Ask This Old House

PBS Premiered Oct 12, 2002 In Season


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AIRED ON 4/12/2014

Season 12 : Episode 23

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Kevin O'Connor, Tom Silva, Richard Trethewey, and Roger Cook take on some pretty big projects on This Old House, which means they can only work on one or two projects a year. Homeowners have many home-improvement questions for them on smaller projects. Hosted by Kevin O'Connor, Ask This Old House addresses these problems and answers viewers' questions from a renovated New England barn loft. And they make house calls.
Kevin O'Connor

Kevin O'Connor


Roger Cook

Roger Cook

Landscape Contractor

Tom Silva

Tom Silva

General Contractor

Richard Trethewey

Richard Trethewey

Plumbing and Heating Expert

Jim Clark

Jim Clark

Painting Contractor

Steve Thomas

Steve Thomas


  • plumming a tub

    you are my favourite show
  • Not Comedians

    Your actors are skilled craftsmen not comedians. The segment "What is it" is idiotic, stupid and embarrassing.

    I appreciate finding out what the object really is but find the attempt at humor by the actors to be un-funny, moronic and a complete waste of time.

    Your writers should stick to "home improvements" and leave the humor to late night comedians.

    That's my opinion anyway !!

    rdmhome, Aug 30, 2013.

  • Safety and Life Lessons...

    I really enjoy watching your show. It really motivates me (I mean the wife)to get me off my Duff and to work on my "Honey Do" list....Gee uuhh...thanks!....

    Anyway, your back-up sump-pump show was great. I have replace at least 10 or more myself. Mostly in the greasepits of several 10 Minute Lube shops. Nasty, messy, work when you add in all the oil and gunk.....Which brings me to my point, please make sure you have your people, homeowners/workers wear proper safety glasses, ear protection (gloves and clothing). It drives me Nutt's, when I see people on your show and others, using power tools, striking metal on metal and breaking down chimmney's and doing other demolition work without the proper protection.

    Life lessons: My Brother is deft as a door-nail from years of working in a heavey machinery factory without proper ear protection. Personaly, while waiting to have a few fingers re-attached long (or short)story..... I will never forget the guy laying in the next bed at the ER with a 16d nail sticking out his eye!

    Safety First:

    John in Duvall, WA

  • I can\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\'t believe the insults the show made about mobile home owners.

    June 17, 2006\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\'s show, a comment about living in mobile home was made. Cannot quote but goes something like this. \\\\\\\\\\\\\\\"I would feel much better living in a home with studs instead of bolts and wheels.

    I live in mobile home that has been permanently affixed to the property, and by no means a low life. Because of my son\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\'s fathers unexpected death, I financially have no other choice. My son has been teased by other kids. Your show has created another set back. Not even God judged. Don\\\\\\\'t expect an appology but here is my info.

    Michelle Pelfrey

    818 W Calle Del Norte = A Loving Home

    chandler Arizona

    85225 (480) 343-4902moreless
  • Herbs will grow well under a wide range of soil conditions, with the exception of extremely wet, poorly drained soil. Popular herbs such as sage, rosemary and thyme require a well-drained but moderately moist soil.moreless

    Herbs will grow well under a wide range of soil conditions, with the exception of extremely wet, poorly drained soil. Popular herbs such as sage, rosemary and thyme require a well-drained but moderately moist soil. Poorly drained soil can be improved by modifying or amending the soil or by use of raised beds. Although they have little fertility requirements, herbs do better in soils of low to medium fertility.

    The garden site should be prepared in the same manner as a vegetable garden: spaded to a depth of 6 to 12 inches, leveled and raked to remove any large clods and debris. The size of the garden depends largely upon the quantity of herbs desired; a good size for an average kitchen herb garden is 4 by 20ft.

    More common herbs, such as dill, basil and parsley are usually available from local seed dealers, and those that are less common may be purchased from companies specializing in herbs. Annuals usually grown from seed tend to grow, flower and produce seed during one season and then die. Biennial herbs grow for two seasons, flowering the second year only, and perennial herbs overwinter and flower each season.

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