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This Old House is an all American television series and magazine that covers projects involved in renovating houses within certain periods of time, usually weeks. The show is broadcasted alongside another series Ask This Old House, which are both owned by This old House Ventures.

Ask This Old House, is done such that people who read the magazine are asked to send various questions that they have about all sorts of projects related to home repairs and home improvement. These questions and worries are then answered by experts in the field of home repairs and renovations. Sometimes, answers provided by guest experts feature in the magazine.

Ask This Old House, which is also a part of This Old House is quite similar to the other show Ask This Old House. It is also hosted in an open space and features the same experts in This old House.

The venue of the show is usually an open space in a rural area in Boston. Here, answers are provided to most of the questions sent by viewers. Sometimes, in every episode, some home owners are paid a visit by some of the handymen on the show who provide assistance in carrying out certain tasks in projects such as painting, plumbing.

The show is underwritten by a series of people and associations but was originally underwritten by Weyerhauser and Owens-Corning.

Since creation, the show has experienced a lot of changes with respect to its theme song. However the initial theme song used for the show was a song written by the joint collaboration of Mitchell Parish and Fred Coots and was performed by Fats Waller.

This show has aired on other channels like PBS, The Learning Channel and Local TV stations where it had other names.

It is produced by WGBH Productions and distributed by Warner Brothers.

39 Seasons, 961 Episodes
February 20, 1979
Cast: Kevin O'Connor, Norm Abram, Richard Trethewey, Tom Silva
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This Old House Full Episode Guide

  • Custom iron gate at the Charleston Single House; final tours with homeowners; send off from piazza.

  • The pergola goes up; Ross tours a smart home; and kitchen cabinets are installed at the Single House.

  • Judith looks at house colors starting at Rainbow Row; and Tommy inspects termite damage.

  • The rotting porch is assessed and a new floor is made to look old at the single house.

  • Kevin meets a lumberjack on the Edisto River. In a house with no stud walls, Tommy watches how pipes are disguised and Richard seeks out places for HVAC equipment. Kevin learns about Single Houses. A crepe myrtle is pruned and Tommy talks termites.

  • Demo starts on the Charleston projects and homeowner Judith discusses planting options with Roger.

  • A new foundation starts out back while out front Roger determines if a crepe myrtle can be saved. Kevin visits Fort Sumter. The single house mantel and windows are restored and the old kitchen house will be connected to the main house.

  • Kevin tours the renovated house with the homeowners. What was once Liz' childhood home has been transformed into a house for the next generation. Their kids and Joe's parents arrive to check it out.

  • Kevin finds Tommy and Charlie installing a fireback on a kitchen wall. Roger returns the roses and lilacs he saved and brings in some new plants. The island countertop goes on. Kevin watches a crew install a garage door. The wood stove finally arrives.

  • Liz helps Norm lay composite decking. Charlie makes exterior decorative brackets. Kevin watches quartz countertop installation. Roger's crew makes a new front walk. Liz puts in her stained glass window. Dry wells are needed for storm water runoff.

  • Roger explains why some preventative tree work is needed. Homeowner Liz gets a lesson on tiling. The original black newel post is found to be walnut. The apprentices graduate after 10 weeks of hard work.

  • Norm installs an old door in the hallway. Roger watches a stone wall being installed in pre-made sections. Kevin visits a career day for the trades. In Rhode Island, twin built-in beds are made. Tommy re-installs a corner cabinet in the dining room.

  • Tommy trims the rough interior columns. Liz makes a stained glass window. Kevin tours a flooring factory in Pennsylvania. Richard visits a voc-tech school plumbing class. Norm shows Kevin a few new tricks he's learned for installing stair treads.

  • Granite goes down for wood stove. Nathan installs the porch ceiling. Kevin visits a home in Rhode Island where the exterior trim is pine. Richard reviews the placement of components at mechanical wall. Mauro shows how to repair holes in old plaster.

  • Tommy builds a shower seat made of foam. Richard connects steel piping. Tommy teaches how to install replacement windows. Tommy shows Kevin and Joe how he makes a jig for the exterior shingled flair detail.

  • While the apprentices get a lesson in roofing, Kevin visits Rhode Island to watch how an elaborate Chippendale railing is put together. A new slab of concrete goes in the basement for moisture prevention. Richard shows how ductwork is put together.

  • Dining room flooring is used to make a barn door; an uninsulated crawl space is found after breaking through the basement wall; the garage floor gets radiant heat; and the front porch gets new columns. Also: Roger teaches a horticulture class in the field.

  • The apprentices learn the basics of framing a deck, while around the corner the chimney is demo-ed. The homeowners work with their interior designer to create a custom pattern for the tile floor. The flue for the wood-burning stove is installed.

  • A new floor is built. Also: Richard, the homeowners and the designer hunt for an old clawfoot tub; Tom shows the apprentices how to level the front porch and build a hip roof; and Kevin visits Baltimore to learn about a training program.

  • The crew installs a beam to support a new opening in the kitchen. Also: the homeowners select finishes and the apprentices work on the front porch.

  • New foundation is poured as the house is readied for demolition; roses and lilacs are saved before demolition begins; and mold is found in the basement.

  • A woman inherits her childhood home, but she and her husband make changes to accommodate their children and in-laws; Mike Rowe discusses the need for skilled tradespeople.

  • The restored leaded glass bay windows are installed. A heated floor and tile go down in the kitchen. Kevin and Roger explore urban farming in Detroit.

  • A camera is snaked down the main plumbing stack to check for any major blockages to the street; a leaky parapet at the front of the house is worked on; and the kitchen is opened up.

  • The Arts and Crafts house in Arlington is at completion and the guys come to take a last look and celebrate with the homeowners.

  • Vermont marble travels from cave to the counters. Our landscape architect and Roger build a fieldstone wall in the front yard. Mark Pehrson hangs textured wallpaper. A master bedroom closet has now been switched to an upstairs foyer closet.

  • Ship lap is chosen for the third-floor walls while reclaimed granite is used for steps, a marble slab is cut for the kitchen island and a cast stone mantel is built around the fireplace in the family room.

  • The project's old front porch was a hodgepodge design: part permanent, part temporary. Kevin finds Tommy framing the new front porch using custom-cut and assembled rafters. The new design puts an Arts and Crafts punctuation mark on the front of the house.

  • Demo of the old walls for the addition revealed a hidden doorway to the kitchen from the main hall. Norm and Charlie tackle the job of opening up the old entryway. The homeowners have a beautiful design plan for the new master bath.

  • The homeowners want a unique look for their kitchen. They think a custom range hood will fill that vision. Kevin visits the shop of Ed Packard, otherwise known as the Tin Man, to find out how the range hood is coming together.

  • Now that the firebox is installed, it's time to start the new chimney for the addition. Mark McCullough gets an apprentice for the day then travels to Bridgewater, MA to visit a brick-making factory and gets a tour from the 4th generation owner.

  • Tommy and Kevin take a road trip to see how steel beams used in our house are fabricated. The beams are trucked to the site and Tommy supervises placement on the back of the house. The third floor has been demoed and Richard starts an HVAC plan.

  • Kevin meets Tommy in the old playroom, looking out over the work on the new foundation. Tommy shows Kevin the ICFs (insulated concrete forms) that replace traditional foundation molds. They discuss the high efficiency achieved with this system.

  • Tommy and Kevin replace a 100-year-old wooden beam with a new steel beam to provide support for the new addition. Norm visits local examples of Arts & Crafts style houses with historian Richard Duffy.

  • The design process kicks off with a meeting at interior designer Jill Goldberg's shop in Boston's South End. Homeowner Emily sorts through colors and wallpaper ideas for the living room to brighten up the house.

  • Kevin, Norm, Roger, Richard, and Tommy are back in Arlington at a 1909 English-style Arts and Crafts house. Kevin meets the homeowners Nick and Emily, both originally from Arlington, and gets a look at the first floor to see what has been preserved.

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