Ask This Old House TV // Season 15 // Episode 20

Ask TOH | Build It, Cable Lights

On this episode of Ask This Old House

Mistakes happen. Richard revisits a homeowner to repair a water heater he thought was fixed four years ago. Tom installs a storm door with a dog in mind. And home technology expert Ross Trethewey looks at voice-activated smart devices. 

A Personal Story on the Dangers of Carbon Monoxide

Richard shares a personal story on the dangers of carbon monoxide and how an operational CO detector could be the difference between life and death.

Where to find it?

Carbon monoxide detectors are available at hardware stores and home centers.  Ideally, homes would have one on each level.  The batteries should be changed twice per year and the detectors should be replaced after five years.


Build It | Home Message Center

Tom and Kevin use stock lumber and millwork from a home center to build a home message center that mimics a window.

Where to find it?

Tom used stock lumber and millwork including 1x3 poplar, 1x4 poplar, 1x6 poplar, colonial casing, and crown molding.  He also used a 2’x4’ sheet of chalkboard plywood and a 1/2” sheet of MDF.

For fasteners, Tom used headless nails, 3” screws, and wood glue.

All of the materials for this project can be found at a home center.


What Is It?

Kevin presents a white orb on a stake -- but What Is It?

Kevin showed the Bloom Sky, a home weather station that can share data and a live video feed via WiFi.

How to Install Cable Lighting

Master electrician Scott Caron replaces a track lighting setup with cable lighting in a new baby’s nursery.

Where to find it?

Scott installed the High-Line cable lighting system and rainbow spot lights from Bruck Lighting, a division of Ledra Brands, Inc.  

Later, in the workshop, Scott demonstrated how toggle bolts were used to secure the cable mounts.  Toggle bolts can be purchased at hardware stores and home centers.

Expert assistance with this project was provided by Wolfers Lighting.  


How to Find Inspiration for Your Landscape Projects

Jenn walks Kevin through the process of pulling inspiration for a landscape design.

All of the projects showcased were designed by Jenn for her company, Nawada Landscape Design.  

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