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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

Original Air Date: Week of March 4

General contractor Tom Silva helps install basecap molding on top of a curved skirtboard that winds along a staircase. Then master electrician Allen Gallant shows host Kevin O'Connor how to purchase electrical wire by the foot. Back in the loft, Tom, Kevin, plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey, and landscape contractor Roger Cook try to identify unfamiliar objects in the "What is it?" segment. Then Roger visits a family and shows them how to collect sap from a maple tree and turn it into maple syrup.

Installing Curved Molding
Tom described several possible solutions for the curved molding, including steaming the wood to allow it to bend, cutting the molding into thin strips and rebuilding it, and using a profile gauge to form a new molding made of plaster.

Where to Find It
The contour gauge that Tom used to determine the profile of the straight molding is manufactured by:

The flexible resin basecap molding was provided by:
Lynn Lumber Company

It is also available from:
Anderson & McQuaid Company

Tom attached the curved molding to the wall using Liquid Nails construction adhesive and a Senco finish nailer.

Buying Wire by the Foot
Master electrician Allen Gallant visits a home center with Kevin to buy speaker wire. After looking at full spools of wire, Kevin decides to purchase only the amount that he needs for his project and Allen shows him where to buy wire by the foot.

Where to Find It
Wire racks like the one Kevin and Allen used are available in home centers. The price per foot of wire purchased from the rack is usually slightly more than the price per foot of wire purchased in spools.

For more information, contact:
The Home Depot

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

Where to Find It
Richard demonstrates a "Nite Ize Flashlight Friend," which can be used to hold a small flashlight and point it in the direction of use. It is manufactured by:
Nite Ize Inc.

Making Maple Syrup
Roger and family visited a wildlife sanctuary to learn how maple sap is collected and turned into maple syrup. Maple sugarmaker James Nielsen showed them how trees are tapped and how water is evaporated from the raw sap to produce syrup. At the end of the visit, they learned how to build a simple outdoor evaporator that can be used for maple sugaring at home.

Where to Find It
Roger and family visited the Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary, a nature preserve maintained the Massachusetts Audubon Society. This conservation organization runs many public programs, including maple sugaring demonstrations. For more information, contact:
Massachusetts Audubon Society

Maple sugarmaker James Nielsen built a simple outdoor evaporator using cement blocks, an old smokestack, barbecue grates, a roasting pan, a coffee can with a hole in the bottom, and a candy thermometer.

To order maple sugaring supplies, contact:
Leader Evaporator Company

For more information on maple sugaring, contact:
Massachusetts Maple Producers Association
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
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