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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
ask this old house episode one-thousand-and-sixteen of season ten

Original Air Date: Week of January 19, 2012

Host Kevin O'Connor works with painter Mauro Henrique to stain a cedar fence. Then general contractor Tom Silva helps a homeowner install window boxes and landscape contractor Roger Cook helps plant them.

Staining a Cedar Fence
Kevin works with painter Mauro Henrique to stain a cedar fence.

Where to find it?
Mauro Henrique provided expert assistance with this project:

Mauro's Painting
617-628-7279

Mauro showed three methods of applying stain to a cedar fence.

Rollers, mini-rollers, and a homeowner spray gun can be purchased at home centers and paint supply stores. The spray gun that Mauro used was the Power Painter Plus with EZ Tilt, manufactured by Wagner.

The airless sprayer is a professional tool that can be rented at some home centers and many paint supply stores.

The stain was Benjamin Moore semi-transparent stain in "Olympus Green."

Window Flower Boxes
Tom helps a homeowner attach cellular PVC window boxes to the front of his house. Then Roger plants the boxes with annuals.

Where to find it?
The window boxes Tom installed have a self-watering reservoir and are manufactured by:

Flower Window Boxes
678-455-8797

The soil that Roger used in the boxes was Moisture Control Potting Mix, manufactured by Miracle-Gro.

Roger planted the following species in the window boxes:
• Hakonechloa Japanese Forest Grass
• Sweet Potato Vine 'Marguerite'
• Osteospermum hybrids 'Soprano' & 'Peach Symphony'
• Scaevola hybrid 'Whirlwind White'

Back at the barn, Roger showed a few plants that can grow in window boxes during the fall and winter, including:
• Flowering Kale
• Purple Fountain Grass 'Rubrum'
• Boulevard Cypress
• Blue Angel Holly

Roger recommended spraying evergreens with an "anti-desiccant" to prevent them from drying out in winter. The spray he used was Wilt Stop, which is manufactured by .
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
General contractor Tom Silva explains to a homeowner how ice dams form and how to prevent them… more
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