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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:
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