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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

Original Air Date: Week of October 16, 2003

General contractor Tom Silva visits homeowner Christian Dierkes to help him secure a shaky newel post at the top of his stairway. Back in the loft, Tom, landscape contractor Roger Cook, plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey, and host Kevin O'Connor try to guess "What is it?" Then Richard makes a House call and finds a 50-year-old water heater that's dangerously close to the end of its life. Just in time, he replaces it with a new model designed to meet strict new national safety regulations.

Newel Renewal
Tom used three 12-inch "Speedbor" drill extensions (model #88601) manufactured by Irwin Industrial Tools

Where to Find It
He used a coupling nut and a hanger bolt to screw the ¼-inch threaded rod into the floor below. He cut the sill for the wooden washer using a Porter-Cable cordless router (model #9290) with a slot cutter bit.

What Is It?
Kevin, Tom, Roger, and Richard examined two unfamiliar objects and try to guess how they're used.

Where to Find It
Tom demonstrated a heavy duty nut splitter (model #27621) manufactured by: Empire Level Manufacturing Corporation

We have been unable to determine the manufacturer of the window paint scraper. If you have any information about the scraper, please let us know. Thanks!

Replacing a Water Heater
Richard replaced a 50-year-old water heater with a new model designed to meet strict new national safety regulations.

Where to Find It
The homeowner had a 30-gallon Ruud monel water heater manufactured in 1953. The new model that Richard installed is designed to prevent the ignition of flammable vapors; it complies with the new safety standards developed by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). The new 40-gallon water heater is manufactured by Rheem.

The water heater and cross-section display models were provided by:
Gourley Company
80 Felton Street
Waltham, MA 02453

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.
Episode #201
Installing a deadbolt, trimming a hedge, and installing an indirect hot water heater… more