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This Old House - Episode #3225
Plumbing and Heating Expert Richard Trethewey gives Master Carpenter Norm Abram a recap of the whole process of installing the geothermal heating and cooling system for our accessible in-law house, and his son Ross Trethewey explains how the whole system comes together with the heat pumps in the basement. Upstairs, the heat has already warmed up the floors, and another tradesman's son is hard at work. Tile installer Mark Ferrante introduces Norm to his son Erik, who has been a helper for years, and is now putting down antique marble tiles in the mudroom/entryway. Kevin travels to Seattle, Washington to meet architect Emory Baldwin and tour the house he designed to suit the ages and abilities of every member of his family, both now and in the future, by employing principles of universal design. Back in Essex, we have an open floor plan as well: Host Kevin O'Connor catches us up on the kitchen layout as General Contractor Tom Silva oversees the soapstone countertops arriving and going in. Interior designer Keith Musinski shows Kevin the custom tile he had created in England, as tile contractor Mark Ferrante installs the custom hand-painted window trim pieces. Finally, Tom brings in the island base?a modified antique farm table?and they place the last piece of soapstone as its top.
Products & Services
Bilo Plumbing and Heatingt
Architect, ?Design for Everyone in Seattle? Side Trip
Contact: Emory Baldwin
Geothermal Heat Pump System[XLINK "http://www.hydronmodule.com" "Hydron Module"]
Accessory Components for Geothermal Heat Pump System
Blake Equipment Co., Inc.
Circulating Pump for Radiant Heat
Wall-Hung Condensing Boiler, Tanks
Handmade English Ceramic Tile and Ivy Border Tile
Paris Ceramics USA
Geothermal Well Drilling
Skillings & Sons
Ask This Old House - Episode #1125
Host Kevin O'Connor works with an expert to fabricate and install custom concrete countertops. Then, plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey shows how to make watertight connections without soldering. Afterward, landscape contractor Roger Cook demonstrates several new cordless landscape tools.
Custom Concrete Countertops
Kevin works with an expert to make and install custom concrete countertops.
Where to find it?Expert assistance with this project was provided by Peter Somers of Concrete Poetry .
Peter is a professional concrete fabricator, but you can purchase all of the supplies for this project, including glass fibers, grinding pads, and sealers, from a single supplier. For more information, visit Fishstone Concrete Countertops.
Ask Richard: Solderless Plumbing Connections
Richard shows how to make watertight connections without soldering.
Where to find it?
Richard demonstrated two types of connections that are made without soldering:
Compression connections use a nut and ferrule that are compressed using two wrenches. This type of connection is often found on shut-off valves.
Push connectors replace standard copper fittings and stay watertight when pushed against a pipe. Richard showed Shark Bite fittings.
Cordless Landscape Tools
Roger and Kevin demonstrated several new cordless landscape tools.
Where to find it?
Roger demonstrated 36-volt KombiSystem Stihl tools (http://www.stihlusa.com/) including:
RMA 370 Cordless Lawn Mower
FSA 65 Cordless Grass Trimmer
BGA 85 Cordless Blower
Battery Belt & Bag
He also demonstrated the 40-volt PowerNOW system by Oregon (http://www.oregonproducts.com/) including:
HT250 Hedge Trimmer
CS250 Chain Saw
The sharpening stone that fits on the end of an existing chainsaw is PowerSharp system, also by Oregon.