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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
Original Air Date: Week of November 15, 2004
In the workshop loft, plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey demonstrates how to extend the life of a hot water heater by replacing the sacrificial anode rod. General contractor Tom Silva visits homeowner Alison Hardy of Topsfield, Massachusetts, and installs a "cricket," or rain diverter, to keep water away from her front steps. Then Richard and Tom, along with landscaping contractor Roger Cook and host Kevin O'Connor, ask "What is it?" Then it's off to Brighton, Massachusetts, where Richard helps homeowner Kim McMahon cool off by installing thermostatic valves on her steam radiators.
Anode Rod Replacement
Rich shows Kevin how to get more life out of a water heater by replacing the sacrificial anode rod. He first shows how to remove the existing rod using a socket wrench and length of pipe for leverage. He then put some Teflon tape on the threads of a new anode rod and installed it.
Where to Find It
Water heater and replacement anode rods:
80 Felton Street
Waltham, MA 02254-0030
Socket wrenches and Teflon tape can be purchased at your local plumbing supply house or home center.
Tom showed a homeowner an alternative to traditional gutters called a rain diverter, or cricket. He took a piece of drip edge, painted it black, cut it in half, and installed it upside down using galvanized roofing nails and tri-polymer caulk.
Where to Find It
Tri-polymer caulk: Geocel Corp.
Drip edge, galvanized roofing nails, spray paint, ladders, and ladder stabilizers are available at your local home center or rental store.
What Is It?
Tom, Roger, Richard, and Kevin examined two unusual items and tried to guess how they're used.
Where to Find It
Kevin showed a telescoping wand with gutter cleaner:
Richard showed a No-Calk vent stack roof flashing:
Too Much Heat!
Richard helps a homeowner cool down by installing thermostatic radiator valves (TRV's) on her steam radiators.
Where to Find It
Thermostatic radiator valves:
The Danfoss Group
- 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
- Edging a garden bed, choosing drill bits, identifying a nail finder, and how to use a fire extinguisher. … more