This Old House: Season 23 (2001 - 2002)

Season 23
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Air date: Oct 11, 2003

The 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 renovated.

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Air date: Oct 17, 2002

Architect David Stirling, who'll be working on the Manchester, Mass., renovation, shows off a Manchester house he designed. Stirling also discusses plans for the project house's master bedroom with homeowner Bruce Leasure. Outside, there's lead-based exterior paint to strip; and trees and shrubs to remove (temporarily) during construction. Steve Thomas hosts.

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Air date: Oct 24, 2002

Architect David Stirling and homeowner Kim Whittemore go over plans for kitchen renovations at the Winchester, Mass., house. Outside, workers dismantle the top of an unused kitchen chimney while landscaping contractor Roger Cook and entomologist look for ways to save hemlock trees from a blight that has been killing trees in the eastern U.S. Steve Thomas hosts.

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Air date: Oct 31, 2002

The second floor of the Winchester, Mass., house is jacked up (carefully) by carpenter Charlie Silva, while plumbing-heating expert Richard Trethewey drains the house's heating system and disconnects the radiators. And homeowner Kim Whittemore dismantles the inside part of the kitchen chimney. Outside, unwanted trees are removed. Steve Thomas hosts.

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Air date: Nov 7, 2002

Excavation begins on a new kitchen foundation for the Winchester, Mass., house. Also: the master-bedroom layout is unveiled by architect Donald Stirling; and host Steve Thomas and homeowner Kim Whittemore tour a nearby greenhouse with landscaper Roger Cook.

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Air date: Nov 14, 2002

At the Winchester, Mass., house: a new doorway is cut into the basement foundation; exterior paint is stripped using non-toxic chemicals; architect Donald Striling and homeowner Kim Whittemore discuss the house's asymmetrical dormers; Whittemore and host Steve Thomas shop for windows for the addition.

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Air date: Nov 21, 2002

Carpenter Norm Abram shows the new foundation for the kitchen addition to the Manchester, Mass., house, while contractor Tom Silva's crew begins demolition of rotted sections of the sun porch and plumbing-heating guy Richard Trethewey lays out the plan for the pumbing in the master bath. Also: homeowner Kim Whittemore and host Ken Thomas visit a recently renovated house nearby in search of design ideas.

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Air date: Nov 28, 2002

Chimney specialist Mark Shaub uses his "fluecam" to look for reasons why the chimney at the Winchester, Mass., house is smoking. Also: contractor Tom Silva shows how the kitchen addition was reinforced and works on the deck structure for the new sun porch; and host Steve Thomas examines the cantilever at Frank Lloyd Wright's Fallingwater house in western Pennsylvania.

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Air date: Dec 5, 2002

Winchester, Mass., homeowner Kim Whittemore explores exterior-paint options with host Steve Thomas and building-conservation specialist Andrea Gilmore. And plumbing-heating expert Richard Trethewey shows his radiant-heating plan for keeping the outdoor steps leading to the basement ice-free in winter. Meanwhile, homeowner Bruce Leasure and carpenter Norm Abram examine roofing choices; and Thomas visits photographer Arthur Griffin, a Winchester resident known for his pictures of baseball Hall-of-Famer Ted Williams.

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Air date: Dec 12, 2002

The Winchester, Mass., house gets some unexpected exposure: Neighbors have removed hemlocks from their backyard. Inside, chimney specialist Mark Schaub breaks up an old flue using a centrifugal hammer. Meanwhile, carpenter Norm Abram tours a new Colonial Revival house built on the site of a 1950s ranch house. Steve Thomas hosts.

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