The This Old House Hour: Season 2 (2003 - 2004)

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Air date: Oct 9, 2003

The "House" project: refashioning an 1894 barn in Concord, Mass., into living quarters. Host Kevin O'Connor and carpenter Norm Abram tour the modest barn---and a nearby mansion with a similar-sized barn that has already been refashioned. On "Ask," projects include installing a deadbolt; pruning hedges (by hand---it's the better way to do it, says landscaper Roger Cook); and replacing a water heater that didn't heat enough water (but heated the water it did heat too much).

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Air date: Oct 16, 2003

Work can't begin on the Concord, Mass., barn project until permits are issued, so it's off to Town Hall to discover how many the crew will need. Meanwhile, carpenter Norm Abram and preservation architect Leonard Baum explore the barn's history. On "Ask": "Housecall" projects include a shaky newel post and an elderly hot-water heater. Also: crewmembers guess the uses of unfamiliar implements. Kevin O'Connor hosts.

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Air date: Oct 23, 2003

Work begins on the Concord, Mass., barn-conversion project and host Kevin O'Connor joins in, building temporary walls to take the weight off a bowed exterior wall that needs bracing. O'Connor also reviews plans with architect Holly Cratsley and visits an already-converted carriage house in Winchester, Mass. On "Ask This Old House": "Housecall" projects include a slate walkway in a state of disrepair and a leaky fiberglass shower stall. Also: O'Connor, landscaper Roger Cook, plumbing-and-heating expert Richard Trethewey and contractor Tom Silva guess the uses of unfamiliar objects.

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Air date: Oct 30, 2003

Work on the Concord, Mass., barn conversion focuses on a utility trench that must be built. Meanwhile, host Kevin O'Connor meets the couple who will live in the converted barn. Meanwhile, plumbing-heating expert Richard Trethewey checks out the heating and air conditioning at the New Yankee Workshop (he's thinking of a similar plan for the barn). On "Ask This Old House," projects include fixing holes in drywall and replacing a toilet. Also: O'Connor, Trethewey, contractor Tom Silva and landscaper Roger Cook guess the uses of unfamiliar objects.

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Air date: Nov 6, 2003

Work on the Concord, Mass., barn-conversion project includes installing an underground PVC conduit for 200-amp electrical service. Meanwhile, carpenter Norm Abram and contractor Tom Silva push out an old roof section to let light in; carpenter Jason Wood cuts a hole in the roof to accommodate a dormer; and host Kevin O'Connor interviews architect Sarah Susanka, the author of "The Not So Big House." On "Ask This Old House," projects include a backyard drywell for rainfall from roof gutters and a bathtub safety grab-bar. Also: O'Connor, Silva, heating-plumbing expert Richard Trethewey and landscaper Roger Cook guess the uses of unfamiliar objects.

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Air date: Nov 13, 2003

Work on the Concord, Mass., barn conversion focuses on the sunroom (to be), where carpenter Norm Abram shows host Kevin O'Connor how to set 2 x 6 ft. sills on the new foundation, while contractor Tom Silva uses an excavator to dig holes for stair footings and landscaper Roger Cook protects a 100-year-old grapevine in the work zone. On "Ask This OId House," projects include hiding utility boxes in front of a salt-box-style house and fixing a broken spray hose on a kitchen faucet.

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Air date: Nov 20, 2003

Plumbing work progresses at the Concord, Mass., barn conversion (including the last-minute addition of a first-floor shower), but a proposed stairway causes design problems. Meanwhile, host Kevin O'Connor tours recently renovated guest cottages in Nantucket, Mass. On "Ask This Old House," projects include a new ground cover (ivy and pachysandra) for a forlorn lawn; and opening double-hung windows that have been painted and have swollen shut.

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Air date: Nov 27, 2003

Contractor Tom Silva installs PVC exterior trim that looks like wood in the Concord, Mass., barn and joins carpenter Norm Abram and host Kevin O'Connor to install sunroom windows that resemble the traditional windows in the main house. Silva also shows O'Connor how to mix concrete and O'Connor also tours a facility in Menomonie, Wis., where residential window glass is manufactured. On "Ask This Old House," projects include replacing a rusty bathroom-sink stopper and installing a prefinished hardwood floor. Also: Silva discusses the pros and cons of various types of flooring.

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Air date: Dec 4, 2003

While contractor Tom Silva installs sidewall shingles on the Concord, Mass., barn, carpenter Norm Abram cuts holes in the old barn door to prepare it for the installation of new windows. Meanwhile, plumbing-heating expert Richard Trethewey shows host Kevin O'Connor the wall-mounted condensing boiler, and landscaper Roger Cook examines landscaping plans with homeowner Jeff Bernard and landscape architect Stephanie Hubbard. And in Spring Green, Wis., O'Connor meets with insulating-glass expert Tom Kaiser. On "Ask This Old House," projects include removing backyard poison ivy without herbicides and weaving new cedar shingles onto the corner of a house.

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Air date: Dec 11, 2003

A copper roof is installed on the Concord, Mass., barn, while inside there's a new cast-iron whirlpool tub, a European-style towel warmer (which doubles as a bathroom heat source) and a split-type air conditioner. Meanwhile, host Kevin O'Connor visits a cottage in Martha's Vineyard, Mass., that was redone for an active senior couple. On "Ask This Old House," projects include repairing a water-heater chimney flue and installing an "anti-sweat" valve to prevent condensation on a toilet tank.

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