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The This Old House Hour

PBS's home-improvement series, 'This Old House' followed by 'Ask This Old House,' an offshoot in which 'House' regulars field viewer questions.

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Sat., December 20, 2014
10:00 am
(60 minutes)

Charlestown Project 2014: Rowhouse, Lighthouse  

A basement door is concealed; the new Cararra marble island top is spotlighted; a PVC fence is installed on top of the retaining wall; the front steps are given new life with a grinder, a router, epoxy and non-slip exterior paint; and the salvaged marble mantel and surround are installed in the sitting room. Also: the transformation of a Boston lighthouses into a summer home. In the second half: setting up a beehive; and adding lighting to a dark kitchen without running new wiring.

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Sat., December 20, 2014
10:00 am
(60 minutes)

Charlestown Project 2014: 35 Years of This Old House  

Season 13 opens in Boston, where an 1850s-era Greek Revival house is to be upgraded. The homeowner would like to improve the kitchen and the third floor, where the master suite is located. The retaining walls also need work. In the second half: rust staining; the installation of a pass-through in a load-bearing wall; and the replacement of a poorly built fence gate. Also: NASA astronaut Rick Mastracchio joins the fun when the guys play "What is it?"