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 May 2, 2013
This Old House And Ask This Old House Are On Tonight

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This Old House- Episode #3205
Kevin joins the legions of Cambridge locals by biking to work on a vintage bicycle restored locally. Landscape architect Greg Lombardi presents a plan for a yard that combines both traditional and modern elements. Tom shows Kevin how he's gotten rid of the steps to the roof deck by dropping the structure into the ceiling of the second floor. Roger arrives to tackle the giant stump left over from the old Norway Maple, first with a chainsaw, then a stump grinder. Richard shows Kevin how they've kept the ducts out of the roof rafter bays to preserve that space for insulation, and on the second floor, how they've hidden the air handler at the top of a hall closet. The plumbers have also been creative by using cast iron on the vertical runs of waste pipe in the bedrooms to dull sound, and by using a new polypropylene green pipe for supply lines as an alternative to copper. The new system incorporates connections that are fused using high heat.

Products & Services

Vintage Bike Shop
Side Trip:
Menotomy Vintage Bicycles

Cambridge Antique Market
Side Trip:
Cambridge Antique Market

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

Landscape Architect
Contractor:
Gregory Lombardi Design, Inc.
tel. 617-492-2808

PEX Radiant & Plumbing system
Manufacturer:
Uponor (formerly Wirsbo)

Small-duct HVAC system
Manufacturer:
The Unico System
tel. 800-527-0896

Greenpipe Polypropylene Piping System
Manufacturer:
Aquatherm

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Ask This Old House - Episode #1105
Landscape contractor Roger Cook heads to Miami to help a homeowner plant several varieties of palm trees in her front yard. Then, Roger, along with host Kevin O'Connor, plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey, and general contractor Tom Silva ask "What Is It?" Afterward, Kevin shares information on new light bulbs. And, Richard replaces an old heating system and hot water heater with a much smaller and more efficient single appliance.

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Planting Palm Trees
Roger helps a homeowner plant several varieties of palm trees in her front yard.

Where to find it?
Roger visited the Montgomery Botanical Center to learn about several species of palm trees.

Expert assistance for this project was provided by Clemens Nonner of Nonner Tree Service in Miami, Florida.

Roger planted two Bismarck palms and four bottle palms. The trees were provided by Redland Nursery.

What Is It?
Roger asks the guys to identify a big, blue disk.

Where to find it?
Roger demonstrated Solar Sun Rings, inflatable solar disks designed to heat a swimming pool by trapping the sun's heat.

ASK Kevin: Light Bulbs
Kevin shares information on new light bulbs.

Where to find it?
New, efficient light bulbs, including halogens, compact fluorescents, and LEDs are available at home centers.

Combination Boiler/Water Heater
Richard replaces an old water heater and heating boiler with a single unit that is much more efficient.

Where to find it?
Expert assistance with this project was provided by Barry Cullen of Comfort Technology.

Richard and Barry installed a condensing wall-mounted boiler, model number E75C, manufactured by rogerRinnai