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 March 26, 2015
This Old House And Ask This Old House Are On Tonight

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Curb Appeal True to Colonial Style: After

This Old House - Episode #3417
Master Carpenter Norm Abram arrives and recaps progress on mudroom and kitchen, and finds tile contractor Mark Ferrante installing a porcelain plank floor tile that is made to look like wood. He's using it on both the treads and risers of the stairs to the garage. Master electrician Allen Gallant shows Kevin how to properly abandon an old electrical box, and how to fish wires to a new one. Then, in the adjacent great room, Host Kevin O'Connor shows how to patch in the huge holes where the old recessed lights were: rigid insulation, strapping, wallboard and plaster. In the backyard, painting contractor Mauro Henrique shows Norm a smart and efficient way to paint shutters. With a blank slate in the basement, Plumbing and Heating Expert Richard Trethewey shows Kevin the thinking that goes into the logical layout of a mechanical room. General Contractor Tom Silva shows Kevin how he's turning an arched doorway into one that's squared off to match the rest of the openings on the first floor.

Products and Services

Plumbing Contractor
Bilo Plumbing and Heating
tel. 978-468-4389

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

Bathroom Tile
Roma Tile
tel. 617-926-5800
Ferrante Tile

Electrical Contractor
Gallant Electric
tel. 781-862-4636

Signature Custom Cabinetry
Signature Custom Cabinetry

Kitchen Designer
Venegas and Company

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Ask This Old House - Episode #1317
General Contractor Tom Silva heads to West Virginia to help a homeowner replace broken sash cords. Landscape Contractor Roger Cook shows a homeowner how to plant bulbs. And the guys play "What Is It" with special guest Doris Kearns Goodwin.

West Virginia Sash Cords
Tom heads to West Virginia to help a homeowner replace broken sash cords.

Where to find it?
Replacement sash cord can be purchased at a hardware store or home center.

The display window that demonstrates how sash weights operate was on loan from Boston Building Resources.

What Is It?
Tom, Richard, Roger and Kevin play "What Is It?" with Special guest, Doris Kearns Goodwin.

Where to find it?
The "What Is It?" object used is an original, historic molding of President Abraham Lincoln's hands.
Doris Kearns Goodwin is a presidential historian and author of The Bully Pulpit and Team of Rivals, which are available at bookstores and online.

AC 101
In the barn, Richard explains the basics of window and portable air conditioners to Kevin, and shows the latest smart technology to keep people cool.

Where to find it?
Window and portable air conditioners are available at home centers.

Swamp coolers are available at home centers in the American Southwest, but are not recommended in other regions as they add humidity to the air.

The smart phone controlled air conditioner is the Aros, manufactured by Quirky.

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Planting Bulbs
Roger helps a homeowner from Holland plant flowering bulbs.

Where to find it?
Roger recommends using super-phosphate fertilizer when planting bulbs instead of bone meal to discourage squirrel activity. It can be purchased in a garden center.

Expert assistance with this project was provided by Dale Design, Inc.

The flower bulbs and additional footage of bulbs in flower were provided by ColorBlends and included the following varieties:
Hokus Crocus
Blue Squill
Glory of the Snow
Spanish Bluebells
Daffodil Gold Shoulder
Daffodil Stainless
Daffodil Golden Echo
Daffodil Radar Love
Daffodil Baby Boomer
Daffodil W.P. Milner
Daffodil Pink Charm
Daffodil Brackenhurst
Daffodil Kedron
Daffodil Poeticus Recurvus
Daffodil Jack Goldsmith
Daffodil Jetfire
Daffodil Rapture
Allium Gloemaster
Allium Schubertii
Allium Purple Sensation
Allium Mount Everest

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