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Replacing Wood Stair Treads | Ask This Old House Podcast Ep. 15

Old houses can be full of surprises, both good and not so great. If you’re lucky, you can stumble upon a good surprise—like original hardwood floors underneath old carpeting. Listen as This Old House Builder Charlie Silva gives tips to homeowners on how to save their original wooden staircase that was ruined by roofing nails and carpeting. https://www.thisoldhouse.com/22180451/replacing-wood-stair-treads-ep-15

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A Bit of Confusing HVAC Terminology

Oh, the wonderful world of heating and air conditioning and its confusing terminology. I’ve been doing building science for nearly two decades now, and I still have to ask around sometimes to find out what a particular term means. Here’s the one that got me going on this today: Air-to-water heat pump You probably know that a heat pump is a clever device that can move heat from a warm place to a hot place, as unlikely as that sounds. And for its second trick, it can also move heat from a cold place to a warm place. It’s actually…

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Remodelista Greatest Hits 2020: 10 Things Nobody Tells You About Painting Furniture

Earlier this winter, I moved with my boyfriend into a quirky one-bedroom apartment in Manhattan’s West Village. When we found it we couldn’t believe our luck. “It’s perfect,” we told our friends and family: “We’re moving in January, so we’ll have a couple of months in the winter to take on some DIY projects and really make it our own.” Among other DIYs, I decided to repaint a table, several peg rails, and a massive wooden wardrobe, ordered from Ikea, to serve as my closet. Cut to one month later: I just finished the last of the painting two days…

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Working With Tstuds

As with much of the building industry, wall framing is continually evolving. Our firm, Steven Baczek Architect, keeps an open mind when it comes to new products. For a current residential project, we are using the Tstud as a main component for the exterior wall framing. The house’s small size, simple form, and straightforward framing plan created the perfect proving ground to use the Tstud for the first time. While dimensionally similar to the common 2×6 solid stud, the Tstud provides a substantial reduction in thermal bridging, and has three times the strength a conventional 2×6 stud. Coupled with insulating exterior sheathing (R-9)…

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10 Easy Pieces: Modern Towel Bars

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Remodeling 101: How to Revive Stained Concrete Floors, Color Edition

I’ve long loved concrete floors. I like their zero-maintenance appeal, their industrial look that gets better with time, and—though they work well with radiant underfloor heating (see our Remodeling 101 on the topic)—I even like the feeling of a cool floor underfoot, especially when temperatures rise. But I’ve recently found a flaw in concrete floors—something that had never occurred to me until I attempted to remediate the situation: If your concrete floors are stained, their color is quite literally “set.” In my apartment, that’s an inconsistently applied, dusty red. If you want to change it, you’ll need to put in either…

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