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.
Lexington Project 2015/Smart Solutions (#3412H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
Kevin recaps how the roofers applied new architectural shingles to tie the old house in with the addition. Tom shows Kevin the progress on the new back deck. Kevin finds Richard and plumbing contractor Kevin Bilo fighting to keep the P-trap from the new bathtub on the second floor from interfering with the decorative ceiling of the new kitchen. They use a new German bath waste and overflow kit that allows for the flexibility needed to solve the problem. Kevin and Norm finish up the trim and decking on the new corner deck stair.
Lexington Project 2015/Footings & Framing (#3410H) Duration: 26:31 STEREO TVG
The Lexington homeowners want to stay in the house during the renovation, so Tom shows Kevin how he's going to demo in phases, keeping the kitchen intact for as long as possible. Today, they'll tackle exterior demo only, starting with the back porch. Norm explains the framing of the first floor platform. Roger gets underway with the layout and excavation for the new footings for the first floor addition. The new prefab footings are unloaded into the backyard, set, leveled and plumbed. Kevin explains the building permit process and the role of the building commissioner, Fred Lonardo, as he comes in to make his first inspection.
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Lexington Project 2015/Making Connections (#3413H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
Roger meets landscape designer Tim Lee to see how the small stream in the backyard affects all other areas of the yard, including a stand of trees in front that can be removed after careful consideration by the Conservation Commission. Before the trees come down, Roger shows Kevin the valuable shade plants to be relocated to a new bed in the side yard to provide screening from the neighboring house. Tom and Kevin cut away a five-foot section of wall to connect the new kitchen to the old great room. Richard shows Kevin two common rough plumbing conditions in the kitchen: a main sink that has a traditional drain and vent configuration, and an island prep sink, which requires a bow vent in order to work properly. Kevin meets building inspector Fred Lonardo to learn how a GC can call for a "partial framing inspection" to keep the job moving. Arborist John Marquis shows Roger the proper preparation, safety precautions and procedures for doing a "take down" of the 12 trees in the front yard.
Lexington Project 2015/Colonial Curb Appeal (#3411H) Duration: 25:46 STEREO TVG
At the Lexington project, Kevin finds the front gable wall of the second floor up and the roof framing underway. In Lexington's historic district, architect Frank Shirley shows Norm how people have been using front porches to lend character and charm to Colonial style homes for hundreds of years. Back at the house, Tom shows Kevin the framing of the new farmer's porch. Inside, Kevin sees how the homeowners are getting by without a kitchen, which has been gutted. Later, Tom presents a solution to the ceiling height challenge in the old part of the kitchen.
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Lexington Project 2015/Exterior Details (#3414H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
Tom shows Kevin the new mudroom door and the work required to patch in new clapboards. Kevin meets electrician Allen Gallant and inspector Alix Berube to see what goes into a rough electrical inspection. At the back deck, Tom shows Kevin a hybrid railing system that has cedar posts and railing caps, with stainless steel cable "balusters." Kevin visits kitchen designer Donna Venegas to see the neutrals, textures and metallics that are currently trending in kitchens. Then, project designer Michele Kelly and homeowner Jeremy Kieval show Kevin the layout and design choices for the new family kitchen. Paint color expert Bonnie Krims gives Kevin and homeowner Jody Kieval a range of options for the exterior.
Lexington Project 2015/Inspections (#3415H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
Norm and Tom install reinforced fiberglass columns to support the new farmer's porch. Richard meets plumbing contractor Brian Bilo and local plumbing inspector Donald "Duke" LaConte, and Tom shows Kevin how he's turning an arched doorway into one that's squared off to match the rest of the first floor openings. Kevin and Tom meet building commissioner Fred Lonardo to see what goes into the rough mechanical and rough framing inspections. After Fred signs off, insulation begins. Tom shows Kevin the storm window system he's using to enclose the screen porch, and Russell Parrot shows how to heat the space: electric radiant floor heat.
Lexington Project 2015/Conservation Concerns (#3416H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
Gutter fabricator Mike Vidulich installs a one-piece covered gutter that should never have to be cleaned. In the backyard, Roger shows Kevin the native plants he's using to turn a patch of lawn back to nature, as required by the local Conservation Commission. Master electrician Allen Gallant shows Kevin the existing aluminum wiring in the old part of the house and how he's safely working with it to update the recessed light fixtures and add new sconces over the mantel. Norm visits a factory in Londonderry, New Hampshire, to see how they're making and testing two types of windows for the project. Roger shows Kevin the infiltration system that is going to disperse the water from gutters into the ground.