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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
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
Glazing compound, glazing points and moldings can all be found at your local home center
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
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
Tom showed a rubber strap for holding a straw on a can of spray lubricant:
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
- 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
- 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