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Refinishing With Spray Paint; Installing a Pre-Finished Wood Floor (Episode #1026H)

KQED 9: Sat, Sep 29, 2012 -- 5:30 PM

Landscape contractor Roger Cook and host Kevin O'Connor refinish several worn out items using spray paint. Then, general contractor Tom Silva removes wall-to-wall carpet and installs a pre-finished wood floor. And in the loft, plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey shows Kevin some new household devices that can be operated "hands-free."

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Life: Sun, Sep 30, 2012 -- 4:30 PM
  • KQED Channel 9: Sat, Sep 29, 2012 -- 5:30 PM

Episode #902H

KQED 9: Sat, Sep 29, 2012 -- 5:00 PM

General contractor Tom Silva helps a homeowner install balusters on his new staircase. Then Tom, along with host Kevin O'Connor, plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey, and landscape contractor Roger Cook ask, "What is it?" Later, Roger helps a homeowner install a new stone footpath.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Channel 9: Sat, Sep 29, 2012 -- 5:00 PM

Installing a Manual Transfer Switch; Fixing a Clogged Sewer Line (Episode #1025H)

KQED Life: Sat, Sep 29, 2012 -- 10:00 AM

Host Kevin O'Connor and electrician Scott Caron travel to Annapolis, Maryland, to install a manual transfer switch for a portable generator. Then Kevin, along with general contractor Tom Silva, landscape contractor Roger Cook and plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey, asks, "What is it?" Afterward, Richard heads to Dallas to fix a sewer line that is clogged with tree roots.

Fixing a Kitchen Sink Drain; Quieting Squeaky Hardwood Floors (Episode #1008H)

KQED Life: Fri, Sep 28, 2012 -- 1:00 PM

Plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey travels to Georgia to fix a kitchen sink drain. Then Richard, along with host Kevin O'Connor, landscape contractor Roger Cook and general contractor Tom Silva, asks "What Is It?" Afterward, Tom helps a homeowner quiet his squeaky hardwood floors.

Repairing a Crack in an Asphalt Walkway; Getting Rid of Mold (Episode #1007H)

KQED Life: Thu, Sep 27, 2012 -- 1:00 PM

Landscape contractor Roger Cook helps a homeowner repair a crack in an asphalt walkway. Then Roger, along with host Kevin O'Connor, plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey and general contractor Tom Silva, asks "What is it?" Afterward, Tom helps a homeowner get rid of the mold in her attic.

Removing Overgrown Shrubs; Quieting a Noisy Baseboard Heater (Episode #1006H)

KQED Life: Wed, Sep 26, 2012 -- 1:00 PM

Landscape contractor Roger Cook helps a homeowner remove several overgrown shrubs in front of her house and then plants many new perennials. Then Roger, along with host Kevin O'Connor, plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey and general contractor Tom Silva, asks "What is it?" Afterward, Richard helps a couple quiet their noisy baseboard heater.

Insulating a Wall; Repointing a Fieldstone Foundation (Episode #1005H)

KQED Life: Tue, Sep 25, 2012 -- 1:00 PM

Host Kevin O'Connor works with an insulation contractor to show the proper way to insulate a wall using fiberglass batts. Then Kevin, along with landscape contractor Roger Cook, plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey and general contractor Tom Silva, asks "What is it?" Afterward, Tom helps a homeowner repoint a fieldstone foundation.

Pruning an Overgrown Hedge; Installing a Kitchen Tile Backsplash (Episode #1004H)

KQED Life: Mon, Sep 24, 2012 -- 1:00 PM

Landscape contractor Roger Cook helps a homeowner prune an overgrown evergreen hedge. Then Roger, along with host Kevin O'Connor, plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey and general contractor Tom Silva ask "what is it?" Afterward, Tom helps a homeowner install a tile backsplash in his kitchen.

Installing a Manual Transfer Switch; Fixing a Clogged Sewer Line (Episode #1025H)

KQED 9: Sat, Sep 22, 2012 -- 5:30 PM

Host Kevin O'Connor and electrician Scott Caron travel to Annapolis, Maryland, to install a manual transfer switch for a portable generator. Then Kevin, along with general contractor Tom Silva, landscape contractor Roger Cook and plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey, asks, "What is it?" Afterward, Richard heads to Dallas to fix a sewer line that is clogged with tree roots.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Life: Sun, Sep 23, 2012 -- 4:30 PM
  • KQED Channel 9: Sat, Sep 22, 2012 -- 5:30 PM

Episode #901H

KQED 9: Sat, Sep 22, 2012 -- 5:00 PM

Plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey kicks off the ninth season of ATOH by helping a homeowner near Toronto connect the water supply and drain lines for a kitchen island sink. Then, up in the loft, general contractor Tom Silva shows host Kevin O'Connor a few great features of his new workbench. Afterward, landscape contractor Roger Cook and arborist Matt Foti rescue trees that have been planted improperly.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Channel 9: Sat, Sep 22, 2012 -- 5:00 PM

Restoring Old Windows; Installing a Kitchen Sink Water Filter (Episode #1024H)

KQED Life: Sat, Sep 22, 2012 -- 10:00 AM

General Contractor Tom Silva heads to Alexandria, Virginia, to restore the windows in a home built by George Washington. Then Tom, along with host Kevin O'Connor, landscape contractor Roger Cook and plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey, asks, "What is it?" Afterward, Richard installs a water filter at a kitchen sink.

Replacing a Corroded Fitting on a Water Heater; Installing a Vented Range Kitchen Hood (Episode #1003H)

KQED Life: Fri, Sep 21, 2012 -- 1:00 PM

Plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey helps a homeowner replace a corroded fitting on his water heater. Then Richard, along with host Kevin O'Connor, landscape contractor Roger Cook and general contractor Tom Silva ask "what is it?" Afterward, Tom helps a homeowner install a vented range hood in her kitchen.

Building a Porch Railing; Selecting Stone for Building Walls (Episode #1009H)

KQED Plus: Fri, Sep 21, 2012 -- 1:30 AM

General contractor Tom Silva helps two homeowners build a railing for their porch. Then Tom, along with host Kevin O'Connor, landscape contractor Roger Cook, and plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey, asks, "What Is It?" Afterward, Roger and Kevin visit a stoneyard to learn about stone used to build walls.

Refinishing With Spray Paint; Installing a Pre-Finished Wood Floor (Episode #1026H)

KQED Plus: Fri, Sep 21, 2012 -- 1:00 AM

Landscape contractor Roger Cook and host Kevin O'Connor refinish several worn out items using spray paint. Then, general contractor Tom Silva removes wall-to-wall carpet and installs a pre-finished wood floor. And in the loft, plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey shows Kevin some new household devices that can be operated "hands-free."

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Life: Sun, Sep 30, 2012 -- 4:30 PM
  • KQED Channel 9: Sat, Sep 29, 2012 -- 5:30 PM

Building a Porch Railing; Selecting Stone for Building Walls (Episode #1009H)

KQED Plus: Thu, Sep 20, 2012 -- 7:30 PM

General contractor Tom Silva helps two homeowners build a railing for their porch. Then Tom, along with host Kevin O'Connor, landscape contractor Roger Cook, and plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey, asks, "What Is It?" Afterward, Roger and Kevin visit a stoneyard to learn about stone used to build walls.

Refinishing With Spray Paint; Installing a Pre-Finished Wood Floor (Episode #1026H)

KQED Plus: Thu, Sep 20, 2012 -- 7:00 PM

Landscape contractor Roger Cook and host Kevin O'Connor refinish several worn out items using spray paint. Then, general contractor Tom Silva removes wall-to-wall carpet and installs a pre-finished wood floor. And in the loft, plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey shows Kevin some new household devices that can be operated "hands-free."

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Life: Sun, Sep 30, 2012 -- 4:30 PM
  • KQED Channel 9: Sat, Sep 29, 2012 -- 5:30 PM

Repairing a Shower Valve; Rebuilding a Wobbly Stair Banister (Episode #1002H)

KQED Life: Thu, Sep 20, 2012 -- 1:00 PM

Plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey helps a homeowner repair her faulty shower valve. Then, general contractor Tom Silva helps a homeowner rebuild her wobbly stair banister.

Transplanting Trees; Hooking up Plumbing to a Washing Machine (Episode #1001H)

KQED Life: Wed, Sep 19, 2012 -- 1:00 PM

Landscape contractor Roger Cook and arborist Matt Foti kick off the 10th season by helping a homeowner transplant two trees. Then Roger, along with host Kevin O'Connor, plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey, and general contractor Tom Silva ask "what is it?" Afterward, Richard helps a homeowner hook up the plumbing to her washing machine.

Episode #926H

KQED Life: Tue, Sep 18, 2012 -- 1:00 PM

Episode #925H

KQED Life: Mon, Sep 17, 2012 -- 1:00 PM

General contractor Tom Silva helps a homeowner remove a vinyl floor in a kitchen. Then, host Kevin O'Connor tours a well-stocked architectural salvage yard for vintage house parts. Later Kevin and Tom, along with landscape contractor Roger Cook and plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey, ask, "What is it?" Then, Richard helps a homeowner eliminate a gurgling sound coming from his bathroom plumbing.

Restoring Old Windows; Installing a Kitchen Sink Water Filter (Episode #1024H)

KQED 9: Sat, Sep 15, 2012 -- 5:30 PM

General Contractor Tom Silva heads to Alexandria, Virginia, to restore the windows in a home built by George Washington. Then Tom, along with host Kevin O'Connor, landscape contractor Roger Cook and plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey, asks, "What is it?" Afterward, Richard installs a water filter at a kitchen sink.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Life: Sun, Sep 16, 2012 -- 4:30 PM

Staining A Cedar Fence; Installing Window Boxes (Episode #1016H)

KQED Plus: Sat, Sep 15, 2012 -- 11:30 AM

Host Kevin O'Connor works with painter Mauro Henrique to stain a cedar fence. Then, general contractor Tom Silva helps a homeowner install window boxes; landscape contractor Roger Cook helps plant them.

Upgrading Electrical Service; Attracting Butterflies to Gardens (Episode #1015H)

KQED Plus: Sat, Sep 15, 2012 -- 11:00 AM

Electrician Scott Caron works with a homeowner to upgrade his electrical service from 100 to 200 amps. Then, landscape contractor Roger Cook visits a garden designed to attract butterflies.

Financing Solar Panels; Framing Walls for Basement-Remodeling (Episode #1023H)

KQED Life: Sat, Sep 15, 2012 -- 10:00 AM

Alternative energy expert Ross Trethewey travels to San Francisco to learn about a new way to finance solar photovoltaic panels and then sees them installed. Afterward, general contractor Tom Silva helps a homeowner frame the walls for a basement remodeling project.

Episode #924H

KQED Life: Fri, Sep 14, 2012 -- 1:00 PM

Up in the loft, general contractor Tom Silva and host Kevin O'Connor show how to build a tool storage cabinet perfect for any basement or garage. Next, Tom and Kevin, along with landscape contractor Roger Cook and plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey, ask, "What is it?" Then, home safety expert Michael Milligan shows Kevin how to protect a house from catastrophic flood damage caused by faulty plumbing.

Episode #923H

KQED Life: Thu, Sep 13, 2012 -- 1:00 PM

Landscape contractor Roger Cook and host Kevin O'Connor demonstrate some different methods and tools for splitting firewood. Then, up in the loft, professional painter Jeff Young shows Kevin how to choose, use and care for paintbrushes. Then Kevin and Roger, along with general contractor Tom Silva and plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey, ask, "What is it?" Then, Richard helps a homeowner connect a basement bar sink to a sewer drain by means of an electric pump.

Episode #922H

KQED Life: Wed, Sep 12, 2012 -- 1:00 PM

Host Kevin O'Connor and general contractor Tom Silva demonstrate how to select and install antique and reproduction door hardware. Then, Kevin and Tom, along with plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey and landscape contractor Roger Cook, ask, "What is it?" Afterward, Richard shows a homeowner how a geothermal home heating-and-cooling system works.

Episode #921H

KQED Life: Tue, Sep 11, 2012 -- 1:00 PM

Episode #920H

KQED Life: Mon, Sep 10, 2012 -- 1:00 PM

Financing Solar Panels; Framing Walls for Basement-Remodeling (Episode #1023H)

KQED 9: Sat, Sep 8, 2012 -- 5:30 PM

Alternative energy expert Ross Trethewey travels to San Francisco to learn about a new way to finance solar photovoltaic panels and then sees them installed. Afterward, general contractor Tom Silva helps a homeowner frame the walls for a basement remodeling project.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Life: Sun, Sep 9, 2012 -- 4:30 PM

Installing a Solid Oak Front Door; Driving Rebar Into the Ground (Episode #1014H)

KQED Plus: Sat, Sep 8, 2012 -- 11:30 AM

General contractor Tom Silva heads to Atlanta to help a homeowner install a solid oak front door. Then Tom, along with host Kevin O'Connor, landscape contractor Roger Cook, and plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey, asks, "What is it?" Afterward, Roger shares several tips for driving rebar into the ground.

Preventing Ice Dams; Applying Closed-Cell Spray Foam Insulation in an Attic (Episode #1013H)

KQED Plus: Sat, Sep 8, 2012 -- 11:00 AM

General contractor Tom Silva explains to a homeowner how ice dams form and how to prevent them. He then works with an insulation contractor to apply closed-cell spray foam insulation in an attic. Then Tom, along with host Kevin O'Connor, landscape contractor Roger Cook, and plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey, asks, "What Is It?" Afterward, Richard shares a tip about connecting gutter downspouts. And Roger heads to Philadelphia to plant two trees on a busy city street.

Tiling A Bathroom Floor; Weatherstripping A Front Door (Episode #1022H)

KQED Life: Sat, Sep 8, 2012 -- 10:00 AM

Contractor Angelo McRae helps a homeowner tile his bathroom floor. Then, general contractor Tom Silva heads to Washington, DC, to help a help a homeowner weatherstrip her front door.

Episode #919H

KQED Life: Fri, Sep 7, 2012 -- 1:00 PM

Financing Solar Panels; Framing Walls for Basement-Remodeling (Episode #1023H)

KQED Plus: Fri, Sep 7, 2012 -- 1:30 AM

Alternative energy expert Ross Trethewey travels to San Francisco to learn about a new way to finance solar photovoltaic panels and then sees them installed. Afterward, general contractor Tom Silva helps a homeowner frame the walls for a basement remodeling project.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Life: Sun, Sep 9, 2012 -- 4:30 PM

Tiling A Bathroom Floor; Weatherstripping A Front Door (Episode #1022H)

KQED Plus: Fri, Sep 7, 2012 -- 1:00 AM

Contractor Angelo McRae helps a homeowner tile his bathroom floor. Then, general contractor Tom Silva heads to Washington, DC, to help a help a homeowner weatherstrip her front door.

Financing Solar Panels; Framing Walls for Basement-Remodeling (Episode #1023H)

KQED Plus: Thu, Sep 6, 2012 -- 7:30 PM

Alternative energy expert Ross Trethewey travels to San Francisco to learn about a new way to finance solar photovoltaic panels and then sees them installed. Afterward, general contractor Tom Silva helps a homeowner frame the walls for a basement remodeling project.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Life: Sun, Sep 9, 2012 -- 4:30 PM

Tiling A Bathroom Floor; Weatherstripping A Front Door (Episode #1022H)

KQED Plus: Thu, Sep 6, 2012 -- 7:00 PM

Contractor Angelo McRae helps a homeowner tile his bathroom floor. Then, general contractor Tom Silva heads to Washington, DC, to help a help a homeowner weatherstrip her front door.

Episode #918H

KQED Life: Thu, Sep 6, 2012 -- 1:00 PM

Episode #917H

KQED Life: Wed, Sep 5, 2012 -- 1:00 PM

Landscape contractor Roger Cook shows host Kevin O'Connor a few ways to deal with rainwater from gutters and downspouts. Then, up in the workshop, plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey talks "All About" pliers. Then Roger, Kevin, Tom and Richard ask, "What is it?" Afterward, Tom and Kevin insulate an attic floor using fiberglass batts and blown-in insulation.

Episode #916H

KQED Life: Tue, Sep 4, 2012 -- 1:00 PM

General contractor Tom Silva helps two homeowners complete the construction of their new backyard deck. Then, back in the workshop, Tom shows host Kevin O'Connor a few other types of hidden deck fastening systems.

Episode #915H

KQED Life: Mon, Sep 3, 2012 -- 1:00 PM

Landscape contractor Roger Cook shows host Kevin O'Connor a few helpful techniques for mowing a lawn. Then, general contractor Tom Silva helps two homeowners begin building the backyard deck of their dreams.

Tiling A Bathroom Floor; Weatherstripping A Front Door (Episode #1022H)

KQED Life: Sun, Sep 2, 2012 -- 4:30 PM

Contractor Angelo McRae helps a homeowner tile his bathroom floor. Then, general contractor Tom Silva heads to Washington, DC, to help a help a homeowner weatherstrip her front door.

Planting a Garden Using Native Species; Replacing a Door with a Window (Episode #1021H)

KQED Life: Sat, Sep 1, 2012 -- 10:00 AM

Landscape contractor Roger Cook travels to Dallas to help a homeowner plant a garden using native species that are drought-tolerant. Then, general contractor Tom Silva helps a homeowner remove a door and replace it with a window.

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