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.
- KQED Life: Thu, Mar 26, 2015 -- 1:00pm
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.
- KQED Life: Sat, Mar 28, 2015 -- 9:30am email reminder
Lexington Project 2015/Old to New (#3417H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
Norm recaps progress on the mudroom and kitchen. Tile contractor Mark Ferrante installs a porcelain plank floor tile, made to look like wood, that he's using on the treads and risers of the stairs to the garage. Master electrician Allen Gallant shows Kevin how to properly abandon an old electrical box and how to fish wires to a new one. In the great room, Kevin shows how to patch the holes where the old recessed lights were: rigid insulation, strapping, wallboard and plaster. In the backyard, contractor Mauro Henrique shows Norm a smart, efficient way to paint shutters.
Lexington Project 2015/Designer Details (#3418H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
Kevin arrives to find the second floor sanded, stained and sealed, and Tom overseeing the crew as they start on the first floor. In the kitchen, the cabinets are mostly installed, and carpenter Chuck Parker shows Norm the custom refrigerator panels. In Lexington Center, just steps from the Battle Green, Kevin meets local designer Robin Gannon to see how she used her modern and eclectic style to decorate 22 rooms of a historic inn. Norm shows Kevin how he's repurposing a chest of drawers for a sink base for the new powder room.
Lexington Project 2015/New Walk, Old Stone (#3419H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
Roger starts on the new bluestone front walk despite some significant grade challenges. Around back, tile contractor Mark Ferrante is installing porcelain tile made to look like slate in the screen porch. Kevin recaps the vanity project and meets Richard to see the sink and faucet set. In nearby Acton, Roger visits a stone salvage yard to see how Gavin Johnston is selecting and fabricating antique granite for the front walk and custom house marker. At the end of the day, the granite steps are in place and Roger sets the house marker.
- KQED Life: Thu, Apr 16, 2015 -- 1:00pm email reminder
Lexington Project 2015/Mudroom, Ventilation, Kids Rooms (#3420H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
Master electrician Allen Gallant shows Kevin the new LED ribbon strip lights he's using under the cabinets in the kitchen and butler's pantry. Norm and Tom build the new mudroom storage system. Richard and Tom review the critical need for ventilation in the modern, super insulated building. Wallpaper hanger Mark Pehrson shows Kevin his technique for applying wallpaper to a ceiling in one girl's room. In another daughter's bedroom, painting contractor Mauro Henrique is setting up to paint decorative stripes on an accent wall.
Lexington Project 2015/Finishing Details (#3421H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
Roger and landscape designer Tim Lee place the first new plants in the landscaping plan. Richard is using two kinds of radiators to bring heat to the garage and the upstairs sitting room. Tom shows Kevin the progress on the upstairs laundry room, outfitted with simple cabinets and a small countertop. Installer Bob Young shows Norm the new insulated steel garage doors that should help keep the heat inside the garage. In the great room, master electrician Allen Gallant is installing a massive wrought-iron chandelier with 52 bulbs.