The This Old House Hour: Season 12 (2013 - 2014)

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Air date: Oct 3, 2013

Season 12 opens on the Hurricane Sandy-ravaged Jersey shore, where the team meet three homeowners who've decided to rebuild stronger, smarter and out of harm's way. Also: using Twitter; replacing an old bulkhead door; getting hot water without waiting.

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Air date: Oct 10, 2013

A tour of the Bay Head, N.J., revetment project; the Point Pleasant project faces setbacks; the owner says goodbye to the Manasquan house before it's torn down. Also: a lesson on FEMA zones and foundations. In the second half: building a garden bed for chili pepper plants in New Mexico; and repairing a leaky toilet with a worn-out flange.

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Air date: Oct 17, 2013

In New Jersey, the decimated Mantoloking house is viewed from a beach rescue vehicle; the Bay Head home's new first floor is framed; and helical pull-down micro-pile technology screws the Point Pleasant house in place. Also: Bay Head's oldest bakery, which was rebuilt following Hurricane Sandy. In the second half: replacing a leaking kitchen faucet with a hands-free model; installing a channel drain in a driveway to divert rainwater. Also: rechargeable batteries are explained.

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Air date: Oct 24, 2013

The effort to rebuild the Seaside Heights, N.J., pier and boardwalk is spotlighted. Also: mahogany decking is installed at the Bay Head project; a concrete crusher makes quick work of an old slab at the Point Pleasant location; and a look at how the Manasquan house was built in a factory in a week's time. In the second half: installing a pre-hung front door; and using big containers for screening and shading in a backyard.

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Air date: Oct 31, 2013

Structural hardware and windows are installed at the Bay Head home; the garage is turned into a dining room at the Point Pleasant project; and the modular home is trucked in and craned onto timber piles at the Manasquan location. In the second half: adding a shade sail to a deck; installing a hybrid water heater. Also: the proper way to use a wheelbarrow; Santa Fe-style architecture.

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Air date: Nov 7, 2013

Barrier-island ecology is investigated while the Bay Head job is delayed. Meanwhile, breakaway walls and flood vents are installed at the Point Pleasant project; and work on the modular home continues. Also: plants and trees that survived Sandy. In the second half: a leaky skylight is replaced; and a noisy toilet is repaired.

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Air date: Nov 14, 2013

Sea-level foundation footings are added to the Bay Head home; stone veneer, fiber-cement siding and composite decking dress up the Point Pleasant exterior; and the Manasquan project is finished as the flooring and fixtures are installed. Also: a surfing jaunt with pro Sam Hammer; and cruising the bay with marine biologist Chris Wojcik. In the second half: planting a maple tree; working on an underground bathroom.

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Air date: Nov 21, 2013

A tour of the "Mantoloking Miracle," which features a repurposed garage. Also: a wharf-side wrap party celebrates the completion of the Jersey Shore projects. In the second half: building a safe room for tornado protection; learning about hurricane window protection; adding a whole-house standby generator. Also: meteorologist Jim Cantoreon how weather is changing and what homeowners should do to prepare.

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Air date: Jan 2, 2014

Work begins on an 1872 Italianate-style home in Arlington, Mass., that has an awkward layout. Also: explaining the many uses for a router; replacing an air-conditioning unit that freezes when it runs.

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Air date: Jan 9, 2014

A neighborhood water tank that's disguised as a Greek temple is examined. Also: dramatic discoveries are made while demolishing the kitchen and baths; a massive rhododendron is moved; and the over-the-top Victoria Mansion in Portland, Maine, is visited. In the second half: installing an irrigation system designed for a desert climate; and a heat-pump water heater. Also: re-using an old garden-hose reel.

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