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Episode #1026 of Season 10 of ATOH
Landscape contractor Roger Cook and host Kevin O'Connor refinish several worn-out items using spray paint… more
Episode #1025 of Season 10 of ATOH
Host Kevin O'Connor and electrician Scott Caron travel to Annapolis, Maryland to install a manual transfer switch for a portable generator… more
Episode #1024 of Season 10 of ATOH
General contractor Tom Silva heads to Alexandria, Virginia to restore the windows in a home built by George Washington… more
Episode #1023 of Season 10 of ATOH
Alternative energy expert Ross Trethewey travels to San Francisco to learn about a new way to finance the installation of photovoltaic solar panels… more
Episode #1022 of Season 10 of ATOH
Contractor Angelo McRae helps a homeowner tile his bathroom floor… more
Episode #1021 Season 10 of ATOH
Landscape contractor Roger Cook travels to Dallas to help a homeowner plant a garden using native species that are drought-tolerant… more
Episode #1020 Season 10 of ATOH
Host Kevin O'Connor works with a siding contractor to install a new vinyl casing around a window… more
Episode #1019 Season 10 of ATOH
Plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey installs a recirculation pump to provide hot water quickly to a bathroom… more
Episode #1018 Season 10 of ATOH
Landscape contractor Roger Cook heads to San Francisco to upgrade a neglected urban patio… more
Episode #1017 Season 10 of ATOH
Landscape contractor Roger Cook and host Kevin O'Connor examine several ways to reduce the amount of water used for irrigation… more
Episode #1016 Season 10 of ATOH
Host Kevin O'Connor works with painter Mauro Henrique to stain a cedar fence… more
Episode #1015 Season 10 of ATOH
Electrician Scott Caron works with a homeowner to upgrade his electrical service from 100 to 200 amps… more
Episode #1014 Season 10 of ATOH
General contractor Tom Silva heads to Atlanta to help a homeowner install a solid oak front door… more
Episode #1013 Season 10 of ATOH
ask this old house episode one-thousand-and-thirteen of season ten

Original Air Date: Week of December 29, 2011

General contractor Tom Silva explains to a homeowner how ice dams form and how to prevent them. He then works with an insulation contractor to apply closed-cell spray foam in an attic. Then Tom, along with host Kevin O'Connor, landscape contractor Roger Cook, and plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey ask "What Is It?" Afterward, Richard shares a tip about connecting gutter downspouts. And Roger heads to Philadelphia to plant two trees on a busy city street.

Preventing Ice Dams
Tom helps a homeowner prevent ice dams from forming on his roof.

Where to find it?
Tom showed several ways to get rid of existing ice dams, including tossing a paper bag filled with ice melt behind the dam. Ice melt is available at hardware stores and home centers.

Tom also suggested aiming a fan at the eaves of your roof from inside the attic, blowing cold air from the attic at the dam. This will make the roof cold and prevent the ice dam from continuing to grow.

To prevent ice dams from forming, Tom installed closed-cell spray foam insulation into the roof rafter bays. A professional insulation contractor can provide this service. On this project, he worked with:

Anderson Insulation
781-857-1000

The spray foam they applied is Icynene MD-C-200.

What is it?
Richard asked the other guys to identify a few brightly colored flexible items.

Where to find it?
The "Tapi" tap squeeze drink fountain is manufactured by Dreamfarm.

Viewer Tip: Crimping Downspouts
Richard shares a viewer tip about crimping downspouts.

Where to find it?
Instead of using a specialty tool, Richard clamps a scrap piece of tongue and groove flooring into a vice and hammers a 16d nail sideways into each corner of the downspout.

Downspouts, nails, and hardwood flooring are available at home centers.

Planting Street Trees
Roger plants two city trees in Philadelphia.

Where to find it?
Expert guidance and assistance with this project was provided by The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society.

For more information, including video on how to plant a bare-root tree, please visit the website for their Plant One Million campaign.

The trees that Roger and Mindy planted were:

Pyrus calleryana 'Cleveland Select'
Zelkova serrate 'Green Vase'

The trees were mulched using Licorice Root Mulch.
Episode #1012 Season 10 of ATOH
Plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey travels to Philadelphia to install a battery back-up sump pump… more
Episode #1011 Season 10 of ATOH
Host Kevin O'Connor works with an electrician in Atlanta to install a front porch light… more
Episode #1010 Season 10 of ATOH
General contractor Tom Silva travels to Philadelphia to help a homeowner put the finishing touch on a backyard pizza oven… more
Episode #1009 Season 10 of ATOH
General contractor Tom Silva helps two homeowners build a railing for their porch… more
Episode #1008 Season 10 of ATOH
Plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey travels to Georgia to fix a kitchen sink drain… more
Episode #1007 Season 10 of ATOH
Landscaping contractor Roger Cook helps a homeowner repair a crack in an asphalt walkway… more
Episode #1006 Season 10 of ATOH
Landscaping contractor Roger Cook helps a homeowner remove several overgrown shrubs in front of her house and plant many new perennials… more
Episode #1005 Season 10 of ATOH
Host Kevin O'Connor works with an insulation contractor to show the proper way to insulate a wall using fiberglass batts… more
Episode #1004 Season 10 of ATOH
Landscaping contractor Roger Cook helps a homeowner prune an overgrown evergreen hedge… more
Episode #1004 Season 10 of ATOH
Landscaping contractor Roger Cook helps a homeowner prune an overgrown evergreen hedge… more
Episode #1003 Season 10 of ATOH
Plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey helps a homeowner replace a corroded fitting on his water heater… more
Episode #1002 Season 10 of ATOH
Plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey helps a homeowner repair her faulty shower valve… more
Episode #1001 Season 10 of ATOH
Landscaping contractor Roger Cook and arborist Matt Foti kick off the 10th season of Ask This Old House by helping a homeowner transplant two trees… more