How to Grow Microgreens

How to Grow Microgreens
Ask This Old House landscape designer Jenn Nawada learns how to grow and harvest microgreens.

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Time: 7 days

Cost: $10-20

Skill Level: Easy

Shopping List:
Seed for vegetables
Plastic container

Steps:
1. Some seeds require you to pre-soak a handful of seeds to promote early germination (follow directions on the seed packet). If you’re worried about bacteria spreading from one seed to the rest, you can add a little hydrogen peroxide to the water.
2. After the presoaking is complete, rinse and drain the seeds in a colander.
3. Pour organic soil into plastic container and fill it up half way.
4. Push soil down evenly with the bottom of a second plastic container.
5. Water the soil thoroughly.
6. Spread the seed densely over the top of the soil.
7. Use a spray bottle (rather than your fingers) to help spread the seeds evenly.
8. Cover the seed with a plastic container and place it in a warm space away from sunlight to germinate.
9. In 3-4 days once the seeds have sprouted, remove the cover and bring them to a sunny area.
10. By 7-10 days, the microgreens should be ready to harvest.
11. Sterilize a pair of scissors with hydrogen peroxide and cut the microgreen close to the soil, but do not pull up any soil in the process.
12. Compost the excess soil and recycle or reuse the plastic container.
13. Microgreens can be stored for up to a week in the refrigerator.
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How to Install a Home Elevator

How to Install a Home Elevator
Ask This Old House Host Kevin O’Connor helps an accessibility contractor install a home elevator for a young man with disabilities.

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Time: Several days

Cost: $25,000 – 35,000

Shopping List:
Hydraulic home elevator lift
Home elevator enclosure

Steps:
1. Pour concrete pad for the base of the elevator.
2. Hoist the tower section with a chain pull and level it in place with a level.
3. Stabilize the tower by attaching the legs with bolts and washers using a drill/driver.
4. Hoist the second section of the tower on top of the first portion with a chain pull.
5. The first and second sections of the tower are combined using bolts and washers.
6. Fill the reservoir for the hydraulics with transmission fluid.
7. Place platform base on top of the legs.
8. Secure the platform with bolts and washers using a drill/driver.
9. Place the floor on top of the platform and secure it with fasteners.
10. Secure 42-inch panels on three sides of the platform.
11. Install enclosure around the lift to keep out rain, snow and wind.
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How to Match Historic Molding

How to Match Historic Molding
Ask This Old House general contractor Tom Silva and host Kevin O’Connor look at ways to match historic molding.

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Time: varies

Cost: varies

Skill Level: Easy

Steps:
1. Tom uses a molding profile jig to show Kevin how to match historic moldings.
2. Tom pushes the pins of the jig into the molding and it forms an outline of the molding. Homeowners can then trace the design onto a piece of paper and bring it to a mill shop.
3. You can either match that tracing to one a stock profile in a mill shop or they could make a molding for you with a custom knife so you can replicate the profile on your choice of wood.
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How to Diagnose Problems with Well Water Systems

How to Diagnose Problems with Well Water Systems
Ask This Old House plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey explains how a well water pump works and why it could be behind a high electrical bill.

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Steps:
1. Some well pumps are submersible and sit at the bottom of the well. Others are located inside the home, usually in a basement.
2. Richard explains every time a homeowner with a well turns on the faucet, a well water pump could come on and call for water from the well. The well pump should be connected to one of two pressure systems.
3. One is a large pressure tank. That tank has an air charge at the top and water at the bottom. The tank is pressurized, so if the pump is coming on and off whenever the faucet comes on, that’s likely an indication that the air charge has become water logged and may need to be recharged.
4. The second system is similar, but has a neoprene bladder in between the air and the water reservoir. That would form a barrier and negate any oversaturation of the tank. If the pump is coming on in this situation, that means the neoprene bladder or a balloon-like material in between has failed, allowing the air and water to mix.
5. A well pump that runs to frequently suggests a problem with the pressure systems, which should be inspected and repaired by a qualified well technician.
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Tips for keeping your pet healthy on cold days

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Tips for keeping your pet healthy on cold days
It’s important to keep your pets warm but you also need to make sure they don’t get into harmful de-icing chemicals.

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