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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
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Original Air Date: Week of January 26, 2012

Landscape contractor Roger Cook and host Kevin O'Connor examine several ways to reduce the amount of water used for irrigation. Then, plumbing & heating expert Richard Trethewey heads to San Francisco to install an irrigation system that reuses waste water from a washing machine. Back in the loft, Richard shows Kevin some toilets with built-in sinks designed to save even more water. After that, Roger visits an engine repair shop to learn how to maintain small gasoline engines.

Irrigation Timers
Roger and Kevin look at irrigation timers that can save water.

Where to find it?
Basic timers (manual and electronic) that attach to a garden hose or sprinkler are available at home centers and garden centers.

The "smart" timer that Roger showed can measure temperature and precipitation. It can be installed with an in-ground irrigation system. It is model "ESP-SMT" and is manufactured by Rain Bird, 800-724-6247

Graywater Irrigation System
Richard installs a graywater irrigation system in San Francisco.

Where to find it?
The Graywater kit that Richard installed is available to customers of the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission. The Public Utilities Commission assisted us with this project and they offer information about graywater systems on their website.

Laura Allen from Greywater Action assisted with the design and installation of our system.

The Graywater kit that we installed was sold through the The Urban Farmer Store in San Francisco.

If you live outside of San Francisco, you may be able to purchase the supplies needed to make your own "laundry to landscape" system from a plumbing supply store or a home center. The design manual available on the Public Utilities Commission website lists the materials needed. Be sure to check local building codes and graywater laws before installing a system like this.

Graywater Toilets
Richard shows Kevin a few toilets that reuse the graywater from hand-washing.

Where to find it?
The all-in-one toilet that Richard showed is the Profile Smart toilet, manufactured by Caroma

It is available through specialty retailers and plumbing supply stores.

The retrofit sink that fits atop an existing toilet is the Sink Positive

Small Gasoline Engine Maintenance
Roger visits an engine repair shop to learn how to maintain small gasoline engines.

Where to find it?
Paul Spinazola provided expert assistance with this project:
Pro Equipment Service
3 Breed Avenue
Woburn, MA 01801
781-938-8880

The fuel stabilizer and ethanol treatment that Paul recommended is Marine Formula STA-BIL, manufactured by Gold Eagle
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
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