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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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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This Old House | Brick and Mortar (S39 E19) | FULL EPISODE



An old fireplace will house a new stove. Tommy discusses using interior casework with exposed brick. The kitchen house brick needs repointing. Roger tours hidden gardens. Across town, demo continues while Tommy and Judith look at flooring options.

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Kevin finds builder Mark in the old dining room, which will become a new kitchen.

To accommodate the desired cabinet layout, the homeowners have decided their new range should slide into the space currently used as a fireplace. Mark shows Kevin what needs to be done to the fireplace in order to create the space.

With the plan to expose the brick on many of the walls in the house, Mark needs to decide how to handle the original casework around all the windows. He and Tommy discuss the options, and he shows homeowner Scott a mockup of what he thinks will look best for the house.

The brick and mortar in the single house date to the 1840’s. As they restore the kitchen house, they need to repoint the exposed brick. Master mason Mark McCullough has come to Charleston to inspect the old mortar and to check out how they update it down south.

Roger takes a tour of some hidden gardens with the Edwards’ landscape architect, Glen Gardner, starting with another Charleston Single House.

Work is just getting underway at the other project across town. Tommy checks in with a demo expert to see what they are discovering. Many joists and floorboards are rotted.

Judith plans on wood flooring throughout the house. Tommy takes her to a local showroom to discuss what she should consider when making selections.

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Demolition Crew
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Flooring shop
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General Contractor – Single House
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Mortar analysis and production
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Roof Demolition
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Visit to historic garden
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Heyward-Washingon House
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Glen Gardner
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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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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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