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This Old House

Manchester, Massachusetts (Part 7 of 26) (#2107)

The transformation of the Manchester house begins to unfold. Outside, host Steve Thomas tries his hand at driving the job site forklift. He is a little shaky, but successful in delivering a load of plywood to the third floor. Inside, Steve and general contractor Tom Silva discuss their concerns about the planned kitchen, office and game room. Tom and Steve consider the possibility of moving the game room' s location to the now spectacular dormered third floor. Meanwhile, in preparation for the re-siding of the old house, master carpenter Norm Abram talks with specialist Rick Farrar about the finer points of red cedar shingles and bleaching oils. Later in the program, host Steve Thomas tours the harbor with architect Steve Holt to see what has happened to some of the town's great old houses everything from total restoration to total removal. One of the notorious removals was that of Kragsyde in 1929, considered by some to be the greatest example of the Shingle-style home. An exact replica has been built by a couple in Swan's Island, Maine. Steve visits them to see their remarkable achievement. [26 minutes] Closed Captioning

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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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