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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

Original Air Date: Week of February 5

Landscape contractor Roger Cook shows a homeowner how to protect his ornamental shrubs from the ravages of hungry deer. Back in the loft, plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey answers a viewer's question about PVC pipe connections. Then Roger, Richard, general contractor Tom Silva, and host Kevin O'Connor try to identify unfamiliar objects in the "What is it?" segment. Afterwards, Tom heads out to help the Ryan family fix a shower door that won't close properly.

Deterring Deer
Roger showed the homeowner a range of options designed to deter deer from eating shrubs. Some homeowners have found that placing human hair or fragrant deodorant soap near the plants creates an unpleasant odor that discourages deer. Roger demonstrated several other options, including plastic deer netting, a motion-activated sprinkler, and a chemical spray.

Where to Find It
Roger demonstrated a variety of products for deer control, including:
Deer and Bird netting manufactured by: DuPont Garden Products

"Scarecrow" motion-activated sprinkler manufactured by: Contech Electronics, Inc.

Deer-repellent spray from: Holly Ridge Nursery

For more information on controlling deer, contact the Living with Wildlife program of the Massachusetts SPCA.

PVC Pipe Connections
Richard answers a viewer's question about different PVC pipe connections and shows Kevin the transitions that can be made between PVC and other types of pipe, including galvanized steel and cast iron.

Where to Find It
The common PVC fittings that Richard discussed are available at most plumbing supply, 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
Richard demonstrated a set of "Master Plumber" brand pipe plugs. They are used temporarily to prevent water from dripping into a fitting that will be soldered. They are available at some hardware stores and home centers and are manufactured by:
William H. Harvey Company

Fixing a Sagging Shower Door
Tom visited the Ryan family to help them determine why their shower door wouldn't shut completely. He discovered that the metal frame that surrounded the glass door had sagged and was out of square. He loosened the corner brackets, gently tapped the frame back into the correct position, and re-tightened the hardware.

Where to Find It
Technical assistance and some materials for this project were provided by:
Banner Glass Shelmar
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
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