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 July 10, 2014
This Old House And Ask This Old House Are On Tonight

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This Old House - Episode #3310
Plumbing and Heating Expert Richard Trethewey investigates a curious Arlington Heights landmark as Fred Laskey from the MWRA explains why the locals dressed up their water tower to resemble an obscure Greek Temple. Back at our house, General Contractor Tom Silva shows Host Kevin O'Connor what demolition revealed: a hidden back staircase, great new ceiling height in the kitchen, and decent framing that can be reused in the former office. Upstairs, the discoveries are not so good: the second floor joists in the former full bath are badly compromised. The plan is to beef up the structure by sistering in joists from below, but first, they must remove the old stairs from the second floor all the way down to the basement. At Portland, Maine's Victoria Mansion, one of the grandest and best-preserved examples of Italianate-style architecture in the U.S., Tim Brosnihan shows Master Carpenter Norm Abram the hallmarks of the style and how preservation carpenters like Caleb Hemphill are diligently working to restore and preserve this architectural gem. Back in Arlington at our humble Italianate, Landscape Contractor Roger Cook relocates a massive rhododendron from the front to an elevated bed in the backyard.

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The homeowners Heather and Malcolm Faulds and their two children.

Products and Services

The Arlington Italianate 2013 Project
Side Trip:
Massachusetts Water Resources Authority
Arlington, MA
Guest: Fred Laskey, Executive Director MWRA

Victoria Mansion
Side Trip:
Victoria Mansion
109 Danforth St.
Portland, ME
Guest: Tim Brosnihan, Assistant Director, Victoria Mansion

Preservation Carpenter (Victoria Mansion)
Contractor:
Caleb Hemphill
Falmouth, ME
tel. (207) 878-9351

Preservation Roofing Contractor (Victoria Mansion)
Contractor:
The Heritage Company, LLC

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Ask This Old House - Episode #1210
Landscape Contractor Roger Cook visits New Mexico to install an irrigation system designed to work in a desert climate. Plumbing and Heating Expert Richard Trethewey installs a new style of heat-pump water heater. General Contractor Tom Silva shares a viewer tip about re-using an old garden hose reel. And the guys ask "What Is It?"

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Desert Irrigation System

Roger installs an irrigation system in New Mexico designed to work in a desert climate.
Where to find it?

Roger installed the ESP-SMT Smart Modular Control System and XF Series Dripline, both manufactured by Rain-Bird.

Expert assistance on this project was provided by The Hilltop Landscape Architects and Contractors.

What Is It?
Tom shows two blue plastic parts with a hole, and the guys try to guess its intended use.

Where to find it?
The Easy Coper is a coping jig for a jigsaw.

Viewer Tip: Hose Coils
Tom shares a viewer tip about re-using an old garden hose reel.

Where to find it?
Two viewers recommended using an old garden hose reel to coil extension cords and air lines for pneumatic tools.

Heat Pump Water Heater
Richard installs a new style of heat-pump water heater.

Where to find it?
Richard installed the Geyser heat pump, manufactured by Nyle Systems.

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