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 October 31, 2014
This Old House And Ask This Old House Are On Tonight

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This Old House - Episode #3405
Landscape Contractor Roger Cook visits the Sullivan Square Community Garden, while Plumbing and Heating Expert Richard Trethewey works with fireplace expert John Sullivan to rough in the ductwork for the new direct vent gas fireplace units. With plaster work and flooring completed, Master Carpenter Norm Abram and General Contractor Tom Silva add some subtle Greek Revival details to the interior window trim package. For inspiration for her own urban garden, Roger takes homeowner Angela Daigle to see some the hidden gardens of Beacon Hill. Painting contractor Mauro Henrique paints the exterior window trim on our rowhouse, and puts up samples of a few bold color choices for the new front door.

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Before renovation.

Products and Services

Plastering Contractor
Bucco Plastering
Beverly, MA
tel. 978-922-1477

Direct Vent Gas Fireplace
Vermont Castings
Energy Unlimited of New England, Inc.

Sullivan Square Community Garden
Side Trip:
Gardens For Charlestown

Harvey Building Products

Painting Contractor
Mauro's Painting

Boston's Hidden Gardens
Side Trip:
The Beacon Hill Garden Club

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Ask This Old House - Episode #1305
General Contractor Tom Silva teaches a homeowner how to repair some structural problems in his home. Electrician Scott Caron helps a homeowner run wiring for a new ceiling fixture and switch in a living room. And the guys ask, "What is it?"

Beneficial Insect Follow Up
Roger follows up with Kevin regarding a homeowner's insect problem.

Where to find it?
Roger follows up with Kevin about a shrub that was being eaten by aphids. The ladybugs ate the aphids and limited the damage to the plant. Letting nature take its course and not spray pesticides was the best solution to the homeowner's problem.

If you have aphids, ladybugs can be ordered through garden centers and online resources.

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Structural Beam Fix
Tom teaches a homeowner how to repair some structural problems in his home.

Where to find it?
Lally columns and the lumber used for the bridging can be found at the local home center or the local lumberyard.

Steel angle iron can be ordered to size and is sold at metal or welding shops.

Special assistance with this project was provided by Boston Welding.

In the workshop, Tom shared some basic rules for cutting and notching joists and rafters. For cutting holes, a hole can be no more than ⅓ the depth of the structure and cannot be within 2" of an edge.

For notches, the maximum notch depth is ? the depth of the structure and no notches can be made in the middle ⅓ of the span.

What Is It?
Tom shows a black plastic object with 3 arms., and the guys try to guess its intended use.

Where to find it?
The "Ball Claw" is a wall-mounted bracket designed to hold sports balls and it can be found at many online outlets.

New Switch and Ceiling Fixture Install
Electrician Scott Caron installs a new switch and ceiling fixture for a homeowner.

Where to find it?
Scott installed the "Boxie" ceiling-mounted LED fixture, manufactured by Tech Lighting.

Basic electrical items like switch boxes, ceiling boxes, 14 gauge Romex wire, and switches can be found at a home center or electrical supply house.

Expert assistance with this project was provided by Caron Electric and Wolfers Lighting.

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