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Season 38 of This Old House culminates with a 10-episode dive into Detroit, a brand-new city for our master crew. Homeowners Frank and Tamiko Polk grew up here, and want to see their new home restored to the beauty it was when first built in 1939. Before the Polks purchased the home from the Detroit Land Bank Authority, the two-story brick house in the Russell Woods neighborhood of the city was abandoned for four years, subject to smash-and-grabs of its copper assets and extensive water and roof damage. But the TOH team believes the home’s potential outshines its problems. Viewers will see how the community rallies around the house, offering additional expertise on how to care for and rejuvenate leaded glass windows with stained glass crests, ornamental molding and plasterwork, and a fireplace with a wooden surround.

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Season 38 of This Old House culminates with a 10-episode dive into Detroit, a brand-new city for our master crew. Homeowners Frank and Tamiko Polk grew up here, and want to see their new home restored to the beauty it was when first built in 1939. Before the Polks purchased the home from the Detroit Land Bank Authority, the two-story brick house in the Russell Woods neighborhood of the city was abandoned for four years, subject to smash-and-grabs of its copper assets and extensive water and roof damage. But the TOH team believes the home’s potential outshines its problems. Viewers will see how the community rallies around the house, offering additional expertise on how to care for and rejuvenate leaded glass windows with stained glass crests, ornamental molding and plasterwork, and a fireplace with a wooden surround.

    • Episode 1

    Detroit: Rebuilding Motor City

    Kevin introduces the city of Detroit and describes some of its history. He meets journalist Stephen Henderson in front of his childhood home, and learns about how the city and its neighborhoods came upon hard times. Kevin pulls up to the project house and meets Frank and Tamiko Polk, as well as Frank’s mom Carolyn, in the front yard. He heads inside with Tamiko and Carolyn to tour the first and second floor. Frank finds Tommy in the back yard, and they assess some of the repairs needed, including repointing the brickwork and rebuilding the front stairs. Richard shows Frank some of the plumbing issues in the basement, and then Scott makes suggestions for upgrading the electricity. Frank, Kevin and Tommy start demo on the roof by pulling up three layers of shingles.

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    • 23 Minutes

    Kevin introduces the city of Detroit and describes some of its history. He meets journalist Stephen Henderson in front of his childhood home, and learns about how the city and its neighborhoods came upon hard times. Kevin pulls up to the project house and meets Frank and Tamiko Polk, as well as Frank’s mom Carolyn, in the front yard. He heads inside with Tamiko and Carolyn to tour the first and second floor. Frank finds Tommy in the back yard, and they assess some of the repairs needed, including repointing the brickwork and rebuilding the front stairs. Richard shows Frank some of the plumbing issues in the basement, and then Scott makes suggestions for upgrading the electricity. Frank, Kevin and Tommy start demo on the roof by pulling up three layers of shingles.

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    • 23 Minutes
    • Episode 2

    Detroit: Ready for Rehab

    Kevin meets Detroit’s Mayor, Mike Duggan, to learn about the city’s efforts to eliminate blight and revitalize the neighborhoods. Kevin meets Land Bank Executive Craig Fahle, who shows him around an abandoned home in the Grandmont Rosedale neighborhood. Through a program called Rehabbed & Ready, the city plans to renovate the property and sell it to a family who plans to stay. After the mounds of trash and abandoned belongings are removed from the house, Kevin meets general contractor Tom Abbott and lead contractor Darrick Scruggs, who will manage the renovation. Back at the Russell Woods project, Scott Caron meets Wes Kasperski, who is installing an alarm system to keep the house protected during renovation. Due to a unique ceiling design in the study, proper insulation is a challenge. Frank works with Tommy and Kevin to blow in new insulation from the roof.

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    • 23 Minutes

    Kevin meets Detroit’s Mayor, Mike Duggan, to learn about the city’s efforts to eliminate blight and revitalize the neighborhoods. Kevin meets Land Bank Executive Craig Fahle, who shows him around an abandoned home in the Grandmont Rosedale neighborhood. Through a program called Rehabbed & Ready, the city plans to renovate the property and sell it to a family who plans to stay. After the mounds of trash and abandoned belongings are removed from the house, Kevin meets general contractor Tom Abbott and lead contractor Darrick Scruggs, who will manage the renovation. Back at the Russell Woods project, Scott Caron meets Wes Kasperski, who is installing an alarm system to keep the house protected during renovation. Due to a unique ceiling design in the study, proper insulation is a challenge. Frank works with Tommy and Kevin to blow in new insulation from the roof.

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    • 23 Minutes
    • Episode 3

    Detroit: Peering Down the Rehab Rabbit Hole

    At the Russell Woods project, Richard snakes a camera down the main plumbing stack to rule out any major blockages to the street. Frank asks Tommy for help with the leaky parapet at the front of the house. They find the parapet is filled with dirt. After removing it all, they use a rubber roofing material to properly seal the roof and prevent further leaks. Kevin heads to nearby Dearborn to tour the sprawling estate of a famous automaker. After decades of wear and tear by various owners, the mansion is finally getting a much deserved makeover, using preservation techniques to preserve the history throughout the home. Back at the house, Kevin and Tommy work with Frank and his friends to demo the kitchen walls and investigate whether a beam is needed to open up the room. At the Grandmont Rosedale project, a large tree looms over the house, with a root system that threatens to compromise the foundation. Kevin speaks with removal contractor Rick, who explains the process of taking it down.

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    • 23 Minutes

    At the Russell Woods project, Richard snakes a camera down the main plumbing stack to rule out any major blockages to the street. Frank asks Tommy for help with the leaky parapet at the front of the house. They find the parapet is filled with dirt. After removing it all, they use a rubber roofing material to properly seal the roof and prevent further leaks. Kevin heads to nearby Dearborn to tour the sprawling estate of a famous automaker. After decades of wear and tear by various owners, the mansion is finally getting a much deserved makeover, using preservation techniques to preserve the history throughout the home. Back at the house, Kevin and Tommy work with Frank and his friends to demo the kitchen walls and investigate whether a beam is needed to open up the room. At the Grandmont Rosedale project, a large tree looms over the house, with a root system that threatens to compromise the foundation. Kevin speaks with removal contractor Rick, who explains the process of taking it down.

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    • 23 Minutes
    • Episode 4

    Detroit: Windows of Detroit

    At the Grandmont Rosedale project, Kevin tours the demo on the house, and then meets electrician Lenny Rodriguez to learn about his electrical plan. Back in Russell Woods, Tommy teaches Tamiko, Monet and Christian techniques to remove all the peeling paint in the living room. Richard and Frank begin rough plumbing repairs in the basement using PEX tubing. Tommy shows Kevin the issues with the framing around the leaded stained glass windows in the living room as glass artist Ann Baxter begins the repairs. Richard traces the history of Motown through the Detroit neighborhoods, then visits the studio where it all began.

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    • 23 Minutes

    At the Grandmont Rosedale project, Kevin tours the demo on the house, and then meets electrician Lenny Rodriguez to learn about his electrical plan. Back in Russell Woods, Tommy teaches Tamiko, Monet and Christian techniques to remove all the peeling paint in the living room. Richard and Frank begin rough plumbing repairs in the basement using PEX tubing. Tommy shows Kevin the issues with the framing around the leaded stained glass windows in the living room as glass artist Ann Baxter begins the repairs. Richard traces the history of Motown through the Detroit neighborhoods, then visits the studio where it all began.

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    • 23 Minutes
    • Episode 5

    Detroit: Plumbing Road Trip

    At the Russell Woods project, Tommy repairs crumbling decorative molding with a plastic replica created by a 3D printer. Frank and Tamiko head to Kohler, Wisconsin to look at plumbing fixtures, while Richard gets a tour of the nearby factory. Back at the house, Richard and Frank repair some compromised joists in the upstairs bathroom. Tommy teaches Frank and his friends how to install kitchen ceiling strapping, and then Kevin heads to the project in Grandmont Rosedale neighborhood to see the efforts to repair the foundation.

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    • 23 Minutes

    At the Russell Woods project, Tommy repairs crumbling decorative molding with a plastic replica created by a 3D printer. Frank and Tamiko head to Kohler, Wisconsin to look at plumbing fixtures, while Richard gets a tour of the nearby factory. Back at the house, Richard and Frank repair some compromised joists in the upstairs bathroom. Tommy teaches Frank and his friends how to install kitchen ceiling strapping, and then Kevin heads to the project in Grandmont Rosedale neighborhood to see the efforts to repair the foundation.

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    • 23 Minutes
    • Episode 6

    Detroit: Fixing the Fascia

    At the Grandmont Rosedale project, a new exterior wall goes up, from the inside. In Russell Woods, Scott Caron and local electrician Shane Masters rough-in new kitchen wiring. Richard finds Joe Burke installing a brand new HVAC system. Richard then heads to Flint, MI to learn about the ongoing crisis that has residents without clean tap water. Back at the house, Tommy, Frank and local contractor Josh Engle install more substantial fascia in preparation for new gutters.

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    • 23 Minutes

    At the Grandmont Rosedale project, a new exterior wall goes up, from the inside. In Russell Woods, Scott Caron and local electrician Shane Masters rough-in new kitchen wiring. Richard finds Joe Burke installing a brand new HVAC system. Richard then heads to Flint, MI to learn about the ongoing crisis that has residents without clean tap water. Back at the house, Tommy, Frank and local contractor Josh Engle install more substantial fascia in preparation for new gutters.

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    • 23 Minutes
    • Episode 7

    Detroit: A Mason Steps Up

    At the Russell Woods project, Tommy uses a clever fix for some damaged oak flooring in the living room. Frank and Tamiko meet with Jerusha Kaffine, a local kitchen designer, to see her plan. Mark McCullough joins the crew in Detroit to repair the front steps, and then new gutters go up. Kevin visits a nearby pottery to see how they’ve been making tile for a century. Then he heads to the Grandmont-Rosedale neighborhood to show the progress.

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    At the Russell Woods project, Tommy uses a clever fix for some damaged oak flooring in the living room. Frank and Tamiko meet with Jerusha Kaffine, a local kitchen designer, to see her plan. Mark McCullough joins the crew in Detroit to repair the front steps, and then new gutters go up. Kevin visits a nearby pottery to see how they’ve been making tile for a century. Then he heads to the Grandmont-Rosedale neighborhood to show the progress.

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    • 23 Minutes
    • Episode 8

    Detroit: Stained Glass Revival

    Kevin stops by the Grandmont Rosedale project to find the kitchen tile and cabinets installed. He watches as the granite countertops go in. Back in Russell Woods, Tommy works with Josh and Frank to reinstall all of the restored leaded glass bay windows. Now that drywall is up in the kitchen, Frank is ready to install the wood grain tile on the floor. First Josh puts down a decoupling membrane underlayment that supports an electric wire heating system. Kevin and Roger explore urban farming in Detroit. First they visit a resident who has purchased the lots surrounded her property to grow her own food. Next, a neighborhood farm that helps feed the immediate neighborhood residents who live in a food desert. Finally, a farm closer to the city with an apprenticeship program that provides area residents with job and education opportunities. Back at the house, Roger installs a drywell at the front and back of the house in order to move rain water away from the house and prevent it from getting into the basement. Tommy, Frank, Josh and Kevin team up to install the cabinets in the kitchen.

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    Kevin stops by the Grandmont Rosedale project to find the kitchen tile and cabinets installed. He watches as the granite countertops go in. Back in Russell Woods, Tommy works with Josh and Frank to reinstall all of the restored leaded glass bay windows. Now that drywall is up in the kitchen, Frank is ready to install the wood grain tile on the floor. First Josh puts down a decoupling membrane underlayment that supports an electric wire heating system. Kevin and Roger explore urban farming in Detroit. First they visit a resident who has purchased the lots surrounded her property to grow her own food. Next, a neighborhood farm that helps feed the immediate neighborhood residents who live in a food desert. Finally, a farm closer to the city with an apprenticeship program that provides area residents with job and education opportunities. Back at the house, Roger installs a drywell at the front and back of the house in order to move rain water away from the house and prevent it from getting into the basement. Tommy, Frank, Josh and Kevin team up to install the cabinets in the kitchen.

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    • 23 Minutes
    • Episode 9

    Detroit Going Old School for Tile and Molding

    In Russell Woods, Kevin finds Frank and Tamiko prepping the guest room walls. Their kids join in to begin painting. Kevin finds sod farmer Mike Thompson in the front yard, planting some low maintenance plants under the bay windows and laying sod across the rest of the front yard. Tommy repairs decorative crown molding in the living room by making his own template from a putty knife. Kevin and Contractor Josh Engle work together to install plumbing fixtures in the upstairs bathroom, starting with the toilet. Tommy and Frank work together to install a new interior door in an existing opening. Kevin finds tile installer Roger Dutcher giving the fireplace a much needed facelift, using handcrafted tile from a 100-year-old pottery only a few miles away. At the Rehabbed & Ready project, Darrick gives Kevin a tour of the nearly complete house. Once the carpet is installed on the 2nd floor, doors are re-hung and the paint is touched up, the house will be ready to go on the market.

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    • 23 Minutes

    In Russell Woods, Kevin finds Frank and Tamiko prepping the guest room walls. Their kids join in to begin painting. Kevin finds sod farmer Mike Thompson in the front yard, planting some low maintenance plants under the bay windows and laying sod across the rest of the front yard. Tommy repairs decorative crown molding in the living room by making his own template from a putty knife. Kevin and Contractor Josh Engle work together to install plumbing fixtures in the upstairs bathroom, starting with the toilet. Tommy and Frank work together to install a new interior door in an existing opening. Kevin finds tile installer Roger Dutcher giving the fireplace a much needed facelift, using handcrafted tile from a 100-year-old pottery only a few miles away. At the Rehabbed & Ready project, Darrick gives Kevin a tour of the nearly complete house. Once the carpet is installed on the 2nd floor, doors are re-hung and the paint is touched up, the house will be ready to go on the market.

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    • 23 Minutes
    • Episode 10

    Detroit Rebirth in Detroit

    Kevin and Tommy pull up to the completed Russell Woods, recalling their time in the city and the restoration efforts they’ve witnessed. Frank meets Tommy out front to review the exterior changes to the house. Tamiko shows Kevin the new living room, dining room and den, featuring the restored bay windows, refinished floors, new fireplace surround, fresh paint and inviting furniture. Richard gives Kevin an overview of the improvements to the mechanicals in the basement, which had been ravaged by thieves. A new furnace and water heater will keep the house warm and cool, and a whole house water filtration system will keep the drinking water clean. Franks shows Tommy the changes to the upstairs: 2 bedrooms and an office featuring fresh paint and beautiful woods floors; an office with an attached sun porch that will be the perfect place to relax; and a spa-like bathroom with a soaking tub, rain shower and dual vanity. Kevin stops by the Rehabbed & Ready project during its first open house. Land Bank Executive Craig Fahle discusses some of the logistics of selling the property, and Kevin interviews prospective homebuyers to get their feedback. Back in Russell Woods, Kevin and Tamiko tour the brand new kitchen. The whole crew and those who helped along the way join in to celebrate Frank and Tamiko’s beautifully restored home.

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    • 23 Minutes

    Kevin and Tommy pull up to the completed Russell Woods, recalling their time in the city and the restoration efforts they’ve witnessed. Frank meets Tommy out front to review the exterior changes to the house. Tamiko shows Kevin the new living room, dining room and den, featuring the restored bay windows, refinished floors, new fireplace surround, fresh paint and inviting furniture. Richard gives Kevin an overview of the improvements to the mechanicals in the basement, which had been ravaged by thieves. A new furnace and water heater will keep the house warm and cool, and a whole house water filtration system will keep the drinking water clean. Franks shows Tommy the changes to the upstairs: 2 bedrooms and an office featuring fresh paint and beautiful woods floors; an office with an attached sun porch that will be the perfect place to relax; and a spa-like bathroom with a soaking tub, rain shower and dual vanity. Kevin stops by the Rehabbed & Ready project during its first open house. Land Bank Executive Craig Fahle discusses some of the logistics of selling the property, and Kevin interviews prospective homebuyers to get their feedback. Back in Russell Woods, Kevin and Tamiko tour the brand new kitchen. The whole crew and those who helped along the way join in to celebrate Frank and Tamiko’s beautifully restored home.

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