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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

Original Air Date: Week of November 1, 2004

General contractor Tom Silva shows host Kevin O'Connor how to remove bolts and screws with stripped or damaged heads. Landscape contractor Roger Cook visits homeowner Lauren Speisman of Waltham, Massachusetts, to help create an edge along a concrete walkway using jumbo cobblestones. Back in the loft, Tom, Roger, Kevin, and plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey ask "What is it?" as they identify unknown objects. Then Tom heads to Wenham, Massachusetts, to help homeowner Francine Molay jack up the roof of her front porch and fix a rotting post.

Screw and Bolt Extractors
Tom and Richard showed some different methods and products used for removing screws or bolts with damaged heads. First, Tom used a pair of locking pliers to remove a screw with a stripped head. He showed how to pre-drill a hole in a screw with a stripped head and then remove it with a screw extractor. Tom also showed a screw remover that doesn't require drilling and works with a series of small cutting heads. He then showed a two-piece extractor that grabs the shank of a bolt with a broken head to remove it.

Where to Find It
Screw extractors: Vermont American (owned by Robert Bosch Tool Corp.)
Robert Bosch Tool Corp.
Chris Connington, Director Brand Marketing
1800 West Central Road
Mount Prospect, IL 60056

Alden Corp.

Bolt extractors:
Irwin Industrial Tool Company

Stud and screw extractors:
Garrett Wade

Tommy also showed a pair of Vise Grip locking pliers made by:
Irwin Industrial Tool Company

Catalog Requests:
Merchandising Dept.
Box 337
DeWitt, NE 68341

Cobblestone Edging
Roger showed a homeowner how to install cobblestone edging along a concrete walkway. Roger dug a trench for the stones and then used a string line and wooden stakes to mark the finished height of the cobblestones. He mixed up several batches of concrete to the consistency of peanut butter and shoveled it into the trench, then set the cobblestones into the concrete and smoothed off the concrete with a trowel. Roger also used a rubber mallet to tap the cobblestones down into the concrete to get the finished height.

Where to Find It

Jumbo cobblestones are available at your local garden center or masonry yard.

Trowels, shovels, wheelbarrows, and garden hoses are available at your local garden center or home center.

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

Where to Find It
Tommy showed a bird-bath heater manufactured by:
Nelson Manufacturing Company

Rotting Porch Post
Tom helps a homeowner replace a section of rotting post on her front porch. First, he removed the old trim using a reciprocating saw. He then jacked up the porch roof using bracing made of framing lumber. Tom then used a piece of pressure-treated wood as a filler piece where the bottom of the post touches the masonry porch and used construction adhesive to glue it. He then replaced a piece of rotted trim with solid PVC. Back in the loft, Tom also showed a galvanized steel fastener for separating wooden porch posts from masonry.

Where to Find It
Construction adhesive: Liquid Nails

PVC trim:
AZEK Trimboards
877-ASK-AZEK (toll-free)

Pressure-treated lumber can be found at your local home center or lumber yard.

Galvanized steel porch-post fasteners:
Simpson Strong-Tie
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