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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


Original Air Date: Week of March 25

Plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey examines a viewer's corroded copper pipes and identifies the source of the corrosion: a rusty hot water heater. Back in the loft, Richard, general contractor Tom Silva, landscape contractor Roger Cook and host Kevin O'Connor try to identify unfamiliar objects in the "What is it?" segment. Then Tom helps a homeowner replace the worn-out weather stripping around his drafty kitchen door.



Investigating Copper Pipe Corrosion
Richard Trethewey and materials engineer Richard Lewis examined the homeowner's corroded copper pipes. Richard Lewis explained that copper water pipes will normally develop a thin uniform film on the inside of the pipes. This film protects the pipe from further corrosion.

Where to Find It
Technical guidance and materials analysis was provided by:
Richard Lewis
352-375-7687

A thorough water quality analysis was completed by:
Thorstensen Laboratory
978-692-8395

Laboratory facilities and instruments were provided by:
Major Analytical Instrumentation Center
352-392-6985

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

Where to Find It
Richard demonstrated an old-fashioned sheet metal cutter sent in by a viewer, marked "Van Dyke, Mich. Detroiter Sheet Metal Cutter." If you have any other information about this tool, please let us know.

Weather Stripping a Drafty Door
Tom helped the homeowner replace the worn-out foam weather-stripping and install a new door sweep across the bottom of the kitchen door.

Where to Find It
Tom replaced the weather stripping on the sides and top of the door with new 3/4-inch wood and foam weather stripping. It is manufactured by:
Frost King
800-435-7677

Across the bottom of the door, Tom installed a "flip-flop" door sweep manufactured by:
Randall Manufacturing Co.
973-484-7600

Back in the loft, Tom showed an L-shaped door bottom (product #UDB36BR) and brush door sweep (product #C35P), also manufactured by Frostking.

Some materials for this project were supplied by:
Arlington Coal & Lumber Company
800-649-8101
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
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