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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

Original Air Date: Week of December 18, 2003

General contractor Tom Silva helps homeowner Leverett Flint install a handrail in his spilt-level stairway. Back in the loft, Tom, plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey, landscape contractor Roger Cook, and host Kevin O'Connor try to guess "What is it?" Then Roger shows homeowners Mario and Jennifer Finocchiaro how to transplant a large rhododendron to another area of their yard.

Installing a Stairway Handrail
Tom showed the homeowner how to measure and install a handrail in his split-level stairway. Building code required that the handrail be installed so that the top of the rail was 32 to 34 inches above the leading edge of each stair tread.

Tom used standard handrails and mounting brackets available from most lumber yards and home centers.

He used a MultiScanner® Pro SL sensor to locate the studs in the wall. It costs about $45 and is manufactured by: Zircon

To make the mitered ends of the handrail, he used a compound miter saw (model 3802L) manufactured by: Porter-Cable Corporation

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

Roger demonstrated a grout saw (model #QEP10001). It has a tungsten carbide blade, costs about $3, and is manufactured by: Q.E.P. Co., Inc.

Richard demonstrated a tile cutter (model no. AO1490) manufactured by: Vitrex

Transplanting a Rhododendron
Roger showed the homeowners how to dig under the root ball of the large rhododendron, move it across their yard, and replant it at the appropriate depth.
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
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