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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

Original Air Date: Week of October 18, 2004

Roger Cook repairs a broken fence with teenage neighbor Amanda Rao. Back inside, the guys ask, "What is it?" Then, Richard restores hot-water flow to a shower for a house-sitter by repairing an anti-scald shower valve. Back in the loft, Tom shows how to upgrade an old drill by installing a "keyless" chuck.

Fixing a Broken Fence
Roger and neighbor Amanda Rao repaired a fence that Amanda hit with her car during bad weather. He first removed a day lily that was in the way and placed it on burlap. He used a pointed shovel to pry one of the old, broken posts out of the ground. Then, using a post-hole digger, he showed how to dig a hole for the new post. Roger then cut the new post to the proper height using a chain saw and set it the ground. He then ran a string line to use as a guide for the height of the other posts.

Where to Find It
Roger installed new northern white cedar fence posts and rails made by:
Walpole Woodworkers

Chains saws, levels, and post-hole diggers are available at your local home center.

What Is It?
The guys try to guess what an unusual-looking product is actually used for.

Where to Find It
Roger showed a gel-filled capsule that waters your plants while you're away from home. It's manufactured by:
DriWater, Inc.

Broken Shower Valve
Richard replaced a corroded cartridge inside an anti-scald shower valve to restore hot water to the shower. He used an adjustable wrench to remove the bonnet and the anti-scald valve. He re-used the bonnet and installed a new valve. To reinstall the cover plate, he scraped off the old silicone caulking and re-caulked around the top of the opening to prevent water from entering the wall.

Where to Find It
Temptrol Anti-Scald Shower Valve, manufactured by:
Symmons Industries Inc.
Braintree, MA
781-848-2250 (local)
800-SYMMONS (toll-free)
781-843-3849 (fax, local)
800-961-9621 (fax, toll-free)

Updating an Old Drill with a Keyless Chuck
Tom installed a new keyless chuck on an old drill. He showed how to remove the old chuck using a screwdriver, allen wrench, and a mallet. Tom then replaced the keyed chuck with a new ½-inch keyless chuck.

Where to Find It
Jacob's keyless chuck can be found at your local home center.
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