The BEST Episodes of Ask This Old House

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Sep 12, 2019

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

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.

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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

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

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Bathroom Floor Tiling; Weatherstripping a Front Door

#3 - Bathroom Floor Tiling; Weatherstripping a Front Door

Season 10 - Episode 22

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

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Financing Solar Panels; Framing Walls for Basement-Remodeling

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

Season 10 - Episode 23

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

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Old Window Restoration; Installing a Kitchen Sink Water Filter

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

Season 10 - Episode 24

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

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Manual Transfer Switch; Fixing a Clogged Sewer Line

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

Season 10 - Episode 25

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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Transforming Stock Shelving; New Washing Machine Valve

#7 - Transforming Stock Shelving; New Washing Machine Valve

Season 11 - Episode 1

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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Custom Fireplace Mantle; Repairing a Leaking Kitchen Faucet

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

Season 11 - Episode 3

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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Laying Sod in the Backyard; Installing a Wireless Thermostat

#9 - Laying Sod in the Backyard; Installing a Wireless Thermostat

Season 11 - Episode 4

Landscape contractor Roger Cook helps a homeowner lay sod in his backyard. Then, Roger, along with host Kevin O'Connor, plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey, and general contractor Tom Silva ask "What Is It?" Afterward, Tom shares a tip about finding measurements without doing math. Plus, Richard installs a wireless thermostat to control a heating system.

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New Kitchen Sink and Faucet; Insulated Sidelights on a Front Door

#10 - New Kitchen Sink and Faucet; Insulated Sidelights on a Front Door

Season 11 - Episode 7

Plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey heads to Colorado Spings to install a brand new kitchen sink and faucet. General contractor Tom Silva installs insulated sidelights on a front door.

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Privacy Fence; Replacing a Clogged Shower Valve

#11 - Privacy Fence; Replacing a Clogged Shower Valve

Season 11 - Episode 8

Landscape contractor Roger Cook works with a fencing contractor to install a vinyl privacy fence. Then, Roger, along with host Kevin O'Connor, plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey, and general contractor Tom Silva ask "What Is It?" Afterward, Richard replaces a clogged shower valve.

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Interior Window Trim; Heating a Swimming Pool

#12 - Interior Window Trim; Heating a Swimming Pool

Season 11 - Episode 9

General contractor Tom Silva installs interior window trim. Richard heats a swimming pool using an air conditioner.

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Properly Mulching Garden Beds; Installing a Natural Gas Line

#13 - Properly Mulching Garden Beds; Installing a Natural Gas Line

Season 11 - Episode 10

Landscape contractor Roger Cook shows a homeowner how to properly mulch his garden beds. Then Roger, along with host Kevin O'Connor, plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey, and general contractor Tom Silva ask "What Is It?" Afterward, Richard installs a natural gas line for a barbeque grill.

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Using Hand Planes; Repairing a Cracked Stone Walkway

#14 - Using Hand Planes; Repairing a Cracked Stone Walkway

Season 11 - Episode 11

In the workshop, general contractor Tom Silva demonstrates the proper way to use hand planes. Then, Tom, along with host Kevin O'Connor, plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey, and landscape contractor Roger Cook ask "What Is It?" Afterward, Roger helps a homeowner repair a cracked stone walkway.

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Ceiling Fan; Installing a Water Softener

#15 - Ceiling Fan; Installing a Water Softener

Season 11 - Episode 12

Host Kevin O'Connor and electrician Scott Caron head to Denver to install a ceiling fan on a cathedral ceiling. Then, Kevin, along with general contractor Tom Silva, plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey, and landscape contractor Roger Cook ask "What Is It?" Afterward, Richard visits New Jersey to install a water softener.

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Restoring Terrazzo Floors; Repairing a Cracked Floor Joist

#16 - Restoring Terrazzo Floors; Repairing a Cracked Floor Joist

Season 11 - Episode 14

Host Kevin O'Connor heads to Del Ray Beach, Florida to restore Terrazzo floors. Then, Kevin, along with landscape contractor Roger Cook, plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey, and general contractor Tom Silva ask "What Is It?" Afterward, Tom helps a homeowner repair a cracked floor joist.

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Hanging a Flat Panel TV; Controlling Insects Without Pesticides

#17 - Hanging a Flat Panel TV; Controlling Insects Without Pesticides

Season 11 - Episode 16

Master electrician Scott Caron helps a homeowner hang a flat-panel television on the wall and conceal all the wiring. Back in the workshop, Scott shows Kevin examples of many different types of electrical outlets. Roger heads to Miami to help a homeowner control the insect pests in her yard without the use of pesticides.

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Maintaining Kitchen Appliances; Installing a Rain Gutter

#18 - Maintaining Kitchen Appliances; Installing a Rain Gutter

Season 11 - Episode 17

Host Kevin O'Connor meets appliance repairman Richie Isaacson to learn how to maintain kitchen appliances. Then, Kevin, along with landscape contractor Roger Cook, plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey, and general contractor Tom Silva ask "What Is It?" Afterward, Tom helps a homeowner install a rain gutter, downspout, and rain barrel.

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Storage Bench; Soldering Pipes; Overgrown Perennial Garden

#19 - Storage Bench; Soldering Pipes; Overgrown Perennial Garden

Season 11 - Episode 18

In the workshop, general contractor Tom Silva and host Kevin O'Connor build a storage bench for an entryway. Then, plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey demonstrates how to solder copper pipes properly. Afterward, landscape contractor Roger Cook helps a homeowner maintain an overgrown perennial garden.

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Orchids as Houseplants; Purchasing a Kitchen Wall Cabinet

#20 - Orchids as Houseplants; Purchasing a Kitchen Wall Cabinet

Season 11 - Episode 19

Landscape contractor Roger Cook visits a tropical botanic garden to learn how to care for orchids as houseplants. Then, Roger, along with host Kevin O'Connor, plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey, and general contractor Tom Silva ask "What Is It?" Afterward, Tom helps a homeowner purchase and install a kitchen wall cabinet.

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Insulating Ductwork; Maintaining Clothes Washers and Dryers

#21 - Insulating Ductwork; Maintaining Clothes Washers and Dryers

Season 11 - Episode 20

Plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey visits Cortland, Illinois, to learn how corn is harvested and then to help a homeowner insulate ductwork. Landscape contractor Roger Cook demonstrates proper pruning technique. Roger, Richard, host Kevin O'Connor, and general contractor Tom Silva ask "What Is It?" Kevin learns how to maintain washers and dryers.

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Ductless Heat Pump; LED Lighting

#22 - Ductless Heat Pump; LED Lighting

Season 11 - Episode 21

Plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey and host Kevin O'Connor install a ductless heat pump to heat and cool a room. Richard, Kevin, landscape contractor Roger Cook, and general contractor Tom Silva ask "What Is It?" Master electrician Scott Caron demonstrates new technologies and applications for LED lighting. Roger learns how to select houseplants for different situations.

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Solving a Melted Mystery; Whole-House Energy Audit

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

Season 11 - Episode 22

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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Using Ladders Safely; Replacing a Shower Valve

#24 - Using Ladders Safely; Replacing a Shower Valve

Season 11 - Episode 23

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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Surge Protectors; Cutting Stone

#25 - Surge Protectors; Cutting Stone

Season 11 - Episode 24

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