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 January 2, 2014
This Old House And Ask This Old House Are On Tonight

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This Old House - Episode #3309
After many months on the Jersey Shore, Host Kevin O'Connor meets up with General Contractor Tom Silva at Robbins Farm Park in Arlington, Massachusetts, a family town that also has a cool vibe thanks to its proximity to Boston. The new project house, an 1872 Italianate, is just down the hill. Kevin meets homeowners Heather and Malcolm Faulds?they love their house, but know that it needs some updating. The dramatic two-story foyer, covered with a sea of little kid shoes, reveals the need for a mudroom. They want to open up the floor plan, and they definitely need a bigger, better kitchen. Upstairs, the plan is to renovate the full bath, make room for a laundry, and create a real master suite with a second full bath. Outside, Tom shows Kevin how the addition will look, as well as the challenges of foundation work, bricks that need repointing, and badly patched holes from previous insulation. To make the basement into finished space, Tom and Plumbing and Heating Expert Richard Trethewey need to deal with moisture getting in, a matrix of pipes at the ceiling, a boiler and two sets of stairs that need to be relocated and an unappealing crawl space where they may have to dig for footings. Clearing out first will give them room to work on everything else, so the crew gets to work removing the old boiler and heat pipes. Landscape Contractor Roger Cook arrives to protect hardscape and landscape from damage during construction. By the end of the day, as the old kitchen and office get demolished, our latest homeowners can already see the improvement.

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Before Renovation

Products & Services

Architect, Arlington Project
Architect, Arlington Project

3D Designer

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Side Trip:
Robbins Farm Park
Arlington, MA

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Ask This Old House - Episode #1209
Tom demonstrates many uses for a router. Richard replaces an air conditioning unit that freezes when it runs. And the guys ask "What Is It?"

Using a Router
Tom demonstrates the many uses for a wood router.

Where to find it?
Tom demonstrated a trim router, designed for one-hand use, and a standard router with a fixed-base and a plunge base.

He also demonstrated several router bits including:
? Straight-cutting bits
? Flush-cutting bits
? Roman-ogee bit

Wood routers and accessories are available at home centers and specialty woodworking shops.

What Is It?
Tom shows some plastic discs that are the size of a quarter, and the guys try to guess their intended use.

Where to find it?
StickNFind Stickers allow any tagged item to be located using a smartphone or tablet.

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Frozen Air Conditioner
Richard troubleshoots an air conditioning coil that freezes up with use.

Where to find it?
Richard replaced a 4-ton air conditioner with a more appropriately sized 3-ton air conditioner.

Expert assistance on this project was provided by Papalia Plumbing and Air Purchases.