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 August 15, 2013
This Old House And Ask This Old House Are On Tonight

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This Old House - Episode #3220
Master Carpenter Norm Abram arrives to find the new windows on site and largely installed. General Contractor Tom Silva shows him how they matched the original casement details and the operation features. Exterior trim is also going on the building, and Tom walked Host Kevin O'Connor through the options the other day. Tom shows Kevin the stock exterior window trim choices available at the local home center, and then an option of making your own (that will last longer) out of cellular PVC if you want a slightly more custom look. They gather supplies to bring back to the Essex house. Norm has the PVC stock glued up, and Tom runs the sill profile on his moulding machine. Plumbing and Heating Expert Richard Trethewey brings Kevin up to speed on the geothermal installation. The work begins with the drilling of two 350-foot deep wells or "bore holes" using the same rig that drilled our water well last time. The next step is to insert the loops into the closed loop system and grout them in place. Tom shows Kevin the detail for the cedar sidewall shingles that were pre-dipped for longevity and are being installed over cedar breather. We learn how to weave shingles around interior and exterior corners and into the flashing around the windows Tom trimmed out earlier. Landscape Contractor Roger Cook & Kevin with see how the 5-foot trench for the geo pipes has hit ledge, and what dynamite can do about it. The blasting crew drills 5-foot deep holes into the ledge, fills them with explosives, wires them together and the show ends with a bang!

Products and Services

Blasting Contractor
EC Akerley Drilling and Blasting

PVC Trim Stock
The Home Depot
AZEK Building Products
tel. 877-275-2935

J&C Adams
Marvin Windows & Doors

Geothermal Drilling & Grouting
Skillings & Sons

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Ask This Old House - Episode #1120
Plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey visits Cortland, Illinois to learn how corn is harvested and stored in a grain elevator. He then helps a nearby homeowner seal and insulate his ductwork. Then, landscape contractor Roger Cook shares advice on proper pruning. Afterward, Richard, Roger, host Kevin O'Connor, and general contractor Tom Silva ask "What Is It?" And, Kevin shows how to maintain clothes washers & dryers.
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Where to find it?
Expert assistance with this project was provided by . Additional advice was provided by Air Purchases, Inc. Richard used mastic paste to seal the joints between ducts, in this case Hard Cast Duct Seal 321 by Carlisle HVAC.

He also used Nashua foil tape designed for sealing ducts, manufactured by Berry Plastics Corporation
Finally, Richard installed Owens Corning 1.5 inch thick fiberglass insulation around the ductwork. This insulation has an FSK foil-facing and provides an R-value of 4.2.

Ask Roger: Proper Pruning
Roger shares his tips for keeping plants neat and healthy.

Where to find it?
Roger demonstrated an 18V cordless hedge trimmer manufactured by Black and Decker, but showed his preferred way to prune is with a pair of bypass hand pruners, which are available at home centers and garden centers.

What Is It?
Richard asks the guys to identify a red tool with two suction cups.

Where to find it?
Richard demonstrated the Simple Sucker cell phone holder, manufactured by Striker.

Maintaining Laundry Appliances
Kevin and an appliance repairman discuss how to maintain clothes washers & dryers.

Where to find it?
Kevin and repairman Richie Isaacson visited the Bay State School of Technology. They offer many courses in appliance repair, electronics, and HVAC technology.

Expert assistance with this segment was provided by Affordable Appliance Repair

Back in the workshop, Richard demonstrated the "LG Smart Washer and DW" app by LG, which can diagnose problems with LG-branded major appliances. This app is available as a free download on iTunes.