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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

Original Air Date: Week of January 15

General contractor Tom Silva travels to Venice, California, to help two homeowners fix their stubborn sliding closet doors. Back at the loft, Tom, landscape contractor Roger Cook, plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey, and host Kevin O'Connor try to guess "What is it?" Richard shows Kevin the basics of electric radiant floor heat. Then Kevin and preservation specialist Sally Zimmerman use a new software package to help homeowners select historically appropriate exterior paint colors for their Queen Anne Victorian.

Repairing Sliding Closet Doors
The wooden doors were designed to slide back and forth on small metal sliders similar to thumbtacks. Tom replaced each of these metal sliders with a thin strip of hardwood that he made from a scrap piece of oak flooring. He then sanded the edges of the doors and the jamb and used a non-silicone-based lubricant on all the surfaces where wood rubbed against wood.

Where to Find It
Tom used basic hand tools such as a block plane, a handsaw, and wood glue to replace the sliders on the bottom of each door.

He then used "SlipIt" to lubricate the rabbet and dado grooves in the door and the wooden rail on the bottom of the jamb. This non-silicone lubricant is available as a paste, aerosol, and liquid and is manufactured by:
Slipit Industries, Inc.

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

Where to Find It
Kevin demonstrated a "PlugSlide" electrical cord connector. It is available from:

Tom demonstrated an ellipse marking tool (item no. 23685). It may be purchased from Rockler Woodworking, although it is only available at their retail stores:
Rockler Woodworking

Electric Radiant Heat
Richard and Kevin discussed the features of electric radiant floor heat and several installation issues.

Where to Find It
The electric radiant heat mat that Richard displayed is available in many standard sizes and can also be ordered to fit custom layouts. It is manufactured by:

Selecting Paint Colors
Kevin and preservation planner Sally Zimmerman helped the homeowners select an exterior paint color scheme for their 100-year-old Victorian house. They used a software package to select colors and show the homeowners what the final result might look like. Sally cautioned the homeowners that they should also test samples of the paint on the outside of the house before they begin to paint the house.

Where to Find It
Many communities have local historical commissions that may provide guidance on selecting exterior paint colors. Sally Zimmerman works for the Cambridge Historical Commission in Cambridge, Massachusetts:
Cambridge Historical Commission

Sally and Kevin used Benjamin Moore's Personal Color Viewer software to represent some of the possible paint schemes. The software package costs $15 and may be downloaded from Benjamin Moore's Web site or purchased on a CD at most of their retail stores:
Benjamin Moore Paints
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
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