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S20 E28: Garage Door, Plumbing Fixes

In this episode, Ross shares why he became an engineer. Tom talks about different types of hammers, and Richard shows how to control common plumbing emergencies. Then, Nathan removes and replaces a garage door.

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In this episode:

Home technology expert Ross Trethewey tells us about how he became an engineer. While growing up under the wings of his grandfather and father, Ross learned what the plumbing trade entailed. But, he was always more interested in the future of plumbing and heating, leading him to a degree in mechanical engineering and a role on the This Old House team.

Ross explains that after growing up immersed in the world of plumbing, heating, and air conditioning, he followed his love for how things work to a degree in mechanical engineering. His degree and passion have taken him all over and provided unique experiences.

Next, we meet host Kevin O’Connor and general contractor Tom Silva back at the shop for some hammer talk. With an array of hammers laid out in front of them, Tom walks Kevin through the different types of hammers, what they’re typically used for, and their strengths and weaknesses. Tom even explains how to choose the best handle, when to use a smooth face over a waffled face, and a nifty built-in feature for one-handed nail setting.

Kevin then meets plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey for a run-down on common plumbing emergencies and how homeowners can control them. Richard explains some of the important valves that homeowners should be aware of and some techniques for emergency water stoppages. Finally, Richard shows Kevin a basic kit of fittings that most homeowners should consider putting together for emergency leaks.

Lastly, carpenter Nathan Gilbert makes a house call to help a homeowner replace her overhead garage door. After explaining some of the safety concerns to be aware of, Nathan and the homeowner get to work removing the existing garage door one section at a time.

With the old door out of the opening, Nathan shows the homeowner the different parts and components they’ll use for the new door. The two then attach the hardware and install the new door one section at a time, capping it off by attaching it to the garage door opener, installing some trim, and testing the new door.

How Ross Became an Engineer

Ross Trethewey grew up in the trades (and television), but he explains that his passion drew him toward engineering.

All About Hammers

General contractor Tom Silva shows host Kevin O’Connor everything someone would need to know about the different types of hammers and how to choose one for the job.

Where to find it?

Tom Silva shows Kevin O’Connor many different types of hammers and explains what they are used for. He tells Kevin his personal favorite is the straight claw hammer, as it can be used for both framing and trim work. Kevin demonstrates the framing hammer’s magnetic nail holder and Tom and Kevin demonstrate strike and removal techniques on a 2x4 and nail setting on a trim board.

Tips for Controlling Plumbing Emergencies

Plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey explains some of the most common plumbing emergencies and how homeowners can handle them.

Where to find it?

Richard explains the ways homeowners can get emergency plumbing situations under control until a plumber arrives.

Control kit all for 1/2 inch to 3/4 inch connections:

All materials used can be found at local home centers.

How to Replace a Garage Door

Carpenter Nathan Gilbert helps a homeowner upgrade her curb appeal by replacing her old garage door.

Original Air Date: May 5, 2022, Season 20; Ep. 28 23:42