This Old House: Trade School is a live action, half-hour television program designed to meet the educational and informational needs of children aged 13-16. This Old House: Trade School is a celebration of vocational education in the field of home improvement. This series follows residential construction projects from beginning to end. Step-by-step instructions in various building methods and disciplines such as architecture, engineering, carpentry, plumbing, masonry, landscaping design, construction and many more are explained and demonstrated. Tricks of the trade from industry experts and professionals are revealed as they renovate and restore entire homes.

Season 1

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EPISODE 1

COLONIAL REVIVAL

This Old House begins work on a 300-year-old farmstead that is rich in Colonial history. Homeowners Joe and Becky Titlow plan to preserve the historic part of the house, while adding space and modern amenities with two small additions. Architect Dan Quaile presents the plan using a remarkable model generated from a 3D printer, while general contractor Tom Silva inspects the structure. Landscape contractor Roger Cook considers the half-acre lot and what the homeowners would like to add: a storage shed, raised garden beds, a new driveway, and stone walls.

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EPISODE 4

NOT JUST ANOTHER BRICK IN THE WALL

Host Kevin O’Connor arrives to find the floor and walls of the new entry addition framed up, and general contractor Tom Silva getting ready to create the connection to the main house. He lends a hand as they frame up the new roof that will overlay the existing roof. Mason Mark McCullough returns to repair the exterior chimney that was cut away to make way for the new family room addition. Mark shows Kevin how to weave in the bricks, so they look like they’ve always been there. Master carpenter Norm Abram revisits the oldest TOH project to date, the Acton Project, to see how the addition there is holding up after 17 years, and what they’d do differently if they could do it all again.

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EPISODE 7

RAISED VEGETABLE BEDS

General contractor Tom Silva tops off the existing cellulose insulation in the walls of the oldest part of the house. Landscape contractor Roger Cook takes homeowner Becky Titlow to see a display of “garden to table” raised beds at Elm Bank Reservation in Wellesley, MA. Then, back at the house, landscape designer Jenn Nawada lends a hand as Roger builds our raised beds out of fieldstone from the old foundation, and Becky plants the first vegetables for her family. On the roof of the new addition, Tom shows host Kevin O’Connor how he’s using a self-sealing membrane on the low sloop roof, and at the drip edge, to properly waterproof the roof. 

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EPISODE 10

MAKING A GRAND ENTRANCE

Master carpenter Norm Abram and general contractor Tom Silva create a more historically accurate front door surround. Host Kevin O'Connor meets contractor Monica MacKenzie at an antique home she renovated. Interior designers Dee Elms and Andrew Terrat share their design direction for the new space. 

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EPISODE 13

FOLLOW THE WINDING BRICK PATH

Roger Cook creates a winding brick path. Kitchen designer Kathy Marshall shares the challenges of fitting a modern kitchen into an old house. Norm Abram makes wainscoting out of old sheathing boards. Tom Silva tells Kevin O'Connor that our red house will now be blue. Eleven-inch-wide white oak floorboards go down.

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EPISODE 16

THE FINISHING TOUCHES 

Roger Cook installs the sod and a hand built bootscraper. Mike Bradshaw installs wallpaper. Kathy Marshall and Becky Titlow see the finished kitchen. Joe Titlow shows Norm his garage workshop. Dee reveals design choices in the oldest part of the house. Andrew Terrat shows Kevin the new additions. The wrap party begins.

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EPISODE 19

TIME FOR A CLAMBAKE

Builder Andy Tiplady shows master carpenter Norm Abram how he's installing the windows using a custom copper pan for flashing. Kevin visits the Hurricane Research Lab at the University of Florida to see their current research and to feel what it's like to stand in a Category 3 hurricane. At the end of the day, it is time for the clambake down on the beach.

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EPISODE 22

DECORATING OUTSIDE

The Brazilian hardwood garapa is being used for the new deck. Red cedar shingles are cut into a wave pattern. Kevin learns about a new paint that doesnt use black tint. Andy and Norm install some hardwood floors for our project. Norm sees the decorative brackets being used on the exterior and learns why polyurethane is a better choice than PVC stock for this application.

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EPISODE 25

THE VIEWS INSIDE AND OUT

Light green grout is used with glass tiles to give a depth of color to the backsplash. A cable railing system gets installed outside. A gas stove goes in the living room; it will become a focal point at night, when water views are no longer visible. The lighting designer shows how layers of light were used to create distinct spaces.

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EPISODE 2

GETTING THE LEAD OUT

Landscape contractor Roger Cook starts by transplanting the shrubs and plants from the front of the house to a place where they can be “heeled in” for safe keeping until the job is complete. Homeowner Joe Titlow shows host Kevin O’Connor how his company builds highly detailed architectural models (and a whole host of other useful items) by printing them with a 3-D printer. On the oldest part of the house, Kevin and master carpenter Norm Abram dig in by removing the front entry porch and the accessibility ramp. Then, in accordance with the new EPA lead paint laws, they set up to begin removing the peeling and rotted clapboards. Out back, general contractor Tom Silva shows Kevin how he’s laying out for the new addition, and excavation begins. Water is discovered, and Roger gets to work setting up a drain and sump pump system to deal with it. Mason Mark McCullough arrives to demo the exterior parts of the 1970s-era chimney that are in the way of the new addition.

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EPISODE 5

VINES COME DOWN, WALLS GO UP

The first order of business is reclaiming a good percentage of the back yard from invasive vines and brambles that have been encroaching on the lawn for years. Landscape contractor Roger Cook and his crew make quick work of it using a skid steer loader with a brush hog attachment. General contractor Tom Silva and master carpenter Norm Abram assemble and raise the gable wall for the new family room addition. Then, on the front of the house, Tom and Kevin repair a historic windowsill that has collapsed, while adding new insulation, flashing, and side casings to the opening. At the end of the day, Norm and Kevin demo the old, low ceiling in the ell to see if any head height can be reclaimed for the new kitchen. 

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EPISODE 8

THE ELECTRIC SLIDE

General contractor Tom Silva finishes up the last of the structural work – replacing an undersized and partially rotted old post in the kitchen. Window restoration specialist Alison Hardy reinstalls the restored historic window sashes in the dining room, adding spring-action hardware and weatherstripping to make them more efficient. In the garage, host Kevin O’Connor finds electrician Allen Gallant upgrading the electrical service to 100 amps so it can function as a workshop. Allen installs a system of metallic tubing as conduit on the inside of the building, and outside, brings the wires to the garage via a fishing system controlled by foot pedals for safety. In the study, Tom shows Kevin how he’s removing the more modern narrow strip flooring to reveal the more historic wide pine boards underneath. With a light sanding and clear finish, the two-hundred-year-old patina will stay intact.  

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EPISODE 11

STEP INTO A WELL SEALED HOUSE

Landscape contractor Roger Cook installs a reclaimed granite front step. General contractor Tom Silva installs new wood windows. Master carpenter Norm Abram takes a visit to the Colonel James Barrett house. Plumbing and heating contractor Richard Trethewey seals and insulates the old ductwork.

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EPISODE 14

ON PINS AND NEEDLES 

The script is flipped as Doctors Alex Hynes and Gerardo Poli become the worried owners in the waiting room when their beloved 13 year old dog Diesel begins showing worrying symptoms. Can their colleagues discover the cause of his problems and get him back to health? And, Doctors Allison and Audrey Shen are helping little daschund Sophia recover from major spinal surgery with some traditional Chinese medicine - acupuncture.

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EPISODE 17

WELCOME TO BARRINGTON

The crew opens the Barrington, Rhode Island, project aboard the Liberty. Homeowners Geoff Allen and Michelle Forcier bought the house for the beautiful water views. The biggest challenge will be building to withstand the marine environment. Master carpenter Norm Abram visits builder Andy Tiplady to see a classic home he recently built. Back at the house, Andy's crew starts gutting the first floor.

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EPISODE 20

SOLAR POWERED

Andy Tiplady shows Kevin why he's using red cedar shingles and the flair he's creating between the first and second floors. Solar panels are also being used for electricity. Norm get a behind-the-scenes look at The Elms, one of Newport's famous mansions.

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EPISODE 23

IT'S ALL ABOUT CHERRY WOOD

Norm visits a custom cabinetshop to see how they are using high-end cherry veneers to make our kitchen. The installer scribes the refrigerator panel to fit. In the master bath the new soaking tub is set in a bed of fresh plaster.

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EPISODE 26

FAREWELL TO BARRINGTON

As the project winds down in Barrington, Rhode Island, Norm and Kevin congratulate Andy on a job well done. Richard shares an advanced programmable thermostat with a 7-inch LCD screen. Interior designer Lisa Newman Paratore shows off the final decor choices.

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EPISODE 3

A NEW FOUNDATION

Master carpenter Norm Abram continues work on removing the old clapboards, while out back at the new addition, general contractor Tom Silva and mason Mark McCullough carefully open up a hole in the old fieldstone foundation that will connect the old basement space to the new.  Tom shows Kevin a rotted sill that he found during demo and how he plans to patch, rather than replace it.  Plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey visits the local library to see the oldest existing flag in the country, the Bedford Flag, firsthand. Back at the project house, the footprint of the addition starts to take shape as Tom forms the new foundation out of ICFs. At the end of the day, a concrete truck arrives for the pour.

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EPISODE 6

WINDOWS OF OPPORTUNITY

Host Kevin O’Connor arrives to find the new family addition framed up. Inside, Kevin finds general contractor Tom Silva and a major discovery – a cast iron pipe that was run several years ago straight through two structural beams in the kitchen. The fix is a new footing and lally column in the basement, and new post supports in the kitchen placed to accommodate the new stove vent hood. Master carpenter Norm Abram meet window restoration specialist Alison Hardy at her shop in Peabody, Massachusetts, to see our historic window sash stripped, repaired, re-glazed and repainted. Later at the house, they will be weather stripped and outfitted with new hardware to increase their insulating and mechanical performance. With the structured now fully repaired, Tom and Kevin take down the old wall of the ell, opening up the kitchen to the new family room for the first time.

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EPISODE 9

NEW SIDING AND A NEW DRIVEWAY

General contractor Tom Silva installs new red cedar clapboards on the oldest part of the house using a story pole to match the coursing of a later addition. Landscape contractor Roger Cook installs a new horseshoe shaped asphalt driveway that will later be topped with a rustic finish to make it look like a stone driveway, without the mess or the maintenance. Then, Plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey shows host Kevin O’Connor how he’s solving a rough plumbing problem by using a wet vent in the downstairs powder room. 

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EPISODE 12

FASTEN THOSE TIMBERS

General contractor Tom Silva and master carpenter Norm Abram install massive decorative timbers. Norm visits the Parson Capen House in Topsfield, MA. Tom uses a new hidden deck fastening system. Homeowner Joe Titlow installs a new shed from the home center.

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EPISODE 15

A RUSTIC FINISH

Roger Cook lays the driveway finish. Allen Gallant installs LED lights. Blacksmith Carl Close shows Colonial-inspired ironwork. Realtor Ron Phipps explains challenges of antique home re-sale. Richard Trethewey shows the latest water heaters. Susan Arnold reveals the family room and kitchen lighting plans.

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EPISODE 18

READY FOR THE HURRICANE

Host Kevin O'Connor finds builder Andy Tiplady with the new foundation in place, and framing underway. Andy and his crew are preparing for Hurricane Irene. The house survives the hurricane, but the neighborhood takes a hit. Kevin meets the Executive Director of the Coastal Resources Management Council, Grover Fugate, to see the lengths to which people will go to live by the water in Rhode Island.    

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EPISODE 21

LANDSCAPE BY THE SEA

Andy Tiplady shows Kevin why he's using red cedar shingles and the flair he's creating between the first and second floors. Solar panels are also being used for electricity. Norm get a behind-the-scenes look at The Elms, one of Newport's famous mansions.

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EPISODE 24

AWNINGS, COUNTERTOPS AND A/C

A retractable awning gets installed. New soapstone countertops get sealed with wax, not oil, for a more durable finish. Andy dresses up the half-walls with oak caps and a scotia molding. The light fixtures are being made by New England blacksmiths. Richard tells us why the ERV unit is possibly the most important piece of mechanical equipment in the house.

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