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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

Original Air Date: Week of February 28, 2005

Landscaping contractor Roger Cook heads to Alpharetta, Georgia to help homeowner Dale Eneberg shop for a new riding lawnmower. Then Roger, along with plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey, general contractor Tom Silva, and host Kevin O'Connor ask, "What is it?" Later, Tom replaces a rotting wooden threshold for homeowners Steve Chapman & Maggie Hale of Arlington, Massachusetts. And, back in the loft, Richard shows Kevin how garbage disposers work and explains how to keep them working like new.

Riding lawnmowers
Roger takes a homeowner to a local home center to shop for a new riding lawnmower. Roger explains the different features of each machine and takes some outside for a test drive.

Where to Find It:
John Deere L110 manufactured by John Deere & Company World Headquarters

Toro TimeCutter Z manufactured by The Toro Company

Murray, Inc.

All three riding lawnmowers featured in this episode are available at most Home Depot locations.

What is it?
Tom showed a device for holding a plaster hawk on a belt.

Where to Find It
Tommy Hawk Holder
7 Gary St.
Lindenhurst, NY 11757

Garbage Disposers
Richard shows Kevin how a garbage disposer works. He also shows how to clear a jam and explains how to prevent disposer jams altogether.

Where to Find It
Insinkerator: manufactured by In-Sink-Erator

Garbage Disposer Wrench (part number 45101), manufactured by: Kitchenaid

Replacing a rotting wooden threshold
Tom replaces a rotting, oak threshold with a new one. He cuts the middle section of the old one out using a reciprocating saw. He then cuts through all the nails and removes the threshold. He then reinforces the structure underneath with pressure-treated wood. Tom then glues the new threshold in place using tri-polymer caulk and an expandable foam product.

Where to Find It
Tri-polymer caulk: Geocel

Expandable foam:
Great Stuff Insulating Foam Sealant manufactured by The Dow Chemical Company
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
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