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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
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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


Original Air Date: Week of January 24, 2005

Homeowner Martin D'Agostino of Swampscott, Massachusetts receives a visit from general contractor Tom Silva who shows him how to repair and replace his rotting deck balusters. Then, Tom, along with plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey, landscape contractor Roger Cook, and host Kevin O'Connor, ask "What is it?" in the Ask This Old House loft. Afterwards, Richard heads off to Salem, Massachusetts to hook up a refrigerator's ice-maker and water dispenser for homeowner Joe Cole.



Replacing Rotted Deck Balusters
Tom shows a homeowner how to replace balusters on his exterior deck. He shows how to determine proper spacing for the new balusters and how to cut and assemble them.

Where to Find It
Sliding T-squares, miter saws, paint and balusters can be found at your local lumberyard or home center.

What Is It?
The guys try to guess the intended purpose of an unusual-looking object.

Where to Find It
Kevin showed a device for keeping socks together in a washing machine.

Connecting an Icemaker
Richard connects a refrigerator's icemaker to a water supply line. He shows how to sweat on a fitting and connect the pipe to the icemaker's tubing.
Where to Find It
Tubing, fittings, valves and other plumbing supplies can be found at your local plumbing supply house or home center.
Episode #316
Replicating moldings, fixing an unlevel patio, and stripping wallpaper
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Episode #315
Replacing an old storm window, winterizing shrubs, and using carbon monoxide detectors
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Episode #314
Repairing a glass door, and pruning a Pin Oak
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Episode #313
Planting a new lawn, and replacing a kitchen sink
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Episode #312
Repairing cracked stucco, cleaning a lawnmower, and installing a dehumidifier pump
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Episode #311
Learning about ladder safety and rebuilding a crumbling retaining wall
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Episode #310
Silencing a noisy toilet, cutting crown molding, and replacing broken tile
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Episode #309
Repairing leaky valves, replacing a cellar door, and repairing a leaky drip irrigation hose
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Episode #308
Installing adjustable shelves, identifying a plastic guard for a tree trunk, and testing your soil before planting
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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
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Episode #306
Adding window boxes, identifying a cordless drill holder, and how to install sod
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Episode #305
Removing damaged bolts and screws; creating a walkway edge; What Is It?; jacking up a porch to fix a rotting post
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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
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Episode #302
Replacing a clogged trap, brick walkway patterns, and covering a cracked ceiling with drywall
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Episode #301
Edging a garden bed, choosing drill bits, identifying a nail finder, and how to use a fire extinguisher. … more