This Old House | Return to Paradise (S41 E6) | FULL EPISODE


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Kevin reviews the progress of the Westerly house. Tommy and Jeff work on the main staircase at Jeff’s shop and then they bring it to the house to install. At the Idea House, Kevin looks at new clapboard siding technology. Richard tours a factory to see how a furnace is built and then watches one being installed at the project house.

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Kevin O’Connor arrives to find the house is just about weather tight on the exterior. Inside, the main living space has been opened up, and upstairs are three newly framed bedrooms.

Now it’s time to replace the temporary stairs with a new staircase that has been prefabricated in Jeff Sweenor’s millshop. There, Kevin finds Tom Silva and Jeff adding the final oak treads on the stringerless stairway. They take it to the project house to be installed.

Always on the lookout for new technology, Kevin travels to the Greek Revival This Old House Idea House in Connecticut where the builder is using a new clapboard siding made with an engineered wood strand technology. There he meets project foreman Gordon Jacobsen, who is installing the siding on the front porch.

Back at the project house, the plan is to replace the old furnace with two new efficient furnaces–one in the basement and one in the attic. Richard Trethewey travels to the factory in Indianapolis to see the latest manufacturing techniques. The new furnaces arrive back at the project house in Westerly where Richard meets HVAC installer Michael Gamache who unboxes the units and starts to set one up in the attic.

One year ago, the California town of Paradise experienced the worst wildfire in the US in a century. Almost 25,000 people were left homeless and 85 did not survive. Despite the devastation, the people of Paradise are determined to rebuild. On the one-year anniversary of the disaster, This Old House pays tribute to the courageous people who survived and those who have chosen to rebuild.

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Products and Services from this episode

Cast and Crew Lodging
Category: Side Trip, Miscellaneous
Side Trip
The Margin Street Inn

Category: HVAC, Building Resources, Materials

Category: HVAC
Westerly Furnaces

Furnace Factory
Category: Side Trip, HVAC
Side Trip
Bryant Heating & Cooling

Furnace Installer
Category: Contractors & Services, HVAC
AGS HVAC Services

Idea House Builder
Category: Contractors & Services, Side Trip
Karp Associates, Inc.

Idea House Siding
Category: Building Resources, Siding, Materials, Side Trip
LP Smartside

Project house trim
Category: Building Resources, Materials, Shutters & Trim
Lifespan Solid Select

About This Old House TV: This Old House is America’s first and most trusted home improvement show. Each season, we renovate two different historic homes—one step at a time—featuring quality craftsmanship and the latest in modern technology. We demystify home improvement and provide ideas and information so, whether you are doing it yourself or hiring out contractors, you’ll know the right way to do things or the questions to ask. Our experts including general contractor Tom Silva, plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey, landscape contractor Jenn Nawada, master carpenter Norm Abram, and host Kevin O’Connor give you the tools you need to protect and preserve your greatest investment—your home.

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This Old House | Return to Paradise (S41 E6) | FULL EPISODE

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