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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

Original Air Date: Week of February 19

Plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey shows a homeowner how to install a programmable thermostat to reduce his heating bills. Back in the loft, Richard, general contractor Tom Silva, landscape contractor Roger Cook, and host Kevin O'Connor try to guess "What is it?" Then Tom helps a homeowner repair a cracked plaster and lath wall in her daughter's bedroom.

Installing a Programmable Thermostat
The homeowner had four separate heating zones controlled by four manual thermostats, making it difficult to adjust the temperature settings on a daily basis. Richard showed him how to replace each of the manual thermostats with a battery-operated programmable model.

Where to Find It
The homeowner selected a Honeywell 5-1-1 day programmable thermostat, model #CT3500A. It is manufactured by:
Honeywell Inc.

Also shown were the Honeywell 5-2 day programmable thermostat (model #CT3200A) and the Lux "Smart Temp" programmable thermostat (model #TX500), manufactured by:
Lux Products Corp.

What Is It?
Tom, Roger, Richard, and Kevin examined two unusual items and tried to guess how they are used.

Where to Find It
Roger demonstrated a "Sno-baller" snowball maker, available from Restoration Hardware and manufactured by Sagebrush Industries Inc., Springfield, MO.

Richard demonstrated a ball that hangs on a string from the garage door or ceiling to signal a driver where to stop:
Universal Perfect Stop, GPS-5 manufactured by The Genie Company

Repairing a Plaster and Lath Wall
Tom explained to the homeowner that the small crack in the plaster wall of her daughter's bedroom was a result of the natural settling of the house, rather than a major structural problem. Together, they removed the cracked plaster (exposing the lath underneath) and replaced the plaster with a large drywall patch. Tom then demonstrated the proper way to tape the seams and apply joint compound.

Where to Find It
Tom attached the -inch wallboard using 1¼-inch drywall screws. He used a self-feeding drywall screw gun manufactured by:
Senco Products, Inc.

He used the following materials to complete the job:
ProForm all-purpose ready-mix joint compound manufactured by National Gypsum Company

Hyde Tools drywall hawk and trowels

WallSpan drywall joint tape manufactured by: CCX Fiberglass Products
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
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