The This Old House Hour: Season 8 (2009 - 2010)

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Air date: Oct 8, 2009

Season 8 opens with work on a planned addition for a 1915 Dutch Colonial Revival, whose owners want a new kitchen, home office and family room. Included: a similar house in the neighborhood that was also expanded. Also: building a backyard campfire; installing a combination range hood and microwave oven over a kitchen stovetop.

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Air date: Oct 15, 2009

The vinyl siding is removed from the exterior of the 1915 Dutch Colonial, revealing the original wood clapboards beneath and the repair work that's required; the porch slab is broken up. Also: a preview of the modest kitchen expansion; architect-author Sarah Susanka on restrained remodels.

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Air date: Oct 22, 2009

The kitchen of the 1915 Dutch Colonial Revival is gutted and the heating system is removed. Also: the discovery of water-damaged electrical components means that almost 90 percent of the house will have to be rewired; the homeowners' decision to stay in the house while the construction goes on is discussed. Then, a dreary backyard is recast and dust reduction during the installation of fiber-cement siding is demonstrated.

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Air date: Oct 29, 2009

Inadequate framing in the old kitchen ceiling leads the team to reinforce and level it; the first floor platform is framed for the new addition. Also: the origins of the home's Dutch Colonial Revival style are discussed with architect Russell Versaci. Then, how to install aluminum gutters and downspouts, and an energy-efficient washer and dryer.

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Air date: Nov 5, 2009

Progress on the Newton Centre project is gauged, as the first-floor family room is framed in and the gable wall for the addition is in progress. Also: preparing the electrical system to be upgraded; running new lines to the old radiators using a composite pipe made from PEX and aluminum. Then, homeowners are helped with the installation of a sliding-glass door.

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Air date: Nov 12, 2009

Work on the Dutch Colonial Revival's kitchen includes reframing the walls to accommodate new door and window openings; installing a large window in the upstairs library. Also: a paper mock-up of the kitchen that helps the homeowner visualize it; former "This Old House" architect Treff LaFleche's green-friendly renovation of his 1906 Gambrel-style Victorian. The second half discusses container gardening and different types of flooring, and features the installation of a rooftop TV antenna.

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Air date: Nov 19, 2009

The trees on the corner and along the driveway of the Newton Centre project are pruned, a fan that looks like a recessed light is installed in the new powder room and the roofing work is detailed. Also: a visit to the show's first certified green-building project, a 1920s bungalow in Austin.

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Air date: Nov 26, 2009

Replicating the old exterior trim around the new windows includes using cellular PVC that won't rot; installing the pre-hung Douglas fir exterior door for the back entry; removing the old bookshelves and plaster wall to gain entry into the new library addition. Also: building a basic picnic table with common framing lumber; installing a new utility sink in a basement laundry area.

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Air date: Dec 3, 2009

Fabricating a decorative bracket to support the rear porch roof; piping the old radiators to provide heat to the new kitchen; patching the old exterior siding at the back of the house. Also: a kitchen and home office-library in a renovated church are examined. Then Harvard's organic lawn-care program is examined; "compost tea" is discussed; and an improperly vented bathroom fan is rerouted.

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Air date: Dec 10, 2009

Building a new stairway to the basement; choosing a quality faucet; making a vaulted ceiling in the hallway that connects the front of the house to the new addition; installing spray-foam insulation in the new addition. Also: adding stone veneer to a concrete retaining wall; retrofitting dampers in forced-air HVAC ducts; getting the most from a can of insulating foam.

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