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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


Original Air Date: Week of February 14, 2005

General contractor Tom Silva helps homeowner Mark Andrews of Charlestown, Massachusetts level an uneven concrete floor so that he can install hardwood flooring. 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. Then, Richard shows homeowner Jenna Williams of Rex, Georgia a simple repair for a leaky water shut-off valve. Then, up in the loft, Tom teaches Kevin about air-compressors and how to select the right one for the job.



Leveling a Floor
Tom levels an old basement floor in preparation for hardwood flooring. He scribes a series of wooden shims along the contour of the existing concrete floor, cuts them, and then fastens them to the floor. He then pours leveling compound between the shims and uses a screed to level the compound.

Where to Find It
Leveling Compound: LevelQuik® RS, Rapid Setting Self-Leveling Underlayment

Custom Building Products
800-272-8786

What Is It?
Richard showed a strainer for catching lint from a washing machine discharge hose.

Where to Find It
Laundry Tub Drain Lint Trapper:
Seven Seas, Inc.
P.O. Box 622
Stillwater, MN 55082

Fixing a Leaky Water Shut-off Valve
Roger repairs a leaking cold water shut-off valve using Teflon tape to replace the valve's bonnet.

Where to Find It
Teflon tape can be found at your local plumbing supply house or your local home center.

Air Compressors
Tom shows Kevin what things to look for when shopping for an air compressor.

Where to Find It: Air compressors:

SENCO Products, Inc.
800-543-4596

Ridgid
800-4-RIDGID
*Available at The Home Depot

Porter-Cable
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
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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