Ask TOH | Windowsill Replacement, Limited Mobility Garden Tools

General contractor Tom Silva helps a homeowner repair a rotted windowsill. Then Tom, along with host Kevin O'Connor, landscaping contractor Roger Cook, and plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey ask, "What is it?" Then, Roger shows Kevin a few gardening tools designed for people with limited mobility. Afterward, Richard helps a homeowner install an outdoor faucet.

Replacing a rotted windowsill

Tom helped a homeowner replace a windowsill that had rotted over time due to water and neglect. To remove the old windowsill, Tom first cut through the nails that held the sill to the side jambs and stool. Next, he cut away the sill with a reciprocating saw and pulled it free with a pry bar. Tom then built a new windowsill using Spanish cedar, a rot and insect resistant type of wood. With the new windowsill cut to fit, Tom pre-painted it to protect it from moisture and installed it with caulking, insulating foam, and finish nails.

Where to find it?

Spanish cedar is available at many professional lumberyards.

What is it?

The guys try to guess the intended purpose of an unusual-looking product.

Where to find it?

Kevin showed a putty-like substance used for cleaning crumbs and dirt from small crevices in electronics and automobile interiors.

CyberClean Cleaning Compound

Gardening tools for people with limited mobility

Roger showed Kevin a few different types of garden tools designed for people with chronic pain or mobility problems. He demonstrated a rolling cart, a kneeler, digging tools, and some miscellaneous devices for improving ergonomics and extending one's reach into the garden without pain.

The tools and products shown in this segment, as well as many others designed for easier gardening, are sold by the following companies:

Life With Ease

Lee Valley & Veritas


Installing an outdoor faucet

Richard helped a homeowner install a frost-proof outdoor faucet, designed not to freeze and rupture in the winter. Inside the basement, Richard determined that the best place to mount the faucet would be through a rim joist in an outer wall. After drilling a hole from outside, Richard inserted the faucet into the hole and screwed it in place. Next, Richard soldered a copper tee in a nearby cold water pipe and installed a new pipe between the tee and the new faucet.

Where to find it?

Frost-proof faucets and other plumbing supplies are available at most home centers, hardware stores, and plumbing supply houses.

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