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8 Plants Never to Grow Indoors
A healthy houseplant can bring vibrant color and fresh fragrance to any room. But some indoor greenery collects dust or releases pollen, both of which can trigger...
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Your 3 Best Bets for Battling Indoor Air Pollution
Heating and cooling doesn't come cheap—especially if your HVAC system has to work harder to overcome heat loss due to...
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Bob Vila Radio: The Right Way to Store Gasoline
What’s the best way of storing gasoline so that it's not only safe, but ready for use the next time you need it? Here...
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Buyer's Guide: Air Purifiers for Allergies
Nobody wants to breathe in dust, dander, pollen, and mold. Unfortunately, though, the air in our homes is loaded with...
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Buyer's Guide: Standing Desks
Sitting at a desk all day had long been associated with “secretary’s spread,” but doctors at the Mayo Clinic point ou...
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How To: Test for Asbestos
For a century, the naturally occurring fibrous silicate mineral asbestos was a mainstay of the building industry, use...
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The Single Best Way to Fire-Proof Your Home
Did you know that in the United States fires kill more people than all non-fire natural disasters combined? Perhaps e...
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The 10 Best Winter Buys for a Happy, Healthy Home
Stop your sniffling and your shivering this winter, and invest in a happier, healthier you. With a few well-chosen purchases, you can turn your home into a warm, ...
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What You Can't See CAN Hurt You
Walk into any home on any street in any town and you are likely to see the same fire safety features that you have in...
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9 Health Code Violations Hiding in Your Kitchen
You may think you keep a clean kitchen, but all of those nooks, crannies, and corners are perfect hiding places for bacteria and other nasty bugs. Even some seemi...
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Buyer’s Guide: Faucet Water Filters
More than four out of every 10 Americans use a home water treatment unit of some sort, according to the Water Quality...
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Buyer's Guide: Room Humidifiers
Heating and air conditioning strip your home’s air of its natural humidity. The result: An uncomfortable dryness that...
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10 Ways Your Furniture Can Make You Healthier
Can an armchair cure your allergies? Could an office chair help you stay in shape? Believe it or not, your furniture could play a role in your overall health. Whi...
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8 First Aid Supplies You Can Grow at Home
Before modern pharmaceuticals, people turned to nature to find cures for what ailed them. The efficacy of those medicinal plants hasn’t changed. You can still gro...
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8 Signs You May Have Mice
Do you hear suspicious scrabbling behind your walls? Are you finding questionable black pellets in the basement? Does your pantry have a sharp, musky odor? Chance...
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10 Ways You're Accidentally Poisoning Your Home
A clean and tidy home is a safe home, at least that's how it seems. Unfortunately, there are many hidden dangers hiding in seemingly innocuous substances found in...
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7 Reasons Indoor Air Isn’t as Pure as You Think
Warmer temperatures invite us to throw up the blinds and open a window. But good weather isn't the only reason to let the fresh air in. Even the cleanest homes ca...
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How To: Test for Lead Paint
There’s nothing quite like the joy of living in a home with character, craftsmanship, and history within its walls. Y...
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Bob Vila Radio: 3 Popular Paths to Radon Reduction
If radon tests have found unacceptably high readings in your home, there are at least a few effective ways to address...
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11 Ways to Flu-Proof Your Home
Is there anything worse than the sniffling, sneezing, coughing, aching, and overall misery of the flu? Well, get ready, because the beginning of winter marks the ...
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Bob Vila Radio: Do's and Don'ts of Mold Removal
No doubt the best way to manage mold is to prevent it. But if your basement floods and mold gets a head start, there'...
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Allergy-Proof Your Home in 7 Steps
<p>Spring allergies may not be devastating, but they certainly are a nuisance. If you suffer, you’re not alone. Millions of Americans are affected by spring aller...
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How To: Choose a Water Filtration System
In the United States, we are fortunate not to have to think much about water quality. Most of us simply turn on the t...
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Sick House Syndrome: 7 Things You Need to Know Now
Could your house be making you sick? According to the Environmental Protection Agency estimates that most people spend more than 90% of their time indoors. Indoor...
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11 Things Never to Keep in Your Bedroom
In a busy home and even busier life, your bedroom is often the one space you can turn to for a little bit of respite. So why clutter up a would-be zen zone with i...
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Combat Dry Winter Air with 7 Tips and Tricks
With temperatures low across the country, heating systems on full blast, and houses buttoned up against the cold, the air in your home can pretty dry this time of...
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Which Expiration Dates REALLY Matter?
Everyone has at some point pulled something questionable from the fridge, sniffed it, then handed it to someone else asking, “Is this still good?” But sometimes, ...
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Bob Vila Radio: Bleach + Vinegar = Toxic
When I talk to homeowners about safety, the discussion often centers around using tools and ladders and so forth. But...
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How To: Remove Poison Ivy from Your Yard
Homeowners know too well that not all greenery contributes to the beauty of a garden. Weeds, for instance, are a chie...
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To Breathe Easy at Home, Install an Air Cleaner
The air in your home may not be as fresh as you think it is. If you're not careful, indoor air can harbor not only be...
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Is Your House Ruining Your Health?
Home has traditionally been viewed as a sanctuary, a place of refuge from the dangers and uncertainties lurking in the outside world. As safe and secure as we try...
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11 Home Hazards to Know and Avoid
If you ask most people where they feel the safest, chances are the answer will be in their own home. But home safety depends on a variety of factors, and potentia...
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How To: Kill Mold
For those who live in a damp climate—or in a poorly ventilated home—mold can be a cause for concern, not only because...
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15 Remarkably Easy Ways to Create a Dust-Free Home
No matter how clean your home may be, it's probably still a little dusty. It's a pervasive problem that everyone has to deal with every day. It's more than an ann...
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What Would Bob Do? Cleaning Air Ducts
I am moving into a new home. The previous owners had a dog. I am wondering if cleaning the air ducts is worthwhile.  ...
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Bob Vila Radio: Reducing Dust
For most people, dust is a housecleaning nuisance. But for those with respiratory ailments or allergies, dust can be ...
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21 Ways to Spring Clean Your Whole House—Naturally
There's no better time than spring to give your home some serious deep cleaning. It's finally warm enough to wash your windows without freezing them shut, and now...
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Bob Vila Radio: Natural Paint
The harmful effects of VOCs on indoor air quality have received a lot of attention in recent years. In response, pain...
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Bob Vila Radio: VOCs
VOCs, or volatile organic compounds, are chemicals that evaporate easily, releasing potentially harmful compounds int...
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Quick Tip: Mold Prevention
Because today's new houses are built to allow less air infiltration than older homes, mold growth has become a concer...
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What Would Bob Do? Eliminating Cigarette Odor
How do I get rid of a cigarette smoke smell in my house?The smell of cigarette smoke can affect virtually every part ...
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Bob Vila Radio: Vent Pollutants
Today’s weather-tight homes are great for energy efficiency, but they’re not so good for indoor air quality. The grea...
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Bob Vila Radio: Humidity Gauges
An exhaust fan is a must in a bathroom, because it whisks away the humidity that can allow mold and mildew to grow. N...
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Radon in the Home: It's a Gas, Gas, Gas!
Did you know that radon gas, a byproduct of decaying uranium in the soil, is the second leading cause of lung cancer ...
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Green Home—Flooring
The interest in environmentally friendly floors is growing as people learn about deforestation, air quality, growing ...
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Green Homes—Heating and Air Quality
Where to StartToday’s HVAC is more than just the equipment that heats, ventilates, and cools our home. It is the inte...
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The "Green" Kitchen
Obviously there’s some green stuff in your kitchen, like lettuce and broccoli. But beyond buying organic food, it’s e...
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How To: Furnish a "Green" Home
Research by the American Home Furnishings Alliance out of High Point, NC, reveals three interesting points about cons...
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Eco-Friendly Cabinets
Cabinetry is commonplace in kitchens, bathrooms, and often home offices and family rooms. But while durability, style...
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The Green Bedroom
Your ElectricityYou hear it everywhere, but it’s an easy and cost-effective change: compact fluorescent (CFL) bulbs. ...
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Green Bathroom Makeover
From water conservation to efficient lighting and green cleaning, the bathroom is an ideal room to make eco-friendly....
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Seeking Clean Drinking Water
We can live for weeks without food but only days without water. Since water is such an essential part of our health a...
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Safe Indoor Air for Children
According to the American Lung Association, lung disease and breathing problems are the number one cause of death in ...
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Reduce Allergies and Asthma with Home Improvements
One in four Americans suffer from allergies or asthma, according to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immun...
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10 Indoor Pollutants
We spend a large part of our lives indoors yet the idea of indoor air pollution can be easy to dismiss, especially if...
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My House Contains Asbestos: Now What?
Many older houses incorporate construction materials that contain asbestos. Usually its presence is uncovered during ...
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Protect Yourself and Your Family with a CO Detector
Carbon monoxide (CO) is the number one cause of poisoning deaths in the U. S.  A colorless and odorless gas, CO is a ...
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Bob Vila Radio: Lead Paint Removal
Before you tear down a wall, rip off old woodwork, or strip old paint, ask yourself when it was installed. If it was ...
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Sweet Dreams: A New Line of No-VOC Paints for Nurseries
The health benefits of low-VOC paints for people with chemical sensitivities and respiratory conditions are well docu...
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All You Need to Know About Whole House Humidifiers
As the days are getting colder, the air is getting drier. While lotion coupons are at the forefront of the Sunday pap...
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Bob Vila Radio: Indoor Air Quality
The EPA ranks poor indoor air quality as our fourth largest environmental threat. Some of the worst polluters of the ...
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Cleaning Green: Eco-Friendly Products for Your Home
Cleaning green is becoming more important to many people, especially those with allergies, sensitive pets, or childre...
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Bob Vila Radio: Mold Removal
Four out of ten American homes have a mold problem. If you’ve got an area less than 10 square feet and your household...
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"Green" Paint: Sherwin-Williams Emerald
With its new eco-minded Emerald paints and ColorCast Eco Toners, Sherwin-Williams gives homeowners more high-performi...
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How To: Dispose of Household Hazardous Waste
Recycling is more than sorting out plastic bottles and composting leftovers. Proper disposal of household objects is ...
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Bob Vila Radio: Low-VOC Paints
There’s more to that “new paint smell” than you might think. What you’re smelling are volatile organic compounds, or ...
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Bob Vila Radio: Bee & Wasp Control
Late summer’s when you see ‘em, but now’s not  actually the best time to mess with a bee or wasp nest. The queen esta...
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Bob Vila Radio: Mold Problems
It’s estimated that 40 percent of American homes have a mold problem. LISTENListen  to BOB VILA ON MOLD PROBLEMS, or ...
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Quick Tip: Use Low-VOC Paints
The Danger of VOCs There’s more to that new paint smell than you might think. There are already federal restrictions ...
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Bob Vila Radio: Water Filtration
Bob Vila Radio is a newly launched daily radio spot carried on more than 60 stations around the country (and growing)...
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Top 10 Ways to Deal with Bees
Bob Vila recently contacted me because he had a bee infestation in his attic. I've made several visits to his house s...
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Manage Noise in Your Workshop
Noise is an occupational hazard in any shop where power tools are used. Strategies must be employed to minimize the d...
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Happy Birthday Bon Ami!
For 125 years, this hardworking household cleanser has been keeping America’s kitchens and baths sparkly clean—withou...
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Quick Tip: Improve Your Home's Air Quality
Poor Air Quality Threatens HealthThe American Lung Association reports that the death rate from lung disease has rise...
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Coping with Water Problems
While ensuring quality drinking water in the home is a good start, that’s only the beginning. Water quality also affe...
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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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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 Sound Attenuation Insulation
The house is insulated for sound control to provide a quiet environment for baby. The installation of the insulation is demonstrated along with the necessary safe...
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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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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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Touring a Designer Showhouse and Baby's Bathroom
In West Palm Beach, FL, the American Lung Association has sponsored a designer showhouse that highlights a healthy home. Bob’s house tour focuses on the baby’s ba...
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Tour the Completed Nursery for the Newborn
Much cosmetic, insulation, and sound reduction work has transformed a tired-old attic bedroom into a peaceful, pretty, and healthy room for baby.
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Finishing Touch: Master Bath Custom Corian Tub Surround
A Corian tub surround is installed in the master bathroom, custom fit through a digital photo template system. Steps are taken to prevent water seepage and bacter...
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Baby Safety Gates and Healthy Organic Sleeping Products
Bob reviews child safety gates and organic baby bedding products that will help keep baby safe and healthy.
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Installing a Fabric Sound-Absorbing Ceiling
Sound attenuating insulation is added to the nursery to reduce the echo effect of noise.
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Painting the Guest Bedroom
Bob is in the guest bedroom across from the nursery reviewing the kind of paints being used and interior painting tips.
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Tour an Affordable Green Apartment Building
Bob visits the South Bronx, NY, where Habitat for Humanity has partnered with private developer Les Bluestone to create a green oasis for low-income families that...
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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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Fixing Squeaky Floors
Bob talks with a floor expert about how to fix squeaky floors.
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Installing and Explaining a Basement HVAC System
Bob meets with the installer of the new HVAC system to discuss how it filters air and reduces energy costs.
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Reworking the Existing Plumbing and Replacing Brass Water Pipes with PEX Tubing
Bob reviews the work done on the existing plumbing in the basement and the replacement of obsolete brass water pipes.
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Keep Water Out of the Basement
Basement drainage systems are installed to control moisture and humidity and to eliminate rot and mildew.
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Fixing the Home's Gutter System
Bob reviews how keeping water out of the basement is a central concern in any basement remodeling project.
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Touring a Neighborhood in Melrose
Bob meets with a local real estate broker and with homeowner Sarah Monzon, whose basement will be finished to create additional family space.
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Basement Remodeling Update and Installing Subfloor to Prevent Water Damage
Bob discusses the installation of a plastic subfloor to prevent water damage and the selection of a basement dehumidifier.
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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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Insulation Install
George Saylor from Owens Corning is on location to install, and explain the unique properties of, the insulation being used in this project.
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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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Finishing the Façade & Touring the Completed Apartments
Bob gets a final status update on the restoration of the façade, as the ground-floor commercial storefront undergoes construction and the bluestone steps are laid...
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Installing Cork Floors
Bob confronts the remodeling challenge of choosing a flooring material that will deaden sound without sacrificing the sleek, clean look of tile or stone. So contr...
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Installing a Sound-Attenuating Coffered Wood Ceiling
Bob meets with Joe Adams and Ralph McGrath in the media room of Elm Court. Adams and McGrath are installing a sound-attenuating grid-ceiling system from Owens-Cor...
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The Bachelor's Den at Elm Court
Bob checks out one of the recently refinished rooms at the Elm Court.
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Moisture Content and Vapor Barrier for Wood Floors
Howard Brickman shows Bob two ways to measure the moisture content of wood.
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Reviewing the Architectural Floor Plans for the Brownstone Remodel
Reviewing the architectural floor plans for the Brownstone remodel, salvaging the vintage sink, and removing asbestos tile uncovered at the start of demolition.
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Redwood Deck Installation and Tour of Vermont Organic Farm
Bob talks with Ron Holen from Georgia-Pacific as the finishing touches are completed on the redwood front porch deck. Bob also visits with farmers at Cedar Mounta...
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Kinetico Water Purification System and Gas-Fired Water Heater
Bob explains how the Kinetico water purification system works and reviews the A.O. Smith ProMax 75 gas-fired water heater.
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HVAC System Installation
Bob discusses the SpacePak HVAC system that's being installed to provide heating and cooling in the house and barn. The SpacePak system is well-suited to projects...
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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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Installing Wood Laminate Flooring
Fred Giuggio (from QuickStep) and his crew are busy installing wood laminate flooring in the barn of the Victorian restoration project house.
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Kinetico Water Filtration System Installation
Bob joins plumber Ted Moxham and Kinetico representative Dave Krupinski in the basement, where Ted is installing a Kinetico water purification system.
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Encapsulating Lead Paint
Cole Stanton (from Fiberlock) joins Bob to talk about Child Guard, an encapsulating coating for lead-based paint.
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Removing Lead Paint From Exterior Surfaces
Bob looks on as contractors remove lead paint from the porch columns, then safely dispose of the old paint.
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Stripping Paint From an Antique Cabinet
Bob works with the homeowners, who are stripping old paint off an antique cabinet. On top of the chemicals used to loosen the paint, they discuss the several safe...
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Decorative Woodwork Restoration
Bob assists Patty Hettich in stripping paint from decorative woodwork, then making rubber molds to create new details in the Federal-style home.
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Bench Construction
The wood has arrived for the perimeter benches, so Bob and contractor Bob Ryley begin constructing the architect-designed benches for the greenhouse. The wood is ...
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Asbestos Removal
Demolition continues with removal of asbestos from the attic.
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