In this video, This Old House landscape contractor Lee Gilliam shows host Kevin O’Connor how to prepare for winter. Lee shows the tools and materials he uses, as well as some maintenance to make sure his tools are ready.
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Lee Gilliam shares how to prepare for ice and snow removal ahead of the winter season. Lee shows Kevin the tools and materials he uses professionally, as well as some maintenance he performs to make sure his tools are ready to go.
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