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 July 17, 2014
This Old House And Ask This Old House Are On Tonight

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This Old House - Episode #3311
Host Kevin O'Connor arrives to find General Contractor Tom Silva having done even more demo than last time. The more he kept digging, the more problems he found: more joists and studs hacked up in the first floor bath, an enormous wasps' nest, a compromised kitchen floor structure, and even the rubble stone foundation under the office addition had to go. After a lot of hand digging and some new footings, today mason Mark McCullough is ready get the new foundation going using concrete block. Kevin jumps in to lend a hand laying the block, and Mark scribes it to an existing rock outcropping. Master Carpenter Norm Abram points out that the builders of this house never imagined a finished basement, but now that Tom is headed that way, the wildly pitched floor and ledge in the back have been carefully dug and cut out to make room for a level floor in what will be the exercise room. To protect and bolster the delicate fieldstone foundation, Mark and his crew poured a concrete curb that will also serve as a base for the new interior walls; now that it's cured, they release the forms and pour the new slab inside the curb. Determined to find out what's been hidden up there all these years, Tom and Kevin break through the living room ceiling and make a breathtaking discovery: not only is there another foot or more of ceiling height, but the original plaster cove moldings and medallion are still in place.

Products and Services

MJM Masonry
Contractor Mark McCullough

Architectural Color Consultant
Bonnie Krims Color Consulting
Benjamin Moore exterior paint colors selected:
Body: ?Raspberry Truffle? 2080-10
Trim: ?Lemon Chiffon? OC-109
Accent: ?Down Pour Blue? 2063-20
Accent: ?Mallard Green? 2053-10

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Ask This Old House - Episode #1211
General Contractor Tom Silva heads to Seattle to install crown molding. Landscape Contractor Roger Cook replaces a rotted fence post. Host Kevin O'Connor explains the difference between cement, concrete, and mortar. And the guys ask "What Is It?"

Crown Molding in Seattle
Tom heads to Seattle to install crown molding for a young family.

Where to find it?
Tools to complete this project, including an electric miter saw, a coping saw, and a pneumatic nail gun are all available at home centers and hardware stores.

Back at the barn, Tom showed crown molding and corner blocks that don?t require mitering. They are available at home centers, lumber yards, and millwork suppliers.

Expert assistance with this project was provided by Johnson Brothers Construction.

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Ask Kevin: Cement, Concrete, & Mortar
Kevin explains the difference between concrete, cement, and mortar.

Where to find it?
Cement is rarely used by itself, but it is an ingredient in many building products.

Concrete is a mixture of cement, sand, and coarse stone and is used for footings, foundations, and sidewalks.

Mortar is a mix of cement, lime, and sand and is used to hold together building materials like stone and brick.

All are available at home centers and masonry supply shops.

What Is It?
Roger shows two black plastic handles and the guys try to guess their intended use.

Where to find it?
Simply Dump It pivoting wheelbarrow handles are available online through the manufacturer.

Rotted Fence Post
Roger replaces a rotted fence post.

Where to find it?
Replacement fence posts are available at home centers, lumber yards, and from fence installers.

The E-Z Mender fence post mending plate that Roger showed in the barn is manufactured by Simpson Strong-Tie.

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