Installing Fire-Rated Wood Shingles and Wiring the Third Floor

Project: Bob's Shingle Style Home, Episode 7, Part 3



Bob visits the roof where Fred Mitchell is installing a state-of-the-art copper lining in the rebuilt wooden gutter system. Shinglers replace the asphalt roof with the red cedar shingles that would have been used originally. The electrician explains why plastic-sheathed wiring will be used for the considerable rewiring to be done.

Part 1: Installing Copper-Lined Gutters
Part 2: Touring a Historic Home in Avon Hill
Part 3: Installing Fire-Rated Wood Shingles and Wiring the Third Floor

Bob, carpenter Bob Ryley, and roofer Jay Sargent install fire-rated wood shingles. Bob discusses the treatment applied to the wood shingles to render them fire resistant. An ice-and-water barrier is applied and a cedar breather added to help the shingles dry more quickly. Bob meets Brendon Driscoll, the electrician who is installing the new wiring. During the initial wiring stage, the "rough in," Brendon will plan circuits, lay out the design, mount boxers, and pull wire, making all the necessary connections. The third-floor multimedia room will have recessed light fixtures and be wired with plastic-sheathed cable.

This project centers around the remodel of Bob Vila's own gracious Shingle Style home in Cambridge, MA. It's a house with a lot of history and beautiful architectural details, many of which were obliterated in remodels of the 50s and the 70s. On the centennial of the house's construction, Bob gets together the best talents in the business to recreate and renew it to its former glory, making some important modifications along the way that will transform this into a dream house for today.

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