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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
Original Air Date: Week of October 31, 2002
Plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey visits a homeowner and installs an air eliminator valve on her hydronic heating system, reducing the need for annual maintenance. At the Ask This Old House barn loft, general contractor Tom Silva shows how to remove nails without damaging the trim on a door frame. Host Steve Thomas and landscape contractor Roger Cook perform annual maintenance on a snow blower. Steve consults with painting contractor Jim Clark on ways to clean and maintain old paintbrushes. Tom makes a House Call to a young couple and shows them how to use sisal and jute rope to fill the gaps in their 160-year-old pine floor.
Air eliminator manufactured by: Spirotherm
Saving the Trim
Tom uses a traditional hammer, end nippers, and a tool he built himself to remove nails.
Where to Find It
Hammer and end nippers are available in hardware stores and home centers.
Filling the Gaps
Tom demonstrates that gaps in old flooring can be filled with sisal, jute, or manila rope. Be sure to use a rope of natural fibers; synthetic materials will not accept stain.
Where to Find It
Sisal, jute, and manila rope are available in home centers.
- 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
- Repairing a window screen, collecting rainwater, and adding headroom on a staircase