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Doorknobs of Distinction: 12 Stunning Styles for Interior Doors
While the doorknob may not be the first thing visitors notice about a house, it is often the first thing they touch—so make sure yours is memorable. A doorknob th...
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DIY Tales: Repairing Solid Wood Doors
If you have ever experienced solid hardwood doors, you know they can’t be beat in comparison to hollow doors. T...
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Garage Doors Repurposed: 10 Innovative Design Uses
If you’re planning on improving your home's curb appeal by installing a new garage door, don’t be so fast to throw out the old one. Disposing of a large, cumberso...
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Weatherstripping 101
Weatherstripping is a time-honored method of minimizing window and door drafts. In the winter, weatherstripping preve...
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How To: Install a Prehung Door
Doors come in countless different sizes and styles—from modern, flush interior doors with standard dimensions to mass...
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Open Sesame: 12 Ways to Dress Up a Drab Door
Does your house suffer from drab door syndrome? It’s a common diagnosis. We tend to view doors as necessities—all function and no frill—so we don't see them as th...
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Quick Tip: Door Hanging
Here's some tips for easier door hanging. For this type of door, measure five inches from the top of the door to the ...
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Bob Vila Radio: Losing Heat to Drafts
In these energy-conscious times, many people are adding insulation, installing solar panels, or taking a number of ex...
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Interior Inspiration: Fantastic Front Doors
I have been working with a design client on the exterior of their home specifically the door color. We renovated all of ...
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How To: Shim a Door
When installing a new door, use shim shingles as extra support between the jack studs and the door jamb. Use two ceda...
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10 "Welcoming" Front Door Paint Colors
Whether you're trying to sell a home or just make one look uniquely yours, an attractive exterior can seriously boost curb appeal. While the overall color of a ho...
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How To: Install a Pre-Hung Door
Here's a tip on how to install a pre-hung door. First, lift the door into place, then be sure it's plumb. Always use ...
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Quick Tip: Hanging Double Doors
The tricky part of hanging double doors is that they have to meet in the middle. After hanging each door, check to se...
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5 Things to Do with... Doorknobs
We interact with them daily and seldom think twice, but do-it-yourselfers have found plenty of reasons for us to focu...
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Bob Vila Radio: Garage Door Replacement
Garage doors may not seem like great decorating opportunities—most people treat them as functional afterthoughts that...
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Hinge Styles: 10 Designs You Need to Know
When it comes time to upgrade a front door, build new kitchen cabinets, or even fix a toy box, homeowners have a wide range of hinge styles to choose from.
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Toss Your Keys: 9 High-Tech Door Locks
Now that our phones talk and our cars start with the push of a button, it's no surprise that the front door is going digital too. We’ve got the lowdown on some of...
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21 Fabulous Front Doors
Before committing to Naval by Sherwin Williams for my front door, I scoured the web for inspiration. It took me a while...
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Bob Vila Radio: Redoing the Front Door
Your front door is the face your home presents to the world. It sets your house’s style and tone. So if your entry is...
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How To: Restore Brass Hardware
Here's how to restore the missing brass hardware from an antique door.  The "ghost" image of original brass hardware ...
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How To: Paint Your Front Door
It was a dreary day when we first pulled up to (what would be) our future home. The first things I noticed were the hide...
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10 Incredible Interiors That Use Barn Doors
Barn doors have long left the barn. The former farmhouse fixtures have made their way indoors, and to stay. Their ...
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How To: Choose the Right Garage Doors
There is no doubt that your home’s interior takes all the fanfare when it comes to your decorating and home imp...
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Curtains for Closets: DIY "Doors" the Easy Way
It's been a while since I bought the fabric for our curtain "doors" for the hallway closet and our bedroom closet. The h...
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Bob Vila Radio: Storm Doors
Storm doors are the unsung heroes of our entryways. They protect our exterior doors from the weather and add a layer ...
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Entryway Blues? 5 Ways to Dress Up Your Front Door
Ostensibly, a home’s front door is there for one reason and one reason only: to let people come and go while keeping ...
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Garage Doors 101
As cars have grown more important to our lives, they have gained equal prominence in residential floor plans. You’d p...
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Storm-Proof Your Garage Doors
In the aftermath of Hurricane Andrew’s devastation in 1992, the building codes in many coastal counties and storm-thr...
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How To: Install a New Door
Most homeowners are installing a new door to replace a old door that’s been damaged or cut short to fit existing floo...
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Picking the Right Garage Door
When selecting a garage door for your home, the list of questions includes basic material, style, and price. There is...
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Add an Entrance to Your Basement
When building a new home, plan the foundation to include an exterior staircase and entry basement doors. The foundati...
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VTech Video Doorbell Keeps Simplicity at Your Fingertips
Maintaining your home used to require close attention and diligent care. Thanks to a bevy of home automation products...
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10 New Uses for Old Doors
With imagination and elbow grease, you can transform that old door into a one-of-a-kind piece that's both useful and beautiful.
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How To: Fix a Sagging Door
Do you have something around your home that’s been sorta broken but not quite broken enough to fix it yet? For us,...
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Bob Vila Radio: Pocket Doors
It takes about nine square feet of floor space to swing open a typical 3-foot-wide door. That’s a big chunk of real e...
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Know Your Door Styles: 10 Popular Designs
Homeowners have no shortage of choice in selecting doors, which range from solid, flush styles to decorative, glass-paneled designs.
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Quick and Easy Storm Door Installation
Installing a storm door may seem like a daunting, time-consuming task, but advances in manufacturing and design have ...
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Bob Vila Radio: Interior Lockset
Replacing an interior lockset is a pretty simple job. If you’re thinking about upgrading your doors with new doorknob...
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Enhance Your Entryway with Storm Doors
Interested in adding another layer of insulation and security to your home? Look no further than the storm door, an o...
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Open Up Your Closets with Bi-Fold Doors
Sliding closet doors are a common installation in American homes, but that doesn't necessarily mean they're the best ...
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Bob Vila Radio: Pet Doors
Today’s pet doors are a far cry from the heat-stealing, wildlife-welcoming, burglary risks of yesteryear. If your yar...
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10 Chic New Ideas for Barn Doors
From trendy bathrooms to hidden home offices, barn doors provide an ultra-stylish solution for cramped spaces.
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Beyond the Farm: Using Barn Doors at Home
Barn doors are notable for their distinctive use of space. Rather than hang on vertical hinges and swing open, they g...
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How To: Restore an Antique Door
As anyone who’s ever owned or loved an antique home knows, their beauty and uniqueness are only exceeded by one ...
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Bob Vila Radio: Finishing Fiberglass Doors
Fiberglass doors have been popular for years now as a durable, energy-efficient alternative to wood doors that can be...
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Bob Vila Radio: Interior Doors
Interior doors have important jobs. They provide sound insulation, privacy and character to your home. Listen to BOB ...
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6 Simple & Easy DIY Closet Door Transformations
There's the big stuff—renovations, major appliances, new suites of furniture—any of which can make an obvious impact ...
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10 Eye-Catching Options for Your Front Door
With all the emphasis on paint color and siding, a front door could easily get lost in the shuffle, but as the first and last part of your house a visitor sees, i...
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Selecting the Right Front Door
Almost no other part of your home gets as much exposure as the front door. It’s where you greet friends and family, s...
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Bob Vila Radio: Locksets
Whether you choose a handle set, lever, or knob for your entry door, you also need a deadbolt for greatest security. ...
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Product Showcase: Garage Doors
The garage door can play a major role in your home's overall curb appeal. Learn more about the types, styles, and options available in this product showcase.
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Bob Vila Radio: Garage Door Openers
Your garage door opener controls what is probably the largest moving object in your house. But it’s not actually the ...
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Easy, Breezy Tips on Replacing a Patio Door Screen
I don’t mind the squirrels taking their turn at the bird feeder, but our dog seems to have developed a personal vende...
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The Right Time and Place for Pocket Doors
One of the reasons we chose the house plan we built was because there was a “flex” room off the breakfast nook. We th...
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Garage Door Openers 101
For decades, homeowners interested in automating their garage doors had three choices: chain-, belt- or screw-driven ...
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French Doors Everywhere
French doors have been around for centuries. Since the 17th century to be exact. The beauty of their design was certa...
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How To: Install Door Hardware
As a person who has recently upgraded from living in a garage to living in a half-constructed house, the novelty of h...
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How To: Replace a Door Closer
The door closer on my front porch—that mechanical cylindrical device that keeps the door from flying open too far and...
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Quick Tip: Pocket Door Solutions
Unlike left- and right-handed doors that can take up to 10 square feet of space, pocket doors slide into the wall, le...
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DIY Tales: Front Door Refinishing
I was going to wait until I finished stripping the exterior paint to do the front door. But I changed my mind. While ...
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Fiberglass Windows, Sliding Glass Patio Doors, and Mold-Growth Prevention
Fiberglass windows and sliding glass patio doors are installed. A trailer is brought in to remove moist air and bring in dry, clean air to prevent mold growth whi...
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Installing the New Garage Doors
Bob talks with Robert Rainey of PJ Overhead Door as the new and improved garage door panels and tracks are installed on the Norwell home.
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Putting in a New Fireplace, Painting the Interior, and Installing Doors and Floors
The walls in the new addition are just about ready for paint. The new fireplace, trimmed with fieldstone, will make this new in-law suite very cozy. Interior door...
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Architectural Plans, Demolition, and Door Discovery
Work gets started as Bob and architect Gregory Rochlin discuss first-floor plans, demolition begins, and a surprising discovery is made.
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Second-Floor Plans, Door Demolition, and Staircase Disassembly
Bob goes over plans for the second floor with architect Gregory Rochlin and then joins carpenter Bob Ryley for meticulous demolition and disassembly work.
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Installing Restored Brass Door Hardware and Faux Finishing the Mantelpiece
Bob and carpenter Bob Ryley install the restored door hardware, and artist Kim Sweet faux finishes the mantle in the den, taking as inspiration a piece of Bob’s f...
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Looking Behind the Walls and Installing a Pocket Door
Before putting on the blue board, Bob looks at what goes behind the walls: wiring, light fixtures, heat ducts, water lines, and a pocket door frame.
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Replacing an Exterior Door and Windows
A new, lower-maintenance front door is installed, as well as new bay windows.
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Creating a Lattice-Top Gate and Converting a Mudroom to a Pantry
The backyard is enhanced with a lattice-top gate, and a mudroom is converted into a kitchen pantry to provide storage space.
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Cutting an Exterior Door to Fit
An energy-efficient door is cut down in size to replace the small exterior door leading to the new basement mud room.
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Replacing Sill, Repelling Insects and Rot, and Installing Sliding Doors With Custom Trim Molding
Damaged sill is replaced, the house is protected against insects and rot, and sliding doors with custom trim molding are installed.
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Building Reinforced Concrete Storm-Ready Homes in Florida
Bob works with Scott and Aaron Renfroe to install impact-resistant windows and sliding doors.
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Installing an Impact-Resistant Front Door, Electric Wiring with Metal Studs, Plumbing with Metal Studs and a Concrete Slab
Bob meets with Jesse Gonzales to install an impact-resistant front door, electrician Jose Rodriguez to install wiring and plumber Dan Gerry to learn how to work w...
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Applying a Textured Finish to the Drywall Interior Walls
Doug Frueh shows Bob how to apply a textured finish to a fiberglass-faced wall and Jim Trottier installs a pre-hung hollow-core door. Then Bob looks at the finis...
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Pocket Door Installation
Bob and Gilson Novaes discuss the construction of pocket doors, screens that will divide the bedroom from the outer living area. Bob takes note of the advantages ...
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Hanging an Engineered Wood Six-Panel Door
Carpenter Bob Ryley and Jim Daniels (of Woodport Interior Doors) join Bob to hang a new door in the master bathroom.
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Shimming, Centering, and Hanging a Door
Carpenter Bob Ryley hangs a engineered wood door.
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Door Lock Installation
Bob Ryley is installing the new lockset from Baldwin Brass on the front door.
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French Doors and Weep Holes on the Balcony and Installing Oversized Double-Hung Windows on a Historic Property
Bob starts on the balcony of the Manhattan Brownstone where open space was standard for these urban town homes then moves to the interior to talk about the large,...
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Choosing a Historically Appropriate Door and Creating the Jambs and Hanging a Door
Bob shows the Woodport medium-density fiberboard doors selected for the Manhattan Brownstone then works with the crew from Thorough Construction as they prepare t...
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Installing a Therma-Tru Pre-Hung Door
Bob is joined by Michael McDevitt of Therma-Tru Doors as Wes Lohr and his crew prepare for the installation of the pre-hung exterior door.
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Pre-Hung Affordable Doors and Installing Pre-Primed Wood Molding
Bob points out that one huge aspect of affordability is doors, windows, and trim stock.
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Relocating the Front Door
Bob works with the general contractor Charlie Tomaszewski to move the Medford project home's original front door, so they will be able to frame up a new foyer.
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First Floor Framing and Barn Renovation/Demolition
Bob tours the first floor of the house, then turns his attention to the family room addition. Demolition has taken place in the barn, where a concrete floor has r...
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Shoring Up the Attic With Supports
Engineers determined that the third floor roof was weak and in need of restructuring.
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Installing French Doors
Bob talks with Ray Adam (from Pella Windows) about the new French doors to be installed in the library. It's an active/inactive door with all hardware. The most i...
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Replacing the Barn Door
Workers replace the old barn doors with an oversized Ponderosa Pine door (from KML Industries in Canada).
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Update on Deck, Breezeway, and Barn/Studio
Bob provides an update on the status of the mahogany deck, the breezeway, and the completed barn/studio.
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Tour of the Simpson Door Factory
Bob visits McCleary, WA, where Jim Fielder (from Simpson Door) takes him on a tour of the company's manufacturing plant.
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Hanging a Wood Door in the Basement
Carpenter Bob Ryley works with door hanger Steve Parks to install a wood door in the basement of the Habitat project.
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Installing a Hurricane-Resistant Door
Bob talks with, observes, and lends a helping hand to Kevin Calman (from Andersen), who is installing a hurricane-resistant Frenchwood door.
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Hanging Double Doors
Carpenters Bob Ryley and Mike Smith hang double doors at the entrance to the private family living quarters of the Virginia governor's mansion.
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Faux-Finishing the Doors
Bob looks at the old doors, then meets with local artist Elaine Havaland, who demonstrates a faux-finishing technique.
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Mounting Plantation Shutters
Carpenter Bob Ryley installs plantation shutters against a bedroom wall.
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Covering Doors with Plastic Laminate
Bob meets with architect Greg Rochlin to review the techniques used for covering a series of doors with plastic laminate.
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Installing Steel Stair Stringers for the Bulkhead
Installer Juan Gonsalves shows Bob how to install steel stair stringers.
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Installing Handicapped-Accessible Door Hardware
Bob and carpenter Bob Ryley install a Schlage interior-lever lockset.
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Mahogany Deck and Kitchen Appliances
Carpenter Bob Ryley works on the mahogany deck, while new kitchen appliances are installed and the lighting and cabinets undergo examination.
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Bathroom Remodel
Pat and Roger Simons, the owners of the second house in the Elmwood project, review the goals of their bathroom remodel.
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Porch Railing and Screen Door Installation
Carpenter Bob Ryley helps install a new porch railing and new screen doors. An underground sprinkler system is also installed.
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Installing a Brick Walkway and Porch Lighting, and Milling the Railings and Balusters
Contractors put in the brick walkway. Forester Moulding and Lumber replicates the porch railings and balusters. Also, new security and sprinkler systems are insta...
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Tour of the Restored Victorian Front Porch and Garden
Bob takes a last look at the restored porch, its second-floor balustrade, polished-brass door fixtures, and the newly planted rose garden and boxwood bushes.
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Replicating Brass Door Hardware
Steve Moore (from Architectural Brass) demonstrates how to replicate a brass escutcheon plate based on a faded outline found on the door.
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Custom Door Installation
Bob meets with Curt Weiss (from J.W. Door), who has custom-made a door unit for the bungalow remodel, with glass lights designed in an Arts and Crafts style, and ...
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Wall Demolition to Create a Doorway
Bob and carpenter Bob Ryley demolish a wall on the second floor in order to connect the framed-in addition to the existing house.
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Building a Deck and Stairs
Bob meets with contractor Bill Wilcox to help build a landing and steps up to the French doors. Bob reviews the footings that support the deck, as well as the met...
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Trimming French Patio Doors
Bob joins finish carpenter Mark McCullough, who, as he works, explains the process of applying trim to French patio doors and adjacent windows.
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Federal-Style Home Restoration Update
Bob meets with restoration contractor Richard Marks, who explains the distinction between restoration and reconstruction. He and Bob also discuss the relocation o...
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Building a Door
Bob meets with contractor Bob Ryley, who outlines the door construction process and builds the first of seven doors.
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Installing a Salvaged Door
Bob helps contractor Bob Ryley install a salvaged door on the side of the dream garage, which is undergoing construction.
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Installing Pella Doors and Windows
Bob and Tom Moran (from Pella) discuss the anatomy of the doors chosen for the Martha's Vineyard Victorian project, and contractor Bob Ryley demonstrates the proc...
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Adding a Door to a Wood-Paneled Wall
Bob reviews progress in the kitchen, which includes the installation of a pantry, and contractor Bob Ryley demonstrates how to build a door into a wood-paneled wa...
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Exterior Door Installation
Bob helps contractor Bob Ryley install the exterior kitchen door.
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Constructing a Custom-Recessed Bulkhead Door
Contractor Larry Landers builds a trapdoor to enable access to the old bulkhead from outside. Sheet lead flashing and an ice-and-water barrier are used to waterpr...
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Building and Hanging the Country-Style Door
A country-style door, built by carpenter Bob Ryley in the workshop, is hung in the new entry of the Plymouth project house.
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Installing a Pocket Door
Bob helps contractor Al Stiles change a swinging door into a relocated pocket door.
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Replacing Windows with French Doors
Bob helps contractor Al Stiles install a pair of French doors, but first they remove the old pair of jalousie windows.
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Installing New French Doors
Bob helps the contractors work on building and installing new French doors.
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Bulkhead Entrance and Trim
Bob helps carpentry contractor Bob Ryley install a bulkhead from a kit and put trim (a soffit, fascia, and drip edge) on the front façade.
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Continuing Work on the Bulkhead Entrance
Bob and carpentry contractor Bob Ryley continue working on the bulkhead entrance into the basement.
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Installing a Pre-Hung Front Door
Bob helps carpentry contractor Bob Ryley install the pre-hung front door, then visits Shepley Wood Products to see how the door was made.
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Installing an Iron Staircase
Ironmonger Frank Szablewski constructs an iron staircase and balcony entryway outside the front door.
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Redesigned Dining Room Tour
Bob and the homeowners look at the newly redesigned dining room. Kara Roberts from Smith & Noble joins to review the selections made for window coverings, and Bob...
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Installing a Solid-Core Cherry-Veneer Door
Bob helps general contractor Tim Berky put a solid-core cherry-veneer door on its bronze butt hinges, and install matching door hardware.
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Custom Trim, Windows, and Pocket Door
General contractor Tim Berky trims out the windows with custom millwork created from a profile of the home's original trim. Bob looks at the four-panel cherry poc...
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Removing Horsehair Plaster and Door Framing
General contractor Tim Berky and his crew remove the old horsehair plaster in the kitchen. The framing and sheathing are found to be original to the house. Bob lo...
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Installing High-Performance French Doors
Cordell Burton (from Pella Windows) joins Bob to show off the in-swinging French doors to be installed. It's constructed of solid wood and double-pane, low-e glas...
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