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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
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Original Air Date: Week of December 23, 2010

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. Then, general contractor Tom Silva helps a homeowner repair damage to her oak flooring that was caused by a leaky radiator.

Retrofitting a forced-air heating & cooling system

Richard and a local HVAC contractor helped a pair of homeowners replace their existing electric baseboard heating system with a modern, high-efficiency forced air system that will heat and cool their home.

Where to find it?

The furnace that Richard helped install is an Amana two-stage variable speed 95% efficiency gas furnace (model number AMVC950704CX). It is manufactured by:

Amana Heating and Air Conditioning
877-254-4729

The furnace is distributed by:

Robinson Supply Company
800-343-3878

The expert installation was performed by Barry Cullen and his team at Comfort Technology:
Comfort Technology
60 Florence Ave.
Norwood, MA 02062
781-762-4328

Repairing a damaged hardwood floor

Tom helped a pair of homeowners repair part of an oak floor damaged by a leaking steam radiator. With the radiator removed, Tom removed several damaged pieces of flooring using a hammer, chisel, and prybar. Next, he cut several new pieces of strip flooring to fit and installed them using glue and nails. Finally, Tom added a coat of amber-colored shellac to help make the new flooring look like the old flooring surrounding it.

Where to find it?

Red oak strip flooring is available at many lumber yards and home centers.

The amber-colored shellac that Tom applied to the new flooring is manufactured by:

Zinsser (Rustoleum)
800-323-3584

Tom also used an oil-based stain manufactured by Minwax (800-523-9299) and a solvent-based wood filler manufactured by DAP Plastic Wood (800-543-3840).
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
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