About 30 miles from our project and 30 years before it was built ,one of the most important tools in the plumbing trade was invented. Richard meets Michael Fitzgerald, the enthusiast who uncovered this historical fact. The two meet at a museum that celebrates advances in plumbing, in where else? Watertown, Massachusetts.
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Back at the house, 130-year-old plaster can show its age after a construction crew comes through a house. Our homeowners hope to keep the plaster in the entry foyer and wallpaper over it. Kevin finds Mauro making repairs to cracks in the plaster that might be the result of demolition.
Our homeowners like the rail on the staircase but it needs a lot of love. Norm and our finishing expert Wayne Towle come up with a plan to repair whats broken. Heath Eastman and his team of electricians have been wiring for weeks. Today its time to bring everything together. Kevin finds Heath in the basement installing a breaker panel with an innovative design. Back upstairs, what was once an old porch gets transformed into a formal dining room. Kevin finds out that the ceiling also receives its own touch of elegance with a special Venetian plaster finish.
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