Ask This Old House | Generator, Wood Floor (S15 E22) | FULL EPISODE

20April 2019


Visiting the show’s 49th state! See Scott head to Alaska to hook up a portable generator capable of powering an entire house. Watch Tom repair a poorly installed piece of wood floor nosing. Richard gives an inside look at dishwasher cycles.
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How to Install a Manual Transfer Switch for a Portable Generator
Scott visits Alaska to install a portable generator with a manual transfer switch to power hardwired appliances like a well pump and heating system using unleaded gasoline.

Where to find it?
Scott installed the Pro 7.5E portable generator and 10-circuit manual transfer switch, both manufactured by Kohler.

Other supplies for this project, including 10-3 non-metallic wiring, wire nuts, and the pieces to make a longer power cable for the generator are sold at home centers and electrical supply houses.

Understanding the Cycles of a Dishwasher
Richard goes inside a dishwasher to explain each cycle.

Where to find it?
Dishwashers are sold at home centers and appliance stores.

How to Repair a Bad Flooring Joint
Tom repairs a piece of wood nosing that was poorly installed and resulted in a bad joint.

For this project, Tom used the plunge cut track saw to cut flooring and the Domino joiner to create mortises for floating tenons. Both of these are manufactured by Festool.

The other materials for this project, including wood glue, construction adhesive, and 16d nails are available at hardware stores and home centers.

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Homeowners have a virtual truckload of questions for us on smaller projects, and we're ready to answer. Ask This Old House solves the steady stream of home improvement problems faced by our viewers—and we make house calls! Ask This Old House features some familiar faces from This Old House, including Kevin O'Connor, general contractor Tom Silva, plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey, and landscape contractor Roger Cook.

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