The BEST Episodes of Ask This Old House
Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!
Last Updated: Apr 30, 2020
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!
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#9 - Laying Sod in the Backyard; Installing a Wireless Thermostat
Season 11 - Episode 4 - Aired Oct 25, 2012
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.
#10 - Hanging a Flat Panel TV; Controlling Insects Without Pesticides
Season 11 - Episode 16 - Aired Jan 17, 2013
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.
#11 - Maintaining Kitchen Appliances; Installing a Rain Gutter
Season 11 - Episode 17 - Aired Jan 24, 2013
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.
#12 - Storage Bench; Soldering Pipes; Overgrown Perennial Garden
Season 11 - Episode 18 - Aired Jan 31, 2013
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.
#13 - Orchids as Houseplants; Purchasing a Kitchen Wall Cabinet
Season 11 - Episode 19 - Aired Feb 7, 2013
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.
#14 - Insulating Ductwork; Maintaining Clothes Washers and Dryers
Season 11 - Episode 20 - Aired Feb 14, 2013
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.
#15 - Ductless Heat Pump; LED Lighting
Season 11 - Episode 21 - Aired Feb 21, 2013
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.
#16 - 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
#17 - 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.
#18 - 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.
#19 - 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.
#20 - 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.
#21 - 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.
#22 - 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
#23 - 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
#24 - 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.
#25 - 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.