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Episode #1226 of Season 12 of ATOH
This special episode is all about renovating kitchens.This special episode is all about renovating kitchens. Tom and Kevin help a homeowner install new cabinets. Richard shows many options for countertops. And Kevin visits the Cleveland home and restaurant kitchens of Chef Michael Symon for ideas and inspiration.… more
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Electrician Scott Caron replaces outdated fluorescent undercabinet lights with new LED fixtures.… more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
Ask This Old House Episode 1220 of Season 12

Original Air Date: Week of March 20, 2014

Roger helps a homeowner plant a low-cost, low-maintenance privacy screen. Tommy demonstrates many uses for a speed square. Richard uses new technology to seal ductwork from the inside.

Low-Maintenance Privacy Screen
Roger helps a homeowner plant a low-cost, low-maintenance privacy screen.

Where to find it?
There are many factors to take into account when selecting plants for your yard. Be sure to consider the plant's size at maturity, growth rate, hardiness in your climate, and appearance.

For this project, Roger considered using arborvitae, fastigiate white pine, hicksii yew, hatfield yew, lilac, and several ornamental grasses. All are appropriate for locations in hardiness zones 4, 5, and 6 and are available at garden centers and nurseries in the Northeast.

Using a Speed Square
Tom demonstrates many ways to use a speed square and builds a holder for his tool belt.

Where to find it?
Speed squares (also called rafter squares) are available at home centers and hardware stores. The original speed square is still manufactured by Swanson Tool Company.

Tom built a custom speed square holder using a PVC baluster with a slot cut in it, a piece of ¾” plywood as a filler, and a screw as a stop. All of these materials are available at a home center.

Kevin also showed a manufactured speed square holster, made by Bucket Boss.

Sealing Ducts from the Inside
Richard uses a new technology to seal ducts from the inside.


Richard demonstrated sealing ducts using the Aeroseal System.

Expert assistance with this project was provided by Boucher Energy Systems.
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
Tom installs a pre-hung front door. Roger plants in big containers. And "What Is It?"… more
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