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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
Ask This Old House Episode 1125 of Season 11

Original Air Date: Week of March 21, 2013

Host Kevin O'Connor works with an expert to fabricate and install custom concrete countertops. Then, plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey shows how to make watertight connections without soldering. Afterward, landscape contractor Roger Cook demonstrates several new cordless landscape tools.

Custom Concrete Countertops
Kevin works with an expert to make and install custom concrete countertops.

Where to find it?
Expert assistance with this project was provided by Peter Somers of Concrete Poetry.

Peter is a professional concrete fabricator, but you can purchase all of the supplies for this project, including glass fibers, grinding pads, and sealers, from a single supplier. For more information, visit Fishstone Concrete Countertops.

Ask Richard: Solderless Plumbing Connections
Richard shows how to make watertight connections without soldering.

Where to find it?
Richard demonstrated two types of connections that are made without soldering:

Compression connections use a nut and ferrule that are compressed using two wrenches. This type of connection is often found on shut-off valves.

Push connectors replace standard copper fittings and stay watertight when pushed against a pipe. Richard showed Shark Bite fittings.

Cordless Landscape Tools
Roger and Kevin demonstrated several new cordless landscape tools.

Where to find it?
Roger demonstrated 36-volt KombiSystem Stihl tools (http://www.stihlusa.com/) including:
RMA 370 Cordless Lawn Mower
FSA 65 Cordless Grass Trimmer
BGA 85 Cordless Blower
Battery Belt & Bag
He also demonstrated the 40-volt PowerNOW system by Oregon (http://www.oregonproducts.com/) including:
ST250 Trimmer/Edger
HT250 Hedge Trimmer
CS250 Chain Saw

The sharpening stone that fits on the end of an existing chainsaw is PowerSharp system, also by Oregon.
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
Master electrician Scott Caron helps a homeowner hang a flat panel television on the wall and conceal all the wiring… more
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