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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

Original Air Date: Week of December 11, 2003

Chimney expert Mark Schaub helps homeowner Terry Peterson repair the water heater flue in his chimney, preventing fireplace smoke from entering his basement. Back in the loft, plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey, general contractor Tom Silva, landscape contractor Roger Cook and host Kevin O'Connor try to guess "What is it?" Then Richard and homeowner Ajay Chebbi install an "anti-sweat" valve to prevent condensation on a toilet tank.

Repairing a Flue and Installing a Chimney Liner
The homeowner complained that smoke from the fireplace was entering the basement. Mark Schaub determined that the smoke was drafting to the top of the fireplace flue and then being pulled back down the water heater flue and entering the basement through the water heater draft diverter. Mark extended the top of the flue tiles, installed new chimney caps, and installed a new flexible stainless steel chimney liner for the water heater flue.
Where to Find It
The water heater flue liner and new chimney caps were installed by:
Mark Schaub
Chimney Savers
888-576-4574 (toll-free)

Additional installation assistance was provided by:
Charlie Allen Restorations

Mark also suggested that the homeowner seal the gaps in his ducts with aluminum tape to reduce the negative air pressure in the basement.

All of the supplies for this project, including the "Homesaver Pro" 4-inch flexible stainless steel flue liner (model no. 316-TI), were provided by:
Copperfield Chimney Supply (trade customers only)

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

Where to Find It
Richard demonstrated a "Point.2.Point" proportioning tool. It can be used to divide any length up to 2 feet into equal parts. It is manufactured by M-Power Tools. It is also available from the GarrettWade Tool Catalog (item #19S02.15).


Preventing Toilet Tank Condensation
Condensation occurs when cold water in a toilet tank cools the air around the tank below the dew point. Water vapor is drawn out of the humid air and collects on the cold surface of the tank. Richard and the homeowner installed an "anti-sweat" valve to prevent condensation on a toilet tank during the humid summer months.
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
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