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Episode #226
Replacing a storm door, identifying a paint mixer and gutter nail driver, and choosing garden tools … more
Episode #225
Corroded copper pipes, old-fashioned sheet metal cutter, and worn-out weather stripping
Episode #224
Track lighting, drywall repair clips, and noisy baseboard heaters… more
Ask This Old House #223
Radiant heat, a cable saw for PVC, and painting aluminum siding… more
Episode #222
Installing curved baseboards, buying wire by the foot, a "Nite Ize Flashlight Friend," and making maple syrup… more
Episode #221
Fixing a steam radiator, a "Molemover" and an invisible nailing kit, and preparing a raised garden bed for winter… more
Episode #220
Installing a programmable thermostat , a snowball maker and garage stopper, and fixing a plaster and lath wall… more
Episode #219
Cutting glass, planting vines, a stud finder and tile spacers, and venting a portable air conditioner… more
Episode #218
Deterring deer, making PVC connections, pipe plugs, and fixing a sagging shower door… more
Episode #217
Wiring for outdoor speakers, a Japanese chalk line, and planting a tree… more
Episode #216
Testing water quality, a duster and downspout diverter, and replacing a damaged floorboard… more
Episode #215
Repairing sliding doors, an electrical cord connector and ellipse marking tool, electric radiant heat, and selecting paint colors… more
Episode #214
Installing a brick walkway, a maple sugaring spile and "Sand Anchor" umbrella holder, and cutting accurate miters… more
Episode #213
Quieting hardwood floors, a garden sieve and heavy-duty twist-tie, and building timber steps… more
Episode #212
Drip irrigation repair, a "Sander Sitter" and "Forearm Forklifts," and fixing a leaky tile in a tub… more
Episode #211
Adding a stairway handrail, a grout saw and tile cutter, and transplanting a rhododendron… more
Episode #210
Installing a chimney liner, a proportioning tool, and a toilet anti-sweat valve… more
Episode #209
Removing poison ivy, a steel center square and pencil leash, and shingling an outside corner… more
Episode #208
Installing an engineered wood floor, and replacing a sink's pop-up drain… more
Episode #207
Planting ground cover, and opening stuck windows… more
Episode #206
Installing window trim, landscape camouflage, a "tape dolly," and fixing a kitchen spray hose… more
Episode #205
Installing a drywell, a spray paint shaker and magnetic pickup tool, and adding a shower grip bar… more
Episode #204
Patching drywall, sanding blocks and an antique clapboard gauge, and replacing an aged toilet… more
Episode #203
A slate walk, EZ Lift handles and eye-bolt driver, and repairing a shower stall leak … more
Episode #202
Securing a newel post, a nut splitter and paint scraper, and replacing a water heater… more
Episode #201

Original Air Date: Week of October 9, 2003

New host Kevin O'Connor arrives at the barn (a little late) and meets landscape contractor Roger Cook, plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey, and general contractor Tom Silva. Roger, Richard, and Tom welcome Kevin to the team and put him right to work. First, Tom and Kevin discuss different types of deadbolts and demonstrate how to install one on a solid wood door. Then Roger makes a House call to help homeowner Paul Garside trim his hedges. And Richard and Kevin visit homeowner Jinny Troiano to fix a heating system that can't provide enough hot water to fill a bathtub.

Deadbolt Installation
Tom and Kevin examine different types of deadbolts, including a surface mounted vertical bolt, one- and two-key models, and a deadbolt with a push-button combination lock.

Where to Find It
The deadbolts are manufactured by several different companies:
Schlage Lock

Weiser Lock

Kaba Ilco


Additional deadbolts and guidance were provided by:
Commonwealth Lock
1853 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02140

Hedge Trimming
Roger shows a homeowner the proper way to prune his yew hedges. The key is to trim the top of the hedge narrower than the bottom, allowing sunlight to fall evenly across the plant. Roger also cut small holes in the surface of the hedge to revitalize the interior branches.

Where to Find It
Roger used a pair of Felco #5 pruning shears to trim the hedge. They are imported from Switzerland by: Felco Pruners/Pygar Inc.

Installing an Indirect Hot Water Heater
The homeowner had a tankless hot water system, in which domestic hot water is heated in the same boiler that is used to heat the house. This type of system may produce only limited amounts of very hot water. Richard installed an indirect hot water system, in which a tank of domestic hot water is heated by a coil of water from the boiler.

Where to Find It
Richard installed a 79-gallon "Mega-stor" indirect water heater (model MS-79) manufactured by: Crown Boiler Company

He also installed an electronic switching relay (model SR506-EXP) which allows the zone attached to the hot water tank to have priority over the other zones in the house. The switching relay is manufactured by: Taco, Inc.