The BEST Episodes of Ask This Old House

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Nov 22, 2020

Network: PBS

The crew at This Old House take on some pretty big projects, which means they can only work on one or two houses a year. But homeowners have a virtual truckload of questions on smaller projects, and the TOH crew is ready to answer. Ask This Old House solves the steady stream of home improvement problems faced by viewers - and the crew even makes house calls!

Garden Pruners; Shutters; What Is It? A Tankless Job

#1 - Garden Pruners; Shutters; What Is It? A Tankless Job

Season 1 - Episode 11 - Aired Dec 19, 2002

In the Ask This Old House loft, Roger and garden tool expert Paul Schneider discuss different types of hand pruners. Tom helps two homeowners repair and reinstall their broken shutters. Back in the loft, Steve, Tom, Roger and Richard examine two unfamiliar objects and try to guess how they're used. Richard shows Steve several models of instantaneous water heaters, then visit a local homeowner to examine his tankless hot water system.

star 10.00
1 votes
Garden with Native Species; Replacing a Door with a Window

#2 - Garden with Native Species; Replacing a Door with a Window

Season 10 - Episode 21 - Aired Feb 23, 2012

Roger shows a homeowner how to plant a garden using native species, and Tom replaces a door with a window.

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1 votes
Bathroom Floor Tiling; Weatherstripping a Front Door

#3 - Bathroom Floor Tiling; Weatherstripping a Front Door

Season 10 - Episode 22 - Aired Mar 1, 2012

A contractor shares tips for tiling a bathroom floor while Tom helps a homeowner weatherstrip her front door.

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1 votes
Financing Solar Panels; Framing Walls for Basement-Remodeling

#4 - Financing Solar Panels; Framing Walls for Basement-Remodeling

Season 10 - Episode 23 - Aired Mar 8, 2012

Instalilng solar photovoltaic panels; framing walls for a basement-remodeling project.

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1 votes
Old Window Restoration; Installing a Kitchen Sink Water Filter

#5 - Old Window Restoration; Installing a Kitchen Sink Water Filter

Season 10 - Episode 24 - Aired Mar 15, 2012

Tom shows how to restore old windows while Rich helps a homeowner install a kitchen sink water filter.

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1 votes
Manual Transfer Switch; Fixing a Clogged Sewer Line

#6 - Manual Transfer Switch; Fixing a Clogged Sewer Line

Season 10 - Episode 25 - Aired Mar 22, 2012

The This Old House crew brings in an electrician to install a manual transfer switch, and Rich helps a homeowner fix a clogged sewer line.

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1 votes
Transforming Stock Shelving; New Washing Machine Valve

#7 - Transforming Stock Shelving; New Washing Machine Valve

Season 11 - Episode 1 - Aired Oct 4, 2012

General contractor Tom Silva kicks off the eleventh season of Ask This Old House by helping a couple transform stock shelving into a custom built-in. Then, plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey installs a new washing machine valve that will prevent flooding.

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1 votes
Custom Fireplace Mantle; Repairing a Leaking Kitchen Faucet

#8 - Custom Fireplace Mantle; Repairing a Leaking Kitchen Faucet

Season 11 - Episode 3 - Aired Oct 18, 2012

General contractor Tom Silva builds a custom fireplace mantel for a homeowner. Then, Roger shares some tips about garden edging. Afterward, Richard helps a homeowner repair a leaking kitchen faucet.

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1 votes
Solving a Melted Mystery; Whole-House Energy Audit

#9 - Solving a Melted Mystery; Whole-House Energy Audit

Season 11 - Episode 22 - Aired Feb 28, 2013

General contractor Tom Silva helps a homeowner solve the mystery of her melted vinyl siding. Then, Tom, along with host Kevin O'Connor, landscape contractor Roger Cook, and plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey ask "What Is It?" Afterward, Kevin and a specialist perform a whole-house energy audit

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1 votes
Using Ladders Safely; Replacing a Shower Valve

#10 - Using Ladders Safely; Replacing a Shower Valve

Season 11 - Episode 23 - Aired Mar 7, 2013

General contractor Tom Silva and host Kevin O'Connor demonstrate how to use all types of ladders safely. Then plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey replaces a three-handle shower valve with a single-handle antiscald valve.

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1 votes
Surge Protectors; Cutting Stone

#11 - Surge Protectors; Cutting Stone

Season 11 - Episode 24 - Aired Mar 14, 2013

Master electrician Scott Caron installs several types of surge protection. Then, general contractor Tom Silva, host Kevin O'Connor, landscape contractor Roger Cook, and plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey ask "What Is It?" Afterward, Roger demonstrates how to cut and shape stones for hardscaping projects.

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1 votes
Custom Concrete Countertops; Cordless Landscape Tools

#12 - Custom Concrete Countertops; Cordless Landscape Tools

Season 11 - Episode 25 - Aired Mar 21, 2013

How to make and install custom concrete countertops. Can you install watertight connections without soldering? Cordless landscape tools.

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1 votes
Painting Kitchen Cabinets; Installing a Smart Thermostat

#13 - Painting Kitchen Cabinets; Installing a Smart Thermostat

Season 11 - Episode 26 - Aired Mar 28, 2013

The final episode of the 2012/13 season investigates how subway trains are serviced. The crew shows how to paint kitchen cabinets; estimate landscape material by the cubic yard; and how to install a smart thermostat.

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1 votes
Irrigation System; Installing a Heat-Pump Water Heater

#14 - Irrigation System; Installing a Heat-Pump Water Heater

Season 12 - Episode 10 - Aired Jan 11, 2014

Installing an irrigation system designed for a desert climate; new style of heat-pump water heater; reusing an old garden hose reel.

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2 votes
Waffle Gardening in Santa Fe; Mechanical Dampers for Air Heating

#15 - Waffle Gardening in Santa Fe; Mechanical Dampers for Air Heating

Season 12 - Episode 13 - Aired Feb 1, 2014

"Waffle Gardening" in Santa Fe; Adding Mechanical Dampers to a Forced-Air Heating System

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2 votes
Quieting a Squealing Shower; A DIY-Friendly Security System

#16 - Quieting a Squealing Shower; A DIY-Friendly Security System

Season 12 - Episode 18 - Aired Mar 8, 2014

Quieting a Squealing Shower; A DIY-Friendly Security System and Video Camera

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1 votes
Plants from Seed; Outdoor Hose Spigot; Movable Kitchen Island.

#17 - Plants from Seed; Outdoor Hose Spigot; Movable Kitchen Island.

Season 12 - Episode 19 - Aired Mar 15, 2014

How to start plants from seed. How to prevent an outdoor hose spigot from freezing. How to build a movable kitchen island.

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2 votes
Baseboard Hole-Patching; Maintaining a Lawn Mower

#18 - Baseboard Hole-Patching; Maintaining a Lawn Mower

Season 12 - Episode 21 - Aired Mar 29, 2014

Replacing a shower valve; repairing damage to a baseboard; keeping a lawn mower in excellent shape.

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1 votes
Building a Simple Table; Getting Rid of Tree Stumps

#19 - Building a Simple Table; Getting Rid of Tree Stumps

Season 12 - Episode 23 - Aired Apr 12, 2014

Building a simple table from solid fir; removing tree stumps; solar energy.

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29 votes
Mailbox Replacement; Ask Kevin: Window Anatomy

#20 - Mailbox Replacement; Ask Kevin: Window Anatomy

Season 13 - Episode 22 - Aired May 2, 2015

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2 votes
Noisy Baseboard Heating Fix; Recessed Kitchen Lighting

#21 - Noisy Baseboard Heating Fix; Recessed Kitchen Lighting

Season 13 - Episode 23 - Aired May 9, 2015

star 10.00
1 votes
Electrical Vehicle Charger Install; Kitchen Sink Install

#22 - Electrical Vehicle Charger Install; Kitchen Sink Install

Season 13 - Episode 25 - Aired May 23, 2015

star 10.00
1 votes
Hydroponic Garden; Hot- and Cold-Water Outdoor Faucet

#23 - Hydroponic Garden; Hot- and Cold-Water Outdoor Faucet

Season 13 - Episode 9 - Aired Jan 3, 2015

A hydroponic garden is built; and a hot- and cold-water outdoor faucet is installed.

star 9.93
30 votes
Vinyl Floor; In-Ground Sprinkler

#24 - Vinyl Floor; In-Ground Sprinkler

Season 5 - Episode 18 - Aired Feb 3, 2007

Tom travels to Sacramento to help homeowners repair a damaged section in the vinyl flooring in their kitchen. 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 goes to Las Vegas to help a homeowner repair his leaking in-ground sprinkler system.

star 9.90
30 votes
Kitchen Makeover, Attic Stair

#25 - Kitchen Makeover, Attic Stair

Season 14 - Episode 13 - Aired Jan 30, 2016

Installing a new attic staircase; updating a kitchen; blowtorches

star 9.68
34 votes