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 April 11, 2014
This Old House And Ask This Old House Are On Tonight

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This Old House - Episode #3323
Landscape designer Cricket Beauregard reveals her plan to improve the front yard while fence contractor Mark Bushway installs a custom PVC fence and arbor to give some separation to the back yard. Inside, tile contractor Eric Ferrante shows Host Kevin O'Connor the marble herringbone pattern he's creating in the powder room, while his brother Mark presents the grout color options for the faux slate floor in the mudroom. Homeowner Malcolm Faulds helps General Contractor Tom Silva build a sliding barn door using salvaged antique wood from the attic. At a local nursery, horticulturist Laurie Sullivan shows Landscape Contractor Roger Cook and Malcolm alternatives to the usual, run-of-the-mill shade plants. Later, back at the house, Roger installs the dormant plants, which will survive well over the winter.

Products & Services

Landscape Architect, Arlington Project
Cricket Beauregard, CBL Landscape Design
Arlington, MA
tel. (781) 856-8678

Tile Contractor
Ferrante Tile

Bathroom Tiles
Roma Tile
tel. 617-926-5800

PVC Fence, Arbor & Latticework
Walpole Woodworkers
tel. 508-668-2800

Plants & Shrubs
Weston Nurseries
tel. 508-435-3414

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Ask This Old House - Episode #1223
General Contractor Tom Silva and Host Kevin O'Connor build a simple table from solid fir, and Kevin works with a wood finishing expert to stain and finish it. Landscape Contractor Roger Cook shows a homeowner how to get rid of tree stumps. And Richard Trethewey discusses the state of solar energy.

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Building a Simple Table
Tom shows Kevin how to build a simple table from solid fir.

Where to find it?

To build this table, Tom used stock fir that is normally used for building decks, including:

?" x 6" decking for the top
1" x 4" decking for the spreaders or rails to which the legs attach
2" x 2" balusters for the legs

These items are available at many lumber yards. If you can't find fir, consider other quality softwoods like pine for cedar. Hardwoods, like maple or oak, may also be used.

To attach the rails to the legs, Tom used a pocket hole jig and pocket screws, all manufactured by Kreg Tool Company and available at home centers and woodworking supply stores.

To attach the rails to the tabletop, Tom used a double washer designed for fastening tabletops and available at woodworking supply stores.

Expert assistance with this project was provided by Anderson & McQuaid Co, Inc.

See below for more information about staining and finishing the table.

Removing Tree Stumps
Roger uses two different techniques to help a homeowner get rid of tree stumps.

Where to find it?
For the first stump, Roger hand dug the stump using shovels and then cut the roots using loppers, a pruning saw, a reciprocating saw with a pruning blade, and a digging bar. All of these items are available at home centers.

To remove the second stump, Roger used a gas-powered stump grinder, which a homeowner can rent from a tool rental shop.

Current State of Solar Energy
Richard and Kevin discuss the current state of solar energy technology.

Where to find it?
Richard described the two primary types of solar power: solar thermal, which produces hot water, and photovoltaic (PV), which generates electricity.

Richard also described leases and Power Purchase Agreements (PPA) for solar photovoltaic systems. These financial arrangements usually have a low out-of-pocket cost for homeowners. With a PPA, the solar provider owns the panels but the homeowner shares some benefits.

A solar contractor is the best resource to determine the right system for your home and whether an ownership, a Power Purchase agreement, or lease makes the most sense in your application.

Expert assistance with this project was provided by Renewable Sales, LLC.

Staining and Finishing Wood
Finishing expert Bruce Johnson shows Kevin some tips for staining unfinished furniture. Together, they finish the table Tom built.

Where to find it?
Bruce recommends hand-sanding a piece first using 120 grit, then a finer grit up to 150-180.

He then recommends using a wood conditioner to prevent uneven stain absorption that can result in blotchiness.

Bruce applied an oil-based stain in the color "gunstock." Once the stain is dry, he applied an oil-based polyurethane for protection.

The wood conditioner, stain, and polyurethane are all manufactured by Minwax and available at home centers and hardware stores.

Expert assistance with this project was provided by Bruce Johnson.

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