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Episode #1126 of Season 11 of Ask TOH
Host Kevin O'Connor travels to Chicago to learn how subway trains are serviced… more
Episode #1125 of Season 11 of AskTOH
Host Kevin O'Connor works with an expert to fabricate and install custom concrete countertops.… more
Episode #1124 of Season 11 of AskTOH
Master electrician Scott Caron installs several types of surge protection… more
Episode #1123 of Season 11 of AskTOH
General contractor Tom Silva and host Kevin O'Connor demonstrate how to use all types of ladders safely… more
Episode #1122 of Season 11 of AskTOH
General contractor Tom Silva helps a homeowner solve the mystery of her melted vinyl siding… more
Episode #1121 of Season 1 of AskTOH
Plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey and host Kevin O'Connor install a ductless heat pump to heat and cool a room… more
Episode #1120 of Season 11 of AskTOH
Plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey visits Cortland, Illinois, to learn how corn is harvested and then to help a homeowner insulate ductwork… more
Episode #1119 of Season 11 of Ask TOH
Episode #1119 of Season Eleven of Ask This Old House… more
Episode #1118 of Season 11 if AskTOH
In the workshop, general contractor Tom Silva and host Kevin O'Connor build a storage bench for an entryway… more
Episode #1117 of season 11 of AskTOH
Host Kevin O'Connor meets appliance repairman Richie Isaacson to learn how to maintain kitchen appliances… more
Episode #1116 of Season 11 of AskTOH
Ask This Old House Episode 1116 of Season 11

Original Air Date: Week of January 17, 2013

Master electrician Scott Caron helps a homeowner hang a flat panel television on the wall and conceal all the wiring. Back in the workshop, Scott shows Kevin examples of many different types of electrical outlets. Then Roger heads to Miami to help a homeowner control the insect pests in her yard without using pesticides.

Hanging a Flat Screen TV
Electrician Scott Caron hangs a flat panel TV on the wall and conceals all the wiring.

Where to find it?
The television that Scott installed was the 47" Black Crystal 3002 Series LCD TV, manufactured by JVC.

The bracket that he used was the Low-Profile TV Mount for 40-56" screens (model number DX-TVM113), manufactured by Dynex.

The infrared relay, which allowed the remote control signal to reach the hidden components was the DinkyLink IR Receiver Kit (model number DL85K), manufactured by Xantech.

All of the other electrical materials, including recessed outlets, low-voltage rings, cat5 cable, non-metallic cable, in-wall speaker wire, and coaxial cable are available at home centers and electrical supply stores.


Scott shows Kevin several outlets that are available today for specialized tasks.


The kit for a flat screen television that includes a surge protecting outlet and a low voltage ring is the Recessed TV Box (model TV1WTVSSW) manufactured by Pass & Seymour.

Tamper resistant outlets are code for new construction and are available at home centers and electrical supply stores.

Scott showed three outlets with built-in nightlights. The nightlight with a down light cover is the RNLS-4, manufactured by American Lighting. The large LED nightlight is model number TM8HWL-TRWCC6 and the GFCI/nightlight combination outlet is model number 1595NTLTRWCC4, both also manufactured by Pass & Seymour.

The in-floor outlet is model number 25249-SBA, manufactured by Leviton.

Scott also showed three options for a post outlet. The first was made using a stock weather-proof outlet box, conduit, and a 4x4 pressure treated post, materials available at home centers or electrical supply stores. The ready-made post kit was model number GPD19BR and the post kit with a built-in light was model number GPBK35B-1. Both post kits were manufactured by Arlington Industries.

The USB/outlet combination is model number TR7740W-K, manufactured by Cooper Wiring Devices

The phone cradle that fits on an outlet plate is the Mobile Device Station, also manufactured by Leviton.

What Is It?
Tom asks the guys to identify a tool with a rubber strap and two lights.

Where to find it?
Tom demonstrated The Laser Can, a tool for precision spray painting.

Tropical Pest Control
Roger heads to Miami control insect pests without the use of pesticides.

Where to find it?
Expert assistance with this project was provided by Dr. Lance Osborne of the University of Florida. Dr. Osborne identified two invasive pests in the landscape: Rugose Spiraling Whitefly and Pink Hibiscus Mealybug. To see video of these insects and review Dr. Osborne's academic research, visit the Mid-Florida Research & Education Center website.

For general information about biological controls of invasive pests, visit this Cornell University website. For additional information or to purchase predator insects, visit Green Methods.

For this project, we also received guidance from Adrian Hunsberger of the Miami-Dade County Extension Service. To contact your local extension office, visit this USDA website.
Episode #1115 of Season 11 of AskTOH
Plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey heads to Cheyenne, Wyoming to help a homeowner install a toilet… more
Episode #1114 of Season 11 of AskTOH
Host Kevin O'Connor heads to Del Ray Beach, Florida to restore Terrazzo floors… more
Episode #1113 of Season 1 of AskTOH
Landscape contractor Roger Cook helps a homeowner temporarily transplant a mature rose bush while exterior work takes place… more
Episode #1112 of Season 1 of AskTOH
Host Kevin O'Connor and electrician Scott Caron head to Denver to install a ceiling fan on a cathedral ceiling… more
Episode #1111 of Season 11 of ASK TOH
In the workshop, general contractor Tom Silva demonstrates the proper way to use hand planes… more
Episode #1110 of Season 11 of ATOH
Landscape contractor Roger Cook shows a homeowner how to properly mulch his garden beds… more
Episode #1109 of Season 11 of ATOH
General contractor Tom Silva installs interior window trim… more
Episode #1108 of Season 11 of ATOH
Landscape contractor Roger Cook works with a fencing contractor to install a vinyl privacy fence… more
Episode #1107 of Season 11 of ATOH
Plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey heads to Colorado Springs to install a brand new kitchen sink and faucet… more
Episode #1106 of Season 11 of ATOH
In this special episode, the guys visit New York City… more
Episode #1105 of Season 11 of ATOH
Landscape contractor Roger Cook heads to Miami to help a homeowner plant several varieties of palm trees in her front yard… more
Episode #1104 of Season 11 of ATOH
Landscape contractor Roger Cook helps a homeowner lay sod in his backyard… more
Episode #1103 of Season 11 of ATOH
General contractor Tom Silva builds a custom fireplace mantel for a homeowner… more
Episode #1102 of Season 11 of ATOH
Landscape contractor Roger Cook helps a homeowner install a bluestone patio in an urban backyard.… more
Episode #1101 of Season 11 of ATOH
General contractor Tom Silva kicks off the 11th season of Ask This Old House by helping a couple transform stock shelving into a custom built-in… more