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 September 26, 2013
This Old House And Ask This Old House Are On Tonight

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This Old House - Episode #3226
Master Carpenter Norm Abram and Host Kevin O'Connor round out the Essex experience with a visit to one of its most iconic antiques shops, The White Elephant. Back at the house, the 2nd floor is nearly complete as Kevin finds General Contractor Tom Silva working on the interior screens for our signature casement windows. Downstairs, the last big project is installing the Dutch door that was late in coming for the passage between the kitchen and sun porch. Outside, electrician Allen Gallant shows Kevin how he's lighting the way with sconces at the entry, LED fixtures in the trees for general lighting, and wall washers at the masonry walls for safety and effect. He's also installed an oversized generator that can power the entire house in an emergency. Plumbing and Heating Expert Richard Trethewey gives homeowner John Corcoran an orientation to his basement and all of the cool new technology down there. Homeowner Julie Corcoran shows Norm the design choices she made for the caregiver suite. Downstairs, interior designer Keith Musinski shows host Kevin O'Connor the finished and furnished first-floor living area, where the accessibility is virtually invisible. Cozy, stylish and incorporating many principles of universal design, the living is easy for homeowner Julie Corcoran's parents, who arrive to join the family at the end of the day.

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Products and Services

Kitchen Appliances
Clarke Distribution Corp
tel. 800-842-5275

Project Interior Designer
Equilibrium Interior Design
Beverly, MA
tel. 617-733-5871
Contact: Keith Musinski

Gallant Electric
tel. 781-862-4636

Kitchen Faucet and Pot Filler
?Cayenne? pull-down single-lever kitchen faucet, and ?Contemporary? pot filler

Bath Faucets and Fixtures
?Hatteras? suite

Bath Vanities
?Lutezia? console kit vanities

Tub and Toilets
?Tropic? one piece toilet #2786.128 020
American Standard

38kW Propane-Powered Backup Generator
Kohler Generators

Antiquing in Essex
Side Trip:
The White Elephant Shop

Antiquing in Essex Resource
Side Trip:
Essex Antique Dealers Association

Custom Drapes, Bedskirts, Shower Curtain, Throw Pillows
MRV Exclusives
Contact: Michelle Rossi-Voorhees

Glass Shower Door
New Angle Glass

Kitchen Cabinets
Poggenpohl Boston
Poggenpohl Kitchens

Energy Recovery Ventilator Unit

Custom Upholstery
Ultimate Upholstery

Stair Runner
Granary Gallery

Landry & Acari
tel. 800-649-5909

Antique Pieces
Andrew Spindler Antiques

Resources for Elder Living
North Shore Elder Services

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Ask This Old House - Episode #1126
Host Kevin O'Connor travels to Chicago to learn how subway trains are serviced. While in Chicago, he helps a homeowner paint his kitchen cabinets. Then, landscape contractor Roger Cook teaches how to estimate the amount of landscape material by the cubic yard. Afterward, Plumbing and Heating Expert
Richard Trethewey installs a smart thermostat to reduce energy use.

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Painting Kitchen Cabinets
Kevin travels to Chicago to help a homeowner paint kitchen cabinets.

Where to find it?
Kevin used the Rust-Oleum Cabinet Transformations kit in "Quilters White" to change the color of the homeowner's cabinets. The kit is available at home centers.

Kevin then appeared on the homeowner's public access cooking show, The Bungalow Chef.

Kevin also toured the maintenance facility of the Chicago Transit Authority.

Ask Roger: Cubic Yards
Roger shows how to estimate the proper amount of landscape material by the cubic yard.

Where to find it?
Roger gives two formulas for estimating cubic yards:

A cubic yard of material will cover 100 square feet to a depth of 3 inches.

To calculate cubic yards, multiply length by width. Then multiply the depth of material in feet (3" is .25 feet). Finally, divide by 27 to give you cubic yards.

There are also many online calculators that can help you determine the proper amount. Here's one from Summit Gravel.

Installing a Smart Thermostat
Richard installs a smart thermostat to reduce energy use.

Where to find it?
Richard installed the Nest thermostat, which is available at home centers and electronics stores.

He also demonstrated the Nest app, which is available on select smart phone and tablet platforms

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