This Old House
Host Kevin O'Connor, master carpenter Norm Abram, plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey, and general contractor Tom Silva demystify the home-improvement process.
This Old House Previous Broadcasts
Barrington Project, Part 2 of 10 (Episode #3118H)
KQED Life: Sun, Aug 5, 2012 -- 4:00 PM
Host Kevin O'Connor arrives to find builder Andy Tiplady with the house wide open, his foundation in place and framing underway. The new open floor plan requires structural steel that gets bolted and then welded in place. With the steel installed and high winds already kicking up, Andy and his crew button up the house for the impending bad weather, which turns out to be Hurricane Irene. At 82 mph, Barrington clocks the highest winds in New England, and Kevin returns to finds roads closed, power lines down and trees crushing houses in the neighborhood. After some clean up, the crew gets back to work framing the second floor using the proper structural hardware like hold downs and hurricane clips. To learn more about the challenges of living on the coast, Kevin meets the executive director of the Rhode Island Coastal Resources Management Council, Grover Fugate, to see the long term prognosis for the house, and also the lengths to which people will go to live by the water in Rhode Island.
Barrington Project, Part 8 of 10 (Episode #3124H)
KQED 9: Sat, Aug 4, 2012 -- 5:00 PM
Awning specialist Mike Cornell installs a new retractable awning over the deck that should stand up to the weather due to a wind sensor and fade-resistant fabric. Inside, the Saratoga soapstone has arrived, and countertop contractor Alyssa St. Gelais shows host Kevin O'Connor how she's sealing the surface with wax, not oil, to give it a more durable finish that will last longer than an oil application. Master carpenter Norm Abram and builder Andy Tiplady dress up the half-walls at the stair with oak caps and a scotia moulding. Then, Kevin visits Castleton, Vermont, with lighting designer Evelyn Audet to see how light fixtures for the project are being made one-by-one by New England blacksmiths. Back in Barrington, Andy shows Norm the electric floor warming system he's using in the master bathroom. It gets mudded directly into the tile bed, which holds 12"x12" porcelain tile that will also make up the front apron of the tub. In the side alley, plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey shows Kevin where he's tucked away the A/C condensers, and then, inside, shows him the ERV in the attic and explains why it is possibly the most important piece of mechanical equipment in the house.
Barrington Project, Part 1 of 10 (Episode #3117H)
KQED Life: Sat, Aug 4, 2012 -- 9:30 AM
The TOH crew opens the Barrington, Rhode Island, project aboard the motor sailor Liberty bound for the Ocean State via scenic Narragansett Bay. On Barrington Beach, homeowner Geoff Allen shows master carpenter Norm Abram and host Kevin O'Connor why they bought their 1925 modified cape - not for its 1950s and 1970s-era additions, but for the outstanding location. Inside, his wife, Michelle Forcier, shows Kevin that the kitchen has not been remodeled in decades, and how they hope to remove everything that is outdated and open up the new space to the beautiful water views. In the basement, plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey shows Norm a fairly standard scene - outdated mechanicals with low efficiency and a 100-amp electrical service that should be updated. While there appear to be no problems with the structure, the biggest challenge will be building to withstand the marine environment, as well as the hurricanes, wind, and sideways rain that can occur by the water. In Providence, Kevin meets architect Mary Brewster to look at the plans for the renovation with the help of a useful 3D software program. Norm visits local builder Andy Tiplady in Bristol to see a classic new home he recently built that represents the apex of seaside living in Rhode Island. Back at the house, Andy's crew has loaded in, and Kevin lends a hand as they begin demo of the 1950s porch addition and start gutting the first floor.