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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

Original Air Date: Week of October 30, 2003

General contractor Tom Silva shows host Kevin O'Connor how to repair different size holes in drywall. Tom and Kevin are then joined by plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey and landscape contractor Roger Cook as they try to guess "What is it?" Then Richard helps homeowner Kent Portney replace a large 1920s wall-mounted toilet with a new model designed to fit his existing flange.

Fixing a Hole

Tom teaches Kevin how to repair holes in drywall.
Where to Find It
Tom used the following materials to repair the drywall holes:

ProForm all purpose ready mix joint compound
National Gypsum Company

Hyde Tools drywall hawk and trowels

Duck Products 8" x 8" aluminum wall repair patch (model #09402)

Liquid Nails heavy duty construction & remodeling adhesive

Phifer fiberglass screen

What Is It?

Richard, Tom, Roger, and Kevin examined two unfamiliar objects and try to guess how they're used.
Where to Find It
Kevin demonstrated a set of EZ Sand Pro foam sanding blocks manufactured by:
Wizard Industries
15500 Erwin Street #1049
Van Nuys, CA 91411

Tom demonstrated a 1920s clapboard gauge. Similar models may be purchased for about $45 from antique tools dealers. Tom's was provided by:
The Fine Tool Journal
27 Fickett Road
Pownal, ME 04069

Replacing a 14-inch Rough-in Toilet

Richard helps a homeowner replace a large 1920's wall-mounted toilet with a new model designed to fit his existing flange.
Where to Find It
Richard installed a 1.6-GPF Carrollton two-piece toilet (model #CST774S). It can accommodate a 10-inch, 12-inch or 14-inch rough-in using a special "Uni-fit" flange attachment. It is manufactured by:

Toto USA, Inc.
1155 Southern Road
Morrow, Georgia 30260

Richard created the spacer to go under the toilet using DuPont Corian solid surfacing ( He glued two sheets together and planed the material to the correct height. He then created a template of the footprint of the toilet and cut the shape using router with a carbide bit.

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
Installing a deadbolt, trimming a hedge, and installing an indirect hot water heater… more