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- Episode #226
Original Air Date: Week of April 1
When a gust of wind blew the storm door off this family's home, they wrote to "Ask This Old House" for help. General contractor Tom Silva answered the call, showing them how to repair the damaged jamb and install a new storm door. Back in the loft, Tom, plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey, landscape contractor Roger Cook, and host Kevin O'Connor try to identify unfamiliar objects in the "What is it?" segment. Then Roger helps Kevin choose the right garden tools for his spring cleanup.
Repairing a Door Jamb and Installing a Storm Door
When these homeowners returned from a Florida vacation, they discovered the wind had ripped their storm door from its hinges, taking a piece of the wooden door jamb with it.
Where to Find It
Tom used Titebond II water-resistant exterior wood glue to reattach the broken pieces of the door jamb. The glue is manufactured by:
To fill in the remaining gaps on the jamb, Tom used Bondo auto body filler, available at most hardware stores, home centers, and auto parts stores. It is manufactured by:
The new storm door was a "self-storing" model in which the glass and screen panels slide up and down and remain in the door when not in use. The homeowners purchased the new door at a local home center.
What Is It?
Tom, Roger, Richard, and Kevin examined an unusual item and tried to guess how it's used.
Where to Find It
Kevin presented a saucer-shaped Roswell paint mixer, item #810. It is manufactured by:
8228 South 192nd Street
Kent, WA 98032-1195
The paint mixer was purchased from:
Phillips Fine Paint & Wallcoverings
95 Commonwealth Avenue
Concord, MA 01742
Tom demonstrated a gutter nail driver, manufactured by:
Malco Products, Inc.
Selecting Garden Tools
Roger and Kevin went to a home center to find the basic garden tools for Kevin's spring cleanup.
Where to Find It
All of these tools are available from:
The Home Depot
Many of these tools are manufactured by:
Ames True Temper
- 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
- 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