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Meet the Brighter Alternative to Traditional Skylights
There's nothing quite like natural light to brighten the rooms of a home. For one thing, sunlight's free, so making g...
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Bob Vila Radio: Screen Repair Made Simple
Ever notice how pesky bugs manage to find their way through even the tiniest holes in your screens?Listen to BOB VILA...
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The Economical, Environmental, and Emotional Benefits of Tubular Skylights
There’s no substitute for natural light. In comparison with the artificial variety, it's better for your health, the ...
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Tubular Skylights: Natural Daylight Where You Least Expect It
Every room benefits from natural daylight.  The living room becomes more inviting and comfortable, the kitchen more s...
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What Would Bob Do? Unsticking a Double-Hung Window
My wife and I recently moved into a rental house, and we cannot seem to open the double-hung windows in the bedroom. ...
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Tubular Skylights 101
Bringing natural light into a home is a relatively easy prospect, provided the room is adjacent to at least one exter...
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How To: Clean Window Screens
Window screens really take a beating. They're constantly exposed to the sun, wind, rain and snow, and pollen and inse...
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What Would Bob Do? Preventing Window Condensation
It's winter and I keep getting condensation on the inside of my windows. What's the solution?When moist, warm air mak...
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Bob Vila Radio: Restoring Old Windows
If your home has old-style double-hung windows with heavy sash weights on pulleys, you probably know that they’re not...
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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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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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How To: Install Vinyl Windows
It can be easy to install vinyl windows. First, make sure the window frame is plumb and level. Wrap the window frame ...
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3 Ways Storm Windows Can Save Your House
Historic windows can be a real conundrum for some people. Sure they are a gorgeous part of every old house, but they ...
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Storm Windows 101
If your windows let in anything other than a view, you may be thinking it's time for replacement windows. But not so ...
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Bob Vila Radio: Bay and Bow Windows
If you’re looking to bring more light and air into a room, consider a bay or bow window. Both are angled to project o...
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Back to Basics: Common Window Blind Repairs
There are many different kinds of blind repairs – In this article we will deal with the 3 most common: Restring o...
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How To: Re-Glaze a Single-Pane Window
Here's how to re-glaze those old, broken window panes. First, remove the old glazing compound with a propane torch an...
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Quick Tip: Tubular Skylights
Tubular skylights are a great way to bring sunlight into underlit rooms. The adjustable design of these skylights all...
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Shutter Style: 10 Designs Everyone Should Know
Today’s wide variety of fun and functional shutters may make it difficult to choose just one style!
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How To: Replace Storm Windows
It's easy to replace old storm windows. Here's how. Loosen all screws and pull the old storm window away from the win...
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Buyer's Guide to Replacement Windows
It's difficult to overstate the importance of windows in home design, not least because they have an impact on both t...
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How To: Paint a Wood Window Sash
After all the hard work is done restoring a wood window, there is one final step: painting your window sash. Painting...
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Easy DIY: Rustic Shutters for $10
I love shutters. If I could get my hands on more shutters, my house would be full of them. Instead, I've taken to buildi...
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Wow-Worthy Window Films: 11 Top Picks
Drop the drapes, bump the blinds, and shirk the shutters. Instead, check out these wow-worthy adhesive window films that bring style, comfort, and privacy to your...
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DIY Tales: Install Your Own Window and Save Big!
It's done! I ripped through an exterior wall, framed and installed a new window over my laundry tub. YAHOO!! Light and ...
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How To: Hang Exterior Shutters
When putting up shutters, the key is to have good, sturdy hardware.  Look for pressure-treated wood shutters for exte...
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Window Films 101
Window films are like sunglasses for your house, inexpensively improving the energy efficiency of your home, even as ...
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How To: Install Trim on a Double Window
f My dining room makeover was done a couple of months ago. It began with a pair of painted chairs and ended up with a ...
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Bob Vila Radio: Awnings
If you’re looking for a little more shade this summer, maybe an awning is the way to go. Let’s review the basics and ...
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Use Awnings to Reduce Energy Costs in Summer
Homeowners looking to reduce air conditioning costs and shield interior furnishings from the sun’s harsh glare may wa...
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Replacement Windows 101
Windows come in all styles, types, shapes and sizes, but unless you’re building a new house, all of the above are lar...
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Use Windows to Beat the Heat
Windows bring views, comfort, ventilation, and energy efficiency to a home. Windows also bring large solar heat gains...
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Green Homes—Windows
Today’s advanced materials, better science, and new manufacturing processes make for high-performance window units. T...
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Building a Smarter, More Efficient Window
Homeowners love windows — the light they bring, the views they frame, the feel they give to homes. Energy experts hat...
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How To: Select Storm Shutters
There are growing number of businesses in coastal areas selling and installing storm shutters. As all shutters are no...
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Go Beyond Blinds and Curtains
For a long time, it seemed there was nothing new under the sun as far as window coverings were concerned. But in the ...
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Hurricane-Proof Your House with Impact-Resistant Windows
Impact-resistant windows consist of impact-resistant glass surrounded by a heavy-duty frame that is securely fastened...
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Choosing Custom Windows
There is more to replacing windows than choosing the glass and the frame. Existing openings may need to be changed to...
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Impact-Resistant Windows Installation
Hurricane winds deliver force to building exteriors and elements. It is by far the debris these winds carry that most...
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Bug-Proofing Your Garage Windows
This past weekend, between family reunions and thunderstorms, I was able to validate a new idea for keeping bugs out of ...
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Seeing the Light: New (and Improved) Skylights
There once was a saying among contractors that went, "It’s not if your skylight will leak, it’s when it will leak. " ...
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Helpful Hints on Cleaning Windows
It's spring, the season for cleaning. Washing windows is at the top of our list. Many commercial window-cleaning prod...
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How To: Replace Broken Glass in Old Windows
Whether it’s an errant baseball or a tropical storm, windows are bound to break on occasion. Before you call in a...
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DIY Tales: I Hate This Window
I can't honestly say that I don't have the teeniest, tiniest smudge of reservation about selling this house, because I d...
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Affordable Indoor Window Inserts Promote Energy Efficiency
Homeowners seeking ways to improve energy efficiency and reduce heating and cooling costs now have an interesting alt...
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Bob Vila Radio: Window Drafts
If your house has drafty windows, your heating and cooling systems may be working harder than they need to. Taking a ...
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Bob Vila Radio: Casement Windows
The most common window in American homes is the double-hung, with upper and lower sashes that slide up and down. But ...
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How To: Avoid Frost on Windows
I remember waking up as a kid on wintry mornings to find frost on my bedroom window obscuring the trees and yard. Tho...
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10 Stained Glass Windows We Love
From cabinets to ceilings, bright colors to abstract shapes, stained glass is making a comeback, and it's not just for cathedrals anymore.
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It's All in the Details—Stained Glass
Stained glass is not just for churches. If you walk through any of America’s older neighborhoods, anywhere Victorian ...
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Smart Windows for Improved Security and Energy Efficiency
Technological advancements have resulted in a new breed of 'smart windows' offering consumers enhanced security and m...
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Bob Vila Radio: Impact-Resistant Windows
While shutters are the traditional line of defense against storms, break-ins, and the hot sun, unfortunately you have...
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Bob Vila Radio: Cool Windows
There are lots of ways to shade your windows from the sun, and if they seem a little old-fashioned, it’s because they...
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Bob Vila Radio: Painting Windows
When you’re painting, windows are often the hardest things to get right. CM_BVILANOTES-3 Painting WindowsListen to BO...
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Custom Double-Hung Window Replacement
If your home is anywhere near as old as mine you know that windows are the biggest factor in energy loss. In the summer ...
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Know Your Window Styles: 10 Popular Designs
There's more to windows than glazing. Learn about the design, history, and practical uses for ten of the most popular styles used in homes today.
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How To: Replace a Window Screen
The screens on your windows are there for a purpose. If they get a snag, a tear or a hole, they lose their effectiven...
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Quick Tip: Windows Can Beat the Summer Heat
Weather Stripping: Not Just for Winter Before you add to your electric bill trying to keep cool this summer, add some...
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So, You Want to... Install Tubular Skylights
It's amazing that with the growing focus on solar power, tubular skylights are relatively unknown, especially among D...
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5 Things to Do with... Wood Shutters
If you are a fan of salvage, like I am, you will understand what delight I felt upon discovering these weathered, blu...
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Planted Windowbox
We made it to the greenhouse this past weekend and finally chose the flowers for the front windowbox. I always seem to fo...
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The Hidden Costs of Windows
One benefit of moving to suburbia from New York City and building a new home was getting to customize our space. At t...
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Toiles Go Contemporary
Historic fabrics known for their scenic depictions now tell more modern tales.
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A New Generation of Fabric Storm Shutters
Lightweight, strong, and easy-to-install, today's fabric storm “shutters” are manufactured to withstand the force of ...
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Art Glass for Beauty and Privacy
Glass is more than functional—it is architectural. It gives the illusion of more space, increases natural lighting, a...
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Shopping for Energy-Efficient Windows
Is your blood pressure rising on the same schedule as your month-to-month heating and cooling bills? Relax—you can st...
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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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Learning How to Set Up a Healthy and Safe Room for Baby
Bob continues to talk with Bernadette Upton of EcoDecor about the materials used in an ideal room for baby and safety procedures to put in place when the baby bec...
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Energy Efficient Windows
The Beasleys selected Pella Architect Series windows for their 1895 home. The windows are Energy Star rated for high efficiency and feature replica-style hardware.
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Installing Insulated Windows in the Baby's Nursery
The new windows in the baby’s nursery are highly insulated for cold and sound and have health and safety features for young children. They can be installed by do-...
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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 a Marvin Palladian Window
Michael Roche from Marvin Windows joins Bob in examining the house's existing windows and determining which to keep or replace. A new Palladian window will create...
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Adding a Third-Floor Dormer to the Roof
Bob meets up with carpenter Bob Ryley, who is adding two third-floor dormers to the roof in keeping with the house's original one.
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Touring the Completed Home Interior, Entryway, and Dining Room
Bob tours the front vestibule, highlighting the beautiful stencil work done by artist Kim Sweet. He explains how small touches can bring back the feel of an 1890s...
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Revising the Landscaping Plan
Bob talks with landscape architect Rick Lamb about revisions to the plan. Bob points out the redesigned parking area and the plan for magically melting the snow.
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Restoring Old Double-Hung Windows using Spring-Loaded Balances
Bob meets with architect Gregory Rochlin and expert carpenter Danny Ruffini to restore old double-hung windows and replace lead sash weights with new spring-loade...
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Placing Windows on a Home's Facade
A double window is installed in the kitchen, which will let in a lot of sunlight and give a view of the back yard.
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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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Replicating Old Window Moldings and Replacing House Trim and Boards
Experts review the replication of old house moldings and the use of Western Red Cedar for house trim and boards.
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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 Blinds and Window Shades
Blinds for the new patio door are installed, as well as a variety of blinds and shades in other rooms throughout the house.
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Impact-Resistant Windows and PGT Factory Tour
Bob visits PGT Industries to learn what it takes to make impact-resistant windows.
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Finishing the Impact-Resistant Windows
Bob works with Dave Olmstead on final stages of creating an impact-resistant window.
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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 Natural Bamboo Sliding Panel Shades
Cindy O'Reilly is on site with Bob to install the natural bamboo, sliding-panel shades.
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Interior Demolition for Warehouse Conversion
Bob meets with the construction foreman to discuss the demolition work that's underway. Having removed the elevator shaft, the crew plans to move ahead by taking ...
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Pella Window Installation
Bob meets with Brian Kaley and Tim McFadden from Pella Windows to go over the design approach and installation method for this project's fenestration.
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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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Restoration of the Brooklyn Academy of Music
Karen Brooks Hopkins, president of the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), gives Bob a peek at the restoration of the main building.
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Installing a Mahogany Windowsill
Bob puts in a Mahogany windowsill that's been precut with a cleat and bevel to make the installation easier. He also helps install Poplar floor molding and observ...
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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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Window Placement and Installation
Bob looks at the order and placement of the windows on the facade of the modern Colonial. Upon closer inspection, the classically inspired fenestration, size, typ...
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Installing Interior Window Casings and Sill
Bob Ryley tackles window trim in the master bedroom of the new Colonial.
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Working With Pre-Finished Windows
Gary Prevedini (from Andersen) is on-site talking about the pre-finished windows being installed in the great room.
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Selecting and Installing Window Treatments
Bob and interior designer Leslie Curtis discuss the window treatments in this episode, while Kevin Murphy (from Smith + Noble) finishes up installation of the com...
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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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Trimming Out Double-Hung Windows
Bob Ryley and carpenter Pat Cloutier trim out two banks of four double-hung windows in the sunny dining area of the Vermont farmhouse.
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Reviewing Energy Efficient Products in the Home
At the Cobb Hill co-housing community, Bob and general contractor Mark Albee look at some of the energy efficient and eco-friendly products in use.
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Trimming Out Bathroom Windows
Bob checks in with Ryley, who is trimming out the two windows over the vanity in the first floor master bath.
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Custom Moldings, Window Casings, and Coves
The front room of the Manhattan Brownstone is getting its finishing touches as prefabricated oversize cove molding is installed at the ceiling.
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Kitchen and Butler's Pantry, Venetian Blinds, and Luxury Kitchen Appliances, Finishes, and Cabinetry
The huge space that is the kitchen of the Manhattan Brownstone has received its finishing touches. Bob tours.
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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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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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Master Bathroom Tour, Sauna Installation, and Window Blinds
Bob tours the master bathroom, noticing the finishing touches and pointing out the features. Also, Bob checks out the Finlandia sauna, before reviewing te Crysta...
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Installing Andersen Skylights
Bob and Kent Forsland (from Andersen) review the process behind installing Anderson skylights.
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Finishing the Front Porch and Installing Custom Pine Shutters
Bob looks over the finishing touches, which have been put on the front porch. Also, Bob chats with the installers of the Pine shutters.
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Work on the Window Casing
Carpenter Bob Ryley confers with finish carpenter Dennis DeVore about casing a window at the Mt. Pleasant house in South Carolina, near Charleston.
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Discussing Painting Techniques
Bob talks with painting contractor Matt Green, who advises on painting shortcuts as he coats the window trim.
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Reviewing the Exterior and Discussing the Addition
General contractor Sam Daniels gives Bob the details about the three-level northeast addition.
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Restoring the Guest Cottage
Bob checks progress in the basement and attic of the governor's mansion, then visits the guest cottage to see how the restoration is progressing.
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Window Sash Restoration
Carpenter Bob Ryley works alongside preservationist Fred Ecker to restore an old window sash.
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Making and Hanging Silk Drapes
At the Virginia governor's mansion, some gorgeous silk drapes are being hung in the ballroom. Next, Bob visits the shop where the drapes are made.
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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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Stripping Old Paint
Bob and the loft developer, Neal Gold, discuss stripping old paint. They then oversee the plate glass window installation.
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Mounting Plantation Shutters
Carpenter Bob Ryley installs plantation shutters against a bedroom wall.
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Installing Custom Window Sills
Bob pays a visit to the site of another unit's construction in the Roxbury development. Here, a carpenter is adding custom sills to windows.
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Home Three: Roof Deck and Hot Tub Installation Project
Bob tours the third Elmwood project house, an eclectic Queen Anne sometimes known as the "Castle of Elmwood". The goal is to reinforce an old sundeck, so that it ...
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Hot Tub Installation
Bob drops by the third Elmwood project house to watch as the deck is covered with rubber and the hot tub is installed.
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Installing a Railing on the Hot Tub Deck
Carpenter Bob Ryley helps install the new railing on the hot tub deck.
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Laying Down the Mahogany Deck and Final Tour of Third House
The mahogany roof deck is complete, with the hot tub sturdily supported. Bob takes a final tour of the residence, the third Elmwood project house.
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Landscaping, Front Column Installation, and Home Security System
Landscaping work continues, as the new security system is installed and the reproduction railing is going into place on the front porch.
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House Ten: Attic Conversion
Owners of the tenth Elmwood neighborhood project house, Peter Haraty and Brent Bachelder, want to create one large space on the attic level, a change requiring wa...
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Installing the Skylight, Acrylic Block Panels, and Cooling System
Remodeling of the attic floor continues with the installation of Hy-Lite acrylic walls, an HVAC system, and insulation.
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Fixing Old Double-Hung Windows
Bob meets with carpenter Cortney Lofton, who is rehabilitating some old double-hung windows with new nylon-braided sash cords and kerf-in thermoplastic weather st...
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Exterior Paint Stripping and Priming
Bob examines the exterior of the home, where several layers of paint are removed, and contractor Cortney Lofton explains the techniques and tools used to restore ...
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Making Stained Glass Windows
Bob learns the process of creating stained glass windows. Designs begin on paper before they are traced onto glass using a light table. A variety of glass types a...
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Architectural Details and Framing
Bob reviews the framing for the new addition. Homeowner Linda points out the corner notches, which add architectural interest. And a large opening punctuates one ...
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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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Mounting a Skylight and Laying Asphalt Shingles
Bob and roofer Paul Morris begin mounting the skylight, by cutting a rough opening in the roof and laying a weather shield. Once the skylight is mounted and the f...
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Installing a Mulled Window
Bob meets with Bob Ryley and Al Worth to install a pair of Andersen mulled windows with a transom, as well as an interior window seat. Bob discusses the window it...
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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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Installing Baseboards and Window Casings
Bob meets with carpenter Bob Ryley to install baseboard and window casings. Time-saving techniques are discussed, as are the tricky cuts one can make to ensure a ...
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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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Master Bedroom Interior Design
Bob takes a look at the master bedroom and talks with the interior designer. The two discuss the window treatments, new bedroom furniture, his and her closets, an...
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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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Greenhouse Glass Installation
Bob and contractor Bob Ryley install sloped glazing on a greenhouse with the help of Mark Santos.
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Installing the Greenhouse Windows
Contractor Bob Ryley shows off the greenhouse's motorized windows. At the touch of a button, or via a thermostat, the windows open and close. Bob helps Ryley asse...
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Skylight Installation
Bob joins contractor Bob Ryley, who is installing a Velux skylight on a curb mount. Ryley describes the screws and mounting hardware used, and Bob demonstrates th...
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Installing a Large Window
Bob assists Michael Roach (from Marvin Windows) with installing a large setup of three windows on the gable end of the home.
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Exterior Shingles and Brick Walkway
Bob talks with contractor Bob Ryley about shingle exposure, brick surrounds for basement windows, and the design of a brick walkway.
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Tour of the Weather Shield Window Factory
Bob meets Lee Shield of Weather Shield Windows in Medford, WI to find out how the company makes its special custom windows.
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Installing the Custom Windows
A large custom-made Palladian window is installed, then Bob helps contractor Joe Fitzgerald install a custom-made casement window in the back bedroom.
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Vinyl Window Installation
Bob helps contractor Bob Ryley install a vinyl-clad Pella window awning with pre-assembled exterior trim.
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Installing Velux Skylights
Bob oversees the installation of a Velux skylight in a standing-seam metal-shingled roof.
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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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Lyndhurst Mansion Tour
Bob tours Lyndhurst mansion, a testament to high living during the Victoria era in New York's Hudson River Valley. The 40-odd rooms include a Gothic dining room w...
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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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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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Roofing Around Skylights
Contractor Larry Landers demonstrates how to install roofing shingles around skylights.
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Picture Window Installation
A window is recycled during the remodeling process and placed back into the frame of the new addition. Bob explains the reason for recycling and assists with the ...
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Combining Two Double-Hung Windows
Two recycled windows are used to create one large window. Once carpenter Bob Ryley demolishes the old frame, supports are installed to hold up the new combined wi...
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Progress Update Tour
Bob tours the ongoing remodeling project, remarking on some of a large project's difficulties. Next, Bob tours the upstairs where he talks about out the new windo...
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Window Blind Installation
Bob takes a tour of the Wayland project house as finishing touches are being put on, including honeycomb window blinds.
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Replacing the Septic System
Bob must handle an overloaded septic system by replacing the clogged tank as well as the old leach field. Also, carpenter Bob Ryley demonstrates how to install a ...
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Installing a Box Bay Window
Bob helps carpenter Bob Ryley and crew install a new box bay window, which will enlarge the dining space and enhance the interior atmosphere.
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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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Reviewing the Interior Design
Bob meets with the interior design to discuss her vision for the house-- a combination of country style with antique French accents, such as the reproduction chai...
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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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Replacing Windows at Low-Cost
Contractors Al and Steve Stiles set a new window on the back porch. Using a combination of stock and one custom windows, they demonstrate how to save money on mat...
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Cutting the Valance Pattern
Bob helps contractor Al Stiles build a jig valance over the kitchen window to match the decorative style of the kitchen hutch.
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Repairing a Broken Window Pane
Bob helps general contractor Ron Gan demonstrate how to repair a broken window pane the old-fashioned way.
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Bricking In a Window
General contractor Ron Gan talks through the process of bricking in a window in the new kitchen. Ron also addresses the installation of a smaller bathroom window.
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Visiting a Wooden Window Factory
Bob visits the Wes-Pine wooden window factory in Hanover, MA.
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Installing the Wooden Window
Bob helps carpentry contractor Bob Ryley and his crew install a wooden window at the Cape Cod project house.
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Putting Up Exterior Trim
Carpentry contractor Bob Ryley puts up exterior trim around the windows.
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Pella Window Factory Tour
Bob visits the Pella Window Factory in Pella, IO to see how they reproduce the special circle-head window in the basement to create a custom piece.
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Finishing the Basement Family Room
The circle-head window, and its accompanying window seat, are now finished in the family room basement.
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Installation of Window
Bob reviews progress on the renovation, both upstairs and down. Carpenter John Sheehan installs a new vinyl window, which is a challenge in a brick house where no...
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Tour of Republic Window Factory
Bob tours the Republic Window Factory in Chicago. Ron Spielman, vice president, explains how the windows are manufactured.
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Installing Impact-Resistant Windows
Window installation is underway. Bob talks with Stephen Hugh of Clearwater Window to learn more about the installation process, and Dave Olmstead of PGT Industrie...
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Installing Non-Slip Exterior Tiles and Impact-Resistant Windows
Bob discusses finishing touches with general contractor Buba Barrow. On the front porch, a non-slip, mildew-resistant tile is being installed. The installation of...
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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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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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Restoring Old Windows
Ryan Pirro (from RestorationWindows.com) discusses refurbishing old windows with solid-bronze sash chains, new parting beads, and spring-bronze weather stripping ...
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Completing the Trim on the Oriel Window
General contractor Tim Berky is completing trim on the oriel window that faces onto the deck. He begins by covering the underboard with MDO (medium density overla...
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