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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

Original Air Date: Week of November 20, 2003

Landscape contractor Roger Cook helps homeowner Roseann Ferrini plant ivy and pachysandra on the slope in her front yard. Then general contractor Tom Silva heads off to Florida to help Miami homeowner Marc Jacobson unstick the sash on his double-hung windows.

Planting Groundcover
Roger used grub hoes and a mini-tiller to prepare the soil for planting.

Where to Find It
The tiller can be rented for about $25 a day from some rental centers, or purchased for about $300 from: Mantis Tiller

Roger and the homeowner wore electronic hearing protectors that eliminate loud noises but still allow the wearer to hear quiet sounds. They cost about $200 each and are manufactured by Bilsom.

Roger then added peat moss and a low-nitrogen fertilizer (3-4-3) to retain moisture and nourish the new groundcover. Finally, he used a covering of bark mulch to prevent weeds and reduce erosion. On a steeper slope, it may be necessary to use jute mesh or a landscape fabric to prevent erosion.

Conventional landscape fabric and jute mesh manufactured by: Fabriscape, Inc.

Biodegradable landscape fabric manufactured by: Garden Bio-Film

Opening Stuck Windows
Tom helps a Miami Beach homeowner unbind old double-hung windows that are painted and swollen shut.

Where to Find It
Tom used a variety of tools to free the sash, including several different sizes of putty knives and pry bars. He also used "window opener" (model no. 45200) and a "5-in-1 painter's tool" (model no. 06972) to free the window stop from the stool. Both are manufactured by:
Hyde Tools
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
Installing a deadbolt, trimming a hedge, and installing an indirect hot water heater… more