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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

Original Air Date: Week of November 29, 2004

Inside the loft, plumbing and heating contractor Richard Trethewey gives host Kevin O'Connor some lessons on leaky valves and how to repair them. Then, general contractor Tom Silva heads to Waltham, Massachusetts to help homeowners David Anderson and Alicia Beneteau replace an old, rusty cellar door with a new fiberglass model. Back in the loft, Tom and Rich, along with landscaping contractor Roger Cook and host Kevin O'Connor ask, "What is it?" Then, Roger helps homeowner Christine Dinardo of Carlisle, Massachusetts repair a leaky drip irrigation hose.

Plumbing Valves
Richard demonstrated a few of the most common types of plumbing valves and how they work. He showed a stop-and-waste valve, a gate valve, and a ball valve.

Where to Find It
Plumbing valves are available at your local home center or plumbing supply store

Replacing an Old Bulkhead
Tom replaced an old, rusty metal bulkhead door with a new fiberglass model.

Where to Find It
Fiberglass bulkhead door:
David Renwick
Palmer River Products, Inc.
Bristol, RI 02809


What Is It?
Tom showed a device used for straightening bowed deck boards.

Where to Find It
Bowjak Board Straightener:
Vaughan & Bushnell Manufacturing Company

Drip Irrigation Repair
Roger showed how to repair a drip-irrigation hose that had been accidentally cut.

Where to Find It
Drip-irrigation components can be purchased at your local garden center or nursery
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
Edging a garden bed, choosing drill bits, identifying a nail finder, and how to use a fire extinguisher. … more