Ask This Old House TV // Season 15 // Episode 25

Ask TOH | Rain Garden, Lighting

On this episode of Ask This Old House

Protecting the environment – Watch Jenn plant a rain garden to keep runoff and waste out of marshlands. See Scott brighten up a dim bedroom with new overhead lighting. Tom gives tips on installing cabinet hardware accurately and consistently.


How to Add Overhead Lighting to a Bedroom

Scott adds dimmable overhead lighting to a dark bedroom.

Where to find it?

Scott installed an oil-rubbed bronze LED flush mount fixture manufactured by Commercial Electric and sold at Home Depot.

Other supplies and materials for this project, including 14/2 non-metallic cable, old work electric boxes, and LED compatible dimmer switches are sold at home centers and electrical supply houses.


What Is It? | Red Handle with Small Teeth

Richard shows a tool with a red handle and small teeth, but What Is It?

Where to find it?

Richard demonstrated the 6-in-1 Radiator AC Condenser Fin Comb Straightener, which is used in both the HVAC and automotive industries and is available from automotive and HVAC supply shops.


How to Locate Cabinet Knobs and Pulls

Tom gives tips on installing cabinet hardware accurately and consistently.

The adjustable jig with drill holes is the Cabinet Hardware Jig, manufactured by Kreg.  

The adjustable jig that allowed for centering knobs and pulls on drawer and door front cabinets is the Cabinet Hardware Jig, manufactured by True Precision Tools.  

Other materials for this project including two-faced putty, combination squares, and a basic plastic jig can be purchased at a home center.


How to Plant a Rain Garden

Jenn plants a rain garden that filters storm runoff to prevent contaminating a marsh.

To fill the hole, Jenn used a layer of coarse sand, then a mix of coarse sand, compost, and bark mulch to fill the rest of the hole.  These are available at garden centers and landscape suppliers.

Jenn used the following plants in this garden:

  • Panicum virgatum (switch grass)
  • Clethra alnifolia (summer sweet)
  • Vaccinium corymbosum (highbush blueberry)

Expert assistance with this project was provided by Nawada Landscape Design, MassBays National Estuary Program, Merrimack Valley Planning Commission, David O. Phippen Land Management, Corliss Wholesale Supply, and Northeast Nursery.  

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