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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
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

Original Air Date: Week of October 4, 2004

Our first House call of the season takes us to Beverly, Massachusetts, where landscaping contractor Roger Cook shows new homeowners Todd and Chrissy Fratzel the proper way to edge a lawn and flower bed. Back in the loft, Tom gives some lessons on choosing drill bits. Then the guys ask "What is it?" Finally, Kevin visits Captain Hugh Duffy at the Boston Fire Department Training Center for some lessons on choosing the right type of fire extinguisher.

Edging a Lawn
Roger explained why plastic edging was a bad choice for the garden bed and demonstrated a better way to edge using a garden hose as a guide and a "half-moon" edger to sculpt the new edge. Roger then spread a layer of mulch in the garden bed and moved some perennials from part of the old bed into the new to make it look better.

Where to Find It
The half-moon edger can be found at your local garden or home center.

Selecting Drill Bits
Tom showed an array of drill bits and explained the different uses for each one. He showed:

Spiral drill bit:
Ace Hardware Corp.

Brad-point drill bit:
Wolfcraft, Inc.
Itasca, IL 60143

Masonry drill bit:
Vermont American Tool Company

Hole saws:

Spade and auger drill bits:

Forstner drill bit:
Milwaukee Electric Tool Corp.

Titanium drill bit and masonry bit:
Bosch Power Tools

What Is It?
Tom, Roger, Richard, and Kevin examined an unusual item and tried to guess how it's used.

Where to Find It
Kevin shows a wood-scanning metal detector that detects nails, screws, and bolts that might be hidden in a piece of lumber.It is sold by:
Wizard Distribution

Fighting Fire
Kevin visited Captain Hugh Duffy at the Boston Fire Department Training Center, where he learned about different types of fire extinguishers and what to look for when purchasing one. Captain Duffy showed the A-B-C ratings on fire extinguishers, which determine their effectiveness on different types of fires, and explained the acronym PASS for using an extinguisher (Pull, Aim, Squeeze, Sweep).

Where to Find It
Fire extinguishers can be purchased at your local home center.