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
Melting Pot (Episode #3208H)
KQED Life: Sun, May 26, 2013 -- 4:00 PM
Kevin and Richard get a taste of culturally diverse Cambridge by visiting what's known locally as "Japan Town." Norm shows how Tom has matched the exterior trim details and how the clapboards are going on over an underlayment that will let them dry out. Then, up on the roof deck, he lends a hand as Tom creates a staggered shingle pattern on the half walls to match what is on the existing house. Kevin heads to Boston's South End to visit interior designers Andrew Terrat and Dee Elms. Back at the house, Richard and project plumber Abe Bilo add floor warming radiant heat to the first floor from below and a state-of-the-art condensing boiler to fuel both the radiant and the hydro air systems.
- KQED Life: Fri, May 31, 2013 -- 1:30 PM
Essex 2012/13, Human Centered Design, and Demo (Episode #3217H)
KQED 9: Sat, May 25, 2013 -- 5:00 PM
Kevin visits the Institute for Human Centered Design and one of architect Sally DeGan's accessibly designed projects; the bad shed dormer is removed at the house, and work starts on a barrier-free entry.
Essex 2012/13, Rustic Plaster, Advanced Septic (Episode #3222H)
KQED Plus: Sat, May 25, 2013 -- 11:00 AM
Wallboard installer Brian Jones shows how he uses a panel lift to install ceilings singlehandedly. Rustic plaster and old beams complete the Old World look of the walls. Richard surveys what's new in the world of septic systems, and installs a self-contained membrane bioreactor system in the basement. A granite and cobble border adorns the driveway.
Old and New In Harmony (Episode #3207H)
KQED Life: Sun, May 19, 2013 -- 4:00 PM
Roger replaces the existing concrete front walk with a beautiful new bluestone design. Tom shows Kevin the modifications he specified on the replacement windows. On the third floor, tile contractor Mark Ferrante uses a shower waterproofing system. Architect Michael Kim shows Kevin how he planned a modern house inside the shell of an old one in Brookline, Massachusetts. Painting contractor Mauro Henrique starts paint prep and shows Kevin the shades of yellow the homeowner is considering for the exterior.
- KQED Life: Sat, May 25, 2013 -- 9:30 AM
- KQED Life: Fri, May 24, 2013 -- 1:30 PM
Essex 2012/13, A Cottage in the Wood (Episode #3216H)
KQED 9: Sat, May 18, 2013 -- 5:00 PM
Kevin and Norm tour scenic Essex, Massachusetts, and roll up to the new project: a 1935 English-style cottage in the woods that homeowners John and Julie Corcoran hope to turn into an accessible in-law residence for aging parents. Architect Sally DeGan and Tom use a 3-D model to preview the plan for aging in place, and work begins.
Essex 2012/13, Clam Flats & Lightning Rods (Episode #3221H)
KQED Plus: Sat, May 18, 2013 -- 11:00 AM
Kevin and Roger dig for clams, then finish up the barrier-free walk that leads to the house, using both granite and bluestone, but no steps. The standing-seam metal roof goes on, and Richard's creative ducting and plumbing will minimize the number of holes that need to go through it. A non-reactive lightning protection system is installed.
Exterior Improvements (Episode #3206H)
KQED Life: Sun, May 12, 2013 -- 4:00 PM
Mason Mark McCullough shows Norm how he's repointing the old brick foundation. Then Norm and Tom repair the sagging front porch. Kevin visits Community Rowing on the Charles River to see how they make the Cambridge pastime of rowing available to everyone. Back at the project house, Tom and Kevin re-build the rotted historic porch railing to meet conservation district standards. Tom details the fire blocking and fire caulking as spray foam insulation begins in the balloon frame house.
- KQED Life: Sat, May 18, 2013 -- 9:30 AM
- KQED Life: Fri, May 17, 2013 -- 1:30 PM
Cambridge 2012, The Big Finish (Episode #3215H)
KQED 9: Sat, May 11, 2013 -- 5:00 PM
The last details come together for the Cambridge project finale: granite posts set off the landscape and the revived vintage doorbell crowns the foyer. Designers Dee Elms and Andrew Terrat bring exquisite punches of color that make the sleek, white Scandinavian modern interior come alive from top to bottom. Homeowners Sally Peterson and John Stone are delighted, as the crew gives a final salute!
Essex 2012/13, Cottage Style (Episode #3220H)
KQED Plus: Sat, May 11, 2013 -- 11:00 AM
Digging for energy: geothermal bore holes are filled and grouted. General contractor Tom Silva shows how to weave shingles around a corner for a cottage look, and Norm helps him mill and install custom PVC window trim with standard stock from the home center.
Getting Around In Cambridge (Episode #3205H)
KQED Life: Sun, May 5, 2013 -- 4:00 PM
Kevin joins the legions of Cambridge locals by biking to work on a vintage bicycle restored locally. Tom shows Kevin how he's gotten rid of the steps to the roof deck. Roger arrives to tackle the giant stump left over from the old Norway maple. Richard shows Kevin how they've kept the ducts out of the roof rafter bays to preserve that space for insulation, and on the second floor, how they've hidden the air handler at the top of a hall closet.
- KQED Life: Sat, May 11, 2013 -- 9:30 AM
- KQED Life: Fri, May 10, 2013 -- 1:30 PM
Essex 2012/13, Liquid Assets (Episode #3219H)
KQED Plus: Sat, May 4, 2013 -- 11:00 AM
Lots of groundwork today, as Roger helps aquatic systems specialist Yorgos Gregory revive a neglected water feature, and drilling expert Roger Skillings is drilling for both a new water well and for geothermal wells. Master electrician Allen Gallant shows Kevin how he bends PVC conduit to run the new electrical service underground over hill and dale.
Cambridge Project, Part 4 of 15 (Episode #3204H)
KQED Life: Fri, May 3, 2013 -- 1:30 PM
The crew starts the ceiling work on the first floor, host Kevin O'Connor learns more about Swedish Style, and general contractor Tom Silva lets some light into the master suite with the help of a new skylight.