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This Old House

Manchester, Mass. (Part 15 of 26) (#2115)

Host Steve Thomas and master carpenter Norm Abram arrive to the project site via boat for the last time before the first snow hits New England. Norm and Steve check out the progress made on the deck on the harbor side of the house. Norm finds John Dee instructing Janet on how to hand-strip the bump-out sash using a "natural" stripper, it has taken six hours to do just one! Looking for suggestions to speed up the process, Norm and Janet turn to painter John Dee for advice and alternative options. Steve talks with Shawn Rippen of Icynene, who shows him a wall cross section and explains how the foam system they have developed combats conditions that lead to mold growth within the walls. Later, Steve finally gets a chance to try his hand at plastering a second floor room, learning the key of plastering is to get it on as quick as you can. Steve will visit with the Boston Design center's tile showroom manager Catherine Mitchell who has been helping homeowner Janet McCue make final tile selections by looking at the mock vignettes they have set up. [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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