The BEST episodes of Ask This Old House

Every episode of Ask This Old House ever, ranked from best to worst by thousands of votes from fans of the show. The best episodes of Ask This Old House!

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!

Last Updated: 2/22/2024Network: PBSStatus: Continuing
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Building a Simple Table; Getting Rid of Tree Stumps
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#1 - Building a Simple Table; Getting Rid of Tree Stumps

Season 12 - Episode 23 - Aired 4/12/2014

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

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

Season 13 - Episode 9 - Aired 1/1/2015

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

Kitchen Makeover, Attic Stair
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#3 - Kitchen Makeover, Attic Stair

Season 14 - Episode 13 - Aired 1/30/2016

Installing a new attic staircase; updating a kitchen; blowtorches

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Vinyl Floor; In-Ground Sprinkler
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#4 - Vinyl Floor; In-Ground Sprinkler

Season 5 - Episode 18 - Aired 2/8/2007

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.

Workbench; Lawnmower; Whistling Heat
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#5 - Workbench; Lawnmower; Whistling Heat

Season 5 - Episode 26 - Aired 4/5/2007

In the Ask This Old House loft, Tom Silva shows host Kevin O'Connor how to build a simple workbench. Roger, Kevin O'Connor, Richard Trethewey and Tom Silva examine an unfamiliar object and try to guess how it is used. Roger then gives Kevin tips on how to tune-up a gas-powered lawn mower. Then Richard silences a whistling forced-air heating system by installing a bypass duct.

Removing Shrubs; Extension Cords; Drain Pop-Up
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#6 - Removing Shrubs; Extension Cords; Drain Pop-Up

Season 5 - Episode 16 - Aired 1/25/2007

Landscaping contractor Roger Cook heads to Denver to help a pair of homeowners remove an overgrown Juniper bush. Then, up in the loft, host Kevin O'Connor and general contractor Tom Silva demonstrate the proper way to coil extension cords. Then, plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey helps a homeowner replace a pop-up drain assembly on the pedestal sink in his bathroom.

Carpet; Table Saw Safety
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#7 - Carpet; Table Saw Safety

Season 5 - Episode 17 - Aired 2/1/2007

Kevin O'Connor helps a homeowner select wall-to-wall carpet and install it properly with the assistance of a professional installer. Back in the Ask This Old House loft, Kevin, Tom Silva, Richard Trethewey, and Roger Cook examine an unfamiliar object and try to guess how it is used. Then Tom teaches Kevin a few important lessons for using a tablesaw safely. He demonstrates a new type of emergency brake that helps to prevent tablesaw injuries.

Painting Radiators; Standby Generator
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#8 - Painting Radiators; Standby Generator

Season 5 - Episode 19 - Aired 2/15/2007

Richard Trethewey helps a homeowner refinish her cast iron radiators. They remove the radiators and take them to a restoration specialist, who sandblasts the peeling paint and applies a new finish and makes them look new. Afterward, Kevin O'Connor travels to St. Louis to help a homeowner install a standby generator who lives an area with frequent power outages that last for several days.

Shut-Off Valve; Climbing Roses
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#9 - Shut-Off Valve; Climbing Roses

Season 5 - Episode 22 - Aired 3/8/2007

Richard assists a homeowner in replacing a corroded shut-off valve with a new one without using soldering. 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 helps a homeowner with her rose bushes so they will climb a two-rail fence.

Bathroom Radiator; Hand Planes; Crabgrass
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#10 - Bathroom Radiator; Hand Planes; Crabgrass

Season 5 - Episode 23 - Aired 3/15/2007

Richard Trethewey assists a homeowner install a new bathroom radiator that will double as a towel warmer. In the Ask This Old House loft, Tom Silva shows Kevin O’Connor how to shape wood by using hand planes. Roger Cook helps a homeowner remove crabgrass from his lawn and prevent it from returning.

Bathroom Installations; Comparing Wall Insulation
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#11 - Bathroom Installations; Comparing Wall Insulation

Season 8 - Episode 15 - Aired 1/16/2010

Plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey helps a homeowner update the look of her bathroom by installing a new vanity cabinet, countertop, and sink. Then Richard, along with general contractor Tom Silva, landscaping contractor Roger Cook, and host Kevin O'Connor ask, "What is it?" Afterward, Tom and Kevin discuss several different types of wall insulation and how each is installed.

Mantel and Hearth; Rejuvenating Baseboard Radiator
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#12 - Mantel and Hearth; Rejuvenating Baseboard Radiator

Season 8 - Episode 14 - Aired 1/9/2010

General contractor Tom Silva helps a homeowner dress up an old fireplace by installing a new mantle and marble hearth. Then Tom, along with host Kevin O'C'onnor, landscaping contractor Roger Cook and plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey ask, "What is it?" Afterward, Richard shows Kevin a few ways to improve the appearance of old baseboard heaters.

Broken Water Softener; Preventing Deer Damage in Gardens
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#13 - Broken Water Softener; Preventing Deer Damage in Gardens

Season 8 - Episode 13 - Aired 1/2/2010

Plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey heads to Tampa, Florida to help two homeowners repair their broken water softener. Then Richard, along with host Kevin O'Connor, landscaping contractor Roger Cook, and general contractor Tom Silva ask, "What is it?" Next, Roger helps a homeowner repair and prevent deer damage to one of his evergreen trees. Then, up in the loft, Tom shares a viewer tip on how to reduce airborne dust while sanding.

Concealing Retaining Walls; Quieting PVC Plumbing Vents
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#14 - Concealing Retaining Walls; Quieting PVC Plumbing Vents

Season 8 - Episode 12 - Aired 12/24/2009

Landscaping contractor Roger Cook helps a pair of homeowners improve the appearance of an unsightly concrete retaining wall with wooden lattice and climbing vines. Then Roger, along with plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey, general contractor Tom Silva, and host Kevin O'Connor ask, "What is it?" Next, up in the loft, Tom shows Kevin how to flash a newly-installed window properly. Then, Richard helps a homeowner quiet a noisy PVC plumbing vent in her attic.

Laminate Kitchen Countertops; Installing Steel Edging
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#15 - Laminate Kitchen Countertops; Installing Steel Edging

Season 8 - Episode 11 - Aired 12/17/2009

General contractor Tom Silva and host Kevin O'Connor show how to build and install new laminate kitchen countertops. Then Tom and Kevin, along with landscaping contractor Roger Cook and plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey ask, "What is it?" Next, Roger helps a homeowner create a clean border between a garden bed and a lawn using steel edging.

Heating & Cooling System Controller; Re-Grout Tile Floor
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#16 - Heating & Cooling System Controller; Re-Grout Tile Floor

Season 7 - Episode 22 - Aired 2/26/2009

Plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey helps a California homeowner install a new type of "zoning" control for her forced-air heating and cooling system. Then Richard, along with landscaping contractor Roger Cook, host Kevin O'Connor and general contractor Tom Silva ask, "What is it?" Next, Tom helps a homeowner re-grout the tile floor in her master bathroom.

Banging Pipes; Installing Fiberglass Door
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#17 - Banging Pipes; Installing Fiberglass Door

Season 7 - Episode 19 - Aired 2/5/2009

Plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey helps a homeowner quiet his banging pipes by installing a water hammer shock suppressor. Then Richard, along with host Kevin O'Connor, general contractor Tom Silva and landscaping contractor Roger Cook ask, "What is it?" Then, Tom and Kevin show how to install a pre-hung fiberglass exterior door.

Damaged Lawn; Curved Stair Molding
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#18 - Damaged Lawn; Curved Stair Molding

Season 7 - Episode 4 - Aired 10/23/2008

Landscaping contractor Roger Cook helps two homeowners repair the damage done to their lawn when a new well was installed. Then Roger, along with general contractor Tom Silva, plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey, and host Kevin O'Connor ask, "What is it?" Then, Tom shows a homeowner how to make a piece of curved stair molding with some red oak and a few simple power tools.

Increasing Water Pressure; Transplanting a Bush
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#19 - Increasing Water Pressure; Transplanting a Bush

Season 7 - Episode 5 - Aired 10/30/2008

Landscaping contractor Roger Cook helps a homeowner transplant a giant Rhododendron bush. Then Roger, along with plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey, general contractor Tom Silva, and host Kevin O’Connor ask, "What is it?" Then, Richard helps a homeowner increase his water pressure with an electric water pressure booster.

Laminate Countertops; Brick Walkway; Furnace Filters
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#20 - Laminate Countertops; Brick Walkway; Furnace Filters

Season 7 - Episode 6 - Aired 11/6/2008

Up in the loft, general contractor Tom Silva shows host Kevin O’Connor how to repair damaged laminate countertops. Then, landscape contractor Roger Cook helps a homeowner rebuild a brick walkway. Then Tom, Kevin, Roger, and plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey ask, "What is it?" Then Richard shows Kevin several different types of filters for forced-air heating and cooling systems.

Building a Retaining Wall; Loud Faucet
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#21 - Building a Retaining Wall; Loud Faucet

Season 7 - Episode 9 - Aired 11/27/2008

Landscaping contractor Roger Cook helps a pair of homeowners build a retaining wall using pressure-treated timbers. Afterward, Roger, along with general contractor Tom Silva, plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey and host Kevin O'Connor ask, "What is it?" Then, Richard has an easy fix for a kitchen faucet that is making a loud, shuddering sound.

Whole-House Water Filter; Repairing a Roof
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#22 - Whole-House Water Filter; Repairing a Roof

Season 7 - Episode 10 - Aired 12/4/2008

Plumbing & heating expert Richard Trethewey heads to Indianapolis to help a pair of homeowners install a whole-house water filter. Then Richard, along with general contractor Tom Silva, landscaping contractor Roger Cook, and host Kevin O'Connor ask, "What is it?" Then Tom helps a homeowner repair a hole in a rubber roof and Richard shares a viewer tip for cutting PVC pipe without a saw.

Water Saving Toilet; In-Ground Sprinkler System
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#23 - Water Saving Toilet; In-Ground Sprinkler System

Season 7 - Episode 21 - Aired 2/19/2009

Plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey helps a homeowner install a new "dual flush" water-saving toilet. Then Richard, along with host Kevin O'Connor, landscaping contractor Roger Cook and general contractor Tom Silva ask, "What is it?" Next, Roger and Kevin head outside to install an in-ground sprinkler system that any homeowner can install.

Removing a Boulder; Securing Loose Pipes
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#24 - Removing a Boulder; Securing Loose Pipes

Season 7 - Episode 12 - Aired 12/18/2008

Landscaping contractor Roger Cook helps a pair of homeowners break apart and remove a large boulder in their backyard. Then Roger, along with host Kevin O'Connor, plumbing & heating expert Richard Trethewey and general contractor Tom Silva ask, "What is it?" Next, Richard helps two homeowners secure their loose pipes inside a shower wall and Tom shares a viewer tip about getting a secure grip on a hammer.

Energy-Efficient Water Heater; Leveling a Concrete Walkway
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#25 - Energy-Efficient Water Heater; Leveling a Concrete Walkway

Season 7 - Episode 13 - Aired 12/27/2008

Plumbing & heating expert Richard Trethewey and host Kevin O'Connor replace an old tank-type water heater with a new, energy-efficient "tankless" unit fueled by propane. Then Richard and Kevin, along with landscaping contractor Roger Cook and general contractor Tom Silva ask, "What is it?" Then, Roger helps a homeowner level his sagging concrete walkway using a method called "mudjacking," and Tom shares a viewer tip for removing hammer dents from a piece of wood.