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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
ask this old house episode nine hundred seventeen of season nine

Original Air Date: Week of January 27, 2011

Landscaping contractor Roger Cook shows host Kevin O'Connor a few ways to deal with rainwater from gutters and downspouts. Then, up in the workshop, plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey talks "All About" pliers. Then Roger, Kevin, Richard, and general contractor Tom Silva ask, "What is it?" Afterward, Tom and Kevin insulate an attic floor using fiberglass batts and blown-in insulation.

Troubleshooting gutters and downspouts.

Roger and Kevin discuss several ways to deal with rainwater being collected by gutters and conveyed via downspouts. Several options for diverting rainwater away from the house are discussed, including downspout extensions, underground drainage pipes, and drywells.

Where to find it?

Downspout extensions, landscape drainage pipes and underground drywells are available at home centers and landscape supply stores.

Both the perforated drain pipe wrapped in foam "kernels" and underground drywell that Roger showed are manufactured by:
NDS, Inc. (EZflow and Flo-Well)
877-301-5242

Choosing and using pliers

Richard showed Kevin various types of pliers and explained how they are used.

Where to find it?

Richard showed pliers from several manufacturers, including:
Channelock
800-724-3018

Stanley Hand Tools
800-262-2161

Robogrip (sold exclusively through Sears)

C.H. Hanson

Irwin Tools
800-GO-IRWIN

Klein Tools

Gardner Bender (GB)
800-624-4320

What is it?

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

Where to find it?

Roger showed a solar water heater for aboveground swimming pools.

The item is called the AquaQuick® Solar Pool Heater, and is available at a number of online retailers, including:
Amazon.com

Insulating an attic with fiberglass

Kevin and Tom insulated an attic using a combination of loose-fill (blown-in) fiberglass insulation and fiberglass batts. They cut the batts to size and installed them in-between the floor joists close to the eaves, taking care not to block the flow of fresh air coming into the attic through the soffit vents. For the floor joist bays that were inaccessible due to a subfloor, they installed loose fill fiberglass insulation using a blowing machine, which allowed them to dense pack the material inside each of the joist bays.

Where to find it?

Both the batts and loose-fill fiberglass insulation were manufactured by:
Johns Manville
303-978-2000

Insulation blowing machines are available for rent at many home and rental centers.

The insulation blowing machine that Tom used is manufactured by:
AccuOne Industries, Inc. (model#9218)
800-438-2776
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
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