Newton GenNEXT | Tommy’s Flair for Flares
On this episode of This Old House
Kevin reviews the progress being made upstairs. Most of the new work is at the back of the house.
In the master suite, it’s almost time to tile the bathroom. Foam board is put on the walls and floor to receive the tiles with thinset. Tommy shows Kevin how he builds a shower bench made out of the same 2-inch and thinner foam board. Then they run electric radiant wire to heat the seat.
Our plumbing crew is installing new gas lines. Richard shows the plumbing apprentices the old-school way of cutting and connecting the steel pipes. Then he shows them how to use the latest clamping tool for a quick and safe connection.
The newly opened up crawl space gets sprayed with insulation.
On the first floor, Kevin finds Tommy teaching the apprentices how to install double hung replacement windows. Clad on the outside for no maintenance and primed on the inside for paint, these energy-efficient windows require a sponge balancing system to stay in place.
On the exterior, the architect calls for the second-floor shingles to flare at the transition where they meet the clapboards. Tommy shows Kevin and homeowner Joe how he makes a jig to achieve the flare.