Ask This Old House TV // Season 12 // Episode 15

Ask TOH | Box Spring, Light Switch

Tom helps a homeowner fit a boxspring mattress up a narrow staircase. Kevin and an electrician repair a light-switch in Seattle. Richard shows many options for filtering drinking water. And the guys ask "What Is It?"

Box Spring Mattress
Tom helps a homeowner fit a boxspring mattress up a narrow staircase.

Where to find it?
Tom used a hand saw to carefully cut two of the rails of the boxspring and folded it in half. Upstairs, he unfolded it, bent the wire frame back into position, and reattached the rails with coarse thread screws.

What Is It?
Richard shows a gray plastic electronic device, and the guys try to guess its intended use.

Where to find it?
The Winbot window cleaning robot is manufactured by Ecovacs.

Richard shows many options for filtering drinking water.

Where to find it?
Point-of-use filters, including pitcher-style, spout-style, Reverse Osmosis under sink filters, and whole-house filters with disposable cartridges are available at home centers and hardware stores.

The whole-house filter that automatically cleans itself is the Braukmann filter, manufactured by Honeywell and available at specialty plumbing supply stores.

The large, canister-style filter that is filled with different materials based on your local water quality is a solution installed by Culligan.

Seattle Three-Way Switch
Kevin and an electrician repair a light-switch in Seattle.

Where to find it?
Reproduction push-button switches are available through Rejuvenation.

Expert assistance with this project was provided by Switch Electric.

The electrician used a continuity tester (model no. CT20) to identify the wires. It is manufactured by Extech.


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