How to Create a Dutch Door

How to Create a Dutch Door
Watch the full episode: https://www.thisoldhouse.com/watch/ask-toh-dutch-door-landscape-checkers

Ask This Old House general contractor Tom Silva converts a regular door into a Dutch door.

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Time: 3 hours

Cost: $100

Skill Level: Moderate

Tools List for Creating a Dutch Door:
Pencil
Safety glasses
Chisel
Utility knife
Drill
Track saw
Palm sander

Shopping List:
Hinges (with screws)
Barrel latch
Scrap cardboard
Scrap wood for Filler
Wood glue
Wood screws
80-100 grit sandpaper

Steps:
1. With the door still hung in the jamb, mark where the cut for Dutch door will be. Use that as a guide to mark for 2 additional hinges above and below the cut mark.
2. Mortise the door where the new hinges will go with a chisel. Scoring around the mark with a utility knife can help prevent the door from chipping or cracking.
3. Once the hinges can fit flush against the door, attach the hinges to the door using a drill and screws.
4. With the new hinges attached to the door, trace where the hinges will attach to the jamb. Mortise the jamb and attach the other side of the hinges the same as earlier.
5. Replace the old hinges with new ones so that all four hinges match. If the old hinges are thicker than the new ones, add a filler piece of scrap cardboard behind both hinges before installing.
6. Remove the door from the jamb.
7. Cut two pieces of scrap wood the width of the door and taper them on opposite sides.
8. Cut the door in half with the track saw to fit the tapered filler pieces.
9. Attach one filler piece to the bottom of the top half of the door using wood glue and screws.
10. Rehang the top half of the door, then the bottom. With the door in place, attach the second filler piece to the top of the bottom half of the door and adjust as necessary with a palm sander.
11. Install a barrel latch to the top and bottom halves of the door to lock the top half of the door.

Resources:
Everything Tom used for this project, including the chisel, utility knife, hole saw, hinges, and latches can be found at home centers.

Tom used wood glue and polyurethane glue, manufactured by Gorilla Glue (https://www.gorillatough.com/)

The track saw Tom used is manufactured by Festool (https://www.festoolusa.com/)

Expert assistance for this project was provided by Woodcraft (https://www.woodcraft.com/).

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How to Diagnose a Gurgling Sink

How to Diagnose a Gurgling Sink
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Ask This Old House plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey shows host Kevin O’Connor the proper way to ventilate a sink.

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Cost: $20 and Up

Skill Level: Moderate

Tools List for Diagnosing a Gurgling Sink:
Pipe wrench

Shopping List:
PVC pipes

Steps:
1. If a sink is gurgling after the toilet flushes, there’s probably a good chance the drain is not ventilated properly.
2. Replace whatever pipe fitting is at the drain past the P trap with a T fitting. Run pipe from the bottom of the T to the main drain line and then run pipe from the top of the T to the vent system of the house. This may require running a pipe to the roof if there isn’t a vent system.
3. In some areas, code may permit a retrofitted mechanical vent that can be placed on a pipe on top of the T instead of running it to the roof or vent system.

Resources:
Richard demonstrated a PVC P-trap with a mechanical vent that can be used where conventional venting is not an option. These and the materials required to install them can be found at home centers and plumbing supply stores.

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How to Revitalize a Landscape for Free

How to Revitalize a Landscape for Free
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Ask This Old House landscape designer Jenn Nawada updates a landscape by moving around, dividing, and pruning the current plants in the yard.

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Cost: $0

Skill Level: Beginner

Tools List for Revitalizing a Landscape:
Shovel
Hose

Shopping List:
Tarp
Gloves
Twine
Mulch

Steps:
1. First, remove any plants that have died with the shovel.
2. To fill any big holes left behind by dead plants, look around the yard to find good transplanting candidates. Plants that appear to be in the shade of trees are good choices, since the shade of the tree might have grown overtime and stunted the growth of those plants anyway.
3. When moving larger plants, tie branches together using the twine and mark where the face of the plant is. Be sure to replant it with the face in the right direction.
4. To fill smaller holes, divide perennials in the yard and even them out across the blank spaces. Dig a decent size root ball around the plant with the shovel, then remove the plant.
5. Using the shovel, cut the root ball in half. Then, replant the two halves in different areas.
6. Give all the transplanted plants a good watering. Fertilizing around the plants can help nourish them once they’ve been moved.

Resources:
Jenn used only plants that already existed in this homeowner’s yard, but they can also be found at nurseries. The tools Jenn used, including the tarp and shovels, can be found at home centers.

Expert assistance for this project was provided by Kelstrom Landscape, Inc. of West Roxbury, MA and Nawada Landscape Design (http://nawadalandscapedesign.com/).

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