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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

Original Air Date: Week of October 11, 2004

Plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey makes a House call in Wellesley, Massachusetts, to help homeowner Ziad Tarawneh replace the trap under his bathroom sink. Back in the loft, landscaping contractor Roger Cook shows host Kevin O'Connor a few design options for laying out a brick walkway. Then general contractor Tom Silva shows homeowners Rudd Coffey and Melissa Liazos of Watertown, Massachusetts, how to make their cracked plaster ceiling look like new by covering it with drywall.

Replacing a Clogged Trap
Richard helps homeowner Ziad Tarawneh unclog his bathroom sink by replacing the trap underneath. Rich explains the "3-corner bite" technique when using a pipe wrench.

Where to Find It
Richard cut the old trap off using a Porter-Cable Tiger Saw (reciprocating saw):
Porter-Cable Corporation
Dealer/Distributor Customer Services: 800-321-9443
Service Centers/Technical Information: 888-848-5175
Dealer Locator: 800-4US-TOOL (800-487-8665)

He also used pipe thread tape and pipe joint compound when installing the new trap:
RectorSeal Pipe Thread Sealant

Pipe thread seal tape, Mil Spec T-27730A
½-inch X 520

New traps and fittings are available at your local home center or plumbing supply store.

Brick Walkway Patterns
In the loft, Roger showed some different options for laying out a brick walkway. Roger showed how to lay out a running bond pattern, a cross-bond pattern, a basket-weave pattern, and a herringbone pattern. Roger also showed the difference between "modular" and "standard" bricks.

Where to Find It
Martignetti Enterprises

Fixing Ceiling Cracks
Tom showed how to cover a cracked plaster ceiling using -inch-thick wallboard. He explained that the wood lath behind the old plaster expands and contracts, causing cracking. Tom showed how to find the strapping in the ceiling, which he used to screw the new wallboard into. Tom also used a homemade support made out of 2x4 lumber for supporting the wallboard against the ceiling while fastening. Tom showed a special bit in his drill for screwing in the wallboard screws. He then taped the seams with fiberglass tape and applied joint compound with a taping knife.

Where to Find It
Grip Rite Fas'ners
Black Coarse Drywall Screws
6 x 1"
PrimeSource Building Products, Inc.

Festool Systainer, Festo
Cordless drill No. 566112
CDD 12 FX MC 15 Plus

Drywall Screw Drill Bit
Item 16627
Dimpler Drywall Driver #2R Phillips
Vermont American Tool Company

Sheetrock Brand Lightweight All-Purpose Joint Compound (Ready Mix)
United States Gypsum Co.
Episode #301
Edging a garden bed, choosing drill bits, identifying a nail finder, and how to use a fire extinguisher. … more