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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
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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


Original Air Date: Week of January 1

General contractor Tom Silva travels to Chicago, Illinois, to help a viewer quiet the squeaky hardwood floors in his fifth-floor apartment. 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 helps a homeowner build a set of timber steps on a short slope outside her home.

Quieting Squeaky Hardwood Floors
Tom explained that the hardwood floors in the apartment were built using a "sleeper" system. In floors of this type, narrow strips of wood were used to separate the sub-floor from the finished floor to provide soundproofing.

Where to Find It
The "Counter Snap" break-away screws are manufactured by:
O'Berry Enterprises, Inc.
800-459-8428

The "Blend-Fil Pencil" wax crayons are available in a range of colors. They are manufactured by Minwax.

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

Where to Find It
Roger demonstrated a garden sieve (also called a "riddle") for cleaning and reusing soil. It is available from the GarrettWade tool catalog (item 18H01.01): Garrett Wade

Richard demonstrated a large, heavy-duty twist-tie. It is manufactured by Grip Twist.

Building Timber Stairs
Roger and the homeowner built a set of landscape stairs using 6" x 6" timbers. He cut the timbers with a circular saw and handsaw and treated the cut ends with a wood preservative. The timbers were anchored using a 4-foot length of rebar driven into the ground and the stair treads were secured to each other with special timber screws. Roger laid gravel around each step to provide a solid foundation for the stairs and improve drainage.
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
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