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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.

35 Seasons, 873 Episodes
February 20, 1979
Cast: Kevin O'Connor, Norm Abram, Richard Trethewey, Tom Silva
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This Old House Full Episode Guide

  • 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 frame a wall in the master bedroom, build a drain stack for the master bath and lay decking on the front porch. Meanwhile, the homeowners visit their kitchen cabinet designer.

  • 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.

  • A tour of the finished project in Detroit features the major areas of improvement and preservation.

  • The family begins painting; decorative molding is fixed; and the fireplace receives a facelift with a new tile surround.

  • The repaired leaded glass bay windows are installed; and tile is laid in the kitchen. In addition: city farming in Detroit.

  • The damaged oak flooring is repaired; and the front steps are mended.

  • Rough wiring is set up in the kitchen; a new HVAC system is put in; and new fascia is put up.

  • A new solution is put to use for some traditional decorative molding; the plumbing fixtures are chosen; and the new kitchen ceiling strapping is put in.

  • Peeling paint is scraped off; rough plumbing using PEX starts; and the problems with the leaded stained glass windows in the living room are investigated.

  • A camera is thread down the main plumbing pipe to check for any huge blockages to the street; a leaky parapet at the front of the home is worked on; and the kitchen gets opened up.

  • Setting up a security system; blowing in insulation from the outside.

  • A couple plan to renovate an abandoned home themselves, beginning with the leaky roof.

  • A tour of the finished project house, spotlighting the new addition in the back; refurbished front hall, dining room and pantry; expanded master suite; new bathroom; and new front porch.

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

  • Exterior decorative features are highlighted, including a roof article over the bank of windows, restored front door and evergreen trees on the edges of the property. In addition: lazure painting in a bedroom.

  • New shingles are put in; radiant tubing is installed on the first level; the fireplace is given a makeover; and the side decks and rails are crafted.

  • A trench to buryelectrical cables. Laying a brick patio. Kitchen cabinet installation.

  • A new shed is constructed; copper is installed on the front porch; the windows are trimmed with a PVC creation; and the new boiler is set up. In addition: An energy-efficient home made by This Old House Magazine is highlighted.

  • An all new front porch is put up using custom cut pieces; a marble quarry is toured; and new color mixtures for the exterior are pondered. Also: repairing the original stucco panels.

  • The new foundation is parged to match the old stucco. Richard uses some creativity to drain the new master bath shower and the electrician starts work in the new powder room. Tommy and Charlie replace the living room windows.

  • A custom range hood is crafted, and on the roof a reconstruction of the original chimney. The homeowners get together with the designer to discuss options for the first floor, including the living room panels.

  • The homeowner apprentices with the mason on the fireplace. Kevin joins the homeowners at a custom cabinetry shop in Maine as they begin to design their new kitchen. Tommy changes the pitch of the two small dormers in back.

  • The assembly and installation of the steel beams are chronicled. Also: laboring on the HVAC plan for the second and third floors; removing the front porch and installing new footings; and sizing a new firebox.

  • A new foundation is crafted using insulated concrete forms and precast stairs; and the aged foundation is reinforced and waterproofed. Also: searching for specimen trees.

  • Installing a new steel beam, removing an oil tank, and digging for the new foundation.

  • Homeowner Emily sorts through colors and wallpaper ideas for the living room. The old plaster walls are demolished. Landscape architect Kim Turner presents her plan to Nick and Emily and a certified arborist begins removing the old silver maple.

  • Homeowners plan to restore and expand their early English-style Arts and Crafts Home; plans for mechanical and plumbing systems.

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