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
Cambridge 2012/Hearthstone, Waterfall Island Top (Episode #3213H)
KQED Life: Sun, Jun 30, 2013 -- 4:00 PM
Roger is getting the plants in despite the rain; the hearth and woodbox are lined with rustic sandstone. Norm visits Paul Grothouse in Pennsylvania to see how he's fabricating the huge butcher block countertop with waterfall edge and dovetail key detail. Richard installs wall-mounted lavatory faucets.
Essex 2012/13, Liquid Assets (Episode #3219H)
KQED 9: Sat, Jun 29, 2013 -- 5:00 PM
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.
Essex 2012/13, Design for Everyone (Episode #3225H)
KQED Plus: Sat, Jun 29, 2013 -- 11:00 AM
Richard and son Ross Trethewey recap the geothermal system's installation with Norm. Tile installers Mark and Erik Ferrante lay reclaimed marble tile in the foyer and designer Keith Musinski's custom-ordered hand-painted border tile in the kitchen. Kevin learns about universal design touring the Seattle home of architect Emory Baldwin.
Cambridge 2012/Rounding The Corner (Episode #3212H)
KQED Life: Sun, Jun 23, 2013 -- 4:00 PM
After a visit to "this old record store," Kevin helps Roger install plastic drywells to keep the yard from flooding in heavy rains and checks out the sleek new cabinets with kitchen designer Kathy Marshall. Learn about thermostats that program themselves and Ipe deck tiles that go right over an old deck.
- KQED Life: Sat, Jun 29, 2013 -- 9:30 AM
- KQED Life: Fri, Jun 28, 2013 -- 1:30 PM
Essex 2012/13, from Our House to Daryl's House (Episode #3224H)
KQED Plus: Sat, Jun 22, 2013 -- 11:00 AM
Kevin points out the exterior details that bring the outside into the sunroom, like the slate floor tile installer Mark Ferrante is laying. Parged plaster, salvaged hearth tile and carefully stained quarter-sawn oak floors all work to revive the look of the original cottage. Norm visits music icon and old house buff Daryl Hall at his antique home and studio.
Cambridge 2012/Window Seat, Stairs, Knee Walls (Episode #3211H)
KQED Life: Sun, Jun 16, 2013 -- 4:00 PM
Landscape contractor Roger Cook installs new granite steps, and host Kevin O'Connor helps general contractor Tom Silva build a timeless window seat and some MDF doors cleverly disguised as wainscoting. Master carpenter Norm Abram works on the treads and newel cap on the stairs, and the pine ceiling accents get whitewashed and lacquered.
- KQED Life: Fri, Jun 21, 2013 -- 1:30 PM
Essex 2012/13, One-Level Living (Episode #3218H)
KQED 9: Sat, Jun 15, 2013 -- 5:00 PM
Correct flashing and water table techniques keep water out of the house while preserving a level grade. Landscape architect Jade Cummings shows how she's designed that grade for a barrier-free entry, and Norm visits the Bucksport, Maine, home of Jessica Russell that she and her father, architect John Gordon, designed so she could live independently despite her physical challenges.
Essex 2012/13, Wooden Ships & Shiplap Boards (Episode #3223H)
KQED Plus: Sat, Jun 15, 2013 -- 11:00 AM
Norm visits Essex's last shipyard. Kevin and Tom build shiplap barn board walls and a mantel. Landscape architect Kellie Connelly and Roger show off the finished yard, and project architect Sally DeGan gives a tour of a home with accessible retrofits. Designer Keith Musinski lays out the reclaimed tile hearth.
Cambridge 2012/Swedish Details (Episode #3210H)
KQED Life: Fri, Jun 14, 2013 -- 1:30 PM
Tom shows Kevin how he's installing Southern yellow pine board accents in key spots for architectural interest and to coordinate with the prefinished maple flooring that Norm is installing. Tile's going in the master bath, and the roof deck gets PVC porch boards and a custom rail treatment.
- KQED Life: Sat, Jun 15, 2013 -- 9:30 AM
Cambridge 2012/Hot Stuff (Episode #3209H)
KQED Life: Fri, Jun 7, 2013 -- 1:30 PM
Kevin and Norm find the painters spraying the house a sunny yellow, while Tom trims out the windows with a custom detail specified by the architect. Custom copper half-round gutters and a Danish wood-burning fireplace go in, and homeowner Sally Peterson explores what commercial-grade cooking appliances can do for her kitchen.