Ask This Old House TV // Season 11 // Episode 14

Ask TOH | Terrazzo, Cracked Joist

Host Kevin O'Connor heads to Del Ray Beach, Florida to restore Terrazzo floors. Then, Kevin, along with landscape contractor Roger Cook, plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey, and general contractor Tom Silva ask "What Is It?" Afterward, Tom helps a homeowner repair a cracked floor joist.

Restoring Terrazzo Floors
Kevin heads to Del Ray Beach, Florida to restore Terrazzo floors.

Where to find it?
Expert assistance with this project was provided by Frank Andreou of Terrazzo Care Restoration.

Restoring terrazzo floors involves sanding and polishing with specialty tools. This job is best handled by a professional.

What Is It?
Tom asks the guys to identify a steel tool that expands.

Where to find it?
The tool that Tom demonstrated was an antique chimney cleaner, sent in by a viewer.

Repairing a Cracked Floor Joist
Tom helps a homeowner repair a cracked floor joist.

Where to find it?
Tom fixed a stress crack that formed along the notch of an old floor joist using wood glue and a jack. He then attached the joist to a carrying beam using a joist hanger for rough sawn timbers. These supplies are available at home centers and lumber yards.


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