Future House | Touring a Napa Valley Smart House

Posted by in Home Improvement Tips, on April 19, 2018

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Ask This Old House home technology expert Ross Trethewey travels to Napa to tour a house that’s testing out a variety of interconnected smart home devices. Click here to SUBSCRIBE to the official This Old House YouTube channel: http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=thisoldhouse Resources:
Jason Johnson is the CEO of August Smart Lock (www.august.com), which manufactures the doorbell video cameras and smart lock system that integrates with a traditional deadbolt. The exterior camera system was manufactured by Arlo (https://www.arlo.com), which is a division of NETGEAR. The smart thermostats that also serve as digital assistants are manufactured by Ecobee (https://www.ecobee.com). Jason was able to integrate several smart home devices using the IFTTT platform (https://ifttt.com). The “smart windows” used a combination of technologies to work. The motorized windows were manufactured by Loewen (https://www.loewen.com) and were connected to IFTTT using a Z wave controller. IFTTT was connected to the local weather station and the Ecobee thermostats to determine indoor and outdoor temperatures and open and close the windows according to programmed parameters. Expert assistance with this project was provided by TE2 Engineering (http://te2engineering.com). Ask This Old House TV
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Designer Tips For Choosing Tiles & Countertops

Posted by in Home Improvement Tips, on April 18, 2018

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When picking wall and floor tiles, there are endless options available. To make the process easier, Joel Bray and Jennifer Koper share how to find the best hard surface materials for your space. They tour the Ciot showroom and reveal a unique 3-D wall tile, a fresh take on the feature wall and tiles that work indoors and out. You’ll see unique applications for kitchens, bathrooms, powder rooms and more. After watching, enter for a chance to win a $500 Ciot gift certificate here: https://houseandhome.com/contests-top-tile-trends-contest-entry-form/, and browse our top tile trends gallery: https://houseandhome.com/gallery/top-tile-trends-kitchens-bathrooms/ Presented by Ciot. To see more visit https://houseandhome.com/videos/ ———- MORE DESIGN INSPIRATION
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How to Diagnose a Frosty Air Conditioner

Posted by in Home Improvement Tips, on April 17, 2018

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Ask This Old House plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey discusses the possible causes and solutions for a frozen air conditioner. Click here to SUBSCRIBE to the official This Old House YouTube channel: http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=thisoldhouse Skill Level: Easy Tools List for Diagnosing a Frosty Air Conditioner:
Vacuum cleaner
Dust attachment for vacuum Shopping List:
Air filter for AC unit Steps:
1. Usually, ice on an air conditioner indicates that the airflow between the coil and the condenser unit is out of balance.
2. Replace a disposable air filter or clean a reusable one to maximize airflow on the indoor unit.
3. Check for obstructions on the condenser unit outside. Clean off any leaves or droppings that may be on or near the condenser, but work very carefully to avoid bending or damaging the fins. A vacuum with the brush attachment can usually do the trick.
4. Be sure to install a unit that is properly sized. If you add insulation to the house, your air conditioning unit may need to be changed for a smaller one.
5. If none of these solutions solves the problem, there could be a refrigerant leak. Hire a professional to investigate further. Resources:
Air filters on HVAC equipment should be changed or cleaned periodically. Replacement air filters come in many sizes and can be purchased at home centers. Reusable filters should be cleaned at least once per season, more regularly in homes with pets. Outdoor units should be cleaned with a vaccum brush attachment and kept clear of bushes and other obstructions. A professional HVAC contractor can help assess if a system may be oversized and need replacement or if the refrigerant is recharged incorrectly. Ask This Old House TV
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How to Fix a Loose Hand Railing End Cap

Posted by in Home Improvement Tips, on April 16, 2018

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How to Fix a Loose Hand Railing End Cap Click here to SUBSCRIBE to the official This Old House YouTube channel: http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=thisoldhouse Time: 1 hour Cost: $20 Skill Level:
Beginner Tools List for Fixing a Loose Hand Railing End Cap:
Small, flathead screwdriver
Measuring tape
Drill
Hammer
Pliers Shopping List:
8 penny finish nail
Polyurethane glue Steps:
1. Carefully pry out the bung underneath the end cap with a flathead screwdriver.
2. Loosen the stair railing nut from the bolt using the screwdriver and remove the end cap from the stair railing.
3. At the thickest part of the end cap, measure to find the center of the railing end cap and mark it about ⅜” from the top of the end cap.
4. Drill a small starter hole into the end cap on the mark.
5. Hammer the nail into the hole and cut most of the end off with the pliers so the nail has a sharp point.
6. Measure the stair railing to find the same point as the end cap and mark it with a pencil.
7. Drill another small hole into the railing on the mark.
8. Apply some polyurethane glue to the railing bolt and also to the end grain of the end cap.
9. Carefully attach the end cap back on the stair railing. It might be difficult to get the nut back on the railing bolt, but the screwdriver can be used to hold it into place.
10. Tighten the nut back on the railing bolt with the screwdriver and a hammer.
11. Fit the bung back in the hole. Resources:
Railing parts to fit a variety of applications can be found at home centers, as can both the railing bolt with a wood thread and machine thread and the spring style connection. Tom used Clear Gorilla Glue (https://www.gorillatough.com/) to hold the railing pieces together, which can be found at home centers. Ask This Old House TV
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