorway into an unused attic… more
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