Ask This Old House TV // Season 9 // Episode 12

Ask TOH | Energy-Efficient HVAC, Oak-Floor Patch

Plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey helps a pair of homeowners reduce their utility bills by installing a new forced-air furnace and air conditioning system. Then, general contractor Tom Silva helps a homeowner repair damage to her oak flooring that was caused by a leaky radiator.

Retrofitting a forced-air heating & cooling system

Richard and a local HVAC contractor helped a pair of homeowners replace their existing electric baseboard heating system with a modern, high-efficiency forced air system that will heat and cool their home.

Where to find it?

The furnace that Richard helped install is an Amana two-stage variable speed 95% efficiency gas furnace (model number AMVC950704CX). It is manufactured by:

Amana Heating and Air Conditioning

The furnace is distributed by:

Robinson Supply Company

The expert installation was performed by Barry Cullen and his team at Comfort Technology:
Comfort Technology
60 Florence Ave.
Norwood, MA 02062

Repairing a damaged hardwood floor

Tom helped a pair of homeowners repair part of an oak floor damaged by a leaking steam radiator. With the radiator removed, Tom removed several damaged pieces of flooring using a hammer, chisel, and prybar. Next, he cut several new pieces of strip flooring to fit and installed them using glue and nails. Finally, Tom added a coat of amber-colored shellac to help make the new flooring look like the old flooring surrounding it.

Where to find it?

Red oak strip flooring is available at many lumber yards and home centers.

The amber-colored shellac that Tom applied to the new flooring is manufactured by:

Zinsser (Rustoleum)

Tom also used an oil-based stain manufactured by Minwax (800-523-9299) and a solvent-based wood filler manufactured by DAP Plastic Wood (800-543-3840).

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