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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

Original Air Date: Week of March 14, 2005

Plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey helps a pair of homeowners from Arlington, Massachusetts install an electronic air cleaner on their forced-air furnace. Then landscaping contractor Roger Cook shows host Kevin O'Connor some tools and materials for removing ice from concrete walkways. And general contractor Tom Silva shows homeowner Enza Sheehan of Swampscott, Massachusetts how to properly vent a bathroom fan to the outside of the house.

Installing an Electronic Air Cleaner
Richard installed an electronic air cleaner on a forced-air furnace. He explained that the new unit will filter particles 100 times smaller than the old one-inch pleated filter. Richard also explained that the new filters can be cleaned by simply washing them in a dishwasher.

Where to Find It: Electronic air cleaner
American Standard

Technical assistance was provided by:
S.G. Torrice Company

Removing Ice From a Walkway
Roger shows Kevin some methods for removing stubborn ice from a walkway, including proper use of shovels, ice-chippers, de-icing salts, and sand.

Where to Find It
Prestone calcium chloride pellets, Road Runner enhanced calcium chloride blend and De-Icing Salt (sodium chloride/rock salt) manufactured by:

Scotwood Industries, Inc.

Snow shovels, ice chippers and hand spreaders are available at your local garden center or home center.

Venting a Bathroom Fan
Tom repairs an improperly-vented bathroom fan by attaching it to a louvered-vent he installs on the outside of the house. He first drives a nail through the gable end of the house as a guide for cutting a hole for the vent. From the outside of the house, he drills a hole for the new vent using a four-inch hole saw. He then caulks around the vent using an acrylic-latex caulk with a silicone additive and fastens it with screws. Finally, he connects a length of flexible metal vent to both the vent and fan.

Where to Find It
Ladders supplied by Lynn Ladder Co.

Vents, caulk, flexible metal duct, elbows and foil tape can all be purchased at your local home center.
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
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