Ask This Old House TV // Season 12 // Episode 21

Ask TOH | Stem Valve, Dutchman

Richard helps a homeowner replace a shower valve that shuts off mysteriously. Tom shows how to patch a hole in baseboard. Roger shares some tips for maintaining a lawn mower. And the guys ask "What Is It?"

Repairing a Shower Stem Valve
Richard helps a homeowner replace a shower valve that mysteriously shuts off all by itself.

Where to find it?
Replacement stem valves can be purchased from a local plumbing supply store. Richard recommends bringing your valve with you, as there are hundreds of styles of valves and a plumbing supply store can help match your valve with the correct replacement part. For this project, the valve stems were manufactured by Price Pfister.

Expert assistance with this project was provided by Watertown Supply.

What Is It?
Roger shows a black and silver metal tool and the guys try to guess its intended use.

Where to find it?Roger demonstrated the Stake-It", a tool designed to install and remove stakes in the ground.

Ask Roger: Lawn Mower Tune-Up
Roger gives tips for maintaining a lawn mower.

Where to find it?
Engine oil for small engines is available at home centers and hardware stores. Used oil should be recycled at a service station or auto parts store.

Replacement air filters, spark plugs, and blades can be purchased at a small engine shop.

Fuel stabilizers designed to treat ethanol are available at home centers, small engine shops, and marine supply stores.

Patching a Hole in Baseboard
Tommy shows how to patch a hole in baseboard by using a "dutchman."

Where to find it?
Tom used a piece of poplar for his patch. He created a jig the size of the patch, then cut a new hole in the baseboard using a straight-cutting router bit with a bearing, which can be purchased at a home center or woodworking supply store.

He used a type of cyanoacrylate superglue to assemble the jig. The "Instant Bond" glue and activator are manufactured by . They can be purchased at Woodcraft.


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