Brooklyn Navy Yard Tour

Project: Waterfront Warehouse Rehab, Episode 5, Part 2



Rough electrical work is underway and Bob discusses the challenges of wiring an old building, particularly in New York City where there are strict code requirements.

The electrician, Eddie Fisher, uses metal-shielded cable to reduce the possibility of damaging power lines, both during installation and over the building's lifespan.

Insulation is also going on. Bob joins George Saylor from Owens Corning to learn more about the type of insulation being used in the apartments.

Taking a break from the action at the project building, Bob tours the Brooklyn Navy Yard, the country's oldest dry dock. Now converted for a variety of functions, the Navy Yard houses everything from television and film production studios to commuter boat docks.
Part 1: Residential Electrical Wiring
Part 2: Brooklyn Navy Yard Tour
Eric Deutsch, former president of the Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation, gives Bob a tour of the nation's first federal boat-building facility.

Today, the Navy Yard is owned by New York City and leased out to private developers. The property is 300 acres in size with 45 buildings enclosing approximately 3.5 million square feet.
Part 3: Insulation Install
Bob Vila heads to the DUMBO neighborhood of Brooklyn, NY, for this project involving an abandoned warehouse built in the mid-19th century. Bob's adaptive reuse will yield three ultra-hip apartments with commercial space at street level. Project manager is Bob's oldest son, Chris Vila, who helps guide this complete rehabilitation of a beat-up building in the city that never sleeps.

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