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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

Original Air Date: Week of December 13, 2004

Host Kevin O'Connor heads outside the barn to learn about ladder safety from expert John Drengenberg. Up in the loft, Kevin, along with general contractor Tom Silva, plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey and landscaping contractor Roger Cook, asks, "What is it?" Then, Roger rebuilds a crumbling retaining wall with homeowner Colin White of Wakefield, Massachusetts using interlocking concrete blocks.

Ladder Safety
Kevin meets ladder safety expert John Drengenberg from United Laboratories to learn about ladder safety. Drengenberg explains proper use of extension ladders, as well as stabilizer bars and leveling feet.

Where to Find It
Ladder Safety Expert:
Underwriters Laboratories, Inc.

Extension ladders:
Lynn Ladder & Scaffolding

What Is It?
Richard shows a mat used to protect a toilet bowl from scratches while using a snake to clear a clog.

Where to Find It
Auger Mat Toilet Bowl Protector:
Marketed by The Better Mousetrap People (BMP)
Available at your local home center or plumbing supply store

Replacing an Old Retaining Wall
Roger replaced an old, crumbling retaining wall with interlocking concrete pavers.

Where to Find It
Concrete pavers:
Ideal Concrete Block Co.

Guillotine-style block splitter can be rented at your local masonry or stone yard
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
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