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 April 21, 2011
This Old House And Ask This Old House Are On Tonight

David: This Old House - Episode #3003
The morning starts with the arrival of a 17-foot-long steel beam that weighs 900 pounds. It will carry the load of the house over the 16-ft. opening that was made in the rear foundation wall. Because the site is so hard to access, general contractor Tom Silva uses a crane to lift it up and over the house and place it carefully on a temporary wall near the installation site. Then, host Kevin O'Connor and Tom's crew lend a hand installing it. Master carpenter Norm Abram meets with product specialist Bill Gaines to see the insulated concrete forms being used not only for the foundations, but also for the above-grade walls on the new additions. Inside, Kevin welcomes Chris Kimball from America's Test Kitchen, to help us understand the "time capsule" of a kitchen that we have from 1940 and where the new design is headed for our homeowners in 2010. Back outside, the forms are complete and the concrete truck arrives to pour the foundation and walls. At the end of the day, Tom and Kevin discuss how the new lead laws affect interior work and how to properly test for it. Using proper protocol, the kitchen is gutted and the wall to the dining room comes down.


Ask This Old House - Episode #903


General contractor Tom Silva helps a homeowner find additional storage space by creating a new doorway into an unused attic. Then Tom, along with landscaping contractor Roger Cook, host Kevin O'Connor, and plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey ask, "What is it?" Afterward, Richard shares a viewer tip on how to create a faucet wrench from a standard PVC pipe. Then, Kevin and an electrician help a homeowner repair a broken doorbell.

Creating a new doorway into an unused attic

Tom helped a pair of homeowners gain storage space by creating a new doorway in a wall leading into an unused attic space. Tom started by cutting a small hole in the wall so that he could see exactly where to place the opening. He then cut away the plaster and lath and exterior sheathing and added some framing lumber to complete the rough opening. The homeowner wanted to recycle an old door, so Tom built a new jamb and installed it into the rough opening. He then installed the door into the new jamb and attached new trim around the opening.

Where to find it?

Reciprocating saws, routers, door-jambs, and framing lumber are available at home centers and hardware stores.

The molding used to create the new trim was supplied by:

Anderson & McQuaid Millwork(800) 640-3250

Tom used an oscillating tool to cut the baseboard:

Fein Multimaster800-441-9878

What is it?

The guys try to guess the intended purpose of an unusual-looking product.
Where to find it?

Richard showed a new type of toilet plunger manufactured by:

PF Waterworks 877-265-9777

Viewer Tips

Richard shared a tip from a homeowner on how to use a piece of plastic pipe to tighten the nuts on the underside of a sink faucet.

Richard showed how to cut notches in the end of a 1?" plastic pipe and use it as a faucet wrench. He also showed a plastic wrench designed for tightening various sized nuts on the underside of bathroom and kitchen sinks. It is manufactured by:

Faucet & Sink Installer (model #2006) Manufacturer: RIDGID
Available at: The Home Depot

Installing a new doorbell

Kevin and electrician Steve Krasner helped a homeowner install a new doorbell for her front door. Steve found some old, abandoned wires from a previous doorbell inside the door casing. He then tested the wiring and an existing voltage transformer to make sure they could be reused for the new doorbell. Once the transformer and wiring were determined to be operational, Steve connected a new button and doorbell chime.

Where to find it?

Electrician: Steve Krasner
Only Connect, LLC 617-484-2828