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This Old House - Episode #3222
Inside our Essex cottage, insulation is in and drywall is going up. General Contractor Tom Silva shows Host Kevin O'Connor the progress and they meet drywall installer Brian Jones to see his method for boarding ceilings using a panel lift and scaffolding for the high cathedral ceiling in the kitchen. Upstairs, the plastering is well underway. Tom shows Kevin the rustic/Old World effect the homeowners want and how plastering contractor Bob Bucco achieves it using rounded corners and the rough/base coat plaster as the finish coat. At a third-party testing facility in Falmouth, MA, Plumbing and Heating Expert Richard Trethewey meets George Heufelder for a brief history of septic innovation and a look at new technology that is on the horizon, and already here. One of them uses "membrane bioreactor" technology, and we're going to try it out in Essex. George's group approved the system, and it is a true leap forward in wastewater treatment. Back at our house, manufacturer Ingo Schaefer helps show Kevin how it works. We got the septic in before the cold weather, and now Landscape Contractor Roger Cook is trying to do the same for the hardscaping. He shows Kevin the decorative bands that will make up the border for the (future) asphalt parking court, with granite strips and cobbles making up the pattern. Back inside, Norm brings out the decorative timbers that must go up in the kitchen before the plaster can continue. Tom is reusing old oak beams to simulate collar ties and rafters, and he and Master Carpenter Norm Abram fabricate the final joint and install the pieces.
Products and Services
Bucco and Sons Plastering Inc.
Membrane Bioreactor Sewage Treatment System
Busse Green Technologies
B.W. Jones Drywall
Contact: Brian Jones
Septic System Test Center Side Trip
Massachusetts Alternative Septic System Test Center
Reclaimed Granite Pavers
Olde New England Granite
Ask This Old House - Episode #1122General contractor Tom Silva helps a homeowner solve the mystery of her melted vinyl siding. Then, Tom, along with host Kevin O'Connor, landscape contractor Roger Cook, and plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey ask "What Is It?" Afterward, Kevin and a specialist perform a whole-house energy audit.
Melted Vinyl Siding
Tom helps a homeowner solve the mystery of her melted vinyl siding.
Where to find it?
Tom determined that the siding had melted due to the reflection of sunlight from a nearby window. The window had a low-E coating that reflected heat off the glass. Tom suggested shading the window with a tree or an awning, but in this case, the best choice was to install a screen over the window.
This phenomenon has occurred in many locations. Home builders, vinyl siding manufacturers, and window manufacturers are working to address the problem. Click here for more information from the Vinyl Siding Institute.
For more information, please see this academic research paper from the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.
What Is It?
Roger asks the guys to identify a large black plastic mat.
Roger demonstrated the Kwickan, designed for easy leaf cleanup and manufactured by LTL Home Products, Inc.
Whole-House Energy Audit
Kevin and a specialist perform a whole-house energy audit.
Where to find it?
A professional whole-house energy assessment will examine your home's insulation, appliances, lighting, and heating & cooling systems. It will also determine how airtight your home is. At the end of the assessment, the technician will provide a written report identifying and prioritizing the steps you can take to save energy. For more information about energy audits, visit this U.S. Department of Energy website.
Our energy audit was conducted by Next Step Living.
The Infra-red camera used in the audit is manufactured by FLIR.
The smoke pencil and inflatable chimney damper are manufactured by Chimney Balloon.