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 February 19, 2015
This Old House And Ask This Old House Are On Tonight

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The new kitchen and breakfast area will overtake the existing sunroom, which overlooks the backyard.

This Old House - Episode #3416
Host Kevin O'Connor drives up to find gutter fabricator Mike Vidulich installing a one-piece covered gutter that should never have to be cleaned. In the backyard, Landscape Contractor Roger Cook shows Kevin the native plants he's using to turn a patch of lawn back to nature, as required by the local Conservation Commission. Master electrician Allen Gallant shows Kevin the existing aluminum wiring in the old part of the house and how he?s safely working with it to update the recessed light fixtures and add new sconces over the mantel. Master Carpenter Norm Abram visits a factory in Londonderry, NH to see how they're making and testing two types of windows for our project. Roger shows Kevin the last piece of the Conservation puzzle, the infiltration system that is going to disperse the water from our gutters into the ground.

Products and Services

Electrical Contractor
Gallant Electric
tel. 781-862-4636

Harvey Building Products

Gutter System
Englert Leafguard Gutter System
tel. 800-LEAFGUARD

Lexington Conservation Commission
Lexington Conservation Commission

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Ask This Old House - Episode #1316
Host Kevin O'Connor heads to Kansas City to help a homeowner transform an old backsplash. Then, the guys ask "What Is It?" Afterward, Plumbing and Heating Expert Richard Trethewey helps a homeowner install a new kitchen faucet.

Insulation 101
In the barn, Tom walks Kevin through the options of insulation materials.

Where to find it?
Tom showed Kevin 3 types of insulation: Spray foam, fiberglass and blown-in cellulose. Insulation specialists can be contracted to install spray foam and blown cellulose. Fiberglass insulation can be found at the local home center.

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Kansas City Tile Paint
Kevin heads to Kansas City to help a homeowner transform an old backsplash.

Where to find it?
The paint used to the paint the tile backsplash is Specialty Bath and Tile 2-Part Refinishing Kit, manufactured by Rust-Oleum.

To obtain a proper bond to the backsplash, the tile must be cleaned with a degreaser, then roughed up using ultra fine sand paper. The paint process is a 2-part process, starting with cutting in the grout lines and rolling the tile face. Once the first coat dries, repeat the paint process again. The manufacturer recommends letting the paint dry overnight before reinstalling the electrical outlet and switch plates.

All materials for this project can be found at a home center.

What Is It?
Tom shows an object that is orange, has a U-shape and lights up, and the guys try to guess its intended use.

Where to find it?
The Highlite Paint Brush light.

Fertilizer Primer
In the barn, Roger gives Kevin an overview on how to buy and use fertilizer.

Where to find it?
Before using fertilizer in your backyard, Roger recommends getting a soil test done. When buying fertilizer, look for the 3 major elements: nitrogen, phosphorous, and potassium. A fertilizer with high nitrogen levels is used for rapid growth. A fertilizer with more phosphorus and potassium is used to stimulate root growth and works great with growing flowers. Liquid fertilizers tend to act faster and the solid fertilizers are slow release. Organic fertilizers are available as well.

All of the fertilizer products can be found at the local garden center or the local home center.

New Kitchen Faucet Install
Richard helps a homeowner replace a kitchen faucet with a more modern piece.

Where to find it?
Richard installed the Parma Single Handle Pre-Rinse Kitchen Faucet, manufactured by Danze.

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