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

Original Air Date: Week of March 24, 2011

General contractor Tom Silva helps a homeowner remove a vinyl kitchen floor. Then host Kevin O'Connor tours a well-stocked architectural salvage yard for vintage house parts. Back in the workshop, Kevin and Tom, along with landscaping contractor Roger Cook and plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey ask, "What is it?" Afterward, Richard helps a homeowner eliminate a gurgling sound coming from his bathroom plumbing.

Removing a vinyl floor

Tom helped a homeowner remove an old vinyl floor, including the plywood underlayment. They began by removing the square, vinyl tiles using prybars, chisels, putty knives, and a hammer. With the vinyl tiles removed, they removed the ¼" plywood underlayment. The underlayment was installed before the cabinets, so Tom had to cut the floor around the cabinets using both a "toe kick" saw and an oscillating tool with a flush-cutting blade. Once all of the drywall screws holding the underlayment to the original floor were removed, they were able to remove the underlayment.

Where to find it?

Toe kick saws are available for rent at many home centers. The one that Tom used was manufactured by:

Crain Tools
408-946-6100

The oscillating tool that Tom used was manufactured by:

Fein Multimaster
800-441-9878

Salvage Style

Kevin toured an architectural salvage shop to learn what types of vintage house parts are available. Items included windows, doors, moldings, stair parts, lighting fixtures, plumbing fixtures, and stained glass windows.

Where to find it?

Nor'East Architectural Antiques
603-394-0006

Plumbing Vent Problems

The homeowner explained to Richard that he heard a loud gurgling sound from his bathroom sinks whenever the toilet was flushed. Richard determined that the sound was caused by inadequate venting of the plumbing fixtures. In the attic, Richard cut into the vent line and discovered that it was clogged with water. He snaked the vent line with a camera to make sure that there weren't any other obstructions; he also adjusted the pitch of the pipe to make sure that water would not continue to clog the vent. He reattached the vent line and solved the problem, but only temporarily. Later, the homeowner discovered that the gurgling noise had returned. Back in the workshop, Richard said he realized that the original problem appeared only after a new toilet was installed. The new toilet flushed very quickly and therefore required more venting than the original toilet. To solve the problem, the homeowner will need to install a separate roof vent closer to the fixtures or install a one-way "air admittance valve" in the attic.

Where to find it?

In some situations, "air admittance valves" can be used for venting a drain line where a traditional vent would be impossible or impractical to install.

STUDOR
Manufacturer: IPS Corporation
310-898-3300
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
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