the Manchester TV Project from 2001
Photo: Kolin Smith
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16. Time-saving methods and materials save you money, too

In the huge, complex undertaking that was the 2001 Manchester renovation, every minute counted to finish the project on time and thus within budget. The crew worked hard to track down products that shaved days, if not weeks, off the schedule: a modular chimney and flue system; plastic PEX tubing; factory-stained cedar shingles; sheets of MDF made to look like beadboard wainscoting; and a prefinished engineered wood floor.

"We use self-adhering roof membrane on every project to guard against leaks in the building envelope. It's cheap insurance against a house's worst nightmare."
—Kevin O’Connor, TOH Host
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