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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

Original Air Date: Week of December 25

Landscape contractor Roger Cook travels to the California desert to repair the drip irrigation system of homeowner Sherry Steele. With the help of specialist Bob Galbreath, they fix the system and restore water to the plants surrounding her home just outside Los Angeles. 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 Richard and tile expert Joe Ferrante help Melrose, Massachusetts, homeowner Bobby DiFraia repair his leaky bathtub once and for all.

Drip Irrigation Repair
Roger and irrigation specialist Bob Galbreath examined the homeowner's drip irrigation system. They determined that, although the incoming water pressure was sufficient, there were simply too many emitter heads along the supply pipe to allow the system to pressurize. They solved the problem by shortening the length of the supply pipe, thereby reducing the number of emitters.

Where to Find It
Common drip irrigation supplies, including ½-inch supply tubing, ¼-inch distribution tubing, emitter heads, pressure gauges, filters, and pressure-reducing valves, can be purchased at irrigation supply companies like Smith Pipe & Supply.

Some of the materials used for this project were manufactured by Agrifim.

Technical assistance was provided by:
Bob Galbreath
City of Santa Monica Department of Environmental & Public Works Management

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

Where to find it
Tom demonstrated a "Sander Sitter" palm sander rest. It allows a user to set down a random orbital sander while it is still running or immediately after it is shut it off. It is manufactured by Baxter Creek Tools.

Richard demonstrated a pair of "Forearm Forklifts," heavy nylon straps that can used to lift large or awkward objects like household appliances or furniture. For more information, visit Repairing a Leaky Tile Tub
Richard and tile expert Joe Ferrante examined the tile above the bathtub and determined that hole for the mixing valve was too large. Joe removed the existing tile and installed a new tile with a smaller hole. Richard secured the studs in the wall to ensure that the pipes for the mixing valve could not move back and forth.
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
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