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Season 16 - The Acton House Episodes

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S16 E18: The Acton House

The final days; Richard Trethewey takes Steve on a plumber’s final tour through the basement and bathrooms, and interior designer Judy George shows him the decorated rooms.

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S16 E17: The Acton House

Tom Silva is in the dining room and describes what they did to fix the low dining room ceiling.

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S16 E16: The Acton House

Steve finds Norm Abram and Tom Silva installing the new front entry that was built in the workshop. Tom finds the house to be off by 6" and they describe how they compensated.

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S16 E15: The Acton House

Steve in kitchen where they are installing the wide paneled floor. Owners decide to leave imperfections on wood facing up. Dana is applying shilack for construction adhesive for wood and panels are nailed in with guns.

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S16 E14: The Acton House

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S16 E13: The Acton House

Steve sees Terry busily caulking the battered clapboards of the west gable in preparation for the top coat of paint. Norm meets up with architect Chris Dallmus for a research trip around Acton.

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S16 E12: The Acton House

Tom Silva tests out the old-fashioned v-shaped gutter he made for the front porch, then takes Steve on a tour of the house. Paul Kennedy explains to Steve the challenges he faced in working with the house’s steel studs.

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S16 E11: The Acton House

Steve discusses a few details of farmer’s porch that he thinks should be reconsidered. Norm and Richard Trethewey review the heating and cooling systems.

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S16 E10: The Acton House

Tom Silva shows Norm his reroofing progress-stripping of old shingles, plywood sheathing, new shingles, ridge vent. Steve Thomas visits historic Deefield, MA.

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S16 E9: The Acton House

Norm explains to Steve that it might make sense to replace the heavily weathered clapboards. Tommy Silva and Norm show what’s involved in installing a replacement window.

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S16 E8: The Acton House

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S16 E7: The Acton House

The addition is weathertight. Tommy shows Steve the lightweight steel partition walls he’s building. Norm tours a plant in Tennessee that makes power tools.

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S16 E6: The Acton House

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S16 E5: The Acton House

Tom Silva and crew begin to attach the sill to the foundation. Steve suggests Terry replace a lally column that got knocked down. Steve visits a c. 1760 tavern.

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S16 E4: The Acton House

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S16 E3: The Acton House

Norm and Tom lay out the excavation lines using a small laser level. Tom, Norm and Steve review the demolition plans, pointing out the importance of not going beyond the planned areas of reconstruction.

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S16 E2: The Acton House

Tom Silva and crew moves the old milk shed to another spot on the property. Richard Trethewey does an energy audit. Steve visits Minuteman National Historical Park.

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S16 E1: The Acton House

In the spring of 1994, we took on our oldest house yet, a c. 1710 Colonial in Acton, MA.