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Episode #1225 of Season 12 of Ask TOH
Electrician Scott Caron replaces outdated fluorescent undercabinet lights with new LED fixtures.… more
Episode #1224 of Season 12 of Ask TOH
In this special episode, we make several important improvements.… more
Episode #1223 of Season Twelve of Ask TOH
Tom and Kevin build a simple table from solid fir, and Kevin works with a wood finishing expert to stain and finish it.… more
Episode #1222 of Season 12 of Ask TOH
In this special program, the guys celebrate 300 episodes of "Ask This Old House" by looking back at some of their best moments and revealing some behind-the-scenes secrets.… more
Episode #1221 of Season 12 of Ask TOH
Richard helps a homeowner replace a shower valve that shuts off mysteriously.… more
Episode #1220 of Season 12 of Ask TOH
Roger helps a homeowner plant a low-cost, low-maintenance privacy screen.… more
Episode #1219 of Season 12 of ATOH
Roger shows Kevin how to start plants from seed.… more
Episode #1218 of Season 12 of Ask TOH
Richard helps a homeowner in New Hampshire quiet a squealing shower.… more
Episode #1217 of Season 12 of ATOH
Roger visits Biloxi, Mississippi where he builds a high tunnel greenhouse with a homeowner… more
Episode #1216 of Season 12 of Ask This TOH
Richard visits a historic home in Mobile, Alabama and installs a clawfoot tub with shower. … more
Episode #1215 of Season 12 of ATOH
Tom helps a homeowner fit a boxspring mattress up a narrow staircase.… more
Episode #1214 of Season 12 of Ask TOH
Tom repairs a rotted porch post. Richard visits New Orleans to help a family deal with high indoor humidity.… more
Episode #1213 of Season 12 of ATOH
Roger visits Santa Fe to learn about "waffle gardening," a method of growing vegetables in an arid climate.… more
Episode #1212 of Season 12 of ATOH
Tom heads to Seattle to install crown molding. Roger replaces a rotted fence post.… more
Episode #1211 of Season 12 of ATOH
Tom heads to Seattle to install crown molding. Roger replaces a rotted fence post. Kevin explains the difference between cement, concrete, and mortar. And the guys ask "What Is It?"… more
Episode #1210 of Season twelve of ATOH
Roger visits New Mexico to install an irrigation system designed to work in a desert climate.… more
Episode #1209 of Season 12 of Ask TOH
Tom demonstrates many uses for a router. Richard replaces an air conditioning unit that freezes when it runs. And the guys ask "What Is It?"… more
Episode #1208 of Season 12 of Ask TOH
In this special episode, Richard visits Oklahoma to install a safe room for tornado protection… more
Episode #1207 of Season 12 of Ask TOH
Roger and a homeowner plant a maple tree. Richard heads to Indianapolis to begin work on a new master bathroom in a basement. And the guys ask What Is It?… more
Episode #1206 of Season 12 of Ask TOH
Tommy and Kevin replace a leaky skylight. Richard repairs a noisy toilet. And the guys ask "What Is It?"… more
Episode #1205 of Season 12 of Ask TOH
Kevin visits Santa Fe and explores the Santa Fe style of architecture.… more
Episode #1204 of Season 12 of Ask TOH
Ask This Old House Episode 1203 of Season 12

Original Air Date: Week of October 24, 2013

Tom visits Seattle where he helps a homeowner install a new, pre-hung front door. Richard discusses an important water heater safety device. Roger shows how to use big containers for screening and shading in a backyard. And the guys ask "What Is It?"

Replacing a Front Door
Tom visits Seattle where he helps a homeowner install a new, pre-hung front door.

Where to find it?
Tom installed a quarter-light straight grain fir door, style 5662, manufactured by Buffelen Door. Tom installed a SmartCode electronic deadbolt and Austin handle in Venetian Bronze finish. Both are manufactured by Kwikset. Expert assistance on this project was provided by Johnson Brothers Construction of Seattle. Additional support was provided by Simpson Door Company. Water Heater Safety Valves
Richard discusses the importance of a temperature and pressure relief valve, a water heater safety device.

Where to find it?
Temperature and pressure relief valves (TPR's) must be installed on all water heaters.

It is critical that a leaking or defective TPR valve is replaced immediately. Replacements can be purchased at home centers and plumbing supply stores.

It is also important that TPR valves are not plugged or tampered with in any way.

Richard also showed the Safe Plug Relief valve, a device that is designed to prevent tampering with the TPR valve. It is manufactured by Dulac Plumbing Innovations Corp..

Photographs of the home damaged by a water heater explosion were provided by Anchor Inspections of Phoenix, Arizona and by the City of Phoenix.

What Is It?
Richard shows a plastic device that's a cylinder with an O-ring.

Where to find it?
Richard demonstrated the Nooski mouse trap, manufactured by Contech Enterprises.

Planting with Big Containers
Roger tours a greenhouse to see options for containers and container plants, and then shows how to use big containers for screening and shading in a backyard.

Where to find it?
Roger visited Mahoney's Garden Center to view options in containers and plantings.

Expert assistance with this project was provided by Carrie Kelly of Mahoney's Garden Center.

Several containers were provided by Lechuza Plant Systems.
Episode #1203 of Season 12 of Ask TOH
Richard replaces a leaking kitchen faucet with a new hands-free model. Kevin explains rechargeable batteries.… more
Episode #1202 of Season 12 of Ask TOH
Roger builds a garden bed for chile pepper plants in New Mexico. Richard repairs a leaky toilet with a worn out flange. And the guys ask "What Is It?"… more
Episode #1201 of Season 12 of Ask TOH
The twelfth season of Ask This Old House begins with Kevin teaching the guys how to use Twitter… more