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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
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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
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Episode #316
Replicating moldings, fixing an unlevel patio, and stripping wallpaper
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Episode #315
Replacing an old storm window, winterizing shrubs, and using carbon monoxide detectors
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Episode #314


Original Air Date: Week of January 3, 2005

General contractor Tom Silva heads to the windy city suburb of Park Ridge, Illinois, where he helps homeowner Richard Westphal replace the broken window pane in an exterior door. Back in the loft, Tom and glass expert Larry Rosenfield show host Kevin O'Connor different types of safety glass. Afterwards, Tom and Kevin, along with plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey, and landscaping contractor Roger Cook ask, "What is it?" Then Roger is off to Brookline, Massachusetts to "let the sunshine in" for homeowner Elizabeth Choi by pruning her Pin Oak tree with the help of arborist Matt Foti.



Chicago Door Glass Repair
Tom replaces a broken pane of glass in an exterior door with safety glass. After removing the broken glass and the pane underneath, he lays a bead of glazing compound to set the new safety glass in. He then inserts glazing points to hold the glass into position. He also fabricates a piece of stop molding to replace a piece that was missing and attaches it, along with the others.

Where to Find It
Safety Glass: D. Pollack Glass & Mirror, Inc.
124 N. Cass Avenue
Westmont, IL 60559
630-969-7177
Glazing compound, glazing points and moldings can all be found at your local home center

Glass Expert
Glass expert Larry Rosenfield explains the differences between regular glass, tempered glass, laminated safety glass, and plastic poly-carbonate. He demonstrates the characteristics of each by breaking them.

Where to Find It
Glass Expert: Larry Rosenfield
Banner Glass Shelmar
187 Water Street
Wakefield, MA 01880-2527
781-245-1206

What Is It?
The guys try to guess the intended purpose of two unusual-looking products.

Where to Find It
Roger showed a chain saw sharpener powered by a car battery:
Electric Sure Sharp®Blount, Inc.
Oregon Cutting Systems Division
4909 SE International Way
Portland, Oregon 97222
503-653-8881

Tom showed a rubber strap for holding a straw on a can of spray lubricant:
HOLD-IT
281-440-1655

Pruning a Pin Oak
Roger and certified arborist Matt Foti prune a Pin Oak for a homeowner to allow more sunlight into the front yard so that other plants can grow. Matt shows how to remove "parallel" branches so that the overall shape of the tree does not change. Roger explains the "three-cut" method for removing branches to prevent tearing of bark down the tree's trunk.

Where to Find It
Certified Arborist: Matthew R. Foti
Landscape and Tree Service
30 Fairbanks Road
Lexington, MA 02421-7729
781-861-0505
Episode #313
Planting a new lawn, and replacing a kitchen sink
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Episode #312
Repairing cracked stucco, cleaning a lawnmower, and installing a dehumidifier pump
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Episode #311
Learning about ladder safety and rebuilding a crumbling retaining wall
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Episode #310
Silencing a noisy toilet, cutting crown molding, and replacing broken tile
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Episode #309
Repairing leaky valves, replacing a cellar door, and repairing a leaky drip irrigation hose
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Episode #308
Installing adjustable shelves, identifying a plastic guard for a tree trunk, and testing your soil before planting
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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
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Episode #306
Adding window boxes, identifying a cordless drill holder, and how to install sod
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Episode #305
Removing damaged bolts and screws; creating a walkway edge; What Is It?; jacking up a porch to fix a rotting post
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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
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Episode #302
Replacing a clogged trap, brick walkway patterns, and covering a cracked ceiling with drywall
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Episode #301
Edging a garden bed, choosing drill bits, identifying a nail finder, and how to use a fire extinguisher. … more