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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
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Original Air Date: Week of March 22, 2012

Host Kevin O'Connor and electrician Scott Caron travel to Annapolis, Maryland to install a manual transfer switch for a portable generator. Then Kevin, along with general contractor Tom Silva, landscape contractor Roger Cook, and plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey ask "What Is It?" Afterwards, Richard heads to Dallas to fix a sewer line that is clogged with tree roots.

Generator Transfer Switch
Electrician Scott Caron installs a manual transfer switch for a portable generator. He first wired the switch to the existing circuits in the home that will be powered in the event of an electrical outage. He then installed a receptacle outside the house for the portable generator to be plugged into.

Where to find it?
Expert assistance on this project was provided by Scott Caron of Caron Electric

The transfer switch that Scott installed is model 31410CRK, manufactured by Reliance Controls

The portable generator (model XG7000) was provided by Generac Power Systems

This project involves rewiring within a home's electrical panel. Working with a licensed electrician is recommended.

What Is It?
Richard asks the guys to identify a red metal object with black handles.

Where to find it?
Richard demonstrated a Paper Log Briquette Maker, which can be used to make fireplace logs from ordinary newspaper. A similar device (item no. 148827) is available from online retailer Kotula's (http://www.kotulas.com).

Relining a Sewer Drain Pipe
Richard helps a homeowner clear tree roots from his sewer drain and reline the pipe. The pipe is relined using a polyester sock and a two-part resin. When the resin cures, it will create a rigid plastic pipe inside of the existing cast iron drain line, preventing any roots or other foreign objects from penetrating.

Where to find it?
Expert assistance on this project was provided by Roto Rooter

The pipe lining system that Richard installed is manufactured by MaxLiner

Back at the barn, Richard described another technology that can be used to re-line water supply pipes. This system is manufactured by Ace Duraflow (www.aceduraflo.com) and available in the Dallas area from DFW Pipe Restoration.
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
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