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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
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Original Air Date: Week of November 4, 2010

Landscaping contractor Roger Cook builds a raised garden bed that is accessible by wheelchair. Then, general contractor Tom Silva shows a homeowner how to repair a leak in his roof caused by a worn-out plumbing vent gasket.

Building a wheelchair-accessible garden bed

Roger helped a homeowner build a wheelchair-accessible raised vegetable garden. He used landscape timbers infused with glass that are resistant to rot and insect damage.

Where to find it?

Roger installed landscape timbers infused with a non-toxic sodium silicate solution that prevents rotting and insect damage.

TimberSIL® GlassWood
Manufacturer: TimberSIL Products
703-941-5171

Roger sealed the ends of the landscape timbers against moisture with a liquid, wax-based product.

AnchorSeal
Manufacturer: UC Coatings Corp.
888-END-COAT

Roger's two landscaping apprentices participate in YouthBuild Boston, a nonprofit organization that provides opportunities for students to build career and life skills via hands-on, innovative programs such as construction training and sustainable landscape design.

YouthBuild Boston
617-445-8887

Additional information on building accessible gardens was provided by:

Alpha One Enterprises
800-640-7200

Repairing a leaky plumbing vent on a rooftop

Tom helped a homeowner who had water leaking into his ceiling. The water was entering near a plumbing vent that penetrated the roof. The plumbing vent was weather-sealed during installation with a rubber gasket, but the gasket had cracked and failed over time. To fix the problem, Tom simply glued another rubber gasket over the existing one with a special sealant made for roofing applications.

Where to find it?

Tom installed a rubber repair gasket around the plumbing vent, over the existing flashing.

Rain Collar for No-Calk® roof flashings
Manufacturer: Oatey®
800-321-9532

Tom used a special type of roof sealant to glue the new rubber gasket over the old one.
Geocel 4500® Roof Bonding Sealant
Manufacturer: Geocel, LLC
800-348-7615
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
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