The This Old House Hour

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Landscape designer Melanie Williams shows host Kevin O'Connor the progress in the front yard and how landscape contractor Jose Martinez uses broken concrete for the walkways at a fraction of the cost of flagstone. Then, they head to the local home center to see options for edging material for the planting beds. Inside, hardware specialist Dan Hakes shows Kevin the work he's been doing to restore the old hardware and light fixtures for the job. Dan mixes in reproductions to extend the look into the addition. Up in Malibu, Kevin visits one of the most spectacular Spanish-style houses in Southern California - the Adamson House - which is known for its extraordinary use of decorative tile. Back at the house, the Spanish theme continues with a new, custom garage door that blends seamlessly with the period of the house: wood construction and iron window grates studded with dozens of "clavos" or rustic nail heads. Ornamental iron designer Robin Bradley returns as her team installs the front gates, which were fashioned to match an original found onsite. In the second half of the hour, general contractor Tom Silva helps a homeowner remove a vinyl floor in a kitchen. Then, host Kevin O'Connor tours a well-stocked architectural salvage yard for vintage house parts. Later Kevin and Tom, along with landscape contractor Roger Cook and plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey, ask, "What is it?" Then, Richard helps a homeowner eliminate a gurgling sound coming from his bathroom plumbing.



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