This Old House Hour

Continuing Thursday / 8:00am PBS US 60 min.
The first half hour of the series continues This Old House. The second half hour, Ask This Old House, features host Kevin O'Connor, general contractor Tom Silva, plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey, and landscape contractor Roger Cook as they address home maintenance and repair questions. Also featured are in-studio demonstrations, new product reviews, "house call" visits, and guest specialists, including master carpenter Norm Abram.

Season 15

21 Episodes

Apr 27 2017
At the Grandmont Rosedale project, Kevin tours the demo on the house, and then meets electrician Lenny Rodriguez to learn about his electrical plan. Back in Russell Woods, Tommy teaches Tamiko, Monet and Christian techniques to remove all the peeling paint in the living room. Richard and Frank begin rough plumbing repairs in the basement using PEX tubing.
Apr 20 2017
At the Russell Woods project, Richard snakes a camera down the main plumbing stack to rule out any major blockages to the street. Frank asks Tommy for help with the leaky parapet at the front of the house. They find the parapet is filled with dirt. After removing it all, they use a rubber roofing material to properly seal the roof and prevent further leaks.
Apr 13 2017
Kevin meets Detroit’s Mayor, Mike Duggan, to learn about the city’s efforts to eliminate blight and revitalize the neighborhoods. Kevin meets Land Bank Executive Craig Fahle, who shows him around an abandoned home in the Grandmont Rosedale neighborhood. Through a program called Rehabbed & Ready, the city plans to renovate the property and sell it to a family who plans to stay.
Apr 06 2017
Kevin introduces the city of Detroit and describes some of its history. He meets journalist Stephen Henderson in front of his childhood home, and learns about how the city and its neighborhoods came upon hard times.
Mar 30 2017
A tour of the competed project house, including the new addition in the back; updated front hall, dining room and pantry; expanded master suite; new bathroom; and new front porch.
Feb 23 2017
The kitchen island countertop is installed; work commences on a fieldstone wall in the front yard; wallpaper covers a new secret door in the upstairs foyer; and the finished heating, cooling and ventilation system is examined.
Feb 16 2017
The homeowners have chosen ship lap, the hottest wall covering right now, for the third floor. Reclaimed granite is used for steps, and a marble slab is cut for the kitchen island. A cast stone mantel is built around the fireplace in the family room.
Feb 09 2017
Exterior features include roof detail over a bank of windows, a refinished front door and evergreen trees along the edges of the property; lazure painting in a bedroom.
Feb 02 2017
New shingles are installed; radiant tubing is installed on the first floor; the fireplace is given a makeover; and the side decks and rails are built.
Jan 26 2017
Electrical cables are buried; porch base columns are built; kitchen cabinets are installed; and the front gable is trimmed. In the second half: A rundown walkway is revitalized with bluestone; and wire connections are discussed. Also: creating mead.
Jan 19 2017
A new shed is built; copper is installed on the front porch; the windows are trimmed with a PVC product; and the new boiler is installed. Also: An energy-efficient home built by This Old House Magazine is spotlighted. In the second half: A woodworking shop is created in a garage; and a wireless light switch is installed. Also: plumbing's memory lane
Jan 12 2017
A new front porch is framed using custom cut pieces; a marble quarry is visited; and new color combinations for the exterior are considered. Also: fixing the original stucco panels. In the second half: A home elevator is assembled for a young man injured in the Afghanistan War. Also: growing edible vegetable and herb seedlings.
Jan 05 2017
The new foundation is parged to match the old stucco; the new master bath-shower is drained; the electrician starts work in the new powder room; and the living room windows are replaced. In the second half: picking an efficient washer and dryer; and fixing a three-way switch. Also: tips on table saw safety.
Nov 17 2016
A custom range hood is fabricated; and, on the roof, the chimney is built. Also: options for the first floor, including the living room panels. In the second half: A robotic wall is used in a micro-apartment; and reclaimed pine is turned into a bench.
Nov 10 2016
Work on the fireplace; and designing the kitchen. In the second half: An HVAC innovator demonstrates a new technology that could change the way homes are heated and cooled. Also: using plaster to patch drywall.
Nov 03 2016
The fabrication and installation of the steel beams are detailed. Also: working on the HVAC plan for the second and third floors; removing the front porch and placing new footings; and sizing a new firebox. In the second half: replacing a water heater with a more efficient model; and starting a backyard orchard. Also: tips for circular saws.
Oct 27 2016
A new foundation is built using insulated concrete forms and precast stairs; and the old foundation is reinforced and waterproofed. Also: shopping for specimen trees. In the second half: replacing a cracked deck board on a front porch; and using crown molding to conceal wires during an outlet install. Also: A question about blue stains in the bathtub is answered.
Oct 20 2016
Installing a steel beam; removing an oil tank; digging a new foundation; creating a bookshelf using stair treads; designing a front garden.
Oct 13 2016
Color and wallpaper ideas for the living room are contemplated; the old plaster walls are demolished; the landscape architect presents her plan; and an arborist begins removing the old silver maple. In the second half: examining fire dangers in homes; and replacing a rusty kitchen sink strainer.
Oct 06 2016
In the Season 15 premiere, homeowners share their plan to restore and expand their early English-style Arts and Crafts home, which was built in 1909. In the second half: repairing an old window; and using a robotic lawnmower. Also: lead in drinking water is discussed.
Sep 29 2016

Season 14

26 Episodes

In the Season 14 finale, the exterior transformation is assessed; a custom closet is built; and the home's interior is toured. In the second half: a home gym is built for a wounded Navy SEAL; and a faulty doorbell is repaired. Also: the important roles that 22 and 45 play under the sink.
May 26 2016
The staircase is finished with a maple newel post; and a reproduction antique light fixture is connected to a granite lamppost. Also: how water is water drawn from the well; and how the backup generator is installed. In the second half: turning a bookshelf into a secret door; and installing an outdoor house hydrant. Also: the two tools used for most electrical work.
May 19 2016
Landscaping begins with a backyard patio; the den receives some formal wainscoting; the interior paint colors are selected; and the factory-made staircase is installed. In the second half: Nick Offerman visits. Also: creating a steel pipe shelf; and building a pond-less waterfall.
May 12 2016
Work begins on the geothermal system; First Period homes are toured; the stairs and wall panels are built at the factory; and new technology to seal ductwork is spotlighted. In the second half: repairing an antique door; growing edible herbs indoors; and determining the cause of disappearing toilet water.
Apr 28 2016
Work begins on the geothermal system; First Period homes are toured; the stairs and wall panels are built at the factory; and new technology to seal ductwork is spotlighted. In the second half: repairing an antique door; growing edible herbs indoors; and determining the cause of disappearing toilet water.
Apr 28 2016
Red cedar shingles are installed on the roof; window installation begins; and the pre-built cupola is lifted to the top of the garage. Also: a trip to Vermont to see reproduction light fixtures. In the second half: installing a washer and dryer; adding a chandelier to a dining room; and using a power driver.
Apr 21 2016
The plan for the living-dining room is explained; the exterior trim arrives; and a look at how the roof is being raised. In the second half: an Idaho potato farm; home weather stations; and track lighting.
Apr 14 2016
A perimeter drain is installed; the new foundation is inspected; the first shipment of pre-cut framing lumber arrives; the landscape plan is explained; and framing begins. In the second half: creating a wildlife oasis; making a wood floor patch look seamless; and unclogging a sink.
Apr 07 2016
A tour of the factory where the house will be built. In the second half: an overflow drain is installed.
Mar 31 2016
A new project commences on the North Shore of Massachusetts. Also: a chimney overhaul; the installation of an exhaust fan in a kitchen and a tutorial on roof shingles.
Mar 24 2016
Historical texture is added to the master suite; and the end of the project reveals a new Victorian front porch, restored windows, relaxing master suite, functional living space and open kitchen. In the second half: maple syrup is made; a backyard chicken coop is built; and the value of USB outlets is discussed.
Feb 18 2016
The kitchen counters are installed; a divider between the eating area and mudroom is built; mechanical improvements in the basement are detailed; and a special magnetic paint is applied in the kitchen. In the second half: a closet is upgraded with a coat rack, shelving and new door; the cause of a leaky toilet is ascertained; and a wobbly sconce is replaced at a home that was once a church
Feb 11 2016
Plants removed prior to construction are returned; a craftsman carves two newel posts; the refurbished clawfoot tub and marble countertop are installed; and the treehouse is revealed to the kids. In the second half: a front door deadbolt is replaced with a smart lock controlled by Bluetooth; and a weather-resistant TV is installed on a patio.
Feb 04 2016
Work continues on the tree house; the refurbished windows are installed; wainscoting is installed in the front entryway; and the parquet flooring is restored. In the second half: installing a new attic staircase; and updating an old kitchen. Also: the best blowtorches.
Jan 28 2016
An arched shingle design is created for the front porch gable; the process of making a custom floor cloth for the kitchen is examined; porch railings are built; and work on a tree house commences. In the second half: a pedestal sink is replaced; a troublesome outdoor switch and wobbly post light are replaced; and popular plants are turned into a work of art.
Jan 21 2016
A storm door is converted into a window for the mudroom porch; interior paint colors are selected; the porch piers are shingled; and tile is installed in the master bath. In the second half: a coffee table is built from old oak; and a patch of grass is turned into a driveway lawn. Also: avoiding frozen pipes.
Jan 14 2016
The flooring for the front porch is installed; light fixtures are selected; the new fireplaces on the first floor are discussed; and the porch roof shingles are installed. In the second half: an electrical solution for ice dams; snow blower maintenance; and tips for furnace tune-ups. Also: a conversation about winter with Weather Channel meteorologist Jim Cantore.
Jan 07 2016
The mudroom is framed; the homeowners consider colors for the exterior of their house; the process of refinishing the clawfoot bathtub is explained; and the 120 Victorian molding is replicated. In the second half: childproofing a new mom's home; and fixing a falling sink. Also: a tutorial on voltage testers.
Dec 31 2015
Framing begins on the front porch; ductwork is snaked through the house; and an outdoor antique show is visited. In the second half: Home brewing is discussed with Bridget Lancaster ("America's Test Kitchen"). Also: a $40 DIY project to conserve water; and tips for avoiding holiday disposal disasters.
Nov 19 2015
The HVAC plan is explained; the old steel main water line is replaced; and the bathroom tile is selected. In the second half: a butterfly garden is created; an under-lit closet is brightened; and must-have woodworking tools are discussed.
Nov 12 2015
The blocks for the mudroom foundation are placed; a bay window is built in the kitchen; and the front entryway is opened up. Also: visiting the shop where the original windows are being restored. In the second half: a trendy bathroom mistake is corrected; and light is cast on a dark driveway. Also: an unusual find in an old attic.
Nov 05 2015
Work on the mudroom foundation begins; the insulation in the attic is removed; and a door is resized to fit a smaller opening. Also: dream-kitchen cabinets. In the second half: creating soil from organic garbage; and determining why a steam boiler is losing water.
Oct 29 2015
Flitch beams are installed in the kitchen; a rear-mounted toilet is discovered on the third floor; and a plan for the shade-covered backyard is developed. Also: how laminated veneer lumber is made. In the second half: investigating energy efficiency in Germany; and installing a residential wind turbine in Texas.
Oct 22 2015
Rotten lally columns in the basement are replaced; the marble sink and claw-foot tub are removed from the guest bath so that they can be restored; and a historic house with 19th-century air conditioning and plumbing is discovered. In the second half: repairing a driveway pothole; giving new life to an old railroad lantern; and building a Shaker-styled nightstand.
Oct 15 2015
Plants are removed to make way for the porch; the demolition to open up the kitchen begins; a determination is made on how the weight of the house will be supported; and the window pulley systems are repaired. In the second half: chainsaw safety is discussed; a garage's electrical connection is improved; and squeaky floors are silenced in a baby's room.
Oct 08 2015
A new project kicks off Season 14: the restoration of an 1895 Victorian in Belmont, Mass. In the second half: sprucing up a school garden; and installing a whole house fan.
Oct 01 2015

Season 13

26 Episodes

Work on the HFOT house wraps up; and the family moves into its new home. Also: the importance of community involvement, which in this case finds more than 150 volunteers laying down sod, mulching the beds and planting; and the designs for the master closet and dining-room table. In the second half: mowing a lawn; installing a thermostat that interfaces with a smartphone; and installing a photovoltaic solar array on a barn.
May 28 2015
Work on the HFOT home continues. Included: the requirements for ADA-approved and Energy Star-rated homes; the technology behind touchless faucets and toilets; and the technology behind the automatic-door opener that's being used on many of the doors. Also: using a beveled piece of marble to create an ADA-compliant threshold in the shower. In the second half: installing an electric vehicle charger next to a house; and installing a new kitchen sink.
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The team helps with a Home for Our Troops project. In the second half: planting an indoor tropical garden with plants from Jamaica; changing the temperature on water heaters; and building an American flag out of reclaimed wood.
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The transformation of the 1966 Garrison Colonial is reviewed. Included: the technology built into the new kitchen; the customization of the spaces over the garage; and the updates made to the older parts of the house. In the second half: quieting a noisy baseboard heating system; and adding light to a kitchen by installing three new recessed cans. Also: kitchen island dimensions.
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Installing tall fescue, which needs less water and fertilizer than other varieties; and designing the great room's entertainment center. Also: the finished mechanical room; and the final heating and cooling decisions. In the second half: replacing a mailbox damaged by a snowplow; and reusing an old door in a new opening. Also: window anatomy.
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New plants are added to the landscaping plan; and a wrought-iron chandelier with 52 bulbs is installed. Also: the radiators being used in the garage and upstairs sitting room; the upstairs laundry room; and the insulated steel garage doors that should help keep the heat inside the garage. In the second half: installing landscape lighting; and replacing a water main shutoff valve.
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A look at the LED ribbon strip lights being used under the cabinets in the kitchen and butler's pantry. Also: the mudroom storage system is built; the ventilation system is reviewed; wallpaper is applied to the ceiling in one bedroom; and decorative stripes are painted on an accent wall in another bedroom. In the second half: Lightning is discussed with meteorologist Jim Cantore; and a visit to Orlando shows a lightning-protection system being installed.
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The bluestone front walk is started despite significant grade challenges; porcelain tile made to look like slate is installed in the screen porch; and the vanity project is recapped. Also: selecting and fabricating antique granite for the front walk and custom house marker. In the second half: replacing a ceiling fan; and visiting a bonsai nursery to learn how to sculpt trees.
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With the second floor sanded, stained and sealed, the crew commences work on the first floor; the custom refrigerator panels are spotlighted; and a chest of drawers is re-purposed as the sink base in the powder room. Also: local designer Robin Gannon shows how she decorated 22 rooms of an historic inn. In the second half: building a basic entry shelf from poplar and plywood; and wiring a room for outlets and lighting.
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The progress on the mudroom and kitchen is recapped; porcelain plank floor tile is installed on treads and risers of the garage stairs; the holes for the recessed lights in the great room are patched; shutters are painted; and how the arched doorway was squared off is explained. Also: abandoning an old electrical box and fishing wires to a new one. In the second half: repairing broken sash cords; and planting bulbs. Also: historian Doris Kearns Goodwin guests in the "What Is It?" segment.
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A covered gutter is installed; the infiltration system to disperse water from the gutters into the ground is detailed; native plants that will return part of the lawn back to nature are discussed; and how existing aluminum wiring is being worked with while updating recessed light fixtures and installing sconces over the mantel. Also: the making and testing of two types of windows for the project. In the second half: transforming an old backsplash; and installing a new kitchen faucet.
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Rough mechanical and rough framing inspections are discussed; reinforced fiberglass columns to support the farmer's porch are installed; and the storm window system for the screen porch is spotlighted. Also: electric radiant floor heat. In the second half: installing a whole-house ductless heating and cooling system; and repairing a sagging plaster ceiling. Also: tips on hearing protection.
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A look at the mudroom door; the work required to patch in new clapboard; the back deck's hybrid railing system; and the layout and design choices for the kitchen. Also: what goes into a rough electrical inspection; and what's trending in kitchens. In the second half: replacing overgrown shrubs with an edible landscape; snaking drains; and replacing damaged pieces of vinyl siding.
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How a small stream in the backyard affects the entire yard. Also: trees are removed; shade plants are relocated to a new bed in the side yard; a five-foot section of wall is cut away to connect the kitchen to the great room; and the kitchen's plumbing conditions are discussed. In the second half: installing interior window trim; and wiring an above-ground pool. Also: plumbing tips.
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How the roofers applied new architectural shingles to the house to coordinate it and the new addition; and a look at the progress on the back deck. Also: preventing the P-trap from the second-floor bathtub from interfering with the decorative ceiling of the kitchen; and finishing up the trim and decking on the corner deck stair. In the second half: building a cover for a fire pit; and upgrading a bathroom sink.
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The second floor's front gable wall is in place; the roof framing is underway; and the framing of the new farmer's porch is spotlighted. Also: a tour of Lexington's historic district with architect Frank Shirley highlights the front porches on colonial-style homes; and a look at how the homeowners are getting by without a kitchen. In the second half: replacing a broken window with a safer option; and rotating a toilet.
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How the home will be renovated in stages so that the owners won't have to move out. The work begins with the back porch. Also: the framing of the first floor platform is outlined; and the building permit process is explained. In the second half: connecting a basement lighting system to one switch; and rejuvenating a crabapple tree.
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Work on a 1966 colonial in historic Lexington, Mass., commences. The project includes adding a farmer's porch; relocating the playroom; gutting and redesigning the kitchen; and adding a mudroom. Also: adding two more bedrooms, a laundry room and a sitting area to the second floor. In the second half: building a hydroponic garden; and installing a hot- and cold-water outdoor faucet.
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The Charlestown project wraps up. Included: restoring the exterior with a new dormer, windows, shutters and front entry; testing the security system; visiting the mechanical room in the basement; spotlighting the completed master suite; and touring the second floor, which features a guest room, guest bath and new living room. In the second half: harvesting honey; and adding outlets to a home.
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A basement door is concealed; the new Cararra marble island top is spotlighted; a PVC fence is installed on top of the retaining wall; the front steps are given new life with a grinder, a router, epoxy and non-slip exterior paint; and the salvaged marble mantel and surround are installed in the sitting room. Also: the transformation of a Boston lighthouses into a summer home. In the second half: setting up a beehive; and adding lighting to a dark kitchen without running new wiring.
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A major upgrade begins: adding a Greek Revival-style front door. On the second floor, new wood wainscoting is installed; a feature wall insert for the master shower is created with marble basket weave tile; and small section of copper roof is added to the roof. In the second half: installing a natural gas line for a new grill; and hanging a heavy mirror on a masonry chimney. Also: what grows best in the shade.
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The ductwork for the new direct vent gas fireplace units is worked on; subtle Greek Revival details are added to the interior window trim; and the exterior window trim is painted. Also: repairing structural problems in a home; and running wiring for a new ceiling fixture and switch.
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The progress on the now-approved dormer is spotlighted. Elsewhere, Insulation and wallboard are put into place; and a reclaimed brick veneer is installed on the kitchen bump out. Also: the world's last wooden whaling ship is observed arriving at the Charlestown Navy Yard. In the second half: practical solutions for drought, including replacing a water-guzzling lawn with a desert-appropriate alternative; and replacing an old-fashioned toilet with a "water sense" solution.
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How the old chimney will be modified for gas fireplace units. The framing progress is also spotlighted, including in the breakfast area and the third-floor master suite; and rebuilding the backyard retaining walls commences. Also: a chat with a structural engineer about one of Charlestown's most iconic structures, the Zakim Bridge. In the second half: beneficial insects are discussed; a front door is resized; and an outdoor garden faucet is repaired.
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A fix for a major problem: exterior walls that are bowing outward. Two weeks of work in the basement, meanwhile, has lowered the floor by several inches; the radiant heat-insulation system is installed; and it's shown how the roof is under-structured. Norm also revisits a Charlestown townhouse featured on the show 14 years ago. In the second half: citrus greening, a disease killing citrus trees in Florida, is discussed. Also: replacing a vinyl peel-and-stick floor with ceramic tile.
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Season 13 opens in Boston, where an 1850s-era Greek Revival house is to be upgraded. The homeowner would like to improve the kitchen and the third floor, where the master suite is located. The retaining walls also need work. In the second half: rust staining; the installation of a pass-through in a load-bearing wall; and the replacement of a poorly built fence gate. Also: NASA astronaut Rick Mastracchio joins the fun when the guys play "What is it?"
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Season 12

26 Episodes

The Season 11 finale tours the cottage after the installation of interior screens and a Dutch door. In the second half: servicing subway trains; painting kitchen cabinets; estimating landscape material by the cubic yard; installing a smart thermostat.
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The geothermal system's installation is recapped; reclaimed marble tile is used in the foyer; and custom-ordered, hand-painted border tile is used in the kitchen. Also: a tour of the Seattle home of architect Emory Baldwin. In the second half: making and installing custom concrete countertops; making watertight connections without soldering; demonstrated cordless landscape tools.
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Exterior details help bring the outside into the sunroom; the look of the original cottage is revived with parged plaster, salvaged hearth tile and stained quarter-sawn oak floors. Also: visiting Daryl Hall at his antique home and studio. In the second half: installing surge protectors; cutting and shaping rocks for hardscaping projects.
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The last shipyard in Essex, Mass., is visited; a home with accessible retrofits is toured. Also: building shiplap barn-board walls and a mantel; examining the finished yard; laying out the reclaimed tile hearth. In the second half: safely using ladders; replacing a three-handle shower valve with a single-handle anti-scald valve.
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The Old World look of the walls is completed with rustic plaster and old beams; a self-contained membrane bioreactor septic system is installed in the basement; the driveway is adorned with a granite and cobble border. In the second half: solving a mystery of melted vinyl siding; conducting a whole-house energy audit.
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Granite and bluestone are used to finish the barrier-free walk that leads to the house; the standing-seam metal roof is installed, with creative ducting and plumbing minimizing the number of holes that need to go through it. In the second half: installing a ductless heat pump; discussing LED lighting; selecting houseplants for different situations; driving eye screws.
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Geothermal bore holes are filled and grouted; shingles are woven around a corner for a cottage look; custom PVC window trim is milled and installed. In the second half: harvesting corn; insulating ductwork; and maintaining clothes washers and dryers.
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Reviving a neglected water feature; drilling for a new water well and geothermal wells; bending a PVC conduit to run the new electrical service underground. In the second half: caring for orchids as houseplants; installing a kitchen wall cabinet.
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Keeping water out of the house through flashing and water-table techniques; designing the grade for a barrier-free entry. In the second half: building a storage bench for an entryway; soldering copper pipes; maintaining an overgrown perennial garden.
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The Institute for Human Centered Design in Boston and one of architect Sally DeGan's accessibly designed projects are visited. On the project site, a bad shed dormer is removed and work starts on a barrier-free entry. In the second half: maintaining kitchen appliances; installing a rain gutter, downspout and rain barrel.
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The conversion of a 1935 Essex, Mass., cottage into a residence for aging parents commences. Included: architect Sally DeGan previews the plan. In the second half: hanging a flat panel TV on the wall and concealing all the wiring; controling insect pests without using pesticides.
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The Cambridge project finale highlights the landscape and a vintage doorbell in the foyer. Also: color additions accent the white Scandinavian modern interior. In the second half: installing a toilet; driving eye screws; patching a lawn with grass seed.
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The driveway, walk-in closets, home automation and powder-room wallpaper are highlighted; a workbench is built. Also: local glass artist Carrie Gustafson shows how she's making the foyer light. In the second half: restoring terrazzo floors; repairing a cracked floor joist.
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Plants are brought inside despite rain; the hearth and wood box are lined with rustic sandstone; wall-mounted lavatory faucets are installed. Also: fabricating the huge butcher block countertop. In the second half: temporarily moving a mature rose bush; replacing old outdoor lighting with new fixtures.
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Plastic dry wells are installed to prevent the yard from flooding during heavy rains; the new cabinets are examined. Also: thermostats that program themselves; deck tiles that go over the previous tiles. In the second half: adding a ceiling fan to a cathedral ceiling; installing a water softener.
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Granite steps are installed; a window seat is built; MDF doors are disguised as wainscoting; the treads and newel cap on the stairs are worked on; the pine ceiling accents are whitewashed and lacquered. In the second half: using hand planes; repairing a cracked stone walkway.
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The house is spray-painted yellow; the windows are trimmed with a custom detail; custom copper half-round gutters and a Danish wood-burning fireplace are installed. Also: commercial-grade cooking appliances. In the second half: mulching a garden bed; installing a natural gas line for a barbecue grill.
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Tinted primer is applied with airless sprayers; the second-floor windows are trimmed; the custom copper half-round gutters are installed; the zero-clearance fireplace insert is examined. In the second half: adding interior window trim; installing a device that will heat a swimming pool using the excess heat produced by a central air conditioner.
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A visit to Japan Town in Cambridge, Mass.; a look at the exterior trim; how the clapboards are being placed in a way that will let them dry out. Also: creating a staggered shingle pattern; adding floor-warming radiant heat to the first floor; installing a condensing boiler. In the second half: installing a vinyl privacy fence; replacing a clogged shower valve.
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The concrete front walk is replaced with a bluestone design; the modifications to the replacement windows are explained; paint prep begins. In the second half: installing a new kitchen sink and faucet; adding insulated sidelights to a front door.
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Repointing the foundation; repairing the front porch; rebuilding a porch railing; detailing the fire blocking and fire caulking. Also: the Community Rowing organization of Massachusetts, which makes rowing on the Charles River available to everyone. In the second half: a visit to New York highlights a scale model of the city in Queens; and shows how to install task lighting in a dark kitchen and add a cable-railing system to a deck.
Nov 08 2012
Kevin O'Connor bikes to work on a vintage bicycle; how the steps to the roof deck were removed. Also: tackling the stump left from the old maple; keeping the ducts out of the roof rafter bays in order to save space for insulation; hiding the air handler in a hall closet. In the second half: planting palm trees; replacing an old heating system-hot water heater with a single, more efficient unit.
Nov 01 2012
The crew begins work on the first-floor ceiling; a skylight is added to the master suite. In the second half: laying sod in a yard; measuring without doing math; installing a wireless thermostat to control a heating system.
Oct 25 2012
A load-bearing partition wall is relocated; a dip is removed from the floor; appropriate colors for outside the house are discussed. In the second half: building a custom fireplace mantel; garden edging; repairing a leaky kitchen faucet.
Oct 18 2012
A chimney is removed brick-by-brick so that the bricks can be used on another job; a sick Norway maple is removed; an eco-resale store in Springfield, Mass., is visited. Also: installing a bluestone patio in a backyard; adding a bike rack to a garage.
Oct 11 2012
Season 11 opens in Cambridge, Mass., where the conversion of an 1887 Victorian-era two-family house into a single-family home commences. A look at the yard turns up a few surprises; an energy audit reveals the need for efficiency upgrades; and a deconstruction expert is brought in to help with the removal of old and unneeded house parts. Also: how to customize stock shelving; and install a new washing-machine valve.
Oct 04 2012

Season 11

8 Episodes

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Season 10

26 Episodes

The Barrington, R.I., project wraps up in the Season 10 finale. Included: a look at programmable thermostat; a tour of the home, including the master suite, daughter's bedroom and guest room. Also: refinishing worn-out items with spray paint; removing wall-to-wall carpeting and installing a prefinished wood floor.
Mar 29 2012
Glass tile is added to the kitchen; a garage storage system is installed; the cable railing system is completed; a gas stove is installed in the living room. Also: how the lighting creates distinct spaces within the open floor plan. In the second half: installing a manual transfer switch for a portable generator; unclogging a sewer line.
Mar 22 2012
A retractable awning is installed over the deck; the countertops are sealed with wax instead of oil in order to provide a more durable finish; the half-walls are accented with oak caps and a scotia molding. Also: restoring old windows; installing a water filter at a kitchen sink.
Mar 15 2012
How the cracked asphalt in the driveway has been replaced with new concrete pavers; and why high-end cherry veneers are being used for the custom cabinets. Also: hanging the last of the wall cabinets; setting a soaking tub in freshly mixed plaster. In the second half: financing and installing solar photovoltaic panels; framing the walls for a basement remodeling project.
Mar 08 2012
A hidden fastening system is used for the new deck, which features a Brazilian hardwood called garapa; red cedar shingles that were cut into a wave pattern are installed at the top of the side gable. Also: tiling a bathroom floor; weatherstripping a front door.
Mar 01 2012
The Barrington, R.I., project continues with work on the landscape and master bedroom porch, including the installation of a custom copper gutter and scupper. Also: how the home's solar hot-water system is being installed to withstand the area's high winds. In the second half: planting drought-tolerant species in a garden; replacing a door with a window.
Feb 23 2012
The Barrington, R.I., project continues with a look at the house's hydronic system, which features a solar hot-water system on the roof; and the installation of spray-foam insulation. Also: why red shingles are being used instead of white. In the second half: adding vinyl trim to a window; installing a new dishwasher.
Feb 16 2012
The Barrington, R.I., project continues with the installation of windows and architectural shingles. Also: a visit to the Hurricane Research Lab at the University of Florida. In the second half: installing a recirculation pump; fixing the handle on a casement window; lining a chimney.
Feb 09 2012
The Barrington, R.I., project continues with structural steel being bolted and welded into place. The work is put on hold, however, as Hurricane Irene threatens the region. Also: the challenges of living on the coast are explored. In the second half: upgrading a neglected porch; hanging a heavy mirror.
Feb 02 2012
A new project commences with a modified cape on Barrington Beach, R.I., that is in need of internal remodeling, an upgrade to the electrical system and weather-proofing to withstand the marine environment, as well as hurricanes. In the second half: water conservation is discussed, including saving water when irrigating and reusing water from a washing machine. Also: how to maintain small gasoline engines.
Jan 26 2012
The Bedford project concludes. Included: adding plant material; installing the ceramic backsplash tile; hanging the handwoven Japanese wallpaper in the dining room. Also: the design choices for the parlor and dining room are unveiled; and a tour of the entry, mudroom, powder room, kitchen and family room. In the second half: staining a cedar fence; installing window boxes.
Jan 19 2012
A thin layer of liquid asphalt is applied to the driveway; LED strip lighting is installed at the old fireplace. Also: a look at the single garage door, which mimics the appearance of two carriage doors; a discussion of the strategy for lighting the family room and kitchen. In the second half: upgrading a home's electrical system from 100 to 200 amps; designing a garden to attract butterflies.
Jan 12 2012
How the circa 1720 front door is being restored with flexible epoxy and a paint job; and the HVAC system is being upgraded from one zone to three with a plug-and-play zone damper system. Also: the 1300-pound marble island top is brought into the kitchen; sliding entry doors are created from two old doors; a raised brick hearth is installed around the gas fireplace; and rotted railings are replaced on the back deck. In the second half: installing a front door; driving rebar into the ground.
Jan 05 2012
Old-style bricks are used to create a path to the entry door; cabinets are installed; a zero-clearance gas fireplace is demonstrated and installed; wainscoting for the powder room is made from old sheathing boards; exterior painting begins. Also: preventing ice dams; applying closed-cell spray-foam insulation to an attic; connecting gutter downspouts; planting two trees on a busy Philadelphia street.
Dec 29 2011
Decorative timbers are installed in the new family room; the mahogany deck boards are fastened to the front entry deck; a garden shed is installed in the backyard; closed-cell spray-foam insulation is added to the addition. Also: a visit to a largely unaltered 1863 home that's similar to the Bedford house. In the second half: installing a battery-powered back-up sump pump; repairing a rusty metal railing; storing a wheelbarrow.
Dec 22 2011
A front step is created from a reclaimed granite slab; new wood windows are installed in the addition; the old ductwork is sealed and insulated; the backyard is prepped for a rye grass mix. Also: installing a front-porch light; repairing a cold-water faucet; splitting firewood.
Dec 15 2011
The front door surround is rebuilt to eliminate rot and create a more historically accurate entranceway; the ailing American beech tree is inspected; the home's new interior design is previewed. Also: completing a backyard pizza oven; applying Teflon tape, pipe dope and wicking to threaded pipe connections.
Dec 08 2011
Red cedar clapboards are added to the oldest part of the house; existing plumbing that's in the way of the new kitchen is removed; a horseshoe-shaped asphalt driveway is installed; a rough plumbing problem is solved with a wet vent in the downstairs powder room. Also: a porch railing is built; a stone yard is visited.
Dec 01 2011
The last of the structural work is completed; the restored historic window sashes are reinstalled; the electrical service in the garage is upgraded. Also: how the study's modern narrow strip flooring is being removed in order to show the more historic wide pine boards underneath. In the second half: fixing a kitchen sink drain; quieting squeaky hardwood floors.
Nov 24 2011
The existing cellulose insulation in the walls of the oldest part of the house is topped off; raised beds are built from the fieldstone of the old foundation; the new addition's roof is waterproofed with self-sealing membrane. Also: repairing a cracked asphalt walkway; removing mold from an attic.
Nov 17 2011
The family-room addition is framed up and sheathed with a coated OSB product; the historic window sash is stripped, repaired and repainted; the old wall of the ell is removed, opening up the kitchen. In the second half: removing overgrown shrubs; planting perennials; quieting a noisy baseboard heater.
Nov 10 2011
The backyard is reclaimed from invasive vines and brambles; the new family room's gable wall is assembled and raised; a historic windowsill is repaired. Also: insulating a wall with fiberglass batts; repointing a fieldstone foundation.
Nov 03 2011
The new roof that will overlay the existing roof is framed; the exterior chimney is repaired; the fireplace and chimney in the kitchen are removed. Also: a look at the show's 1994 rehabilatation of a 1710 Colonial farmhouse. In the second half, an overgrown evergreen hedge is trimmed; and a tile backsplash is installed in a kitchen.
Oct 27 2011
Old clapboards are removed; a hole to connect the old and new basement space is made in the old fieldstone foundation; historic sashes are removed from the windows so that they can be restored; a plan to patch a rotted sill is explained; the foundation for the addition is formed out of ICFs. Also: replacing a corroded fitting on a water heater; installing a vented range hood in a kitchen.
Oct 20 2011
The shrubs and plants in front of the project house are moved for safe keeping; small trees and overgrowth are cleared in order to make space for the family room addition; the front entry porch and accessibility ramp are removed; peeling and rotted clapboards are removed; a drain and sump pump system is set up. Also: repairing a faulty shower valve; rebuilding a wobbly stair banister.
Oct 13 2011
Season 10 opens with a look at a 300-year-old farmstead, targeted by its owners for two small additions and modern amenities while retaining the house's historic part. Included: inspecting the structure and antique water-pump system. Also: transplanting two trees; hooking up a washing machine.
Oct 06 2011