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Ask This Old House: Installing Solar Water Heating System

Airs Saturday, April 16, 2011 at 1:30 p.m. on KPBS TV

THIS OLD HOUSE crew: landscape contractor Roger Cook, plumbing and heating ex...

Credit: Courtesy of ©Tracy Powell for WGBH/This Old House

Above: THIS OLD HOUSE crew: landscape contractor Roger Cook, plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey, general contractor Tom Silva, host Kevin O'Connor and master carpenter Norm Abram.


Solar Hot Water by Max Alexander.

How Eight Homeowners Save Over $12,275 on Energy by Joseph D'Agnese.

Energy Auditors Account for Wasted Energy by Jennifer Maselli

Keeping Warm for Less by John D. Wagner.

The ASK THIS OLD HOUSE team travels to homeowners' doorsteps and personally tackles viewer home improvement problems.

In addition to making house calls, host Kevin O'Connor, general contractor Tom Silva, plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey, landscape contractor Roger Cook and various guest experts walk viewers through home improvement techniques and review the latest products.

In this episode, plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey heads to Salt Lake City, Utah, where he and a local contractor install a new solar water heating system. Then, up in the workshop, electrician Scott Caron shows host Kevin O’Connor a few devices designed to make residential electrical systems safer.

Afterward, Kevin and general contractor Tom Silva head outside to replace the rotting support posts underneath a backyard deck.

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