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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

Original Air Date: Week of March 7, 2005

Plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey helps homeowner Tom Pulkowski of Chelmsford, Massachusetts clear a clogged vent stack with the aid of a fiberoptic plumbing snake. Then Richard, along with landscaping contractor Roger Cook, general contractor Tom Silva, and host Kevin O'Connor ask, "What is it?" Then, Roger helps homeowner Dennis Cronin of Duxbury, Massachusetts build a ice skating rink in his backyard.

Clearing a Clogged Vent Stack
Richard locates the clog by inserting a camera-snake down the stack vent from the roof. To clear the clog, Richard inserts a running garden hose down the vent to flush it out.

Where to Find It
The "SeeSnake" camera and "Navitrack" locator are professional plumbing tools and are manufactured by:
RIDGID/Ridge Tool Co.

Stack vent cap:
Crown Ventguards

What Is It?
Roger showed a plastic device that protects a chainsaw blade.

Where to Find It
Saw Saver manufactured by OREGON/Blount Inc. Oregon Cutting Systems Group

Building a Backyard Ice Rink
Roger built an ice rink using dimensional lumber, metal stakes (typically used to build concrete forms), and a plastic liner. Roger started by setting level lines along the perimeter of the rink. He then checked for square-ness at the corners by using the "3-4-5 method." Roger then drove metal stakes into the ground and attached 2x12 boards using 2" screws. He then filled any voids between the boards and ground using sand and placed a plaster liner on top to hold the water in.

Where to Find It
Lumber, concrete form stakes, and fasteners should be available at most lumber yards, home centers, or stone yards. The large plastic liner Roger used is typically used to cover boats in the winter. Similar liners may be available from marine supply companies or industrial wholesalers such as:

J. Freeman Company
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
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