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- Episode #126
- Clearing a toilet stoppage, identifying an insulated outdoor faucet cover, installing folding attic stairs, and starting tomato plants from seeds… more
- Episode #125
- Repair an exterior door jamb with a dutchman, identifying a bucket leveler and a cow magnet, and installing an automatic shutoff on a water heater… more
- Episode #124
- Installing a new garbage disposer, identifying a combination drywall lift and rasp, and using hearing protection… more
- Episode #123
- Installing crown molding, identifying a paint can spout and drain cleaning tool, and insulating bathroom pipes to prevent freezing… more
- Episode #122
- Repairing a leaky shower tub faucet, identifying a door knob cover, removing painted wallpaper, and hot glue guns… more
- Episode #121
- Using snow shovels and snow throwers, identifying a mechanical stud finder and a post growth preventer, and repairing broken sash cords on an old window… more
- Episode #120
- Repairing a damaged window sill, identifying plant drainage pads and a wood grainer decorator tool, using paint rollers, and sharpening kitchen knives… more
- Episode #119
- Insulating the weight pockets on old windows, identifying a light stand and profile gauge, and installing a sewage ejection pump … more
- Episode #118
- Keeping debris out of rain gutters, identifying an electrical outlet box mounting tool and insulation knife, and repairing a wobbly toilet… more
- Episode #117
- Automatic washer/dryer shutoff valves, identifying a pin vise and rain gutter filter, preparing drywall joints, and different types of plumbing torches… more
- Episode #116
- Painting a double-hung window, aerating and fertilizing a lawn, identifying a paint mixer and a foam router bit tray, and hanging a picture on a hollow wall… more
- Episode #115
- Removing ivy from a house, identifying a titanium hammer and portable leaf bag system, and installing a replacement window … more
- Episode #114
- Installing a scald-proof shower faucet, robotic lawn mowers, and "critter-proofing" a house… more
- Episode #113
- Using a paint sprayer, replacing a fireplace damper, identifying a dressing tool and panel carrier, and splitting logs for firewood… more
- Episode #112
- Building sawhorses, installing a frost-proof faucet, identifying a bulb extractor and wheelbarrow holder, and composting leaves… more
- Episode #111
- Different types of hand pruners, repairing and reinstalling broken shutters, identifying a spray paint trigger and a putty remover, and instantaneous water heaters… more
- Episode #110
- Diagnosing a loud washing machine, cleaning a slippery walkway, identifying a plug wrench and a high-limb chain saw, using spirit levels, and fixing a leaky faucet … more
- Episode #109
- Replacing a basement window, installing a dryer vent, painting a six-panel door, installing a new power outlet, and replacing the string on a weed trimmer… more
- Episode #108
- Cutting wooden bung holes for decking, diagnosing peeling paint, identifying a joint raker and a sawdust remover, and building an outdoor lattice… more
- Episode #107
- Repairing a sagging floor, and sharpening a chainsaw… more
- Episode #106
- Using plaster washers to fix a cracked ceiling, rebuilding a toilet, grinding a tree stump, and reglazing a window … more
- Episode #105
- Two types of floor sanders, digging post holes, replacing a corroded pipe, and proper caulking technique… more
- Episode #104
- Installing an air eliminator valve, removing trim pieces, and filling gaps in wood floors… more
- Episode #103
- Covering a concrete stoop, and battling the mosquitoes… more
- Episode #102
- Assembling a plumbing toolkit, quieting a garage door, and installing artificial turf… more
- Episode #101
Original Air Date: Week of October 10, 2002
In the debut episode, host Steve Thomas joins plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey, landscape contractor Roger Cook, and general contractor Tom Silva in the Ask This Old House loft to give viewers a chance to ask questions and get expert advice about their homes. Tom shows Steve how to build a replacement window screen using inexpensive parts purchased from a home center. Roger demonstrates how an old olive barrel can be modified to act as a rain collector and be used to water a garden. Responding to a letter from a homeowner, Richard and Steve demonstrate how to find and fix a leak in a 20-year-old dishwasher. Roger demonstrates the proper technique for sharpening lawn mower blades. Tom hits the road for the first House Call of the season, to a tall homeowner whose low ceiling threatens to knock him out on his way to the basement.
Repairing a WindowScreen
Tom shows Steve how to build a replacement window screen using inexpensive parts purchased from a homecenter.
Where to Find It
The following materials for window screens can be purchased in your local hardware store or homecenter:
Phifer charcoal fiberglass screen
Phifer.125" diameter gray screening spline
Screen Tight screen frame corners
Aluminum window screen frame channels
Saving the Rain
Roger demonstrates how an old olive barrel can be modified to act as a rain collector and be used to water a garden. Multiple barrels can be connected to increase the amount of water stored.
Where to Find It
The Great American Rain Barrel Co.
1715 Hyde Park Ave.
Hyde Park, MA 02136
Looking for Headroom
This homeowner's basement stairs had treads that were deeper than necessary, which meant that the staircase took up more room than it had to. If the treads were smaller, the lower stairs wouldn't be as close to the ceiling. Tom solves the problem by cutting back stair treads to create much-needed headroom. He explains that the ideal total measurement for tread and riser combined is 17 inches, with a minimum of 8 inches for the tread.
Where to Find It
Treads, stringers, and supporting hardware can be purchased in your local lumberyard or home center.