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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

Original Air Date: Week of November 13, 2003

General contractor Tom Silva shows host Kevin O'Connor how to install interior window trim. Landscape contractor Roger Cook enlists the help of landscape architect Tom Wirth to help hide a group of unsightly utility boxes in front of a saltbox style house. Back in the loft, Roger, Kevin, Tom, and plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey try to guess "What is it?" On a House call, Richard shows homeowner Rick Thompson a simple fix for the broken kitchen spray hose that his mother, Jean, has had in her house for years.

Trimming a Window
Tom showed Kevin how to install interior window trim, including the stool, apron, and casing.

Where to Find It
Tom used standard 2 ½-inch colonial-style molding to trim the window. To make most of the cuts, he used a compound miter saw manufactured by:

He attached the trim using an "AirFreeâ„¢ 41" battery-powered cordless finish nailer manufactured by:
Senco Products, Inc.

Camouflaging Utility Boxes
Roger and landscape architect Tom Wirth hid a group of unsightly utility boxes with native plants appropriate for the natural setting.

Where to Find It
Roger worked with landscape architect Tom Wirth to select the appropriate plantings.
Thomas Wirth Associates, Inc.
20 North Main Street
Sherborn, MA 01770

Roger and Tom decided not to use typical shrubs like arborvitae, rhododendrons, and yews because these plants often attract deer. Instead they planted bayberry, viburnum, inkberry, and summersweet. The shrubs were planted in a raised bed composed of 60% topsoil and 40% compost and covered with bark mulch.

Many of the plants were provided by:
Gold Star Wholesale Nurseries
1265 Massachusetts Avenue
Lexington MA 02420-3825

It is important to make sure that there are no underground hazards before digging. To identify the utility marking service for your area, contact:
Dig Safely

What Is It?
Back in the loft, Roger, Richard, Tom and Kevin examined an unfamiliar object and tried to guess how it's used.

Where to Find It
Tom demonstrated a "tape dolly" tape measure attachment.
Tape Dolly

Kitchen Faucet Spray Hose Repair
Richard showed homeowner Rick Thompson and his mother, Jean, how to replace a broken diverter on her kitchen faucet.

Where to Find It
Using only a pair of wide-mouth pliers and a nickel, Richard replaced a broken diverter valve on the homeowner's Delta brand faucet. The new valve was purchased at a local plumbing supply store for about five dollars.
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
Installing a deadbolt, trimming a hedge, and installing an indirect hot water heater… more