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Episode #326
Installing window boxes on brick siding, making plumbing connections, installing a "drip strip" … more
Episode #325
Installing fluorescent light fixtures, landscaping software, replacing an aluminum baseboard heat cover
Episode #324
Installing an electronic air cleaner, removing ice from a walkway, venting a bathroom fan.… more
Episode #323
Clearing a clogged vent stack, building a backyard ice rinks… more
Episode #322
Riding lawnmowers, garbage disposers, and replacing a rotting wooden threshold… more
Episode #321
Installing a 220 volt receptacle, gardening hand tools, and installing a macerating toilet… more
Episode #320
Leveling a floor, fixing a leaky water shut-off valve, air compressors… more
Episode #319
Composting, and removing a house trap… more
Episode #318
Unclogging bathtub drains, exploring alternatives to window weights and planting a low-maintenance garden … more
Episode #317
Replacing rotted deck balusters, and connecting an icemaker, and stripping wallpaper
Episode #316
Replicating moldings, fixing an unlevel patio, and stripping wallpaper
Episode #315

Original Air Date: Week of January 10, 2005

General contractor Tom Silva helps homeowner Tarah Hirschey of Wellesley, Massachusetts make her old windows more efficient by installing new storm windows. Then, landscape contractor Roger Cook offers tips for getting your shrubs ready for winter. Afterwards, Tom and Roger, along with plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey, and host Kevin O'Connor ask "What is it?" in the Ask This Old House loft. Finally, Richard heads to New York City where he meets up with home inspector Stephen Gladstone and homeowners Roy and Sophia Pachecano for some potentially life-saving lessons on carbon monoxide detectors.

Replacing an Old Storm Window
Tom removes an old, inefficient storm window to make way for a new, efficient one. After removing the old window, Tom scrapes the old paint off the window casing and primes all bare wood. He then applies a bead of butyl caulk to the top and sides and screws on the new storm window.

Where to Find It
Triple-track storm window: manufactured by Harvey Industries, Inc.
800-9HARVEY (800-942-7839)

Butyl caulk is available at your local lumberyard or home center.

Winterizing Shrubs
Roger shows Kevin how to prepare shrubs for winter survival. He says to water up until the ground freezes. He also shows how to create a physical barrier against the wind by wrapping with burlap. He also shows an anti-desiccant that is sprayed on shrubs, giving them a waxy, protective coating. Roger also shows how to tie branches together using jute to prevent heavy snow from damaging them.

Where to Find It
Anti-desiccant: Wilt-Pruf Products

Burlap and jute can be purchased at your local nursery, garden center or home center.
What Is It?
The guys try to guess the intended purpose of an unusual-looking product.

Where to Find It
Roger showed a wooden shoe worn by paving crews:
O'Sullivan Kennedy
157 Bedford Street
Burlington, MA 01803

Carbon Monoxide Detectors
Richard visits two homeowners in New York city, where they meet with an expert on carbon monoxide safety. They discuss the dangers of carbon monoxide and how to prevent accidental deaths by using carbon monoxide detectors. They also show several types of carbon monoxide detectors and discuss their advantages.

Where to Find It
Carbon monoxide detectors manufactured by:

Consumer Hotline: 800-880-6788

First Alert

Home inspector Steve Gladstone advised Richard and the homeowner about the importance of carbon monoxide detectors:
Steve Gladstone
Stonehollow Home Inspection

The American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI) also provided assistance with this project:
American Society of Home Inspectors, Inc.
Episode #314
Repairing a glass door, and pruning a Pin Oak
Episode #313
Planting a new lawn, and replacing a kitchen sink
Episode #312
Repairing cracked stucco, cleaning a lawnmower, and installing a dehumidifier pump
Episode #311
Learning about ladder safety and rebuilding a crumbling retaining wall
Episode #310
Silencing a noisy toilet, cutting crown molding, and replacing broken tile
Episode #309
Repairing leaky valves, replacing a cellar door, and repairing a leaky drip irrigation hose
Episode #308
Installing adjustable shelves, identifying a plastic guard for a tree trunk, and testing your soil before planting
Episode #307
Relacing a water heater's anode rod, installing a rain diverter, identifying a gutter cleaner and no-caulk flashing, and installing thermostatic valves on steam radiators
Episode #306
Adding window boxes, identifying a cordless drill holder, and how to install sod
Episode #305
Removing damaged bolts and screws; creating a walkway edge; What Is It?; jacking up a porch to fix a rotting post
Episode #304
Cutting a kitchen pass-through; What Is It?; stopping a toilet from running… more
Episode #303
Repairing a fence, restoring hot water by fixing an anti-scald valve, and installing a keyless chuck on an older drill
Episode #302
Replacing a clogged trap, brick walkway patterns, and covering a cracked ceiling with drywall
Episode #301
Edging a garden bed, choosing drill bits, identifying a nail finder, and how to use a fire extinguisher. … more