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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

Original Air Date: Week of November 6, 2003

Landscape contractor Roger Cook helps homeowner Rob Faris install a backyard drywell to handle the torrent of the rainfall from his roof gutters. Back in the loft, Roger, plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey, general contractor Tom Silva and host Kevin O'Connor try to guess "What is it?" Then Tom makes a House call and shows homeowners Sal and Joanne Scarpato how to install a safety grab bar in their bathtub.

Installing a Drywell
Roger and the homeowner attached the downspout of the roof gutter to a PVC pipe buried underground. The solid pipe connected to a perforated pipe, which in turn connected to the drywell. The drywell allows the rainfall from the roof to leach into the surrounding gravel and soil.

Where to Find It
The 4-inch diameter solid and perforated PVC pipe costs about $6 for each 10-foot length. This type of pipe can be found at most lumber yards and home centers.

The landscape fabric costs about $13 for a 3' x 50' roll. It is manufactured by:
Easy Gardener

The "Flo-Well" drywell costs about $80 and is manufactured by:
NDS, Inc.

What Is It?
Back in the loft, Roger, Richard, Tom, and Kevin examine two unfamiliar objects and try to guess how they're used.

Where to Find It
Tom demonstrated a Rattleshake® spray paint shaker manufactured by:
Doug Sharp Enterprises, Inc.

Richard demonstrated a magnetic pickup tool (model #2706) manufactured by:
Empire Level Manufacturing Corporation

Getting a Grip
Tom shows two homeowners how to install a safety grab bar in their bathtub and shower.

Where to Find It
Tom used a 1.25-inch carbide-tipped hole saw to cut the tile. He then installed the grab bar using a unique fastening system manufactured by:
Wingits Innovations

Section 4.26 of the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) contains important guidelines for the design and installation of bathroom grab bars. A summary of these guidelines is available at Local and national building codes may also contain important regulations.
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
Installing a deadbolt, trimming a hedge, and installing an indirect hot water heater… more