Ask This Old House TV // Season 7 // Episode 14

Ask TOH | Gate Fix, Window Replacement, Foam Insulation

Landscaping contractor Roger Cook helps a homeowner in Charleston, South Carolina fix a sagging wooden gate. Then Roger, along with plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey, host Kevin O'Connor, and general contractor Tom Silva ask, "What is it?" Then, Tom helps a homeowner replace his drafty old basement windows with new energy-efficient ones. Later, up in the loft, Tom and Richard discuss how to properly use different types of liquid foam insulation to prevent drafts.

Fixing a Sagging Wooden Gate

Roger heads to Charleston where he helps a homeowner repair a wooden gate that is sagging because its hinges have become detached. The existing hinges were small and not made for exterior use, so Roger replaced them with weather-resistant "butterfly" hinges that will support the weight of the gate.

Where to find it?

"Butterfly" gate hinges are available at home improvement centers and hardware stores.

Replacing Basement Windows

Tom helped a homeowner replace his old, drafty basement windows with new, energy-efficient ones. To remove the old windows, Tom used a reciprocating saw and a pry bar. Since the old windowsill was part of the old window unit, Tom replaced it with one he made out of pressure-treated lumber. Before installing the new window in the rough opening, Tom first fastened it to the new windowsill using caulk and screws. To fasten the window in place, Tom screwed the top of the window into the sill plate and secured the remaining edges using liquid spray foam insulation. After the foam had cured, Tom scraped away the excess and caulked around the outside perimeter using a masonry-colored caulk.

Where to find it?

The window that Tom installed (model #AN31) was manufactured by:
Andersen Windows
Andersen Windows

It was supplied by:
Brockway-Smith Company
146 Dascomb Road
Andover, MA 01810

Liquid Foam Insulation

Up in the loft, Tom and Richard discussed different types of liquid foam insulation for sealing gaps and cracks to prevent drafts. Tom showed several types that are available in a can and another product often used by professionals for much larger jobs.

Where to find it?

The liquid foam insulation in a can that Tom showed is manufactured by:
Dow Great Stuff
Dow Great Stuff

Tom also showed a spray-type foam insulation made for larger air-sealing jobs.

Gold Seal 400
Manufacturer: Icynene Inc.
6747 Campobello Road
Mississauga ON
L5N 2L7 Canada

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