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Examining the science behind home improvements by conducting wild experiments that involve making lots of noise and pyrotechnics.
Season 2, Episode 13
December 15, 2009
A look at efficient sources of energy for the home. Included: geothermal technology; ceiling fans.
Season 2, Episode 12
December 8, 2009
The process of making bricks is examined and they are strength-tested. Also: choosing the right brick for the project.
Season 2, Episode 11
November 24, 2009
Determining a home's ability to withstand forces of nature such as floods, earthquakes, hail and tornadoes. Also: buildings engineered to tolerate earthquakes.
Season 2, Episode 10
November 17, 2009
A look at the process of mining copper. Also: comparing copper and aluminum's electricity-conducting abilities.
Season 2, Episode 9
November 10, 2009
Water-treatment processes are examined; the benefits of soft water are discussed. Also: how to clean drinking water and pool filters.
Season 2, Episode 8
November 3, 2009
Home-security systems, including locks for doors and windows, are broken down and tested.
Season 2, Episode 7
October 25, 2009
Testing various types of flooring for durability. Also: the importance of subflooring.
Season 2, Episode 6
October 13, 2009
Testing power tools and their batteries for performance and safety. Also: the construction of lithium-ion batteries; a look at how Consumer Reports tests power drills.
Season 2, Episode 2
September 15, 2009
The process of turning a tree into lumber is detailed. Also: The strength of engineered wood is compared to that of dimensional lumber.
Season 2, Episode 5
August 25, 2009
Protective items, such as hard hats and safety glasses, are tested. Also: cutting down trees; escaping a home during a fire.
Season 2, Episode 4
August 18, 2009
Examining the structural foundation of a house; comparing two-by-fours and prefabricated structural insulated panels; fire testing steel beams and engineered wood.
Season 2, Episode 3
August 11, 2009
Mason-block foundations and poured-concrete patios are tested to see how much pressure they can withstand. Also: a look at how concrete is made.
Season 2, Episode 1
July 28, 2009
The mechanics of garbage disposals and toilet drains are featured; drain cleaners are tested. Also: Roto-Rooter and a water-treatment plant are visited.
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