This Old House | Graduation Day (S39E13) | FULL EPISODE

10November 2020

Roger explains why some preventative tree work is needed. Homeowner Liz gets a lesson on tiling. The original black newel post is discovered to be walnut. The apprentices graduate after ten weeks of hard work.

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It's the final day for the apprentices on the job site.

But first, out in the front yard, Roger shows Kevin an old Norway maple that has seen better days. Damage to the trunk makes it weak and dangerous. A local tree specialist removes the tree.

The yard is now opened up to plant new trees. Arborist Eric Roensch prunes the birch tree in order to expose the beautiful bark and to remove branches from the house. His crew also installs a cable to support the two dominant trunks to prevent the tree from splitting.

Homeowner Liz gets a lesson in tilework from expert Mark Ferrante. They are putting tile along the wall behind the new woodstove location. Mark teaches Liz how to use a trowel to spread thinset on the wall and then apply the marble tiles.

Kevin meets master restorer Wayne Towle in the front hall as he's stripping the black paint off the newel post and handrails to expose the original walnut underneath. The process involves more than just chemical stripping. He also uses a brass brush and a rinse to take off the remaining residue.

The white fireplace will soon be stripped down to the brick.

It's time to say goodbye to the three apprentices who spent ten weeks of their summer working on the Newton jobsite. Austin, Bailey, and Nathan reflect on their experiences working alongside the This Old House team.

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