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This Old House

Episode #1606

Host Steve Thomas and Norm Abram open the program with a trip to the waterfront to rake for clams. Abram shows Thomas how to open up the clams and enjoy them. Back at the house, Abram watches as the home's new addition is constructed. Thomas learns how to build a roof that will last 50 years. Due to the driving rains, thick cedar shingles are selected. The roofer describes other techniques and materials used to prevent roof rot and ice dams. Richard Trethewey talks with the homeowner about heating methods. Because of the expense of bringing fuels to the island, Trethewey strongly recommends using a geothermal heat pump. Trethewey and Thomas visit a home on the island that uses this method for heating. Thomas and Abram take the home's original doors to see if they can be repaired, updated, and made water-tight. [26 minutes] Closed Captioning

This episode has not aired in the past few months on Iowa Public Television.

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Series Description: America's favorite home improvement series, the Emmy Award-winning THIS OLD HOUSE, with host Kevin O'Connor, general contractor Tom Silva, plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey, landscape contractor Roger Cook and master carpenter Norm Abram.

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