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 July 25, 2013
This Old House And Ask This Old House Are On Tonight

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This Old House - Episode #3217
Host Kevin O'Connor heads downtown to Boston to the Institute for Human Centered Design to see how good design can make living easier for people of all ages and abilities, not just those who are disabled. Back in Essex, General Contractor Tom Silva and Landscape Contractor Roger Cook are underway with site work so that our doorways can eventually be level with the ground, requiring no steps. Inside, demolition is underway, and on the second floor, it has revealed bizarre and unsafe framing from a previous renovation that will need to be fixed. At the small kitchen bump out, excavation is complete, and the footings are in progress. Architect Sally DeGan shows Kevin that in her practice, accessible homes don't have to be institutional, they just need a short list of key considerations?one-floor living, room to get around, good lighting, no thresholds, and barrier free showers. Back in Essex, a few weeks later, the foundation for the addition is complete, as well as the first floor platform and gable end of the kitchen. Before work can progress, Master Carpenter Norm Abram, Tom, and Kevin need to remove the bad shed dormer. They make quick work of it with careful demo and a 60-foot boom lift. Meanwhile, Roger shows the progress on the retaining walls that will support the new patio. Then, Norm, Tom, and Kevin frame up the steeply pitched roof of the kitchen addition starting with the ridge beam and then all of the rafters, one by one.

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Products and Services

Universal Design Resource Center
Side Trip:
Institute for Human Centered Design

Architect, Universal Design Barn
Side Trip:
SpaceCraft Architecture
Contact: Sally DeGan

Interior Designer, Universal Design Barn
Side Trip:
R.Edward Roach Interiors
Lowell, MA
tel. 978-454-7229

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Ask This Old House - Episode #1117
Host Kevin O'Connor meets appliance repairman Richie Isaacson to learn how to maintain kitchen appliances. Then, Kevin, along with landscape contractor Roger Cook, plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey, and general contractor Tom Silva ask "What Is It?" Afterward, Tom helps a homeowner install a rain gutter, downspout, and rain barrel.

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Maintaining Kitchen Appliances
Repairman Richie Isaacson shows Kevin how to maintain major kitchen appliances, including dishwashers, ranges, and refrigerators.

Where to find it?
Kevin and Richie visited the Bay State School of Technology. They offer many courses in appliance repair, electronics, and HVAC technology.

Expert assistance with this segment was provided by Affordable Appliance Repair.

What Is It?
Roger asks the guys to identify a plastic device with ridges.

Where to find it?
The Down Under Plant Stand is manufactured by Plant Stand, Inc. and available at many garden centers.

Installing a Rain Gutter
Tom helps a homeowner install a rain gutter, downspout, and rain barrel.

Where to find it?
Tom installed standard 24-gauge aluminum gutters. The gutters, hidden hangers, end caps, and all other accessories were purchased through Harvey Building Products. Home centers carry gutters in stock lengths - for custom lengths, check with a local building supply company.

The rain barrel that Tom installed was a 57-gallon Salsa Rain Barrel. The diverter system was the DiverterPro. Both are manufactured by Fiskars
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