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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

Original Air Date: Week of January 29

General contractor Tom Silva helps a homeowner snake wire for a pair of outdoor speakers. Together they run the wires behind a wooden baseboard, under a baseboard radiator, up a stud bay, and through the exterior wall of her house. Back at the loft, Tom, landscape contractor Roger Cook, plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey, and host Kevin O'Connor try to identify an unfamiliar object in the "What is it?" segment. Then, Roger and Kevin head outside to plant a magnolia tree in front of the barn.

Snaking Speaker Wire
Tom drilled a hole near the top of the exterior wall and another hole under the baseboard heater on the interior wall. Using an electrician's snake (also known as fish tape), he and homeowner run the speaker wire through the stud bay in the wall.

Where to Find It
Tom used a 50-foot steel snake to run the wire through the stud bay. It costs about $15 and is manufactured by:
Greenlee Textron Inc.

Under the baseboard heater, Tom ran the speaker wire through a conduit molding manufactured by:
The Wiremold Company

All of the tools and materials used in this project are available at most hardware stores and home centers.

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 Japanese chalk line sent to us by a viewer.

Planting a Tree
Roger and Kevin decided to plant a Merrill Magnolia tree in front of the barn. This type of magnolia will grow to approximately 25 feet tall and has large, fragrant white flowers.

Where to Find It
The tree was provided by:
Gold Star Wholesale Nurseries
1265 Massachusetts Avenue
Lexington, MA 02420-3825

Roger enriched the soil around the tree with super phosphate and with "Healthy Start" 3-4-3 fertilizer, made by:
Plant Health Care Inc.
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
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