How to Install a Hidden Door/Bookshelf | Ask This Old House



Ask This Old House general contractor Tom Silva is in Salem, MA, to help install a bookshelf that doubles as a door. (See below for a shopping list, tools, and steps.)

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– Finishing nails [https://amzn.to/2IWY8EK]

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– Utility knife [https://amzn.to/2XpBMVx]

Steps for How to Install a Hidden Door/Bookshelf:
1. Remove current door from its hinges by popping up the pins with a hammer and nailset.
2. Remove the old jamb and casing with a pry bar.
3. To level the jamb, place a piece of poplar on the floor and make it level. Set your scribes the overall width of the filler and drag the scribes along the piece of poplar.
4. After marking the poplar, cut it with the circular saw, following the scribe line you traced.
5. Using wood glue, glue the poplar filler piece to the underside of the doorjamb to fill the gap.
6. Repeat the same steps to fill the back side of the jamb.
7. Move the jamb from the door kit into place. Using a 6-foot level, check that it’s plumb; if it needs adjusting, place shims between the jamb and the wall studs until the jamb is plumb. Drill through the jamb and shims, and secure with screws.
8. Using a utility knife and a hammer, remove the excess shims on either side.
9. Lift up the bookshelf and place in the pre-fashioned pivot-point pinholes on the top and bottom of the jamb.
10. Glue trim to the jamb and secure with finishing nails.

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How to Install a New Gas Fireplace Insert | This Old House



Richard Trethewey learns about the new fireplaces going in on the first floor of the Belmont Victorian.

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Richard Trethewey learns about the two new gas fireplaces as they’re installed on the first floor of the Belmont Victorian.

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How to Install a Butcher Block Countertop | Ask This Old House



In this video, carpenter, Nathan Gilbert helps a couple replace their laminate countertop with butcher block. Then, he demonstrates how to apply a mineral oil finish to it.

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What is the Best Wood to Make a Butcher Block?
Butcher block is made from slices of wood that are all glued together into thick slabs, made to withstand heavy daily use. They can be made from nearly any wood, but Nathan chose maple as this is most popular for butcher block counters because it is hard and durable.

What is the Best Finish for a Butcher Block?
Butcher block cannot be left unfinished as it will stain very easily. The only finish Nathan uses on butcher block is mineral oil, a food-safe option that is a must in the kitchen.

It will take about 2-3 layers of finish to start and after that, it needs a layer applied about once a month. Butcher block countertops will give your kitchen a unique, rustic feel while making for a budget-friendly option.

Time: 4 hours to over two days
Cost: $75 to $150 per square foot, not including delivery costs (plus $8 per square foot for professional install)
Skill Level: Moderate

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Food grade cutting board oil [https://amzn.to/3ou5oL3]

Where to find it?
Nathan installed Unfinished Maple Butcher Block Countertop, which is manufactured by Hardwood Reflections (https://hardwoodreflections.com/). He ordered an 8’ and 4’ section.

To cut the butcher block to size, Nathan used a TS 55 circular track saw [https://amzn.to/36gBhAz], which is manufactured by Festool (www.festoolusa.com).

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In the segment in the Barn after the project, Nathan demonstrated how to finish butcher block using Food Grade Cutting Board Oil [https://amzn.to/3ou5oL3], which is manufactured by Howard Products (https://www.howardproducts.com/).

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How to Install Precast Concrete Steps | Ask This Old House



In this video, mason Mark McCullough helps a homeowner remove his crumbling stone steps. Then, he tours a factory to learn how precast concrete steps are made and helps install a set at the homeowner’s house.

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The front steps appear to be original to the 1940s house and they haven’t aged well. This Old House Mason Mark McCullough demolishes the original and installs a base for the new steps. Then, he takes a tour of the facility where the precast concrete steps are made.

Time: 2 days
Cost: $2,000 and up
Skill Level: Moderate to prep and Professional to make and install steps

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Where to find it?
Mark toured the facility of and then installed precast concrete steps with a stone veneer from Shea Concrete (https://sheaconcrete.com/). Steps can be ordered to size and with a desired finish (if any), and they are delivered directly to site.

Before the steps can be delivered, the old steps needed to be removed and a new concrete base needed to be poured. The jackhammer used to remove the steps can be rented from any home center, and the other materials used for the job, including the concrete mixes, wheelbarrows, trowels, and shovels can all be found at home centers as well.

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How to Install a Garbage Disposal | Ask This Old House



In this video, Richard Trethewey teaches the process of installing a garbage disposal where there was not one originally.

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What Is a Garbage Disposal For?
Garbage disposals are helpful to have because there’s less risk of plumbing drain damage from food going down the pipes, less trash being generated from food waste, and there is reduced kitchen odor from rotting food.

Steps for Installing a Garbage Disposal
People might want to try to install one themselves, so it’s important to understand the basics involved with the installation, particularly the parts and pieces that are needed.
It’s very easy to get confused in the plumbing aisle, so Richard breaks down the various PVC piping and fittings that can be found. These are the steps for how to install a garbage disposal.

Time: 3 hours
Cost: $100—$400
Skill Level: Moderate

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Steps:
1. Disconnect the P-trap from the drain tail pipe with a wrench.
2. Cut the P-trap near where it exits the cabinet, which is most likely from the side or the back of the cabinet, with a mini hacksaw. Keep a bucket underneath the P-trap for any waste or sludge that might have built up in the pipes.
3. Disconnect the sink stopper and the tail pipe from the sink, which can be done from underneath with a wrench.
4. Clean the old putty on the top of the sink.
5. Apply plumber’s putty to the bottom of the new sink flange and place it in the drain hole.
6. From underneath, secure the sink flange to the counter. Older models will use three screws that can be tightened with a screwdriver, and many models now use a plastic, hand-tightened ring.
7. If the dishwasher hose needs to drain into the garbage disposal, most models come with a knockout hole that you can punch through to run the hose.
8. Attach the disposal to the mounting ring that’s attached to the sink flange. It usually can twist right on and be hand tightened.
9. Next, connect the P-trap. The hole for the drain line is usually on the side of the disposal, so new drain pipes will need to be run and connected.
10. Seal all the connections for the new P-trap, depending on what type of piping is chosen.
11. Open the faucet and check for any leaks.
12. Plug the disposer into the outlet or call an electrician to wire the disposal to power.

Where to find it?
Richard installed a Badger 100 ⅓ Continuous Feed Garbage Disposal [https://amzn.to/3py4QnY], which is manufactured by InSinkErator (https://insinkerator.emerson.com/en-us ).

The other tools and materials he used to install the disposal, including the plumber’s putty, array of PVC piping, fittings, cleaner, and glue, and wrenches can all be found at home centers and plumbing supply houses.

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From the makers of This Old House, America’s first and most trusted home improvement show, Ask This Old House answers the steady stream of home improvement questions asked by viewers across the United States. Covering topics from landscaping to electrical to HVAC and plumbing to painting and more. Ask This Old House features the experts from This Old House, including general contractor Tom Silva, plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey, landscape contractor Jenn Nawada, master carpenter Norm Abram, and host Kevin O’Connor. Ask This Old House helps you protect and preserve your greatest investment—your home.

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How to Install Shiplap Panelling | This Old House



Everyone is covering their walls with shiplap. It’s the hottest wall covering. The Arlington homeowners love it too and want to finish the third floor with it. Kevin O’Connor finds Tom Silva installing shiplap in the office. But Tom has a not so big secret. Shiplap has been around for a long time.

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Kevin O’Connor checks on the progress throughout the Arlington house on his way up to the third floor where Tom Silva is working on shiplap paneling. Tom shows Kevin what a true shiplap joint looks like. The boards have overlapping joints on both sides and over time a small reveal between the boards is created as they shrink. This kind of siding has been around for a long time and is seen on barns and sheds. There are other ways of creating the same shiplap look. For this project, Tom is using 1×8 stock butted up against one another. First the wall is covered with tar paper so if the boards shrink the insulation won’t show through the crack. He marks the top of the board on the tar paper on each side and snaps a chalk line. They continue cutting and nailing in the pieces all the way up the ceiling.

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How To Replace Your Windows | Ask This Old House



Ask This Old House general contractor Tom Silva helps a homeowner select and install energy-efficient “replacement” windows.
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How to Install a Wall-Mounted Mini-Split | Ask This Old House



In this video, plumbing and heating expert, Richard Trethewey explains the purpose of a mini split ductless air conditioner and the process of getting one installed.

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How Does a Mini Split Work?
It’s simple physics—heat will always transfer to cold. Using something called an inverter, the mini split is capable of capturing heat through a cold line of refrigerant and moving it to the desired location.

In the summer, the heat is extracted from the air in the house and dumped outside, making it cold. In the winter, heat is scavenged from the outside and pushed back into the house. This creates heating and cooling year-round.

Because there are no ducts to retrofit, the system is simple for a pro to install. And it provides excellent dehumidification, quiet operation, and great efficiency. Need to adjust the temperature or turn the unit off? Just use the remote control.

How Much Space Can a Mini Split Cool?
A single air handler can heat or cool up to 1,000 square feet, depending on the climate and system size. (In heating mode, it functions down to minus 13 degrees F, not a problem where you live.)

For larger spaces, up to four independently controlled indoor units can connect to one condenser, for the ultimate in zoned comfort.

Time: 4-6 hours
Cost: $2,000 – $15,000
Skill Level: Professional

Where to find it?
Richard installed a 12,000 BTU SEER Ductless Mini Split Heat Pump System [https://amzn.to/2NzrgYz], which is manufactured by LG (https://lghvac.com/home).

Installing a mini split is an involved process, so Richard recruited the help of Boston Standard Plumbing for the installation (https://www.bostonstandardplumbing.com/).

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How to Install Rough Electricity | This Old House



Rough electrical wiring is installed in the Detroit kitchen.

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At the Detroit house, Scott Caron and local electrician Shane Masters rough-in new kitchen wiring.

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This Old House is America’s first and most trusted home improvement show. Each season, we renovate two different historic homes—one step at a time—featuring quality craftsmanship and the latest in modern technology. We demystify home improvement and provide ideas and information so, whether you are doing it yourself or hiring out contractors, you’ll know the right way to do things or the questions to ask. Our experts including general contractor Tom Silva, plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey, landscape contractor Jenn Nawada, master carpenter Norm Abram, and host Kevin O’Connor give you the tools you need to protect and preserve your greatest investment—your home.

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How to Install a Brand New Kitchen | This Old House



Kevin O’Connor helps Tom Silva install the Belmont kitchen cabinets. The kitchen counters are installed.

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Tom Silva and Kevin O’Connor install the Belmont kitchen cabinets. Norm Abram finds kitchen designer Linda Cloutier overseeing the kitchen countertop installation, and discovers her unique idea for the kitchen sink.

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This Old House is America’s first and most trusted home improvement show. Each season, we renovate two different historic homes—one step at a time—featuring quality craftsmanship and the latest in modern technology. We demystify home improvement and provide ideas and information so, whether you are doing it yourself or hiring out contractors, you’ll know the right way to do things or the questions to ask. Our experts including general contractor Tom Silva, plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey, landscape contractor Jenn Nawada, master carpenter Norm Abram, and host Kevin O’Connor give you the tools you need to protect and preserve your greatest investment—your home.

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