Ask This Old House - Season 7

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PBS Premiered Oct 12, 2002 In Season

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Episode Guide

  • Repairing a Leaky PVC Drain Trap/What Is It?/Installing a Floating Bamboo Floor
    Richard Trethewey helps a homeowner repair a leaking PVC drain trap underneath his kitchen sink. In the Ask This Old House loft, Tom, Richard, Roger and Kevin examine an unfamiliar object and try to guess how it is used. Tom then helps homeowners install a new "floating" floor made from bamboo in their basement. Roger shares a viewer tip on how to clean roof gutters without a ladder.moreless
  • Installing a Bathroom Fan/What Is It?/Organic Lawn Care
    Kevin and electrician Brian Bergeron help a homeowner install a new ventilation fan in her bathroom. In the Ask This Old House loft, Tom, Richard, Roger and Kevin examine an unfamiliar object and try to guess how it is used. Roger shows two homeowners how to care for their lawn without using pesticides or chemicals. He obtains a soil test before performing work on the lawn, then he spreads lawn fertilizer with chicken manure as the primary ingredient and uses grass seed enhanced with fungal endophytes.moreless
  • Installing a Garage Door/Winterizing Plumbing Pipes
    Tom Silva helps a homeowner install a new garage door, then Richard Trethewey shows a homeowner how to winterize his plumbing to prevent the pipes from freezing when the house is unoccupied.
  • Preparing Basement Walls for Wallboard/How to Tie Four Basic Knots/What Is It?/Repairing Storm-damaged Trees
    Tom helps a homeowner prepare his concrete basement walls for finished wallboard. Richard shows host Kevin O'Connor how to tie a few basic knots. In the Ask This Old House loft, Tom, Richard, Roger and Kevin examine an unfamiliar object and try to guess how it is used. Roger and Matt Foti, a certified arborist, demonstrate how to care for storm-damaged trees.moreless
  • Zoning a Forced-Air Heating & Cooling System/What Is It?/Regrouting a Tile Floor
    Richard demonstrates how to install a controller for a forced-air heating-and-cooling system. In the Ask This Old House loft, Tom, Richard, Roger and Kevin examine an unfamiliar object and try to guess how it is used. Tom helps a homeowner regrout the tile floor in her master bathroom.
  • Richard Installs a Dual-Flush Toilet/What Is It?/Installing an In-Ground Sprinkler System
    Richard demonstrates how to install a water-saving, dual-flush toilet. In the Ask This Old House loft, Tom, Richard, Roger and Kevin examine an unfamiliar object and try to guess how it is used. Then Roger and Kevin show how to install an in-ground sprinkler system.
  • Building a Raised Garden Bed for Vegetables/Building an Indoor Golf Course/Building a Soda Bottle Rocket Launcher
    This annual "kids" episode features family-friendly projects, such as building a raised vegetable bed, constructing a miniature indoor golf course, and making a model rocket launcher from household and hardware-store items.
  • Installing Water Hammer Arrestors/What Is It?/Installing an Exterior Fiberglass Door
    Richard demonstrates how to silence noisy pipes with a water-hammer shock suppressor. In the Ask This Old House loft, Tom, Richard, Roger and Kevin examine an unfamiliar object and try to guess how it is used. Tom and Kevin show how to install a prehung fiberglass exterior door.
  • Pruning a Crabapple Tree/What Is It?/Retrofitting an Anti-scald Shower Valve
    Roger demonstrates how to prune a crabapple tree properly. In the Ask This Old House loft, Tom, Richard, Roger and Kevin examine an unfamiliar object and try to guess how it is used. Richard helps a homeowner install a new anti-scald shower-mixing valve.
  • Cleaning and Staining a Backyard Deck/What Is It?/Installing a Residential Floor Control System
    Tom demonstrates methods by which to clean, stain, and seal a mahogany backyard deck. Roger Cook travels to Chicago to help a homeowner replace a flood-control system to prevent sewage backups. In the Ask This Old House loft, Tom, Richard, Roger and Kevin examine an unfamiliar object and try to guess how it is used. Then a viewer tip is shared that shows how to remove a wood plug from a hole saw.moreless
  • Converting a Clawfoot Tub into a Shower/What Is It?/Choosing and Using Wood Fillers
    Richard demonstrates how to turn a claw-foot bathtub into a shower. In the Ask This Old House loft, Tom, Richard, Roger and Kevin examine an unfamiliar object and try to guess how it is used. Roger and Kevin discuss different kinds of fillers for wood and PVC trim. Roger helps a homeowner install a solar-powered fountain.moreless
  • Painting Kitchen Cabinets/Improving Kitchen Cabinet Storage
    Kevin O'Connor and expert painter Rich O'Neil show a homeowner how to prepare and paint her oak kitchen cabinets. Included in the demonstration are prep and painting as well as adding accessories. Then Tom Silva visits Connecticut to show homeowners how to organize their cramped and cluttered cabinets.
  • Fixing a Sagging Wooden Gate/Replacing Basement Windows/Liquid Foam Insulation
    Roger Cook travels to Charleston, South Carolina, to help a homeowner fix a sagging wooden gate. Tom helps a homeowner install new energy-efficient windows to replace the old drafty windows. In the loft, Tom and Richard demonstrate the proper use of different types of liquid foam insulation to prevent drafts.
  • Installing an Instantaneous Water Heater/What Is It?/Mudjacking a Sunken Concrete Walkway
    Richard and Kevin replace an old water heater with an energy-efficient unit. In the Ask This Old House loft, Tom, Richard, Roger and Kevin examine an unfamiliar object and try to guess how it is used. Then Roger uses a method called "mudjacking" to help a homeowner level his sagging concrete walkway. Finally, Tom shares a viewer tip for removing hammer dents from a piece of wood.moreless
  • Removing a Large Boulder/What Is It?/Securing Shaky Shower Pipes
    Roger shows how to break apart a large boulder and move it from the homeowners' backyard. In the Ask This Old House loft, Tom, Richard, Roger and Kevin examine an unfamiliar object and try to guess how it is used. Richard demonstrates how to secure loose pipes in a shower stall.moreless
  • Repairing a Dangerous Deck/What Is It?/Planting a Hydrangea Bush
    Tom demonstrates how to repair a deck and Roger provides advice to a homeowner on a hydrangea bush that won't flower. In the Ask This Old House loft, Tom, Richard, Roger and Kevin examine an unfamiliar object and try to guess how it is used.
  • Installing a Whole-House Water Filter/What Is It?/Repairing a Leaky Rubber Roof
    Richard Trethewey travels to Indianapolis to assist homeowners install a whole-house water filter, which contains a cartridge that filters out rust, sediment and chlorine. In the Ask This Old House loft, Tom, Richard, Roger and Kevin examine an unfamiliar object and try to guess how it is used. Tom then helps a homeowner repair a hole in a rubber roof with a new piece of rubber roofing that is held down with contact cement and a special lap sealant.moreless
  • Building a Retaining Wall/What Is It?/Repairing a Noisy Faucet
    Roger helps homeowners build a retaining wall by using pressure-treated landscape timbers. In the Ask This Old House loft, Tom, Richard, Roger and Kevin examine an unfamiliar object and try to guess how it is used. Richard fixes a noisy kitchen faucet by repairing the supply shut-off valve located underneath the sink, which was not functioning correctly and causing a rubber washer inside the value to vibrate.moreless
  • Waterproofing a Shower Enclosure/What Is It?/Planting a Privacy Screen with Shrubs
    Tom Silva helps a homeowner prepare a shower enclosure for tile by using a new type of waterproofing system. In the Ask This Old House loft, Tom, Richard, Roger and Kevin examine an unfamiliar object and try to guess how it is used. Roger helps two homeowners install a privacy screen with evergreen shrubs and a decorative flower garden composed of several flowering plants that won't grow more than four feet tall.moreless
  • Weather-Stripping Doors & Windows/Making a Hot-Water Heating System More Efficient
    Tom Silva demonstrates several ways to seal the openings around doors, windows, and other penetrations in the shell of a house to make a home more energy-efficient. Richard Trethewey helps a homeowner reduce his heating costs by installing a weather-responsive control on his boiler. Roger Cook shares some tips on reducing energy costs. Tom then helps a homeowner keep his house cool by installing a whole house fan,which is mounted in the floor of the attic. The fan pushes hot air out of the attic and draws cooler air into the house through downstairs windows.moreless
  • Repairing a Laminate Countertop/Repairing a Sinking Brick Walkway/Air Filters for Forced-air Heating & Cooling Systems
    Tom Silva shows Kevin O'Connor how to repair damaged laminate countertops and Roger Cook helps a homeowner rebuild a brick walkway. Richard then demonstrates to Kevin several different types of filters for forced-air heating and cooling systems.
  • Transplanting a Large Rhododendron Bush/What Is It?/Installing an Electric Water Pressure Booster
    Using a compact utility loader, Roger helps a homeowner transplant a giant rhododendron bush by removing another shrub to allow great access. In the Ask This Old House loft, Tom, Richard, Roger and Kevin examine an unfamiliar object and try to guess how it is used. Richard helps a homeowner increase his water pressure with an electric water pressure booster, which consists of a pump and storage tank, and requires a new circuit breaker inside the main electrical panel.moreless
  • Repairing a Severely Damaged Front Lawn/What Is It?/Making Your Own Curved Molding
    Roger Cook helps two homeowners repair the damage done to their lawn when a new well was installed. In the Ask This Old House loft, Tom, Richard, Roger and Kevin examine an unfamiliar object and try to guess how it is used. Then Tom shows how to make a piece of curved stair molding using red oak and simple power tools.moreless
  • Installing Pendant Lighting in a Kitchen/What Is It?/Selecting Cactus and Succulent Plants
    Kevin O'Connor travels to Nashville, Tennessee, where he brightens up a kitchen by using pendant lighting. In the Ask This Old House loft, Tom, Richard, Roger and Kevin examine an unfamiliar object and try to guess how it is used. Carrie Kelly, a houseplant expert, shows Roger how to care for cactus plants and other succulents. Carrie explains the difference between a cactus and a succulent, and she provides some tips on planting and caring for them.moreless
  • Transplanting a Large Mature Tree/What Is It?/Quieting a Noisy Water Heating System
    Roger Cook shows a pair of homeowners how to transplant a large mature tree to their front yard. In the Ask This Old House loft, Tom, Richard, Roger and Kevin examine an unfamiliar object and try to guess how it is used. Then Richard helps two homeowners silence their noisy heating system.moreless
  • Repairing a Rotting Wooden Support Post/What Is It?/Installing a Dry Well
    In the Season 7 opener, Tom Silva helps a homeowner by replacing a rotting support post on the roof of his garage. In the Ask This Old House loft, Tom, Richard, Roger and Kevin examine an unfamiliar object and try to guess how it is used. Then Roger installs a a dry well in a basement to handle the discharge from a sump pump.moreless