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 February 21, 2013
This Old House And Ask This Old House are on Tonight

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This Old House - Episode #3221
Host Kevin O'Connor and Landscape Contractor Roger Cook dig the Essex clamming scene out on the flats, then are regaled with some world-famous fried clams where they were invented a century ago: Woodman's of Essex. Master Carpenter Norm Abram drives up to the project house to find the infrastructure work (finally) settling down outside, and reminds us that we're designing for one-level living. Inside, on the day before spray foam insulation, he reviews the floor plan while Plumbing and Heating Expert Richard Trethewey provides an update on rough plumbing and ductwork progress. Challenges include running vents to the backside of the house and getting ducts up into the steeply pitched roof spaces. Radiant floor panels are going down on second floor. Back outside, Norm finds roofer Dennis Gannet and his daughter Sarah Gannet installing the standing seam metal roof. Back on the front side of the house, Kevin finds Roger halfway through the front walk. He's created a flush condition at the front door with a Chelmsford granite slab, then a bluestone patio near the outcropping that then transitions to Rockport granite at the walk. It provides a rustic woodland look, while maintaining a safe and stable surface for the older folks who will be living here. We see how stone is cut with a trace chisel vs. a saw to create a broken edge. Being on a hill and having a metal roof don't make us as vulnerable to lightning as as much as being near the water does. Kevin meets Parker "PJ" Willard Jr. to see how he'll protect the house with a lightning rod system that is aluminum based vs. copper so as not to react with our aluminum roof. We see the three main components of the lighting protection system: air terminals, bonding and grounding.
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Standing Seam Metal Roof
Manufacturer:
ATAS International Metal Roofing

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

Lightning protection system installer
Contractor:
Boston Lightning Rod Co.

Marina, “Clamming” Side Trip
Side Trip:
Essex Marina

Metal Roof Installer
Contractor:
Gannett Construction

Tool Storage Box
Manufacturer:
KNAACK Jobsite Storage Equipment
tel. 815-459-6020

Small-Duct HVAC System
Manufacturer:
Uponor (formerly Wirsbo)

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

Restaurant, “Clamming” Side Trip
Side Trip:
Woodman’s of Essex

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Ask This Old House - Episode #1121
Plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey and host Kevin O'Connor install a ductless heat pump to heat and cool a room. Then, Richard, Kevin, landscape contractor Roger Cook, and general contractor Tom Silva ask "What Is It?" Master electrician Scott Caron demonstrates new technologies and applications for LED lighting. And Roger shows how to select the best houseplants for different situations.

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Installing a Ductless Heat Pump
Richard and Kevin install a ductless heat pump to heat and cool a room.

Where to find it?
Richard and Kevin installed a Mr. Slim ductless heat pump, model number MUZ-FE18NA, that provides 18,000 BTU/hour of cooling. It is manufactured by Mitsubishi Electric.

Expert design and installation of this system was provided by NETR, Inc.

What Is It?
Tom asks the guys to identify a long blue pole with a hook on the end.

Where to find it?
Tom demonstrated the VertaLok gutter cleaning system, a gutter cleaner that attaches to a cordless drill. It is manufactured by Gardus Inc.

Viewer Tip: Driving Eye Screws
Tom shares a viewer tip for driving eye screws.

Where to find it?
A viewer suggested attaching an allen wrench to a cordless drill to drive an eye screw. All of these materials are available at hardware stores and home centers.

LED Lighting
Master electrician Scott Caron shows new technologies and applications for LED lighting.

Where to find it?The LED flashlight that Scott demonstrated is the Mini Maglite LED Flashlight, manufactured by Maglite.

Incandescent C9-style Christmas lights are available at most home centers and hardware store during the holidays. The LED Christmas lights that draw significantly less power are the LED Colorite C-9 lights, manufactured by GE and available at The Home Depot.

Scott showed the Eco-575L LED retrofit option for recessed lights, manufactured by Cree and available at home centers.

The light that can be used to retrofit recessed fixtures or can be flush-mounted to 4" boxes is the Traverse by Sea Gull Lighting.

The colored strip light is the Dioder, manufactured by IKEA.

The alarm clock that mimics a sunrise is the Wake Up Light, manufactured by Philips.

The LED light bulb that can be controlled from a smart phone or tablet is the Hue, also manufactured by Philips.

The powerful LED lamp that uses 120 watts is the LB120 Blaster Light, manufactured by Lumateq.

Selecting Houseplants
Roger and expert Carrie Kelly discuss how to select houseplants for different situations.

Where to find it?
Expert assistance with this project was provided by Carrie Kelly of Mahoney's Garden Centers.

Carrie featured several varieties of houseplants, including:
Fragrant Plants:
• Lemon Tree (Citrus x meyeri)
• Gardenia (Gardenia augusta)
• Stephanotis (Stephanotis floribunda)
• Jasmine (Jasminum)
• Rosemary (Rosmarinus)
• Paperwhites (Narcissus tazetta)

Clean Air Plants:
• Areca Palm (Chrysalidocarpus lutescens)
• Lady Palm (Rhapis excelsa)
• Rubber Plant (Ficus robusta)
• Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum sp.)

Shade-Tolerant Plants:
• Mother-in-Law's Tongue(Sansevieria trifasciata)
• Any plant in the Dracaena family
• ZZ Plant (Zamioculcas zamiifolia)

Edibles:
• Sage (Salvia)
• Mint (Mentha)
• Bay (Laurus nobilis)
• Oregano (Origanum vulgare)
• Basil (Ocimum basilicum)
• Thyme (Thymus vulgaris)

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