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Season 03, Episode 01 Edging a Lawn; Selecting Drill Bits; What Is It?; Fighting Fire

S03 E01

Oct 5, 2004
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Edging a Lawn; Selecting Drill Bits; What Is It?; Fighting Fire Oct 5, 2004 Our first House call of the season takes us to Beverly, Massachusetts, where Roger shows new homeowners Todd and Chrissy Fratzel the proper way to edge a lawn and flower bed. Back in the loft, Tom gives some lessons on choosing drill bits. Then the guys ask ""What Is It?"" Finally, Kevin visits Captain Hugh Duffy at the Boston Fire Department Training Center for some lessons on choosing the right type of fire extinguisher. More Info & Resources

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Season 03, Episode 02 Clogged Trap; Brick Walkway Patterns; Fixing Ceiling Cracks

S03 E02

Oct 12, 2004
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Clogged Trap; Brick Walkway Patterns; Fixing Ceiling Cracks Oct 12, 2004 Richard makes a House call in Wellesley, Massachusetts, to help homeowner Ziad Tarawneh replace a trap under his bathroom sink. Back in the loft, Roger shows Kevin a few design options for laying out a brick walkway. Then Tom shows homeowners Rudd Coffey and Melissa Liazos of Watertown, Massachusetts, how to make their cracked plaster ceiling look like new by covering it with drywall. More Info & Resources

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Season 03, Episode 03 Broken Fence; What Is It? Shower Valve; Keyless Chuck

S03 E03

Oct 19, 2004
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Broken Fence; What Is It? Shower Valve; Keyless Chuck Oct 19, 2004 Roger repairs a broken fence with teenage neighbor Amanda Rao. Back inside, the guys ask, ""What Is It?"" Then, Richard restores hot-water flow to a shower for a house-sitter by repairing an anti-scald shower valve. Back in the loft, Tom shows how to upgrade an old drill by installing a ""keyless"" chuck. More Info & Resources

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Season 03, Episode 04 Pass-Through Opening; What Is It? Stopping a Running Toilet

S03 E04

Oct 26, 2004
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Pass-Through Opening; What Is It? Stopping a Running Toilet Oct 26, 2004 Tom visits homeowners David and Patti Dobrindt in Milton, Massachusetts, to help them cut a pass-through in their kitchen wall. Back in the loft, the guys ask, ""What Is It?"" After that, Rich repairs a continuously running toilet in West Roxbury, Massachusetts, for homeowner Peter Fay. More Info & Resources

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Season 03, Episode 05 Screw Extractors; Cobblestone Edging; Rotting Porch Post

S03 E05

Nov 2, 2004
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Screw Extractors; Cobblestone Edging; Rotting Porch Post Nov 2, 2004 Tom shows Kevin how to remove bolts and screws with stripped or damaged heads. Roger visits homeowner Lauren Speisman of Waltham, Massachusetts, to help create an edge along a concrete walkway using jumbo cobblestones. Back in the loft, Tom, Roger, Kevin and Richard ask, ""What Is It?"" as they identify unknown objects. Then Tom heads to Wenham, Massachusetts, to help homeowner Francine Molay jack up the roof of her front porch and fix a rotting post. More Info & Resources

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Season 03, Episode 06 Flower Boxes; What Is It? New Lawn with Sod

S03 E06

Nov 9, 2004
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Flower Boxes; What Is It? New Lawn with Sod Nov 9, 2004 Tom helps spruce up the front of homeowner Stacy Keller's Acton, Massachusetts, house by building window boxes for flowers. Then Tom, Roger, Richard and Kevin ask, ""What Is It?"" Then Roger installs sod to create a brad-new lawn in the backyard of Needham, Massachusetts, homeowner Peter Burdick, just in time for his family's annual barbecue. More Info & Resources

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Season 03, Episode 07 Anode Rod Replacement; Water Diverter; Too Much Heat!

S03 E07

Nov 16, 2004
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Anode Rod Replacement; Water Diverter; Too Much Heat! Nov 16, 2004 In the workshop loft, Richard demonstrates how to extend the life of a hot water heater by replacing the sacrificial anode rod. Tom visits homeowner Alison Hardy of Topsfield, Massachusetts, and installs a ""cricket,"" or rain diverter, to keep water away from her front steps. Then Richard, Tom, Roger and Kevin ask, ""What Is It"" Then it's off to Brighton, Massachusetts, where Richard helps homeowner Kim McMahon cool off by installing thermostatic valves on her stream radiators. More Info & Resources

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Season 03, Episode 08 Hanging Shelves; Soil Testing; Hot Water Recirculator

S03 E08

Nov 23, 2004
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Hanging Shelves; Soil Testing; Hot Water Recirculator Nov 23, 2004 Tom helps homeowners Rich and Sarah Paisner of Brighton, Massachusetts, get organized by installing adjustable shelves on the wall in their den. Back in the loft, Tom, Richard, Roger and Kevin ask, ""What Is It?"" Then Roger is joined by soil expert Roberta Clark from the University of Massachusetts for some tips on testing soil before planting. Then Richard gets Tewksbury, Massachusetts, homeowner Paige Impink into hot water by installing a hot water recirculator pump in her upstairs bathroom. More Info & Resources

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Season 03, Episode 09 Plumbing Valves; Old Bulkhead; Drip Irrigation Repair

S03 E09

Nov 30, 2004
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Plumbing Valves; Old Bulkhead; Drip Irrigation Repair Nov 30, 2004 Inside the loft, Richard gives Kevin some lessons on leaky valves and how to repair them. Then, Tom heads to Waltham, Massachusetts to help homeowners David Anderson and Alica Beneteau replace an old, rusty cellar door with a new fiberglass model. Back in the loft, Tom, Richard, Roger and Kevin ask, ""What Is It?"" Then, Roger helps homeowner Christine Dinardo of Carlisle, Massachusetts repair a leaky drip irrigation hose. More Info & Resources

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Season 03, Episode 10 Noisy Toilet; What Is It? Cutting Crown Molding; Broken Tile

S03 E10

Dec 7, 2004
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Noisy Toilet; What Is It? Cutting Crown Molding; Broken Tile Dec 7, 2004 Richard visits Stephen Davidson of Littleton, Massachusetts to find the source of a strange ""fog horn"" sound coming from his plumbing system. Then Richard, Tom, Roger and Kevin ask, ""What Is It?"" Back in the loft, Tom shows the three basic cuts necessary to install crown molding. And tile contractor Joe Ferrante helps homeowner Brandon Ingersoll of Cambridge, Massachusetts replace some hard-to-find broken bathroom tiles. More Info & Resources

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Season 03, Episode 11 Ladder Safety; What Is It? Replacing an Old Retaining Wall

S03 E11

Dec 14, 2004
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Ladder Safety; What Is It? Replacing an Old Retaining Wall Dec 14, 2004 Kevin heads outside the barn to learn about ladder safety from expert John Drengenberg. Up at the loft, Kevin, Tom, Richard and Roger ask, ""What Is It?"" Then, Roger rebuilds a crumbling retaining wall with homeowner Colin White of Wakefield, Massachusetts using interlocking concrete blocks. More Info & Resources

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Season 03, Episode 12 Cracked Stucco; Cleaning a Lawnmower; Dehumidifier Pumps

S03 E12

Dec 21, 2004
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Cracked Stucco; Cleaning a Lawnmower; Dehumidifier Pumps Dec 21, 2004 Tom heads to sunny Los Angeles, California where he helps homeowner Joshua Tano repair some cracked stucco. Back in the loft, Tom, Richard, Roger and Kevin ask, ""What Is It?"" Then, Roger shows Kevin how to keep a lawnmower humming all summer long by cleaning underneath the deck. Then, Richard helps water-logged homeowner Karen Kostegan of Bedford, Massachusetts install a pump to remove condensate from her basement dehumidifier. More Info & Resources

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Season 03, Episode 13 Planting a New Lawn; What Is It? Replacing a Kitchen Sink

S03 E13

Dec 28, 2004
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Planting a New Lawn; What Is It? Replacing a Kitchen Sink Dec 28, 2004 Roger re-seeds a damaged lawn for homeowner Mary Brintnall of Beverly, Massachusetts. Back in the loft, Roger, Tom, Richard and Kevin ask, ""What Is It?"" Then, Richard heads to Detroit suburb of Sterling Heights, Michigan to install a new kitchen sink for homeowners Donna and Tim Mackey. More Info & Resources

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Season 03, Episode 14 Chicago Door Glass; Glass Expert; Pruning a Pin Oak

S03 E14

Jan 4, 2005
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Chicago Door Glass; Glass Expert; Pruning a Pin Oak Jan 4, 2005 Tom heads to the windy city suburb of Park Ridge, Illinois, where he helps homeowner Richard Westphal replace the broken window pane in an exterior door. Back in the loft, Tom and glass expert Larry Rosenfield show Kevin different kinds of safety glass. Afterwards, Tom, Kevin, Richard and Roger ask, ""What Is It?"" Then Roger is off to Brookline, Massachusetts to ""let the sunshine in"" for homeowner Elizabeth Choi by pruning her Pin Oak tree with the help of arborist Matt Foti. More Info & Resources

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Season 03, Episode 15 Old Storm Window; Shrubs; Carbon Monoxide Detectors

S03 E15

Jan 11, 2005
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Old Storm Window; Shrubs; Carbon Monoxide Detectors Jan 11, 2005 Tom helps homeowner Tarah Hirschey of Wellesley, Massachusetts make her old windows more efficient by installing new storm windows. Then, Roger offers tips for getting your shrubs ready for winter. Afterwards, Tom, Roger, Richard and Kevin ask, ""What Is It?"" in the Ask This Old House loft. Finally, Roger heads to New York City where he meets up with home inspector Stephen Gladstone and homeowners Roy and Sophia Pachecano for some potentially life-saving lessons on carbon monoxide detectors. More Info & Resources

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Season 03, Episode 16 Replicating Moldings; Unlevel Patio; Stripping Wallpaper

S03 E16

Jan 18, 2005
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Replicating Moldings; Unlevel Patio; Stripping Wallpaper Jan 18, 2005 In the Ask This Old House loft, Tom shows Kevin a few ways to recreate different molding profiles. Then, Roger heads to Skokie, Illinois where he has some ""uplifting"" advice for a homeowner with a sinking brick patio. After that, Tom, Roger, Richard and Kevin guess ""What Is It?"" in the loft, Then, Jim shows Kevin and homeowner Caroline Pooler of Andover, Massachusetts a new way to strip wallpaper. More Info & Resources

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Season 03, Episode 17 Rotted Deck Balusters; What Is It? Connecting an Icemaker

S03 E17

Jan 25, 2005
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Rotted Deck Balusters; What Is It? Connecting an Icemaker Jan 25, 2005 Homeowner Martin D'Agostino of Swampscott, Massachusetts receives a visit from Tom who knows him how to repair and replace his rotting deck balusters. Then Tom, Richard, Roger and Kevin ask, ""What Is It?"" in the Ask This Old House loft. Afterwards, Richard heads off to Salem, Massachusetts to hook up a refrigerator's ice-maker and water dispenser for homeowner Joe Cole. More Info & Resources

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Season 03, Episode 18 Unclogging Drains; Window Weights; Low-Maintenance Garden

S03 E18

Feb 1, 2005
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Unclogging Drains; Window Weights; Low-Maintenance Garden Feb 1, 2005 In the barn loft, Richard ""clears up"" the mysteries of clogged bathtub drains. Then, Tom helps Marblehead, Massachusetts homeowner Terry Lavelle replace his double-hung window weights with spring loaded sash balancers. Afterwards, Tom shows Kevin how to insulate the empty window weight pockets to prevent cold winter drafts. Then Tom, Richard, Kevin and Roger ask, ""What Is It?"" Finally, Roger helps a very thoughtful tenant, Brett Campbell of Arlington, Massachusetts, plant a low-maintenance garden for his elderly landlady. More Info & Resources

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Season 03, Episode 19 Composting; What Is It? Removing a House Trap

S03 E19

Feb 8, 2005
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Composting; What Is It? Removing a House Trap Feb 8, 2005 Roger shows homeowner Doug Ferguson of Hudson, Massachusetts how to recycle his yard waste through composting. They visit a compost bin test site where they meet compost expert Ann McGovern from the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection. Then Roger, Tom, Richard and Kevin ask, ""What Is It?"" in the Ask This Old House loft. Later, Richard helps homeowner Kate Smukler of Arlington, Massachusetts remove an old cast-iron house trap on her main sewer line so that a clog can be easily cleared. More Info & Resources

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Season 03, Episode 20 Floor Leveling; What Is It? Leaky Water Valve; Air Compressors

S03 E20

Feb 15, 2005
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Floor Leveling; What Is It? Leaky Water Valve; Air Compressors Feb 15, 2005 Tom helps homeowner Mark Andrews of Charleston, Massachusetts level an uneven concrete floor so that he can install hardwood flooring. Then Tom, Richard, Roger and Kevin ask, ""What Is It?"" in the Ask This Old House loft. Then, Richard shows homeowner Jenna Williams of Rex, Georgia a simple repair for a leaky water shut-off valve. Then, up in the loft, Tom teaches Kevin about air-compressors and how to select the right one for the job. More Info & Resources

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Season 03, Episode 21 220-Volt Receptacle; Gardening Hand Tools; Macerating Toilet

S03 E21

Feb 22, 2005
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220-Volt Receptacle; Gardening Hand Tools; Macerating Toilet Feb 22, 2005 Tom shows Kevin what's inside a typical residential electrical service panel. Then, master electrician Allen Gallant helps homeowner Steve Bankowitz of Burlington, Massachusetts install a 220-volt receptacle in his garage-turned-woodshop. Roger shows Kevin what types of hand tools every home gardener should own. Then, the crew ask, ""Whats Is It?"" in the Ask This Old House loft. Later, Richard helps homeowner Scott Jones of Arlington, Massachusetts install a macerating toilet in his basement. More Info & Resources

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Season 03, Episode 22 Riding Lawnmowers; Garbage Disposers; Rotting Threshold

S03 E22

Mar 1, 2005
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Riding Lawnmowers; Garbage Disposers; Rotting Threshold Mar 1, 2005 Roger heads to Alpharetta, Georgia to help homeowner Dale Eneberg shop for a new riding lawnmower. Then Roger, Richard, Tom and Kevin ask, ""What Is It?"" Later, Tom replaces a rotting wooden threshold for homeowners Steve Chapman and Maggie Hale of Arlington, Massachusetts. And, back in the loft, Richard shows Kevin how garbage disposers work and explains how to keep them working like new. More Info & Resources

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Season 03, Episode 23 Clogged Vent Stack; What Is It? Backyard Ice Rink

S03 E23

Mar 8, 2005
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Clogged Vent Stack; What Is It? Backyard Ice Rink Mar 8, 2005 Richard helps homeowner Tom Pulkowski of Chelmsford, Massachusetts clear a clogged vent stack with the aid of a fiberoptic plumbing snake. Then Richard, Roger, Tom and Kevin ask, ""What Is It?"" Then Roger helps homeowner Dennis Cronin of Duxbury, Massachusetts build an ice skating rink in his backyard. More Info & Resources

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Season 03, Episode 24 Air Cleaner; Walkway Ice Removal; Bathroom Venting

S03 E24

Mar 15, 2005
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Air Cleaner; Walkway Ice Removal; Bathroom Venting Mar 15, 2005 Richard helps a pair of homeowners from Arlington, Massachusetts install an electronic air cleaner on their forced-air furnace. Then Roger shows Kevin some tools and materials for removing ice from concrete walkways. And Tom shows homeowner Enza Sheehan of Swampscott, Massachusetts how to properly vent a bathroom fan to the outside of the house. More Info & Resources

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Season 03, Episode 25 Florescent Light; Landscaping Software; Aluminum Heat Cover

S03 E25

Mar 22, 2005
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Florescent Light; Landscaping Software; Aluminum Heat Cover Mar 22, 2005 Up in the loft, Tom shows Kevin a few tricks for using one of the most basic tools, a tape measure. Then master electrician Allen Gallant visit homeowner Kristen Berger of Leominster, Massachusetts and brightens up a dimly-lit basement with new fluorescent fixtures. Then Tom, Kevin, Richard and Roger ask, ""What Is It?"" Later, Kevin shows Roger a software package that can be used to create a three-dimensional landscape plan. And Richard makes a house call to homeowner Wendy Smith in Duxbury, Massachusetts and shows her how to replace the banged-up aluminum cover on an old baseboard heater. More Info & Resources

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Season 03, Episode 26 Window Boxes; What Is It? Plumbing Connections

S03 E26

Mar 29, 2005
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Window Boxes; What Is It? Plumbing Connections Mar 29, 2005 Tom makes a house call to Atlanta, Georgia to show homeowner Terry Andrews how to use masonry fasteners to install window boxes on his brick townhouse. Then Tom, Richard, Roger and Kevin ask, ""What Is It?"" Then, back in the loft, Richard shows Kevin several different ways to make copper pipe connections, including a new solderless system. Then, Roger helps homeowner Alan Lear of Carlisle, Massachusetts install a perimeter drain to catch rainwater running off of his roof. More Info & Resources

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