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All You Need to Know About Attic Ventilation
At first glance, it can seem counter-intuitive: You insulate your home to reduce temperature fluctuations and save on...
The Little-Known Importance of Attic Fans
It's midsummer, and for hours and days, sun has been beating on the roof of your home. Measurements have shown that, ...
Stop Moisture Damage with the Flip of a Switch
At best, the bathroom serves as a sanctuary, a respite from the pressing concerns of the day. At worst, it can be a b...
Bob Vila Radio: The Reason for Rafter Vents
Seasonal extremes in temperature put your attic insulation to the test. To get the best performance out of your insul...
Bob Vila Radio: Does Attic Ventilation Help or Hurt?
Does ventilating your attic make sense? To a large extent, the answer to that question depends on the climate where y...
Bob Vila Radio: Cleaning Bathroom Vents
Bathroom ventilation fans whisk away odors, but their more important job is to draw moisture out of the room. Moistur...
Bob Vila Radio: Bath Venting
The bathroom is the most humid room in your home. Tubs, showers, and sinks all produce moisture, which can lead to pe...
Bath Fans Do More Than Clear Odors
Humidity is not only uncomfortable, it is damaging to your home, particularly indoors where it can lead to peeling pa...
Home Renovation: Ventilation and Insulation
Ventilation is to insulation as Stan Laurel was to Oliver Hardy: very different indeed, but thinking about one is vir...
Let Your Attic Help Improve Home Comfort Year Round
Looking to cut energy costs and improve home comfort? Focus on your heating and cooling systems. While it is imperati...
How To: Choose an Exhaust Fan
Indoor air quality can be problematic at any time of year, but it is especially a concern during the winter months wh...
Bob Vila Radio: Mechanical Ventilation
Until very recently, homes were built to breathe. Insulation was seldom used, windows were single-pane and drafts wer...
Bob Vila Radio: Ventilation Fans
Ventilation fans in kitchens and bathrooms are required by code in most states, and they’re a good idea everywhere. T...
Bob Vila Radio: Cooling Ventilation
Before you crank up the air conditioning this summer, try a little old-fashioned ventilation first.  LISTENListen to ...
Quick Tip: Don't Forget to Ventilate!
Don’t Overlook Proper Ventilation Making your home more airtight with new windows, insulation or a finished basement ...
Quick Tip: Ventilation for the Home
It’s important to make your home energy-efficient by sealing all gaps and insulating thoroughly. But don’t overlook v...
Evaluating the HVAC and Plumbing System
Bob meets with HVAC and plumbing contractor Frank Iadarola to review the HVAC and plumbing systems and discuss how to begin the remodeling process.
Reviewing the Boiler Pipes and Bathroom In-Floor Radiant Heat
Bob and plumbing and heating contractor Frank Iadarola review the air handler and bathroom in-floor radiant heat.
Reviewing the High-Efficiency HVAC System
Bob reviews the heating and air conditioning equipment that will bring the Shingle Style house into its second century.
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.
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...
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.
Gas Fireplace Installation
The crew from The Ironhouse hooks up with Dan DeMagistris of Heat-N-Glo to install the fireplace.
Installing Architectural Shingles and Skylight
A representative from Owens Corning tells Bob about the architectural shingles that have been selected to replace the old roofing material. And Velux VSE skylight...
Blower Door Test
Janet MacIlvaine and George James (from the Department of Energy) show Bob how they conduct a blower door test.
Installing a Gas Fireplace and Refinishing the Hardwood Floor
Joe Murphy installs a direct vent gas-driven fireplace, and Howard Brickman refinishes the hardwood floor.
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...
Plumbing and Electrical Work in the Home Addition
Bob joins Jack O'Leary to review the rough-in plumbing and electrical work, and, together, they install a roof vent.
Applying Asphalt Roofing Shingles
Roofing contractor Kevin Benjer demonstrates the correct way to apply asphalt roofing shingles and a ridge vent.
Creating Ducts
Bob goes over the ducting process with carpentry contractor Bob Ryley at the Cape Cod project house.