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This Old House

Manchester, Massachusetts (Part 10 of 26) (#2110)

Host Steve Thomas begins the show in a municipal parking lot in Ipswich, Massachusetts, where once stood a beautiful 250-year-old Georgian home. The house has been torn down and preserved at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History. Steve visits the museum where the house as well as the lives of the many families that lived there have been reconstructed. Back at the renovation site, everyone is in high gear. Mason Lenny Belliveau builds the new addition's exterior face from water-struck brick, while inside master carpenter Norm Abram checks out chimney specialist Dan McLaughlin's use of an insulating chimney system made from pumice. It goes up quickly and keeps the chimney stack warmer, preventing the buildup of the column of cold air that normally dumps out and spreads smoke into the room. General contractor Tom Silva shows Steve his method of putting in a wooden floor over concrete that was previously outdoor patio space. Architect Steve Holt shows Norm his design for the new fireplace inglenook, based in part on old photos taken before the original addition was torn down. [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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