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This Old House - #3216
The second project of the season finds Master Carpenter Norm Abram and Host Kevin O'Connor back on Cape Ann, this time in the scenic riverside town of Essex, Massachusetts. Not far from the antique shops and clam shacks downtown is a 1935 English-style cottage in the woods that homeowners John and Julie Corcoran hope to turn into an accessible in-law residence for Julie's aging parents. Norm finds lots of deferred maintenance, rot, a failing roof and windows, and some strange architectural choices, like the giant shed dormer that is out of sync with the rest of the cottage. Inside, Julie shows Kevin what she loves about the house and how she plans to make it comfortable and accessible for her parents, with all the necessary amenities on the first floor. Outside, Plumbing and Heating Expert Richard Trethewey shows Norm the oil tank that's in the way of the new kitchen and why he might like to abandon oil altogether to pursue geothermal heating and cooling instead. In the basement, they will have to contend with ledge, well water treatment, and the unknown status of the current septic system. John shows Landscape Contractor Roger Cook the large yard and how they'd like to keep the many trees, shrubs and perennials, while getting rid of the ratty vegetable garden and runaway forsythia. Architect Sally DeGan reviews the renovation plan with General Contractor Tom Silva and Kevin with the help of a highly detailed 3D model. Roger gets to work clearing small junk trees and the forsythia, while a specialist is brought in to properly remove the oil tank so Tom can begin work on the addition.
Products and Services
Oil Tank Removal Service
Contact: Sally DeGan
3-D Model Printer
3-D Model Designer
Ask This Old House - Episode #1116
Master electrician Scott Caron helps a homeowner hang a flat panel television on the wall and conceal all the wiring. Back in the workshop, Scott shows Host Kevin O'Connor examples of many different types of electrical outlets. Then Landscape Contractor Roger
Cook heads to Miami to help a homeowner control the insect pests in her yard without using pesticides.
Hanging a Flat Screen TV
Electrician Scott Caron hangs a flat panel TV on the wall and conceals all the wiring.
Where to find it?
The television that Scott installed was the 47" Black Crystal 3002 Series LCD TV, manufactured by JVC.
The bracket that he used was the Low-Profile TV Mount for 40-56" screens (model number DX-TVM113), manufactured by Dynex.
The infrared relay, which allowed the remote control signal to reach the hidden components was the DinkyLink IR Receiver Kit (model number DL85K), manufactured by Xantech.
All of the other electrical materials, including recessed outlets, low-voltage rings, cat5 cable, non-metallic cable, in-wall speaker wire, and coaxial cable are available at home centers and electrical supply stores.
Scott shows Kevin several outlets that are available today for specialized tasks.
The kit for a flat screen television that includes a surge protecting outlet and a low voltage ring is the Recessed TV Box (model TV1WTVSSW) manufactured by Pass & Seymour.
Tamper resistant outlets are code for new construction and are available at home centers and electrical supply stores.
Scott showed three outlets with built-in nightlights. The nightlight with a down light cover is the RNLS-4, manufactured by American Lighting. The large LED nightlight is model number TM8HWL-TRWCC6 and the GFCI/nightlight combination outlet is model number 1595NTLTRWCC4, both also manufactured by Pass & Seymour.
The in-floor outlet is model number 25249-SBA, manufactured by Leviton.
Scott also showed three options for a post outlet. The first was made using a stock weather-proof outlet box, conduit, and a 4x4 pressure treated post, materials available at home centers or electrical supply stores. The ready-made post kit was model number GPD19BR and the post kit with a built-in light was model number GPBK35B-1. Both post kits were manufactured by Arlington Industries.
The USB/outlet combination is model number TR7740W-K, manufactured by Cooper Wiring Devices
The phone cradle that fits on an outlet plate is the Mobile Device Station, also manufactured by Leviton.
What Is It?
Tom asks the guys to identify a tool with a rubber strap and two lights.
Where to find it?
Tom demonstrated The Laser Can, a tool for precision spray painting.
Tropical Pest Control
Roger heads to Miami control insect pests without the use of pesticides.
Where to find it?
Expert assistance with this project was provided by Dr. Lance Osborne of the University of Florida. Dr. Osborne identified two invasive pests in the landscape: Rugose Spiraling Whitefly and Pink Hibiscus Mealybug. To see video of these insects and review Dr. Osborne's academic research, visit the Mid-Florida Research & Education Center website.
For general information about biological controls of invasive pests, visit this Cornell University website. For additional information or to purchase predator insects, visit Green Methods.
For this project, we also received guidance from Adrian Hunsberger of the Miami-Dade County Extension Service. To contact your local extension office, visit this USDA website.