Watch Ask This Old House

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
15 Seasons, 356 Episodes
October 10, 2002
Home & Garden
7.7/10
Cast: Kevin O'Connor, Tom Silva, Richard Trethewey, Roger Cook
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Ask This Old House Full Episode Guide

  • A toy box is built; and the guys exchange gifts. Also: preventing fires from holiday decorations.

  • The differences between water filters; and different ways to locate studs in a wall. Also: removing a tree that's leaning toward a house; and installing a smart garage door opener.

  • Replacing a small radiator with one that's the correct size; and repointing brick. Also: the importance of sunscreen on the jobsite.

  • Reseeding a dead section of lawn and blending it in with the rest of the yard; the basics of changing a toilet; and an off-grid home tests commercial HVAC equipment.

  • How to install a backsplash. Also: a wireless leak detector that prevents floods; and a water feature that collects and reuses rainwater.

  • How to build a tool box. Also: installing smart smoke and carbon monoxide detectors; and diagnosing a leaking temperature and pressure relief valve, and installing an expansion tank to fix it.

  • A new type of water softener is installed. Also: a home organization app; and building a shadow box using wood from an old door.

  • In Hawaii, a unique keepsake box is crafted from island materials; storing solar power is explored; and an organic garden is planted.

  • A rain garden is planted to keep runoff and waste away from marshlands; and a dark bedroom receives new overhead lighting. Also: installing cabinet hardware accurately and consistently.

  • Creating a planter box with red cedar; 3-D scanner for home interiors; surge protection.

  • Using cameras to find a problem in a drain pipe; installing an electric convection heater in a bathroom; masking primer.

  • Installing a portable generator to power an entire house; repairing a poorly installed piece of wood floor nosing; dishwasher cycles.

  • A whole house water filter is set up; and a patio and granite fire pit are constructed. In addition: the contrast between soft and hard wood.

  • A home message center is crafted; and cable-powered fixtures are installed. Also: the value of carbon monoxide detectors.

  • A home is altered to be more energy efficient; and a hybrid water heater is replaced. In addition: voice-recognition technology.

  • An historic plan is used to revamp a back yard; and an inactive door handle is swapped with a passage set. Also: the history of plumbing.

  • Suggestions for lawn care; and a jigsaw tutorial. In addition: putting in a motorized lift for a chandelier.

  • A cutting board is crafted using scrap heart pine; an abundantly bright room is recast with LEDs; and mice-preventive methods are discussed.

  • Repairing a hot water problem; and refreshing a dining room. In addition: a former NASA astronaut discusses tools.

  • A trip to comedian Nick Offerman's woodworking shop. In addition: measuring a house's energy consumption; and making a dish soap mistake.

  • Rooftop and tiny-space gardening. In addition: bringing power to an outside storage area; and doing away with ceiling stains.

  • A non-working hot water radiator is diagnosed; handsaws are highlighted; and a driveway is lighted up with LED garage lights.

  • A rundown walkway is refreshed with bluestone; and wire connections are the topic of discussion. In addition: instructions on creating mead.

  • A woodworking shop is set up in a garage; and a wireless light switch is connected. Also: plumbing's memory lane.

  • Kevin helps a contractor install a home elevator for a young man with disabilities. Jenn Nawada investigates how to grow microgreens. Tom explains the best way to match historic moldings. And Richard diagnoses a problem with well water.

  • An efficient washer and dryer is chosen; and an issue with a three-way switch is fixed. Also: ideas for table saw safety.

  • A robotic wall is utilized to furnish a micro-apartment; and a reclaimed piece of pine is transformed into an attractive bench.

  • An HVAC innovator displays a new technology that could alter the way houses are heated and cooled. Also utilizing plaster to patch drywall.

  • A tank water heater is changed out with a more efficient one; and a backyard orchard is started. Also: ideas for circular saws.

  • A fractured deck board on a front porch is replaced; and crown molding is utilized to conceal wires during an outlet install. Also: An inquiry about blue stains in the bathtub is answered.

  • A bookshelf is made using stair treads and a few tools; and wild foundation plantings are converted into an enviable front garden.

  • Analyzing fire hazards in homes and how to prevent them. Also: an old kitchen sink strainer is replaced.

  • An old window is fixed; and a robotic lawnmower is featured. Also: Talking about lead in drinking water.

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