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Painting Kitchen Cabinets/Installing a Smart Thermostat to Reduce Energy Use (Episode #1126H)

KQED Life: Sun, Mar 31, 2013 -- 4:30 PM

Host Kevin O'Connor travels to Chicago to learn how subway trains are serviced. While in Chicago, he helps a homeowner paint kitchen cabinets. Then, landscape contractor Roger Cook teaches how to estimate landscape material by the cubic yard. Afterward, Richard installs a smart thermostat to reduce energy use.

Restoring Terrazzo Floors/Repairing a Cracked Floor Joist (Episode #1114H)

KQED Plus: Sat, Mar 30, 2013 -- 11:30 AM

Host Kevin O'Connor heads to Del Ray Beach, Florida, to restore terrazzo floors. 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 repair a cracked floor joist.

Making Custom Concrete Countertops/Cordless Landscape Tools (Episode #1125H)

KQED Life: Sun, Mar 24, 2013 -- 4:30 PM

Host Kevin O'Connor works with an expert to make and install custom concrete countertops. Then, plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey shows how to make watertight connections without soldering. Afterward, landscape contractor Roger demonstrates several new cordless landscape tools.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Life: Thu, Mar 28, 2013 -- 1:30 PM

Solving a Melted Mystery/Performing a Whole-House Energy Audit (Episode #1122H)

KQED 9: Sat, Mar 23, 2013 -- 5:30 PM

General contractor Tom Silva helps a homeowner solve the mystery of her melted vinyl siding. Then, Tom, host Kevin O'Connor, landscape contractor Roger Cook and plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey ask, "What is it?" Afterward, Kevin and a specialist perform a whole-house energy audit.

Transplanting a Mature Rose Bush/Replacing Old Outdoor Lighting (Episode #1113H)

KQED Plus: Sat, Mar 23, 2013 -- 11:30 AM

Landscape contractor Roger Cook helps a homeowner temporarily transplant a mature rose bush while exterior work takes place. 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 and Kevin replace old outdoor lighting with new fixtures.

Installing A Ductless Heat Pump/Led Lighting (Episode #1121H)

KQED Life: Sat, Mar 23, 2013 -- 10:00 AM

Plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey and host Kevin O'Connor install a ductless heat pump to heat and cool a bonus room. Then, Richard, Kevin, landscape contractor Roger Cook and general contractor Tom Silva ask, "What is it?" Afterward, electrician Scott Caron demonstrates new technologies and applications for LED lighting. Then, Roger learns how to select houseplants for different situations. And Tom shares a viewer tip for driving eye screws.

Installing Surge Protection/Hardscaping Projects (Episode #1124H)

KQED Life: Thu, Mar 21, 2013 -- 1:30 PM

Master electrician Scott Caron installs several types of surge protection. Then, general contractor Tom Silva, host Kevin O'Connor, landscape contractor Roger Cook and plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey ask, "What is it?" Afterward, Roger demonstrates how to cut and shape rocks for hardscaping projects.

Using Ladders Safely/Replacing A Shower Valve (Episode #1123H)

KQED Life: Thu, Mar 14, 2013 -- 1:30 PM

General contractor Tom Silva and host Kevin O'Connor demonstrate how to use all types of ladders safely. Then plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey replaces a three-handle shower valve with a single-handle anti-scald valve.

Solving a Melted Mystery/Performing a Whole-House Energy Audit (Episode #1122H)

KQED Life: Thu, Mar 7, 2013 -- 1:30 PM

General contractor Tom Silva helps a homeowner solve the mystery of her melted vinyl siding. Then, Tom, host Kevin O'Connor, landscape contractor Roger Cook and plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey ask, "What is it?" Afterward, Kevin and a specialist perform a whole-house energy audit.

Maintaining Kitchen Appliances/Installing A Rain Gutter (Episode #1117H)

KQED Plus: Fri, Mar 1, 2013 -- 1:30 AM

Host Kevin O'Connor meets appliance repairman Richie Issacson to learn how to maintain kitchen appliances. 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 install a rain gutter, downspout and rain barrel.

Hanging a Flat Panel TV/Controlling Insects Without Pesticides (Episode #1116H)

KQED Plus: Fri, Mar 1, 2013 -- 1:00 AM

Master electrician Scott Caron helps a homeowner hang a flat panel television on the wall and conceal all the wiring. Back in the workshop, Scott shows host Kevin O'Connor examples of different types of electrical outlets. Then, Kevin, along with landscape contractor Roger Cook, plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey and general contractor Tom Silva, asks, "What Is It?" Afterward, Roger heads to Miami to help a homeowner control the insect pests in her yard without the use of pesticides.

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TV Technical Issues

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    TV Technical Issues
    • Mon 8/31: KQET Signal break-up (DT25.1, 25.2, 25.3)

      UPDATE: As of shortly after 7pm Monday evening, repairs were completed at the KQET transmitter, and the signal appears to be stable. Thanks for your patience. – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – Original post Monday 11am: We are aware of the break-up […]

    • Comcast channel moves, Monterey/Salinas & Sacramento/Fairfield

      As of Tuesday 8/25, Comcast/Xfinity has moved four of KQED’s channels to new numbers in two of its service areas. The new info is: Monterey-Salinas: 371 – KQED World 372 – KQED Kids 373 – KQED Life 374 – KQED V-Me Sacramento, Fairfield, Rio Vista, Travis AFB and Vacaville: 390 – KQED World 391 – […]

    • Sutro Tower Annual Maintenance, week of 8/24 daytime

      (may affect Over the Air signal for KQED DT9.1, 9.2, 9.3) The Sutro Tower team will be doing their annual tower check and maintenance work this week, meaning that all stations may be switching back and forth from their main antenna to their auxiliary antenna between 9am and 4pm. Work should conclude no later than […]

To view previous issues and how they were resolved, go to our TV Technical Issues page.

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KQED Life

KQED Life

Channel 54.3
XFINITY 189
Wave 157

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KQED World

Channel 9.3
XFINITY 190
Wave 156

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V-Me

Channel 54.5 & 25.3
XFINITY 191 & 621
Wave 154

24-hour national Spanish-language network

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KQED Kids

Channel 54.4
XFINITY 192
Wave 155

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