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How To: Patch Drywall
Sooner or later, most of us need to patch drywall, whether for purely cosmetic reasons—filling nail holes, for exampl...
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9 DIY Wood Wall Treatments
Wood is found inside every home, from the framing to the floor. With the exception of floors, molding, and trim, however, most of it is covered by drywall, paint,...
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Back to Basics: Hanging Drywall
In the past week or so, we started hanging drywall in our home office. It’s not a terribly quick process and it&rs...
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Repair Drywall with Less Hassle
Let’s be honest. Drywall repair is not something most people look forward to. Although it’s relatively straightforwar...
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How To: Build a Temporary Wall
If you can't live with the layout of your space, a temporary wall may be just the solution you need. For decades, ren...
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Bob Vila Radio: Plaster Wall Cutouts
It’s pretty straightforward to cut a hole in drywall to add a light switch, electrical outlet, or even a recessed she...
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Bob Vila Radio: Removing Plaster
It’s tough to think of a dirtier job than tearing down old plaster. The dust gets everywhere!Listen to BOB VILA ON RE...
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Framed! 18 Picture-Perfect Gallery Walls
Candid vacation snapshots. Formal family portraits. Contemporary art. Flea market finds. Your most prized pictures and artistic expressions deserve a special plac...
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Quick Tip: Taping Drywall Joints
Here's a helpful tip for getting really smooth drywall seam. After you've laid the tape in a four-inch bed of joint c...
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How To: Paint Wood Paneling
In a room with wood-paneled walls—particularly if that wood is a veneer—your instinct may be to start fresh, either b...
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DIY Tales: A Very Special Kind of Gallery Wall
I finally got our foyer wall finished up and painted. The trim and staircase are still left undecided on whether to pain...
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How To: Tile a Bathroom Wall
Here are some tips to help you tile a bathroom wall. For better moisture protection, apply cement board to your walls...
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Bob Vila Radio: Radiant Walls
You’re probably familiar with the comfort and effectiveness of radiant flooring, but did you know that radiant heat c...
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How To: Texture Walls
When you texture the walls of your house, you accomplish two things. First, you transform boring-to-look-at surfaces ...
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What Would Bob Do? Dealing with Bulging Drywall Seams
Many of the drywall seams on my 40-year-old house are bulging. It doesn't appear as if the joint tape is pulling away...
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How To: Repair a Cracked Plaster Wall
K … It feels like I’ve been working on this post for weeks. Well, ha! … because I have. Actuall...
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How To: Find Studs
Whether you're hanging shelves or breaking through a wall, you've got to know where to find the wall studs. There are...
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How To: Repair Plaster Walls
If you have an old house with holes in the plaster, here's a quick way to patch them.  Apply your base coat (or brown...
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Quick Tip: Using Reclaimed Brick
In a restoration project, reusing the original brick is a great idea. Water damage and neglect can destroy the mortar...
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Add Visual Interest with Board and Batten
A striking dimensional finishing treatment, board and batten, is enjoying renewed popularity, with homeowners install...
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How To: Bend Drywall
Here's a tip on how to throw a curve with drywall. The trick is to use two sheets of quarter-inch drywall instead of ...
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Quick Tip: Installing Beadboard Wainscoting
To achieve a Victorian look on an interior wall, try a beadboard wainscot.  You can buy beadboard at your local lumbe...
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How To: Stencil a Wall
You can hand-paint your own stenciled border. Use painter's tape to mark off straight edges; you'll find the tape pre...
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Radiant Surfaces: Heat Where You Least Expect It
Think “radiant heating” and you’re likely to think of floors. But did you know that radiant heat panels can also be i...
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Quick Tip: Custom Moldings
Dress up the rooms in your house with a variety of custom moldings.  These moldings are available in many historic pr...
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What Would Bob Do? Cutting Drywall
I've got to remove some drywall in a room so I can nail studs behind the wall for anchoring purposes. What is the bes...
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How To: Build a Cement Block Wall
Here's how to lay out a cement block wall yourself. Mix two parts masonry cement with one part sand, and add just eno...
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10 Ways to Unleash the Potential of Your Blank Walls
Do your blank walls bore you to tears? Try to look at them as if they're canvases, just waiting for your inspired touch.
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How To: Paint Brick
Painting bricks requires some special considerations. Wet down the surface first to ensure better paint adhesion. Use...
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How To: Remove Crayon Stains
If you have kids, you know that crayons can cause some serious damage to any paint job. Here's how to tackle tough cr...
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Quick Tip: Glass Block Walls
Glass block walls are a great design feature that let extra sunlight into any room in your home while still providing...
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How To: Remove Plaster
Here's how to remove old plaster when starting a remodeling project.  Have professionals remove any old electrical co...
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Stone Veneer 101
The pharaohs capitalized on the beauty and strength of stone, overseeing the construction of architectural gems whose...
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Quick Tip: Drywall vs. Blueboard
When choosing wallboard, remember the difference between drywall and blueboard. Drywall panels are covered with paper...
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DIY Tales: War and Beadboard
As part of the large lumber order for the Barton’s, I’ve been busy prepping a little over 100 square feet of...
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What Would Bob Do? Installing Beadboard
We are thinking about installing beadboard in our bathroom. How do I install it so that it looks at home in the room?...
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Quick Tip: Using Metal Studs
If your home improvement project calls for new walls, you might want to consider metal studs.  They fit together like...
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How To: Lay Brick
Here are a few tips on laying your own bricks. Prepare a mortar mix that is neither too firm and nor too runny. Sprea...
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How To: Identify a Bearing Wall
There are two kinds of walls: bearing walls and non-bearing walls.  You can do anything you like to a non-bearing wal...
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Plastering Tools
Hanging drywall is often one of the first tasks taken on by the novice renovator. Plasterboard or Sheetrock, to call ...
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Skim Coat Plastering
Traditional plastering consists of three separate coats of plaster. The first two, called the brown and scratch coats...
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How To: Finish Seamless Drywall
I won't attempt here to tell you in detail how to hang wallboard or to tape joints; there are a number of book-length...
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Quick Tip: Installing Drywall
You've probably hung some 'rock over the years, either at home or helping a friend refur­bish a room. So you probably...
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The Walls and Ceilings
The completed rough frame of the structure allows you to get a physical and a visual sense of the new or renovated sp...
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How To: Rebuild a Wall with Three-Coat Plaster
On the Manhattan Brownstone project, Bob, Chris Vila, and architect Brian O’Keefe discovered an intact ceiling cornic...
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Custom Paneling Systems
Custom paneling has always been a luxury item. It is labor and cost intensive, since creating a profile means multipl...
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DIY Wall Stenciling
Artisans Polly and Ken Forcier of MB Historic Decor joined Bob Vila on the Season 13 "Modern Colonial" project house ...
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Blueboard and Veneer Plaster Offer Old-Style Look
Everyone knows drywall and you can’t beat its cost. But almost no one loves drywall, a leading cause of contractor ca...
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Removing a Wall Could Be Easier Than You Think
Anyone want to see some walls taken down? OK good, because that’s what we have for you today: A 14 foot opening w...
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Top Tips for Installing Tongue-and-Groove Paneling
Install wood paneling in any room to inject architectural detail, warmth, and character into your home. Traditionally...
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How To: Paint Masonry Walls
Hurricane Sandy proved to be a trial for many of us. My wife and I were fortunate, and our home suffered no major dam...
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Bob Vila Radio: Drywall Costs
As of January 2nd, U. S. drywall manufacturers increased their prices by 25 to 30%. On top of a similar increase last...
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Hang Time: Making a Case for Picture Rails
Picture rails are strips of molding that adhere to walls and run horizontally around the room, typically aligning wit...
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Bob Vila Radio: Foam Core
It used to be that foam-core board was only useful to architects building models. Now that foam technology has taken ...
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Bob Vila Radio: Historic Trim
If you're looking for ways to dress up your dining room for the holidays, nothing works better than some good, old-fa...
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Bob Vila Radio: Crown Molding
If your home doesn't have the style and panache you wish it had, adding crown molding can help. Listen to BOB VILA ON...
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Bob Vila Radio: Beadboard
When industrial sawmills started cranking it out in the late 19th century, beadboard came on the scene as a quick and...
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Bob Vila Radio: Load-Bearing Walls
Removing walls that don't have a function and making spaces work together is a great way to improve the traffic flow ...
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Bob Vila Radio: Patching Drywall
Drywall has been the wall finishing material of choice for most of a century, because it’s so easy to install and fin...
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Bob Vila Radio: Plaster
If the idea of a freshly plastered wall does not overly excite you, it’s because the options for plaster have been fa...
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Bob Vila Radio: Locating Studs
Whether you're removing a wall or just hanging bookshelves, you've got to know where the studs are before you start. ...
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Bob Vila Radio: Installing Drywall
Although the two words are often used interchangeably, sheetrock is actually a brand name for the generic drywall, wh...
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5 Favorite Picture Hanging Tricks
Hanging a picture is about as DIY as many homeowners get. But although it may seem easy, hanging a picture properly i...
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Bob Vila Radio: Water Spots
Water spots on ceilings and walls aren’t just unsightly--they can be a symptom of a much bigger problem that needs at...
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DIY Faux Finish Wall Covering
While it's not uncommon for a hallway to be the 'problem child' of a home decor scheme, most people never encounter o...
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5 DIY Wood Wall Treatment Ideas
Wood. It makes up so much of our homes, from the framing to the flooring we walk on. And it appears in all kinds of f...
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How To: Clean Painted Walls
Cleaning your painted walls may seem like a daunting task, but it’s actually quite simple (though somewhat time-consu...
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Bob Vila Radio: Metal Studs
If your next home renovation requires framing new walls, think twice before you reach for those ubiquitous two-by-fou...
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Bob Vila Radio: Hanging Shelves
Who doesn't need more shelf space? Hanging shelves is a great do-it-yourself project that can help you get organized....
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How To: Install Floating Shelves
Before hanging anything, it’s important to find out what your wall is made of. Ideally, you should attach floating sh...
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Bob Vila Radio: Drywall Types
Everybody calls it sheetrock, but the generic name is drywall and it comes in various thicknesses and sizes. LISTENLi...
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Toiles Go Contemporary
Historic fabrics known for their scenic depictions now tell more modern tales.
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How To: Patch Plaster Walls
Finishing a new wall or room with plaster or joint compound takes practice. If you have no experience with plaster or...
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Quick Tip: Choosing Drywall
Drywall History Before drywall, builders nailed lengths of wood, called lath, to the studs and then applied several c...
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How To: Install a Drywall Anchor
So you bought a new towel rack—or some shelving brackets, or a paper towel holder—and you want to attach it to the wa...
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Three Ways to Find a Wall Stud (Without Fancy Equipment)
We've all been there, right? "Oh, I just need to find a stud to hang this picture. " And fifteen holes later, you're ...
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Drywall 101
What is drywall?Although the two words are often used interchangeably, Sheetrock is actually a brand name for drywall...
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Quick Tip: Patching Damaged Drywall
The Virtues of Drywall Drywall has been the wall finishing material of choice for most of a century because it’s so e...
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How To: Finish Drywall Joints
Most of the time finishing drywall joints isn't one of those jobs that has people jumping up and down with excitement...
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Insulating the Roof and Installing Mold-Resistant Drywall
The roof of the new addition is being insulated – in an environmentally conscious way – to retain the heat from the radiant heating system. Moisture- and mold-res...
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Building with Polystyrene Forms and Concrete
Bob explores innovative construction technologies – Insul-Tarp and ReddiForm polystyrene blocks – as the structure is reinforced and the first-floor walls start t...
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Building a First-Floor Slab and Walls with Concrete
The home's concrete-slab floor is constructed with foam decking and connected to PEX tubing that will heat the home. The ReddiForm foam blocks enable a single con...
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Building a Metal Stud Wall in the Basement
Bob meets carpenter Danny Ruffini to see how a metal stud wall is built in the basement.
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Installing Stud Lumber Partitioning for the Bathroom
Bob reviews plans for the kitchen remodeling and visits the second floor, where one of the bedrooms has been removed to accommodate his and her bathrooms. He help...
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Installing a Chair Rail and Restoring a Corner Cupboard
In the dining room, carpenter Bob Ryley installs a chair rail and works with carpenter Danny Ruffini on the glass doors that will be added to the corner cupboard—...
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Building a Kitchen Staircase
Furniture maker Todd Allen builds a staircase from scratch, which will run from the basement to the kitchen, using a technique that is a couple of centuries old.
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Touring the Isaac Bell Historic House
Bob takes a tour of the Isaac Bell historic house in Newport, RI, exploring one of the finest examples of the Shingle Style to be found anywhere.
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Installing Wall Paneling in the Entranceway and Visiting the Completed Tiled Shower
Inspired by designs found in the Isaac Bell historic house, paneling is installed on Bob’s entrance door to the living room. Bob looks at the completed tiled show...
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Installing Paneling in the Master Bedroom Closet
Bob joins carpenter David Ives, who is installing the paneling in the master bedroom closet, and then checks in on artist Kim’s faux finishing work on the walls.
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Applying Decorative Painting Techniques
Bob meets with faux-painting expert Kim Sweet, who is applying a gold parchment effect on the master bedroom walls. Bob tries his hand at applying some color.
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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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Repairing Plaster and Installing Ceramic Shower Tiles
Bob heads to the library to discuss the plaster patchwork in progress, and then visits the second floor, where ceramic tile is being installed in a guest bathroom...
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Applying a Veneer Coat of Plaster over Blueboard
Bob interviews Carlos Londono, a plastering contractor, who demonstrates how to apply a veneer coat of plaster over blue board.
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Completing the Basement Finishing System and Repairing the Basement Stairs
Bob talks with Owens Corning experts about the basement finishing system and discusses staircase repairs.
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Recapping the Remodeling and Converting an Unfinished Basement into Living Space
Bob recaps the project and the installation of a new ceiling and walls begins.
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Replacing and Installing Windows and Costs of Finishing a Basement
An old basement window is replaced, and experts explain the costs of the Owens Corning finishing system.
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Installing a Basement Half-Bathroom
Bob discusses the installation of a basement half-bathroom, including wiring, plumbing, and radiant heating.
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Reviewing the Work Involved in Building a Hurricane-Resistant Home
Bob meets with Leslie Chapman-Henderson from the Federal Alliance for Safe Housing (FLASH) and Randy Shackelford to discuss an assortment of storm-resistant roof ...
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Fiberglass-Faced Wallboard Combats Mold and Moisture
Bob meets Thad Goodman to install fiberglass-faced wallboard.
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Removing the Concrete Wall Forms and Planning the Plaster Finish
Mark Newton and Jesse Gonzales explain what happens when the metal frames are removed from the poured walls, then they apply a three-coat plaster.
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Metal Stud Framing
Dino Koukoudakis of Dino's Construction prefers using metal studs, because of their light weight and resistance to warping. Easy to cut and fasten, metal studs to...
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Fast-Pace Drywall Installation and Mold-Resistant Interior Siding
Bob spends a moment with the drywall contractor before speaking with Thad Goodman of Georgia Pacific. Mr. Goodman tells Bob about the unique, mold-resistant prope...
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Mixing Plaster and Installing the Skylight
Bob and Chris Vila visit the plastering contractor and receive a lesson in plaster mixing. Next, they talk to Dino from Dino's Construction, who's installing the ...
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Applying Marmorino Plaster
Bob discusses the custom wall finish with designer Jonas Everets, who is using marmorino, a centuries-old lime-based plaster, on the kitchen walls of the top-floo...
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Waxing Venetian Plaster
Bob looks on as custom wall finisher Jonas Everets demonstrates the process of waxing a surface plastered with marmorino, a Venetian plaster.
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Reviewing the Penthouse Living Area & Kitchen
Bob surveys the interior decorating of the penthouse apartment, as well as the top-quality materials and appliances in the kitchen. Also, Bob learns about the dif...
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Advantages of a Pre-cast Foundation System
Chris Vila discusses the benefits of a factory-built foundation system with Mel Zimmerman of Superior Walls.
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High-Speed Drywall Finishing
Bob witnesses high-speed drywall finishing taking place in the Simplex modular home building plant.
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Installing Windows and Engineered Siding
Pella windows are being set into the modular home, one section of which is being sided with a board-and-batten product from Georgia-Pacific.
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Reviewing the Modular Home's Exterior
Bob surveys the modular home project in the Berkshire Hills of Western Massachusetts, paying special attention to the products used on the exterior of the house.
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Elm Court's Unfinished Restoration
Bob goes on a behind-the-scenes tour of Elm Court.
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Drywall Installation
Bob walks through the farmhouse interior and points out some of the challenges the home's design posed for the drywall contractors.
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Exterior Painting With an Airless Sprayer
Latex paint is being applied on the exterior of the Vermont farmhouse by workers using airless sprayers.
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Applying Glazed Wall Tile in the Bathroom
Rob Shedrofsky from Davinci Stone explains the tiling process to Bob as the Porcelanosa wall tile is installed in the bathroom
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Antique Brick Work at the Burtch-Udall House and Sumner Mansion
Bob and Professor Tom Visser (UVM) visit the Burtch-Udall house in Quechee, VT, and the nearby Sumner Mansion-- suitable locales for a running discussion on prope...
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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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Skylight and Gable Window Installation
Bob goes up to the attic of the Victorian project house, where an ODL tubular skylight is being installed. Also, Bob looks back at the installation of windows on ...
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Blowing In Cellulose Insulation
Bob joins Joe Sheridan (from Energy Guard) to learn more about the US Greenfiber Cocoon cellulose insulation being used in the barn.
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Drywall vs. Blueboard Explained
In the barn of the Victorian restoration project house, Bob talks with a rep from US Gypsum about the new technology that makes blue boards stronger and lighter t...
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Installing Drywall with Wallboard and Taped Joints
A crew from US Gypsum is installing drywall in the barn of the Victorian restoration project house. This is a traditional installation with drywall wallboard and ...
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Patching With Plaster
Chris Borovka (from US Gypsum) joins Bob to explain about patching with plaster.
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Building Walls With Structural Insulated Panels
Bob visits the site to watch the Steve Thompson and his crew from Premier Building Systems raise the SIPs walls. Jim Tracy (from Premier) provides SIPs details.
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Tour of the Premier Building Systems Factory
Bob tours the Premier Building Systems plant with general manager Steve Thompson.
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Manufacturing the Engineered Wood Floor Joists
Bob visits the Willamette I-Joist Mill in Woodburn, OR, before returning to Yonkers where the crew is assembling the second floor walls with structural insulated ...
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Plastering the Walls
Tim Smyth, the plastering contractor, provides a drywall update and offers a few tips on quality, speedy installation.
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Decorative Painting Techniques With B. Smith
Decorator B. Smith paint a lavender stripe pattern on a bedroom wall.
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Discussing the Building Materials and Wall Layout
Bob discusses the wall layout with carpenter Bob Ryley and, with Bryan Readling (from the Engineered Wood Association), the talk surrounds the use of laminated ve...
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Applying Veneer Plaster to the Stairway Walls
John Galvin is applying veneer plaster to the walls along the stairway.
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Interior Trim Tips
Carpenter Bob Ryley and the finish carpenter install interior trim in the dining room.
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Aluminum Replacement Window Installation
Carpenter Bob Ryley and Bob George (from New England Window) install a bronze aluminum replacement window in an arched-top masonry wall.
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Hanging Blueboard and Installing Corner Beads
Bob interviews Brian Dauphinee, who's hanging blue board, installing corner bead, and applying the scratch coat of plaster.
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Installing a Mirror and Glasswork
Bob observes Bill Brody (from Classic Glass) installing a large mirror, a glass shelf, and a glass partition wall.
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Installing a Bathroom Grab Rail
Bob and carpenter Bob Ryley put up a grab bar in the bathroom to facilitate a wheelchair-bound person's maneuvering.
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Flooring, Plumbing, and Plastering
The old flooring in the Gothic Carpenter-style home in Elmwood has been removed. Bob outlines the process of installing the new floor and discusses the new suppor...
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Installing Insulation and Plastering
Carpenter Bob Ryley and Tim Grether (from Owens Corning) install insulation and vapor barrier in the bathroom. And Jim Larson (from Georgia Pacific) installs a sp...
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House Seven: Shingle-Style Renovation
The seventh Elmwood neighborhood project house has rotting sidewall and old asphalt roof shingles in need of replacement.
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Discussing Cedar Shingle Siding
Homer Earl (from the Cedar Shake and Shingle Bureau) explains what makes a quality shingle. The group takes a look at Sikkens Cetol shingle stain products, and Bo...
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Framing Begins on the Miami Home
As part of a Miami kitchen renovation, Bob frames a partition wall made to resemble a banana leaf. He also pours concrete to patch a floor.
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Pouring Concrete for the Home Addition
Bob watches a concrete slab foor being poured, and looks on as sets of insulated forms are filled with concrete to make walls.
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Applying Stucco
Bob meets with stucco contractor Angelo Dattini, who walks Bob through the first steps of stucco application.
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Mixing Stucco
Bob meets with stucco contractor Angelo Dattini, who is mixing Rinker-brand stucco with Pompano sand in a wheelbarrow.
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Framing a Partition Wall
Bob helps frame a partition wall that will resemble a banana leaf.
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Plaster Repair Over Drywall
Bob interviews Mike Casas, a plastering contractor applying plaster over drywall and metal lath over wood lath.
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Installing Clapboard Siding on the Front Porch
Bob and carpenter Cortney Lofton install clapboard siding on the front porch of the bungalow. In addition, they reinforce the gable to correct an existing sag, th...
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Tour of the Home's Remodeled Exterior
Bob tours the home's exterior, noting that the crowned gates are complete and that a locking latch has been added to secure the pool. Bob also remarks on the land...
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Removing and Relocating Windows
Bob and carpenter Bob Ryley look at the corner of the house, where the sidewall has been removed to reveal the plywood and Douglas fir sheathing. Next, Bob helps ...
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Putting Up the Second Floor Exterior Wall
Bob assists the crew installing sidewall on the second floor of the addition.
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Building Interior Wall Partitions
Bob and carpenter Bob Ryley demonstrate how to lay out and build interior partitions.
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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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Architects Tour the Newton, MA Project
Bob meets with the architects, Mark and Geoffrey, who visit the project site every two weeks in order to check on progress, and to make sure their plans are being...
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Applying Plaster to Blueboard
As he watches the plaster being applied, Bob discusses the advantages of using blueboard and plaster, instead of drywall.
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Shingle Siding
Bob joins carpenter Bob Ryley, who is putting sidewall shingles onto the exterior of the new addition.
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Plaster Cornice Reconstruction
Bob surveys the plaster cornice in the project home. Water damage has ruined a large section and much of the remaining plaster needs repair. Bob and restoration c...
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Adding Detail to the Plaster Cornice
Bob observers the expert plasterer add detail to the cornice, which is under reconstruction due to water damage.
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Plaster and Cornice Work
Bob joins restoration contractor Richard Marks to see how the existing plaster and cornice work is blended with the new drywall.
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Stucco Walls
Bob meets with John Clancy who is applying "California" stucco inside the greenhouse. A tint is applied to the mix to match the interior, and a latex bonding mate...
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Framing and Erecting the Second-Floor Walls
The second-floor walls are framed and erected at the Malibu beach house.
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Cellulose Insulation Installation
Contractor Rick Davenport demonstrates the installation of wet-spray cellulose insulation. Jets of water moisten the insulation as it leaves the blower hose nozzl...
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Exterior Stucco Finish
Contractors explain their methodology as they apply stucco finish to the Malibu beach house in a multiple-step process.
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Applying Mortar Scratch Coat for Shower Wall Tiles
Bob visits with plaster sub-contractor Mike Bennet, who is floating mortar bed walls in the shower space of the beach house bathroom.
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Installing Insulspan Structural Insulated Panels
Bob and contractor Bob Ryley review the Insulspan structural insulated panels (SIPs). These Styrofoam panels save steps in construction, since they include struct...
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Hanging Drywall Inside the Skylight
Bob interviews drywall contractor Mark Richardson, as he hangs drywall inside a skylight and attaches the corner bead.
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Finishing the Interior and Exterior
Bob and contractor Bob Ryley install southern yellow pine plywood on the interior of the garage. On the exterior, Bob talks with Greg Binford about adding a stain...
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Touring the Interior of Chateau-sur-Mer
Bob tours the lavish interior of Chateau-sur-Mer in Newport, RI. The entrance walls are painted canvas and the ceiling is adorned by a fresco. Hand-carved walnut ...
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Building a Victorian-Style Breezeway
Contractor Bob Ryley is creating a Victorian-style breezeway using modern materials, which will bridge the old and new wings of the home.
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Installing Cedar Shingles
Bob meets with carpenter Ron Jackson, who is installing Atlantic white cedar shingles and sidewall flashing.
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Victorian-Style Wallpaper
The wallpaper installers, Jim and Tracy Matheson, show Bob how wallpaper is measured, cut, and applied.
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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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Window Trim and Scalloped Shingles
Bob and contractor Bob Ryley confer about adding trim to the curvilinear top edge of an arched window. After sheet lead is installed as flashing, Ryley attaches s...
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Touring the Home Addition
The designer shows Bob around the addition, pointing out certain highlights, such as the breezeway with exposed studs and the Victorian-influenced lighting design...
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Home Addition and Construction Timeline
Bob remarks on how much progress has been made in one week of work on the Wayland project home. The footings have been established and the crew has begun building...
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Shirley-Eustis Colonial Governor's Mansion Tour
Bob meets with Lynn from the Shirley-Eustis Colonial Governor's Mansion Association. Together they tour the Federal-style home, noting an Irish crystal chandelier...
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Blueboard and Plaster
Bob joins plastering contractor Bob Fragakis, who will install blueboard, then apply a skim coat of plaster over it. Fragakis explains the tools and materials use...
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Constructing a Clapboard Sunburst Fan
Bob joins siding contractor Brian Quinn, who is constructing a beautiful gable-end sunburst fan from clapboard siding. Quinn explains how to lay out the center mo...
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Selecting and Hanging Wallpaper
The interior decorating process has begun. Bob receives some tips on selecting and hanging wallpaper.
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Installation of Paneling in the Basement
Refinishing the basement continues with the installation of wood paneling.
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Reviewing the Home Exterior
Bob and carpenter-contractor Bob Ryley review the exterior of the home, pointing out the new trellis and the new entryway. Next, they move inside to have a look ...
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Hanging Ceiling Drywall
Bob interviews Larry Lelflar (from Bonita Drywall) as he and his team hang drywall on the ceiling, then apply the first coat of tape and compound.
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Finishing the Drywall Ceiling
Bob tours the interior of the in-progress Naples project, discussing the installation of ceiling boards with the drywall contractor.
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Using Metal Wall Studs in the Kitchen
General contractor Ron Gan explains the advantages of metal wall studs, as the studs are cut and installed in the kitchen, complete with plywood backing plates fo...
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Framing the Walls
Bob works with the crew on framing the walls of the Cape Cod house.
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Applying Cedar Shingles
Sidewall contractor Dean Fraser shows us how to apply cedar shingles.
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Drywall Techniques
Plaster contractor Claude Daigle demonstrates his preferred drywall techniques.
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Pine Interior Paneling
Carpentry contractor Bob Ryley demonstrates how to put up the pine interior paneling in the living room.
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Installing the Parallam Beam
The crew installs a Parallam beam in the living room along with iron beams on the back masonry wall.
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Plaster and Drywall
Bob looks on as plaster contractor Sabino Lux performs plaster patching and adds drywall details.
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Vinyl Siding
Contractor Carleton Bergere explains the advantages of vinyl siding and demonstrates how to install it.
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Exterior Cladding
Bob looks on as general contractor Tim Berky clads the Queen Anne Victorian project house with clapboards, taking cues from the home's original 1890s exterior.
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