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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:
Itasca, IL 60143
Masonry drill bit:
Vermont American Tool Company
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:
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.