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When this house was built, asbestos was still considered a miracle material and it was used in a lot of different building projects. Now that it’s common knowledge how dangerous it is, Tom works with demolition expert Ron Peik to safely identify the materials in the house that used asbestos and remove them. Charlie introduces Kevin and Tom to the new apprentices, Erick and Carly, and they begin removing the old doors and windows from the house. Norm, Richard and Kevin return to the very first This Old House project in Dorchester, MA, which started exactly forty years ago. They recap all the hard work that went into restoring the 1860s Victorian and see how that hard work has withstood the last forty years. Back at the project house, Roger works with arborist Mike Bonner to remove a line of trees whose roots are pushing against the stone wall at the edge of the property, which could cause it to topple over. Mike carefully cuts off small portions of each tree in a bucket truck instead of using a crane to protect bystanders and passing cars on the busy street. With the trees removed, the crew can start working on digging holes and setting for the new foundation. Tom teaches apprentices Erick and Carly to properly set forms for the poured concrete foundation.
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