Ask This Old House TV // Season 12 // Episode 04

Ask TOH | Front Door, Container Garden

Tom visits Seattle where he helps a homeowner install a new, pre-hung front door. Richard discusses an important water heater safety device. Roger shows how to use big containers for screening and shading in a backyard. And the guys ask "What Is It?"

Replacing a Front Door
Tom visits Seattle where he helps a homeowner install a new, pre-hung front door.

Where to find it?
Tom installed a quarter-light straight grain fir door, style 5662, manufactured by Buffelen Door.

Tom installed a SmartCode electronic deadbolt and Austin handle in Venetian Bronze finish. Both are manufactured by Kwikset.

Expert assistance on this project was provided by Johnson Brothers Construction of Seattle.

Additional support was provided by Simpson Door Company.

Water Heater Safety Valves
Richard discusses the importance of a temperature and pressure relief valve, a water heater safety device.

Where to find it?
Temperature and pressure relief valves (TPR's) must be installed on all water heaters.

It is critical that a leaking or defective TPR valve is replaced immediately. Replacements can be purchased at home centers and plumbing supply stores.

It is also important that TPR valves are not plugged or tampered with in any way.

Richard also showed the Safe Plug Relief valve, a device that is designed to prevent tampering with the TPR valve. It is manufactured by Dulac Plumbing Innovations Corp..

Photographs of the home damaged by a water heater explosion were provided by Anchor Inspections of Phoenix, Arizona and by the City of Phoenix.

What Is It?
Richard shows a plastic device that's a cylinder with an O-ring.

Where to find it?
Richard demonstrated the Nooski mouse trap, manufactured by Contech Enterprises.

Planting with Big Containers
Roger tours a greenhouse to see options for containers and container plants, and then shows how to use big containers for screening and shading in a backyard.

Where to find it?
Roger visited Mahoney's Garden Center to view options in containers and plantings.

Expert assistance with this project was provided by Carrie Kelly of Mahoney's Garden Center.

Several containers were provided by Lechuza Plant Systems.


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