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Episode #326
Installing window boxes on brick siding, making plumbing connections, installing a "drip strip" … more
Episode #325

Original Air Date: Week of March 21, 2005

Up in the loft, general contractor Tom Silva shows host Kevin O'Connor a few tricks for using one of the most basic tools, a tape measure. Then master electrician Allen Gallant visits homeowner Kristen Berger of Leominster, Massachusetts and brightens up a dimly-lit basement with new fluorescent fixtures. Then Tom and Kevin, along with plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey and landscaping contractor Roger Cook ask, "What is it?" Later, Kevin shows Roger a software package that can be used to create a three-dimensional landscape plan. And Richard makes a house call to homeowner Wendy Smith in Duxbury, Massachusetts and shows her how to replace the banged-up aluminum cover on an old baseboard heater.

Installing Florescent Light Fixtures
Master electrician Allen Gallant helps a homeowner install new fluorescent light fixtures in her basement. Allen ties the new fixtures into an existing light switch by way of a wiring pattern referred to as a "switch-leg-return."

Where to Find It
Allen Gallant, Master Electrician from Gallant Electric

Fluorescent light fixtures, armored cable cutters and other electrical supplies can be purchased at your local electrical supply house or home center.

What is it?
Roger shows a device that alerts a homeowner when the mail arrives.

Where to Find It: SmartHome Mailbox Monitor
GE Home Electric Products, Inc.

Landscaping Software
Kevin shows Roger a computer software program for designing a landscape.

Where to Find It
Master Landscape Pro
Punch! Software, LLC
7900 NW 100th Street - Suite LL6
Kansas City, MO 64153

Replacing an Aluminum Baseboard Heat Cover
Richard replaces a banged-up aluminum baseboard heat cover with a new "dummy" cover. He first removes the old one from the wall using a reciprocating saw to cut through the old screws. He then detaches the old hangers from the cover and removes the cover. He then vacuums the radiator "fins" using a shop vacuum and installs the new hangers and new cover.

Where to Find It: Dummy baseboard covers
Slant/Fin Corp.
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
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