Original Air Date: Week of January 10, 2005
General contractor Tom Silva helps homeowner Tarah Hirschey of Wellesley, Massachusetts make her old windows more efficient by installing new storm windows. Then, landscape contractor Roger Cook offers tips for getting your shrubs ready for winter. Afterwards, Tom and Roger, along with plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey, and host Kevin O'Connor ask "What is it?" in the Ask This Old House loft. Finally, Richard heads to New York City where he meets up with home inspector Stephen Gladstone and homeowners Roy and Sophia Pachecano for some potentially life-saving lessons on carbon monoxide detectors.
Replacing an Old Storm Window
Tom removes an old, inefficient storm window to make way for a new, efficient one. After removing the old window, Tom scrapes the old paint off the window casing and primes all bare wood. He then applies a bead of butyl caulk to the top and sides and screws on the new storm window.Where to Find It
Triple-track storm window: manufactured by Harvey Industries, Inc.
Butyl caulk is available at your local lumberyard or home center.Winterizing Shrubs
Roger shows Kevin how to prepare shrubs for winter survival. He says to water up until the ground freezes. He also shows how to create a physical barrier against the wind by wrapping with burlap. He also shows an anti-desiccant that is sprayed on shrubs, giving them a waxy, protective coating. Roger also shows how to tie branches together using jute to prevent heavy snow from damaging them.Where to Find It
Anti-desiccant: Wilt-Pruf Products
Burlap and jute can be purchased at your local nursery, garden center or home center.What Is It?
The guys try to guess the intended purpose of an unusual-looking product.Where to Find It
Roger showed a wooden shoe worn by paving crews:
157 Bedford Street
Burlington, MA 01803
781-273-3055Carbon Monoxide Detectors
Richard visits two homeowners in New York city, where they meet with an expert on carbon monoxide safety. They discuss the dangers of carbon monoxide and how to prevent accidental deaths by using carbon monoxide detectors. They also show several types of carbon monoxide detectors and discuss their advantages.Where to Find It
Carbon monoxide detectors manufactured by:KIDDE
Consumer Hotline: 800-880-6788First Alert
Home inspector Steve Gladstone advised Richard and the homeowner about the importance of carbon monoxide detectors:
Steve GladstoneStonehollow Home Inspection
The American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI) also provided assistance with this project:American Society of Home Inspectors, Inc.