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Ask This Old House is a how-to series created by Russell Morash. The series was inspired by a section of This Old House Magazine, and was created in 2002. The series empowers home owners by giving them the knowledge to perform home updates and enhancement projects without hiring a contractor.

Viewers of Ask This Old House send in how-to questions or concerns regarding home improvement projects. Expert carpenters, builders, design artists, and landscapers answer these viewer and reader questions on the show. After discussing the viewers question, experts demonstrate how to complete the projects. This award-winning series showcases the talents of O'Connor, Tom Silva, Richard Trethewey and Roger Cook. These experts also call in more specialized help for rare problems and unique project dilemmas.

The show is set in Boston, and takes place in a rustic barn. Many viewer questions can be answered while sitting in the cozy barn, but some project demonstrations do take the team out of the barn and into homes of lucky show participants. To complete some projects, the team of experts goes into the home, and completes the projects with help from the home owner.

Viewers also enjoy the show's weekly installments of "What Is It?", and "Useful Tip". In "What Is It?", show hosts are presented with an unknown tool and asked to guess what it is normally used for. During "Useful Tip", viewers are showcased as they read or show a useful tip they use in home improvement projects.

PBS
18 Seasons, 421 Episodes
October 10, 2002
7.6/10
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Ask This Old House Full Episode Guide

  • Pantry doors; reflective shingle.

  • Cedar Shingles, Vegetable Garden.

  • Indoor Garden, Fireplace Hearth.

  • Installing a ceiling light; trowels; building a storage rack

  • Ceiling Light, Tool Storage.

  • Restoring a beehive oven; repairing a toilet; working with maker Jimmy DiResta

  • Replacing a stair railing; upgrading a door to make it look more modern; cleaning and painting vinyl shutters.

  • Indoor air quality; replacing polybutylene piping with conventional PEX; drop cloths; different methods for silencing a squeaky door.

  • Heath replaces toggle switch; affordable drilling and installation of geothermal heat pumps.

  • Tom repairs a built-in with hand tools; the team shares more home inspection nightmares; and light installation.

  • Richard travels to Utah to install a ductless humidifier; and Ross discusses electric bills.

  • Jenn plants a small herb garden; Richard reconnects a radiator; and Mark replaces a fireplace.

  • Mauro paints a nursery and Richard tests out a new dryer that uses a heat pump to dry the clothes.

  • Nathan visits Birmingham, Ala., to install a sliding barn door in an open-concept loft apartment.

  • Jenn helps a homeowner add curb appeal to his house using Victorian plants to match its design; the team shares more home inspection nightmares; Mauro demonstrates how to accurately match paint color; Tom and Kevin hand carve wooden serving utensils.

  • Tom demonstrates how to sharpen a knife. Mauro teaches a homeowner how to re-stain her deck. Mark demonstrates the best way to build a fire to prevent smoke from filling up the room. Ross learns about innovations to automatic water shutoff valves.

  • Tom discusses the conversations a homeowner and a contractor should have before starting a renovation project; Richard travels to Orlando to diagnose and repair an HVAC system that is creating way too much humidity; Mauro demonstrates the technique for using a paint sprayer; Mark travels to Denver to patch a hole in a brick wall.

  • Nathan repairs a floor, Tom talks table saw techniques and Jenn improves foundation plants.

  • Mark McCullough rebuilds the front wall while Tommy and Kevin visit the 2005 Cambridge project.

  • Tom replaces stair treads, Jenn discusses pruners and Richard shortens a gas pipe.

  • Mark repoints a fieldstone foundation and Mauro smooths a textured ceiling.

  • Richard updates a water filter, Mark compares jointers and Tom re-caulks a bathtub.

  • Jenn upgrades an irrigation system and Kevin builds an outdoor chair with Jimmy DiResta.

  • Caring for prairie grasses; making a home more resistant to wildfires; a robotic solar array mimics a sunflower.

  • Mark travels to San Diego to repair a crack in a concrete retaining wall with a stucco finish; Tom explains how air compressors work; and Richard helps an expecting couple select and install a gas dryer.

  • Jenn installs a vertical garden to maximize space for a homeowner; Tom explains the uses for different drill bits; and Richard travels to a plumbing facility in New Jersey to learn about advances in toilet engineering that will help save water.

  • Tom replaces a bi-fold closet door in Pittsburgh with one that is more appropriate for the house.

  • Nathan upgrades a kitchen to have soft close cabinets; and Jenn cleans up an overgrown garden.

  • Protecting homes from earthquakes; staining concrete; why and how to change locks in a new home; rerouting a lengthy dryer vent.

  • Building a swing set; building saw horses with materials leftover from the job site; automated home construction.

  • Mark replaces a chipped brick in a fireplace surround and then Mauro updates it with a whitewashed look; Richard shares some advice on maintaining water heaters; Tom demonstrates the importance of a properly installed drip edge.

  • The team discusses tools that make good gifts; Jenn returns to her home state of Florida to help a homeowner design a tropical landscape for his backyard; former apprentice Nathan returns to help Tom change the swing of an entry door.

  • Tom installs crown molding on cabinets with full overlay doors; Richard discusses toilet seats; Mauro teaches apprentice Mary how to strip wallpaper without using any chemicals.

  • Richard installs a garage heater; Tom teaches sanding; and Ross installs a security system.

  • Mark installs a stone walkway; Mauro breaks down painter's tape; and Tom builds a headboard.

  • Tom repairs a basement window and Ross visits NASA to learn about the International Space Station.

  • In the Season 17 premiere, Jenn installs a new type of pool; and Richard installs a heat pump water tank in Florida.

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