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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
ask this old house episode nine hundred fifteen of season nine

Original Air Date: Week of January 13, 2011

Landscaping contractor Roger Cook shows host Kevin O'Connor a few helpful techniques for mowing a lawn. Then, general contractor Tom Silva helps two homeowners begin building the backyard deck of their dreams.

Mowing a lawn

Roger showed Kevin a few tips and tricks for keeping a lawnmower running smoothly and maintaining a lawn healthy.

Where to find it?

The lawnmower that Roger and Kevin used is manufactured by:

Cub Cadet (model #999ES)
877-282-8684

It was provided by:

ASC Power Equipment
978-682-5770

Additional support was provided by:

UMass Extension Turf Program
508-892-0382

Building a deck

Tom helped a pair of homeowners begin building their dream deck. After setting string lines and batter boards to mark the locations for the concrete footings, Tom dug 4-foot deep holes for the footings using a power auger. Next, they set cardboard tubes into the holes and filled them with concrete. The next day, they started framing the deck using pressure treated lumber and galvanized steel hardware. After setting the posts on the footings and attaching the ledger board to the house, Tom installed joist hangers to the ledger and installed beams to support the ends of the joists furthest away from the house.

Where to find it?

The software that Tom used to create the deck plans is:

Home & Landscape Design Studio
Punch Software
800-395-0277

Tom and the homeowners used a Toro Dingo compact skid-steer loader with an 18-inch diameter auger to dig the holes for the footings. It is manufactured by:

The Toro Company
888-384-9939

The Toro Dingo is available for rent at many locations nationwide, including:

Richey & Clapper, Inc.
978-443-1333

Tom used a self-adhered flashing membrane under the ledger board. It is manufactured by:

Grace Vycor Plus
866-333-3726

Tom used a cordless nailing gun to hold the framing together temporarily. It is manufactured by Bostitch.

Most of the lumber for this project was provided by:

Anderson & McQuaid Millwork
(800) 640-3250

Pressure treated lumber and galvanized steel hardware is available at home centers and professional lumberyards.
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
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