The This Old House Hour: Season 7 (2008 - 2009)


Season 7
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Air date: Oct 2, 2008

Season 7 opens with a new project: building a barn-like eco-friendly house for a couple who have outgrown their 1970s-style home. To that end, the 1970s house is taken apart and materials that can be used in the project are saved. Also: A homeowner gets help with a collapsing garage roof and a dry well is installed in a basement to handle a sump pump's discharge.

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Air date: Oct 9, 2008

The old home is demolished; work begins on the new home, with the main timbers drawn from Douglas fir derricks. Also: how to plant a mature tree and silence a noisy heating system.

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Air date: Oct 16, 2008

The precast foundation walls are set in place; the basement and garage-floor slab is poured, and an insulated, in-slab radiant heating system is installed; a yard plan to decrease road noise is introduced. Also: installing pendant lighting in a kitchen; caring for cactus plants and other succulents.

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Air date: Oct 23, 2008

Making prefabricated interior and exterior wall systems; assembling salvaged timbers to frame the dining area; pre-wiring the building. Also: repairing a lawn damaged by a new well; making a curved stair molding from red oak.

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Air date: Oct 30, 2008

The mechanical-room module and basement-level walls are craned in and set; floor panels are fabricated; the floor systems are installed; basement level is toured. Also: increasing water pressure with an electric-water pressure booster; transplanting a giant rhododendron bush.

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Air date: Nov 6, 2008

The timber frame for the first floor is raised and the exterior walls are put into place. Then, a look at the kitchen space and how the custom kitchen is being fabricated. Also: repairing damaged countertops; rebuilding a brick walkway; comparing the different types of filters for forced-air heating and cooling systems.

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Air date: Nov 13, 2008

A tour of the first and second floors; how the water supply and drainage pipes to the back-to-back bathrooms are assembled; the landscaping plan; a dedication ceremony. Also: saving energy costs by adding a weather-responsive control to a boiler and installing a whole-house fan.

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Air date: Nov 20, 2008

The last roof panels are placed; the shingles and a standing seam copper roof are attached to the cupola; the windows are flashed. Also: installing a waterproofing system for a shower enclosure; creating a privacy screen from bushes and a decorative flower garden.

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Air date: Nov 27, 2008

The exterior stone veneer; the synthetic-slate roof material; the custom wainscoting chair rail; the garage doors. Also: pressure-treated timbers are used to build a retaining wall; a noisy kitchen faucet is fixed.

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Air date: Dec 4, 2008

The solar hot-water system, which makes use of evacuated tube technology, is highlighted; an overview of the completed work, including the rough plumbing; adding pre-stained shingles to the exterior wall panels; preparing the shower stall for tile. Also: installing a whole-house water filter; repairing a rubber roof; cutting a PVC pipe.

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Kevin O'Connor

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