Ask TOH | Tree Removal, Door Trim

Landscaping contractor Roger Cook and arborist Matt Foti help a homeowner remove an old tree that threatens to fall on her house. Then Roger, along with host Kevin O'Connor, plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey and general contractor Tom Silva ask, "What is it?" Then Tom helps a homeowner bring some character into a room by installing wood trim around a plain doorway.

How to Remove a Dangerous Tree

Roger and Matt consult with a homeowner who is worried about a large red maple tree that is leaning toward her house. Upon close inspection, Matt finds that the tree has severe rot inside its trunk, making it very likely that it could fall and damage the house. Roger also explains that the tree has a "V-crotch," a structural defect high up in the tree that could fail due to a heavy snow-load or wind. Matt and Roger decide the best course of action is to completely remove the tree.

Matt Foti, Certified Arborist
Matthew R. Foti Landscape and Tree Service
30 Fairbanks Rd
Lexington, MA 02421-7729

What Is It?

Tom showed an electric mat used to prevent fog buildup on a bathroom mirror.

Fog Free Reflections
107-C Executive Drive
Dulles, VA 20166

How to Install Interior Door Trim

Tom helps a homeowner add character to a living room doorway by installing new wood trim. The homeowner wanted to match the new trim to the existing "colonial" trim upstairs. To help Tom get an exact match, he used a "profile gauge," a tool that takes an impression of the existing trim's profile. Tom then traced the profile from the gauge onto a piece of paper and took it with him to a local millwork shop. After finding an exact match, they headed back to the house and got to work installing the new trim. Tom began by removing the old baseboard that was in the way. Next, he measured the doorway opening and cut the pieces for the "jamb." Rather than install the jamb assembly in place piece by piece, Tom decided to build most of the unit on the floor. After screwing the jamb sides to the header piece, Tom then attached the trim pieces to the jamb assembly using finish nails. He then stood the entire unit up in the opening, checked for plumb, and nailed the trim to the wall. Tom then attached the trim to the other side of the doorway and the installation was complete.

Profile Gauge:
Supplier: Lee Valley Tools Ltd.
P.O. Box 1780
Ogdensburg, NY 13669-6780

Mill Yard:
Anderson & McQuaid Millwork
170 Fawcett St
Cambridge, MA 02138
(800) 640-3250]

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