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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
ask this old house episode nine hundred twenty-one of season nine

Original Air Date: Week of February 24, 2011

Plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey heads to Salt Lake City, Utah, where he and a local contractor install a new solar water heating system. Then, up in the workshop, electrician Scott Caron shows host Kevin O'Connor a few devices designed to make residential electrical systems safer. Then, Kevin and general contractor Tom Silva head outside to replace the rotting support posts underneath a backyard deck.

Installing a Solar Thermal Water Heating System

Richard and a local HVAC contractor helped a homeowner reduce his energy costs by installing a solar thermal water heating system. The system includes two solar collectors that are mounted on the roof. Antifreeze is pumped between the roof collectors and a heat exchanger coil inside the water storage tank. The tank also has a gas-fired burner that will heat the water when there is not enough sunlight.

Where to find it?

The solar thermal water heating system was manufactured by:

Velux America, Inc.
800-888-3589

Installation support was provided by:

Harris-Dudley Co. Plumbing & Heating
801-363-3883

Protecting a Home from Electrical Problems
Up in the workshop, master electrician Scott Caron showed Kevin a few ways to protect houses and residents from electrical shorts, arcs, and faults using a new generation of high-tech circuit breakers and receptacles.

Where to find it?

Residential circuit protection devices of all types are available at home centers and electrical supply houses.

Expert advice and assistance was provided by:

Scott Caron
781-270-6900

Replacing a Rotted Deck Post

Tom and Kevin replaced several wooden 4x4 posts that were supporting an exterior deck. The posts, which were not pressure-treated, sat directly on top of concrete piers. They had completely rotted at the bottom due to moisture wicking up through the concrete. Before removing the old posts, Tom & Kevin installed temporary bracing using 2x4's and a sledge hammer. With the deck temporarily supported, they removed the old posts and installed new pressure-treated ones. They also installed a galvanized steel post base at the bottom of each post, eliminating direct contact with the concrete piers.

Where to find it?

Pressure-treated 4x4 posts are available in home centers and professional lumberyards.

The galvanized steel post bases were manufactured by:

Simpson Strong-Tie
800-999-5099
The wedge-type concrete anchors were manufactured by:

RED HEAD Anchoring Systems

800-348-3231
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
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