The This Old House Hour: Season 9 (2010 - 2011)

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Air date: Oct 7, 2010

The Season 9 premiere finds the team focused on renovating a 1940s house on Boston's Charles River. The project commences with a structural investigation of the home, which leads to lead-paint concerns. Later, improperly planted trees are rescued;a kitchen island sink's water and drain lines are connected; and Tom Silva's new workbench is showcased.

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Air date: Oct 14, 2010

The entry hall's new foundation is prepped; the sun porch is demolished; a 16-foot section of the rear foundation wall is cut and dropped so that work on the new family room can commence. Also: a visit to a gatehouse (now a private home) that belonged to the estate that once occupied the neighborhood. Later, balusters are added to a staircase and a stone footpath is installed.

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Air date: Oct 21, 2010

Installing a 900-pound steel support beam; examining the insulated concrete forms being used for the foundations and above-grade walls on the additions; gutting the kitchen. Also: Chris Kimball ("America's Test Kitchen") on the home's old kitchen vs. what it will become; how the new lead laws affect interior work. Later, the team creates a doorway into an unused attic; turns a standard PVC pipe into a faucet wrench; and repairs a broken doorbell.

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Air date: Oct 28, 2010

The dip in the old kitchen floor is removed by working beneath it in the basement; the new mudroom and powder room are framed; termite and carpenter ant problems are addressed. Also: how the Charles River has been shaped by major engineering projects, including three major dams. Later, the team shows how to repair a rotted windowsill and install an outdoor faucet, and discuss gardening tools for people with limited mobility.

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Air date: Nov 4, 2010

The new front entry and framed-up kitchen are reviewed; the garage's flat roof is turned into a pitched roof; the kitchen layout is double-checked via a paper mock-up; a look at native and non-native species taking over the flood plain; the 12 footings to support the new back deck and walkways are installed; the new sun room is framed with engineered lumber. Also: building a raised garden bed that's wheelchair-accessible; repairing a leaky roof caused by a failed plumbing-vent gasket.

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Air date: Nov 11, 2010

The sunroom's flat roof is framed; the progress on the rough plumbing is shown; the layout of the back-to-back bathrooms is discussed. The home's former resident, street photographer Jules Aarons, is also remembered by his son Phillip and Boston Public Library curator Aaron Schmidt. Also: the different types of ground cover; a product that makes it easier to mark and cut openings for electrical outlets in wallboard. Installation of hydronic baseboard heaters is also demonstrated.

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Air date: Nov 18, 2010

The installation of the floor-warming radiant heating system beneath the family room is completed; concrete is poured for the basement level; energy-efficient windows are installed in what was a dark, windowless corner; aesthetic decisions for the project are made at a tile showroom. Also: building a circular patio and fire pit; repairing brick stairs.

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Air date: Nov 25, 2010

Patching sidewall shingles on the front of the house; installing ductwork for the heating-and-cooling system; installing a pocket door. Later, an energy-efficient storm door is installed; copper plumping pipes and fittings are cut and soldered; and an overgrown privet hedge is trimmed.

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Air date: Dec 2, 2010

An acrylic stucco system is used to make the basement addition blend in with the concrete of the old walkout basement; Chris Kimball ("America's Test Kitchen") gives his take on the kitchen's layout; the valley where the flat roof meets the new entry's pitched roof is waterproofed; insulation is added throughout the house. Also: repairing an uneven stone patio; repainting a rusty bulkhead door.

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Air date: Dec 9, 2010

Opening up the front yard; creating perennial beds; blending the old plaster work with the new; removing paint from the old shingles; removing the front yard maple. Also: a tour of Boston via a DUKW amphibious truck ride on the Charles River. Later, hot-water radiant tubing is installed beneath a kitchen floor; joint compound is applied to drywall corners; and a demonstration on how to properly use a wheelbarrow.

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