Heath performs an electrical inspection; the team share more Home Inspection Nightmares; Tom helps two homeowners meticulously restore their antique front door using a variety of techniques.
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Heath Eastman explains what to keep in mind during a home electrical inspection; the team share more Home Inspection Nightmares, including a chimney overtaken by a tree, a vent capped by a soda can, and a stud wall with fragmented studs; Tom Silva helps two homeowners meticulously restore their original, 1918 front door using paint stripper, bristle brushes, mahogany veneer, and a lot of love.
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To restore the original 1918 front door, Tom used a variety of tools and techniques:
To strip the trim detail of its old finish, Tom applied paint & varnish stripper [https://amzn.to/3xPhYKM] by Max Strip [https://maxstrip.com/]. The stripper is eco-friendly and low VOC, which makes it safer to use indoors than a traditional paint stripper. The brass scrub brushes used to actually remove the finish can be found at any home center.
To repair the door and smooth out imperfections, Tom applied a few coats of Bondo Wood Filler [https://amzn.to/2PTj2w7], which is manufactured by 3M [https://www.3m.com/]. He then sanded the door smooth using a random orbital sander ETS EC 150/5 EQ-Plus [https://bit.ly/3b4Kyhu], which is manufactured by Festool [https://www.festoolusa.com/].
To resurface the door, Tom applied a sheet of khaya mahogany peel-and-stick veneer from Boulter Plywood [https://www.boulterplywood.com/]. The veneer can be cut with a utility knife and applied evenly using a roller, which can be found at any home center.
Tom replaced the old hardware with a full mortise Harrison entryset [https://bit.ly/3ui3dOp] with a Providence knob in an oil-rubbed bronze finish, which was provided by Emtek [https://emtek.com/]. The tools required to replace the hardware, including the screwdriver and chisel, can be found at home centers.
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