Season 12 opens on the Hurricane Sandy-ravaged Jersey shore, where the team meet three homeowners who've decided to rebuild stronger, smarter and out of harm's way. Also: using Twitter; replacing an old bulkhead door; getting hot water without waiting.
A tour of the Bay Head, N.J., revetment project; the Point Pleasant project faces setbacks; the owner says goodbye to the Manasquan house before it's torn down. Also: a lesson on FEMA zones and foundations. In the second half: building a garden bed for chili pepper plants in New Mexico; and repairing a leaky toilet with a worn-out flange.
In New Jersey, the decimated Mantoloking house is viewed from a beach rescue vehicle; the Bay Head home's new first floor is framed; and helical pull-down micro-pile technology screws the Point Pleasant house in place. Also: Bay Head's oldest bakery, which was rebuilt following Hurricane Sandy. In the second half: replacing a leaking kitchen faucet with a hands-free model; installing a channel drain in a driveway to divert rainwater. Also: rechargeable batteries are explained.
Rebuilding Seaside Heights, N.J.; mahogany decking is added to the porch of the Bay Head house; work progress on homes in Point Pleasant and Manasquan; installing a pre-hung front door; using big containers for screening and shading in the backyard.
Installing structural hardware and windows at the home in Bay Head, N.J.; the garage becomes a dining room at the Point Pleasant home; modular home is craned into timber piles in Manasquan; installing a shade sail over a deck.
Barrier-island ecology is investigated while the Bay Head job is delayed. Meanwhile, breakaway walls and flood vents are installed at the Point Pleasant project; and work on the modular home continues. Also: plants and trees that survived Sandy. In the second half: a leaky skylight is replaced; and a noisy toilet is repaired.
Sea level foundation footings; stone veneer, fiber cement siding and composite decking; finishing the modular home; planting a maple tree; underground master bathroom.
Completion of three projects on the Jersey Shore; homeowners prepare for severe weather; installing a saferoom for tornado protection; testing hurricane window protection; installing a whole-house generator.
Work begins on an 1872 Italianate-style home in Arlington, Mass., that has an awkward layout. Also: explaining the many uses for a router; replacing an air-conditioning unit that freezes when it runs.
Demolition of the kitchen and baths; moving a massive rhododendron; Victoria Mansion in Portland, Maine; an irrigation system designed for a desert climate; heat-pump water heater; reusing an old garden hose reel.
Replacing the foundation and pouring a new slab in the basement; installing crown molding; replacing a rotted fence post.
New roof; waterproofing mortar; reopening a door in the foyer; installing a whole-house humidifier; installing hardwired smoke- and carbon-monoxide detectors; removing stripped screws.
Leveling out the ceiling in the kitchen and the floor in the basement; solutions for the shady front yard; waffle gardening; adding mechanical dampers to a forced-air heating system; bisecting angles.
Installing vertical beaded siding; replicating 150-year-old corbels; connecting cast iron water pipes; repairing a rotted porch post; high indoor humidity.
Selective tree pruning; benefits of using PEX instead of copper for water supply lines; converting a former doorjamb into a cased opening; fitting a box spring up a narrow staircase; repairing a light switch; filtering drinking water.
This episode looks patching old oak veneer floors, exterior colour schemes. Plus a solution to PVC intake, how to take exhaust pipes out of a boiler. Also the best applications for radiant heat. Learn how to install a clawfooot tub with shower and a permanent fire escape ladder.
This week we find out how to patch cracks in plastered walls. Plus tips on how to raise the height of railings on a second floor landing. How to distinguish between the different types of pliers and wrenches and how to convert recessed lights into pendants.
Setting granite steps on ice; design options for the front porch railing; quieting a squealing shower; installing a security system and video camera.