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Electrical Wiring in the Accessible Home
Arnold (from Crosswinds Enterprises) and Bob demonstrate the easy installation of a special kind of weather- and fire-resistant cementicious siding. In the basement, plumber Gerry Folan and electrician Brad Owens are both busy at work.
- Part 1: Cement Fiber Siding Installation
- Part 2: Plumbing With PVC Piping
- Part 3: Electrical Wiring in the Accessible Home
- Bob joins a three-man team from Cliff Electric, the firm performing all the 'rough-in' wiring. The lead electrician, Bob Owens, demonstrates how to properly run NMB wire, strip the outer sheath, make the necessary connections, and strip wire insulation.
This project follows an urban renewal story, involving grass-roots activism and affordable housing. Bob Vila reports on nine newly built three-bedroom homes, including one with accessibility for people with disabilities.
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Bob introduces the nine-unit affordable housing project in Roxbury, MA, by touring the neighborhood with the community-based developers from Nuestra Comunidad CDC.<br> <br> Bob shows that here, as is often the case in urban construction projects, soil decontamination is taking place at the same time as foundation excavation.<br> <br> At another site, we meet Arnold Johnson and George Chin, contractors for the accessible hour the job, who show Bob around a unit that's already been framed.
Framing is underway on the unit of the Roxbury project that will be accessible for people with disabilities.<br> <br> George and Arnold (from Crosswinds Enterprises) explain the panelization process and what it takes to get the job done right with a building crew that's as culturally diverse as the community.<br> <br> On the roof, Jack Vieira installs asphalt shingles and flashing, while George installs special blocking inside that will be used to securely mount some safety handrails.
Bob helps Arnold (from Crosswinds Enterprises) build temporary safety stairs on the job site. At the same time, insulation work is underway.<br> <br> Out in the street, trenches are being dug for new water service into each single-family unit, and the inspector is on-site to make sure the job is done right.<br> <br> Also on-site is Thomas Menino, then Mayor of the City of Boston, who's helping to install the front door of the accessible home on Blue Hill Avenue.
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