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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

Original Air Date: Week of February 21, 2005

General contractor Tom Silva shows host Kevin O'Connor what's inside a typical residential electrical service panel. Then, master electrician Allen Gallant helps homeowner Steve Bankowitz of Burlington, Massachusetts install a new 220-volt receptacle in his garage-turned-woodshop. Landscape contractor Roger Cook shows Kevin what types of hand tools every home gardener should own. Then, the crew asks "What is it?" in the Ask This Old House loft. Later, plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey helps homeowner Scott Jones of Arlington, Massachusetts install a macerating toilet in his basement.

Installing a 220 Volt Receptacle
Master electrician Allen Gallant installs a 220-volt receptacle in a garage for a stationary band saw. First, he inspects the sub-panel to see if it has enough capacity. Then, he runs metal-clad (MC) cable from the sub-panel to the new receptacle and makes the necessary connections.

Where to Find It: Master electrician:
Allen Gallant
Gallant Electric, Inc.
4C YD Road
Bedford, MA 01730

MC cable, old-work boxes, receptacles and breakers can be purchased at your local electrical supply house or home center.

Gardening Hand Tools
Landscaping contractor Roger Cook shows Kevin some hand tools that every gardener should own.

Where to Find It
Garden hand tools can be purchased at your local nursery, garden center or home center.

What Is It?
Roger showed a device for holding corncobs to divert squirrels from bird feeders.

Where to Find It: Corn Trapper Spring Squirrel Feeder
Heritage Farms/Century Tool & Manufacturing Company, Inc.

Installing a Macerating Toilet
Richard installed a macerating toilet in a newly-finished basement. He connected the macerating unit to previously-installed water supply, waste, and vent lines. He then connected the toilet to the macerator, plugged the unit into a 110-volt GFCI outlet, and turned on the water.

Where to Find It: Saniplus macerating toilet

Other plumbing supplies can be purchased at your local plumbing supply house or home center.
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
Replacing an old storm window, winterizing shrubs, and using carbon monoxide detectors
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